Friday, June 26, 2009

And Now You Know!: Second Pick

I found an interesting stat online recently that depicted the drop off between the Number 1 overall pick and Number 2 pick over the past 20 years in the draft.

No. 1: 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists
No. 2: 13.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists

That really shouldn't surprise you when you have first picks such as Shaq, Iverson, Duncan, Brand, James, Howard, and most recently Rose. Your second pick usually consists of names such as Van Horn, Bibby, Milicic, Swift, and Aldridge.

Why is it that the 2nd pick is so hard to find good talent? The best 2nd pick in the draft could be Gary Payton? Kevin Durrant? Marcus Camby? Jason Kidd? Certainly names that we remember but not names that we would rely on to win big games.

Everyone knows about the No. 2 pick in 1984 with Sam Bowie and his career averages of 10.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, and 2.1 apg. but why do the scouts struggle so bad in picking a top player 2nd? Everyone knows that Blake Griffin will be drafted first this year so the Grizzles should then act as if they have the first pick. Seems simple enough.

Hasheem Thabeet, you are the first pick... err second pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, let's see how you live up to the hype.

And Now You Know! (And Knowing is Half the Battle)

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