Chat with Chad Ford
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Ford covers the NBA and NBA Draft for ESPN Insider and also makes appearances on ESPN Radio and ESPNEWS.
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Chad Ford (1:26 PM)
Oh boy. Sorry I'm late ... again. Let's get rolling ...
Steve (Mobile, AL)
While efficient, Anthony Davis has yet to prove he is capable of shouldering an offensive load. No multiple all star from recent years came into the NBA with a usage rate as low as Davis (under 20). Shouldn't this be a red flag? He's clearly a physical freak, but why are scouts so willing to overlook his obvious offensive limitations?
Chad Ford (1:30 PM)
It's an issue. But Davis is clearly going to be an all-world defender. And if you watch him carefully, when his team needs him to step up offensively and get a big bucket, he usually delivers. I think that's the thing about Davis that so impresses people -- the willingness (and ability) to do whatever his team needs for them to win. Remember ... Tim Duncan only averaged 10 ppg as a freshman at Wake Forest.
Chad, which player(s) in the Sweet 16 can do the most for their draft stock?
Chad Ford (1:32 PM)
A big game by Bradley Beal could propel him up a few more spots. Right now he's No. 4 on our Big Board, but I've had several GMs tell me in the past few days that he's their second favorite player in this draft. If they could hang their hat on a couple of big games down the stretch, he could get there. Obviously Perry Jones really needs to redeem himself after a tough first weekend in the tournament. If Dion Waiters keeps playing well, he could keep rising on our boards as well.
Who is the second best option for the Bobcats behind Davis?
Chad Ford (1:33 PM)
Probably Michael Kidd-Gilchrist -- if he declares. Plays hard, a leader, defends multiple positions. Could be a Gerald Wallace like player. If he's not in the draft -- either Bradley Beal or Harrison Barnes.
Rivers leaving or staying?
Chad Ford (1:34 PM)
Not sure yet. But I think we may have him a little underrated on our Big Board. I'm starting to get the feel that GMs may like him a little better than the scouts do. His quick first step and overall aggressiveness appeal to them. He has a lot of work to do on his game, but they see potential there.
Why is Barnes not rated higher by GMs? Seems to have everything except ability to create offense off the dribble. Other than that would be an ideal 3, and there are not many of those in the NBA right now.
Chad Ford (1:35 PM)
GMs would like their threes to create offense off the dribble and be more than just a jump shooter. His lack of assists and rebounding for his size also are red flags. No one questions his ability to be a shooter/scorer at the next level. But I think they're wishing he could do a bit more than that.
MRBankster (Orem, UT)
Is Damian Lillard for real???
Chad Ford (1:36 PM)
For sure. Every GM I spoke with has him in the lottery. How good will he be? Not sure. He needs to make a transition as a point guard at the next level. But I think he'll be the first point guard off the board.
Any chance of the Xavier seniors- Tu or Kenny Frease- getting a look in the second round of the draft?
Chad Ford (1:37 PM)
I think Tu Holloway has a great shot of getting drafted in the second round. Frease not so much.
Kyle (Cleveland, OH)
If Cody Zeller has another strong game or two in the tourney, will he declare?
Chad Ford (1:38 PM)
Don't think so. I've been hearing consistently all year he wants to return to Indiana for his sophomore season. Lots of talent heading his way next year and frankly, another year in school, especially to develop physically, will help his transition to the pros.
What does Royce White have to show scouts/GMs to move into the late teens 20s range?
Chad Ford (1:39 PM)
He's easily a Top 15 talent. Interviews, dealing with some off the court stuff, addressing the anxiety disorder are all issues that need to be worked out.
Royce White was really impressive. Hypothetically, without the baggage, would he be the 2nd pick in this draft this year if he came out?
Chad Ford (1:39 PM)
Let's not get carried away. Top 15 talent. Maybe Top 10. Top 2? I don't think so.
Roy (Chapel Hill)
What are chances McAdoo declares?
Chad Ford (1:40 PM)
Unlikely. But if he does, I think he's a Top 10 pick.
Hey Chad, this tournament has been a coming out party for Ohio's DJ Cooper. Any NBA chances when he graduates?
Chad Ford (1:41 PM)
He's a really good player. But the fact that he's 5-10 or 5-11 really hurts him. Doesn't make it impossible (see Isaiah Thomas right now) but it doesn't help.
Is Thomas Robinson a top 5 guy for sure in this draft?
Chad Ford (1:42 PM)
Probably a lock for the Top 5. Could go as high as No. 2. Only issue scouts really have with him is size and his tendency to want to play out on the perimeter or be a ball handler. He can do some of that stuff in college, but he'll struggle with that at the next level.
Is this draft as stacked as all the pundits claim or is a lot of that depending on whether a handful of players will declare/live up to their hype in the tournament?
Chad Ford (1:42 PM)
A lot of it, every year, depends on who declares. If a lot of players stay in school, the quality of the draft will take a hit.
What is up with more players staying more than one year? Barnes, Sullinger, etc. Then you say you believe McAdoo, Zeller, and possibly Kidd-Gilchrist will stay another year. Is this a trend?
Chad Ford (1:43 PM)
Good kids. They care about getting better and being prepared to play in the NBA. They like school. Want to win a championship. It's a good thing Curtis.
We've heard about Andre Drummond's ceiling as a prospect...what is his floor?
Chad Ford (1:45 PM)
Would Kendall Marshall be a good fit on portland? His playmaking abilities could make Batum into the player everybody expects him to be!
Chad Ford (1:46 PM)
Really good fit. Biggest question for Marshall? Can he defend the uber athletic point guards in the NBA right now. His lateral quickness and his tendency to play a little stiff and straight up scare some GMs.
Could Andre Drummond be the 2nd best player in this years draft? He has size and athleticism to play, just needs that work ethic.
Chad Ford (1:47 PM)
Work ethic is a big, big deal for players like him.
Any chance Perry Jones is better in the pros than in college? He's barely making all conference teams now...
Chad Ford (1:48 PM)
Could be. Scott Drew and the Baylor guards don't do him any favors that's for sure. He can go long stretches without touching the ball. He's going to need the right coach ... someone that will allow him to play some small forward, handle the ball, shoot perimeter shots. He doesn't have the temperament to be a center in the NBA>
Chad, GS has mentioned that they are trying to get their pick back from the Jazz. What, exactly, would that entail?
Chad Ford (1:50 PM)
They'd have to trade for it. If they Warriors are picking 1-7, they already keep their pick. If they don't, they can always offer the Jazz something for it in return. Sounds like they want it back. But the minute Lacob went public with that -- the price went way up. Kevin O'Connor isn't going to just give it away. Dumb move on the part of Lacob in my opinion. He's trying to give Warriors fans hope after a tough night, but terrible negotiating strategy.
What are the draft prospects for Kentucky's players other than Davis and MKG? Will Doron Lamb and Darius Miller be drafted?
Chad Ford (1:51 PM)
Yes. Lamb might even sneak into the first round. Terrence Jones will be late lottery to mid first round. Some teams like Marquis Teague in the late first round as well.
Bryan (Salt Lake City)
Where do you see Perry Jones having the best fit with the teams that are currently in the lottery?
Chad Ford (1:52 PM)
Whatever team Mike D'Antoni is coaching next year.
Tony Wroten's stats are nearly identical to Tyreke Evans' in his freshman year. And he can pass better than 'Reke already. How come he's barely breaking top 20 in the mocks?
Chad Ford (1:55 PM)
He's a Top 5 talent. But concerns about his attitude and how it affects his team. Concerns about his lack of a jumper. And concerns about how wild he can be scare teams. May be, along with Drummond and Perry Jones, the highest risk-reward player in the draft.
Why are teams so high on Beal? Isn't he undersized for a SG?
Chad Ford (1:57 PM)
A little. But he's got the complete package from a skills/athleticism/NBA body standpoint. He hasn't shot the ball great this year, but he really has potential as a shooter as well. Hard to see how he fails at the next level.
You definitely have Rivers too low. If you can drive the ball in todays NBA, you can score. Driving to the hole is essentially an automatic foul nowadays. Rivers is tailor made for todays NBA.
Chad Ford (2:00 PM)
If he was an elite athlete, I'd totally agree with you. He's clearly modeled his game, demeanor, everything after Kobe. He has a ton of those moves and has the swagger. The difference is that Kobe was an all-world explosive athlete. That allows him to do things that Rivers tries to do, but isn't nearly as successful at. That will become even more apparent at the next level. For Rivers to have a really successful NBA career, he's going to have to drop the Kobe act and become a better shooter and really work on that floater. If he does that he'll be really effective. But I'm not sure he knows what he is and that has been, time and time again, a problem for players as they make the leap to the next level. It's why another year at Duke could really help him hone his game.
I know your mock isn't final, but the Celts passing on Austin Rivers is inconceivable right?
Chad Ford (2:02 PM)
I don't think Doc wants that nor does Danny Ainge want to do that to Doc. Too much pressure on the Coach and the kid. Especially in a place like Boston. They'll both be praying he goes ahead of them.
Will UConn's early tournament exit have any effect on Jeremy Lamb's draft stock?
Chad Ford (2:03 PM)
No. But their pending probation probably will. I think he's in.
Tiffany (Las Vegas)
Chad, What are the chances of Draymond Green being drafted in the first round and if he does what number pick do you think he will fall in?
Chad Ford (2:04 PM)
He goes somewhere in the 20s. Everyone like him ... always have. The last two games in the NCAA tournament were good, but he's been playing like this for the last two years.
Chad Ford (2:05 PM)
Gotta run everyone. Thanks for coming everyone. We'll do this again next week. Enjoy the Tournament again this weekend!