First Mock Draft with Comments
This is a work in progress, so post constructive feedback and thoughts. Comments for all picks and NBA comparisons for most players. Thanks!
Dude, you may not post on here much but sounds like you know your stuff - thats a pretty good mock.
I actually think Noel will drop leading up to the draft - we all made fun of the GM who took Thabeet over Curry, Rubio, Harden and Evans.
I am not sold on Bennett either, i think he is a tweener who will struggle
I like Trevor Mbakwe to the pistons - he is worth the risk on a second round flyer
I could see Noel dropping too, but it'll probably only happen if team doctors check on his knee and find something else wrong with it that could set him back. I believe a lot of teams and analysts still see him as Anthony Davis 2.0. He's not Anthony Davis. Like I say in my writeup, he's an offensive liability and missed half of his *only* college season with a major injury. That's not an impressive scouting report. It should scare teams off, but the Cavs have made 2 straight surprising picks in the top 5 the last 2 drafts (Thompson & Waiters) so it wouldn't surprise me if they took a major risk in Noel. I just think they'll regret it. Thabeet is a good comparison for Noel's NBA future.
don't like your mam' jaiteh comparison at all... but really like the karasev / piatkowski one !
jaiteh is a more offense oriented big man "à la" ali traoré (maybe more of a Greg Smith). He does not have the defensive potential but a good offensive one with great touch around the rim.
all in all solid work.
I don't like this comparison at all. Adams is a hard nosed defensive minded big who's biggest strengths are strength, athleticism, shot blocking, rebounding and defense with a developing offensive game. He has the fundamentals of a big man. Defense first, offense later.
Mullens is a weak ass, no defense, soft rebounding 7 footer who likes to chuck a lot of threes and doesn't block shots. 39% from the field and 31% from three as a big man.
Don't get this comparison at all.
I doubt the Wolve's let Pek leave. Pek is already the best center * this feeble franchise has ever had (Felton Spencer, Luc Longley), and letting Pek leave would be tantamount to saying that management doesnt' care. Len would be great value FOR SOMEONE at 9, but I bet the Wolve's wouldn't take him for themselves. I guess for the right sign and trade, anything is possible, but Taylor/Saunders would have to be able to sell it as a "great deal" in order to keep a dispirited fan base from rebelling.
* Laettner, KG, Big Al, and Love were all PF's who played a little in the post.
The Wolve's got abused by having to play undersized, frail (Ridnour), and frail, inexperienced (Shved) at SG last season. Minny's most productive backcourt was when they went small with 6'3 Ricky Rubio handling the ball and 5"10 JJ Barea spotting up. I think Minny goes into this draft determined to find a SG WITH SIZE, who can shoot. McCollum, at least to me, isn't the best fit. KCP, I think, is a better fit.
If the Wolve's wanted to reach a bit, or if they were willing to trade back, then I think Hardway, Jr., or Crabbe, could be good fits.
The Wolves could really use an interior shot blocker, and I would think they would be all over Dieng if he got anywhere near their second pick. I could see them packaging their seconds with their 26 and moving up into the late 'teens-early twenties to grab Dieng, if they got that chance. Withey would make sense for the same reason.
Just my thoughts. Thanks for your mock.
With Kahn out you guys have a better shot at retaining Pek, but if they plan to also keep Love you have to wonder how much they're actually willing to pay to re-sign Pekovic. I think McCollum at the 2 for Minnesota is basically what they have with Shved, though McCollum would be an upgrade. At 9 I'd rather see them get a big man who can contribute immediately (Len, Zeller, maybe Adams or Olynyk; over the bigs they could have at 26 if Withey & Dieng are gone) then go for like you said, Crabbe or Hardaway Jr. with pick #26. They do have some flexibility with those 2 first rounders though so they could trade back into the top 20 from 26.
Nice mock. If Len is still there at #9 taking a big would be a definite possibility, but if he's not I don't see them taking any of those other guys (Olynyk and Zeller are PF's IMO and Adams is too raw to contribute anytime soon). If they do take Len, I think they would target a shooter with that late pick (THJ, Snell, or Crabbe) because this team desperately needs outside shooting. Personally I'd rather see them take KCP or McCollum at 9 and try to do whatever possible to get Dieng (If not him Withey). Then if you do resign Pek you have a rim protecting big coming off the bench, if not you start Dieng and pair a defensive minded big with a defensive liability in love. If it did work out with Pek I would absolutely love this lineup.
I agree with you that Dieng makes a huge amount of sense for the Wolves. Love is a substandard defender, and is always cheating off his man in order to get rebounding position. Pek is a solid defender in terms of getting good position, but isn't much of a jumper. It would be nice to bring some lively legs, coupled with a defensive mentality, off the bench to pair with Love. Stiemsma has the mentality, and is willing, but someone with more quickness would be nice.
I see Dieng as that guy. Dieng has a decent enough shot out to 15 feet, which is more than good enough. Besides, Rubio will get him the ball a lot closer to the basket than that. I could live with Withey as well.
A good shooting 2 guard at 9 and a rim protecting big with the 26. Use the 2nds as trade material to improve the 26 as far up the board as you can.
Nice mock, some horrible comparisons
i really like snell to cleveland, but think they should just take him at 19 because he is such a perfect fit, regardless of who else is on the board. He might not be much worse than porter, but he can play and defend the 2 as well. In many ways he's a better fit than mclemore, and would cause less tension with waiters and be more comfortable in a supporting role. Kabango is also a perfect fit for cleveland.
The Cavs could really turn the corner with this draft. I'd love to see Snell go in the top 25, I actually just didn't know where to put Plumlee or who to mock to the Cavs at #19 like I said in the writeup. Snell is great compensation for not getting Porter if they don't somehow acquire him though, it hit me as the perfect fit at that spot when I was doing this mock. They could let Gibson go and bring Kabongo in and develop him behind Kyrie...if the Cavs do make the playoffs soon and say Kyrie is out with an injury (not hoping for that!), he could surprise the League the way Patrick Beverley, Nate Robinson and Reggie Jackson did filling in for injured superstars in the playoffs.