NBA Draft: 2007 Picks vs 2008 Hopefuls

    
June 11th, 2008
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It's been almost a year since the Portland Trailblazers selected Greg Oden with the #1 overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. Here's a comparison of last year's Top 16 prospects versus this year's class.

 

 

1) Greg Oden - C - Ohio State VS. Michael Beasley - PF - Kansas State 

 

Winner: Oden (07)

Summary: The Big O's season was obviously lost, but he's still such a super prospect that you have to give him the edge.

 

2) Kevin Durant - SF/PF - Texas VS. Derrick Rose - PG - Memphis

 

Winner: Durant (07)

Summary: Durant vs. Beasley would be a great debate.. but this one seems like a no-brainer to me.

 

3) Spencer Hawes - C - Washington VS. OJ Mayo - PG - USC

 

Winner: Mayo (08)

Summary: Hawes actually averaged 11 ppg in April.. but Mayo has All-NBA potential while Hawes will never be All-anything.

 

4) Yi Jianlian - C - Guangdong VS.  Eric Gordon - SG - Indiana

 

Winner: Gordon (08)

Summary: Don't give up on Yi yet.. he's still got loads of talent, but Gordon's always struck me as a major NBA contributor.

 

5) Brandan Wright - PF - UNC VS. Brook Lopez - C - Stanford

 

Winner: Tie

Summary: Wright was a complete non-factor last year, but its too early to lose all hope.

 

6) Al Horford - PF - Florida VS. Jerryd Bayless - PG - Arizona

 

Winner: Horford (07)

Summary: Two very different types of players. Horford seems set to be a long-time starter, while Bayless is a bigger unknown with bigger upside.

 

7) Mike Conley - PG - Ohio State VS. Nicolas Batum - SF - Le Mans

 

Winner: Conley (07)

Summary: Conley had a solid, yet unspectacular season. Batum has the higher ceiling, but at about 5 times the risk.

 

8) Joakim Noah - PF - Florida VS. Danilo Gallinari - SF - Armani Milano  

 

Winner: Gallinari (08)

Summary: Noah was better than many realized last year, but something about the Italian's skill-set intrigues me.

 

9) Julian Wright - SF - Kansas VS. Kevin Love  - C - UCLA  

 

Winner: Love (08)

Summary: Wright's only scratching the surface of his talent, but Love could & should easily double Wright's rookie production.

 

10) Tiago Splitter - F/C - Tau Vitoria VS. DJ Augustin - PG - Texas

 

Winner: Augustin (08)

Summary: Considering Splitter might play in Spain for 3 or 4 more years, there's not much to argue here.

 

11) Josh McRoberts - PF - Duke VS.  Anthony Randolph - SF - LSU  

 

Winner: Randolph (08)

Summary: No-brainer here. McRoberts is a major blot on our otherwise solid 07 ranking.

 

12) Jeff Green - SF - Georgetown VS. Darrell Arthur - PF - Kansas  

 

Winner: Green (07)

Summary: This one was pretty close to me, a pair of players likely to be long-time role players. But Green gets the edge for actually doing for a season.

 

13) Corey Brewer - PG - Florida VS. Joe Alexander - PF - West Virginia  

 

Winner: Alexander (08)

Summary: I was never a big Brewer fan, and his ho hum rookie season did nothing to change my mind.

 

14) Javaris Crittenton - PG - Georgia Tech VS.  Kosta Koufous - C - Ohio State  

 

Winner: Tie

Summary: Part of the Gasol trade, Javaris still has a ways to go.. but Koufos is no more developed.

 

15 ) Al Thornton - PF - Florida State VS.  Russell Westbrook - PG - UCLA  

 

Winner: Thornton (07)

Summary: On a bad team, Clipper averaged 12 ppg, which is more than Westbrook ever will in his pro career.

 

16) Thaddeus Young - SF - Georgia Tech VS.  Chase Budinger - SF - Arizona  

 

Winner: Young (07)

Summary: Young was a major surprise as a rookie, averaging 10 ppg. Plus, he's the same age as Budinger, and more physically gifted. Not even close.

 

Summary:

I fully expected last year's group to have the edge, but it actually comes out a tie. Splitter remaining in Spain and our inexplicable ranking of Josh McRoberts were the major blows to 07's superiority. Of course, the true comparison won't come for years to come, but its interesting nonetheless.