This could be the hardest thing in sports. Determining if a person is playing basketball to get paid or playing basketball because he loves it AND wants to get paid.
Coming out of High School Kwame Brown was called the next Kevin Garnett. What an athlete! What a basketball player!
The same physical physicque. Can run, can jump and can dominate High School players.
One problem: Kwame Brown would rather play Nintendo than play basketball. You would think Michael Jordan would have done his homework on the kid before he took him #1.
Funny how a few million dollars in your bank account can change on how hard you work to be a better basketball player.
Kevin Garnett's basketball IQ is off the charts. His desire to dominate is even greater. He wanted to be the best and he was going to do everything he could to be the best. Even today he works like a dog.
Kwame Brown's basketball IQ was off the charts going the other way. He was already "guaranteed" $9million smackers. He didn't have to do another thing for the rest of his life. What was even funnier was the Lakers giving him $27million more. All this for a guy who would do the bare minimum to be the best (except in video games).
Looking at the draft you could say that MKG has the KG mentality. I could also say Bradley Beal should be considered since he should have been a senior in High School last season but played extremely well at a high level at Florida. People say that Thomas Robinson should be commended for sitting for 2 years behind the Morris brothers. I could take the totally opposite approach and say maybe that shows he is not as driven inside (that's just me).
Who are the Kwame Brown types in this years class? Harrison Barnes maybe. He tends to disappear. Maybe when you guarantee Barnes $5million dollars the drive to be the best goes out the door also. Is he worth the risk?
Picking #3 in the draft the Wizards should avoid everyone that may not want to work as hard being a young millionaire. I want someone that I know will work to be the best basketball player as well as have the highest basketball IQ in the draft.
To me we cannot go wrong with either Bradley Beal or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.