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April 18, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Chad Ford

Chad Ford
  (1:01 PM)

Aloha everyone and thanks for coming to the chat today. We'll be talking NBA Draft all hour. Let's roll ...

malcolm smith (mt pocono)

I think MKG is highly overrated. we see a lot of super athletic players who are raw offensively come in to the league and be busts. what makes him any different

Chad Ford
  (1:04 PM)

Not sure I've ever seen a player play harder than MKG. He also is an amazing finisher around the basket. He defends three positions in the pros. He's a natural leader who quickly took over a locker room filled with NBA prospects. If he was just an athlete, I'd understand the hesitation. But he's much, much, more. If he gets a jump shot, he could be one of the best players in the league someday.

Shane (Utah)

Chad, in your opinion, who are the top 3 best pure knock down shooters in the draft?

Chad Ford
  (1:05 PM)

Doron Lamb & John Jenkins are the two best. I think Bradley Beal will be one of them someday as well. A bit shaky as a freshman, but just a beautiful stroke.

cp (reno)

The WHOLE STARTING 5 declares? Are all first round?

Chad Ford
  (1:07 PM)

I'm assuming you mean Kentucky. And yes, I think all five are likely first round picks. Anthony Davis is No. 1 on our Big Board. MKG is No. 2. Terrence Jones is No. 8, Marquis Teague is No. 25 and Doron Lamb is No. 29 ... Lamb will be on the bubble, but I think his shooting ability will get him in. Darius Miller is No. 42 by the way and it's not out of the question that he sneaks in too.

Matt (Texas)

Who gets drafted higher, Dion Waiters or Austin Rivers? Who has the better NBA career?

Chad Ford
  (1:09 PM)

That's the question on every scout's mind right now. Both about the same size. Both players are pure scorers. Waiters is a much better athlete. Rivers is craftier and a better shooter. Both players have reputations of being a bit difficult or cocky. I bet they'll be going head-to-head in virtually every workout.

Tom (Philadelphia)

Who do you expect to have a better pro career Thomas Robinson or Jared Sullinger? WHo has the higher ceiling?

Chad Ford
  (1:10 PM)

Robinson is a better athlete and has a better motor. Sullinger much more skilled offensively. Both excellent rebounders. I think Robinson has a pretty clear edge on this one. I expect that those two will be going head-to-head a lot in workouts as well.

Danny (Montreal)

If you're Bryan Colangelo and you can have any player in the draft not named Anthony Davis, who do you take?

Chad Ford
  (1:13 PM)

Kidd-Gilchrist. Raptors need toughness in the worst way. He would immediately transform the culture there. That's why I think I'd lean toward MKG in Washington as well. Will be a tough call between him and Beal. Beal is a better offensive player. Just think teams that are mired in a losing culture will want a kid like MKG that only cares about winning.

Aaron (Seattle)

How's the lottery class shaping up for 2013? Better or worse than 2012?

Chad Ford
  (1:14 PM)

Considerably worse. Shaky even. Top 5 or 6 are OK, but it drops off pretty dramatically after that.

Anthony (NYC)

Looking at this draft - I honestly feel like the 25th guy could be as good as 2,3,4. Has there every been a drop off of #1 and everyone else like this?

Chad Ford
  (1:16 PM)

Yes. Drop offs between 1 and the next guy aren't uncommon. I wouldn't go that far. But could the guy drafted 10th or 12th be better than No. 2. That's a possibility when you have players like Perry Jones and Terrence Jones and Jeremy Lamb down there.

Nick ((Green Bay))

How did Harrison Barnes go from being THE can't miss prospect to a mid lottery guy?

Chad Ford
  (1:17 PM)

He played two years of mid-lottery type basketball. Judging guys in high school is obviously a very imperfect science. Ditto for college guys by the way. But Barnes just wasn't the same dominant player when the competition stiffened.

Tay (Sacramento)

If you're the Kings and you get the #2 pick do you take MKG or Beal?

Chad Ford
  (1:17 PM)

Kings have plenty of scorers. Need toughness, maturity, leadership. MKG all the way.

Chris (Bronx,NY)

What do you think of Anthony Davis on the Bobcats with Bismack Biyombo?

Chad Ford
  (1:18 PM)

I think teams would really struggle to score in the paint versus the Bobcats. I think they'd work out fine together. Davis is going to be a better scorer than people think with a little time.

JBSouthpaw (Orlando)

If NJ ends up with #1 or 2 in draft, does that get the Howard deal done?

Chad Ford
  (1:20 PM)

If it's the NO. 1 pick? I think for sure Orlando would do that deal. The question is ... should the Nets? Clearly Dwight Howard will be better the next two seasons, but given the price difference and Davis' upside, I'm not sure I wouldn't keep Davis and spend the money filling out the rest of the roster. If it's the No. 2 pick ... maybe if they believe in Andre Drummond, but can't see them swapping Howard for MKG, TRob or Brad Beal.

Bracken (UT)

Who is a better leader, Lillard or Marshall?

Chad Ford
  (1:21 PM)

Marshall more of a pure point guard. Lillard a much better scorer. Just depends on what you are looking for.

Chad (Charlotte, NC)

I see that CJ Leslie is going back to NC State for his junior year. Given the significant progress he made this year, where do you project him in the 2013 draft?

Chad Ford
  (1:22 PM)

If he keeps up the learning curve, could be a lottery pick. Especially when it looks like NC State could win the ACC next year and be a Top 5 team. Having a big stage will really help with the exposure. He has the length and athletic ability to be a lottery pick. If he keeps improving his game, good chance it happens. I think it was a smart decision by Leslie.

Dan (Ann Arbor)

Chad, how big was the Pistons win over the Cavs last night!? All we need is a number 9 pick in the draft and then dynasty in making???

Chad Ford
  (1:23 PM)

Sorry guys. Joe D isn't the tanking type.

Marvin (NY)

If the Bobcats don't get Anthony Davis then what's the plan B or C if they have one ?

Chad Ford
  (1:24 PM)

Weeping. More weeping. Short of landing a superstar. It's a long, long road back for them.

Billy (Syracuse)

Do you see Fab Melo making the first round or slipping to the second? Perhaps he could be someone like a DeAndre Jordan, a late pick a center with a ton of upside who puts it together in the pros?

Chad Ford
  (1:25 PM)

Doubt he slips out of the first. Could end up even going late lottery mid first round. Not ready at all, but teams draft big guys based purely on upside.

Jerry (Texas)

Shabazz Muhammed or Nerlens Noel for #1 pick next year?

Chad Ford
  (1:26 PM)

Noel right now because of size, upside. But, if Ben Howland lets him play, Muhammad has the most potential to impact a game right now of any freshman in the country.

Richard (Los Angeles)

What is your take on Tony Wroten? I've heard he is a legit 6'6.5" in shoes. Do you think after workouts/interviews he has the potential to be a top 10 pick in the draft?

Chad Ford
  (1:27 PM)

Interviews will be key. Everyone sees the talent. Concerned about the intangibles, leadership ability. If he aces those, he could go very, very high. I think he's a Top 5-6 talent.

Todd (Tn)

Just watching Isiah Austin lately it seems like he is the type of player scout fall in love with. I think he can challenge Muhammed and Noel for the #1 pick next year am I right?

Chad Ford
  (1:29 PM)

If he were on Kentucky? Yeah. Just not sure with Baylor yet. The player development there hasn't really impressed me. He's a crazy talent however and he's No. 5 on our 2013 Big Board. If he has a big year, could easily challenge for the No. 1 pick.

Zac (Utah)

If Bradley Beal and Austin Rivers are on the board for the Jazz, who should they take? If the Jazz leave the draft with a combo of Lilliard/Marshall and Rivers/Beals, will that be considered a really good draft for them? They will have a TON of young talent.

Chad Ford
  (1:29 PM)

Brad Beal won't be on the board for them. Rivers is a real possibility there.

Todd (Tn)

Do you think teams in the late lottery to mid-first round are secretly hoping that Perry Jones slips back he's an amazing talent

Chad Ford
  (1:32 PM)

For sure. After the Top 5 or 6 picks, the reward clearly outweighs the risk here. But GMs will have to understand where he can succeed and where he can't and want to make sure they have a coach that's on board.

Adam Fisher (Roy, UT)

It is looking like the Jazz will have 0 first round picks this year. Any chance they trade to get in?

Chad Ford
  (1:37 PM)

While that's a possible outcome, not a likely one. Currently John Hollinger gives the Jazz a 34 percent chance of making the playoffs. They only have to give the Timberwolves their pick if they don't make the playoffs. On the other end, the Warriors have lost 5 in a row and are clearly tanking ... however, the Raptors and Nets aren't necessarily lighting it up right now either. Right now they are 8th and the Jazz have their pick.

Bill (New Hampshire)

I heard John Calipari say in a phone interview that Anthony Davis could be a 4 or 3 man in the NBA. Could you see him actually succeeding as an NBA small forward?

Chad Ford
  (1:38 PM)

Some NBA scouts believe that as well. He has more perimeter game than people think. But the high probability is that he's a 4 at the next level. If he fills out, maybe a 5.

Matthias (Boston)

French 2 guard Evan Fournier was just named player of the month in France's Pro A and will enter his name in NBA draft. Do you think he could be a sleeper everybody is missing?

Chad Ford
  (1:39 PM)

He's the only international player with a really great shot at the first round. If he was a better shooter, he'd be much higher. That's the concern right now.

Jeff (Tennessee)

What do you think about Tyler Zeller?

Chad Ford
  (1:40 PM)

Think he's a Top 10 pick. Has a little Pau Gasol in him scouts think.

Kevin (Dallas)

Could Khris Middleton potentially rise to late first round if he shows that he's healthy and has regained any athleticism that looked lost this year?

Chad Ford
  (1:41 PM)

Yes. He was a bubble first rounder last year.

Sal (ATL)

How much does Reeves Nelson's reputation hurt his draft stock? Where do you see him being drafted? Thanks.

Chad Ford
  (1:42 PM)

He'll go undrafted.

Tim (California)

Robbie Hummel, great story, does he get drafted? Are teams scared of the knees?

Chad Ford
  (1:43 PM)

Could've been a second round pick if it wasn't for the knees. Doubt he gets drafted, but bet he gets invited to a summer league roster. If he plays well, he'll get camp invites and we'll see from there.

Jim (Kentucky)

Thoughts on Marquis Teague? If he learns to shoot, can he be an all star?

Chad Ford
  (1:44 PM)

Yes ... but we could say that about a lot of the elite athlete prospects in the draft. He also is going to have to be a better floor leader. But the raw talent is there.

Corey (Chicago)

Does Malik Waynes get drafted?

Chad Ford
  (1:44 PM)

Seriously doubt it.

Luke (Hartford)

Shabazz Napier was told he would be the second best point guard in the draft if he entered. What changed for him?

Chad Ford
  (1:45 PM)

By who? Shabazz Napier?

Matt (DC)

Did Mason Plumlee declare? Is he even a lottery pick anymore?

Chad Ford
  (1:47 PM)

NO and NO

Paul (Portland, OR)

Will Oregon State's Jared Cunningham be drafted?

Chad Ford
  (1:47 PM)

For sure. Might even sneak into the first round. Some NBA teams think he might be a point guard at the next level. Watch him closely. With great workouts, he could be a sleeper in this years draft.

Joe (Decatur, GA)

During last year's draft, all we heard was how deep the 2012 draft will be. But now, it sounds like this draft isn't as well regarded. What happened between then and now?

Chad Ford
  (1:49 PM)

It's still a really good draft. The issue was that a number of top prospects (Drummond, Barnes, Perry Jones) underperformed this year. That weakened the draft.

Matt (West Valley, UT)

North Texas' Tony Mitchell may declare after his coach left. His numbers look great. Why isn't he rated more highly?

Chad Ford
  (1:50 PM)

He's No. 8 on our 2013 Big Board. Scouts really like him. He's probably be mid to late first round in 2012 if he changes his mind and declares for the draft.

Luke (Hartford)

Could Henry Sims be a legitimate NBA player with his size and passing ability?

Chad Ford
  (1:51 PM)

Yes. Helped himself at the PIT last week. A likely second round pick.

Bracken (UT)

Will Texas' Kabongo be a lottery pick next year?

Chad Ford
  (1:51 PM)

Scouts think so. I'm a bit more skeptical.

Rob (Wisconsin)

What happens to Jordan Taylor?

Chad Ford
  (1:52 PM)

Likely undrafted

Davie (INDY)

Is Tu Holloway the next Jameer Nelson?

Chad Ford
  (1:53 PM)

No. But he's a legit second round prospect.

Ax (Cleveland)

Do you see Kyle O'Quinn getting drafted? He had that huge game against Mizzou of course.

Chad Ford
  (1:54 PM)

Also played really well at the Portsmouth Invitational and measured with a huge wingspan. I think he's a lock for the second round.

Jeremy H (Minneapoils)

Harrison Barnes sliding reminds when Rudy Gay slid to pick # 8 in the 2006 draft...Teams that pass on him will regret it, Thoughts?

Chad Ford
  (1:55 PM)

Possible. It's not a bad comp.

Aaron (Kansas)

Any chance Tyshawn Taylor sneeks into the first round or is his often questionable decision making too much for him to overcome? Thanks!

Chad Ford
  (1:55 PM)

Could. Athleticism is there. Defensive ability is there. He was a better shooter this year. Possible

Mike (Chicago)

Do the Bulls just go with best shooter available?

Chad Ford
  (1:57 PM)

It's what they need and both Doron Lamb and John Jenkins could be sitting there.

Stater (Detroit)

Where do most scouts see Draymond Green going? Seems like a contender late in the first round or does he drop to the second?

Chad Ford
  (1:57 PM)

Could see him in the late first. Nice pick for the Heat perhaps.

Chad Ford
  (1:57 PM)

Gotta run everyone. Thanks for coming the chat today. See you again next week!