Nolan Smith to us 15? ROTFLMFAO
Here we come lottery?
great line on Biyombo f/ SI mock
Motor City, meet the next Ben Wallace. The biggest question surrounding Biyombo at this juncture is how much of what he does so well is legal in the NBA. The Congolese forward is a relentless defender, ferocious rebounder and the perfect complement to last year's top pick, Greg Monroe, in the Pistons' frontcourt.
You know how hippos are made out to be sweet and silly, like big cows, but are actually extremely dangerous and can kill you with stunning brutality? The Pacers are the NBA's hippos....Matt Moore CBS Sports....
Utah has the 12th and the 3rd? ROTFLMFAO...WTF?!!?!?!
Here we come lottery?
I'm kinda partial to Reggie Jackson, I don't know if we can trade back to get him. There really isn't much reason for teams to trade up to 15. The idea of having a bigger pg with a 7 foot wingspan is very appealing to me. Most teams don't look to improve rebounding from the point guard position, but watching Westbrook and Rose rebound all post season is kind of refreshing. I know he isn't as good as those guys, but he is an athletic big pg.
Price is ok, but it wouldn't hurt my feelings to move him to 3rd and give Lance his walking papers. Lance is nice in theory, but I think he's already been more trouble than he's worth. We'll miss him as much as we do James White.
3 scenarios for the draft, starting with my favorite first:
1. Pacers trade up for Justice Winslow
2. Take WCS or Stanley Johnson (this is the theory of a player falling); Make trades (Hibbert/West/others) for additional picks - George Lucas and Rakeem Christmas are players I'd love to have with a late first/early 2nd round
3. Trey Lyles
I'm sure my opinion will change many times before the draft though.
Hey everyone first post, been a Pacers fan since birth. Ive been watching this messageboard a couple years and decided now would be my first post. I dont claim to be a GM but im going play one right now. The Pacers need a bigger point guard, another wing, and a PF/C. I would trade back and pick Reggie Jackson or Darius Morris later in the first round. Since its a weak draft we would probably get a high second in the 2012 draft. I would talk to Memphis about acquiring Rudy Gay. I think 2 first and Brandon Rush or 2 first and Brandon Rush/James Posey. The 2 first I would give them would be in 2012 and 2013. I would then go strong after Nene or Deandre Jordan in free agency.
I know people would say those drafts would be stronger and they would. They would be weaker in a critical area we would need the following year. A big that can play the 4/5.
In the 2012 draft ive been eyeing a couple of PF/C prospects, but who ive fell in love with is Festus Ezeli. He will be a senior at Vanderbilt and is projected to go in the second round next year. Hes also 6-11 255.
That would give us a lineup for 2011:
This lineup gives us size, strength, and athleticism to compete with and team in the NBA. Tell me what yall think.
Sure there is. If a team wants a player that they feel will be there at 15 but not at their later pick, they'll trade up to get him.
I'm concerned that Reggie Jackson will measure out well at the combine, and then will have good workouts which will vault him past the Pacers pick at #15. I REALLY want a BIG PG bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We can always try and trade the draft rights away if we don't trade the 15th pick before we're on the clock.
I'm not as down on this draft as most.
Is it bad for the lottery teams? Yes but that doesn't mean there isn't some good talent especially in the middle of the first round.
I really think that Chris Singleton could be a good fit. Some have said the Pacers should go after Josh Smith and I think that Chris Singleton brings similar things to the table that Josh does. Singleton has excellent athleticism and can guard multiple positions.
There are other guys that can help too like the Morris twins and wing players like Kawhi Leonard and Tyler Honeycutt.
I am not saying that any of these guys are going to be starters. I do think there will be several guys on the board at 15 who can be productive for the Pacers.
Trading the pick is a popular option but we have to remember that we are not the only ones who views this draft as a weakness. About the only hope is there is a GM who is in love with a player on the board at 15 and they have something the Pacers need. That's not likely to happen. I think it will be much easier for the Pacers to find a prospect they like than it will be to find a trade. I'm not saying I think the Pacers will get a starter at 15. Just saying that it is likely they will have to keep the pick and that the available players probably won't be all that bad.
My reaction if Kemba Walker falls to us, he's just what our bench needs:
The Cavs need to make a splash. The are gonna have to come away with known commodities to sell to the fanbase. Therefore I predict, no I guarantee that the Cavs will select Derrick Williams #1. Why, you ask? 2 reasons.
1. Williams is the most gifted player in this draft. He immediately steps into the void left by LeBron.
2. This shakes things up. Will Minny draft Irving while trying to lure Rubio at the same time? Do they trade the pick? Do they pass on him entirely for another player?
Drafting Williams #1 causes a ripple effect on the top 4 picks. Irving or Knight will fall into their laps at #4. If not the can take Kemba Walker, who in my opion is a better value at 4.
Long story short, Williams and Walker trumps Irving and Vesley.
So many things.
Wasn't big on Faried but I think it would be a quality pick.
But if we stay at the pic I could def see the pacers taking a look at Donatas Motiejunas... I know I am probably the minority again but the dude is tall, long, can hit shots from all over, 3pt line and in the post and has a mid range game, can get some rebounds but thats not really his game... does block though... I know it is a stretch but I could see his potential as a Dirk type player... especially if he gets stronger, but the guy just keeps getting better and better...I think he will turnout to be one of the best players to come out of this draft...and I know we need rebounding but to get a player like that, with his upside, I wouldn't even be trippen.
Wouldn't mind Jimmer either, wasn't a big fan of him either but could you imagine having him coming off the bench, especially when u need scoring. Bigger taller marcus thornton with deeper range.
But I would also be interesting in a long PG especially if he could play PG/SG at times. Possibly even trade back and try to grab a extra 2nd rd pic, I thing Darius Morris and the guy from BC would be good pick ups as well as Marshon.
Most recent video that I have seen of Donatas
he reminds me a lot of a young rasheed wallace, in terms of his skill set. He can do just about anything outside of rebound well.
My thinking is we are set at the swing positions. We could be better at the other three positions but we have young people there that could grow into their position. What we need is what Bird has been emphasizing, a big guy than can defend and rebound, someone that can get their own shot at the end of games and a second scorer to help Danny.
Now it seems to me that one of are other starters could grow into our 2nd scorer, so we need the big guy and a guy that can get his own shot.
If we can't trade out of the draft it seems to me we will get someone to booster the second unit like Bird has said.