Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Media bias on the NBA Draft? You Bectha.

NBA Studios (a singular place) is based in Atlanta. That is important to note when viewing  "the Jump", an NBA-TV program that has spent recent days focusing on the 2010 NBA Draft. I've noticed a lean toward talking about what is comfortable (i.e. local) on this show that should be thinking globally. I don't need more info on Al Faroqu Aminu, Derrick Favors, and Gani Lawal. Tell me something about Nemanja Bjelica. Can I see any love for a Pac-10 player? Quincy Pondexter (pictured) is a first round pick too.

I've changed my tune on Eric Bledsoe. I've almost totally discounted his putrid numbers after digging into game tape to refresh my memory about his fireplug body with outstanding athleticism, court vision, and instincts. He plays at NBA speed and has room to grow. (Thanks to Marty McNeal and another unnamed source for planting the seed of giving Bledsoe another look.)

Always tweaking my ways to evaluate players with a combo of data and common sense, I added a "simple 20 category checklist" last year to my myriad of mathematical factors. It proved to be a worthwhile, albeit timely, exercise.

This year I did the checklist again. Here are the players that according to my checklist - are being undervalued right now on mock drafts worldwide: Lance Stephenson, Scottie Reynolds, Ben Uzoh, Jerome Randle, Edwin Ubiles, Jeremy Lin, and Sylven Landesberg.

Finally, there are some guys with a remote chance of being drafted that we at least wanted to cover the basics of. They are linked here: Stephen Dennis, Matt Janning, Boban Marjanovic, Tim Ohlbrecht, Michael Roll, and Patrick Sullivan.

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