I just can’t get over the fact that the Bulls passed on 2 opportunities to draft DeJuan Blair and that the Spurs got him in the 2nd round with the 37th pick.
It makes me all the more frustrated when I read this:
“He has an instinctual sense of spacing, a solid back-to-the-basket game, and off-the-charts rebounding numbers (During the 08/09 season, he successfully rebounded the ball 31% of the time). Add on the fact that the man is a pit bull when on the floor, and it becomes clear that Blair is an absolute steal. The most frequently expressed concern about Blair is his height: At 6′6.25″ with shoes, he initially comes off as too short to legitimately earn minutes in an NBA frontcourt. But then you consider his 7′2″ wingspan and realize that he has a taller standing reach than Blake Griffin.” – 48 Minutes of Hell
ESPN reports that Jamie Dixon said Blair never missed a single practice or game in two seasons at Pitt, and that he reiterated this fact to every team in the league.
So I don’t get why he fell so far. All I know is that years from now we might be laughing about how the 37th player taken in the 2009 Draft was one of the best 2nd round picks ever. We won’t be laughing about the missed opportunity.