Here's an article in today's Washington Post from columnist Michael Lee talking about the Wizards' prospects at #3. Lee seems to think that the Wiz would be best going after Bradley Beal from Florida to help shore up their perimeter game.
Andre Dawkins: “People ask me if I can still shoot, and I ask them if they can still breathe. That’s kind of the same thing.”
Awesome story on grantland.com about the draft. Wade through all the conspiracy talk at the top and get to the part about two-thirds of the way down (written by Duke's Shane Ryan) about the possibility of the Black Falcon "the most overrated player in college basketball history" taken by Charlotte in the first round.
PS Also a little blurb about how Drummond is the most likely bust that the pickers won't be able to resist.
As for the draft, it would be very typical if Jordan selected HB with that second pick. I don't think it will happen, but it would be very Bobcats/Jordan like if it did. I think the best thing Charlotte can do is trade the pick and try to garner multiple picks lower in the draft. After Davis, every other player has question marks. For a team as bad as Charlotte, they need lots of players, not one. I would try to trade down with one of the teams that have 2 first round picks, and try to get 2 picks in the first round, to go with the high pick in the 2nd round.
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I've seen Skype Barnes projected as high as #4.
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Skimming through the combine video from earlier and Rivers is working out with the PG group (at least in the athletic testing portion), FWIW. If he really only has an 8'1" reach, he might have to.
Miles looked like he got a great no-step vert, didn't look like his best max vert though. Made a sort of awkward but surprising running hook on Zeller in the only shot I saw in the 2-on-2 drill. Rivers' max vert looked very good. Surprised the vertical numbers aren't out by now.
The 'lottery' is such a fake. They draw lottery balls behind closed doors??? Just so happens that a struggling franchise with a brand new big time owner happens to win the Anthony David lottery? Give me a break. I guarantee that was part of his deal in buying the hornets. 'I'll buy them if you throw in the #1 pick', and #10 for that matter. What a joke...
Couple of reported promises lately. Dion Waiters -- who I spent some time with in Philly and like a whole lot -- reportedly has a promise in the mid-lottery. People were talking about the Raptors at No. 8, though Colangelo has denied it. But it seems to hold water, Waiters stopped working out for anyone.
And our own Austin Rivers might have one... From Yahoo's Marc Spears:
"One NBA assistant coach said he was surprised Austin Rivers didn’t work out at the NBA's predraft combine here Thursday. The East scout expects Rivers to be selected in the Nos. 10-20 range, but an NBA source told Yahoo! Sports that Rivers has a promise late in the draft lottery. The Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets plan to work out Rivers."
why behind closed doors? is roger goodell involved?
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Charlotte has the #2 pick where the consensus guy to take there in Michel Kidd-Gilchrist. But they need a lot at almost every position. So if you were the Bobcats' GM what would you ask for in return? Some ideas -
Portland has #6 and #11, but would likely have to throw in a player (Nolan?) or a couple of second-rounders. Charlotte could get some pretty good talent with those picks. I think Portland is not entirely happy with Ray Felton either, so he could have a Charlotte homecoming.
Cleveland has #4, #24, #33, #34. I dont know that Charlotte could get a ton of talent later in the draft, but if they are not sold on MKG and see no difference between him Brad Beal and Thomas Robinson or Harrison Barnes, trading down makes sense.
This only makes sense if either Portland or Cleveland is higher than Charlotte on MKG.
I could also see where Washington or Cleveland might be willing to trade the #3 or #4 to Portland for the #6 and #11. Portland could be aiming for Beal or Thomas Robinson, and not see anyone they are excited enough about at #11 to think they are losing much.
Other deals that could be fun -
New Orleans trades the #1 and #10 picks for a big time player - Dwight Howard is actually the only player worth Anthony Davis and the #10 who would likely be traded. But NOLA would be crazy to do this unless Dwight agreed to a long-term deal first (See: Williams, Deron; New Jersey Nets) and I dont see Dwight wanting to go to NOLA during a rebuilding phase.
New Orleans could trade the #10 for a veteran who needs a change of scenery - Rudy Gay and Josh Smith come to mind.
One interesting idea that has been floating around is some deal built around the #2 for Rudy Gay. Personally, I think that would be a terrific move for the Bobcats, although I'm not sure if Memphis would be open to it. Gay is a proven star who hit some huge shots in the playoffs this year, and he's only 25. Would complement Henderson nicely as a big, athletic, number-one-option wing.
I'd say Charlotte is more than a year away from contending. Instead of turning a #2 pick into a few mid-lottery picks, they might be better served by taking the best player available, surrounding him with a few good character veterans, and then hoping to strike gold in next year's lottery.
Charlotte needs to trade down to get as many players as possible be them 1st Rd picks this year or good players from the other team's existing roster.
Unfortunately for me, our rules will not allow me to trade the pick, so I have to use it wisely. I am down to 2 guys, just debating which one to go with. Hoping for a quality player to fall/slip into 2nd round so I can get a steal with that 2nd pick!
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And then made some good trades to get guys like Perkins and picked up Derek Fisher for nothing. So I'd rather take a top guy every year and continue to stink for a few years while I stockpile high picks versus trading down for multiple lower-tier players, many of whom will be cut and available for nothing in a season or two.