June 26, 2009

2009 NBA draftacular

by Dan Bilicki In: Basketball

Well, that was a predictable top-two picks. From here on out, let’s just say I didn’t do too well on the predictions side of things. But, wouldn’t you rather read commentary than my gloating? Thought so…

The Thunder taking Harden here is the first thing that busted up my mock. I thought if they didn’t take Tyreke Evans, they’d go for my boy Ricky Rubio. One of those two would allow Russell Westbrook to become more of a scorer instead of a semi-miscast distributor.

Not to bad mouth Evans, but I think Sacramento will regret not taking Rubio. The Spaniard will be the best player to come out of this draft.

Washington must feel like idiots after trading away No. 5 earlier in the week. If they knew they could’ve had Rubio, is there any way that trade happens? He would’ve complimented Agent Zero perfectly.

Four point guards drafted by the T-Wolves? What are they doing up there. It’s a good move to deal away Lawson and land Charlotte’s pick (via Denver), but how will they play Flynn and Rubio together? Two ball handlers might not work out so great.

Stephen Curry will kill with Golden State and Monta Ellis could be on his way out of there. With Amare coming in too (more on that later), the Warriors will have a vastly different look next season.

Speaking of replacements, could Jordan Hill be the replacement for David Lee in New York. The Knicks fans at MSG weren’t too happy with this one.

Seriously, Hansbrough that high? A white boy goes to a white town. But, really, is this just because he killed at workouts?

Out of all the second round choices, there’s a few I love…

—Sam Young to Memphis. Good defensive player that could actually become a nice role player.
—DeJuan Blair to San Antonio. They built their dynasty on getting solid players late in the draft.
—Jack McClinton to San Antonio. Said to be one the most solid second-round sleepers out there.
—Nick Calathes to Minnesota. Only because it’s their fourth PG of the day.

The one I didn’t like was Chase Budinger to Detroit. Didn’t they draft the exact same type of guy with Austin Daye?

Then, there’s the trade news of the day, which outshone the draft in my eyes…

—Orlando is going to be the team to beat in the East next year if they can bring back Turkoglu. With a crunch time five like Jameer Nelson, Vince Carter, Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis and Dwight Howard, how can they be stopped. The Cavs trade is looking not so great now and Boston is looking like old news.

—Cleveland’s deal for Shaq will make them tougher down low and they gave up absolutely nothing to get him. The downside is that O’Neal could get in LeBron’s way down low, causing all types of problems on the offensive end. Also, if the Cavs make the Finals next year, at that time their centre duo of the Big Aristotle and Big Z will be 73 years old combined.

—If this proposed Amare deal with Golden State goes down, Steve Nash is going to be pissed. The rebuild is officially on in the desert.

Finally, New York, was it worth paying $3 million to the Lakers to buy the second last pick in the first round and then use it on Toney Douglas? Is that really a good use of money? The champs made off like bandits in that deal.

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  2. Shaq to Cleveland ?! Does he have anything to contribute? Is he even healthy? Not sure if this is a good deal .

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