My mock after the tourney. Comments and team needs.
Here is my mock after the tourney performances. Please note that the mock is based on three things first, team need, tourney performance, potential. This is why a few guys are higher then you might expect and lower then you think they should go as well.
What do you think?
One question I do have though, I am thinking about lowering Butler because of his injury in the Final Four, and I don't know how strong he will be come combine and team workouts. Your thoughts?
uu think ed davis is better than greg monroe
Yeah, I don't think Ed Davis would be best available if Monroe was still on the board. As far as Wade leaving, don't forget the Heat have more money than anybody, I think, to spend this off season.
Other then that, I don't have any issues. You have to be ready to take crticism when you post these because everyone is a fan of another team and all have opinions on who their team should draft.
I don't see Philly taking Whiteside over Greg Monroe or even Cole Aldrich. He's basically Samuel Dalembert 2.0 and I know for a fact us Philly fans don't want another Dalembert in the future.
I don't think James Anderosn will fall past Milwaukee at 12. He didn't have a good game in the tourny, but keep in mind what he did throughout the entire season. And Georgia Tech's entire defense was built around stopping him, and you have to figure that won'T be the case in the NBA. He'll be a nice player beside any team with a playmaker for others like New Orleans or Milwaukee.
I don't think the Pacers need another PF who can't defend and plays on the perimeter. They need a Cole Aldrich type who is a defensive presence down low. Troy Murphy does all the exact same things Motiejunas does, except he can play down low.
Ekpe Udoh won't fall out of the top 20, and I doubt a team takes Larry Sanders over him. Udoh is probably a better shot-blocker and is easily more talented offensively.
Da'Sean Butler won't be taken in the 1st round. His injury is too big a risk for a guaranteed contract that comes with being a 1st rounder. He's never seriously been a 1st round prospect either, even pre-injury.
Gani Lawal doesn't really fill a hole. He does all the same stuff Josh Boone does (except he's shorter) and Yi is obviously better.
Larry Sanders isn't a center. And even he does see minutes there, they have Etan Thomas, Krstic, and they are developing Byron Mullins at that spot. And Jeff Green and Ibaka are solidified at the PF spots too.
Green is more of a SF, and Mullens is a project. Krstic and Thomas are okay, but the Thunder need a a dominating presence at C. Sanders, I think would be perfect. But I could probably put Udoh with the first thunder pick and then Sanders with the second.
Yi works better as a SF. I have heard all year that the Nets have a hole at PF, so here is someone to fill that hole. Boone is much worse. Lawal actually has some potential.
About Butler I've been thinking about that, but I'm not quite sure, that's I asked the question as a side note in the original post.
I can't really fit Anderson in the lottery. Not really any team below 12 need a SG. If the bulls were in the lottery I would put him there in a heart beat.
I don't see Monroe going 7th, a little high for him.
The pacers have Hibbert at C. Who is very defensive, give him time and he will be more consistent. I really don't know where to put Montie, I don't see him falling past 10 though.
Aldrich is too high at 7, as is Monroe. The sixers might see something in Whiteside. Although I could see them drafting Henry as well.
Davis is better then Monroe, because of his potential. Monroe is not that aggressive, and I expected more out of him this year. So that's why I put Monroe below Davis
iggy i gotta disagree with what u said about butler not really being a first round prospect ever..i just think before the kid got hurt he put up the stats as a first round pick,led his team to a final four and has a solid head on his shoulders. i still think maybe a team in the 25-30 picks pick him up...just my opinion i guess
hes always been a top 5 rebounder, a good shot blocker and very efficient. the last 2 years hes basically been mr double double. this year hes been injured a lot. hes big issue is that hes never ben strong enough to be a strong post presence on either end. nellie would not want cousins, trust me
I would be shocked to see Bird and the Pacers take Motie.
In regards to the Grizz pick at 14. Did I miss something? Has Zach Randolph announced he would be retiring soon? Z-Bo played one year at MSU, so is he even 30 years old?
I could easily see the Spurs nabbing Vesely, if he slips that far. I think there will be a team in the lottery that falls in love with this guy.
I don't see how the Magic would not draft a PG. They need a backup really bad.
I'm not a big fan of Aubrey Coleman. Houston always has a high tempo offense and inflates their players stats. I think he is late 2nd round pick - undrafted material.
One last thing. You mention such and such team "loves" such and such's potential. How do you know that?
I'm not really saying that Randolph will retire soon, I just think he is a little old. He has gotta be in his late 30s. I remember he was in Portland for quite a awhile.(I think 7 years) then in LA for about 2 or 3 and now Memphis. That's about 10 years in the league. I think he will stay for another 2 or 3 years. Patterson is more just a pick for the future for when he does retire(whenever that will be) Which is why said that while he is here he can teach Patterson. I also just see Patterson being picked with the last pick in the lottery.
About the Magic, when I noticed that Barnes was there starting SF, I was impressed, and I knew that was something that had to be addressed. They could also go PF and put Lewis at the SF. I will certainly look into a backup PG though.
How about the Pacers going with Whiteside, the sixers drafting Monroe, and the Bucks drafting Montie?
I only mentioned "loves his potential" like 4 times (and mostly in the second round) This is more of speculation. Not actual knowledge. Just because I happen to think a team will love him, does not mean you have to.
Zach Randolph is 28
Green is more of a SF, and Mullens is a project. Krstic and Thomas are okay, but the Thunder need a a dominating presence at C. Sanders, I think would be perfect. But I could probably put Udoh with the first thunder pick and then Sanders with the second. <--- Green isn't going to see very many minutes at SF as long as Kevin Durant is on the team. Sanders isn't a dominanting player at all. He's like a poor mans Taj Gibson..If they want a dominating presence, they need to address that in free agency because Larry Sanders won't be the answer.
Yi works better as a SF. I have heard all year that the Nets have a hole at PF, so here is someone to fill that hole. Boone is much worse. Lawal actually has some potential. <---He can POTENTIALLY do what Josh Boone does. He's not a starter. Trust me, I live in Georgia and watch him play all the time and have for the past 3 years. And Yi isn't going to play SF for the Nets. He's works better at SF to you, but that's not going to be his role for New Jersey.
I can't really fit Anderson in the lottery. Not really any team below 12 need a SG. If the bulls were in the lottery I would put him there in a heart beat. <--- Milwaukee and New Orleans both are lotto teams that will take him. Especially over Xavier Henry.
I don't see Monroe going 7th, a little high for him. <--- But you have Whiteside going over him? Monroe has played better than Whiteside has. The only thing Whiteside is better at is blocking shots. Monroe's also younger and much more skilled.
The pacers have Hibbert at C. Who is very defensive, give him time and he will be more consistent. I really don't know where to put Montie, I don't see him falling past 10 though. <--- Roy Hibbert isn't defensive-minded much at all. He blocks shots because of his height, but he's not a great post defender by any stretch. Much more offensive minded.
Aldrich is too high at 7, as is Monroe. The sixers might see something in Whiteside. Although I could see them drafting Henry as well. <--- If they 76ers want Whiteside, they'll just resign Dalembert. They have been trying to trade him for 2 years, only being held back by his ridiculous contract. They don't want that kind of player anymore.
I agree with the bucks and the hornets needing a SG but I see PF as a more pressing need then SG. At PF they have Mbah A moute, who is better suited for the bench, and at SF/SG they have Salmons. so the more pressing need is PF as Salmons can switch between forward or guard when he wants. And I don't see the bucks taking Anderson when a better PF like Monroe or Montie or Davis is still available. The hornets always draft the best available, no matter if they are full at that position or not. In my mind Davis is the best available.
I actually believe Green will be traded, maybe to get a more dominating Center, but that is not absolutely sure which is why I have them drafting a center a big need.
Look at my mock again especially the lottery it has been changed a little. Don't worry about my comments on the Pacers, and Whiteside. I change my mind a lot. (you can take points away from me for that, I really don't care about the points like most people do)
Really Randolph is that young. I had no idea, Ill have to change my comment on Patterson then. Sorry for the confusion.
"allow Udrih to be traded so he can be more useful and be able to fully help a team with his recent success."
So the Kings should trade Evans cause of his recent success ....
Makes no sense at all .. Udrih comes into his own under a coach who let's him play, and the subtraction of KMartin ... so Sacramento dumps him for another Rookie who plays the combo guard position just like Udrih .... when Sacramento needs solid Bigs they draft another Guard .....
What I'm trying to say is that look at Evans assist numbers lately. He is playing like a point, maybe that's where the Kings like him. The kings have plenty of bigs, Spencer Hawes, Jason Thompson, and Carl Landry, if you ask me they need wing players. Henry, and Collins would be great. The kings have a young team. Collins is young as well, but he has leadership qualities from Kansas, which is what the Kings need. I never said the Kings need to trade Evans, heavens no, that would be horrible. I just think Udrih deserves to start, but Evans assist numbers make me wonder, if the Kings would rather have Evans play the point. He has gotten like 8ast per game for about a month now, maybe more.
Bledsoe is WAY too high up especially after his poor performance in the tournament and same with Orton, I do not know why either player is coming out right now but it is just play and simple stupid. Ed Davis should not be in the top 20 because of injury and also I believe he is one of the more overrated players in the country. And Whiteside is a very very dangerous pick. Yes he is raw talent but the only reason he puts up huge numbers is because he is in a terrible conference. I wouldn't risk picking him that high up.