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NBA Draft Preview: Kevin Love

Kevin Love, Freshman C, UCLA
6′ 9   271 lbs   17.4 ppg   10.9 rpg

Pros:  Kevin Love is truly a consistent player, scoring in double figures in all 28 games he’s played in his freshman nba_g_love_200.jpgseason. Averaging 17 points and 11 boards in almost 29 minutes per game, Love is also very productive. Love’s inside game is powerful and his goto move is a baby hook that is very difficult for college players to defend. He’s got terrific footwork in the paint and can be dominating rebounder on the offensive and defensive glass.

Love’s inside game allows him to shoot over 58% from the field, but he’s a more versatile player than that. He can also step outside and has range out beyond 20 feet. Love is hitting almost 36% of his 3-pointers this year and over 74% of his free throws which is incredible for player of his size. Love is also an excellent passer and can pass out of double teams or run a high post.

Cons: First of all he doesn’t have great court speed. While his size is sufficient to dominate the paint in college, he won’t be big enough to play center and dominate down low in the League. He will have to line up at PF and could have a tough time trying to guard the quicker PF that has evolved in the NBA.  He’s had knee problems in the past and isn’t the best-conditioned athlete in college hoops, though his freshman status may have something to do with that.

Notes: According to Ed Stefanski yesterday on WIP, the Sixers are in dire need of a PF.  This guy could come right in and be the guy that we need.  He has great basketball IQ and even though hes a youngin’, K Love could be on a NBA court near you come next season (depending on where hes projected, he might stay).  His ability to rebound and outlet the ball is simply remarkable.  He would fit right in with the way the Sixers have been runnin’ and gunnin’ lately and be a great person to start the fastbreak with.

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NBA Draft Preview: Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin, Freshman PF, Oklahoma

6’10  240 lbs  15.2 ppg  9.2 rpg

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Pros:  Griffin is an appealing prospect for the next level for a number of reasons, with the most immediate being because of his physical tools. He is a beast for his age, 18, at 6-10 240 pounds with a nice wingspan and an outstanding frame. Griffin is also a pretty athletic big man and gets up and down the court extremely well for a player his size.  The mid-range jumper is crucial for him to add to his game in order to be a duel threat on the offensive end, showing some light in his face up game.  He also has a little handle out there, showing some crossovers and through the legs in one on one situations.  Griffin’s motor is always running as he is a monster on the glass, however his effort seems to fizzle on the defensive end at times. 

Cons: On the offensive end, Griffin shows little outside of 10 feet, not possessing a reliable mid-range jumper and shooting a woeful 59% from the stripe, though his form doesn’t look terrible. This is certainly something Griffin will need to add to his game, and because he’s missing a few important ripples such as this, many believe he’d be best served spending an extra year in college developing these things.  He also needs to work on his passing skills out of the post.  This kid can be a black hole at times, never looking for the kick out and forcing the issue inside a lot. 

Notes:  I have seen this kid in a few draft previews in the top 10 or not even on the board as we await confirmation on him going pro.  With the Sixers most likely drafting in the 14-17 range, Griffin could definitely still be on the board pending his declaration to go pro of course.  If he can add that mid-range jumper to his repertoire, and continue developing the rest of his game, he compares pretty favorably to Carlos Boozer in terms of what he should be capable of doing on the floor.  Griffin could be a great fit for the 76ers and have a shot to play right away due to his high intensity and toughness on the glass, something the Sixers lack in the PF/C positions.   His defensive skills would have to improve in order for him to succeed in the league.  A year or two of hard work should make this kid a real player in the NBA and a force to be reckoned with on the block.

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