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Depicting the Draft: Who’ll Succeed in the NBA, Who Won’t

Published by on June 13, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Today teams draft based on potential, skill set, mental edge, and performance at the collegiate level.

What matters most is at the end of that list. Yet teams tend to draft on potential, looking at the player as an "athlete," and not as a basketball player.

An athlete will succeed in many different sports simply based on physical ability. Whereas, a player who has defined himself in a single sport by putting in the time, effort, and developing the flow and mental edge for the game, could become something special.

In this year's draft we have players like Demar DeRozan, who is considered a top 10 pick, although didn't play as well as most thought he would. He didn't shoot well from beyond the arc, under ...

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