I’m perfectly biased here, but I’m still trying to have someone give me an account as to why Mike Conley, Jr. is ahead of Acie Law IV in draft boards for PGs this year, and I guess I’m not the only one: in their podcast, Ryan at Hoops Addict and D-Wil of the Starting Five said the Hawks ought to be drafting Law at #3, although the way everyone’s handling their mock drafts lately, he’s falling to the Hawks at #11 or possibly to the Clippers at #14 (which would be an absolute fucking steal for the Clippers; getting an immediate replacement for Sam Cassell).
Not even the Hawks are sold on Conley as high as he’s being projected at #3 — in Adrian Wojnarowski’s latest column, Conley’s a one-man construction crew (read: bricks), and they’d like to have him drop to #11.
I’m well aware that Conley got to the national title game, and that means a lot — plus, the basketball competition in the Big 10 is definitely tougher than the Big XII — outside of Texas and Kansas, there are no regular power teams out there — but Law is the big shot and pass guy who did a lot of the winning on his own, and was one missed layup away from getting past Memphis. Billy Gillispie put the ball in his hands and had him work it. He also has a few inches on Conley, and six-foot PGs in the modern NBA do not sit well with me. Conley was called on to pass more, and may have more some more “pure point” aspects, but I still believe Law will be the better pro.