When the Warriors selected Patrick O'Bryant with the 9th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft they billed him as a project. POB even called himself a project. Well, this project isn't exactly earning an A grade from Professor Don Nelson this quarter (from Janny Hu for SFGate):
Nelson shut the door on recalling Patrick O'Bryant this season from the D-League, where the rookie center is averaging 6.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 23.4 minutes a night. He has fouled out of two of his seven games.
"I told him that if he goes down to the D-League and isn't a dominant player, there should be red flags all over the place and he should be the first to notice," Nelson said. "And he's not only not dominating, he's not even playing very well. So he's a long-term project."
That would be back to back lottery picks by the Mullin and Higgins-led Warrior front office that haven't had much of an impact on the court. Ike Diogu barely played under both Nellie and Monty and was shipped to Indiana. POB- well, he just hasn't played and it doesn't look like he'll be playing for Nellie in the near future.
Is POB a bust or is it still too early to tell?
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