Cleanthony Early to Memphis at #22
Assuming he falls to the 20's like most 1st round talents his age, he would be a perfect fit with the Memphis Grizzlies at #22. Tayshaun Prince is really starting to age and slow down, Memphis should use their amnesty on him. From what I've seen from Early at Wichita State, he would definitely be an upgrade over Pondexter and James Johnson and could immediatley start for them. Mark my words just like how I said Draymond Green will be better than Royce White in 2012, Cleanthony Early will be a much better NBA player than Kyle Anderson who more than likely will be picked ahead of him. My early projection to win the Kenneth Faried award (Picked in the 20's and 1st team all rookies) would be definitely be Cleanthony Early. He is the poor man's Jabari Parker in this draft.
That's exactly where I have him on my mock currently. Good fit.
That's actually a really good fit. He's perfect for their style of play.
I was thinking DeAndre Daniels, but Early sounds even better.
Yeah, he's a guy who has appeal for a lot of teams in that range.
I think he'd be a good fit in Atlanta, who could use a long term upgrade at the 3. DeMarre Carroll is a nice player and glue guy, but I think Early would be even better. #15 might be a little high for him though.
Crash Wallace is toast, and Boston could use a guy like Early. They were giving minutes to Chris Babb towards the end of the year, who I actually like, but Early is an upgrade.
Memphis, like you mentioned. Good fit.
Utah needs a 3 pretty badly, and Early would be a nice piece to that young core.
OKC could use an experienced small forward to take over for Caron Butler when he retires or leaves OKC. His D would fit great in that system, and unlike a lot of OKC's defensive specialists, he can create shots for himself.
I wouldn't be suprised if Early works out for a ton of teams, he's not the highest upside player in that 15-25 range, but he's experienced, can play D, create his own shot, and has the athletic ability and length to play his position in the pros. He's a bit of a tweener, but I think the fact he can play from day 1 has appeal for playoff teams looking for a contributer, and for rebuilding teams looking for a guy they might not have to wait two years for him to make an impact.
Clearly you don't know the amnesty rules Memphis can't amnesty him, best case scenario they either trade him or stretch provision him. Also Early is not a perfect fit for Memphis the only SF that could be available to them is TJ Warren and he's not even that good a fit. Early measured shorter than expected at the combine, just a .25 of an inch taller than GR3. Early also shot pretty poor as well at the combine. So if you guys think Early is a good fit then GR3 is a better fit because they are the same size GR3 is more athletic and shoots better.
I think PJ Hairston would be the best fit at 22 cause he can come straight in and be a scoring spark off the bench for the Grizz. Standing 6'5 with and 6'9 wingspan weighing 230 he could easily play either wing position on the second unit.
GR3 isn't a better shooter than Early. Cleanthony shot .376 on nearly 5 attempts as a senior, while GR3 shot an even 30%. Early is also a better ball handler and at creating shots for himself. One day at the combine doesn't make someone a bad shooter. Early has a proven track record as a superior shooter.
Their athletic ability is at a pretty even level, and Early is a full .5'' taller than Robinson, with a standing reach a full 1'' taller, and a wingspan that is .75'' longer.
Early is bigger in every statistical measurement, a better shooter both from long range and the stripe, a better ball handler. GR3 can't create his own shot. Even from an athletic standpoint, GR3 has the slight edge, but they're very similar on that end.
To be honest, I would take him over Anderson (#18), but also over Grant (#16). Right behind him on the mock are Warren and GRIII. I could see Early going as high as #15 to Atlanta; is that his ceiling? Which SF/PF players would you take over Early?
A poor man's Melo. Great steal at 22.
poor mans Melo?
lol everybody gets compared to Melo now'a days. people just throw that comparison loosely now.
I want Early at 22 as do many on our message board. I am not sure he will be there.
I like DeAndre Daniels as a guy who can play the 3, shoot, and rebound. He has Robert Horry's skillset with Kawhi Leonard's measurements.
We need a small forward.
So much Chaos have been going on in the front office..Hopefully it'll be stable by draft time....I've been hearing Memphis have been working feverishly to move up to get Lavine,Young or Staukas....I doubt they have the pieces to move up,but i would be happy if Early is there..He is a very underrated prospect that could go late lottery....
this guy is so overrated.
i'd hesistant wasting a 1st round pick on him.
Agreed the guy played mostly 4 in college so he would have to transition to the wing in the NBA he's also already 23 so his ceiling is somewhat low. I still like Hairston at 22 I don't think any of the sfs in this draft will be immediate impacts for the Grizz.
not to mention he didnt exactly light it up this year.
16 ppg, and 6 rebounds?
thats a decent year, but for the weak conference in played in and being 23 years old...not impressive to me.
his huge game against Kentucky has overrated him by many.
Early plays in the MVC, but he has a history of playing up against better, major conference NCAA teams. The Kentucky game kind of established him as a 1st rounder, because they were the biggest and most athletic team in the NCAA last season, and it was such a great game.
You can't really scoff at his 16.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg either because he only played 27.4 mpg because a lot of WSU's games were blowouts and he was on the bench for a large portion of the 2nd half. Per 40 min he scored at a rate of 23.94 ppg and rebounded to the tune of 8.6 per game per 40 min.
Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker both played around 32 minutes per game, and adjust Early's pace to 32 minutes and he's at 19.1 ppg 6.9 rpg.
Last year in the NCAA tournament he hung 24 and 10 on Louisville, 12 and 7 on Ohio State, 16 and 7 against Gonzago and 21 and 7 against Pittsburg.
This guy has been on the map for a while, and yes, he did really blow up after the Kentucky game, but he's not a one game All-Star. He's had a medioric rise over the past two seasons, and I think he's very much worth a mid-first round pick.