Ruzious wrote:It is odd how Carey got underrated. He was rated the 5th best player in his HS class and had a terrific season - statistically - in a top conference. But a lot of folks decided he was a poor defender and that centers aren't important, so he's fallen quite a bit in mocks.
Interesting point... maybe he's being dragged down by the memory of Jahlil Okafor?
Okafor was rated #1 in his HS class, had a good season at Duke, was drafted high, then failed -- & was definitely not a good defender.
Off the numbers, I'd rate Carey as a significantly better player. Okafor had an amazing TS%, but Carey outscored him significantly, does shoot the 3 at least a little bit, got to the line way more than Okafor & posted a far better FT% as well. They turned the ball over the same per 40 minutes, but Carey was way higher usage. Carey significantly out-rebounded Okafor as well. The one advantage Okafor did have was that he committed fewer fouls.
If Vernon Carey is available at #17, for example, I'd call him a very good bet.
Remember -- if you don't like the post above: blame Doc not me.