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Sully and Buford are prime examples that staying in school hurts your draft stock. If you go to a top program you pretty much have to leave after 1 year if u want to make big money. Only those who go to a small school now a days can improve their draft stock. I understand Sully was medically red flagged but Buford got the shaft in my opinion. How many 2guards were taken last night that he is better than? I think at least 5.
Staying in school for Sullinger didn't hurt his draft stock. ESPIN blabbing about Sullinger's back injuries every single day hurt his draft stock. He was picked at 10 and he dropped to 22. Boston Celtics are a great fit for Sullinger. William Buford should have gone early just because of Lighty, Diebler, Sullinger, Craft and especially Turner carrying him during his Buckeye career. GMs would not have known his apparent weaknesses. Buford never showed up in the big games 99 times out of 100. Look at his stats. The MSU game was a fluke! In the Kentucky game, William Buford choked big time when the game is on the line. William Buford was not better than the two guards taken in this year's NBA draft. Buford will play a few years in Europe and that's about it. I would have taken Old Man Hummel over Buford any day of the week and that guy got bad knees.
Cleveland Cavaliers getting Tyler Zeller in a trade was a complete joke! I thought the Waiters pick was a bit of a stretch for the Cavs as well.
This post was edited by buckibball4ever 22 months ago
Wow you're stupid. Why do you hate Buford so much? He didn't show up in some big games and he showed up in others. He was a good but inconsistent player who gave us 4 years of double-digit scoring. Can't play in Europe? Really? Teams made a huge mistake by passing on Buford in the second round.
I don't think teams made a huge mistake on Buford. He has serious confidence issues IMO, and it's going to do him no good to sit on the end of an NBA bench. Europe will be good for him. Look, he had the worst shooting percentage of any of the OSU starters, by far, this year, and the 2nd worst 3 pt percentage. What hurt his stock was having a lousy year. What good is a shooting guard that can't shoot? He looked much better in year's past, but he had a lot of supporting cast and wasn't the focus of the defense.
Sully is a steal at 21, but the Celtics are a great organization and it could work out well for him. The biggest thing is he just needs to get healthy.
There was a lot of hand wringing this year and talk of how Matta can't coach, but I think this draft may be a wake up call that this year's team just wasn't as talented as we all would like to think. IMO, David Lighty is a much better NBA prospect than Buford and he didn't get drafted in a very weak draft class, I just don't see how Buford was going to get drafted this year. He has a really pretty shot, but it doesn't really matter if it doesn't go in.
I don't think you can draw any conclusions on whether or not they should have stayed or gone. Evan Turner definitely improved his draft stock by coming back his junior year. Of course, your stock will probably drop if you play worse the year you come back, which both guys kinda had down years compared to the previous year. And in the end, its not all about the money and if they are truly NBA talents, the money will come down the road.
This post was edited by highlandbuck 22 months ago
I think Dion Waiters and Thomas Robinson might differ from your opinion.
Buford actually would have been a first-round pick if he had left after his junior year. He would have been picked in the 20's.
Not sure where you are getting that, IIRC, most mocks had him as a mid 2nd rounder last year. Plus, if he stunk it up at the combine testing this year, what makes you think he would have done well at it last year? I'm not saying coming back didn't hurt his draft stock, but I just don't see him being a first rounder last year, even if it was a weak draft.
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