So I'd rank positions of importance in today's NBA as: Small Forward, Shooting Guard, Center/Power Forward (tie), Point Guard. I might even say that a slashing 6th man type like Ginobli or Harden is MORE important than your starting PG.
Dell Demps - the new Jeff Bower
And you may think Ginobili or Harden may be more important, but can you honestly say they were more important than Parker or Westbrook? Clearly the Thunder disagree and i would venture to guess the Spurs would as well.
I will be tracking this draft class all year, but if I were a betting man, I just have a feeling that Dell moves this pick for a young vet. Can't imagine Monty wanting to add another 19 year old to this roster. Apparently, OKC was entertaining the thought of trading Harden for the #2 or #3 pick last year (to grab Beal) and I think Dell actively seeks out something like that to round out this roster rather than bringing in another 2-3 year project.
If he does stay in the draft, however, my opinion is that you always take BPA regardless of position. These guys wont develop for 3-4 years and by then, most rosters are drastically overturned, so why take for a need you have today?
We absolutely need to go after SF with our draft pick. There seems to be an extreme shortage of available talented SF's out there, particularly young ones. Could we use a PG. Yes. But I think that Gordon alleviates the pressure of PG in our system once he returns, being that we are so PnR oriented.
I honestly think we are fine at C. Everyone wants to express it takes Big men longer to develop. Well we have a young talented Center doing just that in front of our eyes. This is the first time Lopez has seen significant play time and he is definitely improving. In 3 years I think he will be a top 10 Center.
And my main logic behind us going after SF is that the marginal difference if we are to upgrade at any position will be greatest at SF. Because we are awful at that position. I would be willing to bet we get less production out of our 3 than any team in the NBA.
Hornets vs. Lakers playoff roster
P.Ewing Jr. DNP
McLemore and Smart are high upside prospects but they would both lead the NBA in turnovers if they got minutes early on. Zeller, I agree could be a 15 min per game solid contributor on a good team right away, and maybe Muhammad could be a solid 3rd guard, but if this team has guys ready to win now in Gordon and Anderson and players they are already developing in Rivers and Davis, then I just see a young vet who you dont have to coach every day, who already knows how to play, would be the way Dell and Monty would prefer to go.
I can see a situation where Indy is wary of paying a Paul George or Portland wants to blow it up and offers Nic Batum or Aldridge, maybe Rudy Gay if the Grizz are one and done in the playoffs again. Who knows what can happen, but guys like that are always on the block for a high pick in June and I think Dell and Monty would prefer a guy like this over a developmental project. But we'll see
You gotta calculate risks and rewards, possibilities and probabilities and then just go with it.
Just going on my gut here, and my gut says that this is what Dell's best case scenario will be in June according to how he wants to build this team. He wants to build it more like the Spurs than the Thunder, hence the resigning of EG, the acquisition of Anderson and Lopez, etc. I think the next big move is a young vet, not a 19 year old, but we will see
IMO the PGs were better....SG playonly slightly better because of Green but still just as inconsistant...SF is a wash between this team and playoff team cuz both Ariza and Aminu were/are bad....and the PF/C position is way better than the playoff team. With the way CP3 controls the floor and makes everyone better around him....I think this current team could have went further into the playoffs with this current team. But thats just me tho.
I Can't see Portland blowing it up. If they did, I can't see them giving up a 23 year old Batum, who is playing well. I believe they would flip Aldridge who would give them more in return. He is 27 and has the highest salary.
I think we also wanted Brandon Rush pretty badly, but he tore his ACL. So he is now damaged goods.
We will be busy this offseason. Probably a lot of lateral moves that make us slightly better, but we will make at least one big splash.
Either trade this pick and get an established young vet PG or SF or draft a big... Noel, Zeller, Len etc.\
But after weak attendane this year+ new name new colors new everything I could see Benson instructing Demps to do whatever it takes to put a playoff team on the floor next year.
Having a guy on a rookie salary is nice and all in theory, but eventually you need players who can actually play to win in this league. I mean, who is going to help you win more LaMarcus Aldridge or Thomas Robinson? Gay or Dion Walters?
It is worth considering for sure
I would take Aldridge or Gay in a heartbeat. 2 of my favorite players in the league.
I know the argument will be brought up that we will have to overpay to get a guys of this calibre, and I agree; but I think we can only afford (in both senses of the word) to take on one overpriced guy at a time. If we didn't have Gordon on the roster, i'd be completely on board with this, but we do.
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