Re: Mock Draft Scenario
posted at 1/20/2014 2:45 PM EST
In response to R9R's comment:
nobody answered the question.
Do you really think the Magic select Embiid over Parker or Wiggins? What reality do you live it? You all see to live/die to the mantra "take the best player available". That does not always happen. Magic aren't going to have Vucevic and Embiid on their team, and Vuc is way more developed that Embiid.
I'd say the same about the Jazz, Kings and potentially 76ers.
Ya'll drooling over Embiid because the Celtics only legit Center in the last 5 years has been KG.
Also, I peg it at a 40% chance Embiid stays in school another year. He is still learning english and according to his latest interview still "learning how to eat right" ... seems like he's not ready for the NBA
The Magic will take Marcus Smart, I believe. Not worried about that.
As for your question.....
If the lottery shakes out like that and the Celtics get that #5 pick you'd have to take smart based on what's available. The Celtics don't need Randle, and Smart is more proven than Exum.
I think you'd have to see how Rondo is physically by the end of the year. . But if you could get the Bucks to take Rondo and Green for Embiid plus expiring, I think you'd have to do it. Who says Rondo stays with the Bucks after the contract is up? Could go somewhere else, which would make the Bucks feel stupid. Would assume he'd have to sign an extention to make that trade work. But if DA feels confident in letting Smart develop as a 1 or 2 then I think it's a no brainer. You address two positions of need with top-5 picks. You then put it in the hands of Stevens, Adams, etc to transform these guys into the players you think they should be.