World Peace

by - June 24, 2011 - - Comment Now »

Ron Artest is changing his name to Metta World Peace. I think it’s a better idea to change the name of the NBA Draft to World Peace. The NBA Draft is the Intercontinental Champion.

Last night there were guys taken from the U.S., Turkey, the Czech Republic, the Congo and more. This has become a common theme of the Draft, along with people grading things that have yet to be determined, declaring busts and praising upside.

Still, it appears many have yet to come to grips with the large foreign imprint on the NBA. They refuse to believe that international players are valuable and instead praise guys who stood out in college. Somehow they forget Mateen Cleaves, Dee Brown and Khalid El-Amin.

Of course, any reasonable person could counter with Darko Milicic, amongst many others. The truth is, busts come from everywhere. Darko was an international bust, Kwame Brown a straight out of high school bust and Adam Morrison a college bust.

Another truth is that the best pro prospects are one and done college players (since guys can’t come out of HS anymore) and international players. This year’s All Star Game featured 17 players who didn’t go to college, went to college for one year or were from overseas. For the most part, college players who are good enough to be studs in the pros don’t stay in college very long. Longer tenured college players often become contributors but are rarely building blocks.

It’s actually fairly easy to argue that the level of play overseas is stronger than the level of play in the NCAA. If we sent our best college players to play in the international tournaments, they’d get massacred. In fact, we send our very best pro players and still had to install a system requiring them to spend multiple Summers playing together just so the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant could beat Spain.

Call them soft if you want but the top level foreign guys can ball. As for Artest, I’d rather he change his name to Scooby Doo or something.

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