There just aren't many guys in the NCAA with Craig's size and skills. Here are some names of guys that were top 20 guys last year and their stats in their final years in school:
Javale McGee (Nevada) 14 pts, 7 rebs
Mareese Speights (Florida) 14 pts, 8 rebs
Anthony Randolph (LSU) 15 pts, 8 rebs
JJ Hickson (NC State) 15 pts, 8 rebs
All these guys didn't dominate in school, but were drafted because of their size and their skill potential. Craig is averaging 16 pts and 7 rebs. currently and the argument can be made he has a more diverse offensive game then any of the above four. And for those who say he's not big enough, Randolph was the 14th pick in the drat and is currently 6'9 195 pounds.
Whether we want to believe it or not, he will be a first round pick at some point. Yes, he has things to work on and by no means is he on the same level as OU's Blake Griffin (the consensus #1 pick) but he's an NBA level player. Trust me, there are some really average big men making lots of $$ in the league.
It's as if some people on this board think that since he is a 5 star player, he should average 25 and 10. Since he doesn't, he isn't as good as he should be, is a bust, and isn't going to the NBA. I don't understand that logic
He needs to get more consistent. He needs to work on a left hand. When he goes to his left to shot, he still shoots with his right. And he needs to learn how to pass out of the double team. None of these things are hard to learn.
Jerome James is still on an NBA roster. Needless to say the NBA is hurting for big men and Brackins has a good chance to make it regardless of how much it pains us to watch him sometimes.
Interesting sidenote, the top 3 salaries on the Portland Trail Blazers are in order: Steve Francis (17,000,000), Raef Lafrentz (12,000,000), and Darius Miles (9,000,000). Together they make up almost half of the team's payroll and half yet to log in a minute this season.
Brent makes very valid points and I was a bit strong regarding my feelings on Craig.
Again, I love the guy. Like many, I see this potential, but I'm ready for it to be realized more than a couple games a year.
Everyone keeps saying he needs to improve this and that. I think that is why he is projected in the 2010 draft. He will get there.
Cory Johnson had a stronger inside presence.
Cb has a lot of work to do (and I am sure he will get there)
This guy thinks that Ricky Rubio, Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans, and Austin Daye are going to stick around at college (or in Rubio's case, europe) another year? all 4 are potential lottery picks this year!