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.
Zach: Agreed. The kid is a good backup point guard pick, but will his talent transfer to potential? Learning from Brian Shaw should help his career immensely, but will raw talent transfer to a starting job or will he be doomed to the bench? An interesting pick, to say the least.
EJ: I like this pick. LaVine is raw, so it’s going to take time but he’s super athletic, and you just can’t pass up on a 6’6″ ball handler. He should learn a lot from Ty Lawson and from head coach Brian Shaw.
Zach: I’m choosy about this pick. Stauskas can shoot, no doubt. But the backcourt is now becoming a little loaded and where Nik fits isn’t exactly known. Could he start in the NBA? I have my reservations with his defensive skill-set, but think he would fit nicely as a set-up shooter (Korver, Miller, Allen). All in all, I would give a thumbs down to the pick. Frontcourt needs some help with viable options still on the board.
EJ: I like Stauskas but I question the fit here. Taking Exum earlier, and now Stauskas here, you have taken two guards and you already have last year’s pick in Oladipo. Stauskas is an excellent shooter, but unless the Magic plan on going with a 3 guard lineup you can’t start all three of them. Assuming Exum goes at #4 I think if a PF or a SF slides to this spot, I’d expect the Magic to jump all over that player instead of Stauskas.
Zach: So the thought here is to balance out a defensive-less Rubio? Should be an interesting pick. at this point, about the best pick to make. I always said Minnesota was just one scorer away from really blowing the lid off this team. But defense wins championships, right??
EJ: Much needed pick. If anyone in this lottery need a shooter it’s Minnesota. Probably won’t start right away with Kevin Martin in town, but Harris is your future shooting guard with the Timberwolves.
EJ: Good pick, even if I think McDermott will go a little higher than #14. However, if he does fall to the Suns, he’s another good piece for a young team.
David: I always get a little concerned about big time scorers from small schools- maybe its all the Adam Morrison flashbacks. McDermott is better, or at least I think he will be, but this could be a solid base hit pick, just what the Suns want.
Zach: I’m curious how this is going to work with Atlanta’s offense. For ATL, I think a center would’ve fit perfectly here. They still have Horford playing out of his true position (even with Josh Smith gone), and really are full at the small forward position. I’m honestly not a fan of this pic. I think, if anything, a big man was needed here.
EJ: Anderson plays at a snail pace but he’s a true point forward. He’s a 6’9″ ball handler and someone I’ve kept an eye on since he was in high school. It’s hard not to keep tabs on Anderson when he was playing just across the bridge in Northern New Jersey. Kid got talent, but I worry that his lack of athleticism will hurt him badly in the NBA.
Zach: Well since he won’t be coming to the U.S. for a while, I guess we’ll see what comes of this. i think the Bulls needed to work on their frontcourt a little more with Boozer probably leaving, and Deng’s hole at small forward is obvious. Obviously it worked out for Minnesota and Rubio, but I’m just not a fan of wait and see picks, especially in the first round.
David: Not a bad player to stash overseas, but the biggest issue is how does he fit on the Bulls? I can’t see him seeing the floor with Thibs demanding defense, and if he plays a lot, then Noah is going to cover everything. Of course, by he time he comes over- who knows who might be coaching the team.
David: I actually have not heard a lot from him, but his defense is supposed to be unreal. I can’t argue with the pick, outside of the monster leap in quality of opposition.
Zach: So does this mean that Avery Bradley or Rajon Rondo is gone? Picking a point at this spot seems…interesting. He even seems like a bigger version of Rondo. Don’t get me wrong, I like all-around athletes like this. I think they can be a HUGE help to a rebuilder. I’m just curious where he fits in. Should be interesting in the days to come.
EJ: This is a boom or bust pick indeed. Feels like a reach to be honest, because I don’t think he goes before the late 20’s but the kid can shoot some, and can come off the bench and play SG.
David: Interesting Pick, to say the least, I think he might be a good fit, but I have to think this is a Major Reach here. I Don’t think he plays anywhere but SG in the NBA, so will he get the minutes he is going to need on this Suns team?
Zach: Well this covers one of the spots. I actually like this pick, because it fills a hole at forward. I also thing Young slipped here, a major advantage for Chicago. Overall a decent pick here.
David: My big issues here is consistancy, or lack of same. Chicago doesn’t need a guy that shows up once or twice a week. I can’t hate on the pick too much, as he could turn out to just need a coach that – you know coaches.
| Adrien Payne,PF,
|EJ: This kid is a legit stretch 4. He’s 6’10” and can really shoot the 3 ball. With Patterson and Hansbrough doubtful to return, I like the fit of Payne with the Raptors.|
Zach: This kid reminds me of John Henson. He needs some work, but could be a nice addition to an already great band of Raptor players. I feel he was taken a bit high for the value you are getting, but he’s got some potential that I think will compliment an already intriguing Raptor lineup.
David: Can he rebound on the NBA Level? He’s got a long wingspan, but he got out jumped a lot in the BigWhatever, and that is only going to get worse in the NBA. I also have some stop and pop concerns.
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