Mock Draft 2.0

Second and final cut for us, here’s Mock Draft 2.0:

1.Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel (6-11, C, Kentucky)
We STILL think that player is Nerlens Noel. Yeah, he’s coming off surgery for a torn ACL and he may struggle on the offensive end in the NBA. However, he’s a hell of a talent and the Cavs can’t afford to not take a chance on Noel. Yeah, all he did was dunk and block a tonne of shots as a result of the freak athleticism… but he averaged over 2 steals a game, nearly 10 boards… oh and 4.4 blocks a game. Also, think about Kyrie Irving… what do you think he’s asking for as the next piece to the puzzle? We think it’s Noel.

2.Orlando Magic: Ben McLemore (6-5, SG, Kansas)
McLemore is a talent. Great jump-shot, great athleticism, great potential. Very coachable kid. He’s not had very good draft workouts thus far. Didn’t have a good NCAA Tournament, hasn’t wowed GMs. That being said, the guy is being hailed as the next Ray Allen. He’s a good person and a good player. The Magic already have a log-jam at the 3 & 4 spots. Alex Len is a possibility but we’ll roll with McLemore.

3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter (6-8, SF, Georgetown)
WE like Otto Porter at number 1. He’d be great on the Cavs but they won’t pass up Noel. Otto Porter is NBA-ready, he can score, defend, shoot the three, coachable. Porter shot the three at 42% and averaged 16 points a game. The kid can ball on both ends (1.8 steals a game, 0.9 blocks) and is a real hard worker. The Wiz would love for him to be available at three. 

4. Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Bennett (6-7, PF, UNLV)
Charlotte just won 28 games in the past 2 years. They need some help and Bennett would be the business. Great athleticism, a 7-1 wingspan, a good post-game, can knock down the three, rebounder, shot-blocker… He’ll get the opportunity to play in Charlotte too.

5. Phoenix Suns: Victor Oladipo (6-5, G/F, Indiana)
The Suns really need this pick. They haven’t had a top 10 pick (they’ve kept) since drafting Amare Stoudamire in 2002 (pick 9). Oladipo showed great improvement over the last season in Indiana. He’s one hell of an athlete, great defender (2.2 steals a game + 0.8 blocks a game), great at filling the lanes on the break but also nailed 44% of his threes. His athleticism gives the Suns a legitimate defender to throw at Kobe, KD, Harden and others. He’s a bit of a sleeper in the draft and it’s possible we’ve overshot it having him this high, but we dig him. They gotta take the best player available, everyone else be damned! Could be the medicine this terrible Suns team needs.

6. New Orleans Hornets: Alex Len (7-1, C, Maryland)
There’s a lot of fuss about a guy who’s not worked out. Len is being talked about anywhere from 1-10. We don’t see the excitement but we could be wrong.  

7. Sacramento Kings: Shabazz Muhammad (6-6, SF, UCLA)
Shabazz can ball; and the best part is that most of the time it’s within the flow of the offense. You have a guy who averaged 18 a game and only 6% of his buckets were in isolation plays. There’s a lot of talk about him being drafted anywhere between pick 10 and 20, but realistically we think he’s worth a selection by the Kings.

8. Detroit Pistons: Trey Burke (6-0, PG, Michigan)
Trey Burke! There was possibly no other player in college basketball who improved more than Burke over the past 12 months. Great ball-handler with the ability to create for himself and others. Probably the best in the draft at running the pick-and-roll. He could slot in rather nicely in the back court with Brandon Knight.

9. Minnesota Timberwolves: Cody Zeller (6-11, F/C, Indiana)
If Pekovic leaves, that leaves the Timberwolves with only Stiemsma (who probably isn’t the answer as a back-up centre either). Zeller is apparently a great athlete – some say better than Len.

10. Portland Trailblazers: CJ McCollom (6-3, PG/SG, Lehigh)

11. Philadelphia 76ers: Steven Adams (7-0, C, Pitt)
Big, athletic, strong Kiwi. It’s exciting to see him run, dunk and grow into a great NBA centre. Collins gone, Andrew Bynum still a question-mark and only 8 players under contract. The Sixers need help and need to draft a decent big-man.

12. OKC Thunder:  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6-6, SG, Georgia)
This could be the guy we are all talking about in 3-4 years time. He’s ready to go, he can shoot, he’s got a tonne of potential, he’s got enough athleticism and can do enough of everything well. 

13. Dallas Mavericks: Michael Carter-Williams (6-5, PG, Syracuse)
We can see Dallas taking a guard and Michael Carter-Williams is it. Great size at the point, a suspect shooter, but on the bright side… 7.3 assists and 2.8 steals a game his final year in orange.

14. Utah Jazz: Shane Larkin (5-11, PG, Miami)
Someone white? hahaha… sorry, please excuse our casual racism. But seriously, Mo Williams is 31 years old and Jamaal Tinsley is barely cutting it as an NBA point guard. Went Williams went down injured during the season, the Jazz struggled. Larkin is a legit NBA-style of point guard. Not a great athlete, but a tough guy who makes the big play when it counts.

15. Milwaukee Bucks: Dennis Schroeder (5-11, PG, Germany)
We still have a feeling that the Bucks will take a PG with the expected departure of some of their backcourt.

16. Boston Celtics: Lucas Nogueira (7-0, C, Brazil)
Scouts and GMs are losing their minds a little over big Lucas. He’s 7-0 with a 7-4 wingspan, has great hands and brilliant footwork. Lacks understanding of the game but this guy could really pay off.

17. Atlanta Hawks: Tim Hardaway Jr (6-6, SG, Michigan)

18. Atlanta Hawks: Kelly Olynyk (7-0, C, Gonzaga)

19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Giannis Adetokoubo (6-9, F, Greece) 

20. Chicago Bulls: Glen Rice Jr (SG, 6-6, USA)
Rumor has Chicago are shopping this pick to Houston for Thomas Robinson.

21. Utah Jazz: Mason Plumlee (6-11, C, Duke)

22. Brooklyn Nets: Gorgui Dieng (6-11, C, Louisville) 

23. Indiana Pacers: Rudy Gobert (7-2, C, France)
Look for the Pacers to trade this pick. After such a great 2012-13 season, they need someone who can contribute now and there’s plenty of teams looking to buy a first round pick. One rumour has Gerald Green and 23rd pick to Sacramento for Jimmer Fredette.

24: New York Knicks: Allen Crabbe (6-6, SG, California)

25: LA Clippers: Erick Green (6-3, PG/SG,Virginia Tech)

26: Minnesota Timberwolves: Reggie Bullock (6-7, SF, North Carolina) 

27: Denver Nuggets: Tony Mitchell (6-9, F, North Texas)

28: San Antonio Spurs: Sergey Karasev (6-7, F, Russia)

29: OKC Thunder: Isaiah Canaan (6-0, PG, Murray St)

30. Phoenix Suns: Nate Wolters (6-5, PG, South Dakota) 

2013 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

The NBA Draft is now a reality so here’s our first take on the 2013 NBA Draft:

1.Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel (6-11, C, Kentucky)
We think that player is Nerlens Noel. Let’s face it, the Cavs could take McLemore and do away with the Dion Waiters experiment after one season… Noel is coming off surgery for a torn ACL and there is the potential he may not return to be the dominant player we all saw pre-injury. However, he’s young and his body should recover well from surgery; and the Cavs can’t afford to not take a chance on Noel. Yeah, all he did was dunk and block a tonne of shots as a result of the freak athleticism… but he averaged over 2 steals a game, nearly 10 boards… oh and 4.4 blocks a game.

2.Orlando Magic: Ben McLemore (6-5, SG, Kansas)
McLemore is a talent. Great jump-shot, great athleticism, great potential. Very coachable kid. He’s not had very good draft workouts thus far. Didn’t have a good NCAA Tournament, hasn’t wowed GMs. That being said, the guy is being hailed as the next Ray Allen. He’s a good person and a good player. The Magic already have a log-jam at the 3 & 4 spots. Alex Len is a possibility but we’ll roll with McLemore.

3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter (6-8, SF, Georgetown)
WE like Otto Porter at number 1. He’d be great on the Cavs but they won’t pass up Noel. Otto Porter is NBA-ready, he can score, defend, shoot the three, coachable. Porter shot the three at 42% and averaged 16 points a game. The kid can ball on both ends (1.8 steals a game, 0.9 blocks) and is a real hard worker. The Wiz would love for him to be available at three. 

4. Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Bennett (6-7, PF, UNLV)
Charlotte just won 28 games in the past 2 years. They need some help and Bennett would be the business. Great athleticism, a 7-1 wingspan, a good post-game, can knock down the three, rebounder, shot-blocker… He’ll get the opportunity to play in Charlotte too.

5. Phoenix Suns: Shabazz Muhammad (6-6, SF, UCLA)
The Suns really need this pick. They haven’t had a top 10 pick (they’ve kept) since drafting Amare Stoudamire in 2002 (pick 9). In addition, they haven’t drafted a decent shooter since that draft in 2002 (Casey Jacobson with pick 22) and as a result are now the third worst three-point shooting team in the NBA. Shabazz can ball; and the best part is that most of the time it’s within the flow of the offense. You have a guy who averaged 18 a game and only 6% of his buckets were in isolation plays. Phoenix were an average offensive team and Muhummad could be worth the risk.

6. New Orleans Hornets: Victor Oladipo (6-5, G/F, Indiana)
Oladipo showed great improvement over the last season in Indiana. He’s one hell of an athlete, great defender (2.2 steals a game + 0.8 blocks a game), great at filling the lanes on the break but also nailed 44% of his threes. His athleticism gives the Hornets a legitimate defender to throw at Kobe, KD, Harden and others. He’s a bit of a sleeper in the draft and it’s possible we’ve overshot it having him this high, but we dig him. They gotta take the best player available, everyone else be damned! Could be the medicine this terrible Suns team needs.

7. Sacramento Kings: Trey Burke (6-0, PG, Michigan)
Tyreke Evans will likely move on… there’s no backup point guard and the West is chock-full of talented back-court. Enter – Trey Burke! There was possibly no other player in college basketball who improved more than Burke over the past 12 months. Great ball-handler with the ability to create for himself and others. Probably the best in the draft at running the pick-and-roll.

8. Detroit Pistons: CJ McCollom (6-3, PG/SG, Lehigh)
Could he be this year’s Damian Lillard? A confident, gun-slinging combo-guard from a small school. He’s had the eye of scouts for a long time and over his 4 years in college has developed a huge variety of moves. He could slot in rather nicely in the back court with Brandon Knight.

9. Minnesota Timberwolves: Alex Len (7-1, C, Maryland)
If Pekovic leaves, that leaves the Timberwolves with only Stiemsma (who probably isn’t the answer as a back-up centre either). Most are predicting Len to be gone at this point…

10. Portland Trailblazers: Michael Carter-Williams (6-5, PG, Syracuse)
The Blazers didn’t have the depth last year and they have talent they like up front in Victor Claver, Luke Babbitt and Myers Leonard… We can see Portland taking a guard and Michael Carter-Williams is it. Great size at the point, would give Lillard the opportunity to play off the ball at times. A suspect shooter, but on the bright side… 7.3 assists and 2.8 steals a game his final year in orange.

11. Philadelphia 76ers: Cody Zeller (6-11, F/C, Indiana)
Collins gone, Andrew Bynum still a question-mark and only 8 players under contract. The Sixers need help and need to draft the most talented player available. Hopefully it’s Zeller.

12. OKC Thunder: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6-6, SG, Georgia)
This could be the guy we are all talking about in 3-4 years time. He’s ready to go, he can shoot, he’s got a tonne of potential, he’s got enough athleticism and can do enough of everything well. 

13. Dallas Mavericks: Steven Adams (7-0, C, Pitt)
Time to rebuild. Dirk is safe but everyone else should be expendable. Big, athletic, strong Kiwi. It’s exciting to see him run, dunk and

14. Utah Jazz: Shane Larkin (5-11, PG, Miami)
Someone white? hahaha… sorry, please excuse our casual racism. But seriously, Mo Williams is 31 years old and Jamaal Tinsley is barely cutting it as an NBA point guard. Went Williams went down injured during the season, the Jazz struggled. Larkin is a legit NBA-style of point guard. Not a great athlete, but a tough guy who makes the big play when it counts.

15. Milwaukee Bucks: Dennis Schroeder (5-11, PG, Germany)
We still have a feeling that the Bucks will take

16. Boston Celtics: Lucas Nogueira (7-0, C, Brazil)
Scouts and GMs are losing their minds a little over big Lucas. He’s 7-0 with a 7-4 wingspan, has great hands and brilliant footwork. Lacks understanding of the game but this guy could really pay off.

17. Atlanta Hawks: Tim Hardaway Jr (6-6, SG, Michigan)

18. Atlanta Hawks: Kelly Olynyk (7-0, C, Gonzaga)

19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Erick Green (6-3, PG/SG,Virginia Tech)

20. Chicago Bulls: Glen Rice Jr (SG, 6-6, USA)

21. Utah Jazz: Mason Plumlee (6-11, C, Duke)

22. Brooklyn Nets: Isaiah Canaan (6-0, PG, Murray St)

23. Indiana Pacers: Reggie Bullock (6-7, SF, North Carolina)

24: New York Knicks: Tony Mitchell (6-9, F, North Texas)

25: LA Clippers: Gorgui Dieng (6-11, C, Louisville)

26: Minnesota Timberwolves: Nate Wolters (6-5, PG, South Dakota)

27: Denver Nuggets: Rudy Gobert (7-2, C, France)

28: San Antonio Spurs: Giannis Adetokoubo (6-9, F, Greece)

29: OKC Thunder: Allen Crabbe (6-6, SG, California)

30. Phoenix Suns: Tony Snell (6-7, G/F, New Mexico)

 

NBA GUFF – Kobe, Wizards and Nate Robinson’s shoes

Things that are happening in the NBA… maybe you know? Maybe you don’t? Maybe we are making it all up? Maybe the milk in your cereal was off this morning and that’s why you’re feeling unwell? Maybe Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch really weren’t that funky at all? Maybe… maybe…

  • Kobe Bryant has 31,354 career points and only needs 66 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for number 4 all time.
  • As we type this article, Dirk Nowitzki is about to pass Patrick Ewing for 17th all time.
  • The Washington Wizards aren’t terrible… 7-3 in their last 10 including a win yesterday over Memphis behind John Wall’s 47 points.
  • Hedo Turkoglu is back in the Orlando lineup following his 20 game suspension for a positive anabolic steroid test.
  • The Atlanta Hawks have signed Shelvin Mack for the remainder of the season… *tumbleweed*
  • The Miami Heat are still winning basketball games… don’t be surprised if they don’t lose a game until next season. Love them or hate them, they really are THAT good right now.
  • The Nuggets had a streak of their own, winning 15 games to have it snapped by the New Orleans Pelicans and some guy called Brian Roberts who dropped 18 dimes on them.
  • Has any NBA team played this well EVER without their superstar and MVP as the Bulls have without Derrick Rose this season?
  • Seattle Kings, Sacramento Sonics… Something, something, Kevin Johnson, terrible team… something.
  • For all you ‘Sneaker-Freaks’ out there… Nate Robinson’s shoe collection.
  • Kenyon Martin is playing like it’s 2003.
  • Dwight Howard copped an elbow from David Lee in the first half of the Warriors rout of the Lakers yesterday… and today has pledged his revenge. Um, Dwight you had the whole second half to get revenge?
  • Kevin Durant tackled a fan who made a half-way shot, much like Lebron James did a month or so ago. Now the ridiculous media are saying he’s copied Lebron. What would be worse? NOT doing it and being the superstar who DIDN’T hug the fan? Or DOING it and being called out for copying Lebron? Just let KD hug the fan, ok?
  • Rumour – Michael Jordan to sign a 10 day contract with the Charlotte Bobcats… let’s hope it’s not true. The Wizards comeback was borerline, this would be terrible.

That’s all from us… cheers!

The Grapevine: Trade Deadline Edition

There are just two days left until the 2012-13 NBA trade deadline and things have started to heat up around the league. The All-Star break gives general managers a chance to assess the first half of their season and find potential trade partners to improve their team going into the home stretch.

A lot of the talk has been around high profile players, while trades of that scale are always difficult to complete, the sheer amount of deals being rumoured would imply that at least one or two big names could be on their way out. Let’s take a look at the latest rumours making the rounds with just days left before the deadline.

- Josh Smith keeps appearing as one of the most likely candidates to be moved prior to the deadline. Smith is on the last year of his contract and is said to be demanding the max in order to re-sign in Atlanta. Among the list of teams said to be interested or have offers on the table for Smith are: San Antonio, Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Boston and Washington.

- Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge must be busy, with nearly everyone on the Boston roster rumoured to be in trade talks. Everything from a crazy Dwight Howard for Rondo proposal, to a Kevin Garnett for Deandre Jordan/Eric Bledsoe offer from the Clippers. KG has a no trade clause and would need to waive that in order for the Celtics to make a move, if one of he or Captain Paul Pierce is moved expect the other to be close behind.

- The Bulls have made the Raptors an offer for Andrea Bargnani that includes forward Carlos Boozer, the deal is said to be on the table for Toronto to accept right up until the deadline. Specifics of the deal are unknown but if nothing better comes up over the next week the Raptors may take it, despite concerns about Boozers contract. The only other offer known to be on the table is from Charlotte based around shooting guard Ben Gordon.

- Speaking of Gordon, he has had season long issues with his role and the coaching in Charlotte. Recently spilled over with a confrontation with Coach Dunlap. The Bobcats are heavily shopping Gordon to get him off their young team before the deadline. Gordon is one of the top five players I think could benefit most from a change of scenery here: http://hoopshabit.com/2013-nba-trade-deadline-five-players-who-need-a-change-of-scenery/

- The Nets are targeting every power forward on the market. Two main targets at this stage are Josh Smith and Paul Millsap.

- The Bucks are likely to be active at the deadline and just about everybody on the roster is available. They are trying to offload guard Monta Ellis and if they can do so, they already have a deal in waiting for the Magic’s JJ Reddick.

- The Rockets, for once appear to be staying quiet this season at the deadline and instead saving their money for the off-season. With big men such as Millsap, Smith, Al Jefferson and more off contract at the end of the year, it is all but certain one of them will end up in Houston.

- The Mavericks and Warriors are among teams who are interested in Hornets guard Eric Gordon, the Hornets dont necessarily want to move him with how the team has performed lately but would also remember his comments in the off-season that his heart was elsewhere. For the right rebuilding pieces to put around Anthony Davis the soon-to-be Pelicans could make a surprise move.

- Some other names that have appeared in trade talks over the past few days include the Knicks Iman Shumpert, the Suns’ Jared Dudley, the Nuggets’ Timofey Mozgov and the Spurs’ Dajuan Blair.

Set to be a wild two days, as usual we will wait and see just how much, if any of these rumours lead to trades. We have already seen the smoke lead to fire this season with the recent trade of Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors.

The Grapevine: January 15

The Grapevine is back! Coming up to this seasons NBA trade deadline of February 21 we will take a quick glance around the league to see which players and teams could be in for a major shake up over the next few weeks.

January 15 is a significant date in trade talks, now all players who were signed over the off-season can be involved in trade discussions, opening up even more possibilities to GM’s. One thing is for sure, things could start to get very busy sooner rather than later.

- Rudy Gay is being heavily shopped by Memphis, they are trying to shed his huge salary to avoid tax implications while remaining a contender. Latest talks to break down were with Washington, who were said to have involved rookie Bradley Beal (which his agent has since denied).

- Pau Gasol is the most likely move coming out of LA, with D’Antoni refusing to adjust his offensive system to suit his personnel and realistically needing a stretch shooting power forward Pau is likely on the way out. Some names to keep an eye on would be Josh Smith, Ryan Anderson and Andrea Bargnani.

- Speaking of the big Italian with a rebounding allergy, he is definitely a candidate to be traded if the Raptors can find a taker for his hefty contract. The team has played considerably better without him in the starting line up and time may be running out to cash in on any untapped ‘potential’ other GM’s may see.

- The Celtics will look to add a rim protecting big man before the deadline, with the recent play of rookie Jared Sullinger it looks likely it will be some combination of Brandon Bass, Fab Melo and draft picks to bring in the best possible back up for KG.

- The Jazz will almost certainly move one, if not both of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. Both are on the last years of their contracts and with two lottery pick big men waiting on the bench, the Jazz will try and get some value while they still can.

- Mark Cuban has all but announced that the Mavs will make a move at the deadline, what that is remains to be seen. They have numerous gaps in the roster but a lot of flexible contracts.

- The Nets have a large expiring contract in Kris Humphries and an owner who is not afraid to spend money, if they can find an upgrade, no matter how expensive they would likely take it.

- While he has been playing great lately, the Blazers may look to move JJ Hickson who is a free agent at seasons end

- The Wizards are rebuilding and have 2 veterans in Okafor and Nene starting in the front court. If they can find cap flexibility and younger players they will be on the move.

- Some other less exciting names who will likely be involved in deadline deals (according to rumours over the past few days) are: Timofey Mozgov, Sam Dalembert, Rip Hamilton, Luke Ridnour, JJ Redick and Jose Calderon.

There will be a lot more coming out as we get closer to the deadline and we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

If you want to take a deeper look into players who could be on the move, check out a position by position break down here:

http://hoopshabit.com/nba-point-guards-most-likely-to-be-moved-at-the-trade-deadline/

http://hoopshabit.com/nba-shooting-guards-most-likely-to-be-moved-at-the-trade-deadline/

http://hoopshabit.com/nba-small-forwards-most-likely-to-be-moved-at-the-trade-deadline/

http://hoopshabit.com/nba-power-forwards-most-likely-to-be-moved-at-the-trade-deadline/

http://hoopshabit.com/nba-centers-most-likely-to-be-moved-at-the-trade-deadline/

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