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 sitting at 27 looking for a pot o' gold at the end of the NBA Draft rainbow. I would say their chances are zero. But Ainge has been the best Drafter over the past, jeez I don't know ten years? I am a firm believer in his brain scan thing.
However, he picked Rozier at 16, which tends to be as much a lottery ticket (as in mass millions not top ten;) as 27. After the top ten pick the NBA is more crap shoot than any other Draft. You need stars in the NBA, because role players can be found all over the World.
Trader Danny knows this. He is trying to trade up into the top five. He wants an impact player (preferably a Euro Stash guy or Bamba;). Doncic is the apple in his eye. The question is will he get him. He has the ammo to trade picks for pick if he wants. He has five 1st (including two lock Lottery Tickets) in next years Draft.
It will start with pick 27 and the the two Lottery Tickets. If you want a top five pick in this draft? Another team will not even think about dealing down without those two picks as the starting point. Now normally I would say "No". But the Celtics are so loaded up for the NOW, they don't need to load up on tomorrow anymore.
It is time to start using their vast assets to win NOW. They were in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals this year. They are adding two All-Star players coming back from injury. Who cares about an 18-year old kid who can help in five years? Those two Lottery Tickets are so vastly more valuable to rebuilding teams that they should be lining up to fleece Danny. So I believe that deal in the top five can and will happen.
Danny has some inside guys who have played against Doncic in Euro games. "What he has done in Europe at his age is just unbelievable. In a lot of ways, experience beats talent in Europe," Shane Larkin said. "It is very, very difficult for kids at his age to even make a Euroleague roster much less be the MVP of the league and win MVP of the Final! You can compare it to a senior from high school jumping to the NBA and then just dominating. It’s very impressive." Now he just has to find that top five team that admits it is going to take a four or five years to rebuild their roster.
And not have the inside scoop on Doncic. "What he did this year, it’s unbelievable. He’s being guarded most games by players who have NBA experience, and oftentimes they have 10 years of pro experience on him too," ex-Celtic 2nd Round pick Colton Iverson said. "To be able to play that consistently in Euroleague and in the Spanish league is amazing. I don’t think we’ll see a guy his age do what he just did against other pros for a while." So sit back Celtic fans, because Trader Danny has an in on Pick 4, 5, and 6.
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23. Pacers- Gary Trent Jr.- Shooter, 6-5.75'', 204, 8-2 SR, 6-8.75" WS, Soph,
39.5" Vert, 33.5" SV, 1.4 APG, 14.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 40.2 3-P%. 41.5 FG%,
The Team: The Pacers need a shooter, and a shooting Guard who can play D outside, and shoot.
The Player: Great shooter. He is a great college 3-point shooter. Nice job driving to the hoop, but he sometimes dribbles into trouble. Nice array of shots on drive to hoop. When he takes a second to study the hoop, he nails the Three every time.
When he gets hot: he can get hit, stumble a little, and then pull up for nothing but net. When he looses his feet going up, his jumper turns ugly. He is a volume shooter, but he can make the tough baskets his team really needs.
Good defensive rebounder when he plays down in the 2-3 zone. He has no conscious shooting Threes. Nice hook shot moving across the lane on the tough drive. Natural scorer. He shot almost as high a percentage from Three and from the floor.
• A three-point sharpshooter that set a new Duke freshman record for made three-pointers in a single-season with 97
• Was one of three Blue Devils to start every game in 2017-18
• Became just the fourth freshman in Duke history to lead the team in three-point field goal percentage for a single-season (.402)
• Declared for the NBA Draft on April 7, 2018
• Named to the NCAA All-Midwest Region Team
• Named ACC Player of the Week once (1/22) and Rookie of the Week twice (1/22, 2/5)
• Finalist for the Julius Erving Award
• One of three to start every game and averaged 33.9 minutes per contest
• Third on the team in scoring at 14.5 points, while leading the team in three-point shooting (.402) and free throw shooting (.876)
• Became just the fourth Duke freshman to lead the team in three-point shooting, and the first to also lead the ACC in the same season (based on NCAA stat minimums)
• His 97 made three-pointers set a Duke freshman record, while his .402 three-point percentage was the seventh-best by a Duke freshman
• Tied the Duke freshman record for made threes in a game (six) on four occasions
• His .876 free throw percentage ranked fifth-best by a Duke freshman
• Made 33-of-34 free throws in the clutch (final five minutes, plus overtime)
• Scored in double-figures 28 times, including in 23 of the final 27 games
• Duke’s second-leading scorer in the postseason, averaging 15.5 points in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments
• Made his Duke debut in the season opener versus Elon (11/10), scoring 17 points, with six rebounds and three assists while making 4-of-5 from three-point range
• Followed that with 17 points more the next night versus Utah Valley (11/11)
• Was clutch in the PK80, converting a three-point play to give Duke a 73-72 lead with :32 left against Texas (11/24) -- the team’s first lead since 2-0, and made two more free throws in overtime to ice the victory
• Against Florida in the PK80 title game (11/26), was 4-of-4 at the line in the final 1:12, as Duke went from trailing 84-83 to win 87-84
• Scored a then-career high 25 points, while tying a Duke freshman record with six made threes at Boston College (12/9)
• Poured in a career-high 30 points at Miami (1/15), hitting 6-of-9 from distance and a career-best 9-of-14 from the field
• Scored 14 points with a career-high five assists at Pitt (1/10)
• Recorded his first career double-double with 22 points and a career-high-tying 10 rebounds against Notre Dame (1/29)
• Followed that with another 22-point effort against St. John’s (2/3) at Madison Square Garden
• Hit 5-of-9 threes en route to 19 points against Virginia Tech (2/14)
• Scored 20 points with six rebounds against North Carolina in the ACC semifinals (3/9)
• Knocked down 8-of-18 from three-point range while scoring 16 and 18, respectively, in NCAA First and Second Round wins over Iona and Rhode Island
• Had four assists, five rebounds and three steals to go with 18 points against Rhode Island
• Scored 14 points with five board against Syracuse in the Sweet 16 (3/23)
• Posted a 17-point effort in 44 minutes against Kansas in the Midwest Regional Final (3/25).
Second Choice: Jerome Robinson SG
24. Trailblazers- Jerome Robinson- SG, 6-5, 188, 8-2' SR, 6-7.25'' SR, BC,
3.7 APG, 20.4 PPG, 4 RPG, 1 SPG, 37.6% 3-P. 48.5 FG%,
The Team: The Trailblazer have two needs. One sign LaMarcus Aldridge. Two, get a Wing who can shoot and score. Robinson is the best scorer left on the Board.
The Team: Robinson is a terrific 3-Point shooter. He dominated the ACC with a much lesser talented team. He brought the ball up sometimes as a PG, and was the best Wing shooter. No trouble going to his left and pulling up for his Jumper. He was the offensive initiator for BC, and everyone knew it. Yet he still dominated night after night.
Nice pull up jumper. He fades back a little to make it tougher to defend. Terrific catch, turn in the air to square, and hit the Three on the move shooter. No trouble crossing over to the left and scoring it lefty on the move. Nice little running lefty jump hook. He is such a slick scorer.
He is the best player BC has had in a long time. Very smart and constantly improving player. Elite natural scorer. Terrific 3-point range and shooter. He has some PG in him (3.7 Assists per game), and is a tough rebounder (4 rebounds per game). Terrific going down towards the baseline, and pulling up while drifting back and sideways for off balance jumpers.
Great lefty handle. He can bob and weave around Bigs lefty, and then pull up for that sweet jumper. Tough driving lefty, but likes to leap right and scope it in righty. He can one dribble lefty, and hit the Three. He can draw the foul, and still hit the Three.
Not a great defender, but he can slip into the passing lanes and go coast to coast. Okay, so bottom line, he is a scorer who will be able to score in the NBA. How he does on all the other basketball aspects (like play defense!) will determine how good a player he is.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2016-17): All-ACC honorable mention selection … the only player to start all 32 games … averaged 18.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game; averaged 17.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists in ACC action … ranked third in the ACC in steals (1.72) and fourth in scoring … in ACC play, ranked sixth in the league in steals (1.39) and 10th in scoring … scored in double figures 27 times and reached 20 points 17 different times … led the ACC in 20-point games (17) … streak of eight-straight 20-point games from December 12 to January 11 was the best such streak in major conferences … led the Eagles in scoring, assists (108), free throws made and attempted (117-162), field goals (213), and steals (55) … scored a career-high 32 points against Sacred Heart (12/18) to go along with a career-high five steals; went 11-for-20 from the field and 9-for-11 from the foul line … recorded first-career double-double with 23 points and a career-high 11 rebounds against Auburn (12/12) at Madison Square Garden … named ACC Player of the Week after those performances … posted 27 points and six assists at Miami (1/25) … recorded 27 points and four assists vs. Richmond (11/26) … scored 27 points the following game against Dartmouth (12/3) … registered 25 points and six assists against Harvard (12/7) … had 26 points and five assists against NC State (1/11) … tallied 22 points and eight rebounds against Stony Brook (11/20) … recorded 25 points, five assists and three steals vs. Virginia Tech (2/25) … registered 24 points, five rebounds and four assists against Towson (11/22) … had 21 points and six boards at Florida State (2/20) … scored 22 points vs. Pittsburgh (2/8) … posted 21 points, a career-high eight assists and five rebounds against Providence (12/23) … also scored 21 points in games against Duke (1/7) and Fairfield (12/21) … scored 22 points against Syracuse (1/1) and had 20 at Wake Forest (1/3) … tallied 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (11/15).
Second Choice: Mikal Bridges Wing
25. Lakers- Mitchell Robinson- C, W. Kentucky, "Measured 7'0 without shoes, 7'1 with shoes, 223 lbs, with a 7'4 wingspan, 9'3 standing reach at the 2017 USA U19 tryouts"
The Team: The rumor is that LA gave Robinson a promise.
The Player: Robinson is the mystery an of the Draft. The pure upside guy, who has been hiding in the shadows the past year. He looks good beating up on smaller guys. Nice baseline Jumper. He seems to have some touch on his jumper. Known as a hard worker.
Phenomenal athlete. "Mitchell Robinson showed off some touch from 3 tonight. Definitely has skill potential to tap into. Will benefit from focusing on being a dominant shot blocker, rim runner, lob catcher, and rebounder first then build out the rest of his offensive game," Mike Schmitz Tweeted. "Some impressive moments from Mitchell Robinson here in LA. Effortless athlete with elite agility at 7-1 with a 7-4 wingspan and a 9-3 standing reach. Potential as a vertical spacer." Elite size and movements skills.
He was a high school All-American and a "five star recruit", who decided against playing college basketball at Western Kentucky in order "to prepare for the Draft." Intelligence, work ethic? He has an NBA body, but more questions than answers. Lakers are said to have given him a promise at 25. Top dunker off the alley-oop and rebound.
He is a phenomenal dunker. He blocks shots when little guys drive right into him. Great long arms. Shots the Three. He has nice mechanics on his Jumper. Don't know the percentage, but it looks good from Three. Haven't seen anything against legit competition. He is a long term developmental project, who God gave a perfect basketball body too. But the head?
He was also recruited in the new NCAA way. The HC of Western Kentucky hired an older relative as a coach, and he committed to Western Kentucky. Read: Michael Porter. Then after practicing with the team for a couple of weeks, he wanted to leave. Then he just left. Abandoning the HC, and his paid off relative.
Second Choice: Chimezie Metu Big
26. 76ers- Kevin Huerter- 6-7.25", 194, 8-5.5' SR', 6-7.5" SR, Maryland, Soph,
3 APG, 14.8 PPG, 5 RPG, 39.4% 3-P. 50.3 FG%,
The Team: The Sixers need a Wing scorer who can play with Simmons and Embiid. Especially, a 3-point shooter who can draw the defense out of the Paint.
The Player: Huerter has a nice step back fall away Jumper. He showed some NBA range on his Jumper. He can catch and shoot from NBA Three. He tends to drift when he shoots. He needs to go straight up more. Very quick release on his step back Three. Loves the step back Three. He can go left, and still hit the step back Three. He has a little turn around hook in the lane.
He goes and fakes left a lot, but shots it righty all the time. Terrific vision to see the whole floor. He can make the floor length pass faster than the defense and react. He can stop and whip the ball to his left for a nice assist. He actually has a nice lefty dribble, and can be tricky going lefty. But he always seems to drag it back to his right.
He has a nice Vert. He can fly down the lane, catch the pass, and slam it down righty from some high heights. What he is, is a shooter with NBA range and a great quick release. Everything else he does on offense is based off of that. He also has a nice midrange jumper on the move.
quick hands on defense. Excellent help defender. Nice job fighting
through picks. He has good length and leap, and can block another
Wings shot. Steps into the passing lane with good
anticipation. Good instincts on defense. Nice instincts for
blocking shots. Covers a lot of smaller guys, and moves well
laterally in front of them. Needs to bend his knees more on
AS A SOPHOMORE (2017-18): Honorable Mention All-Big Ten…Academic All-Big Ten…Eighth in the B1G in three-point field goals made per game (2.3) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.417)…Fourth in the B1G in minutes played (34.4/G)…73 three-pointers made on the year ranks tied for fifth all-time on Maryland’s single season list…three-point field goal percentage (.417) ranks seventh all-time on Maryland’s single season list…Had four games of 20+ points...Scored game-high 20 points, along with three boards and two assists in final game as a Terp vs. Wisconsin (3/1)...Scored game-high 22 points, along with five assists, four rebounds and four steals vs. Northwestern (2/10)…Had game-high four assists along with 19 points and six boards vs. Wisconsin (2/4)…Recorded a game-high 19 points along with eight rebounds and five assists against Minnesota (1/18)…Posted six points and three boards in six minutes vs. Ohio (12/7)…Made career-high nine free throws while finishing with 13 points against Penn State (1/3)…Finished two assists shy of a triple-double with 12 points and career highs in rebounds (15) and assists (8) vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (12/21)…Scored 15 points and posted three assists vs. Gardner-Webb (12/9)…Posted game-high 17 points vs. Ohio (12/7)…Scored 17 points and had seven rebounds at Illinois (12/3)…Scored 23 points and tied a career-high seven three pointers made against Syracuse (11/27)…Had eight points and tied career-high with six assists against New Mexico (11/25)…Notched 16 points, four assists and three boards vs. Bucknell (11/18)…Scored nine points and tallied five assists vs. Butler (11/15)…Finished with 13 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals in season opening win over Stony Brook.
Second Choice: Chimezie Metu Big
27. Celtics- Grayson Allen- SG, 6-4.5. 8-1 SR, 198, 6-7.25 WS, Duke, Jr,
10.31 LA! 32.5 SV! 40.5" Max Vert, 2.7 APG, 17.1 PPG, 7 RPG, SPG, 3% 3-P. FG%,
The Team: He reminds me of Danny Ainge. That is why I picked him. The Celtics need a utility guy that can stick into different roles. If they lose Kyrie? The might need a PG. Now I don't think Allen is a PG, but he played the point as a Senior last season. Like Ainge, he is a pure a SG. But also like Ainge, he can play the point in an emergency.
Grayson is a smart player. Ainge is one of the smartest guys to play in the NBA. He was also listed at 6-4, but always looked a little shorter to me. While Allen was measured 6-3 W/O shoes, and 6-4.5 with them. And I hate when jerk-balls give the Boston team the highest rated white shadow, and call him smart.
But for comedy sake? I'll piss myself off. I mean, nobody liked Danny when he was a player, except Celtic fans (for the most part). Nobody likes Allen as a player, except Dukies (for the most part;). I hate Allen as a player. And I mean I hated him as a player! And I like to watch Duke basketball.
The Celtics guard situation is really in a state of flux. Both Kyrie and Rozier have one year left on their contracts. They have Hayward as their SG, and not much else behind him. Really just Brown as the Wing, will slide over to SG sometimes. So getting a young guard who can maybe step up in a year or two is not the worst thing in the world.
The Player: Allen is long time veteran of the ACC. It seems he has been playing at Duke for 10-years, I think he was an assistant coach back in '07. He was seen as a JJ Reddick like shooter coming into this past season, but they switched him to the point, because of the onslaught of One and Dones they picked up. Allen is a study the basket shooter.
While he was a great improvising shooter going to the hole, he is not an on the move 3-point shooter like Reddick. JJ is a move shooter, like the 3-point shot he made against the Celts that everyone thought won the game. He catch the pass sideways to the basket, turned and leap up, and squared his shoulder in the air. Allen is a stationary 3-Point shooter, who needs a second to study the basket before he shoots.
Grayson needs his shoulder squared before he goes up to shoot the Three. Reddick can balance in the air and shoot the Three, while Grayson has to balance on his feet, test the wind, and study the rim for a while before he can shoot the Three. Though he will go up quickly when he is feeling it.
He is feisty kid, who doesn't make many friends on the court. He is over-emotional, which helps his game sometime, but mostly hurts him a lot. He has to learn to control his emotions to be successful in the NBA.
He was a Shooting Guard for 9 of his 10 seasons at Duke. But what makes him more interesting is that last season he sacrificed his shooting to play PG. He really took that role seriously, and developed into a pass first Guard. I don't think he is an NBA PG, but he can certainly play the Point in a pinch.
He is a high flier who can attack the basket at every angle. He had a great sophomore season where he averaged 3.5 APG, 21.6 PPG and 4.6 RPG, in the ACC. He scored form all over with confidence. Shooting lefty floaters in the lane. Pull ups going to his left. Flying to the hoop and getting knocked off balance in the air, and still flinging it up and scoring. When you look back at the old Tape you can see what an underrated high flier he really was.
He decided to comeback for his Junior season, to play with Tatum. It was a disaster. He lost his cool too much. He got hurt, bumped and bruised, and was injured all season. He was even more over emotional than before. He always looked calm on the outside, even when he was taking stupid cheapshots. But he even lost his calm facade in 2016.
This past season he was a pure pass first point guard. He showed incredible adaptability and versatility that I think anyone didn't know he had. He was a great passer this past season, and somehow showed he could pass his teammates open. I didn't think he showed that before. He also showed he had the lateral burst and athleticism to cover smaller PGs.
Surprisingly explosive athlete. He was an explosive scorer and shooter for so long, that his freakish athletic ability got lost in his time at Duke. He is a great leg athlete. His whole game is about his explosive legs. Great burst up on Jumper. Great leaper going down the lane. Great loft on midrange jumper where he can balance in the air a little.
He is likely the most hated player in the ACC. He is passionate to the point of dirty. Oh, and he does look like Ted Cruz. He fell apart as a a Jr, and only averaged 14.5 PPG. Which is really not that bad. But mentally and emotionally he really fell apart on the court. He was suspended for a cheapshot. he became the face of the arrogant Dukies.
Played in 142 games in his Duke career and made 97 starts
• Owned career averages of 14.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting .430 from the floor, .380 from outside the arc and .834 from the free throw line
• Completed his Duke career with 1,996 points to rank 12th on the Blue Devils’ career scoring list and seventh on the program’s career free throw percentage list (.834)
• Is one of just five Blue Devils in history with 1,900 or more points, 400 or more rebounds and 400 or more assists, joining Grant Hill, Jon Scheyer, Danny Ferry, and Johnny Dawkins
• Scored in double figures 93 times, including 46 games with at least 20 points, and owns four career double-doubles
• His 59 career wins at Cameron Indoor Stadium rank tied for 11th on the venue’s career wins
• Played in 15 NCAA Tournament games, helping Duke win its fifth NCAA title in 2015; has a career NCAA Tournament average of 13.0 points per game
• Earned All-America and Academic All-America honors in 2016, becoming just the sixth Duke player to garner both in the same season, joining Shane Battier, Mike Dunleavy, Mike Gminski, Mason Plumlee, and Jim Spanarkel
• Joined Amile Jefferson and Quin Snyder as the program’s only four-time All-ACC Academic honorees.
2017-18: Named third-team All-ACC after averaging 15.5 points and 4.6 assists while starting every game of the 2017-18 season
• Served as the team’s lone captain
• An All-ACC Academic Team selection
• Was one of five national finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award
• Twice named ACC Player of the Week (11/20, 2/19), and earned Naismith National Player of the Week honors once (2/19)
• Was the ACC’s 12th-leading scorer at 15.5 points per game, while ranking fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (.850)
• Drained a career-best and ACC-leading 102 three-point field goals to rank second in the ACC in threes per game (2.76)
• His 172 assists were a career high and sixth-most in the ACC, while his 4.6 assists per game ranked ninth in the conference
• Averaged 35.6 minutes per contest and played every minute of 13 different games
• Paced Duke in assists 16 times, leading the team to a 15-1 record in those contests
• Torched No. 2 Michigan State for a career-high 37 points, including 7-of-11 from three-point range in leading Duke to an 88-81 win over the Spartans in the Champions Classic in Chicago
• The MSU performance was his sixth career 30-point game and was part of a 77-point outburst (25.7 points) over the season’s first three games
• Averaged 13.3 points and 7.0 assists in lifting Duke to a trio of wins over Portland State, Texas and No. 7 Florida to claim the PK80 Motion Bracket title in Portland
• Poured in 21 points with four assists as Duke won a thriller at Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (11/29)
• Netted 22 points and dished out six assists in a home win over No. 24 Florida State (12/30)
• Was limited to two points in a home win over Wake Forest (1/13), but ripped down a career-high 12 rebounds and came two assists shy of a rebounds-assists double-double
• Averaged 20.2 points, 4.5 assists, and shot .376 from three-point range over an eight-game stretch (7-1) late in the season that carried the Blue Devils to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament -- that stretch included wins over No. 9 North Carolina, No. 11 Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse and Notre Dame
• Closed his career at Cameron Indoor Stadium in style on Senior Night, scoring 15 points, dishing five assists and matching his career high with five steals in Duke’s 74-64 win over No. 9 North Carolina (3/3)
• Averaged 13.8 points and 6.0 assists in Duke’s four NCAA Tournament games, helping the Blue Devils reach the Elite Eight
• Scored in double-figures in each of the last eight games of the season and in 12 of the final 13 games.
The Reason: Because it's funny. Allen is kind-ah a jerk. Like Danny Ainge as a player coming out of BYU. His opponents hated him. Who am I speaking about? That's right, both of them. Allen, like Ainge was a very underrated athlete who only cared about winning. Ainge was an elite multi-sport athlete in high school and college.
Grayson blew up the NBA Combine in a way that no one could have expected. "Grayson Allen's 10.31 lane agility speed is one of the five best marks in our NBA Combine database's history," Givony tweeted. "Seems like he's going to end up testing off the charts here athletically." Just like Ainge, he is a sneaky elite athlete. .
He also had a 40.5" Max Vert (tied for 4th best), 2nd best shuttle run (3.4 seconds), and a 32.5" Standing Vert (which tied for 4th best at the Combine as well). When you look back at film, you can see that he is an elite athlete. He flew up to the basket and scored over a lot of Bigs.
Just like Ainge, he is eminently unlikable. Heck, Tree Rollins unliked him so much that he friggin' bit Ainge in the Friggin' finger! I watched that game. Grayson seems to get unliked as frequently and as passionately as Ainge. The two have so much in common. Ainge was considered to be dirty sometimes.
Ainge was a shooting guard that became a combo guard with the Celtics. But he was primarily a shooting guard. Though he did play some point when DJ went out. Allen was a pure Wing for three season, then became a point guard his final season. He has been called a dirty player for years. He is going to be a SG/Wing, but he will be able to play the point occasionally when needed.
Like Ainge, he will get over competitive sometimes and start some trouble. So the two have a lot in common on and off the court. Plus, everyone in the NBA seems to hate the Celtics. They win Championships, and that pisses a lot of teams off. The NBA has changed the rules and made incompressible ruling s against the Celtics consistently. Like when Stern forced the Celtics to keep Reggie Lewis on their Cap for three years after he died.
So Allen should fit in here nicely. He can be the bad guy, and enjoy it like Ainge.
Second Choice: Dzanan Musa Euro Stash Wing (who seems to be looking for)- 6-9, He average 20.8 point per 40-minutes. He is not just a shooter, but a scoring Wing on the move as well. "Musa, who was 17 years old for most of the regular season, averaged an impressive 9.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for Cedevita, seeing regular rotation minutes in EuroCup and Adriatic League play," Matt Kamalsky wrote. "Among the most hyped international draft prospects in recent memory, Musa had a prolific, but less than efficient showing at the FIBA U18 European Championship, where he averaged 20.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game after a dominant showing at last summer's FIBA U17 World Championships." Terrific scoring with either hand.
Musa is a big time Euro. He has been a Pro since he was 15. "He is a leader and has a strong personality," NBA.net said. "Not afraid of the big stage, since he is dealing with high expectations since he was 15 years old ... He plays with passion." He sounds like a Danny guy.
Like most Euros he has a great handle and shoots the Three like his mother depends on it.
Terrific shooter curling off screens. Nice one dribble through the screen and straight up into the Three. Easy NBA range, and beyond. He is very young, and can play in Europe for another year or two without a problem. He will go for the O-rebound when he is off the ball. He averaged 2 O-rebounds per 40-minutes.
He is an excellent rebounder, and with his size he could play some Four in small lineups. Great passer off the crossover to his Picker. He can really affect the game with passes when he wants to. Not the fastest guy in the open court. Nice high lob passer to his Big going down the Lane.
Excellent handle. He over dribbles sometimes, but seems to find his way dribbling through traffic consistently. He can attack the hoop with either hand, and has great springs going up at the basket. Consistently attacks the basket lefty, and I thought he was a lefty when I first watched his tape.
He is a righty who loves to go to his left and score. Great lift on his jumper from NBA range, and he snaps his wrist perfectly on the release. Great quick release. No trouble shooting on the move. He can catch it sideways to the basket coming off the pick, and half turn as he goes up to knock down the Three, like JJ Reddick.
He is still a very young kid, with some very young kid tendencies. He will hog the ball and take bad shots sometimes. He will shoot way out pass the NBA 3-point line, clank some badly. He will spread his legs on his jumper sometimes, and sometimes he doesn't. Once he looses that youthful selfishness he could be a very valuable NBA Wing.
And like a lot of Euros, it often comes down to defense. Who and where can he defend people. And how hard will he work on his defense. He has been a star for a long time, and will rest on defense sometimes. Slides his feet well on D. But has an odd habit of raising both his arms and stepping back when he knows his man is going to shot. He looks more interesting in not fouling than stopping the shot.
He will have to add size, because he couldn't cover Euro Guards, so he doesn't stand a chance against NBA guards. He has to get lower and wider to the point of emergency. He also has a tendency to get low, and then jump up and 'Ole! When his man drives past him. It is hard to say that he didn't just hop out of the way of his man. He should be a top ten pick, when you look at his Euro shooting, but his defense is so bad that it is hard to see him in the 1st.
Choice: I think they need another Big. Chimezie Metu-
PF-C, 6-9.5", 9' Standing Reach, 219.6,
7-.5'' Wing Span, 11.89 Lane, 29.5" Standing Vert, 36" Max Vert.
He can really fly to go up and slam the impossible alley-oop. He can take the hit, and lean past the defender and hit the eight footer. Aggressive shot blocker when he sets up the driver. He can block the shot above the square (on the backboard;).
Great job fighting through the pick to cut off his man. Great long arms that can tip the ball in the passing lane. He plays with great anticipation. Rebounding and defense is very important to him, and it shows in his great effort. He gets great position on the Boards, and can draw a foul because players have to try and climb his back to get the rebound.
Nice quick jumper going for the block. Excellent length. Not afraid of the rough stuff, and will initiate the rough stuff. Likes to stay in the Paint on D. Great job going up, double clutching the ball as he gets hit, and then putting in the and one. Good free throw shooter so far. Nice job going and getting the bad pass, and tipping it over the defender to a teammate.
Terrific handle, and he can lead the break off the steal. He is slow dribbling the ball in the open court, but he can find a teammate and pass to him.
Terrific job boxing out on the Boards. He can cut off and turn the bigger more build up OC and keep him on his hip when the ball goes up. He is a bit of a toothpick. He needs to add some muscle. Great quick hands fighting for the rebound in the paint. He can handle the ball a little. Knows how to get great position for the rebound. Nice kick out passer when a team collapses on him.
Chimezie Metu is a 6-foot-11, 225-pound junior forward who affects the game on both ends of the court. His athleticism and length makes him especially impactful on the defensive end. Ranks seventh all-time in blocked shots by a Trojans with
2016-17: Metu started all 36 games and averaged 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds. He was named the 2017 Pac-12 Most Improved Player, All-Pac-12 second team and All-Academinc honorable mention. He had at least six rebounds and 10 or more points in 27 of 36 games and posted six double-doubles. He scored in double figures in 31 of 36 games, including five games of 20 or more points. His 534 points scored tied for the 15th-most in a single season by a Trojan and the most since Nikola Vucevic scored 582 in 2011. He averaged 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds in USC’s final 13 games.
Fourth Choice: Keita Bates-Diop- 6-8.5'', 224, 8-10.5'' SR, 7-3.25" Wingspan, Wing- Slow and awkward shot from Three. But it goes. Excellent explosion off the floor on his Jumper. Exceedingly long arms. Nice Vert going to the hole to slam. He has a very good handle. He is not a PF. He is a Wing. But he could play some PF in today's NBA.
He can work his way to the hoop lefty, but she has to bring it back to the right. He is a pure NBA Wing. Nice floater going down the Lane. His jump hook extends almost to the free throw line. He can turn to his left, and hit the lefty hook. He can cross over between his legs with either hand. Surprisingly good handle with his left.
Nice handle going coast to coast. Nice open court speed. He showed NBA range on his jumper. He can hit the NBA jumper off the dribble. Surprisingly good quicks, especially spinning to the hole. He has good defensive instincts. He uses his long arms very well to block shots.
AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR (2017-18):
USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List. Naismith Player of the Year semifinalist and Julius Erving Award finalist.
Big Ten Player of the Week (12/11, 1/8. 1/15, 2/5). Naismith Trophy, USBWA and NBCSports.com National Player of the Week (1/8).
2017-18 Season: Tallied a team-best 19 points and 11 boards against Robert Morris (11/10)
Went for second-consecutive double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds against Radford (11/12). Recorded third double-double in as many games with 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds against Texas Southern (11/16). Went for 19 points and seven rebounds against Northeastern (11/19). Scored seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Gonzaga (11/23). Eecorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. Stanford (11/24). Tallied double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Butler (11/26). Went for a team-high 21 points and seven boards against Clemson (11/29). Posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards to go along with five assists at Wisconsin (12/2). Went for a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds against Michigan (12/4). Scored a career-high 27 points while pulling down five rebounds against William & Mary (12/9). Went for 18 points, eight boards, four steals and three blocks against Appalachian State (12/16). Tallied 17 points, four rebounds and four assists against The Citadel (12/19). Scored 26 points against North Carolina (12/23). Went for 19 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five block against Miami (12/30). Notched a game-high 27 points and 13 boards at Iowa (1/4). Went for a career-best 32 points to go along with seven boards and three steals vs. Michigan State (1/7). Tallied 26 points and eight boards against Maryland (1/11). Went for 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocks at Rutgers (1/14)
Tallied 10 points and eight boards at Northwestern (1/17). Notched eighth double-double of the year with 17 points and 12 boards vs. Minnesota (1/20). Scored 25 points against Penn State (1/25). Totaled 13 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four blocks against Indiana (1/30). Went for a career-high 35 points to go along with 13 boards against Illinois (2/4). Tallied double-double with 18 points and 11 boards at Purdue (2/7). Went for 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists against Iowa (2/10). Recorded 10 points and five boards at Penn State (2/15). Went for 17 points and seven rebounds at Michigan (2/18). Totaled 24 points, 14 points, four assists and four blocks at Indiana (2/23). Went for 25 points and five rebounds vs. Penn State (3/2). Tallied a team-high 24 points and 12 rebounds against South Dakota State (3/15). Scored 28 points against Gonzaga (3/17).
Fifth Choice: I think they need another Big. Moritz Wagner- Center, Michigan, 6-11, 245, 14.9 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 43 3-P%.- He fancies himself a 3-point shooter, which I suppose is a plus for NBA Big now a days. Nice pick and Pop Center. Nice catch and shooter past the arc.
Very agility athlete. Nice speed in the open court. Works hard to stay in front of the PG on the switch. Good feet against smalls. Gets low and wide and makes them go a long way around him. His length helps him recover, and he can block shots and disrupt the shot. Nice burst when the guard stops to pull up, and he can get back and get a hand up.
He has a good handle. He can dribble behind his back, which is rare for a 7-footer. Good job attacking the basket off the dribble. Excellent lefty dribble go to the hole, but still has to draw it back to his right. He can score it lefty with a little scoop.
Good passer in the post. He can hit the cutter for the easy basket from multiple spots and passes. Nice job in the left Post. He has some great old school moves in the post. He is the new NBA Three and D Center. He can play D in the post, block shots, and drag the other Big out to the 3-Point line and shot Threes, or drive to the hole with either hand, and post up inside when needed.
Played in 105 career games for U-M. 69th Wolverine to play 100+ games.
Ranks t-56th all-time in U-M history. Ranks 46th all-time with 1,074 career points.
54th Wolverine to score 1,000+ points. Scored 15 points vs. Michigan State (BTT) to reach 1,000.
Helped U-M to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2016, ‘17, ‘18).
Reaching the 2017 & 2018 Sweet 16s -- giving U-M four appearances in six years.
Reaching the 2018 Elite Eight -- giving U-M four appearances in six years.
Reaching the 2018 Final Four. Helped U-M to back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles.
Won four games in four days in Washington, D.C., following plane accident.
Won four games in four days in New York, N.Y., to win second straight.
Honors and Awards: NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team (2018). NABC All-District 7 Team (2018). All-Big Ten second team (2018, B1G coaches & media). All-Big Ten honorable mention (2017, B1G coaches & media). Associated Press All-Big Ten second team (2018). All-Big Ten Tournament & Most Outstanding Player (2018). Preseason All-Big Ten Team (2017-18). Academic All-Big Ten (2017). U-M Academic Achievement Award (2017). U-M's Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player (2017). U-M's Morgan/Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement (2017).
Junior (2017-18): One of three captains, along with Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman & Duncan Robinson. Started 37 games; missed two with a bone bruise in his right foot. Scored in double figures in 31 games (U-M best 14.3 ppg). Posted nine 20-plus point games. Scored a career-best 27 at Michigan State. Leads Wolverines with 6.9 rebounds per game. Grabbed 100-plus rebounds for second straight season. Grabbed 200-plus rebounds for first time in career (256). Posted 11 games with 9-plus rebound games. Posted seven games with 10-plus rebound games. Grabbed a career-best 13 boards vs. Nebraska in Big Ten Tournament. Recorded seven double-doubles, and U-M has gone 7-0 when doing so. 18 points, career-best 12 rebounds against North Florida. 10 points, 11 rebounds against Central Michigan. 21 points, 10 rebounds against UC Riverside. 18 points, 11 rebounds against Maryland. 16 points, 10 rebounds against Minnesota. 20 points, 11 rebounds at Wisconsin. 20 points, 13 rebounds vs. Nebraska.
Be A Citizen! Not a Subject!
Fascist is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Jerkballs is pulling the cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.
Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances:
The 1st Amendment to the Constitution is the greatest paragraph ever written by mankind. It is the truest diagram of how to ensure a free Country of citizens survives. But is is also a list of what to attack when you want to be a fascist dictator. President Jerkballs is attacking every article in the 1st Amendment. Beware subjects, or you will be subjugated:
Treason is as Treason does.
Herr Trump studied Hitler with such a passion that he was infamous for keeping a copy of Hitler's speeches next to his bed. It might have been the only book he ever read in his life.
We now have a Fascist Executive Officer who is gleefully building Concentration Camps all over America, the once free and beautiful. This is not a crisis, this is whether Herr Trump can destroy America Democracy or not, period.
Fox Fake News has now become the Propaganda Channel for our Fascist State. Remember, one of the greatest wisdoms is that when a monster shows you he's a monster? "Believe him!" Trump has showed us that he believes he is a Fascist Dictator, by his abject lying and cruelty. So believe him, and IMPEACH HIM.
Herr Trump was known to keep a book of "Hitler's Bestest Speeches, Like Ever!" on the bed table next to his bed. You only keep a book next to your bed because you love the author. I looked and I have a book by Robert Jordan and Robert E. Howard on my bed table. I ab-so-lute-ly love-love-love how those two guys put word together. Top five authors using the English language to tell stories. So for Christ Sake Believe Him!
OR DO YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO PAY THE PRICE?
Separating children from parents is a well know and practiced Fascist strategy. How many times have we heard Herr Trump go on an on about his boyfriend and Fascist Dictator Putin? He loves that guy like he jerks off over over his naked calendar pics of Herr Putin on his horse.
SO! ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE HIM YET!
He goes on and on about the Fascist dictator who just murdered a coup over his own country, the Fascist Dictator Erdogan. Hell's fuckin' Bells! HE EVEN LET ERDOGAN ORDER HIS BODY GUARDS TO GO BEAT UP AMERICAN CITIZENS ON THE MALL, AND DID NOTHING ABOUT IT! Herr Trump allowed a Fascist Dictator to attack Americans on American soil and did nothing about it. In fact, he laughed about it.
ARE YOU LISTENING???
WHEN HERR TRUMP TELLS YOU HE IS A FASCIST DICTATOR JUST BELIEVE HIM FOR CHRIST SAKES!
Kim Jong Trump is the most murderous man to his own people since Hitler and Stalin. Trump thinks he is a tough good guy. He is so effusive that you can only conclude that he wants to imitate the most brutal and murderous
FASCIST DICTATOR OF OUR TIMES!
Just listen when he is so desperate to tell you who he is.
Herr Trump is down on the Southern Border screaming at the top of his lungs, like a baby ripped from his mothers breasts,
"I am a fascist Dictator, and if you don't like it?"
I'LL LOCK YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN UP IN
LIKE MY BUDDY UN JONG TRUMP!
And the scariest part is that the Republicans are still goose-stepping into line like Fascist-sympathizers, who can't wait to get in line and lie-lie-lie about everything they are doing. We already have a secret State enacted by the Furor. Like the new hidden and secret Border policy that...
... IS NOT IN ANY WAY GETTING RID OF THE CONCENTRATION
CAMPS FOR CHILDREN ON OUR SOUTHERN BORDER.
THE NEW AMERICAN FUROR, HERR TRUMP,
IS TELLING YOU WHO HE IS.
ARE YOU LISTENING AMERICA. OR?
DO YOU LYING SAY "HE'LL STOP KILLING JEWS
ONCE HE GETS SETTLED INTO OFFICE",
LIKE FRAULEIN NIELSON.
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