Re: Your Celtics 2014 top 10 picks
posted at 4/24/2014 9:38 AM EDT
In response to rameakap's comment:
The player comparisons are far too lofty on most of these guys. Maybe 'skillset' as far as saying "Embiid plays a lot like Olajuwon in some of his moves" but there will never be another Dream. The guy was unreal. My more realistic comparisons to likely career statistical impact:
1. Embiid - Mourning/Camby
2. Wiggins - A Rudy Gay that plays defense
3. Parker - Glenn Robinson (Melo is pretty solid though, Mashburn fits here too)
4. Exum - Derek Harper/Brian Shaw with a Penny Hardaway ceiling
5. Randle - Carlos Boozer with a Zach Randolph pre-injury Antonio McDyess ceiling
6. Smart - Fat Lever/Dennis Johnson (if they had modern weight training, haha)
7. Gordon - Shawn Marion/Andrei Kirilinko
8. Vonleh - Derrick McKey/Cliff Robinson if he stays skinny and shoots those J's (not quite Bosh) or P.J. Brown/Dale Davis if his body develops and he improves his already good rebounding/shot blocking abilities
9. Harris - A shorter Michael Redd/Eddie Jones... maybe like a Hersey Hawkins. I doubt he will be that good though. I expect he'll be 80% of what Bradley Beal is or what Eric Gordon was in LA.
10. I'd take Saric, Ennis, Anderson, Young, Payne and Hairston before McDermott, but for the sake of comparisons I seem him as a Luke Jackson/Pat Garrity type. Or mesh Kyle Korver's SF abilities (with worse defense) with Luke Harangody's locked to the ground PF abilities (but with worse rebounding). So a mesh of all that, 80% of Wally Z. worthy of pick 16-24 but will go much higher and likely never be a solid starter.
Early has James Posey written all over him (Mashburn? no way)
I like your player comparisons, I think you have a good handle on reality for rookies (sorry to many including websites have un-realistic comps).......any chance you can go a bit deeper at some point?
I would be interested in how YOU see like the top 30 players and who /what we can realistically expect to see from them as "grown up" NBA players.