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Mock draft based on end of season standing not standings right now.

This is my mock draft, based on the end of season standings, not right now. Therefore the first round will look a little different then how this site has it. Lottery only, will do entire first round later on.
1 Nets=John Wall, no explanation is needed
2 Wolves= Turner, great leader, will love his versatility
3 Warriors= Cousins= Biedrins is not that great, Nelly will love his desire, will settle for the attitude.
4 WIzards= Aminu, Talented replacement for Thornton. Arenas will help him out make him look really good.
5 Sixers= Favors, Great replacement for the always injured Brand
6 Pistons= Whiteside, could use his Shot blocking presence, now that Big Ben is injured and old.
7 Pacers= Henry, better prospect then Rush.
8 Jazz(knicks pick)= Wes Johnson, Perfect fit. Replaces AK since he is always hurt.
9 Sac-town= Damion James
10 Clippers= Ebanks
11 Bucks= Monroe= Fills big hole
12 Hornets=Montie, Best Available
13 Grizz= Patterson
14 Rockets=Cole Aldrich, Great replacement for Yao. Could really use help down low too.


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The next time Aminu looks to

The next time Aminu looks to have more potential than Travis Outlaw will be the first. He is not good enough to be the kind of scorer teams want from a starting 3, and is not strong enough to be a 4 in a half court game.

If the Pistons were to go for a center, why would they take Whiteside over Aldrich?

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That might be the dumbest thing I've heard...Im a Blazer fan and have seen Outlaw play for years. Aminu will be sooooo much better it's not even funny. First off, he can actually play really good defense. Something Outlaw could never do. Secondly, he is an amzing rebounder. He has solid post moves and finishes well around the rim. Yes, his jumper is inconsistent, but it has improved dramatically. Aminu is going to be a very good player...Very good. Let's not forget that he's the age of most freshmen. Unlike Outlaw, Aminu actually has an understanding of the game.

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He has that great

He has that great understanding that disappears at the end of games. His basketball iq is not that high. He has been an incredibly inefficient scorer on anything other than put backs. He has a nasty habit of trying to take the ball up the court or his man off the dribble that only shows he really isn't any good at it. Defensively, he is a work-in-progress. He has length and athleticism, but to say he does play defense well ignores what actually happens in games. Yes, he rebounds well. That doesn't make him worth a top five pick as a small forward.

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So?

I never said he is an amazing scorer, but I am saying he has improved his offensive arsenal.Answer me this, do you not see mismatch potential with Aminu? Patrick Patterson, a legit 4 had to front Aminu because he knew he couldn't guard Aminu straight up. He seems like an upgraded version of Thaddeus Young to me...Tell me another SF prospect who is better than Aminu.

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Was Patterson unable to

Was Patterson unable to guard Aminu straight up before or after Kentucky had a twenty point lead and was just cruising? Just curious.

If Aminu was capable of creating a mismatch, then why did Wake never go to him late in games? Why was it that they did not simply get him a touch every time down? This isn't a situation of bad or selfish guards. Ish Smith can get people the ball. It is because he isn't an efficient scorer in college. In the pros, everyone is going to be as long and either as athletic or nearly as athletic. Could he go and crash the glass on the next level? Yes. Can he get out and run, maybe get a few easy ones in transition? Yes. I don't think I need to draft that in the top five or top ten.

I'm not really in love with any of the small forwards. Nobody really strikes me as being a big time star. Johnson has the makings of a good SF in a catch-and-shoot scheme, but I am not crazy about him as a creator. I probably like Devin Ebanks the most of the unpolished athletes. He and Aminu are similar in terms of their measurable strengths, but Ebanks is a much more polished defender. If I have to take a SF whose offensive game is not there yet, and might not ever get there, I'll take the guy who will get on the floor because he will be some team's perimeter stopper.

As for Thaddeus Young, he and Outlaw aren't that different. There is an extremely long list of average small forwards who have great athleticism. Many of them are in the league a long time, but there is a reason that they are a clear cut below great.

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Before to answer your question. He was in foul trouble the whole game and still had respectable numbers. Say what you want about Aminu, but he can score, rebound and has the potential to be a very good defender. He is unpolished, but you make it seem like he can't get any better. He can turn into a 2nd option if he improves his handles and jumper.

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whatever GM takes Damion James in the top 10 should run their car with the garage door closed....I agree with taking Aldrich over Whiteside....I don't understand all the hype....but Aminu does have a world of potential....I do agree with that...

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Aminu

and he is more suited for the pro game than college anyway.....he has Josh Smith type athleticism

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Updated Mock draft 1

Updated Mock draft
1 Nets=John Wall, no explanation is needed
2 Wolves= Turner, great leader, will love his versatility
3 Warriors= Cousins= Biedrins is not that great, Nelly will love his desire, will settle for the attitude.
4 WIzards= Aminu, Talented replacement for Thornton. Arenas will help him out make him look really good.
5 Sixers= Favors, Great replacement for the always injured Brand
6 Pistons= Whiteside, could use his Shot blocking presence, now that Big Ben is injured and old.
7 Pacers= Montie, to replace Murphy, Pacers need to trade him, or use him on the bench.
8 Jazz(knicks pick)= Wes Johnson, Perfect fit. Replaces AK since he is always hurt.
9 Sac-town= Xavier Henry, Tyreke can play the point, Xavier fills hole at guard
10 Clippers= Ebanks
11 Bucks= Monroe= Fills big hole
12 Hornets=Damion James, Best Available, and fills huge hole
13 Grizz= Patterson, will love his upside, and are jumping over backwards that he fell to them.
14 Rockets=Cole Aldrich, Great replacement for Yao. Could really use help down low too.
The Pistons would take Whiteside over Aldrich, because Whiteside has potential. They will see this as most teams and will be willing to develop him into the Center that he can be. Besides I can't see Aldrich as the 6th pick. has not impressed me enough this season. So Whiteside fits more. His potential is intriguing for the Pistons

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"He can turn into a 2nd

"He can turn into a 2nd option if he improves his handles and jumper."

In other words, if he had an offensive game, he could be a second option. Once again, that does not do anything for me. How many players in the NBA could be second options if they had a better jumper and handles? Half the league? How long has Miami been waiting on Dorell Wright's potential to come to fruition.

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So?

So now Aminu is Dorell Wright? Ok that makes sense. You understand what im saying. WHEN he improves his jumper and handles he iwll be a second option. Worst case senario is that he is a third option who rebounds really well and plays defense. Does that do it for you?

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and....

I don't think there is "no explanation needed" for taking Wall.....if Ohio State were to win it all especially I think Evan Turner might make some noise....especially if the team picking 1st doesn't need a PG (ie. Nets, Wolves)

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After seeing Wes Johnson

After seeing Wes Johnson light it up yesterday, I have a hard time believing 7 teams will pass on him, even if slumped a little bit at the end of the Big East season. A late season run almost always helps a players stock and I think a slip for Johnson would be to 5 or 6...8 just isn't gonna happen.

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1 Nets=John Wall is once in

1 Nets=John Wall is once in lifetime player has the highest value because of the now and the future
2 Wolves= Turner is actually 1a because he is just that versatile and ready to play now
3 Warriors= Favors is very athletic and has size to start at the 4 or 5
4 Wizards= Cousins= give them a strong physical big to pair with Mcgee or Blatche
5 Sixers= Henry = Sixers are weak at two guard and perimeter play
6 Pistons= Monroe= He can play the 4 or 5 for them and he is a team first guy
7 Pacers=Motiejunas= he can shoot and has promising potential maybe Gall or Bargnani type
8 Jazz(knicks pick)= Wes Johnson, Perfect fit. Replaces AK since he is always hurt.
9 Sac-town= Whiteside will have time to develope and be the shot blocker that Kings need
10 Clippers= Ebanks= Clippers could use his athletism and defense and at one time he could stroke it
11 Bucks= Anderson will need to replace Salmons if he leaves which could be likely
12 Hornets=James= is tough and can play right away
13 Grizz= Aminu will help to replace Gay should he leave as is best avaible talent
14 Rockets=Cole Aldrich, Great replacement for Yao. Could really use help down low too.

somebody will move up that was not thought to be this high

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1 Nets=John Wall is once in

1 Nets=John Wall is once in lifetime player has the highest value because of the now and the future
2 Wolves= Turner is actually 1a because he is just that versatile and ready to play now
3 Warriors= Favors is very athletic and has size to start at the 4 or 5
4 Wizards= Cousins= give them a strong physical big to pair with Mcgee or Blatche
5 Sixers= Henry = Sixers are weak at two guard and perimeter play
6 Pistons= Monroe= He can play the 4 or 5 for them and he is a team first guy
7 Pacers=Motiejunas= he can shoot and has promising potential maybe Gall or Bargnani type
8 Jazz(knicks pick)= Wes Johnson, Perfect fit. Replaces AK since he is always hurt.
9 Sac-town= Whiteside will have time to develope and be the shot blocker that Kings need
10 Clippers= Ebanks= Clippers could use his athletism and defense and at one time he could stroke it
11 Bucks= Anderson will need to replace Salmons if he leaves which could be likely
12 Hornets=James= is tough and can play right away
13 Grizz= Aminu will help to replace Gay should he leave as is best avaible talent
14 Rockets=Cole Aldrich, Great replacement for Yao. Could really use help down low too.

somebody will move up that was not thought to be this high

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"So now Aminu is Dorell

"So now Aminu is Dorell Wright? Ok that makes sense. You understand what im saying. WHEN he improves his jumper and handles he iwll be a second option. Worst case senario is that he is a third option who rebounds really well and plays defense. Does that do it for you?"

No, but how long has Miami been waiting for Wright to fulfill his potential. He still shows flashes and has potential, but he has been in the league for six years and has never put it together. You can say when he improves, but it isn't a when. It is a big if. I can go through half the league, and they will have a long, athletic wing who they need to teach to shoot and dribble. For every Josh Smith, there is a Dorell Wright, James Johnson, Derrick Brown, Jamario Moon, Renaldo Balkman, Julian Wright, ... Even guys like Wilson Chandler, Travis Outlaw, and Thaddeus Young are still far from finished products, despite being in the league for a few years. I'm not saying he will be out of the league, but it isn't difficult to look at the elite SFs in the league (LeBron, Pierce, Melo, Durant, Gay, Granger, Butler, etc) and see Aminu clearly will never be in that category. Most teams do not have the firepower to have an off the ball non-creator at the SF spot, and I am confident saying that those who do won't be picking in the top five of the draft.

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Many respected mock drafts have Aminu as a top-5 pick...And, yes...What you are saying is very true. But, I think Aminu will turn into a very good player. You obviously don't. We will just have to wait and see. I think he is more skilled/has more potential than all of those busts you named though. Or he's proved more at the same stage. Also, James Johnson is a rookie. Not really fair to but him in that category yet lol.

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Developing Centers

I don't think Dumars is gonna ride that train again....if Whiteside fails he could lose his job....

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James Johnson

James Johnson was the dumbest pick ever by the Bulls b/c of who they could have gotten instead....

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No, and I am not saying any

No, and I am not saying any of them are busts, but he is an athlete who the Bulls are trying to teach how to play.

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teaching

good luck on Del Negro teaching someone anything...

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