Blogging the draft: Rest of the first round
|06.25.09 at 10:24 pm ET|
– Jrue Holiday was the highest-rated player left in the Green Room, but the UCLA product may have found a perfect fit with Philly, who took him at No. 17. Holiday isn’t ready to step in and start, but Andre Miller is an unrestricted free agent and Holliday may get a chance to be in the rotation and eventually take over if he develops.
– Speaking of great fits, Ty Lawson couldn’t have asked for a better spot then Denver where he will get a chance to learn from Chauncey Billups and run the second team with JR Smith.
– Austin Daye, son of ex-Celtic Darren Daye, could have been a top five pick if he had gone back to Gonzaga and developed his game. The Pistons did well to get him at 15.
– DeJuan Blair will make a lot of teams look silly for passing on him. The kid was a dominant force at Pitt. Yes, he’s undersized from a height standpoint, but he’s incredibly strong and his production was off the charts. The Bulls went with two bigs–James Johnson and Taj Gibson and I’d be surprised if either wind up as good as Blair.
– Wayne Ellington at No. 28? Sorry, Jay Bilas. Too high. (By the way, is there any pick the ESPN panel doesn’t like?)
– Free Darko? Mr. Millic might have actually found a home in New York.
– Did Stu Scott really call Shaq the best passing big man in the league? Oy.