share

Chad Ford's Mock Draft 3.0

lalaila
lalaila's picture
Registered User
Joined: 07/09/2009
Posts: 1841
Points: 1382
Offline
Steve

man..if i said interviews i mean interviews...where the thing of body fat come from..

juves4783
Registered User
Joined: 06/13/2008
Posts: 782
Points: -774
Offline
netsfan

you are 100% correct on that. chad ford's columns are usually not as spot on as the inserts in the rumors section of espn insider. i will say i took a lot of ford's advice for my last year's mock and he was pretty spot with late 1st round promises.

as far as his latest mock; i was pretty shocked with most of it. no way favors goes over turner; cousins falls to 6th; monroe falls to 9th; toronto takes orton; monty, whiteside and patterson fall off the map.

PurpleMonkeyDis...
PurpleMonkeyDishwasher's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/25/2010
Posts: 1258
Points: 551
Offline
Green Lantern

I think Golden State needs to address the size of their perimeter players.... Ellis and Curry both shorter than 6'3".
Eventually they'll need to address the match up problems created by it. The high scores can be fun to watch for a while but playoffs and wins are more fun. Ellis is the same as Ben Gorden, he scored 38 against Boston last year.... gave up 45 to Ray Allen. Is that a good game for Gorden? It looks good in the box score.... that's about it though.

PurpleMonkeyDis...
PurpleMonkeyDishwasher's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/25/2010
Posts: 1258
Points: 551
Offline
Green Lantern

Wes Johnson shot 41% from 3 pt. He plays above the rim as few players can and has Pippen potential on def..
Check out his clips on youtube.... it's impressive.

MagikKnick
MagikKnick's picture
Registered User
Joined: 07/07/2009
Posts: 3514
Points: 5916
Offline
NetsFan hit the nail on the

NetsFan hit the nail on the head, mock drafts now are gonna look totally different from the mock drafts on draft day..

Especially Fords, hes gonna add some BS here and there to generate buzz

PurpleMonkeyDis...
PurpleMonkeyDishwasher's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/25/2010
Posts: 1258
Points: 551
Offline
Shetwon3

My point is when you draft high... you have to take less risks. You mentioned Ron Artest yes he's a good player.... but even his hometown club by passed him and he lasted until 15 or 16. When you have young team it's not a good idea to draft Cousins. If you have a veteran team like Boston or L.A. or a coach Like Phil Jackson you try and bring in some immature players like Cousins/Beasley/Artest.

GreenLantern
GreenLantern's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/26/2009
Posts: 488
Points: 510
Offline
Steve

Oh yeah I know all about Wes. And yes he is impressive. He just isn't what GS needs. There is GREAT frontcourt talent to be had at 6. The size in the GS backcourt was clearly not the main reason they gave up so many points. And they already have Maggette, Morrow and whoever else they bring off the street that produce well offensively at the SF, which is the position Johnson is, not in the backcourt. With that said, I wouldn't be surprised if GS screws up a draft AGAIN and drafts another wing to their SF collection of millions.

PurpleMonkeyDis...
PurpleMonkeyDishwasher's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/25/2010
Posts: 1258
Points: 551
Offline
Green Lantern

Golden State first off needs a plan..... they have over paid everyone on their roster other than Morrow/Curry. They need to finish selling the team, find a new coach/GM and gut that roster like it's a pig. And then you start seeking out team/def. oriented, young smart, athletic ball players that have never watched a Warriors game in their lives. Morrow might not stick around, he's expected to offered a good contract this offseason even though he's restricted.

Chabvis
Chabvis's picture
Registered User
Joined: 03/29/2010
Posts: 129
Points: -380
Offline
If we draft Ed Davis at 7 I

If we draft Ed Davis at 7 I will jump off a building.

I agree with whoever said that Cousins will not fall out of the top 5. If nobody in the top 5 is very high on him somebody will trade in to draft him (hopefully the Pistons).

OhCanada-
OhCanada-'s picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/08/2010
Posts: 6052
Points: 6002
Offline
just to add...summarized

just to add...summarized notes. 1. WALL
2. FAVORS - measured out to dwight howard type numbers. evan turner plays same position as ai.
3. TURNER
4. JOHNSON
5. AMINU - cousins falling due to on court issues.
6. COUSINS
7. DAVIS - detroit not high on aldrich.
8. HAYWARD - the latest news has la really liking him.
9. MONROE
10. BRADLEY - scouts believe is the next russell westbrook.
11. ALDRICH
12. BABBITT - memphis really likes him and don't think they can him in late 1st.
13. ORTON
14. UDOH
15. HENRY
16. GEORGE
17. ANDERSON
18. BLEDSOE
19. ALABI - scouts really like his measurements and offensive game in chicago.
20. JAMES
21. MONTIEJUNAS
22. PATTERSON
23. SERAPHIN
24. WHITESIDE - free falling due to bad interviews. not a bad kid, but reminds scouts of tyrus thomas in interviews.
25. SANDERS
26. BRACKINS
27. GALLON
28. PONDEXTER
29. WARREN
30. VARNADO

CHAD FORS IS A FREAKING IDIOT HE NEEDS TO GET FIRED

Favors ahead of Turner?

Sacramento drafting Aminu when they desperatly need a big man?

Hayward at 8?

Orton, Udoh, Alabu, Montie, and Seraphin ahead of Patterson and Whiteside?

Really Chad Orton ahead of Patterson?

This is one of the worst Mock Drafts I've ever seen

Windy City Assassin
Registered User
Joined: 03/11/2010
Posts: 6451
Points: 5563
Offline
CHAD FORD'S EXPLANATIONS

Can someone copy & paste his explanations for his picks on a post, because some of his picks don't make since??????

yash
Registered User
Joined: 05/20/2009
Posts: 75
Points: 91
Offline
@shylo Way too much to

@shylo

Way too much to copy/paste - if there's certain entries people want to see, let me know and I'll c/p it.

Here's the one on Favors to Phi:
Analysis: I've heard various sources make pretty forceful arguments that three different players are second on the 76ers' board: Evan Turner, DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors. At times, I've been persuaded by all three. But now it looks like the Sixers are leaning toward Favors, according to what I was told on Monday by a credible source familiar with coach Doug Collins' thinking.

Turner isn't a great fit next to Andre Iguodala. And while Cousins is a perfect fit in the middle, the team has some concerns about his on-court attitude. That leaves Favors, who has as much upside as any player in the draft.

His measurements out of Chicago are virtually identical to Dwight Howard's -- which means he should be just fine playing center. All of this can change once players undergo individual workouts and interviews, but from what I can gather, Favors has the lead if the Sixers decide to keep the pick.

White Chocolate
White Chocolate's picture
Registered User
Joined: 07/16/2009
Posts: 741
Points: 1118
Offline
1. Washington: John Wall,

1. Washington: John Wall, PG

Analysis: While GM Ernie Grunfeld continues to maintain that the Wizards haven't made any decisions and plan to bring in both Wall and Turner to work out, a Wizards source at the NBA draft combine acknowledged to me privately that the team will take Wall barring any unforeseen complications with his physical. While a backcourt of Wall and Gilbert Arenas does raise some questions, it should be fine. Arenas has always been more of a 2-guard anyway, and Wall's star quality makes him the obvious choice for the Wizards to build around.

2. Philadelphia: Derrick Favors

Analysis: I've heard various sources make pretty forceful arguments that three different players are second on the 76ers' board: Evan Turner, DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors. At times, I've been persuaded by all three. But now it looks like the Sixers are leaning toward Favors, according to what I was told on Monday by a credible source familiar with coach Doug Collins' thinking. Turner isn't a great fit next to Andre Iguodala. And while Cousins is a perfect fit in the middle, the team has some concerns about his on-court attitude. That leaves Favors, who has as much upside as any player in the draft. His measurements out of Chicago are virtually identical to Dwight Howard's -- which means he should be just fine playing center. All of this can change once players undergo individual workouts and interviews, but from what I can gather, Favors has the lead if the Sixers decide to keep the pick.

3. New Jersey: Evan Turner, SG

Analysis: If Turner slides to No. 3, it's a dream scenario for New Jersey. While the Nets think very highly of Favors, they also have a chance to fill the power forward position with a free agent like Carlos Boozer or Amare Stoudemire. The Nets want to turn this thing around quickly and Turner has the ability to step in and play from day one. He can play both the 2 and the 3, and can share time on the wing with Courtney Lee and Terrence Williams. The team also is high on Syracuse forward Wesley Johnson. I'm told he's in the mix at the No. 3 spot, as well. But for now, Turner has the edge.

4. Minnesota: Wesley Johnson, SF

Analysis: The Wolves are exploring possibilities of moving up in the draft. Evan Turner is their target and they have the assets to make a deal with either Philly or New Jersey. If they keep the pick, Johnson seems like a terrific fit. He's long and athletic, rebounds from the 3 spot and can hit an open jumper. Some believe he's the next Shawn Marion.

5. Sacramento: Al-Farouq Aminu, SF

Analysis: It's not easy to figure out which way the Kings are going right now. They play things close to the chest, and last year we got it wrong all the way up until the day of the draft. This year is not that much different. They aren't really hurting at any one particular position, with the possible exception of center. Cousins could make some sense here, but for now the word (albeit a shaky one) has Aminu in the lead.

6. Golden State: DeMarcus Cousins

Analysis: I think the Warriors will do backflips if Cousins slips this far. He actually had a pretty good week in Chicago. A number of NBA GMs told me that based on Cousins' body of work, interviews and his measurements, they believe Cousins has as much talent as anyone in the draft, including John Wall. Cousins has been compared to everyone from Shaq to Zach Randolph, but here's an interesting historical comparison to ponder -- could he be the next Moses Malone? "He's huge, he scores around the basket, he's a terrific rebounder and he plays with a chip on his shoulder," one GM said. "How many 20-10 centers come along? Not very many. As far as a talent goes, he could be incredible in the NBA. The league has gotten smaller and quicker. Cousins would kill most of the big guys in our league today." Cousins also fared well in the measurement category, comparing favorably in size to NBA centers. He measured a legit 6-foot-11 with a tremendous 7-foot-6 wingspan and 9-foot-5 standing reach. Those numbers put him on par with the likes of Dwight Howard, Greg Oden and Brook Lopez. His interviews weren't nearly as bad as everyone made them out to be, either. While the Warriors have Andris Biedrins in the middle, he's nothing like Cousins, who can come in and be a big-time scorer right away. Teaming Cousins with with Stephen Curry and Anthony Randolph would give the Warriors a great foundation.

7. Detroit: Ed Davis, PF

Analysis: Pistons president Joe Dumars has said he wants his team to regain the grit and toughness of past Pistons teams. But picking at No. 7 makes that a bit of a challenge. The Pistons are really high on both Cousins and Favors, but most likely they'll have to move up in the draft to get one of them. Regardless, the Pistons are taking a big man. If they stay at No. 7, Davis makes some sense. He's got a nose for the ball and attacks the offensive glass. But he's also not the most polished player in the draft. Greg Monroe and Ekpe Udoh are other possibilities here. Apparently Cole Aldrich really isn't in the mix here.

8. Los Angeles Clippers: Gordon Hayward, SF

Analysis: The Clippers could go in a lot of different directions with this pick and I keep getting mixed signals. The latest tip to come out of Chicago pointed in the direction of Hayward. He's one of the most versatile guys in the draft, and while he struggled a bit this season, he can really knock down shots. Given that the team plans to feature Blake Griffin next year, that's a big deal. With the loss of Marcus Camby, Ekpe Udoh is also a real possibility here, as is Xavier Henry.

9. Utah (via New York): Greg Monroe, PF

Analysis: The Jazz are in a position to lose Carlos Boozer this summer via free agency, but Monroe would be a solid consolation prize. He's not super-athletic, but he's the most skilled big guy in the draft and would be a perfect fit in coach Jerry Sloan's half-court offense. His measurements out of Chicago also support his cause. He measured 6-foot-11 in shoes with a 7-foot-2 wingspan and a standing reach that puts him on par with most of the top big men in the draft. But don't ignore a coming challenge by Gordon Hayward. The Jazz love him and need someone to replace free agent Kyle Korver.

10. Indiana: Avery Bradley, SG

Analysis: The Pacers are one of the most difficult teams to peg right now. They have so many needs and are talking to everyone about moving up, moving down, or maybe even moving out of the draft, according to a number of other teams who have targeted the Pacers' pick. The Pacers' biggest need is at point guard. A month ago, I think Bradley would've been considered a stretch here, but more and more scouts and GMs believe he could be this year's Russell Westbrook. Ekpe Udoh, Cole Aldrich, Xavier Henry and Gordon Hayward are also possibilities here, too.

11. New Orleans: Cole Aldrich, C

Analysis: The Hornets need size and will feel that they're getting a steal if Aldrich falls this far. Aldrich didn't measure particularly well in Chicago, standing just 6-foot-9 in socks. He makes up for much of that with a huge 7-foot-4 wingspan and a versatile game that allows him to face the basket. Aldrich could go as high as No. 5. I don't think he slides further than this.

12. Memphis: Luke Babbitt, SF

Analysis: This pick may seem like a bit of a reach, but sources say the Grizzlies have locked in early on Babbitt -- and they're concerned he won't be there when they pick again at No. 25. While I have no idea who he can guard at the next level, the guy can really score. The question: Is he the next Adam Morrison or the next Chris Mullin? The Grizzlies are banking on the latter.

13. Toronto: Daniel Orton, C

Analysis: While Orton averaged just 3 ppg and 3 rpg, he's considered a player with tremendous upside thanks to a wide body, long arms and the ability to play both in the paint and facing the basket. He measured short in Chicago (6-8¾ in socks) but has a huge wingspan (7-4¼) to make up for it. With the Raptors on the verge of losing Chris Bosh this summer, they have to start thinking about a long-term replacement in the middle. The team would like to move Andrea Bargnani to the 4 and needs a tough rebounder and shot-blocker in the middle. Ekpe Udoh, Hassan Whiteside and Solomon Alabi will also get long looks here.

14. Houston: Ekpe Udoh, PF

Analysis: Udoh is the type of long, shot-blocking forward who should find a comfortable home in Houston. While he's a bit older than the rest of the class and doesn't have elite athleticism, he's still improving -- one of the few older players in the draft with any real upside left. Patrick Patterson and Hassan Whiteside are other possibilities here.

15. Milwaukee (via Chicago): Xavier Henry, SG

Analysis: Henry looked good at the NBA draft combine in the drills, where he shot the lights out. It also didn't hurt that he ended up ranking as the sixth-best player in the draft in John Hollinger's Draft Rater. Teams as high up as the Clippers, Jazz and Pacers are looking at him closely. At this point, if Gordon Hayward goes higher, I don't see Henry slipping past the Bucks, who can use him at both the 2 and the 3. With John Salmons looking to opt out, they're going to need to add some more versatility to the wing position. James Anderson and Patrick Patterson are other possibilities with this pick.

16. Minnesota (via Charlotte): Paul George, SF

Analysis: After Whiteside, George is one of the biggest upside players in the draft. He didn't dominate at Fresno State, but as a 6-9 shooting guard who can really shoot the basketball, he draws comparisons to everyone from Joe Johnson to Wilson Chandler to Trevor Ariza. The Wolves need shooting and size in their backcourt, so he should be the perfect fit. Pair him with Wesley Johnson or Evan Turner and the Wolves just got a lot better.

17. Chicago (via Milwaukee): James Anderson, SG

Analysis: Anderson was one of the best scorers in college basketball and could be a very good fit in the Bulls' backcourt. His ability to stretch the defense and attack the basket would make him a nice complement to Derrick Rose. Even if the team ends up landing LeBron James or Dwyane Wade, look for Anderson to be the guy. As far as NBA-ready players go, there are few better in this draft. I'd expect him to play the same sort of role James Harden did in OKC last season.

18. Miami: Eric Bledsoe, PG

Analysis: Bledsoe is a tough, Pat Riley type of player and could be a long-term upgrade from the Mario Chalmers-Carlos Arroyo duo at point guard. Bledsoe was one of the players who really helped himself at the draft combine. Playing outside of John Wall's shadow, he often looked like the best guard on the floor. Physically, he's ready for the NBA right now. But he still needs more experience running the point. Long term, Bledsoe could pay off.

19. Boston: Solomon Alabi, C

Analysis: Alabi may seem like a bit of a reach to some, but I was impressed with the feedback I received from NBA scouts and GMs after the combine. Not only did he measure as the biggest player in the draft, but he showed a nice skills game and a terrific motor in the drills. Some scouts are comparing him to Dikembe Mutombo. I don't think Alabi has the same sort of rebounding and shot-blocking ability, but he does have a similar demeanor and presence on the court.

20. San Antonio: Damion James, SF

Analysis: James is one of the more underrated players in the draft. Very few players have his combination of athleticism and motor. He doesn't have a position on offense, but he can defend multiple positions on the floor. He would be able to step in right away with the Spurs' veterans and provide meaningful minutes.

21. Oklahoma City: Donatas Motiejunas, PF

Analysis: If Motiejunas believes he'll slip this far, he most likely will withdraw from the draft. But he'd be a great long-term pickup for the Thunder if they can get him this low. He's a very skilled forward who has some Pau Gasol and Toni Kukoc in his game. He is playing at a high level in Europe but needs to get stronger.

22. Portland: Patrick Patterson, PF

Analysis: Patterson would be a steal for the Blazers if he slips this low. While Patterson does little to wow you, he's the type of unselfish, productive big man who would fit in well with the team that Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard has put together. He measured well in Chicago and was apparently one of the best interviewees there, so he could find himself moving back up into the late lottery. But I'm still struggling to find him a home.

23. Minnesota (via Utah): Kevin Seraphin, PF

Analysis: With their third pick of this draft, you can expect the Wolves to stash a player overseas. Seraphin hasn't really produced big numbers in France, but he has Serge Ibaka-like physical upside.

24. Atlanta: Hassan Whiteside, C

Analysis: How can a guy who just measured with a freakish 7-foot-7 wingspan slip this far? The word out of Chicago was that the interviews didn't go so well. And as I wrote in my draft combine wrap-up blog post, I had the chance to sit down with Whiteside and I can understand why. Whiteside isn't a bad kid, but he's very naive at this point, in a way that reminded me a bit of Tyrus Thomas. Eventually some team will decide the talent is too much to pass on. But I think he did some damage to his stock last week. He can certainly make up for that in workouts ... but he's just created a bigger mountain to climb.

25. Memphis (via Denver): Larry Sanders, SF

Analysis: If the Grizzlies go a little safe with their first pick, they can swing for the fences with Sanders. With a freakish wingspan and terrific athleticism, Sanders could add a different look to the Grizzlies' frontcourt. Both Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph are big bodies, but neither player can run the floor and do the things Sanders can do.

26. Oklahoma City (via Phoenix): Craig Brackins, PF

Analysis: Brackins would be a good pick for the Thunder. He's a high-character guy who can score inside and outside and will play hard. Right now, Nenad Krstic is the only guy who can really get it done in the post. Brackins could be a nice long-term fit.

27. New Jersey (via Dallas): Keith Gallon, PF

Analysis:We've had Terrico White pegged here for a couple of weeks, and he could still be the pick. But if the Nets get their hands on Evan Turner at No. 3, then they probably will focus on a big with their other pick. Gallon is one of the best-shooting big men in the draft. If he can get in better shape, he's a talent at this spot in the draft.

28. Memphis (via L.A. Lakers): Quincy Pondexter, SF

Analysis: Pondexter was one of the best seniors in the country. He is an elite athlete and proved this season that he can really score. He's a jump shot away from being a star. Think the next Desmond Mason.

29. Orlando: Willie Warren, PG

Analysis: At the beginning of the season, Warren was considered a potential top-10 pick. However, a poor season and some injuries, plus some bad chemistry with his coach, really hurt his stock. But he is a steal here -- the type of versatile guard who could make an impact for the Magic.

30. Washington (via Cleveland): Jarvis Varnado, PF

Analysis: Varnado may not be much to look at on the offensive end, but on the defensive end, he's a beast combining a great motor, long arms and elite athleticism. Once he gets stronger, I could see him as a Chris Andersen type of defender.

These are Chad Ford's explanation's.

Windy City Assassin
Registered User
Joined: 03/11/2010
Posts: 6451
Points: 5563
Offline
No diss to you YASH I feel

No diss to you YASH I feel you- Thanks WILLIAMSFAN11 you got a point from me

yash
Registered User
Joined: 05/20/2009
Posts: 75
Points: 91
Offline
Ah well fair enough. Does

Ah well fair enough.

Does anyone else think Larry Sanders' best landing spot would be in Boston where he can learn from Garnett?

The Scare Crow ...
Registered User
Joined: 04/17/2010
Posts: 3185
Points: 1005
Offline
Yo Monroes Not a center and Ford is a idiot

He dusted some pole at Espn and got an NBA analist job...I did'nt misspell...where did he play ball...who did he coach???No One...Stop listening to him...Only thing I agree with is that Philly will get Favors...but it will only be after we Trade Turner for Him and the 16th...The Nets will not pass on Cousins...If a crazy billionaire Russian tells you to chill the hell out...u do it....???He and Lopez are too good to pass up on...size matters in the NBA...Wall to Wizards is a no brainer and watch that will be the only pick He gets right...Aldrich to Hornets...???Wes 4th???Haywood the Clippers???Wow???Thats not getting into Whiteside slipping so far and guys like Alabi being ahead...WOW>>>>I used to read insider til I figured out They dont know Jack....This is your insider....Ford Sux......

The Scare Crow ...
Registered User
Joined: 04/17/2010
Posts: 3185
Points: 1005
Offline
AI Best scorer EVER

Pound for pound not even a question...If AI was 6'4 like Wade he would have been Illegal...

midwestbbscout
midwestbbscout's picture
Registered User
Joined: 03/21/2010
Posts: 1503
Points: 560
Offline
ford

he doesnt have to have coached or played to be a good draft analyst he just needs to not be retarded....if i had espn connections i would bbe able to pick the whole draft right....its his scouting that needs a kick in the ass.....everyone i have ever talked to that knows anything thinks hes garbage....one thing i have noticed is that he is a freakin johnny come lately to everything.....sites like this and draftexpress (and even me although im not arrogant enough to think ford ever reads my stuff) will rise or fall and then who comes on late low and behold but chad.....but 90% of people will only read espn so it doesnt really matter he ends up comin up roses....

midwestbbscout
midwestbbscout's picture
Registered User
Joined: 03/21/2010
Posts: 1503
Points: 560
Offline
ford

he doesnt have to have coached or played to be a good draft analyst he just needs to not be retarded....if i had espn connections i would bbe able to pick the whole draft right....its his scouting that needs a kick in the ass.....everyone i have ever talked to that knows anything thinks hes garbage....one thing i have noticed is that he is a freakin johnny come lately to everything.....sites like this and draftexpress (and even me although im not arrogant enough to think ford ever reads my stuff) will rise or fall and then who comes on late low and behold but chad.....but 90% of people will only read espn so it doesnt really matter he ends up comin up roses....

PurpleMonkeyDis...
PurpleMonkeyDishwasher's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/25/2010
Posts: 1258
Points: 551
Offline
Midwestbbscout... get over it.

Where is Iverson now? Do you want me to say he was great? Basketball is a team sport. His teams did well for a while and now he's not worth a starting spot in the NBA. Half of the game was defence and he was lacking his last 6 years. He had a excellent career, made lots of money and fans. I prefer to watch team basketball to hype basketball.... that's all. My point being he was traded for Billups (team player) and inmmediately Denver becomes a top team in the West..... wtih Iverson Denver would have blown that team up.

PurpleMonkeyDis...
PurpleMonkeyDishwasher's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/25/2010
Posts: 1258
Points: 551
Offline
ScareCrow

So youre saying Iverson's a better scorer pond for pound over Jordan? LOL... How does his def. stack up?
I spose you are also a Ben Gordan fan.

RSS: Syndicate content