Augustin Taken in the Top 10

So D.J. Augustin went ninth in the draft to the Charlotte Bobcats, not bad for a sub-6-foot point guard. I’ll admit, I was skeptical when he announced he’d go pro. After covering the Longhorns during his sophomore season, I knew how good he was but I also saw him struggle against Memphis. It seemed like that would be the best example of what he’ll face in the NBA, and it didn’t go well.

Plus, I knew how family-oriented and focused on academics he is. During the conference portion of the situation, he said he’d be coming back next year, and I didn’t think he’d change his mind.


Published in: on June 26, 2008 at 8:57 pm  Comments (1)  
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Riley redefines the NBA’s desired qualities

Apparently, Michael Beasley isn’t Pat Riley’s kind of player and probably won’t be taken with the second pick of the NBA Draft — not as long as it is Miami’s pick anyway.

“ has been reporting since the draft lottery that Heat president Pat Riley has reservations about Beasley. While Beasley is a talent, Riley seems to be uncomfortable with his personality and seems dead set on finding a point guard to pair in the backcourt with Dwyane Wade.

To that end, Riley staged two separate secret workouts in Miami on Tuesday. The first, a source told, was for Arizona point guard Jerryd Bayless. The second was for USC guard O.J. Mayo, who confirmed to that he worked out for the team.”

Riley has doubts about the kid’s personality. So while Beasley’s stock with the Heat plummets, O.J. Mayo’s prospects improve. I haven’t heard that Riley is concerned about Mayo’s character.

Why has no one noted the irony here?


Published in: on June 25, 2008 at 9:57 am  Comments (3)  
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