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    raps need to draft enes kanter and start him along side bargs that would be a good front court as kanter is a tough rebounding big man id take enes kanter with the 3rd pick in the draft
    I sitl be lieve Valanciunas is the better player. BC doesnt put un athletic players on the team. athletic players is the new lok of the raps. val is freakishly long and tall and run the floor well. his favoirte player is dwight howard and both were skinny guys at 18.. look at dwight now. not saying val will end up as big as dwight but its nice to hear that Val admires this type of player.

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    Quote pesterm1 wrote: View Post
    I sitl be lieve Valanciunas is the better player. BC doesnt put un athletic players on the team. athletic players is the new lok of the raps. val is freakishly long and tall and run the floor well. his favoirte player is dwight howard and both were skinny guys at 18.. look at dwight now. not saying val will end up as big as dwight but its nice to hear that Val admires this type of player.
    I know Colangelo (if he is still running things) has said he would not want more than one rookie next year because the team is young enough - however - if teams feel this is a weak draft and a second lottery pick presents itself, I'd love to see it used on Valanciunas (using the Raps own 1st round pick depends on where they pick). Even if he stayed in Europe for another season, I'm fine with that. I am thinking about 2-3 seasons down the road when the Raps might actually be able to compete and Valanciunas would be 21-22.

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    im still staying confident and following my gut that raptors will have the second pick and cavs will get the first.

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    Quote pesterm1 wrote: View Post
    im still staying confident and following my gut that raptors will have the second pick and cavs will get the first.
    How can your gut tell you where ping pong balls may fall? Nobody knows what's going to happen, so we've just gotta take it as it comes.
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    i just feel like the NBA will pick cleavland as no.1 and toronto as no.2. both teams we raped by their best players this year. its clear to me ( if u dont choose to agree then dont) that this miami thing was prearranged and was definetly planned out again this is only my opinion. the nba didint look into the curruption but its not hard to see something fishy happend. IMO the nba is slightly rigged like alot of other things in life. thats why i think the nba will help these 2 franchses out because they were screwed.
    Last edited by pesterm1; Sat Apr 23rd, 2011 at 04:46 AM.

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    Miami could have definitely been called out for tampering but what can you do, I guess.

    I fully expect the raps to fall in the draft to like 5 or 6.
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    Keep in mind the league in no shape or form has EVER helped this team out, dating back to the original draft. So yeah I wouldnt expect much.
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    I struck #1 five straight times playing the ESPN mock lottery - it must be a sign.
    Lol me too , I doubt is because I also hit Detroit and Utah like 6 times

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    no offense but we don't need anymore soft white guys on this team, if we don't get a top derrick williams then i'm trading the pick for a sf that can score
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    What's with the "soft white guys" comment? Would they really be any better if they were "soft black guys"? I would say we only have one truly soft guy on this team anyways, he wears #7. If you consider Calderon white, then he and Kleiza are much "harder" than just about the whole team, minus Joey, Reggie and JJ.
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    Quote Mack North wrote: View Post
    What's with the "soft white guys" comment? Would they really be any better if they were "soft black guys"? I would say we only have one truly soft guy on this team anyways, he wears #7. If you consider Calderon white, then he and Kleiza are much "harder" than just about the whole team, minus Joey, Reggie and JJ.
    ok, we don't need anymore white guys on this team and i'm not racist
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    Quote knickz wrote: View Post
    ok, we don't need anymore white guys on this team and i'm not racist
    lol... riiiiiiiiiight ( as i roll my eyes)

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    Quote knickz wrote: View Post
    ok, we don't need anymore white guys on this team and i'm not racist
    That's a pretty racist comment. It shouldn't matter if a guy is white, black, yellow, green, purple - it just matters if they can ball.

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    i think what knickz means to say is he doesnt know what racism means. therefore his comment is not racist... or am i missing something?

    also whenever people say " im not racist" it means theyre racist... if somone was not racist they dont need to explain to others theyre not racist. IMO of course.

    you might be better off deleting your "white guy" comment now. that stuffs not cool .
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    I feel like the #1 and #2 picks are pretty set at this point. it looks like whoever selects 1st will take irving and 2nd pick will take williams. everyone seems to thin that the next player taken will be a C in either Kanter or Val. all 4 of the players have been dissucssed to death at this point so id like to bring up a player who has been forgoten.

    i metioned this in the "draft thread" but the only 2 players in the draft that i see as BC material are williams and knight. both are athletic players with the will to improove, good leaders, good attitude, and both player multiple possitions.

    also knight was the best pg in thee nation comming out of high school, he played for kentucky and made it to the ncaa finals.

    If we dont get a high enough pick ( 1 or 2 / - irving or williams) we should strongly consider knight with the 3rd pick. Knight is listed as the 2nd best pg in the draft after irving ( who didint even play) PG's are a must have in the NBA and i ihnk knight could turn into a very solid PG. many have said he is more of a SG buth i think he would have no problem playing a pg. plus if he can play both he can be a good pairing with bayless.

    http://www.nbadraft.net/players/brandon-knight - player profile from nbadraft.net

    Strengths: Big point guard with excellent size and speed and scoring ability … Extremely fast player who excels pushing the ball up the court …. Has a tremendous first step to get by opponents off the dribble … Strong one on one player … Excellent at driving to the basket, good body control, and a quality finisher on the move … Very creative passer … Quick decision maker … A fierce competitor, really steps his level of play up in big situations … High motor guy. Plays with a high level of intensity and passion … Strong work ethic, constantly looking to improve both his body and game … His body has seen an impressive transformation from his sophomore to senior year of high school … Has an excellent jumpshot with range out to 3 point … Good shooter off the dribble … An excellent defender who uses his length and quickness to stay in front of his man … Drew 2 changes per game as a senior in high school … Very smart, engaging young man with a bright future …
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    Thing is, I could totally see Cleveland (if in fact drafting first) taking Williams and then Knight/Kemba with the Clippers pick. If we can somehow get the second pick we'd still be in play for Irving
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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    Thing is, I could totally see Cleveland (if in fact drafting first) taking Williams and then Knight/Kemba with the Clippers pick. If we can somehow get the second pick we'd still be in play for Irving
    That is a very real possibility depending on the draft order. When you consider DE's top 8:

    Irving
    Williams
    Valanciunas
    Walker
    Knight
    Biyombo
    Kanter
    Veesley

    and then consider MIN, WSH, and Utah may not go for PG's - one of Knight or Walker could be available around 8.

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    One player that has really peaked my interest is Enes Kanter. My fear however is that he may not be big enough to play the five.
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    Thats like the last thing to worry about with Kanter
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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    We can still get him next year!
    do you really want them to be that shit again?
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