My mock - a few interesting trades & more
Hey, been fooling around with this for a while & finally finished it, so I figured I'd throw it out there and see what people thought.
I tried to make trades that made sense. Some trades involving players will require a player(s) to be traded back in order to balance salaries...but I spent enough time on this without worrying about that level of minutia. Just assume that someone was sent back to balance the salary - no one important.
The one exception is the Washington-Boston trade. I lifted that directly from espn.com's Chad Ford. I tried to come up with my own thoughts as I did this, but in this case I couldn't come up with anything for Washington that made more sense given what they hope to get for the pick.
Other than that, a lot of best player available and/or best fits a need.
Oh, and I only did that Portland - Sacramento 2nd round trade because I'm a Kings fan & it was way more interesting making picks for them than for the Blazers & their already loaded roster. Sorry to deprive all you Portland fans - e-mail me for a full refund.
Anyway, here is my mock: http://www.nbadraft.net/nba_mock_drafts/comments/29436
But I don't see boston trading allen. Boston will keep him and make one last title run next year, before age catches up with the big 3
Picks 2-6 are all traded... I really don't see that happening
Way to many trades.
This isn't so much exactly what I think will happen as trying to come up with new ideas about what could happen. I agree trading 5 of the first 6 is unlikely, but in the end most mocks end up being dead wrong all around anyway. Mine probably is too, but if even one of those trades happens, you heard it here first. =)
Agree that I doubt that Allen moves for the 5th pick. Talent wise, Allen is no longer worth the 5th pick (he would have been a couple of years back). Perhaps a mid first round pick (12-16) plus the collection of players mentioned would do. Given that, I think Boston is better off keeping Allen since I don't see themselves being able to get a better player for him given his salary slot and trade value to a team that is not already a contender (perhaps a trade to Cleveland or Orlando could get back a good price, but not to a team that needs a few more years like Washington).
Also, while I agree there are too many trades, some of those scenarios could materialize, albeit not all.
Bulls would never trade for 2 late picks like that, the last thing we want is a guaranteed 1st round contract. I say we pick at 16 and possible trade the 26th. Or trade Hinrich to the WOlves for the 18th pick and Mike Miller.
theirs way too many trades of the picks which i think is unlikely to happen. And i really don't see Harden and Hill fall that low, their lock in top 5 but Curry and Evans picked up before them don't think it would happen.
though i doubt picks 2-6 and 10 (just the lottery) would be traded, it has happened before.
back in the 2006 draft, the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 13th (just the lottery) were all traded.
i don't think the knicks would get udrih's contract, they'd rather settle for someone else than take away some cap space for star FAs in 2010.
i don't care how likely these trades r, i love mock drafts with trades and this was a feast. thx bro.
Some of these picks are just not right because Minnesota doesn't want another center at all. Plus Hansbrough should be 20+.
gani lawal is back to school, so you might wanna drop him
I'm not a Minnesota native or even a fan, so I can't really claim to have great knowledge into the inner workings of the mind of their execs (or any team for that matter, with possibly a couple exceptions). It may be true they don't want a center, but I looked at their roster & I concluded that they needed one and had the most to offer to move up to 2.
I know Milwaukee probably won't jump up to get Rubio, but someone very well might & I didn't think we needed yet another mock where the Kings make a moronic trade just to move up 2 spots. The 4 for 8 deal makes a lot of sense for both teams, although including Udrih in the deal was probably more wishful thinking on my part (as a Kings fan) than anything else - a lottery protected first or 2 future 2nds would probably get the deal done without the guards (Heck a future 2nd & cash might - or just cash - might get it done). Or I could have had OKC move up to 4 and take Harden there, but I wanted NY to move up & grab Curry because I think they'll need to if they want him (and I do believe he'd be a good fit there).
Washington wants a vet for the pick if they can find one. The Allen deal is the most likely I've heard, which is why I included it. Bottom line is they probably trade the pick to someone, so I had to plug in a trade there, even though the 3 picks prior had been traded. I'll change it if I hear or figure out a better deal for the Wiz. Finally, I hadn't planned on trading the 6th when I started, but with Harden still on the board, I just couldn't imagine that Memphis' phones wouldn't be ringing off the hook.
I saw about Lawal this morning - I'll adjust it when I get a chance. Hansborough is going in the top 20 - I'd be willing to bet on it. He's not flashy, but I'll say it again - he'll be a solid bench player in the league and you could do a lot worse in a weak draft for bigs.
Anyway, this was just for fun. Glad to see at least someone enjoyed it. I guess this mock probably isn't for you if you're looking for someone really trying to get it juuuuust right (even though that guy is probably just as wrong as me) - this was much more about exploring possibilities. Besides, no one really knows anything for certain until 10 days from now - until then we're all guessing.
I'll probably redo this a couple days before the draft & that one will be much more in line with what I think might acually happen.