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    Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    Ok let me say I thought Craig was a great player and a great leader and I really wish he had stayed for one more year as does everyone else; we needed a big this year.

    Im really happy he went 1st round and that should make Ia State proud!

    BUT.... He WAS picked in the 1ST ROUND! Now he's in the d-league, playing good ball, but in the d-league non the less. Should he have not had more success (and I hope he does!) or have been traded for if he was successful.

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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    He was a good asset to have. I think he underachieved somewhat in certain aspects of his game, but considering the situation he played under, can completely understand the struggle. Im glad we had him for sure.



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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    He's still a rookie. Give it time.



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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    He was a late first round pick. He has only been in the league a year. Wait a little bit and we will know if he belongs.



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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    He was a good asset to have. I think he underachieved somewhat in certain aspects of his game, but considering the situation he played under, can completely understand the struggle. Im glad we had him for sure.
    Correct. He was a very good player and an ok leader. I put some of that on him and some of it on the staff. I'll never forget the big plays from him or the huge games he had...nor will I forget the times he completely disappeared from the game or the home game against Mizzu from 2010 when in the final seconds, he stood way too far from the basket, flat-footed while a defender easily drove around him for the win.

    That said, it's WAY too early to be calling him a bust. If his career ended tomorrow - then yes. But he's got a lot of hoops ahead of him.

    His discipline and work ethic are surely going to be tested - two areas (IMO) that he could improve.


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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    1 year is hardly long enough to make that call.


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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    Quote Originally Posted by brett108 View Post
    He was a late first round pick. He has only been in the league a year. Wait a little bit and we will know if he belongs.
    Agreed, but I was just thinking in terms of 1st round being immediate contributors.


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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    He's averaging 20 ppg... It's the D league, but still, cmon....



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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    I think Craig will get back to the NBA and Im not for sure as a starter, I hope so though.
    Again Im thinking bust in the terms of where he was selected.


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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    I don't think a late first round pick qualifies the scrutiny as far as being a bust... Not many late first round picks amount to more than a role player if anything in the league at all.

    I think it tells me a lot that Craig was traded twice before he ever played his first NBA game... John Hollinger had him rated among the lowest likely draftees in terms of NBA potential... In last year's draft, his Top 12 were Cousins, Turner, Wall, Monroe, Favors, Henry, Babbitt, Aminu, Wes Johnson, Vasquez, Landesberg, Omar Samham... His bottom 10 were Aldrich, Patterson, Willie Warren, Avery Bradley, Udoh, Ed Davis, Terrico White, Hussan White, Brackins, and Alabi.

    I think most on here would agree he was a pretty good college player, but his game just doesn't translate to the next level. I think he can have a serviceable career, but he's never going to be a major factor for an NBA team.... But he's getting paid, and doing what he loves, so props to him for sure.



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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    Quote Originally Posted by kilroy View Post
    I think Craig will get back to the NBA and Im not for sure as a starter, I hope so though.
    Again Im thinking bust in the terms of where he was selected.
    It's the NBA, not the NFL. A late first round pick is probably not going to be a starter, especially as a rookie, at that point you're just looking for a guy who can be in the rotation.



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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    Quote Originally Posted by kilroy View Post
    I think Craig will get back to the NBA and Im not for sure as a starter, I hope so though.
    Again Im thinking bust in the terms of where he was selected.
    Because the guys drafted below him have been all-stars?



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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    Doug Collins said at the beginning of the year that this would act like a "redshirt" year for Brackins. He has been in street clothes, but he's been on the Philly bench the entire playoff series with Miami.



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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    He Should have stayed in School!


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    Re: Craig Brackins: Bust or Not?

    I thought earlier in the year it was said the only reason Craig was in the D-league was because the Sixers had a ton of guys already on the roster at the position Craig would play for them. Give it time, Cole Aldrich spent a good part of the year in the D-League as well. A few years down the line I expect Craig to be getting some decent minutes of the bench



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