Sunday, June 29, 2008

Walter Sharpe Pistons Gamble

Freakish Small forwards with poor backgrounds and questionable character and supervision?

Richard Dumas?

Richard Wayne Dumas (born May 19, 1969 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a retired American professional basketball player. His NBA career was plagued by substance abuse.

Dumas, a 6'8" small forward from Oklahoma State University, was selected with the 46th pick of the 1991 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns but was suspended for what would have been his first season by the NBA for violation of its drug policies.

Stephen Jackson?

All-America honors in 1996. He was the leading scorer in the 1996 McDonald's All-American game, on a team that included Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O'Neal and Tim Thomas.[2] Following a commitment to join the University of Arizona, Jackson was ruled academically ineligible.[3][1]

The 6'8' Jackson was selected 43rd overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns

Walter Sharpe?

6'9 Sharpe selected 32nd overall in 2008

On talent alone Dumas and Jackson were absolute steals-prototype SF's with absolute dynamic skills.. Character played a role in their draft selection(s). However, both far exceeded their second round status.

Jackson is one of the top players in the NBA and Dumas failed, but even in failure Dumas was successful while on the court. I believe Sharpe can be a freakish small forward, in the mold Jackson and Dumas. He could make it like Jackson, or fail like Dumas. At the end of the day, Dumas just may have got a freakish talent in the 2nd round. I think everyone will be quite pleased after watching our newest recruit show his stuff in the Summer league. We just got to keep him busy and out trouble.