Thursday, June 16, 2011
It seems that Cleveland will pick PG Kyrie Irving out of Duke as #1 overall. But many believe that it should be Derrick Williams and some compares Williams to LeBron. Nobody is so sure till the draft day comes. Cleveland probably wants to rebuild a team through point guard. Cleveland still has the 4th pick thus they are pretty confident about the #1 overall pick.
• PG Kyrie Irving, 17.5 PPG, 52.9%FG, 46.2%3pt, 4.3 APG
• PF/SF Derrick Williams 19.5 PPG, 59.5%FG, 56.8%3pt (1.9 3pt attempts/game), 8.3RPG
During the lottery of the draft, when the Cavs won the 1st overall, Wolves envy the pick since they badly need it to pick Irving and eventually the Cavs announced that they most likely pick Irving. This is the most complicated pick since the next best available pick is Derrick Williams which is playing PF of SF, both position are already filled by Love and Beasley. The Wolves are grateful after Ricky Rubio agreed to play next season in Minnesota. Now they need a dominant Shooting Guard but the draft class doesn’t offers much talent on SG position. They might trade this pick to fill the holes in the roster or if they choose to keep it, probably it would be Derrick Williams which might be dealt after picking him or Enes Kanter which will replace Darko’s Place in the rotation.
PF/SF Derrick Williams, Enes Kanter
Utah is closely watching the Wolves’ pick. Is Derrick Williams is available, they will never think twice to grab him. If else they possibly pick Brandon Knight which will address the problem in their roster which is lacking of back court forces. This could still be change if they fall in love in Enes Kanter at the same time Fredette, they still have the 12th pick to choose Fredette for their backcourt need but it would still be a risky move for Utah since both these players projected as not a safe pick.
PG Brandon Knight 17.3 PPG, 4.2 APG, 4.0 RPG
PF/C Enes Kanter
PF/SF Derrick Williams
On this pick, if the Cavs choose Irving as #1 pick, probably they are eyeing for a big man whom the Cavs thinks a good duo of a guard and big man team. At this time, Enes Kanter might still available but another big man named Jonas Valanciunas is whom the Cavs love to see to play with Irving in a new Cleveland team. This could be the scenario if this pick will not be traded. If ever Derrick would slide to top1 pick. They might go after for Knight or Kemba Walker. Some thinks that it would be a better move for the Cavs.
PF/C Enes Kanter,
C Jonas Valanciunas
PF Kenneth Faried
The Raptors still after for Williams and there are rumors that they are willing to give up deRozan to get number 2 pick. But if they fail to do so, perhaps they’ll going to choose one of the international prospects. It could be Kanter if they are lucky enough to catch him late, but Toronto focus on upgrading their defensive capability in the presence of a dominating pure center like Valanciunas. But don’t be surprise if ever they suddenly grab Kemba Walker.
C Jonas Valanciunas 7.7PPG, 5.8RPG, 70.8% FG
SF/PF Jan Vesely,
PF/C Enes Kanter,
PG Brandon Knight
This team already made a step on rebuilding through getting rid of Arenas but they still have to get rid of Lewis and it will never be simple. Wizards are one of those Williams’ stalkers. Beside Williams, they probably try to land another international Prospect named Jan Vesely. Vesely able to prove his worth at Euro League and this is his chance to make name in NBA. Like Williams, Vesely could play two positions, PF and SF.
Possible pick: SF/PF JanVesely 10.1 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 66.3% FG
7th pick Sacramento Kings
The King’s basic concern is at point guard position. Some one who is pure ball handler who could run the offense to take that load from Tyreke Evans thus He plays pure shooting guard. While they are uncertain that Dalambert would be back for them as he hits free agency, the Kings might pick a big man. Speaking of rebounding, there’s a prospect which has the ability to rebound the ball well at SF position. This pick might be Kawhi Leonard’s sneak to the top 10. He is compared to Gerald Wallace who was drafted also by Sacramento.
• PG Kemba Walker 23.1 PPG, 4.3 APG, 5.2 RPG, 42.6 FG%, 35.8 % 3pt
• PF Kawhi Leonard 15.5 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 44.4% FG
8th pick Detroit Pistons
The Pistons are now in a rebuilding mode since they have young and full of potential players like Greg Monroe, Austin Daye and Jonas Jerebko. Detroit shows interest to Brandon Knight but at 8 he’s might not available anymore. It could be Walker but they also love to land some international prospect like Donatas Motiejunas, Jonas Valanciunas and Enes Kanter. But lately a strong prospect out of nowhere named Bismack Biyombo which is compared to Ben Wallace defense is projected to be picked by Detroit.
PF Bismack Biyombo,
PG Kemba Walker
9th pick Charlotte Bobcats
Another rebuilding team is the Bobcats which has two 1st round picks, trying to make a steal in the draft at 9th pick. Charlotte is in desperate need of a scorer who could help Jackson carry the scoring load and also eyeing for someone who can rebound the ball. Possible pick for Charlotte is one of the Morris twins who both show decent scoring average and percentage while making their presence felt in the pain grabbing more rebounds.
PF Marcus Morris 17.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 57.0%FG, 34.2% 3pt.
PF Markieff Morris 13.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.1 BPG , 58.9% FG,
10th pick Milwaukee Bucks
“Burks and the Bucks” sounds like a well fit to the team as Milwaukee look to shop players who could score at SG or SF position as Micheal Redd a candidate to exit the team. Being dead last at scoring as a team, Bucks on desperate need of a scorer that could shoot accurately. In could be Alec Burks turn or Tristan Thompson.
SG Alec Burks 19.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 44.9% FG,
SG Klay Thompson 21.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 4.0 APG, 44.3% FG , 41.3%3pt
11th pick Golden State Warriors
Biendris is on his way out and probably the Warriors look to aid the hole with this pick. Maybe they will try their luck with Bismack Biyombo if the Pistons will pass on him. If else they will try to land the other Morris twin. If ever the rumors about Ellis to be traded to Philly for AI, when Biyombo will not be available, they might pick a replacement for Ellis. Klay Thompson is one of the best available in that position.
SG Klay Thompson,
PF Bismack Biyombo,
SG Alec Burks
12th pick Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz will base their 12th pick on whom they chosen in 3rd pick. Jimmers name has been lurking around in this pick. It will be Fredette if the Jazz didn’t grab knight in 3rd pick.
PG Jimmer Fredette 27.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.3 APG, 45.5% FG, 40.4% 3pts
13th pick Phoenix Suns
Many believe that the Suns is the best place for Jimmer but the Suns is behind Utah on picking Jimmer. Phoenix must wait for the Jazz to pass on picking Jimmer at 12th pick to grab Jimmer. The Suns needs a scoring force badly and a successor of Nash at point guard position which some believe that Jimmer is similar to Nash. If ever they fail to land Jimmer, possibly the Suns will chose on of the Morris Twins.
PF Marcus/Markieff Morris
14th pick Houston Rockets
This summer Yao will be Free Agent and it’s not clear if he’ll be back with the rockets. The biggest concern of the rockets is at Center position since they had undersize players of Scola, Hayes and Patterson fill that spot where Yao was supposed to be.
PF Marcus/Markieff Morris,
PF/C Motiejunas, Valanciunas
PF Kenneth Faried
15th pick Indiana Pacers
The Pacers shows interest in drafting Jimmer. They badly need another scorer beside Granger. Fredette already worked out for Indiana Pacers but there are two other teams ahead of Indy that might pick Jimmer. The Pacers want to draft a PF since they want to put Hansbrough back to the bench since they don’t have forces in that area.
PG Jimmer Fredette,
PF Marcus/Markieff Morris
PF Tristan Thompson
Sunday, April 17, 2011
In the last few games in the season, both San Antonio and LA Lakers shows some signs that their Championship dynasty might come into an end. Both teams had losing streak and some key players got injured. I was not surprise about the Memphis defeating San Antonio. What surprises me is NO defeating LA without David West. SA is more vulnerable with the Memphis just getting stronger closing the season.
The Griz split the season series into 2-2 and just acquired the veteran player Battie which lift up the Griz in dying seconds. Battie is the only remnant on Griz lineup when they played in the Playoffs. Through the acquisition of Shane and Tony Allen, they also got the toughness of the playoff experience of these players. Not only the Spurs, they are very much capable of defeating the champs (LA lakers). They had solid players in every position.
Jimmer Fredette might be the biggest risk in the draft since many scouts criticized him to be a big bust like Adam Morrison who was picked 3rd overall. They compare his skills to Eddie House of Kyle Korver, an average role player which has great touch from beyond the arc. Despite of leading the ppg stat and astonishing range, the scouts are still doubtful that his magic will work in the NBA. Scouts find him terrible on the defensive ends.
What draws the attentions of many is Jimmers ability to score from 4pts field (almost from half court). He surprises the opponents by suddenly firing a three point shot unguarded. As a defender, who would think that he will shoot it and make it in that distance? But Jimmer is so accurate in making that kind of shot having 40% from beyond the arc and almost 8 attempts per contest which made him the top scorer in NCAA averaging 27.9 a game. Shooting is not the only thing he can do, Jimmer have this ankle breaking skill.
Although tallying those impressive stats, he lingers in top 10-15 in draft list or 4th-5th best available point guards behind Irving, Walker and Knight. Jimmer is different from other guards for he likes handling the ball all the time. It’s like picking him falls into just two scenarios, a bust or a jackpot. It would be a bust if Fredette don’t find his place in the team; probably he’ll be toss at the corner of the bench. But picking him in 10-15th pick and some scale him in 20th; but if he plays like he deserve to be in top 5, Jackpot! Just like Kobe Bryant who has been picked 13th overall.
He plays like a superstar in college and if he continues to perform what he does best in the NBA, it’s like a team drafted an instant superstar. That’s where the problem occurs, when a team already has their star or “go to guy”. He’s like a Gilbert Arenas who’s not effective under Howard and Nelson in Orlando. Jimmer can not step down into a role of supporting player thus in this upcoming draft, he is perfect for a rebuilding team. He’s the type of player who needs to be supported. Who else know he might be the next Steve Nash.
The Cleveland cavaliers appears to be the worst team not only for this season but in history after setting the record for the longest losing streak. They are devastated without their hero LeBron James. Lebron’s not only the teams super star but he’s the league’s back to back MVP thus the Cavs fall from last years best win-loss record to one of the most terrible this season(2010-2011). Not only losing James but losing the veteran center Z. also early in the season the Brazilian big man Varejao had a season ending injury to make matters worst. It seems the Cavs been so unfortunate this season and the team looks forward to rebuild the team after trading Mo Williams to the Clippers for guard Davis and a 1st round pick.
Almost all the remnants of once a great team are gone and having two possible top 10 picks is the best way to start a new beginning. There are several players that have been viewed by scouts as number 1 pick unlike the previous NBA drafts which players like John Wall, Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose rules the top spot, the upcoming draft(NBA Draft 2011) seems very interesting since the current top 5 pick can go number 1 overall. The Cavs is second to the highest percentage in winning the top pick in NBA lottery draft and the other pick is in the top 10. Players that are prospected to be in the top 10 can really aid a struggling team.
Cleveland can find replacement for Lebron in players like Derrick Williams, Perry Jones and Terrence Jones, an ideal primary player which will be the core of a rebuilding team. It would be great if they are able to draft Derrick Williams, a player which is explosive, athletic and having high percentage field goals. He is also capable of knocking down 3pts, having over 50 percent in his stat from beyond the arc. They also might have supporting players in their second pick. There are couples of players to choose like Brandon Knights, Kemba Walker or Jimmer Fredette in point guard position or have a replacement for Z in picking Jonas Valanciunas or Enes Kanter.
Like the OKC, since Allen joined Boston, the Thunders (formerly Seattle) finds a franchise player in picking Kevin Durant and in the very next season, they drafted Durant’s supporting player, Westbrook. After 3 seasons OKC already made it to the playoffs and gave the defending champs (Lakers) a tough 1st round series. The Cavs could be as competitive as the Thunders after 2-3 seasons if they have the right picks. They are not far from what happened to Oklahoma with having a young, athletic and talented team.
If they are lucky to select Derrick Williams and Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker, they already have a solid starter, Varejao in the middle, JJ Hickson and Williams at forward and Parker and Walker in the backcourt. The Cavs may shop some players in free agency for the SG position since there’s no solid SG in the upcoming draftees. Aaron Afflalo, Jamal Crawford, OJ Mayo and Jason Richardson might be available in the market this summer which might seal the missing piece for the Cavs to continue their greatness. If Derrick is not available, probably the Cavs will go with Irving. Kyrie Irving is on of the prospected top pick. The Cavs can afford to select a player at any position since almost all of the positions need to be upgraded. They might let go of Davis since if they wish to have much younger line up with Irving starting the point. There are bunch of talented international players in the draft that might still available for their second pick. If the Cavs will be able to find players that could produce 15 points per contest and improve their rebound stat, Cleveland can be a playoff team in short period of time.