John Thorpe's 1-10 picks (Need vs. Value) - ESPN Insider
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ESPN.com Picks 6-10
No. 6 Golden State Warriors
Need: The Warriors simply do not have a post scorer. I love Anthony Randolph as a talent and a guy who makes plays without scoring, but he'll never be a paint scorer. And no matter what they end up doing with Monta Ellis, for Stephen Curry to reach his full potential, he will need a guy who can get buckets inside. The same can be said for the team as a whole. The Warriors fly up and down the floor, but until they get more efficient players (who also rebound), they will look great but never accomplish anything special.
Value: Chad Ford's Mock Draft 3.0 has DeMarcus Cousins going in this spot. I can see it now: Hours of sprinting up and down the floor is surely going to help Cousins get into great shape. Honestly, it's perhaps the easiest thing for an NBA team to do with rookies, who are coming from a very different culture in college. He'd have both the money to hire a personal chef and a team very invested in making sure he goes from large to medium, relatively speaking. I can't imagine Cousins dropping past this point. The Warriors would be getting a guy with "top pick overall" talent at the No. 6 spot. If he's gone, expect the Warriors to grab whichever of the other guys we've discussed before at this spot, most likely Al-Farouq Aminu.
No. 7 Detroit Pistons
Need: I don't think the Pistons are set anywhere except for 2-guard. They're certainly not set at the point, where Rodney Stuckey had the worst assist rate/true shooting percentage combination of all starting point guards. And while the Pistons like both Austin Daye and Jonas Jerebko, if they could upgrade their talent at those spots, they would. So, really, any player at the other four spots would work. This is a team without an identity, which means finding a player with a "presence" makes sense. A center is the Pistons' biggest need, though, and that's why Cole Aldrich, Ed Davis, Greg Monroe, Ekpe Udoh and even Solomon Alabi are in the mix here.
Value: There are some guards who probably will end up as better players than the assortment of bigs who will be available at this pick, but this is a case in which Detroit will get an equal lift from a lesser talent who will get more chances at earning playing time. Any of those centers probably will get into their playing rotation by January and could end up as a starter. I have questions about each of these guys, but Udoh and Monroe both have enough in them to become solid NBA players. If they were sure things, they'd be leading candidates for picks 3 through 6. Ford has Detroit taking Davis, who probably has the biggest upside and downside of the group. Udoh is the safer pick.
No. 8 Los Angeles Clippers
Need: The Clippers currently have one incredibly talented rookie in this class, Blake Griffin. With Marcus Camby gone and Chris Kaman in the fold, I'd think the biggest need for them is on the perimeter, especially on the wings. Eric Gordon is a player but not necessarily a starter. And their 3 spot is a source of pain. Finding a wing who can shoot and someone who can defend with strength should top their wish list. That leads us to Gordon Hayward, Luke Babbitt and possibly Xavier Henry.
Value: In terms of value, Hayward probably makes the most sense, which is why Ford has him going here. He's going to be able to play both wing spots on both ends, and he brings a "nastiness" that goes along perfectly with Griffin's demeanor. Henry is intriguing, though, as his shooting currently projects to be NBA-level from the get-go, and Griffin and Kaman need shooters around them.
No. 9 Utah Jazz
Need: What does a top-caliber team like the Jazz need? Depth, depth and depth. Their front line dealt with injuries all season, plus they might lose Carlos Boozer to free agency. Adding a center to back up aging sharpshooter Mehmet Okur seems to make sense, but they have talented young bigs in Kyrylo Fesenko (23 years old) and Kosta Koufos (21). So power forward is the bigger need, or a sharpshooting wing to work with undrafted starter Wesley Matthews. All the bigs we've mentioned (excluding Alabi), plus Hayward, are in play here. I think Henry and Babbitt are, too.
Value: The Jazz are well known as a team that prefers to bring its rookies along slowly, and rightfully so, as Utah typically is in playoff contention or better. So this pick is more about tomorrow than today. Because of that, Avery Bradley might end up being the guy here. He has terrific upside and could play next to Deron Williams on both ends of the floor. In five years, he could be better than most of the players taken ahead of him. Ford picks Monroe, who does have excellent passing skills that will fit in perfectly in Utah's offensive system. But can he handle Jerry Sloan's tough love? One last guy I love here is Patrick Patterson, if the Jazz look for a "ready to help us win a title now" guy. He'd play Paul Millsap's old role well as Millsap moves into the starting lineup for Boozer.
No. 10 Indiana Pacers
Need: Indiana was a solid defensive team, believe it or not, for much of the season. But the Pacers were in the bottom five on offense. And they got killed in their backcourt and at the center position. That gives a big edge to the better offensive centers in the draft, like Monroe and Aldrich. The Pacers have to upgrade their scoring punch, so looking at Hayward as a shooting guard makes some sense, and Patterson would be able to help right away. Bradley's offense should be solid if not better in a year or two, and his defensive mindset matches the coach's there.
Value: Monroe has value but might be too much like Roy Hibbert. That's why I see Aldrich as a solid guy here and possibly Davis as a longer-term project. All three are safe picks. This team needs an identity, though, and the quickest way for that to hapen is to get a jet as a point guard. So Bradley will have his chances to get into this spot as well.
My question is how in the world does he think that Eric Gordon isn't a starter?
i am questioning this dude's creditbility because of what he said about Gordon. Gordon was injuried and had a off year. Also when was Indiana a good defensive team. I will have to check that out. I know their coach is big on defense but outside maybe 2 people they don't have guys who are even good on defense.
to Have Randolph at the 4 and Cousins at the 5. That would be considered a good draft if we could keep Randolph and still draft Cousins. Doubtful but possible.
How many 6'3" shooting guards start nowadays?
Yeah, exactly. I agree with Ford.
Have you heard of Ben Gordon?
And when it comes to Indiana, Roy Hibbert is a solid defensive center, Danny Granger and Brandon Rush can be lock down defenders on a nightly basis. Troy Murphy is one of the best defensive rebounders in the league.