When Stern is at the podium announcing your favorite team's selection...
When David Stern and his coquettish little grin are up at the podium announcing the player your favorite team has selected, whose name will enfuriate you to hear read?
You know how every year, there are a handful of player's names being bandied about with regard to your team's first-round pick? You know how sometimes, the team takes a guy that nobody was talking about, or even someone you've barely even heard of, or just someone you think is a lousy basketball player? And everyone in the room goes, "HUH?!?"
With that in mind, what is the name you'll be furious to hear?
In the past, I've dealt with serious emotional turmoil when my Cavaliers have announced the selections of:
JJ Hickson, 2008: At the time, I wanted any of the following: Darrell Arthur, Donte Green, DeAndre Jordan, Serge Ibaka (from watching youtube videos of him)
Luke Jackson, 2004: I wanted JR Smith
DeSagana Diop, 2001: I can't remember who I, or even other Clevelanders wanted, but we all know this dude was going to be the epitome of a stiff.
Trajan Langdon, 1999: We all knew we could've got him in the second round, so taking him at 11 was a shock. Wanted James Posey.
Vitaly Potapenko, 1996: I desperately wanted John Wallace from Syracuse!
As a Celtics fan, I would hate to hear Fab Melo. I don't see what he can do that Stiemsma can't do better. He came from a zone defense and will have a big adjustment to the NBA. Plus, he is an offensive liability.
Also, I would be frustrated if they surprised everyone with Marquis Teague, Jeffrey Taylor, or John Jenkins. The Celtics need all the young talent they can get, so missing or taking just a limited reserve would be a mistake.
In the past, I didn't like the Celtics taking J.R. Giddens, Gabe Pruitt, or Avery Bradley. Guess I was mistaken big time about Bradley. I didn't realize he would be so dominant on the defensive end, and I just focused on how limited an offensive player he was.
if hes there and the cavs dont take him ill b po i want the cavs too b good again and imo teamning kyrie and barnes together as the one 2 punhc of the future would b great for the cavs i cant stop thinkning mj is gonna do it again and take drummond at 2 huge mistake imo i dotn want my starting c and starting pf having no o ability at all its hurtin the thunder rite now in the playoffs that serge and perkins as great as they are on d arent providing any o at all
I would be pissed if the Grizzlies took a point guard even though a guy like Marquis Teague has some promise. I think we need help at the 1 but I would rather address that through free agency. I don't really have Teague in my top five "wants".
I would be happy with these picks: Draymond Green, Doron Lamb, and Will Barton. John Jenkins is more of a specialist shooter but he would definitely fill a role. I would also be ok with us taking a solid center like Festus Ezelli or if Fab Melo fell.
Backup small forward isn't our biggest concern but we do need a backup 3 so I would be ok with Jeff Taylor or Quincy Miller but those wouldn't be my top guys to chose from. ... we have worked out Jae Crowder but I am not sure where he would fit in. Probably just another Quincy Pondexter type player which isn't really what we need.
We looked at Evan Fournier a couple of days ago but he isn't that strong looking and his shooting stats weren't that great. He might be quick for a French player but his game might not translate over in the NBA. I would be wary of that guy. He would be more of a high risk pick for us. I think we need to really make a run next year (Z Bo isn't getting any younger and our core guys have contracts that start to really go up after next year) so I would want a guy who could contribute more this year than a Euro who might be 2 or 3 years away.
Kim English (another guy we brought in) sounds interesting. He is a shooter/scorer with smarts, although 25 might be too high.
We brought in Jon Shurna who can shoot it but doesn't seem that athletic. One of our scouts sounds like we will try to bring in an undrafted rookie or two. Two players who fit that profile who worked out for us were Dee Bost of Mississippi State and Wesley Witherspoon -- a guy with some NBA tools and local connections but who had injury problems and never found a role in college. Although WW sounds like a decent small forward filler type. We will probably look at those three during summer league. I wouldn't be opposed to filling our 12th/13th man role with an undrafted rookie.
Not sure how I feel about Tony Wroten. We really could use some shooting and Wroten can't shoot, but he can handle the ball, play point, and he has great size. If we draft him then we would have a little more size at guard and he could play with either Conley or Tony Allen. If we take Wroten then I think Josh Selby becomes expendable (a smallish score-first combo guard, plus we also have Lester Hudson and Jeremy Pargo). I would try to move Selby for a 2nd round pick. The Blazers have two mid second rounders and I think they could use a player like Josh Selby.
The top of my list would be (in some order) Draymond Green, Will Barton, and Doron Lamb. Second group would be John Jenkins, Ezelli, and Fab Melo. After that I think Teague, Quincy Miller, and maybe Jeff Taylor would be good with Wroten and Fournier after those guys that are higher on my list. Kim English and Crowder would be the other two guys who I wouldn't mind us taking if the other players are off the board. I am not sold on Fournier or Wroten, and have some guys listed ahead of them but they do have some upside and would fill out our backcourt (which would be nice). Most of the other late first round, early second round types don't interest me that much. ... Royce White was going to work out for us but pulled out due to his knee. He would be a great pick at 25 but I doubt that he would fall.
With no Euro's projected to go anywhere near the lottery, as a Raptor fan I'm still terrified I'll hear -
" With the 8th pick, the Toronto Raptors select from France/Croatia/Luxembourg/ etc..."
Exactly what I was going to say. I cringe every time I see Fab Melo mocked to the Celtics. KG played really well as a center and contrary to what the article on this site says I think KG would be able to handle the load at center for an entire year. Fab Melo scares me to death because he's had weight issues, academic issues, and he doesn't have much of an offensive game nor do I believe he'll develop his offensive game that much.
I was upset last year when the suns took morris. I really wanted them to get leonard as I was surprised he was still availible at that point. Morriss is looking solid but still would have preferred leonard
I'm curious about the Fab Melo concerns...He is one of the fastest and most athletic centers in the draft and he is a legit 7 foot. His improvement from his Freshman to Sophomore year was marked and he showed the dedication to lose 35 pounds while showing touch out to 18 feet and as a dominant defensive force. I'm confused as how you wouldn't be excited to get him? Please explain your reasoning.
I think his physical gifts are overrated. He got a lot of blocked shots in the Syracuse zone, but he didn't rebound well, so that kind of cancelled. I don't buy the "dominant defensive force" part. Sure, he could develop into a good defender, but he will have a big learning curve to learn to defend the pick and roll and play help defense while playing man-to-man defense. I think the Syracuse zone made him look better than he was.
I don't deny that he is a solid defensive product, but he needs to be even better to make up for his offensive shortcomings. He may have worked on his shot, but he doesn't have a great shot and his hands are rather mediocre. He can score due to his size, but he isn't great.
For some teams, he is an intriguing option, but the Celtics already have a player in Greg Stiemsma who is better at just about everything than Melo. Stiemsma is a better shot blocker (actually the fifth best in the NBA per minute), but still rebounds better than Melo, even though he is more of a shot blocker than a rebounder. Stiemsma is also a better offensive player, with a higher b-ball IQ and better finishing and shooting ability.
i think hed b great pick for the cs they need size badly melo really impressed me with ho much he improved freshman too sophmore year winning dpoy in the big east is no joke
Well Rick Jackson won defensive player of the year in the Big East last year and you see far that got him in the NBA. College accolades don't translate to NBA success.
He never got a chance in the NBA thats a bad comparison who is to say he wouldn't have done well. Any other year he would have been picked up but wasn't due to the lockout and got a great deal overseas. Rick could play and rebound in the league I guarantee it. Nowhere near as big or athletic as Fab either.
I would hate Melo as well, being a Celtics fan.
Very stiff, unathletic young man with little to no offensive game.
I would also hate to see them pick Perry Jones. PJ3 has zero hunger, motor, and determination. He's too weak-willed and he's a tweener...weak shooting ability for a 3 and can't bang at the 4.
I would love to see the C's draft 2 of Royce White, Sully, Playmaker Wroten, Terrence Jones, Arnett Moultrie, and William Buford.
The Rockets going for Marcus Morris instead of Kahwi Leonard.
I would hate for them to go after a this season. PF or SF.
If the Kings draft John Hensen with MKG, Robinson, Barnes or Beal on the board, I'm done.
That would be the final straw after last year's draft debacle of moving down(?!?) to absorb John Salmons' hideous contract. WTF? Then they draft Jimmer to sell tickets - nevermind his upside is JJ Reddick if he had a slower release and couldn't defend. So yeah, if Hensen oozes out of Sterns mouth...I'm done.
Dale Worthington- Melo unathletic? For a 7 footer? Lmao please watch some of the alley oops he threw down last year as well as analysts talking about how unbelievably he ran the floor...on top of this he has been lilling his workouts with the Pacers recently calling him "off the charts." You are more than entitled to your opinion it just seems pretty off base. Not to mention that a majority of his value comes on defense where he is the 2nd best option in this draft at C behind AD.
Jrbenz, when I've seen Melo, he has looked very stiff and slow. Maybe he has more vertical explosion, but from what I've seen, there's a lot to be desired athletically, even for a 7-footer.