My draft thoughts

Great post on the Draft Ryan. That was probably the most exciting draft I have ever see. Some random responses to your post:

– I agree that the draft wasn’t as big as people made it seem. One reporter even said it was deeper than 2003. WTF? 2003 had Lebron, Carmelo, Wade, Bosh,Hinrich, Ridinour, David West (underrated), Boris Diaw, Leandro Barbosa (drafted by the Spurs by the way, how do they always do that?), Josh Howard, Luke Walton, and Jason Kapono.

– I will say that you brought up a good point about Corey Brewer being overrated, if you expect him to be a star. See if you expect every lottery (or first round pick if your team doesn’t have a lottery pick) to be a star, then this draft will surely dissapoint you. However, this draft is loaded with role players, hustlers, and guys who will flat out have long shelf lives. Some people are so stuck on projecting stardom onto draft picks that they either set this draft up to be the biggest bust ever (by expecting there to be at least 10 superstars) or they see only 3-4 possible stars and call it a bust.

Personally, I loved the quality of the draft. Think about it, there was only 1 lottery pick that was picked purely for his upside (Wright, although you could make a case for Yin). When is the last time that number was this low? When was the last time a guy was picked #5 becuase he was a proven scorer with a knack for winning over a freshman who could jump out of the building but thinks he should rule the world without trying? In many ways this draft shows the NBA scouts moving back towards what Paxson and the Bulls have proven for the past 5 years: use common sense when drafting. I am very excited for the direction this will take the NBA.

– Good call on Nick Young. I honestly believe he slipped this far becuase he had a creepy faux-hawk for years and scarred NBA execs. I’m not joking. The Hornets will be fun to watch next year.

– I disagree with you on Stuckey. I actually think he has the potential to be a good scorer in the leauge, and he’s got a great environment to work in at Detroit. Too many people let the Darko stink bomb override many great draft picks Dumars has taken over the last few years (which you could argue were stimulated by not wanting to pull a Darko again). I like Stuckey based on Dumars ability to see talent, but then again, he does have huge blind spots.

– This years “Most-Likely to End Up on Oliver Miller’s all Fat-Boy team” is Glen “Big Baby” Davis. But wait, Doc Rivers is a hard nosed discipline coach who can keep him off the Big Macs, right? Oh, wait he isn’t? Sorry Bill, the Sonics bent you over. Hey speaking of the Sonics…

How are they not getting credit for having the best draft night of everyone. Let’s recap what they were able to do:

1. Get the best player in the draft.
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2. Get rid of a 32 year-old 2 guard who is guaranteed $14 million over the next three years for:
   – The #5 draft pick! A proven scorer, who wins, makes his teammates    better, and is extremely clutch
   – A young point guard who hasn’t hit his ceiling for potential
   – Freddie Prince Jr.
3. Get a guy who averaged a double-double in the Big-Ten

Of all they did was get Kevin Durrant, they still had the best draft of any team. But they did so much more. Personally, I think they shouldn’t re-sign Lewis, save cap-room, and trade Wilcox, Wilkins, and Ridinour for Brad Miller and Mike Bibby. That trade helps both teams immediately. Oh my gosh, I’m turning into Bill Simmons.

Matt

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Joakim Noah and some other thoughts on the 2007 NBA Draft

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This has to be hands down one of the greatest photos I have ever seen. First Joakim is going to be incredibly entertaining player for the Chicago Bulls. Even if he is not very good he will always be good for a quote and some off the wall foible. Second,David Stern’s face is classic, it is a mixture between wow this guy’s two fingers are bigger than my head, and this is not what I had in mind when I instituted the new NBA dress code. The only real comment I have about the Bulls drafting Joakim Noah is that it is further signs that when Kobe Bryant sets the Staples Center on fire the Bulls will be the most able to pull of the big trade and bring him to the Chicago Bulls. Think about it, Joakim Noah will be the perfect replacement for when the Bulls have to send Ben Wallace out to the Lakers, you watch its going to happen.

Few More Thoughts

1. Corey Brewer is over-rated. I know he is a good defender but he is skinner than Kevin Durant and has limited offensive capabilities. I could be wrong about this one but I think he is a poor man’s Bruce Bowen, except with a nicer smile.

2. Nick Young will be a star. He is going to the Hornets which will put him in the same backcourt with Chris Paul, giving him the chance to play with one of the best pure point guards in the league. Tyson Chandler is a defensive/rebounding artist that will provide plenty of second chance opportunities for Young to score. This is seriously one of the best situations for a young talented shooting guard to wind up in.

3. Glen “Big Baby” Davis will either eat himself out of the league, or everyone will discover that his vertical would barely get him over a phone book. I think he is a nice guy or “high character” as this is the hot buzz word right now, but he is just not an NBA type player. Sorry to break it to you Bill Simmons.

4. The draft was not as deep as everyone kept saying it was. when Rodney Stuckey is getting picked at #15 you know that you are not witnessing a deep draft. The only reason I remember him getting picked there is because one of the announcers called him a “poor man’s Dwayne Wade.” Which I think this analysis might be a little to kind. Time will tell.

Well if anyone is an NBA fan besides Matt, feel free to leave your thoughts on what you thought of the draft.  Ohh and one more photo of Joakim Noah that you have to see.  If anyone can tell me what it is he is wearing I would be grateful.

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