Since some chatter about the draft has died down a bit...
I decided to make this thread where everyone can choose their favorite prospect whether he's a lottery, first rounder, or second rounder and say where the prospect WILL go, where YOU want him to go, and what place is best for HIM.
Austin Rivers: SG
Where he will go: Phoenix Suns because I don't see him going any higher in the lottery. He fits the Suns up tempo system and can take all the shots he wants.
He could also be lucky and get a couple of seasons to learn from Nash and how he sees the game. Also with the likely departure of Nash, I really believe either Waiters or Rivers are the only ones at this stage of the draft that would be able to at least temporarily fill the whole as a star for the Suns.
Where I want him to go: Portland Trailblazers because I think it'd be pretty cool if he and Nolan Smith paired up to be their starting back court for the future. Also a pick and roll combo of Rivers and Aldridge would be pretty deadly imo. Also if Portland gets lucky and Drummond falls to them at #6, Rivers and Drummond could be considered the replacements for Roy and Oden.
A starting lineup of Smith, Rivers, Batum, Aldridge, and Drummond is a very exciting and explosive core.
What is his best fit: Minnesota Timberwolves. It just seems perfect and he would add to the core of Rubio, Love, and Williams. They need an explosive SG and one that can also take ball handling duties when Rubio is out.
It'd be interesting to see if Rivers will fall to #18, which I doubt, but I think it'd be best for him especially since he can grow as a player outside of the scrutiny that comes from a big market city.
He would grow up a lot on Minnisota but I would pick Phoenix for all 3.
They want/need him.
I want him to go to Phoenix because he'll have the best opportunity there.
And he'll be best fitted their because he would have a team basically built around him already. If Nash leaves he will be the focal point of the offense. It's a fairly big market and he has really good role players to work with. Gortat is a really good finisher/rebounder, Channing Frye plays defense and stretches the court opening up driving lanes, they have a lot of shooters and defenders (still not very good but may be better without Nash), Grant Hill could help out the young scorer as far as advice, and it would put Austin in a position to play primary ball handler at times which could really help his growth as a player. In my eyes he would be happiest there.
Don't know if he'll fall to 13 though.
Wow.... I think you undervalue Rivers... The combine helped him a lot. He's a real 2 and won't need more PG skills (his worst weeknesses) than Jeremy Lamb or Dion Waiters for example. I think the individual workouts should help him to be a top 10. Remember steph' durry...
I think he will be pîck by Toronto at 8... cause he fits their needs and he can have some trade value (especially if there is a real promise from another lottery team). Toronto could use him wether to play or in a package.
I'm sure Grant Hill and Nash (if he's there) would be able to give him the best veteran advice out of all those teams as well.
Yeah plus #25 would look pretty cool in a Phoenix jersey too lol.
Hey guys I'm all for critiquing my post and some of your guy's insights have been really helpful, but I still want you guys to add to this thread by adding your own prospects.
Don't be afraid to think out of the box too.
Mine would have been Rivers but I'll do it for MKG.
He will go to Washington. Charlotte doesn't seem as high on him as other prospects like Barnes and Robinson and J-Wall could use some help managing the offense.
I wan't him to go to Cleveland. Him and Kyrie re-uinited would be a lot of fun to watch. He would also really like it there. Would love to see Charlotte and Cleveland swap picks.
He should land in Charlotte. I firmly believe he's the second best prospect in the draft. Charlotte has a lot of potential scorers and not a lot of leaders/defenders.
Mine is Terrance Ross
Where I want him to go is Minnesota. I think he would be the perfect person there to play the 2 and have Johnson slide to the 3. His ability to create his own shot, as well as shooting ability is something that would fit well in Minnesota imo, and I think him and Rubio would be a pretty good backcourt for the future.
Where he will go: Either Portland or the Suns. I think that at number 11, Portland could very well take the Shooting guard from the Northwest (Kind of Like how they traded for Brandon Roy and originally drafted John Brockman who were both from UW). With the Suns at number 13, he would be a player kind of like how you guys were saying Austin Rivers would be in that system. He'll get a lot of shots up, and probably score a lot in that system, especially if Nash somehow decides to stay.
He should be somewhere between 10 and 15 IMO. I think that falling past that point would be a head-scratcher in my opinion, but you never know what can happen in the draft. If he does fall past 15, again, I hope that he gets picked up by Minnesota.
He will go to New Orleans at the 10th spot. They could have two of the top 3 players on pure potential in this draft. With the luxury of getting a franchise player with the #1 pick they can afford to take a risk at the 10th spot and no player that will be available has the potential to contribute 3 or 4 years down the road like PJ3.
I want him to land with the Sixers. They are my team and if they really are thinking of trading Iggy they need to bring in a SF that can score. I know Jones will not come in and tear the league a new one but if he develops like I think by the time Turner and Holiday are entering their primes he will be a very good scorer. He could learn a lot of things from a player like Thad Young who is a combo forward who is best at the undersized 4 using his quickness to take big men to the basket. Thad also had question marks about his aggressiveness early in his career.
He should land in Milwaukee. He would fit nicely with the quick guards the Bucks have. He would also most likely not be shy about shooting since Jennings and Ellis like to jack em up it would take pressure off of him. I know the Bucks want a Center after losing Bogut but if Zeller is gone they should not reach for a lesser player.
I don't have a particular favorite player in this draft, but I like a lot of players. But I will do a 3 in 1 here. I'm choosing Henry Sims because he played for Georgetown which is my favorite NCAA basketball team. I'd like to see him and believe he could very well go to the Pistons at 39 because DET can use a C to go along side Greg Monroe who also happened to play for the Hoyas. Bigs from Georgetown seem to fair well in the NBA...
Yeah ask Michael Sweetney how he is doing? I seen a picture of him a couple years ago and he looked like an offensive lineman...it is a shame too because he had soft hands and a nice touch but just had the appetite of a group of stoned teenagers.
sweetney isn't the best example, but even he lasted a few years. but not EVERYONE from there willl pan out. Sims isn't bad for a second rounder. Hibbert is doing just fine and Jeff Green was too before he was out for the season last year.
HAHA I know but I just had to come up with one example. They did have Mutumbo, Mourning and Ewing within a 10 year span so they are traditionally a big man factory.
I like Sims game a lot. He is most likely the best passing big man in this draft, at least at the center position because that eliminates Royce White. He reminds me of Spencer Hawes from the Sixers and could have a nice career in the NBA.
you had me rollin' on sweetney
HE WILL PROLLY LAND IN SAC
I WANT HIM TO LAND IN CLEVELAND BECAUSE THEY ARE IN NEED OF A SMALL FORWARD AND ANOTHER SCORER.
HE SHOULD LAND IN CHARLOTTE , THEY NEED SOME ONE THAT CAN PUT UP MAJOR POINTS. HARRISON HAS A PURE STROKE THAT WILL MAKE HIM A FUTURE STAR , HE JUST NEEDS TO IMPROVE ON DEFENSE AND CREATING HIS OWN SHOT
Will go: Toronto Raptors, he pulled out of the draft combine and that means someone guranteed him as their draft choice, and based on his physical attributes he would serve well playing for a struggling franchise who needs someone to lift their team up.
Where I want him to go: The 76ers because it's the perfect fit for Waiters. It's his hometown and he would step right into Louis Williams shoes as the first guy off the bench. He may begin his career as a 6th man but will work his way into the starting lineup after the departure of Andre Iguodala, in the rebuilding phase. A young core of Jrue Holiday, Dion Waiters and Evan Turner will be an up and coming team in the future who will be hard to handle. With Waiters, this will allow Philly to deal Iguodala and perhaps pick up another young talent to help rebulid this team in the long run. Iggy's a great player but this team is looking towards the future.
Where He should go: Philly ala my above answer.