Thursday, June 30, 2005

2005 NBA Draft Review

1 Milwaukee Andrew Bogut -
Drafting a white guy with the #1 pick.... This cannot be good. Seriously though, Bogut will be a good, not great player for his career and maybe even make an all star appearence or two. From a GM's perspective, the NBA draft is more about not picking a bust than it is about picking the next big superstar, so this is a smart pick, and a good pick.
2 Atlanta Marvin Williams - SF
Want to know why the Hawks suck year after year? It's picks like these. Now I'm not saying Marvin Williams couldn't be a great player, but the Hawks have no business drafting him when they have nobody to play the point, and they spent 2 of their picks last year on small forwards. Williams can not play with his back to the basket, and his post ability is limited at best. He could be a borderline great small forward, but he will be a borderline bust power forward. Chris Paul is one the board here, Deron Williams is on the board buggybumpers here. Absolutely an awful pick, and I'm very upset with this pick if I'm a Hawks fan. But since we know there is no such thing as a Hawks fan, fuck it.
3 Utah Deron Williams - PG
I don't like him as much as Chris Paul, but Deron could be a good point guard in the league if he improves his shooting. He's a very good defender, and has good size for a point guard. Jerry Sloan needs a good point guard to run his offense, and he may have found one here. Utah will be a very talented team next year. Williams, Boozer, AK47. If they find a shooting guard they could make some noise in the west.
4 New Orleans Chris Paul - PG
My number 1 player in the draft. He can shoot, has great court vision, and makes some plays that just make you say, "wow." A little suprised New Orleans went with a PG here with the emergence of Dan Dickau as a good distributer at the end of last season, but I guess they could package Dickau & Magloire to get a wing or a big. On another note, Paul was by far the best dressed player there according to myself and a source who was at the draft. The source also mentioned that Rony Turiaf is a "good guy." So do with that information what you must.
5 Charlotte Raymond Felton - PG
Another person I get to call "Ray Ray!!" How exciting!! Ray Ray can get a little sloppy sometimes in the open court, but he is a play maker, and he will help Charlotte sell tickets. Ray to Meka and Ray to May ally-oops will be a regular sight in Charlotte this year.
6 Portland Martell Webster - SG
He obviously has no chance. He's going to be playing in Portland!!! Webster is a great shooter with an "NBA body" (groupies beware!!), but he can't create his own shot, and is making a big leap from high school to the Association.
7 Toronto Charlie Villanueva - PF
Umm... Check please. Poor poor Canadian basketball fans. Vince basically gives them a big middle finger and weasels his way to New Jersey, and Toronto gets next to nothing for him. Then they draft Charlie Villanueva. I guess this means Bosh will play center, but they needed scoring. Skip to my Lou and Sam Mitchell are constantly in a Seth and Zach like fued, and Jalen Rose is their main scoring option. Read that last sentence again and tell me how good you think this team will be.
8 New York Channing Frye -
If Isiah Thomas was just a GM, and never was a hall of fame player, does he have a job still? The answer is no.
9 Golden State Ike Diogu - PF
My sleeper of the draft turned out to not be a sleeper at all. Ike will be the next Elton Brand, if not better. I'm very suprised he went this high, because most teams weren't this high on him, but this is a very good pick.
10 LA Lakers Andrew Bynum -
I guess Kobe wanted a new Shaq because he broke his old one. Bynum won't be ready for at least a year, but he could help rebuild the Laker dynasty. There was rumors that they were all about taking Gerald Green here, but I guess they turned out to be nothing more than rumors. And is it me, or does he look like a fatter version of Jason Weaver (see the picture of him at the top). Remember, he played the older brother on that "Smart Guy" show. Yeah I had to look up the name, so what, want to fight about it?
11 Orlando Fran Vazquez - PF
The "Sam Cassell award" winner for the ugliest player in the draft. He's supposed to be a physical presence down low, and be able to block shots, rebound, and all that good stuff. I don't really think of him as a center, so it will be interesting to see how they shuffle around him and Dwight Howard.
12 LA Clippers Yaroslav Korolev - SF
Eh...It's the Clippers...
13 Charlotte Sean May - PF
the Charlotte Bobcats drafting players from the state of North Carolina. I wonder what all this could be about? May has good moves down low, and fantastic hands for a big. He's just fat.
14 Minnesota Rashad McCants - SG
Oh no!!! How is Spree' going to feed his family now?!?!?!!? Looks like they found his replacement, and McCants is probably the best pure scorer in the draft. Still can't believe they took him over Granger, Green, and Garcia. (who they were rumored to really like) Looks like I need new sources.
15 New Jersey Antoine Wright - SG
Don't really understand this pick. Why not play Vince at the 2, Jefferson at the 3, and draft K-Mart's replacement here, which by the way, the Nets still haven't found. Maybe Wright is a big Jay Z fan.
16 Toronto Joey Graham - SF
Hmmm.... good player, but it doesn't fit with the Villanueva pick. Where do they want Villanueva to play? Do they want him to play the 3, and sit Graham? So many questions, so little intelligence in the Raptors front office.
17 Indiana Danny Granger - SF
Would be the steal of the draft if he was in a better situation. I had Granger as the 2nd best player in the draft. I guess teams passed up on him because of knee, but he can shoot, pass, get boards, and throw down. I have a feeling some teams are going to end up regretting passing up on him. (looking at you Toronto)
18 Boston Gerald Green - SG
STEAL OF THE DRAFT!!! Boston will be back in the finals sometime in the next five years. Mark my words... Mark them!!! Delonte West, Tony Allen, Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, and Ryan Gomes. Pretty good drafting Mr. Ainge.
19 Memphis Hakim Warrick - PF
Will be interesting to see what they do with this pick, seeing as they currently don't have any money to pay a draft pick. Maybe we'll see a deal involving Warrick, J-Will, and Bonzi getting shipped somewhere for a future draft pick, and some expiring contracts. If they keep him, he would probably play the 3, and Warrick is my nominee to be in the dunk contest next year.
20 Denver Julius Hodge - SG
Will never be a starter, but could be a quality player off the bench. Can play the 2 or the 3, and as long as He can keep away from getting tangled up with Chris Paul on the floor, I see no reason why he can't get with as many groupies as he wants.
21 Phoenix Nate Robinson - PG (traded to New York)
Why is New York trading for players? Are they trying to start two NBDL teams by themselves?
22 Denver Jarrett Jack - PG (traded to Portland)
Very confusing trade. If Portland wanted a PG in the 1st round, why not just draft one at #3? Wasted pick.
23 Sacramento Francisco Garcia - SG
I don't know if Sacramento relizes that Kenny Thomas is it's starting PF, but unless they plan on not scoring all their points from 18 feet out, they should have taken a PF here. Garcia is a great shooter, who I thought would go higher than this. He should thrive with Bibby feeding him the ball.
24 Houston Luther Head - PG
Houston was going to draft the player who could make the biggest difference immediately, and in Head they got a guy without a position. His passing skills aren't good enough to run the point, and I don't know if he can be as good of a scorer as Houston thinks he can be. Although, with T-Mac as their primary ball-handler, Head could suprise me.
25 Seattle Johan Petro -
He doesn't have a post game. I Guarantee he is out of the NBA 5 years from now.
26 Detroit Jason Maxiell - PF
He's only 6-7, but he has all the stregnth needed to be a PF in the NBA. He's a shot blocker, and a monster on the boards. Not a good scorer, but he will fit in well with Ben Wallace.
27 Portland Linas Kleiza - SF
Another one of the dreaded 'tweeners. He is one of the more underrated scorers in the draft, and it's a shame he'll never have a chance to be good because he'll be playing in Portland.
28 San Antonio Ian Mahinmi - PF
29 Miami Wayne Simien - PF
Probably will replace Haslem, and start right away for the heat.Could end up being a huge steal.
30 New York David Lee - PF
The king of the pre-draft camp, and the only anerican born white player taken in the first round. (So you know it was a deep draft.)

My winners of the 1st round are: New Orleans, Golden State, Indiana, Boston, Miami.
And my losers are: Atlanta, Portland, Toronto, New York, New Jersey, Seattle

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