June 16, 2009
The Dagger's quick glance at some notable June 15 draft decisions, and the merits thereof.
On the court, the decision-making ability of Greivis Vasquez isn't always the greatest. Despite his prodigious talents, he often finds himself shooting when he should be passing, passing when he should be shooting or doing his best Kobe impression by trying to go one-on-five against the other team. Off the court, though, Vasquez seems to have his head on straight.
The Venezuelan point guard withdrew his name from the NBA draft yesterday after determining that he'd be better off improving his game (particularly his jumper and defense) and entering the 2010 draft, which figures to be less guard-heavy.
While we can debate how good this will make Maryland next year (better than they would be had Vasquez left and certainly more confident), it's undoubtedly a good thing for Vasquez's pro chances. Had he gone pro, he may have slipped into the second round and earned the non-guaranteed contract that comes with it. Now, Vasquez will be leading a presumptive top 25 team in 2010 and figures to have a much better chance at being selected in the first round. Not bad for a guy who doesn't always make the right choice on the court.
Draft Decision Advisability Matrix*: Well played, sir.
*This is the most accurate, mathematical metric ever invented for ruthlessly judging the life decisions of 21-year-olds. Just kidding, it's not.