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Haikus for All 30 NBA Teams by Ryan Buchanan

Atlanta Hawks
Millsap and Horford
Frontcourt’s solid, backcourt’s buns
Potential surprise

Brooklyn Nets
Deron, Joe, and Jack
Will they feed the rock to Brook?
Brookasaurus Rex

Boston Celtics
Rondo has to grind
Marcus Smart will have to shine
8th seed is my LINE

Charlotte Bobcats
Stephenson will beast
Just stop blowing on people
Kemba’s breakout year

Chicago Bulls
If McDermott shines
And D-Rose can stay healthy
Eastern Conf–rence Champs

Cleveland Cavaliers
New Miami Heat
But Cleveland is overdue
Drew Carey is stoked

Dallas Mavericks
Completely diff–rent
Definitely contenders
Mark Cuban is God

Denver Nuggets
No star of this team
Same situation last year
Expect same results

Detroit Pistons
Lots of good players
But I’d like some chemistry
Because there is none

Golden State Warriors
Eight solid players
Great depth, will lead league in points
Steve Kerr: “TAKE THE THREE”

Houston Rockets
I guess they’re all good
With Beverley at point guard
Harden FGA >

Indiana Pacers
Stuckey and Miles
Or George and Lance Stephenson?
Feel bad for Vogel

Los Angeles Clippers
Paul, Blake, DeAndre
That’s a nice big three to me
Hope they like their Zunes

Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant sets
Kobe Bryant fakes a pass
Kobe Bryant shoots

Memphis Grizzlies
Perfect the system
Same story year after year
Vinsanity though

Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade stays healthy
Chris Bosh reaches potential
Still making playoffs

Minnesota Timberwolves
Lots of additions
Lavine and Wiggins can fly
Big year for Ricky

Milwaukee Bucks
Team still in shambles
Who the hell is the point guard
Jabari Parker though

New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis
Is not a human being
He is a machine

New York Knicks
If I had one wish
Just one wish for this franchise
#TradeJRForFarts

Oklahoma City Thunder
Injuries throughout
Russell Westbrook MVP
Till KD returns

Orlando Magic
Always makes me laugh
Bring back the pinstripe jerseys
#Elfridsanity

Philadelphia 76ers
On the ten year plan
MCW, KJ, Nerlens
Big fan of all them

Phoenix Suns
Three guard basketball
Hornacek is out his mind
Or he’s a genius

Portland Trail Blazers
Same squad as last year
Fundamentally sound team
Always contenders

San Antonio Spurs
There’s no team like them
And there may never be again
Enjoy it while it’s here

Sacramento Kings
DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins is awesome
DeMarcus Cousins

Toronto Raptors
Should be nice again
Lowry’s shoulders are heavy
DeMar, take the weight

Utah Jazz
Gordon Hayward GOAT
At least he thinks that he is
Utah could grab #8

Washington Wizards
Wizards proved themselves
Will Paul Pierce further define?
Dougie America

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It’s 7:05.

What I’m looking for:

1. How do we defend Rudy Gay.

2. How do we defend Jonas Valanciunas.

3. What line-ups we’re going with more of.

4. Who will be defending Kyle Lowry.

5. How their guards will operate in general and if we can handle it.

That’s all I could think of looking for at the moment. 

If anyone thinks of anything I should keep note of, tweet me at @EminemAndMnMs or leave it in the comments!

The game mattered when we had to gain the lead back. The rest was a necessary Woodson chemistry experiment, and that’s why I found it so relevant to make this chart.

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Knicks Rotation: 9/9/13 vs. Celtics

1Q

12:00

1Q

6:16

1Q

4:20

1Q

2:59

2Q

9:14

2Q

7:49

2Q

5:42

2Q

4:12

Prigioni

Felton

Felton

Udrih

Udrih

Prigioni

Prigioni

Prigioni

Felton

Shumpert

Shumpert

Hardaway

Hardaway

Hardaway

Felton

Felton

Anthony

Anthony

Anthony

Shumpert

Shumpert

Shumpert

Anthony

Anthony

Bargnani

Artest

Artest

Artest

Artest

Anthony

Powell

Bargnani

Chandler

Chandler

Aldrich

Aldrich

Powell

Powell

Bargnani

Chandler

2Q

0:09

3Q

12:00

3Q

7:24

3Q

3:58

4Q

9:11

4Q

8:00

4Q

5:46

4Q

5:00-Final

Prigioni

Felton

Felton

Udrih

Udrih

Udrih

Udrih

C. Smith

Felton

Prigioni

Shumpert

Hardaway

Hardaway

Hardaway

Hardaway

Hardaway

Shumpert

Anthony

Artest

Shumpert

Shumpert

Leslie

Leslie

Leslie

Anthony

Bargnani

Bargnani

Artest

Powell

Powell

Powell

Powell

Chandler

Chandler

Chandler

Aldrich

Aldrich

Aldrich

Diogu

Diogu

I took positional assignments into note. Each assignment taken into account to slot each player from PG-C, aka, 1-5. The Celtics don’t have too much versatility, so the match-ups Woody chose were purely his own un-compromised strategies, with the exception of when Tyson was a little ginger after banging knees with a guy and turning the ball over. But it wasn’t like there was a tall point guard or really quick power forward to account for. Rondo didn’t play, so nobody had to guard him. Rookie Phil Pressey played a lot of point guard, Avery Bradley was at SG, Crawford and Lee were mixed in, Marshon Brooks played SG and SF, Green at SF, Bass at PF, Olynyk played a bit, Humphries didn’t look horrible at C, and Sullinger did work at PF. There wasn’t really too much confusion about where each Celtic was going to be playing and there weren’t many mis-matches, which is important.

There were times where point guards that stayed on the floor during subs switched to shooting guard, as well as times where power forwards switched to center. Shooting guards to small forward, small forward to power forward, everyone moved around. I think 6 guys played multiple positions. This is usual, but obviously not as many times in a game as the Knicks have to do it. I honestly don’t have a problem with it. I didn’t even have a problem with Prigioni at shooting guard, because basically, they’re running two point guard sets, and if they want to play traditional, I have no problem with Prigioni spotting up for three and setting screens outside the elbow or around the arc. The only guy who played out of position all game in my opinion was when Bargnani saw 1:30 at center. It was a pretty terrible 1:30 for the Knicks. Carmelo got burned by Gerald Wallace in this shift and Felton was doing his best ‘JR Smith after the nightclub’ impression.

The most glaring thing about the game was the subs of the subs giving up that lead during the last six minutes. Props to Mike Woodson for keeping them in the game and putting the onus on them. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It helped me look at the depth of the team.

Individual Player Evaluations:

PG: Udrih: He had an okay game. His drive and dish was kind of Marbury-esque on a few plays. He played excited. He took eight shots. He shot 25% but he provided a few nice passes and set a lot of screens. His best attribute of his game was help defense. He guarded his man when it was necessary and helped bigs when he could.

PG: C. Smith: I don’t know where they found this guy. It looked like the first time he ever touched a basketball.

PG/SG: Prigioni: Prigs looked great, saw passing lanes, played with passion, pesky as usual, had pep in his step, took smart shots. He made a beautiful around the back pass to Bargnani but Bargnani didn’t finish the leaner. If he did, it could have been pass of the game or something.

PG/SG: Felton: Drove to the bucket, may have been a little slow at times, but he had his moments and put up 11-3-5 in 22 minutes.

‘PG’/SG/SF: Shumpert: I put PG in quotes because he was basically taking the ball from Prigioni. It doesn’t matter. He deserved the ball. Shumpert shot 7-7. He looked explosive. He was pesky. He was deflecting passes. He was getting open. He did nothing dumb. He, Tim Jr., and Ron, each had GREAT games. Irony or not irony, those are my three favorite Knicks.

SG: Hardaway Jr.: My dad. Took him one game to prove his worth. That stroke was the most beautiful in the game. His speed was awesome. Fastest guy on the team. There were a few times where he got caught up on defense, but so did all of the new guys, aside from Artest, since he’s Based God.

SF: Leslie: I liked his little floater. His game is good and he gets close shots. He’s a little bit green, but he deserves one of the remaining spots. We need an athletic and composed guy like him with upside, who probably defends better than Carmelo. But that’s yet to be seen. Regardless, I like Leslie a lot.

SF/PF: Anthony: The star. The captain. The captain showed his stroke, but that wasn’t his only bright spot. He was the facilitator on one specific play that was probably designed. On this play, Tyson screened Felton’s man at the top of the arc while Carmelo was 23 feet out on the right side with the ball and he fed it to Felton as he rumbled around Tyson’s right knee for a lay-up. There was a few instances where Carmelo and Bargnani were playing inside-outside, which I think could be a big part of the offense this year.

SF/PF: Artest: Metta Ron World Artest Peace didn’t start. Kinda looking like he’s going to be the 6th man and come in whenever Bargnani or Carmelo pulls their revolving door routine. He’s our only defensive big, pending Kenyon Martin’s participation and Tyson’s health. He’s versatile, and he DOES have an offensive game. He was draining threes and was an anchor defensively. One play, he took the ball up, passed to nobody, and drained a 3. He saw 6 shifts with Shumpert. It is important to note that Shumpert was on the floor for every single Artest shift. Shump and Artest saw a shift at SG and PF together for 3 min, 13 minutes of SF and PF, and 6 minutes of SG Shump and SF Ron. If you can read that, now you have an idea of how Ron and Shump played together. And you should. Because it’s beautiful.

PF/’C’: Bargnani: Played center for a few moments, so I quoted it. If he’s our center, we’re in trouble. We will be last in the league in rebounds. He did make a few nice passes. He had an okay day shooting. He shot 6-6 from the line and 3-8 from the field. His little pump-fake at the 3 and then drive to chuck up a shot got guys off their feet quite often. I can’t leave out the fact that Vito Faverani dunked on him and burned him to the rim a couple times. He mostly saw the floor stretching between Carmelo and Chandler. He also dunked once?

PF/C: Powell: The dude can athletically block shots. He doesn’t look like he can, but he can. I trust him guarding a backup center.

C: Chandler: I can’t stand this man but he set a few nice screens and made a few off-ball screens. Correct me if I’m mistaken, but I think he made an 18 foot jumper? Couple things in this game made me confused. He even grabbed a rebound with two hands and made a put-back over three people.

C: Aldrich: Shaky, but has potential. He contested the shot well.

C: Diogu: Ike Diogu literally my favorite play, and the made the best big man play of the game for the Knicks and I hope he gets credit for it. He got the ball on a post-up, shimmied right, pivoted left and went under and up for a lay-up. It was really awesome and I haven’t seen a Knick do that since David Lee. It was great and deserves a roster spot just for it. He may be slow, but he can move his feet inside.

Chemistry notes:

Prigioni played with Felton for 5 of his 6 shifts, 16 of 18 minutes.

Udrih was point guard for 6 of Hardaway‘s 8 shifts. 18 of 20 minutes, (really 18 of 25 minutes, but 5 of those were garbage time where Smith was in, so really it was 18 of 20)

Bargnani played with Anthony for 4 of his 5 shifts, 16 of his 19 minutes.

Chandler was on the floor with Anthony and Felton for 17 of his 20 minutes.

Bargnani was only on the floor when Felton was on the floor. 19 minutes.

Artest was only on the floor when Shumpert was on the floor. 22 minutes.

Shumpert was only small forward when Hardaway was on the floor as well.

Bargnani dunked and Chandler hit the jumper in the same shift that started at 7:24 in the 3rd. Ironically, the weirdest shift began a snowball effect. Shump stayed in and everyone around him changed. That’s when Tim Hardaway Jr. took over and showed us what he can do.

Awards:

Best passers: Prigioni, Carmelo, Felton

Best rebounders: Artest, Tyson

Best shooters: Shumpert, Hardaway, Artest, Chandler

Best defenders: Prigioni, Shumpert, Artest, Powell

MVP’s: Shumpert for the game, Hardaway for the biggest shot, and Prigioni defensively. Artest gets honorable mention.

Favorite shift of the game: Prigioni, Shumpert, Hardaway, Anthony, Powell. Felton, Shumpert, Artest, Bargnani and Chandler was also great. I like seeing Shump and Ron together, Bargnani stretch, and Chandler inside. Replace Felton with Prigioni and I think beautiful things can happen with those five.

Okay, I’ve written enough. Follow me on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/EminemAndMnms.

I’m gonna do this again. I had fun with it. Celtics, you got TAPED!

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What we have all been waiting for. We have all been looking forward to our New York Knicks play their first official game of the 2013-14 season. Well, guess what? ITS NOT HERE YET! :)

What we do have, is pre-season basketball. And you WILL get a better taste of what’s to come than you did watching summer league.

Summer league was a little lackluster. Didn’t fill my basketball void. We didn’t see much of Shumpert, very little of Tim Hardaway, Jr., and no Bargnani or Artest. (Yes, Artest.) We also didn’t see the underrated center we pried away from Oklahoma City, Cole Aldrich. Aldrich will be standing in for Amare whenever he’s ruled out. -_-

Generally speaking, the Knicks fanbase says they have a playoff contender with a lot of new pieces and a lot to work on. With Amare’s brittle knees, JR’s knee and postseason/off-season antics, Shumpert’s tender shoulder, Kenyon possibly aging, Andrea being statistically the worst rebounder over 7′ of all-time on a team that needs rebounding, and Ron not caring what you call him anymore (I call him Ron,) there are many, many questions to be answered.

The versatility of the Knicks line-up is a plus. Each player has a defined skill set, of which I hope Woodson is well aware of.

Tonight, at 7:30, the Knicks take the Celtics in Rhode Island. The starting lineups have been announced. Here they are:

PG Pablo Prigioni (our best facilitator)

PG Raymond Felton (a guard who can score)

SF Carmelo Anthony (the star player guy, el Capitan)

PF Andrea Bargnani (I’m scared)

C Tyson Chandler (Prepare for tip-out boards and bites of Kelly Olynyk’s pump-fake)

The Knicks chemistry is my strongest concern. I believe our chemistry is all over the place. I believe everyone on the team will know at least two positions by the end of the year, aside from Prigioni, our facilitator, and Tyson, our tip-out the rebound guy.

I will be writing a follow-up piece tonight, at the end of the game, after South Park, documenting what I gather of the Knicks’ chemistry. As I watch tonight’s game, I will be documenting this rotation that Woody is putting out, and how our style of play changes. I expect the rotation to be a revolving door, so I’ll be busy.

Look out for my post-game piece. I promise educational value and introspect. I’m a decent hype guy, but analyst is my first love. To make up for my shortcomings, here’s a rhyme for each Knick I expect to play tonight:

Ray Felton, compared to Prigs he plays selfish, and I hope he dunks on Rondo for the hell of it
Pablo Prigioni, pumped his fist when the ball was dished to homie, went to the bench and swallowed rigatoni
Carmelo Anthony, out there saying its hard to look after me, got Cheerios but wants Charms, marshmallow fantasies
Andrea Bargnani, knew Mussolini but never was commie, scared of some D, like a girl who never saw her mommy
Tyson Chandler, rebounds the rock but can’t handle her, effort is hilarious, Adam Sandler
Cole Aldrich, gonna dunk on the JET, like he’s the cold hard bitch, then someone’s gonna be his girl, rhyme i like best? so far, this
Metta World Peace is his federal beast but when he’s the best he’s just Ron Artest
Iman Shumpert, when the girl acts up he says fine and dumps her, macks two minutes later, grinds and humps her (lol)
Beno Udrih? ooh kid.. he’s gonna get in the game and show us he do this, making passes, making Celtics foolish
Tim Hardaway Jr, my twitter namesake, he’ll make defenders fall simply from a feigned break

(Kenyon and JR won’t play)

My favorite line-up is Prigioni, Hardaway Jr, Shumpert, Carmelo, and Aldrich. But I’m weird. Let’s see if that happens. Re-tweet this story and the next story out and I’ll owe you a dollar. :)

In 5th-6th grade, my friends, (at the time) started a band called Anything Definite and introduced the drive to create music and play shows into the minds of my middle school. When this happened, my musical taste started to take form. My first show I ever attended locally was at The Backdoor in Nyack, which is now the Nyack Village Theater. I remember two other bands from the show; Delirious and Three Monkeys named Bob. My next show was at the venue on Broadway which became the new Backdoor. This venue featured the Daly’s Gone Wrong, which became the first band I could ever deal with who utilized screaming. After I heard Southcott at Indigo Paradise, I learned that there was room for me, if I wanted to, to create the sound I wanted to, and people would come out for it. I picked up a guitar and started playing Blink 182 and Sum 41 songs. I wanted to get more involved with the scene, and I asked a friend of a cousin one day, who is the talk of the town right now. He told me it was a band named Shabutie, and they just got signed. A dream began.

I’m 23 now, and a little bit rusty, but my mind for creating music is still sharp. Through my musical travels, (playing in a band and attending shows) I have met numerous talented musicians, who scatter amongst themselves for a variety of reasons. If we maintain a collaborative attitude, and come together as a group of talented musicians who want to make palatable songs, the scene can be saved. Here are some names of musicians that I have met, that with the right band members, can come together a complete package and create an excellent sound with their talent and passion.

This could be the best basketball post on the internet when its done.

1. Cavaliers’ Draft Party Reaction at Quicken Loans Arena to the 1st Pick, Anthony Bennett

2. Orlando Magic Draft Party Reaction to 2nd Pick, Victor Oladipo at DisneyWorld

3. Skip Bayless’ Reaction to 3rd Pick, Otto Porter

Totally disagree, by the way. Everyone saw the pick coming with good reason.

4. Charlotte Bobcats Draft Party Reaction to 4th Pick, Cody Zeller, in the lobby of Time Warner Cable Arena. This was the inspiration behind this post. This video went viral.

5. A Phoenix Suns’ fan’s reaction to 5th Pick, Alex Len, at his house.  Hate to say it, because he sounds like an idiot, but I share his sentiments.

6. A Pelicans’ fan reaction to 6th Pick to Nerlens Noel, who, thankfully for him, got traded away. Stern comes to the stage at 2:40.

And here’s a tweet from Marc Stein about how Jrue felt about getting traded, since there was no LIVE reaction to the trade, which I put a lot of blame on the producer for

7.  I really hate when they try to make every video dramatic with this song, but that’s what the Kings did.  Here’s Sleep Train Arena’s reaction to getting Ben McLemore at #7

And here’s a video of the Kings’ draft room reacting to Nerlens coming off at 6 so that they can get McLemore.

8.  Since there’s no video of a live KCP reaction, and there should be, because they somehow didn’t take hometown superstar Trey Burke, here’s a question posed to owner of the Pistons, Tom Gores, about not taking Burke.

Q: About draft night, tell me your reaction to seeing the fans boo the selection of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and was there any desire to weigh in to have the team select (Michigan point guard) Trey Burke?

A: I was actually in the draft room, but I did hear about it and I understand. I think Trey is a great player and he did so much for the University of Michigan. I totally understand, but we took the philosophy of being in this draft what we needed as a team and we did take a bit of a win-now attitude. Our philosophy going in was we really wanted to have someone kind of slip right in to the team and help us win now. We felt that Kentavious could help us do that. Having said that, obviously Trey Burke is a great player. He’s going to do great. It wouldn’t be good for either one of us to just make the move for popularity just to get a good hooray from the fans.

Horrible.

9.  K. Pump up the volume for this one.  It’s hard to hear Broussard. And go to 1:26. This is the Jazz draft party at EnergySolutions Arena, reacting to the trade for Trey Burke.

10.  One of the more insightful reactions, since I found no fan reaction, here’s Greg Anthony on CJ McCollum, the Blazers 10th pick.

11. Here’s 6 Twitter reactions to the drafting of Michael Carter-Williams at 11.

http://fansided.com/2013/06/27/nba-draft-2013-philadelphia-76ers-fan-reaction-to-no-11-pick/

12.  Here’s how to pronounce New Zealander and new Thunderer Steven Adams (don’t waste your time)

13.  Celtics GM Danny Ainge talking about the 13th pick that the Mavericks made and they traded for, Kelly Olynyk

14. This is pretty cool.  Here’s Shabazz Muhammad on a conference call after he got traded to the Wolves talking about if he’s talked to Kevin Love, who also went to UCLA and will play on the Wolves this year with Shabazz.

15.  Some guy named Jeremy Schmidt’s in-depth reaction to the Bucks’ drafting of…. Giannis Antetokounmpo

http://www.bucksketball.com/2013/06/giannis-antetokounmpo-is-everything-weve-asked-the-milwaukee-bucks-for/

16.  This pick, Lucas Nogueira, was drafted by the Celtics and went to the Hawks.  Here’s the highlight of his draft day.

17.  If you speak German, this video is great.  Atlanta takes Dennis Schroeder at 17.  With the funny thing on the o.  (Yeah I know, it’s an umlaut. Leave me alone)

And this is for some analysis in English:

18.  The Mavericks traded down for the rights to Shane Larkin, who the Hawks drafted for them.  Rick Carlisle talks about it (mildly boring).. so eff that.. I’m not even posting it.. check the kid’s vert:

19.  Here’s some goob talking to the 19th pick, Sergey Karasev, as he tries to speak English

20.  Nobody really has a heavy reaction to Tony Snell getting drafted, but he’s good, see, look:

21.  Here’s Jazz tradee, Timberwolf Gorgui Dieng, telling you the meaning of life.

24.  I’ll end it on this, because I know it’s good.  I haven’t even researched this video-wise because  I personally have a live reaction to this pick on Vine.  Here’s my live reaction to the Knicks taking Tim Hardaway, Jr.

@EminemAndMnMs Tim Hardaway Jr. Reaction.

Spike reacting to the pick

Spike reacting to the pick

I posted this on Facebook, and I re-read it multiple times, and I felt it was so strong that I want to post it on my blog.  It’s not exactly basketball related, but I can make it basketball related if you want. Basketball shoes make sounds when they squeak on the floor and so does dribbling and these sound effects are in songs.  Basketball is the most musical sport there is, in itself.  Now this.

Attention, people with recording studios: I have at least six complete, catchy, not screamo, intelligible, standard and D-tuned, unreleased songs written. I would like to meet with you and talk about these songs. Such as a movie distributor would talk to a writer about his script. I have yet to find someone with a studio who simply would do this. It seems like all you want to do is record and get paid. You’re depriving yourselves of content and undermining everyone around you.With a little common sense, more goods (songs) can be produced.

With cheaper recording prices, more people can make songs, and that gives you more content to work with, if you’re smart enough to collect iTunes royalties from them once you get them up there, (which is fairly easy to do after mastering). In turn, this increased quantity of content creates a better chance of getting a song created that is catchy enough to generate additional profit through shows as well as on-the-street EP sales.

You, myself and the rest of the world should know what these songs sound like complete and mastered. Our community is better when the people in it have created content for the rest of it to enjoy. You guys who really know how to record music need to start being the facilitators and taking on creative minds. Always have an open door that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to go through. Help shit exist. Facilitate.

The Pelicans Brief

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Let me start by saying that this took a lot longer than I expected to write. I enjoyed every second of researching prospects, contracts, and teams. This is absolutely a field I want to be involved in professionally. I want to have the privilege of either evaluating prospects or covering a professional basketball team as a beat writer. Hopefully this mock draft comes out very accurate and I could e-mail it over to Chad Ford and other NBA Draft blogs and get some sort of writing jobs. The effort that went into this merits it. It’s one of my favorite projects yet. That being said let’s get down to business, I ain’t got no time to play around what is this..

Ryan Buchanan, (@EminemAndMnMs) 2013 NBA Mock Draft

Nerlens Noel
Cleveland Cavaliers
(1st Rd, 1st Pick)

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Let me start my mock draft, and this lengthy Noel analysis, by saying Cleveland needs to trade this pick.

Nerlens Noel is the most talented big man in the NBA draft. He can put up a lay-up in record big-man time, he can rip down rebounds with a 7’4 wingspan, and most of all, he could get up and get weak shit out of there before it hits the cylinder. He did it over 4 times a game before he tore his ACL three months ago. Every expert mock draft has him going first. But Cleveland has bigger problems than finding a center.

Did people forget how nasty Anderson Varejao was on the glass before the season-ending blood clot? It’s not like Tyler Zeller cost them games, that was Tristan Thompson’s futility and lack of perimeter talent. Why crowd the front-court with injuries when you could TRADE the pick for an established SF/PF and dump salary in the process and make a bid for free agency?

Small forward Luke Walton, who was essentially grand-fathered into the league, and Daniel “Booby” Gibson, have expiring contracts. If Cleveland lets them expire, it gives them $10.8M to spend. If I’m Dan Gilbert, the only way I’m drafting Nerlens Noel is if I know Varejao’s injury is going to impact his entire career, or if I’m deep in trade talks with teams with the knowledge I’m drafting Nerlens.

While Kyrie-Noel sounds like an awesome AAU type of 1-5 connection, I don’t think it will get Cleveland to the play-offs in their first year, at least. Cleveland has bigger issues to address in perimeter scoring and perimeter defense departments.

All this being said, which I feel is required, I think he will come off the board to the Cavaliers, and be put on the trade block immediately. Dan Gilbert is a type of guy who loves a rush. What better rush is there than having a third of the league clamor for your first overall pick?

Ben McLemore
Orlando Magic
Round 1, Pick 2

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This pick COULD go to Trey Burke, who, in the end, will be a better player than McLemore, but this is the Magic we’re talking about, who should drop the ball and go with McLemore. Orlando needs a guy to make plays. They need a guy with a superstar attitude. Burke and McLemore both have these traits. They can either get Burke, who will make plays for himself, and occasionally the rest of the Magic-less Magic, or they can get McLemore and have a better chance at creating a spectacle, reviving Orlando. I think both guards are better than Nelson and maybe even Afflalo. McLemore will start immediately, and average over 15 points a game, and probably 15-20 shots a game. There is no team in the league starting from scratch more so than the Magic.

I’m surprised I wasn’t signed by the Orlando Magic last year and given starting minutes. They may have a decent front-court next year, with Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic. Almost every decent player on the team is a PF/C, and if you think Arron Afflalo is the answer at guard, and will ever be the star of any team, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

Adding to the hilarity that is the Orlando Magic, Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson are getting a combined $20.6M next season. Hopefully they sign a smart combo guard who can teach McLemore along the way.

Washington Wizards
Otto Porter
Third (pick) is the one w/ the hairy chest

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I know nothing about Otto’s chest. What I do know, is that either Otto Porter or arguably Anthony Bennett will be starting for the Washington Wizards a few weeks into the season, if not to start it. Bennett played a 4 in college, and will likely move to a 3.. for he is a mere 6’7. In addition, since Trevor Ariza has a player option, and Martell Webster is a free agent, I’m slotting a truer small forward, in the wake of Jan Vesely, Otto Porter, at the third spot. Otto compares himself to Tayshaun Prince, which I completely agree with him about. He does a little bit of everything: passes, plays defense, steals, blocks, rebounds, occasionally shoots, makes the guys around him better, and has an NBA intelligence and awareness. With the offensive emergence of John Wall and Bradley Beal, Washington needs to branch into the realm of acquiring an intelligent perimeter defender who will make smart plays and passes. He will also play excellent help defense when Beal and Wall lose their man mid-penetration. Like a girl who just moaned the name of her ex-boyfriend. Nobody beats the Wiz.

Charlotte Eventually Hornets
Anthony Bennett
(1st Rd, 4th Pick)

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A lot of mock drafts have Charlotte drafting a shooting guard. Ben Gordon has a $13.2M player option, which he would be crazy not to accept, which will keep him on the team. Henderson will probably stay on as well, pleased with his playing time and his club option. Then we have Kidd-Gilchrist, who will probably start against next year, and probably Biyombo and Haywood at center again. McRoberts will probably seek more money, which he deserves, but I don’t think the Bobcats will be smart enough to give, which leaves a deep hole, seeking a stretch 4, with versatility and an established game. Bennett can play outside and in, and will bring down rebounds as well. I think they should get a center. Hopefully they do. There are better players and options than Anthony Bennett available, but I think Charlotte goes for this kid.

Shabazz Muhammad
Phoenix Sol
(1st Rd, 5th Pick)

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I really hope this happens. When push comes to shove, Shabazz
Muhammad is the more talented version of the average of Michael
Beasley, Jared Dudley, and Wesley Johnson. He’s crafty like Beasley, a shooter like Dudley, and will probably be unhappy with the team in a few years like Wesley Johnson. He has a bit of an attitude, calling himself the best player in the draft. He’s a bit of a ball hog, piling up only 27 assists in 1000 minutes. But I think Phoenix needs this.

They have no fresh perimeter scoring. Scola is washed up and
Jared Dudley has a low ceiling. Shabazz Muhammad would be an
excellent fit at guard/forward and enable Goran Dragic to have someone to pass to in transition. I’m very high on Muhammad. That’s not an opium joke.

Victor OLADIPPPPPO
New Orleans .. Pel.. …..I can’t
(1st Rd, 6th Pick)

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The only things that are going well for the … you know.. are the
emergence of Greivis Vasquez as their point guard and their
versatility at the F/C with Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson, and although not great, Robin Lopez and Jason Smith. Aminu showed some bright spots on the glass this year and may emerge into a threat next year.
Aminu and Oladipo are both pretty good defenders, and each of them are from Nigeria. Aminu is the descendant of Nigerian kings and Oladipo’s mother is an excellent high jumper. These two can absolutely create an advantage in perimeter defense, if they can use communicating in Hausa or Igbo to their advantage. I’m serious about this. If I were a coach I would definitely bunk those two together and develop their potential unique chemistry. Watch out for the Morris twins this year and you’ll understand.

Sacramento not Seattle, Kings not Sonics
Michael Carter-Williams
7th Overall

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I had a tough time with figuring out who the Kings were going to get
at 7. MCW may not be the best player available, but its whom they
need. A point guard who can facilitate the offense. The Kings move
around players a lot and you never know what they’re gonna do. Jason Thompson is locked up for cheap and I believe will be a long time King. I also believe they will give Cousins what he wants after he grows up and has an awesome year this year. I believe Tyreke is
looking for too much money and a winning team, and that the Kings lose him. This will be a bad move on both parties, but it gives the Kings the opportunity to get a SF in free agency. While Isaiah Thomas had a bit of a break out season at point guard duties, he is a point guard because he is short, and I don’t think the Kings want him starting big minutes. Therefore, I give this pick to a new 6’6 Kings point guard named Williams. It is a bit of a stretch pick at 7, but his pass first mentality is what Marcus Thornton and DeMarcus Cousins need.

Detroit Pistons
Trey Burke
8th Overall

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Trey Burke is a Top 5 player in this draft. If the Magic pass on him,
he’s going to drop. Washington has Wall, Charlotte seems to want to
stick with Kemba, Dragic has locked in a point guard role for
Phoenix, Charlotte doesn’t need him, and then there’s Sacramento, who is looking for intelligence over a playmaker. Burke may have both, but I know that Burke would love to play for the Pistons. He has said so himself, and it would give the Pistons the superstar they have lacked since Grant Hill. Because Burke will be one. Brandon Knight has not panned out as a facilitator and may not. This kid doe…

Minnesota Timberwolves
Alex Len
9th

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Overrated. I do not think he will be good.
Minnesota does need to replace Pekovic, who is going to have an offer sheet this season which will likely consist of some big buck offers that the Timberwolves may not be able to match. This schlub, Len, is probably who they’re going to go for, over Olynyk, who has more range, better leadership, more experience, more explosion, more intensity, and is simply better. Minnesota may also address their need at shooting guard, but they can get a good one at 26th. Shooting guard is a deep position in this draft.

Portland Blazers
Rudy Gobert
(1st Rd, 10th Pick)

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The Blazers will likely lose center JJ Hickson this year to free
agency because they will not be able to afford him. He will probably
be seeking a multi-year deal around $25-30M and I don’t think the
Blazers are desperate to keep him. Aldridge, Batum, and Matthews
already make a combined $30M, which is a fairly large sum for three
players. His departure would mean Meyers Leonard becomes the starting center, unless they move Aldridge to center, and that should not happen.

Rudy Gobert of France is a long center who is exactly what
Portland lacks in both Leonard and Hickson. He is an excellent
defender who is great around the rim like Hickson was, and he has a
lot of frame to add muscle to. He also gives Batum a French friend to
talk to about snails and armpits. I like Meyers Leonard, but he is
not ready to be in the rotation. He fouls a lot and isn’t a great
defender. Rudy Gobert should be a lock to go to the Blazers if he is
still available.

Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers
Cody Zeller
(1st Rd, 11th Pick)
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The Bynum situation absolutely destroyed the 76ers last season. They were an absolute joke inside, and made a mockery of on multiple occasions. In my daily fantasy basketball season, I also picked a center going against the 76ers almost daily and never thought twice about it. Now, Philadelphia can extend Bynum’s $16.8M contract, or they can add that $16.8M to their cap space and draft a scoring center with experience in Zeller, who can provide length inside, as well as some intelligence, (which they need), because the Sixers are probably the dumbest team in the league, with exception to my interview buddy Charles from Hofstra University. They also have the option to free $5M+ onto the cap with the departure of Nick Young and $4.6M+ off the cap from Dorrell Wright. Those two are expendable in my opinion, the SG position is getting deeper and deeper, and outside shooting is available in free agency. If they do not plan on keeping Bynum, The Sixers will get a glass-savvy center that can play smart inside with Thaddeus and Hawes, and if they keep him they will go after a
guard/forward, with Turner’s club option coming up next year.

Oklahoma City Thunder
Jeff Withey
(1st Rd, 12th Pick)

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Withey, you say? Withey, I say. First of all, my thoughts are with
all who lost something in the Oklahoma tornado. Kevin Durant should be hungrier than ever this season. Westbrook should be back. Ibaka has emerged as one of the great defensive power forwards, if not, the best. It is obvious that the weak links on the Thunder are at shooting guard, which Scott Brooks sort of uses as a flex position, and their joke of a center, Kendrick Perkins.

The Thunder are looking for an intelligent center, and being that they acquired Ibaka, I know they love defense, and I know they love Jeff Withey. He played nearby in Kansas, and I don’t doubt Oklahoma City scouts came out there to watch him more than a few times. He was the defensive anchor for Kansas, and I believe will be the starting center for the Thunder in the middle of this year and will lead every team in shots blocked for years to come. A lot of people hate on Withey. No idea why. He’s awesome.

Dallas Mavericks
Peyton Siva
(1st Rd, 13th Pick)

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Siva’s stock will rise. This pick could go to Shane Larkin if his
draft stock improves, or it could go elsewhere if they sign Jarrett
Jack, but if neither of the two happen, Mark Cuban is a big fan of
winners in college basketball, and wants a winner, a smart point guard who can lead a team intelligently, like Peyton Siva. Dallas also
needs a big man, but I’m sure they won’t shy away from signing and
starting Chris Kaman for cheap. Darren Collison’s stock decreased
dramatically this season and he has a cheap club option next season.
Dallas has eight options/free agents this year, all players who played
this season, so Dallas may be going after a big-name center in free
agency. I think Pekovic will be the guy. Siva is ready for the pros, and by the end of the year, I believe that Rick Carlisle will go with an optimal starting line-up of Siva, Mayo, Crowder, Dirk, and newly acquired Nikola Pekovic, readying themselves for a play-off run once again.

Utah Jazz
Kelly Olynyk
14th Pick

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The Jazz have a lot of issues. Millsap and Jefferson are both
destined to be free agents. If they choose to replace these two Utah
staples with Favors and Kanter and sign neither one, Utah will have
the money to sign whoever they want in free agency, which leaves their options endless. And who knows what free agent Mo Williams wants, but he’s not the answer for Utah at point guard. Utah has two picks in the first round, and I believe they will get one later, because
centers are running small in this mock draft. Hayward is the eventual fill at small forward. Although I like Burks, it’s not like he will be a top-10 shooting guard next year, but Utah can sign a shooting guard. Expect a whole new team from Utah next season. I think Olynyk will go to Utah because he is the type of gritty, intelligent player that Utah likes, and one of the best players available at this point.

Milwaukee Bucks
Sergey Karasev
15th Pick

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This is also a very tough pick to gauge. But one thing that is not
tough to gauge, is that they will be losing some outside shooting.
Ellis has a player option, Jennings has an offer sheet, and Redick and
Dunleavy are both free agents and both from Duke so nobody wants them.

I’m just hating on Duke. Thats the state of Milwaukee and Russian
dude Sergey Karasev should fix that. He will give Ilyasova a foreign
buddy who can play the rebound and shoot from outside game with.
Milwaukee was weak inside with the exception of Larry Sanders, but
their larger issue to address is in the backcourt. I say Ellis gets
an extension and comes back and takes point guard duty, which I’m sure he would like. But two tall forwards who can rebound and shoot the three from outside is something I like Milwaukee would find appealing.

The Green Team in Boston
Gorgui Dieng
16th Pick

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Kevin Garnett is, foreseeably, leaving, and Paul Pierce is getting
old. Jeff Green is more than ready for a spot in the rotation this
year, and Boston seems to like Brandon Bass. I think Gorgui Dieng
will help fill out the front end of the roster and give Boston the
defensive 6’11 presence and leadership at center that they will need
with the foreseeable departure of Garnett. Fab Melo is not going to
cut it and neither is Chris Wilcox. Doc Rivers may be gone, so this
may not have an impact, but Louisville played zone defense, and so
does Doc.

Atlanta Hawk-a-loogies
CJ McCollum
17th Pick

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Atlanta has back-to-back picks at 17 and 18. Atlanta has terrible
guards who are expendable, soft defenders, and streaky and stupid
shooters. Josh Smith is very likely to leave, and this leaves Al
Horford as the center of the Hawks front-court for a team who will
have no backcourt next year. Korver and Devin Harris are also
free agents, and I don’t think Atlanta wants to be stuck with Dahntay
Jones. Atlanta needs a scoring guard who can play minutes. This kid CJ is a scoring combo-guard who averaged over 23 points a game at Lehigh this season, and reminds me a LOT of Jason Terry, who was drafted by the Hawks. If CJ McCollum drops this far, he should absolutely be selected by the Hawks. Now for that potentially explosive SF/PF tweener, athlete who can bring the house down with a Josh Smith style jam..

Atlanta Hawks
CJ Leslie
18th Pick

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Yep. The CJ Squad. Now they just have to get CJ Watson and Cory
Joseph and they’ll be unstoppable. I’m kidding. CJ Leslie is the
incredibly poor and young man’s version of Josh Smith. I think Josh
Smith had a horrible year this year. I think Leslie will bring some
spunk to Atlanta that they will lose with the loss of Smith. Mike
Scott and Leslie would fill similar roles on the team, Scott being
more traditional and Leslie acting as more of the athlete with the
great help defense. It’s a bit of a stretch for a first rounder, but
I think it is what the Hawks will need if they don’t go after a SF/PF
in free agency who can play big minutes.

Cleveland Cavaliers
Tony Mitchell
19th Pick

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With their second pick of the draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select
their eventual replacement for Tristan Thompson, who was a
disappointment last year. Cleveland arguably needs a 2, a 3, a 4, and a 5.

I think they go for the most talented forward available in Tony
Mitchell. He is big, physical, has more speed than Speights, and he’s
what the Cavaliers need inside. He has an NBA player look, unlike
anyone on the Cavaliers aside from Irving or Varejao. If Mitchell
goes to the Cavaliers, I think he will take the starting role away
from Tristan Thompson. He is better on offense than Tristan, as well as defense,
and has plenty experience.

Chicago Bulls
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
20th Pick

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KCP at the 20th pick should be going from a Bulldog uniform to a Bull uniform with the 20th pick. Rip Hamilton is getting old. He showed no signs of aging but I’m sure it’s something the Bulls are thinking about. Jimmy Butler has seemed to find a role on the Bulls, but for the most part, it’s a defensive one. If they want a big offensive shooting guard who can give them some extra rebounds as well as shoot from outside, Caldwell-Pope should be their guy. Boozer may be on the block and gone, but Gibson will step up next year and I don’t think there’s enough talent left for the Bulls to go after a big. I can vividly see Caldwell-Pope in a Bulls jersey. Also, Nate wants his money. So he’s dipping. Bulls can’t afford him. Especially with Rose PROBABLY playing next year.

Utah Jazz
Shane Larkin
Blackjack pick, 21st

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I love this kid. He drives to the hole faster than any point guard I
saw last year in college basketball. His athleticism is off the
charts, and Utah could definitely use him, especially since they won’t have Millsap or Jefferson to count on inside, to post up and put up decent shots.

Utah has been missing the speed and transition that
John Stockton brought for a long time, and while he may not be as
awesome as a passer, and may be 5’11, he will sure bring the speed to
the young Utah offense. If Utah gets Larkin in this draft, they will
be near the top of the list in the NBA for points per game if Hayward
can maximize his outside potential. Utah is going to be the team to
watch in a few years. Maybe less, depending on what they do in free
agency. Hopefully they add some perimeter scoring.

Brooklyn Nets
Glen, I mean, wait no, Glen Rice
22nd Pick

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He’s got the outside shot. He’s got the genetics for it. He’s got
the Brooklyn swagger. He’s also got the experience. He’ll sell
jerseys too. I know I’d buy one. And I’m a Knick fan. But it’s
tough to say what the Nets need. They’re a bit of an anomaly. They
had an on-and-off season and played at top level versus the Bulls.
Crash Wallace got banged up last year in every game, and Kris
Humphries has proved how soft he is since Kim left him. Gerald
Wallace is 10.1M this season and Humphries will be gone at the end of this season.

Glen Rice gives Joe Johnson an athletic buddy behind the
arc who can spend time in the gym shooting threes with Mirza Teletovic and the Nets can become one of the most dangerous outside teams in the league. I think they stick with Evans at power forward. It’s more of a gut feeling than a logical one.

Indiana Pacers
Mason Plumlee
23rd Pick

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Ben Hansbrough and Tyler Hansbrough. Miles Plumlee and Mason Plumlee. It just makes sense. The Pacers are band of brothers, and that band of brothers is having a hell of a playoff run, and plays team
basketball. Power forward David West deserves whatever he wants from the Pacers and should re-sign with them. I believe the rest of is staying put, and they won’t be making any major changes.
Mason Plumlee adds a third 7-footer that they can put in the game if
Hibbert and Mahinmi both get into foul trouble. Plumlee is nice, and
should have a decent NBA career. He’s also a gritty big man who is
white, which helps his Pacers draft stock. Winky face.

THE New York Knickerbockers
Probably some foreign guy I have never heard of, but hopefully Jackie Carmichael
24th Pick

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My Knicks. The Knicks have some personnel problems they need to address, as well as many needs. They seem okay with Felton, Shumpert, JR, and probably Prigioni on his last legs in the backcourt. Kidd seems done.
In the front court, they should have Chandler, Martin, Amare, and
occasionally Carmelo, because Wallace, Thomas, and Camby all seem done. The middle of the line-up is actually what seems dead to me, since it looks like they will be slotting Carmelo at the power
forward. There’s a lack of an athletic perimeter guy who can shoot
from the outside and rebound off the bench, similar to what JR does at SG off the bench, and Galinari and Wilson Chandler used to do for us.
I’m hoping Chris Copeland stays a Knick and has a role on the team,
but since he is defensively soft, I want someone with Copeland’s game who can also defend. We’re too cluttered inside for another inside guy. Camby is likely staying, and getting over 4M for sitting on the bench. Amare will be getting almost 6 times that. I could say the Knicks should get James Southerland out of Syracuse, who has a sweet jumper, mid-range game, and intelligence, but it would be too early and Knick fans who don’t watch college ball would not agree.

While an efficient and intelligent rebounder would be nice, or a savvy point guard who can facilitate and score, we will stick with Felton and JR, and we will likely look for an efficient, athletic, third option, Wilson Chandler-like player in this draft. I would love a center though.

Los Angeles Clippers
DeShaun Thomas
25th Pick

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Odom is leaving, Grant Hill may retire, Billups might leave, and the
Clippers need someone who will replace Caron Butler. I don’t think
there is anyone in the draft they will be able to find to replace Paul
if he leaves and they will start overrated Bledsoe in that interest.
The Clippers will all of a sudden lack scoring and need an effective
perimeter scorer. Deshaun Thomas is that guy. He will fit right in
with Los Angeles, and I believe he is the perfect fit for them, in
what will likely be a difficult season for the Clippers next year if
they lose Chris Paul to free agency.

Minnesota Timberwolves
Dario Saric
26th Pick

dario_saric

The Wolves should go after a scoring guard but I think they’ll go
after a scoring small forward with the uncertainty of Chase Budinger.
Minnesota loves white foreign kids who can shoot from the outside and is soft and will not be good, but the Timberwolves will likely waste this pick on another white foreign kid when they can get a great shooting guard like Jamaal Franklin.

Denver Nugs
Erick Green
27th Pick

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His name is Green, so is Denver, so he’s going to
Denver. Nah. In reality, Brewer is a free agent, Andre Miller is
getting old, and Andre Iguodala has a player option, which he should accept but who knows what he’s thinking.

This leaves the Nuggets fairly weak at the guard/forward position. The Nuggets are always looking for team players. Players who are versatile. He can score at will, he averaged 25 points a game for the Hokies last year, and his style is up-tempo, which fits perfectly with the Nuggets. Erick Green has Kevin Martin like potential in my eyes, but is smarter than Kevin Martin. I have high hopes for this kid. High hopes. Nuggets get a steal at 27.

San Antonio Spurs
Pierre Jackson
28th Pick

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This little guy. Its tough to say what the Spurs need. They are so complete and can
win with anyone. Ginobli is getting old, and Danny Green has fit in
just right at his spot. Kawhi Leonard is the new kid in town, and the
new staple at small forward. Tim Duncan is immortal, and Tiago
Splitter is getting better and better. But how much legs does Tony
Parker truly have? He is still playing at an elite level, but his
Wade-off period is coming around the corner, and I don’t think Cory
Joseph is the answer. Pierre Jackson is an intelligent facilitator,
and a warrior who plays a lot bigger than his 5’11 frame. I believe
the Spurs will like him a lot, and will pass on Dennis Schroeder
because he is too young. Schroeder will likely go before Jackson, but Jackson’s awesome handles will get him the attention of the Spurs.

Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroeder
29th Pick

dennis_schroeder

Something about Dennis Schroeder screams Oklahoma City Thunder to me.
I don’t quite know what it is, but it doesn’t look like Reggie Jackson
is the right back-up for Russell Westbrook. Schroeder might be. He
has more of a skill set and more potential for such a young kid. He’s
also lightning quick, which sustains that tempo that Oklahoma City
doesn’t want to ever lose over the course of 48 minutes. He’s very
interesting. He’s German and black. I don’t know how that even
happens. But yes, OKC should draft a point guard if they didn’t lock
up a replacement for Perkins yet.

Phoenix Suns
Colton Iverson
30th Pick

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I have faith that the Suns will be terrible for years to come. Their
contracts are absurd. Gortat has a lot of work to do. Is Dragic
really that good? Dudley and Beasley are both trash boats. And I
don’t even know who their shooting guard is at this point. Point
guard and the Morris twins are probably Phoenix’s strongest assets.
Adekotunbo could be a good risk to take here, who knows he could have defensive instincts like Deng and transform the team. Honestly I know nothing about him and I have no clue who in this draft would make Phoenix better because Phoenix doesn’t have a clue what they’re doing.

Scola, Gortat, Dudley, Garrett, Beasley, and Frye all proved that they belong in hefty bags because they’re all trash. That being said, I think they take Colton Iverson. O’Neal is a free agent, Hadaddi isn’t
good, Frye is bad, and Gortat may not work out. Colton Iverson is a perfect project pick.

Please leave a comment and let me know if you read this novel of a mock draft and inspire me to write more. :)

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