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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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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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Ainge Really Likes Tyreke Evans

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 12, 2009

CelticsBlog :

“While the Celtics have shot down a rumor that they were talking to the Suns about an Amare Stoudemire for Rajon Rondo swap … we keep hearing their name more and more in conjunction with a top-to-mid first-round draft pick — a sign that Danny Ainge must see someone he likes up high.

While various sources have different players pegged, there seems to be some consensus that one player in particular — Memphis’ Tyreke Evans — is an Ainge favorite.

If the Celtics are going to get Evans, they’ll have to get somewhere in the top 10, most likely the top five.

The Grizzlies, Thunder and Wizards all have picks in the top five and have been open to swapping their picks. While it’s doubtful that Rondo is their bait, Ray Allen and his expiring contract could be.

The Celtics could trade Allen to Memphis for a combination of Darko Milicic, Greg BucknerMarko Jaric. That could save the Grizzlies a little money now and a lot of money next year … but that seems like a stretch. The Grizzlies don’t need Allen and I’m sure he wouldn’t be thrilled to play there.

The Thunder aren’t great partners either. They don’t really have any bad contracts and while Allen would give them a nice veteran perimeter presence, they’re not giving up the No. 3 pick in the draft to get him.

The Kings have also reached out to the Celtics and would be willing to deal the No. 4 pick if they could get Rondo in return. The Celtics would likely want more than just the No. 4 pick for Rondo — and the Kings might be willing to throw in either Jason Thompson or Spencer Hawes

That leaves the Wizards, who are really intriguing. Allen is a fit in Washington. The Wizards are a veteran team that is looking for another piece to make it a contender. Allen also is in the last year of his contract, which means the Wizards could get some long-term cap relief if they put together the right deal. Would trading Allen for Etan Thomas, Mike James, Darius Songaila and the No. 5 pick make sense for the Wizards and Celtics?

If Boston can’t find a workable deal in the top five, several other teams including the Nets (11), Pistons (15), Bulls (16, 26), Wolves (18), Kings (23) and Grizzlies (27) are open to moving their picks. While those wouldn’t be high enough to land Evans, it would get the Celtics a solid pick in the first.”

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Trading Up for the #2 Pick?

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 9, 2009

If you are a Celtics fan, you’ve obviously heard of the rumor that the Celtics are interested in the #2 pick of this year’s NBA draft. This would make this years’ draft much more interesting for Celtic fanatics as we currently only hold the #58 pick of the draft. Adding the #2 pick of the draft would definitely bring a new face to the team that would (hopefully) contribute right away, but who would we have to give up to get this pick?

The one name that seems to be automatically assumed to be part of any deal for the #2 pick is Rajon Rondo. To Celtics fans, if we are trading Rondo for #2, we’re selecting Ricky Rubio. For a team looking to win titles with the window of opportunity one or two years away from slamming shut, giving away a great (and on the verge of elite) point guard in the league is proposterous. As the league knows, Rondo is a jump shot away from becoming just about unguardable. And to trade him for an unproven commodity at the most important position on the court could be detrimental to the team’s championship aspirations.

Looking at the deal from just a talent standpoint, this is an awful deal for a Boston team that will only be content with winning the NBA title. But when you put your GM hat on and see the fiscal burden Rajon Rondo will undoubtedly bring to the payroll in the 2010-2011 season, maybe moving Rondo will keep the Celtics roster more flexible in the near future. If Rubio is as good as advertised, perhaps he can play some serious minutes right away. He’ll be on the floor with three future Hall of Famers, so that should ease his transition to the NBA game. But one thing he won’t have is the chemistry that Rondo has developed with the entire roster.

Do I really think the Celtics will trade up for the #2 pick in this year’s draft? No, not really. If we do, do I want to see Rondo on the move? Absolutely not. But if Danny thinks that this is the best way to continue to build the franchise, who am I to argue against it? Personally, I think there is a much better chance that Danny grabs a foreign player at #58 that will be a contributor in two years than the Celtics trading for the #2 pick.

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2009 NBA Mock Draft – Version 2.0

Posted by r1zzo23 on May 31, 2009

Draft 09

A week and a half after publishing Version 1.0, it’s time to edit the first round of the draft. There will be many picks that don’t change, but there are definitely some risers and fallers and that will be depicted in this version.

1. Los Angeles Clippers – Blake Griffin, F, Oklahoma

This is a no-brainer pick. He has been the #1 pick in this draft since last November and has won every Player of the Year award you can think of. I’ve already posted my thoughts on this pick for the Clippers, so I won’t go over it again. He’s got the potential to be a top power forward in the league in a few years, but also if he doesn’t develop much of an offensive game, could have already plateud. I don’t expect that to happen, so he will develop into a very good, borderline great, power forward in the league.

2. Memphis Grizzlies – Ricky Rubio, G, Spain

Rubio’s agent has already said they will do what they can to avoid him going to either Memphis or Oklahoma City, but the same agent tried to do this with Yi last year and failed. Ultimately, I think Rubio decides to play for whoever takes him and Memphis, with the #2 pick, should take the 2nd best talent on the board. People widely consider Rubio and Thabeet to round out the top-3 with Griffin, but I could see Memphis consider Jordan Hill at this pick if they do not want to stunt the growth of Mike Conley, Jr. In the end, Rubio is the pick and should embrace the chance to play with OJ Mayo and Rudy Gay.

Memphis’ brass has been over in Spain interviewing this kid and Marc Gasol, fellow Spaniard, has talked to him as well and it seems as if Rubio is coming around to the idea of being in Memphis.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder – Hasheem Thabeet, C, Connecticut

The Thunder have many holes and are not in a position to draft by, well, position. Other than Westbrook, Durant and Jeff Green have solidified their spots on this team. Nenad Krstic was a nice pickup last year, but he’s not a center you would want to build around. Thabeet would give them an instant upgrade in the defense department and if his offense ever comes around, he could become a really nice player. He must bulk up, but who in the draft doesn’t? Also considered James Harden and DeMar DeRozan at this spot.

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