#2 and #3 pick
If you are Memphis, what do you do at #2? You have Mike Conley at PG and Marc Gasol at C. Rubio and Thabeet are the two guys value picked here. I think they need a PF but is Jordan Hill worth drafting at #2? Do they trade out, maybe down to #5? If Memphis takes Thabeet, what does Oklahoma City do at #3? I keep seeing people putting James Harden there, but doesn't Durant play SG? They have Westbrook at PG, Durant at 2 and Green at SF. They need big men in my opinion. Does Oklahoma City take Rubio at #3 and use him as trade bait? Also, I keep seeing Tyler Hansborough at #11 to NJ. Is this a little high for him?
Durant doesn't handle or pass enough to play the 2. he could if he wanted but simply won't. Green played PF and is NOT UNDERSIZED. DUDE'S 6'91/2 AND WILL GET 8-9 REBOUNDS NEXT YEAR. THAT'S PERFECT FOR A PF NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS. They'll take harden.
Memphis has the much tougher proposition at pick 2, especially if they continue to ask such exhorbant prices to move up. They're going to mess around & end up with either a player they don't need (and who will probably be a bust - at least for them) or pick a guy they can use & have to pay him more than he's probably worth.
If we can figure that out, so too probably can the other 29 GMs. Memphis needs to move the pick, but they also need to realize that they aren't really dealing from a position of strength, so they should stop acting like they are.
Take Rubio and trade him for the best offer, since it seems that so many teams are interested in him..
Then after that, if I'm the Thunder I take James Harden, and then trade for either Dalembert or Kaman who are each available..Durant is clearly a small forward, when he continues to add stregnth he will get more and more deadly..I would think the Thunder would of learned already also, taking Swift, Petro, and Sene..
This would leave the Kings with an interesting dilema..I would trade down the pick, to someone who really wants Thabeet
If Thabeet is there at 4, I'm guessing the Kings will be trying their butts off to trade down.
And I'm not so sure the market for Rubio is as high as everyone seems to think it is - and espn.com just validated that a little. Someone will take him obviously, but if I'm Memphis I don't pick him if I don't have a deal in place. Especially since they don't need him & he clearly doesn't want to be there.
I can understand why people thought Memphis was in a great spot originally, but that belief frankly should have evaporated a bit by now. They can still salvage this & move out of the pick (which they should) to a team after Rubio or Thabeet, but if they act like they're sitting on a gold mine, other teams are just going to say forget it and move on. The talent level in this draft just isn't that high & teams aren't going to give up the bank just to roll the dice on a player that in the end is a gamble to pan out.