Potential sleepers, more draft buzz
One week and a day until the draft, and
"He's extremely talented," one general manager said of the son of
That inconsistency and his physique are the pressing issues for Daye, who averaged 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds as a sophomore last season. Daye is 6-9¾ in socks and 6-10¾ in shoes, and able to handle the ball and shoot well enough to play small forward, but he's also an exclamation point at 192 pounds. (By comparison,
Brown (13.7 points, 6.1 rebounds last season) is 6-8½ in shoes, great size for a small forward, has long arms to help with defense and rebounding, great leaping ability and a first step to be feared. In a sign of a player expanding his game rather than strictly relying on athleticism, he jumped from taking only 40 three-pointers the previous two seasons and making 15 (37.5 percent) to going 39-of-90 (43.3 percent) in 2008-09. NBA teams love to see a guy trending up like that.
• Power agent
• One general manager said of Holiday: "[UCLA's]
• One NBA executive: "I'll just tell you this is the worst draft in decades. People are going to get excited about guys. But this is a terrible draft. Guys are going to screw up big time." He meant his peers. "A number of my colleagues are warming up to it," Mr. Sunshine continued. "I think they're making a big mistake."