Friday 1 June 2007

The Great White Hope


I've blogged about the idiocy of the concept of NBA upside before, but i always will jump on oppurtunities to showcase success against the system which devalues unspectacular, unathletic but productive players.

Take Jared Jordan who has come to give himself a great chance at becoming at least a late second round draft pick in the approaching NBA draft 2007 on the 28th of June. Jordan, at 6'2'' and 182lbs led the NCAA in assists the past 2 seasons. Lacking any real NBA level athleticism however, scouts have knocked his ability to play his game in the NBA, having played in a Mid-major college in Marist and already showing struggles with defensive footspeed and the offensive explosiveness to gain seperation from his defender.

But one would logically deduce that passing the ball does not require athleticism, only the same court vision and reading of the game that Jordan has already proved he posseses, hitting a cutter with a bounce pass is the same whether in the NCAA, the NBA or the South Dublin Under 19 league.

Suddenly scouts are shocked by Jordan's effectiveness at pre-draft camp, he has showcased a very developed game, good decision making and excellent court vision, out-performing many of the other, more highly touted point guards. Solid yet unspectacular play is always going to attract coaches, Jordan won't leave onlookers at the camp salivating at his potential, but he is the ideal back up point guard at this time, because he is a specialist passer off the bench, better to have this off the bench than merely a weaker version of your main point guard. This is probably more than likely going to help Jordan find a job on an NBA team.

What also springs to mind when we talk about an unathletic, average sized, pass first white point guard who went under the radar at a mid major college? Ye... that guy Steve Nash the one who won 2 MVP awards back to back, he's alright too, not exactly a role player anymore. Anybody who doubts Jordan's ability to succeed at the next level due to athletic shortcomings may be proved very wrong.

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