This draft is looking worse and worse. I don't think the Jazz will be missing out on a whole lot drafting around 17 (current pick). MCW is currently 8th and Burke is 18 at DX, and I think you could safely reverse them and no one would notice or care. You need a top 3 pick to even have a hope at getting an all star. And even the long standing top 3 (Bazz, Noel, Cody) is looking a little flaky.
A nugget from Chad Ford on Ben Mclemore:
"I spoke with five different GMs this week who told me they'd take him No. 1," wrote Chad Ford. "McLemore has been the best college player I've watched this season. I love him. A great combination of athleticism, length, shooting ability, ball handling and defense. He has the chance to be a very special player at a position that's been very weak over the last five years."
Here are comments from Chad Ford on Marcus Smart - note the reference to Chauncey Billups...
NBA body/strength. Great size for a point guard. Very good passer. Excellent defender. Just a natural leader at his position. If he was a better shooter, he'd be a Top 5 pick. Still not convinced he won't be a Top 5 pick anyway when the dust settles on draft day. Love the Chauncey Billups comparisons.
Here are comments from Chad Ford on Carter-Williams - note the Shaun Livingston reference...
He's a very unique player. To me he's got a lot of Shaun Livingston in his game before Livingston went down with that catastrophic knee injury. I don't think he's strongly in the mix for the No. 1 pick, but if he went in the Top 5 I wouldn't be shocked. NBA teams LOVE big point guards and I think he's going to prove to be a better shooter than he's shown at Syracuse this year.
I think Marcus Smart is our guy. Not sure we can get him though. He can guard most SGs and we can put Burks or Hayward on PGs if need be.
I still also like Anthony Bennett. Another guy out of our reach.
I would trade out Millsap and Al Jeffs to drop a bit in the standings this year. Unless one of those guys is in the long-term plans.
What do you all think of Olynyk with the 2nd first round pick (assumine he goes pro this year)? Not really a sexy pick but everytime I see him... he just looks like a pro. Just a skilled big guy that reminds me of the the types of a bigger Luis Scola (maybe its the long hair?). Just a smart big who plays hard and isn't a stiff. I also think he could play both the 4 and the 5 so seems like he would be a good 3rd big for late in the first round.
Mr. Burke playing on ESPN tonight at 5 PM MST
Just sit back and let MCW wow you.
Yeah that's good stuff. Hayward can't throw it down like that and he is 3 inches taller than MCW and fairly athletic.