The Thread About Nikola Topic

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  1. Rastapopoulos

    Rastapopoulos Well-Known Member

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    They've just updated the rankings on ESPN.com:

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    I think the biggest reason he's dropping is the lack of a decent wing-span.
     
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    I've watched some video of him and he's a blast to watch. He's not especially fast or athletic, but he can get a layup any time he wants and has GREAT finishing at the rim. He has great interior passing, too, which also helps as teams are rightly scared of him dumping off to a cutter as he penetrates.

    BUT: he can't shoot. He can't defend. And he doesn't do much off the ball. So he better be your starting point guard, and if he is, you've got yourself half a Jason Kidd. Or a taller Sergio Rodriguez. He's going to be a fan fave wherever he gets minutes, I bet.
     
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    Really? Brandon Roy had T-Rex arms and (like Topic) it was the knee that was the problem.
     
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    Not sure Portland can gamble here at 14. Certainly not at 7. They have Sharpe and Scoot being young and needing to develop. Ant being young and still on the roster. Granted Brogdon only has this next season and should be gone by trade deadline but who knows. Portland needs talented bigs first and foremost with any talent they can find second. I would be good with Portland drafting Topic at 14 for another team as part of a trade down that moves a contract Portland does not need, gets a 2024 pick back and a future unprotected pick. Not for a future protected which is not needed.
     
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    I didn't realize Roy had short arms, but damn he was awesome when healthy
     
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    Yeah, Banton is better anyway.
     
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    In any draft, anything at 14 is a gamble! And this is a particularly shitty draft...
     
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    Brandon's wingspan wasn't shorter than his actual height, and wasn't presented as being 7'
     
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    He had a wingspan of 6'8", which is not awesome but not a negative wingspan like Topic.
     
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    Replace T with a J, and the P with a K and we’re in business.
     
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    What made Roy so great is that he was sneaky strong, had an amazing first step and could go to the left just as well as the right.

    He was Paul Pierce except ambidextrous.
     
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    His wingspan is not a selling point. It is 0.25” less than his height and more with shoes at around 6’7 … and even Jerryd Bayless had a positive wingspan (but was 4 inches shorter at 6’1.75”).

    At 14, it’s an easy call for me if the knee is back and good to go in Season 2. Take and keep him. By then, we’ll have a better idea about Scoot.
    At 7, it’s a reach by the Blazers. But at 6’5.75” … and with his current skills and abilities … I’m not against swinging away.
     
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    @Rastapopoulos

    riddle me this, Euro lover boy
     
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    I think Denver have him under contract. And I may be a Euro but I'm not your lover boy.
     
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    has their been an updated mock draft since Topic's agent submitted he has a knee injury? He was ranked in the top 4 before that headline surfaced
     
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    is this the Topic Topic?
     
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    It is until we get off Topic.
     
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    Nothing is off Topic
     

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