Here is Part One of my
2018 Boston Celtics
1st Round Mock Draft.
SV=Standing Vert, MV=Max Vert + SR-Standing Reach = MVR Max Vert Reach.
The Celtics are still trying to trade into the top five for a player. For whom Danny tolls, we don't know. You have to start with Bamba, but I move quickly to Porter, who did remind me of Kevin Durant before he hurt his back and hip. The two worst injuries when it comes to recovery. And we all know how much Danny liked Durant in the Draft. However, it is looking more and more like Doncic.
I don't like the whole Kawhi Leonard crap either. If he can't get along with Pop? How is he going to get along with anyone. Popovich is known as one of the nicest guys in the League. Plus, there is the money situation. They would likely have to trade Horford, and be left with no legit Big, and four Wings: Brown, Tatum, Hayward, and Kawhi.
Granted the Celtics did trade for Kyrie, who did look like a malcontent when he demanded his trade. "The Boston Celtics made a trade offer to San Antonio before the February deadline," Adrian Wojnarowski wrote. "But the Spurs turned it down. And never made a counterproposal, league sources said. San Antonio wasn't willing to discuss deals for Leonard in February. So far this spring, the Spurs remain resistant to trades. " And the Celtics apparently did show real interest in Kawhi this past season.
He left the team of his own choice during the season. There is more going on here than a pulled quad muscle. But man, it sure did work out with Kyrie. However, his knack for controversy did continue this off season. As his knee is in question, as is his commitment to the Celtics is being questioned. And now Kawhi is saying that he will sign with L.A. once his contract is up after next season.
Plus, do you really want to give up on Brown, who was the leader this past season in the Playoffs? "That ceiling in terms of trade offers is probably Jaylen Brown," Mannix said. "And some combination of draft picks they are willing to give up." I'm not.
A little birdie told me Trader Danny is looking to get up and get Doncic. This would be a great trade. They have two top picks in next years Draft (four overall), which has to be enticing to Memphis, Dallas, and Orlando. Not sure any vets can be involved, unless it is a salary dump for Orlando for Rozier or Smart. Danny will want to trade pick 27, one of the two expected Lottery Picks, and one of the other two next years Draft. Orlando will want a little more.
The trouble is that the Hawks may have settled on Doncic at Three. "Slovenian teen star Luka Doncic has elevated to the forefront of the Atlanta Hawks’ internal discussions on the third overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, league sources told ESPN," Wojo reported. "Doncic started to separate himself in organizational discussions around the choice, an examination that has included a tremendous intrigue with Jaren Jackson Jr., league sources said." Dallas is also interested in Doncic at pick Five.
So don't hold your breathe. Danny is not trading up to Pick Six and snagging Doncic. Maybe he uses a couple picks to get up to Six. Then use Six and another pick or two to get to Atlanta at Three or Pick Two, for the Euro stash player. But Doncic won't be there at Six. And trading Draft picks for Draft picks is always complicated, and salaries will just make it worse.
However, Danny has enough ammo to get anywhere he wants in this Draft. The question is will it be worth it. Danny cannot give up Brown for a Draft pick. Brown was essentially a Playoff All-Star this year at 21. He lead the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals, and was the leading scorer on the Celtics until that final horrible game.
You don't trade a near All-Star player who still only 21, for a Wing and prayer rookie. No one loves Drafts more than me, but Drafts by their nature are lottery picks. Everyone gets over excited and thinks their are 20 All-Stars in every Draft. There are not. Trading a young veteran like Brown for a hope and pray a player like Doncic is a very bad bet.
Brown was the young leader after Kyrie went down. Now I'm not ragging on Tatum, he had as remarkable a rookie season as we have seen in a long time. However, he was a rookie. He was not the leader like Brown. He had no pressure on him, like Brown, Horford, and Rozier. He was free to wing it without conscious or consequence. That will change next season.
More will be expected of him. We will see how he responses to more pressure. Not that I think it will be a problem. But we have already seen how Brown responded. He responded by leading the Celtics to Game Seven against LeBron. And when he finally faltered the Celts lost. You don't trade that guy for a Euro stash guy.
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14. Nuggets- Zhaire Smith- Wing, 6-4, 198.6, Texas Tech, FR, WS 6-10,
11.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 41.9% Three, 56 FG% 1.6 APG, 1.5 SPG, MV 41.5"! SV 33"!
The Player: Smith might be the best pure athlete in the Draft. His Jumper his a little slow. But he uses his legs and wrist in his shot as well as anyone in this Draft. He has to square his shoulders and settle his feet before he shoots the Three. Glides to the hoop on alley-oops. Amazing agility in the air. Ultra high flier.
He is Shooting Guard. He is a little small for a pure Wing, but his elite hops will help him against SF-Wings. Terrific offensive rebounder, charging the hoop and skying up over guys. He reminds me of the Knicks John Starks. Only he is a better defender. He will have to be an even better defender in the NBA, because he is not a PG. He is a 6-2 (W/O shoes) SG. Though he does do a nice job drawing defenders on wild drives, and dropping it off to his Big.
Good passer inside. He scored 414-points when he was on the floor in only 377 possession. Phenomenal leaper and dunker. He dribbles left to the hoop, but has to bring it back to his right to score. The extra time he has in the air helps. Not a PG. Not a great passer or distributor. Terrific 3-point shooter. 41.9% from the arc is terrific.
Really uses his legs well in Jumper. Settles his feet to get his balance, and snaps his wrist nicely on Threes. Takes a little longer than you'd like to shoot. He can get physical in the paint. Great offensive rebounder for his size. He has a nose for the ball.
HONORS & AWARDS:
2017-18 USBWA All-District 7 First Team
2017-18 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Coaches/AP)
2017-18 All-Big 12 Newcomer Team
2017-18 All-Big 12 Defensive Team
FRESHMAN SEASON (2017-18): Smith dialed up 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 steals per game … Appeared in all 37 games and inserted into the starting lineup in 21 of the last 22 games (Jan. 9-March 25) … His 417 total points were a program single-season freshman record … The 11.3 PPG were second on the team and fifth among Big 12 freshmen … First freshman in program history to secure All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and USBWA All-District 7 First-Team status … Reached double figures in 27 games which was second on the team only behind Keenan Evans … Texas Tech was 19-8 when Smith scored 10 or more points … Teamed with Jarrett Culver to average 22.5 PPG, third among Big 12 freshmen duos in 2017-18 … Connected on 55.6 percent of his field goal attempts, good enough for fourth place on the Big 12 leaderboard … His 185 rebounds, 42 blocks and 42 steals led the team … The 1.1 BPG were tied for 10th and 1.1 SPG were 15th in the Big 12 rankings … The 42 total blocks were second for a freshman in program history only behind Zach Smith’s 45 rejections in 2014-15 … Amassed 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks against South Alabama (Nov. 10) in debut … First career points came on a transition layup off a Zach Smith steal at the 15:54 mark of the first half … Put together 10 consecutive games in double figures (Nov. 25-Jan. 6) … The only other freshmen to accomplish the feat was Rick Bullock in 1972-73 … Provided 17 points on an efficient 7-of-8 shooting to go along with five assists versus Savannah State (Nov. 25) … Garnered 10 points, six rebounds, a season-high four steals and three assists against No. 22 Nevada (Dec. 5) … Upped his scoring mark to 12.3 PPG, and the 222 points were third in program history behind Culver and Martin Zeno for a freshmen in Big 12 action … Notched 15 points versus No. 18 Baylor (Dec. 29) in Big 12 opener … Collected 11 points and five rebounds during Texas Tech’s win at No. 10 Kansas (Jan. 2) … Extended the Red Raiders lead to 72-61 with a high-flying dunk from Evans off an inbounds play with 3:59 remaining … Worked his way to nine points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals versus No. 2 West Virginia (Jan. 13) … Reeled off nine straight games with 10-plus points (Feb. 3-March 3) to conclude the regular season … Chipped in 12 points and a season’s best four blocks at TCU (Feb. 3) … Exploded for a season-high 21 points on 7-of-8 from the floor coupled with eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks against Iowa State (Feb. 7) … Fired in 20 points and five rebounds versus No. 8 Kansas (Feb. 24) … Turned in 12.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.0 SPG and 1.0 BPG in Texas Tech’s four NCAA Tournament games (March 15-25) … Reverse 360 dunk in first half fueled a 10-point, 8-rebound effort against Stephen F. Austin (May 15) during opening round … Racked up 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, grabbed a season-high nine rebounds and handed out a season-best seven assists against No. 23 Florida (May 17) … Alley-opp dunk from Evans with 30 seconds to go punched the program’s first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance since 2004-05 … Added 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks versus No. 11 Purdue (March 23) … Wrapped the season with seven points and seven rebounds against No. 2 Villanova (March 25).
Second Choice: Mitchell Robinson C
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15. Washington- Troy Brown- SF, 6-6.75", 208, 8-9 WS, 6-10 SR, Oregon, FR
26" Standing Vert, 33" Max Vert, 11.2 APG, 3.2 RPG, 6.2 RPG, 49.4 FG%, 29.1 3P%
The Team: They are in a bit of a quandary here. The best players on the Board are clearly Guards. They cannot draft a Guard here. However, getting a Small Forward who can run and score with Wall and Beal would be a boon for them.
The Player: Brown was a point guard in high school, before he had a massive growth spurt that turned him into a Wing. He still handles the ball like a PG. He can drive, shimmy, slip and shake, and spin to the hoop in traffic. No trouble going to the hole with his left. Good passer off the lefty dribble.
Terrific pick and roll Wing. He is the best Wing hitting the picker as he rolls to the hoop. That is a skill that translates to the NBA. He knows how to use his eyes and head fakes to make defenders react wrong. Strong kid, who knows how to use his body to help compensate for his lack of leap.
Nice crossover dribble to pass to a shooter. He certainly has some point forward in him. Very smart kid, with exceptional court vision. He is so good at dribbling to draw in defenders and finding his open teammate for a freebee. He will occasionally hit the lefty layup. But still over favors his right hand too much.
He uses his eyes and smarts on defense as well. Not a great NBA athlete. He needs to be smart and more aware than defenders. Not an ultra athlete. Not a great Jumper. He has a hitch in his release sometimes. Inconsistent release on his Jumper. He doesn't shot it the same way every time.
He is at his best using the dribble to get to the hoop. He can run an offense as a point forward. Great handle and footwork. He is a great passer, who can make the tricky crowd pleasing pass. He is a smaller less athletic Ben Simmons.
2017-18 | FRESHMAN SEASON: Pac-12 All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention ... Averaged 6.2 rebounds per game to lead Oregon and rank tied for 16th in the Pac-12 ... His 55 steals ranked tied for ninth on the UO single-season list ... Recorded seven points to go along with eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in the NIT opener versus Rider ... Netted 11 points and five rebounds in Pac-12 semifinal game vs. USC ... Recorded fifth double-digit rebounding game with 11 rebounds in the Pac-12 Tournament opener against Washington State to go along with eight points ... Led the team with six assists while recording 12 points at Washington ... Netted 17 points and 6 rebounds at Washington State ... Scored 11 points in home win against Arizona ... Hustled his way to eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals at UCLA ... Notched 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds at USC ... Recorded fourth double-double of the season versus WSU netting 16 points and 10 rebounds along with a career-high five steals ... Matched his career high with 21 points versus Washington, scoring 16 in the first half ... Scored a team-high 15 points with six rebounds at Stanford ... Led UO with 16 points at Cal ... Team-high five assists and three steals to go along with 17 points and 6 rebounds in home win over UCLA ... Recorded a career-high 21 points and four steals against Colorado while pulling down seven rebounds ... Led UO with 16 points and six rebounds against Utah ... 14 points against Central Arkansas ... Scored 13 points along with seven rebounds and three steals at Fresno State ... Became the first Duck with three-straight double-doubles since Jordan Bell’s last three games of 2016-17 ... One assist shy of a triple-double against Portland State finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high nine assists for his third straight double-double ... Earned second straight double-double with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Texas Southern ... Recorded first career double-double vs. Colorado State with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Closed out the PK80 with 13 points, 8 rebounds against Oklahoma ... Scored 13 points vs. Alabama State ... Led the team with 17 points, nine rebounds ... Started first career game at UO netting 18 points with five rebounds against Coppin State.
Second Choice: Chandler Hutchinson SF
16. Phoenix- Elie Okobo- PG, 6-2, 180,
4.8 APG, 12.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, .9 SPG, 39.4% 3-P. 49.5 FG%,
The Team: The Suns were 29th in assist per game last year. They need help at the Point in a big way. They have two veteran point guards who do not pass team mates open. They need a PG who can pass first and ask questions later.
The Player: Okobo is a big explosive Lefty PG from France. Very unselfish. He gives the extra pass to make his teammates look better. Good post defender off switch onto the Big. Being left handed helps him on defense against righty Bigs. He is unstoppable in transition. He is an amazingly sneaky dude on the O-Boards. He is one of those small freaks who can split defenders for the O-rebound.
He makes an impact on defense. Great hustle, smarts, and instincts on defense. Explodes forward to get a hand up in his opponents face off jumper. He does not like uncontested shots at all. Quicker switcher who will gets his body into the Big to not let him free down the Lane. Boxes Bigs out naturally.
Love his Jumper. He is a lefty, and you can see that when he shoots his jumper. It is a little slow, but he shoots it out at the Euro Three, which is further out than the college Three. He usually shots from NBA Three range when he takes a Three. Odd wind up on Jumper, but it is very effective from Three.
Great finisher. He is very skilled in pick and roll. Solid jumper off picks to either side. Impressive jumper going to his right and pulling up. He is great going to his right and pulling up for the Jumper, which is very impressive. Terrific athlete who is as bouncy as it gets on his feet.
He often looks better going to his right, though he does have to drag it back to this left to shot the layup. Odd tricky player, who will also drive to the hoop on the lefty, and draw it back and shot it with his right.
And of course a PG has to be able to run an offense and pass to set up his teammates. He does that. Terrific passer to the roller to give him a layup or dunk. Likes to jump and go over the top of the defense to the roller inside, which will be more difficult in the NBA. Like to leave his feet to pass, which can be a problem.
Terrific job drawing multiple defenders, and bouncing the pass to his Big for an easy layup. Loves to go left or right, and pass back to the opposite side to his Big. He is just as adept at hitting his poppers for the Jumper. He finds guys to pass too all over the court off the pick and roll. One of the best pick and roll players in this Draft, if not the best. Can the Celtics get him?
Second Choice: Mikal Bridges Wing
17. Milwaukee- Lonnie Walker- SG, 6-4.5, 8-3.5 SR, 196.2 6-10.25 WS, FR,
40" Vert, 31.5" SV, 1, 1.9 APG, 11.5 PPG, 2 APG 2.6 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 34.6% 3-P
The Team: Milwaukee really just needs a third scorer to go with the Freak and Middleton. Walker is not a great basketball player, but he is a great shooter. Having him compliment their two scorers would make this team better.
The Player: Walker can shoot. He is a great spot up shooter. Terrific mechanics, and in a few years he will be much better. He can already spot up from NBA Three and hit it. Love his straight on mechanics. He likes to sit three or four feet behind the College arc, and catch and shoot. Nice pull up from midrange. Great balance and ability to keep his body at the same angle off all kinds of launches on his J.
He can one dribble to the left, rise up and hit the Three. He can crossover to his left, and pull up and knock down the Three. Great legs and wrist in shot. He will only improve with repetition. That is why he will likely get drafted above 17. Nice job curling around the screen (to the left or right), and following away for a long Two.
He is subtle driving to the ball, and can absorb contact and hold his balance well enough to score. Nice quick burst to lefty dribble, but likes to cross back over to reach the hoop righty.
Not a great handle, but he has shown improvement. He gets to the hoop consistently, because defenders have to try and get in his shirt outside the Arc. All his offense starts with his shooting. Terrific pick and roll player. He can shoot off the pick. and drive off the pick to score.
Plays with natural flair and style. He has that panache in his passing as well. Makes the spectacular pass more than the good pass. Great no look passer off the dribble.
Nice speed in the open court. Excellent athlete who can play above the rim. He can put back the dunk with rim rattle panache. When a little up fake gives him a free lane to the hoop, he thunder dunks wonderfully. He can three dribble lefty, but still takes it back righty to shoot. Excellent moving off the ball. He can take the backdoor pass an slam it with some great attitude. This kid could be a top ten pick.
Not a great defender, but he shows the traits to improve if he wants to. He gives effort on defense. He covered a lot of different positions, which can also make him look worse than he is. Nice feet and eyes on defense. He can step into the passing lane, and take it with nice anticipation.
As a Freshman (2017-18): Season: Honorable Mention All-ACC honoree (first freshman in Miami history to earn all-league honors) ... ACC All-Freshman Team ... All-ACC Academic Team ... Named ACC Rookie of the Week on Dec. 11, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 ... Played in all 32 games, with 18 starts, and averaged team-high 11.5 points per game ... First freshman to lead Miami in scoring since Darius Rice in 2000-01 and the fourth in program history ... Ranked sixth among ACC freshmen in scoring (11.5 ppg), including fifth among rookies in ACC play (13.6) ... In ACC games only, he ranked 22nd in conference in scoring ... Averaged 14.8 points and shot 37.6 percent from 3-point range (44-117) and 78 percent (32-41) from free-throw line in his 18 starts ... Scored 10 points and added five assists in college debut (11/10) ... Left Florida A&M game in first half with left ankle injury (11/16) ... Scored five points in homecoming game in Reading, Pa., against La Salle (11/22) ... Recorded 12 points and five rebounds against Princeton (12/2) ... Made first start against Boston U. (12/5) and had big game, recording career highs in points (26) and rebounds (7); was 9-for-15 from field, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range ... Scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds at George Washington (12/16) ... Scored 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds at Clemson (1/13) ... Hit 5-of-8 3-pointers and scored 19 points with four steals against Duke (1/15) ... Scored 25 points, including game-tying layup with four seconds left in regulation, in OT win over Louisville (1/24) ... Recorded 23 points at Florida State (1/27) ... Scored 14 points, including eight in the final 3 minutes, 22 seconds, in win at Virginia Tech (2/3) ... Led team with 19 points and three blocks in win over Wake Forest (2/7) ... Scored 19 points – 11 in first half including buzzer-beating 3-pointer – in win at Notre Dame (2/19) ... Hit go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining in comeback win over Boston College (2/24); scored 14 points in the game ... Scored game-tying jumper with 56 seconds remaining in win against Virginia Tech and finished with 13 points (3/3) ... Scored 12 points in 38 minutes in NCAA Tournament against Loyola Chicago.
Second Choice: Aaron Holiday PG
18. Spurs- Omari Spellman- PF/C, 6-9.25'', 8-11.5'' SR, 253.8, 7-2 Wing', FR,
35.5" MV, 28.5" SV, .8 APG, 10.9 PPG, 8 RPG, .7 SPG, 43.3% 3-P. 47.6 FG%,
The Team: Spellman can make an instant impact on defense. He is a great and aggressive man defender. The rebuild has to start somewhere.
The Player: Spellman can make an instant impact on defense. He is a great and aggressive man defender. He always seems to get a hand up in shooters face. He can get front of the PG on the pick and roll, and cut him off. Good pick and roll defender, who can stay with the PG, and block his shot when he gets to his hip.
Nice power going to the hole. When defenders bump him, he wins. He is a good dribbler and passer. Gets better as the game goes on. Consistently boxes out. Nice up fake and creating contact, and still make the shot off the hit. They should call him, "And One". Nice fall away in the Paint. He has a nice lefty jumper hook, which could a weapon for him.
He needs to lose some fat and tighten up. He could rebound better. Not afraid to pass it back out after an O-rebounder, which a lot of Bigs won't do when surrounded. Boxes out Bigs on offensive glass, which I love in a Big. Nice timing to block the shot below the rim, because he is not good above the rim. Hustles and fights for O-Boards, to the point of drawing a whistle.
Nice form on defense. But could get a little more aggressive. Looks afraid to foul. He can block the little guy who tries to drive past him. He gets lighter on his feet as the game goes on. Aggressive offensive rebounder off contact. He always seems to play better off contact. Seems to be in the paint every time a teammate shoots.
The form on his Jumper needs work. Nice pick and roll player. Knows how to use up fakes to get his shot off inside. Not a great leaper, but he can be a fighter going after rebounds. Heavy feet. Not a top half of the Draft player. He has to lose weight and quicken his feet and Vert.
This is a tough one for me. He is a good smart player. But he has to lose weight. He is a tick slow, and his feet a tick heavy to be great in the NBA. He has to get stronger, lighter, and quicker to be a starter in the NBA. Can he do that? He needs the TB12 method.
A gifted forward with the capacity to score from beyond the 3-point arc … Moves well without the ball and can draw opposing forwards away from the basket … Also offers the strength and tenacity to do damage around the
2017-18 Overview: Earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and Philadelphia Big Five Rookie of the Year honors ... Also named to the NCAA East Region All-Tournament Team ... Started 39 of 40 games for the 2018 NCAA national champions ... Averaged 10.9 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds a game ... Connected on .433 of his attempts from beyond the 3-point arc ... Announced his intention to enter the NBA Draft process on April 17 but did not plan to hire an agent.
2018 NCAA TOURNAMENT: Contributed eight points and 11 rebounds in the NCAA title game against Michigan on April 2 ... Delivered a double-double - his 11th of the campaign - with 15 points and 13 rebounds in a 95-79 victory over Kansas on March 31 at the Final Four ... Played a huge role in a 90-78 win over West Virginia on March 23 ... Dropped in 18 points to go with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
2018 BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: Logged a season-high 41 minutes, scoring six points and adding nine rebounds, in a 76-66 overtime win over Providence in the title game ... Recorded his first postseason double-double on March 9, scoring 12 points and adding 12 rebounds in a win over Butler.
2017-18 REGULAR SEASON: Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week for the sixth time on March 5 ... Collected 14 rebounds in a 69-68 overtime win at Seton Hall on Feb. 28 ... Notched his ninth double-double of 2017-18 with 14 points and 10 caroms on Feb. 24 at Creighton .... Donned a protective face mask on Feb. 14 after suffering a fractured facial bone in the win over Butler ... Registered his eighth double-double vs. Butler on Feb. 10 (11 points, 10 rebounds) ... Scored 11 points and added 12 rebounds in a 79=75 loss to St. John’s on Feb. 4 ... Named BIG EAST Freshan of the Week on Feb. 5 ... Delivered 26 points and 11 rebounds to help lead VU past Seton Hall 92-76 on Feb. 4 .... Scored 16 points and added six rebounds to a 89-69 win over Providence on Jan. 23 ... Connected on 6-of-10 field goal attempts and finished with 14 points in an 88-56 win at Georgetown ... Registered his fifth double-double on Dec. 27 at DePaul, scoring 12 points to go with 12 caroms ... Scored 19 points and added 10 rebounds in a 95-71 win over Hofstra ... Dropped in a season high 27 points to go with eight rebounds in an 87-67 win over Temple on Dec. 13 ... Recorded his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 88-72 win over Gonzaga on Dec. 5 at Madison Square Garden ... Converted 4-of-5 3-point field goals to finish with a season high 16 points in a 94-53 win over Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 2 ... Also tied a season high with 11 rebounds against the Hawks ... His 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots helped key a 90-62 win over Penn at the Jake.
Second Choice: Mikal Bridges Wing
19. Hawks- Aaron Holiday- PG, 6-.75'' W/Shoes, 8-1' SR, 187, 6- 7.5" WS, UCLA. Jr,
6-3" Wingspan, 5.8 APG, 20.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 42.9 3-P%. 46.1 FG%,
The Team: The Hawks are desperate to get away from Schneider. If Holiday is on the Board they will not pass on him.
The Player: I like Holiday as a prospect. He is really small, but I really love his game. But that can happen with "older" prospect. He is a JR (oh the horror:). So he is more experienced and smarter than his more talented one and done counterparts. Very smart player who can run an NBA team.
Ultra quick waterbug, who can fake and get to the basket at will with either hand. Very twitchy on defense. The problem is his size. He measured under 6-foot with out shoes. He is a nice passer off the lefty dribble. Amazing explosion bursting forward, through the double, and attacking into the paint.
He was a beast against USC. I love how he draws in defenders and then kicks to his shooters. He can split the defenders on the pick and sky into the lane and hit the floater off balance. He has NBA Range on his Jumper. He consistently knocked down NBA Threes, off the bounce and the pass.
Nice passer from NBA Three range. The extra space helps him see, and he can make passes to the whole floor. Gets into the paint on the break, and can turn back and hit the trailer. He can snap the one-handed pass off the dribble to a cutter underneath. He toyed with defenses sometimes.
He is a true PG, who ran the UCLA offense last season. Great handle, and can break the press down by himself, and his Wing for an open Three. Loves to go fast, and consistently dishes to his teammates on the fastbreak. He can shoot the lefty layup. Nice pull up from Three.
Second Choice: Miles Bridges Wing
20. Minnesota- Donte DiVincenzo- SG, Villanova, 6-4.5'', 8-1.5'' SR, 200, 6-6 WS, Soph
Max Vert 42"! SV 34.5, (In Final Four: 23 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3 APG),
The Team: They need some guards. They only have three guards on the active roster, and Exum and Raul Neto are free agents. Even if they sign both free agents, neither has bathed themselves in glory. Getting another Guard seems to be their top priority this off season.
The Player: DiVincenzo is a phenomenal athlete. He had a 42" Vert at the Combine.
He has a solid frame for absorbing contact and still hitting the shot. Strong kid who can post up inside. Nice turn around jump hook in the Paint off the drive. Nice step back jumper off the dribble. He sets up the offense at the Point sometimes. He has NBA range on his jumper.
He is a solid team player, averaging 3.5 Assist Per Game in only 21 minutes per game. Nice defensive player and rebounder. He averaged 4.8 rebounds per game as well. Nice sense for when to rush down the lane for the put back slam. Very smooth driving lefty to the hole, and scooping it in lefty. He likes to dribble lefty to the hoop, but can also switch over and scoop righty. You can see on his Jumper that he is a righty.
He is a team first guy, who didn't complain when they put him in the 6th man role. That experience will also help him adjust to the NBA, where he will not be a starter right away. He still scored 13.4 Points Per Game coming off the bench in only 21 minutes. He can drive left and dunk over the SG with ease. Nice up fake to freeze the defender. He has some clutch in him, and dominated the Final Four.
He is a streaky shooter, but he still shoot 40% from Three. And when he gets hot he is something to see. Solid passer inside to his Bigs. Nice job drawing in defenders on the drive, and kicking to a shooter. Makes the extra pass when the defender is a tick slow rotating. Spots the open man, even when he is being aggressively double at the point.
He should be able to play the One, Two, and Three in the NBA. Phenomenal versatility. Good feel for when to slip out of the offense and slide to the open space. Great feel for finding holes in the defense for the freebee. He can shoot the ball lefty in a multiple of ways.
He is also a good rebounder and passer. Solid defender inside and outside. He might be able to play some SF in a small lineup. Nice quick jab forward on defense. Nice job charging down the Lane when his man shots the three, and will grab the rebound off his man's Three attempt.
Nice job cutting off the PG when he tries to slash past him. Great feet moving laterally on defense. Nice job getting low and wide on D. He always seems to spring a hand up high when his man shoots. He can recover off the big pick, and still get his hand in the shooters face.
He has some clutch in him.
An athletic guard with a wide range of skills ... Brings long distance shooting range and the ability to make plays off of the dribble ... A good passer who served in a variety of roles during his high school
2017-18 Overview: Became the third Wildcats player to earn NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors, after scoring 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field to help the Wildcats down Michigan 79-62 on April 2 in San Antonio ... Averaged 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest while primarily serving as Villanova's sixth man .. The BIG EAST named him its Sixth Man of the Year and he was also tabbed to the All-Philadelphia Big Five first team ... Announced his plans to enter the NBA Draft process without an agent on April 19.
2018 NCAA TOURNAMENT: Averaged 23.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game at the Final Four ... His15 points and six caroms were instrumental in VU's 95-79 victory over Kansas in the national semifinal on March 31 ... Helped the Wildcats stay ahead of Alabama with 18 first half points in an 81-58 win on March 17 ... Delivered eight assists to go with seven points and four rebounds in an 87-61 win over Radford in Pittsburgh.
2018 BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: Added five points, six rebounds and six assists in a semifinal win over Butler on March 9 .... Supplied eight points in 26 minutes of a 94-70 quarterfinal win over Marquette.
2017-18 REGULAR SEASON: Added 12 points, four rebounds and four assists on Feb. 24 at Creighton ... Helped lead the Wildcats past No. 4 Xavier on Feb. 17 with 21 points, a career high nine assists and nine rebounds ... Notched a career-high 30 points in a caeer-high 40 minutes of an 86-75 win over Butler on Feb. 10 ... Contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a 92-76 win over Seton Hall on Feb. 4 ... Dropped in 23 points, including a key bucket in the final seconds of an 85-82 iwn at Marquette on Jan. 28 ... Contributed 17 points and four rebounds to an 81-61 win at Connecticut on Jan. 20 ... Matched a career high with 25 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists in a 78-71 victory at St. John’s on Jan. 13 ... Now has scored 89 points in four career games vs. the Red Storm (22.3 ppg) ... Added 11 points, four rebounds and four assists to a 103-85 win at DePaul ... Supplied 16 points and five rebounds in a 95-71 win over Hofstra on Dec. 22 at Nassau Coliseum ... Added 12 points and four rebounds to an 87-67 win over Temple on Dec. 13 ... Registered his second career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 77-68 win over La Salle on Dec. 10 ... Scored eight points to go with six rebounds and five assists while making his first start of the season on Dec. 2 at Saint Joseph’s ... Contributed 12 points and seven boards to a 90-62 Big Five win over Penn on Nov. 29 ... Supplied 13 points to go with six rebounds in an 85-76 win over Tennessee on Nov. 24 ... Scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime to help VU down Western Kentucky in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis ... Converted 6-of-8 field goals for 20 pointsto help spak a 113-77 win over Nicholls on Nov. 14.
Second Choice: Mikal Bridges Wing
21. Utah- Miles Bridges- Wing, 6-6.75''. 8-7.5'' SR, 220, 6-9.5'' SR, Michigan ST, Soph,
2.7 APG, 17.1 PPG, 7 RPG, 36.4 3-P%, 45.4 FG%
The Team: Utah really needs a Wing who can step up into Hayward's old role.
The Player: Bridges is a well built guy. He looks like a nice power wing. He has been working on becoming more of a SF than an undersized power forward. He is playing much smarter. He always seems to be in the right position. He is working hard on his jumper. It is not as consistent as you want yet.
He is a lefty. Nice weakside rebounder. Great FT shooter, who shoot 85% last season. Terrific clutch rebounder. He weaves the ball too much to his right, and then back to the left. Much better righty dribbler this season. He will sometimes make the dumb foul.
Great rebounding instincts. Gets the rebound off his own misses. Constantly showed great basket ball intelligence. Nice Jumper off the dribble. He has really improved his handle with both hands. He looks comfortable going to the hole with either hand, but he still shoots too much lefty on the right side.
He showed he could more than one dribble to the hoop righty this season, and slam it home on the right side of the basket. Noticeable improved his Jumper last season. Lined up on the right a lot in their offense. So he could drive lefty to the middle, or have a shorter route righty.
NBA players with stick to his left hand like glue, and force him to make a play with his right, which he has shown signs of being able to do. Good athlete, but his best trait is his smarts. He did the little things that helped his team win.
Great versatility to play Wing or PF. Good rebounder, who has that knack for getting big Boards. Solid defender. Not sure he has the size to play PF, or the feet to play SF in the NBA. But he was as clutch as they came last season.
THE WORD: NBC Sports Preseason National Player of the Year • Tabbed the nation's No. 1 player by Athlon Sports • Preseason All-America selection by Street & Smith's Yearbooks and Athlon Sports • Named the nation's No. 1 small forward by Lindy's Sports Annuals • Consensus Preseason All-Big Ten selection and popular selection for Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year • • Named the nation's best dunker by Athlon Sports • The only freshman in the nation in the last 25 years to average 16 points, eight rebounds and two assists and return for his sophomore season • Big Ten's leading returning scorer and third-leading rebounder • Combines power, athleticism and versatility to impact the game in a variety of ways • Continues to improve as a defender and a pas• One of the game's most dynamic dunkers, he also shoots a high percentage from 3-point range • Unselfish player who celebrates his teammates more than his own accomplishments • Coach Izzo calls him a "blue collar superstar.".
Second Choice: Gary Trent Jr
22. Bulls- Chandler Hutchison- Wing, 6-7, 197, Boise ST, SR,
2.1 APG, 12 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 35.3% 3-P. 47.6 FG%,
The Team: It is rumored that the Bulls gave Hutchinson a Promise.
The Player: Hutchinson is a modern Wing. He can go to the hole with either hand. Tends to dunk righty, and slide it in lefty. Excellent at driving to the middle from the right wing, and scoring with a lefty hook. Nice lefty sky hook going down the left lane. Nice scoop through two defenders righty. He can also go right and shot left, and visa versa.
Very impressive variety of shots with both hands. Most versatile player with both hands in the Draft. Terrific speed in open court with either hand. Excellent handle, and can bring it down full court on the break.
He is a good wing shooter off the catch. Nice Vert going to the hole, and pump through the switch to score in the Paint. He looks like he can cover multiple position on the Wing. Played at a lower level of competition. It is a big step up from Boise to the NBA. He is a Senior, and has less growth left in him.
Good passer. He has such a good handle that he draw a lot of attention, and he can find open teammates to give them an easy shot. He has some point forward in him. He could be a great Wing offensive setter. He can play the point and pass it to the Wing, and then make the extra pass to the opposite Wing off the return pass. He brought the ball up a lot, and knew how to set up his teammates for open shots.
He is high flier who can soar down the lane and jam. Great length athlete combo. He is a modern NBA Wing, who can initiate the offense, and seem to score at will sometimes. He is relentless going to the Hoop. Great open court speed. He can burst past a defender, and scoop a pass to his big inside.
I'd like to see him pass more. Nice cross court vision to the opposite wing. He seems to like the spectacular pass a little too much. Nice job hitting his shooter on the move, and then cutting off his defender so he can't jump out. That is great basketball smarts. He sees on the court as well as anyone.
He needs some more consistency. Lower level of comp is a question. He was a Senior, and it showed on the court a lot last season. He looked smarter than everyone else. That won't be the case next season. Nice Wing catch and shooter form Three. He showed some NBA range, especially from either Corner. Terrific using his legs and right wrist on jumper.
Nice knack for getting in passing lanes. He uses his long arms well to beat his man to the pass. Use his long arms very well to block shots. Just a terrific man defender. He can stay with the Wing down the lane, and then leap up over him and block the shot. Good post defender who could get some time at the Four, in a small lineup. Great quick hands on defense. Level of comp is a concern.
SENIOR (2017-18): Mountain West Player of the Year (media)…All-Mountain West First Team (media and coaches)…Mountain West All-Defensive Team…USBWA All-District VIII...NABC All-District 17 First Team…U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Week (Jan. 15)…one of 30 players named to the late season Citizen Naismith Trophy watch list…one of 10 players announced to the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award midseason watch list…averaged 20.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in 2017-18, making him the first player in Boise State history to lead a team in points, rebounds, assists and steals…was one of two players in NCAA Division I to end the season with those averages in points, rebounds, assists and steals…also became the fifth player in Mountain West history to lead a team in points, rebounds, assists and steals since the 2011-12 season (Boise State’s first season in the league)…his 619 points his senior season is No. 5 on the Bronco single-season list…one of just four players in school history to average 20.0 or more points in a season…had 16 20-point games in 2017-18…recorded the first known triple-double in program history with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Portland (Dec. 1)…set the single-game scoring school record with 44 points against San Diego State (Jan. 13)…tallied eight 20-point, 10-rebound games in 2017-18 along with 12 double-doubles…wrapped up his time at Boise State first in program history in double-doubles (23) and 20-point, 10-rebound games (14)…finished his career with 1,478 points and 672 rebounds, putting him ninth and sixth in Boise State program history, respectively…also finished his career tied for the most wins (87) in program history…kicked off the season with 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists against Eastern Oregon (Nov. 10)… grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds against Illinois State (Nov. 17) to go with 19 points for an emphatic double-double…was the Broncos’ leading scorer against Oregon (Dec. 1), tallying a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds…recorded his triple-double (23 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) against Portland (Dec. 3), making school history…notched another double-double against Sacramento State (Dec. 9) with 21 points and 12 rebounds…pushed his double-double streak to four games with 27 points and 11 boards against Grand Canyon (Dec. 13)…was sensational at UNLV (Dec. 30), scoring 32 points and grabbing 12 rebounds for his first 30-point game of the season…recorded a double-double in a win against New Mexico (Jan. 3), going for 17 points and 10 rebounds…scored 27 points after getting to the free throw line a career-high 20 times at Wyoming (Jan. 6)…enjoyed another double-double that same road trip with 21 points and 10 rebounds at Fresno State (Jan. 9) thanks to another profitable night at the charity stripe (15-of-18)…poured in the school record 44 points in the next game against San Diego State (Jan. 13)…also set career highs for made field goals (15), 3-pointers made (7) and 3-pointers attempted (10) against the Aztecs…went for 27 points on the road at Nevada (Jan. 20)…played 41 minutes and scored 21 points to go with eight assists against UNLV on Feb. 3…tallied another double-double at New Mexico (Feb. 6) with 23 points and 12 rebounds…tallied 28 points in a loss at Utah State (Feb. 10)…recorded back-to-back doubles in home games against Nevada (Feb. 14) and Air Force (Feb. 17)…extremely efficient against Colorado State (Feb. 21), scoring 27 points in 28 minutes of play…exploded for 39 points and 14 rebounds in the final game of his career in the first round of the NIT at Washington…the performance against the Huskies set both the individual scoring and rebounds postseason single-game school records…returned to Boise State for senior season after initially declaring for 2017 NBA Draft without hiring an agent.
Second Choice: Gary Trent Jr. Shooter
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