2023 NBA Draft

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  1. MickZagger

    MickZagger Well-Known Member

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    What if I told you I prefer Scoot Henderson over Webanyama
     
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    Samuel James “Hollywood” Robinson

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    It’s at ESPN+ (paywalled)

    Here’s what I could find for Butler.

     
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    I don’t know. A small guard over a guy with GOAT potential? Hopefully they both have awesome careers.
     
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    You may prefer Henderson over Wembanyama, but if you were an NBA GM would you draft Henderson over Wembanyama?
    You would get a pass if Wembanyama turns out to not to be as successful as Scoot Henderson, but you definitely would not get a pass if Wembanyama turns out to be better.
     
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    I’d probably take the size. I just think it’s a guards league. Big men are a bonus in this league. Unless, Embiid or Jokic prove me otherwise.

    I think guards and long wings are essential. Big men are a bonus
     
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    We have guards, what we need is a center.......is what we said in 1984 (and to a certain degree in 2007)
    Sure injuries were a factor in those past scenarios but nonetheless, I don't discount what you are saying.
     
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    theprunetang Shaedon "Deadly Nightshade" Sharpe is HIM

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    Best player available.
    And that is still Wembanyama. And this is also just a thought exercise, since we are not getting the 1st pick.
     
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    Not a comment relating to what you said but I’m a big fan lol. My brother and I watched Bones back in HS several times. Glad you were back for the last season :twothumbs:
     
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    Wemanyama might be BPA but my god would it be fun to watch a Scoot/Shaedon tandem. I want to be a fast paced and high flying team for a change.
     
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    Webanyama essentially plays like a long wing.
    He's definitely not a 'traditional' big.
     
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    Trade Dame and Knicks pick to Houston for their pick. Win top 2 picks. Get Scoot and Wemby.

    Scoot
    Shaedon
    Thybulle
    Reddish
    Wembanyama
     
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    Yeah the Rockets aren’t doing anything with Dame. BUT, winning the #2 pick would put us in an interesting situation. We could trade Ant and draft Scoot. Or we could trade down, like adding some 2nds with #2 to trade down and grab both ORL lotto picks. That way, we could draft two top tier wings in the draft and maybe trade the NY 1st to CHI to free up our picks.
     
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    Chris Craig (Blazersland) I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Another guard
     
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    That would be a trilateral decision, but yes. Tank baby! I want Sharpe playing 36+ minutes with UNLIMITED shots.
     
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    Samuel James “Hollywood” Robinson

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    There would be a lot of handwringing but Portland should ‘not’ get cute and just draft Scoot.
     
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    Still a lot of guys to dig into, but here are my random thoughts on the draft as it stands....

    Wemby/Amen/Ausar and a sizeable drop to me for high end blazer fits (why there's not scoot in that obviously)

    Ausar seems like the better fit of the twins. Not quite the athlete Amen is but better ballhandler and shooter.

    If we don't move up, Jarace Walker would be cool, but definitely would be bummed. Should be a really good role player at worst. Too big, skilled and smart not to be. Would be more excited about him if I thought he was a bulletproof defensive prospect but he has a some athleticism quirks that have me wondering what his ideal role is. Moves like a small ball 5 at times.

    Derek Lively has looked pretty damn good lately. Not asked to do much offensively, but the passing has looked very good for a big his age and still has 50+ dunks on very low usage. 13.1% blk, 6.6 DBPM, both leading numbers for all freshman by a wide margin. Passes the eye test defensively as well. Likely not there at the Knicks pick though.
     
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    Brandon miller should also be on that list. Taylor Hendricks is probably the best PF in the class, even better than Walker in my opinion. Anthony Black would be perfect for this team. He’s an elite defender. A good passer. Solid rebounder. Draw a lot of fouls. His only weakness is really his shooting but that seem to be improving. He’s also 6 foot 7 so he can easily play small forward. A guy I’m gonna do some research on who could be a good fit is Cam Whitmore. Dereck Lively is very easily my favorite player to pick with the Knicks pick
     
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    Yeah Miller is probably the 4th guy on that list, albeit a tier below the twins. Honestly might be a bit safer than both, but I'll bet on the better athlete, passer and defender most of the time. Hard to not be impressed by Miller though. Very smooth, good shooter and should be at least an average passer and defender at 6'9". Only thing that really holds me back on him is whether his handle/quicks on ball and his shooting mechanics will translate into him becoming a star. Does create a ton of separation and seems to only be comfortable shooting when he's pretty square and feet are organized.

    You're higher on Anthony than me. He's kind of like Jarace but a tier below where he's likely too big, smart and skilled not to stick, but I don't see the outlier skill or physical advantage for me to be really high on him.

    Taylor Hendricks is intriguing as well. His skills seem to be a little more concentrated. The feel is bit behind on both ends, but his shooting and rim protection stand out for sure. Looks like he might have a chance to develop into big wing too. Really interesting perimeter movement skills at his size.
     
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    Fairly-Hard Former Member Gone New!

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    Draft Room mock draft has the Blazers picking at #7 and taking Anthony Black.
    A 6-7 PG that is compared to Josh Giddey. Hmm that seems like a decent fit but what to do with Ant? They already have Sharpe?

    Then they have the Blazers getting the Knicks pick at #22 and are saying Maxwell Lewis.
    A 6-7 SF from Pepperdine that can shoot but seems to have fallen off a bit recently. Compared to Trey Murphy who by coincidence just lit the Blazers up for 41 points.

    Not sure Jarace Walker isn't a better option at #7 but i guess we will see?

    The biggest thing I'm seeing is the only player over 6-9 in the first 20 picks is Wembanyama. It's well into the late first round and early second before a number of bigger players are projected. My thinking is the Blazers could easily get into position to get bigger with a few simple moves. Leonard Miller (G league Ignite) and a guy named Kyle Filipowski (Duke) could be ways to get some length.

    What do the Blazers actually have in Badji and Butler is another big question? What can they do with Nurk?
     
  20. Samuel

    Samuel James “Hollywood” Robinson

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    Both of those guys are aliens, my guess is that Badji might get his NBA deal after the Blazers make a big move and have a spare roster spot at the end of the bench. The team seems high on his potential but he might still be a year or two away.

    Similarly Butler might not figure in the rotation for a while. I watch him play and I struggle to imagine him in an NBA rotation.
     
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