- Mar 31, 2013
Unless he shows a jumper or a Draymond like passing game; not very well.
Why would Danny want to consolidate and cash in this year? The Celtics might be the favorites to win the championship next season standing pat, and if they want to stay ready for the next superstar trade opportunity, it's better to continuously maintain a handful of high lottery picks in as many seasons going forward as possible. If you're unable to trade those at the right time, you draft and develop, which worked out great with Tatum and Brown: they're each worth more now than a #3 pick would be.I think he's going to do just that, pushing all the chips in this year to get whoever his guy is in this draft.
If the Kings' pick is the centerpiece of a deal, it will probably look like SAC rolling into MEM if SAC binks #1. That lowers the variance enough to be similar to the Nets pick that they traded for Kyrie.I would agree, except that #1 protection makes it really really tough. No one is going to trade a top 6-7 pick with the chance they get bumped into the 20s? Danny is very creative though, so maybe MEM or multiple BOS picks could be the backup compensation?
I haven't been as high on him as some here seem to be. He's not classically athletic. He's probably more talented that his father was at this age due to growing up in the U.S. basketball system, but he still has the same awkwardness and no muscle. Just watch video of him running up and down the court. Then watch video of him making cuts to the hoop or dribbling in traffic and try to imagine that working against NBA talent. I wouldn't want to touch him unless he filled out a lot more and showed more quickness and agility, but that doesn't seem to be in the genes.I find it really interesting that they have Bol Bol as low as 15th. Is he that much of a question mark?
You’re not worried about his motor? We’ll see what K gets out of him, but seems like it’s a pretty significant concern at this point, especially when considering over guys like Barrett and Little who are going all out all the time.On the bright side Bassey’s presence increases Bosotn’s odds of getting Cam Reddish (by adding another name to the top 5 mix). So I’m all for it. Hopefully he stops Fultzing around with his jumper.
Well, these early mock drafts are only good for seeing who the top prospects are. August mocks are not very good at projecting actual spots. Here's one from a year ago.
Not Top-5 but Kentucky had 4 lotteries a few years ago with KAT, WCS, Booker, and Lyles.....then Harrison and Dakari Johnson go in the 2nd.
Similarly but even more impressive was the UCLA '73-'74 team which had 4 players go Top-THREE although in different drafts. Bill Walton (1), Dave Meyers (2), Richard Washington (3), and Marques Johnson (3). Sucks that they had to take those pay cuts to play in the NBA.Probably not one year’s top 5, but Worthy, Jordan and Sam Perkins shared a UNC team and each went top 5.
Not least because we have no idea what the draft order will be. They're more prospect rankings than mocks.Well, these early mock drafts are only good for seeing who the top prospects are. August mocks are not very good at projecting actual spots. Here's one from a year ago.
Exactly. Or if they end up with three picks in round 1, maybe they can package 8 and 15 and move up a couple of spots. Or kick the can down the road with 15 for a eurostash. Having options is good.There’s always room at the end of the roster. Plus they’ll need to replace Rozier, Theis, and Morris.
BRIGHTON, Mass. — The third-floor corner cubicle reserved for Darius Bazley comes with a window view and overflows with athletic shoe prototypes and sports memorabilia. There was a Liverpool soccer jersey, still in its plastic packaging, folded over the back of Bazley’s new desk chair when he arrived. On a shelf adjacent to the desk sit retro James Worthy high-tops in North Carolina colors. Not-yet-released baseball spikes for Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros sit on another.
It is an inviting setup for an internship — at least for college-age trainees who love sports. Bazley, of course, isn’t your typical intern.
He is a 6-foot-9, 210-pound top basketball prospect who planned to spend this winter starring at the Carrier Dome as a prized freshman for Syracuse University. Then, in March, Bazley stunned many in the sport by announcing he was decommiting from Syracuse so he could play out his one-year wait for the 2019 N.B.A. draft in the N.B.A.’s developmental tier G League.
Yet that plan has also been nixed. In May, Bazley signed with the prominent agent Rich Paul, who represents LeBron James, John Wall and Ben Simmons among Klutch Sports’ 18 N.B.A. clients. This week, Paul revealed he has arranged for Bazley to spend the heart of the college basketball season — January, February and March — as an intern at New Balance.
These guys are all tankworthy. Barrett looks like the best of the bunch and is going to be a dynamic scorer in the NBA. Zion is the most intriguing guy due to how unique of a talent he is. Reddish seems like he's going to be overshadowed all year but someone on draft night is going to quietly get a very good player.Duke will be dominating the lottery this year, including at the very top, they laid a smackdown on Kentucky on opening night:
Barrett: 33 points, 6 assists.
Zion: 28 points on 11 for 13 shooting, 7 rebounds, including 3 on the offensive glass.
Reddish: 22 points, 4 steals, no turnovers.
This is my concern about Zion as well despite having no evidence to support this fear. As far as I know the only injury he's suffered was one to his hand. My favorite "stat" on Zion is that if he were in the NBA today he'd be the second heaviest player behind Boban. Everyone talks about Zion due to his freakish body and explosiveness but to me Barrett is the best overall player on that team with the highest upside with a body to still grow into. He's the #1 guy which may make the radio talk guys heads explode from what I've heard so far today.Zion would make me nervous that any injury to the lower body might sap him of the strength he needs to propel his massive size around. He’s still worth the high pick and his skills might make him an effective player even without the athleticism, but having to lug 290+ pounds around an NBA court night after night seems like it’ll take its toll.
Agreed on Barrett being the #1 pick but Zion is going to be a stud in the NBA. How can anyone besides LeBron stop him from getting to the basket whenever he wants? He's a good enough passer that if anyone comes help-side he'll make the right play then too. That dime he threw to Barrett on the break last night was amazing for a guy his size. And if you play off of him he's a good enough shooter to make you pay.Agree on Barrett. He looks like he is going to be an alpha scorer in the NBA. I don't think Zion/Reddish will get there but it's obviously very early.