So P.J. Hairston ended up going about when everyone thought he would. He was chosen 26th by Miami then traded to Charlotte. This seems like a mixed blessing. On one hand, Charlotte is a bit of a black hole for players, and it’s unclear if they’re EVER going to be in contention for a title, no matter how many picks they get, how many trades they make. They’ve got a lot of decent supporting players, but they still lack that superstar that could put them over the top.
Hairston might have done better on a team like Miami, if the Big 3 stick around. He could come off the bench, produce some instant offense, then sit back down. In Charlotte, he’s probably going to be depended on to do a bit more. And will he get better there? The culture at Miami, with LeBron, is probably much more about working hard and winning. Who’s the person at the Hornets who’s going to really push P.J., mentor him — and make sure he doesn’t screw up again? (Let’s hope it’s not Gerald “Elbow” Henderson.) Maybe it’ll be Michael Jordan. But so far, Jordan hasn’t exactly proven that he can establish a winning culture.
Still, well done by Hairston. He’s gotta be happy with this result after he seemingly teetered on the edge last year of having his entire basketball career destroyed.
And now to James Michael McAdoo. What the hell happened there? It has to be a shock to a lot of people that he wasn’t drafted at all. Most projections had him in the mid to late second round, yes, but to be not be taken at all? Not sure many saw that coming. I’m assuming this includes Roy Williams. What did he discover when he started making calls to NBA GMs in preparation for McAdoo deciding to leave school? Or maybe McAdoo was told he might not be drafted and decided to leave anyway.
Man, you gotta feel bad for the guy. Had he come out after his freshman year, he might have been a first round pick. Maybe even a top 10 one. And now? He’s probably going to end up playing overseas. Sad for him, but the blunt truth is, besides his athleticism, he didn’t really have any NBA-caliber attributes. He was too small to be a true forward, his jump shot needed work, his foul shooting was suspect and he had trouble finishing around the basket. But here’s hoping he one day makes it into the NBA after a few years overseas, as lots of players have.