Draft so far
I'm participating in a forum mock draft/offseason on another forum and we are just finishing up the draft portion of the event and ready to move onto the free agency portion. Below you will find a list of the draft and the moves I plan to make when the free agency period picks up.
- Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke
- Derrick Williams, SF, Arizona
- Enes Kanter, PF, Turkey
- Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky
- Kemba Walker, PG, Uconn
- Bismack Biyombo, C, Congo
- Jonas Valanciunas, C, Lithuania
- Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State
- Jan Vesely, SF, Czech Republic
- Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State
- Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas
- Alec Burks, SG, Colorado
- Donatas Motiejunas, PF, Lithuania
- Chris Singleton, SF, Florida State
- Marcus Morris, SF, Kansas
- Davis Bertans, SF, Latvia
- Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU
- Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State
- Markieff Morris, PF, Kansas
- Jordan Hamilton, SF, Texas
- Lucas Nogueira, C, International
- Darius Morrs, PG, Michigan
- Marshon Brooks, SG, Providence
- Josh Selby PG, Kansas
- Nikola Vucevic, C, USC
- Justin Harper, PF, Richmond
- Jeremy Tyler, C, Int.
- Trey Thompkins, PF, Georgia
- JuJuan Johnson PF, Purdue
- Jordan Williams, C, Maryland
- Shelvin Mack, PG/SG, Butler
- Tobias Harris, SF, Tennessee
- Reggie Jackson, PG, Boston College
- Charles Jenkins, PG/SG, Hofstra
- Nolan Smith, PG/SG, Duke
- Noris Cole, PG, Cleveland State
Moves of note:
I traded the last pick in the draft along with Hassan Whiteside for the #36 pick so that I could take both guards.
I tried my darndest to pick up Iggy or Granger but the guys controlling the Sixers and Pacers didn't want anything to do with the #7, Casspi or JT.
I have now shifted my focus on the wing to free agency where I will try hard for Shane Battier who I feel would be a very strong addition to this young team with his veteran leadership, his defense and his ability to hit the corner 3. In-house, I expect to match any offers Thornton receives and a 4 year deal for Dally-bear around 8 or 9 million each should allow Jonas time to improve and come over to America.
The draft scenario that unfolded leading up to my pick at #7 is my worst nightmare. Both of the guards were gone, Biyombo was gone and Kanter of course was gone as well. I contemplated both Vesely and Leonard in the place of Valanciunas, but I don't feel a defensive specialist (Leonard) without any other great NBA traits belongs in the #7 spot and I felt Vesely creates redundancy as more of a rotational-type wing than an impact player. And Valanciunas provides a nice foil for Cousins, someone who can provide energy down low, an athlete, a pick and roll/alley oop threat and a guy who will provide a lot on tip-ins. With the plan to re-sign Dally, coupled with Cousins and JT already in the fold, the Kings can afford to have Jonas sit out the 2011-12 season if he decides to do so and still come away with a wild card who could become an impact player in the NBA in the future.
So how am I doing? Any suggestions?