If the draft were today...
Who would you like to see your team take?
No reason to make an entire mock, just out of curiosity, post who YOU would like to see your team draft if the draft was today. Keep the draft order as it is now, no trades etc.
FOR ME: Cleveland Cavaliers
#2 - Shabazz Muhammad
- Blaring gap at the SF position, and while he might be slightly undersized at 6'6", his wingspan and overall skill-set could enable him to play the SF position. If he doesn't fit the SF well, you could always move him to SG and bring Dion Waiters off the bench (a role some people feel he is best suited for). As I've said in previous posts, Cavs need as much talent as possible at all positions except at PG, and I feel Muhammad is the best fit.
#27 - Miami pick (which hopefully the Lakers will make playoffs so we can get a pick in the late teens instead)
- Lucas Nogueira - Brazilian 7 footer with potential, but everything I've read about his attitude isn't good. Having Varejao on the team could be the best thing for the kid to reach his full potential. Seeing Varejao's effort every day and his overall approach to the game could do wonders for this kid.
*if the pick moves to 16-20 by the Lakers making the playoffs, I like either Dario Saric (love his potential) or Tony Mitchell (somewhat of a tweener, but could give spot minutes at PF and perhaps at SF if Shabazz doesn't pan out as a SF).
#32 - DeSean Thomas - The kid can score, period. And as previously stated, the Cavs NEED MORE TALENT. Defensively he might be a liability, but I'd rather try to teach a kid defense than the type of offensive ability he already possesses.
#36 - CJ Leslie - the mock has him there now, and I actually like it. Another "tweener," but the potential is there. I like what this kid could become, and definitely worth the risk in the 2nd round (which I actually feel he'll slide into the 1st round)
I know there's been threads like these in the past, but come on, I'm a Cavs fan, the future is the only thing I can look forward to. So, give me the draft for your team!
25 th pick
anyone who falls from trey burke or glenn rob 3
If not realistic choice phil pressey or isaiah canaan but i like phil pressey more i think he has more potential as future PG
I really like Shabazz but i feel Alex Len would be the better fit for the Cavs. I just don't think having all our offensive talent concentrated on the perimeter is a good idea. Len adds more balance to the offense. Championship teams almost without exception are offensively balanced inside and out. OKC is the only perimeter, jump-shooting team that has a chance to win a title. Also if the Cavs did draft Shabazz i think they would be better off starting him at SG and bringing waiters off the bench because Shabazz IMO is better suited for the SG where he would have a size and athleticism advantage on most nights instead of it being the other way around playing SF.
I like Len, but Tyler Zeller is a 10.8 ppg 7.1 rpg 1.2 bpg player as a starter, not even 40 games into his career. I don't care if he was a 4 year player, he hasn't reached his full potential. I think drafting Len would create a log jam, and prevent one or both of them from growing as a player. Cleveland needs a #2 option. I think Shabazz would be a better fit and allow Waiters to come off the bench, and be more effective in a role he's used to.
I agree with you 100% on all counts here. For one, Tyler Zeller is nowhere near where he is going to be. I watched him closely his last 2 years at UNC and he was one of the 2 guys I wanted in last year's draft. The biggest jump I have seen from Zeller already is his aggressiveness on the boards and his help defense.
Shabazz is probably the best pure scorer to come into the league since KD and has tremendous upside. Whether he plays the 2 or 3 really doesn't matter, but his wingspan can compensate for his being slightly undersized at the 3. I do however like Waiters coming off the bench as he has 6th man of the year potential there.
So who would you have starting at the 2 over Waiters? Slide Alonzo Gee over for defense? or CJ Miles?
Good question about who to start at the 2 over Waiters. I am thinking longer term here, so as far as what player on the current team starts over Waiters, not sure we have him yet.
When the Cavs are good, Gee will be a niche player in that he comes in to try and lock down the opposing team's best offensive player in key situations. He shouldn't get big rotational minutes. CJ I see as a part of the rotation longer term. He can backup the 2 or 3 and spot start at the 2 or 3 if needed.
If the Cavs continue to improve this year and slide down in the draft, I am all about Victor Oladipo. To me he is Gee defensively but can actually shoot. Would be a huge upgrade and he would ultimately be the guy to start over Waiters.
I disagree with anybody who thinks Waiters is better coming off the bench, this guy was just the 4th pick in the draft and I doubt the Cavs drafted him to become a great 6th man. They drafted Waiters with the hopes of him developing into one of the best SG's in the league and to pair with Irving as a star back court. Thus far Waiters has exceeded expectations and he's still only 20.
This isn't a OKC situation with Harden because the Cavs aren't contenders. Irving and Waiters have already shown on occassion that they could become an unstoppable duo when they both heat up and have a nice chemistry on court.
This season as a starter, Waiters is averaging 14 ppg on 36% shooting.
This season off the bench, Waiters is averagin 15.6 ppg on 42% shooting.
He struggles when trying to do too much. With his shooting and ability to get hot, I do think his best role is off the bench. He could be one of the best 6th men in the game, or he could be an average starting 2 guard who shoots a low percentage. I know he'll improve as he grows, as a player, but I think a bench role will help his confidence. It was noticable in watching him play during a stretch where he was shooting about 30% from the feild that his confidence was shot. Something rookies go through, but some guys are better off the bench, even if they end up playing 30-25 mpg. Waiters is a guy like that IMO.
Assuming the Bulls stay in the 22/52 spot at the end of the year, this is what I'd like to see them do.
#22 - Tim Hardaway Jr. - Chicago has needed some youth at the SG spot since they rebuilt with Thibs as their head coach. Jimmy Butler has the ability to play a few minutes at the 2, but I think he's much better suited to play an energy role at the 3. Tim Hardaway Jr. is a well rounded 2 guard, who I think could develop into a solid double digit scoring option, who would fit well next to Rose and Deng. They dont need a guy to drop 20 a night, but if you can get a guy in the 20's that can start and score in double digits, then I think you pull the trigger.
#52 - Alex Oriakhi - Currently, 35 year old Nazr Mohammad is the Bulls' backup center and a guy filling the shoes of Omer Asik. That needs to change. Oriakhi is a mountain of a man who is capable of playing center and rebounding at a high clip in the NBA while not being a liability at the free throw line. I really feel Oriakhi has NBA ball in his future and if any team picks him up in the 50's he'd be well worth the investment. I hope it's the Bulls.
I've watched a number of Michigan games the past couple of yrs since Burke is probably my favorite player to watch at that level, but I'm just not impressed by Hardaway Jr. I don't think he's a first round pick and there are a number of SGs I'd take over him if that's the route the Bulls would be taking. I'd rather have Oladipo.
I wouldn't mind filling that big role in the first either. Dieng, Withey even Olynyk I'd be more than happy with.
Thibs doesn't need 2 rookies on the team, so I could see a draft and stash being used as a 2nd pick. Leo Westermann sounds intriguing as a combo guard off the bench.
I hear what you're saying, and to be honest, I almost put Withey at #21 because despite the fact he probably won't go in the top 20, I think when looking back, he'll be one of the best 20 players in this draft. I think Dieng will disappoint and with Nikola Mirotic coming over I don't see Olynyk getting minutes over him and Taj Gibson.
I do differ on opinions on Hardaway Jr. I've seen Michigan a lot too, and I think he'd be a solid pick in the 20's. I don't think he has the upside as some of the other guys considered in that range, but I think with his size he'd be pretty good if he bought into Thib's defensive system where he'd probably be the 4th or 5th option on offense anyways.
The one thing I do agree with is that Thibs won't keep two rookies, but with Bellinelli signing a one year contract and RIp being so frail. I think grabbing a shooting guard should be a priority.
5) Marcus Smart- I love his potential and he doesn't have to be forced to be a PG. He doesn't even have to start. He can come off the bench and play the 2 and even some PG duties when Dragic is sitting.
12) Glenn Robinson III- Another freshman taken in the lottery by the same team?? Not likely but I love this guys game. He seems like a hard worker and looks better every time I see him play.
35) Alex Oriahki- Bench big man that will add rebounding, defense and toughness. Good athlete and finisher around the rim.
47) Trevor Mbakwe- Another bench guy that can score a bit and rebounds well. This pick could be international or traded as well. Also, Trevor could be gone by this point.
49) Michael Snaer- Highly touted out of HS and never really turned into the guy we thought. Maybe the NBA opens up his game or maybe he gets cut. Worth a shot at this point.
If you would ever consider your #5 pick coming off the bench, then you picked the wrong guy.
With a pick that high, you better believe that you have at least a solid starter on your hands.
Who I want my team to get (and this is hard because the draft is so muddled that I can't even guess who will be there):
#8 Michael Carter-Williams. Man we could use a real PG. MCW is not quite putting up Jason Kidd stats with Syracuse, but he's not far from it either. Rick Carlisle loves point guards with size (or playing shooting guards at point guard as the case may be). The shooting/scoring is a bit concerning, but the kid is a triple-double threat.
#38 Ryan Kelly. Assuming he can come back from his injury without any big red flags, what's not to like? A great outside shooter with size and a decent enough post defender. Could rebound more, but nobody's perfect.
What I expect to happen.
#21 Lorenzo Brown. Fairly athletic combo guard who can't shoot and would be available with their second round pick. They've got a nice streak going so no reason to break it this year.
#38 Pierre Jackson. Let's just make sure we keep everything balance by taking a combo guard without close to the prerequisite size to play the 2 guard.
#50 Jacob Holmen. Who? Is that a made up name?
#51 James Southerland. They know I wanted the kid from Syracuse.... They know and they're taunting me.
#57: Seth Curry
With the positionless type of basketball the Heat play, Curry can play an off ball guard role/ specialist.
Bring in the team one of the best shooters in CBB.
This may be an awful idea, but I'd like to see the Cavs draft Anthony Bennett and slide him to the SF position.
13. Glenn Robinson III. We need SF depth and while Gordon Hayward is solid, he's got a limited offensive game and is mostly a pure shooter. GR3 is more athletic than Hayward and can score in more ways. Possibly C.J. McCollum if they like him enough.
25. Any PG: Mo Williams is not the answer and will be out injured for most of the rest of the season. Isaiah Canaan, Trey Burke, and Myck Kabongo would all be available with our second 1st rounder if the draft were today. Which PG we take will depend on whether we trade Millsap and/or Jefferson, but I'd like to see them get a pure passing PG and of those 3 Canaan seems like the best passer. Burke is a combo guard which we already have with Alec Burks and Kabongo is undersized and has underachieved in a year and a half, despite being injured.
43. Frontcourt depth: Trevor Mbakwe or Alex Oriakhi would provide the tough play Millsap gives us if we decide to trade him, and obviously Favors would step into the starting 4 spot and provide defense and scoring. The Jazz are very thin in the frontcourt after Favors & Kanter if Millsap & Jefferson leave. Could also take a PG like Nate Wolters or Erick Green here.
After narrowly making the playoffs in last year'rs lockout-shortened season, the Jazz have proven they're not a true playoff team in 2012-13 and will pick up valuable pieces for the future in this draft to continue rebuilding. Right now I'd like them to take GR3, Canaan, and Mbakwe.
Burke is not a combo guard.. He is one of the purest PGs in the country.. Apparantly you havent seen him play much.. WHen he is on the floor, he runs his team like a vetran would.. Just because he can score doesnt mean he is a combo guard.
I'd like to see the Kings draft Alex Len..Cuz can be moved to the 4 spot where I think he would be better suited.
I'd look at Carter-Williams if still available, but 95% I'm trading this pick. The Jazz have built up so many assets all over the floor- now's the time to do something with them. The Jazz have a lot of 'good' players and a few 'very good' players, but no stars- and definately no superstars. Time to grow a pair, package any of these two first rounders, Millsap and Jefferson's expiring deals, and any of the young/veteran talent on the roster to get 2-3 players we can build around. Otherwise, we're on the treadmill to mediocrity.
24: If kept, this pick is an insurance to me, to fill any holes left by aforementioned trades. I think it's far better to secure the talent you want and ask questions later, rather than saying 'we can't sign x superstar as we'll have no point guards left'. Make a trade midseason and worry about plugging gaps in the offseason, that's fine with me!
...i like Erick Green or Nate Wolters.
Assuming the pick is outside the top 3.
Shabazz (unlikely), Alex Len, Otto Porter, or Willie Cauley-Stein
OKC should be looking to fill in for Perkins, he's aging and not worth his contract. Len and Cauley-Stein would be nice picks
for OKC, this draft is so weak that I wouldnt even bother using the raptors pick. I would hold off until next year or maybe the year after. I would actually see if someone was dumb enough to take that pick in trade. Maybe trade the pick for Millsap from the jazz.
This draft class could go down as quite possibly the worst ever, even worse than 98 which featured an amazing group of nobodys: The more I watch Shabazz, the more i'm convinced he is nowhere near that James Harden comparison. If you shut down his left side, he becomes almost useless.
Michael Olowokandi (No. 1), Raef LaFrentz (No. 3), Robert Traylor (No. 6), Jason Williams (No. 7) and Larry Hughes (No. 8 )
I will said that what Turnip said is the most likely scenario
The Mavs has only Dirk,Marion&our 3 rookies under contract next year with the draft rights of Nick Calathes&Petteri Koponen
So I don't see us drafting based on need at all
It is tough to predict the 8th pick ,but I would say my top 6 prospects are Shabazz ,McLemore ,Zeller , Noel ,Len,Bennett
I would take any of those who fall to us,Dirk need a C who can rebound and that is Len/Zeller/Noel ,all has upside and will be gr8 pick at 8 ,I think Shabazz &McLemore are the real deal ,won't be available for sure ,Bennett is one of my fav prospects and will give us gr8 player who can cut Marion and Dirk minutes
If non of those were available I would take Archie Goodwin ,really like the kid,high potential,good size and length for SG ,youngest player in draft,if not then Marcus Smart
The Mavs being in the lottery for the first time in several years will be interesting to watch and as noted above they only have a couple of guys under deals apart from last year's rookie in-take. Donnie Nelson and Mark Cuban are not the sort of guys to want to rebuild long term via the draft and no doubt they will be chasing some top FA's this summer and with a likely lottery pick plus last year's rookie in-take they have the sort of pieces to look to make a big trade.
A lot will depend where they land in the lottery, if they happened to have their numbers come up they could well draft or if they saw someone they really liked but I could well see them trying to move up at least.