Team: Okay, word out of Cleveland is that Cleveland is taking
Irving. This is the the guy they like for their PG of the future.
They got a guy who has the best chance to be an All Star in this Draft,
and the they guy they want to run the show. Which is pretty good
considering how crappy this Draft is.
Reason: I have officially become a Kyrie Irving fan. He is not
the best leaper, but pound for pound he is the best basketball player in
this Draft. He is such a smart, mature, and skilled basketball player
for his age that I am truly amazed. When I watch him play, especially
mentally and quickness wise, I keep thinking amazing. You have to watch
Team: Minny's is in a good spot here, as long as the don't take
a PG! To me the top five players in this Draft are pretty
interchangeable. However, the concern for Minny fans is that two
of them are PGs;-) If you take out the PGs, Williams and Jan Vesely, as
they have some players at Small forward and Love at PF, that leaves
Kanter. And I know it's funny to put Irving here, but with Ridnour,
Rubio, Flynn, and Telfair on the Roster it ain't gonna happen. However,
word out of Minnesota is that they want to trade this pick for a
veteran, and if Irving falls to them they have a great bargaining chip.
Of course, we won't know until after the pick because of the stupid
"you can't trade your own 1st Round Picks two years in a row"
rule. And it is so amazingly stupid it's a wonder how these NBA
executive keep their jobs. They have to put on that whole charade about
teams drafting a guy they didn't draft and stuffing a hat on the players
head of the team that didn't draft him. it is an embarrassment to the
League, the teams, and the players, and an insult to commonsense. Like
the whole Jeff Green embarrassment. I hate when people say the Celtics
drafted him, they didn't Draft him Seattle did, they just had to wait
until after the pick to announcement and force the kid to sit up there
on the stage with a hat from the team that didn't draft, and then flash
back to him a minutes later with his new hat on, and if the players look
embarrassed at he new hat. It just so stupid. And if they want to keep
the rule they can, especially when you consider (and I have no idea why
they haven't done this already) all the have to do is have an exemption
on Draft Day- any trades of 1st Round Picks made during the day of the
Draft, at any time, do not count in the stupid "you can't trade
your own 1st Round Picks two years in a row" rule. Then players can
be drafted by the teams that are actually drafting them and everybody
involved isn't made to look like fools.
Reason: Derrick Williams I think is the top player in this
Draft. He has a calm and cool exterior, sometimes a little to cool on
the court, but he is a fierce competitor who wants to win. His shooting
efficiency is amazing, but what makes him special is his ability to go
up, take the hit, reload the shot from a completely different angle, and
make the shoot. The problem is that this pick would be a disaster for
the Wolves. I think he will be better than Beasley. However, they are
similar players who I don't think will play well together. The like to
do similar things in similar spots on the floor. Of course this is
probably all BS, right? Kahn has declared this pick is going to be sold
to the highest veteran. I would imagine they are looking for a Shooting
Guard and/or a Post defender. So t
Choice: Trade the drafted rights of Derrick Williams
Team: They have to get a PG here to help make the Williams
trade look better;-) This could be a Franchise saving pick as now
they won't have to get Fredette at 12.
Player: He is another great
character guy. he has been extremely well coached in college, but is
still too immature physically to contribute immediately in the NBA.
However, he showed late in the season that he has the to potential to
run a team, hit open teammates, and score. he is a nasty three point
shooter who won some games with last minute heroics last year. He haws
that special quickness in his step that makes him look faster than
everybody else on the floor. He can dribble a little with his left, but
not well enough, and cannot shot with his left at all, and PG need to be
able to go strong with either hand in the NBA. He is a Water bug in the
open court, and has that knack for getting anywhere on the floor he
wants to go. He should have stayed in school. He has good instincts, but
is still an immature passer. Nice Jump shooter. He has some
inconsistency in his elbow when he shoots, and doesn't always shot it
when his elbow is locked. The inconsistency of the release point comes
from shooting the ball at different angle in his elbow. More of a three
point shooter then a break you down guy. I'm not sure I'd like him as my
PG. Doesn't really create shots for teammates. He has gotten by on his
great quickness and his jumper and has not progressed as you like in
most other PG skill set, and that troubles me as he transitions to the
NBA. However, with his quickness, character, and work ethic he has the
chance, with a ton of work and humility to develop into a nice starting
PG in the NBA. he also is a terrific defender which goes a long way to
helping him get on the floor early, but he is not going to step in and
play the point as a rookie, and maybe not for a few years.
Team: Toronto's number one need is to get Bargnani out of the
starting Center position and out to a Wing position. They have to do
this by any means necessary. They like the Euros, and that is fortunate
because it looks like the top five talent that is going to drop to them
is Vesely. This pick would some redundancy as he reminds me a little of
the Number One Bargnani, only Vesely is ten times the athlete and
is a legit 6-10/6-11 Small Forward.
Team: The team needs to get a guy who can run with Wall. This Washington
team is seriously bereft of talent. Vesely is a bit of an unknown. He is
as good an athlete as there is in this Draft, but still needs some work.
He has no midrange games, and seems to dunk the ball and shot the three,
and that's about it. He is a great alley-oop dunker and that will translate
to the NBA. To me this is the second easiest pick in the Draft. Take the
tall, thin, pogo stick who can run with anybody in the open court.
Reason: With the ball in Wall's hands on the fast break, and
this guy on the wing it is going to be fun to watch. I don't know how
much they'll win, but it will be fun to watch.
Team: The team needs a true PG and a SF. They have to
half-Point guard fighting over who controls the team. They need a
serious infusion of talent as PG. When your top three scorers all shot
43% or worse front he floor, you need a guy show can run the offense and
set things up. They need a leader of this scattered offense desperately,
and there is no better leader in this Draft then Kemba.
Team: This has talent, but seems to lack focus. Having
Maggette and Salmons lock onto you team with bad contracts has put a
strangle hold on this team's future. They give this team some serious
offensive fire power, but they are clearly dependent players, meaning
the more you have depend on them the more they let you down. If the team
doesn't need them to win they will play better. Both are 6-7 or so wing
(nut) players who are probably better off the bench. Plus, they have Brandon
Jennings, who despite all his talent still goes wingnut himself
sometimes and it would hurt this team to take some on of the primary
ball handling responsibilities off his hands.
Team: They picked their last GM because he is the opposite
of Don Nelson, doesn't like to take risks at all, (while Nelson never
saw a risk he wouldn't take;-). Taking the smooth and easy college
player over the Euro wunderkind is just his style.
Team: They are loaded with inside guys and if they get
Irving or Knight than the heat is off of the get Fredette factor. Taking
Fredette here would be the worst thing in the world for this team and
this player, as they will get Fredette, his fame, and his fanatical Utah
following. Hometown hero picks like this rarely work out out. Let him
leave town and unload the enormous expectations that he can never
deliver. To me he is a great Jumpshooting no position player, whose
defense will force him to the bench early and often, and in Utah that
will unacceptable to the get Fredette fanatics who will blame everybody
and their brother, except Fredette.
Reason: If they get a point early, they need to get a Wing
guy. If Thompson hadn't had gotten into trouble he would have been in
the same breath as Burk. This guy can play basketball and is a legit NBA
Shooting Guard who could easily end up being the best SG in this Draft.
Team: The more I look at the Suns and their history the
more I think Jimmer. I think people sometimes forget that Nash was a
shooting Guard when he was Drafted and transformed himself into the consummate
PG. That is exactly what Jimmer needs to do.
Reason: Word out of Phoenix is that they are interested,
and if they see him as the next Nash, who is 37, they have to pounce.
This will also give Jimmer time to learn how to at least pretend to play
defense, and learn how to run the offense from the Maestro
Team: I just can't McHale passing on Vucevic here. If it
were anyone else but McHale this would be a reach here. However, can you
imagine what this guy will be like in 2 or 3 years working with Kevin in
the post everyday?
Reason: Vucevic is flying up the charts. He is taller, longer, and more athletic than people
thought, and he has really impressed me watching Tape. They replayed the
USC vs Kansas game, and he outplayed Markeiff in that game.
Team: I know Larry, and I know he probably won't take a
Euro, but to me this could could be the PF/glue guy this team needs.
They have to get a big guy to go with all their Wing scorers. The last
thing they need is another SF or SG. Collison looks like he was the PG position
sowed down nicely. Motijunas has a similar game to Larry, and has
obviously studied his Tape. He is a terrific passer, especially out of
the Post to open Shooters (just like Larry). Think of what that option
would do to this team.
Reason: To me they need a guys who can set up some Wing
scorers and a Power Forward. Motiejunas is not the best rebounder, but
they have some rebounders in the their SFs to help. He is a pretty good
Post defender, and with his three point shooting, size, and passing that
is just what this team needs.
Team: This is one of those picks that makes too much sense
to happen. The Knicks need a way pass first first Point Guard to go with
their two Huns. It looks to me like a choice between Morris and
Singleton, who also doesn't need to shot the ball to effect the game. Of
course, knowing NY they'll Take Josh Selby, the SG disguised in a PG's
Reason: Malcolm Lee will be a 1st Round pick, and he is
just the kind of versatile Guard this team needs. I think with his
combination of Point and Shooting Guard skills he could play with Kid or
Terry. Plus, he also played some Small Forward at Washington St and
might be able to go 3 in a small lineup.
Team: He should really be gone by now. He is such a
smart player, and has improved his shooting with both hands, which is
not normal for a Lefty. However, he is a Center trapped in a Power
Forwards body and has to learn to play better facing the basket.
Reason: He can run the floor like a gazelle in steroids,
and when you have the Flash at PG you need to have big fast guys on the
wing. If they get Vesely and Thompson in this Draft, in two or three
years they could have the best fastbreak in the League. However, they
may have to go big here and Vucevic is shooting up the charts because of
his great length, and even though he looks to me like he has no game, he looks like he can run in the open court.
Team: Am I crazy or does this team need a Shooting Guard?
They have some nice wing guys, but Jackson and Diaw look like Small
Forwards to me.
Player: Is moving up in this off
season. he can slow it down and hit the open Jumper off the break.
He can turn, one-dribble and pull up without his shoulders squared, hop
high, balance his body and square his shoulders in the air, and snap the
ball into the hoop with his wrist. That is a big time move, as you have
to be able to create a little space and hit a Jumper with guys on you in
the NBA. Has that knack for hitting the shot while falling away and
balancing himself in the air. This guy played on crappy team and the
scoring load fell squarely on his shoulders, and every opponent knew it
and couldn’t stop him. 6-5, 190, with a 7-foot wing span. He his rail
thin with long arms, but at 6-5, with a 7-foot wingspan, and with his
great body control in the air, it is not a bad thing. He led the big
East in scoring as a virtual solo act with 24.6 PPG. Despite all the attention he still shot over
49%, and that is impressive. usually when a guy plays on a bad team and
has to score a boatload every night his efficiency drops (like Jimmer).
Scouts have been whispering about Koby when they watch him. And
physically he does resemble Koby when he runs, but no one is saying he
is close to being Koby yet. Great penetrator, and what separates him
from a lot of the others is that he has a great middle game. He can pull
up and fall away from 5-12 feet and look unstoppable. He also averaged
over 7 Rebounds a game. I’d take this guy over anybody 2 put Burk, and
I’d have to watch more tape of Burk to that him.
Reason: This guy is an NBA scorer. I think he is the most
underrated player in this Draft.
Team: Minny has come out and declared they will take
Derrick Williams at 2. So that signals to me that they have to go big
here. However, the one thing you could argue Minny needs is Jump
Shooting 2-Guard. Hamilton has all the skills you want in a Wing, but
doesn't have the smarts. His NBA success will be based solely on his
mental ability to learn the game and play smart.
Reason: If they can't get a big or a veteran they have to
get a guy who can spread the floor.
Team: This is another guy I really like. He will never be a
great offensive player in the NBA, but man he play defense. He will be
able to step in and play as a rookie, just because he can play D. He
will be lost on offense,
but he won't hurt the team at the other end of the floor like most
They heed a wing guy and eventual replacement
for Gerald Wallace.
Player: This is a guy who will make
any team on his defense prowess alone. He was the ACC defensive player
of the year. He can defend just about any position but PG. he gives a
coach a lot of versatility. He can play D and rebound, and play some
inside. I think his best position might be SF, where he can defend the
smaller guys easily, and play a power inside game against the smaller
guy, and can steal you some points. But he will be drafted for his
versatility and defense. He is also a good passer for a big guy. He is
not a Point or anything, but he can find the open guy and snap off a
nice pass. Reminds me of Fred Roberts. A guy who will be an important
backup and will have some flashes as a starter, but can sustain the
limelight for long. he shots
a little early and doesn’t shot at the top of his hop.
me of James Posey.
Reason: Defense is always a need. Because of his great defense he can probably
defend four positions on the court. Having a guy who can chip in all
over will be very important as they find a new identity.
Team: This is a team that has to take a chance on
greatness, with the trading of Chauncey and Melo, they have traded away
their two great players and now really have none. Selby may be the best
athlete in this Draft and has some basketball skills. He has put it all
together yet, and I don't think he will ever be a legit NBA PG.
Reason: I think he will fall in the Draft because he is the
worst kind of tweener, a SG trapped in a PG's body. But there is
greatness in him. He looks like a cross between Raymond Felton and JR (Whack-A-Do)
Smith. Unfortunately I don't think he can play with either at the same
time on the floor. If he can learn to play the Point like and NBA PG,
him will be a star. He continues to play like a SG, he will be the
capital F in Frustrating.
Team: The need some wing scoring is obvious, and Harris looks like he
can be effective on the wing in the NBA. I think he is an underrated
wing guy, who can handle, pass, and fly down down the floor, and of course
we all know he can score.
Reason: Harris is a tough kid to define, but I like his
heart and hustle, and he is so young. He will have to change his game a
little and become more of a perimeter guy, but I think he can do
Team: This team needs some help inside. they won't get any
instant help from this Daft unless they take Faried. Which brings up
Danny's dilemma of this Draft, take a guy who could be a star in a few
years, or a role player who can help the Big Four on their final
fleeting attempt at a trophy. I just don't see them doing that next
year. This team is one year away from a near complete reconstruction.
Unless Faried is on the board, they will have to look to the future
in two or three years and not next season. Tyler is a true mystery in this Draft. He as a terrific smooth
jumper and I have no doubt he will be able to score in the NBA. He
measured a remarkable 7-5 Wingspan with a an incredible 33.5" Vert.
However, I don't know if he can play defense, is a hustler, or can
rebound, so I don't know if he can play in the League. He did
average over 12 Rebounds last season in Japan for whatever that is worth,
and showed some amazing agility for a guy his size around the hoop. He is a huge risky pick that could
turn into an all star player or a defenseless bust. But if he hits, he
has Amare Stoudemire-type potential.
Reason: They are going to need a big man who can run with
Rondo in the open court in two years when KG's, Sweet Ray's, and
Jermaine's contracts all expire. They will be 30 million under the
current Cap (but we won't know how much under the new Cap they will be).
They will have a chance to get a Super Star Free Agent, or a couple of
very good FA. Here's hoping for the star. because the two good players
(like Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva yuck;-) doesn't usually work. Stars win in the NBA, and good
players hitch a ride on great players backs. Tyler has greatness in him,
but whoever is ordering him around has to be stopped. He needs to get as
far away from them as possible. I have never seen two so mismanaged
minors as Tyler and Kanter in all my life. If they want to be great they
have to separate from whoever is advising them as soon as
is a similar pick to Avery Bradley. Danny drafted Bradley more off of
what he did in high school, when he was seen as a top five recruit, than
what he did at Texas, when he look like an awfully small SG. Tyler was
seen as a top five recruit in high school before his adventure to the
holy land. I know I'm just a Patriots Blogger, but he showed me at the
Combine that he still had that talent that made many scouts think he was
going to be a top five pick in the Draft two years ago. He has the
ability to get up as high as Dwight Howard (Don't go crazy now, I'm not
saying he has a game anywhere near Howard's great game, and Howard is a
truly great NBA player, I'm just saying he can jump as high). Plus, he
has terrific mechanics on his jumper, which he already looks like he
will develop into a consistent shooter form 12-15 feet, and if he continues to work
on it, it can be a Stoudemire-type weapon.
Team: Dallas is getting old at a lot of positions. Getting
an athletic young who can play multiple positions will be important for
this team in a year or two.
Reason: Shumbert reminds me of Nate McMillion. He is a guy
who can go a whole game without taking a single shot and not complain.
He is a truly great NBA-ready defender.
Jersey-Trey Thompkins- 6-10, 7-1 Wing, 227, PF, Georgia,
Team: Another team in transition that is still trying to
figure out what it is going to be with their new wacky owner and Point
Guard. They could go Center or Shooting Guard here easily enough.
However, I think BAA might be the best choice, and that is Tompkins.
is not going to be a great catch and shooter in the NBA. He does get a
great hop, he shots it to quick and does get to the top of his hop, he
leaves his left hand out of it which is nice, but there is no snap in
his wrist. It is an aimers release and not shooters release. He is an
inside guy who stills needs to mature physically. He has long arms, gets
nice position, and can rebound. That is always valuable in the NBA. He
plays with his back to the basket, and know how to use his butt, hips,
and feet in combination to get the position he wants. However, he will
need to get stronger to get that position in the NBA. He has nice hands
and catch just about anything. He has a nice little lefty shot in close.
He can turn around, and show his back to the basket and still hit the
tough shot with defenders fouling him in the lane. Which if you want to
be an inside guy in the NBA you have to able to hit the shot after
getting hit, he can do that. When he keeps his elbows at shoulder lever
he can gets real nice position inside. Understands leverage, not just
with his hips, but also with his shoulders and elbows. He has the
physical understanding of how the get position in the NBA, he just needs
some weight work. Plus, he has a nice turnaround jump hook for the
right, which is my favorite shot. He is very deceptive in the post and
outsmarts his opponents inside, and has that knack for getting position
inside, knowing where the hoop is at all time when his back is to the
basket, and finding a way to turn and get his shot in contact and
traffic inside. That is a nice trait to have inside. He has some nice
fakes inside. He has nice patience inside, and can let the defender over
react his way out of the play. He can shift from side to side of the
hoop in reaction to the defenders reacting to him, which is real nice
inside instincts. The more I see him play inside the more I like him,
because his jumper is terrible. If this kid is really 6-10, 245 and can
rebound and defend in the NBA he is a legit starter on a good team. He
is still real young, a 20 year old junior, and will need some time to
mature, and will always have an inconsistent jumper, but he has that
knack for playing with his back to the basket and all NBA teams are
always looking for that as fewer and fewer kids practice that game
anymore. Nice low post defender on the college level.
Reason: Thompkins is a big guy who can hit the jumper. When
you have a great at point guard, getting guys on the outside he can kick
the ball out to is always a good idea. When it is also a big guy who can
drag a big defender out of the paint, it makes the choice a lot
Team: Boozer disappointed in the Playoffs again.
Harper could come in and start pushing him immediately.
Reason: There are 3 or 4 Power Forwards who I think are
about the same, and if any drop to the Bulls I think they have to take
him. It was easy to fall in love with Harpers game in the NCAAs. He will
give this team some heart and hustle inside.
Team: Spurs are happy to take guys who they can wait on.
Mirotic would be a top ten pick if not for the Contract or the fact that
he doesn't seem to care about the NBA. He is an NBA ready shooter, which
a nice mix of inside toughness and clutch shooting.
Reason: Vucevic is moving up the charts because of
his great length. he has some skills but hasn't put it all together. If
they want to continue to ride on Duncan's back they have to get him a
big who can play next to him and help inside.
Team: Chicago will have nice choice of SG to pick from
Player: To me the best player
on Butler two years ago I never understood the
whole Gordon Heyward thing when he wasn't even the 2nd best player on
the team, never mind the 1st. This guy was the heart and soul of that
team in 2009, and the leader in 2010. He averaged over 20 PPG in the NCAA Tournament. He shot over 40%
from three point land. In my mind I thought he was the key ingredient
that somehow got tiny Butler to two straight Final Games in the NCAA
Tournament, and I Gar-run-tee Butler won't be back next year without him. He was
the leader of that team. He set the offense, and he made the shots when
needed. He is a great penetrater. His jumper is a little slow, and at
his size in the NBA he will need to speed it up a little. He is a pure
wrist shooter in his Jumper, which is nice and means he can get his shot
off in awkward positions. Plus, he leans back nicely in his release.
Reason: They have to get a backup Point Guard to take some
of the heat off of Rose, and I think Mack and Rose can play together a
little as well. Plus, I am a Mack guy. I thought he was great at
Butler and more responsible for their NCAA runs of the past two years
than any other player on their team. He is a smart player how takes smart
shots. He knows when and how to pass the ball, and makes positive passes
that put his teammates in good position. He can be instant off offense
when he gets hot. He is a strong composed leader. He plays in balance
and doesn't leave his feet unless he has a plan. He plays with real nice
deception. I just like his game, clutch shooting, and