Event 2018 NBA Draft

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  1. Scalma

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    Not a big Ayton fan either. The defensive concerns are real. If bigs aren’t dominant on that end in college the odds are high they won’t be very good defenders in the NBA. I’ve been on the Bamba train since seeing him at the hoop summit. I think his potential is crazy and would draft him over Ayton.
     
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    1. 26. Portland Trail Blazers: Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech, SF, Freshman)

      Despite being raw without a great deal of skill, Smith has become an interesting name in the draft discussion for his explosive athleticism, defensive playmaking and flashes of shot-making (18-of-40 3PT). He hasn't made a decision on whether to enter his name, but long-term potential could be enough in the 20s of a top-heavy draft that appears to lack depth.
    (Emphasis Mine)

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/...icting-1st-round-results-post-ncaa-tournament
     
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    No way Smith falls far enough for Portland to pick him.

    I do think this draft lacks depth, but there are quite a few under the radar types that I like & think will make decent careers in the NBA.

    I want to like Evans, but there is something about him that is holding me back. Using their mock to identify other similar level talent, I like Fraizer and Hunter a lot more.
    Also, I think Landry Shamet is being under-rated right now.
     
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    For me, Evans isn't close to an NBA level on offense for a SG. Overrated shooter (one motion but stiff, lacks shooting versatility) really straight line with the ball, limited athlete off one foot, doesn't handle contact well at the rim and I think his college ast% overrates his feel. Too often fails to perform vs good comp too.

    Does he have the size to bring enough value and versatility on D to outweigh that? I don't think so.

    I like how hard he plays, stand out 2 foot leaper and has a chance to be an average shooter, but I just don't think he brings enough to be more than a bench straight SG on a lottery level team.
     
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    We will trade our pick. Unless we find another Zach Collins at SF like Kuzma?.
     
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    Every scouting report you give is negative haha. Did you create the "Weaknesses" portion of DraftExpress's old scouting videos? Haha.
     
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    I watched just about every Oregon game and a lot of them I didn't even notice that he was in the game.
     
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    Not all, but I do tend to focus more on why prospects could fail as impact nba players. Because the fact is, most of them will.
     
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    So you should focus on what sets them apart..
     
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    moved up to #24........and kept HC
    So close to 20th
     
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    Tough call.
    We would like another vet, absolutely. But, we will also be in the luxury tax, and the best way to save $$$ is rookie contracts.

    So, I think it'll be the other way around. We'll keep the pick unless we get a trade we love.
     
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    Suns will have a lot riding on a coin flip with picks they got in trades. They have a 1st rounder from Miami and Milwaukee but they tied for 16 and 17 and the Milwaukee one conveys to the Suns if it is 16 and Milwaukee keeps it this year if it is 17. So the Suns could have 1, 16, and 17 or just 1 and 16 all based on one slot.
     
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    Yeah like so many of these 1 and done's.......no outside shot yet. He will struggle for a while but he does have potential.

    There will definitely be a very good player available at 24 who will need a year or two to develop. But someone smart needs to pick the right kid.
     
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    If he declares, I’m 100% in on the Michael Jordan of Delaware
     
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    It's early mock draft time!

    PHX - DeAndre Ayton
    MEM - Luka Doncic
    ATL - Marvin Bagley
    DAL - Jaren Jackson Jr.
    ORL - Trae Young
    SAC - Michael Porter Jr.
    CHI - Mohamed Bamba
    CLE - Wendell Carter
    NYK - Mikal Bridges
    PHI - Kevin Knox
    CHA - Collin Sexton
    LAC - Miles Bridges
    LAC - Robert Williams
    DEN - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    PHX - Lonnie Walker
    WAS - Mitchell Robinson
    PHX - Khyri Thomas
    ATL - Gary Trent Jr.
    SAS - Zhaire Smith
    CHI - Dzanan Musa
    IND - Anfernee Simons
    UTH - Jontay Porter
    MIN - Troy Brown
    POR - Donte DiVincenzo
    LAL - Jalen Brunson
    PHI - Trevon Duval
    BOS - Grayson Allen
    GSW - Brandon McCoy
    BKN - Landry Shamet
    ATL - Tony Carr
     
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    Your order doesn't reflect the coin flips from yesterday.

    And if we take DiVincenzo with Hutchinson or Bates-Diop still on the board I would be pissed.
     
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    I'd hope Portland would trade down a few spots & pick up a early/mid-second (Philly?).

    Shamet or Brunson should be Portland's target.
     

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