View Full Version : The PD NBA Draft #4 Sacramento

Jose Slaughter
05-27-2009, 01:52 AM
The PD NBA Draft:

1. Blake Griffin --------- Los Angeles Clippers
2. Ricky Rubio ---------- Memphis Grizzlies
3. Hasheem Thabeet --- Oklahoma City

Who does Sacramento take #4?

Here is their current roster, draft history & a few options for the pick.

I will be adding more options as the draft gets past the first couple selections.

Write in votes will be an option for the length of the draft.

Here's the current roster:

Spencer Hawes
Calvin Booth

Power Forward
Jason Thompson
Kenny Thomas
Ike Diogu
Cedric Simmons

Small Forward
Andres Nocioni
Donte Green

Shooting Guard
Kevin Martin
Francisco Garcia
Rashad McCants

Point Guard
Beno Udrih
Bobby Jackson

Sacramento Draft History:
2008: Jason Thompson
2007: Spencer Hawes

Jordan Hill


College: Arizona
Class: Junior
Position: PF
Height: 6’10”
Weight: 235lbs

Accolades: Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 (08), Pac-10 All-Defensive Team (08).

Scouting Report: An athletic, ever-improving power forward.

Strengths: Lots of potential. Game has improved tremendously each year in college. Athletic for a big man. Long wingspan. Mobile. Good at facing the hoop and taking his man off the dribble. Decent face up jumper. Nice jump hooks. Explosive leaper - attacks the rim. Great rebounder - especially on the offensive end. Uses his length and mobility to block and alter shots.

Weaknesses: Will be turning 22-years-old a month after the draft. Still inexperienced - didn’t play organized ball until late in high school. Still a raw player. Needs to bulk up and add strength. Needs to develop more of a power post up game. Has to cut down on his turnovers. Tends to get into foul trouble. Mediocre free throw shooter.

Projected 2009 Draft Range: Top five to top ten pick.

Consensus: Jordan Hill, not considered a big time prospect coming out of high school, is now on the verge of being a NBA lottery pick. If he continues to improve like he has in college, the sky is the limit for him.

Brandon Jennings


Team: Lottomatica Roma
Birth Year: 1989
Position: PG
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 170lbs

Accolades: Naismith High School Player of the Year (08), Gatorade Player of the Year - Virginia - high school (08), Parade Magazine Player of the Year - high school (08), McDonald’s All-American - high school (08), First Team Parade All-American - high school (08), Third Team Parade All-American - high school (07).

Scouting Report: The Compton-Virginia-Rome trailblazing point guard.

Strengths: Blazing speed, both with the ball and without. Great ball handler. Able to score or create for teammates. Left handed. Three-point range on his jumper. Played in the toughest league outside of the NBA - the Euroleague. Great leaping ability. Familiar with the American and European styles of play.

Weaknesses: Very thin - needs to get bigger and stronger. Will be undersized for the NBA. Has to become a more consistent shooter. Played a lot of shooting guard in Rome - will be too small to do so in the NBA. Still needs more experience running a team as a point guard. Needs work on the defensive end.

Projected 2009 Draft Range: Top five pick.

Consensus: Jennings should be used to the spotlight since his decision to skip college and head to Europe garnered him so much attention. The year spent in Italy should do wonders for his game (mentally and physically) but he probably is still a few years away from being a big-time NBA point guard.

James Harden


College: Arizona State
Class: Sophomore
Position: SG
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 218lbs

Accolades: First Team All-Pac-10 (08), Second Team Freshman All-American -CHN (08), Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (08), McDonald’s All-American - high school (07), Second Team Parade All-American - high school (07).

Scouting Report: A silky smooth shooting guard.

Strengths: Lefthanded. An explosive scorer - had over 30 points in three out of the team’s first six games his sophomore year. Shoots for an extremely high % everywhere on the court (FG, 3Pt, FT). Great at getting fouled and knocking down his free throws. Has three-point range on his jumper. Very good rebounder and assist man for his position. Young - will only be 20-years-old when next NBA season begins. Strong, solid build - won’t be pushed around in the NBA. Great at playing the passing lanes - led the Pac-10 in steals his freshman year. Smooth and under control. Mature and poised. Unselfish player. Used to being double-teamed.

Weaknesses: Not a standout athlete - not especially quick or a high leaper. Questionable foot-speed may limit his ability to guard one-on-one effectively in the NBA. Will be short for a shooting guard (may only be 6’4”). Turns the ball over too often.

Projected 2009 Draft Range: Top five pick.

Consensus: The Sun Devils’ James Harden has all the makings of being a solid NBA pro. While his lack of freaky NBA athleticism might limit his potential for stardom, he is a shrewd enough player that he will find a way to succeed and should enjoy a long career.

Earl Clark


College: Louisville
Class: Junior
Position: SF/PF
Height: 6’9”
Weight: 220lbs

Accolades: NCAA East Region All-Tournament Team (08), McDonald’s All-American - high school (06), Fourth Team Parade All-American - high school (06).

Scouting Report: A versatile inside/outside threat.

Strengths: Great size for a small forward. Has the ability to play in the post or out on the wing. Very athletic. Great leaping ability. Long wingpsan. Great at slashing to the hoop. Can drive by defenders with either hand. Capable of posting up and scoring with his back to the basket. Good defender. Great rebounder. Great shot blocker for a forward. Has three-point range on jumper.

Weaknesses: Still inconsistent. Needs to become more consistent and a bigger threat from three-point range. Turns the ball over too much. Never was a huge scorer in college.

Projected 2009 Draft Range: Top ten pick.

Consensus: Earl Clark has all the makings of a solid, perhaps sometimes spectacular, NBA player. His size, athleticism and skill package make him a special prospect.

Ty Lawson


College: North Carolina
Class: Sophomore
Position: PG
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 195bs

Accolades: Honorable Mention All-ACC (08), First Team ACC All-Tournament Team (07), ACC All-Freshman Team (07), Third Team CHN All-Freshman Team (07), First Team USA Today All-American – high school (06), McDonald’s All-American – high school (06), First Team Parade All-American – high school (06), MVP World Juniors Tournament (05).

Scouting Report: An undersized, lightning quick point guard.

Strengths: Blazing speed – will normally be the fastest guy on the floor. Can beat the other team up the floor on fast breaks or beat his man off the dribble in the half court. Excellent passer and distributor of the ball. Takes very good care of the basketball – had a 2.57 assist to turnover ratio his freshman year and 2.36 his sophomore year. Great court vision. Very poised despite his lack of experience. Very strong build. Shoots for an extremely high percentage for a point guard – 50% his freshman year, 51.5% this past year. Decent rebounder for a sub-six footer. Gets his share of steals.

Weaknesses: Very short for the NBA. Can hit the three but will need to hit it more consistently in the NBA. Still young and inexperienced for a point guard – only averaged about 25 minutes a game both years in college and missed games his sophomore year due to injury.

Projected 2008 Draft Range: Mid first round to early second round pick.

Consensus: Lawson’s been a dynamic player at every level he has competed at so far and his poise, court vision and speed will translate well to the NBA. However the learning curve in the NBA for an undersized, inexperienced point guard is a steep one.

Tyreke Evans


College: Memphis
Class: Freshman
Position: PG/SG
Height: 6’6”
Weight: 219lbs

Accolades: All-NCAA West Region Team (09), Honorable Mention All-American - CHN (09), Honorable Mention All-American - AP (09), Freshman of the Year - CHN (09), All-Freshman Team - CHN (09), Freshman of the Year - USBWA (09), High Major Player of the Year - CHN (09), High Major Freshman of the Year - CHN (09), First Team High Major All-Freshman Team - CHN (09), First Team All-C-USA (09), C-USA Tournament MVP (09), C-USA All-Tournament Team (09), C-USA Freshman of the Year (09), C-USA All-Freshman Team (09), First Team All-American - Parade - high school (08), Pennsylvania Player of the Year - high school (08), McDonald’s All-American - high school (08), MVP McDonald’s All-American Game - high school (08), Fourth Team All-American - Parade - high school (07).

Scouting Report: A versatile, high scoring phenom.

Strengths: Big-time scorer. 7’3” wingspan. Athletic. Highly skilled. Versatile - can play in the backcourt or on the wing. Memphis became a better team when he took over at point guard. Can get to the hoop at will - terrific slasher. Good ball-handler. Very good size for the backcourt. Was “the man” for an elite program in college. Uses his quickness and long arms to get lots of steals. Good at getting to the line. Hardworking - good attitude.

Weaknesses: A year older than most other freshman. Inexperienced. Didn’t play in a BCS conference. Poor shooter -needs to improve outside shot to keep defenders honest. Turns over the ball too often. Questionable shot selection. Plays out of control at times. Can he play point guard in the NBA? Off court issue - his cousin shot and killed a man while a passenger in Evans’ vehicle.

Projected 2009 Draft Range: Top ten to mid first round pick.

Consensus: While Evans’ jump shot needs serious work, he is a very good prospect due to his size, wingspan and skill level. While he should be a good NBA player regardless, if he proves he can be an NBA point guard he’ll be even better.

05-27-2009, 03:12 AM
I actually think theyll end up with Jrue Holiday, whom you don't have as an option.

That or they'll trade for #4 and perhaps and additional pick to Memphis for Rubio

05-27-2009, 03:42 AM
kings trade greene, thompson, and the #4 to the pacers for danny granger. the pacers then select tyreke evans ;-)

not sure why the kings would keep this pick. i'd guess they go pg, but no pg really stands out this year as a surefire top 5 selection. rubio would be the pick if he were still around however. if i were the kings, i'd try to package some of my young guys and the pick for an all-star caliber player. i'd even see what i could get for the oft-injured martin.

05-27-2009, 08:34 AM
I actually think theyll end up with Jrue Holiday, whom you don't have as an option.

That or they'll trade for #4 and perhaps and additional pick to Memphis for Rubio

I agree with pwee, so I'm going to stick Jordan Hill into this slot (since there are no PFs after him until DeJuan Blair). Hope that doesn't foul up the voting.

05-27-2009, 08:56 AM
I clicked on the wrong damn button. I meant to go with Jennings, but most I think Sacramento is going to spend this month and next trying to move up to get Rubio...and if they don't, they'll probably be drinking pretty heavily draft night, and they just might draft Pervis Ellison again.

05-27-2009, 09:58 AM
I think Sacramento is going to spend this month and next trying to move up to get Rubio.

I agree with Count here, but if they pick #4 and Rubio is gone, I think it comes down to a choice between Evans, Jennings, and Holiday. Evans is the most NBA-ready and the best scorer of the 3. He also probably has the highest ceiling. I also can't vote for them to pick Jrue because I'm still holding out that he'll fall to the Pacers. I'm good at ignoring things I don't like.

05-27-2009, 05:46 PM
Jennings and Holiday are the best fits, I think Jennings gets the nod here though.

Jose Slaughter
05-28-2009, 05:06 AM
Sorry about not including Holiday as an option. I viewed him as a mid to late lottery pick but not going anywhere near #4.

Not that Clark is going that high either but I added him just to have a SF option.