Pressey in the NBA
Posted on: May 4, 2012 at 12:26:49 CT
It was discussed the other day about the possibility of him potentially jumping to the NBA early after his junior season (assuming he makes great strides in developing his jumper and demonstrating he can defend at that level). Obviously, his size (other than maybe his lack of a jumper) will be his biggest detraction.
I'm not an avid follower of the NBA, so I wanted to know how many total players have played in that league at his height. Since the turn of the century as best as I can tell the answer is 3. Earl Boykins, Nate Robinson, and Isaiah Thomas.
Boykins avged 25.7 ppg in college and still went undrafted. Thomas was the last selection of the final round. Leaving really only Nate Robinson (who was selected #21 overall in the 2005 draft) as a successful comparative example of someone of Pressey's stature being drafted high enough to warrent leaving early. And Robinson is a phenominal athlete to the degree that he is the only 3 time winner of the NBA slam dunk contest. Every other player who has played college ball at Pressey's height has not gone on to play in the NBA.
That isn't to say that he can't, or even that he won't. But his other skills would have to be off the charts great to make leaving early a sensible move, and as it stands today he is a 36% shooter from behind the arc and shoots essentially a set shot from there.