What do you guys think about Shabazz going number 1?
I honestly believe Jordan will take this kid..
1. He's already got a shoe deal around the corner
2. Jordan will like that selfishness Bazz has.
3. They need a scorer next to MKG and Bazz will fit nicely.
4. Kemba , Bazz, MKG, Biyambo, Mullins. Nice balance?
5. Who has the potential, being so young, and already is very skilled.
Do you guys disagree? If so just give your thoughts on who you believe Jordan wants to take number 1?
Cha needs perimeter shooting (Mclemore) and then a low post scorer.
if the bobcats can get bazz and he's available, why not? mclemore could be a great choice also also but i think a lot of these top ten guys you can make a case for. the bobcats do need a scorer and a bigger wing player. bazz doesn't have a bad perimeter shot. maybe a little ugly but it works. and he might be the best flat out scorer in this draft. a guy that can be this strong with his tourette's condition and start playing at ucla on the fly as a freshman and facing a lot of pressure and dealing with people worrying about what kind of bag he has with him and he still has a great season. that is a lot of fight combined with good character on top of his good game. he could play a little shooting guard and small forward, similar to kidd-gilchrest. that energy being fed to bazz would only help his game. add kemba walker and you have two national champs with bazz. that's a good core. i think bazz can go as high as the first pick and as low as the ninth. the tournament combine and lottery balls will determine where bazz goes.
Except that Bazz is shooting quite well from outside too so while McLemore might be better at it, I think Bazz has other qualities that would make him a better fit in Charlotte.
I honestly think Charlotte should take Bazz over anyone in this draft; Noel doesn't bring much more than Biyombo and is out for a year regardless, Marcus Smart plays the same position as Kemba, and it remains to be seen how his game will translate to the next level, Porter is a similar player to MKG and doesn't give them the scoring they need and Zeller has limited upside (IMO).
So really, that leaves McLemore and Muhammad in contention for Charlotte's first pick. While McLemore does a lot of things well, he still struggles to assert himself, he doesn't create his own shot well at all and I can't help but feel like a lot of his improved off the ball movement came from a year playing strictly in practice and having Kansas' well structured offensive sets drilled repeatedly until they were second nature, and not playing in games meant he didn't get into bad habits while he was learning them. He strikes me as a second fiddle, not a first option on the next level, and for a team like Charlotte that is lacking a superstar, I think he'd be a fair chance at being a bust. Don't get me wrong, a number of other teams would take him first overall in a heartbeat, but with a draft like this, team fit is a key element and I don't think he's what Charlotte needs, or that Charlotte is what he needs for that matter; he's Bradley Beal 2.0; a technically sound shooter who doesn't create his own shot that well but is perfectly suited to play off the ball with a great shot creator and be the second option.
Now, onto why Bazz should be taken first overall; the dude has insane mental focus, he treats his Tourette's with sheer force of will, his ability to elevate his play in the final minutes of games and hit big shots is ridiculous, and most importantly, he's very, VERY competitive, not in a nice way like MKG, but in a dog way, where he wants to win and he wants to be responsible for the win. That's a critical element for a Charlotte team which has had it's fair number of talented but mentally weak high draft picks in recent years and is desperate for a guy with the talent, upside and competitive drive to stay aggressive throughout a long season, something that I don't think Bazz needs to worry about.
Consider also that he is shooting very well from outside this season, his mid-range game is one of his strongest aspects, and his athleticism will improve with NBA conditioning and a clean run of health after getting injured last summer. Skill-wise, he does have some glaring deficiencies in that he doesn't drive well with his right, is VERY left dominant and isn't the best finisher in transition at the moment as a result, but he's got a great work ethic, and the improvements he's made over the course of this season alone, his advanced ability to move off the ball and his potential as a post-up guard (something MJ could definitely nurture in him) means that he won't necessarily need those skills right away, and a handle is something that can be developed with time and hard work - something Bazz is no stranger to. Now, he's very similar to Harrison Barnes from a skills standpoint (minus the single-handedness), but unlike Barnes, he's not afraid to push the limits of his skills in games and be decisive when he moves; the thing holding Barnes back more than anything (aside from limited shots) is his unwillingness to attack the D aggressively, preferring instead to feel it out, which means the double often gets him and he turns it over. Bazz doesn't have that problem; there will be issues early on, but Muhammad won't shy away from something that doesn't work once, he'll work on it and try it again, and in Charlotte, they need a guy like that in the worst way.
Also, he's a guy who doesn't gamble defensively, but still does a good job of forcing his guy into tough shots, this is part of the reason he's "statistically" a bad defender, but in games I've seen he's rarely outmatched defensively; this also means he's likely to have a low foul-rate, and so you can count on him to stay in games and play heavy minutes, another positive for a Charlotte team lacking in depth.
I'll admit, I'm a big fan of Muhammad, but he's impressed me a lot in the games I've seen and more than anything his consistent aggressiveness regardless of the scoreboard makes me believe he's the best player for Charlotte to target in this draft.
Oh and just an aside, odds are despite his best efforts he won't turn Charlotte around in his first season because he still has glaring weaknesses in his game which will take time to fix, so he won't rule Charlotte out of the Wiggins sweepstakes. Some of you might say that McLemore is a better fit alongside Wiggins, and you'd be right, but there's no guarantee of getting Wiggins, so you have to take the player you have available now and worst case scenario, if you get the opportunity to draft Wiggins and he doesn't gel with Bazz, then you just trade him without thinking twice, but the potential to get Wiggins is just potential until the lottery balls drop, and you can't bank on uncertainty when you still don't have a star.
Gerald Henderson is a FA so they might target a SG as mentioned in above posts
If last years reports are true, then it doesn't matter who MJ likes because he reportedly gave all basketball operations to Rich Cho and promised not to meddle. Granted he obviously signs the checks and could change his mind, but I think he's sick of blowing lottery picks.
Another thread about Shabazz Muhammad being the No.1 pick....
Please, do me a favor and find one website, one source, one major credible source that has Shabazz going ahead of McLemore in any scenario. Everything I have seen, read, heard, seen on twitter says they are going to want McLemore if they have the top pick/he's still available. And if not him, I've seen them picking Bennett as high as third.
Muhammad is being scouted as a one dimensional player, who doesn't defend, doesn't rebound, and doesn't get anyone else involved. Most mocks having him going 5-8. He just isn't going to be the top pick. People really need to get this out of their head...
A lot can still change depending on tournament performances as well as pre-draft workouts and interviews. I personally like McLemore as a fit on the Bobcats but I'm also a big fan of Bazz and hope he can improve his weaknesses and prove some people wrong.
Personally I hope Shabazz slides to the Wolves somehow.. They are sure crashing hard, winning maybe 5 of the last 30 games and are desperate for anyone who can score, outside of Williams the team has been painful to watch. Rubio has been playing great but all the players his passes find simply cannot shoot..
I wouldn't take Bazz first but I do like him. The thing that annoys me is that people keep saying he is an MKG clone. He is a pure scorer and MKG is a hard defender, they are not the same. I agree they both have a really strong motor but that's like saying Noel is a Howard clone because they're the same height.
don't know where you heard that. the only thing i hear is that they would play the wing together. some people seem to think that could work and some people don't. there are some similarities like position and strength and motor and shooting range, but yes you are correct. bazz is a pure scorer who can hold his own on defense and mkg is a pure defender who can hold his own on offense.
I'm currently under the impression that MKG is very soon going to be the odd man out because if Charlotte grabs a guard (Shabazz or McClemore) with this years draft and they end up with #1 or #2 next year, Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker are definitely taking that SF starting spot.
If only Charlotte had two top 5 picks, I'd say they grab either Shabazz or McClemore (scoring) and take Nerlens Noel with the other pick (shot blocking). It will be interesting this year, no doubt.
He is going to be an average NBA player. He is undersized to play inside and has many holes that need to be fixed. When he has been forced to dribble to shoot, he is less efficient and effective. he is a deadly catch and shoot player, but on this level he will not get all of those open looks. Kyle Anderson is a better prospect on that UCLA team
I totally agree Mamba. Everyone is so high on this guy on this site. I don't get it. This draft is about as subpar as they come, and yet his stock still continues to fall. His flaws have become pretty apparent this year. He is one dimensional and doesn't make others better. Finding guys at the two or three that can score isn't very hard. Guys like DeRozan and Marcus Thonrton have put up good numbers on bad teams. You get shots, and you have some scoring ability, you are going to score points.
Who was the last player to come out of Kansas that was not a bust?? Paul Pierce maybe...I would go with Bazz..
Who was the last player out of Weber State that was any good at all? Well Damian Lillard looks like he has locked up Rookie of the Year so I think where these guys go to school is pretty much irrelevant at this point.
I disagree, Kansas ALWAYS have over hyped players that are bust...Thomas Robinson, Morris Twins, Drew Godden, Cole Aldrich. Xavier Henry..and these guys were lottery picks!