Talking Points: Sonics' Swift pick to bustville
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Seattle SuperSonics spent their 2004 lottery pick on a Californian teenager, Robert Swift, passing up players like Al Jefferson, Josh Smith and J.R. Smith. Years have past and while those players are still in the NBA, Swift's name is synonymous with draft bust.
Not only did his career spiral out of control but judging by a report out of Sammamish this week, his life hasn't turned out so well either.
Swift vacated his foreclosed house and the new homeowners purportedly discovered a mess inside.
Among the trash, the owners reported finding piles of beer bottles in the fireplace, animal feces on the deck, walls used as punching bags and live ammunition.
Smith, who only played in 97 games in his brief career, has been out of the league since the 2008-2009 season.
His 2004 draft class was a high point for the prep-to-pro player. Swift was one of eight of the top 20 players drafted straight out of high school that year with Dwight Howard leading the charge as the No. 1 pick.
Your early favorite to win next year's Heisman Trophy may not be named "Johnny Football."
On Tuesday, a tweet referencing ESPN's Tom Rinaldi reported that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney ran a 4.5 40-yard-dash at a recent workout.
Clowney has the speed and the strength, as he showed with his Outback Bowl hit against a Michigan running back that jarred the opponent's helmet off.
But who knew that he was that fast? Consider that at the NFL combine, mostly offensive skill position players ran faster than 4.5 seconds. No defensive lineman matched that speed. Clowney, 6-foot-6, 256 pounds, had a breakout sophomore season. Last year, he tied for third in the nation among the Football Bowl Subdivision with 13 sacks and ranked second with 231/2 tackles for loss.
Looks like quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M has competition if he wants to hold on to his Heisman. In 2012, Manziel became the first freshman to win the coveted award.