loto mock draft w / explinations
DRAFT ORDER AS OF 1/11/10
NJ- PG John wall: No particular reason
MN- SG Evan Turner: Fits well into the T wolves triangle offense. Could be Wes Johnson here but the wolves could be one of the teams pursuing Rudy Gay this off season.
PHI- PF Derrick Favors: Brand doesn't seem to be working out and this pick would fit there althletic team. Favors has a lot of potential and that is what teams draft upon. The key is Brand he has a huge unmoveable contract and the team may want to stick it out with him for a while still. In that case don't be suprised if Montineauns or Ed Davis slides into this pick.
IND- SF Wes Johnson: I really like this pick personally. Johnson's would be a great compliment next to Danny Granger. Johnson would be perfect for Indiana moving forward as they have a lot of money coming of the books in the 10/11 season.
GS- PF Donatas Motineauns: Sorry GS fans you missed out on Johnson. I have a feeling if this is the pick he stays in europe for a year maybe two. Yet in the end this may turn out to be the best pick in the draft in 5-7 years. The only question is which type of player is Donatas?..............Nskitishvili?.............Barngani?....................or Dirk?
DET- PF Ed Davis: BPA at this point i believe. A nice player for a team that has to start thinking about rebuilding.
Wash- SF Al-Farouq Aminu: Rounds out there roster. Areans? Foye / Butler / Aminu / Jamison / young bigs. probably won't be enough in the east but could give it a shot for one year?
Sac- SG/PG Avery Bradley: Hard pick to decide. The Kings have a lot of shooters on their team as it is so giving them Xavier Henry is redundet. Unless Martin is delt. Might be to early for Cousins although Aldrich could be a possabilty . Bradley would fit great as an on the ball defender while Evans runs the point. Bradley would also add a slasher on offense, he's good on offense but not as good as Monta Ellis is.
Utah- SG Xavier Henry: They will need a shooting guard if Brewer leaves. Henry would be a nice addition next to Williams as a very strong and physical back court.
CHI- C Cole Aldrich: This is a given pick i believe. They need more size down low period. Aldrich won't be the low post scorer that chi town has been looking for but he will contribute.
LAC- SF Devin Ebanks: I see him more as a 2 guard in the L but versitle i guess? B-diddy/ Gordon/ Ebanks / Thorton / Griffin / Kaman could make some noise if they can stay healthy and figure it out.
Mem- SG Willie Warren: Memphis is set in the front court except if Rudy Gay leaves. Warren could be a great 6th man of the bench and would add yet another scoring threat on the floor.
Utha- PF Greg Monroe: I think this is a Sloan pick. A guy with a high BBIQ and plays the high post. Intriguing front court with Okur, Milsap, Monroe and AK-47. Williams and Xavier Henry round out the back court asuming the draft goes this way.
NO- PF DeMarcus Cousins: He could go a lot higher that this possibly top 10. The Hornets have a log jam at the 2 and 3 position and no real depth behind Okafor and West. I really hope this kid pans out.
i think phila would take monroe ....he fits their offense too a tee
Monroe is very underrated on your chart, being he's the best skilled player in this draft. I hope Chicago take him instead of Aldrich, we have Noah so need for Aldrich.
brand is putting up 14 and 8 i think. hes not killing since hes recoving from injury but i wouldnt call those numbers not working out. speights ont he other hand is showing hes not there yet and battles with being inconsistant
I like what ya thinking but a few changes I would rather see.
1.I don't think D Favors is a good pick for Philly. I mean it could work but I think Thaddus Young is feeling that spot at small forward and if you're thinking power forward Speights and Brand are both doing well as well. Maybe a trade somewhere?
2.Demarcus Cousins would be the perfect pick for Sacramento Kings. The spencer Hawes project has it's ups and downs. Cousins can possibly still be growing and if not he still can gaurd the centers in the league. They have all the perimeter help they need they need an inside force.
3.Memphis with OJ Mayo wouldn't nor shouldn't go with another "small" shooting gaurd in Warren. If they think they will lose Rudy Gay, they need to go small forward. If they feel they can keep him and make Warren a point then great pick.
4. I'm so scared of Cole Aldrich. I really don't see him doing anything in the NBA that will make me look at him as a first round pick, let alone a lottery one. I could be wrong but doubt it. Good center in High School and College but to slow for NBA. (maybe I'm still mad he didn't stay in Minnesota lol)
5.If Washington needs anything it is a center. I don't agree with the Aminu pick here. But since there isn't much for centers ???
6.Big Minnesota and Indiana fan and Evans would be my pick at 2 and Johnson for Indy just as you said. good pick
i think alot of people are down on cole because of his numbers but they dont take in account that he doesnt get the ball as much as last year because there team is deeper and the addition of henry
This may be the case with Aldrich. He doesn't get the ball as much because the team is deeper than last year. Wouldn't you think that this should open up more chances for him. More talented team means less double teams on Cole. Plus if he thinks this Kansas team is loaded what do you think his NBA team would be like? Hmm?
it opens up more chances for him if he gets the ball more.. teams are still playing man to man. look at olympic teams. you see kobe doesnt score as much as he would on his laker team because there are more options or look how ron artest doesnt score as much because of more options. its easier to see a big man stats go down because he needs the ball passed to him. he cant go coast to coast. his fg percentage is still the same but he gets the ball less time. chances can open up but if you dont get the ball then how can you score?
My main comment is based on what he would do in the NBA and his worth as a lottery pick. Yes I can agree with the more options can make his stats dwindle a bit. So his NBA team is going to have way more options than his Kansas team, so does this mean they will go down even more. I think he gets his stats based on height. In the NBA he's going to be going against players closer to his height plus they will be much more athletic than he is. That 6' 9 center he's blocking shots of and rebounding against in college will now be 7' 0 also. And that 6' 9 wing player in the NBA will out jump him.
his stats based on height is totally false. hje first really came on the radar because of his play against unc and then during the summer when he was playing against nba big guys and doingvery well with his foot work and his post moves. alot of fans may be low on him but nba teams arent. they know what he can do and they know his potential. alot of fans used to say the exact same thing about brook lopez but if you ask them now about that they will say " well brook was different and brook did this or that" but before brook showed how good he really was they were down on him. one way to tell how good a big man can be isnt just the stats its how he scores. cole scores with a combination of power and foot work. when you have good foot work and post moves then nba teams stay interested and thats why the teams still like him. now most fans view things differently they see stats go up or down and say " oh this guy wis gonna be very good or this guy isnt that good or has gotten worst" but some fans and all nba teams look at how the guy scores can he creat his own points, how many shots does he take , his fg percentage , how often he gets the ball in scoring position, what could he do if he had a point guard whos good at getting people the ball in scoring positions. thats why you may see alot of people get drafted ahead of a guy with great or better stats.
hey guys could we focus on the changes you would make to my draft other than discussing player prospects? I would like to hear your opinions on the changes you would make for example how a certain player could benifit a certain team in the draft. Or possible trades you would make including the draft
Sorry for getting off topic (my post is the 5th one down on the original topic though) but sometimes other topics come up while discussing the main one.
dark man 97 what is your take on phil if you believe favors isn't the guy at 3? some people seem to think monroe should go there but that seems a little high to me. I am a t wolves fan who do you see at 16 CHA's pick for the wolves?
Well me personally, I think that this is a bad year for teams looking for centers. Philly and Minnesota are two teams in search of a center. With Loius Williams and AI 1 they are good at point with Holiday possibly learning too, AI 2 is playing the Shooting gaurd/ Small forward role. Brand, Speights, And Young are taking care of the foward positions and they are stuck with Dalembert at center. He is probably the weakest part of the starting lineup. With no center in this draft better than him I would say get another shooting gaurd/ small forward like Turner to start with AI 2.
Minnesota, like I said before is in the same boat. Set at point guard and power forward for sure and with Brewer coming on strong this year maybe okay with the small forward. If we grab Turner or Johnson first I'd be pleased (Turner more than Johnson) or even if we slide down in the draft and get Henry from Kansas I'd be happy. But with that 16th pick, once again big man. Maybe Cousins, and even though I'm down on him I'd go with Aldrich. I would suggest trading the pick or packaging it with the 32nd and moving up.
if miny gets a center then im guessing you think they will send jefferson or love away since both are starters and when loves contract come sup soon he will be paid liek a starter
As far as both being starters, I see Love as a back up. First big man off the bench. Neither are centers ( too small) If you want to play a big lineup you can have that seven footer at center Jefferson at power and move Love down to small. He's gonna be to slow to gaurd many of the leagues sf but he's been working on his perimeter game and is even shooting the three on occasion. But I never wanted Love in the first place, I was calling the local sports talk show as soon as we got the #3 pick saying pass on Mayo and take Lopez. They thought I was crazy... oh well.