I intended to release Version 5 of my mock draft right after the International withdrawal date. I thought it was June 8th, so I released it about a week ago. Apparently I overshot the date. So here is a revised version of that mock now that we know which international prospects decided to withdraw from the draft and which decided to stay in the draft.
The link is on the left, and I have provided comments on all of the first round picks. If you of you would like to see why I have a certain player going to a certain place, go and knock yourself out. (But you certainly don't have to see the comments if you don't want to. I'm just mentioning that they are updated for those who would like to see them). Hope you enjoy it and let the critiquing begin...
I like it. Wisdom says the Jazz draft a guy with elite defensive skillset in Singleton but thats never been what they've done in the past. Do you think the Wizards draft two SF/PF guys, Vesely/Harris?
One of the more accurate mocks I've seen lately, nice job. The only pick I might question is Golden State. Why Alec Burks?? They already got Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. I'm just thinking they should target a defensive big guy. But other than that, solid draft.
I look at Vesely as more of a PF. The reason why is because he is a very poor catcher. He has very weak hands amd almost looses the ball under pressure. It seems that when he is under pressure or just simply trying to catch a pass he has sweaty hands and consquently he looses control of the ball. There is not doubt in my mind that he is very athletic and his passion for the game is excellent. With his lack of a dribble and weak ball-handling I don't think he'll be able to play the 3 that well in the NBA. This is why I look at him as more of a PF where ball handling still matters but not as much as it does at the 3.
On the other hand I look at Harris as more of a 3. I really think the Wizards are hoping to select Chris Singleton with the 18th pick, but are willing to settle for Tobias Harris if Singleton is not around which is very likely. Harris can shoot from the outside better than Vesely can. He is also younger than Vesely so this also helps him out. Just because Harris played the 4 in college does not mean he will play that position in the NBA. This is true for many players. (Just because Derrick Williams played down low in College does not mean he will down low in the NBA. He very well could play up top as an inside-outside player. In other words a 3.)
What position a player played in College does not really matter to me as much because they well could be playing a different position in the NBA. Instead I look at their skill sets to determine what postion they should play in the NBA not what position they played in College.
I hope this helped clear up the confusion of why I have two SF/PF going to Washington. Really it isn't that way. I have a PF and a SF going to Washington instead.
"The only pick I might question is Golden State. Why Alec Burks?? They already got Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. I'm just thinking they should target a defensive big guy. But other than that, solid draft."
The Warriors are actively shopping Ellis, and Charlie Bell and Reggie Williams are their backup SG's. I wouldn't be surprised at all if they pick Burks.
I actually agree with you, d58oungst45t5. I too think that Golden State should go with a bigger, more defensive pick. But I am not the picking for them. Their GM is, and as much as I would like to be a GM, I am not, and therefore have to do mockdrafts according to how GM's think, not according to what I think. (If I want to be accurate). You may have not heard but GSW is actually looking to trade Monte Ellis. I guess they want to get bigger and would like a more traditional lineup instead of Nelly's small ball. They are trying to totally go away from that style of play and be a more defensive team. That has a lot to do with size. You simply can not defend that well when you are 6'3 and starting at the 2 guard position. The 76ers have been looked at as a possible trade partner as well as the Bulls, Hawks, Knicks and Blazers. After this trade the Warriors may very well be lacking a SG. So that is why Burks comes into play.
Burks is an excellent passer and slasher. Curry is an excellent shooter with an okay passing game. Burks would complement Curry's weaker passing skills. Both could play the PG off and on more than Curry and Ellis could since Ellis can not pass at all. I also think that Burks will improve his shooting and become a better shooter than some think. (he is not a bad free throw shooter, 81%. Which means that his shooting is not totally lost, he just needs to learn how to fine tune it.) I think him and GSW actually fit quite well once Ellis is traded away which is rumored to be a very real possibility.