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I guess I'll start this early.
For the draft. hoping they can win the lottery and select Noel or McLemore. McLemore doesn't fill a need (he can't play SF) but he's too talented to slip pass overall #2.
Here are my preferences if the Wizards do not win the lottery:
Bennett - he is the absolutely best fit with Wall and Beal. A little undersize but he's strong and have a 7"1' wingspan and a great leaper.
Porter - another great fit. Doesn't have Bennett's athleticism but is taller and a more traditional SF.
Shabazz - offensively a good fit. Great pedigree with being a HS POY candidate. Not sure how good a defensive player he is and a bit undersize as well
Olidipo - also undersized but a great defensive player. Can play the 2G or SF so he can play with Wall and Beal or be a substitute for Beal.
Zeller - fills a need. Will be a solid pro for many years but not likely to be a superstar. A glue guy in the NBA
Len - will need about two years. The perfect fit for him is OKC.
Burke and Smart will be considered if they drop down some. Both are extremely gifted but we already have a PG.
Last, I know this is an extremely long, long shot with EG as GM, but I would like the Wizards to get a middle round pick in the 1st so they can draft Giannis Adetokunbo. He's going to be a special player.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by kool 11 months ago
Praying for Noel, but if we select about where we finish (in the 7-8 range), I agree that Bennett looks like the best choice, unless Porter is around. I guess Shabazz or Olidipo are also candidates, but I'm not sold on them (well, I'm not sold on anyone in this draft).
I agree that we should definitely consider Burke or Smart if they fall. While we don't need a guard, going BPA and having a replacement for Wall (or maybe even Beal) would be a huge luxury considering what we have to deal with when our top guards are out. Most people have them off the board by 6, though.
For some reason, I am way out on Zeller. Not sure what to think about Len.
This post was edited by wake2020 12 months ago
You can get a mid/late first round pick easily. Just do that and get either Gorgui Dieng or Reggie Bullock.
Bullock is a good 2/3 option. Reminds me a little of webster actually.
I want nothing to do w shabazz
I like Dieng. I like Adetokunbo better.
Our only hope is if Ernie gets hit by a truck, because Ted ain't firing him and the chances of his figuring out what to do don't seem high based on historical precedent.
I really like Oladipo. Is he a flawed player? Of course. But from what I've seen of him, he has a great motor, tremendous athleticism, and does not need to have offense run through him.
Avery Bradley is a tremendous comp for him. I know you guys will get stuck on positions and what not and claim that we already have Beal, but it really is becoming a positionless league. Oladipo will be a hell of a reserve, and small lineups with Beal, Wall, Oladipo would be fun as hell to watch.
How many teams below us wouldn't take Noel #1?
You roll the dice for a stud or a guy with an elite skill in the lottery. Do not want a Sean Mosley.
And how many of those guys are in this draft?
Here is who I would pick if I were the Wizards with each pick.
#1: Nerlens - can rebound and block shots. Offense will come around eventually. Great if Nene and Okofor can tutor him a little.
#2: McLemore - BPA case. Will back up Beal and play with Wall when Beal is hurt (which has been often this season). Eventually will get traded for best possible deal.
#3: Bennett - perfect fit for Wizards. Wall, Beal and Bennett would be the cornerstones of the franchise for years to come.
#4, #5, #6 (and maybe #7) will not be able to select in those slots.
Assuming: Olidipo, Porter and Burke goes in the top 6 as expected...
#7 or #8 - Len or Zeller - they should be next in line if the above 6 players are selected. Zeller has more immediate value but a lower ceiling. Len has little immediate value and a very high upside. I would probably take Len if he's still available.
#9: Shabazz - offensively he is very gifted. His offensive game is a combination of Adrian Dantley (brute strength around the basket) and Antawn Jamison (a lot of junk shots close to the basket. floaters, flips, baby hooks, etc.)
#10 and #11 : Giannis Adetobundo - stash him in Spain for two yeras and when he is ready to play in the states will fit in well with Wall and Beal (and hopefully a couple of other players).
sooooo we really need to sneak into the top 3 apparently
LEN LEN LEN LEN
Imagine John Wall feeding him the rock.
Guess what, better spacing, less double teams, equals Len all star by year 3. Look at Hibbert, can't teach height.
Wall and Len run pick n roll.
Or they double and crowd Len, he kicks to Beal, Webster, or Ariza in the corner for a 3.
Len will be in bizzaro world with a true point guard, and true shooters.
I'd like Len, he just needs to learn to stop fouling so much.
I think it's kind of unrespectful- Ovie
Ernie Grunfeld don't have the GUTS to draft Adetokunbo with the 8th overall pick. Some picks in this mock are too high (Harris) and others are too low (Zeller).
When it comes to drafting prospects, every NBA team seems to have a different philosophy. Some prefer to take a chance on high-risk, high-reward talents and others look for college studs that have a winning pedigree...
I know nothing about him but the Greek kid sounds just like Jan: tall, athletic, foreign and with no presently developed skills.
What a depressing draft. I'm not excited about anyone, and, in any event, if there's a diamond in the rough out there Ernie's sure to pass him up. I'm not even interested in watching the lottery.
Giannis highlight video appears to be in 4 parts.
Part 1: his handle and his ability to take people off the dribble. (his strong point. he goes coast to coast several times)
Part 2: his 3 point range (Jan Vesely don't have 3 point range. He doen't even have free throw range)
Part 3: defense - steals and block shots
Part 4; court vision and passing ability
From the video, my main concern about his game is his lack of elite athleticm and leaping ability.
He'll need two years overseas to refine his game.
Born 19942) He shows impressive fluidity for a player his size and a unique skill level.. Can play offensively from 1 to 4 c...
This post was edited by kool 12 months ago
Byron Scott got canned. Wiz should hire him.
He did two fabulous jobs with Nets and Hornets...Cavs he didn't have a chance.
But the organization is lead by Ted "dial up cd" Leonsis and Ernie "blackmail photos of Ted Lenosis" Grunfeld.
It's sort of hard to win when your best player (All-Star) plays 2/3 of the season. I think the Wizards will roll with Wittman one last year. Okofor's last year. Ariza last year. Hopefully healthy. They're going to roll the dice with what the have.
Pass on Scott. Would rather keep Wittman.
Its definitely a better tape than Vesely's, but it looks like he's playing in the same Talmudical league that Tamir Goodman was lighting up.
It is the business walk of the biggest, baddest bear in the national park happening upon an abandoned picnic.
It's really a choice of do you go with the safe pick (Porter and Zeller) or do you go with the huge upside (Len and Adetokunbo) For the Wizards with their history (Vesely, Blatche, McGee) I think I would go with the safe pick. It has worked out well for Indiana (Hibbert).
Blatche was a second rounder that has had a good career for a second rounder. He's just an ass. Vesely was just a horrible pick. And mcgee is in line witj many mid-late first rounders. I like zeller or len at the 7/8 spot. I haven't seen the foreign guy play though. And porter wont be around then
I don't like Zeller. He doesn't have the size to deal with NBA length. He struggled against long athletic bodies on syracuse. The entire NBA is length and athletes. He has a good motor, but a tweener glue guy unless he develops a solid jumper. He's basically a more polished Vesley right now.
Len is a true 7 footer with a nice touch jumper. Len dominated the two big men (noel and Plumlee), who tried to guard him conventionally one on one. The NBA can't crowd and double cause everybody can shoot in the NBA. Hence, Len should prosper, as long as he can kick it out.
I wouldn't mind Len, he seems like a possibility at our current position. Nobody really stands out to me, other than Burke and Noel. McLemore maybe, but I'm not 100% sold on him yet.
I agree the Wizards should take Len over Zeller. However they may not have a choice in the matter. Especially with their luck (sans the John Wall draft).
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