With the first pick Cleveland Cavaliers will select.... ANTHONY BENNETT !
-will play small forward for Cavs. Or in a small-basket/all-run squad ,sometimes PF ( with T.Thompson C and an other SF...)
I SAID IT, DON'T BE SURPRISE IN THE DRAFT DAY ! 1° ANTHONY BENNETT !
No chance in hell.
They like Tristan Thompson as their starting PF.
Prio, please take this post down. You are gonna get negged as f$#k mate
I'm not negging the guy, I wouldnt put it past them at all after the past 2 drafts.
I also think he's going to be a stud.
I think Bennett would be perfect for Charlotte. They can't score at all, so bringing in a 3/4 (still not buying him as purely a 3 ) with kind of perimeter skill and offensive ability, but also the bulk and strength to grab rebounds would be a nice addition to Charlotte. They were 27th in rebounds and 26 in total points and in Bennett, you get a guy who can both score and rebound.
He could slide over to the 3 when MKG is on the bench and start at the 4 spot. He's not the bad kind of combo, because he is still rugged and committed to rebounding despite having skills on the perimter. I feel the worst combo forwards are guys that want to chill around the arc because they are so hell bent on showing their shooting touch. Bennett is not that guy.
Long story short, no way he'll go #1, but he could be the guy to help turn the wheel in Charlotte and help them take a pretty big step towards respectability. He's not a great fit for every team in the top 7, but I think he could get big minutes in Charlotte and actually help them out from day 1.
I think he has no shot at defending NBA level 3's and his ball skills aren't good enough to even be a part time 3.
I think he's closer to the guy you're describing in the latter part of your 2nd paragraph than you think.
He does settle for a lot of jumpers and I wouldn't describe him as rugged. He's a bit of a softy. He doesn't compete defensively and actually gravitates away from contact. He doesn't even like posting up, despite his massive frame and perceived strength advantages. He gets outworked pretty frequently and doesn't battle hard for position.
I think he can play the 3 in the future. He still needs a lot of development defensively, however. He couldn't go hard on defense because of his asthma.
I have never even entertained the idea of him playing the 3. He's an undersized four.
Then again, I'm someone who believes Melo is the best as a PF. So if melo struggles at the 3, then Bennett definitely will.
And he'd still have asthma. His poor defense was a function of his conditioning, lack of awareness, poor coaching but ALSO poor effort.
As a UNLV fan, can you comment on his physicality, motor and toughness on both ends?
The Rebel fans that I've talked to seem to agree with me that he lacks toughness both physically and mentally.
Good points here. I believe the players that make the most sense for the Cavs are all available later. They have the picks 1, 19, 31 and 33. since there is no need anymore to trade up they should trade down imo. Pick a team out of Charlotte, Orlando, Detroit, Washington or Sacto who is willing to trade next years pick and the top 10 pick this year. Maybe the Cavs have to throw in one of the other 3 picks this year but who cares.
One out of Porter, Bennet, Zeller even Noel are available after the first few picks. Cleveland should try to sell some of their picks to be in a better situation next year.
In my opinion the Cavs will make the best draft this year if they don't keep the first pick. There will be a lot of teams trying to move up in the draft just for depth alone. I could see the Wolves trying to move up to #1 since they need to win next year if they ever want to keep Love in town.
Very exciting to see what the Cavs pull off!
I think the Cavs should select Nerlens Noel or trade that pick....Noel fits their need for shot blocking,defense and rebounding,frontcourt athleticism and he's an underrated passer....He might not be a francise player..But he can be a Joakim Noah type player...And how many teams would love to have Noah on their team?
I think the team in the toughest position are the Wizards, after they won the 3rd pick almost everyone assumed they'll take local product Otto Porter....And they might be forced to pick him,but he's not the 3rd best player in this draft..
I've been reading that alot of teams are falling in love with Bennett...His stock is moving up to maybe as high as number 2 -5...I've read the Suns are looking closely at him...
I'm eager to see the response and feedback Giannis the greek kid receives after he work out for teams..He could change everything at the top of the draft,if he impresses.....
Joakim Noah was 6-11 223 lbs at the combine. (which is 17 more lbs than injury prone Nerlen Noels).
His NBA weight is 232 lbs.
So despite the best training, you are looking at only a 9 lbs gain for Noah from college to pros.
So even with a best case steroid/HGH scenario you are looking at 6-11 214 lbs Nerlen Noels with strength training which is Ghandi skinny.
Everyone's body is different. Just because Noah only gained 9 lbs doesn't mean it will be the same for Noel. Keep in mind that Noel and UK have said he played most of this year at about 225 lbs, some guys gain weight when they are injured, others lose it, Noel is obviously the latter.
Also Noel is just 19, he hasn't gone through the natural weight gaining part of his life yet. Noah was drafted at the age of 22. I'd be surprised if he doesn't tip the scales at 225 lbs within a year from now. On an NBA style strength program, I could see him in the 235 lbs range. No he'll never be a beat like Dwight or Pekovic but a leanness similar to Larry Sanders, Noah, Ibaka, Chandler and Marcus Camby (one of my favourite comparisons for him) is certainly possible.
While Bennett has the potential to be a pretty tough match-up, I can't see that as a sure enough thing to take him #1. It's actually the 3/4 hybrid that makes him intriguing. He will be able to get by in an increasingly physical league.
I really think they might shy away from Noel, for the same reason I like Bennett. When I heard the 206 and that this is the second reconstruction on the same knee, that pretty much did it for me with respect to Noel. He might be able to block a few shots, but that is not defense. I think he will get abused by physical big men at the next level and then his knees will give in to the rigors of the schedule. The he will be to defense what Jonathan Bender was to offense in terms of draft busts.
Based on team needs, Otto Porter would seem to be the guy, with attitude as important as his skills set. He compares himself to Tayshaun Prince, but he looks to be a step better than that.
Whether it is Noel, Porter, McLemore or even Bennett, they will likely stand out as fairly weak prospects when compared to what you historically get at #1.
This is his first reconstruction. He had a fractured growth plate in high school that he was supposed to rest, but ended up returning too early. Its speculated that it contributed to his ACL tear. The weight issue is completely valid however, he's going to need to add at the very least 20-30 lbs to play the 5 effectively. I've seen some talk that with his frame it would be difficult and that he's better off as a PF.
I've always said this with Bennet, he will be a killer as the screener in pick and roles or pick and pops. Wide as a truck, athletic, nimble, and he's one of the best shooters for his build and size I think I've ever seen. Very fast release and great form too. I really think if UNLV used more PnR play instead of featuring him in the high post so much, he could've had Number 1 locked up by christmas.
If I had a dollar for every time I saw UNLV run the pick and roll last year, I would be very rich. Bennett was not utilized enough in the post. Trust me, I know. I'm a UNLV fan, and I watched every game.
They would never take Bennett at 1 if they can trade down and get Bennett as well as other assets. After taking Tristan and Dion I wont be surprised if they do something crazy like take Bennett, but it wont be at number 1.
Porter looks the perfect fit for Washington at 3 and that looks fairly near his place on the draft board. Anthony Bennett is an undersized PF IMO so I'd have a slight issue with Charlotte taking him unless they want to become run and gun.
Cleveland looks a nice fit for Noel if they feel they can pass on McLemore but again SF is their biggest need so Porter or even Oladipo if they wanted to trade doen would be a legit option.
If the other teams know that Cleveland want to trade down they will try to give away as little as possible unless it was a major move up the board.
I could see maybe Charlotte looking to trade back up or even Phoenix, one idea could be if Cleveland could get say Oladipo or Porter at 5, might they take 5, 30 and Gortat for Number 1 pick. They get a durable starting C in Gortat, they can draft to fill their SF hole. They then have 19,30,31 and 33 picks to look to consolidate. Phoenix could then draft Noel or McLemore with top pick.
I'll admit I didn't see a ton of Anthony Bennett this year, but from what I did see I got the impression he would have a Derrick Williams-type of transition to the NBA. Personally, I like both D-Will and Bennett and I'm not saying that they both won't be solid NBA players when it's all said and done, but I think for players in their position it takes a few years to adjust to the NBA. I don't see Bennett as a 3, at least not for awhile. His handle needs a lot of work and defensively he'd be a liability at the 3. I think he'll also struggle as a 4. Playing against NBA 4's is ALOT different than playing against college 4's. I know he's long, but he's only 6'7" (and that's apparently in shoes!). D-WIll is pretty much 6'9" in shoes with a longer wingspan and has still struggled mightily inside thus far in his career. Now I might be way off with this comparison, mayber Bennett is much better than Williams and I do think that Bennett has better perimeter skills than D-Will did coming out, but I just see Bennett having a tough time being such a tweener.
His defense was bad because of conditioning and I.Q. He can be, at a minimum, a serviceable defender with better conditioning and coaching.
At the 3 tho? Does he have good lateral quickness for the position? From what I've seen it seems he would have a difficult time guarding SF's in the NBA.
Chad Ford seems to be backpeddaling on the injury prone 206 lbs Noels now saying Bennett could be the best player in the draft.
Others also say that Bennett is the best player and would be a slam dunk #1 pick if he had 2-3 more inches and was in the 6-9/6-10 range.
Earlier this year i felt Bennett was a late lottery pick..But after studying some film on him and some other prospects..I now feel he's 1 of the top 3 players in this draft..
I Know alot of people are riding Otto Porter's Bandwagon right now..And the Wizards might be pressured into taking him 3rd..Becuz he's the ''SAFE PICK'' and '''MOST NBA READY PLAYER'''....
Those same things were said about Thomas Robinson was he was shipped out of town within months into his rookie year..Because the Kings found out his wasnt ready..I feel Washington will regret selecting Porter 3rd....
Big difference b/t T-Rob and Porter is IQ, skill and Porter not being undersized for his position.
Robinson wasn't that safe of a pick because he was a junior but still relatively unskilled, while also not having great size for his position.
I wasnt comparing them..I used Robinson as example becuz almost everyone was saying he was nba ready.....I love Porter also,in the 7 to 12 range...Becuz i feel there are about 5 or 6 players that'll turn out better then him in 2 years.....And Bennett is 1 of those guys...