*From a PG skills perspective, there's a lot of chatter that he is the best PG prospect. It really is the fact that this is a strong draft with unique prospects that is pushing him back. The potential upside of Exum or Smart given their size (and in Exum's case, athleticism) pushes them ahead.
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Upside is everything at the draft, and his isn't as high as the others. Although in saying this I prefer him to Smart, always felt he was overrated
LaVine with our first for me. Think he will make one of the better pros
He is all over draft boards, as high as 12 and as low as 29. I think he will be good because his game is more suited to the NBA game where the floor is spaced better. He has a very quick release on his shot and has gone off a few times in college when he gets hot. He is a hard worker and was in a bad spot playing behind his coaches son.
He is also a good interviewer, when people ask him about specifics in games he is quick and articulate and I like to see this from prospects, speaks to a level of intelligence.
You'd have to think he will be a major hit in workouts with that freakish athleticism and three point shot. Being a good interviewer can never be overlooked as well, It plays a role. Someone will fall in love with him and take him much closer to 12 than 29 I think.
I read that Parker has his accommodations in place for next year at Duke.
Doesn't mean he is not going to declare but certainly shows he is not set on what he is doing.
"Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."Tim Leiweke
Basketball has clear winners every night --except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.
However I just compared their stats. Kapono actually had a sick college career, 4 years of putting up the same stats that Stauskas put up this year
However, Stauskas is more athletic, won't be the pylon that Kapono was
I think they'll have similiar impacts as pros, but in slightly different ways
Calling him Kapono-lite is pretty pessimistic IMO, I'd say Michael Redd-lite
Another week, another Chad Ford chat. Selected snippets.
Hey Chad, great work. When all is said and done, who do you see leaving of the Kentucky underclassmen?
Chad Ford (1:10 PM)
Julius Randle and James Young are, for sure, gone. I would say Willie Cauley-Stein too, but his comments the other day indicated he might not be a sure thing to leave. The Harrison twins have wanted to leave all year according to multiple sources around the twins, but their draft stock made them iffy first rounders. While they improved their stock, I'm not sure it's to the point that they are clear first rounders. Andrew probably has the most claim, but he's not a lock. Another year at Kentucky would help. Dakari Johnson would be a bubble first rounder as well. Ditto for Poythress. I think there's a chance ALL of them are gone. There are certainly rumblings that direction. But the only three that really make sense right now are Randle, Young and Cauley-Stein.how much did napier improve his stock with the run in the tourney?
Chad Ford (1:05 PM)
A lot actually. He's a four year senior, so the scouting report on him is pretty secure. But with PGs, teams want to see your leadership abilities. Being a winner, rightly or wrongly, helps. Napier's leadership, clutch shooting all have improved his stock much the same way it did for Kemba Walker a couple years ago. I think he goes somewhere between 25-40.And the answer is "I improved my draft position the most during March Madness"
Chad Ford (1:07 PM)
Shabazz has a claim. So does Wichita State's Cleanthony Early. UConn's DeAndre Daniels also helped his stock. Ditto for the Harrison twins and Dakari Johnson for Kentucky. I think Alex Poythress also reminded us all why we loved him so much as a freshman. So much athletic talent there.Are NBA scouts more enamored with Isaiah Austin's athleticism and length or scared of how soft he plays?
Chad Ford (1:11 PM)
Both, but lean toward the latter.Who is the better prospect Gary Harris or James Young and who would you rather take ?
Chad Ford (1:13 PM)
Most scouts have Harris ranked ahead of Young. Young has the size advantage. Harris is a better athlete, better defender. Both have been streaky shooting the basketball but have the potential to be good shooters. I think Harris, if he declares, goes between 8-15. Young is 12-18.Will Adrien Payne be a lottery pick?
Chad Ford (1:21 PM)
If he was 19 or 20. For sure. Top 10. But he's already 23 years old and didn't have a dominant season until this year. That hurts his stock quite a bit. I think he's more in the 15-25 range.On Nik Stauskas- any thing he can gain by coming back or has this year put him as high as he is going to go?
Chad Ford (1:28 PM)
He's going to go somewhere between 10 and 20. I don't know that he gets much higher than that by returning to Michigan for another year. I think he's likely gone.Whats your opinion of UL Lafayette's Elfrid Payton? Could he play his way up to top 20 pick?
Chad Ford (1:30 PM)
I'm a big fan. NBA guys are a little more on the fence. Some really like him, some aren't sold. He can't shoot and that's an issue. But I think he brings so much else to the table. He's in the 25-40 range right now. But I'd consider him in the mid to late first round personally.Think Jahlil Carson is a starting NBA PG?
Chad Ford (1:33 PM)
Perhaps. Another player that scouts are all over the place on. Can really score and a great athlete. But so small.Is Tyler Ennis a better pro prospect than Trey Burke?
Chad Ford (1:34 PM)
Probably. That's the take I get from most NBA scouts. I think the analytics support that as well. But it's debatable.Is UCLA's Kyle Anderson a 1, 2, or 3 in the NBA?
Chad Ford (1:43 PM)
He's a 4.The biggest knock I've heard on TJ Warren is that he's a tweener and doesn't really have a position. Is there any truth to that, or is it just nitpicking? If you can play, you can PLAY no matter what your position. Thoughts?
Chad Ford (1:44 PM)
It's about who he guards. I don't see him guarding NBA 3s or 4s. That's the issue. Also the lack of a credible three point shot hurts him at the next level. But you're right, he does know how to play and is one of the greatest scorers in this draft.
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