After reading todays article from Mark Montieth, and am more enouraged about Harrison then ever.
Some will argue that Harrison is a loose cannon, a guy with talent but also a guy who could implode and never reach his potential.
I say that sounds good to me.
The draft is a gamble anyway, give me a guy who has the talent to be good, give me a guy who thinks he's good, give me a guy who gets a little emotional every now and then.
If Reggie and Jeff think he has the talant to be an NBA center, sounds good to me.
If I were running an NBA team, 3 rules would govern how I decided what type of players to take.
1) Always, always take the best player available regardless of position. If the best player available when you pick, is a point guard, but you already have Jason Kidd and Baron Davis on your team, I don't care, draft the point guard.
2) Look for potential stars. If the Magic think that Dwight Howard is a potential star while Okafor will only be a very, very solid player for years, then take Howard. Yes you have to wait on Howard, yes Howard is a riskier pick, but so what.
Remember Shane Battier, he has turned into exactly what everyone thought he would, they was a 99.9% chance he would be what he is. A great leader, great team guy, certainly helps you win, many thought he should have been the number one pick a few years ago, NO way.
3) Don't take the safe pick. This is where Harrison fits in. He is not a safe pick. There are questions about his emotional stability, but no one questions his talent to play in the NBA. I have no idea if he'll be any good or not, but he seems to have the talent. If he never plays a minute, I still say take the gamble.
Let me put it this way when the Pacers drafted Bender, the safer pick would have been Wally Szczerbiak, but the Pacers saw extreme talent, star potential in Bender. YOu can argue the Pacers were wrong to think that Bender had star potential, but if you are a GM and you think a player has that potential, it is a huge mistake to pass that player up for a surer thing.
That is why I will not criticize the Pacers for taking a chance on Bender, because while every "chance" they take will not work out, some will, and then look what you have. Kobe, McGrady, J.O.