Re: Opinion time again. We should draft........................
posted at 1/9/2014 2:43 PM EST
It depends on who's available. If the Celtics are in the top 5, someone is going to want to trade for one of Smart/Exum/Randle/Parker/Embiid/Wiggins. It depends on who's left for me. Wouldn't be shocked if DA just gave everyone the bird and drafts Exum (if he's available).
Big Rodney Hood fan. Lefty shooter/slasher-type. Smooth stroke and has higher shooting percentages than his teammate Jabari. 53%/47%/85% for a triple slash. 6'8" wingspan and 6'8" in shoes according to nbadraft.net. Only 21 years old. Wish he had better rebounding numbers, but I'll admit I haven't watched nearly enough Duke games. I'll see if I can find some more on YouTube. I know the Zona game is up. I'll post if people want to watch.
WCS is interesting. Defensive 7-footer who runs the floor well (bonus). Very raw offensively, but I heard he's improved a bit (I'll have to watch more of UK too). Boston could use a defensive anchor in the middle (hence the Asik/Sanders discussions that we've had ad nauseum). Seems to me Stevens likes smart players that have value on the defensive side (his teams at Butler always played D) and WCS defintely understands where he needs to be defensively.
I'm a big James Young fan. I think under the right system he could turn into one heck of a 2-guard. Has really good size for the position and is extremely athletic. Really nice looking jumper.
Also a HUGE Wayne Selden fan. I'm starting to think that Bill Self might not be THAT great of a coach considering the talent on Kansas this year. Selden can do a lot of good things and would be a legit combo guard.
The Celtics need to come away in this draft with at least one wing player that can score. Team is struggling to score in half court sets. If Rondo fixes that then a big would become a priority too.
My ideal draft (let's say Celtics have the number one pick):
Tangent: lots of talk about how there might not be a "superstar" in this draft. I disagree. Under the right coaching I think several guys would have all-star careers and could be considered top players in the upcoming years. I think Brad Stevens is one heck of a coach that could take any talent and make it blossom. Same with Pop. But whoever lands on the Bucks, let's say, has to already be polished IMO. I don't know for sure, but I'd trust a coaching staff of Stevens, Ron Adams (HUGELY IMPORTANT), Larranega (sp?) over whoever the hell is on the Bucks sidelines.