I want to know what you think the biggest need of each team in the lottery is, and which player best fills that need, as well as who the team should draft if that player is no longer available
Blake Griffin!!! End of story!
well, the raptors need a sg.
i think at that point the best pick is chase budinger, hes a tall, athletic shooting guard with a good stroke. he can seriously help out the struggling raptors.
The struggling and very disappointing Raptors...as a Raptors fan this season was a tough one to swallow, but again, I like your pick of Chase going to the Raptors, guess I'll just have to cross my fingers. I know when he "tested the waters" last year a lot of teams were impressed, so hopefully he can impress the Raptors enough in work outs this year...
I have seen Chase play and I like him but not better than Derozan or Harden. Harden seems to be an adept player and Derozan is a super athlete with a growing mid game.
clippers: griffin; if not, rubio.
the knicks need a point and a center.
so which point and which center best fit the bill for the knicks, and the way they play?
rubio and rasheed wallace.we probably ain't getting rubio, but we can sign wallace this off season.
The Knicks need a shot blocker but Thabeet is a stretch so I can see them going at Monroe or Mullens at the big spot. If they go small which I belive they will, they could pick up Jennings, Evans, Curry, Rubio. Evans is a stretch but is can play a lil one and he reminds me of Crawford and I think in this system he can be a beast.
Thunder: True pg, inside scoring, shot blocking. Timberwolves: true point or true off guard Foye can't keep switching back and forth. More outside shooting too. Clippers: pg, c. Knicks: pg,c. Raptors: sg
why do the clips need a center. they have camby, deandre jordan, and kaman.
Twolves need a pg....hopefully Rubio if not then Jennings.
One of them is bound to leave LA. I really think DeAndre is a beast though.
cthao I live in minnesota. They will stop showing up to games if they Rubio. After picking Mayo then getting Love for him, another white player (racist but true) will have the state fuming. Unless he immediately turns into steve Nash they better go for jennings.
With all due respect Scg1, I'm not sure who you have been listening to in Minnesota. I also live in Minnesota and so far everyone who considers themselves a Timberwolves fan is drooling for Rubio... Fuming?? Sure, we are realistic, since the lottery hasn't really gone our way, but Rubio is the winner here, with Harden, Jennings, Evans, and Thabeet all getting considerable talk.
Kings: True PG/BPA
Minnesota: True PG/SF/C/BPA
Golden State: True PG/BPA
New York: BPA
New Jersey: PF/BPA
*BPA=Best Player Available
Kings need a defensive-minded distributor who can develop some team chemistry between their promising young frontcourt and trio of swingmen (Martin, Garcia, Nocioni). Beno Udrih, as expected, has been a free agent bust. Kings also should take BPA, in case either Hawes and/or Thompson plateau or get injured, same with Kevin Martin. Ideally, Ricky Rubio would be a great pick, but if they luck out in the lottery, Blake Griffin. If they don't win the 1 or 2 spots, which is likely given this franchise's "luck," I see them picking James Harden or Brandon Jennings. Geoff Petrie likes skilled players who can shoot and pass...so Thabeet is unlikely if available.
i dont think the raps and chase are a good fit.. toronto already has a bunch of shooters, especially in the wings, and it has not been succesful because everyone is a shooter and no1 takes the ball inside.. they rarely have an inside presence with bosh and bargnani.. i think they need a wing badly, but a slasher type guy who rebounds the ball good (another raptor bad point) such as clark, henderson, or even sam young.. i like budinger and the raps, but i dont really see a fit because chase is a lil timid
Sacramento-- They need a point bad. Beno is skilled but he is not a starter in this league. They could use some vesatility at the 4 and 5. They are good at the 2 and 3 spots and would likely look at moving someone if they draft Griffin.
LA Clippers-- They need a new coach and new identity. They have quality players at every position and have a lot of bigs. BD has given up on this team so a new promising point like Rubio would be good. They could trade one of their centers for anything else they need. Also Gordon is a stud and Thorton is a quality player.
Washington-- They need to stay healthy and gain toughness. They have a lot of young talent but they need to figure if they want to trade young for older veterans at one last shot or start rebuilding. the only positon I can see them really drafted in this draft would be a PF to replace Jamison. The probably should trade this pick though and try to sign Milsap when the Jazz can't do it. If they are healthy with the same team together, they are the forth or fifth best team in the vastly improving East.
Oklahoma City-- They need a strong defensive minded Center. They also need to figure out if the keep Durant and Green at the 3 and 4 or have them at the 2 and 3. Hasheem Thabeet could be a similiar player to how Chandler would have been if they would have kept him. Greg Monroe could also get a look if they think he is still growing. They could maybe grab Harden who is a NBA ready and unselfish player to pair with their incredible 3some of Durant, Green, and Westbrook.
Memphis-- They need a pf. This honestly would be the best place for Griffin to from a need decision because they have a great passing 5 and quality perimeter players in Mayo, Conlevy, and Gay.
They could maybe pick up some quality bench players by trading down and grabbing a pick and a veteran but if they can get a top 5 PF they need grab him. Mayo is not a point to me at this stage and right now Conlevy is starting to show his potential. I think Monroe or Hill would be great here.
Minnesota-- They have many 3's and have Love and Jefferson manning the the frontcourt. They do need a more defensive minded big to help on defense but an even bigger need is a starting caliber point. Foye to me is a two guard and shown he can put up Roy type numbers if he is put in his more natural position. Telfair is a sometimes point more geared to second unit than starting. They could possibly make some trades to fill some needs but drafting a young quality point in a draft heavy with quality points would be wise. Jennings would be an upgrade over Telfair and he is bigger with greater promise
Golden State---This team is packed with perimeter players. They do not have a true playmaker though and also the need a true starting 4 and a back up 5. Next year if they are smart they should be able to get all this using the draft and trading unwanted assets. Earl Clark is like poor man's Odom and his game would go great for this system even though someone bigger could be of great use. Don Nelson is coaching though so this is probably where he is leaning.
New York-- They need Chemistry, a legit 5 and starter quality point guard. I would lean toward the point guard unless they can move up and grab a quality big because they can get a solid point in the second round if need be. They have key components with Lee and Chandler as well as some quality trading pieces. They may grab a score with point guard abilitie in Evan or a shooter like Curry who has shown some play making skills. If the go big I am intrigue with Monroe and Mullens.
To be continued
you must not really be a raptors fan if you think chase is your answer. Don't you already have enough soft shooters who can't play D? isn't that exactly why you already have kapono, jose and bargani? The raptors need someone inside who will add alil toughness. I'd say blair but hes too short and unathletic to really help. maybe psycho T so he can just bang while bosh scores but I don't think hes lotto worthy. They can go with derozan and hope he turns into rookie season tmac.
The clippers need a heart transplant in general
Washington needs a pf who can stay healthy. Caron is on record for sayin if they don't get griffin then they should trade the pic.
OKC, needs griffin. I'd say thabeet to help kristic who they just signed, but they have a terrible history of draft skinny 7'0 guys who end up not even playings (sene, swift, petro, etc..) If they get griffin the can go westbrook at point, durant at sg, green at sf, griffin at pf and kristic.
Kings, Need a point. I'd go with jennings since rubio isn't going to sell tickets from the start and I see jennings having less of a learning curve to american ball again
Knicks are gonna suck either way. They don't play D and D'antoni won't make them so they could draft anyone and still not win in the playoffs. So they will prolly draft chase or some other chucker like curry.
Golden state is going after terrance williams.
Twolves need a experienced pg since they have youth at every position.
Budinger 37.6 mpg 18.0 ppg 6.2 rpg 3.4 apg 1.4 spg .5 bpg .480 FG% .801 FT% .399 3pt% FTA 156
DeRozan 33.4 mpg 13.9 ppg 5.7 rpg 1.5 apg .9 spg .4 bpg .523 FG% .646 FT% .167 3pt% FTA 147
And I worked it out, Budinger puts up 4 threes per game, and DeRozan puts up 1 per game...and who the hell cares because Budinger shoots 40% from 3, so go ahead and put up 4 a game
My point here is not to bash either player or anyone's opinion, just to try to show that people's viewing of Budinger as a "soft player", or a "chucker" or a "soft shooter" are actually pretty inaccurate...he's actually a well rounded player, the numbers don't lie...
the raptors do not need any more inside players.
they need a wing scorer, no just a shooter, a scorer.
budinger is that.
i still say chase wont work, he has been known to drift off in games and is a lil weary of taking the ball to the hoop, and you dont have to shoot 3's to be just a shooter... if chase took the ball to the hoop a lil more and used his great athleticism, it would be a fantastic fit for the raptors... and the raptors will not draft a big in the lottery, the 2-3 is the weakest spot on the floor, but with their second pic they should go big with a rebounder/shot blocker who stays underneath the net, not like bosh and bargnani who drift away and spot up for shots..
chase never devopled into the star everyone hyped him up to be. hes barely better now than he was a freshmen. He was the #1` guy on a weak team and never stepped up. Thats why hes soft. And derzon is more athletic, with way more upside. so ya number don't like but chase is a junior and derzon is a frosh and they have similar numbers so i wouldnt waste a lotto pic on chase so he can just stand around and shoot 3s his whole career when we have kapono already
We could go at this for days, bron42, but I'd rather we didn't. Hell, Chase and DeRozan could BOTH be busts...or they could both be great, and the only way to know that will be to wait and see. However I think we can agree on one thing, the Raptors need to start from scratch at the SG spot. Parker needs to go, as he is definitely not NBA starter material. I also think that Kapono needs to go, he was simply awful this year. He was a shooter who struggled to make a shot...not exactly the kind of player you want on a roster, especially when his game goes nowhere beyond shooting. Here's a fun fact, Kapono is 6'7, and guess how many career dunks he has in the NBA...0. There is something very wrong about that. But back to what's important, finding a SG for the future who can be at minimum a good starter in the league...there seem to be 3 or 4 players that could become that guy they need, I just hope they spend a lot of time and effort on this draft, because if thing don't go well, I really don't see Bosh sticking around, and losing a player of that caliber to free agency is bad news bears, because unlike a trade, you get nothing in return...
If Rubio enters.
Griffin and Rubio have superstar potential.
The rest do not.
So, frankly I'm not very excited about this draft.
I suppose many of the lottery teams are poor defensively, many of them could use Thabeet's shotblocking even though they may wind up overpaying for defense.
I hope the Wizards take him if they wind up third and he's available.
the knicks most glaring need is down low they have no true center and they might have to get rid of David Lee at the end of the season for salary reasons, so they might need 2 big men, as for pg Duhon was good the first half of the season but then stopped playing D if we get a veteran to take his playing time(nash?) we'll be fine, we also need a sg since hughes doesnt kno the meaning of the word defense and nate robinson is only 5'9. Most importantly though we need players who will fit D'antonis system
As for the clippers if they fire their coach and switch to a more run and gun system that best fits their style, then get rid of their horrendus contracts and draft someone like thabeet (or Jordan Hill who better fits a running system then) they might be an outside playoff contender
You don't think Hughes plays defense? He's the best perimeter defender the Knicks have had since Sprewell. He has god-awful shot selection and doesn't move the ball, but his defense is still very good.
The Knicks need a big in the worst way, but if they could somehow get Rubio or Jennings they'll forego the big man and take a floor general.