Darrell Arthur was expected to be one of the top prospects in the draft and people and scouts are quite surprise to see him on the green room alone and trying to compose himself while waiting for his name to be called.
The no.1 pick goes to Derrick Rose and Miami without hesitation drafted Michael Beasley as the second overall pick. OJ Mayo followed and the talented casts of rookies are drafted one by one except for Arthur that was left unnoticed.
The 6’9” forward from Kansas Jayhawks believed to be one of the most talented players in the draft is a good all around forward with a tremendous size and athleticism. He could shoot the ball very well on mid-range and has very good lateral quickness, a good shot blocker and an explosive vertical leap and with his 230 lbs body he is ripe for the NBA’s physical game. Arthur’s Kidney problem made NBA teams doubtful in drafting him in spite of his talent drafting him would be too risky and costly for teams especially those on the rebuilding process. Although he is already medically cleared to play but the teams needed insurance and choose the safe way by drafting other talented players in the draft pool.
Darrell who wears the no.0 reminds me of Gilbert Arenas who wears that number because of a highschool coach who told him he would play 0 minutes in college. Gilbert was a second round, 31st overall draft pick in 2001 NBA draft. He really went down on the draft because Gilbert was an undersize guard and lacks handling skills of a point guard. But that did not stop Gilbert from being an All-star and a franchise player in the NBA. Darrell Arthur had to look up after Arenas, Carlos Boozer and Ben Wallace they didn’t even make it to the 1st round but they became successful because they played with their hearts and pure determination.
Commissioner David Stern announced the 27th pick on the draft and the relieved Darrell hug his mom and the crowd was all applause for the young Forward. Darrell knows this is not the time to shine and reserved his frustrations on the hard court. Arthur with his talent has still a long way to go for redemption. The draftees and non draftees should learn a lesson from a rear view mirror…” So close yet so far”