The talk in the article was all about the Wiggins hype causing extreme, unfair expectations to be placed on him by media and fans, so that no matter how well he actually performs there's likely going to be at least a small sense of disappointment. Durant was simply used as a comparison, where a guy with otherwise fantastic stats wasn't viewed as a consensus #1 pick, because the hype-induced expectations were not met, causing people to cast a greater emphasis on the negatives (or even create doubt out of thin air).
Without the media hype machine, Wiggins should be able to go about his business, get picked 1st overall and live happily ever after - just like Durant should have. The hype blew expectations out of control, leading to disappointment, leading to a "drop" from what should have been the consensus #1 overall pick position. It happened to Durant and it could happen to Wiggins, if people don't temper their expectations.
Last edited by CalgaryRapsFan; Fri Aug 23rd, 2013 at 03:13 PM.
http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/footbal...ings/rank-1428), and performed worse than Durant did in college. So if anything, that statement would apply to him not KD.
Secondly, the things KD were being knocked for weren't really created "out of thin air". He had a very slight frame (still does), and tested as one of the least athletic players in the class at the combine (26" standing vert, 0 bench press, mediocre 3/4 sprint and lane agility). There was some substance to the criticism (much like there is and will be for Wiggins).
I think it's a little like 1st overall picks automatically having unfair expectations placed upon them, simply because of their draft position. Whether we're talking about a draft pick or a player just entering the NCAA, the article is just reminding media/fans to fairly evaluate the player for who/what he is, rather than against some unattainable hype-driven expectations.
I still don't fully understand this notion that Durant "dropped". Oden was consistently ranked as a better prospect.
http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/footbal...ings/rank-1428 ----> Rivals Oden #1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Oden ----> Oden was also the prep player of the year
But I think what Xixak is trying to say is that a player can't 'drop' from #1 if they were never really projected to go #1 in the first place. From what I remember, Oden was pretty well locked in at the #1 spot from the day he started at Ohio.
And while I agree with you Calgary, that I was blown away that Durant didn't go #1, as his numbers warranted it, I also wasn't surprised as it was pretty well known fact that Oden would go #1.
On a slightly related note, remember when people (myself included) thought Michael Beasley was better than Durant? ... Ugh.
Crazy college stats aren't always a sure fire sign of success.
Also, I think I saw someone ask 'if Dwight Howard were in the Draft with Wiggins, who would go #1?' ... it'd be Dwight. In my opinion anyway.
Big men with that kind of dominating gameplay don't come along very often; certainly less frequently than a freakishly athletic 6'7"/6'8" Guard/Forward.
And Oden was absolutely in that mould.
Noel, Drummond, or even Anthony Davis (even though he did go #1), were never viewed as having that 2-way dominance potential, like Shaq, Dwight and Oden.
Last edited by Joey; Fri Aug 23rd, 2013 at 04:19 PM.
1.) LeBron James
2.) Dwight Howard
3.) Greg Oden
4.) Blake Griffin
5.) John Wall
6.) Anthony Davis
7.) Derrick Rose
8.) Kyrie Irving
9.) Andrew Bogut
10.) Andrea Bargnani
11.) Anthony Bennett
Tier 1: LeBron
Tier 2: Howard, Oden
Tier 3: Griffin, Wall, Davis
Tier 4: Rose, Irving
Tier 5: Bogut, Bargnani, Bennett
And too bring it back to Matt's original point; if Wiggins doesn't go #1, it will be a true surprise, and a true disappointment. That would be like if Lebron didn't go #1. Very few guys are projected, and expected, to go #1 before they even play in their 'final' year as a amateur. Lebron's the last one I can think of. Maybe my brain is fuzzy though. And I would say Oden fell into that catergory of early expectations.
So in that sense, the comparisons are legit.
Last edited by Joey; Fri Aug 23rd, 2013 at 04:34 PM.
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