So how does all of that figure in when people are doing mock drafts?
"I think nowadays, with so many internet outlets covering the draft, you know who the top draft picks are going to be just by looking at the media," says Blake. "You know Blake Griffin's going to be one of your top guys coming into this year because you've seen him play last year. For us to get a feel for who we want to go see - the guys we call 'must-tracks,' meaning we have to track them, get a look at them, monitor them because they're going to come out - last year that was Michael Beasley, Derrick Rose, you know those guys are going to be up there. Then it's fueled by a lot of other scouts who actually go to a lot of games, and they're going to spit that out to the media, as well. In terms of people like Chad Ford, Chad has only a few people who will talk to him and that's where he gets his information because he doesn't go see a lot of games. Then you have Draft Express, with guys who are actively going out there, and they do a really super job with what they do. How accurate they are, you never really know.
"Here's a perfect example. BJ Mullens was projected to be a Top Five pick two years ago, but now you're looking at him and there's no way he can be. Last year we said DeAndre Jordan (35th pick in 2008 by the LA Clippers) wasn't ready, not close to being ready. He doesn't play with a sense of urgency, he's not adept in the low post . . .he had a lot more concerns than he did strengths. So a lot of times people rely on the hype surrounding a player when they're filling out a mock draft. Some guy will get in the news and then their mock draft stock will go up. We've never spent much time looking at mock drafts, but my guys in the office would. They always talk about how a guy moves up and he hasn't played or even worked out for anyone. But that's OK, because for the public eye it's fun to go out and look at those things. Other media outlets will go look at Chad Ford or Draft Express or HOOPSWORLD and talk about who might fit in where. But for us, I don't even want to look at them to get my opinion because I have to go see those guys for myself and form my own opinion."
...THIS LAST part is what i noticed alot of posters dont do..they look at what everone else has put or what they have heard about a player and then jump on there bandwagon without even watching more then one of there games
Pretty good post
Its psychology and human nature... people generally jump on the bandwagon (herd mentality).
I doubt many people actually saw Rubio play even one full game. I watch European basketball so I've seen several and I'm not that impressed.
But when people see short clips of Rubio making a fancy play, they think he does that all game. I understand people are believing the hype of scouts, but those scouts are playing jumping on the bandwagon of some other big-name scout.
Watching the game tape is extremely crucial. When I do mocks, I have a mix of observations from watching specific players, what is written by the experts who dedicate their livelihood to this, news clips re: workouts, and YouTube videos. Often times, the real information gap is with the international players, who have sparse information available, except in the case of the high-profile prospects (in which case, many are overhyped).
I agree with the comment about Chad Ford. His big board is very odd and seems slightly underinformed.
exactly..ive seen rubio play a couple times in the 2 years and when i tell people dont expect him to come in and be a all star from jump they get very offended because of what they saw on highlight tapes and what they read plus the olympics( in which he wasnt real impressive)
But on most his hightlight reels you barely see him shoot the ball , all passes that may fly over there but thats not gonna cut it in the USA.Not saying he won't be decent but he looks more like a And 1 mixtape player and only one of them made it to the league.
Glad to hear you guys agree. Rubio is getting drafted so high because of Hype. Very few hyped-up players live up to the hype.
On the contrary, the hype may sell tickets... regardless if the guy is a bust.
yeah that is tru...him holiday,mullins are getting alot of hype without really proving much( although rubio has shown flashes of what he could become)