2010 NBA Mock Draft: Why Derrick Favors Should Go No. 2

May 31st, 2010 by Charlie Li Leave a reply »
This article is also featured on Doin Work': www.doinwork247.blogspot.com A lot has happened since my previous mock draft a month ago, (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/387190-2010-nba-mock-draft-the-extinction-of-the-college-senior-is-complete) most notably the NBA Draft Combine. The NBA draft combine doesn't get nearly as much coverage as the NFL draft combine, mostly because it's a much worse predictor of future success in the pros. While plenty of football players can be effective without ever needing to actually touch the football, thus making their physical abilities more important, NBA players need skills a combine cannot cover to be good pros. How fast is a player with the ball? Can he pass? Does he understand defensive rotations? Can he change speeds effectively? Can he shoot? You get the idea. The difference between "combine" ability and basketball abilities is often pronounced. It doesn't matter how fast a player can sprint; it's how fast he can sprint while dribbling. (There is the semi-famous story of Marquis Daniels outracing Leandrinho Barbosa to corroborate this.) It's not how high a player can jump that makes a good rebounder; often, it's how quickly he can ju ...

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