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No, we didn't forget Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor

Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:39 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 2:59 pm
By Gary Parrish

Jeff Goodman and I spent Monday doing a 2012 NBA mock draft.

We alternated picks.

I took Harrison Barnes first.

Goodman took Anthony Davis second and said he would've taken him first.

(Note: Looks like I'm the smart one. Again.)

Then we knocked out the next 28 picks and among the players never selected was Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor, which led to a few emails that asked the following questions: "Are you an idiot? Did you forget about Jordan Taylor?"

Answer to Question No. 1: Maybe

Answer to Question No. 2: No

As everybody should know by now, being a great college player doesn't necessarily make somebody a great NBA prospect, and Taylor might be an example of that. I'm not ready to give up on his NBA prospects just yet because he could reasonably go late in the first round of any draft and then develop into a quality NBA point guard. I don't know. But the fact that Taylor is a tremendous college guard means nothing ... except for that he'll be a First Team Preseason All-American.

Speaking of, I decided to take a look at how some preseason All-American teams might look.

If I'm doing two teams, here's what I've got:

G: Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin)
G: Austin Rivers (Duke)
F: Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
F: Anthony Davis (Kentucky)
F: Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)

G: Tu Holloway (Xavier)
G: John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)
F: Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut)
F: Terrence Jones (Kentucky)
F: Perry Jones (Baylor)

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:01 pm

Preseason expectations

Year after year the preseason mock drafts, the preseason Top 25 (or 26) and the preseason All-American teams fall far short of reality. The fans for those teams and players are often disappointed while fans of non-selected teams and players feel cheated. Relax folks. There is nothing riding on these fantasies. And that's mostly what they are because they are based upon last year's players and performances, in many cases performances at the high school level. This fact is helpful: young players improve over the summer. And some young players take huge leaps. In addition the team members of last year's teams were often dominated by players who have moved on either from graduation or early entry into the draft.

So when the role changes for players returning and new players on a team it often reveals a different player. For some, their opportunity to start and play major minutes allows them to be far more productive than in the previous year. For others this same opportunity brings struggles to achieve at a high level while defenses are geared to stop them. Finally freshmen are expected to perform at a level they had achieved against high school peers while facing college juniors and seniors. (Note there are two freshman on the above 1st team.) Perry Jones last year was there but his play was nowhere near worthy of that honor.

As far as teams are concerned it is nearly impossible to predict how teams will play from last year's results. The usual thinking appears to be that a team that did not lose any significant players has to be dominant in the succeeding year. (See North Carolina). On the other hand teams who had large numbers of players leave are expected to lose more than they win, especially in the BCS leagues. (See Kansas nearly every year). So take the exercise for the fun intended and don't plan on seeing the end of the year resemble the preseason. That just does not happen.

Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:53 pm

No, we didn't forget Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor

Only two Wildcats?

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:29 pm

No, we didn't forget Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor

One TarHeel?? i dont think so

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