2024 NBA Draft Thread

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The "Way too Early' Draft prognostication

  1. Holland

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  2. Sarr

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  3. Edwards

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  1. Pinwheel1

    Pinwheel1 Well-Known Member

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    From what I have seen of Cody Williams (small sample size) I would move him up over the Thompson brothers. There is no question he can shoot.
     
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    I feel like this dude right here would go right after Wemby. He's more fluid and athletic for his length than Chet. His defensive timing is elite. Even though his shooting numbers don't indicate it watch the video, his shot is sweet.

    I will say since I did compare him to Chet that I think his offensive game is much smoother than Chet's which isn't necessarily a good thing. Chet's ability to stop and go while staying on balance has been really impressive. I just think in this league which if healthy will have Chet and Wemby in it for a long time, it would be good to get a player who matches up well with those two unicorns.
     
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    I also see him being very raw and having a high bust potential.
     
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    Wny don't you put a link on here for us?
     
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    Sarr, Missi, or Clingan as a 1st round rim protector.
    Reed Sheppard is probably the best shooter in the draft, though at 6'3", I don't think he fits into our roster. Hopefully with our top pick we'll have a shot at Williams, Risacher, or Salaun. All are good shooters with plenty of other skills.
     
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    PtldPlatypus Let's go Baby Blazers! Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    As for a second round shooter, I'd be interested in giving Blake Hinson a look. Old prospect (actually born in the 20th century), so he's really not on anyone's radar. Honestly, he'll probably go undrafted, but at 6'7" and shooting 40%+ from deep, he's at least worth a workout.

     
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    I’m very intrigued by this Dalton Knecht kid.
     
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    I need one of Sarr, Cody Williams or Risachere. Will probably need a top 3 unless Topic can beat one of these guys out.
     
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    A lot of mocks certainly have Topic going to SA. They need a young PG and they do tend to draft foreign-born players.
     
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    I gotta imagine getting Sarr to be the twin towers 2.0 with Wemby would be the priority, but after that I could see Topic. Plus Sarr is a fellow Frenchman and it's easier to find a PG.
     
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    He was my target for the GS pick but he’ll be long gone by then.

    He’s still one of my primary targets though - with our
    pick as his range is now 5-7ish
     
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    I think Sarr is the kind of player you want on your team if you're figuring you're going to have to go through SA and Wembanyama in a few years to make the finals. He's one of that 99th percentile of players that has the combination of length and agility to at least make Wemby work harder for his points.

    That in itself, IMO, increases his value. I think the bonus is that he has offensive upside, and if you're only making him maybe your fourth option on that side of the floor, your team's going to be pretty good.
     
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    BTW, am I the only one thinking the quality of this draft pool has risen over the last few months? Yes, some of the guys that were regarded as top guys have dropped since the start of the season, but part of that is players looking more solid and other guys emerging.

    In other words, the disappointments haven't remained at the top just on potential. There's enough competition that they've been replaced in the mocks.

    I don't think this is like last year because there were three guys there considered generational type prospects and a couple of others that had the ability to be in the top tier. But I look at this class and see a lot of guys, maybe even more than last year, that I feel can be starters on championship level NBA teams. Sarr can be a defensive game-changer. I think Williams is nearly the prospect Brandon Miller was. And there are A LOT of wings around 6-9 who can actually play and have showed it ... when you have that in a draft, I think it's really hard to see it as a weak draft.
     
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    I think it's a Wemby hangover. I think if you take Wemby out of last year's draft and this draft is right on par with that one.
     
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    Yep.

    It's recency bias. People are comparing adjacent draft classes rather than grading them on the broader spectrum. You are absolutely right.
     
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    highlights look awesome. I'm really intrigued, but his actual production on the court doesn't come close to Wemby.
     
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    This Risacher cat has better numbers than Sarr in a better league. He's more a tall wing than a big, but I'm agnostic to positional fits. Wonder if he could be BPA.

    His handle at 6'8 is gonna immediately translate to the NBA.
     
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    One Curry rolled ankle away from a solid lotto pick.
     
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    He might be a better player as he's definitely more offensively dynamic, but getting someone to anchor your defense would be invaluable. Sarr seems to be that guy. I'll be pretty happy with a top 3 pick and will gladly take one of Sarr, Risachere or Cody Williams. It'll be interesting to see how they measure at the combine.
     
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