Something interesting dawned on me about this years draft that I don't particularly like. It seems that every other prospect in the lottery has a bad rap for being somewhat of a headcase. I'll define that as they are, "inconsistent," "have a lack of a motor," "disappear for stretches," "are soft," "aren't team players." ....you get the gist.
Being a Warriors and overall basketball fan for the past 30 years, I've come to learn a few things about prospects and how they turn out. Usually the guys who are labeled as headcases don't pan out.
This draft seems to have a lot of those guys.
Perry Jones III - disappears, lack of motor, bad rebounder for his size, inconsistent
Terrence Jones - disappears, you don't know which TJ is going to show up, inconsistent
Jeremy Lamb - soft, gets outmusceled, disappears, inconsistent
Andre Drummond - not a team player, relies on talent, inconsistent motor, bad rebounder for his size
and further down the list:
Austin Rivers - pouts, doesn't try on D, ball hog
Royce White - anxiety disorder, fear of flying, terrible conditioning
Tony Wroten - not a team player
Do you think we're reading about a lot of these types of players because there just are a lot in this draft or do you think the media has nitpicked so much that more prospects "seem" to have baggage compared to in the past when we didn't have as much dirt on them?
On the flip side, for every "headcase" in this draft, you have the opposite, players that are labeled as having a strong motor, do whatever it takes to win, team player, coaches dream, hard worker, etc.
Those players would be
and most others seem to have a pretty good rap.
What's most important? Drafting talent and hoping you can coach them up or playing it a little more safe and drafting a good locker room guy who can still contribute?
Who is the biggest headcase in the draft?