I was about to redo my mock and make it up to date and I thought where would all the guys who backed out of this draft have went had they stayed. Potentially at least 4 lottery picks decided to stay out of this years draft.
Where do you guys think Marcus Smart, Dario Saric, Willie Cauley Stien and Glen Robinson 3 would have went now that the lottery is pretty sured up. Mitch McGary and Isiah Austin had a outside chance of rising also.
Who else could have been a first round talent if they chose to come out.
I think Smart would go top #5 and Saric would go late lottery. McGary would probably go somewhere in the mid teens.
I think Smart would be a lock at #2.
Saric was in the mix as high as #6 to the Pelicans with his probable floor at #13 to Dallas
I think WCS would still be behind Adams because he's less athletic, and less polished on offense, but I'd still think his floor would be #16 at Boston. I think the teams looking for bigs would grab WCS right after Adams goes off the board so if Philly took Adams, then WCS would be in play to OKC.
Mitch and Austin are tougher to peg, they could be as high as 10 or as low as 20.
I have Marcus Smart at 2 also, that's why I thought about the thread in the first place. These guys, especially Smart would drastically change the shape of the draft. I still think WCS would have measured well physically and athletically and would not get past Boston and could have been in play at Minnesota. GR3 is the biggest question how do you feel about him? I think he could have challenged Porter and Kawhi Leonard's finals would have boosted him in the top 8. Besides the Magic and Hornets, every team in the top 9 needs a starting small forward for the future. It might have took him a year but I think he would have been better off coming out. He needs confidence and a sense of primacy but like McLemore I don't think that a guy needs to think or act like he's the man because like every prospect in this draft they won't be the best player on their team.
I'm not that high on GRIII to be honest. I don't think he has the size or toughness to be a Leonard style defender. A 6'7'' 235 lb guy like Perry Ellis flat out man handled him on the block during the NCAA tournament, there is no way GRIII could be advertised as a Lebron "slower downer". Robinson has a well balanced offensive game, but it just needs reps. He can do a little bit of everything, which was why he was a good glue guy for Michigan, but he needs to keeping working on that shot.
I think he'd be in the mix at 12 to OKC because he is kind of a glue guy and they do have sure fire stars, and probably wouldn't drop past Chicago at 20. In my opinion, Robinson III is kind of a jack of all trades master of none, and as he gains reps I think he needs to figure out what kind of guy he'll be. He certainly has potential, but I don't think he's a big enough, a good enough athlete or tough enough to be marketed as a big time defender. I think in this draft he'd be in the 12-20 range.
I agree he needs work as a defender but I think he would have had a pretty good combine athletically. I actually think he would have killed it. To me he is potentially an explosive athlete with a passive style, a little like McLemore. I saw GR3 verticals last year where he jumped out the gym. I was thinking more of a Leonard as an offensive player. I guy who can hit threes off drive and kick and drive at times. The 3 position like the 2 (not as much as the 2) in the NBA sucks outside of a few guys. There is at least 15 teams that need a starting caliber SF, now and in the future.
I think Gary Harris could also went first round. Same goes for Adrian Payne.
Smart would be a lock for Orlando at 2. GR3 would have a good chance at going to Detroit ( depending on his combine). Mcgary, Austin, and WCS is a toss up because I see them going mid first round.