Saturday, June 27, 2009

DRAFT GRADES

With the draft now complete, I examine who did best on Thursday Night. Their was no team that went from bad to contender overnight like in some previous drafts. But several teams especially the Clippers and Thunder took big steps to building a contender in 3-4 years.
Here are my Grades:

L.A. Clippers- A
1. Blake Griffin-PF-He won't turn around the worst franchise in NBA history overnight. But with Griffin, Eric Gordon, and Al Thorton, the Clippers have a young nucleus to build around. They also have star (when healthy) PG Baron Davis to lead them. I think they should try to trade Zach Randolph, but that will be tough to do. At the very least Griffin can learn some good post up moves from Randolph.

Memphis Grizzlies- B+
2. Hasheem Thabeet-C-Thabeet will be a defensive shutdown center from day one. He will control the paint for many years and should be on the NBA's all-defensive team in a few years. His offense is raw but that's OK.
27. DeMarre Carrol-CF
36. Sam Young-SF
Both Carrol an Young should make the roster and provide good depth at the forward spots. Both are NBA ready and could see significant minutes next year.

Oklahoma City Thunder- A
3. James Harden-SG-Harden is the perfect fit at SG to play in between young star SF Kevin Durant and up coming stud PG Russel Westbrook. It will only be a matter of time before Harden is averaging 20ppg. Taking him over Rubio was a great move.
24. B.J. Mullens-C-Mullens has a lot of potential and offensive skill. Yet it will take at least 3-4 more years before he is ready to be a stud. It was a good pick considering their need at center, but it will take a while before it pays off.
54. Robert Vaden-SG-They traded for him so they think he might challenge for a roster spot. At the very least he could be a good player in the D-League

Sacramento Kings- B+
4. Tyreke Evans-PG-Most people either love or hate the move to pick Evans over Rubio. I think Rubio would have been a better fit for the Kings and Evans a better fit for the TWolves. However Evans still has a lot of talent and has great driving skills that can eventually compliment the lights out shooting ability of SG Kevin Martin. Only time will tell and it will take a long time to tell this one.
23. Omri Casspi-SF-We might look back 5 years from now and realize how much of a steal Casspi was. He will stay in Europe 1-2 years, but when he gets to the league he will be a starting SF or at least a good 6th man.
38. John Brockman-PF-He's a bruising hustle player in every sense. He will be deep on the bech but should still make the team. He also was a teammate of starting Center Spencer Hawes at Washington in 06-07. I think that played into their decision to get him.
They also got a role playing PG in Sergio Rodriguez in a trade with the Blazers.

Minnesota Timberwolves- Inc.
5. Ricky Rubio-PG-I still don't think Rubio will actually play a game for the TWolves. He will stay in Europe 1-2 years if the TWolves cannot find a suitable trade for him. The Knicks, Rockets and maybe a few other teams would be interested. Picking Rubio at #5 was still a smart move given his value and potential. The GM said that Flynn and Rubio can play in the backcourt together. I don't buy that, Rubio doesn't want to play there so he probaly won't.
6. Jonny Flynn-PG-It looks like Flynn might be the TWolves PG of the future. He is a tough as nails competitor who will have a very solid career. He probably will never be a star though
28. Wayne Ellington-SG-Will be a great shooter off the bench on most teams, but has a chance to start for the TWolves
47. Henk Norel-PF-I mean his name is cool I guess.

Golden State Warriors- B-
7. Stephen Curry-CG-I love Curry, and they are saying he will not be traded but a lot of people say things. Clinton said he didn't have sexual relations, Rafael Palmeiro said he didn't take steriods, Bush said Iraq had WMD's. If they have to trade Curry to get Amare Stoudamire I think they'll do it. I don't think Curry and Monta Ellis together is a good idea. They have almost the exact same size and skill set. Curry will be a specialty scorer off the bench who can develop into a starting PG in the right system.

New York Knicks- C+
8. Jordan Hill-PF-New York fans are so ignorant, they booed a guy who could become a 15ppg, 8rpg guy in a few years. This pick, plus the trade for Darko likely means the Knicks can be ready to let David Lee go.
29. Tony Douglas-CG-He will be a good scorer off the bench. If he can't make it in
D'Antoni's uptempo high scoring system, then he won't ever make it in the NBA. I like his game though.

Toronto Raptors- B+
9. Demar DeRozan-F/G-They got exactly who and what they wanted. He will battle for one of the starting wing spots and has star potential. It's too bad Chris Bosh will be gone before he develops. Demar can one day be a 20ppg, 6rpg guy.

Milwaukee Bucks- C+
10. Brandon Jennings-PG
-He will be a good backup at first but will eventually be a quality starter for many years. I don't see him being a star. But he has the skills to be a very productive player in the league for a long time.
41. Jodie Meeks-SG-A backup SG who might make the team. At the very least can be a star in Europe similar to Trajan Langdon.

New Jersey Nets- B+
11. Terrence Williams-F/G-This versatile player should have a solid NBA career as either a starting SF or a very good 6th man. The Nets have a lot of young talent now in Devin Harris, Brook Lopez, Courtney Lee, Yi, and now Williams. All they need is a star. Hello Le Bron or at least Chris Bosh or Joe Johnson next year.

Charlotte Bobcats- B+
12. Gerald Henderson-SG-Henderson has a lot of potential to be a 16-18ppg starting SG pretty soon. However if he shows the inconstency he showed in college he may never be more than a role player.
40. Derrick Brown-CF-He's a very athletic combo forward who should help provide defense a depth.

Indiana Pacers- B
13. Tyler Hansborough-PF-Tyler will be a solid role playing PF who could start soon. If they are expecting him to be a star like he was in college, they've got another thing coming. He also provides the toughness they lacked.
52. A.J. Price-PG-He'll be a role playing backup/3rd string PG if he makes the team.

Phoenix Suns- B+
14. Earl Clark-CF-Clark is a very talented and versatile player can start at either forward spot. He will be great if he doesn't have to be the star. He would be best as the 2nd/3rd best player on a team with a superstar a la Lamar Odom. His skills and body are very similar to Odom.
48. Taylor Griffin-CF-The Suns like to draft the less talented role playing brother. They drafted Robin Lopez (Brook's brother) last year. Griffin wil compete to make the roster.
57.
Emir Preldzic-SF-He will stay in Europe for a few years and may one day develop into a backup SF.

Detroit Pistons- D+
15. Austin Daye-SF-I am not a fan of Daye. He will be deep on the bench for a while. He maybe can become a starter in the NBA if he does 3 things, 1) Get tough like Tayshaun Prince, 2) Get skills like Rip Hamilton, 3) Workout with Ben Wallace's old trainer (and some steriods wouldn't hurt neither). The bottom line is Daye's skills, slight size and soft game are ideal for Europe not the NBA. He could be a superstar overseas.
35. DaJuan Summers-CF-Can be a good backup at both forward spots, who might turn into a starter one day.
39. Jonas Jerebko-SF-Can be a very tough defensive SF as a 7th/8th man. His game is similar to Andres Nocioni.
Both guys are the anti-Austin Daye.

Chicago Bulls- B-
16. James Johnson-CF
26. Taj Gibson-SF-Both guys will provide depth, toughness and versatility at the forward spots. They also make Tyrus Thomas expendable.

Philadelphia 76ers- B
17. Jrue Holiday-PG-They better re-sign Andre Miller as Holiday will need a few years to develop his PG skills before becoming a starter. He will be a a very good big defensive PG. He is like a more athletic version of former 76ers PG Eric Snow. Lawson or Maynor would have helped more immediately but the 76ers are looking to the future with this pick.

Denver Nuggets- A
18. Ty Lawson-PG-This was a great move for the Nuggets to move up and get a great backup for Chauncey Billups. Lawson will provide a spark off the bench and can eventually become a good starting role playing PG espcially if he learns a lot from Mr. Billups. This was a great move for a contender looking to get over the hump.

Atlanta Hawks- B
19. Jeff Teague-CG-He will be a great backup CG and they hope he can turn out to be what Acie Law wasn't. Teague has a very similar game to John Starks and Jason Terry. He's an undersized scorer. With the trade to get Jamal Crawford and the pick of Teague the Hawks are showing they are ready and willing to let PG Mike Bibby go via Free Agency. If that's a smart move, I don't know.
49. Sergiy Gladyr-PG-He will be in Europe for a while. I don't know if he'll ever see the NBA.

Utah Jazz- B-
20. Eric Maynor-PG-I like Maynor, but with both of their PF's as Free Agents they had more pressing needs with their frontcourt depth. I do like Maynor and feel he will be a solid backup for many years and on another team can become a starter. His game and size is just like Sam Cassel. The Jazz hope he can come of the bench and hit big shots to help them to a title like Cassel did for the Rockets when he was young.
50. Goran Suton-PF-Suton is originally from Europe, which is probably where he'll end up playing professionally.

New Orleans Hornets- B-
21. Darren Collison-PG-Just like the Jazz, the Hornets needed frontcourt depth more than a backup PG, but Collison will be a very good defensive backup that will spell Chris Paul so he doesn't have to play 45mpg.
43. Marcus Thornton-SG-He will try to make the team in his homestate and could become a decent backup.

Portland TrailBlazers- B
22. Victor Claver-SF-He will stay in Europe for a few years. He has a lot of potential and can become a very good 6th/7th man with his offensive skill and versatility especially for a 6-10 player.
31. Jeff Pendergraph-PF
33. Dante Cunningham-CF-Both are NBA ready players who should make someone's roster. Just maybe not the Blazers. Both have improved a lot in college and at the very least can be stored in the D-League for the Blazers and could get called up if something were to happen to LaMarcus Aldridge.
55. Patty Mills-PG-He is a undersized scoring PG whose game is suited perfectly for Europe. He must develop his PG skills to ever play in the NBA.

Dallas Mavericks- C+
25. Rodrigue Beaubois-CG-He is a long term project, but they say they expect him to be on the roster next year. At best he will be a long athletic defensive CG to come off the bench just like Leandro Barbosa.
45. Nick Calathes-PG-He will play in Europe at least 1 year and can become a decent tall PG with a lot of offensive skills. His game is almost the opposite of Beaubois. His game is perfect for Europe and might end up staying there a very long time.
56. Ahmand Nivins-PF-He has improved a lot in college and can become a deep bench role player.

Cleveland Cavaliers- C
30. Christian Eyenga-WHO? He is a very long term project (3-4 years) who could be an athletic defender like Mickeal Pietrus who people are comparing him to. This pick was strictly financial so the Cavs won't need to pay him guaranteed money until a few years.
46. Danny Green-F/G-He should make the team and give them much needed length and defense off the bench. Plus he's a winner and knows how to be a good role player.

Houston Rockets- A
32. Jermaine Taylor-SG-He has a strong NBA body and can be a good bench player right away. He has the skills to become a starter or at least a very good 6th/7th man. I think he compliments Aaron Brooks very well.
34. Sergio Llull-PG-I think Llull will one day develop into a decent backup PG. He's only 21 and will probably play 2 more years for Euro powerhouse Real Madrid.
44. Chase Budinger-G/F-Chase will be a deep bench role player as a shooter. He can become much better, and maybe even a starter if he can get tougher and stronger. With Ron Artest and Shane Battier the Rockets don't really need Budinger to be tough. They do need him to knock down open jumpers.

San Antonio Spurs- A
37. DeJuan Blair-PF-He might end up being the steal of the draft or a bust if his knees fail. I think he will flourish as Tim Duncan's backup where he'll only need to play 12-15mpg. He will give the "soft" Spurs needed toughness as the ultimate garbage player off the bench. He may one day become a role playing starting PF.
51. Jack McClinton-CG-He can become a decent deep bench combo scoring guard.
53. Nando De Colo-CG-Sorry Henk Norel, Nando clearly has the coolest name in the draft. He also has a very good offensive skill set which could see the NBA as early as 10-11.

Miami Heat- B-
42. Patrick Beverly-PG-He can shoot and create well for himself but not that well for others, which is a big negative for a PG. He will challenge Chris Quinn for the 3rd PG/roster spot.
60. Robert Dozier-SF-He's an insanley long versatile defender who reminds me of a former great role player on the Heat, James Posey. If only he can learn to hit the 3 like James Posey he'll have a spot in the league for many years.

Boston Celtics- C+
58. Lester Hudson-CG-He'll likely be playing in the D-League next year. He could somehow make the team and has a game similar to their current backup combo guard Eddie House.

Los Angeles Lakers- C-
59. Chinemelu Elonu-C/F-He's a long term project who will probably get as close to playing for the Lakers as Jack Nicholson. The Lakers could care less about this year's draft. They are still celebrating their title and worrying about re-signing Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza.

Washington Wizards- A
They got two very talented veteran players for the #5 pick. Mike Miller should start at SG and Randy Foye can backup at both guard spots. They still need a center though and neither Gilbert or Roye is a true PG.

Orlando Magic- Inc.
They really didn't care about the draft with no picks, only making major predraft trades. But their off-season grades will depend on how they finish next season. If they win the NBA title, their grade is an A+++++. If they lose in the NBA title, it's an A-. If they make it to the Conference finals, meaning they would probably need to beat the Celtics with KG or the new look Cavs with LeBron and Shaq I give them a B. A loss to the Cavs or Celtics in the 2nd Round is a C. Anything less than that is a big F-. Orlando made the deals to win a title. Let's see if it can be done now.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Reaction to Shaq and Vince Carter deals

The 2009-2010 NBA season is going to be crazy. With the blockbuster trades that have gone down before the draft. Shaq to Cleveland and now likely Vince Carter to the Magic. It seems like every team is doing whatever they can to win now in 2010. The funny thing is with all of these moves I still think the two teams to beat will be the defending champion L.A. Lakers (assuming they can re-sign both Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza) and the Boston Celtics with a healthy KG. But 3 of the other 4 top contenders both this year and next year have added stars now to make another championship run. The only other top contender not to make a major move has been the Denver Nuggets.

But I am wondering if any of these 3 trades will make the Cavs, Magic, or Spurs that much better. Shaq and Vince have both already played their best basketball. Richard Jefferson is good, but the Spurs still have too many old role players. To me these trades are very interesting and entertaining. Yet they really don't help these sontenders that much in my mind.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My Mock Drafts

This is my major crazy no holding back mock draft with some interesting projected trades by me.


1. LAC-Blake Griffin-PF- An absolute no brainer

2. MEM- Hasheem Thabeet-C- I kept thinking and thinking that their would be a trade between the Grizz and the Kings for Ricky Rubio. It would make perfect sense. But it looks highly unlikely that the two teams will be able to work out a trade. Memphis is not likely to make that trade unless they get PF Jason Thompson from the Kings. The Kings don't want to give up their first round pick from last year.

3. OKC- James Harden-SG- With Thabeet gone they get a SG who will start right away with young stars SF-Kevin Durant and PG-Russel Westbrook. I think the Thunder would be idiots to pick PG-Ricky Rubio and then move Russel Westbrook to SG. That would mean all of the growth that Westbrook made last year at the point will have been for nothing.
The Thunder would then need a defensive Center. I think they should trade Nick Collison, Earl Watson and the #25 pick to the 76ers to get Center Samuel Dalembert and maybe a future pick. Either do that or trade back up in the draft to B.J. Mullens. But to me Mullens is like another Nenad Kristic.

4. SAC-Ricky Rubio-PG- they say they like Tyreke Evans over Ricky Rubio. I don't buy it at all. No way they pass on Rubio who many t
hought they would trade up for.

5. MIN-Tyreke Evans-CG- (see below)

6. MIN-Stephen Curry-CG- So here the plan in Minnesota for the f
uture. Al you score and rebound inside. Tyreke you drive and create and lock up the oppsing teams SG. Stephen you shoot, shoot and shoot some more. Kevin you do all of the little things. They just need a SF and depth now. Ironically the TWolves model would be the Celtics. Al would be like KG, Tyreke would be like Paul Pierce, and Stephen would be like Ray Allen. They might not make the playoffs just yet but the TWolves will be vastly improved if this is how their draft turns out. Don't trade up. Just stay and let the cards unfold.

7. GS-Jordan Hill-PF- After getting rail thin PF's in the past (Anthony Randolph and Brendan Wright) the Warriors get some muscle and toughness in this Antonio Davis clone. Hill will rebound, defend and runs the floor, a perfect fit for Nelly.

8.
NY-Jonny Flynn-PG- The Knicks top targets are gone (Curry, Evans, and Hill). They like Geralrd Henderson, but they really need a PG more than a SG. So I think they take the kid that lit up MSG in the Big East Tournament, rather than Jrue Holiday or Brandon Jennings who didn't really prove anything last year. Plus Flynn is the best shooter out of those 3 PG's, so to me he'd be the likely choice for coach D'Antoni.

9. TOR-Demar DeRozan-F/G- The Raptors need youth, athleticism, and slashers on the wings. DeRozan has all of those things and will be the future to the franchise once Chris Bosh leaves. He has as much potential as any player in the draft.

10. MIL-Jrue Holiday-PG- the Bucks have made it pretty clear that they will go with a PG. Flynn is likely the first choice but Holiday would be a good pick here as well.

11. CHI(Trd. NJ)-Gerald Henderson-SG- I do not see the Nets staying here. The Nets want a Strong PF like DeJuan Blair or Tyler Hansborough. They can trade down and save some money for next years' off season and still get one of the two at #16. The Bulls on the other hand need a SG to replace Ben Gordon if he leaves. Henderson would be a great compliment to PG Derrick Rose.

12. CHR-Terrence Williams-F/G- Williams is experienced, versatile and plays great defense. Those are 3 things Larry Brown loves. It's either Williams or Henderson for the Bobcats.

13. MIN(Trd. IND)-Earl Clark-SF- The TWolves already get their backcourt of the future. They then should use their other picks to try to trade up and get Clark. He would provide the TWolves with needed length and offensive versatility with their meaty frontline of Jefferson, Love and Ryan Gomes.

14. PHO-Brandon Jennings-PG- Jennings is said to be slipping as of late, but I don't think he'll slide past the Suns at #14. The Suns are going back to their uptempo style after dealing Shaq. Jennings would be a great fit as their PG of the future. He is still raw but can learn a lot from Steve Nash who at 35 needs a young backup.


15. ORL(Trd.DET)-James Johnson-CF- I still think the Pistons might deal this pick. Their will be a few teams that might want to trade up for Center B.J. Mullens like OKC, DAL, NO, or possibly HOU who does not have a pick.. However both DAL and NO are over the luxury tax limit and probably will not want to trade up. James Johnson is still a work in progress but he is a very active and tough player. B.J. Mullens adn Clark are other options.


16. NJ(Trd. CHI)-Tyler Hansborough-PF- The Nets ave some money and get the PF they want in Hansborough, he will fit nicly up front with last year's first round pick Brook Lopez.

17. PHL-Ty Lawson-PG- The kid originally from Maryland went to VA to finish his high school career for powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, then he went further south to help lead UNC to a title. Now he goes back up north to help Philly win. Lawson is a great fit for their fast paced offence and is a proven winner.

18. IND(Trd. MIN)- DeJuan Blair-PF- The Pacers would be smart to trade down a little and get a tough forward. Either Blair, Hansborough, or James Johnson should be avalible.

19. ATL-Jeff Teague-PG- The Hawks should take the best PG avalible at #19, it should either be Teague or Eric Maynor.

20. Utah-Sam Young-SF- The fundamental, versatile SF would be an ideal fit in the half court set the Jazz use. The Jazz also need a backup PG and depth at PF in case Boozer or Millsap leaves via Free Agency. But I see them going with the Best player avalible.

21. NO-B.J. Mullens-C- This would be a dream for the Hornets to have a young Center fall to them. He will take some time to develop. But his development could make Tyson Chandler expendable.

22. NJ(Trd. CHI-POR)-Omri Casspi-SF- The like him a lot and they will keep him in Europe for a year to develop.

23. SAC-Austin Daye-SF- I am not high on Daye. He plays like a timid little you know what. He is 6-10 and only 190 pounds with average athleticism. He was pushed around in college and now he thinks he'e ready for the big time. He will take a lot of time to develop, but luckily the Kings stink and are many years from being competitive. So they take a chance on a prospect many feel has top 10 potential. He's got a nice stroke and perimeter game. But he makes Tayshun Prince and Kevin Durant look like their on roids.


24. DAL-Darren Collison-PG- Collison can be insurance if Jason Kidd leaves. He can help especially on defense where the Mavs are lacking on the perimeter. The Mavs also need a Center.


25. DEN(Trd.OKC)-Eric Maynor-PG- I really like Eric Maynor but with all the PG's someone might slip. Denver needs a backup PG and would trade up into the first round to get a talent like Maynor. He could be like this years Mario Chalmers.


26. CHI-DaJuan Summers-CF- Having already taken a SG, the Bulls add depth to their frontcourt with a versatile forward.


27. MEM-Jermaine Taylor-SG- Taylor is an underrated SG who can come off the bench and give the Grizz great minutes. They can play him in the backcourt with either O.J. Mayo or Mike Conley.


28. IND(TrdMIN)-Nick Calathes-PG The Pacers go with the best PG on the board in Calathes.


29. NY-Chase Budinger-G/F- He needs the right system to be successful. He is a perfect fit for D'Antoni. He can shoot, run the floor and is very athletic. He just needs to get a little tougher.

30. CLV-Wayne Ellington- The Cavs need guys who can hit open shots and who are winners if they are going to get back to the finals. Elllington is both of these things. At #30 he can be a major steal. NOTEs: I have a 3 way trade between NJ, POR, and CHI


POR gets Kirk Hinrich

NJ gets the #16 and #22 picks

CHI gets #11 pick and Steve Blake


The other trades are all just in draft swaps.

MIN trades their two late 1st Round picks To Indiana for the #13 pick

DEN tradess their #34 pick, plus a 2 future 2nd Rd. picks to OKC for the #25 pick






My Mock Draft With No Trades (except for ones that are official as of now)
with small little notes
1. LAC-B. Griffin-PF No Brainer

2. MEM-H. Thabeet-C He's the choice as of right now

3. OKC-J. Harden-SG Perfect Fit at SG for Thunder, picking Rubio her would be a huge mistake

4. SAC-R. Rubio-PG I still think Rubio lands in Sacramento.

5. MIN-T. Evans-CG See Below

6. MIN-S. Curry-CG It is a win-win situation for the TWolves in this draft. The talent from picks 2-8 is even

7. GS-J. Hill-PF He should be avalible and the Warriors should pick him

8. NY-J. Flynn-PG A quick shooter who would fare well in the umtempo system

9. TOR-D. DeRozan-F/G Great young athlete to build with

10. MIL-J. Holiday-PG They want Flynn, they might need to settle for Holiday

11. NJ-T.Williams-F/G If the Nets keep the pick it's either Williams or Henderson. I like Williams just barely

12. CHR-G. Henderson-SG From Duke to the Bobcats, Mr. Henderson gets to stay in state

13. IND-D. Blair-PF The Pacers need a bruiser inside to do the dirty work.

14. PHO-B. Jennings-PG Jennings is quick, has great moves and should do very well in the Suns offense

15. DET-J. Johnson-CF If they keep the pick, the Pistons will take the best player avalible

16. CHI-B.J. Mullens-C The Bulls can get a good SG at #26, so they take the only other Center at #16

17. PHL-T. Lawson-PG A great fit for the 76ers uptempo style.

18. MIN-E. Clark-CF The Twolves will likely need to trade up to get Mr. Clark's versatile offensive game

19. ATL-J. Teague-PG The Hawks should take the best PG avalible

20. Utah-T. Hansborough-PF If Tyler is avalible the Jazz should nab him in an instant

21. NO-E. Maynor-PG The Hornets need a backup PG and a backup Center

22. POR-O. Casspi-SF The Blazers have enough young players on the roster so they take the Euro product

23. SAC-A. Daye-SF Daye is a work in progress, but many feel he has top 10 talent, I'm NOT one of those

people

24. DAL-D. Collison-PG Terry and Berea play offense, Collison can provide some defense.

25. OKC-D. Brown-CF An ultra athletic combo forward

26. CHI-J.Taylor-SG I think Taylor is the best SG avalible right now, his skill set is similar to Ben Gordon

27. MEM-S. Young-SF The Best player avalible who can come off the bech and contribute right away

28. MIN-N. Calathes-PG The TWolves will leave Nick in Greece and let hiim develop

29. NY-C. Budinger-G/F An athlete who can shoot the rock, sounds like a D'Antoni fit to me

30. CLV-W. Ellington-SG If he can hit open shots that LaBron creates then the Cavs need him.


The only two different players I have in my mocks are Derrick Brown and DaJuan Summers.

With the draft beginning in about 25 minutes I will not do a second round

Quick Reaction to yesterday's trades

The Bucks sending Richard Jefferson to the Spurs puts the Spurs back in the title hunt and gives the Bucks more financial freedom to resign PF Charlie Villanueva. The Bucks got 3 over the hill players in Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto. The Bucks today traded Oberto to the Pistons for Amir Johnson. The Pistons will likely release Oberto for cap room. This will happen some more on draft night with many teams looking to cut payroll off their roster for whatever reason, some for more cap room for free agency and some to avoid luxury tax issues.

The other big trade saw the Wizards deal the #5 pick along with 3 very minor role players to the TWolves for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. This trade will have a huge impact on tomorrow's draft as the TWolves now have 4 first round picks including the #5 and #6 picks. The Wizards should be contenders again in the East with a healthy Gilbert Arenas plus Foye and Miller. I don't think the Wizards are done dealing yet. They still need a Center and have several guards now they can use as trade bait including Foye, Nick Young and DeShawn Stevenson.

Some might think that the TWolves might package both the #5 and #6 picks to move up to #2 or #3 in the draft. I think that is highly unlikely. If I was the Twolves I would just stay put and get a PG and SG with #5 and #6. PF-Blake Griffin will be picked #1 and C-Hasheem Thabeet will go in the top 3, meaning that 2 of the top 4 guards (PG-Ricky Rubio, SG-James Harden, CG-Stephen Curry and CG-Tyreke Evans) will be available when the TWolves pick. They also might have slight interest in G/F Demar DeRozan. the TWolves should then use their other picks to trade back into the top 11-14 to get a long athletic SF like Earl Clark or a C in B.J. Mullens.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I'm BACK! And I have NBA DRAFT FEVER!!!

My top 75 prospects list:

1. Blake Griffin-PF-Oklahoma-So.- (6-10/248)

2. James Harden-SG-Ariz. St.-So.- (6-5/222)

3. Ricky Rubio-PG-Spain-INT.- (6-4/182)

4. Hasheem Thabeet-C-UConn-Jr.- (7-3/267)

5. Tyreke Evans-PG/SG-Memphis-Fr.- (6-5/221)

6. Stephen Curry-PG-Davidson-Jr.- (6-3/181)

7. Jordan Hill-PF-Arizona-Jr.- (6-10/232)

8. Jonny Flynn-PG-Syracuse-So.- (6-1/196)

9. Demar DeRozan-F/G-USC-Fr.- (6-6/211)

10. Gerald Henderson-SG-Duke-Jr.- (6-5/215)

11. Jrue Holiday-PG/SG-UCLA-Fr.- (6-4/199)

12. Dejuan Blair-PF-Pittsburgh-So.- (6-6/277)

13. Terrence Williams-F/G-Louisville-Sr.- (6-6/213)

14. Brandon Jennings-PG-Italy, originally from Los Angeles-INT.- (6-1/170)

15. Ty Lawson-PG-UNC-Jr.- (6-0/197)

16. James Johnson-PF/SF-Wake Forest-So.- (6-8/257)

17. Earl Clark-SF/PF-Louisville-So.- (6-10/228)

18. Jeff Teague-PG/SG-Wake Forest-So.- (6-2/175)

19. Eric Maynor-PG-VCU-Sr.- (6-3/164)

20. B.J. Mullens-C-Ohio St.-Fr.- (7-1/258)

21. Tyler Hansborough-PF-UNC-Sr.- (6-9/234)

22. Darren Collison-PG-UCLA-Sr.- (6-1/166)

23. Omri Casspi-SF-Israel-INT.- (6-9/211)

24. Chase Budinger-SG-Arizona-Jr.- (6-7/206)

25. SamYoung-SF-Pittsburgh-Sr.- (6-7/223)

26. Wayne Ellington-SG-UNC-Jr.- (6-5/202)

27. DaJuan Summers-SF-Georgetown-Jr.- (6-9/243)

28. Jermaine Taylor-SG-UCF-Sr.- (6-5/207)

29. Marcus Thorton-SG-LSU-Sr. (6-4/194)

30. Nick Calathes-PG/SG-Florida-So. (6-5/188)

31. Derrick Brown-SF-Xavier-Jr.- (6-8/225)

32. Patty Mills-PG-St. Mary's-So.- (6-0/175)

33. Rodrigue Beaubois-SG/PG-France-INT.- (6-2/182)

34. Austin Daye-SF-Gonzaga-So.- (6-11/192)

35. Victor Claver-SF-Spain-INT.-(6-10/218)

36. Dante Cunningham-PF/SF-Villanova-Sr.- (6-8/227)

37. Josh Heytvelt-F/C-Gonzaga-Sr.- (6-11/246)

38. Jack McClinton-PG-Miami (FL)-Sr.- (6-1/185)

39. Jonas Jerebko-SF-Sweden-INT.- (6-9/220)

40. Tony Douglas-SG/PG-FSU-Sr.- (6-2/183)

41. Jeff Pendergraph-PF-Ariz. St.-Sr.- (6-10/240)

42. Danny Green-F/G-UNC-Sr.- (6-6/208)

43. Taj Gibson-PF-USC-Jr. (6-10/214)

44. Jodie Meeks-SG-Kentucky-Jr- (6-4/211)

45. Sergio Llull-PG-Spain-INT.- (6-3/188)

46. A.J. Price-PG-UConn-Sr.- (6-2/193)

47. Dionte Christmas-SG-Temple-Sr.- (6-5/211)

48. Patrick Beverly-PG-Ukraine/Arkansas-INT.- (6-0/180)

49. Alade Aminu-F/C-Georgia Tech-Sr.- (6-10/230)

50. Slava Kravtsov-C-Ukraine-INT.- (7-0/260)

51. John Brockman-PF-Washington-Sr.- (6-7/260)

52. Jerel McNeal-SG/PG-Marquette-Sr.- (6-3/190)

53. Nano De Colo-SG-France-INT.- (6-5/200)

54. Paul Harris-F/G-Syracuse-Jr.- (6-4/220)

55. Robert Dozier-PF/SF-Memphis-Sr. (6-10/208)

56. Luke Nevill-C-Utah-Sr.- (7-1/250)

57. Henk Norel-PF-Spain-INT.- (6-11/220)

58. DeMarre Carrol-SF/PF-Mizzou-Sr.- (6-8/207)

59. Lester Hudson-PG/SG-UT-Martin-Sr.- (6-1/196)

60. Jeff Adrien-PF-UConn-Sr. (6-7/236)

61. Tyrese Rice-PG-Boston College-Sr.- (6-0/190)

62. Curtis Jerrels-PG-Baylor-Sr. (6-0/200)

63. Milenko Tepic-SF-Serbia-INT.- (6-8/201)

64. Emir Preldzic-SF-Turkey-INT.- (6-9/202)

65. Goran Suton-PF-Michigan St.-Sr.- (6-10/245)

66. Ahmad Nivens-PF-St. Joe's-Sr.- (6-9/237)

67. Wesley Matthews-SG-Marquette-Sr.- (6-5/217)

68. Leo Lyons-PF-Mizzou-Sr.- (6-9/230)

69. Alonzo Gee-G/F-Alabama-Sr.- (6-6/220)

70. Micah Downs-G/F-Gonzaga-Sr.- (6-8/198)

71. Antonio Anderson-G/F-Memphis-Sr.- (6-6/214)

72. Vitor Faverani-C/F-Brazil-INT.- (6-11/235)

73. John Bryant-C-Santa Clara- (6-11/275)

74. Jeremy Pargo-PG-Gonzaga-Sr.- (6-2/219)

75. Alex Ruoff-G/F-WVU-Sr.- (6-6/220)