There have been so many discussions on tanking it could make your head spin but when all is said and done, who would you draft?
That’s the question that many teams’ scouts are beginning to think about. It seemed definite that the answer going into this 2013 NBA season was Canadian prospect Andrew Wiggins, but now more than ever teams are beginning to think that it is now the Duke prospect Jabari Parker that may be the number one overall pick.
From the fact that Parker seems more “NBA ready” than Wiggins, to who can create their own shot between the two, comparisons are being talked about across the media landscape.
Let’s add some context to these comparisons shall we?
Wiggins clearly has the higher ceiling as a basketball player and talent-wise overall, but he plays in a system at Kansas that favours guards and the frontcourt. Therefore being a small forward, Wiggins is in no man’s land.
Plays aren’t exactly drawn up for him as they would at the professional level, College Basketball is a lot more dependant on the coach’s system and philosophy. Try to think of the last high-level prospect that came out of Kansas at the small forward, I’ll wait… It just doesn’t happen at Kansas.
This is not a knock on Coach Bill Self, who has been coaching at the university since 2003, but his system is not a match for Andrew Wiggins.
Now on to Jabari Parker who attends Duke University; the great thing about Duke is of course Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski). He has empowered his teams over the years and continues to do so; you can look at all the alumni from the school and see quite a bit of high level NBA production.
From Grant Hill, to J.J. Redick, to more recently Austin Rivers and Mason Plumlee, the list is vast. So how does this tie in with Parker?
Well to be brief and to the point, Coach K employs an Iso-Hybrid style offense. It isn’t all Iso (Isolation) plays and it isn’t all pick and roll or motion either.
Thanks to his adaptive and unique play-calling style, Duke’s prospects are always the closest thing to being “NBA Ready.” Sound familiar? That’s right; the effects of the offense are already being picked up by general managers and scouts around the league.
Now are these college systems the only reason for the apparent success and slumps that these two high level prospects are going through?
In a short answer, no. But it is contributing to their overall growth and development as players.
One thing is for sure, all eyes will be on Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker come March Madness 2014.
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