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The World has not Ended

Yet anyways. In many ways, this was the best possible scenario for us if we got the 4th pick.

Los Angeles at 1, Memphis at 2, Oklahoma City at 3.

Los Angeles is in a huge Natting bind. They've got Baron Davis locked at the point and Zach Randolph locked at the power forward spot. Neither of those players is going to be easy to trade because nobody wants them or their fat contracts. I see the Clippers taking Griffin though.  

Memphis is where it could screw up.  They could use a big guy more than a point guard but they're not too sure about Conley.  Thabeet, Hill, or Rubio would work well for them here. Getting Rubio though would mean they'd be giving up on Conley.  I see them taking Hill or Thabeet. They could also look to trade out of this pick, perhaps in a swap with the Kings. We have the capacity to do this.  Also, if the Grizzlies select Rubio, Conley might become available and he looks like he's ready for a breakout season as well. He was playing great for the second half of last season.

Oklahoma City was obviously pining for Griffin.  They need a big guy.  They could draft Rubio and move Westbrook at the 2 but thats not a viable long term solution. Westbrook is supposed to be their point guard of the future.  Look at the moves the Thunder tried to do in the season. Getting Tyson Chandler? They could get a really cheap version of him in Thabeet or a potential Chris Bosh in Hill. They could also use a real scoring punch at the two in Harden.  I don't see the Thunder taking Rubio if he's available.

That leaves Rubio to us. And even if it doesn't, we'll most likely have the choice between Evans and Jennings. And if Petrie decides that those guys are the guys we need, he'll pick them, and I'll be happy with it.

So lets all take a big, long breath, and recognize that out of a bad situation, this could be much, much worse.

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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