Hey chad ford just came out with a new mock draft! Can someone post it please? Thanks!
Re-post this thread 4 more times and maybe someone will bite.
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Analysis: Noel might be the perfect fit for the Cavs. He could provide them with the type of defensive presence in the middle they really need going forward. And the Cavs can be patient. With Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller, they don't need Noel right away. Georgetown's Otto Porter probably is the second-best fit. Unless doctors come back with major concerns about Noel's knee, I think he'll go No. 1 to Cavs.
Analysis: The Magic need a point guard but might have been reluctant to take Burke at No. 1. What about at No. 2? I think there's a good chance. He's a bit small for his position, but Orlando needs a leader, someone with moxie, and Burke seems like the best fit. Ben McLemore is a possibility here, too.
Analysis: The Wizards need help at the small forward position and Porter, who played his college ball in Washington, appears to be the perfect fit. With two super backcourt scorers such as John Wall and Bradley Beal, having a forward who's a facilitator like Porter feels just right. The other player to watch carefully for the Wizards is Anthony Bennett. Sources say the Wizards also are very high on Bennett and could opt for his potent offensive game to expand their options at power forward.
Analysis: The Bobcats are the big losers, again, in the draft lottery. But if they land McLemore, they might get the player with the best upside in the draft. The team desperately needs outside shooting, and McLemore might have the best stroke of anyone in the draft.
Analysis: The Suns want to change the culture of the organization, and Oladipo is the perfect candidate to do it. He'll impact the game immediately on the defensive end. If he develops offensively? He could end up being the best player in the draft.
New Orleans Pelicans
Analysis: The Pelicans got their power forward of the future with Anthony Davis. Could Len be their center of the future? He might be a perfect complement to Davis. He's more a skilled offensive player and should create a massive, young frontline for the Pelicans.
Analysis: The future of the Kings has finally cleared up, and the good news for Sacramento fans is that the team is staying put. The bad news? Just about everything else. While there is plenty of talent on the Kings' roster, not much of it fits together. The team ranked 13th in offensive efficiency this year but a miserable 29th in defensive efficiency. Adding someone who can do something besides chuck up the basketball might help. The team's biggest need is probably at small forward.
However, unless they want to add another shoot-first, ask-questions-later player like Shabazz Muhammad, there probably isn't a small forward worthy of a pick this high. Enter Williams. While the Kings do have point guards on their roster, they don't have any that really make others around them better. Carter-Williams is a high-risk, high-reward player. He has elite size for his position, proved to be a terrific athlete at the NBA draft combine and sees the floor well. In addition, he's a rangy defender who averaged 2.8 steals per game last season.
Of the elite NBA prospects, only Marcus Smart averaged more. His lack of jump shot is the biggest concern. But if he develops, he could help the turn around in Sacramento.
Analysis: The Pistons' biggest need is at the three, and if Bennett falls this far, I could see Detroit convincing themselves that Bennett could make the transition. While Bennett looks like a power forward, he can really shoot and handle the basketball. He has enough talent to be the No. 1 pick, but his recent rotator cuff surgery has caused his stock to slide just a tad. He'd be a great fit in Detroit and give the Pistons, along with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, one of the best young front lines in basketball.
Analysis: McCollum didn't participate in the drills portion of the draft combine, but did show up for the athletic testing and put fears to rest that his foot wasn't 100 percent healed. He measured a 38.5-inch vertical and tested well in every category but the lane agility drill. The Wolves desperately need a shooter. The team ranked dead last in the NBA in 3-point percentage.
Portland Trail Blazers
Analysis: Caldwell-Pope didn't have a great showing at the combine. His jump shot wasn't falling, and while he tested well in the speed category, his vertical jump wasn't particularly impressive. Nevertheless, multiple GMs told me they think he'll end up be a top-10 pick. He can shoot better than he showed at the combine, and he has prototypical size for the position.
Analysis: The Cody Zeller bandwagon is officially filling up again. All it took was an incredible display of athletic prowess at the draft combine to convince NBA teams who had soured on him to give him another look. Of course, we all knew Zeller was athletic, but few knew he was capable of what he did at the combine. Zeller is trying to make the transition to the 4 and seems like an obvious fit in Philly, a team without a legitimate 4-man on its roster.
Oklahoma City Thunder via Toronto Raptors
Analysis: Adams might have been the big winner of the draft combine. Physically, he looked the part of a future NBA center and displayed a better than expected touch on his jump shot. He looked in terrific shape, hustled on both ends of the floor and reminded everyone why scouts saw him as a potential top-five pick going into his senior year of high school. He's raw and won't find any real minutes on the Thunder. But that's what the D-League is for.
Analysis: I'm hearing quite loudly from multiple sources the Mavs are likely to trade this pick to save cap room for a run at Dwight Howard this summer. If they keep the pick, the Mavs are as high on Saric as any team in the league. They feel, along with a handful of other teams, Saric might have the highest basketball IQ of anyone in the draft and might be one of the two or three players who could be a star someday. While it's entirely possible the Pelicans or Trail Blazers grab Saric earlier, I don't think he slides past No. 13 if the Mavs hold on to their pick.
Analysis: The Jazz's biggest need is at the point, but if Burke and McCollum are both off the board, they'll have to look elsewhere. Enter Muhammad. The Jazz also need an elite scorer, and Muhammad is one of the most gifted in the draft. His stock has slipped the past few months, but no one doubts that there still a lot of talent there. This would be an absolute steal for the Jazz if he's still on the board.
Analysis: The Bucks need a shooter, and Crabbe might be the best one left on the board. Crabbe had one of the best performances of the week at the combine. Not only did he measure with great size and length, he shot the ball as effortlessly as any player at the combine and tested as a much better athlete than expected. His inconsistent effort on the defensive end really is the only major question surrounding him.
Analysis: With Rajon Rondo's future up in the air, could the Celtics take the guy who many scouts compare to a young Rondo? Both are quick, long and have huge hands. Both play a frantic style of basketball and both have swagger. The rumors flying around Chicago were that Schroeder had a promise from a team. The Celtics seem like just the sort of team that would try to lock him down.
Analysis: Plumlee reminded everyone this week why he once was a highly regarded potential lottery pick. His elite athletic ability combined with a 7-foot frame make him a unique prospect at this point in the draft. At 23, he's a little older than everyone else, but I think a team that wants to fly up and down the floor like the Hawks would love having him on the floor.
Atlanta Hawks via Houston Rockets
COLLEGE: San Diego St.
Analysis: Franklin didn't play at the combine. His ankle was in a walking boot. However, the injury isn't expected to keep him out for long. While the Hawks have a pretty crowded backcourt, I think if Franklin can play some small forward he might be worth the trouble. His infectious energy and athletic ability should give the team a real shot in the arm.
Cleveland Cavaliers via Los Angeles Lakers
Analysis: It's difficult to tell whether Gobert's surprise appearance at the combine helped or hurt his draft stock. His standing reach of 9-foot-7 was the longest ever recorded at the combine. It's pretty easy to see what a player with his length could do to protect the rim. However, Gobert seemed a bit out of shape and his athleticism actually ranked dead last at the combine. While it is possible Gobert could go considerably higher than this, there also are a lot of scouts who think he's grossly overrated as a prospect and actually like Brazilian Lucas Noguiera better. We're splitting the difference here at No. 19, but it's very possible that Noguiera could be the pick for Cleveland instead.
Analysis: Dieng also was in a walking boot for the entire combine process and wasn't able to really help himself. A veteran team like the Bulls would love to have him, however. He's not only a good rebounder and shot blocker, but he also is an excellent passer out of the high post. The team desperately needs size to back up Joakim Noah, and Dieng measured with the second tallest standing reach of anyone in the draft.
Utah Jazz via Golden State Warriors
Analysis: The Jazz still need a point guard, and Larkin looks like the perfect fit. He had a terrific performance at the combine, shot the ball well and tested off the charts athletically with a 44-inch vertical (the second highest ever measured at the combine) and showed elite speed. Yes, he's undersized, but with that athletic ability and range on his jumper, he should be just fine in Utah.
Analysis: The Nets got a great season out of Brook Lopez, but they don't really have a credible backup for him. Withey is unlikely to be a star, but he is one of the two or three best shot blockers in the draft and should be able to come in and play great defense for 10-15 minutes a game in Brooklyn.
Analysis: The Pacers are in danger of losing David West this summer. While Olynyk is no West, he's a very skilled four who can create his shot off the dribble and score in the post. He's a great value here after slipping a bit with a so-so performance at the draft combine.
Glen Rice Jr.
New York Knicks
COLLEGE: Georgia Tech
Analysis: Rice wowed NBA scouts and GMs with his stellar play in the D-League, but came to the draft combine and laid an egg. His athletic ability is terrific, but he didn't shoot the ball particularly well and just didn't seem to be clicking last week. That has hurt his stock. He's going to need strong workouts. However, he seems like a great fit on the Knicks, who, after Carmelo Anthony, don't have a lot going for them at the small forward position.
Los Angeles Clippers
Analysis: If the Clippers hang onto Chris Paul, they're probably going to have to trade Eric Bledsoe or risk losing him in free agency this summer. That opens up a spot at backup point guard. Jackson might be one of the two or three most exciting athletes in the draft. He proved this season he can really run the point. I think he'd be a great fit in L.A.
Analysis: Did we say the Wolves need shooting? Even if Minnesota lands McCollum, don't be surprised if the Wolves add even more shooting with their second first-round pick. Karasev is one of the best shooters in the draft and should be able to make a smooth transition from Russia to Minnesota.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Analysis: Hardaway had one of the best performances of anyone at the combine. Not only did he shoot the ball well, but he brought an intensity with him that few players could match. While the Nuggets have both Andre Iguodala and Evan Fournier at the position, the team needs as much shooting as it can get.
San Antonio Spurs
Analysis: The Brazilian had a coming-out party a few years ago at the under-18 Americas Tournament, then fell off the map for a few years. Lately, he's putting up solid numbers in Spain and a number of international scouts have him ranked higher than Gobert. He's rail thin, but he has a great motor and can block shots. Assuming the Spurs re-sign fellow Brazilian big man Tiago Splitter, the transition could be pretty smooth.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Analysis: The Thunder already have a lottery pick and should feel comfortable enough to roll the dice on the draft's most mysterious player. Antetokounmpo has the size and skill level to be a special point forward in the pros. But he's completely unproven. Completely. He's the perfect draft-and-stash candidate.
Phoenix Suns via Miami Heat
COLLEGE: North Carolina
Analysis: Bullock also really impressed at the combine with both his size and shooting ability. He's not going to be an All-Star, but as a big wing jump shooter, he's a very good get at this point in the draft.
he also said the mavs are looking to trade #13
Did Ford completly forget out Kelly Olynyk?
Looks like he's there at 23. I swear when I saw it earlier he had Canaan there at 23.
Kelly Olynyk at 23? Is he insane?
Sure Olynyk didn't stand out at the combine, but we already knew he wasn't getting drafted for his athleticism. He likely won't fall out of the lottery.
Also, Allen Crabbe and Pierre Jackson seem a bit higher then I would personally rank them, and I don't think the Pistons would take another frontcourt player. They seem sold on Monroe/Drummond, and for good reason. Still, if Bennett fell that low I suppose it's not entirely out of the question, he would be the best player available at that point. But I think Bennett would be a solid pickup for Sacremento, moreso then MCW. Other then that, I like most of the picks, and some solid analysis behind each.
It's not his athleticism that will cause Olynyk to slide, it's his alligator arms. Could end up being a steal though if he fell that much.
One of these bigs that are considered fringe lottery picks is bound to slip that far. There's like 8-10 PF/C's that people think can be lottery picks.
I like the idea of Pierre Jackson to Clippers for a backup role. Also don't see anyway the Celtics take a point guard.
ESPN has the Sixers married to Cody Zeller at 11.
no way would cleveland draft gobert at 19 after taking noel, with t zeller also on the roster as an underweight center. And thompson can play the underweight center role too.
I dont know bout the hawks drafting plumlee who is undersized for the C or franklin.. The hawks seriously need to draft a legitimate center now since that has been THE hole in their rotation for the past like 3 years or so.
Horford is a PF no questions bout it but whenever they do move him to the pf position they have either zaza or petro starting, yuck. They should draft someone like gobert or noguiera who could play alongside Al and develop nicely with the hawks.
I'm guessing you're referring to Plumlee's weight for being undersized? The guy measured out at 7'0" with shoes and just under 240 lbs. That seems to be a pretty good size for the C position.
The Twolves come out great in his mock.
Having their choice of KCP or McCollum is ideal.
I could buy tthat Bennett pick. Thats the sort of frontline thatcould help hide his defensive issues againt other small forwards.
I think Bennett's an awful pick for the 3. Jamming him into a poorly suited role like Beasley and Marcus Fizer.
None of them are/were 3s.
I respect this draft but too many questionable picks.
1. How does Muhammed slip all the way to late lottery. He has the skills to be a dominant scorer. He also has the determination and mindset to score and dominate. The Bobcats desperately need a player like that. And McLemore isn't ready to dominate yet, and I don't think he will ever develop the ability to dominate.
2. How in the world does Kelly Olynyk slip that far out of lottery? I know he didn't so well at the combine. But we knew that coming in. He is being drafted for his athletic skill set, he's being drafted for his great season at Gonzaga. He should be rewarded for how much he helped that team. Besides the Jazz could use a player like him to fill the void left by Jefferson and Millsap. What if Kanter and Favors aren't enough to fill that void alone.
3. The Blazers have been reported to desperately want to trade up inorder to get Oladipo. So wouldn't they be the prime candidates to select a player that has tools that a lot of teams unknowingly covet like Dario Saric
4. Hornets fans (or should I say Pelicans fans) hated seeing Vasquez start. The Hornets seemed to be respectably good once they found a leader in CP3. Unfortunately he left, because they couldn't build around him. I believe now the Hornets have the roster that is complimentary to a point guard with leadership like qualities. I believe that if the Hornets draft right they could be in the playoffs next year. So wouldn't it be best for them to draft a point guard that can lead them out of the lottery and into the playoffs, like Burke?
5. Allen Crabbe in the top 15? Is he insane. He is a late first round, likely early second round pick.
6. If Pope didn't shoot well in the combine then shouldn't he be a mid first round pick? Unless he does very well in workouts.
7. Why would the Cavs select two Centers in the first round when they desperately need a Small forward? I understand Noel with the #1 pick but why not use the 19th pick on Adetokunbo or Tony Mitchell? Or if Saric does somehow fall out of the lottery then wouldn't he be the most reasonable pick up for the Cavs and a steal at 19?
There are many questions that I have, but these are the only ones that I feel need to be addressed.