Friday, June 27, 2008

Sixers Draft Forward

The NBA draft was held in New York last night and the Sixers went out and got themselves a low post presence. Marreese Speights in the newest Sixer. He's a 6-10, 245lb forward (or center) out of the University of Florida, who played in the shadow of Joakim Noah and Al Horford for a year before shining on his own last year.

I'm sure others will say it and I'll say it here: ESPN characterized this guy as someone who needs to improve his conditioning. If anyone catches this kid at the McDonald's around the corner from the Sixers practice facility, please rat him out to Ed Stefanski. If there is something you don't want to get tagged with as an athlete before coming to a demanding sports city, it's that you don't keep yourself in good shape. The other damning tag is if you don't have a good work ethic. Speights has been painted with both of these brushes by scouts, so he'll definitely have some questions to answer on these topics when he gets here.

I like the pick; he's got low post moves and he can rebound and play defense. But let's keep an eye on the kid and get him a gym membership.

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