Showtime Josh Selby
All the teams that slept on 6-2 combo guard Josh Selby and let him fall to the Memphis Grizzlies with the 49th overall pick in the second round are probably already regretting it.
The Knicks, Lakers, Spurs, Magic, Bulls, Blazers, Hawks and Thunder all drafted passed up Selby to draft guards with half of his talent. The Spurs took Cory Joseph 29th in the first round over Selby while the Blazers took Nolan Smith 21st overall. That’s just bad scouting right there. Oklahoma City doesn’t even need a guard but drafted Reggie Jackson in the first round, Selby mops the court with Reggie Jackson and would be the Thunder’s backup point guard now that Eric Maynor is out. Miami took Norris Cole 28th in the first round and while he’s been good, give me Selby.
The Lakers, Bulls, and Hawks are the organizations that should be firing it’s scouts after passing on Selby. The Lakers took Darius Morris 41 and Andrew Goudelock 46. Neither player is making any kind of an impact in L.A. and Selby would be the starter at point guard right now as he’s already better than Derek Fisher based on athleticism alone.
The Bulls took 6-5 shooting guard Malcolm Lee 43 overall, six picks before Selby and then shipped him off to Minnesota. Selby playing at the shooting guard alongside Derrick Rose would be perfect. The Bulls went searching for Rip Hamilton when all they really had to do was draft Josh Selby for nothing in the second round to get a two guard that’s a scoring option.
The Atlanta Hawks watched Jamal Crawford walk away to Portland during free-agency and could have had Selby 48th overall but took Keith Benson. Selby would have immediately replaced the scoring punch that Crawford added off the bench. It would have been like a younger, better version who makes less money was on the team but they passed and showtime Selby was taken with the next pick by the only team with any sense, Memphis.
Selby was the No. 1 ranked prospect coming out of Lake Clifton High School in Baltimore. He was ranked higher than first overall pick Kyrie Irving. He’s a 20-year-old combo guard who can create his own shot but doesn’t play selfish. He can hit from long range and has a 40 inch vertical jump. There’s no ceiling on his game and he plays the best in transition. He slid to the second round because of his unimpressive freshman campaign at his lone season at Kansas but he was really just a victim of circumstance. Selby was suspended for the first nine games and then had his best game at Kansas in his first game back. He hit for 17 points on the road in and hit the game winning jumper in a tight game for the Jayhawks. After that a heel injury kept him out of the starting lineup towards the end of the season. It’s just crazy to me that scouts didn’t see the talent and let him slide so far down the board.
Memphis has already traded Greivis Vasquez and Xavier Henry to make room for Selby to takeover the backup point guard spot in the lineup. Right now he is fighting with Jeremy Pargo for the backup spot but is about to take it. Right now he’s getting four points and two assists in 13 minutes but look for those numbers to go up as he gets more acclimated to the pro game. Selby has already provided some nice highlights in his limited action with nine points two times.