Let's say hypothetically speaking the lockout continues all the way to June 2012 and the NBA Draft is constructed by worst team to best from the 2010-2011 season. Now the question is which player would be best suited for which team? Here's my choices:
Minnesota - Andre Drummond. Although Darko Mililic has improved his game over the years, Drummond's talent and youth will most surely make him expandable.
Cleveland- Anthony Davis. This depends on how well Tristan Thompson plays and if he'll play either 3 or 4. If 3, then The Cavs should take Davis. Him and Kyrie Irving would make for a great duo in the next few years.
Toronto- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. An excellent perimeter defender, which would complement Demar Derozan quite well.
Washington- Jared Sullinger. A low-post back to basket option who plays like a traditional power forward. He and John would make a nice Pick n Roll tandem. Also, this solely depends on what Washington does with Andray Blatche.
Sacramento- James McAdoo. A tweener that would flourish defensively for this team. Can play some post and has good defensive awareness.
New Jersey (Brooklyn)- Harrison Barnes. Imagine the Nets, who already has Deron Williams, Moving to a bigger market, and then drafting Barnes in the Draft? How could Dwight Howard say no to that?
Detroit- Terrence Jones. If he continues to condition his body to a proper SF size, It would allow him to keep up with the top players in that position. A Knight-Jones reunion would be nice, as well.
LA Clippers- Kendall Marshall. With all those offensive weapons on this team and my doubts about Eric Bledsoe not being able to transition his game from SG to true PG, Marshall could fit well with the Clips. High assist numbers automatically.
Charolette- Austin Rivers. IMO, the Bobcats are the MOST unattractive team in the league, and drafting the highly ancipated son-of-a-Celtic coach would help. His offensive game does need some improvement (has the tendency to go "nut"), but pairing him next to Kemba Walker would make a dynamic scoring perimeter duo.
Milwaukee- Brad Beal/Terrence Ross. A team that lacks offense could use a reliable shooter with much potential. Milwaukee could go either way choosing one of the two.
Dont get me wrong Barnes to the nets is great for me since Im a fan, but How does barnes slip to 6th, Even if he doesn't go #1 there is no way he gets passed the cavs or raps
I looked at it not as who's the top prospect from top to bottom, but more of who'd be a great missing piece of the puzzle to these teams.
I would have to disagree with your opinon of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist being a good fit for the Raptors. IMO, Harrison Barnes would be the best fit and perfectly compliment DeRozan's slashing game. All we need is a C to hold down the paint (Jonas Valanciunas).
Good overview for other teams though.
I feel Barnes and Derozan would take away from one another. Both need the ball in their hands to be productive. Offensively, this pairing does make sense considering Derozan is a slasher and Barnes is more of a shooter, But what about defensively? The Raps came in 2nd in opponent FG% and 3rd in opponent 3-point FG% last season. Perhaps they addressed their post defense w/ Jonas V., but the remainder of the field is important as well.
He'd be a great fit on just about any team in the league, good or bad. Only place that wouldn't work for him is Miami. Out of all the bad teams, I really hope Cleveland gets a chance to draft Barnes. The expectations of him "taking over for LeBron" would be out of hand at first, but the city of Cleveland totally deserves someone with his kind of motivation, work ethic, and talent. Irving, Thompson, Barnes would be a nice trio.
Chris Grant and Byron Scott love Harrison Barnes. They probably would've taken him over Kyrie Irving had he came out for the last draft. The only player they'd pass up Barnes for would be Drummond, and even that'd be no guarantee.
"This depends on how well Tristan Thompson plays"
But how will we know how well Tristan Thompson played if you just said there was no season?
The fact that DeRozan is more of a slash and Barnes is more of a shooter automaticaly compliments itself. IE: DeRozan drives in, and if he has no where to go, kick it out to Barnes.
But I do agree with apb540, Barnes would be a great fit on any team. I'm pretty sure any team would make adjustments just to make room for him.
My dilemma is if the Raptors get the first pick, who would they choose? Harrison Barnes to fill the SF void? or Andre Drummond to replace Bargnani? OR, just pick up Anthony Davis and make him play SF.... lol
Marshall before Rivers? Rivers will be a top 10 PG in a few years.He might never average more then 7 assist but he will be able to score from that position.
This all hypothetical. You can thank the powers that be for making it that way.
Rivers is not a PG.
You're forgetting Barnes is also a very good defender. He has a great total package, which is why it would be very hard for any team to take Gilchrest before him, unless he improves his scoring. I'd be leaning towards Cleveland taking Barnes, because Thompson is not a SF, and Casspi isn't exactly a franchise wing, which could mean Gilchrest could go to Toronto anyway. I don't see them taking Davis because Ed Davis played really well for them down the stetch and I can see him playing over 30 a game for them this year and averaging 14/8/1 and he still has a lot of upside. Toronto has a hole at PG but Teague isn't a great fit(and essentially the same player as Bayless right now, anyway) and Marshell and Tabongo look like they will be too much of a reach.
Does anyway one else think Mcadoo's stock will drop dramatically and will end with him not declaring? I just think with Barnes playing most of the SF minutes he won't have the opportunity to show he's a wing player, and at 6'8 I don't think you can warrant drafting a PF of that size in the top 5, or anywhere in the lottery really. I think if he works on his handles and perimeter skills this year and comes back next year he can be the man at NC starting at the SF where he will prove why he was such a high recruit and end up being a top 3 pick. But I just don't think that will/should happen this year.