Unpopular Opinion/Bold Prediction Time!
Since the draft is coming up very soon, I figured we should probably have one of these threads to air out some of our less popular thoughts on draft matters in a place where we wouldn't get negged to death just for having a dissenting opinion.
1. I think the Cavs will draft Porter #1. He's the safest choice in this draft, and they clearly have a huge, gaping hole at the SF spot, so it seems like a no-brainer. Alex Len is just too similar to Noel in my opinion.
and here's a big one...
2. If the Cavs don't take Noel #1 I think he'll drop out of the top 5. While this is really bold since the Magic are leaning towards Noel at #2, I don't think that any other team in the top 5 hase a use for him right now.
If you have any bold opinions or predictions, fire away.
Jeff Withey is being widely undervalued and will be a better player than Kelly Olynyk.
Completely agree. I think the worst case scenario he has like a Brendan Haywood like career, which is pretty good for this draft.
I mean, who needs a great defensive 7 footer with a serviceable back to the basket game? .You could draft a LOT worse in the 2nd round.
Shabazz Muhammad won't get picked in the first round
Lorenzo Brown will be a first round pick
Cavs will trade the number 1 pick
The Celtics will be involved in some draft day trades...getting KG and Paul Out of Beantown
Shane Larkin sneaks into the lottery
Pistons draft either MCW or Burke then sign JR Smith.
MCW falls to 14 and Olynyk falls to 21...the Jazz luck out.
Bennett falls to 7, Zeller falls to 10, and Muhammad falls to 17 or 18, where a team will trade for one of the Hawks' picks to get him.
Grant Jerrett and Colton Iverson go undrafted.
Plumlee falls out of the first round.
The Pacers will take a point guard.
Cody Zeller is taken in the top 5.
After Noel is taken #1, the Thunder trade the #12, #29 and Reggie Jackson to the Magic for the #2 so they can draft Oladipo.
The Kings draft a basketball player and he underperforms.
No Greek players get drafted after Adetokunbo.
You didn't say these predictions had to be unpopular with more than one person...
This may be too bold but..
Lefteris and Righteris Bochoridis go back to back at 5 and 6.
Facundo Campazzo falls out of the draft in huge surprise.
This isn't a prediction or anything but an opinion, I love Oladipos games and I would be so happy if the Cavs traded back to get him, he is my favorite player in the draft and every time I hear his name I think of that Jay Z song, "holla hovito".
Now this is a bold prediction, I think the Cavs will draft McLemore. Why? I have been thinking this since the start, months ago, in my opinion he is the most gifted player in this draft and given CG's draft history he goes for the player with the best potential to become a superstar (yes I know that is no excuse to draft McLemore) anyways, that's my "bold" prediciton.
(Not expecting any of these things to be correct, just some things I expect/ could see happening.)
Hawks continues the complete rebuilding process and trade Horford and/or Lou Williams on Draft day.
Derrick Rose should not have stepped in completely out of game shape and tried to go playoff speed on a knee he wasn't 100% comfortable with. He didn't "quit on his team" or anything like that.
The Kings are much closer to being a playoff team than most of you realize. Demarcus Cousins on a winning team (instead of in a circus locker room) would be the most statistically productive C in the league. One good player (or even the right coach) could get them winning a lot of games.
The Clippers under Doc Rivers are no better than the Clippers under Vinny Del Negro.
Alex Len may go #1, but he's not even the 2nd best big in this draft. (Noel, Zeller both will have better careers)
This year will go down as the worst draft in the modern era, talent-wise.
I hate Lebron, but I loved Jordan...oh wait, that's a popular opinion.
Tim Hardaway Jr and Jamaal Franklin will be the two best players after 15.
Seriously, if Hardaway goes to Chicago and Franklin to San Antonio, they will be key pieces and very good players.
Glen Rice Jr goes top 20.
Ben Mac or Noel fall out of top 5.
This draft will have quite a few all stars and will not go down as one of the worst drafts in history.
Charlotte makes a questionable pick at 4.
The 2nd round will produce at least 2 future starting PG's.
Shabazz turns out to be 32.
except the Shabazz 32 part, though I he might play like it.
There will be more draft day trades this year than there ever due to the lack of star power in the front half of the draft.
Ledo goes top 20 and becomes the best offensive SG out of this draft. DeShaun Thomas goes undrafted due to his lack of a position and poor performances in the draft combine.
Zeller has a better career then Len
Bennett has a better career then Porter
Caldwell-Pope has a better career then Mclemore
This years draft is very deep at PG with Burke, Mccollum, MCW, Schroeder, Larkin, Wolters all players Im confident will play rotation roles next year if they are drafted into the right situation.
Franklin, Dieing, and Mbakwe, end up better players then at least 50 of the players drafted (top ten).
There will be 3 guys picked in the second round who make (at least) one All-Star team. And I'm gonna go out on a limb and say one of them is Ricardo Ledo.
Cleveland drafts Alex Len at #1 and suffers major foot problems/injuries his first few years in the league. (you said "unpopular", right?)
The Knicks rauciously cheer for who they draft at #24. Now THAT'S bold.
Ben McLemore will have at least one season of averaging 25ppg during his career
1. Schroeder will be the best PG in this draft, but he'll have too many problems with coaches in his career.
2. Oladipo will be a solid role player but will never contribute offensively (12ppg as a starter).
3. Ledo will have a better career than Goodwin. Goodwin will be out of the league after his second contract.
4. Noel will have a career plagued with injuries and will never reach his potential.
5. Larkin will not be drafted in the lottery.
6. Muscala will be drafted in the 2nd round but he'll start for a middle-of-the-pack team in a few years.
Archie Goodwin goes to a playoff team(eg, San Antonio, Chicago, OKC) and develops into the best player in this draft after 3 years.
1.Steven Adams will be considered the best big man from this draft when we look back on it 10 years from now
2. Canaan will have a career similar to Mario Chalmers....starting pg on a good team....
3. Michael carter Williams will be the best pg from this class
4. Rudy Gobert will be a complete bust...the next alexis ajnica (why oh why bobcats!!!)
Michael Carter Williams will be a bust and playing overseas by 2018
Alex Len will be another bust for the Charlotte Bobcats!!
If the Timberwolves don't get the guy they want, Oladipo or McLemore, they'll draft a pretty safe pic in KCP at 9. underrated defender, good length. Will look great playing next to Rubio.
Marshon Brooks, somehow someway, will be traded to Minnesota by drafts end
Jimmer Freddette will be in a Knick uniform by the end of the draft
Anthony Bennett will never be anything more than a quality bench player.
My jazz get great value by helping as a third team to help other team shed salary.
Think houston giving away a top 5 pick from last year.
Boston giving away future hall of famers to start over. Think the clipper who will dump good players just at a chance at dwight. Etc...
Draft Steven Adams. I would have picked zeller but I doubt he'll still ne available by that time.
After 5 years , Adams will be looked at as the best player from this draft
Magic should take Burke to lead the young pack of Harris, Harkless and Vucevic back into another lottery season and tank for Wiggins.
I can see Burke averaging over 8 assist 3-4 years from now.
Charlotte should do the same in tanking for Wiggins next season and draft the best big man possible now (Len or Noel) Walker/Wiggins/MKG/Biyombo/Len would be great for Charlotte.
Schroeder and Larkin are extremely underrated.
MCW won't average double digits ever in his NBA career.
Shabazz Muhmmad will have a great NBA career and is a top 5 talent in this draft. He won't have a hard time adjusting to the NBA.
Steve Adams will be a major bust.
Ledo, Adetokoubo and Karasev will become NBA starters in 4 years.
The 2nd round is underrated. Green, Wolters, Whitney, Canaan, Abrines, Carmichael, Kabongo, Goodwin, Nedovic, Mbawke and even a guy like DJ Stephens will play some bench role on a NBA team.
Alex Len, Michael Carter-Williams, and Shabazz Muhammad will be a complete busts. If Len goes #1, he will be viewed as a Kwame Brown-esque bust (except without the Jordan connection).
Shane Larkin will be the second best pg taken in the draft, after Trey Burke.
Otto Porter, Cody Zeller, and Nerlens Noel will be the top three players taken in the draft.
Victor Oladipo will have his shooting numbers fall back down to earth, but will still be the best SG taken in the draft.
Gorgui Dieng will be the best center in the draft after Noel, assuming Zeller becomes a pf.
Even after the fact, this will be seen as one of the weaker drafts in years.
Ledo in the top 20.
MCW drops like a rock, this years PJ3 (although probably not THAT far).
I'll say Gobert in the lottery, probably to Dallas.
I'll say MacLemore falls to Detroit (he sounds to be slipping just a bit and there's not a great fit for him after Phoenix). Call it the Barnes/Lamb of this year's draft (who both laughably went behind Waiters).
I got -8 but we weren't supposed to get negged...lol
Anthony Bennett has a Kenyon Martin style career
CJ McCollum's career will mirror that of Jason Terry's
Alex Len's career will mirror that of Joel "The Vanilla Gorilla" Pryzbilla's
Michael Carter-Williams goes No. 15 to the Bucks
Giannis Ateoundkodundoudu becomes what many thought Quincy Miller would be
Trey Burke will be a Piston, some will erroneously compare him to Zeke. He'll be good, but more like Terrell Brandon good than Zeke good.
CJ McCollum will be the leading scorer from this draft in their careers.
Atleast 2 guys in the 2nd round will be all stars at one point.
Otto Porter will go #1
- Lorenzo Brown brings essentially the same tools as Carter-Williams, but is slightly older and more explosive around the rim. Yet they are separated by 20-30 spots on most boards.
- Tim Hardaway Jr will be a much better pro than a college player, and will be a steal.
- Burke and McCollum will be amongst the top 3 or 4 players from this class down the road.
- Gobert and Noguiera will bust, Adams will blossom in the pros.
No one of 2nd round international players drafted will play in NBA
Steven Adams will eventually win one DPOY.
Muhammad will end his career with solid 16.0 ppg.