Despite the length of the NBA regular season and the thrills of the playoffs, this time of year has its own unique appeal.
Prospects in the collegiate ranks are getting done with a series of showcase tournaments and vying for their spots on draft boards across the league.
If you haven’t read it yet, it’s worth the time to see the retrospective view Falk and Griffin take on their evaluation process for two young players that are currently failing to live up to expectations.
Yet any examination of a player's career is lacking if it doesn’t take into account a factor that has a huge influence on how we view a player’s ultimate success or failure: context.
For a young player to crack the point guard position on those rosters would take a Herculean effort.
A player who has been getting some attention lately for his impressive journey from obscure to established is Philadelphia’s TJ Mc Connell.
Mc Connell’s story, if you haven’t paid much attention to it already, is pretty amazing.
But the fact that Mc Connell gives people a chance to review their evaluation process only exists because he had a little help.
That’s because Mc Connell, while clearly taking advantage of it, caught some breaks to have a great opportunity to begin with.