The Grand National Championships

June 24, 2010

The Milwaukee Bucks select (Tiny Gallon PF-Oklahoma)

There are two scenarios about how this pick is going to go down. He’s either going to have a chip on his shoulder about falling to pick 47 and he’s gonna come into the league ready to kill some suckers. He’s big and powerful with a deft touch in the paint. They say he can grow up to be a rich man’s Big Baby.

Or? He’s gonna go into camp at about 330. He’s gonna get beaten defensively by Larry Sanders. And he’s going to be released by 2012.

Like I said earlier. This is what the Bucks could afford to do this year. Take a flier on a high-upside guy. No problem with it.

The Milwaukee Bucks select (Jerome Jordan C-Tulsa)

I’ll tell you what? If he plays as well defensively as he did as a sophomore? He’ll become overpaid on his second contract. His offensive game is serviceable. He developed a decent range from 12-15 feet. That being said?

He’s a 24 year old and he’s kind of soft. Also, they passed on Paulo Prestes. You could have grabbed Alabi at 47 if you were so insistent on getting a center for right now.

As a pro? I think he’ll be serviceable. I’m not sure that he’ll be anything more than that. .

The Milwaukee Bucks select (Darrington Hobson-SF New Mexico)

Not thrilled, but not terribly upset. Hobson’s not an athlete. But he’s a versatile sort. He’ll give you a little bit in a lot of areas. His energy will generate a decent amount of rebound, as well as a combined 2 or 3 steals and blocks. His stride allows him to beat defenders off the dribble. And if he works on his shot? He’ll be deadly. Because he’s a fine point forward.

He’s a good off-the-bench addition. I feel like he would have been there at 44 or 47 though.

Like I said. I could be very wrong or very right about him..

So what do I want from the Bucks?

In a nutshell? Best player available. Expanding on that, the Bucks are not without needs and desires. But here’s the tree things I want the Bucks to do.

1) Get a good power forward.

The dream scenario is that Patrick Patterson falls to 15. Will it happen? Maybe. But it’s not likely. The possibilities that will likely be there preclude Patterson or Cole Aldrich. But the Bucks would be better served with a great four than an potentially good five. There are serviceable 2nd round fives this year.

If Larry Sanders is available? I would be thrilled. Dude gets stronger and he’s going to be a disruptive force. I can;t talk myself into Orton or Whiteside. Upside guys who fall to this spot rarely pan out.

But with guys like Craig Brackins and Jarvis Vanardo in round two? I can get behind an other option. Just so long as it’s not a small forward who has the perceived value of 10-20. They all suck if they’re not named Daimon James.

So suffice it to say? Patterson is the dream scenario. A more realistic scenario would be Larry Sanders or Xavier Henry. No one would say James Anderson, but I could get behind that as a pick.

2) Get a foreign dude.

I was misinformed. The #2 that’s going to Jersey for CDR doesn’t come due until 2012. So basically, the Bucks may have a roster space issue. Assume that Salmons, Ivey, Stackhouse, Darrell Jackson and Brezec’s gone? The Bucks are at 10.

Most teams like to remain at a roster size of 13. And anyway? This draft has two tremendously interesting foreigners in the Russian Alexy Shved and the Brazillian Big Man Paulo Prestes. Though a German Big Man like Tibor Pleiss? Send him to Milwaukee and he’d feel right at home.

3) The Luc Richard.

If ever there was an opportunity to take a flier on a diamond in the rough or a straight up specialist? It’s this year. If John Hammond likes Tyren Johnson as much as I do? This is the year to go after it. Now the VP of common sense may disagree with this premise. But? I would not get so upset if a flier gets taken.

Draft starts in 32 minutes: Join me on twitter to follow my live tweet.

Power Forward and a Center Dumpster Diving.

Filed under: Basketball is played by tall guys,Draft Nerd,NBA Draft — by Andrew @ 2:50 am

The fact of the matter is that this draft is something interesting. You have a lot of interesting talent that would likely fall in the undrafted tier. The Jamario Moon All-Stars? Very interesting this year. And the microcosm of a drafts depth?

When a center in the second round is somebody with the upside of a good starter.

Paulo Prestes (6’10 270 Brazil)
He’s a beast in terms of power. He’s not the most athletic guy in terms of speed and the up and down? But he is an agile dude. And unlike your Anderson Varejao? He will go down and take the pain. Also? Not offensively useless beyond flopping. Solid prospect when he’ll come to America..

Power Forwards? In a twitter-sixed Fashion? Sure.
8. Magnum Rolle (6’11” 200 Louisiana Tech) If he gained 20 pounds of muscle? He would have a future as a Dollar Tree Marcus Camby.
7. Luke Harangody (6’8″ 250 Notre Dame) I do expect his scoring total to drop considerably. But his rebounding totals will coalesce to allow him to make an NBA rotation.
6. Charles Garcia (6’10” 230 Seattle) The archetypal superb athlete with a poor basketball IQ. So yeah. Call it a master of one scenario.
5. Latavious Williams (6’8″ 190 Tulsa 66ers) For a skinny guy whose main strength is athleticism? He’s got a tremendous defensive upside.
4. Trevor Booker (6’7″ 230 Clemson) This years most likely to be Chuck Hayes with mad rebounding skills.
3. Craig Brackins (6’10” 230 Iowa State) Enigmatic. He’s got the skills to be a great shooter and rebounder. But hes got his inside shooting percentage is weak. But the fact is? The team sucked. And he was good. Imagine if he lands on a good team?
2. Jarvis Vanardo (6’9″ 210 Mississippi State) Blocks and blocks and blocks and blocks. And also rebounds.
1. Gani Lawal (6’8″ 233 Georgia Tech) An energetic defender with good athleticism. His floor is that he’s going to be a great 7th man in a rotation.

June 23, 2010

Small Forward Dumpster Diving.

Going for twitter sized bits and bites. There’s a lot that interests me here and I cannot fight to post more than that. So, let’s roll.

10. Tyren Johnson (6’8″ 205 UL-Lafayette) A small school Josh Smith with surprising range. Won’t be drafted. But watch him.
9. Tyler Smith (6’7″ 210 Tennessee) A defender who would be ranked much higher if he could’ve kept his head right.
8. Vladimir Dasic (6’9″ 225 Serbia) If he gets religion about playing inside? The sky’s the limit. Big and physically gifted. Great defense.
7. Nemanja Bjelica (6’10” 210 Serbia) A 6’10” lead guard who needs to control the ball to be good.
6. Marquis Blakely (6’5″ 220 Vermont) Yeah, he’s undersized. But he’s disruptive and smart. He’s this years Diamon Simpson.
5. Darrington Hobson (6’7″ 220 New Mexico) A lefty point forward who needs work on his J and lacks some athleticism. Will likely kill in Italy.
4. Lazar Heyward (6’6″ 225 Marquette) Will be a great 7th man. Strong enough to defend a good four with good intangibles and an underrated shot and athleticism.)
3. Devin Ebanks (6’8″ 205 West Virginia) Is it a question of pace or assertiveness? His offensive game is tremendous inside the arc and he vacuums up a goodly sum of boards. But 9 shots a game? Too few.
2. Quincy Pondexter (6’6″ 220 Washington) Great athlete. Good slasher. An improving defender with an underrated shot from 3. I think I’ve talked myself into him.
1. Stanley Robinson (6’8 213 UConn) A physical freak who knows his offensive limitations. Good defender. Is he polished? Nope.

June 28, 2009

The Jamario Moon All-Stars 2K9

I pre-drafted this for last season, and it turns out I had a guy return to college and a guy get drafted. Stupid Daryl Morey reading my blog*! Anyway, considering I’ve developed a certain poor mans Bill Simmons quality about myself. I’ve decided I’m going to make with the gimmicks.

And as the rules go, I will make with the seven best undrafted free agents and tell you why they were passed up and why you need to keep your eyes forward on these guys.

Now seeing as Lee Cummard went back to school? He doesn’t make it.

Ready?

Ready.

PG Aaron Jackson Duqusene
Why did he get passed on? You have to knock peoples socks off to be drafted as a mid-major or lower. You cannot be just be good.
Why is he someone to watch? It’s as I’ve said, he’s got the size to defend and great offensive creativity as well as body control.

SG Jerel McNeal Marquette
Why did he get passed on?
A mixture of a seeming lack of upside and a real lack of size. He’s a 6’3″ senior and NBA GM’s are idiots.
Why is he someone to watch? He has no weaknesses. He locks people down, generates steals, and can create his own shot. Clearly, he’s no Christian Eyenga.

SF Diamon Simpson St. Mary’s
Why did he get passed on? Because he’s undersized at a smaller school.
Why is he someone to watch? You know why.

PF Alade Aminu Georgia Tech
Why did he get passed on? Because his basketball IQ is weaksauce.
Why is he someone to watch? But he’s dominant in a pick and roll system. Great athleticism, and ability to run and jump. I mean, you have a four who can slash? It’s a marketable skill.

C Tony Gaffney UMass
Why did he get passed on? He’s 24, and built like a small forward.
Why is he someone to watch? But like Simpson, he creates defensive chaos. Lots of rebounds, lots of blocked shots. And he can lock it down on the perimeter.

Dionte Christmas SG Temple
Why did he get passed on? Because he can’t create his own shot.
Why is he someone to watch? Because I disqualified Lee Cummard, and every team needs a bomber off the bench.

Josh Heyvelt C Gonzaga
Why did he get passed on? Psychotropic substances.
Why is he someone to watch? He can finish around the basket, rebound and hit the occasional 3. So he’s got a marketable skill.

Now, like last year, I’m sure these names will be a majority of Euro stars. But you know what? This will be a reader participation. If you have someone who you thinks going to come out of nowhere.

Bring the comments.

You will have a good day tomorrow.

June 25, 2009

Cake Rocks The Liveblog

Trust me. I will bring the thunder.

NBA Draft LiveBlog

The Can’t Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me NBA Ramble…

As I sit and wonder if we can’t get Matt Harpring’s unguaranteed contract for Ridnour and a future consideration. (Answer? Yes.) I look and see all sorts of possibilites for the draft.

Shaquille O’ Neal is a Cavalier. And if the Cavaliers follow the Phoenix playbook in terms of keeping him healthy? It’s a good gamble to make. But there is a real chance that this is Hakeem in Toronto or Ewing in Seattle.

But good for Stephen A. to break this story! Redemption is only two scoops away!

If 1-3 turns out to be Griffin, Thabeet, Rubio? Jonny Flynn will be playing the part of Russell Westbrook in this morality play.

Adrian Wojanarski is saying that Scott Skiles is lobbying the Bucks to draft Brandon Jennings at 10. Remarkably smart by Skiles, but could Jennings play at Stevie Franchise and Starbury and clown the team that for which that drafts them.

And if Flynn, Jennings, or Hill doesn’t make the pick at 10? A potential deal down into Maynor land and a future pick would be nice. Okay, enough about the Bucks. Because clearly, nobody on a blog can talk up the Bucks. Nice work Shoals, 20 minutes of gutpunch was nice to promote.

Fast risers: Jonny Flynn, Omri Casspi.

Like I said before, Jrue Holiday is going to be a mistake draft choice.

Over under on trades made? 7.5

Brandon Jennings is 17th in Draft Express’ latest mock draft. Wow.

I will say this now, if Jack McClinton gets selected by the Suns? He will have a great career.

But Jerel McNeal is being looked at too low.

Meh. I shouldn’t listen to the DOC if I want my momentum stopped. Sorry.

June 23, 2009

Oh look, an NBA mock draft…

Now these have a tendency to be like darts. I mean, I can see good things out of this years class even if no one else can. But I’m not claiming expertise at least not here. Last year I knew a dude who worked for the Nets. This year? Nothing.

1. Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin PF Oklahoma

Now he’s the best mixture of polish and potential on a team that will be two deep at the 4 and the 5. But that’s okay, he’ll be arrested for murdering Alex Acker in a hazing incident gone wrong. Only? Acker’s not dead. And he’s coming for Chris Kaman and Z-Bo. It’s Clip Joint. Rated R.

2. Memphis Grizzlies: Tyreke Evans PG/SG Memphis

Thabeet and Rubio do not want this. Blake Griffin is gone. Jordan Hill is a pick that inspires nothing. James Harden is a better choice, but come on. This will be a naked attempt to sell tickets. The Grizz have problems. And going local will only exacerbate it.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder: James Harden SG Arizona State

He has the highest floor of anybody in this draft. There’s already a lot to like with his game. And unlike Thabeet, he’ll fit into what’s trying to be built here. In fact? If not for the circumstances of their trip to Oklahoma City? This would be a good team to bandwagon.

4. Sacramento Kings: Ricky Rubio PG DKV Joventut

They never thought Tha Beet would be available to them, but after some discussion, they decide to go after the potentially transcendant talent…

5. Washington Wizards: Hasheem Thabeet C UConn

Which gives the Wizards a passable core…if Gilbert Arenas stays healthy.

6. Minnesota Timberwolves: Stephen Curry SG Davidson

They’re going to follow the same school as last year. Kevin Love was far from a sure thing going in, and he worked out, right? Right. So there you go.

7. Golden State Warriors: Jrue Holiday PG UCLA

Not just for the transcendant athleticism. Golden State wish Monta Ellis would simply drop dead. But someobody has to have the balls to make a pick for a player that doesn’t want to be there. Hi. Meet the new Jrue.

8. New York Knicks: Brandon Jennings PG Italy

They only way a team can screw it up here at this point? Draft Jrue Holiday. I’m not saying he’s going to be a bad player. I’m just saying that Brandon Jennings has that potential to be special. He doesn’t have to start this season either. But if D’Antoni gets to work with Jennings? Wow.

9. Toronto Raptors: Demar DeRozan SG USC

He may not want to be there, but he is the Spinner that the Toronto Raptors DeGrassi needs. They need a creative wing with good length. It doesn’t get better than this No Limit Soldier.

10. Milwaukee Bucks: Jordan Hill PF Arizona

Because. I’m drafting here.

11. New Jersey Nets: Terrence Williams SG/SF Louisville

There’s a lot to like with a wing of his caliber. Defensive toughness, can hit the three. Athleticism that will allow him to make the sexy action sports news team highlight show. You put him at the three and good things happen.

12. Charlotte Bobcats: Gerald Henderson SG Duke

Jordan woke up, saw the best 2-guard available on draft express and said? Done.

13. Indiana Pacers: Jonny Flynn SG Syracuse

Every year, you see a great talent fall toward the end of the lottery. My guess, it’s going to be Jonny Flynn. The Pacers get a Grangeresque steal.

14. Phoenix Suns: James Johnson SF/PF Wake Forest

An active defender who can create his own shot and play both the three and the four? He won’t be Shawn Marion, but he will make a matrix move or two. And when the team goes small? There can be a direct-to-video sequel of Seven Seconds or less.

15. Detroit Pistons: Austin Daye PF Gonzaga

My gut says they get the Israeli wing Omri Casspi, but then I thought, they could get a starter worthy point at the early parts of round 2. And this is a team that loves the Anthony Randolph-sized 3. And they could get a point and more low post tough with their early 2’s.

16. Chicago Bulls: DeJuan Blair PF Pittsburgh

The knees blunt his position. But in the world of the John Hollinger? Blair is the greatest prospect ever. Boards and efficient offense. It’s what the Bulls need down low.

17. Philadelphia 76ers: Ty Lawson PG UNC

And we start the run on the proverbial second tier with the point guard who won UNC the national title. They can’t afford Andre Miller, so they rebuild it here.

18. Minnesota Timberwolves: Earl Clark PF Louisville
(from Miami)

Worst case scenario, he’s a rotational Hakim Warrick. Or a Corey Brewer who can put points on the board. Either or. If a team wants to deal down, the T-Wolves will be willing to listen.

19. Atlanta Hawks: Eric Maynor PG VCU

Never mind the Bibby, here comes a Maynor upgrade at the point. They don’t need to live in the shadow of Mike Bibby anymore. He may not be the player who puts them over the top. But he is made of leadership. He will make them better.

20. Utah Jazz: Tyler Hansbrough PF UNC

Both for the fact they’ll need an energy power forward and won’t expect him to be spectacular, as well as the fact that it’s a white guy in Utah. That’s just hilarious.

21. New Orleans Hornets: Jeff Teague PG Wake Forest

Hear me out. The Hornets strength was Jannero Pargo in 2008. They need a back-up to keep CP3 from dying, and while B.J. Mullens has strong upside potential. Jeff Teague is a stealthy protectionate for CP3. And if you want to start the next rebuild you do it here.

22. Dallas Mavericks: B.J. Mullens C Ohio State

Re-up Kidd and get a potential low-post scorer. Why? Because Erick Dampier is crap. And Kidd knows that he isn’t going to be around long term. He’ll play hard at least for this season. Darren Collison would be strong here, but B.J. Mullens has end of lottery upside.

23. Sacramento Kings: Sam Young SF/PF Pittsburgh
(from Houston)

The Kings could use some real low-post help. Sam Young is more of a Posey 4 than a Chuck Hayes 4. But you know James Posey 4’s have good value. Affable, with a hint of cedar. And they can get the low post 4 at 31.

24. Portland Trail Blazers: Derrick Brown PF Xavier

A small forward with good offensive skills? Yes!

25. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jonas Jerebeko SF/PF Italy
(from San Antonio)

The Swedish Varejao deepens the low post rotational skills and will make Scott Brooks happy with his intangibles. So yeah.

26. Chicago Bulls Chase Budinger SG/SF Arizona
(from Denver through Oklahoma City)

The Bulls need a scoring wing. And so long as it’s a kick-out or a pick and roll? Budinger makes Chicago happy. Except for the Jewish community. Dan Filowitz will be outraged. Or not. He doesn’t care about the drafts.

27. Memphis Grizzlies Jon Brockman PF Washington
(from Orlando)

They will regret the availibility of Darren Collison. As they cannot use Tyreke Evans at the three. They will find an undersized four who can win the putback race.

28. Minnesota Timberwolves Darren Collison PG UCLA
(from Boston)

This is a win for the Timberwolves. They get Collison as a one, they can move Curry into the myth of the Dwyane Wade 2. And the team gets an A+. Bill Simmons will piss on this draft.

29. Los Angeles Lakers: Omri Casspi SF Tel Aviv

Considering what they need? Casspi allows for them not to have to overpay for Ariza. Not that Ariza is a bad player? Just that the savvy play is to take Casspi. Or not. It’s 4:15 A.M. I shouldn’t be doing this.

30. Cleveland Cavaliers: Marcus Thornton SG LSU

You have a guy who took the offense of a second round NCAA Tournament team on his back. All he has to do is be the third option here. He can do that.

And I am spent. Why did I do this. Because I love you.

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