eNlight wrote:not everyone thought he would be good. general consensus is not "everyone". they didn't blow it "big time", but it does show ferry's stupidity and lack of drafting skills. they didn't blow it "big time" because they got the number 1 pick the previous year and secured lebron james.
Ok, you're just picking at semantics now. Everyone is a figure of speech, you don't need to nitpick it. He was in the top 10 of almost every reputable draft board for a reason. I already posted them, but you can continue to look at draft boards prior to the 2004 draft.
Also, Danny Ferry wasn't the GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers until 2005. He had nothing to do with drafting Luke Jackson. Maybe you should do a little research first before calling someone out
didn't they draft an AJ nobody ? what has luke jackson turned out to become? i understand he was "supposed to go 7 or top 5", but thats a week argument. just because talent evaluators had him going so and so, doesn't justify that he's a somebody as opposed to a nobody going 15 or higher. gerald greene was supposed to be a top 5 pick, but celtics got him at number 18.
No, they didn't draft AJ Nobody. He was a well-respected collegiate athlete who was in the running for college player of the year. A "nobody" is someone who isn't even in the discussion to be drafted in the lottery, or heck, even the first round. I'm not sure how you can label a guy who had a shoot at winning the Wooden Award and CPOY as a "nobody". His play as a college player justified his position on the board. Talent evaluators didn't put him in the top 10 because they liked his haircut, they put him there because they thought he was top 10 talent.
Keeping with the Cavs, Christian Eyenga was a "nobody". Hardly anyone had even heard his name before David Stern stuttered through it and he was on *maybe* a few draft boards that night. Granted Eyenga was taken 30th, no one expected him to go in the 1st round, let alone the 2nd.
i will go out and say this, when you see a player look like luke jackson, adam morrison, tyler hasborough, and gordon hayward, jj reddick, it screams HEY SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE WHITE BOY CAREER! not necessarily translates!
Ok. I'm not sure what race has to do with it - maybe you have an issue with white players? There are players of every race that have good college careers that don't translate to the NBA.