Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Zooming Up The Draft Board -- Stephen Curry


Draft Express has him at #5 (at best -- Mike Bibby, at worst Janerro Pargo -- ooooh, imagine drafting Jannero Pargo with the #5 pick!).

NBA Draft.net has him going at #6 to Minnesota (where Minnesota would presumably trade him for a lower selection and a veteran player).

Why so much upward pressure with Curry?

1) The Knicks are sitting at #8 and they are said to love him. So everyone interested in Curry wants to leapfrog the Knicks.

2) He is a sort-of-big-name and the economy sucks. So you can tell your few remaining fans in Memphis, Washington, Sacramento, etc. "Hey remember that kid from plucky Davidson? We got him" and sell a few tickets, or you can answer 300 e-mails asking, "Who the hell is {Jordan Hill, Tyreke Evans, James Harden, Jrue Holiday, Demar Derozen, etc., etc.}!?!?!"

3) Recall that Flip Saunders is now in Washington. No coach in the NBA does a better job of getting into favorable offensive sets for his personnel.

4) He measured 6'2" with no shoes. 6'3 1/4 with shoes on. So he is an average size point guard. Not a midget.


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