–Ty Lawson, drafted #18th by Denver, is averaging 9.5 ppg and nearly 4 assists in over 22 minutes/gm. Lately he’s been great, having scored 20+ in 3 straight games. Even when the Nuggets have been healthy Lawson was consistently getting double digit minutes.
–Darren Collison, drafted #21 by New Orleans, is averaging 7 ppg and over 3 assists. Plentiful playing time has been hard to come by for Collison since CP3 returned from injury, but Collison still sees action in every game, whether it be a shift in the first half or a short shift in the second half.
–Omri Casspi, drafted #23 by Sac-Town, plays over 27 minutes/gm, averages over 13 ppg (47% 3ptfgs) and almost 4 boards.
–Taj Gibson, drafted #26 by Chicago, is tough, strong, and it shows, as he boasts 8 ppg and 6 boards in 24 minutes.
–That Eric Maynor guy is pretty good too.
–Chase Budinger can play. And has tons of upside.
–DeJuan Blair has been, well, DeJuan Blair.
Take notice, with the exception of Denver, these other teams will likely not be in the playoffs, so them playing their rookies big minutes is not surprising.
Meanwhile, Austin Daye continues to sit as the team gets healthier, and more pathetic.
And for what?
Austin Daye’s ceiling is unbelievably high. Find minutes for the guy. Why can other teams figure this out but not Detroit?
Drafting the most physically weak player in the draft by far… why did this draft pick have to be such a project?
Joe Dumars, you make it too hard.