Shabazz Muhammad is 20, not 19, which will hurt his NBA Draft stock

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 5 years ago '05        #1
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Shabazz Muhammad is 20, not 19, which will hurt his NBA Draft stock
 

 


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UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad is the subject of an article by Ken Bensinger of the Los Angeles Times that has the college-basketball world buzzing, and the piece also raises several questions that will affect Muhammad’s NBA Draft stock.

Let’s start with the most tangible issue:

According to the UCLA men’s basketball media guide, he was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 13, 1993.

But a copy of Shabazz Nagee Muhammad’s birth certificate on file with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health shows that he was born at Long Beach Memorial Hospital exactly one year earlier, making him 20 years old — not 19 as widely reported.

How and when he lost a year of his life are unclear.



Asked about the discrepancy, [Ron] Holmes insisted his son was 19 and born in Nevada. “It must be a mistake,” he said.

Several minutes later, he changed his account, saying that his son is, in fact, 20 and was born in Long Beach.

NBA teams obviously prefer younger players, which is a big reason 22-year-old Damian Lillard slipped to No. 6 in last year’s draft. Advancing a year in age will be especially questioned for Muhammad, who excels at posting up less physically advanced players. Is he just taking advantage of playing younger competition, or will that skill translate to the NBA?

The questions don’t stop there.

Because his son suffered from a mild case of Tourette’s syndrome, which can cause tics and other problems, Holmes told him he had to work that much harder.

Professional sports teams are often wary of players who are different, and in light of the difficulties the Houston Rockets and Royce White have had with each other, NBA teams might be especially leery of drafting a player they perceive as having any similarities to White. White’s and Muhammad’s issues are not necessarily similar medically, but here, the perception matters more than the science.

And that leads to, perhaps, the biggest issue:

Holmes’ life mission, though, has been to raise his three children to be professional athletes.

“If you’re a doctor, your kid is going to med school. If you’re a lawyer, he’s going to law school,” Holmes said. “I was an athlete. That’s what I could do for my kids.”



Holmes has pinned most of his hopes on the middle child, Shabazz.

Does Shabazz love basketball?

NBA teams want players who work out at all hours, who push aside other aspects of their lives and devote themselves to the sport, who want to win more than they care about anything else. Most players who are drafted love basketball, because the only way to reach even that level of the sport is to already care deeply about it. Those who don’t typically fall behind much sooner in the weeding-out process.

But does Shabazz love basketball enough that he’ll continue to work hard at it, or is he just trying to please his father? If it’s the latter, there’s a much higher risk Shabazz loses his passion, and that could derail an NBA career.

Between now and the June 27 draft, NBA teams will have the opportunity to investigate Muhammad themselves, but Bensinger’s article reveals a lot about what they might find.

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 5 years ago '06        #2
Rique 65 heat pts65
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hes been underwhelming anyways. He was advertised way better than hes played
 5 years ago '05        #3
Ron Swanson 161 heat pts161
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i figured it was his game that hurt his draft stock
 5 years ago '06        #4
Stupid Fresh 188 heat pts188
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not impressed
 5 years ago '12        #5
cubes 4 heat pts
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Now he will fall to the Wizards
 5 years ago '09        #6
Lupe Hunter 79 heat pts79
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So him being selfish, lazy on d, no right hand, and bad shot selection not the problem?

interesting
 03-22-2013, 12:36 PM         #7
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 cubes said:
Now he will fall to the Wizards
you better hope that n*gga keep falling.

 5 years ago '09        #8
ReggieA 196 heat pts196
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 cubes said:
Now he will fall to the Wizards
Wizards don't need 2 SGs, he need to go somewhere like Orlando, Charlotte, Detroit (if they trade Stuckey), or Sacramento (if Reke does not come back)
 5 years ago '04        #9
hockeythug 66 heat pts66
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NBA teams obviously prefer younger players, which is a big reason 22-year-old Damian Lillard slipped to No. 6 in last year’s draft
How did that work out? A year make zero difference. The guy can either play or not.
 5 years ago '09        #10
ReggieA 196 heat pts196
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 hockeythug said:
How did that work out? A year make zero difference. The guy can either play or not.
Duncan was 21-22 when he got drafted into the league back in the 98-99 season age means nothing, can you make good production in that shorter amount of time since you stayed on college an extra 3 years.
 5 years ago '13        #11
Lucky Lucas 47 heat pts47
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 ReggieA said:
Duncan was 21-22 when he got drafted into the league back in the 98-99 season age means nothing, can you make good production in that shorter amount of time since you stayed on college an extra 3 years.
Tim Duncan was gonna be the #1 pick years before he came out tho. He promised his dying mom he would graduate so he stayed extra years.
 5 years ago '09        #12
ReggieA 196 heat pts196
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 tonystarks21 said:
mannn i dont get it though , how are you 20 years old as a freshman in college ? especially when he has a late birthday how many years of highschool did he do . My first year of university i was 17 going on to 18 because my bday was in november, so how the fu*k is he 20 in his first year?
They are about to investigate his high school. They could rule him ineligible if he was 19 before a certain date. I know in Ohio, if you turn 19 before August 1st, you could not participate in Sports.
 5 years ago '09        #13
That Guy Fly 21 heat pts21
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Yeah because being 20 years old in a league where guys play until they are 35 or older is a bad thing. Only idiots think this is a bad thing.
 5 years ago '09        #14
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 ReggieA said:
They are about to investigate his high school. They could rule him ineligible if he was 19 before a certain date. I know in Ohio, if you turn 19 before August 1st, you could not participate in Sports.
Yeah I think that's what happened with Mayo and Bill Walker right?
 5 years ago '10        #15
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but but but he was much better when he was 19
 5 years ago '09        #16
ReggieA 196 heat pts196
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 Fly 2ndComing said:
Yeah I think that's what happened with Mayo and Bill Walker right?
Mayo ran out of eligibility in Ohio because he was varsity as an 8th grade, 4 years of varsity is the max, that is why he went back to Huntington to finish up. Bill Walker was in the same boat, expect it was his age, but he graduated early and went to KSU that Winter to start. But if his high school won any accolades and he was ineligible, Nevada could wipe that season clean, I remembered that happened to a local high school football power house when I was in jr high. They were undefeated in the regional finals, and they found out one of their players was 19 and they had to forfeit the whole season, and the team they beat to go to regional went instead of them.
 5 years ago '06        #17
Special Edd 172 heat pts172
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y yall always sucking this n*gga d!ck?
 5 years ago '09        #18
ReggieA 196 heat pts196
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 Special Edd said:
y yall always sucking this n*gga d!ck?


But in all seriousness, he was the #1 recruit coming out of HS, dude is a decent player, can score and create scoring, other than that, he does not have much else. He will be something like a Lou Williams/Jamal Crawford, acquire shots and be a role player. I don't see him being a franchise changer.
 5 years ago '06        #19
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Shabazz will be a 20ppg scorer in the NBA.
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 5 years ago '08        #20
PEK 16 heat pts16
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How does being 19 or 20 hurt draft stock? Its still a young player that can develop. Are teams really gonna draft a less talented 19 year old over a more talented 20 year old? Thats dumb as hell
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