[Moderated by Matt Jones]
We here at KSRc love thinking about grades and with most of us turning our complete and undivided attention to Finals Week I can’t think of a better time to hand out grades to our Cats that have turned professional. The nine player that have left the last two years find themselves all over the NBA. Some spend the majority of their time on the bench, others have success on bad teams, and a couple are finding minutes during the playoffs. With so many different career paths it’s time to check on how each player has performed:
DeAndre Liggins: Final Grade: Incomplete
Professor Evaluation: Mr. Liggins has proven to be an asset for practice but we have yet to see him enough times in game to assign an actual grade. Liggins has only played in 17 games this year and averaged 1.9 ppg so it remains to be seen what his NBA performance will be like.
Josh Harrellson: Final Grade: C +
Professor Evaluation: “Jorts”, as he is affectionately known be his colleagues, surprised many by performing well in a class many thought would be very challenging. Harrellson missed a lot of class this year due to a wrist injury and will have lots of opportunities to improve during his second year.
Brandon Knight: Final Grade: B
Professor Evaluation: While the team finished tenth in the east they were still ten games behind actually making the playoffs. Knight was a bright spot for Detroit averaging 12.8 ppg and will be a major player for the franchise going forward.
Enes Kanter: Final Grade: C -
Professor Evaluation: After missing two years of class the big man from Turkey never played like the number three pick. Still he will have a chance to show his skills during finals week and the NBA playoffs.
Daniel Orton: Final Grade: D
Professor Evaluation: Daniel’s performance has been pretty disappointing. He has barely seen action in two years and this season as there was a need for him to play he hasn’t stepped up. With the Magic deciding not to pick up the option for a third year the future is uncertain for Mr. Orton.
Eric Bledsoe: Final Grade: B -
Professor Evaluation: With the arrival of star student Chris Paul Bledsoe has had to take a backseat for much of this season. Still after last night’s amazing comeback thefuture is very bright for Bledsoe.
Patrick Patterson: Final Grade: B
Professor Evaluation: Patterson has been a solid option all season in Houston. Earlier this year P-Pat spent some time in the D-League honing his game but was called back up shortly after the season started. That time must have held as he improved on his numbers in nearly every category from last season.
DeMarcus Cousins: Final Grade: A
Professor Evaluation: After having major disagreements with the previous professor Cousins seemed to find his game when he got a new one. Cousins improved in nearly every category and is sure to be one of the association’s best big men for years to come. The Kings will add some more talent with this year’s draft as they try to move into playoff contention.
John Wall: Final Grade: B-
Professor Evaluation: The top pick is finding things to be pretty tough in Washington. In his second season the point guard put up some stellar numbers but still has no help. If he could get some tutoring in the form of Anthony Davis or some other great player in the draft his grade will rise in no time. Wall should be an A student but it is hard to do group work alone.
What do you think of the rookie’s and sophomore’s performance in the NBA? Who is the most surprising? Who do you think is think is the most disappointing? With so many great players in the league these grades are sure to improve in no time.
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