choose wisely or trade wisely.
I had this cryptic feeling all along that something like this would happen (somebody behind us would jump up and knock us down one), so that already got me thinking that if we weren't going to get a top 3 pick, it really doesn't matter if we're drafting 8, 9, or 10; it's just all about making the smart, correct pick. Still pisses me off that in our 4th draft lottery (the first one we had the automatic expansion 4th pick) we have yet to move up from where we were slotted, and have dropped twice. That's a little irritating, but not worth whining over. Depending on the predraft camps and a thorough study of Love's knees, he's who I've wanted since early March if not Beasley or Rose. Maybe if he's still on the board when the Clips pick, we could trade up for nothing, since they enjoy doing that sorta thing.
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choose wisely or trade wisely.
Love, Westbrook or Randolph. I think it's got to be one of them, unless the pick is traded for a player or later picks. Love is NBA ready, high BBIQ and fills a major need. However, his ceiling is not as high as Randolph who would fill the need as well, but not nearly as NBA ready. Westbrook fills a different role as a PG/SG and lock down defender. Tough decision to make, but I think it will be clearer as the Draft occurs because I expect 2 of those 3 to be gone by #9 and we'll take who is left.
Hey everybody. Long time lurker (over 2 years) first time poster. My two cents is to consider going in a different direction. This season and especially the playoffs I have been very impressed with Rodney Stuckey's performance in Detroit. Although Felton has been moved around too much this past season, I think he is entrenched as the starter. But I also think that like Detroit this year and Golden State last year, getting a backup with loads of potential is a must. Therefore maybe we should consider D.J. Augustin from Texas. Or trade down 2-5 spaces and pick up a 2nd rounder and grab Russell Westbrook from UCLA.
Yes I realize that LB is not very generous with giving rooks PT but if the #3 on the roster is a past his prime vet that they signed only to provide depth and mentor, he may be forced to put the rookie in and let him learn. Giving up a top ten pick for a backup PG is not very sexy but I think it is a top 2 need for this team.
Thanks nbamock. Interesting that Randolph got most of his boards due to his length and not through positioning or boxing out. I prefer my bigs to establish position on the boards - it helps everyone out. That's the reason we get dominated on the boards even though we have EO50 (a fanstastic rebounder). More often than not EO50 is trying to out rebound 2 or 3 guys because no other Bobcat boxes out. McMay was great at it, but Crash is horrible at it because, like Randolph, he relies on his athletic ability.
I'm starting to cool a little on Randolph.
Welcome to the board murphman!!
I've been high on DJ for sometime and would be more than ok with taking him at #9. We seriously lack depth at the point and drafted DJ would address that straight away.
The other thing I was wondering.....................
IF the Bulls did draft Beasley, would that make Tyrus Thomas available? How about we trade Ammo and a 2nd for TT? That would allow us to address our 2 biggest wholes - a back up PG and an athletic PF to guard the Bosh's/LMA's etc?
Felts - DJ
Swish - Hammer
Crash - Dude
TT - McMay - Davidson
EO50 - Nazzy - Hollins
Initial thoughts on our #9 selection
I'm cooling on Randolph and getting my hopes high for either Love or Westbrook.
Westbrook: Can get a good 20-25 min per game playing back up PG and SG. He is a lock down defender which we desperately need. The drawback is you are not likely to have he, Ray, J-Rich on the court at the same time unless Crash is out and we play small ball.
Love: Not as high a ceiling as people like Randolph, but a much more sound sure bet. He has high BBIQ, can pass better than most PGs, has a wealth of low post moves, plays solid Defense and can step out for the NBA 3. What you want in a PF.
**Given his ability, I think Love is the pick IF he gets to #9. With all the talent, he improves us in total as a team. He will help with interior Defense. He can step out for the 3 therefore bringing a Defender with him to help give Okafor more room to work down low. By stepping out and bringing a Defender with him, he clears out to give J-Rich and Crash room to drive and create. Pass it in to him in the low post, and he can find the open J-Rich or Crash for the open jumper. He has a nice arsenal of low post moves. Finally, he gives Ray another good player to find for assists.
As the weeks pass, Westbrook may grow on me more, or even Randolph. I could begin to cool on Love. But right now, I just dont see, at this point, how Love cannot be the best option IF he makes it to us at #9.
Nice synopsis Ohara, and thanks NbaMock for the info on Randolph.
I also will hope and wish and pray that we can get Love. It just seems a better fit for Okafor right now. Randolph might be nice in 3 years with more post moves and positioning. But with Love and his overwhelming size and strength (if he can keep working out that is, if not, just size) opposing defenses will have to pay him attention in the low post and out to the perimeter with his shooting range. This would free Okafor to more 1-on-1 encounters so he can do work (you know, "do work"-Big Black, Rob and Big). We all know how many times Okafor got rejected or just simply could not finish at the basket when he was double teamed.
I don't see Love getting stuffed as much...I still wonder how or why Okafor does get stuffed...I mean, have you seen his arms?
D.J is too small and wuould end up a inexperianced B.K. Westbrook can play two positions as D.J could only back up Felton hear . I honestly think Lawson would be a better pick than D.J as Lawson is much stronger and has more of a NBA body.
I like the idea of T.T if having the right coaching and starting he has the ability to become a NBA star. But still i would not break the bank on him.Morrison and a second might work.
Right now I'm leaning with Dav on Westbrook over DJ, but I like the TT thought as I mentioned in the other thread.
Personally, I'd just as soon trade out (or back) if we can't do something like that.