Diamonds at the Bottom of the NBA Draft

Joseph BosaCorrespondent IMay 19, 2009

MIAMI - MARCH 20:  Guard Dionte Christmas #22 reacts to a foul being called on him during his game against the Temple Owls  during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the American Airlines Arena on March 20, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Trust me when I say this isn't the greatest draft ever.

It lacks the game-breaking players from drafts past. This year's draft is mostly filled with raw potential. 

But it's deep.

You can get a diamond in the rough from the middle of the first round till the end of the second.


Here are the top five players* you can get at a bargain:

  1. Dionte Christmas. Teams can grab this electric scorer at the top of the second round. He could be a great player coming off the bench and possesses that unique "it" factor scouts love so much. 
  2. Sam Young. Whoever gets this player gets a steal. This guy has  the athleticism of a lottery pick and the basketball IQ of a grizzled veteran. Only problem is his age. At 24 he can't afford much of a learning curve. Teams should be able to pick him up in the late first or early second round.
  3. Darren Collison. f he had come out last year, he might have been a late lottery pick. This year he'll slide due to the depth of the PG class. He struggled due to the depletion of players around him. Teams can get him in the late first round. He could turn out to be the best point guard in draft—maybe, and it's a big maybe.
  4. Tyrese Rice. Last year he was seen as one of the best scorers in the country. He'll slide due to his height and his reduced stats playing on a struggling team. Teams can nab him in the late second. 
  5. Danny Green/Jeff Adrian. No matter where these two go they will contribute. Neither has ever been the star on the team, but they have been complements. I don't see this ending. Team will be able to pick up either in the middle of the second round.

*Note: I'm not saying any of these players will be successful. I'm saying they have that potential.