NBA Mock Draft V 1.0

By Garret Frei (Garret’s views are his own and not associated with the vitriol usually reserved for media by other writers)

Garret is a recent University of Nebraska Alum, working his way into a front office near you. His hobbies include collecting sports teams hats, constant awe of Steph Curry and thinking  solid D-line play trumps QB play for the New York Jets.  Oh Bryce Harper for king of the world. 

30. Golden State Warriors- Ben Bentil,  Providence Friars
Sophomore Forward- 6’9 235

The Warriors look for tweeners and guys who can shoot. Bentil, in my opinion, was the most improved player in college basketball. He’s shown the ability to score inside and out, and another wing span guy. He can move well, and like I said he can score. A lot of his improvement should be thanked to having Kris Dunn as his PG, but Bentil is good. He’s a scorer and a scorer, doesn’t pass very well and really can be a stat chaser. Get him into GS system which is reliant on for creating for others, sacrificing box score for Ws and I think he’ll be fine. He’s not the greatest rebounder, but at this point you look for NBA skills you believe can translate, and his ability to score I believe is why Bentil sneaks into the first round

29. San Antonio Spurs- Anthony “Cat” Barber, N.C. Stare Wolfpack
Junior Guard-  6’2 190

After blitzing the Thunder in game 1, you saw what the Spurs lack and that’s speed and athleticism. The Thunder out talented them and out classed them. Barber is the fastest player in the draft, remind a bit of the Brazilian Blur. He’s a great FT shooter who gets fouled a lot. He can struggle with decision making and can force things.

28. Phoenix Suns- Diamond Stone, Maryland Terrapins
Freshman  Center- 6’11(6’9 measured)  250

Only measured in at 6’9 but does have a 7’3 wingspan. There have been murmurs about his work ethic around college park, being forced to run the stadium (to be fair these same things were said about DeAndre [who Turgeon coached as well]). He’s got good touch and is super strong. However when his post game isn’t working he’s a black hole who is an awful or unwilling passer. He doesn’t have the elite post game either that would warrant allowing him to be a black hole. He’s a good help defender, but awful at everything else. And despite his strength and size he wasn’t a great rebounder, seemed unwilling to get nasty. There’s a lot of talent here, the question is if you can get him to want to maximize it. His unique size and strength should allow him to on a roster for years, but if he maximizes his potential he could become a stud in the NBA.

27. Toronto Raptors- Caris LeVert, Michigan Wolverines
Senior Guard-  6’7 205 

I think LeVert could be the steal of the draft. He does a lot well, especially on offense. He’s a great shooter who can create and has a high basketball IQ. His biggest weakness is his strength, and this affects both offense and defense for him. He can struggle to finish at the rim and can settle. A potential lottery pick predraft, his injury pushed him back to first round. But his size and shooting ability I think could allow him to be a steal. If the Raptors get Derozan to come back, this pick probably won’t happen, but I think Derozan might be off to LA.

26. Philadelphia 76ers- Cheick Diallo, Kansas Jayhawks
Freshman Forward- 6’9 218

Another Freshman who failed to live up to the hype. He never played much at Kansas and realized that he was never going to play with Self. He’s got + speed for a big, runs the court extremely well, but really really raw. He’s got a unique ability to affect shots at the rim, but probably fouls too much. I think he could develop into a guy like Bismack, who may take years to develop but should blossom into a real NBA player, who can start for a team. I know the 76ers have like 19 bigs, but it’s not like with 93294067 picks they can just keep taking Gs.

25. LA Clippers- Wayne Baldwin IV- Vanderbilt Commodores
Sophomore Guard-  6’3 194

If you like wing span you’ll like this kid. Measured in at the combine at 6’3 but has a 6’10 wing span. He’s got a lot of things people like in the NBA, size athleticism and a good shot. However if he cannot develop into a PG I’m not sure he has a spot in the NBA. He is a great fastbreak player, who still needs time to develop and sitting behind Paul should help. The Clippers could go wing, but I think they’ll look into FA to try and get one. Back up big is another spot, but I think Doc will want to be able to take some pressure off Paul being the only PG on the roster again

24. Philadelphia 76ers- DeAndre Bembry St. Joe’s 
Junior G/F- 6’6 210

Best hair in the draft, beyond that he’s a great fast break player. He has good court vision and makes the right pass, despite playing fast rarely turns the ball over. He’s also an energetic guy who will be able to provide sparks off the bench. Really good finisher around the rim, and yes has the elite athleticism looked for in guys this late in the first round. He has worked on his shot, but it’s still bad. Can play weaker than you’d like, and he’s got the size problem. Not a good enough shooter to truly play 2, but not big enough for 3. Think he’s a tweaner who can spark teams off the bench and score in spurts. Not sure he’ll ever progress enough to be a starter

23. Boston Celtics- Thon Maker
19 y/o Center Australia 7’1 216

Don’t need players, will take flyers on guys who have high potential. Thon is the most unknown prospect. A guy who by all accounts is a really good kid, just has the wrong people making decisions for him. After going to a prep school in Canada he decided to go pro, forcing the NBA to rule on the case. He’s got great size, and plays with a ton of energy, reminds me of Bismack in this matter. Decent handles for a guy his size, but lacks the necessary strength needed to play big in the NBA. Will need to bulk up, but could be a steal.

22. Charlotte Hornets- Taurean Prince, Baylor Bears
Senior Forward 6’7 220

Losing Batum will hurt (he’s getting the max, not sure Cha wants to use it on him) but Prince should be a good replacement. He’s long and athletic, and shoots it pretty well. He should develop into a potential 3/D guy.

21. Atlanta Hawks- Tyler Ulis, Kentucky Wildcats
Sophomore Guard 5’9 160

Ulis is a true point guard. He’s a great leader, rarely turns the ball over. He’s got a good shot, very good ball handler and obviously a good IQ. He’s a better scorer then most realize, but he’s always trying to keep his teammates engaged. His biggest weaknesses is his size, both height and frame. He weighed in at 150 pounds at the combine. Tries to compensate for this slight frame to study opponents which can make him a good defender, but I’m not sure this will translate to the NBA game where he can get overpowered. If he ever becomes a starter it will take a creative defensive system to hide him and using angles and funnels to keep him from getting bullied. Even if Atlanta loses Horford in FA, they still have 4 formidable bigs and this under the belief that Jeff Teague is gone.

20. Indiana Pacers- Timothe Luwawu, France
21 y/o Guard/Forward 6’6 220

Pacers are in a really good spot. They have a couple of good NBA players and can address most of their needs in FA. Didn’t like the Vogel firing and not sure going to McMillen makes much sense for what Bird supposedly wants. Anyone can go here, but I think with wanting to play faster the Pacers go with a big wing in Luwawu (6-7 / 205), 6-11 wing span. He’s a good defender, but the lack of strength shows here, but he has improved every year. He’s really good at drawing fouls and has that quirky game on offense. Only shoots 66% from the line.

19. Denver Nuggets- Patrick McCaw, UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
Sophomore Guard 6’7 185

Like the Celtics the Nuggets have a ton a of picks. McCaw is a prospect who has a lot of upside, but is relatively unknown. He is a good defender and has a 6’10 wing span and seems like he could eventually work himself into a plus defender in the NBA. Denver or Boston will probably use one of their first round picks, if they keep them all, on him as he is a total flyer, but if reaches potential could be a steal.Really wanted to put an international player here, Nuggets love their international player.

18. Detroit Pistons- Brice Johnson, North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior Forward 6’9 228

Pistons need front court depth w/ Drummond and Baynes. Brice is an unreal athlete who improved drastically from his Freshman to his senior year. Good finisher around the rim and is a good overall basketball player. I don’t think he’ll ever be a starter, but he’ll always be a good guy to bring off the bench and spot start. Will need to build into frame however (has gained about 40 pounds since his Freshman year). Love the Taj Gibson comp.

17. Memphis Grizzles- Malachi Richardson ,Syracuse Orange
Freshman G/F 6’6 200

Okay athlete with an unreal 7ft wing span to go with a good frame for a 2 in the NBA (6-6 200). Very good shooting form and shoots the ball smoothly. Can force the issue at times, (his 52% true shooting % shows some of this). Shot about the same %s from deep as he did from 2 (35, 39 respectively)

16. Boston Celtics-Marquese Chriss, Washington Huskies
Freshman Forward 6’10 233
With the 928592475 picks and players Boston already has, they go with Chriss. Chriss has a super high ceiling, but easily could bust. Unreal athleticism matched with a pretty good looking stroke (shot 35% from 3 in college). He’s got good hands and is a very good roller in the PnR. He’s an awful rebounder and passer. He only averaged 4.1 rebounds per 40mns. He’s extremely inexperienced and it shows. Maybe the most athletic prospect in the class however.

 

 

 

You people know nothing about baseball, at all. Learn.

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Sports by Michael Sherwin

This isn’t about sports commissioners but I will start there.

I have no love for sports commissioners. I actually don’t mind Roger Goodell, people hating on him for the reasons given are asinine. They get mad at him for handing out suspensions as judge, jury and executioner on game related matters…. But are livid he doesn’t conduct legal and detective work on issues outside the game.

He isn’t the fucking police he is a sports commish. If you want to be mad at him, get mad at him for making teams play in London and Toronto, 8 home games, you don’t need one being an away game, they are too important.

Basketball commissioners are always a joke, as much as Adam Silver is levels beyond David Stern, until every ownership partner of OKC is put in jail he is a loser.

I don’t even know if Hockey still has a commissioner or if the NHL even exists anymore.

Which brings me to baseball.

Heard an interview with new commish Rob Manfred. I don’t recall where as sports talk radio has turned in to whining pussies and the Dan Patrick-Rich Eisen block of the exact same show with imitation interns to boot. But it was good. He actually gave REAL answers, wasn’t mealy-mouthed and presented actual ideas to improve the game. He refrained from commish speak and sounded like everything rotting corpse Bug Selig wasn’t.

Now before I continue on some easy fixes for baseball I’ll explain my relationship with baseball.

I played my baseball in an unfortunate time when high school coaches really thought they were what mattered in wins and losses. They would gladly give up 15 outs to score one run and the sacrifice bunt was something they had control over. The thought of a 17 year old kid hitting a ball 400 feet terrified them as it was something they could never do, hence they got into coaching to make up for their own failed dreams and lack of ability. EVERY baseball coach in the 90’s could sure lay down a sac bunt back in their day though. Golly gee they could move a runner over 90 feet down 10 in the 6th inning.

Now that we’ve moved beyond Neanderthal coaching and understand doing the “little things” doesn’t amount to jack shit, it’s fun to see the game modernized to reflect what actually wins games. Call it moneyball, call it whatever you want. If you are behind by a run you want Chris Davis getting a walk or home run and not Skip Schumaker skip schumakering an out to “increase” the odds of winning by a negative factor.

WITH the improvement of strategy it is time for baseball, the game itself to improve itself with the amount of redundancy, wasted time and shit from the past that is useless now.

I am not a “get off my lawn” type of person I just don’t appreciate unnecessary bullshit.

The other day the dreaded social media collectively lost their minds over the proposal of waving a guy to first base for an intentional walk rather than throwing 4 wide ones. I mean my goodness one of those 4 lobs to the outside could end up in the bleachers and hilarity could ensue!!! OR four wide ones could end up taking 2 to 3 minutes from the amount of dicking around between throwing them.

I LOVE baseball. I will match wits with anyone over strategy, history, trivia. But I can’t watch it anymore. It’s just too fucking long. I also can’t attend a game. Between the $5,000 it takes to get from your house to the park and back and 4 hours long games with 3 minutes of action, I’d rather follow along on the Internet and do other shit. Sorry- me, like many other people, have grown up in an era where a lot of us just don’t have the patience.

With baseball’s no clock rules it just doesn’t fit into today’s society. This is great for your 60 year old fans and 12 year old’s, baseball writers or college students who have all the time in the world to do nothing.

Baseball needs to be sped up and it won’t take ONE thing away from the game. Whenever something is taken away from the game of baseball people bitch like their life savings are being ripped apart from them.

Then the must ludicrous of arguments start sprouting up that don’t have a goddamn thing to do with anything.

Good IDEA: Giving a runner a “walk” instead of throwing 4 wide pitches is a great idea! This needs to happen today!

The argument against not throwing 4 pitches for an intentional walk-

ONE TIME BABE RUTH WAS GETTING INTENTIONALLY WALKED AND HE HIT A HOME RUN CAUSE THEY DIDN’T THROW THE BALL WIDE ENOUGH!!!!

Really, were you fucking there for that? Since 192? or whenever the fuck it happened  many advances have been made in intentional walks. Including pitchers throwing 4 balls out side the strike zone for a walk 99.99999999999 percent of the time.

So ask yourself, are the thousands of people hours wasted on watching intentional walks worth the one in a billion shot that ONE might be a little too wide allowing all runners to advance a base? Is that moment so AMAZING to you that your are willing to put up with the bullshit of a pitcher still taking for goddamn ever to throw an intentional ball? Watch an intentional walk. There are still signs, waiting, time outs, and other mind numbingly boring shit that happens on them.

If you have no intention of pitching to the batter. Point to first. Don’t worry if you are still concerned you might miss some “action”, the batter will still take 20 seconds to mosey down to first base and his pants could rip in 30 seconds it takes to strip off his 14 pieces of extra protection equipment.

*quick thought. If people still insist on there being four pitches thrown, allow the batter to at least take off his elbow, ankle, toe cap DURING this pointless exercise and not after ball 4.

So that’s one thing on speeding up the game, I’ll have more in the coming weeks…. but

While I am at it the DH needs to be addressed. It makes it a better game, so bad segue 

Great Idea: The DH needs to be in the National League.

Some of the terrible arguments against the DH.

BASEBALL IS A NINE MAN GAME ADDING A DH MAKES IT A 10 MAN GAME!!!

What? Who the fuck cares about that? There are relief pitchers, pinch hitters, gritty veterans with no business still playing on each team. Baseball is a 25 man game! 40 in September.

NL BASEBALL HAS MORE STRATEGY!

Pitchers bunt with a runner on base and less than 2 outs. EVERYTIME. That is not strategy. This is just what is done because they suck at hitting. There is nothing strategic about it at all.

BUT, BUT, THE DECISION TO LEAVE THE PITCHER IN OR PINCH HIT FOR HIM!

Again who gives a shit. Pitchers pitch. They don’t work on hitting, they can’t hit and it’s an embarrassment when they do. So let them pitch and let somebody who actually practices hitting hit.

MADISON BUMGARNER IS A GREAT HITTER!

If he is the awesome-st hitter ever… No worries he can still hit in his spot! There is no rule the pitcher can’t hit. If your manager is dumb enough to let the pitcher bat for himself in lieu of a DH it is still allowed! For some reason though Bumgarner who is the best hitter EVER, a veritable Ty Cobb of the batters box…. still bats 8th or 9th every game though 😦 ?

Pitchers hitting in the All-Star game. 

Why the fuck in NL parks do pitchers hit in All-Star games… besides “house rules” It’s the All-Star game. Now you have terrible hitting pitchers hitting against the best pitching pitchers. Meanwhile 30 batters who can hit like men languish on the bench.

World Series flip flopping DH

This is a HUGE disadvantage to American League teams. Their pitchers bat 8 times a year if lucky. It is easier for the NL to play one of their poor fielder/great hitter as DH and plug in a bench bat or better fielder than the AL trotting a high school level hitter.

 

I MAKE BASEBALL BETTER GET ON BOARD!!!

 

M.S.