Source: Thestar.comďI donít really care if someone doesnít have (raw Congolese teenaged centre) Bismack Biyombo on the board at five, Iíll consider him if heís the right pick for this team and the right talent and we project him out the right way,Ē Colangelo said, discussing his draft options after introducing Dwane Casey as the teamís new coach.
ďSame with (San Diego State forward) Kawhi Leonard. You donít see him mentioned at five often, maybe at seven, but at the end of the day, you do what you think is right for your team and whatís right based on the years of experience and judgment you put into this.Ē
Just watch TSN. They have in-depth analysis three days leading up to the draft, including broadcasting all day the day of the draft. They even have a trade deadline day show where all they do is sit and talk about potential trades.
Wait, thats hockey.
Big step in hopefully the right direction. Whether we get Knight, Kemba, Leonard or Biyombo, it feels like our core is really starting to take shape.
Who knows, maybe 3 years from now we'll look back and say this is the draft we took ________ and built something great.
Tonight can't come fast enough.
We either pick Kemba Walker or nothing. My instincts just tell me Walker can turn this franchise around. He's a proven winner and he has great talent and great personality. Plus this guy fits raptors as well. If you think Brandon Knight is the guy, I want to know why? This guy seems so quiet. Maybe he has better talent than walker. But which guy do you think that can turn this franchise around and be the leader to this team?
Also, I take exception to you saying "You act as though the guy is a plague that no one would want." I recognize that Bargs is a very talented offensive player, and could even get better offensively. The only thing I questioned about your original statement (sigh) is that I doubted that one of the other 8 teams in the top 10 would give up their #1 pick (+ matching salaries) to aquire Bargs. Also, don't think that I don't know that the Raps offense would take a big step back if Bargs was traded.
The only time Bargnani's name ever came up in the media for a trade involving a draft pick was 2007. There was a rumor that Colangelo wanted Yi Jianlian but the Bucks, who were sitting at #6 and were taking him, wanted Bargnani in exchange. Colangelo wouldn't do it then of course; had had only taken the big man 1st overall the year before. So in 2007, before Bargnani had even proven he could do anything well, he could have drawn in the 6th overall pick straight up. Last season he may have proven himself to be a second tier scorer.
I gave you three teams who have been rumored to be looking to potentially deal their pick. Those are three trade partners with established traditional centers to pair him with. In Detroit's couple glory years last decade they had a sweet shooting big man who could drain shots from anywhere. Sheed no doubt was a far, far, far superior defender to Bargnani but again I go back to the idea of Bargnani never having a strong, established coach who was good at teaching D. We don't know what Detroit is looking for in terms offense but I'm willing to bet it's not Charlie V and he's out of town as soon as they can convince someone like the Magic or Suns to make another stupid trade.
Your point about Bargs and the Yi trade is a good one, and the only counter to that point is that Bargs was on his rookie deal at the time, and is now extended at $10M/per, and that makes him a little harder to trade.
Regarding Det, they do have a young, developing 5 to pair with Bargs, and on paper, the 2 of them together do sound good (also taking into account some better coaching in Det for Bargs). My counter (again) is that Det is (almost) capped out, has a number of overvalued players on long-term deals, and may not want to pick up his salary, especially if it means including a skilled rookie on a controlable salary (2011 first rd pick).
If Det was to offer their pick for Bargs, who do you want to see coming the other in the trade (to match salaries)?
Truth be told, there aren't any can't miss players in this draft. None. If Walker really is going to be what you think he's going to be, I'm pretty sure other scouts and GMs would see it and take him in the top 3. Personally, I think he's going to be a decent player, but not an All-Star. But that's just a guess.
Word is there's a big trade in the lotto that's going to blow all the mock drafts apart
Draft express twitter, sorry I'm on my phone dropping a pre-draft deuce
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