Koufos and the NBA Draft very Unclear

Koufos and the NBA Draft very Unclear
Kosta Koufos

Koufos and the NBA Draft very Unclear

Last year at this time everyone in the know and even those that were not so much knew who the first two players would be in the 2007 draft.  It was going to be OSU's C 1. Greg Oden and the SF from Texas Kevin Durant 2nd. This year, the ping-pong balls were mysteriously manipulated to give the Chicago Bulls the first choice. The problem is that no one, not even the Bulls are sure who will make the call let alone the name that will be picked.

By Bill Smith

Derrick Rose

            Right now, the betting public has the Bulls picking Derrick Rose PG from Memphis.  That would let them trade current starter Kirk Hinrich for players or future picks.  Hinrich is attractive because he is signed through 2010-2011 and is making a little over 3 million a year.  According to ESPN's NBA draft analyst Chad Ford calls Rose “a 6-4 version of LeBron James.”  Enough said.

Michael Beasley

            That would leave Michael Beasley F Kansas State for Miami.  Miami needs scoring badly.  Beasley is a scoring machine.  Defense, well let's just say he recognizes the word but is not really good friends with the concept.  The downside of MB is that some scouts have questioned his work ethic and he is only 6-7 rather than the 6-10 that was listed in the K State program.

Kosta

            This draft is not as deep in “can't miss blue chip” athletes as some former drafts have been.  However, it has 15-20 guys that should become legitimate NBA starters.  One of those close to our hearts is Kosta Koufos C Ohio State.  Most mock drafts show him going between 14th and the 20th pick.  He came into 2007-08 college season the top center prospect in the minds of most scouts.  He has been pushed down a little by the entry of Anthony Randolph, Brook Lopez, and Kevin Lowe but Kosta might be the second best C in the draft. 

            Based on what I saw this past year, Randolph is a little more polished than Kosta but both of them have the ability to become one of the top centers in the NBA east.  That position is fairly vacant at the current time.  There are a lot of teams that need centers.  Some Cav's fans are hoping that Kosta lasts until we pick at 19.

            We will all know at about 11 PM next Tuesday.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent.  He is a senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com.  He has also published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com

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