NBA Draft 2011: 15 Players Who Are Fool's Gold

Daniel HudsonCorrespondent IIIJune 20, 2011

NBA Draft 2011: 15 Players Who Are Fool's Gold

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars looks on with a bandage on his chin during the second half against the Florida Gators during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans A
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    Fool's Gold is not just a terrible movie. It's also a terrific metaphor for how incredibly hard it is to distinguish good basketball players from bad ones.

    Want to make sure that your team doesn't end up with Darko Milicic instead of Carmelo Anthony?

    Want to make sure that your team doesn't end up with Greg Oden instead of Kevin Durant?

    Want to make sure that you team doesn't end up with Sam Bowie instead of Michael Jordan?

    E-mail this list to your team's GM. Save you and your team the decades of despair.

Scotty Hopson

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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11:  Scotty Hopson #32 of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts during their 74 to 85 loss to the Florida Gators in the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 11, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Ke
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    Unless your team has a need for a guy who has an inconsistent shot, plays atrocious defense, and handles the ball like Edward Scissorhands, don't fall for the "high-potential" of Scotty Hopson or his hightop fade.

    The former one-and-done prospect end up being three-and-done. He probably should've gone four-and-done, but some delicious Buddy's BBQ influenced his decision.

    For further analysis on this piece of fool's gold, click here.

Enes Kanter

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    What's the deal with drafting players that did nothing the previous year?

    And when I say nothing, I mean nothing.

    Is there something about the great NBA career of B.J. Mullens that Draft analysts can't help but overlook when it comes to Enes Kanter?

    Or is it Kosta Koufos?

    Maybe it's the great rookie year of fellow Kentucky player Daniel Orton.

    I hope you clicked those links because I now rest my case. Stop drafting big men that were supposed to be good but did nothing noteworthy the season before.

Marcus Morris

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks handles the ball against Jamie Skeen #21 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 27,
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    Chang and Eng Bunker showed what happens when twins that have been together forever separate.

    The two Thai men spent 62 years joined at the hip, quite literally. Once Chang passed away in his sleep, Eng only lasted three more hours until he too passed on.

    Watch how I actually bring this back to basketball!

    Marcus Morris has played basketball with his brother Markeiff Morris since they were born. This leads me to fear that when separated, Marcus will be wholly unable to perform his duties as a player.

    Beware.

    Fun fact: Chang and Eng had 11 and 10 children, respectively. Just ponder that for a moment...

Markeiff Morris

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Markieff Morris #21 and Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks react during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011
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    Refer to the story of Marcus Morris for the reason Markeiff Morris is fool's gold.

Chandler Parsons

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Chandler Parsons #25 of the Florida Gators shoots against the Brigham Young Cougars during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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    Chandler Parsons never lived up to his 5-star expectations. His buddy Nick Calathes bolted for the Greek AI League after their freshman year, and Parsons stuck around to underwhelm Gator fans for three more years.

    I was actually surprised to see him in the top 30 of many mock drafts. Why? Is the class that weak?

    If you're going to take a Chandler, take Chandler Bing.

Iman Shumpert

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  Iman Shumpert #1 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets dribbles down the court during the second half of the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Co
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    I don't like it when players experience a huge jump in their production for no noticeable reason.

    Indeed, if one of my Atlanta Braves suddenly hits 60 home runs and leads us to the World Series, I'll be mad because it came out of nowhere.

    Enter Iman Shumpert, who for three years at Georgia Tech has received right at 30 minutes per game. For his freshman and sophomore years he averaged a meager 10 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and two steals per game.

    Those numbers sound more like an off-the-bench NBA guard than a high NBA Draft prospect.

    But that name rocks.

Josh Selby

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Josh Selby #32 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts after the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. Virg
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    After a semester-long suspension, Josh Selby burst onto the scene with the Kansas Jayhawks on December 18th.

    Then he suffered a right foot injury at the beginning of February and never could get back on track. One has to worry whether this is something that could linger for a while.

    If Selby is looking for a particular pain killer for his ailment, could someone get him in touch with Greg Oden? I feel like he dealt with this injury during his seventh and fourteenth IR stint.

Jeremy Tyler

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    What's the deal with "forgoing" everything and "taking your talents" everywhere? It seems like it's the thing to do, and Jeremy Tyler set the bar.

    Tyler forwent his senior year of high school to take his talents to Israel and Japan. Yeah, it's true.

    If there's anything that the Japanese National Team has taught us, it's that Japanese professional basketball is the best way to get ready for the NBA.

Brandon Knight

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats moves the ball while taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in
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    If Brandon Knight ends up being fool's gold, it'll shock the world.

    Not because Knight is unbelievably good, even though he is.

    Not because he's likely to end up playing with Al Jefferson in Utah, but he is.

    It's because he is a product of the John Calipari School of Point Guards. The list includes Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, and John Wall. It's absolutely nasty.

    They say that more people lose money gambling on a streak to end than any other thing. I'm prepared to take my chances and say that four in a row is just too many for one cheating coach.

Tobias Harris

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Tobias Harris #12 of the Tennessee Volunteers lays the ball up in front of Stu Douglass #1 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Ar
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    It pains me to put both of the Tennessee Volunteers on this list, but I have to. Tobias Harris is quite possibly the foolest fool's gold.

    He's very smooth, very calm and does a little bit of everything. The problem is that he really doesn't do of one particular thing to really affect the team that drafts him.

    He won't hurt you. That's for sure. He's clean-cut, humble, and a hard worker. You won't even realize that he has racked up 20 points, but that's his problem.

    The NBA isn't just about scoring. Nearly every NBA player is capable of scoring a lot. It's about scoring and making sure that everyone in the arena saw, heard, and felt it.

    Harris is just too nice.

Darius Morris

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Darius Morris #4 of the Michigan Wolverines moves the ball while taking on the Duke Blue Devils during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North
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    Darius Morris' solid 2010-2011 campaign is as much about his own improvement as it is about the departure of Manny Harris.

    Morris saw a really big bump in his points per game, from 4.4 to 15.0, which coincides with his minutes per game bump, 24.3 to 34.8.

    His three-point percentage rose to 25 percent. So he was just driving the lane and putting up lay-ups. I think Dikembe Mutombo will have something to say about that.

    Do you know what Manny Harris' real name is? It's Corperryale L'Adorable Harris. Wikipedia it. 

Bismack Biyombo

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    Bismack Biyombo.

    I repeat. Bismack. Biyombo.

    I see an excellent opportunity for a sponsorship with McDonald's, but I'm not sure about an NBA career. The experts say his offensive game is "raw" which is code for bad in the world of sports.

    I can't help but wonder what kind of awesome signs fans could make about a raw Bismack.

    I digress. Fool's gold alert!

Chris Singleton

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Chris Singleton #31 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Tex
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    For all the hype around Chris Singleton, his stats sure are mediocre.

    His junior year at Florida State, Singleton tallied 13.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. His defensive effort led him to being voted the runner-up for ACC Defensive Player of the Year (and helped him land on this list).

    But do you spend a lottery pick on a defensive forward?

    The fact that he shares his name with the "great" baseball player doesn't help. Steer clear of him.

Tyler Honeycutt

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 19:  Tyler Honeycutt #23 of the UCLA Bruins walks off the court dejected after they lost 73-65 against the Florida Gators during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 19, 2011 in Ta
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    If the name doesn't scare you, the size will: 6'8" and 188 pounds.

    As I type this, I weigh in at 5'10" and 173 pounds. I honestly think I could body up with Tyler Honeycutt.

    His height says forward, but his weight says guard (and for the record, his mind keeps telling him no). His numbers at UCLA are inconclusive. Someone needs to decide what Honeycutt's future is.

    I will. He's a lovely piece of fool's gold. Proceed at your own risk.

Jimmer Fredette

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars reacts during their 74 to 83 loss to the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orle
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    We've had shared some laughs, and that's nice.

    Let's bring it back with a serious fool's gold concern I have, Jimmer Fredette.

    Fredette wowed us with his scoring prowess at BYU. He definitely has NBA three-point range, and is totally capable of driving to the rim.

    But his defense is untested. BYU coach Dave Rose smartly put Fredette on the opponent's weakest offensive guard so as to limit Fredette's fouls and allow him to torch the net on offense.

    I'm afraid that a lottery pick on him will equate to a lottery pick on J.J. Reddick or Adam Morrison. Reddick is definitely fool's gold, but I'm really sure what you call Morrison...