One NBA mock draft is in and there’s a surprise

ESPN’s Chad Ford has posted his first NBA mock draft here: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft2010/insider/columns/story?columnist=ford_chad&page=MockDraft-100506

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He has former Georgia Tech freshman Derrick Favors going third to Sacramento, saying this:

Analysis: The Kings might be terrible at the moment, but a core of Tyreke Evans and Favors would make them very dangerous in the future. Favors didn’t have a huge freshman season at Georgia Tech, but he has the potential to be the next Antonio McDyess.

Although it’s clear the Kings like Carl Landry and Jason Thompson, neither has the upside of Favors.

However, he didn’t have former Tech junior Gani Lawal going in the first round. He is listed as one of the next players in. Lawal averaged 13.1 points and 8.5 rebounds last year. He put his name in for the NBA draft after his sophomore season but withdrew it to return to school and refine his game.

Favors averaged 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds for the Jackets, but is seen as a player with more upside than Lawal.

Are you surprised that Lawal isn’t in the first round? Do you have Dwyer deja vu occuring with Lawal?

110 comments Add your comment

Vince Dooley

May 7th, 2010
10:15 am

First? First round? How bout between picks 30-24!

suntan head

May 7th, 2010
10:19 am

MORE LIKE 45 to 42 when everyone thinks your number one in the country and puts your picture on the cover of SI who doesn’t even seem to know who you are anymore

Saint Simons

May 7th, 2010
10:20 am

hey Dooly I got some scores too (6-5) (4,2334-5) (IN ATHENS) and (6-4). I can post scores too. HAHAHA

Snoman

May 7th, 2010
10:27 am

Gee saint simons, you must not have a degree from Tech. Otherwise, you might know where to put the comma in a number………..HAHAHA

BigDawg

May 7th, 2010
10:32 am

Vince Dooley and Saint Simons both left off the most important stat of all!

4 to 1!!!!

1990, 1952, 1928, 1918 = Four National Titles as recognized by either the AP (National newspaper correspondents) or the UPI (Coaches Poll) or other top recognized poll of the era.

to

1980 = ONLY 1 National Title. Claim two but one was by the Athens Banner-Herald which I am sure was not a recognized nor a biased poll. (Slight joke but seriously the only place that recognized the poll that UGA claims is UGA.) I’m surprised they do not claim a national title each year since at least some of their fans thinks they are #1 at all times.

HAWKSFIGHTING

May 7th, 2010
10:32 am

The Hawks need him in a BAD wa. I hope he falls to them outside the lottery! He will be a beast in the NBA within 3 years, I would almost bet anything on that.

Fire Paul Hewitt

May 7th, 2010
10:33 am

Lawal never improved his game enough to be considered for the first round. FT%, terrible hands and feet (travels and turnovers) show that he still has a long way to go. Favors didn’t have the stats but he actually improved during the season. Of course, both were penalized by playing for Hewitt who sucks at developing players in addition to sucking at coaching in general.

wesleywhatwhat

May 7th, 2010
10:37 am

it looks like gani lawal made a mistake by leaving early for the NBA, but the hawks could certainly use him. i love his game, just not as a lottery pick.

Vince Dooley

May 7th, 2010
10:37 am

Too bad for favors that they don’t rate your performance in tickle piles!

Brian

May 7th, 2010
10:37 am

Not as surprised. Gani is a player that is fairly well defined. He will be a guy that comes off the bench and give you a lot of energy on the court for his rotation. He was predicted to go higher when there was a more perceived upside to him. He is what he is at this point, but I think that is a good enough player to have a fairly long stay in the league. I think most of us would take that.

And Favors will do well with Evans as he doesn’t need the ball or plays run for him to make an impact. Cause Evans dominates the ball for that team, not really a pass first kind of guy. Btw when you pick third I think you are looking for more than Antonio McDyess (and Favors can be).

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 7th, 2010
11:00 am

I wonder how much of that multi million dollar contract he’s going to kick back to GT?

my guess, zero.

Lawal, has two years of riding the bench in the NBA before he’s off to Europe shooting airballs from the f/t line.

Oh yeah, Phewitt is the worst coach in the history of college basketball, men and women.

Crazy Robert

May 7th, 2010
11:26 am

Derrick and Gani who???

we own you

May 7th, 2010
11:36 am

30-24

don’t forget, we own you

wardo

May 7th, 2010
11:41 am

Gani better get his passport ready. He doesn’t appear to work hard enough or he is not good enough to make it in the NBA. I am a Tech man but he isn’t NBA ready and wouldn’t be ready with another year at Tech. The NBA is a game made for those that can create their own shot and he can not handle the ball well, pass the ball well or shoot the ball well. He is an avg. sized body with avg to below avg basketball skills based on NBA talent. Europe is nice this time of year.

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
11:43 am

Goodbye, Favors. Thanks for the one-and-done NBA tryout. Not.

BigDawgISABigDummy

May 7th, 2010
12:02 pm

Are you really counting all of those bogus MNCs moron? We could count a few more of those if we wanted to. Tech fans always have and always will have the inferiority complex when it comes to UGA. Say hello to Tron, Osama and Long Duck Dong for me and we will keep our hot women and a real college experience.

HugoStiglitz

May 7th, 2010
12:16 pm

Tech fans have an inferiority complex? Yeah right. Its pretty obvious that its the other way around right now. UGA fans seem to need to prove themselves in every Tech blog that is written. You guys are obviously having a hard time accepting the success GT is having in all of its sports programs right now.

we own you

May 7th, 2010
12:21 pm

Tech only has one legit national championship… the 1990 shared title. Too bad the days are gone where you can win a national championship by beating the 19th ranked team in the Citrus Bowl.

GTpak

May 7th, 2010
12:33 pm

Yes, we know that UGa is all about hot women, certainly not known for education, where M Adams will throw a diploman into your car if you drive by Athens with your window down.

UGA Rules

May 7th, 2010
12:35 pm

Guess what…

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!!!!!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!

RambleOn84

May 7th, 2010
12:35 pm

The difference between Lawal and Dwyer is that Dwyer actually ACCOMPLISHED something at Tech.

Lawal was a good player, but nothing really special. Dwyer was a great player.

HugoStiglitz

May 7th, 2010
12:44 pm

I wouldnt say that Lawal falling a little is that big of a surprise. He didnt do too much to boost himself up more this year then the last few years. Its hard to put him into the great players category that Favors is in. Great players go in the upper to mid first round. Good players go at the end of the first round, and early second round. Lawal will go somewhere in that range, the exact spot he goes doesnt really matter.

blazer

May 7th, 2010
12:53 pm

florida owes you and Lawal should have stayed and developed a decent jumper.
Favors could have stayed at least one more year to develop overall game.

will take a few years to be very good!

GT Fan

May 7th, 2010
1:11 pm

Fire Paul Hewitt…….

Good Call Lawal

May 7th, 2010
1:23 pm

Super pumped about getting drafted in the 2nd round!

juvenal

May 7th, 2010
1:38 pm

ajc loves ad$ from # of posts…how does this affect the grad rate, & will that bring ncaa skoly redux, & will it matter if your smaller team has several nba calibre players, which is certainly better if one opines the coaching is sub-par, as it is doubtful these kids would be easy to coach, in any event…i’d be more worried about the guv’t owning all of us…

GT Bball Fan

May 7th, 2010
1:49 pm

Not surprised! Gani isn’t NBA ready. Big mistake not coming back for one more year.

GT Bball Fan

May 7th, 2010
1:53 pm

we own you – That is just a stupid handle by a dumda** dawg. UGA doesn’t even own their own identity – It’s is owned by the Bulldog club, not the school. Losers!

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
2:11 pm

From the 1999 NCAA Division I Records Book, Football Bowls System Records, pages 78-81:

National Poll Champions

Georgia – 1927, 1942, 1946, 1968, 1980

Ga. Tech – 1917, 1928, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1990

Any problems, take it up with the NCAA

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
2:18 pm

Stupid mistake, self. That is the 2009 NCAA Division I Records Book, not 1999.

Timmy

May 7th, 2010
2:37 pm

Lawal going in the 2nd round is about right. The guy can’t shoot, doesn’t have great hands, doesn’t have great footwork, can’t dribble, doesn’t know how to pass out of double teams and has a very low basketball IQ. He’s an undersized power forward who you can leave open from outside 10 feet and expect him to miss or alter his shot inside. The only thing he really has going for him is that he is a hard-working kid who can run the floor. He would probably be a good fit for Phoenix or Golden State.

Paul Hewitt

May 7th, 2010
2:44 pm

So, do I still have my job? YES, YES, YES, I just need one more chance at UGA, I think I can get them this year

Mike

May 7th, 2010
3:01 pm

Not at all. Both met expectations, but Lawal still needs to develop his game more.

Dave

May 7th, 2010
3:03 pm

Gani should have stayed another year, he can’t even hit the rim half the time from the charity stripe, I mean come on man! You are on scholarship at the D1 level and you shoot air balls from the line!!! He will have a short life in the NBA guaranteed…

COREY

May 7th, 2010
3:08 pm

DELBERT, EVERYONE KNOWS TECH HAS 4 NATIONAL TITLES AND UGA HAS 2. I LIVE IN ATLANTA AND I LIKE AUBURN, BUT THOSE ARE THE FACTS. TECH HAS 2 MORE THAN UGA. YOU SHOULDN’T SPIN THE REAL FACTS. TECH ALSO HAS MORE SEC TITLES THAN UGA DID WHEN BOTH WERE IN THE SEC AND DID YOU KNOW THAT UGA RETIRED THE JERSEY OF THE PLAYER THAT SCORED THE WINNING TOUCHDOWN AGAINST TECH TO SNAP THE STREAK THAT UGA STILL OWNS TODAY? UGA FANS TALK ABOUT TECH RINGS, BUT UGA RETIRED A JERSEY TO CELEBRATE THE DROUGHT BEING BROKEN. THAT TRUMPS ANY SCORE ON A RING WHEN YOU GO THOSE LINKS TO RETIRE A DARN JERSEY.

I GIVE TECH A LITTLE RESPECT, THEY BEAT US BACK TO BACK AND I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO BEAT THEM BAD. THEY HAVE A PRETTY GOOD PROGRAM AND JOHNSON WILL LEAD THEM TO MANY WINS. UGA ALSO IS A SOLID PROGRAM. SHOULD BE A GREAT GAME IN NOVEMBER.

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
3:09 pm

The NBA had to take Favors. That was part of the deal.

we own you

May 7th, 2010
3:12 pm

Delbert that is fascinating considering there were no polls until the 1930’s, and the NCAA does not officially recognize national champions in football. Here’s a page that exposes the nerds, for their phony, retroactively- awarded national titles.

http://www.fanblogs.com/ncaa/007617.php

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
3:17 pm

Corey – Don’t blame me, blame the NCAA. It’s their record book, their “spin.” That’s what we have to live with until they get somebody in there that will demand a playoff system.

Theron Sapp was the guy that scored the TD, “the drought-breaker,” it was called. I remember the picture in the paper.

I expect Georgia and Tech to have decent seasons, and the game in November will be a good one.

theight

May 7th, 2010
3:30 pm

ESPN analysts have the worst predictions in sports than any of the other major analysts out there. Basketball is the worse. They can give you the first 3 or 4 predicitions in any draft just like everybody else can but after that they are just getting paid for useless information.

Americus Jacket

May 7th, 2010
3:41 pm

I would bet big money Lawal goes in the first round. They don’t pay 4’s to dribble, he has a good attacking “one on one” move close to the basket, he positions himself well for rebounds, and he looks stronger than most under the basket. His achilles heel, though, is free throws. I haven’t seen the “poor hands” for a 4 that some of the readers talk about. The Tech guards seemed to want to thread the needle often with their passes, and those are hard for anyone to handle in traffic. I just don’t see the same Lawal that some describe in this blog.

Of course, after the first 10 or 15 picks the NBA draft is really funny. Some teams want to draft someone who they cannot get — a European on contract for example — who they don’t have to offer the 3 year guaranteed salary.

And really, are we going to count him out because some dude from ESPN.com is not including him in his mock draft? Didn’t they pick Tech 3rd or 4th in the coastal last year?

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
3:42 pm

we own you – Here’s the download site for the NCAA Division I Records Book. Note that I listed years for Georgia and Ga. Tech under the heading of “National Poll Champions.” That is the title of those pages, 78-81. The “National Poll Champions” list goes all the way back to 1869. There are several more pages that list only the AP, ESPN, UPI, BCS, etc. individual polls. Pages 78-81 lists all “National Poll Champions” by year. It is the comprehensive list.

That download is a 124-page PDF file. It also lists College Football Rules Changes from 1869-2009,
and NCAA individual records, team records, toughest schedules, and a lot more. It even has a tabulation of “Most Times Defeating No. 1.”

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
3:42 pm

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
3:47 pm

” The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the governing body for college sports, does not recognize an official college football national champion and therefore has not established any rules in this matter. Since Princeton and Rutgers were declared the first national champions in 1869, the best college football team has been determined by media polls, coaches polls, and mathematical rating systems but never a playoff system.”

A quote from the http://www.procon.org web site. It is an organization exploring the need for a playoff system.

Blue Fox

May 7th, 2010
3:50 pm

Gani came into Tech with absolutely no jump shot and poor free throw shooting skills, and of course Hewitt & staff coached up no improvements in those two areas the three years he was here.

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
3:53 pm

we own you – Here is a link to the College Football Data Warehouse, obtained from your fanblog page post:

http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/national_championships/index.php

Click on Previous Selectors and Current Selectors for all of the poll selectors in history.

The Dogfighter Returns

May 7th, 2010
3:54 pm

gawal is garbage. he can’t shoot jump shots, and he can’t shoot free throws. good energy good rebounder.

no one will be buying tickets to watch gani. good person just not talented enough. maybe as a pro he will have time and be dedicated to becoming a complete player.

if he is dedicated he could be as good as karl malone.

we own you

May 7th, 2010
3:57 pm

Delbert: That is a factual listing of all the champions as determined by dozens of different poll and computerized systems. It isn’t an official listing of recognized champions. The NCAA does not award football national championships. There are only a handful of “systems” or polls that are generally regarded as legit, which is the reason UGA and Tech don’t recognize all those “championships” from that book.

This is exactly what I’m talking about with “phony” championships though. Some braniac comes up with a new computer formula for figuring a national champion, retroactively applies it to teams from the leather helmet days, and boom, your team has another national championship. That’s exactly how Tech got its 1917 and 1928 championships(it applies to UGA’s 1942 championship as well).

MorningJacket

May 7th, 2010
4:01 pm

Silly headline. No one is surprised that Lawal will not go in the first round. Can’t shoot foul shots. Can’t hit a 15-footer (or 10-footer or 8-footer, or …) Makes bad decisions in the paint — forcing really bad shots, etc. Can’t blame him for leaving, though. He wasn’t going to improve under CPH.

heartofdarkness

May 7th, 2010
4:01 pm

When I watch the offensive virtuosity of heralded pros like Dwight Howard and Josh Smith, I guess Favors and Lawal should find a home in the NBA of the future. Maybe the rules will be changed to allow to offensive player to tuck the ball at half court, get a running start and jump at the rim for a jam. Defenders will have to tackle or flip the driver. Maybe the rules won’t be changed at all, the refs will just pretend not to notice.

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
4:01 pm

The College Football Foundation’s Selectors for their Recognized National Championships:

1869-1935 National Championship Foundation
1883-1935 Helms Athletic Foundation
1919-1935 College Football Researches Association
1936-Current Associated Press Poll
1950-Current Coaches Poll
1954-Current Football Writers Association of America
1959-Current National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame
1998-Current Bowl Championship Series

This selection of polling organizations recognizes:
Ga. Tech – 4
Georgia – 2