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UCLA swing-man Shabazz Muhammad had a fairly disappointing first and only season with the Bruins before deciding to enter this year’s NBA Draft. However, Muhammad, in an extensive profile by Michael Lee of the Washington Post, displayed he does not lack confidence, and still considers himself the best player in the draft:
Here is more details from Lee’s profile:
“I know I’m a great player,” he said. “I’m a guy that believes he’s the best player in the draft. I’m going to tell you the truth.”
To be honest, I think many would be surprised how many athletes feel this way throughout sports. Many players feel they are invincible, and unbeatable. I could almost guarantee Nate Robinson thinks he’s the best point guard in the league, because that is the type of confidence that is required to perform at a high level.
Muhammad had other interesting comments in the piece, including explaining the controversy about his age. Muhammad was alleged to be 20 instead of 19:
“I don’t know what it was,” Muhammad said, when asked about being listed as 19 last season. “Somebody asks me, I’m 20. I mean, you look at my license, it’s 1992. I can’t say I’m 19 and somebody looks at my license and it says 1992 unless you can’t count.”
I see Muhammad very similarly to Harrison Barnes from last year in the respect that his game may be more molded for the NBA style of play as opposed to the college tempo. Barnes flourished with the Golden State Warriors this year because his slashing style was more conducive to professional basketball. While I think Barnes is a much better prospect than Muhammad, I do think Muhammad will be a better pro than people assume, and will definitely be a better professional than he was a Bruin. The best player in the draft? That’s probably a stretch; Nerlens Noel may have something to say about that.
By: Frank Santos
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