Sunday, April 20, 2008

Predictions For College Players in the NBA

For the second time, a few of us tried to predict which players would have the better NBA career out of groupings of 2-4 players. Here are those predictions:

Michael Bealey, O.J. Mayo, Bill Walker
me: Mayo, Beasley, Walker.
Ian: Beasley, Mayo, Walker.
Mike: Beasley, Mayo, Walker.

Tyler Hansbrough, Roy Hibbert, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love
me: Love, Lopez, Hibbert, Hansbrough.
Ian: Love, Hibbert, Lopez, Hansbrough.
Mike: Lopez, Love, Hibbert, Hansbrough.

Eric Gordon, Derrick Rose
me: Rose, Gordon.
Ian: Rose, Gordon.
Mike: Rose, Gordon.

Corey Fisher, Scottie Reynolds
me: Reynolds, Fisher.
Ian: Reynolds, Fisher.
Mike: Reynolds, Fisher.

Patrick Ewing Jr., Roy Hibbert, DuJuan Sommers, Jonathan Wallace.
me: Sommers, Hibbert, Ewing, Wallace.
Ian: Hibbert, Sommers, Ewing, Wallace.
Mike: Hibbert, Ewing, Sommers, Wallace.

Wayne Ellington, Gerald Henderson
me: Ellington, Henderson.
Ian: Ellington, Henderson.
Mike: Ellington, Henderson.

D.J. Augustin, Darren Collison, Ty Lawson
me: Augustin, Lawson, Collison.
Ian: Augustin, Lawson, Collison.
Mike: Augustin, Lawson, Collison.

Damion James, DuJuan Sommers, Bill Walker
me: Walker, Sommers, James.
Ian: James, Sommers, Walker.
Mike: Walker, Sommers, James.

We made predictions last year as well. They are here. Though we were predicting for their entire careers, let's check out who is better one year later.

Kevin Durant (20.3 ppg), Greg Oden (injured).
Joakim Noah (6.6 ppg 5.6 rpg), Greg Oden (injured), Roy Hibbert (college).
Al Horford (10.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg), Joakim Noah (.9 bpg, .9 spg), Corey Brewer (5.8 ppg).
Al Horford (49.99 FG%), Jeff Green (10.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg).
Jeff Green (1.5 apg), Roy Hibbert (college).
Corey Brewer (3.7 rpg, 1 spg), Arron Afflalo (3.7 ppg).
Mike Conley (9.4 ppg, 4.2 apg), Ty Lawson (college).
Brandan Wright (4 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Julian Wright (3.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg).

The playoffs can only affect the Brewer-Afflalo and the Wright matchups. But again, we still have about a decade to sort everything out here.

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