Aloha everyone. Thanks for coming to the chat today. Lots of NBA stuff to discuss and then we'll take some NBA Draft questions at the end.
I never thought that Bosh was soft when he played in Toronto, but he sure seems like it now. I guess the most surprising thing about it to me is that he doesn't play with any urgency. Why isn't he fighting for rebounds and patrolling the paint? He knew he wasn't going to be a first or second option, right?
What's interesting is that last year, around the trade deadline, I had a Toronto official swear to me that Bosh would never play with LeBron or Wade. They said he really wanted to be the alpha dog on the team and was always threatened by different players they would bring onto the roster. It was one of the reasons they felt they had a chance to bring him back to Toronto. When he joined forces with Wade and LeBron, my initial reaction was that the Toronto guy must have been delusional. But now? It could very well be that he's just adjusting to the new reality and his attitude is great. But I see some of the same things and wonder -- this isn't the same Chris Bosh. I think it's WAYYYY too early to write off this team as having problems. We knew it would take some time for them to adjust to each other. But early on ... the whole experiment has been a bit of disappointment.
The Bulls should be pretty happy now that they ended with a tough Boozer rather than a soft, poor rebounder and defensive player in Bosh?
Ummmm ... Boozer hasn't played a game for Chicago yet. Let's not declare victory for the Bulls just yet. You know the guy has missed a ton of games in the past with various injuries right?
Melo to NYC will probably happen, but isn't the Knicks bigger issue at PG? Felton is not a pick and roll guard and its making Amare a liability since he has to take the ball in the post and go to the hole with 4 guys converging on him....does it make sense for Walsh to roll the dice and get a Nash trade and then hope Melo signs in the offseason? Or would that drive season ticket holders mad...FYI. I have season tickets and I can't even give them away at this point.
Problem for the Knicks is ... yes, they are interested in all of these guys but they are devoid of really good trade chips. Eddy Curry has a big expiring contract ... but lots of teams in the league have those too. Knicks have no draft picks to give away. Young players like Gallinari and Anthony Randolph aren't helping their trade value. They can't trade Amare -- he's the center piece. Their own big bright spot this season has been Landry Fields. Even if they get Melo this summer ... are they really an elite team? I don't think so. You're right that Felton hasn't been a great fit. But not sure they have the assets to upgrade.
Is it time to give David Kahn just a little bit of credit? If Sam Presti had made the Beasley trade, you'd have to wipe the slobber off ESPN.com's NBA page.
He does deserve credit for giving him a chance. Miami offered Beasley to a number of teams and no one really wanted to take him on -- despite the fact that Beasley was the No. 2 pick in the draft, was still young, and had shown promise in Miami. At the end of the day Minnesota was willing to take a very small gamble (they didn't give up anything of value to get him) and it's paying off. In the early going, it looks like it was a really good move.
Chad, I need you to answer this one! If you were the owner of the Pistons, what would be your first moves? Keep/fire Joe? Who would you trade and for whom?
I don't know how you fire Joe Dumars. This is the same guy who had the team in perennial contention for a decade without the benefit of having a superstar on the roster. Are you going to find a GM with a better track record than that? Yes, the last few years have included some big mistakes, especially in free agency, but he's not the problem. Once things get settled, the Pistons will have a more secure future and I think things will be opened up more for him to make some moves. I think the big thing the owners need to do is to empower Joe D with the resources he needs to make the changes the club desperately needs to make.
Favors must look awfully good to Denver right now but is there anyway we can get melo AND keep Favors
I don't think so. At this point I think Melo is either staying the season or going to NY or Chicago. I think that window has closed.
If the Suns are competing for one of the last seeds of the Western Conference, will they listen to any offers for Steve Nash?
Highly doubt it. Suns are playing better than i thought they would and Nash is the biggest reason. Unless the Suns get offered a young superstar in return or they crash, I think he's very safe in Phoenix.
Let's just admit that giving Brandon Roy a max contract was an awful move by the Blazers. He will probably never average 22.6 ppg again and even if he did that's still not deserving of 85 million dollars. Slow iso offenses don't cut it in the NBA anymore, and Roy is nowhere near the "distributor" he thinks he is. Agree?
That's being a bit harsh. When healthy i think Roy is a fantastic player. I think the bigger question is ... didn't the Blazers know about Roy's knee issues. For all of their ability to scout talent, in the past they seemed ambivalent about injury risks. A lot of players they have drafted or signed from Roy, to Greg Oden, Joel Przybilla to Rudy Fernandez have had significant injury red flags.
Is it still early in D. Rose's career to put him in the conversation with the likes of Chris Paul and D. Will as one of the best point guards in the game?
No. He's there. But so are Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo and ... in another year or two, John Wall. Lots of great young point guard in the league right now.
Chad, Watching the sixers it's sometimes hard to see them winning another game. What should Rod Thorn do?
Wasn't Rod Thorn living this nightmare last year in NJ? He seems to have brought some bad mojo with him. One they need to find a big man. Second, I think they have a tough decision to make between Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday. Both players are at their best with the ball in their hands. Turner transforms into a pretty mediocre player when he's off the ball. Ditto for Holiday. I think the Sixers are primed to make a big trade. Either Iguodala, Turner or Holiday for a young big man.
Are the mavs for real? Can they take the western crown from the lakers?
I want to say yes. But after the way they've played in the playoffs the past few seasons, it's hard to get over excited about their strong play in the regular season. With that said, I think the addition of Tyson Chandler was one of the most underrated moves of the summer. I think he's helped them a lot on the defensive end. Still, it's hard to watch any team in the league right now and put them on par with the Lakers.
Do you agree with Charles Barkley in saying Jazz are West #2 best team?
Not right now. I think the Hornets have been. But you could make an argument that by the end of the season they will be. They are still meshing.
At this point of the season, if you had to pick one suprise team in each conference to make the playoffs, which two teams would you pick?
Suns in the West. Pacers in the East
is contraction a probability? if so, is Minn, Memphis the two teams most likely to be eliminated?
I think it would be great for the league if they did. A dispersal draft would be great, it would help with the watered down talent in the league right now and I think it would be a wake up call to bad owners. I think Minnesota and Memphis are the two obvious targets. I wish David Stern could wrest the Clippers away from Donald Sterling too. There should be a rule in the NBA that if you don't make the playoffs twice in a decade, you have to put the team up for sale.
When the great point guards of the league are being talked about, how come Parker is not in the mix? He's playing great right now and none of your other point guard darlings have a Finals MVP.
I was talking about young point guards. Parker turns 29 this season. Obviously there are still some great veteran PGs like Nash and Parker and even Andre Miller still playing at a very high level.
How many years until the Kings franchise gets back into the playoffs?
Despite some of the problems they've had with DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans -- that is a crazy talented core. Not sure you can build a team around personalities like that -- but you certainly can build around talent like that. I'm also a Carl Landry fan. Nice building blocks ... but chemistry matters too and that continues to be an issue in Sacramento.
Is it just me or is the writing on the wall in Memphis that OJ Mayo is on the way out? The just spent big money on the Gay and Conley extensions, they have to extend Gasol and they spent a lottery pick on a 2 guard. Given all that, Mayo has to be on his way out. Tell me I'm wrong.
Too early yet. The thing is that players on rookie contracts are normally really good deals. I doubt they can afford to keep Mayo when his rookie deal is up (though a new CBA may help) I think he's very good for what he costs at the moment. I think they'll spend the cash to reup Marc Gasol next year and probably let Zach Randolph walk. But with Gay, Conley and Gasol making big money, there probably won't be big money left for Mayo too.
Draft talk time! It would figure that in a year that every good underclassman will stay in school because of looming labor strife, the Clippers would get the first pick. I can hear it now: with the first pick, the Clippers select...Durrell Summers
I don't think it will be that bad. If, for example, Harrison Barnes knows he'll be the No. 1 pick, it still makes sense for him to come out, even if he has to wait a while to collect that pay check. But you're right, if a lockout looks imminent in April when these guys start to declare, some kids will decide to return to school.
what did you think of Sullinger last night?
A beast in the paint. The next Elton Brand?
Why so low on Jimmer Freddette? Not as athletic, but has good size, is a cerebral player, can shoot with the best of them. Solid back-uo material to me?
Scouts wonder whether he has the speed and athleticism to compete in the league at the point. Look at John Wall, Rondo, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook and you can see why there might be some concern. He's a great player and he will get drafted, but he won't go super high. Late first to second round.
I'm a big Seth Curry fan and I was surprised to see him ranked so low in your top 100, I believe he is 80 something overall. Any chance he can move up? Would love to see him in a Bulls jersey next year as a late first round pick!
He's off to a good start, but with Kyrie Irving and Nolan Smith starting in the backcourt, he may have to wait another year to get featured there. Curry has the potential to be a first round pick. More of a question of when.
Do you thnk Alec Burks will be a top 10 pick if he comes out?
A bit high right now. He's very talented and probably a bit under rated. But until Colorado starts winning more, it's going to be a bit harder for him to make that case.
How about Kawhi Leonard? Had a pretty impressive game last night in SDSU's upset of the Zags.
Lots of scouts love him. A potential late lottery to mid first round pick. Crazy motor.
How does not playing college ball affect Selby and Kanter come draft time?
Kanter won't be hurt by it. Scouts know what he is and he can either run off to Europe or do the D League next year. It hurts Selby a bit more because there are still some big question marks there.
Jeff Taylor hit 3 of 4 from 3 in Vandy's opener. If he can shoot 35% over the season, what does that do to his draft stock?
It will increase his stock big time. He's always been a great athlete, but defenses have been able to lay back on him and force him to shoot. If he can hit that the three with consistency, he's going to have a big, big year. Ditto for Chris Singleton at Florida State.
Do you ever sleep this time a year with college and professional basketball in full swing?
It's been a busy week ... next week gets busier as I head out to the Maui Invitational to see some of the top prospects in person. Kentucky, Michigan State and Washington are headlining the event this year. Should be a great tournament.
Gotta run everyone. Thanks for coming to the chat this week. We'll do it again next week from Maui. In the meantime, check out my latest Draft Blog where I breakdown the first games for some of the top freshmen draft prospects in the country.