Team Needs: Southeast Division
There's an expression in the scouting industry, "draft for talent, trade for need". Basically you never want to pass on a Michael Jordan because you already have Clyde Drexler as the Trailblazers did back in 1984. And some feel you never even take team need into consideration, just take the player who's highest rated on your board at your pick, and acquire assets, unless you happen to be one player away and have no assets to trade or cap space to make changes to your roster. At the top of the draft it's all about maximizing talent at your draft position. If the talent is equal or very close to equal and a position of need is available, draft for need.
Needs: SF, PF, C
Picks: 3, 37, 54
The Wizards have their backcourt of the future in John Wall and Bradley Beal, and with the third pick will look to add some much needed skill to their frontcourt. They have Nene and Emeka Okafor to supply muscle inside, but they need to find a small forward if possible. Jan Vesely has not panned out and they need another playmaker or shooter on the wing. It may sound bizarre, but the Wizards aren't far from being playoff contenders in the top-heavy Eastern conference. They didn't have Wall for much of last season, and Beal was learning the NBA ropes. With another high lottery pick this year they could make a big jump if they nail the pick. With their picks at 37 and 54, they will likely look to get the best talent available, but they no doubt will be hoping to find a project big man with one of those two picks to give them more depth inside. They appear to be in perfect position to add local guy Otto Porter, who in a dreadful draft is about as surefire to be solid as it gets.
Needs: SG, PF, C
The Bobcats (soon to be Hornets), you could argue, have needs at literally every position on the floor. Is Kemba Walker the answer as a starting point guard? Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was the second overall pick, and so they probably don't want to bring in another young small forward. Their lack of any kind of true post presence really hurts them, and there is a good possibility that they let free agent Gerald Henderson leave. They had better odds at landing the 1st overall selection than everybody except division mate Orlando, but falling to #4 has to sting for them. The general consensus seems to be that in what is considered a weak draft at the top anyway, that there is a noticeable drop off after the top three picks. They could go with Victor Oladipo, but he's pretty similar to MKG, in that he's more of a super role player than a future star. They could select Anthony Bennett but is he big and tough enough to play PF consistently? A bigman such as Cody Zeller or Alex Len could be in play. They could go with Trey Burke but at this point seem to be convinced that Walker is their long term answer at PG. The Bobcats will have some decisions to make with their one and only pick in this draft. They would be ecstatic to see Ben McLemore fall to them, but that seems highly unlikely.
Needs: PF, PG, Backup C
Picks: 17, 18, 47, 50
The Hawks have two picks in the middle of the first round, at 17 and 18. Those may come in handy as they can take two quality players or it will give them options in terms of possibly moving one or both of the picks in an effort to move up if they have a strong conviction about somebody. It's not a foregone conclusion yet, but most people are speculating that this is the offseason that Josh Smith finally leaves Atlanta. Losing him may result in fewer headaches for the coaching staff, but it will leave a major hole in their frontcourt to fill as he's one of the most athletic forwards in the league. They may also look to grab a point guard if one of the top guard prospects falls to the late teens. With Jeff Teague on the roster, it's not a pressing need, but it may be a position that they take the opportunity to upgrade.
Needs: PF, C, PG, SG
Picks: 2, 51
The Magic are still reeling from losing their franchise centerpiece Dwight Howard. But new GM Rob Hennigan has added some solid young complimentary players through trades. They still don't have a ton to work with talent wise moving forward and will be looking to score big in this draft. They have a quality young big man in Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless shows a good deal of potential, and Tobias Harris took his game to a higher level after joining the team, but they lack an all-star caliber player. Luckily for them, they do have the luxury of having the second overall pick in this draft, and will likely draft either Nerlens Noel or Ben McLemore depending on who is left. They had the best chance of landing the top pick, but with pick number two they should still get a quality player. McLemore plays the same position as Arron Afflalo, but having a few sweet shooting wings in the backcourt is never a negative. The other player linked to Orlando is Trey Burke, as there are rumors the team is interested in him, and he would be an easy sell to fans as a household name, and established reputation. Jameer Nelson is aging and there are not a ton of elite PGs on the draft horizon. However in our estimation he would be a big reach taken at 2. The team is really in rebuilding mode, though, and will likely look to stockpile as much talent as they can get their hands on. Trying to make the pieces fit is secondary at this point as the Magic know they aren't going to be contenders next year, so this draft is all about finding pieces that can be building blocks as they look to rebuild a team devastated by the loss of Howard. They'll be one of the worst teams once again next year and hope to win a top 3 spot again next year as the talent pool is much deeper at the top.
If there was ever a draft to not have a pick, this would be it. Luckily for Miami, they already have everything they need to be one of the favorites to win a championship not only this season, but next season as well. They currently don't have a single pick in this year's draft. That, however, doesn't mean they won't end up making a selection on draft night, it's just that Pat Riley and company will have to find a way to acquire a pick if there is a player they like. There is no question that they would like to find another big man even though Chris "Birdman" Anderson has been great for them. Because this is widely considered to be a weak draft, there is a chance that Miami will be able to straight up buy a draft pick, but there is no guarantee they'll find a seller, or that they'll be able to acquire somebody that will help them immediately even if they get their hands on a draft pick. They'll continue to lean heavily on James, Wade, and Bosh to get them where they need to go, so not having a pick is not that big of a deal to them.
Orlando have Harkless Harris and Vucevic, but their needs are SF/PF/C? Magic need a PG. Nelson's time is over and they need someone to facilitate the offense.
Kemba Walker had an amazing season...it's only his 2nd year in the NBA, how isn't he the answer at PG? Walker is only going to improve and he's already on Ty Lawsons level...even Jrue Holliday too. Drafting Trey Burke would be retarded.
how do Hawks need a PG when Jeff Teague is on the roster? He's another upcoming PG whos going to improve and get better and he's already pretty damn good.
This whole teams that need PG's and teams that don't is all messed up. Bad read.
- Orlando should pick everything except SF's. Even a C, assuming Vucevic could play some PF.
- I don't think Atlanta would be looking for a PG. Jenkins is OK, but do they expect him to start long term? I think SG/SF and C are the biggest needs, assuming Horford would move to PF and Josh Smith will be signed and traded.
- It would be pretty dumb for the Bobcats to pick Oladipo. They need big men and a scoring wing.
You gotta be kidding when you say Kemba is on Ty Lawson as well as Jrue Holiday's level. A player putting up inflated numbers on a terrible team is not on the same level as an Allstar in Holiday and a playoff PG in Ty. It's too early to call the Kemba experiment but its evident that he doesn't necessarily improve the TEAM!
They're not inflated and if using that logic you could say JRue Holliday's numbers are inflated since 76ers had a season without Bynum and Igoudala.
I watched Walker all season long since he was on my fantasy team. He's a totally different player and has improved on both sides of the ball, especially his defense and 3pt shooting.
Not only Walker is a dynamic scorer (his elite speed and tight handles that have him in the top 3-5 in this category) Walker is pretty strong and takes contact well, got stronger from last year.
If Walker's number were inflated, he would be average over 3 turnovers a game from dominating the ball. Walker only averages 2.4 turnovers within 35 minutes per game which is amazing considering how poor the Bobcats are. The ball hogs on the Bobcats are Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon. Henderson likes to be the primary scorer when he's on the court, but Walker is really the best player on the team and played unselfish basketball all season. Averaging close to 6 assist per game on the BOBCATS is a miracle.
If you watched the games and not assume things, you would have a less ignorant opinion and realize the Bobcats are a team that have no screeners and big man who are fundamentally flaw. No one good pick or screen is set for the guards, so everyone in Charlotte have to score like Melo, in total isolation or off a poor pick.
You put a guy like in Kemba on a team with good big men, and you'll see his production increase and the big men get better because Walker is a tough match up for any guard to cover, Kemba's ability to drive to the basket and break down the defense alone makes him a facilitating player that can get his teammates involved.
Probably the worst thing you can say is "it's evident that Walker doesn't improve the TEAM". You failed in all parameters to understand how poor the Bobcats roster are with Biyombo who struggles to finish in the paint and he's a 6"10 big man...Mullens who falls in love with long range shots when his 7 foot body should be in the paint. MKG is a rookie, Gordon had his worst season of his NBA career and played totally disinterested especially on DEFENSE, and Ramon Sessions is a nut who thinks he's Russell Westbrook. No one in the NBA can make a team like that better, not even LeBron. Bobcats would still be a terrible team because you have unmotivated individuals who don't play defense like the old Bobcats use to (Bell, Chandler, Jackson, Wallace, etc). Once you're unable to understand that, you won't be fooling yourself about Kemba Walker who's just as good as JRue Holiday.
and head to head, Walker has gotten the best of JRue Holiday.
10 assist (WOW on the Bobcats)
The other times they met, Holliday out played Walker twice, where as Walker has edge Holliday 4 times.
Even with that said, I won't be silly as you and make a bad judgement. I believe Holliday, Lawson, Walker are in their own tier of PGs. They're not Chris Paul or Russell Westbrook, but they're pretty damn good B level PGs. They're really equal in talent and skill. All have very bright futures.
Hold that, drink it, digest it and let it sink down. You terribly underrate Kemba Walker and he's immensely talented and skilled; the kind of player that improves every season and he's slowly mastering the PG position. This guy is a KEEPER and will help the Bobcats get better as a team.
I had debated how good Jrue Holiday really is on another thread and he was an all star but by the end of the season he was barely in the top half of point guards. Some guy tried to argue that he was only the 25th best PG in the league which was crazy but he is really in the middle somewhere. Kemba is in the middle as well but Kemba got better as the year went on and Holiday got much worse.
4. Tony Parker
6. Kyrie Irving
7. Mike Conley
10. Kemba Walker
16. Jeff Teague.
That is dumb of them to question if Kemba is the answer at PG...he is by far the best offensive player on the team...why would you consider replacing him with so many other glaring needs?
Rondo, Rose, and Wall would have been higher if not for injuries. My list above uses a combination of Metric stats and the eye test. If you go just on the metrics Kemba Walker was ranked 6th among PGs with 11.2 wins added. That is ahead of Kyrie Irving, Ty Lawson, Mike Conley, Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday. Jrue Holiday had 8.4 which puts him tied for 11th with Calderon and Dragic.
Im not in love with this article...not accurate at all. Whoever Eric Yearian is, he butchered the magic assessment something awful
Every writer here is all over McLemore, while NBA GMs apparently are not.
I get if you're higher on a prospect, but lets not extrapolate our own biases onto NBA teams in a prediction column. Many GMs are higher on Oladipo than McLemore, and most "experts" currently have McLemore falling to #4, so why act like it's highly unlikely?
I agree, Jan Vesely was a bust, but I'd hate to see the team trade him and have him blossom into a great player like Nikola Vucevic did after the trade with the 76ers/Magic. the team is looking good right now and adding Otto Porter will only help this team improve.
If Gorgui Dieng or Jeff Withey is still there at #37, they should strongly consider taking one of those big-men to pair with Okafor or Nene.
Kemba walker can play buts hes not on Lawson level. Lawson is borderline franchise player.
Bobcats should get either get Shabazz or Zeller
This writer Eric_Yearian is not very good at this. He said Raymond Felton is better backup option at point guard? Jeff Teague needs to be upgraded? Orlando needs SF, PF, C? Need better writers guys
Lawson didn't even make any major improvements this season. Lawson is a great PG, love his game but Walker is right there with him, especially with Kemba's break out season and he found his 3pt stroke now in the NBA.
He's not on Lawson's level? You need to do your research. Kemba is only a sophomore and he's putting up slightly better numbers than Lawson who's been in the NBA for 4 years already.
Dude hop off that Kemba D@#k, maybe you can make a case when his team actually win some games.
Lol Lawson led a nuggets team with 0 all stars on it to a 3rd seed in the western conference and was the only one who bothered to show up in the playoffs. Walker is NOT close to Lawson's level.
Winning games is a team effort, not just based on an individual. T'Mac is one of the greatest wings of our era, but he struggled winning a lot because he had a poor supporting cast.
That's a very weak argument.
That's probably the silliest point of an argument you can come from because
Nuggets have one of the depest rosters in the NBA and a great over all team. You can make a case for Andre Miller out playing Lawson in certain moments of the season. When Andre Milller is the back up PG and McGee is the back up C, you know that team is deep.
Walker is on par with Lawson equally if you actually do your research and stop taking credit from Lawson' teammates and giving it to Ty Lawson. Walker gave Lawson the BUSINESS this season and Lawson struggled against Walker's defense. Stop overhyping a good player because he plays on a good team and stop underrating a good player because he has the worst supporting cast in the NBA.
That is true winning games is a team effort, but a superstar like T-MAC can make garbage teams win games. T-MAC at least took his garbage team to the playoffs and had some good regular seasons. How can you even bring` T-MAC into this conversation? T-MAC was an elite player that could make garbage look half decent like Lebron or Iverson. Kemba is nowhere near the caliber of player that T-MAC was. So I don't know where you are going with argument either. I actually like Kemba. He is in a horrible organization with no structure and still is a young player with the jury still out on him. We can play this game of What-if's about switching the roles of Kemba and Lawson or Holiday, but it is what it is. Kemba is in a shtty situation while the others have a good supporting cast, but that doesn't change the fact that Kemba is still liable for the same amount of responsibility of carrying a team.
I disagree. Kemba doesn't have Iggy, manimal, chandler, and mcgee. Funny how we don't even talk about the effect George Karl has on his players. Nuggets are much better. I do think ty is better now but he's not leaps and bounds better than you might think.
I'm not comparing Kemba to T-Mac. I was just saying how much your team wins isn't really a factor of your individual attributes because you have guys like Derek Fisher and Rasho Nesterovic who have rings and started on championship teams.
Kemba Walker is a sophmore in the NBA.
If you watched the Bobcats more than you did(Im assuming you did watch some games since your a Kemba fan), you'll really Kemba was very professional throughout the season in being unselfish and scoring when he had to, along with playing GREAT defense. Kemba averaged 1.9 steals and .4 blocks per game, along with his pesky man to man defense.
Kemba, along with Taylor were the only perimeter defenders on the Bobcats had because Henderson/Sessions/Gordon were into offense 80% of the their time on the floor. This is why I respect Kemba's game a lot, he takes responsibility of his teammates and he does every little thing he can do to win. Kemba is a success NCAA champion who is very familiar with leading his teams to success.
Bobcats will be a better team just based on the fact Kemba and MKG will improve their games on the next level (Kemba will probably make an all star appearance)
Lawson is great and has been one of the best young PG's ever since he was a rookie. I think his combination of speed, tight ball handling, lights out shooting and great character has helped Denver become such a dangerous team. He deserves all the credit and how he played for Denver in the playoffs was incredible even though they fell short.
I don't think Kemba is far far far away from that. He's actually next to Lawson and has a good chance to surpass if Lawson doesn't elevate himself defensively and improve his offense, even though it's already great. Kemba is a two way PG who can defend and score, but now developed his 3pt shot and is expected to improve his shooting with his dedication to working hard in the gym and improving his weaknesses. He did the same thing in UCONN and he's following the same trend in the NBA.