Here at 7poundbag, we love the draft. We love arguing picks, we love the wish-lists, and we love looking back and bragging on how we did. The hardest two parts of any draft predictions, are: 1) the trades, and 2) all it takes is one idiot to blow it up.
The Rules: So for this one we split up the NBA with EJ, Zach, and David each taking 2 divisions Much like our NFL MOCK We declared no trades, you have to pick where you are. EJ has the Atlantic and Central, Zach the Pacific and Southwest and David the Southeast and Northwest.
David: I can see the process here, Wiggins has been the pick since the draft ended last year. I think Parker is the smarter pick, since LeBron in the middle of yet another Finals run is making the owner an idiot. The Cavs have to win and win NOW.
Zach: I had the pleasure of seeing Kyrie Irving live in his lone season at Duke. All I can say about Irving is WOW. I can honestly say that besides the god-like talent that is Kyrie Irving…NONE of the picks Cleveland has maybe beyond him have been sensible. At some point, you have to stop blaming the kid and blame the team. Is it the player…or the environment? Barring a trade, I guess Mr. Wiggins is the next contestant.
David: The Bucks are in a slow go here, and I think they are perfectly willing to let Embiid develop. I would not be stunned to see Parker go here, but lets be honest, there isn’t a player on the Bucks Roster that is 100% sure-fire All-Star, Embiid is more than worth the gamble.
Zach: Same kind of goes for the Bucks as the Cavs. I guess it’s as good of a pick as any. I don’t really see it changing the team’s outlook any but hey. What can it really hurt?
David: Parker is a fairly easy pick here, the Sixers have a TON of youth here, and Parker is the most Pro-ready prospect in the draft.
Zach: I am good with this pick. Parker goes somewhere that actually has a shot at improving and making a difference. He still needs to work on his defense, but hopefully Nerlens Noel can serve as a safety net for him and allow Parker to essentially get there on a defensive platform.
Zach: Never really been a huge fan of european players, seeing as how only 1/3 of them work out, but hey…what can it hurt, right? Exum should be a good addition, though.
EJ: Exum can be a star or a bust. He has all the tools for stardom, he really does, but he’s very very raw. He may never be a good shooter, and he may not become a premier ball handler, but he could become Penny 2.0 or a taller Rajon Rondo if you’re willing to be very patient. I’d like this pick for Orlando.
Zach: I guess the biggest point is this: Will Favors and Randle co-exist? If they can, then I love this pick. If not, Utah probably should’ve picked a shot-creator as opposed to a defensive prowl like Randle. I don’t really have a problem with this pick…more curious if the Randle/Favors combo will work.
EJ: Julius Randle is pro ready but does Utah really need him? Derrick Favors is being paid like the future at PF in Utah, so where does Randle fit? Julius is an outstanding player, and there’s nothing really wrong with this pick outside of what do you do with combining Favors and Randle.
David: Gordon will never, EVER be an all-star. He will be the guy that will play a decade in NBA- I can almost see him as another Jalen Rose or even a Kawai Leonard. Just someone that will end up the night with 15/5 on a regular basis with above average defense. He’s a player that will be loved in Boston- even as they are looking to replace him in 3-4 years with a name.
Zach: I, for one, am excited for Aaron Gordon. I think if he puts on 20-30lbs and adds some muscle, the kid could be a very dangerous target in 3-4 years. I like this pick, a lot from Boston. Could you imagine Sullinger/Gordon in the frontcourt? Could be interesting…
EJ: As a Lakers fan, I’d love for Exum to fall here, or for the Lakers to take Vonleh. Problem is neither of those guys are ready to help Kobe now. If helping Kobe is the only thing the Lakers are concerned with, then this is the perfect pick for them. Smart is ready to start day one. As far as getting along with Kobe, I don’t think that’ll be much of an issue.
David: I’m not big on Smart, and I’m scared as a Hornets fan we are going to end up with him. Can he create on his own? Can he take over in the NBA? I have too many questions.
EJ: This works. Isaiah Thomas has put up points for the Kings, but he’s built more as a backup PG than a starter in the NBA. Ennis is the type of distributor that’ll carry the ball up, dump it into Cousins and rack up assists. Fine pick for the Kings.
David:Boogie is going to love this guy. He’s a better creator than Thomas, and is more worried about the wins than the stat-sheet. If he can master man on man defense, he’s going to be a force.
EJ: I get the logic here with Hood. I just feel this pick is about 10 spots too high. The Hornets do need shooters, and Hood can shoot, but I can’t help but feel McDermott or Stauskas are better fits at #9.
Zach: I think Hood was taken a bit high here, but nonetheless a fitting pick. Rodney Hood is a good, all-around player to have. He’s young and can do a lot of different things, mainly pertaining to his offensive game. The best part: he’s a hustler. No matter what, hustlers will always have a home in the NBA.
David: I got problems here: Indiana has a ton of talent, but you never really saw him just put the team on his back and impress me. Could he be a star on the NBA level? Not a chance. Can he be the type of guy that can make it easier on Parker on the offensive end? Absolutely. I just wonder if his defense is good enough to let him stay on the floor.
Zach: Vonleh is a Joakim Noah-type player. He will never change a team from under .500 to over .500, but will be a solid addition and a night in-night out contributor. He’s essentially going to handle the dirty work for a team. Nothing more, nothing less. This is a good pick here.
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