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Amar’e to Golden State?

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 25, 2009

Ric Bucher reported that there are serious talks about the Suns sending all-star forward Amar’e Stoudemire to the Golden State Warriors for Andris Biedrins, Marco Bellinelli and Brandan Wright. Bucher also went on to say that the deal, if agreed upon, would not be able to be made until the free agency period starts.

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Late Lottery Picks 7-14

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 25, 2009

#8 – Jordan Hill – F, Arizona

Knicks fans booed this pick and that just shows how much they don’t know about the prospects in this draft. Jordan Hill is a great pick at #8 and should thrive under Coach D’Antoni.

#9 -DeMar DeRozan – G/F, USC

DeRozan has perhaps the most upside as anyone in this draft class and is already a great slasher. If he works on his jumper, he could quickly become a very good scorer in the league. I think when it’s all said and done, he’ll be in the top three to five players to come out of this draft.

#10 -Brandon Jennings – G, Lottomatica Roma/Compton, CA

A pick based on pure potential, Jennings is taken because Jonny Flynn is off the board. Milwaukee lacks any sort of flare whatsoever, so hopefully Jennings can give us a reason to watch the Bucks.

#11 -Terrence Williams – F, Louisville

It was said that Williams had a guarantee and looks like Rod Thorn followed up on that guarantee. I love this kids game, but not sure how he will translate in the NBA. With Vince Carter out of the loop, New Jersey is looking for someone to step up and become a scoring option on the wing.

#12 -Gerald Henderson – G, Duke

The Bobcats desperately needed a shooting guard or a big man. At #12, it would have been too much of a reach for Blair, so Charlotte settles for Henderson. This pick has very limited upside, but he did take a huge step forward in this past year at Duke. He’s an athletic freak and should be a nice role player in the league.

#13 -Tyler Hansbrough – F, North Carolina

Perhaps the surprise of the draft, but with the lack of big men in this draft, why not get a guy that you really want? Hansbrough is the hardest worker in the draft and will be a productive big man off the bench. He will have a very long career in the NBA and is a player that any fan should want on their team.

#14 – Earl Clark – F, Louisville

Very athletic forward and should be a great finisher for Steve Nash. There are plenty of questions about Clark’s game as he tends to slack off for games at a time. He doesn’t do anything great, but can do a lot of things well. Should be interesting to see how this pick pans out.

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Golden State Takes Curry, NY Fans Not Happy

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 25, 2009

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry will be playing in Coach Nelson’s crazy offense and should see plenty of open looks from beyond the arc. He is by far the best shooter in this year’s draft class and by going to Golden State, he won’t be expected to play much defense. Even better is that the Knicks don’t get their man, meaning they will most likely go with Jordan Hill. If that’s the case, I could imagine a sign-and-trade happening with David Lee.

Don’t you just love the draft?!?

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Minnesota Doubles Up, Takes Rubio & Flynn

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 25, 2009

Rubio

With the #5 pick, the Timberwolves fill the void left at point guard by taking the most intriguing point guard prospect in the draft in Ricky Rubio. The 18 year old Spanish phenom is a YouTube sensation, but has many facets of his game that MUST improve in order for this pick to pan out. With Rubio running the point, the Timberwolves better be ready to run or they will not be playing to this kid’s strengths at all.

Flynn

With the #6 pick, the Timberwolves go with yet another point guard and select Jonny Flynn. I love Flynn and think he can be the best point guard in this draft, but I figured Minnesota would grab Stephen Curry to sure up the back court. A Rubio-Flynn back court definitely means the Timberwolves are transitioning to an up-and-down style of play. I’ll assume that the Timberwolves have a shooting guard that they are eyeing with their two later first round picks.

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Kings Opt for Evans at #4

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 25, 2009

Evans

The Kings select Tyreke Evans at the #4 pick. This is a surprise as I don’t see him as a true point guard, so that means he would be slotted at the shooting guard. Problem is they already have a great scorer in Kevin Martin manning that position. Shocking to see Ricky Rubio passed over when they could have used a point guard, but a trade right before the draft that sent Sergio Rodriguez to Sacramento may have had something to do with this pick.

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Thabeet to Memphis, Harden to OKC

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 25, 2009

Thabeet

Can you feel THABEET because Memphis can! Lacking a true big man, Hasheem Thabeet fills a void in the paint as a defensive animal that can come in and sure up the defense immediately. He’s got a very, very, VERY raw offensive game, but his defense will be a detterent from day one.

Harden

Oklahoma City, having already selecting Russell Westbrook last year, passes up on Ricky Rubio and selects the best shooting guard prospect in the draft in James Harden. This gives Kevin Durant a legit 2nd scoring option and puts a great young core of Westbrook, Durant, Harden and Jeff Green together. Harden is one of the most NBA-ready players in this draft and if he develops a killer instinct, I could see him to have a career just like Paul Pierce.

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No Surprise, Blake Griffin Goes #1

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 25, 2009

Blake Griffin

This pick has been known since the Clippers received the #1 pick through the lottery. Blake Griffin should be given a starting spot right away, but the Clips need to move one of their surplus of big men in order to do that. Good luck to you Blake, may their be some hope for your career.

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Orlando Adds Vince Carter In Four Player Deal

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 25, 2009

From ESPN Alerts:

ESPN News – C. Ford: Nets agree to deal 8-time All-Star Vince Carter to Magic for Rafer Alston, Courtney Lee and Tony Battie.

To add to the report, the Magic will also receive Ryan Anderson to their roster along with Carter.

Let’s just say that a starting lineup of Jameer Nelson, Vince Carter, Hedo Turkoglu (free agent), Rashard Lewis and Dwight Howard can definitely rival Boston’s starting five, but only if Hedo re-signs.

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NBA Draft Tonight!

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 25, 2009

Tonight is probably my favorite night of the year when it comes to NBA basketball: the draft! Now don’t get me wrong, watching the Celtics win post-season games brings me great joy, but I am in love with evaluating prospects, mocking the draft and the trade talks that come with the two-round marathon.

Unfortunately, the Celtics only have one selection in the draft at #58. So those of us looking for a major contributor through the draft should temper their expectations. With that being said, the team would probably be better off if they don’t make a big splash tonight. Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen have been involved in trade rumors, many of which would end up with the Celtics acquiring a lottery pick, and that could easily set back our team from being the league’s elite to the #4 seed in the East. I’m not ready for mediocrity again, so unless there is a deal that blows Danny Ainge away, I hope we don’t make any drastic moves.

What are some moves that I wouldn’t mind seeing? Perhaps packaging Tony Allen, Brian Scalabrine and JR Giddens for a veteran player that can be a consistent contributor off the bench. Also, I would be surprised if Danny Ainge doesn’t purchase a late-first or early-second round draft pick to get some action in tonight’s draft.

Whether the Celtics make a move or not is erronneous because there will be plenty excitement tonight around the league. This is perhaps the one draft I can remember where nobody has any concrete idea of where players will end up, making it must watch TV. Of course, I will be watching the draft and blogging when I see fit. So check out the blog periodically throughout the draft and enjoy the night!

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Big Al Staying Put

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 18, 2009

From RealGM.com:

A source confirmed to the Boston Globe on Thursday that the Timberwolves will not trade Al Jefferson to the Suns.

There were rumors late Wednesday of a deal that would send Jefferson and the sixth overall pick to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire.

One source acknowledged that the two teams discussed a trade, but another said that the Suns quickly turned down the swap.

Minnesota general manager David Kahn has even called Jefferson to tell him that a trade will not occur, according to one of the sources.

Now that’s more like it. Stick by your young stud big man and build around him along with the #6 pick. I knew Minnesota was in a transition period and their new owner is looking to make a big splash this offseason to really make his presence felt, but this proves that he isn’t desperate by any means. With rumors like this popping up, it sounds like me a lot of them are just wishful thinking by Phoenix fans. Can’t blame them for wanted current or former Celtic players…

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