Well, if Lonnie just tweaked that story a little bit it might sound more legit :)
Robert Williams, C
AGE 21, 6'10", 240
10.4 PPG, 9.2 REB, 1.4 AST, 2.6 BLK, 0.8 STL, 63.2 FG%, 47.1 FT%
An alternative to the old lumbering centers. Williams is a bit undersized, but makes up for it by being able to fly all across the court. You want a center that can protect the rim but also switch out on guards? He is your guy.
Really poor free throw shooter at the moment. Don't think we want to go through that again.
If he has potential to switch on to guards and do really well out there then we should definitely consider him, that is becoming a valuable skill for bigs. Other than that I'm not crazy about even drafting a Center
Michael Porter, SF/PF
AGE 20, 6'11", 211
Porter absolutely dominated high school basketball. His combination of size, athleticism, and shooting ability was too much for anyone at that level. Unfortentely there is not much film of him against NBA level prospects.
His back injury makes him the biggest gamble in the draft. *insert Kill Bill alarm sound* I also see two fatel flaws in his game. 1. His ballhandling is bad, like Corey Maggette bad. 2. He plays defense like Blake Griffin plays defense.
Similar to MPJ, Harry Giles was the #1 high school player in 2016. He didin't play much at Duke because of knee injuries and was drafted #20.
High school ratings aren't the best predictor of NBA success. Jahlil Okafor and Austin Rivers were #1 in their graduating years.
I would take a chance on MPJ with our current picks or move up if he wowed in private workouts.
I doubt that MPJ is available at 12 or 13 but if he is. I do not expect the clippers to pass on him. Ballmer has been very high on him since seeing him play up in Washington vs his sons school.
I've seen that the Clippers are very high on Kevin Huerter. I wonder if Jerry West sees a lot of Klay Thompson in his game which makes him intriguing.
gpack17 wrote: I doubt that MPJ is available at 12 or 13 but if he is. I do not expect the clippers to pass on him. Ballmer has been very high on him since seeing him play up in Washington vs his sons school.
Dyce wrote: gpack17 wrote: I doubt that MPJ is available at 12 or 13 but if he is. I do not expect the clippers to pass on him. Ballmer has been very high on him since seeing him play up in Washington vs his sons school.
MPJ is definitely better than guys like Knox and Miles Bridges. But is he so much better that it's worth trading both our picks to move up? And is that actually enough to get him?
Young is a very good shooter, but his shot doesn't have that pureness that Steph's does. Even in college there was just something different about his shot. Young's shot looks more like just a regular good shooter
Kevin Huerter, SG
AGE 20, 6'7", 195
14.8 PPG, 5.0 REB, 3.4 AST, 0.7 BLK, 0.6 STL, 50.3 FG%, 41.7 3P%, 75.8 FT%
One of the better pure shooters in the draft. Huerter has deep NBA range. He has also become adept at creating for others, willing to keep the ball moving for a better shot. It's a nice skill to have for a wing.
He has only average length and athleticism, but has proven to be a smart willing defender. Should hold his own in this department.
It's too bad he doesn't have a longer wingspan. There is some similarity to being a poor man's Klay in his style. For such a good shooter I don't understand his FT%. It's decent, but pure shooters like he looks to be are typically so much better there. He'll be a solid pick towards the end of the round though since he will be easy to find a role for pretty much any team.
Luka Doncic, SG/SF
AGE 19, 6'8", 225
16.0 PPG, 4.8 REB, 4.3 AST, 0.3 BLK, 1.1 STL, 45.1 FG%, 32.9 3P%, 81.6 FT%
I've heard people describe Doncic as James Harden-lite. I think he's more Manu Ginobili-heavy. Either way he is a smart crafty playmaker. Right now NBA front offices are asking themselves what is more important, skill and basketball smarts or freakish athleticism?
Wendell Carter, C
AGE 19, 6'10", 250
13.5 PPG, 9.1 REB, 2.0 AST, 2.1 BLK, 0.8 STL, 56.1 FG%, 41.3 3P%, 73.8 FT%
There is zero buzz surrounding Carter, no one really talks about him. Makes me think if there is a guy that could slip, it could be him. Especially if there is a run on wings and guards. He is kind of the victom of being in a draft class full of other really good bigs.
If you are looking for a franchise changing talent, it's not Carter. If you just want a solid contributor, he is perfect. He fits the mold of the modern day center perfectly, and whatever team drafts him will be set at the position for the next decade.
I don't think that Carter makes it to us. If he does, I'm taking him. He reminds me kind of as a mix between al horford and elton brand. Has great footwork. shot has developed. really really skilled.
Olivier Rioux, Frenchy Phenoms, 6'10", multiposition ballhandler/shooter/post, birthdate 2006
I like Isaac Bonga as well