No disrespect, but i strongly believe that the newly updated/current mock draft is bogus. Most of it is correct, and i agree with it, but there is also a few players who have been placed far too late in the draft.
First of all, there is no way that Steven Adams is going to slip as far down as 28, his intangibles, athletic ability and unprecedented potential is too much for GM's to pass on, i see him being taken, at best late lottery, at worst 22-25.
Secondly, this isn't a huge one, but i strongly believe, after looking at the workout videos and his potential, Victor Oladipo will be taken in the top 6, he won't slip down to 8th,
Thirdly, Cody Zeller will not be taken in the Top 5, no chance. He pushes top 10 for me.
Fourth, Jamaal Franklin WILL, i repeat, WILL be taken in the first round, he is far to athletic and has too much potential to pass up on.
Michael Carter-Williams and Dennis Schroeder will both not be taken in the lottery, and Shane Larkin will be taken in the top 25.
This is my personal opinion on the current mock draft, please voice your opinion, i would love to hear them!
You know you have Larkin going 30 in your mock?
I have just updated it, i last did it about 2 weeks ago
Steven Adams doesn't have unprecedented potential. He doesn't even have the best potential of the big men in this draft. Last year maybe you could make that statement about Andre Drummond but even that would be pushing it. Steven Adams looks like he will never learn a post move. His shot is incredibly hideous as well. He almost has zero offensive potential beyond offensive boards and running the floor for easy buckets. I think he can be a Tyson Chandler type at best in the NBA. I don't think he will fall too far out of the lottery if at all myself but he isn't exactly the most polished prospect in the draft.
He definitely does have amazing potential, i probably shouldn't have said "unprecedented" but he does have amazing potential.
His jumpshot really isn't that bad, for the majority of the season, he had an injured thumb, hence the reason for his horrible shooting, but after it recovered, his shooting improved drastically.
I think we all know that he isnt polished, but to say he wont learn a post move ever, is a very bold, false statement. I dont think he would mind being a Tyson Chandler type player at best, i think he would be chuffed with that
I know there are a lot of Steven Adams lovers and he is an interesting prospect for sure. You can't deny his size and athleticism but that alone isn't enough to make you a good NBA player. He did shoot 44% from the foul line this season. That is almost DeAndre Jordan territory and he certainly isn't the athlete DeAndre Jordan is. Another thing I think he lacks that most elite big men have is good hands. He seemed to be fumbling the ball around a lot and then just throwing it at the basket. You can say he has a chance to develop post moves but I just don't see it happening. If you can't show anything resembling a nice post move in college I doubt you will develop them playing against the stronger and quicker players you will be facing in the NBA. The way the game is played now you don't see big guys posting up much anyway. Most big guys are in there to set screens, rebound and play defense. Steven Adams will be serviceable for a while in the league because of his physical tools but I don't see him being anything special. I see his career resembling that of Omar Asik.
A lot will change between now and the draft. First and foremost once the lottery happens we'll have a better feel for where players will be taken, second the combine , and third team workouts, don't get too worked up about mocks in May.
I don't mind most of this post, but Michael Carter-Williams and Dennis Schroeder belong in the lottery. GM's will mostly draft for potential considering all the injuries and draft drop outs.
"unprecedented potential" ??? You do realize that means potential that has never been seen before right? I'm not trying to nit pick, but that some crazy strong wording right there for Steven Adams. As soon as i read that, I had trouble focusing on the rest of the post.
Steven Adams is a joke of a prospect. I don't get the hype at all. He's un athletic, raw and thin. His basketball IQ is overrated. I guess teams in the late first round are hyping him up so a bottom seed team takes him. Lucas Nogueira, for instance, is a far superior prospect than Adams and he doesn't have the hype.
As for Schroder not going in the lottery, I have to disagree. I actually think he can end up getting drafted in the top 5. His upside is too good to ignore. The Magic are looking for a point guard and Schroder has more upside than Burke.
You have to be joking, Cavfan
Adams is unathletic? Thin?
You thinking of the same guy? From New Zeland, right?
Raw, yes. He's not thin, he's huge. Monsterous. The guy is going to be an animal. Au contraire, he's very athletic. Great shot blocker, rebounder right now in the NBA. Nogueira is thin, and not half the prospect Adams is. Adams might never be a great offensive player, but he will be a very good defensive player. I don't know if Nogueira can even play in the NBA. You from Brazil? A South American homee?
And I like Schroeder, hope the Jazz draft him. But to say he's better than Burke is crazy.
And I would be thrilled if the Jazz draft Adams too.
Schroeder and Adams would be a good draft for the Jazz.
Steve Adams will probably jump up in the draft, partially because of all the players in the draft, only Alex Len weighs more.
Schroeder, on the other hand, is the lightest player in the draft. He will get thrown around. He looks like he's 16.
Still, in the long run, I like Schroeder. Give him 3-4 years and a meat diet. He'd be a great pick for the Jazz. Or, if the Jazz wanted a top 3 pick, they could trade Kanter (I wouldn't).
The Jazz need a SF, but by the time they pick, Giannis Adetokuobo/Tony Mitchell/Sergey Karasev are the the top SF's. They could take them, but they'd be better off trading down to get those guys. I like Karasev.
I really thought tjis was going to be a euro basketballer thread complaing that there should be 6 greek players in the top 5
Egh, it's the last one before the combine, and the lotto is in a week. A mock this time of the year doesnt matter because so much will change in the next 10 days. Let Aran do his thing, it's clear he went bold in a few areas, but why not? I think Adams will be a lotto pick, but he hasn't measured 7' with a 34" vert yet....he will and his stock will rise. I'm rambling, but a May 10th mock doesn't mean much, he knows what he's doing.