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ESPN Insider Help! Possible Selections For Every Lottery Team!

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We're not

all ESPNInsiders, Rich Boy.

Makes me sick.

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Minnesota Timberwolves (17-65)
25 percent chance of winning lottery

Not much has gone right for the Timberwolves in the David Kahn era, but they did have a small victory of sorts the last few weeks of the season. The Cavs started winning games and the Wolves were able to grab the best shot at winning the lottery.

Given that there are only two or three potential stars in this draft (depending on whether Harrison Barnes declares) -- that's huge. The Wolves can finish no lower than fourth and the odds are strongly in their favor of finishing in the top three. If Minnesota wins the lottery, expect them to take Duke point guard Kyrie Irving. Yes, they've drafted three point guards in the past two years and signed two others to significant contracts, and if Ricky Rubio does decide to come over this year, the Irving pick could change. But with so much uncertainty, Irving has to be the pick. Look for the Wolves to take North Carolina's Barnes if they slip to second and Arizona's Derrick Williams third.

Cleveland Cavaliers (19-63)
19.9 percent chance

The Cavs' losing streak continues. After holding on firmly to the worst record in the league most of the season, Cleveland finished strong and won its last two games of the season. The wins cost them the best chance of winning the lottery.

If the Cavs do win the lottery, Irving is the likely choice. They do have Baron Davis now, but no one believes he's the long-term solution for Cleveland. Barnes would likely be their second choice, followed by Williams.

Toronto Raptors (22-60)
15.6 percent chance

The Cavs weren't the only team to see their fortunes sink with the loss of a big-time free agent. Chris Bosh's departure had a devastating effect on the team as well. The Raptors do have a lot of young talent at their disposal, but for the most part the team hasn't jelled. Their biggest long-term needs are at the point and small forward position. They also could use a center that's willing to rebound. Irving is the most likely choice if they get the top pick, but Barnes and Williams would be good fits at small forward. The team has also been high on Enes Kanter and Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas, two European big men who can rebound the ball.

Washington Wizards (23-59)
11.9 percent chance

The Wizards were the big lottery winners last year. Can history repeat itself? If it does, it's unlikely that they'd grab Irving with the No. 1 pick. They used last year's No. 1 on John Wall and consider him a franchise player, which really leaves Barnes or Williams for the top spot. Sources say Washington would lean toward Williams, who could help them at both the three and the four. If the Wizards end up drafting fourth, we have them pegged with Kanter at the moment, a physical big man who can do a bit of everything.

Utah Jazz (via the 24-58 NJ Nets)
7.6 percent chance

The Nets and Kings tied for the fifth worst record in the league. The NBA will hold a coin toss later this week to see which team gets that extra lottery combination and the rights to draft fifth if neither team wins the lottery.

The Jazz received this pick from New Jersey in the Deron Williams trade and are obviously looking for a long-term replacement for him at the point. If they win it all, Irving is a no brainer and both Barnes and Williams fit needs as well. If the Jazz don't land any of them, I could see them trying to package their other pick (No. 12) together to try to move up a few more spots. Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker are other possible picks for them as is Valanciunas.

Sacramento Kings (24-58)
7.5 percent chance

The Kings have been looking for a point guard all year, so Irving makes a lot of sense. But with the recent strong play of Marcus Thornton, they may be rethinking that a bit. The team also has needs at the three and could use another big as well. Williams could be the pick here at either No. 1 or No. 2. The team has also shown interest in Walker.

Detroit Pistons (30-52)
4.3 percent chance

The Pistons really have needs just about everywhere. Last year's lottery pick, Greg Monroe, has played well and Rodney Stuckey really turned it on the last month of the season averaging 19.8 ppg and 8.4 apg. The team has been high on Irving all year and he could still be the pick if they win the lottery. But Williams would also be an intriguing choice here to pair with Monroe. If they stay at No. 7 we currently have them taking Bismack Biyombo, a Ben Wallace-clone from the Congo.

Cavaliers (via the 32-50 LA Clippers)
2.8 percent chance

The Cavs get their second shot at glory thanks to the Davis trade. Given the weakness of the draft, there isn't a lot here if they end up drafting eighth. But if the Cavs get a high pick that isn't Irving, you can expect them to go ahead and grab a point guard here. Either Walker or Knight should still be left on the board and from what I'm told, Jimmer Fredette isn't totally out of the question.

Charlotte Bobcats (34-48)
1.7 percent chance

The Bobcats are a mess and could use help just about anywhere. The young backcourt of D.J. Augustin and Gerald Henderson is solid, but not amazing. The rest of the team, post-Gerald Wallace, is shaky as well. Point guard has been regarded as a big need, thus we have them grabbing Irving with the top spot and taking a guy like Walker or Knight if the team drafts ninth. One sleeper for them is San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard who some scouts compare to a young Wallace.

Milwaukee Bucks (35-47)
1.1 percent chance

The Bucks were injury-riddled all year -- the only reason they're sitting in the lottery. The team has players at every position, though a young 2-guard to pair with Brandon Jennings would be helpful. If they get the No. 1 pick, we have them grabbing Barnes right now. If they draft 10th, we have them taking Kentucky's Terrence Jones. European big man Jan Vesely and Colorado guard Alec Burks (who has yet to declare for the draft) are other possibilities.

Golden State Warriors (36-46)
0.8 percent chance

The Warriors continue to flirt with mediocrity year after year. Once again they are drafting in the late lottery and once again the talent pool is pretty thin. An athletic big man probably tops the wish list, but those guys aren't easy to find in this draft. If they grab the No. 1 pick, we have them taking Barnes. If they stay at No. 11 we have them taking Leonard to add some toughness to the team.

Jazz (39-43)
0.7 percent chance

The Jazz have a super slim second chance of winning the lottery. But with this pick all eyes will be on Fredette. Assuming the Jazz don't grab the top spot, virtually everyone sees them grabbing Fredette here. If GM Kevin O'Connor does it, it won't be because he's a local product. The team has scouted him heavily and thinks he can be a starting point guard in the league someday. Boston College's Reggie Jackson is another possibility here if Fredette is off the board.

Phoenix Suns (40-42)
0.6 percent chance

The Suns are going to lose Steve Nash whether it's via a trade this summer or in free agency in 2012 and Aaron Brooks isn't the future of the team there. This draft may be a good time to find a franchise point guard of the future. If the Suns pull off a miracle and win the lottery, Irving would be a perfect choice. If they're drafting 13th overall, Fredette is an interesting pick. But if he's off the board, the next point guard on our Big Board is Jackson. This may be a bit high for Jackson so we have the Suns grabbing Texas sharp shooter Jordan Hamilton here. He's not a short-term need, but long-term he's a great fit in their run-and-gun system.

Houston Rockets (43-39)
0.5 percent chance

The Rockets are stacked with talented young players. But what they lack is star power. Obviously Irving, Barnes or Williams would be great fits if they win the lottery. But assuming they don't, the team probably takes the best player off the board. We have them taking Kenneth Faried, the NCAA's most efficient player, who is a beast on the boards.

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Thank you NoMoney and

Thank you NoMoney and ProudGrandpa in NO way am I rich or a richboy I was just asking for some help.

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Wait

Are you asking about it or do you not have ESPNInsider and you want to see the article?

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And Grandpa, what does it

And Grandpa, what does it mean "rich boy" to people who have ESPN Insider?

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$$$

You have to pay extra money to get ESPN Insider

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If Reggie Jackson is in the

If Reggie Jackson is in the lottery, I would be really impressed and it just proves how weak this draft is. But where is Montie?

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Grandpa $2.50 a month isn't

Grandpa

$2.50 a month isn't exactly being rich.

You contribute no basketball knowledge to this site and now you're going to come off as ignorant in general knowledge as well?

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You are a hater

You probably wish the world was run by a bunch of emotionless accountant-eunuchs who were really smart but had no feelings

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ProudGranpa; does this make

ProudGranpa; does this make NoMoney a "Rich Boy"?

Not sure how I feel about those picks. Charlotte needs star power more than anything else, and drafting a young PG like Irving wouldn't be worth it over Barnes if he declares. Wings get people more excited than PGs in my opinion so taking Barnes if they get a chance is the right move. Also, consider that Paul recently said he'd consider playing for the Bobcats, and that D.J. is serviceable at least in the interim. That said, if they can't get Barnes or Williams I'd go after Brandon Knight if he's still on the board, he's an immediate step up from D.J. based on size alone, he has a higher ceiling and just seems to have that winning mentality. He's a PG you coud sell to the fans while you slum it another year and hope to strike big at SF in next year's loaded draft.

I hate how this draft has been screwed over by lockout concerns. Bah.

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And how much

"Basketball knowledge" does NoMoney contribute? Maybe 30%

McWinning (All-time points leader)? Little to none.

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Hating on what? You have

Hating on what? You have shown no basketball knowledge. That's a fact, not hating.

And where do you get the emotionless part? The fact that you try too hard to be funny and bring nothing to the site is once again, a fact.

NoMoney is one of the best posters on the site. Go ahead, get in an argument with him about the draft or the Utah Jazz or pretty much any other topic.

Have you seen McDunkin's high school basketball posts?

You haven't brought anything but tasteless jokes and made a mockery of yourself.

End of thread.

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Haha

"Basketball knowledge" does NoMoney contribute? Maybe 30%

McWinning (All-time points leader)? Little to none.

Is that how people think of us?

Not surprised.

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But we love you any ways

And you really do contribute some good basketball stuff. Mc[...] on the other hand...

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He

He knows his stuff too. It's just easier to get points by giffing around.

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And the points

are just what he's all about.

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Nah

We just joke about that. He has so many points because he joined the site after Aran reset all the points to zero, he has a clique (if you will) of like-minded hooligans that give him positives on all of his posts, he's hilarious and he doesn't get in arguments.

He does know his basketball.

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Charlotte

I have been wondering a long time now as why most people have the Bobcats going after a point guard? I think getting a center or power forward would easily be the best idea for them as they have no size inside. They are also a very defensive team so adding some offense would be nice too. Next year there returning big men are Diaw(old, kinda lazing, and nothing for the future), Tyrus Thomas(should be there starting power forward as he is extremely athletic and has potential), Diop(no comment needed), Najera(does he do anything??), and DJ White(is young but I don't seem him having much of an impact). That is not a good big man rotation at all and your only true center is Diop, which tells you how poor they are inside. At point guard they have Augustin and Livingston returning who are both young and is actually a pretty good point guard tandem as you don't lose much from switching them. Shootin guard you have Henderson which is the future at that spot and Jackson who will probably play the 3 mostly next year or will be traded. So looking at this their biggest need is a center or a power forward. If nobody is like that available I would go with a small forward as there is also a hole there, but is easier to fill via FA. This is all speculated by them drafting where they are (like if they get the #1 of course they go Irving/Barnes/Williams). Kanter or Valanciunas would be ideal, but I see them getting drafted before Charlotte's pick. Right now I have them drafting Motie, which would look nice beside Thomas as Motie scores and Thomas blocks shots and rebounds (will kinda work like Bargnani/Ed Davis in TO).

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Motie isn't a C, he's a PF

Motie isn't a C, he's a PF for starters, and why would you want to replicate Bargnani/Davis?

I've given a lot of thought to Charlotte too though, they need offence badly, a scorer who can light it up. Brandon Knight can be that guy for them in my opinion. He can run the team too, but he has a reputation as a scorer and has better size and defensive ability than D.J., who isn't a starter for a contending team in my opinion.

Kwame Brown looks like he'll resign with Charlotte, which is a move I actually like for them, and there aren't really decent Cs available outside of Kanter or Val. Also, you just said that Thomas should start, so why draft a PF?

Knight could very well be available at 9, so I say have a crack. Charlotte needs someone who can excite the masses the way Brandon Jennings did for the Bucks; Knight could be that guy.

If Bobcats get first pick and Barnes declares they should take him, hometown hero who has already lead the Tar Heels to the Elite Eight, he would be the perfect face for this franchise.

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Hey Grandpa, I just gave

Hey Grandpa,

I just gave you a negatve or everyone of your posts because I resent your accountant comment.... because i'm a cpa!

Don't generalize or judge... you're old enough to know that.

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Good point..

First off I said the Bobcats need a bigman, so center or power forward, just someone with some size. Motie is a 7 footer and he could probably play both power forward and center just like Bargnani and Nowitzki.

With Kwame probably resigning you could have Motie being there first man off the bench or starting beside him and having Tyrus come off to add some energy. Motie would add offense to this team and they will actually have a big man that can create for himself inside and outside. Kanter or Jonas would still be a better option but I think this would work as well.

I don't know much about Knight but being a combo guard (i think), and they would have 4 young guards all vying for time, so someone would probably have to go to make room. I think getting a point guard is filling a small hole when there are larger holes on the team..

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