Weighing in on Jon Brockman's Odds in the NBA

Pete TreperinasCorrespondent IJune 28, 2009

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 21:  Jon Brockman #40 of the Washington Huskies reacts after losing to the Purdue Boilermakers during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden on March 21, 2009 in Portland, Oregon. The Boilermakers defeated the Huskies 76-74 to advance to the Sweet 16.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

After leaving it all on the floor in the Huskies' second round loss to Purdue in the Big Dance this year, there were questions surrounding whether or not Brockman would be a prospect for the Draft.

The Portland Trail Blazers answered those questions when they took Brockman 38th overall and dealt him to the Sacramento Kings

While he's considerably undersized at 6'7", Brockman can rebound. Well, he could do it in a strong Pac-10 conference for the last four years, anyway.

Last night on Sports Radio KJR 950 in Seattle, it was brought up that a best case scenario for Brockman could be if he turns out like a Paul Millsap, maybe a Jason Maxiell.

The Millsap's and Maxiell's of the league are able to make a decent career out of averages around 10 and eight a game. As a matter of fact, Maxiell got a $20 million contract last year for averages less than that.

Brockman is going to be in an environment in which I think he'll have the potential to get minutes. There's very little experience at the power forward position on Sacramento's roster, which has me beaming with optimism that Brockman could get some minutes. 

It will be interesting to see how Brockman will play in the summer league, and how effective his style of play will be against other talented young players. He's an exceptional scorer, too, but rarely leaves the post.

Brockman shot 53 percent from the field while averaging nearly 15 PPG and 11.5 RPG last year, and he also set the UW record for rebounds.

In my opinion, the key to Brockman's success will be finding his role as an individual. Here are a couple possibilities for what that role could be:


The Seventh Man

Brockman obviously won't be starting in Sacramento. The team might have been the worst in the league last year, but even with a lack of serious depth at power forward, I don't see Brockman having a great shot at being in the starting five.

However, I think Brockman could be that guy that new coach Paul Westphal can turn to when he needs some gritty play for half a quarter.


The Bruiser

Okay, so we've covered the fact that Brockman is way undersized, but even in college he was matching up with bigs that were taller than him. So while his height is going to be an issue, I don't think intensity will.

For the U-Dub fans out there that doubled as Sonics fans, you have to remember the 2004-2005 season. Danny Fortson (banger) and Reggie Evans (bruiser) made a bigger impact than one would think.

In that same season, Evans played under 24 MPG and finished ninth in the league in boards.

Down the road I could see Brockman developing into the type of player that gets in the game, rebounds his butt off, gets a few fouls, and takes a seat when he's told to do so.