Let me start off with this I HATE Hansbrough but there is no doubt that I think he will be a better pro. Blair is a 6'6 C/PF while Hansbrough is 6'8. I don't know who would possibly take Blair in the 1st round. Neither of them will be stars but Hansbrough will be better. Wondering what everyone else thinks.
To be honest, I think that both guys are hard workers and will carve out a niche wherever they go, despite the fact that they probably won't be superstars or even "great" players, but i think it depends on how hard they work and what kind of a system they are in...but i give the edge to Hansbrough because i think he is a bit more versatile...
i, for one, think that the edge definitely goes to Blair, although i dont like either of them. his acumen as a rebounder and his really long arms will allow him to play much bigger than his listed height. i see him as Danny Fortson with a higher skill level. hansbrough, on the other hand, has short arms and isnt as wide as Blair, which might make it harder to "get his" inside. i see him as Mark Madsen with a higher skill level/ of course, neither will ever be the go-to guy, so theyre gonna have to get garbage buckets, which i think Blair will be better at. but thats just me...
It's really not even that close. Blair can be an impact player, while Hansbrough will have to try to catch on as a role player.
Tyler has more of a complete game and can hit the 15 footer. Blair relies too much on strength and won't be able to out muscle guys for rebounds in the NBA. I think Tyler can be a solid role player who averages 12 and 5 a game- Blair really needs to develop a consistent jump shot to be effective in the league.
If you look at the track record for guys like Blair, it isn't really good. He is extemely undersized, and underathletic. The track record for similar players is not good. He doesn't look a whole lot better than Mike Sweetney was, and he is smaller, and that didnt really work out. Thats my best comparison. Plus, i dont see him bieng able to play the nba pace, up and down every 24 seconds. He might have some trouble on defense too, because guys will shoot over him. I know he has the wingspan, but he also lacks any sort of quickness, so he will have to guard people with some space. All of the undersized 4s that have been succesful had athleticism to compensate. I have zero doubt about Hansbrough bieng a quality role player in the NBA, in the regular rotation of a playoff team from the get go.
I couldn't agree more
I feel you alphamale but I think Hanborough's upside potential is a Boozer. His shot has really improved even to the pont where he's hittin off balance turn arounds + the rebounding and energy. I like Hansborough as an NBA player, 7th man type. maybe a 10ppg 7rbs kind of guy.
Blair reminds me of a combo between Danny Fortson and Robert "the Tractor" Traylor, with more athleticism, of course. Hansborough does indeed remind me of Mark Madsen. However, I really don't think he'll measure to be legit 6'8. I'd say he's 6'7 and a quarter without shoes. You guys remember Jerome "Junkyard Dog" Williams? I think Hansborough will be a less athletic version of him combined with a bit a Mark Madsen. I'd say Blair will do better in the NBA because his attributes will allow him to be a top 10 rebounder in the league, given that he can play good enough defense to stay on the floor for 30 + minutes a game. Because Blair does one thing extremely well, while Hansborough does many things OK, I think he'll be in the league longer and have more of an impact holistically. Just think of all the guys who've stayed in the league for a long time due to one ability: Reggie Evans (Rebounding); Dell Curry: (shooting); Michael Curry (Defense/Leadership) Mutombo (Shot blocking)....the list goes on
Dejuan Blair and a little bit of tyler remind me of Leon powe because they rebound excellenty for their size and can just put the basket up with drawing contact or none, dejuan is suppose to be a guard while hansborough is suppose to be a small forward, not centers, not at all
I think they will have very comparable careers. I think both players will provide toughness off the bench for 7-10 years unless either one of them gets hurt. It's going to be harder for Blair to get minutes right away with the signing of McDyess and Haislip. There are only a certain amount of minutes at power forward to go around, but I still think he'll contribute and playing for a veteran squad will benefit him down the road. I think Tyler will have a better rookie year, because the Pacers are extremely mediocre and finding minutes for the 13th pick will be a little easier in Indiana. But to sum it up I see both players being career bench players maybe 6th men or starting for a terrible team one year, good contributers but not gonna average over 12 or 13 ppg.
Who is this kaplan43 character? Is it some kinda virus???? Anyway, I am leaning more on DeJuan Blair in terms of ability but you gotta love the determination in the eyes of Tyler... Both guys will be solid players at best and will be good supporting casts to superstars like KG, LBJ, D-Wade or Kobe... They will be able to help them lessen the pressure off a little bit...
I think Hansbrough would fit in really well on this current Celtics team. He probably wouldn't get as many minutes as he would in Indiana, but Doc Rivers would love his toughness and he (IMO) would provide the same kind of spark Powe did off the bench in their championship year.
Well, since this has been brought back from the dead, I have to say Hansbrough. He can really get up and down the court and his endurance will get him lots of garbage plays. Blair is not a bad player (especially with his stretch armstrong limbs), but I don't think his strengths will transfer to the NBA as well. Plus, Hansbrough had a much better Summer League showing than most were expecting.