Someone suggested in the P.A.N.D.A thread that we start tackling scouting reports on the top 10 prospects in the NCAA tournament so naturally I figured I'd get things started off right with the top prospect NOT in the NCAA tournament. As many know, I am a fan or Artsiom Parakhouski, or as some fondly refer to him around here, Fartsiom Paradoucheski. Many felt that he would have been a solid draft choice in the 2nd round last year and at one point DraftExpress even had him going as highly as the first few picks in the 2nd round. But just like few boxers could handle Ivan Drago, few teams could have handled Art. Here's my write-up from last year. Well, Art has more or less been destroying souls when he's had a chance to play for VEF Riga in Latvia this season tallying 44 games played throughout the season.
Since all 30 teams failed to draft the best player available in the 2nd round of last year's draft, Art has eaten many a baby in the time he's had playing for VEF Riga. While only averaging 22 minutes a game, Art has averaged 13 points and 5.7 rebounds to go along with 1.2 blocks all while shooting 61% from the field and 67% from the charity stripe. But think of the per 36 numbers!!!! Thats 20 points, 9 boards, and almost 2 blocks per game!
The 7 foot, 268 lb, sub 6% body fat, solid steel of a man would make the perfect compliment to the beauty that is Greg Monroe. Imagine if you will, the following lineup:
No one would dare score against the most beautiful starting 5 in the NBA. And as we've discussed earlier this season, the likelihood of winning a championship is far greater when a team fields a stunningly beautiful lineup. And none would be more beautiful than this. So with that said, I challenge, nay, I dare you to come up with a draft report that would result in a more beautiful starting 5 than the one I've put together above.
Your move creep. Now your thoughts.