Diebler Goes 51st to the Trail Blazers

By 11W Staff on June 23, 2011 at 11:54p

In a bit of a surprise -- at least if you were banking on David Lighty being the first (and perhaps only) Buckeye taken -- the Portland Trail Blazers selected Jon Diebler in the 2nd round (#51) of tonight's NBA draft.

Diebler, owner of one of the decade's most blistering seasons from downtown when he led the country at a 50.2% clip, will get a chance to earn minutes in Portland, hopefully playing alongside Greg Oden.

The good news comes exactly one week after the Big Ten's all-time leader in threes (374) tied the knot. He's having a good June.


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NoVA Buckeye's picture

Lighty went undrafted, such a shame...

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

OHIOST1087's picture

Dan Gilbert & Co. are the ones to be ashamed for not taking Lighty...  Hometown boy of the 216!

Type G's picture

Gilbert wants nothing to do with hometown kids for a long while I think. Har har har...

Seriously though... some of their later picks were questionable and Lighty would have no doubt been the better choice instead.

"No time for love, Doctah Jones!"

Type G's picture

Didn't watch the 2nd round of the Draft so I went online well after it was over to see if Diebs or Lighty got selected. I too am surprised the former got selected before the latter, but even more surprised that Lighty didn't even get picked?! Was actually hoping my Rockets would take him with their 2nd round pick. Hopefully Lighty will be able to make a team during training camp and show all those who passed on him what a moronic mistake they made.

Congratulations to Jon Diebler though! 3 point specialists are always needed in the NBA, he should do well.

"No time for love, Doctah Jones!"

slippy's picture

I'm really not surprised at this at all.  Lighty is just a plain mediocre basketball player.  His defense is above average at best.  His offense is far below.  6'5 in the NBA is a PG or SG.  He doesn't have the handle or the experience to play point, and he doesn't have the jumpshot to be a shooter.  There's not really a place for him until his offense gets miles better.

BuckeyeBacker98's picture

Lighty's defense "above average at best"?  You pretty much erase all doubt about your basketball IQ (or lack thereof) with that statement.  David Lighty was universally recognized as one of the best defensive players in college basketball.  You couldn't turn on an OSU game without hearing positive comments about his D.  He was probably the most versatile defensive player in the country too....literally guarding every position on the floor at some point during the season.

But I suppose every basketball analyst, opposing coach, opposing player, reporter, etc. was wrong and you are right.

GoBucks713's picture

Really the only knock on Lighty is his FT shooting. It sucks, even though he has a good stroke. It's all mental for him. I think he gets signed and plays a few seasons in the D-League and gets better and when he brings his FT% above 70 he gets called up to the big leagues. Too many teams need a versatile player like him. He can score and he can do one thing that most players in the NBA can't do, and that's defend like a madman.

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303 Buckeye's picture

I think the league was worried about improvement.  Lighty was doing things his first two seasons just as well as he was his last two.  We only noticed him more because he wasn't suiting up with Greg Oden or Mike Conley.  The league pays attention though, and they were probably thinking "whats's this guy going to do his 5th year as opposed to his rookie season?"