6) J.J. Redick (11th overall, Orlando)
J.J. Redick is drawing mass interest as a free agent and posts a PER of 16.86. That ranks him No. 7 among NBA shooting guards, and he’s currently on the last year of a deal that pays him $6.75 million. He’s spent his entire career in Orlando, and improved his defense immensely learning from Stan Van Gundy. His shot went through some up and downs, but now appears just as pure as it was at Duke, and even more consistent.
He’s become a phenomenal passer, and is averaging a career high 4.4 assists per game in addition to scoring 15.3 points per game. As to whether or not Redick constitutes a good draft’s top-6 value is far more questionable.
7) Thabo Sefolosha (13th overall, Philadelphia 76ers)
Thabo Sefolosha is a very good defensive stopper with a nice jumpshot, and a fine NBA player taken in the late lottery. He was dealt on draft night to the Chicago Bulls for Rodney Carney, who I touch more on a little later. Following nearly three years with the Bulls, he was dealt to Oklahoma City for a 2009 draft pick which turned into Taj Gibson.
I’d say Gibson is better value, but Sef is a legit NBA starter for what he brings on the defensive end, so he was a good value at No. 13 overall had the Sixers kept him. The team reaping the benefits instead is Sam Presti’s Oklahoma City Thunder. He’s done a good job with talent scouting to say the least.
8) Randy Foye (7th overall, Minnesota)
Randy Foye is just a very good shooter, for the most part. He handles the ball well and bring some size at 6’4″ to the backcourt, but he was not a No. 7 overall pick type of talent, nor should a guy like Foye be the eighth best player in a respectable draft class. The talent begins to fall off even worse moving out of the top-10, as you’ll see. He’s putting up career numbers for a mediocre Jazz team this year.
9) Shannon Brown (25th overall, Cleveland Cavaliers)
Shannon Brown is a good scorer and great dunker. Phoenix thought that meant he would be a good player. Lesson learned.
10) Honorable Mention: Sadly, Brandon Roy (6th overall, Portland Trailblazers)
We can’t fault Roy because his career was derailed by injury, but he was on his way to being the best in this draft class before the meniscus in his knees removed the oil from the axles, to be quite literal.
It’s not very inspiring is it.