With Blake Griffin being the exception, five of the last six No.1 picks in the NBA Draft have been players who declared after playing only one year of college hoops.
Seeing that Shabazz Muhammad was at one point ranked the No.1 incoming freshman, it’s understandable why he would have thought he was up next to be a No.1 pick.
After a shaky season at UCLA — and an even more questionable offseason — Muhammad still believes in himself. Muhammad made this statement via Michael Lee of The Washington Post:
“I know I’m a great player. I’m a guy that believes he’s the best player in the draft.”
However, we must not demonize Muhammad for saying something a majority of projected lottery picks are most likely thinking about themselves. When it comes to success in the NBA, confidence is key.
Muhammad was the center of UCLA’s offense this past season, and although he held it down, he’s not projected to handle such a burden in the NBA.
While he may not be prepared to accept a lesser role at this point in time, he will have to come to grips with reality in order to maximize his contributions at the professional level.
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