David Thorpe Director of Pro Training Center and analyst for ESPN posted his first installment of the 2010-11 season Rookie Watch. If your not an insider you won't be able to read the article so I've decide to post a brief summary. Basically Thorpe outlines his top 15 rookies with a small paragraph of analysis of their situation with their new team. In his own words: So, based on their own talent and the talent around them on their respective teams, which rookies project to start the season on top of our Rookie 50 rankings? Here's an early look.
Here's the list:
6) Griffin (because he missed last season)
And as far as Udoh goes:
While I (and most others) saw Udoh as a reach at No. 6, that does not mean he lacks talent. Quite the contrary. He can be both a shooter out on the floor and, possibly, a low-post scorer. If indeed he becomes both, then Golden State's pick was not a reach, but a steal. Factor in his shot-blocking talent, and the dearth of such in Golden State (outside of Anthony Randolph), and it's easy to see lots of minutes for Udoh.