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    Default Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    Illinois guard Luther Head is still operating in the afterglow of a great performance at the predraft camp. A number of teams, including the Pacers (No. 17), Celtics (18), Grizzlies (19), Rockets (24), Pistons (26) and Heat (29) have him in the mix for the first round.


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    Draft Projection: Mid-to-late first round

    Similarities: A poor man's Gilbert Arenas.

    Notes: Head always was been considered the third wheel at Illinois behind guards Williams and Dee Brown, but he was super for the Illini this season.

    Positives: He's a great athlete with excellent floor vision and legit NBA 3-point range. A quick first step allows him to get to the basket, but he's just as happy launching 3s.

    Negatives: He has played out of position, on the wing, throughout most of his career because of the presence of Williams and Brown. Can he make the transition to the point in the NBA? Scouts traditionally have been a little down on Head because of his inability to shoot off the dribble, but he seems to have worked on that over last summer. If he's going to be a full-time point guard in the pros, he has to work on his ball handling.

    Summary: One of the best players at the Chicago predraft camp. Proved to scouts that he could run the point position, at least some of the time. He tested off the charts athletically and can really stroke it. Probably still underrated at this point.

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    NBA Comparison: Eddie House

    Strengths: High speed, high energy player… Very hard to guard as he’s constantly moving… Good elevation and form on jumper… Can create his own shot… Gets to the rim and finishes well… good leaping ability… Attacks the hoop and doesn’t back down when he’s met by bigger players… Moves well without the ball and knows how to come off screens and use other players… Clutch. Not afraid to take big shots in crucial points of the game… Very confident… Not easily rattled or taken out of his game… Decent dribbling skills and can take his man off the dribble with ease… Terrific work ethic… Has shown a dramatic improvement in each of his four years at Illinois…

    Weaknesses: Head is between positions as he lacks the size to play the NBA 2-guard and hasn’t shown the overall skills to play the point full time… Hasn’t had the opportunity to play point at Illinois because of Deron Williams and Dee Brown, but has good passing and ball handling abilities… Needs to show that he can lead a team and control the offense… Poor shot selection at times… He has all the physical tools to be a great defensive player but has yet to show that he can lock someone down… Maturity issues as he had off-court problems during his junior year…

    Notes: Gets lost in the shuffle with Dee Brown and Deron williams on the team, but some feel he is the best player of the bunch.


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    Strengths: Arguably the best player on a stacked Illinois squad this year. While Deron Williams and Dee Brown clearly have more upside as point guards in the NBA, Head was statistically the best player during their amazing season.

    Head is smooth with the basketball and glides through traffic, and can finish consistently with excellent leaping ability. Luther is such a dynamic scorer, with a great shot (standstill and off the dribble) and terrific ability to get past his defender. Head has nice quickness and tremendous defense. Often overlooked, Head has the capability of shutting down good offensive players on the other team. He is a hard working player who always brings energy to the court.

    Weaknesses: At only 6’3”, Head is undersized for a shooting guard in the NBA. While he has good passing skills, he does not have the experience of playing the point guard position. Does not have a pure playmaking mentality, rather he is a score first guard. It is questionable that he could adapt his skills to the point guard position full-time, it is more likely he would be used as a combo guard. At the moment, he plays the role of a shooting guard and would be undersized in nearly all of his match-ups in the pros. At times his shot selection can get questionable, as he will force up a few low percentage three point attempts.

    Optimistic Outlook: Bobby Jackson
    Pessimistic Outlook: Gerald Fitch

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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    No thank you.
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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    We have one small combo guard in Fred, we don't need another.

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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    If it's not Garcia, then no thank you.

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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

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    If it's not Garcia, then no thank you.
    Every day that goes by, I want Garcia more and more. It's gotten to the point now that I'm convinced that he'll still be there, but Larry will pass him up, and I'll have one more reason not to like him.
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    Let somebody else get Head. Yes, I'm advocating that we resist the urge for a little Head.

    Seriously, pint-sized 2-guards are a dime a dozen. Pass.

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    I want Garcia dammit!
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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

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    I want Garcia dammit!
    From reading Larry's pre-draft script, it seems like it may be a good possibility (knock on wood).

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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

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    Let somebody else get Head. Yes, I'm advocating that we resist the urge for a little Head.

    Seriously, pint-sized 2-guards are a dime a dozen. Pass.
    No one else seemed to care, but I here by am giving recognition for your joke.


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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    I'd love to have Head.
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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    Chris Taft is who we need to take

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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    I don't know about any of the draftees. I had not paid an once of attention until today.

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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    am i the only one who will be pretty surprised if we actually have a 1st round pick by the time we are scheduled to make it, or at the very least by a day or two after the draft?

    i just wouldnt be surprised at all to see them trade away the pick....

    think its more likely we might have a couple second rounders we are dealing with and discussing....that and who we couldve had if we had kept the pick...

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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    I believe Larry when he says we'll still have our pick. And I also believe we'll have Francisco Garcia.

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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    Who the hell is Gerald Fitch? And the best he can do is Bobby Jackson? NO!!!

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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    It's tough to turn down Head whenever you can get it

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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    In this discussion, I'm getting the idea that no one wants to get Head. I for one, wouldn't mind getting Head. I think getting Head could pay off pretty nicely.

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    Head is underrated IMO. Head was good last year atleast, I think Head will be good in the future also.

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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    I don't understand why no one get's exited when talking about Head. I for one, feel we'd be very forunate to get Head.

    But, getting Head when there isn't any room can be pretty messy. With so many guards, Head would have no room and be less enjoyable.

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    My policy is whenever you can get something as good as Head, you need to jump on it because in this day and age it can be tough to get. I hope we all get Head next Tuesday, this place will be much happier.

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    I like Head.

    But besides that... I'd prefer the pacers drafted Garcia.

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    I think paying millions of dollars just to get Head doesn't make sense.

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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    But who here HASN'T paid for Head?

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    Default Re: Chad Ford suggests the Pacers may be in the mix for Luther Head

    Quote Originally Posted by Fig Newton
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    But who here HASN'T paid for Head?
    Does a really expensive dinner or jewelry count?

    (This thread's gonna end up in the Shout Box eventually - might as well speed up the process)
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