DRAFT 2009: EXPERT PREDICTIONS

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/15/09 10:29 am EST

maynorWe are a little over a week away from the 2009 NBA Draft and as we all know, the 76ers hold the 17th pick this year. The consensus is that Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin will go #1 to the Los Angeles Clippers. That seems to be a no-brainer – mortal lock. However, slide down the Draft board to the Sixers and there’s seems to be very little agreement on what Ed Stefanski will do at number seventeen.

We searched the world wide web and gathered up a host of “expert” opinions on what to expect from the Sixers on Draft Night 2009. While we did find a lead candidate, we think you’ll surprised at the lack of agreement among the “experts” as well as a few of the names being put out there as a possible pick by Philadunkia’s home team.

Ian Thomsen of SI.com…

  • Eric Maynor (6-3; 180) senior point guard from VCU

 

draftexpress.com…

  • Ty Lawson (5-10; 195) junior point guard from UNC

 

NBAdraft.net…

  • Chase Budinger (6-7; 205) junior shooting guard / small forward from Arizona

 

Collegehoops.net…

  • Wayne Ellington (6-5; 195) junior shooting guard from UNC

 

Realgm.com…

  • Ty Lawson (5-10; 195) junior point guard from UNC

 

chaseProbasketballnews.com (Sam Meijia)

  • Chase Budinger (6-7; 205) junior shooting guard / small forward from Arizona

 

Probasketballnews.com (Sam Amico)

  • Eric Maynor (6-3; 180) senior point guard from VCU

 

 

 

 

CBSSports.com…

  • BJ Mullens (7-0; 260) freshman center / forward from Ohio State

 

The Sporting News…

  • Eric Maynor (6-3; 180) senior point guard from VCU

 

thebiglead.com…

  • Patrick Mills (6-0; 180) sophomore point guard from St. Mary’s

 

Foxsports.com…

  • Eric Maynor (6-3; 180) senior point guard from VCU

 

tylawson06-02So our leader with about 10 days left before the NBA Draft is VCU’s Maynor. Maynor is a scoring point guard who can really get to the the hole. Maynorhas the ability to finish around the cup with a number of different shot — the scoop, the tear drop, the floater or with the kiss. He also owns a very nice mid-range game. If the Sixers can sign Miller and give Maynor time to learn to play point in the NBA from one of the best, he could turn out to be an excellent pick a year or two down the road. Although drafting Maynor could create an interesting dilemma for the Sixers with regards to Louis Williams and how Maynor’s presence and development would impact his minutes off the bench.

 

Ian Thomsen writes of Maynor, Having recently acquired a shooter from Toronto in Jason Kapono, the 76ers now look for a young point guard as a potential replacement for free agent Andre Miller. Maynor needs to extend his range, but he brings the speed and skills necessary to run their up-tempo offense. “

 

While Foxsports.com had the following to say, “Maynor could go as high as 10 or slip into the 20s. His combine numbers were solid, but nothing outstanding. He did bench press 185 eight times which is impressive considering he only weighs 163 pounds. He obviously needs to keep building his strength to hold his own at the NBA level. Philly is a team full of athletes, so looking for stability with a guy like Maynor would be a solid.”


 
 
 

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