So yeah, I'm bored (says the man currently at work). I generally loathe the All-Star Break, not so much for the lack of intensity (read: DEFENSE) in any of the games, but because of the week long gap between Bobcats games that I get to watch. I'm looking back on Hendo's season so far, and also gauging his progress from last season. Believe it or not, there isn't a whole of talent to come out of the 12th pick historically, so earning the title of "Best 12th EVER" isn't too far of a stretch. I'll throw some names out there after the jump.
Xavier Henry. Gerald Henderson. Jason Thompson. Thaddeus Young. Hilton Armstrong. Yaroslav Korolev. Robert Swift. Nick Collison. Melvin Ely. Vladimir Radmanovic. Etan Thomas. These are all players drafted 12th overall since 2000. Does any of those names scream "future hall of famer" to you? Now, I'm not saying that Hendo is destined for such a title; I just want to take a look at the bar for 12th round picks.
A few other notable names from the 12th: Muggsy Bogues ('87), Jim Paxson ('79), Cedric Maxwell ('77)...
Uh oh. Julius Erving, selected 12th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1972. And then there's Chet Walker in '62.
...umm...so like I was saying, can Hendo become one of the greatest 12th overall picks of all time?