Cleveland and philly
In Phillys situation assume they finish where are they projected with two lottery picks 7 and 14, what do you think they look to add?
Cleveland- I'm pretty sure they take bpa but want to hear your guys thoughts
I think the sixers would be fun with embiid and harris some how. Noel and embiid would pose a good defensive front line and embiid should be a solid scorer in the low post. Plus MCW and Harris would be a good backcourt and Harris would help spread the court. a lineup of MCW, Harris, Young, Noel, and Embiid could be pretty dangerous. Dont know if they can get both of them though.
Another way is Exum with the first pick and Gordon with the second. Exum and MCW would be a long creative backourt. Thad Young and Gordon can play the hybrid forward with Noel inside. Would be small inside but really long and athletic a fun team that can really run the court.
Cleaveland is kind of obvious they need a wing scorer to run the court with Kyrie. They wont land in the top 5 so Wiggins and Parker are out of it. Maybe a Hood would pair well with Kyrie at the three. There is just so much uncertenainty in Cleaveland its hard to project what their roster might look like by then but they should be looking at Hood, McDermmot, J Young, GRIII.
Gary Harris would work good and spread the floor. I think it works out etter for them if they can get James Young. IDK if Aaron Gordon will be around at 14 somebody gonna fall in love with his physical tools.
Cleveland does need a wing scorer. Maybe even a new two guard to pair with Kyrie and ship out Waiters.
James Young would be perfect in Cleveland be could play the two and if he fills out more(2 youngest draft eligible player behind Dakari)he could slide over to the three
I would assume Philly takes either a C or a wing. A wing to pair with Turner and/or a big to pair with Noel.
If Philly were to get the 7th and 14th picks, they'd probably go with a Rodney Hood and Kaleb-T, unless Noah Vonleh drops.
The Cavaliers would probably look for a glue-guy shooter at the 3. I think Doug McDermott would be perfect for them, assuming they aren't in the top-6 in the draft. If they do land in the top-6, they would probably trade down to snag McDermott and secure a 2nd round pick.
I don't see Doug McDermott as an starting caliber wing especially with kyrie being an average defender and Bynum not being as mobile as he once was. I feel like they need someone more athletic who can stretch the floor but still bring alittle more athletic ability to the wing spot lime Hood or Young and maybe even seldon
I see Cleveland once again blowing this pick.
I'm not high on him but I could see GR3 fitting on Philly
Philly is going to drop a lot lower than 7. They have collapsed after their hot start and whenever mcw may be hurt he does not play. It is a pretty agressive tanking strategy, but they will find a way to finish within the bottom 5 and probalbly bottom 4.
I am a Sixers fan and following the situation very closely.
My first choice for the first pick would be Wiggins, although any of the top guys would be huge for us. We need NBA talent and the early performances of Hawes, Turner, Young, and MCW have masked the fact that they are the only nba players on our roster. Outside of those guys we wouldn't make the NCAA tournament.
Exum is a little scary to pair with MCW because neither one of them are good shooters. If I could be convinced that Noel. could play the 4 then I would love Embiid. I think that Noel's natural position is the 5 and that makes it a little harder for me to want to take Embiid, but on pure upside he probably has the most potential in the draft.
Wiggins is a generational talent obviously, but Embiid has a chance to be another Hakeem Olajuwon imo. Check out Hakeem's stats from his freshman year in college. Embiid is physically similar to Greg Oden(obviously pre-injury), but he has a much better touch than Oden and can pass the ball much better.
Randle is that very rare commodity of a post player that will have to be doubled, and he will be at least that from day one. He seems like a very nice player to pair with Noel who could mask his defensive issues and wouldn't demand the ball in the post.
Parker is probably already good enough to be an allstar in the NBA, but I fear that his ceiling isn't as high as Wiggins, Embiid or Randle.
For the Sixers only I would rank the top five players like this.
For the second pick I think that there are a lot of great prospects, but it would depend on who we got with the first pick.
I like Vonleh, Cauley-Stein, Gary Harris, James Young, Wayne Selden, Dario Saric, especially Aaron Gordon if he slips. I realize that Gordon is very likely to go in the top ten though.
I think Jabari is a perfect fit in Philly as their 3. He would mesh great with MCW and space the floor out. With the second pick I see them having to replace Evan Turner and will try to aim for Harris, Young, Selden whoever slips at the 2 guard spot.
I think if Zach Lavine declares he will go top 10 but imagine if he slips. Alot of ppl say he won't come out this year but I think he will if he continues his development. His jumpshot along with his athleticism will allow him to get clock and not ride the pine. Couple that with the fact some ppl see him as a pg makes him all the more intriguing. I feel he is a 2 guard though.
Randle would work good too in the front court with Noel coming back. But I don't think they will resign Evan Turner and will need a wing scorer as a huge need.
(Wayne Selden) (Zach Lavine) Whichever available
Wroten and Hawes off the bench. Seems like a 40 win team with room for much improvement
I definitely agree that Parker would be a great 3 for us and would immediately be our franchise player. This draft is just so crazy good that I would probably take him 4th.
Still the season is young and things keep evolving. Randle and Parker are already great players, but that doesn't mean that 3 years from now Wiggins and Embiid won't be better.
We have a very forward thinking GM right now that won't be seduced by who the best player is today.
Turner is gone not so much because he isnt a terrific player because he really has grown into one, but because he is ready to be paid and we aren't ready to pay anyone that kind of money. I think that someone will give us a good pick either this year or next year for him and we can save his minutes and salary for someone else.
We would be better served by building our team through the draft over the next couple of years and then hoping to sign or trade for a superstar later, ala the Houston rockets.