By Doug Ferguson
Early this month we took a look at what might possibly unfold on draft night for the 2012 NBA Draft in Picks 1-10 and who could come out as the biggest winners and losers based on how things look to be shaping up. Now we are back with a look at the rest of the 1st round and how it could go…with our best bets at those who will miss the mark or hit a home run on draft night:
11. Blazers- Kendall Marshall/PG/North Carolina/6-4/SO
Blazers need a point guard and they hope Marshall falls here….if not look for Rivers or Lillard….
12. Bucks- Terrence Jones/SF/Kentucky/6-8/SO
When all is said and done the national title puts Jones back in the lottery even after a less-than-dominating season…..
13. Suns- Damian Lillard/PG/Weber State/6-2/JR
Whether Nash stays or goes he will have to be replaced in the near future…..
14. Rockets- Fab Melo/C/Syracuse/7-0/SO
Houston looks for the best upside as we see a string of bigs start to tumble…..
15. Sixers- Meyers Leonard/C/Illinois/7-0/SO
This could be good value for Philly as the Spencer Hawes experiment has run its course…..
16. Rockets- Tyler Zellar/PF/North Carolina/7-0/JR
Shades of Sampson and Olajuwon as Houston goes a little safer with their second 7 footer in 3 picks…..
17. Mavs- Dion Waiters/G/Syracuse/6-4/SO
An aging backcourt seems to match up well with picking a very fast riser
18. T-Wolves- Arnett Moultrie/PF/Mississippi State/6-10/JR
The bust factor is high with this one….Yoda told me that….
19. Magic-Andrew Nicholson/PF/Saint Boneventure/6-10/SR
Its obvious that the Magic will be trying to replace the shot blocking that they will almost certainly lose with Dwight Howard’s departure….
20. Nuggets- Jeremy Lamb/W/Connecticut/6-5/SO
Lamb will likely slip after the subpar season he had without Kemba Walker killing it next to him…..
Additional 11-20 analysis:
Best Value- Fab Melo
Not really projected to go high, I feel that somebody with double picks will take a chance. He made HUGE strides in his skill level and ESPECIALLY in strength and conditioning in his sophomore campaign for Jim Boeheim. Just as scouts notice good play in the tournament they also notice the dip in the Orange’s play without their big man during the postseason.
Biggest Reach- Arnett Moultrie
Moultrie has been a conundrum since being noticed by scouts a few years ago. Talent through the roof but also comes with the same baggage as his post mate in Starkville, Renardo Sidney.
Most Likely to Bust- Damian Lillard
No doubt Lillard showed he can ball this past season but there are always reservations about players who just pop up on the radar as lottery picks. Its quite possible that he could go as high as 6th which would put his bust factor through the roof.
21. Celtics- Doron Lamb/G/Kentucky/6-4/SO
Although Avery Bradley is tabbed as the replacement for Ray Allen, they will still want more firepower in the backcourt…..
22. Celtics- Quincy Miller/SF/Baylor/6-9/FR
There may not be a higher risk/reward pick out there….Miller has the talent to replace Paul Pierce one day….
23. Hawks- Marquis Teague/PG/Kentucky/6-2/FR
His brother is just starting to possibly come around but point guard is still their biggest need…..
24. Cavs- Tomas Satoransky/G/Czech Republic/6-8/1991
With a couple more picks at the top of the second round this will for sure be a trade or Euro that they can keep off the books for a couple years….
25. Grizzlies- John Jenkins/SG/Vanderbilt/6-4/JR
In their search for an O.J. Mayo replacement Memphis goes in-state for one of the Vanderbilt wings….
26. Pacers- William Buford/SG/Ohio State/6-5/SR
He seems to be a consensus second rounder but its hard to believe that such a versatile, decorated player will fall out of the first…..
27. Heat- Tony Wroten/PG/Washington/6-4/FR
Miami needs an inside big and a talented guard to distribute to their scorers…..Wroten is the latter….
28. Thunder- Tyshawn Taylor/PG/Kansas/6-3/SR
They will obviously need a replacement to backup Russell Westbrook sooner rather than later and Taylor is cut from the same mold….
29. Bulls- Kris Joseph/SF/Syracuse/6-7/SR
Nothing more that the Bulls like than athletic players that can guard the wings…..
30. Warriors- Darius Johnson-Odom/SG/Marquette/6-2/SR
Just playing off the Warriors pension for undersized guards that ball out of control…..
Additional 21-30 analysis:
Best Value- Tony Wroten
At one time a top 5 player in his high school class, he only really dropped out of that due to injury. He also fits what the Heat need like a glove if in fact that is where he goes.
Biggest Reach- Kris Joseph
All the players in the final portion of the first round are good value picks as far as I’m concerned but Joseph lost some of his luster this year and most have him as a sure second rounder.
Most Likely to Bust- Marquis Teague
Teague has all the talent in the world but is definitely the one Kentucky starter that should have stayed in school. He needs big time work on his jumper before he can be effective in a major way on the pro level.
By Doug Ferguson
Now that the NBA has held their draft lottery, it is time to take a look at what will likely happen on draft night. Here is a look at picks 1-10 and how the order is currently shaping up to look like…
1. Hornets- Anthony Davis/PF/Kentucky/6-11/FR
Davis was the guaranteed pick of anyone who won the lottery putting a lid on one of the wildest, one in a million journeys a player has ever traveled….
2. Bobcats- Thomas Robinson/PF/Kansas/6-9/SR
Last year Charlotte took a project post player, this year they go with one who is ready to play now….
3. Wizards- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist/SF/Kentucky/6-6/FR
Instability has loomed over this franchise like the dark cloud over Winnie the Pooh and his donkey and this kid is a rock….
4. Cavs- Andre Drummond/PF/Connecticut/6-11/FR
Teamed with the reigning rookie of the year Drummond and Tristan Thompson will be fighting over alley oops for years to come….
5. Kings- Harrison Barnes/W/North Carolina/6-8/SO
Barnes could easily slip further than this showing how fickle draft experts can be as he was a no doubt top overall pick to some if he were allowed tocome out high school….
By Doug Feguson
While the rest of the sports world with an interest in the NBA continues to discuss the ‘rigged’ NBA Draft lottery that took place last night or is scouring over the latest knee-jerk mock drafts produced following the lottery, NBE will work backwards and take a look at some key players who may not hear their name on draft night, but could very well make an impact in ‘The League’ in the future.
10 Players Who Most Likely Won’t Get Drafted But Could Play in the League
Every year much emphasis is placed on the mistakes NBA executives make as nearly a third of draft picks spend little or no substantial time in the league. In pointing out a team’s faults, many times not enough credit is given to the true diamonds in the rough found in the post-draft free agent pool. Here are 10 players who may not be seen on draft night, but may be on somebody’s roster when it really counts.
- Kim English/W/Missouri/6-6/SR
English has the size to defend most wings in the league. Not only does he have the measurables needed, but he is actually a proven defender in the Big 12. The 2-time All-Big 12 third teamer could be a solid system fit for a team who runs a similar pressing style to that of Missouri. He is also very confident in knocking down perimeter jumpers out to the NBA line.
By Doug Ferguson
One would think that the Connecticut Huskies would be basking in the glory of their National Championship, earned last April capping an improbable post-season run for the ages. In talking with two key cogs in the UConn title run this weekend at the Nike Skills Academies however, that was the furthest thing from their mind.
“We’re just always trying to get better” said guard Shabazz Napier.
Napier spoke of how he would have big shoes to fill with the loss of Kemba Walker, but he is confident that they can achieve great success again this upcoming season as well. Napier averaged 7.8 points a game in his freshman season and was second on he team with 3.0 assists a game. The 6-foot guard was often paired in the backcourt with Walker and will take on a much larger role in his sophomore season.
By Doug Ferguson
Last weekend the Joy of the Game facility in Deerfield (IL) hosted the Best Buy Chicago Classic. The 17U crown went to Terry Porter Elite and their 2013 stud Deonta Burton led the charge. NBE will have more on Burton this weekend. For today, Doug Ferguson takes a look at some of the stand out performers, including some visitors from Texas as the Texas PRO and Houston Hoopsters were must-see teams. Indiana Elite, TP Elite and others also showed well at the event…
Isaiah Austin/C/7-1/215/Texas PRO
School List: Committed to Baylor
It is hard to be at any event and where all eyes aren’t on Austin. His size/skill/athleticism combination is truly one of a kind. At one point in this event he had three possessions in a row that resulted in dunk, three-pointer, dunk (and the next possession was an assist). He runs the floor at an elite level for a seven footer and as most would guess is a world class shot blocker. There isn’t much Austin doesn’t do well and he is a seven footer to boot which makes it easy to see why many rank him number one in his class.
Marlon Johnson/F/6-9/220/Illinois T-Wolves
School List: Unknown
by DOUG FERGUSON
Hanner Parea: F (Indiana Elite)/6-8/200
Committed to Indiana
There is nobody in the Class of 2012 who has the athletic gifts that Parrea does. He has fans holding their breath at what he will do next. It doesn’t show in his numbers at times however due to his lack of fundamentals. His is frequently outrebounded by more fundamentally sound opponents due to lack of boxing out.
Dejuan Marrero: F (Spiece Indy Heat)/6-5/220
School List: Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Marquette, Michigan, Minnesota
On the exact opposite end of the spectrum is Marrero who was possibly the best technically sound rebounder in the gym. He could stand to have a tad more touch around the basket which is where he should stay offensively.
Marcus Paige: G (All-Iowa Attack)/6-0/160
Committed to North Carolina
Can’t help but draw comparisons to current Tar Heel point man Kendall Marshall. Paige is a little more athletically gifted than Marshall while he is not quite as crafty with the ball.
By DOUG FERGUSON
Some may view replacing stalwarts on the spring and summer AAU season such as McDonald’s All-American Wayne Blackshear, a Louisville-commit, Mike Shaw, who is headed to Illinois, Sam Thompson, an Ohio State signee and a host of other talented players has the Mac Irvin Fire set up for a rebuilding season. Wrong ‘r’ word! Expect another deep, talented and athletic group of players to hit the circuit this spring and summer in the standard Orange and Black of the Fire program.
“We take it as an insult that people say we’re rebuilding,” said Fire 17-U coach Nick Irvin last weekend. “The Fire doesn’t rebuild, we reload.”
As AAU season begins to creep its way into the lives of basketball fans as the college season comes to a close this weekend in Houston, one of the most heralded teams in the Midwest has a decidedly different look. Absent are the familiar faces named above but this cohesive unit looks to make plenty more household names out of basketball prospects in Illinois.
Exactly one week after winning a state title with Simeon High School, Steve Taylor and Jelani Neely took the court in Merrillville, IN and played huge parts in the 17U Fire squad winning the ChicagoHoops.com Spring Tip Off. Taylor’s inside/outside forward game is remarkably similar to what Shaw brought to the Mac Irvin squad. The 6-foot-7 BF has the ability to step out beyond three point range, however at the same time he is commonly found grinding it out with the big boys for rebounds. Neely, a 5-foot-10 point guard, brought a huge spark off the bench for what has the look of a very deep and talented backcourt.