Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Juan More Time

Former Maryland star Juan Dixon is returning to the Wizards, which means the Dixon bobblehead on my desk is now only a throwback in the sense that it's from a time when some people thought he could score 20 points per game as a full-time starter.

Washington selected Dixon with the 17th pick in the 2002 draft and even then some wondered whether that was too early to take the spindly 6-foot-3 guard. I like Dixon as much much more than the next guy, but six years after he carried the Terps to their first national title, it's clear that he will never approach the same star status in the NBA. In nearly 400 career games, he has averaged 9 points while making only 34 percent of his three-point attempts. Still, based on what became of some of the players selected after Dixon that year, the Wizards could have done much, much worse. Take a stroll down memory lane, which in this instance is littered with trash.

18. Curtis Borchardt, C, Stanford: Drafted by Orlando and promptly traded to Utah, the oft-injured Borchardt missed his rookie season and then averaged 3.1 points in parts of two seasons with the Jazz. He's now playing in Spain.

19. Ryan Humphrey, F, Notre Dame: Humphrey averaged 2.3 points in 85 games with Memphis and Orlando. He's now playing in Italy.

20. Kareem Rush, G, Missouri: Drafted by Toronto and traded to the Lakers. Has averaged 6.8 points in over 300 games.

21. Qyntel Woods, F, NE Mississippi CC: Drafted by Portland, Woods fit right in with the Jail Blazers. During the 2004-05 season he plead guilty to first-degree animal cruelty for staging dog fights at his house. On the court, Woods played more like a pitbull with lipstick during his forgettable NBA career. He's now playing in Bologna.

22. Casey Jacobsen, G, Stanford: Put it this way: The highlight of Jacobsen's post-college career was winning finals MVP of the 2007 German Basketball Championship -- with a team called the Brose Baskets.

23. Tayshaun Prince, F, Kentucky: OK, so picking Prince might have been a better decision.

24. Nenad Krstic, F, Yugoslavia:

25. Frank Williams, G, Illinois:
Deron Williams > Dee Brown > Frank Williams > Kenny Battle

26. John Salmons, F, Miami:
Has blossomed in Sacramento the last two seasons after four years as a reserve with the Sixers.

27. Chris Jefferies, F, Fresno St.:
He played 72 games in the NBA, averaging 3.9 points.

28. Dan Dickau, G, Gonzaga:
At least his girlfriend was hot.

1 comment:

Lindsay said...

sigh, curtis and casey give me butterflies!