Ok, lets talk about the draft. No, no, not the bar in this city that I consistently black out at, I mean the NBA draft. It seems like this draft was deep. It’s wasn’t really top heavy, there may not be a single MVP in this draft but there will be plenty off all-stars.
Here are some teams that did well last night besides Boston and New Orleans, who I posted about last night.
- Charlotte Bobcats. I love Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He will be a good player for Charlotte. He’s a great athlete, high motor, and most importantly has a high work ethic. People believe he can be an all-star defender. And he has everything it takes to put it together overall. In the second round they took Jeffery Taylor. He’s awfully similar to MKG, just not as good. He’s an interesting player to watch though.
- Golden State Warriors. Ok, Barnes is a great pick but the steal of the draft is Draymond Green. A guy who can do it all. He’s a little undersized but will find ways to contribute. I’m not sure either of the other big men they drafted will work out.
- Oklahoma City Thunder. Perry Jones III. A steal at 28. He’s got injury concerns but the upside at 28 is worth it. What’s the worst that will happen? Your 28th pick won’t work out? At best people think he can be better than Serge Ibaka.
- Sacramento Kings. Thomas Robinson. Sacramento fans should be salivating to think about Robinson and DeMarcus Cousins playing next to each other for a long time. Or as long as Sacramento has a team.
- Chicago Bulls. Marquis Teague is a great pick at 29. It was surprising that he was available. Teague is a straight up PG, so it wasn’t really a need for the Bulls but the value was outstanding. Teague will backup Rose for years to come. They sure love Calipari.
- Los Angeles Lakers. Robert Sacre. Does the last pick in the draft ever make the team? Besides Isaiah Thomas last year only 9 last picks have played a minute in the NBA. but I think Sacre will. Especially if one of the bigs in LA ends up getting dealt.
Here’s some moves I’m not sure about. Not necessarily bad, but it’s intriguing to think about what their future moves will be.
- Houston Rockets. Jeremy Lamb. He’s going to be a good player and good scorer but where’s he fit on the roster? Either Lamb or Martin must be on their way out. The other Rocket picks aren’t bad. All along they seemed to go talent over need. Were they actually planning on making all of these picks?
- Orlando Magic. Andrew Nicholson. It will be a tough rotation to crack with Dwight, Anderson, and Davis. I’m sure Dwight will eventually get dealt, but wouldn’t a guard here have been nice?
- Philadelphia 76ers. Moe Harkless. Sure, he’s good. He can D up, can get to the rim. But how good is his shooting? Right now he’s sitting behind Iggy and Thaddeus. So here’s the question, who’s on the way out? I assume Iggy, but for what?
Picks I didn’t get at all.
- Cleveland Cavaliers. Dion Walters. I’m sure he will be a decent player but there was so much talent still on the board.
- Toronto Raptors. Terrence Ross. First of all, at 8 it’s a reach. Secondly, they already have DeMar DeRozen. I don’t get it. I would have taken Rivers, Drummond, or Leonard.
- Phoenix Suns. Kendall Marshall. Nash’s biggest criticism is that he can’t play D so lucky Suns fans won’t expect it from their new point guard. Taking a PG 13th overall makes it seem like Nash is gone. He’s a passing guard, who’s he going to pass to? I like the bigs that Phoenix has, good complementary players but they needed a guard who can put up points. To be honest I don’t think there was a guard for them at 13. I would have tried to trade down. But hey, maybe they did.
If I didn’t talk about your team, it was either a player I don’t know enough about or it was a middle of the road pick that i didn’t love or hate. If you really want my opinion on your team you can message us.
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