Extended NBA Mock Draft 7.1
With just over two days before the draft, here is our 7th take on an extended mock in what is shaping up to be one of the most interesting, and certainly dificult to predict drafts in recent years.
||Alex Len 7-1 255 C Maryland So.||We're hearing that it's more and more likely that if Cleveland keeps the pick that Len will be their choice. The Cavs continue to aggressively shop the pick along with other assets in an attempt to add a talented bigman. Attempts for LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love have been unsuccesful. Dallas is trying to move up using 13 and Marion as bait. Cleveland is in a very difficult position winning the top pick in a year devoid of an obvious franchise level talent. They have a need for a 3 but there isn't a player with the upside to justify the selection at their pick. Len is a big risk, but gives them a potential top 5 center in the league if he reaches his potential. They are said to be unhappy with last year's mid-first rounder Tyler Zeller, and don't see him as an eventual starter. The Cavs continue to shop the pick but suitors continue to low ball them as no GM wants to take on the expectations associated with using the top pick. Though he's been unable to work out for teams, his early season performance dominating both Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley Stein remains fresh in scout's minds. Len shows the agility to get up and down the floor, make plays at the rim and the touch to knock down shots from mid range. While some may knock his fluidity, toughness and consistency, bigs take time. For a 20 year old who is still adjusting to American culture, being away from Ukraine where he grew up, his sophomore season was excellent. His stress fracture came at a bad time as teams weren't able to see him work out leading up to the draft, but not being able to work out prospects never stopped them before. NBA Comparison: Jonas Valanciunas|
||Nerlens Noel 6-11 206 PF Kentucky Fr.||With a new(er) GM in place, Rob Hennigan, they can take a long term approach to building their team, so they'll likely look to add the player they feel has the most long term potential. Patience will be the key for any team taking Noel, who may not even play next season. McLemore remains a possibility here, despite reports that he struggled mightily in workouts. Oladipo continues to be mentioned at this pick as well. Noel could also still end up going first but his inability to contribute immediately conflicts with Cleveland's desire to win next season. With the unfortunate path that Greg Oden's career has taken, repeated knee injuries strike a lot of fear in teams. If Noel does slide, most believe that it will not be very far. Noel's length, leaping ability and cat-like reflexes potentially make him an extraordinary shot blocker. He shows a willingness to hustle and play hard, which combined with his elite level athleticism is very encouraging. His offensive game, however, is extremely raw and may never be anything more than put back dunks and hook shots. He also needs to get much stronger as his upper body and legs are rail thin, evidenced by his 206 lb combine weight. Granted, added weight could ultimately put even more stress on what appear to be fragile knees. After coming back faster than doctors had recommended, some wonder if this recent injury was inevitable. Regardless, Noel's ability to impact the defensive end puts him in the running for the top overall pick and he should land in the top 2, despite not being able to fully work out for teams leading up to the draft. NBA Comparison: Larry Sanders|
||Anthony Bennett 6-7 240 PF UNLV Fr.||A report surfaced that Bennett has added nearly 20 lbs in the past couple weeks, but some have speculated it was Washington that put the rumor out in an effort to scare other teams off. Whether the rumor is legitimate and actually affects his stock remains to be seen. John Wall has expressed interest in adding a pick and pop forward, which is exactly what Bennett brings. Bennett has been talked about as a possible #1 overall pick and gives them the upside they desire. Despite being 6'7, Bennett's wingspan makes him essentially a 6'9 player and he's got massive shoulders and hands. Bennett wins the award for most vicious dunks in college as he had numerous dunks that reminded fans of Shaq. He lacks the foot speed to defend on the perimeter, essentially making him a stretch 4. Some scouts have even mentioned him as a potential #1 pick, though that's probably a reach, considering he's a tweener and the last 6'9 or under PF to go first was Kenyon Martin. Bennett battled injury problems in high school and appeared to be breaking down some towards the end of the year. His post season shoulder surgery reinforces his reputation for being injury prone and has made it impossible for him to work out for teams leading up to the draft. Without the injury concerns he'd likely be a top 5 pick, with them he could slide a few spots. NBA Comparison: Rodney Rogers|
||Ben McLemore 6-5 190 SG Kansas Fr.||The Bobcats or soon to be Hornets would be ecstatic to have a talented scorer and dynamic athlete like McLemore fall to them. With such an emphasis on defense in recent drafts (MKG & Biyombo), he would be exactly what the team needs. McLemore remains our top overall prospect, but struggled in workouts. He is the guy in this draft with the greatest shot at becoming a superstar. His outside shot is comparable to a perfect golf swing, it's a thing of beauty. Combine that with freakish athleticism and you have a high level prospect. A SG going first overall has not happened in 40 years, McLemore still has a chance to do it, but it may require a team trading up for it to happen. NBA Comparison: Ray Allen|
||Victor Oladipo 6-4 214 SG/SF Indiana Jr.||Oladipo has been very impressive in interviews and workouts and there is some interest from Orlando at 2. He has been targeted by a number of teams trying to move up and could ultimately go higher in a trade. He brings the Suns some much needed athleticism in the backcourt and is a strong character guy to build around. Oladipo is a late bloomer who draws rave reviews for his demeanor and personality from those who have spent time around him. While he may lack superstar potential, he appears to be the ultimate glue type player as an overachiever who brings boundless energy. His explosiveness is off the charts (42 inch vert at combine), particularly off of two feet and his shooting and ball handling have shown surprising improvement. At 6'4 in shoes, he's undersized, taking his long term potential down a notch. Some wild comparisons such as Dwyane Wade and even Michael Jordan have been thrown out for Oladipo. But those are unfair for a player who projects as a high level role player, but not a star at the next level. NBA Comparison: Tony Allen|
||Trey Burke 6-1 190 PG Michigan So.||New Orleans will hope that Burke can make the same type of impact that his idol Chris Paul made on the city. Burke's performance against Kansas was legendary, as he refused to allow his team to lose, coming up with all the big plays down the stretch including a game tying 3 in the final seconds. Burke was not only the top PG in the nation this year, he was the best player in the nation. He carried the Wolverines all season with a will to win that was unmatched on the college level. His 6'5 wingspan helps offset his 6'1 frame giving him some additional length to get shots off. On the negative side, Burke lacks elite level speed and athleticism, making it a challenge for him to gain separation on opponents. While detractors may argue that Burke's attributes will make the transition to the next level difficult, his "immeasurables"; competitiveness, heart and determination are off the charts. NBA Comparison: Kyle Lowry|
||CJ McCollum 6-3 197 PG/SG Lehigh Sr.||With a new regime left to pick up the pieces after inheriting the dysfunctional Kings, the team really must go for character here and McCollum fits the bill. They also need an outside shooter as they are reportedly shopping Fredette, and McCollum has the potential to be a "Steph Curry lite". As a likely first rounder in 2012, some questioned McCollum's decision to return to campus despite virtually knocking defending champion Duke out of the NCAA tournament single handedly. This year CJ was able to establish himself in many scout's minds before going down with a season ending broken foot. He's got a nasty crossover and ISO game, showing a great ability to get defenders on their heels a la Steph Curry, before pulling up for jumpers. There are some concerns surrounding his ability to play the PG position as well as defend. Despite missing a large portion of the season, McCollum remains our top PG prospect and would offer the Kings a risky but high upside pick. NBA Comparison: Stephen Curry|
||Otto Porter 6-9 200 SF Georgetown So.||No surprise. The Pistons seem to be in position to do this every year with a player slipping further than expected and right into the lap of Joe Dumars. We've compared Porter to Tayshaun Prince all season so it would be ironic if he ended up in Detroit. Otto Porter is still a real possibility at 3 to Washington, but then again the term "safe gets you fired" should be heeded and someone has to fall. Porter made a very impressive jump from his freshman to sophomore seasons, showing no difficulty in becoming the leader of the team and winning Big East Player of the Year. Otto is about as low risk as it gets in this draft, however his ceiling isn't as great as some of the other top prospects making him difficult to take in the top handful of picks. He's a relentless defender and a pro athlete, but it's unlikely that he will ever be an elite level scorer. He's very thin, but weight/strength shouldn't be an issue at the 3 position. He showed the ability to knock down key shots throughout his short college career. Despite a less than picture perfect jumpshot, he gets results. Porter's consistency and potential makes him a likely top 5 pick in this year's draft. NBA Comparison: Tayshaun Prince|
||Cody Zeller 7-0 230 PF/C Indiana So.||The Timberwolves would like to move into the top 5 for a shot at Oladipo, but if they stay here Zeller is looking more and more likely to be their guy. There are rumors that Zeller could go as high as 2 to Orlando, or 4 to Charlotte. Zeller's stock took the biggest hit during the NCAA tournament as he looked shell shocked in their Sweet Sixteen loss to Syracuse and their 2-3 zone defense. He failed to live up to the preseason hype and much of the time chose to defer instead of taking on the role of the team's star. It obviously took a toll on his draft stock, but a tremendous combine has him back on track. His 35.5 inch standing jump is the highest recorded for a bigman in years. Zeller shows the ability to knock down mid range shots with regularity and runs the floor like a gazelle, which is rare for a 7-footer. Unfortunately his post game did not advance the way many expected, although big men take the longest to develop. It's easy to forget all the positives: Zeller is a 7 footer, he's 19 years old, a hard worker, and similar to Drummond last year, many seem to have overreacted after he failed to live up to the #1 preseason hype. NBA Comparison: LaMarcus Aldridge|
||Kentavious Caldwell Pope 6-6 205 SG Georgia So.||The Blazers tipped their pick last year as everyone knew they were going to take Damian Lillard, and they appear to have done it once again as a majority of scouts have KCP projected to the Blazers. Owner Paul Allen even attended a Caldwell-Pope workout, so there's obvious interest, and his shooting ability would be deadly alongside Lillard. He is an underrated athlete with the ability to get to the rack as well as create and knock down shots on the perimeter. He doesn't blow you away in any one area, but he's a good shooter and scorer. After a freshman season in which he struggled with efficiency, he was able to improve upon his shooting from the floor and beyond the arch. He'll get looks in the late lottery and should find a spot somewhere in the first round. NBA Comparison: Michael Redd|
||Lucas Nogueira 7-0 220 PF Brazil 1992||Bebe is on the rise after an outstanding adidas Eurocamp in which he validated his surprising season showing maturity and focus. He dominated the competition showing great mobility, length and energy. Sixers GM Sam Hinkie was in attendance and it wouldn't be a surprise to see Bebe climb up to this spot considering the Sixers need for an athletic defender. Nogueira is extremely raw, but players with his size and agility are rare. He had a breakout performance at the Copa America U18 tournament in 2010 and some NBA scouts came away saying he had top 5 pick potential. He lost most of that hype with a dreadful showing at the 2011 adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, but has a huge bounce back season playing in Spain for Estudiantes. "Bebe" developed a reputation for being soft and lazy, but this season he showed dedication and maturity that had been lacking from his game. For him, it's just a matter of becoming more aggressive and maintaining his focus. Bebe has proven himself in the ACB, Europe's best national league and has become our top International prospect for this year's draft. NBA Comparison: Joakim Noah|
||Steven Adams 7-0 255 C Pittsburgh Fr.||Adams may never be much of an offensive factor, but with a team like OKC filled with offensive firepower, a guy who can play alongside Ibaka and fill the role of aging Kendrick Perkins with rebounding, defense and toughness would be an excellent addition for the future. Adams was a surprise entry as many felt he needed more time in college to develop his feel for the game and post skills. Adams used a very strong draft combine performance, displaying a surprisingly accurate midrange jumper to likely ensure a place in the lottery. He is a long term project due to his lack of experience and feel for the game but could really develop into a high level center given time and the right situation. NBA Comparison: Meyers Leonard|
||Sergey Karasev 6-7 197 SG/SF Russia 1993||Karasev received an invite to the green room, all but guaranteeing that he's got a top 20 promise. This pick is very likely to be dealt so Karasev could be dealt and if not Dallas can leave him in Russia for another year or two while they make a free agent run this offseason. Karasev decided to stay in Russia up until the draft, instead of doing workouts or participating at the Eurocamp fueling speculation that he has a promise. Already has Olympic experience playing for the Russian National team in London. Karasev did not have a great Hoop Summit shooting just 1-6 from distance, (3-10 overall for 7 pts) but his outside shooting impressed scouts all week and he had a breakout season playing in Russia, as the top player on his team. He lacks great speed and may struggle defensively with slow feet, but he's a decent athlete and shows some ability to get to the basket off the dribble as he did against top defender Rondae Hollis-Jefferson early on in the Hoop Summit. His jump shot, while a bit unorthodox is his biggest strength and should have him in position to grab a late first round spot. His English is good, and he seems to have the type of personality that will allow him to adjust to American culture without much of an issue. NBA Comparison: Danny Green|
||Michael Carter Williams 6-6 185 PG Syracuse So.||MCW has been mentioned as high as 5 with the Suns having brought him in twice but with a lot of lottery teams not needing a PG, someone has to fall. Utah would be ecstatic to grab him here with a definite need at the position. He offers them an excellent "swing for the fences" type of pick. At 6'6 and with tremendous size, he reminds some of the high school version of Shawn Livingston that many became so enamored with before his tragic knee injury. Though not quite the talent, MCW's ability to set teammates up for baskets is special for a player his size. His length, having a near 6'9 wingspan really helps his cause defensively. He has a lot of work to do on his outside shooting and must prove that he can hang with the speed of today's NBA PGs. He would likely pair well with a small 2-guard like Monta Ellis as he would probably be better suited defending 2 guards while running the point. He's got some off court baggage (shop lifting incident) that will need to be addressed in interviews with teams. Plus, the track record for Syracuse products has not been great in recent years. He's another boom or bust pick who could end up a star or not even making it in the league. In a down draft, Carter-Williams has top 10 potential. NBA Comparison: Shaun Livingston|
||Giannis Adetokoubo 6-9 205 SF/PF Greece 1994||Milwaukee no longer has the logjam at the SF position after trading away harris. Adetokoubo will need time before being able to contribute, but with a young core, Milwaukee can wait for him. Adetokoubo would bring them a nice piece for the future as well as a player to leave in Europe and keep off their books for a few seasons. After watching Adetokoubo in Jesolo, Italy in early June, it's apparent that he needs a lot of time (3 seasons or so) before he'll be ready to play in the NBA. He's very skilled and long, but lacks strength and explosiveness at this point. The problem for him and scouts is that the level of competition that he's played at at is very low, considered by scouts as the equivalent to Div 2-3 college ball, making it more difficult to project him. He'll also need to improve upon his shooting ability. NBA Comparison: DerMarr Johnson|
||Dennis Schroeder 6-2 168 PG Germany 1993||Rumors persist that Schroeder has a promise, and our sources have indicated that Boston is the team that has promised him. Giannis Adetokoubo is another possibility if available as the Celtics scouted him heavily and appear to be in rebuilding mode. Obviously the team already has Rondo, but no one is expecting most of the players from this draft to instantly become starters. Schroeder used a tremendous week in Portland at the Hoop Summit in practices and the game to skyrocket up team's draft boards. He combines elite level quickness with solid decision making. While his season in Germany was just average, he seems to have made real strides recently. His shot was a little inconsistent throughout the week of practices in Portland, but looked very solid in the game. His ability to handle the ball in traffic is impressive. He's got an extra gear that allows him to get by defenders any time he wants to. He also possesses good size at the PG position at 6-2 with a 6-7 wingspan. After a great Hoop Summit performance, Schroeder has jumped up into late lotto-mid first round area. NBA Comparison: Darren Collison|
||Kelly Olynyk 7-0 234 C Gonzaga Jr.||Olynyk gives the Hawks nice value at 17 and bolsters their frontcourt with a more NBA ready guy. Olynyk could go quite a bit higher with teams valuing his readiness, but we've got him slipping a little ways here. He was flying way under the radar before this season, having red shirted last year with Robert Sacre as the team's starting center. He was arguably the most dominant big in the country and despite Gonzaga's flame out in the tourney, he was solid. Kelly lacks great athleticism and quickness, but shows the skill set of a 10 year veteran. Olynyk's ability to defend the pick and roll has led scouts to believe he can make it defensively in the league. He's got a Euro-style game, but many scouts are convinced that his skill level and size will be enough to overcome a lack of sheer athleticism and become a solid NBA post player. NBA Comparison: Spencer Hawes|
||Shabazz Muhammad 6-6 225 SF UCLA Fr.||One of this year's draft's big mysteries is just how far Shabazz will fall. Atlanta is said to be very high on Shabazz making 18 a potential back stop for him. 17 stands a good chance to be a Euro if one that Atlanta likes falls to them. The analytics numbers were not favorable for Shabazz, though some still feel he could end up in the 8-10 range. Credit Shabazz for participating in the Chicago draft combine, unfortunately his subpar shooting did not help his cause. Scouts aren't sure what he brings a team if he's asked to be a role player. He's got the desire but has a lot of skill development left to work on. Shabazz had a rough ending to the season with the report coming out that he's actually 20 instead of 19 as his father had purported. He also struggled in UCLA's tourney loss to Minnesota shooting 6-for-18. But he's still one of the most talented prospects in this year's draft with a killer instinct and high level scoring ability. He has turned living with Tourette Syndrome into a positive as he plays with a chip on his shoulder exerting a high level of intensity at all times. Detractors point to his less than 1 assist per game, labeling him one dimensional and even a "ball hog". His character and abilities on the court could ultimately be undervalued by the time the draft takes place. NBA Comparison: Nick Young|
||Tim Hardaway Jr 6-6 200 SG Michigan Jr.||Cleveland would prefer to add a small forward here, but another shooter to compliment Dion Waiters with good size and athleticism would be a nice addition for the Cavs. Hardaway Jr. shows mental toughness and consistent effort at all times. He has a well developed offensive game with good elevation and form on his shot. The big knock on him has always been foot speed as he lacks a great first step to beat opponents off the dribble. He grew up around the game, and that is apparent with his focus and feel. Hardaway lacks great upside and is seen as a likely rotation player, but his toughness and professional approach gives him a After a strong combine, his first round chances continue to improve. NBA Comparison: Arron Afflalo|
||Gorgui Dieng 6-11 230 PF/C Louisville Jr.||Dieng would fit right into the defensive approach of coach Tom Thibodeau, adding depth to their frontcourt.Dieng benefited from Louisville's deep tourney run, as he was able to display the ability to consistently knock down mid range shots. While not a speed burner, he shows good defensive abilities, particularly in blocking shots. Dieng missed a portion of the year with a fractured wrist, but his return coincided with the team's resurgence as he anchored Louisville's interior defense. His condor like 7'3.5 wingspan makes him a formidable obstacle around the basket. NBA Comparison: Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje|
||Shane Larkin 5-11 171 PG Miami So.||Utah is in a good position to go for talent at 14 and attempt to fill a need with a PG here at 21. Larkin recorded the highest vertical leap ever at the draft combine with a 44 inch running jump. He was not far behind Trey Burke in terms of being a team leader and floor general on the college level and there are a number of scouts that actually prefer Larkin to Burke as a prospect. Larkin lacks Burke's resume and size, but shows much better isolation and separation ability off the dribble. As the son of hall of fame shortstop Barry Larkin, Shane has the pedigree to overcome a significant lack of size. NBA Comparison: DJ Augustin|
||Ricardo Ledo 6-6 197 SG/SF St Providence Fr.||Ricardo Ledo is one of the draft's biggest wildcards. There is some speculation that he could go as high as the mid teens to a team like Milwaukee, but due to perceived character flaws he could also slip into the 2nd round. He's highly skilled with the ability to handle, pass and score. While there are a lot of concerns about his off court make up, in a draft lacking talent, Ledo may prove too seductive to pass on. The Nets could use an injection of young talent as a quickly aging team, and Ledo offers a lot of potential in the late first. NBA Comparison: Qyntel Woods|
||Tony Mitchell 6-9 236 SF/PF North Texas So.||For a team that came close to knocking off the champs adding talent and depth is the M.O. Mitchell gives them nice potential with his high level athleticism. He surprised many by returning to North Texas for his sophomore year and was unable to enhance his draft stock. Mitchell put up essentially the same numbers as in his FR season and fell from his lofty preseason projections. He is a unique player as he combines freakish length (7-foot-3 wingspan) and explosiveness. He seems to be convinced that he's a 3, and despite his chiseled physique, apparently does not enjoy battling in the paint. NBA Comparison: Thomas Robinson|
||Mason Plumlee 6-11 238 PF Duke Sr.||Plumlee has been projected higher all year and is a big athlete who would provide energy and defense for the Knicks. Plumlee was one of the surprises in college this year, but may slip a ways due to his case of "senior-itis". Similar to last year with Tyler Zeller, younger prospects with more perceived upside may ultimately push the senior into the second half of the first round. He added some offensive skills around the basket, and played the year with surprising consistency. He is a better version of his brother Miles who somehow landed in the late first round in 2012. While he's not overly skilled in the post, he shows nice explosiveness, runs the floor well and shows a willingness to fight for rebounds and play tough in the paint. In such a weak draft, Plumlee figures to land in the teens. NBA Comparison: Yi Jianlian|
||Allen Crabbe 6-6 197 SG California Jr.||Doc Rivers would be an excellent coach to try to get the best out of Crabbe. The Clips could use some additional firepower off the bench and Crabbe has nice scoring ability. The Pac 12 player of the year, Crabbe has a sweet outside shooting stroke and solid athleticism. He also possesses good size for the 2-guard position. The biggest knock against him has been his toughness, level of intensity and consistency. He had a solid finish to the year, leading Cal into the second round of the tourney, but it seems that he's a player that needs a push (or shove) to motivate him. He's not considered a self starter, so landing in the right situation and having coaches and people around him that will facilitate his development will be key. Crabbe didn't always display the best body language and showing that he's a team player with a positive attitude in will be paramount. He'll need to do well in individual match ups in team workouts in order to convince scouts that he's a legitimate first rounder for this year's draft. NBA Comparison: Francisco Garcia|
||Tony Snell 6-7 198 SF New Mexico Jr.||Snell would be a solid weapon off the bench for them. He is a player that has been steadily moving up team's boards since declaring for the draft. He had better than expected athleticism numbers at the draft combine and shows excellent ability to knock down outside shots as well as find open looks off the dribble. He's an unselfish player with upside left to develop and just needs to work on his level of intensity and consistency. NBA Comparison: Wesley Person|
||Glen Rice Jr 6-6 211 SG D League Jr.||The Nuggets are likely to move this pick so if Rice gets this far, it's possible that a team would move a future pick or expiring contract to add a late first rounder in order to grab him. Rice ran into discipline problems in college and there are some concerns about his maturity/character. But his success in the D league points towards an added maturity and a talent level worthy of a first round selection. He takes after his father Glen Rice Sr. with his great shooting ability and athleticism. NBA Comparison: Anthony Peeler|
||Nate Wolters 6-5 196 PG North Dakota Sr.||Wolters would fit into the Spurs team tremendously as he shows great potential as a backup PG with the ability to hit floaters and run the pick and roll to perfection. Showing great creativity and a flare for the dramatic, Wolters is a flashy lead guard who some scouts are extremely high on. He is solid athletically but lacks elite quickness off the dribble and needs to improve upon his outside shooting. Wolters struggled some in the tournament matching up with Michigan's Trey Burke although neither guard had a great shooting performance. Wolters was 4th in the nation in scoring and had the single greatest scoring output of the past 3 seasons dropping 53 points against IPFW. NBA Comparison: Goran Dragic|
||Rudy Gobert 7-2 238 C France 1992||Gobert has really been dropping after missing the adidas Eurocamp, and failing to impress in workouts. Gobert struggled some at the draft combine as he looked mechanical and slow running the floor. On the bright side, he has ridiculous length with a 7-foot-9 wingspan. He also possesses good shooting touch and appears to have a body that will allow him to add strength and eventually battle in the paint in the NBA.He struggled to put up consistent numbers in the French League. So the question is whether teams will be willing to look past the lack of productivity and draft him on potential. His mobility and athleticism are average by NBA standards and he still needs to get tougher and develop a better feel for the game. The concern with Gobert is whether he has the speed and agility in an NBA where quickness trumps size. NBA Comparison: Shawn Bradley|
|30.||Jamaal Franklin 6-5 191 SG/SF San Diego St. Jr.||The Suns take a somewhat local guy as SD and PHX are a hop and a skip away, and Franklin offers energy and athleticism to a team in need of talent. Franklin is a bit of a 2/3 tweener, showing better ability to slash and affect the game with his athleticism than smooth guard skills, but he competes hard. Some concerns linger about character and attitude after an incident flipping off a fan and/or referee putting him on the first round bubble. NBA Comparison: Will Barton|
I see you are sticking with SD and Phoenix being a hop skip and a jump away...It is still 350 miles. Boston to Philadelphia is closer than San Diego is to Phoenix.
As for the newest Trey Burke comparison in Kyle Lowry I can somewhat agree but more based on what Lowry is now. Coming out as a Sophomore Lowry only averaged 11 points and 3.7 assists...he wasn't near the shooter or distributor that Burke is at the same point.
If Shabazz drops to 19, absolutely huge steal. Remember when he was the favorite for #1 pick this point last year?
Wizards are definitely going for Otto
The Spurs already have four point guards under contract for next season.
I think they'll take either a SF or a big man.
But then who the hell ever knows what Pop & RC will do?
The comparison to Yi Jianlian always gives me a good laughter. Plumlee is all about effort, he bangs inside, hustles, grabs boards and has a limited skillset offensively. Jianlian was the exact OPPOSITE. Yi could shoot out to the 3 point line, was frail and avoided contact, grabbed very few boards, lacked effort and motivation, was skilled but to afraid to use them. I mean, in what world are they similar?!
They're both really, really tall.
I can't imagine Shabazz falling past Minnesota. A strong wing player who can score? Seems like a logical move for Minnesota.
Porter falling to my Pistons would be like a dream come true.
Even if Wizards do pass on Porter, he won't make it past New Orleans. No way in hell.
Nah they've come out saying they want Bennett