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can an insider give us the Nba draft: what do teams need by Chad Ford?


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they allready

posted if under for you espn insiders for m 2day check it out

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oh sorry i didnt know.

oh sorry i didnt know.

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can we get a link? I dont

can we get a link? I dont see it.

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yea

sorry i dont see it anymore either they must haave deleted it

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i guess somone can repost it

i guess somone can repost it if they want to.

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Team Needs by Chad Ford

Atlanta- Point/Center

Charlotte- Big Shooting Guard/Point

Chicago- Power Forward/Center/Back up Guard

Cleveland- Center/power forward/shooting guard

Dallas- Center/point

Detroit- Center/ Power forward

Golden State- Point

Indiana- Center/Power forward/Point

Clippers- Blake Griffin

Lakers-Point

Memphis-Power Forward/Shot blocking center

Milwaukee- Power forward/Point

Minnesota- Point/Center

Nets- Power forward/Small forward

New Orleans- Power forward/center/shooting guard

New york- Everything

Oklahoma City- Shooting guard/center

Philly- point guard/center

Phoenix- Point/Small forward

Portland- Point/Small forward

Sac- Point/Small forward

Toronto- Shooting guard/Small forward/center

Utah- Depth

Washington- A new president no j/k Point guard/shooting guard/center

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yeah

i dont remember seeing that, thats not it

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i dont agree with Portlant

i dont agree with Portlant needing a Small Forward their needs are Point guard and Power forward.

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thats because

this guy didnt posted the damn article,hes a f-in liar

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Chad ford's team needs this

Chad ford's team needs this is what it f-in said under each team why don't you go look on espn.com here let me help you go to espn.com then click nba then click nba draft if im not mistaken it's the first thing you see since it was posted today. so mikenike y don't you look it up before you say im a liar you think i have enough time on my hands to make up a team need for every team give me a break. just tryin to help the people out who don't have insider

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Already posted, but o well

Should teams draft to fill their needs, or should they take the best player available?

Most teams will tell you they choose the latter, but history shows that more often than not teams use their picks to fill existing holes on their rosters. So, essentially, front offices tend to convince themselves that the need and the talent align.

The Raptors' drafting of Rafael Araujo four years ago is great evidence. Several prospects were much better than Araujo, but GM Rob Babcock reached for Araujo because they were desperate for a center.

But cases like that are rare. More often it's a team drafting a player who can't break into the rotation that ends up regretting its pick.

Only when a team is very deep or has multiple picks -- or when the best player on the board is head and shoulders above the player who fits a need -- does it really have the luxury of drafting the best player available.

With the draft six days away and the NBA free-agent season just around the corner, Insider breaks down the needs of every team with a first-round pick.

Atlanta Hawks
Pick: 19
Team Needs: Point guard, center

The Skinny: The Hawks have a bunch of question marks. A number of key players -- Mike Bibby, Marvin Williams, Zaza Pachulia and Ronald Murray -- will be free agents. And the Hawks still retain the free-agent rights to Josh Childress. They can afford to pay some of those players, but not all of them.

Their biggest question mark is at the point. Acie Law hasn't really developed, and eventually they'll need to start grooming a point guard of the future, even if they re-sign Bibby. The team may also need to address the center position. Al Horford and Pachulia both played well there last season, but Horford is more of a 4 than a 5 and Pachulia's impending free agency could leave a hole in the middle.

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Charlotte Bobcats
Pick: 12
Team Needs: Big shooting guard/point guard

The Skinny: The Bobcats did a lot to remake their roster last season, sending out Jason Richardson, Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown, and bringing in Boris Diaw, Raja Bell, DeSagana Diop, Vladimir Radmanovic and rookies D.J. Augustin and Alexis Ajinca. But no one thinks Larry Brown is done yet. There are still rumblings that he wouldn't mind moving Gerald Wallace.

Starting point guard Raymond Felton is also a restricted free agent. Given Bell's age and Felton's free-agent status, it appears that the Bobcats will likely focus their efforts on shoring up the guard position.

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Chicago Bulls
Picks: 16, 26
Team Needs: Power forward, center, backup guard

The Skinny: The Bulls were surprisingly tough in the playoffs this year. They have a nice young core of players -- Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas -- balanced with veterans like Brad Miller, John Salmons and Kirk Hinrich. But their roster is far from set.

Ben Gordon is looking to leave as an unrestricted free agent this summer, and there's a lot of talk that both Thomas and Hinrich are on the trading block. The Bulls are still longing for a physical low-post presence and that seems to be their focus in the draft. They also may need to shore up their backcourt if Gordon leaves and/or Hinrich is traded.

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Cleveland Cavaliers
Pick: 30
Team Needs: Center, power forward, shooting guard

The Skinny: The Cavs were obviously disappointed that they didn't make it to the Finals, and multiple sources say owner Dan Gilbert is vowing to shake up the team this summer. He may not have much of a choice. Several key players, including Anderson Varejao and Wally Szczerbiak, are free agents, Ben Wallace is talking about retirement and Zydrunas Ilgauskas is on the last year of his contract. With LeBron James just one year away from free agency, this is the Cavs' chance to remake the team using some real assets. I don't think the 30th pick in the draft will help in the short-term. But I do see them being very active in trade discussions, using Wallace, Ilgauskas and Sasha Pavlovic to bring in more size and another perimeter player to shore up their backcourt.

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Dallas Mavericks
Pick: 22
Team Needs: Point guard, center

The Skinny: The Mavericks have some tough decisions to make this summer. Will another year of Dirk Nowitzki, Josh Howard, Jason Terry and Jason Kidd be enough to put them over the top in the West? Will Kidd, who is a free agent, be back?

Jerry Stackhouse's partially guaranteed contract is a huge chip if they want to use it. The Mavs desperately need young talent, especially in the backcourt and front line. It seems like point guard is the most obvious direction to go in a point guard-laden draft. And I'd expect them to try to upgrade what they have in the middle through trades and free agency.

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Detroit Pistons
Pick: 15
Team Needs: Center, power forward

The Skinny: This is a huge summer for the Pistons. Rasheed Wallace and Allen Iverson are free agents and aren't likely to be re-signed. Antonio McDyess is a free agent as well. The team now has some pretty glaring holes at both the 4 and the 5 -- fortunately it has a lot of cash to do something about it.

I don't think the Pistons are looking for their draft pick to fill a need, though they'd prefer a big. But in free agency they have to land a 4 (Carlos Boozer?). They also seem intent on bringing in another perimeter player (Ben Gordon?). But those players don't address their biggest need in the middle -- Kwame Brown can only do so much. But given the weakness of the draft and the free-agent market for bigs, there's only so much they can do.

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Golden State Warriors
Pick: 7
Team Needs: Point guard

The Skinny: The Warriors have had a glaring hole at the point-guard position ever since Baron Davis bolted last summer. On paper, Monta Ellis is supposed to be their point guard of the future, but everyone understands right now he's more of a scorer than a distributor. There have been several media reports claiming that the Warriors promised Ellis they wouldn't draft a point guard, a report Warriors GM Larry Riley emphatically denies. There are two sides to every story, and in a draft filled with promising point guards, I think it would be a huge mistake for the Warriors to pass on one.

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Indiana Pacers
Pick: 13
Team Needs: Center, power forward, point guard

The Skinny: The Pacers' biggest need is an athletic, shot-blocking big. The problem is that there just won't be any of those guys left on the board when they draft. They'll have to figure out how to address that need via free agency or trade.

For the draft, their best bet is to get some help at the point. With Jarrett Jack set to test the free-agent waters, they'll need someone to back up the inconsistent T.J. Ford.

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Los Angeles Clippers

Pick: 1
Team Needs: Blake Griffin

The Skinny: The Clippers actually have some talent at every position with no glaring holes. What they lack are high-character players who will play hard every night, fight through injuries, and not get sucked into the self-loathing that comes from being a Clipper. Fortunately, the top guy in the draft, Griffin, is the perfect antidote for what ails them.

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Los Angeles Lakers
Pick: 29
Team Needs: Point guard

The Skinny: The Lakers have two key forwards hitting free agency -- Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom -- but everyone expects them to re-sign one, if not both, of them this summer.

Their other area of concern is at the point. Derek Fisher proved he's still capable of hitting big shots, but his career is winding down. Jordan Farmar was impressive as his backup this season, but the Lakers may need to start plotting a long-term strategy to shore up the position.

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Memphis Grizzlies
Picks: 2, 27
Team Needs: Power forward, shot-blocking center

The Skinny: The Grizzlies have a lot of young talent, but still have several key holes they need to fill. Their most obvious is at power forward. They've struggled to fill that position ever since they shipped Pau Gasol off to L.A. Hakim Warrick, Darrell Arthur and Darko Milicic didn't do much there last season, and they could really use the upgrade.

They also need help defensively, and an athletic shot-blocker would go a long way toward helping. The team also seems to be flirting with the idea of adding a third guard to platoon with O.J. Mayo and Mike Conley.

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Milwaukee Bucks
Pick: 10
Team Needs: Power forward, point guard

The Skinny: Two key players for the Bucks -- Charlie Villanueva and Ramon Sessions -- are free agents this summer, and given the team's financial woes, it's unlikely they can afford to pay either player. So the draft will be the key in filling one of those holes.

Most likely the team will go with a point guard. While the Bucks still have Luke Ridnour, the draft is strong at the point and there will be players on the board that they could see as potential long-term starters.

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Minnesota Timberwolves
Picks: 6, 18, 28
Team Needs: Point guard, center

The Skinny: The Wolves have a glaring hole in the middle, but there just aren't a lot of terrific big men in the draft or free agency. They could try to move up to grab Hasheem Thabeet, draft a guy in the mid-first round like B.J. Mullens, or they could try to do something via trade for someone like the Clippers' Chris Kaman (the teams talked months ago about a Kaman-for-Mike Miller swap, but it appears to be totally dormant at the moment).

The other issue of concern is at the point. Randy Foye is more of a 2-guard than a 1, and Sebastian Telfair should be a backup, not a starter.

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New Jersey Nets
Pick: 11
Team Needs: Power forward, small forward

The Skinny: The Nets struck gold in the draft last year with Brook Lopez at No. 10. Now they'd like to add a tough physical frontcourt player to complement him. No offense to Yi Jianlian, Sean Williams and Ryan Anderson, but they aren't getting it done.

The Nets are also almost out of Bobby Simmons' contract and can start thinking about replacing him. Yes, they've been hoping for years that LeBron would do that. But if he doesn't come to New Jersey, they still have to do something.

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New Orleans Hornets
Pick: 21
Team Needs: Power forward, center, shooting guard

The Skinny: The Hornets were dangerously thin on their front line this season when Tyson Chandler and David West both struggled with injuries. Ideally, they could get some size to help shore up the middle. They also could use a long-term replacement at the 2 for Mo Peterson and Rasual Butler.

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New York Knicks
Pick: 8
Team Needs: Everything

The Skinny: The Knicks are one of those teams that really need help at every position. David Lee is a free agent this summer. So is Nate Robinson. Everyone else on their team, with the exception of last year's lottery pick, Danilo Gallinari, is a short-term -- not long-term -- solution. So the Knicks do have the luxury of drafting on talent, not need. Whether it's a point guard, swingman or big man, they can justify it.

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Oklahoma City Thunder
Picks: 3, 25
Team Needs: Shooting guard, center

The Skinny: The Thunder's rebuilding project is ahead of schedule. They already have two budding stars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and some solid depth. Assuming that Westbrook is the point guard of the future, I think it's safe to say 2-guard is the area of biggest concern. Desmond Mason is a free agent, and Thabo Sefolosha is more of a defensive specialist. What they need is someone who can go in and really shoot the ball.

The team also is pretty thin in the middle. Nenad Krstic is solid, but he's more of a 4 than a 5. Tyson Chandler would have looked great in Oklahoma; too bad he didn't pass his physical.

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Philadelphia 76ers
Pick: 17
Team Needs: Point guard, center

The Skinny: The Sixers have a lot of great pieces in place, but there are two areas of worry. First, point guard Andre Miller is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and it's been really unclear what he's going to do next. Second, the team has been searching for a new home for Samuel Dalembert for a while. Obviously the Sixers could use an upgrade in the middle.

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Phoenix Suns
Pick: 14
Team Needs: Point guard, small forward

The Skinny: The Suns are at a crossroads of sorts. On one hand there's still a belief that they can make one more push for an NBA championship. On the other hand, the writing is on the wall. Their owner is in financial trouble. Shaquille O'Neal trade rumors are everywhere. Amare Stoudemire and Steve Nash are free agents next summer.

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Portland Trail Blazers
Pick: 24
Team Needs: Point guard, small forward

The Skinny: The Blazers come into the summer still searching for their point guard of the future. Steve Blake is good. Sergio Rodriguez is OK. Last year's lottery pick, Jerryd Bayless, might be able to play the point someday. But they really lack that guy who can pull everything together.

The team also could use more help at the 3. Travis Outlaw is still getting better and Martell Webster is coming back from injury. But if the Blazers could land a solid 3 who could also play some 4, I think they'd grab him.

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Sacramento Kings
Picks: 4, 23
Team Needs: Point guard, small forward

The Skinny: The Kings dumped a boatload of money on Beno Udrih and immediately came down with a bad case of buyer's remorse. They tried hard to shop him at the trade deadline and will keep trying this summer, but regardless, they have to start thinking about what to do in the long-term. That's why they've been so indecisive at the top of the draft. They need to make a good call here if they are going to keep the rebuilding process going. The team could also use a little help at the 3, but it's not nearly the need point guard is.

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Toronto Raptors
Pick: 9
Team Needs: Shooting guard, small forward, center

The Skinny: The Raptors are at a bit of a crossroads, too. Shawn Marion and Anthony Parker are free agents. Chris Bosh is a year away from free agency and could possibly bolt next summer. And on top of everything else, a team that many felt would be very competitive in the East was a complete bust last season.

The Raptors' biggest need is to find a young, athletic talent to pair in the backcourt with Jose Calderon, or a legit center to help out Andrea Bargnani. But they also might need a small forward if they feel they'll be unable to re-sign Marion.

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Utah Jazz
Pick: 20
Team Needs: Depth

The Skinny: The Jazz are pretty solid at every starting position. Even if Carlos Boozer walks this summer, they've got Paul Millsap and Andrei Kirilenko ready to step right in. They need more depth in the backcourt and frontcourt and will probably just take the best player available. I think a combo guard, a swingman or a big are all possibilities, and the Jazz are considering players at every position.

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Washington Wizards
Pick: 5
Team Needs: Point guard, shooting guard, center

The Skinny: The Wizards are hoping that the combo of a healthy Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison can lead them to the Eastern Conference crown next season, but they do have a need in the backcourt. Ideally they would like to find a combo guard who can play either the 1 or the 2.

They also could use some help in the middle. Brendan Haywood and Etan Thomas are in the last year of their contracts, and JaVale McGee is 30 pounds away from being a starting center in the NBA.

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thanks for posting it.

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Yeah No Problem

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again i dont agree with

again i dont agree with Portland needing a 3. point guard and power forward are the positions they need.

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Also

The kings need a big man much more than they need a three. And Philly needs shooters.

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