They call it in the Final Four, but Saturday and Monday at the Superdome, it was also an NBA draft preview.
And after watching three games over two nights, I wonder if the New Orleans Hornets reported infatuation with Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist isn't misplaced.
Gilchrist is an electric player. At 6-foot-7, he can be an awesome finisher. We also hear he's a team guy, a high character player who makes everyone around him, better.
But there's one very big question about Gilchrist.
Can he shoot?
It is a very valid question.
At Kentucky, Gilchrist played 31 minutes a game but average only eight shots per game. He shot 49 percent, but made only 13 of 51 three point attempts.
Gilchrist's shot is more of a push with a pause in it. Can MKG's shot be refined? Or even fixed?
I don't know if the Hornets can take such a risk with what could be the second or third pick in the draft.
Kidd-Gilchrist is the sexy selection. But a better fit for the Hornets, especially in the half-court game that head coach Monty Williams desires, could be Kansas forward Thomas Robinson.
The 6-foot-10 Jayhawk showed off an array of post moves. His line against Kentucky on Monday night (18 points, 17 rebounds) was stellar.
Plus, Robinson still has plenty of upside. In 2010-2011 as a sophomore, Robinson came off the bench, backing up Marcus and Markieff Morris.
Robinson's shot needs polish. But, he has a chance to be a quality low post scorer, a commodity in today's NBA game.
Ohio State's 6-foot-9 Jared Sullinger was a disappointment in New Orleans. Sullinger can often outmuscle defenders in the post. But, he had real troubles getting his shot over Kansas 7 foot center Jeff Withey.
Sullinger, a sophomore, could stay in school one more season. But, whenever he turns pro, he will be what he is in the NBA: an undersized power forward.
The first pick will be Kentucky center Anthony Davis. The 6-foot-10 Davis has all the tools to be the best big man to come out of the college game since San Antonio's Tim Duncan.
Great things in the NBA game have been predicted for Davis, but Hornets head coach Monty Williams says a rookie - even one as advanced as Duncan was - has a huge learning curve when first entering the league.
"I don't care where you came from, you can't imagine playing someone who is like you or better than you every single night," said Williams. "He don't deal with that in college."
Added Monty, "Four games in five nights, the referees don't know you name and don't care. The emotions and stress that go with it is something they have never experienced."
Why some star in the NBA, and others do not remains a mystery. It makes the job of an NBA general manager one of the most challenging in sport.
In 2008, the first five picks were awfully good overall: Derrick Rose/Bulls (superstar), Michael Beasley/Heat (a miss), O.J. Mayo/Timberwolves (later traded to Memphis for Kevin Love), Russell Westbrook/Seattle (a star), and Love/Memphis (dealt to Minnesota/a star).
One of the best players in that draft though could be pick #7, current Hornets guard Eric Gordon to the Clippers.
The centerpiece of the Chris Paul trade, Gordon is what Monty Williams calls, "a two guard who can explode and defend. I would say he absolutely wants to be here (New Orleans)."
If the Hornets can sign Gordon to an extension and hit on both lottery picks, they could start to turn their fortunes in a hurry.
If not, they will be back in the lottery, next year.
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