No outlandish haircuts or crazy dunks to start this one off. In fact, I will be brief, with just a couple of points I want to note before sending you off to follow links.
1. Augustin is short – He measured at 5'11.5″ at the pre-draft camp in Orlando, and while his wingspan is above average for his height, at 6'-3.5″, he is still on the small side.
2. He is a true point guard – Unlike with Westbrook, there is no debate. He creates for his teammates, as evidenced this past season when he averaged 5.8 assists per game, despite losing one of the best freshmen in college basketball history (Kid Delicious, Kevin Durant). He even improved his assist to turnover ration from his rookie to sophomore season.
Which will matter more in his NBA career? If I could tell you, I think I would have a found a team in the NBA willing to hire me already. So, on to the links.
ESPN Draft Watch: The stars come out in Orlando – “Augustin showed his ability to shoot the basketball. He doesn't get to do a lot of point guard things here and those are Augustin's forte. He definitely looked really small out there and doesn't have the explosive quickness or athleticism that some of the other prospects had, but overall, I thought Augustin looked good.”
Kenpom's stats for Augustin – What impresses me most is that while he uses so many of his team's possessions, between shooting and creating, he still managed to have a very respectable turnover ratio.
ESPN with the traditional stats – Showed an impressive scoring ability while still dishing to his teammates regularly, while leading his Texas squad deep into the NCAA tourney.
ESPN's Draft Tracker Card for D.J. – “He was dominated by Derrick Rose in the tournament, but who wasn't?” – That is not encouraging.
NBADraft.net and their take on Augustin – Their profile has not been updated since last year, but still some notes worth skimming.
And the take from DraftExpress – Best Case: Better Version Of Jameer Nelson – (sarcasm to follow)Yippee!
And the youtube clip of the night:
Anthony Randolph – 6'11″ PF, LSU