Good news for Tech’s Shumpert: SI has him going in Round 1

The path to Round 1 might not be barred after all. (AJC photo by Vino Wong)

Iman Shumpert's path to Round 1 might not be barred after all. (AJC photo by Vino Wong)

Well, here’s a surprise. (To me, if not to Iman Shumpert.) Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated has the Georgia Tech guard, whom I feared might not get drafted, going to the Boston Celtics with the 25th pick of Round 1.

(Let the record reflect that Mr. Thomsen — good writer, good guy — lives in Boston and knows the workings of the Celtics well.)

Also surprising: Thomsen has neither of Georgia’s early entries — Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie — being taken in the first round. (The draft is June 23, FYI.)

If you’ve watched the mock drafts, you’ve noted that Thompkins, considered a lottery pick not long ago, has been sliding. NBAdraft.net still has him going in Round 1 — to the Celtics with the 25th pick, which I guess means Shumpert won’t be — and Matt Moore of CBS Sports makes Thompkins the final pick of the first round.

But Chad Ford of ESPN Insiders omits Thompkins and Leslie and Shumpert from his Round 1. (Link requires registration.) So does Sam Amick of SI.com.

NBADraftExpress has Shumpert going in Round 1 (with the 22nd pick to Denver), and it also has Leslie being taken by Chicago with the first round’s final pick. Thompkins is slotted as the 12th pick of Round 2 (the 42nd overall).

From this, we can deduce a couple of things. First, that Shumpert has been impressive in his postseason workouts, while Thompkins, who was measured as having a 15.5 percent body fat index at the Chicago combine, has turned people off. Second, that the three juniors were justified in leaving school early even if their respective stock has been rather fluid. This is seen as the weakest draft in memory. Had they waited until 2012, they’d have been swimming in a deeper pool.

Owing to the Kirk Hinrich trade, the Hawks have only one pick — the 18th selection of Round 2. NBAdraft.net has them taking Malcolm Thomas, a power forward from San Diego State. NBADraftExpress opts for E’Twuan Moore, a shooting guard from Purdue.

By Mark Bradley

72 comments Add your comment

juvenal

June 15th, 2011
11:31 am

hope so……

Dawgfan0711

June 15th, 2011
11:32 am

Dawgfan0711

June 15th, 2011
11:33 am

Almost, guess I will settle for second. I would beat Leslie goes in round 1 based on his upside.

juvenal

June 15th, 2011
11:33 am

acc basketball is good prep/tough competition, like sec football……

Mark Bradley

June 15th, 2011
11:36 am

Kudos to juvenal. Near-miss to Dawgfan0711.

Mark Bradley

June 15th, 2011
11:38 am

Shows how much I know. I thought Thompkins would definitely be the first of the three locals taken. (He still might be, but it’s no longer a sure thing.)

GTT

June 15th, 2011
11:45 am

Yeah, they need another power forward. Uh-huh, sure do.

DDPO

June 15th, 2011
11:45 am

MB -

How many UGA players have been drafted in the first round over the past 20 years? J. Jones and ???

B

June 15th, 2011
11:46 am

Mark, you’ve already shown us what you know – many, many times!

Mark Bradley

June 15th, 2011
11:48 am

Also Jarvis Hayes, DDPO.

Hewitt Fan

June 15th, 2011
11:52 am

@MB

You and the ACC refs will haunt GT for years!..Another 1st round pick COACHED by HEWITT huh?…unless Rice or Oliver get better soon, Shumpert will be the last 1st round pick for a long time from GT, and you are the blame!

DDPO

June 15th, 2011
11:53 am

J. Hayes… Now you are just showing off, MB.

Great catch!

supersıze that order, mutt

June 15th, 2011
11:54 am

Greetıngs from Gazıentep, Turkey. I am just about at the end of a 3-week tour of mostly eastern Turkey, and İ thought the following might interest some of you. My guide here is a 46 year old archaeologıst from İzmir, Turkey who LOVES American basketball. He was obsessing last week over the NBA finals. İ told him that İ was more interested ın collegıate basketball and told him İ was a Georgıa Tech fan. His immediate response was, “The Yellow Jackets, rıght?” İ have to be honest; İ was stunned, but it turns out that when he was a teenager, he actually saw some Tech basketball games on satellıte TV and remembered the Yellow Jackets fondly. At the time he told me this the Golf Jackets had just been defeated by my local ASU Jags. İ told him that İ was disappointed that Tech had lost to ASU, but İ would be even more upset if ASU lost their upcoming match with UGA. He said he had never heard of ASU (no big surprise there) AND he had never heard of UGA or the Dawgs either. Boy, did that bring a smile to my face. LOL

GTBob

June 15th, 2011
11:54 am

Good to see Shumpert rising some. I thought he might have made a huge mistake. I wonder what the heck Thompkins is thinking. Showing up to a combine with 15.5 percent body fat when millions of dollars are on the line? Get it together man. Your future is on the line.

Andy

June 15th, 2011
12:00 pm

Jeff, the NBADraftExpress link goes to the Sports Illustrated mock.

Ted M

June 15th, 2011
12:13 pm

Chris Owens is a stupid jerk criminal. Cut him now

Ted M

June 15th, 2011
12:17 pm

Thompkins may go undrafted

ASG = JERKS

June 15th, 2011
12:17 pm

Got to take the UGA players over a tech fraud. Tech players were not coached properly and don’t know the fundamentals.

PMC

June 15th, 2011
12:22 pm

Wouldn’t that follow the trend of good players who couldn’t do much for Tech, that flourished in the NBA?

It wouldn’t be the first time that happened in the last decade, or even the 2nd.

Ted M

June 15th, 2011
12:25 pm

I didn’t see ant of Favors rookie season…is he gonna be any good?

Hewitt Fan

June 15th, 2011
12:37 pm

PMC

“Wouldn’t that follow the trend of good players who couldn’t do much for Tech, that flourished in the NBA?”

Quit trying to be Mark Bradley, i have not seen one GT player be bad at GT and shine in the NBA…
this year Shump was awesome,
Ranked 4th in the ACC in scoring, 15th in rebounds, 10th in FG and FT pct., 1st in steals (7th in the nation).

Gordon

June 15th, 2011
12:39 pm

After Anthony Morrow, NBA scouts now use the “Hewitt Rule.” Add 25 spots to where you would have normally taken a Hewitt coached player based on their visible skills and postseason workout.

Gordon

June 15th, 2011
12:43 pm

Hewitt Fan,

“i have not seen one GT player be bad at GT and shine in the NBA…”

Ever heard of Anthony Morrow? NBA people openly wondered where this guy had been hiding. And there are a host of players (Bosh, Lawal, Favors, Crittenton, Young) who have/are doing well and never played on a Tech team with a winning conference record.

collegeballfan

June 15th, 2011
12:45 pm

It is not “Tech’s” Iman Shumpert. He is not longer a student there.

Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie are no longer students at UGA.

When they leave, let them go.

Just Me

June 15th, 2011
12:47 pm

This TECH fan ain’t buying it. Will wait and SEE.

Jo Bling

June 15th, 2011
1:03 pm

Other than the fact that Shumpert played on poorly coached and underperforming teams at Tech, I’m not sure why anyone would be surprised if he goes in the first round. He’s cut from the NBA guard mold, and his game will only continue to improve. He needs to work on his ball handling, but if he can do that and become a consistent shooter, he can make it in the NBA. He knows how to get to the hoop.

mountain_jim

June 15th, 2011
1:10 pm

Still disgusted with Sund for the trading of JC2 AND THIS first round pick when the needed PG was already sitting on the bench.

dawg day afternoon

June 15th, 2011
1:17 pm

Good news for teck nerds! Basketball? Heck no, it’s time for DragonCon!!

One lucky hotel is going to look and smell like the gigantic nerd sleepover that is teck. Maybe the teck AD will make an appearance to sell (give away) basketball tickets for the mighty honey bees.

Free hotdogs, Cokes, and anime porn didn’t bring more than 40 students to football or basketball games over the last century, but maybe disguising that hideous arena as a comic convention would do the trick. Dress the honey bees up as Star Trek characters, and the place will be standing room only and full of smelly, costumed mouth-breathers.

ManUp...

June 15th, 2011
1:24 pm

Shump’s legit. Stop bickering over coaches. Radakovich got a new staff in, and the whole basketball complex is getting a remodel. Why would anyone chose not to be hopeful regarding GT Hoops right now? There should be nothing but anticipation for the non-home season coming up to see Coach Gregory begin to put his team together, and then the next year we’ll have his them on campus ready to start all kinds of new traditions. When given the choice, I look at the brightside. Right now let’s hope for the best. The rest of this just sounds like more good news for Iman Shumpert. Happy for him if it works out with Boston.

Go Jackets!

ManUp...

June 15th, 2011
1:34 pm

Wow, dawg day, sounds like you know a lot more than this GT grad does about sci-fi and nerd culture. Here I was thinking to myself I’d gone to a decent Southern university that loves its frat parties and football as much as it loves hitting the books and inventing the next generation of devices and processes that change the world. But what do I know? You dawg fans tell us who we are and what we should do, right? Keep pretending to disrespect the object of your jealousy.

Go Jackets! Even when you have to yell it over the sound of barking.

dawg day afternoon

June 15th, 2011
1:56 pm

I hope those “devices and processes” (blow-up dolls and what you do with them) make up for lack of women in your life. Silly nerd.

Boobie Bowden

June 15th, 2011
2:00 pm

Hey, dawg day afternoon, earlier we perfected the cow flop into dog food process. Now if we could just do something about your breath.

ManUp...

June 15th, 2011
2:00 pm

Wow. Honestly you’re disgusting. I hope your life brings you everything you deserve for your depraved mind. I’m glad you root for a different team than I do. Thay can have you and everyone like you.

No surprise

June 15th, 2011
2:01 pm

Mark Bradley being wrong about Ga Tech athletics? Naw, that never happens. We all know he is a completely unbiased sports writer…..right?

dawg day afternoon

June 15th, 2011
2:09 pm

Boobie Bowden, I like your style.

ManUp…, you win the award for Most Ironic Blog Nickname. Go cry in the corner, princess.

ManUp...

June 15th, 2011
2:20 pm

Dawg day, from the things you seem to enjoy discussing on this blog, I don’t expect you to know what the meaning of the word “man” is. Reviewing your posts paints a sad picture of a maladjusted thirteen year old. Your assessment of my reaction to it just kind of follows the trend.

dawg day afternoon

June 15th, 2011
2:26 pm

Thanks for the diagnosis, doctor. Have you already cured yourself of virginity, or are you still hard at work “handling” it?

Good luck with that.

PMC

June 15th, 2011
2:30 pm

Hewitt Fan, where were the results? If Hewitt is such a fantastic coach, why couldn’t he win games in the ACC?

ManUp...

June 15th, 2011
2:32 pm

See? Completely fixated on one thing. I rest my case.

juvenal

June 15th, 2011
2:35 pm

dda, that movie was about bank robbers-role models? nerds start at 6 figures, romance not a problem…….btw, dragon.con types go on to invent stuff, most Tech students at games business types, will help them sell it, enjoy Sat-PM parties(only 1X/wk if they want to stay in school, let alone keep their HOPE’s)

dawg day afternoon

June 15th, 2011
2:39 pm

Persuasive argument, counselor. With all the frat parties, “football,” devices, and processes, I’m impressed that you had time to study law and medicine.

Oh yeah, nothing but hideous women at teck. Plenty of time to hit the books then, I suppose.

dawg day afternoon

June 15th, 2011
2:42 pm

One nerd at a time, please. One more, and we’ll have more teckmites here than show up on gameday.

Mark Bradley

June 15th, 2011
2:42 pm

I believe we’ve gotten sidetracked.

CreakyDawg

June 15th, 2011
2:42 pm

The late Dawgs player Alec Kessler is right outside of that 20 year window, he was taken 12th in 1990’s draft by the Houston Rockets.

cattledawg

June 15th, 2011
2:51 pm

So you travel to turkey and u still have your mind on the dawgs. What a loser.

Gordon

June 15th, 2011
2:53 pm

Sidetracked on a blog involving Tech and UGA? That has to be a first!

home.cooking

June 15th, 2011
2:57 pm

No more need to pile on Hewitt’s coaching and recruiting, he’s gone. Let’s see what Coach Gregory does!

P.S. Please insure to hold Gregory to the same standard you guys did Hewitt. This should be fun!

PTC DAWG

June 15th, 2011
3:12 pm

Best of luck to the kid.

Hewitt Fan

June 15th, 2011
3:16 pm

@Gordon

“Ever heard of Anthony Morrow? NBA people openly wondered where this guy had been hiding. And there are a host of players (Bosh, Lawal, Favors, Crittenton, Young) who have/are doing well and never played on a Tech team with a winning conference record”

Morrow avg 12ppg in the NBA, He averaged 16ppg in 05, and he averaged 14ppg in 07…So what’s your point?..Morrow is not a star in the NBA and was not a star in college!..Favors and Lawai(BOTH CELTICS) were robbed in the ACC…The same guy who forced Hewitt out,(Mark Bradley) was complaining about the refs against Ohio State in the NCAA’s, he did not have the grapefruits to talk bad bad about the refs in the ACC Championship game where Singiler shot a ACC tournament record amount of FT’s.Young and Jevaris(CELTIC) both played in the NCAA’s at Gt..No teams have winning seasons in the ACC other than Duke and NC..Look it up for your self buddy!

Hewitt Fan

June 15th, 2011
3:22 pm

PMC

“Hewitt Fan, where were the results? If Hewitt is such a fantastic coach, why couldn’t he win games in the ACC?”

time for you to use your head buddy!..when Hewitt took Gt to the final four, Gt did not have a winning record in the ACC..that has to make you think!..do you remember the ACC championship game that year when the refs took the game from Gt against Duke?..Have you seen the 7 or 8 coaches get fired in the ACC in the last 2 years?.its funny how all of the fired coaches get jobs elsewhere very fast.,,Haith got the Mizzou job.Hewitt could have had the St Johns job last year, which is a better job than GT, but instead he got the George Mason job, which is also a better job than GT..