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Seriously, Are We Into Consideration Mode Yet? June 26, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Jason Smith, Josh McRoberts, NBA Draft, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Off-Season, Phoenix Suns, Sean Williams, Tiago Splitter.

Sean Williams, Josh McRoberts, Tiago Splitter, Jason Smith, Nick Fazekas, Nick Young, Glen Davis, Derrick Byars.

See the names above, my god, how do you possibly choose from all the prospects above, I mean somebody has something you want, but another too has something the team needs, but wait this guy has some history with him, and the other guy equals to excessive baggage, It’s a hell of a process, and to think of how the pick would evovle after a season in the league is somewhat unthinkable.

As for myself, trying to pick a player for the Nets to draft is like trying to look for a mothball inside a pool of marbles. At first I was big on Josh McRoberts, 2.2 blocks per game isn’t a fluke, add in the fact that he’s a good passer, he would complement the team very well, but I had problems with Duke prospects, because it seems that Duke players are always college only players, the never translate to those legendary type NBA players (exception being Grant Hill).

Then came Tiago Splitter, big, polished scorer down the post, good offensive rebounder, solid defender, sounds like a steal at this juncture of the draft, but wait, for three straight years Splitter declared for the draft and for three straight years, Splitter pulled out from the draft at the very last moment, add in his buy out issues with Tau Vitoria and his contract problems. So he seems like a no-no suddenly.

Jason Smith, tons of potential, low post scorer, but he played for a team which sucked..alot, and it’s not like we don’t have somebody that could play like him, It’s just that I don’t think he’s proved himself enough to be that highly rated of a prospect, I prefer Fazekas.

Now there’s Sean Williams, I’m not a big fan of him due to his past, BUT what if he’s already turned the corner, and he’s a reborned dude with the same insane skills and talent? That would be perfect right?

In Fact, he looks like he already did.

The polite, accommodating, serious, committed, mature Sean Williams? “Williams says to the gathered masses, “How y’all doing? My name is Sean Williams.” He then shakes the hand of everyone in attendance with the exception of one person — his mother, Audry. She gets a kiss.”

So his stock gets raised like a thousand miles upwards, and I picked him in the Sports Projection Mock Draft, but still has he really turned the corner? That remains to be seen, and whether will the Nets draft him? That remains to be seen too.

And talking bout the draft, I e-mailed long time Nets fan Sean Serritella about the team trading the 17th pick over to the Suns, here’s what he said.

Well the Nets might trade their pick to Philadelphia for their 21st and 30th pick according to Netsdaily. If the Nets could get Sean Williams AND Nick Fazekas, wow.

Wow indeed, By The Way, the second round of the SB Nation Mock Draft is over at Bullets Forever, be sure to check it out as the Nets have two picks, sorry make it three picks in the second round. (47th, 48th, 55th.)

The Great Blogger Mock Draft 2K7, Prehistoric Draft year June 21, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brandan Wright, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Derrick Byars, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Jason Smith, Javaris Crittenton, Josh McRoberts, Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Marco Belinelli, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Mock Draft, Morris Almond, NBA, NBA Draft, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Portland TrailBlazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards.
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The GREAT BLOGGER MOCK DRAFT 2007, it’s different from the SB Nation Mock Draft, but still it is a mock draft.

Pick #1 
Portland Trail Blazers – Henry –
True Hoop
Greg Oden, Ohio State, Fr, C

Greg Oden: by a whisker. Kevin Durant will punish the Blazers for a decade at least for this pick. He’s a beautiful thing to watch, and if Portland ends up taking Durant, I’m THRILLED. But I just got this GM job and I want to keep it, and I have a feeling that with Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Greg Oden we’re going to be just fine.

Pick #2
Seattle Supersonics  – Chris – Sonics Central
Kevin Durant, Texas, Fr, SF

Kevin Durant

Pick #3
Atlanta  Hawks – Ryan –
Hoops Addict
Al Horford, Florida, Jr, PF

Al Horford: The Hawks are tempted to go with the PG they desperately need but GM McNeill decided to wait until the 11th pick in the hopes that Mike Conley Jr is still on the board. If he’s not there, the Hawks will “settle” for the 2007 Bob Cousy Award recipitent.

Zaza Pachulia is a temporarily solution at best for the Hawks and they are looking for some beef up front to pair alongside Sheldon Williams. Williams is a bit undersized as a starting centre at 6’9″ but with a wingspan of 8’8″ he could be paired alongside Harford who is 6’10” to provide a dynamic rebounding duo.

Pick #4
Memphis Grizzlies – la287 –
Daily Basketball
Brandan Wright, North Carolina, Fr, PF

Brandan Wright: Making his final draft selection as GM of the Memphis Grizzlies, Jerry West decided to add another athletic big man to their roster. “The lottery this year is full of athletic big men, but we feel that Wright can step in right away (no pun intended) and contribute to our team. Wright has the potential to be a major star in this league.”

Pick #5 
Boston Celtics – Jeff –
Celtics Blog
Yi Jianlian, China, Guangdong Tigers, 20, PF

Yi Jianlian: Danny Ainge will be trading for immediate help so he can afford to take the best talent available.  Danny thinks Yi is the best talent available.

Pick #6
Milwaukee Bucks – Jeff – 
Celtics Blog
Mike Conley Jr, Ohio State, Fr, PG

Mike Conley Jr: If Conley lasts this long, he won’t last longer.  He’ll either stay with the Bucks (who are losing Mo Williams) or he’ll be traded to someone that needs a point.

Pick #7
Minnesota Timberwolves- Sonia –
I Heart KG
Corey Brewer, Florida, Jr, SF

Corey Brewer: While looking to build for the future, the team is also in the market for immediate help and Brewer fits the bill. A great defender with a demonstrated knack to be clutch, his work ethic and winning attitude will make him a welcome addition to the team.

Pick #8 
Charlotte Bobcats – Serena – Bobcat Bonfire
Joakim Noah, Florida, Jr, PF/C

Joakim Noah: The Bobcats will take Joakim Noah.  Reason:  This big man could be the next best thing for the Bobcats.  He’s talented, athletic, and he knows the game.  He will add a lot to what the Bobcats already have.

Pick #9 
Chicago Bulls- Fanatical Pupil –
Give Me The Rock
Spencer Hawes, Washington, Fr, C

Spencer Hawes: The Bulls really wanted Joakim Noah, but what can you do? Julian Wrights was definitely a consideration, but without any trade proposals on the table (yeah, I know we didn’t do that), Hawes fills the need for the Bulls and is talented enough to warrant the number nine position. Wright probably is the more talented player overall, but with Deng and Tyrus Thomas already on the roster, he would have created a logjam at the 6-9 SF-wannabe-PF position.

If Hawes can do what PJ Brown currently does, he was worth the pick.

Pick #10 
Sacramento Kings – Tom Ziller –
Sactown Royalty
Jeff Green, Georgetown, Jr, PF

Jeff Green: provides immediate help not only at small forward (should Ron Artest retire), but also for Sacramento’s underpowered frontcourt. Green can fill in immediately at power forward, and his passing ability should help take pressure off of Kevin Martin and Mike Bibby. With some youngish defensive specialists at SF already (John Salmons, Francisco Garcia) we went with Green over Julian Wright with a nod to offense and size.

Pick #11 
Atlanta Hawks – Ryan –
Hoops Addict
Acie Law IV, Texas A&M, Sr, PG

Acie Law IV: Are you kidding me? Law’s still on the board? Atlanta would be all over him like a fat kid on a smartie.I thought for sure that not filling a need (point) would doom but Hawks but they lucked out by getting the Bob Cousy Award winner from last season. I remember last year the Raptors targeted Bargani as their target and there was talk they could trade down and still nab him – however BC was set on Bargnani as his man so he stuck with Bargnani with the #1 pick. I still believe the Hawks will pull something similar and nab Conley at #3 but if they are able to wait for a PG with the #11 pick and nab Law the Hawks may have a chance to be one of the East’s elite teams in a couple years. However, this is Atlanta we are talking about…

Between adding a double-double candidate in Horford to pair with Sheldon Williams and Josh Smith in the frontcourt, the Hawks now have their backcourt tandem in Law and Joe Johnson and things are looking bright in A Town.

Pick #12 
Philadelphia Sixers – Jon –
Passion and Pride
Julian Wright, Kansas, So, SF/PF

Julian Wright: His athleticism is off the charts and his game is still developing, but he can play both forward spots and will make an impact at the next level.  The only question is his jumpshot, which can be worked out with practice.  He will create all kinds of matchup problems with his quickness and length.  He is best suited to the small forward position where he can overpower people, but his ability to outmaneuver power forwards is just as noteworthy.

Pick #13 
New Orleans Hornets –
Keith Dardis 
Al Thornton ,Florida State, Sr, SF

Al Thornton: Chris Paul needs a mature, athletic running mate to dish the ball to. Chances are that the Hornets will lose Desmond Mason to free agency. Thornton can come in and contribute right away. He will most likely be put in the small forward slot, immediately making the Hornets a big team with David West and Tyson Chandler down low. Thornton creates matchup problems by being a 6’8″ forward with three-point range.

Pick #14 
L.A. Clippers – Steve Perrin  –
Clips Nation
Nick Young, USC, Jr, SG

Nick Young: With the 14th pick in the 2007 draft, the Los Angeles Clippers select Nick Young of the University of Southern California.  Young is a terrific athlete who can get his own shot, and has good range on his jumper.  His workouts have been impressive, displaying an ability to finish and shoot the NBA three as well.  With Cuttino Mobley in his 30’s and Corey Maggette’s future uncertain, the Clippers need to add athleticism and shooting range on the wings, and Young does both.  Plus, he’s an LA product who actually wants to play for the Clippers – seems like a perfect fit.

The Clippers still need a point guard given the uncertain situation with Shaun Livingston’s knee and Sam Cassell’s age, but with the best two point guards already off the board and Javaris Crittendon a couple of years from helping, Nick Young on the wing is the best choice for the Clippers.

Pick #15 
Detroit Pistons- Matt –
Detroit Bad Boys
Rodney Stuckey, E. Washington, Fr, SG/PG

Rodney Stuckey: provides instant offense off the bench, something the Pistons have lacked in recent years. He can play both positions in the backcourt, filling Carlos Delfino’s void at the two and giving the team a semi-respectable backup at the point for the time first time in years. (Sorry, Flip Murray) Had he gone to a bigger school, he probably would have been gone already, so the proverbial chip on his shoulder is also a welcome addition to a frequently complacent team.

Pick #16 
Washington Wizards – Pradamaster – 
Bullets Forever
Derrick Byars, Vanderbilt, Sr, SF/SG

Derrick Byars: While the Wizards’ biggest need is probably an intimidating presence in the middle, that’s not going to be found with the 16th pick.  Rather that draft another second-rate big to add to the cirque du soleil of second-rate bigs on the roster, the lack of depth on the wing should be addressed.  Byars is the perfect fit for this Wizards team, having played in the Princeton offense while at Vanderbilt.  He’s a solid all-around performer that, in addition to his scoring, plays excellent defense, which this team really needs.  He’s also an excellent shooter, a strong ball-handler, and a fantastic passer for his position.  I’m personally shocked that he isn’t getting more attention.  

The main criticisms  with Byars seem to be that he does a lot of things well, but nothing spectacularly.  Hmm…sounds a lot like the 2006 Rookie of the Year, doesn’t it?

Pick #17 
New Jersey Nets- sirnanzy (your’s truly) – HOOPLAH NATION
Tiago Splitter, Brazil, Tau Vitoria, 22, C

Tiago Splitter: New Jersey selects Tiago Splitter from Brazil with the 17th pick of the draft, Splitter are one of the few centers left in the draft who can score with his back towards the basket, he’s also a very proficient offensive rebounder, something the Nets needed to improve on immeadiately.

He’s also very proficient in the open court, which is an important trait when you’re on the same team with Jason Kidd, he will definitely be a huge upgrade over Jason Collins, in fact almost any center would be better than Collins.

Pick #18 
Golden State Warriors- GSOM –
Golden State of Mind
Thaddeus Young, Georgia Tech, Fr, SF

Thaddeus Young: Getting Young to get even younger? Why?

Yes, Young is another project and the Warriors are littered with enough youth, but what’s a GM supposed to do this late in the draft? None of the trades the Warriors were mock-offered made any sense. Therefore you take the best player available even if he’s a project. The Dubs will need to swing some trades and make some key signings to take the next step to perennial playoff team in the loaded Western Conference and Young makes it easier to part with some of that youth. It’s a chess move that sets up an even bigger and more spectacular move this offseason.

Young has the biggest upside of anyone left on the board and just a year ago if Stern didn’t institute that silly age limit he would have been a top 10 pick straight out of high school. That 2006 draft will go down as one of the worst in NBA history. Young is a better fit for the NBA than the college ball scene. He has all the tools and physical gifts to be an All Star small forward several years down the line. If he can contribute a few minutes off the bench playing Nellie’s brand of hoops this season it’s just icing on the cake.

Pick #19 
L.A. Lakers – Don –
With Malice
Josh McRoberts, Duke, So, PF

With the 19th pick of the draft, the Los Angeles Lakers
select Josh McRoberts of Duke.

Josh McRoberts: Surprising that McRoberts was still on the board, this was a fairly easy choice for us to make.  McRoberts has the tools to become a good NBA starter, and impact the team immediately.  McRoberts is a fantastic addition for us.

Pick #20 
Miami Heat – Darren Heitner – I Want to be a Sports Agent
Javaris Crittenton, Georgia Tech, Fr, PG

With the 20th pick of the draft, the Miami Heat nab Javaris Crittenton

Javaris Crittenton: The Heat were looking to upgrade the PF/C position with either Hawes (who went early) or Splitter.  With Splitter being taken by the Nets at the 17th slot, the Heat decided to fill another hole by selecting a young, talented point guard out of Georgia Tech, Javaris Crittenton.  The PF/C need should be addressed with the Heat’s newly acquired 2nd round pick.

Pick #21 
Philadelphia Sixers – Jon –
Passion and Pride
Jason Smith, Colorado State, Jr, PF/C

Jason Smith: is a great addition to the big man tandem of Sam Dalembert and Steven Hunter.  He’s a relentless rebounder and highly skilled offensive player.  His shot blocking ability in college might not translate as well in the pros, but he’s a solid defender as well.  With this pick, the Sixers satisfy the need for some help in the middle and on the glass while providing another scoring option up front.

Pick #22 
Charlotte Hornets – Serena –
Bobcat Bonfire
Marc Gasol, Spain, Barcelona, 21, C

With the 22nd pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Bobcats select: Marc Gasol.

Marc Gasol: Young, talented, and he’s a true Center.  The Bobcats desperately need to fill this position, and Gasol would be a great addition to the team.  He may need some help on the defensive end, but I have faith that Sam Vincent can get that under control.  And if not, well, we always have Gerald Wallace to lean on!

Pick #23 
New York Knicks – Seth –
Posting and Toasting
Morris Almond, Rice, Sr, SG

Morris Almond: With the 23rd pick, the Posting and Toasting’s New York Knicks select Morris Almond from Rice University. We’re desperate for another shooter on the roster, and Almond’s a guy who- at the very least- can fill it up from outside. He’s got the potential to grow into something more. Also, I took Sean Williams in the SB Nation Mock Draft, so I’ll mix things up. Almond it is.

Pick #24 
Phoenix Suns – Dan Hilton –
Bright Side Of the Sun
Rudy Fernandez, Spain, Joventut Badalona, 22, SG

With the 24th pick, the Suns pick Rudy Fernandez – mostly because he won’t come play yet and the Suns can keep him off the books regarding payment as well.  I suspect the Suns will package the picks with some players to try and move up in the real draft.

Pick #25 
Utah Jazz – UtesFan89 – 
Win Or Go Home
Aaron Gray, Pittsburgh, Sr, C

With the 25th pick, the Jazz take C Aaron Gray of Pittsburgh.

Aaron Gray: He provides the Jazz with a back-up center (no, I don’t think highly enough of Jarron Collins to call him that) that is ready to contribute now. He’s a bit better defender than Visser (which is why I took Gray despite having Visser, and not Gray, in my top-10 prospects for the Jazz. If he can play some D, gather a couple of boards and score when the opportunity comes (a la Millsap), the Jazz will be fine.

The wing-spot can be addressed in the 2nd round, as a wing drafted in the 1st probably won’t play much behind Brewer, Fish, Giricek, AK and Harp. Of course, a trade (of AK) changes all of this, but we’ll assume that that’s not happening.

Pick #26 
Houston Rockets- Daryl Morey
Nick Fazekas, Nevada Wolf Pack, Sr, PF

Houston will take Nick Fazekas – ummm, just because that’s what a couple of mocks said.  Apparently new GM Daryl Morey (a stat head) likes him.

Pick #27 
Detroit Pistons – Matt –
Detroit Bad Boys
Sean Williams, Boston College, Jr, C

Sean Williams: Yes, Williams has a checkered past, but he’ll have a chance to clean up his act on Detroit’s veteran-heavy roster. With Rasheed Wallace spending half of the game camped out by the three-point line, the Pistons could use a force in the paint, and Williams is exactly that.

Pick #28 
San Antonio Spurs – Matthew Powell –
Pounding The Rock
Gabe Pruitt, USC, Jr, PG

With the 28th pick, the Spurs select Gabe Pruitt

Gabe Pruitt: The Spurs most glaring weakness is backup PG.  Jacque Vaughn, despite his tenacity, grit and hustle, is a crude stopgap at best.  Pruitt brings youth, size and the ability to hit the long range j.

Pick #29 
Phoenix Suns – Dan Hilton
Bright Side Of the Sun
Marco Belinelli, Italy, Climamio Bologna, 21, SG

With the 29th pick, the Suns select Marco Belinelli.

Marco Belinelli: I really think the Suns will trade both of these picks but if they do keep them, the team will be looking for guys that can keep within the system Mike D’Antoni has set up.   I don’t know much about Belinelli except that he is supposed to be a pure shooter so on that front he would fit into the Suns’ system nicely.

Pick #30 
Philadelphia Sixers – Jon –
Passion and Pride
Arron Afflalo, UCLA, Jr, SG

With the 30th pick, the Philadelphia 76ers select Arron Afflalo

Arron Afflalo: The Sixers can go with best available here, draft a need, or select a foreign project for the future.  Petteri Koponen, Kyrylo Fesenko, Glen Davis, and Dominic McGuire were all considered, but Afflalo is the best available and would give the Sixers a better option than Rodney Carney or Willie Green alongside Andre Iguodala on the wing.

Playoffs Lookaround: Isn’t it Exciting? May 14, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, NBA Discussions, NBA Playoffs, NBA predictions, NBA talk, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz.

Chicago – Detroit blowout series I had high hopes with these series going down to the wire, the Bulls and the Pistons are quite similar teams, plays defense, scores on halfcourts sets and no they have no real go to player (ok, Detroit has Billups), but man, the Pistons showed why they are the class of the East didn’t they, three straight wins against the Bulls, all of them by big margins, the Bulls just couldn’t settle, i see shades of 2004 here, during then Rasheed Wallace was the key piece added to the team, 2007’s piece could be Chris Webber.
Pistons lead 3-0
(edit: Bulls did win game 4 but it’s really sooner or later right now.)

San Antonio – Phoenix grudge series

boy oh boy, this is turning out to be another one of those classic playoff matchups isn’t it, game 1 featured a bloody nose, game 2 had players kicking players attempting dunks, the fallout? the War of Words, Bruce Bowen said he isn’t dirty, i mean come on, which dirty player would ever admit that he was dirty? it’s like the Prime Minister admitting to corruption. Manu Ginobili said he was taking hits too when he’s attacking the rim, yo, Manu, see this, you flopped too much to be taken seriously.So what’s keeping the Spurs in this series? oh yes, good ole Duncan, 32 points in that big game 1, which meant they took care of the Sun’s homecourt advantage. and having won game 3, took a step further to another Western Conference Finals appearance.But i do hope the Suns win this, because for what i’m worth, i think the Spurs are by far the most annoying team in the league, i would have branded them worse if it wans’t for Brent Barry. First, you got the boring dude TD, then you have a dirty player, and then an obssesive big head with a celeb fiancee, a guy who crumbles to the floor on the miniest sign of contact, and a random Center position player generator. how annoying is this starting five? let’s not go to the bench.
Spurs lead 2-1

Golden State – Utah, Arena Showdown series

Everyone was crazed about how raucous the crowd in the Oracle was, but look at the fans in Utah, they pumped the Energy Solutions Arena to a standstill, but Warriors fan needs to focus right herem your team just won one game, although in spectacular faashion, it’s still just one game, you need to claw back to 2 apiece before you can call it a series.

But if you watched the Warriors played in game 3, you have to agree that that team is spectacular, threes after threes, dunks after dunks, big plays after big plays, amazing stuff, Baron Davis just stamped his mark into playoff folklore with that dunk on Kirilenko,

Jazz couldn’t have done better in games 1 and 2, but the root of their problems in game 3? starting Derek Fisher, man i know he’s brave courageous or whatever fuck he is, they give him too much credit for what he’s doing right now, and i don’t agree that you’ll beat the Warriors with both of your starting Guards standing at 6’3, and they are not that particularly fast. No matter who wins, this it has already been a magical season for both teams, but my money is on the Warriors, i’m jumping onto the Warriors Nation bandwagon, oh i did already!
Jazz leads 2-1