Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 NBA Draft

[6/27/14] Grading the draft

[6/26/14]  Damn, the computer shut down.  No warning that the power was low.  Lost the beginning of the draft.  Retype.

1.  Cleveland takes Wiggins over Parker

2.  So Milwaukee take Parker

3.  Philadelphia takes Embiid despite his injury and having taken Noel last season

4.  Magic takes Aaron Gordon in a surprise.  Everybody was thinking Exum.

5.  So Utah takes Dante Exum to team with Trey Burke

6.  Celtics grab Marcus Smart, which means Rondo could be on the way out

7.  Lakers take the best available Julius Randle.

8.  Kings take Nik Stauskas, SG.  So maybe a vote of no confidence with Ben McLemore.  Don't they remember Jimmer?

9.  Charlotte takes Noah Vonleh.  I kept calling him Vonteh.  Could be good help for Al Jefferson

10.  76ers take Elfrid Payton.  Why do that when they have MCW?  Is MCW going to be moved to SG?  Payton being compared to Gary Payton.

11.  Denver takes Doug McDermott.  College player of the year and leading scorer.  Being compared to Adam Morrison and WallyS.  (In other words, he's white.)  Hopefully more like WallyS.

McDermott traded to Chicago for 16th and 19th picks.  (Denver also trades Anthony Randolph away and get a second round pick.)

12.  Orlando takes Dario Saric, who's going to play two more years overseas

13.  Minnesota takes Zach LaVine.  I assume as Rubio's running mate.

Orlando trades Saric to Philadelphia for Payton

14.  Phoenix takes T.J. Warren.

OK, that completes the lottery.  Now getting to guys I never heard of.

15.  Atlanta takes Adreien Payne
16.  Chicago takes Jusuf Nurkik (for Denver)
17.  Boston takes James Young from Kentucky
18.  Phoenix takes Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse (to sit on the bench?)
19.  Chicago takes Gary Harris, SG, Michigan (for Denver, which is a great pick because Denver could have conceivably taken Harris at no. 11, so they get Harris and Nurkic for free).
20.  Toronto takes Bruno Cabocio, a project from Brazil
21.  OKC takes Mitch McGary, PF, Michigan
22.  Memphis takes Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA
23.  Utah takes Rodney Hood, SG, Duke
24.  Charlotte takes Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn.  This is the guy LeBron wanted.  And evidently is going to get him in a trade to Miami.  So Miami's hoping that'll help keep LeBron in Miami.  (summer league vs. Phil Pressey)
25.  Houston takes Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland.  Probably will stash him and not take up cap space.
26.  Miami takes P.J. Hairston, SG, Texas Legends.  To be traded to Charlotte for Napier.
27.  Phoenix: Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia
28.  Clippers: CJ Wilcox, SG, Washington
29.  OKC: Josh Houston, Stanford
30.  San Antonio: Kyle Anderson, UCLA

[6/25/14] Consensus Mock Draft: toss up between Wiggins and Parker for no. 1

[6/24/14] David Aldridge mock draft

[6/23/14] Embiid tumbles in consensus mock draft

[6/20/14] Mock Draft 4.0: Embiid fractures foot, Parker rises to no. 1

[6/14/14] Scott Howard Cooper's mock draft 2.0
1. Cavaliers: Joel Embiid, C
2. Bucks: Jabari Parker, F
3. 76ers: Andrew Wiggins, SF
4. Magic: Dante Exum, G
5. Jazz: Julius Randle, PF
6. Celtics: Noah Vonteh, PF
7. Lakers: Aaron Gordon, F
8. Kings: Marcus Smart, PG
9. Hornets: Doug McDermott, SF
10. 76ers: Nik Stauskas, SG
11. Nuggets: Dario Saric, SF
12. Magic: Rodney Hood, SF
13. Timberwolves: Adreian Payne, PF
14. Suns: Gary Harris, SG

[5/29/14] The top 14, based on 12 mock drafts

1.  Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas
2.  Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
3. Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
4. Dante Exum, PG, Australia
5. Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky
6. Noah Vonteh, PF, Indiana
7. Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma St.
8. Aaron Gordon, PF/SF, Arizona
9. Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton
10. Dario Saric, SF, Croatia
11. Gary Harris, PG, Michigan
12. Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan
13. James Young, SF, Kentucky
14. Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia

[5/20/14] The Cavaliers continued their remarkable run Tuesday, winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft for the second straight year and third time in the past four. They moved up from the ninth spot despite just a 1.7 percent chance of winning the top selection.

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