Worst Picks of the NBA Draft

6/29/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Maurice Harkless - Philadelphia 76ers - 15th Overall
I have no problem with drafting Harkless here in terms of talent and skill. What I do have a problem with is that the Sixers are loaded with 1-3's and have no big men. Between Holiday, Williams, Turner, Iguodala, Meeks, and Young they have a good perimeter game, yet they were starting some guy named Vucevic at center last year. I understand that Iguodala is likely to be traded this summer, but Elton Brand's contract is up after this season and their front court is going to be miserable. I know they traded to get Arnett Moultrie and I thought that was a great move. As a matter of fact, it probably should have been in my favorite picks segment. But with the 15th pick they could have gotten Tyler Zeller or even TERRENCE JONES. And if you haven't noticed by now, I have a HUGE man crush on Terrence Jones. Now they just have another player to crowd their perimeter rotation.

March 10, 2012; Atlanta, GA USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Miles Plumlee (21) is fouled by Florida State Seminoles forward/center Xavier Gibson (1) during the first half of the semi-finals of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIREMiles Plumlee - Indiana Pacers - 26th Overall
I just felt like the Pacers added another one of those decent players that they're already loaded with. Another guy who just works super hard to help out but is nothing more than a minute eating role player. I understand that you can't expect to find Kobe Bryant with the 26th pick, but you can at least go after someone who shows potential. Guys like George Gervin, Rashard Lewis, and Gilbert Arenas were selected in the second round, so it's not like the well is always dry come pick 26. Plumlee averaged 4.8 points per game in his four years at Duke and a very modest 4.8 rebound (though he never played a ton of minutes). His potential is limited to becoming a minute eating big man who uses his 6 fouls to send guys like Dwight Howard to the line. The Pacers already had that. I would have liked to see them take a shot at a guy who could eventually turn into a really good player, such as Perry Jones, Arnett Moultrie, Marquis Teague, or Draymond Green.
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