Sunday, May 31, 2009

Link Roundup

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Back from a week-long vacation with limited internet time and access, I'm going to set the table with a bunch of Griz-related links before I wade back in with my own stuff:

On Ricky Rubio: This awesome, lengthy True Hoop post on Ricky Rubio is a must-read. Henry Abbott lays out all the issues surrounding Rubio, especially with an informed, even-handed examination of both the upside and downside of Rubio's game.

Draft Express earlier last week brought some clarity to Rubio question with probably the best piece anyone's written about Rubio's posturing in relationship to the Grizzlies.

Trade Rumors: ESPN.com's Chad Ford, reporting from the Chicago pre-draft camp, leads with a Clippers-Thunder rumor. This, of course, is unacceptable from a Grizzlies perspective. There's no way the Grizzlies can let the Clippers and OKC pull off an homage to the old Chris Webber-Penny Hardaway deal, with Hasheem Thabeet as the Shawn Bradley of the scenario. (Yes, I think Thabeet will be a better pro than Bradley, but you get the point.) The Thunder coming away with Blake Griffin simply cannot happen. Also of interest is some not-for-attribution commentary from some NBA front-office people questioning Rubio's NBA future.

Mock Drafts: Chad Ford's mock still has Griz drafting Thabeet, with Sam Young at #27.

Draft Express has the Griz taking Hasheem Thabeet, Darren Collison, and Danny Green.

NBADraft.net has Rubio at #2, with Derrick Brown and Dionte Christmas rounding out the Griz draft haul.

Chicago Camp: Chad Ford's first Chicago report. Also, the measurements are out with results and commentary at ESPN and DraftExpress.com. Good news for Tyreke Evans (who has Dwyane Wade-style wingspan) and DeJuan Blair (enormous wingspan mitigating his sub-6'7" height) seems to be the lead.

Non-Draft Links: Draft Express has a great, thorough scouting report on Marc Gasol's rookie season. This comes after an earlier one (from December) on O.J. Mayo that I missed. The Mayo one is great because it seems to be one of the few pieces written on him from a non-Memphis perspective that's based on a close examination of his actual play last season rather than the stereotypes that seem to surround Mayo's game.

Quick, easy study showing that Gasol was a "mediocre rebounder" for a starting center, which is why the team's biggest need at power forward is a high-level rebounder even more than a post scorer. More on that point later.

And, finally, in some quarters this is the big news in Griz land.

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