So the entire world is fawning over Dame Lilliard right now and with good reason. The dude has been an absolute PROBLEM in the bubble, and now people like myself are really hoping that he makes quick work of Memphis and becomes LeBron and the Lakers problem. But while everyone is focused on his 51.3 points per game over his last three games, let me take this moment to remind you that former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was once a much higher rated basketball player than little Damian.
Yup, that's right. Dame's gonna read this blog and drop 75 against the Grizzlies. He's never been so disrespected. So obviously the first point here has to be that basketball rankings are pretty stupid. How was Dame not rated? But the second point here needs to be: should Terrelle Pryor be added to the bubble?? If non-rated Dame is dropping 50 a game, what would Terrelle get, 100? #53 ranked Klay Thompson put up 37 points in a quarter a couple years back. #39 ranked Terrelle Pryor would get, what, 45? This dude could flat out PLAY back in the day.
Now I'm not saying that the guy made the wrong decision here. He got to play QB for the Buckeyes, won a Rose Bowl, would've won a National Championship if the NCAA was a little more concerned with academic fraud than free tattoos, and then got drafted into the NFL, even if it was the 3rd round of the supplemental draft. He did make over $14 million in his NFL career, which isn't too shabby of a life story. BUT, Ian Mahinmi made $15 million this year alone playing for the Wizards. Ian Mahinmi has made over $68 million in his career. The fact of the matter is that if you can even somewhat play and keep your head on straight (tough for TP), you gotta go to the NBA and get your money. There's more than enough of it to go around. Cody Zeller made more money this season than Terrelle Pryor did in his entire career.
If I'm Terrelle Pryor, I'm done with contacting NFL teams like he's rumored to be doing, and I'm getting my butt into NBA playing shape. What do you want TP, another $900K salary with the Jaguars with $0 guaranteed, or do you want to be the 10th man on the bench and beat your career earnings by next Halloween. I'm calling out Marvin Williams and playing 1 on 1 for his 5 points per game and $109 million in career earnings. Damn, I should've played in the NBA instead of blogging about it. Much more lucrative business.