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There was a thread awhile back, but bumping it seemed pointless since it wasn't on the first 4 pages, so starting a new one since the draft is tonight.
NBADraft.net has Ben Mclemore falling to the Pistons at #8 with Burke going #5 to the Pelicans and Hardaway going #19 to the Cavs.
DraftExpress has the Pistons taking Anthony Bennett #8, with Burke going #5 to the Pelicans and Hardaway #20 to the Bulls.
Odd that the Pistons in both cases would get a guy at #8 who some people are projecting as a top-3 pick (Bennett on some boards goes #2 because he's high-ceiling). Would be GREAT for THJR to go top-20 as well, so I'll definitely be watching tonight.
Dylan Burkhardt @umhoops 1m
Wow. Chad Ford's latest mock has Trey Burke at No. 12 to Oklahoma City. Hardaway at 25.
Interesting thing with Burke would be to see if the Pistons took him at #8. He's clearly the type of player they need based on the other pieces they have, but seems like they don't have high interest. They took Cleaves and Webber at different points in their careers, so it's not a matter of being a hometown prospect (though some could argue merchandising could suffer because non-Michigan fans might not want a Burke jersey?).
If NBA teams aren't afraid to slight Burke again....I mean, we know what he does when he has that chip on his shoulder...
Also this isn't serious at all but is pretty funny
Oladipo may turn out to be a bust but at least he can sing better than the average NBA player.
Now that the day is here, I'm pretty nervous about Trey slipping. Too much listening to Chad Effing Ford I suppose. I'd love to see him in Detroit obviously. It would give me a reason to care about the NBA again for sure. Also can't wait to see just how much THJ's decision and combine workout dominance will make him. He did really well for himself in the offseason. His stock is as high as it ever has been.
Nobody on this board can define the word regression.... but it sure gets used a lot.
I dont follow the NBA a lot, but I do follow college pretty religiously....Chad Ford seems like a bit of an imbecile though when I listen to him talk and what he says about prospects. He seems very...confident, I guess. Is he usually pretty accurate?
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Wbolin999 10 months ago
From what I hear from hardcore NBA fans, Ford < NBADraft.net < DraftExpress typically.
I don't know how accurate he is but I know he is the most connected Mock drafter in the biz
Question for you guys: would you rather Burke get drafted really high to a terrible team or lower to a team such as OKC at 12?
I want him to have the biggest impact he can in the NBA. So wherever that is I guess....
I want him to go to the pistons. If he doesn't then I will continue to not care about the nba
that would not be OKC
two good follows for pre-draft coverage are Andy Katz and Chad Ford. Some interesting info coming out
Exactly. Their primary lineup was Westbrook (PG), Sefolosha / Martin (SG), Durant (SF), Ibaka (PF), Perkins (C). Trey would be a backup to Westbrook (pending recovery) and play limited minutes because they wouldn't move Westbrook to a new position would they?
His biggest impact would honestly be a team like the Pistons who don't have a legit PG, but do have some other pieces (Drummond / Monroe for pick-n-roll, Singler as a shooter, etc). They might not be a championship level team, but his style would fit in with a team like that.
I feel you. It feels like we haven't had a horse in the race in some time. I lost interest when the Wallace/Rip/Billups/Prince core fell apart. They were the consummate team. Sounds like a very un-fan thing to say but I'm just not a basketball guy. Can't keep interest when there isn't much success and such poor player personnel decisions
I wanted to throw this out there and see what people thought (mind you this fake trade is based on Cleveland offering Dion Waiters/Tristan Thompson/#1 pick for Kevin Love, which Minnesota rejected).
Waiters/Thompson/#1 pick/another pick in this draft (Cleveland has 4 of the first 33 I think) to LA for Dwight Howard.
Who says no? BTW I added the extra pick since it is 5 years of Howard as opposed to 2 of Love.
For the Lakers Howard isn't resigning and they can only get value out of him via a sign and trade. Waiters gives them a backup to Kobe who can start when Kobe retires, and this also means Kobe won't need to play 35-40 minutes a game which wore him down last year. Thompson gives the 4 that the Lakers need to push Pau back to his natural spot at the 5. They can draft Noel #1 to be the backup to Pau and who better to learn some offensive skill moves from than Pau. The other pick they can draft someone who can provide some depth on the bench. This gets them younger and more athletic and can help along the bench.
For Cleveland they get a legit big man in Howard to pair with a star in Kyrie. That would provide an outstanding pick and roll combo. Also by having Howard as a defensive force in the middle it covers up some of Kyrie's deficiencies as guards who beat him when attacking the basket will have to think twice.
For Howard he gets the money from the Lakers deal 5 years/118 million since its a sign and trade. He gets to go to a smaller market and doesn't need to be the focal point since Kyrie is there. Also he gets away from Kobe's attitude.
This post was edited by freernnur5 10 months ago
"Isn't it amazing what somebody will do when he can't bunt." - Vin Scully
Cleveland says no because they want LeBron back
Would they be cap strapped if they had Kyrie and Dwight? I feel like he would fit perfectly in that team and having those two would certainly be enticing for him to come back and play with.
Edit: for the year LeBron would be joining Cleveland has no contracts on the books. Everyone comes off or is a team option. Kyrie is a team option for that year at $7 million and in this scenario Dwight would be at about $23.5 million. They could easily max LeBron and have money leftover to get decent vets in that scenario.
For some reason I feel that LeBron and D12 would not get along too well and Lebron could decide to go elsewhere
I will go on record and say it will be a colossal mistake for the Magic not to take Burke.
But as a Grizzlies fan excited about the future of the team, got new ownership with a coach that won't buttheads with the ownership. Also, have 3 2nd round picks so 1-2 will be stash away for a few years in Europe and they talking about moving into 1st round if they can get value.
Pistons Carter Williams
Trail Blazers Bennett
Thunder Steven Adams
Is that your mock?
I don't know how I'd feel about the Pistons taking MCW. And do the Pelicans have anyone good besides unibrow?
I would love McLemore or Burke if they're there at 8.
I think MCW would be alright, but agree with Ducks that Burke or especially McLemore (IMO) would be the best possible scenario for the Pistons.
I am not a MCW fan. No proof that he can be a good defender since all he's practiced has been the zone. He definitely can't shoot. And no proof he can be a good distributor because the Syracuse offense was horrendous in the half-court set and most of his assists came off the fast break due to steals caused by the zone. So basically it's a crap shoot where he could be great or he could be a total bust.
Dumars is a big enough moron that he probably would draft MCW.
If Trey is there at #8 I think it would be hard to turn him down for the hometown aspect and selling tickets. He won't be as big of a bust as Cleaves was.
This post was edited by Aces High 10 months ago
I've been reading a bit of stuff on the draft and there has been talk about the Pistons really liking Zeller. What the hell would they do with a third big-man? I only watched about two quarters of the Pistons last season, but that would be quite disappointing.
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