NBA Draft 2011: Jan Vesely and 10 Prospects Not Ready for NBA Competition
Many of the players that enter the draft are not necessarily ready for the NBA level.
A lot of those players are jumping at the opportunity to fulfill their lifelong goal of becoming an NBA player. Although many if not all of these players will be drafted, many will not make an immediate impact.
These 11 players have a bright future in the NBA, they just needs one to two more years of development before they are ready
11. Greg Smith, Center (Fresno State)
Greg Smith shouldn’t have left for the draft. He is projected to go at the end of the second round and has a high probability of going undrafted.
At only 20 years old, he lacks the focus that is needed at the professional level. He improved very little from his freshman to his sophomore year, and needs at least a couple years of improvement.
Greg Smith is a risky choice regardless of when he gets drafted, and there is no telling whether he will pan out in the long run.
10. Lucas Nogueira, Center (Brazil)
He will be a steal in the middle of the second round. As for his ability to make an immediate impact, he will need a couple years of work.
He is clearly very athletic and talented, but as an 18-year-old, he needs to improve a couple parts of his game.
He needs to work on his outside shot, since he is only 218 pounds at the power forward position, making it very difficult to post up other power forward in the NBA.
If he works hard for the next couple years, Lucas Nogueira has potential to become a first team all NBA defensive team.
9. Jeremy Tyler, Power Forward (Japan)
He is known for his horrible decision to leave high school after his junior year to play professionally.
By signing a professional contract he was ineligible to play for a college team in the United States as well. He is very skilled on offense and has a huge body.
Jeremy Tyler lacks emotional maturity; clearly making one of the worst decisions by a top high school basketball player in recent memory.
If Jeremy Tyler grows up and gains some much needed competitive experience, he has a good chance at becoming a very good NBA player.
8. Nikola Vucevic, Power Forward (USC)
This Trojan junior is a very risky pick at the end of the first round. Vucevic has always had the potential, but he has never proven he can play at the NBA level.
He was constantly pushed around in the post in the PAC-10 conference and although he averaged 17 points a game, he will have a very hard time scoring in the NBA.
He is not a very good defender and lacks the ability to take over a game on either ends of the floor.
7. Tyler Honeycutt, Small Forward (UCLA)
Tyler Honeycutt’s talent is very raw. I have seen him play in person and by no means was he the best player on the floor.
He easily gets lost in the crowd and regularly put up less than 10 points per game. He is a very good shot blocker, but outside of his solid defense, he is not a force on the offensive end of the floor.
He could use a couple more years of development and he will eventually become a solid NBA player.
6. Davis Bertans, Power Forward (Lativa)
The reason why he needs a year till he will become effective is that he lacks experience in every meaning of the word. He is only 18 years old and is still learning how to play within his six foot ten frame.
He will be picked in the later part of the first round hopefully giving him the opportunity to improve his skills before he plays in the NBA.
Davis Bertans should become a very good NBA player; he just needs a couple of years to perfect his skills.
5. Markieff Morris, Power Foward (Kansas)
The problem with being a twin of another NBA draft prospect is that there are constant comparisons. Markieff is not offensive force that his brother is.
He is a good defender and that will most likely give him playing time in his rookie year, but after a year or two in the development league and or the bench of his NBA team, he will end up being a good late first round draft pick.
4. Tobias Harris, Power Forward (Tennessee)
Tobias Harris is a typical freshman that is jumping at the chance to make money in the NBA when he truly needs at least year to work on his game.
He is going to be a role player in the NBA, coming in at the end of the quarters and playing around seven minutes a game.
He is not a true power forward but because of his inability to shoot the three and his lack of speed down the court, he is confined to playing in the post.
He will not amount to anything more than a midrange jump shooter that has a slow first step to the basket.
3. Tristan Thompson, Power Forward (Texas)
As an undersized power forward, Tristan Thompson must learn how to shoot from the perimeter.
Instead of backing down opponents, he must be able to step back and knock down the 15 to 18-foot jump shot with regularity.
He will score in other ways because he is a very athletic forward. I think that he will play some good minutes, but after one year in the NBA he will become a much bigger contributor for whichever team picks him.
2. Jonas Valaciunas, Power Forward (Lithuania)
This Lithuanian native has draft bust written all over him. He has very little experience at the professional level and lacks a mid range game.
He only averaged 7.6 points per game in a little less than 15 minutes a game. Jonas Valanciunas reminds me of the Clippers 12th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, Yaroslav Korolev.
He ended up averaging 1.1 points per game and was out of the league within two years of being drafted.
I don’t think he will have the same fate at Korolev, but he is not worthy of a lottery pick and certainly will not improve whichever team that drafts him.
1. Jan Vesely, Power Forward, (Czech Republic)
He has the ability to become a decent power forward, but with averaging only 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in a much softer and less physical Euro league, he will have a very hard transition to the NBA.
He lacks the ability to score at will, a key attribute needed in lottery pick. He is very young, but I think Vesely will make an impact on the team that drafts him until Year 3 or Year 4 of his career.
For now, he will be a waste of a pick for the team that drafts him, especially since every team that picks in the lottery is in need of immediate help.
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