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Mourning
06-28-2006, 04:15 PM
Ok, Montieth and his mock draft here. Brought up the part about the pick he sees us making.

"17. Indiana -- Alexander Johnson, PF

• Height: 6-9. College: Florida State.
• Comment: Undersized for his position, but outstanding athlete who can contribute immediately."

Question: do we REALLY want someone who can contribute immediately at PF? Personally, I don't think so.

I would rather IF we want someone to contribute immediately we would chose someone from the backcourt or otherwis take someone who is decent now, but has a lot of upside.

Anyhow... I am not very enthousiastic about this pick.

Here's the whole article:

"The Star's mock draft
Most agree this year's draft is quite a puzzle; here's how it might all get solved
• Who's up for Pacers? Perhaps 1 of these 5 players


1. Toronto -- Andrea Bargnani, PF

• Height: 6-10. Country: Italy.
• Comment: Small forward skills in power forward body; Raptors could trade, however.
2. Chicago -- Tyrus Thomas, PF

• Height: 6-9. College: LSU.
• Comment: Had 14 double-doubles as college freshman; outstanding runner and jumper.
3. Charlotte -- Brandon Roy, SG

• Height: 6-6. College: Washington.
• Comment: Most complete guard in the draft; ranked in top 11 in seven statistical categories in Pac-10.
4. Portland -- Adam Morrison, SF

• Height: 6-8. College: Gonzaga.
• Comment: Perfect player to begin altering Blazers' image; great scorer (28.1), great competitor, but a step slow.
5. Atlanta -- Rudy Gay, SF

• Height: 6-9. College: Connecticut.
• Comment: Rumors have them taking Shelden Williams, but Gay should be too good to pass up.
6. Minnesota -- Randy Foye, PG

• Height: 6-4. College: Villanova.
• Comment: Fills a need for guard-strapped team; could play either backcourt position.
7. Boston -- LaMarcus Aldridge, PF

• Height: 6-11. College: Texas.
• Comment: College soph has great upside; can score facing the basket or posting up.
8. Houston -- Ronnie Brewer, SG

• Height: 6-7. College: Arkansas.
• Comment: Can play three perimeter positions; Rockets could work swap with Atlanta.
9. Golden State -- Marcus Williams, PG

• Height: 6-3. College: Connecticut.
• Comment: Warriors want to trade Baron Davis; Williams is a step slow but a natural quarterback.
10. Seattle -- Patrick O'Bryant, C

• Height: 7-0. College: Bradley.
• Comment: Hard to pass up mature, 20-year-old 7-footer who personifies concept of "upside."
11. Orlando -- J.J. Redick, SG

• Height: 6-4. College: Duke.
• Comment: Player of the Year would be a natural replacement for disappointing DeShawn Stevenson.
12. New Orleans -- Shelden Williams, PF

• Height: 6-9. College: Duke.
• Comment: Would give Hornets inside presence and defense, and offers shooting touch as a bonus.
13. Philadelphia -- Cedric Simmons, PF

• Height: 6-9. College: N.C. State.
• Comment: Aggressive, solid defender; safe pick for 76ers, who are open to all trades this summer.
14. Utah -- Hilton Armstrong, C

• Height: 6-11. College: Connecticut.
• Comment: Who? Agent rejected workout offer from Pacers because he's supposed to be taken near here.
15. New Orleans -- Rodney Carney, SF

• Height: 6-7. College: Memphis.
• Comment: Good fit for Hornets, both for their needs and style of play; needs to play in up-tempo system.
16. Chicago -- Thabo Sefolosha, SG

• Height: 6-5. Country: Switzerland.
• Comment: Swiss native is a project, but an outstanding athlete and shooter; Bulls can wait on him.
17. Indiana -- Alexander Johnson, PF

• Height: 6-9. College: Florida State.
• Comment: Undersized for his position, but outstanding athlete who can contribute immediately.
18. Washington -- Mouhamed Saer Sene, PF

• Height: 6-11. Country: Senegal.
• Comment: Another upside-based pick; 20-year-old is great athlete with freakish wingspan.
19. Sacramento -- Rajon Rondo, PG

• Height: 6-1. College: Kentucky.
• Comment: Athletic and aggressive; good fit as an understudy for Mike Bibby.
20. New York -- Shawne Williams, SF

• Height: 6-9. College: Memphis.
• Comment: Versatile, but not yet ready to play; Knicks might as well go for best player available.
21. Phoenix -- Guillermo Diaz, SG

• Height: 6-2. College: Miami.
• Comment: Off-the-charts athlete with 41-inch vertical and accurate shooting touch; good fit for Suns.
22. New Jersey -- Kyle Lowry, PG

• Height: 6-0. College: Villanova.
• Comment: Raw but physical player who is improving rapidly; good fit behind Jason Kidd.
23. New Jersey -- Leon Powe, PF

• Height: 6-8. College: California.
• Comment: Scoring power forward would fill Kenyon Martin's former role, without the headaches.
24. Memphis -- Shannon Brown, SG

• Height: 6-4. College: Michigan State.
• Comment: Undersized but athletic and has improving skills; could replace Eddie Jones.
25. Cleveland -- Sergio Rodriguez, PG

• Height: 6-3. Country: Spain.
• Comment: Cavs desperately need a young, pure point guard, and he fits the description.
26. L.A. Lakers -- Oleksiy Pecherov, PF

• Height: 6-11. Country: Ukraine.
• Comment: Plays physically, but effective on the perimeter; Kobe Bryant would create scoring opportunities.
27. Phoenix -- Marcus Vinicius, SF

• Height: 6-8. Country: Brazil.
• Comment: Suns might trade one of their picks, but this versatile athlete is another good fit.
28. Dallas -- Maurice Ager, SG

• Height: 6-5. College: Michigan State.
• Comment: Slightly undersized, but shooting ability and athleticism make him a good fit for Mavericks.
29. New York -- Quincy Douby, SG

• Height: 6-3. College: Rutgers.
• Comment: One of the top shooters in the draft, with great range; ready to play immediately.
30. Portland -- Jordan Farmar, PG

• Height: 6-2. College: UCLA.
• Comment: Safe pick down here; not headed for stardom, but should be a mature, solid pro.

-- Mark Montieth"


Link: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?ID=/20060628/SPORTS04/606280437

Source: Indianapolisstar.com

Regards,

Mourning :cool: