Squigglepuffin wrote:Cole Anthony is a late first rounder at best. Personally, if I had no choice and was forced to pick him I would use a second rounder.
Cole Anthony will be a bust. I will laugh if a team chooses him in the lottery (unless it's the Celtics) because that is waste of a lottery pick. It's always surprising seeing teams pour millions of dollars into preparing for the draft only to see some of them make a decision (sometimes year after year) that even in the moment it happens are SO clearly terrible (Eg: Hezonja, Bender, Dunn, Kendall Marshall, and James Young are some of my favs).
Unless Cole Anthony does his best impression of the superhero Shazam - changing into someone completely and utterly unrecognizable - he will be a bust. He could turn out to be as good a player as Austin Rivers, but Austin Rivers is a bust imo. To be fair Obi "Derrick Williams" Toppin is also severely overhyped and will also be a bust.
Cole Anthony will not be there in the 2nd round. But since you invoked the term, what is your definition and the criteria for "bust" status just so I understand your thinking here.
I think "bust" can be used to refer to someone who fails to live up to the hype, someone who fails to perform at a level that justifies the position they were drafted in. More generally it obviously can also be used for anyone that drops out of the league and has to play overseas because no NBA team wants them.
Players that are busts for one or both of these reasons:
James Young, Gershon Yabuselle, JuJuan Johnson, Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo (R.I.P)...
Alex Len, Austin Rivers, Nerlens Noel, Dante Exum, Trey Burke, Shabazz Muhammad, Noah Vonleh, Jahlil Okafor, Doug McDermott, Mudiay, Stanley Johnson, Kaminsky, Cauley-Stein, Thon Maker, Trey Lyles, Jakob Poltl, Henry Ellenson, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr.
I know there are a lot of players that I haven't mentioned but it's either because an argument can be made they aren't busts, or I just can't be bothered.
Is E'Twuan Moore a bust? No. He's a solid player who in a redraft I would take at the very end of the first round, early second round, but then even if Jimmy Butler is still on the board, yes I would obviously be unhappy we took Moore instead, but Moore still wouldn't be a bust.
Generally I personally don't really use it to refer to guys selected in the second round. So technically, because he isn't in the league anymore Jordan Mickey is a bust, however I wouldn't refer to him as a bust since he was a second rounder.
If he doesn't "Shazam" it Cole Anthony in a redraft in five years could go in the 15-30 range, but only
because this draft is probably the weakest draft of at least
the past ten years. But even if this turns out to be true, the real question is would be justify a first round contract and the salary attached to the spot he was drafted in?
Spots 25-30 should be reserved for selecting players you aren't sure a going to be in the league in five years, players you aren't heartbroken over if another team selects them.
The one upside Anthony has is I believe his father said something to the effect of "Cole played really bad a UNC." So at least he''s got someone in his corner that has probably told him he sucked at UNC and needs to dramatically, dramatically improve to have a real impact in the NBA.