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Butter vs Parkay

6/25/02
*Look for a few additions before the draft kicks off.


In response to Justin Young's Busts and Bargains article, NBADraft.net has made a list of draft "Butter" vs "Parkay". Each year it seems there are a number of land mines waiting for an unsuspecting GM to select. Certain teams and GM's seem to have a knack for stepping on them on a regular basis. We wont name any names. One rule of thumb is to swing for the fences. Unless a surefire pick such as Tim Duncan falls in your lap, a safe pick will rarely get a team any closer to a Championship. It's teams with the guts to select the Garnett's, Nowitzki's, and McGrady's over safe picks that are able to gather the vital pieces to assemble a Championship caliber team.

*Butter refers to "straight butter" as in, guys who are the REAL deal. can play, and will turn out to be steals of the draft.

*Parkay refers to the fakers, the imitation butter guys who don't have the goods and will put their teams in the cellar and their GM's on the hot seat.



Butter

Dajuan Wagner 6-2 200 PG/SG Memphis Fr.

Wagner has great basketball instincts. He's a risky pick in that PG's tend to develop less once they enter the league. Two good examples of that are Georgia Tech and NYC phenoms Kenny Anderson, and Stephon Marbury, who both bolted after just one season of college basketball. While both have had solid careers, neither has fully developed into a legitimate superstar, the type that carries a team to the playoffs year in and year out. Dajuan has the potential to be like Iverson, with his uncanny scoring ability and feel for the basket. However, teams appear wary about his short stature and lack of great "Iverson like" speed. So much so that it's conceivable that he could fall all the way to the end of the lottery. If this happens some team will have quite a stroke of luck on draft day, Wagner has the goods.

Mike Dunleavy 6-9 220 SF Duke Jr.

But he's got no athleticism they say, no quickness, just a slow white boy who stood out in the Duke system. Wrong. He may start slow, but when all is said and done he'll have a similar career to Chris Mullin, and quite possibly more. Mike Miller ended up being the 2000 Rookie of the Year. Dunleavy has everything Miller has and more. He shoots the ball better, and is quicker with the ball or in the open floor. Due to his high level of intelligence and basketball skills, Dunleavy will be an excellent pro. He may struggle some with the transition to a quicker game, but his ability to fit the SF position makes the Laettner comparisons laughable.

Maybyner "Nene" Hilario 6-10 253 PF/C (Brazil) 1982

At 6-10 and with a 7-4 plus wing span, Nene has the size to potentially play both the PF and Center positions. After seeing five game films of Nene, the thing that jumps out most is his unbelievable athleticism. The term "Freak" definitely fits. How athletic is this guy? The NBA Predraft camp gave each of the players who showed up a series of agility tests. The tests included a number of drills including bench press and sprints. Each of the athletes results were calculated into a formula which determined a rank. Nene received the second rank of all the athletes who took the tests, which included most of the projected players on the two round NBADraft.net mock draft. This seems especially impressive for a bigman to receive such a high score. On top of his athleticism, Nene has a charsma that appears to have him destined for greatness.


Parkay

Carlos Boozer 6-9 258 PF Duke Jr.

Carlos Bust-zer? Boozer is missing a few key elements that teams need out of a PF. The ability to rebound, and a defensive presence. Boozer has decent athleticism, but his quickness (or lack there of) is alarming. At times he gets outhustled for rebounds by smaller players, his lateral quickness is horrible. The two things he does bring to the table are strength and scoring ability in the post. Boozer was particularly impressive playing for the US national team in the summer.

Amare Stoudemire 6-10 240 PF HSSr.

Stoudemire has unbelievable raw abilities. His size and strength draw comparisons to Alonzo Mourning. However the high schoolers who have made the jump to the pros successfully have all had better foundations and maturity levels. Going from a 30 game high school season to a 82 game pro season will be a big adjustment for Stoudemire, and it wont be fair to judge him after his first couple seasons. But it's how he develops and learns the game in his first few years that will dictate his success on the next level. There are reports that he has a guarantee to be drafted in the 8-12 range.

Juan Dixon 6-3 165 SG Maryland Sr.

Despite his incredible story of perseverance and his immense strength of character. Juan just doesn't have the athleticism that is necessary to overcome the physical shortcomings. It seems for every 6-3 and under shooting guard, the same broken record begins to play... But Iverson... Iverson is a freak. Iverson has off the charts quickness and athleticism, not to mention very long arms. Many 6-3 SG's can be stars in college but can't cut it in the NBA. Keep in mind, not all college superstars make it in the NBA. Charlie Bell has more point guard skills than Dixon, yet can now be seen playing (very well mind you) in Italy for Benneton Treviso. Dixon can stick in the NBA, but he'll be playing against 6-6 shooting guards night in and night out. Dixon has a long ways to go in terms of becoming a point guard.

6/25/02
*Look for a few additions before the draft kicks off.


In response to Justin Young's Busts and Bargains article, NBADraft.net has made a list of draft "Butter" vs "Parkay". Each year it seems there are a number of land mines waiting for an unsuspecting GM to select. Certain teams and GM's seem to have a knack for stepping on them on a regular basis. We wont name any names. One rule of thumb is to swing for the fences. Unless a surefire pick such as Tim Duncan falls in your lap, a safe pick will rarely get a team any closer to a Championship. It's teams with the guts to select the Garnett's, Nowitzki's, and McGrady's over safe picks that are able to gather the vital pieces to assemble a Championship caliber team.

*Butter refers to "straight butter" as in, guys who are the REAL deal. can play, and will turn out to be steals of the draft.

*Parkay refers to the fakers, the imitation butter guys who don't have the goods and will put their teams in the cellar and their GM's on the hot seat.
 

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Stoudemire is the real deal, trust me. He's going to be a star in the NBA.:yes:
 

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A note on McGrady...

By taking a risk on a "butter" guy Toronto got nowhere. McGrady left after they put so much work into him. If they would've taken a safe pick they would at least have a decent role player.
 
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