Josh Barbarotta (12:57 PM)
What's up everybody?! We'll be kicking off the Tuesdays With Mobile NBA Draft chat in about 5 minutes with ESPN Insider Chris Sprow. Keep the questions rolling in...
Josh Barbarotta (12:59 PM)
James MN [via mobile]
Chris, What will the T-wolves do with the 2nd pick?
Chris Sprow (1:00 PM)
Many people are 100 percent convinced that they'll trade this pick -- but I think they could go with Derrick Williams and move Kevin Love instead. The problem is if you believe you have to take Williams there, you need to mess with the roster, because Love and Beasley are already covering that area of the roster.
Jake, Los Angeles [via mobile]
Why wouldn't the Cavs take Derrick Williams #1 and then Kemba Walker #4? That's a great duo for the future...
Chris Sprow (1:02 PM)
I'm not totally opposed to that, but evaluators generally see that as a bit of a reach for Walker, and if it's a little odd to think they could have two picks in the top four and not take either of the highest-upside guys on the board in Kanter and Irving. Williams makes sense, but then you'd want some guarantee that either Kanter or Irving is there at No. 4. That's a risk.
roger . cleveland ohio [via mobile]
Cavs one and four. What do u think
Chris Sprow (1:04 PM)
Safest guess is Irving and Kanter, but they could get weird and go with a wild upside pick with Valanciunas, or even Biyombo at No. 4 if a guy they really like is no longer there. Thing is, they have to move Baron davis (good luck) or Ramon Sessions (much easier) or there's a total logjam at PG.
Mike keith: Rome Michigan [via mobile]
Who do you think the Det pistions should really be looking to pick up in this yrs draft to get the team back to championship status?
Chris Sprow (1:06 PM)
A lot of evaluators see them taking an upside pick, either on offense (Valanciunas) or defense Biyombo. But I'm not sure they should dump the idea of a reliable long-term scoring solution like Klay Thompson or even a flyer on a guy like Jordan Hamilton, who seems like a better Austin Daye. But it's wacky how that No. 9 pick looks like a total mystery in terms of what you might get.
Patrick (Bevier, MO) [via mobile]
Chris, who is a potential steal in this draft, and isn't it already decided that the Spurs will get whoever it is?
Chris Sprow (1:09 PM)
For the steal, I'm really intrigued by Tyler Honeycutt out of UCLA. Look at Westbrook and Jrue Holiday coming alive once they get out of the Howland system. That's no knock on Howland, but the pace just doesn't allow guys to light up the stat sheet, yet on the flipside, they can all defend on the ball like crazy. Honeycutt is (cue Bilas) really long at 6-8, and has some handles. Yes, of course the Spurs will take him. This is a rule.
rohan west palm beach fl [via mobile]
What can boston get out of the draft?
Chris Sprow (1:11 PM)
Everybody says they'll go big, which makes a lot of sense, but what if they really like a guy like Nolan Smith as a guy who can score from the point, to spell Rondo, or even complement him in some sets where they go small.
chris,ca [via mobile]
Are the kings going to take a point guard with the 7th pick if so who is the best fit.
Chris Sprow (1:13 PM)
Kemba, Kemba, Kemba. If they don't like him, they could go big, or try to deal for a PG (Sessions?). But they have to get the ball out of Evans' hands.
bill Saratoga ny [via mobile]
Chris Sprow (1:14 PM)
Mid-teens. Someone will fall in love. At least you know he has NBA range, but let's just say there are enough unknown commodities in this draft that some team will just take him because they feel like he's projectable, or fills an obvious need.
jay nyc [via mobile]
do you think the knicks should trade up for jimmer fredette?
Chris Sprow (1:16 PM)
Last thing the Knicks need is another guy who likes his shot and thinks he needs a lawyer for defense.
Ian in Longmont CO [via mobile]
Who do you have the Mavs taking at 26?
Chris Sprow (1:18 PM)
I'm not totally sold that they take a pure developmental prospect like Davis Bertans (yes, he's 18 and from Latvia) only because if they think they can make another run with some semblance of this roster, they might as well add some immediate depth. Darius Morris? Tobias Harris? Hard to say. Such a crapshoot at that stage.
Mario, Tucson, AZ [via mobile]
Why is Irving projected higher than Williams giving what each did last season and in the tourney? Williams seems more NBA ready.
Chris Sprow (1:20 PM)
In Irving you're talking about a guy who could have gone No. 1 as a HS senior. He's that well thought of. Williams has produced, but he's also in the Glenn 'Big Dog' Robinson mold where you know you'll have something, but he doesn't blow you away with upside. What's your flavor?
Salt lake ut [via mobile]
Who are the Jazz going to with 3rd pick?
Chris Sprow (1:21 PM)
Brandon Knight could be the next big guard there. I like him, and we also don't what the deal was with Kanter missing that work-out. I mean, if Williams was there, sure, but you just don't think he'll be.
Sam portland,OR [via mobile]
I know what I think after yesterday, but where do you think the blazers franchise is going after firing the gm and looking all out of sorts?
Chris Sprow (1:23 PM)
It's such a weird situation when you don't just dump guys, but you dump guys that have a good rep around the league. They are spitting out GMs like Steinbrenner fired managers. Funny thing is there is still talent there, you just wonder who would want to go there now if it's not an internal guy. When is Paul Allen down to one of his pilots?
Tre (dayton,ohio) [via mobile]
Cleveland State prospect Norris Cole...where do you see him landing?
Chris Sprow (1:23 PM)
roger . cleveland ohio [via mobile]
Chris Sprow (1:25 PM)
Alec Burks. Most everyone has him in the teens. In Chad's latest he has him going to Phoenix. Makes sense if they can keep him from having so much as a Gatorade within 50 feet of Vince Carter as he learns his NBA work ethic.
Kevin James draper ut. [via mobile]
The jazz should they go big or pg.
Chris Sprow (1:26 PM)
Better than going big or going home. Agree.
Joe, Owings Mills,MD [via mobile]
What do you think the Wizards should do with there 1st round pick.
Chris Sprow (1:27 PM)
I don't disagree with Chad having them going for someone who adds immediate help. Kawhi Leonard is one option. He's 6-7 but has the wingspan of your garden variety pteradactyl and will crash the boards. You'd like to think they get someone who can keep up with Wall and maybe catch an oop or two.
steve houston, tx [via mobile]
Any word or thoughts on what the Rockets are feeling this year?
Chris Sprow (1:29 PM)
Just really need some wing scoring. Leonard, Hamilton, Burks, Singleton, Thompson. Someone there has to offer something from the 3 or stretch-4.
john ohio [via mobile]
if you were the cavs GM who are you takng witthe first and fourth pick?
Chris Sprow (1:31 PM)
I would take Irving No. 1, without question. When you can combine a lot of upside AND feel the guy is a safe pick, I like that. Look at what elite PGs are doing around the league. Westbrook, Rose, Paul -- maybe they aren't the ultimate finishers, but they can improve you in a hurry. Not only that, but then you can deal Sessions, have Davis there as break-in-period insurance, and take your favorite player at No. 4 and know you're better.
Statesville, NC [via mobile]
Who do you think the Bobcats will take?
Chris Sprow (1:33 PM)
They really need frontcourt defense with a side of offense. Jordan is so unpredictable -- the guy has taken the impossible-to-project upside of Kwame Brown and the certain scoring but frightfully low ceiling (and vertical) of Adam Morrison. It could be, literally, one of 5-6 guys there. Biyombo, Valanciunas, Thompson, a Morris twin, Singleton? So hard to call.
chris (houston, tx) [via mobile]
Rockets at #14? Thoughts?
Chris Sprow (1:34 PM)
Just answered. Scroll, yo.
Liam ( Brooklyn, Ny) [via mobile]
How should okc make their offense more effective?
Chris Sprow (1:35 PM)
They just need another year of refinement. It's already one of the top 2 or 3 offenses in the league, and all the best players would be seniors in college or rookies if this was 10-15 years ago.
Corey San Antonio,TX [via mobile]
What will the bulls do with their two first round picks
Chris Sprow (1:37 PM)
Think they take a shot on a scoring guard or two, and see if someone can defend like Bogans but score a little more. They could use someone else who has some slash in his game. Maybe also look for a big body that takes up those Kurt Thomas minutes.
Joe, Owings Mills,MD [via mobile]
I think the Cavs should take Williams at no#1 and take the Kentucky PG at no#4.
Chris Sprow (1:38 PM)
Not a ridiculous thought at all. Worry is, if you really want a PG, could take Williams and have neither Knight or Iriving there at No. 4.
Morgan, Florida [via mobile]
What kind of center or pg can the Miami Heat get ?
Chris Sprow (1:40 PM)
The kind with size 16+ feet. Which might be an upgrade over Anthony -- but that's no guarantee.
Ed Milwaukee,Wi [via mobile]
Who do u like the bucks drafted with the 10th pick?
Chris Sprow (1:41 PM)
Bucks are in a "good" position only in that they could upgrade at three spots (2, 3 or 4) and could just take a favorite at any of them. Maybe Klay Thompson at 2 or Tristan Thompson at the 4 or Hamilton or Singleton at the 3. Could go in a lot of directions, and certainly listen to offers.
keith (Houston, tx) [via mobile]
How would you grade Daryl Morey as a GM, so far?
Chris Sprow (1:43 PM)
It's hard to grade a guy when, seemingly, the best thing he inherited, the asset that is supposed to stir the drink, has been the most unreliable (see: injured). I don't think anyone questions his ability to find value, but that team is sort of floating, ever so efficiently. They need to take some shape.
justice (columbus, oh) [via mobile]
Could the heat help their bench with the draft?
Chris Sprow (1:44 PM)
Not really. I think they'll again be forced to target assets who will play their for less. But that might not be a terrible list.
Tyler Ukasick, IA [via mobile]
Should the celtics go with a big man with there first pick?
Chris Sprow (1:45 PM)
You would think so, but this team might truly be in a "best available" mode. They're legitimately old at three positions, so if you see a potential starter that helps immediately off the bench at any of four positions, it's worth a look IMO.
Abu Lawry Newark NJ [via mobile]
Who are the knicks leaning towards picking in the draft
Chris Sprow (1:46 PM)
They really need help with depth at PG and anything that involves defense and rebounding in the frontcourt, so I think that's a safe assumption. Best value wins, but if I had to guess I'd say frontcourt, no question.
Ann Arbor, MI [via mobile]
Where is Michigan's Darius Morris going to go in the draft?
Chris Sprow (1:47 PM)
Late first, very early second.
Josh (Reading PA) [via mobile]
Who is the best foreign prospect in the draft?
Chris Sprow (1:48 PM)
If Enes Kanter counts as foreign, and he should since he's never played a minute of live ball in the U.S., then he is, without question. Jan Vesely is close behind (Czech kid, 21) and may help a team sooner.
Josh (Reading PA) [via mobile]
Where do you think Chandler Parsons will go in the draft?
Chris Sprow (1:49 PM)
Second. Not enough there for the first.
daryl charlotte [via mobile]
Can the bobcats trade the 9 and 19 and move up to 2 and get williams
Chris Sprow (1:50 PM)
I don't think so. Maybe a few spots, but I think teams don't have a good sense of where players will go in that 8-22 region in Round 1, so it a) makes it harder to move teams off those few top picks, and b) maybe you go with a safe projection at No. 9 and upside at No. 19, or vice versa.
Rob Harrisburg Pa [via mobile]
What do u think the sixer will do?
Chris Sprow (1:51 PM)
Gotta go big. Maybe a Morris twin (Philly connection).
Keith Tucson,AZ [via mobile]
Do you think the lakers can get any quality from any of the four 2nd round picks they have and if so who ?
Chris Sprow (1:52 PM)
Sure, but even though we keep seeing value come out of Round 2, it's a total crapshoot. You take four, bring 'em to camp and hope one sticks. That roster is pretty stuffed, and even with cap issues, there isn't much room.
ron houston, tx [via mobile]
Who do you think is the best arm-wrestler in this draft?
Chris Sprow (1:54 PM)
Faried is pretty yoked at 6-8 and pushing 230. He's got the fast-twitch muscles, and he always turns his hat backwards. That gets in your head.
Evan (Ann Arbor, MI) [via mobile]
Who will the Pistons pick in round 1?
Chris Sprow (1:55 PM)
They need rebounding really bad, but if they fall in love with a scorer, I wouldn't put it past Dumars. Really wondering if he'd go with Faried and just try to engineer Ben Walle 2.0.
Rookie (storrs) [via mobile]
Do you see Kemba as a full time starter?
Chris Sprow (1:56 PM)
Would never, ever bet against Walker. Needs to make opposing PGs respect his range so they stay up on him and can utilize his blow-by, and he has to become a more refined distributor. It can't just be a track meet.
DJ, New York [via mobile]
If Fareed is avavilable at #17 would they take him or would they go with maybe with the guard from Duke?
Chris Sprow (1:58 PM)
He's not really a D'Antoni type, but that might be just the reason to take him. if by guard from Duke you mean Nolan Smith -- think he's a reach there. Could be around early in Round 2.
Chris Sprow (2:00 PM)
Hopping out guys. Thanks for the Q's. John Pez is here to -- wait for it -- dispense some knowledge. Follow-ups: Ping me on Twitter @Sprow_ESPNLater!
John Pez (2:04 PM)
Thanks, Chris. Great stuff from Chris. Make sure to ping him on Twitter for all the latest NBA draft developments through the next month. OK now I think this may be the worst NBA draft since 2000 when the top 5 picks were Kenyon Martin, Stromile Swift, Darius Miles, Marcus Fizer and Mike Miller. Ouch! This draft especially hurt with the return of Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger, Terrence Jones and Perry Jones to college ranks. OK, fire away with more questions.
Indianapolis indiana [via mobile]
What should the pacers do at 15
John Pez (2:07 PM)
Well last year the Pacers went with Paul George to add to the nucleus of Granger, Collison, Hibbert and Hansbrough. Larry Bird may make a blockbuster trade, using Granger as bait. But if they stay at 15, this team could use another shooter or a defender the likes of Chris Singleton (who will probably not be there at 15).
Martin Thomas: SanDiego CA. [via mobile]
Were do you see Pitt Panthers Brad Wanamaker and Gilbert Brown going in the draft.
John Pez (2:09 PM)
Somewhere in the 2nd round for both. Ashton Gibbs could have been picked in the 20s if he stayed in the draft. Remember, both Sam Young and DeJuan Blair were 2nd-round picks.
adam MN [via mobile]
any chance you see Kanter alongside KLove in Minnesota
John Pez (2:11 PM)
Do the Timberwolves want to go with Derrick Williams, Michael Beasley and Kevin Love on the front line or will they go Beasley, Love and Enes Kanter. Interesting call. I think they end up going with Williams
Al-Edisin, NJ [via mobile]
Will the Knocks take a Power Foward and if yes who?
John Pez (2:13 PM)
The Knicks would love to slot the rebounding machine Kenneth Faried between Carmelo and Amare on the front line. They could also go for a perimeter shooter, but I think they go power forward.
Jordan (dallas, Texas) [via mobile]
Do you see Vernon macklin getting drafted? Where?
John Pez (2:15 PM)
Jordan, yeh Vernon Macklin should get picked in the 2nd round. Players like Macklin and VCU's Jamie Skeen could be surprisingly good 2nd-round picks.
Josh Da Burg, VA [via mobile]
Can Cleveland turn into a contender if they have a productive draft?
John Pez (2:18 PM)
A contender, no. The Wizards didn't turn into a contender after adding John Wall. But the Cavs can get to anywhere between 30-35 wins with the 1st (let's say Kyrie Irving) and 4th pick (let's say Kanter or Vesely). But just like Chris Sprow said, they can improve even more by extracting value for Baron Davis or Ramon Sessions in trades.
ucis Riga(via mobile ) [via mobile]
what minnesota needs pg or sf ?
John Pez (2:19 PM)
Well you would think that after drafting Rubio and Flynn and also with Ridnour, the Timberwolves would go for the forward or center, whether that be Derrick Williams or Enes Kanter.
Martin Thomas: SanDiego CA. [via mobile]
Do you see Jeremy Tyler the kid that choose to play pro over seas instead of graduating high school or going to college getting drafted.
John Pez (2:23 PM)
Yes, at 6-11, Jeremy Tyler will be drafted. As far as centers go, he's behind Kanter, Valanciunas and Keith Benson and is behind a bevy of power forwards. 6-11 Nikola Vucevic will also likely get picked before Tyler because he is a solid perimeter shooter. Interesting to see if Maryland's Jordan Williams gets picked before Tyler.
Edward from Jacksonville, Florida [via mobile]
where will Parsons from Florida go?
John Pez (2:26 PM)
Edward, Parsons was voted SEC Player of the Year ahead of guys like Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones, Tobias Harris. Parsons is a good passer, but is not a reliable shooter and is a weak defender. For me, he's a late 2nd-round pick.
Jake [via mobile]
Who do the heat pick in the 2nd round?
John Pez (2:28 PM)
Jake, does it matter. Last year, they took Da'Sean Butler, Jarvis Varnado in the 2nd round.It's the Big Three plus Haslem plus complementary pieces for the next 5 or 6 seasons.
Oscar (Paramount,CA) [via mobile]
What can the lakers get out of the draft????
John Pez (2:30 PM)
Oscar, I think the Lakers just want Derrick Caracter, a 2nd-round pick from last year, to develop into a frontcourt contributor. They might have their eyes on USC's Nikola Vucevic if he's around in the 2nd.
justice (columbus ohio) [via mobile]
if kanter is gone before #4, who should the cavs pick?
John Pez (2:33 PM)
I would say either Czech Republic PF Jan Vesely or 6-11 Jonas Valanciunas from Lithuania to complement Hickson, Jamison.
carlos: (mesquite texas [via mobile]
The spurs big men are getting old. Do you think they need to get a young athletic big man in the draft or something else?
John Pez (2:37 PM)
Carlos, the Spurs just need size, period. This is a small team bringing guys like Matt Bonner and DeJuan Blair off the bench. Need more size to help an aging Tim Duncan. Can use Tony Parker or Richard Jefferson as trade bait.
James robinson anadarko ok [via mobile]
What will the thunder get in the draft and will the heat get a big man or a guard
John Pez (2:39 PM)
James, last yeat the Thunder traded up to take Kansas center Cole Aldrich and he made no contribution to this team's run to the conference finals. With the 24th pick, Thunder have to take the best player on the board, but the preference is for a perimeter shooter or a banger inside.
Kevin Augusta,Ga [via mobile]
What do we need in Atlanta to get over the hump?
John Pez (2:42 PM)
Kevin, I feel your frustration. This team is stuck behind the Heat, Bulls and Celtics in this conference. I don't think Johnson, Josh Smith, Horford, Crawford will get to the East finals unless Marvin Williams plays like the 2nd overall pick in the draft. He never has, so the Hawks are stuck as a 48-win team that maybe wins a round in the playoffs and then exits stage left.
kman chi il [via mobile]
Will demetry mcamey and fellow illini richmond get drafted
John Pez (2:44 PM)
McCamey really gave Illinois coach Bruce Weber a tough time this season and that wasn't lost on NBA front office guys. Still, McCamey probably goes late 1st or early 2nd round. Don't know what Richmond was thinking entering draft.
Dre Newark DE [via mobile]
Wat team would best fit Kemba Walkers play style ?
John Pez (2:45 PM)
If Kemba could play with Tyreke Evans, that would be ideal for coach Paul Westphal in Sacramento.
Steve Delusa, johnstown pa [via mobile]
Do you think the nets go pf or wing player? I think if they go pf there's no more humphries but we need a real wing with outlaw as a bust
John Pez (2:48 PM)
Nets have to wait until pick 27 to go for shooting guard or small forward. If they retain Kris Humphries, that takes care of power forward and of course the building block pieces are PG Deron Williams and C Brook Lopez.
chris, san diego [via mobile]
Who are the Suns drafting or are they trading up or out of the draft? Im hearing Dudley trade rumors..
John Pez (2:52 PM)
Trade rumors will fly with the Suns from Steve Nash to Vince Carter to Dudley to Frye in possible deals. Maybe Marcus Morris, Tristan Thompson, Jordan Hamilton or Bismack Biyombo with the 13th pick. Is there a better name in this draft than Bismack Biyombo?
Mike. Brooklyn, NY [via mobile]
I read rumors about the nets wanting to trade up. Any idea as to where they are looking to trade to?
John Pez (2:54 PM)
Mike, the Nets can trade into Portland's pick at No. 21 or Houston at 23. I don't see them getting any higher than that.
chris new york [via mobile]
Kyle singler goes where?
John Pez (2:55 PM)
Chris, the Most Outstanding Player in the 2010 Final Four goes either late 1st round to the Bulls or early 2nd round.
Marcel Gutierrez (tracy,ca) [via mobile]
What do you think the Warriors are going to do with the 11th pick?
John Pez (2:58 PM)
Marcel with Steph Curry, Monta Ellis and David Lee, slotting in a small forward or a center is the way to go with the 11th pick. A Tristan Thompson, Jordan Hamilton, a Jonas Valanciunas are some options.
John Pez (2:59 PM)
Dan Mullen is ready to step in and take you through the final hour of our NBA Draft chat. Take it away Dan.
Jared, Chisholm, Minnesota [via mobile]
Who will have the best NBA career from this years draft?
Dan Mullen (3:03 PM)
Jared, There are 3 players in this draft that I think can become elite NBA players -- Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams and Enes Kanter -- and they should all be gone in the first four picks. Just below them, I believe Kawhi Leonard can be a very good NBA player in the Gerald Wallace mold and a little deeper in the 1st round, Jordan Hamilton has several high-scoring NBA seasons in his future.
frank [via mobile]
Which team is mostt likely to package draft picks for current players?
Dan Mullen (3:05 PM)
I wouldn't be surprised one bit if the Timberwolves trade out of the No. 2 pick. The strength of this draft is point guard and power foward and that's something the Wolves have already dedicated a lot of resources for. If someone falls in love with Williams and blows Minnesota away with a veteran-heavy package for that 2nd pick, I think they'd go for it.
Moses lake WA [via mobile]
Who r the celtics drafting?
Dan Mullen (3:09 PM)
A lot of things can happen between the start of the draft and the Celtics' turn at No. 25 but the one guy who jumps out to me there is Maryland power forward Jordan Williams. At 6'10" 260 lbs., Williams is a load on the block and could fill the void left after their mid-season trade of Kendrick Perkins. Williams' condititioning has been questioned in the past and landing with the veteran Celtics would be a great situation for him.
Quentin eakly ok [via mobile]
Between knight and walker who has the best upside
Dan Mullen (3:11 PM)
Consensus is that Knight's upside is greater than Walker's and that's why I think he'll go slightly ahead of him in the early 1st round. Knight's size (6-ft-4) and long-term shooting potential make him a perfect fit in an NBA halfcourt offense where as Walker is going to have to prove that he can fit into an NBA system after having much of the UConn offense designed around getting him the ball in spots he could attack the rim.
Dan Mullen (3:14 PM)
Jazz fans should consider this draft a success if Utah leaves it with a top-flight point guard and a scoring wing. With the 3rd pick, Utah can take its pick between Walker and Knight -- unless they fall in love with Kanter's upside. And then follow up with the selection of a scorer at the 2 or 3 with the 12th pick. Thompson, Klay Thompson, Alec Burks and Chris Singleton all could be available and fit this profile there.
logan, utah [via mobile]
Who would you pick for the Jazz at 3 and 12?
nate wheeling wv [via mobile]
who are some of the biggest sleepers in this draft?
Dan Mullen (3:18 PM)
The fun thing about a draft without a lot of sure-fire stars in the 1st round is that we're going to see teams gamble and try to hit the home run with an upside sleeper pick instead of some of low-ceiling safe picks. Bismack Biyombo out of the Congo certainly fits this description with the athleticism and motor to make him a potential steal late in the lottery but his raw offensive game is going to take plenty of time and patience before it is NBA ready.
Dan Mullen (3:20 PM)
Some other sleepers I see going late in the 1st round or early in the 2nd are Providence's Marshon Brooks, who can flat-out score the basketball, Michigan PG Darius Morris, Athletically gifted big man Jeremy Tyler and Boston College scoring machine Reggie Jackson. All could develop into very good NBA players in time.
miguel denver co [via mobile]
can nuggets pick up a big that can help them
Dan Mullen (3:23 PM)
The Nuggets certainly need to get bigger and tougher up front after being overwhelmed by the Thunder in the opening round of the postseason. A couple players stick out to me who could really help Denver at No. 22 if available. Morehead State's Kenneth Faried as a dominant force on the boards -- and is quite at home on the Nuggets' Pepsi Center floor where his Morehead State team shocked Louisville in the NCAA Tournament. Tobias Harris of Tennessee isn't a true power presence but could develop into a Shane Battier-type forward, giving George Karl a very valuable all-around option.
Jesse, SF [via mobile]
Think the Warriors will take a look at Leonard with #11?
Dan Mullen (3:26 PM)
I think the Warriors would grab Leonard in a second if he were somehow available at their pick but I don't see anyway the San Diego State product lasts that far, with the Wizards being his most likely destination. That is the type of player Golden State should be targeting though with Florida State's Chris Singleton, Washington State's Klay Thompson and Colorado's Alec Burks fitting the mold and more likely to be there at No. 11
chris new york [via mobile]
Do you think the cavs would consider trading the #4 pick and Davis or sessions to acquire picks in next years draft which is supposed to be deeper than this years
Dan Mullen (3:27 PM)
If there's one team I don't think will be trading away a top-5 pick, it's the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs need bodies and they need to give the impression that they are moving on from the LeBron James era. Leaving the 1st round with two premier talents like Irving and Kanter does that, trading one of those picks for a future No. 1 does not.
Dan Mullen (3:30 PM)
It's no secret the Bulls would love to find a 2 guard to complement Rose but it's hard to say who will be available that late in the 1st round. If Marshon Brooks lasts that long, I think Chicago definitely grabs him with Hofstra scorer Charlie Jenkins and smooth UCLA wing Tyler Honeycutt likely fall-back options. I believe the Mavs will go international in the 1st round with Latvian forward Davis Bertans and his anywhere-in-the-gym range the best bet.
cj orange nj [via mobile]
who's the best point guard in this years draft? and why?
Dan Mullen (3:32 PM)
The best point guard in this draft is also the best player, Kyrie Irving. Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker will be solid NBA starters at the position but only Irving has superstar written all over his game.
michael portland ore [via mobile]
Dan the man, Portland is going through a rough patch right now, who they taking in the first round to get them psyched back up to make another playoff run?
Dan Mullen (3:35 PM)
The Blazers are fortunate that two of their biggest needs -- point guard play and power forward depth -- are two of the biggest strengths in this year's class. I can see Portland going either way here with Darius Morris as a point guard option and Lithuanian 7-footer Donatas Motiejunas another fit. This is one of many possible homes for Reggie Jackson of BC who is going to supply offense off the bench for whomever selects him
Steve (Utah) [via mobile]
Got me in as a Jazz fan that will be sorely disappointed if we draft Jimmer. You don't think the Jazz will take him at 12 do you?
Dan Mullen (3:37 PM)
I understand what Jimmer did at BYU and do think he's going to be a servicable NBA player but the Jazz have the 12th pick in the draft and there are more than 12 players I would bet are going to be better NBA players than Fredette. Hometown connection aside, you shouldn't be disappointed if the Jazz opt for someone like Alec Burks or Klay Thompson instead of the former BYU star.
darnell bardstown ky [via mobile]
Is enes kantner the real deal
Dan Mullen (3:39 PM)
From everything I've seen, yes. Kanter shined very brightly at the NBA Combine last week and solidified himself in the top 5 of this draft with the potential to be as good as anyone taken on June 23.
jose maiz rsm ca [via mobile]
What team will draft kemba walker will be the sacramento kings?
Dan Mullen (3:41 PM)
It seems very likely that Kemba will end up with the Kings at No. 7, forming quite a backcourt duo with Tyreke Evans in Sacramento. The Jazz seem to favor Knight over him at three and whichever of those two doesnt go there is likely going to fall to seven and not past it.
Eric-Toronto [via mobile]
What do you see the Rap's doing with the 5th pick?
Dan Mullen (3:45 PM)
It's no secret that Raptors president Bryan Colangelo is not afraid to gamble on international talent and there are several options that fit in this draft. Jonas Valanciunas of Lithuiana is a true low-post presence at 7 feet who must overcome concern about his contract status but also may be the best foreign player in this draft, I think Toronto will be grabbing him on draft day.
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Dan Mullen (3:49 PM)
Ending up with San Diego State star Kawhi Leonard on the receiving end of Wall's alley-oops would be a best-case scenario for the Wizards at No. 6. With an all-around talent like either Tobias Harris or Chris Singleton a great fit for Washington with their other 1st-round pick.
Josh Barbarotta (4:01 PM)
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