Ranking The 2008 NBA Guards: A Leader Emerges, Sort Of

December 2nd, 2009 by Jose Salviati Leave a reply »
You remember kick-ball, don't you?

Two kids would proclaim themselves "captain" and the picking would begin.  A smile would form on the first few picks as they walked over to their new team.  A pump fist would follow as you heard your name picked somewhere near the middle.  And a sigh of relief would come knowing you weren't picked last.

Being picked last stunk.

In the NBA Draft not being picked first is like being picked last in kick-ball.  It seems everyone who isn't the first to shake David Sterns hand develops a grudge against the team that passed on him.

While players use being "passed-over" as motivation to improve, it's left to us as fans to evaluate drafts over time to see if the teams made the right pick or not.  When you take a somewhat early look back at the 2008 NBA draft a surprising leader for "Best Guard Drafted" is emerging.

The top four guards drafted in 2008 are, in order taken, Derrick Rose, O.J. Mayo, Russell Westbrook, and Eric Gordon.  All four are great athletes, players, and generally perfect fits for the teams that drafted them.  Ranking them is tough, given that they have j ...

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