This year's best potential player-team fit
Skimming over the order of the lottery and where players might potentially go, I think Brad Beal to Cleveland would be a perfect fit for both team and player. They'd have a nice young athletic starting back court that would be an upgrade over what they put out there right now. Cleveland may not win a ring before Miami with this pick, but its a solid decision in the team's growth process.
What fits can you come up with that you think would be perfect for both team and player?
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I do agree that Beal fits what the Cavs need. He is an athletic shooting guard who does not need the ball in his hands, so Kyrie has full control while Beal can take pressure off of him at times and spot up.
Another fit that I would really look forward to is Harrison Barnes on the Wizards. John Wall is desperate. Aside from him, the team is heady and lacks any sort of leadership or punch, it is just a team of non-team players, and their record shows it. Barnes is an athletic leader who can do it all, and I think he and John Wall would mesh really well with both personalities and play-types. I just hope the Wizards can figure out something to do with the ghost of Rashard and Andre my-triple-double-is-the-priority Blatche. Too much money is tied up in them.
MKG is one of my favorite players in this draft. He is a good kid who can do whatever the team needs, and if he was on a less talented team than Kentucky, I think he would be a lock for a top three pick. I think no other team needs him as much as Toronto does. Toronto is a mess: they don't know who is playing what position at what time. MKG would be the starter at the 3 from day 1 (Rasual Butler and James Johnson? Seriously?), and he can be on the perimeter when DeRozan is slashing and cutting, and can be slashing and cutting when DeRozan is on the perimeter. A starting 5 of Calderon-DeRozan-MKG-Bargnani-Valanciunas would be a nice step in the right direction for this team.
One player who I always thought would fit well would be Doron Lamb with Charlotte (not sure how they could acquire him unless they traded for a lower pick). He is 2 who can play both on ball and off ball and I think he and Kemba would work well as a backcourt.
That would be a very small backcourt in Charlotte that would not play any defense at all.
Lamb is the same size as their current starting 2, Henderson, and if they can get a mid to late first rounder, I think he would be worth the pick. If they have Anthony Davis (if they get the #1 pick) and Biyombo in their frontcourt, the help defense would be amazing.
Kendall Marshall to Jazz, they need someone to set up all the talent they have aquired throughout the last couple of years and point guard is a glaring weakness, they also need outside shooting in which Marshall does not fit the bill so it's not pefect.
If the Jazz are looking for a rawer talent than Marshall that they can develop with their squad, I think they should have a go at Myck Kabongo (if he indeed declares). I see a bit of Rajon Rondo in him, but he still needs to develop a bit more. Like Marshall, his shooting is suspect. Marshall's ceiling is a weak starter/reliable bench player, while Kabongo can be very good, but is more likely to be a bust. Apples and Oranges.
Agreed, so maybe they should just be going after someone who can space the floor and not a PG like Terrence Ross? Or how about Woten at the PG? But just like every other PG in this draft his jump shot is suspect. Their front court is solid for the present and future so no need there.
Utah is a very puzzling team, they are loaded with talent but I am unsure of what their plans are with everyone. They have one of the deepest frontcourts in the league, with Millsap (all-star snub), Jefferson, and the talented young guys in Favors and Kanter. Hayward can start at both the 2 and the 3, but I like him better at the 2 because he gets beat up by 3s in this league. Utah has 2 high picks, and part of me wants them to pick up a 3 so Hayward could slide to the 2, and the new 3 could play over their ragtag group of Miles/Evans/Howard. Quincy Miller and Perry Jones are both intriguing and versatile (although I've read much about people hoping Perry would develop into more of a 4). I think if they slide Hayward to the 2, the spot is shored up with him, Raja, and Burks, and the 1 and the 3 are their biggest needs. Devin ain't going to be around forever.
Perry Jones - Boston Celtics.
Perry Jones - Boston Celtics.
Harrison Barnes on the cavs, I think him and Kyrie are intelligent iq players with good athletic bodies with decent size, I believe they would smesh together greatly
MKG to the Kings
Barnes to the Bobcats
Anthony Davis to the Wizards
Anthony Davis would be a nice fit for Charlotte as they need height and he could play alongside Biyombo also Harrison Barnes would be a natural fit there.
I think both MKG and Marshall would fit really well on the Kings
Fab Melo to the Hawks.
Although not right away eventually he would adjust to the man on man D and get a starter role moving Horford to 4 and Smith to 3. Trade Marvin Williams for a quality role player (Ronnie Brewer, Corey Brewer, pretty much any wing but MWP..) if he is unable to accept his bench role, although I think he plays best off the bench.
Barnes to the Nets
I like Perry Jones going to the Celtics too. He needs a great, pass-first point guard and Rondo is that guy. He also has some vets in KG and PP to learn from.
About MKG, I have watched some of his games (not a ton) but he seems like a guy who gets it and who is athletic with a good motor. He seems like a winner and a guy who can make plays. Kind of a sleeper going into college with no true position but he has talent and a work ethic and a game which should be suited for the pros. In this way he might end up being like Dwyane Wade. Not a whole lot of hype but a very good player with athleticism and a motor. If he is more of a 3/2 then maybe like an Iggy type player which would also be very solid. But, I would rather go with a guy like MKG with a reasonable outlook as a good 2nd or 3rd option and a great glue guy with an upside of a Dywane Wade over a guy like Harrison Barnes whose upside might only be Luol Deng. Not saying that MKG is the next Michael Jordan, but if I had to pick between Barnes or MKG being the next MJ I would have to go with MKG.
Utah could really use a point guard. Kendall Marshall would be very solid. He could get the ball to their bigs.
I think Anthony Davis would a great fit on the Kings. Cousins can score and rebound and Davis can block shots and be a good dunker and second weapon under the goal. The Kings have good wing scorers too so they really need an active defensive ace to complement the team. He could also learn some things about position defense, toughness, and rebounding from fellow UK alum Chuck Hayes. ... Detroit would be a nice fit too for Davis. He would fit in nicely with Greg Monroe giving them shot blocking and athleticism to complement Monroe's well-rounded game. Monroe and Davis could be the next Wallace duo.
The Bucks have a nice point guard and center combo and could use a scorer from the wings. Harrison Barnes would be a nice fit there. That team would really appreciate 17-18 points a game and a few boards a night from a solid character guy.
I think that the Cavs shoudl take the best player available. This is a weak draft for point guards so picking someone who would compete with Kyrie Irving is not an issue. I think this draft has more in the way of power forwards. But, the Cavs already have Tristan Thompson who I guess is their power forward of their future. Ironically (and I mentioned this last year), the best guy on the table for the Cavs might be Ohio State's Jared Sullinger who can score, board, and is a solid overall player. Thomas Robinson is also solid but is also a power forward. The Cavs are almost in a bad spot since they are playing too well with Kyrie Irving to be the odd's on favorite to get a top 3 pick. They could use a center (just like every team), and I am not sure that Andre Drummond would be there. I like Fab Melo (almost more than Drummond anyway). He is long and athletic and he can block shots and defend. He seems like a game changer and looks to be more fluid than Andre Drummond. He hit a couple of mid-range shots against UConn (I believe it was them) which can only help his game and his draft stock. Rebuilding the Cavs is going to be a multi-year process and starting out with a ROY front-runner in Irving and a possible defensive anchor and shot blocker in Fab Melo would be a nice start. Tristan Thompson and Omri Casspi are solid role player types and they could go after a legit wing scorer next year. ... as a backup plan the Cavs might want to take a look at Jeremy Lamb (if he falls). He is a good scoring two guard with nice size. I like Rivers more but he might be too short and too much of a combo guard. Although if he is the best player on the board at that point then you might just have to roll the dice on him. There really aren't too many good shooting guards out there so Rivers might be ok. Irving/Rivers might be an undersized backcourt (similar to Mike Conley and OJ Mayo) but they could pull it off if the get a great big man next year.
If Sacto can't get Anthony Davis then they need to go with a point guard, either Kendall Marshall or Kabongo. They really need a floor general on that team, and Jimmer might be best used as a combo guard off the bench.
The Warriors need help at small forward and up front. Andre Drummond would be a good at center. Fab Melo would be the shot blocking center that Goldne State has been looking for, I guess since Nate Thurmond. MKG would be a very effective small forward and an attacker on offense and a good complement to Monta and Steph.
The Wizards need help. John Wall is their point guard of the future, but what exactly is their future? MKG would be a nice fit as a glue guy/athlete and a running mate for Wall. Harrison Barnes is a nice scorer and no drama queen. Maybe less upside but he could be the scoring wing player that they need. Other than those two guys I think that the best fit would be Thomas Robinson. They need to move Blatche ASAP and Robinson would be a nice power forward next to Javale. If the can move Blatche then they will only have finesse guys up front with Javale, Jan, and Rashard Lewis. Thomas Robinson would help them out up front.
If the Bobcats get the 1st pick then I don't think that they can turn down Anthony Davis. He can block shots and is a good athlete. They would be solid down low then with a rotation of Davis, Biyombo, and Mullens. They still wouldn't score much but they could add a scoring wing player next year.
The Hornets need a lot of help. A good draft for them would be to pick Andre Drummond and then move Chris Kaman for a good draft pick (maybe to the Celtics for their pick). They seem like a scrappy team with a bunch of role players with Ariza, Ayon, Okafor, Jack and Vasquez. Eric Gordon is hurt but he looks to be their shooting guard of the future. Jack is a good point guard but maybe they can do better with Kabongo. However, in today's NBA I think you need two point guards anyway so both of those guys could coexist (with GV as backup combo guard and a poor man's Ginobili). ... if the Hornets get a bad pick then they should go with Fab Melo. If they can come out of this draft with one of the top centers on the board (Drummond or Melo) and one of the best point guards (Kabongo) then I like this draft for them. ... you can build a young team around a superstar (there might not be a superstar in this year's draft and it didn't work out for them with Chris Paul) or you develop a solid nucleus with a deep team that plays hard and with a lot of chemistry. The Hornets might be better off building their team this way -- more like the Sixers, Nuggets, Pacers, Hawks, or even the Grizzlies, as team's with one superstar (Bulls, Magic) might not win the title over teams with two great players such as the Heat and Thunder. ... the best blue print for a small market team like the Hornets might be the Grizzlies with a pretty good back court, and good small forward, and great depth up front (two all-stars in Gasol and Z Bo but both acquisitions weren't block buster additions --more like shrewd pick ups).
The Raptors might need Harrison Barnes as a scoring small forward. With Bargs and Valencuinas up front next year the Raptors need scoring from the wing. I think he would also complement DeRozan. Kendall Marshall would be my second choice here.
The Nets: Ask Deron Williams who he wants. Then, draft that guy.
Drummond or Davis (someone next to Monroe)
Withey or Ezeli (back up centers)
I really, really like Anthony Davis on the Pistons next to Greg Monroe. Big Ben is retiring after this season, and Davis' defense would be a huge upgrade from the veteran. The Pistons would have a bright future with Monroe, Davis, Knight, Jerebko, and Daye (I've never been a big fan of Stuckey, I see him getting moved at some point).
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I agree that Anthony Davis alongside Greg Monroe would be a great fit with Anthony's length and Greg's scoring then that would be a great frontcourt going forward. Detroit would need get their numbers up in the draft lottery to get a shot at Davis who is surely a top 3 lock but at least Joe Dumars does seem to draft well in the last few years so he should make a solid choice.
As a Phoenix fan I'd love Harrison Barnes but again I think we need to get a draft lottery top 3 pick to get him and could I cannot see how we could turn down Davis or Drummond. If our balls don't come up then I'd love us to somehow get into a position to draft MKG or Brad Beal. I know that Phoenix has a fairly crowded front court but Myers Leonard's all round game does intrigue me and if Steven Adams did happen to declare then I'd go all out for him.