David Thorpe on some prospects:
(Compiled from his various chats by me, enjoy)
On DeJuan Blair:
On Tyreke Evans:David Thorpe: He's going to be a monster, I'd guess. On the right team he'd be a legit ROY candidate. And he just turned 20 last month.
ryan toledo ohio [via mobile]: if you were the gm of the chicago bulls what is the move that could be made to make them legit title contenders next season?
SportsNation David Thorpe: Trade up and grab DaJuan Blair. He's the answer to their prayers.
SportsNation David Thorpe: He's a bucket getter like Al Jefferson.
SportsNation David Thorpe: More like Boozer and Jefferson. Outrageously athletic.
David Thorpe: 4 or 5 teams drafting ahead of Chicago like him a lot too.
On Earl Clark:Thorpe: He is more of a 1 than a 2.
On Stephen Curry:David Thorpe: I hope he plays the 4 only.
David Thorpe: He's a lot like Tyrus, Blatche-super talented but didn't really undertand how to play to his strengths. I'm hoping we'll change that.
David Thorpe: You make an excellent point-I think Clark can be a terrific defender.
David Thorpe: I don't like Clark at 3 early in his career.
On DeMar DeRozanDavid Thorpe: I love that kid. Shotmaker extraordinaire, great passer and feel.
David Thorpe: Most people would consider that a bit of a reach. But I'm not one of them. (On him being a top 5 pick)
David Thorpe: No. Better version of Mike Bibby.
SportsNation David Thorpe: Have you been watching the playoffs? What pg is guarding anyone? (On him being a bad defender)
David Thorpe: I think Curry is more special than Speights.
On James Harden:David Thorpe: Derozen is interesting. I have not seen him enough. Can he shoot yet, or can he learn?
DeMar DeRozan has been difficult to pin down for workouts (oddly demanding to compete against James Harden, or else…)
On Jrue Holiday:David Thorpe: I've never liked him or the system he played in, but I'm in the minority.
On James Johnson:Thorpe: Holiday is a can't miss guy. I don't know about his total upside yet, but he's be great in Sacto or anywhere else.
David Thorpe: I'm growing increasingly convinced that Jrue Holiday is incredibly special. As in top 5 talent in this draft.
Thorpe: Tall and strong guard, great work ethic and character, really knows how to play and defend. He was the National Player of the Year as a 17 year old senior.
On Eric Maynor:David Thorpe: 2 prospects Pistons like have to be Clark and Johnson, both fit their schemes. I won't mention whom to avoid.
On Hasheem Thabeet:David Thorpe: I'm very impressed with him. He's a legit first round guy for sure.
On Nick Calathes:David Thorpe: I question his offensive future, and his toughness, and is committment.
On Danny GreenDavid Thorpe: He's the closest thing to Steve Nash I've ever seen. Period. You have to see him to believe. Incredibly crafty but very fast with the ball.
David Thorpe: Dude broke the all-time assist record ofr one season TWICE in 2 years. With one pro-Speights-who was there for just one season.
I value Thorpe's opinion more than any other guy out there. (Except our valuable Pacers Digest scouts )He is not always right but he is right more than he is wrong. I have more notes & insights by some other scouts as well. I'll share them as well some other time. Hope you enjoyed it.David Thorpe: I'm very high on him, but teams I've talked to think I'm crazy. I think he's the closest thing to Artest I've seen.