Friday, March 23, 2007

Josh McRoberts: NBA Bound !


So after two unsuccessful years at Duke, Josh McRoberts is going to try his luck in the NBA. He's following a long and successful tradition of Duke guys leaving early to get into the League ...

Here is what I don't get. Why leave a college basketball scene where you are borderline dominant, an icon on campus and a chance for a national championship for mid-level dollars and the title of "role player" for the rest of your career.

There is no shot he's a star in the NBA. (See: Shavlik Randolph, Cherokee Parks, Chris Carrawell, William Avery, JJ Redick, Trajan Langdon) He could be a starter for a weaker team with a me-first point guard, and hope he gets enough offensive boards and put-backs to warrant a roster spot for the next season. But Shaq will abuse him. Amare will abuse him. Oden will abuse him. Garnett will abuse him. Yao will abuse him. Hell, Michael Oliwakandi will abuse this guy ...

The sad thing is, Duke would've returned all five starters - something that personally scared the shit out of me - and been a top-10 team. Now? They'll rely even more on a shaky shooter and a weak ball-handler, and will get absolutely dominated by Tyler Hansbrough and UNC for the next two years - unless Gerald Henderson takes the next step and just shoots him in the face or something.

Best of luck to you, though, Josh. Seriously. Here's hoping Laettner buys a team so he can draft you, trade for Redick and Shav and assemble a true dynasty in the NBA. Get yourself a double-wide, kid; you earned !

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Anonymous said...

Could he be taking Mark Cuban's advice, and leaving school early to rake in the dollars as the NBA's first openly gay player?

How many endorsements will the NBDL's first openly gay player get?

Anonymous said...

He could have been a top 10 pick last year now he's going in the top 20. What happens if he has another inconsistent season? It's a no brainer.

Anonymous said...

I really don't know how this guy is even a first round pick. He's marginally talented at best. Incredibly overhyped.

Adam Morrison, who was a stud in college, is struggling, what the hell is going to happen to McRoberts? He's going to get eaten alive!

starkweather said...

Yeah, I don't get the McRoberts hype at all. When I first heard about him I thought he was going to be a Marvin Williams type - a crappy player with a ton of athleticism. You can still see why Marvin Williams might be a star. Then I watched that Duke - Georgetown game last year and didn't realize until about a minute left in the game that I was seeing McRoberts play. He's horrible and not that great athletically. He plays with no aggression or explosion and he doesn't have a great shot. Sounds perfect for the Warriors.

Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

why would dook returning its starting 5 scare the shit out of you? their starting 5 sucks. that prospect should scare coach k more than it scares any of his opponents.

Maximus Redickulous said...

Haters... yeah, he might end up being mediocre, but I love how dipshits like you guys think that Duke doesn't turn out solid pros. How about Duhon, Brand, Maggette, Battier, etc? Redick hasn't even played a full season!

Marginally talented and overhyped? You, my friend, are a donkey's ass.

HATERS.

Ryan said...

I can't see much out of him at the next level.

MSH said...

Yeah. What about Chris Duhon? Riddle me that, hater. He's ranked, what, 300th in the league in scoring right now?

the butler said...

Sweet! Something for Duke fans to celebrate this year!

All we need now is for Paulus to transfer to Notre Dame to play QB like he should have in the first place, and maybe we'll have a chance at not being horrible next year.

Anonymous said...

And the HATERS never mention all Coach K's disciples that are successful head coaches, either.

There's Amaker and Henderson and Snyder, oh wait, I mean what about Mike Brey HATERS?!? He got the Irish in the (first round of the) tournament this year!

Mike Brey! Stupid Haters.

Anonymous said...

How stupid can this guy He wont even get drafted

Anonymous said...

Maximus, are you kidding me? JJ's getting straight up laughed at in Orlando, and what have Brand and Maggette actually accomplished? Nothing.

McRoberts is gonna get his ass handed to him in the NBA. Just like all the "great" Dookies that have gone before him.

Anonymous said...

I think the fact that Maximus wrote Duhon was an NBA stud made me pee my pants ...

Anonymous said...

I have seen every game josh mcroberts has played at duke that was televised, i'm a diehard fan of the bluedevils... when saying that, it doesn't mean i'm an idiot.. i realize they were weak this year and i realize this kid is nowhere experienced enough to leave he shoulda left last year when he had the chance if he was plannin on makin a fool of himself, duke again will be weak this year untill they recruit some true dominant players. but i will continue to watch no matter how bad it gets

as for those who criticise the other washouts from duke, ok... so... and um im sure there are plenty of washouts from every other major school as well if we are gonna start namin um? but really i could care less about nba theres no heart in it... just money!

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