Pittsburgh foward, DeJuan Blair, keeps getting rave reviews, about his play this season, and especially the 23 points and 22 boards he dropped on Luke Harangody and Notre Dame, but at the end of the day, he will be a liability in the NBA. At 6'6 or 6'7, weighing in at over 270 pounds, with no form of hops, were looking at the next Michael Sweetney or Robert "Tractor" Taylor. Both were dominate college players, but were nobodies in the NBA, exact for space fillers. If a GM drafts Blair in the first round and think their team is getting another Paul Millsap, Jason Maxiell, or Leon Powe, they got a sad thing coming to them. What seperates undersized forwards like Millsap, Maxiell, and Powe to the likes of DeJuan Blair, Tyler Hansbrough, and Luke Harangody, is that they all have long wingspans, are in shape, and they have a lot of athleticism. Blair may have a 7'0 foot wingspan, but he is a below the rim player, with no form of lift what so ever. He's a big bust waiting to happen. I feel sorry for the team that may be dumb enough to draft him or Tyler Hansbrough in the first round.
I wouldn't exactly call Leon Powe above the rim, but there is definitely a new fad of PFs who are undersized height wise, but play with a high motor. However, I do think DeJuan Blair is the wrong player to be looking at for the next big (small) PF. The man we should be raving over is Jeff Adrien of UCONN. He is exactly the kind of player GMs are looking for to fit this bill. He is consistent, plays with a high motor, very strong, athletic, and intelligent. He has been in the rotation for four years, started for two or three and never been the first option on a usually stacked UCONN team.
Granted, his numbers are not eye-popping like Blair or Hansbrough, but he shoots a decent clip and shares the paint with Thabeet. Now, I am not saying I would take him in the top 25-30, but I would give him a hard look over Blair and Hansbrough.
To Tsedreyt: I totally agree with what u said about Jeff Adrien. Adrien reminds me a lot of Malik Rose, when he was on the Spurs. I think he'll latch on to a contending team, just like how the Cavaliers drafted Kansas's Darnell Jackson in the 2008 draft.
I think Sweetney and Traylor are ok comparisons, but I think Blair has a better chance to make it because the guy is an obsolute star rebounder. 9.5 offensive boards per 40! If he isn't too much of a liability defensively and can rebound like Kevin Love, than I think he'll be worth a later on 1st round pick.
don, I totally agree with you that Blair is an undersized, below the rim player. But I don't think that there is much NBA talk about him. He is getting a lot of accolades, but I think that is based on his great production and how well his team is doing related to him being a very good college basketball player, which I feel he rightly deserves. Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think that there are many people who think that his production at the college level will translate to the NBA. However, I do think that he deserves all the attention he is getting for what he is doing at Pitt.
idk about blair but look at glen davis
and he wasnt as dominant as blair is and hes doing gud
and i saw him play last nite he can get up and get open
he juss need to get in shape more
turn fat in to muscle work on his overall game
and work on athleticism alot more and some post skills he van b a very poor mans version of shaq the way i see him pushing ppl out the way
with his body
and he can score with alot of contact i meeen alot ppl bounce of of him
dont think hes not strong trust me thats not all fat
sam young is a nice payer to
hes been working on his handling and finishing at the rim
hes a nice player i see him as a late first rounder
early second roundeer
because of hids age
and he doest have alt of room for improvement
he wont b a supster star but he a b a good role player
The adrian comment was right on point; hes a hard worker who added that little 15 foot jumper this year. Hes the heart and soul on the number one team in the country, and carries the offense and defense when no one else can make a stop or buy a shot. Pencil Jeff in for a double-double every game. We will see how blair handles a true center when he matches up with thabeet and possibly adrian for a play or two for at least two games not including what happens in the big east tourney. Watching Blair last night at WVU, he barely gets any lift off the floor and balls he should be jamming through, he gives shot blockers a chance by laying them in from his waist it seems. Fields pretty much delivers him the ball without blair ever having to make an offensive move, and if he does have to make a move he shows very little touch and usually clanks it hard off the board. Being physically superior in college is one thing, but a different thing in the league where the PFs have range and can usually hop out of the gym.
He does remind me of Sweetney. They are exactly alike. I think he will have a real hard time getting on the floor.
He reminds me more of Big Nasty Corliss Williamson
Blair is a good college PF but cmon in the NBA I think this guy would et completely dominated by Ronny Turiaf. Maybe he might be able to grab boards for a team but on offense its going to be difficult for this guy to finish in the paint. For every undersized powerforward the makes it there are 2 that dont. May, Diagu, Sweetney, Hatson, Tyrus Thomas, even a Sheldon Williams. All these guys are 6-8 or shorter and in my opinion BUSTS.
The kid is an animal, but he isnt very fast and really short and can't jump. There's just too many things stacked against him, he wont be able to push people around in the NBA like he does now, he is a man among boys. Epizzle, lots of good examples. It pains me that Sean May is in there, because he is one of my alltime faves, and I think he might pan out once his Injuries clear up. Hansbrough is different because he can shoot, and he can run. I've said it a million times he is an underrated athlete, people assume he isn't athletic because he is white and plays hard, but he is faster than most 4's, can jump pretty good too. He keeps himself in perfect shape, is dead on from right inside 3 and is extending his range rapidly, and is ready to go from Day 1. Late fisrt round, Psycho T is gonna make a contender really happy, and Hometown Fans are going to LOOOOVE him.
He averages over 6 off. reb. a game. He has a knack for where the ball is going and I think he could be a good NBA player. I do recall a certain Sir Charles who was a fatass and had a pretty solid career. I am not comparing the two except for their build.
I don't think you can overlook a player's heart, determination, charisma, and personality. There are few if any players in college that have as much as Blair.
He is definitely undersized and not the most athletic or explosive player. But he rebounds the ball similar to the way Kevin Love (6 off rebounds per) does and has even more willingness and fresher body/legs to battle inside and defend.
7-3 wingspan helps and Blair can improve his body if he puts his mind to it... His ceiling is limited yes, but his intangibles and leadership make him the perfect addition to a winning team.
Blair is Tractor Traylor all over again,look at Glen Davis,same type of player which is basically a bully on the college level where theres maybe 3 other big men that actuallly have a shot at the nba in the big east conference. Length will disrupt bulk anyday of the week. He will be ineffective against the long athletic power forwards in the league.
Yeah that's right, Aran Smith likes my Kevin Love comparison. I guess that's because I live in Minny and no one else besides people from here appreciate what he does.
Just don't see it translating to the NBA he could be the guy that bucks the trend and proves people wrong but I don't see it happening. The guy is limited athletically and that just won't cut in the NBA he won't be bigger and stonger than every post player.He would kill guys in Europe, though thats a place that would really appreciate his game.I like the C.Williamson comparison but Big Nasty put in a lot work to refine his game to stick around the league as long as he did.
Yeah, Danny Fortson, Michael Sweetney.
Short PFs without explosiveness. Still he's worth a late first rounder.
"May, Diagu, Sweetney, Hatson, Tyrus Thomas, even a Sheldon Williams. All these guys are 6-8 or shorter and in my opinion BUSTS."
I don't know who Hatson is, but every other guy mentioned is listed at 6'9". Sean May was a bust only because of injuries. Have you even seen what Tyrus Thomas has been doing lately? He's averaging like 18 points,11 rebounds, and 2 blocks in February. And he's at about 13 points, 7 and a half rebounds, and 2 blocks a game over the last 30 days. Not bad for a 22-year old. But besides that, Tyrus' game is nothing like Blair's anyway.
And for the guy saying that Blair is so much better than everyone else, Tractor Traylor averaged 16 points and 10 boards as a junior in college. Blair's averaging 15 and 13. Not all that much better. "worst &$#%#&@! player in the league" Leon Powe averaged 20.5 and 10 in his second college season after missing a year and having knee surgery. College success does not mean NBA success, although Powe is doing well in his limited minutes. And he has a nice championship ring.
Please look at Charles Barkley and then talk to me. Blair physically dominates people because he is a work horse. Hmm sounds like Barkley jr to me. And Barkley was same size
how u think of him now teaching thabeet a thing or two about basketball