Im happy with any of these guys take who ever is best player available at the time. Dont look at the need take the best player dont make the same mistake like we did with Ross when we selected him over Drummond beacuse we had JV. Should have picked drummond interior of JV and drumund would have been lethal
An incredible 140 players who have participated in the Nike Hoop Summit have been drafted by NBA teams, including six No. 1 picks.
The list of World alumni includes: Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Serge Ibaka, Yi Jianlian, Luis Scola, Bismack Biyombo,Nicolas Batum,Andrea Bargnani, Omri Casspi, Enes Kanter and Vladimir Radmanovic.
http://www.nikehoopsummit.com/news/It's really too bad he's not competing with them directly.
Had Dante Exum been able to participate this year in the NCAA, the top-prospect debate would be between four 18-years-olds—not just three.
Quite frankly, he should still be in that conversation with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle, regardless of where he's currently playing. You could even argue that Exum, a 6'6'' scoring point guard, offers the most potent package of athleticism, skill and size for his position of any of the previously mentioned standouts.
Exum still hasn't made it clear whether he'll declare in 2014, but the general feeling is that he's ready to make the jump if someone is willing to reach up and grab him.
When discussing the current field of top prospects, ESPN' Chad Ford recently spoke (subscription required) with an NBA executive who said, "All of them are going to be great, but when you watch Exum, you see the ability to be a generational talent. My owner might kill me, but I think you take Exum, regardless of what the other guys do this year. Exum's already proved it to me."
By proving it, that executive was likely talking about Exum's performances during international summer competition.
In 2012, he finished fourth in scoring at the U17 FIBA World Championships with 17.3 points per game.
The following summer, he was invited to participate in the 2013 Nike Hoops Summit, where he played alongside Wiggins and against Parker and Randle. After generating buzz all week in practice, Exum went on to score 16 points in the main event during the World's win over U.S.A.
But his most impressive feat came at the 2013 U19 FIBA World Championships, when he led Australia to a bronze after putting up 18.2 points and 3.8 assists a game.
Exum went for 33 against Spain and 28 against Lithuania in July, earning the full attention of NBA onlookers in the process.
He's built a little like Wiggins—thin, yet incredibly explosive with a first step that makes him impossible to contain off the bounce.
At 6'6'', he's a ball-handling guard and problem for every opposing backcourt. The mismatch he presents is what really drives his unique NBA upside. He's got the skill set to play either the 1 or the 2 while maintaining a substantial physical advantage at each.
Quick, shifty and elusive, Exum draws a ton of fouls simply because nobody is able to stay in front of him.
With the ability to break down the defense and the instincts to know what's around it, he's a playmaking machine off the dribble.
As a scorer, Exum has the ability to completely take over a game. He's a tough cover whether he's generating offense with the ball in his hands or playing off of it as a 2-guard.
And though not the best shooter, Exum has tremendous confidence, which allows him to score points in a hurry or in bunches on the perimeter.
Like Wiggins, Exum is also dynamite in the open floor. And with a point guard's handle, he's able to initiate the break himself and take it coast to coast.
Defensively, Exum has massive potential with the foot speed, length and size to completely overwhelm. He's going to have a few extra inches in every direction against almost any point guard he faces.
Exum's two-way upside is really can't-miss, and makes the 2014 draft even more star-studded than it currently seems.
He's a game-changer. We just haven't seen anything like him, which really plays to his appeal as franchise guard. For Exum to go No. 1, we're probably going to need a general manager with maximum job security—especially with how well the American kids look this year.
But this isn't just another international prospect. Exum is the real deal, and should be considered a surefire challenger at the top of the lottery.
"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.
I've posted this 2 times on this board already. The fact of the matter is that BC himself considered Drummond "top 5 talent", "top 3 physical specimen", and knowingly passed on him to draft Ross "for fit" and "mental makeup issues". Colangelo confirmed this himself, on the record, defending his selection.
http://thebiglead.com/2012/11/16/bry...mental-makeup/"Picking eighth, I passed on somebody I consider a top-five talent in the draft because we felt like he didn’t have the right mental makeup. I passed on someone we thought was a top-three physical specimen because we felt he wasn’t the right fit for our team and didn’t have the right mental makeup."
Dwane Casey is also an accomplice to this crime, as it is pretty clear from this interview right after Ross is drafted that Casey is really high on Ross and a strong supporter of the pick. Without knowing the details, I would go so far as to speculate that Casey was the main driver behind the Ross pick, based on his glowing comments.
If I remember correctly, Drummond was jockeying back and forth with Anthony Davis for the first half of the year for the #1 spot in mock drafts. The talent was always there.
"I don't lie. I willfully participate in a campaign of misinformation." - Fox Mulder
OC - Portland is a nice team, but they have a very limited ceiling. What are they ever going to accomplish in the Western Conference playoffs, really?
The take away from them is that they have had success by building an identity around Aldridge and finding guys who fit the mould.
The Raps need an identity to build around and fit players into, but they also need franchise talent to help define their identity. In some ways, tank/anti-tank comes down to which of those comes first - the chicken or the egg?
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