With the NBA Draft just barely a week away, I figured today might be a good time to begin a new feature - who's your favorite?
The rules? He doesn't have to be the best talent or the best teammate or even the player that most reminds you of the greatest player never to be drafted (Luke Schenscher) - just leave a message in the comments* on which player is your favorite with a brief explanation (unless AK1984 is still lurking around these parts - his explanation can be as long as it needs to be).
Today's candidates, at least those that were made public (or those that I found out about via
my rolodex of vast NBA contacts Google) are available after the jump.
*and yes I realize this will fail miserably because nobody aside from my internet friends ever comment, but I figured I'd give it a try.
In Atlanta, we've got Alabama's Mikhail Torrance, Xavier's Jordan Crawford, Purdue's Chris Kramer, Missouri's J.T. Tiller and the immortal Maryland alum General Greivis Vasquez all working out for the Hawks. My favorite from that group? Mikhail Torrance - mostly because he hates combo guards.
The Indiana Pacers are working out Oklahoma's Willie Warren, Ohio's Armon Bassett, Baylor's Tweety Carter and Arizona's Nic Wise. My favorite? Tweety Carter, based solely on his name.
There are also a few players walking in Memphis to work out for the Grizzlies today! Maybe. Baylor's Ekpe Udoh, VCU's Larry Sanders, the D-League's very own Latavious Williams, Montana's (represent!) Anthony Johnson and Guilford's Tyler Sanborn were all scheduled to attend (but Udoh has already pulled out and there are other players, according to internet reports, thatare also scheduled to workout elsewhere). Obviously, I like Latavious WIlliams here.
Workouts in Milwaukee are scheduled to feature Ole Miss's Terrico White, Oklahoma State's James Anderson, Butler's Gordon Hayward, Marquette's Lazar Hayward, New Mexico's Darington Hobson and Texas senior Damion James in front of the Bucks' brass. Damion James gets the nod here from me - he just seems like a guy I'd want on my team.
The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to workout Florida State's Solomon Alabi, Minnesota's Damian Johnson, Tulsa's Jerome Jordan, Kentucky's Daniel Orton, Russia's Artem Zabelin and Duke's Brian Zoubek. Jerome Jordan is my favorite from this group - don't sleep on the big fella.
New Jersey will have another big workout today with Nevada's Armon Johnson, Montana's Anthony Johnson (notice he was also scheduled to be in Memphis so we'll see what happens), Serbia's Marko Keselj, Bowie State's Duke Crews (formerly of Tennessee), Notre Dame's Tory Jackson, Louisville's Edgar Sosa, Baylor's Ekpe Udoh (another Memphis castoff) and Georgetown's Greg Monroe. I'm giving the edge to Greg Monroe in this one, not because he's my favorite of the group but because I'm pretty intrigued as to what he's doing working out with the Nets - is he in the mix at third overall?