The NBA draft is Thursday night. Based on this interview with NBA.com from last week, after working out for the Timberwolves, Drew Neitzel hopes to be drafted somewhere in the low 40s. Minnesota has the 31st and 34rd picks, so maybe there’s a slight chance Neizel goes early in the second round–or the Wolves are thinking of trading down, I suppose.
NBA numbers guy John Hollinger has developed a system to predict NBA performance based on college stats and other quantiative indicators. The system rates Neitzel in the “Better update that passport” category–but he is the highest rated player in that category, ranking ahead of Sean Singletary and Jamal Butler, among others. As the ratings appear to be calculated separately for point guards, I wonder if the fact that Neiztel rarely played point guard last year hurt his rating. Of course, his defensive limitations aren’t going to show up very distinctly in a quantitaive system, either.