Best fits for top 10 lottery calibur players
Looking at some mock drafts, I just started thinking about what teams would fit best with what players, almost like a mock but since we don't know the order yet I'm doing it more based on team as opposed to order:
1. Phoenix Suns - Ben McLemore.
I really don't see how McLemore, who has been a very good college player, has become a number 1 pick potentially. He looks like he is going to be solid at a lot of things, but lacks a great number of great games, has good but not great stats and I just always get the sense something is missing with him. He should be more assertive at times, but generally he is pretty consistent. I honestly have no clue how you are going to build around anything they have in PHX, but they definitely could use a wing scorer. They need someone to be consistent on a night to night basis and give them a go to scorer. Now I do think Charlotte, who is the favorite to get the 1st pick would pick him, I'm just not sure if he fits their biggest needs, and in a draft like this, with the talent being so jumbled, I think you should go need over slightly better prospect, so....
2. Charlotte Bobcats - Anthony Bennett
I know I am higher on the Bennett train than most, but I think specifically for Charlotte he is someone who would legitimately help them. I think if they fall to 3-4, they will pick Bennett. He gives them someone in the post who can score, which has basically been a foreign language for Bobcat fans. Walker and MKG aren't great, but they are building blocks on the perimeter. They have a slew of big men who only do few things right, and Bennett could really flourish being a 2nd or 3rd option on a team from day one. He can handle the ball a bit, run in transition and really post people up. It'd be nice if UNLV could make a little toruney run and he could boost his stock, but still I think the fit makes sense.
3. Orlando Magic - Marcus Smart.
Why don't I love Marcus Smart? Because he's a "combo" guard, and not in the Russell Westbrook sense, in the, "I'm not sure if he's good enough to play either one" sense. He has only shot 40% from the field this year. His assist-turnover ratio is only 1.3. He has had some WOW moments, but I'm not sure how consistent of an NBA player he'll be. But again, looking at Orlando, they love Vucevic, they like Harkless, Harris, and Afflalo on the wing, and they also have Nicholson at the 4. It seems like for their young nucleus the best move is bring in a guard who can handle the ball a lot, and take big shots down the stretch. I think Smart gives you that. I hope Tobias Harris continues to develop into a real talent for them.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers - Otto Porter
5. Washington Wizards - Nerlens Noel
Really, both of these are interchangable. Both teams have Great young back courts, some players in the front court with promise for Cleveland, and some veterans on the frontline for Washington. Whichever team gets a higher pick is probably going to pick Noel, but we'll see. Porter is going to have a lot of NCAA tourney and workouts to wow scouts, while Noel will be depending on people to just have belief in his return. The reason I went with it this way is because I think Washington does need a guy to protect the rim, block shots, and do more of the intangible things. Cleveland, who I think is a tad bit closer to turning things around could flourish from a fill in the blanks guy on the wing who is versatile. With Thompson, Zeller, and potentially Varejo, a big man isn't quite a big a need. Washington has Okfaor (probably going to be an FA) and Nene who they owe a lot of money, but they could have the Nene/Noel combo down low, and that could definitely work. But again, swapping these two still makes sense. It really depends on where they are picking.
6. Sacramento Kings - Victor Oladipo
I know the kings seem like they have log jams at several positions, but I think Oladipo is the type of player they need more than anything else. Excellent defender, good team player, takes smart shots, really the whole 9 yards for them. They've established that they are going to go with Patterson and Cousins down low. There really is no PG worth taking this high, and Oladipo to me is the best guy who could turn things around for them. He is an X factor guy, and a great teammate. Whether or not they match the offer Tyreke Evans receives from someone this summer remains to be seen, but maybe Oladipo could help that decision for them. They may need to find a PG via Free Agency though. There is a good chance PHX won't be able to get McLemore, and I could absolutely see them taking Oladipo if thats the case.
7. New Orleans Hornets - Shabazz Muhammad
Pretty easy fit to me. They have big men who have been playing good (Davis, Anderson, and Lopez) Vasquez has been solid, and there really is no PG in this draft that would be a drastic upgrade. There wings leave a lot to be desired. Eric Gordon always gets hurt and could be traded, Rivers still has a long way to go but has shown some signs of improvement before getting hurt. Bringing in someone who could play the 3 like Muhammad, take a big scoring load off some of the other players, give them a go to scorer, and really round out a nice young nucleus.
8. Minnesota T Wolves - Cody Zeller
I think Zeller would fit nicely with Love, and odds are they are going to lose Pekovic this summer.
9. Oklahoma City Thunder (Via Toronto) - Michael Carter-Williams
I LOVE this fit. I think MCW could come off the bench and provide OKC with someone who could handle the ball for long stretches, and allow Westbrook to play off the ball more. This way, maybe they wouldn't have to pick up Derek Fisher's dead body every year down the stretch.
10.Detroit Pistons - Alex Len?
Seems like the Pistons are already loaded with big men right? But Thats the problem with the Pistons, they have a lot of NBA calibur players, just none of them are too great. They could stretch for CJ McCullum or Gary Harris,but if they are picking in the top 10 that would be a major stretch, and I'm not sure if those two players really upgrade you that much. They could reach for Saric, but already having Singler and Jerebko on the roster, what if Saric isn't much of an upgrade from those guys? You bring in Len, and you have an assemblance of big bodies who have skill and athleticism. I'm not sure if Drummond and Len could play together, but they would be an interesting force to watch. He could go to the Wolves, or the Thunder, or Cleveland if they slip a bit, so yeah, the Pistons probably aren't the BEST fit for him, just the most likely, when you really start to look at how this draft is going to pan out. Maybe they ought to look to trade up or trade out of this draft.
I am fairly confident OKC would take Len over MCW in a heartbeat.
I don't disagree, but this isn't a draft order. OKC will probably be picking when Len is gone.
It would be a reach to take him this high, but I think MCW is a perfect fit for the Kings. Everybody on that team are me-first scorers that don't really care about defense. MCW can be the guy that distributes the ball to all of them while setting the tone defensively.
Oladipo could work too, but the Kings have to move some of their other pieces in my opinion. Too many guards on that team to give Oladipo proper playing time.
If the Pistons have an option between Trey Burke and Len.. I would much rather have them take Burke. At least Burke will be able to run the offense correctly.
There's no way the Wolves take another white guy big who isn't a shot-blocker in Zeller. Everyone else I can agree with though. I would be very happy if Porter, Noel, or Bazz fell to Minny. I'd even take Len, cause he can block shots and would work well with Love.
I think the Wolves and Pistons are both in an odd spot. There biggest need is wing players, but it looks like McLemore, Porter, Oladipo, and Shabazz will be gone by the time they pick. And if that is the case, its going to be a pretty big drop off to the next tier of wing guys.