Who would you prefer your team drafted this year? Say what picks they are projected to have, who is projected to go there, and who you would want them to pick instead...
Here's mine: Golden State Warriors
Pick 27, Projected: Mason Plumlee, My Pick: Quincy Miller
We need a small forward badly because I feel like Dorell Wright was a one year wonder, he is not a long tern option. Neither is Jefferson or Brandon Rush
Pick 34, Projected: Draymond Green, My Pick: Darius Miller
Again, back to the small forward situation. Except instead of getting a player with a lot of potential like Quincy, we get a good, aggressive defender in Darius Miller. Mark Jackson wants to turn this team into a defense team, and D. Miller is the first step.
Pick 49, Projected: Henry Sims, My Pick: Jeff Withey
We need a center badly. I know we just got Bogut but you never know when he will get injured again. Withey would be a upgrade over Biedrins and would provide a nice defensive presence as the backup to Bogut.
I know TheRealDJMbenga is gonna minus this post, but if you are able to pick Mason Plumlee with the 27th pick, they better take it! At the 27th pick, you draft based on need. I know they just got Andrew Bogut and he's a great player, but he's injury prone. You need an insurance plan. Enter Mason Plumlee, for all his lack of an offensive game, he does defend well, has superior athleticism, and can rebound.
You guys need to make sure another "Andres Bedrienis" contract doesn't happen again. If they can pick Mason Plumlee that late, they need to snatch him up, especially since they traded Ekpe Udoh. Plumlee is similar but even more athletic. His offense will come.
Currently we have the Nets selection, No.4 - Andre Drummond. (Other selections would include Lamb or Beal)
A front court of Aldridge and Drummond would be fascinating to watch, but I think Lamarcus would hinder Andre Drummond's progression as an NBA Player.
No.11 - Currently on Mock-Damian Lillard. My personal selection - Kendall Marshall (Reach selection)
Ray Felton is a RFA after this year, I doubt he will be resigned. So I'd be going with a point guard here. Lillard is a scoring point guard, Blazers have enough scorers on their team already but with Marshall he'll be able to distribute the ball on the team. In college, Marshall-Zeller was nice but Marshall-Aldridge would be fun to watch,
No.43 - Currently on Mock - Kim English. My Personal Selection - Furkan Aldemir
The only reason why I selected him is because he's an international player and a bigman, Blazers can just get his draft rights and stash him oversease. Portland has lots of youth in the team, selecting Aldemir would only increase it.
You'd take Plumlee rather than Fab Melo?
Wolves with pick 17...assuming that's where the Jazz pick falls - Terrence Ross is a perfect fit. Size, defense and shooting at the wing. This, of course, assumes Lamb or Rivers don't fall.
Mock 8th - Brad Beal
My pick - Brad Beal...... Im hoping Beal falls to Cleveland at 8. There are so many holes on this roster, I think Beal comes in right away and starts.
Mock 26th - Tony Wroten
My pick - Fab Melo.... I dont hate the Wroten selection, but the Cavs have no real height on their roster, let alone a real center. We started the year with Ryan Hollins and Semih Erden as our 7' centers. Varejao is solid, but he's injury prone.
Mock 33 - Quincy Miller
My pick - Quincy Miller.....While I think theres no way he falls this low, I would love Cleveland taking MIller at 33. As a 2nd rounder, Miller is an absolute steal based on potential alone and fills in another roster hole at SF.Draymond Green might be a little more realisitic at this spot, but also not likely.K
Mock 38 - Alex Young
My pick - Kris Joseph, Henry Sims, or Tyshawn Taylor. All wold be viable selections and fill holes in the roster. Taylor fills in where Sessions left and immediately fills in as Kyrie's back up. The revolving door of D league players isnt cutting it at the PG spot.. If Deshaun Thomas declares I would love seeing Cleveland take a gamble on a Buckeye.
Wizards projected #2 pick Kidd-Gilchrist, no complaints at all. I was leaning toward Barnes before because we have no production at the SF but MKG does more to help the team win besides scoring. He also would fit John Wall and Wizards more because we're a fast break team and MKG can run the break and finish.
Second round projected #32 pick is Kevin Jones. My pick John Jenkins. Wizards are foward heavy no need to draft another one. The only shooting guard the Wizards will have under contract next year is Jordan Chuckford.
Yeah I guess you could take Plumlee there but I just don't think that his offense will ever come around. All I see is an athletic center, with no actual skills. That's why I feel Withey would be a better backup. He already has good defensive skills and is not a project player, unlike Plumlee. A backup needs to be ready, not a project player. But I understand what you are saying and thats why I gave you a +1, not a neg.
For the Philadelphia 76ers:
Mock 20 - Dion Waiters SG/PG
We already have Lou Williams for this role, as instant offense off the bench. The thing is though, we need another one. We need more offense. I believe we went near a 20 game stretch this year where we didn't score 100 points. The offense needs more scorers, and Waiters would be a good player to fit that mold.
We still need help on the block, and if Zeller was still around, I would take him over Waiters. He's going to be a starting center in this league for a long time. Zeller is already better than Vucevic in my opinion, and would instantly upgrade us. Doug Collins doesn't give a lot of minutes to rookies, and maybe that's hurting Vucevic, but I have not been impressed by him this season.
first round worthy
1. FAB MELO:
2. MASON PLUMLEE:
3. ANDREW NICHOLSON:
4. KEVIN JONES:
5. DRAYMOND GREEN
6. fetus ezeli
second round worthy (top 55 protected)
2. drew gordon:
3. herb pope:
. jae crowder
4. mike scott:
5. robert sacre:
6. rodney williams:
7. quincy acy:
8. jeff withey:
10. jon jerkins:
11. trey burke:
12. scott machado:
While TB already gave his insight on the Cavs, I'll give mine as well.
#8 - If he's there, Brad Beal. Our 2 is a position that is an absolute must, and if he slides to us it's an automatic pick.
#26 - John Jenkins - Gives us an upgrade at the 3. Great athleticism, just needs to work on his shot.
#33 - Fetus Ezili - A strong, backup big man to work with. I liked his game a lot, and believe Varejao would be very good with him.
#38 - Furkan Aldemir - Foreign big who we can stash overseas for a couple years. That way within a year or two, we can use Varejao as a trade chip and address other areas of need.
Why do you want to draft another overseas player that is only used for stashing right now? Cavaliers already stashed Milan Macvan last year, not to mention they are using the Canton Charge as their minor league team. Wouldnt you rather draft someone that make make a roster spot right now, or at least put them in Canton to monitor closely and call up when theyre ready? The way I see it there are a lot of roster spots opening up next season, might as well fill them with players that can play now.
Erk, I'm sorry. I meant Jeffrey Taylor (the part about athleticism should have sold that.) Although, not sure Taylor will slip that far, but some mocks have him doing just that.
As for the stashing a European big.... You really feel Macvan is worth bringing over? The guy is 6'8-6'9 at best, incredibly unathletic. One of my best friends was a foreign exchange student from Serbia who is OBSESSED with basketball in his country. He described Macvan as a guy that he, "doesn't ever see coming to the US, but will be a great European big man for many years." Most accounts I've read lists Aldemir at a legit 6'10", and a (younger) Asik clone (that's not just because of Aran's comparison).
Obv I did "Fetus" to mock the guy above me. Everyone know his name is Festus, but Fetus was just too funny to pass on.
jenkins is a 2g
Pick #9 Austin Rivers: Dynamic player who can shoot the long ball well, high risk high reward.
Pick #13* Kendall Marshall: Best passing prospect in draft, high IQ and great size.
Pick #43 Kris Joseph/Darius Miller: Versitile wings who can shoot the ball.
*If Utah does not make the playoffs
Other options-Draymond Green,Quincy Miller, Kevin Jones, Robbie Hummel
The 2012 mock has the Grizzlies taking Doron Lamb at 23. i like this pick. I think we need 3 point shooting more than anything and Lamb is good at that. We have a ton of guards but could use a shooter. Darius Miller is a good 3 point shooter and solid defender. ... he would be my sleeper pick. After Rudy Gay we really don't have a good athletic small forward. Quincy Pondexter is good but he is closer to 6'6.
Darius Miller could turn out to be a James Posey type player for the Grizzlies and he did very well here.
We could use an athletic backup center so if Fab Melo is there he would be my 3rd choice (or second even) as a shoooter on the wing. He can block shots and would help out on defense. If we go with a center and Fab Melo isn't there then I would have Jeff Withey as my second choice.
... we could also use a backup point guard and Aaaron Craft would be perfect but I don't think that he is coming out. However, if OSU wins it all and Craft plays well then he might want to think about going pro. This is a weak draft for point guards and he could be the second point guard picked behind Kendall Marshall.
... if Terrance Ross is on the board you would have to look at him too. He might go higher than 23 but he would definitely fit.
My top 7:
1. Doron Lamb -- good blend of shooting and all-around guard skills. Could play some point guard too.
2. Terrance Ross -- could go higher
3. Darius Miller -- a winner who can defend and hit the 3. Grizzlies love guys like this (Battier, Posey).
4. Fab Melo --his poor grades and off-court stuff is a red flag. Our last Big East shot blocker didn't turn out too well for us (Hasheem Thabeet). But, with a late first round pick sometimes you have to roll the dice. Haddadi is a solid backup who doesn't get enough minutes and Mo Speights looks like he can play some 5, but Fab Melo has more upside, and is more athletic.
5. Aaron Craft -- one of the best pure point guards in college. Really tough, good defender. He can run a team. Doubtful that he will come out though. Would be a great fit behind another former Buckeye, Mike Conley, Jr.
6. Jeff Withey -- a great shot blocker who could be a good depth guy up front. He has the skillset of Fab Melo but without the baggage.
7. Draymond Green -- not sure what his NBA position is, plus we already have some good energy guys with Dante Cunningham and Quincy Pondexter but we like guys from Michigan State who can rebound (Z Bo), plus he has a solid shooting touch, great intangibles and point forward skills. If he is on the board at 23 (which he should be) I think that you have to take a look.
Aaron Craft? The site doesn't have him on either mock. I don't know if they think he won't get drafted or that he'll stay four years, but he is not worth a 23rd pick in this year's draft. He would immediately be the worst offensive player in the NBA, as he has a very mediocre offensive game for a college player, and he is not athletic enough to do well in the NBA.
i stopped reading at "give us an upgrade at 3". yea jeff taylor is great.
p.s. people seem to be sold on withey now
frontcourt is pretty stacked with mcgee, anderson, mosgov, koufas, harrington and faried. and wings are good with gallo, chandler, brewer, fernandez, and hamilton. only real needs is pg with andre miller being a free agent.
1st round - pg - kendall marshall, damian lillard, tony wroten - andre miller is off the books and julyan stone is our only backup to lawson.
early 2nd round - euro - evan fournier, rudy gobert, nenand miljenovic - nuggs have plenty of depth. add someone with a high grade to develop overseas.
mid 2nd round - pg - j'covan brown, scott machado, tru holloway - give julyan stone some competition for the 3rd pg spot.
With only 6 players under contract next year for the Cavs, I do not see the point in stashing talent overseas. As far as Macvan, I do not see him coming over either. Id rather have able bodies to fill open roster spots and fill huge holes opposed to drafting and possibly never bringing another player over. Cause lets face it, I dont bank on many free agents flocking to Cleveland this offseason.
Quincy Acy will be the steal of this draft. I've said it since he was a freshman. I understand he is undersized for the 4, but he explodes and attacks the rim when he gets the ball. When you are that freakishly athletic and have an attitude on the floor to shove the ball through the hoop, that makes up for it. He will be a good player in this league.
10th pick. Projected: Austin Rivers, my pick: Tyler Zeller
Talented 7' footers don't grow on trees. After the departure of Bogut, I wouldn't mind grabing another one who proved he could play without an elite point guard (vs Ohio and vs Kansas). Depending on the Brandon Jennings situation I wouldn't mind Kendall Marshall either.
I like your pick of Jeff Withey. I saw his game against N.C. State and he just dominated the lane. He is a terrific defensive center. And, Fab Melo is a terrific defensive center. Sorry, to repeat myself, but Mason Plumlee is a terrific defensive big.
So the question is what separates them? They all have similarities but Mason Plumlee shows the best scoring ability (as minimal as that is right now). He is the most athletic (Withey is a lil slow-footed), and has the most offensive potential, while still having about the same defensive ability.
So yes I would still pick Mason.
17th Pick- Moe Harkless If Not Available: Arnett Moultrie, Tyler Zeller, or Perry Jones III
24th Pick- Fab Melo If Not Available: Quincy Miller
40th Pick- Draymond Green or Festus Ezeli
47th Pick- Henry Sims If Not Available: Tyshawn Taylor or Quincy Acy
Right now they project number 5: Hoping for Harrison Barnes I think that with our coaching staff and his work ethic match made in heaven. Starting line up-Val, Bargnani, Barnes, Derozan, Calderon.
Num -35 - Darius Miller- I really think this guy is good palyer will be great glue guy and will be good all around player
Num-52-Tyshawn Taylor- hoping that he falls here.