Gani Lawal’s decision to enter his name in the NBA draft is interesting for several reasons.
Coach Paul Hewitt says it’s a smart decision. It doesn’t cost Lawal a dime to learn what NBA teams think of him. Plus, the information will help him should he decide to come back because it gives him a chance to work on his weaknesses, and hone his strengths. And Hewitt says Lawal is a tireless worker. He will no doubt use the information from the teams to his advantage. Provided he doesn’t get injured, and shows the same improvement he had between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Lawal’s choice shows a lot of foresight because it could result in a much bigger payday if he enters the 2010 draft.
And then there’s the Favors question. Some say that Derrick Favors, the heralded big man who signed with Georgia Tech last week, will take points, and rebounds away from Lawal, which could hurt his draft stock.
Of course, the two could help each other. Favors will likely draw double-teams, which could help Lawal. And Lawal’s physical style could help Favors down low, as well.
Plus, good players help period.