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Round 2: Derrick Brown, SF, Xavier


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#1 King Taharqa

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 10:18 PM

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Strengths:
Very long and athletic wing player. Can really create mismatches due to his ability to go inside and outside. With his combination of strength, length and athleticism, he has a great NBA body. Has tremendous leaping ability. Has good, smooth shooting mechanics and follow thru. When he is making his shot he is able to use the pump fake to get into the lane. Once he's in the lane he has a nice running floater that is virtually unstoppable due to his length. Shoots very well from three-point range and from mid range. Can grab a rebounds and take it coast to coast to finish on the other end. Does a great job of hesitating to get the defender off balance before attacking the hoop. Can get his shot off even when he is pushed off balance. Has a nice rise-up jumper that he uses once he gets into the paint. Does a very good job of adjusting in mid air and has great hangtime. Is very calm on the offensive end. When he makes up his mind to attack the rim he can really get up and finish. Has an effective drop shot that helps him get to the glass. Can finish well above the rim in transition. Has a great feel for when the defender is sagging off of him enough so that he can rise up and get his shot off with ease. Has great speed when he leaks out and is running in transition. Brings great versatility as he can give you minutes guarding both forward positions.

Weaknesses:
While he has mismatch capabilities, he doesn't dominate smaller players like he should, instead he often settles for outside shots. Despite his physical gifts he doesn't block a lot of shots or get a lot of steals. Needs to do a better job of moving without the basketball. Needs to learn how to seal his man when he has a mismatch so that he can take advantage down low. Doesn't fight for position down low. Would rather fade away on a jump shot then go straight up toward the rim. Once he gets the ball in the offense he almost always looks for his shot rather than creating for his teammates. Doesn't like to play physical. Doesn't move well when he is forced to dribble east to west or crosses over to his right hand. Doesn't have a quick release. Doesn't set good screens. Gravitates toward the three-point line rather than slashing to the hoop. Often shoots bad shots from the perimeter. Sometimes gets out of control when he puts the ball on the floor. On defense, his positioning is a little too hunched over, which hurts him when he is trying to guard quick, wing players.



#2 carpanfan96

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 11:25 PM

Most if not all of his negatives are coach able. I like the pick, good pick at that spot for sure. Pretty good draft for the Cats.

#3 Luc21

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 07:58 AM

Solid value at that number IMO. Still would like to see some things shaken up through trades

#4 pstall

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 08:34 AM

I don't mind this pick at all.

#5 RedMage138

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 09:55 AM

Solid value at that number IMO. Still would like to see some things shaken up through trades


Don't see that happening at this point. I will just be happy to get all our pieces back from last year and add Henderson. I think with this team together for a whole season, if they can stay healthy, will definitely make the playoffs.

#6 d-run

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:16 AM

Bilas said right after the pick he thought Brown good be a very good role player in the future. Thats all you can really ask for in the 2nd round.

#7 eaton_branden1

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:27 AM

I think Brown sees a lot of Tayshaun in him

#8 koolkatluke

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:44 AM

I think Brown sees a lot of Tayshaun in him



Sounds more like a athletic Jared Dudley.

#9 eaton_branden1

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:10 AM

Sounds more like a athletic Jared Dudley.

Maybe I do miss Dudley

#10 plewis

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 03:12 PM

This kid is pretty good, pretty athletic, can explode towards the rim and shot a pretty good fg % at xavier. Two years he shot above 40% from behind the arc. If he can get his shot against NBA defenders as a think he should because has long enough arms and a strong enough jump that if he can develop that shot and if he can learn that Sheed Wallace fade he could be pretty unstoppable. But that's wishful thinking.

Edited by plewis, 29 June 2009 - 03:17 PM.


#11 Niner National

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 09:21 PM

I've seen Derrick play a couple of times since Xavier and Charlotte are in the same conference. He's a very good player. I said before the draft that I'd like to see the Bobcats take him if he falls to the 2nd round. Had he stayed an extra year, I think Xavier would have been a contender for the national title. A longshot, but definitely a contender.


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