Thursday, June 19, 2008

Draft Consensus (or lack thereof)

A review of 72 mock drafts on the net shows a great diversity among "experts" as to what the Rocket's needs are, who are the best athletes and who might still be available when the 25th selection rolls around. So without editorial, here are the players that the gurus believe would best suit the team and may still be available (with number of votes):

Robin Lopez, C, Stanford (10)
Nicholas Batum, SF, France (9)
Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG/SF, Memphis (7)
Jason Thompson, PF, Rider (6)
Serge Ibaka, PF, Congo (5)
J.J. Hickson, PF, N.C. State (5)
Alexis Ajinca, C, France (4)
Ryan Anderson, F, Cal (3)
Roy Hibbert, C, Georgetown (3)
Mario Chalmers, PG, Kansas (3)
Ty lawson, PG, North Carolina (3)

There were also six players that received two votes and eight more that received one vote. So altogether, 25 players were named as the Rockets' best available option by 72 prognosticators, with no one player receiving more than 10 votes. That's quite a spread. But there does seem to be a consensus on at least one point. The Rockets need a big man. 55 of the mock drafts reviewed selected either a forward or center, while 7 picked a swingman and only 10 thought a true guard was the best choice.

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