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    Default Which draft prospect will transition the best to the NBA?

    Most everyone is going to say Griffin will, but I am just skeptical. I have watched him play and the dude is a beast there is no doubt about that, but the NBA is a much different animal than the big12 and I am just not sure. Part of me thinks Tyreke Evans will have a very smooth transition. I am just trying to think of in the past all the experts using the term NBA ready and how normally wrong they were. So I guess my question should be what rookie is going to have the smoothest season all the way around?

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    Most everyone is going to say Griffin will, but I am just skeptical. I have watched him play and the dude is a beast there is no doubt about that, but the NBA is a much different animal than the big12 and I am just not sure. Part of me thinks Tyreke Evans will have a very smooth transition. I am just trying to think of in the past all the experts using the term NBA ready and how normally wrong they were. So I guess my question should be what rookie is going to have the smoothest season all the way around?
    IMO, there are few players that can succeed in the NBA transition independent of the team they get drafted by... each team's positional depth, offensive and defensive systems, will make players either look like ideal fits, long term works-in-progress, or busts.

    About the only player, besides Griffin (the likely ROY by default), who might be perceived as a success regardless of the team he gets drafted to, is Harden. Evans has an outside shot, as well.

    Most others this year will hope to land in the right system.

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    I think Griffin and Harden will do well. I could see Evans figuring it out over the course of the season, but his jumper has to improve a lot.

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    Depending on where he goes, I could actually see Evans struggling quite a bit. He had a lot of trouble early in the season for Memphis. They moved him to the PG spot and then he started succeeding. It's not very likely that he's going to be the top dog on whichever team drafts him, so he's going to be playing off the ball more and not just being given the ball and told to make something happen. I think the best role for him in year 1 would be as a 6th man offensive specialist. He can come in with the 2nd unit and not have to worry about anything but scoring.

    I think Terrance Williams will do well. He already defends at an NBA level. He's a great passer. He's also not going to try to be overly assertive at first, so he'll make fewer mistakes than more scoring-minded players.
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    I see Griffen as a real poor man's Dwight Howard, very little offensive game outside of dunks and just raw talent with little offensive skill. He however is not near the defender of Dwight nor is he near the size of Dwight.

    My guy is Gerald Henderson he in my opinion will be the best in his first season.

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    I see Griffen as a real poor man's Dwight Howard, very little offensive game outside of dunks and just raw talent with little offensive skill. He however is not near the defender of Dwight nor is he near the size of Dwight.

    My guy is Gerald Henderson he in my opinion will be the best in his first season.

    The Pacers have a legitimate shot at drafting Henderson at #13

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    I see Griffen as a real poor man's Dwight Howard, very little offensive game outside of dunks and just raw talent with little offensive skill. He however is not near the defender of Dwight nor is he near the size of Dwight.
    Griffin is already a better shooter and ballhandler than Howard will ever be. Griffin may not have a polished low-post game, but his face-up game is good and has the potential to be excellent.
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    I think I am going to leave out the obvious they have been discussed.

    T. Williams is so solid in so many areas I see him getting Minutes and contributing right away.

    Sam Young-I'm a big fan. He is big and tough and a good defender and can score.

    Clark: I think this really depends on the siuation and patience of the coach but I really like clark. He is not nearly a finished prospect but can give you a lot of help in a lot of areas.

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