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Did Larry Bird and Crew Draft Two Hidden Gems?

Most NBA fans were shocked that Larry and Crew didn't draft Arnette Moultrie (6-11, 249lbs) who was named First Team All-SEC after averaging 16.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists this past season while shooting 54.9% from the floor. He led the conference in rebounding and ranked tied for 10th in the nation. Moultrie also shot 78.0% from the line in 2011-12 . The 21-year-old averaged 3.7 offensive rebounds this past season, grabbing 6-plus Offensive Rebounds seven times including a career-high 11 vs. Northwestern State. Moultrie recorded 18 double-doubles in 30 games.

But, watch Plumlee's (7-0, 252) workout highlights and you can see WHY Larry and crew think that he'll be a better PRO than college player even under Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfHjNGSHM-o&feature=player_embedded

Amazingly, Larry and crew did exactly what most thought we needed by acquiring SG Orlando Johnson who appears to be a hard-nosed kid with the ability to score in bunches and in crunch time. One NBA westcoast fan noted that "many believe that Orlando Johnson is a better shooter than Terrence Ross (picked 8th by Toronto), has a better NBA body than Jeremy Lamb (picked 12th by Houston), and is more athletic than Bradley Beal (picked 3rd by Washington). Reminds me of DWade when Wade was @ Marquette. Not a pure shooter like John Jenkins (picked 24th by Atlanta) but I think his game translates the best out of the 2012 Shooting Guard class."

Orlando Johnson, himself, thought that he was much better than some of the shooting guards drafted ahead of him. Why does he believe this> Following his junior season at UCSB, Johnson was chosen to represent the United States as a member of Team USA at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China. Apparently, he got to know several of the other elite college shooting guards and man-handled some of them in their practices.

Since Larry prefers experienced and athletic college players, he may have left us with not one but with two diamonds in the rough. We'll find out soon enough if they have the heart of champions and the necessary competitive spirit to face elite athletes at the NBA level for 82 games. Now, GM Pritchard needs to find a young experienced 6-9"/6-10" NBA Power Forward to mentor under and eventually replace aging PF David West (32yrs old). If lightning can strike twice (in the draft), maybe it can strike three times. Yeah, I know...the koolaid is tasting good while I'm writing this post!!!

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