2014 NBA Draft Live Blog

Mallory and Nate will be consuming craft beer (drink responsibly) and live blogging the 2014 NBA draft.  #GoCavs

Holy cow!  I’m late.  A long trip to New Jersey to get some Great Lakes (I swear) has resulted in me being late.  But HOLY MOLY ANDREW WIGGINS!   Thoughts?

2nd Pick is (no surprise) Anth…errr Jabari Parker.  What do you guys think?  Perfect fit?  I’m glad he’s near home, at least?  Who should Philly pick?

Nate: Mallory, So I’m drinking Fat Head’s Sunshine Daydream Session ale.  You?

Mallory: I’m freezing some GLBC Wright Pils.  Lets hope it’s cold in time for me to make fun of LA.

3rd Pick is…JOEL EMBIID!  Nate is probably excited about this, because he loves broken down centers (which there are now two of in Philly…)

Nate: 4th Pick is… Aaron Gordon!? Because who needs a point guard when you can get a 6’9″ energy guy!?

Mallory: This is insane.  Did anyone see this coming?  Aaron Gordon totally knew this was coming – he’s wearing Magic Blue.  Really, though, does this mean Exum may fall?  If so, should Cleveland trade up for him?

Nate: I’m in shock. Aaron Gordon is the Tristan Thompson of this draft. The Shawn Marion/Kawhi Leonard comparisons don’t make sense.

5th Pick is… Dante Exum, who can’t be happy to be in Utah when the Celtics and Lakers are next.

Mallory:  Is Dennis Lindsey the next David Kahn?  Will Utah take another PG next year?  And is Exum the cockiest person in this draft?  Because his interview would certainly suggest so.  Most importantly, is he or Kyrie the best Australian-born PG in the NBA?

Side note from Nate and Mallory: Are Bill and Jalen too buddy-buddy?

6th Pick is… Marcus Smart. Crud the Celtics just got a steal.

Nate: Also, Delly is the best Aussie PG in the NBA. Check out my draft survival kit.

Mallory: This means Rondo is out.  No question.  The big question is where does he end up?  I’m guessing…I honestly don’t know.

7th pick is…Julius Randle.  A great player – tough, smart, crafty.  I guess Vonleh is falling.  Randle could’ve been a top 4 pick before this season.

Side note: A Shake Shack reference was just made.  New Yorkers, applaud yourselves.

Nate: Randle, a good player, not a great player, but Gordon and Randle are both players with no outside game. Can you win with those guys in the current NBA? Would either have gotten off the bench in the finals?

8th pick is… Nik Stauskus. Shooting, ball-handling, a knock down shooter, irrational confidence… It’s a taller Jimmer!

Mallory:  Basically, Nate is saying this is a future bust.  I have no feelings, except that Vonleh is FREE.  (dun dun dunnnnnn) FREE FALLLLLLINNGGGGGG!  Is he going to be a Bobornet?

Nate: Has any player who has ears like Alfred E. Neuman ever succeeded?  It’s the same reason I’m down on Manziel.

Neuman

9th pick is… Noah Vonleh. He has big hands and he can shoot when absolutely no one is guarding him. The next Andrew Nicholson. Woot.

Mallory:  Vonleh seems like a nice, smart kid, per is interview.  Happy for him.  Imagine if he’s half-decent?  Charlotte could end up scary.

David Griffin interview!  What I’m learning?  He’s good at saying “the right things.”  He makes old-man jokes about Wiggins’ jacket, too.

10th pick is…Elfrid Payton.  OK, what the WHAT?  Not a great jump shooter, decent defender, tough…I guess MCW’s days are really numbered.  Why, though?  Nate – got any answers?

Nate: Jay Bilas with the line of the night, “Elfrid Payton brings… a great hair do!” Seriously though, Philly is trying to eclipse the losing records of last year with two guards who can’t shoot. MCW just gave the most awkward interview I’ve seen in a while. Looks like he thinks he’s being moved. One of these guys is being moved, right?

Also the Griff interview means we’re out of the woods on a Wiggins trade, right?

Elfrid Payton’s Louisiana Lafayette numbers match Rondo’s numbers at Kentucky’s which means… nothing.

Mallory: Poor MCW.  Yes, I just called the reigning ROY “poor.”

11th pick is…Doug McDermott.  DOUGIE D!  Is this the draft of redundancy?  What happens to Gallinari now?  Long, hybrid shooter SF/PF types?  He’s gotta be moved, right?

Nate: Just heard McBuckets might be going to the Bulls which… crud, I don’t want Thibs getting his hands on McBuckets. I can just imagine Tristan Thompson guarding Dougie from 10 feet away, and Thibs will figure out how to hide McDermott on defense.

12th pick is… Dario Saric… wearing a fantastic pink bow-tie. Dance Dario, Dance.

Mallory: I have no feeling on this.  Except…doesn’t Orlando need a PG?  Like, badly?  I get the whole “stash” concept.  but still…

13th Pick is…Zach LaVine.  Long, athletic “pg” (aka he’s not that tall and can kinda pass).  He’s raw.  I get it, for the Wolves, though.  If they’re going to trade Love, might as well plan for the future, right?  Could end up the Westbrook of 2014.

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT:  Chris Broussard has just reported that, if Lebron signs with Cleveland, K-Love would happily resign with the Cavs (if traded).  MY DREAM SCENARIO IS STILL IN PLAY!!!!

Nate: Ugh. Make room on our inactive list for Kevin Love! Zach LaVine seems like a workout warrior. I think he got a lot of easy buckets from Adams and Kyle Anderson. Not that impressed. This is a classic Minnesota pick, but hey, like I wrote this morning. He’s a swing for the fences pick.

Trade! Saric goes to the Sixers, and Elfrid Payton goes to the Magic. This makes 500 times more sense for both teams.

14th Pick is… T.J. Warren, who went WAY too late in our mock draft. Phoenix gets another nice pick here. Don’t know where he plays with the Morris brothers, but he IS a good scorer and is great in transition and around the basket. He’s one of the last guys left who has “could be an all-star if things break right” ability. Also, his shirt was stolen from a barber shop quartet.

Mallory: C’mon, Nate – you really had to reference our embarrassing mock draft in this post?!  Really, I have no opinion on Warren, except that I think he might’ve gone a little too high, considering his current talent level.  There is a LOT of talent still left on this board.  Think the Cavs may be trying to sneak back in???

15th pick is…Adreian Payne.  Ohio State fans know this guy too well – he’s a great shooter and a tough interior player.  He’s probably close to his ceiling, but he’ll be a great compliment/bench replacement on this Hawks roster.  Is there any team that COULDN’T use Payne?  He’ll be in the NBA for a long time, as long as his body holds up.

Nate: Except he’s completely redundant on Atlanta after Milsap, Horford, and Mike Scott. Gary Harris made more sense. Anyway, no I don’t think the Cavs will sneak back in. The draft is surprisingly boring. No crazy trades yet. No one wants to get fleeced. #TheChrisGrantEffect

Classy moment for the NBA here, honoring Isaiah Austin whose career ended suddenly because of Marfan Syndrome. Very cool. I just got goose bumps when Silver hugged Austin.

Adam Silver is such a pimp. He makes Roger Goodel look (even more) like a buffoon.

16th pick is… Jusuf Nurkic… Serbian Big Country!! This pick is by Chicago for Denver.

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Mallory:  Going back to the Isaiah Austin moment – brought a tear to my eyes.  Great kid, fantastic move.  This issue was outside of Isaiah’s control – I can’t imagine being in his position.  He’s handled it brilliantly.

I’ve gotta believe Nurkic is going to follow in the line of other large foregin white dudes and be very, very mediocre.  I’m basing this on absolutely nothing but previous history.  Still, he looks BIG.

The 17th pick is…James Young.  Simmons is excited – that’s about all I can take from this pick.

A couple twitter posts…

 

And this one, which I can’t post directly.

The 18th pick is… Tyler Ennis. Phoenix gets this draft’s most developed pure point so far. Ennis will be in the NBA for 8+ years.

The 19th pick is… Gary Harris. Denver (via Chicago) gets a nice player here. Harris is solid, but I’m not as sold on him as Jalen and Bill. But, I like him. He also usually sports a superior mustache.

Mallory: After some computer problems…We’re back!  Harris is a good player with a high upside – Denver is loaded with middle level talent!  They’re officially the late 2010s version of the early 2010s Bucks!

The 20th pick is…Bruno Caboclo!  Ummmm…Who?  Fran says he’s the Brazilian Kevin Durant.  Except he’s 7 years away from playing the league?  Apparently he plays at Panera (or something like that…Why would he play at a restaurant?).  He’s two years away from being two years away…from being two years away.

My Wright Pils is finally cold.  BELIEVELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nate: OMG! Bruno Caboclo; grainy footage!; “only two teams saw him play;” he grew up playing basketball on with a basket on the side of a tree (only one of these things is true). Oh my lord, this is why I love the NBA draft. Bruno wins this year’s Christian Eyenga award for the most irrelevant first rounder, and  Fran Fascilla takes the lead in the one liner contest. “This kid is two years away from being two years away.” Gotta love Toronto.

The 21st pick is… Mitch McGary… Jay Bilas: “this is really big guy who can really run.” OKC gets a center prospect who failed a drug test. What could he do in a playoff series?  6 fouls, that’s what.

Malory: I don’t hate this pick as much as you, Nate.  Mitchy boy is tough, and energetic.  I mean, I don’t love it, especially when Rodney Hood is there.  Really, OKC?  You don’t want a shooter?  I guess the Thunder learned more than we thought from that Spurs series…

The 22nd pick is…Jordan Adams!  OK, I really don’t know much about Adams, but Nate has a strong opinion here.  Take it away, Nate…!

Nate: This guy was the centerfold for analytics monthly. Super rebound and steal rates and can score and rebound. Didn’t test out the best athletically, but he will fit right in on the Grizz who need help at the wing spots because Tayshaun Prince is 130 years old.

Watching clips of Exum. He is certainly the most charismatic 19 year old I may have ever seen. He is a marketing dream. I see Australian Cocoa Puffs commercials in his future.

Mallory:  Nate totally stole my Exum crush.  Love this kid – he’s hysterical and well-spoken.  Can’t wait to drive this bandwagon into a ditch!!!!

The 23rd pick is…Rodney Hood.  Finally!  Utah already has a ton of shooters (Hayward, Burks) but at the 23rd pick, why not grab another?  If any of these guys blossoms, watch out for Utah…

The Cavs should probably target Heyward now.

The 24th pick is… Shabazz Napier.

Nate: Hornets get another NCAA tournament winner to go with Kemba Walker… But apparently this trade is for Miami. Crap. Not cause I think Shabazz is that good, but because LeBron loves him. Meh.

Mallory:  Whelp, I guess we can confirm that Lebron’s Twitter feed is the most powerful draft assessment.

The 25th pick is…Clint Capela.  This is a stash, plain and simple.  Apparently he’s good?  We won’t know for a while, that’s for sure.  STASH!  TRADE!  STASH!  TRADE!  SIGN SIGN SIGN!!!!!

Nate: Bilas just said “wingspan.” Take a drink! Still a nice player, though. He’ll be fine.

 

Trade: Denver gets Anthony Randolph to go with the 16th and the 19th for… oh, who cares. Shabazz has me depressed.

The 26th pick is… P.J. Hairston for the Bobcats, apparently. Lit it up as a shooter in the D-League. Kind of a bigger guy at 6’6″ 229. First player out of the D-League to be picked in the first round, so there’s that. Everyone’s starting to get punchy. Simmons just mentioned Cleanthony Early for the 458th time.

Mallory:  I’m still confuzzled as to how the heck Miami just got Napier.  What the heck, NBA?  Didn’t we all live through a lockout so this wouldn’t happen?!?!?!?

Another trade!  76ers get Saric, a future 1st round pick, and a 2nd round pick.  The Magic get Elfrid Payton.  MCW is safe!

The 27th pick is… Bogdan Bogdanovic.  Bogdan Bogdanenstein Bogdaniga Bogie is an excellent young SG – maybe the Karasev of the 2014 draft?  Stash stash stash!

Nate: B Squared! The B.B. Gun! Tom loved this guy, and so did an analyst I read. Phoenix is really doing well this draft.

The 28th pick is… C.J. Wilcox. HEY! I called it in the mock draft. I’m running around my living room like I just scored a goal in the World Cup, and… Oh God… I drank too much beer. I’m dizzy. Simmons is starting to make sense. The Clips should have taken a big. Hold me, Adam.

Mallory: Love this picture…!

The 29th pick is…Josh Heustis.  Excellent defender, really, this kid is…OK, I’m just regurgitating.  Really, though, who the heck is this dude?!?!

The real question of the draft – what happens with the announcement of the first pick of the second round?  Does Adam Silver introduce himself?

Nate: Yeah, Heustis is a baffler. I didn’t have him in the second round. WTF? Oh well, the Cavs have an opportunity to get some good players. But who is the deputy commissioner? The biggest comeback of this draft?  Simmons. He’s been really good in the second half of this draft. And sometime in the next two minutes he will say “Cleanthony Early” for the 852nd time.

The 30th pick is… Kyle Anderson. Crap. Seriously. The Spurs got a guy who should have gone in the lottery. I’m angry. ANGRY!

“The best passer in this draft.” Thanks for rubbing it in, Jay. And did you catch the name of the deputy commissioner? He’s from Brooklyn. He must have a beard.

Mallory:  C’mon, Nate!  Not everyone in Brooklyn has a beard.  For example, one of the guys in my office is too young to have a beard.  See?  TOLD (side note: I work in the music industry.  EVERYONE has a beard).

OK!  SECOND ROUND TIME!!!  Can we get an Aaron Craft chant going????  Or, at the least, a LaQuinton Ross one?

Nate: OK, Mark Tatum is the deputy commissioner, and he looks like Gilbert Godfried and appears incapable of growing a beard.

The 31st pick… Damien Inglis.  Ben profiled him a couple weeks ago. Nice pick, cause Milwaukee needed another small forward.

The Cleanthony Early count is up in the thousands at this point.

 

 

Mallory: I’ve been chanting Early for the last 10 minutes.  And, it looks like it worked, because…

The 32nd pick is…K.J. McDaniels.  All I can says is Nate is not happy he’s not falling to the Cavs.  But whatever.  IT’S CLEANTHONY TIME!

If I had a dollar for every time Rece Davis said “the second round…It’s going to get FAST AND FURIOUS!”  How furious, Rece?

OMG…OMG…HEART ATTACK.

The 33rd pick is…JOE HARRIS!  Wait a second.  Who?  Talk about a let down…

Oh god.  The Knicks are going to land Early!

OK.  So the Knicks, without a first round pick, land Cleanthony Early.  I’m ending it here.  Cavs fans, sound off.  Did the team screw this up?  Should they have taken Early?  Are you happy about Wiggins?  What now?  Ready, set, GO!

Nate: Well, that was underwhelming… With Early, Grant, Jarnell Stokes, Glenn Robinson, Dinwiddie, Russ Smith, and Tavares on the board, the Cavs take a 5th wing. Wheee. Seriously, just take Tavares on a lark there. Harris won’t even make this team. Oh well. Cavs got Wiggins! and free agency starts in July 1st!

Goodnight Mallory. Goodnight Cavs fans!

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DaveR
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DaveR
4 years 2 months ago

Is being the 3rd best player on a championship team bad?

Ross Gumdrop
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Ross Gumdrop
4 years 2 months ago

When you have received as much hype as Andrew Wiggins, yes. (Not that I believe his ceiling is 3rd best player on a championship team.)

Brian
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Brian
4 years 2 months ago

In short, offensive skills. He’s a superfreak athlete who’s going to be great on defense and in transition. And I think he’ll be a decent shooter. But, at this point, the guy should have a handle and in the half court be beating players off the dribble. He doesn’t. I think he projects as a low usage, complementary player, a guy, like Iggy, who could be the third best player on a championship contending team. But he’s not your superstar or even the All-Star sidekick. And while I’d love to have that guy, I hope for something more with the No. 1 overall pick.

Cols714
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Cols714
4 years 2 months ago

Goodness. He’s much better than Iggy, probably already,

Brian
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Brian
4 years 2 months ago

I really, really don’t understand how Andrew Wiggins, in a supposedly good draft, is a No. 1 overall pick. I think his ceiling is Andre Igoudala. If everything breaks right, he’ll be an elite defender and, for a season or two, a borderline All-Star. That’s a very nice player to have. But it’s not a player who transforms a franchise, and that, from a No. 1 overall pick, is for what you’re hoping. Worse, that’s Wiggins’ ceiling.

steeg
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steeg
4 years 2 months ago

I think he will be way better than igy what dont you like about this kid

steeg
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steeg
4 years 2 months ago

Hopefully wiggins will be enough for lbj

Chris K
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Chris K
4 years 2 months ago

Wiggins! Yes, Wiggins!

Charlie E
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Charlie E
4 years 2 months ago

Would have liked to have seen Glenn Robinson III. Was hoping Cappela or McGary fell this far. No dice. Oh well. I have never heard of Joe Harris. So, yeah, awesome.

Wiggins!!!!!

Chris K
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Chris K
4 years 2 months ago

Missed on Early…ugh
…hope we won’t need him…

steeg
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steeg
4 years 2 months ago

Rather have early or Tavares we have a sg in wiggins and waiters y get another we need size

rick in boise
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rick in boise
4 years 2 months ago

Alonzo Gee, we hardly knew ye? Jarrett Jack seems buried farther too?

rick in boise
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rick in boise
4 years 2 months ago

Joe Harris, 6-6 SG from Virginia – maybe a small reach but good shooter (consensus so far…)

John
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John
4 years 2 months ago

SG Joe Harris. Good 3’s shooter and coming off screens

Not sure...
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Not sure...
4 years 2 months ago

Screwed this up

rick in boise
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rick in boise
4 years 2 months ago

We’re up! With the clock running down?

Chris K
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Chris K
4 years 2 months ago

Early is there! Get him!

John
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John
4 years 2 months ago

Well, we have the choice now of Tavares or Early. Lots of late first round talent still available.

Chris K
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Chris K
4 years 2 months ago

Early is falling to us!

steeg
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steeg
4 years 2 months ago

Early or Tavares

Aaron
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Aaron
4 years 2 months ago

I know LeBron favored Napier but I don’t see how a rookie point guard makes this team substantially better.

Chris K
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Chris K
4 years 2 months ago

It’s a joke… LeBron probably loves telling management what to do…it’s Cleveland 2009 all over again….

Not sure...
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Not sure...
4 years 2 months ago

How many beers does it take for Simmons to make sense?

Underdog
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Underdog
4 years 2 months ago

Hoopshype has Kyle Anderson listed as a point guard (making him a taller Shaun Livingston – who, by the way is a free agent). If we had Wiggins playing the two, we’d have a 6’9 PG and 6’8″ SG in at the same time. Talk about perimeter shooting defense!

Underdog
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Underdog
4 years 2 months ago

Waiters would be needed to acquire Kevin Love. Outside of that, he won’t be traded. He’s going to bust loose next year. He’s evolving into a Kawhi Leonard talent.

Chris K
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Chris K
4 years 2 months ago

Early must have a drug arrest in his profile?

steeg
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steeg
4 years 2 months ago

How do y’all feel about trading waiters and what do u think we can get for him

Tom Pestak
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4 years 2 months ago

I’d miss Waiters a lot (and all the time I invested writing about him)

Not sure...
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Not sure...
4 years 2 months ago

It would take a double godfather offer. I’d trade Kyrie for half of Dion

Tom Pestak
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4 years 2 months ago

Damn I wanted Bogdan

Underdog
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Underdog
4 years 2 months ago

How about trading up for SF Kyle Anderson? Only six picks away!

steeg
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steeg
4 years 2 months ago

Lets go after Walter Tavares can’t teach size but he needs a lot of work

John
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John
4 years 2 months ago

Heat got the player LeBron wanted in Napier. But the analysis on the Heat cap space is interesting. Whether LeBron comes here or not, it will be an interesting next few weeks.

Chris K
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Chris K
4 years 2 months ago

Meant to say that I would love to see LeBron pulling strings as he did in Clevo…right before leaving!

Chris K
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Chris K
4 years 2 months ago

That thought is appealing…

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Not sure...
4 years 2 months ago

Did that guy analyzing the heat with the touchscreen TV trip on South Beach and say South…?

Cody
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Cody
4 years 2 months ago

LOL…I thought the same thing.

Nate Smith
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4 years 2 months ago

so many good players left. Hate to see a euro stash, well, other than Tavares.

Underdog
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Underdog
4 years 2 months ago

22 is up. Some good players left. Is it time to trade up? Does Blatt have a Eurostash in mind? Or is there a Carrick Felix they’re sitting tight on?

Chris K
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Chris K
4 years 2 months ago

Agreed, underdog. Zeller may be my second favorite Cav last season…

Underdog
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Underdog
4 years 2 months ago

Yes, he has a few good skill sets. He can be a mobile “Z.” Blatt will make him productive. He’ll be icing on the cake next year.

Chris K
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Chris K
4 years 2 months ago

Uncapped a Duvel for this draft…and I am not disappointed. Early at 33 would be awesome….

Underdog
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Underdog
4 years 2 months ago

Situationally, you can put Wiggins in at guard. He can take the other team’s scoring guard and Kyrie can take the other guy. That alone makes us better.

steeg
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steeg
4 years 2 months ago

Lets draft clint capela with the #33rd he is 6 11 with a 7 5 wingspan and ge us athletic its worth a try but I still would like to trade waiters and next years 3 picks for embiid that would be awsome

steeg
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steeg
4 years 2 months ago

So who would you guys take 33

John
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John
4 years 2 months ago

Capela is expected to go to Toronto at 22.

Nate Smith
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4 years 2 months ago

Tavares is 7’3″ with a 7’10″ wingspan. Wingspan trumped!

steeg
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steeg
4 years 2 months ago

That would be nice

Gordon
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Gordon
4 years 2 months ago

Would be an awesome pick but highly doubt he lasts until the second round. Lot of people think he’s the next Serge Ibaka.

steeg
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steeg
4 years 2 months ago

I have no idea when he will go i just like him the most out of the centers left and we need a young center I mean zeller has shown some good stuff but to far and few between

Underdog
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Underdog
4 years 2 months ago

I bet Blatt can get more out of Zeller.

Gordon
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Gordon
4 years 2 months ago

We’d have to trade Wiggins to nab Love.

But could you imagine if we traded Thompson, Bennett, Waiters, and like 8 future first rounders?

Irving
Wiggins
LeBron
Love
AV

nomad
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nomad
4 years 2 months ago

the kid is still growing he may end up being 6′!0″—-which makes him what 2 ” shorter than embiid with about the same wing span—-( does 2-3 inches make that much difference )—keep the pick –I see superstar status in a few years—question is IF LBJ comes back —what do we give up to trade for love

Gordon
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Gordon
4 years 2 months ago

Did anyone else hear Broussard/Simmons? Pretty sure Broussard said that his “sources” say if the Cavs traded for Love, LeBron would “100% sign with the Cavs.” Then Broussard said something like Love would “absolutely” sign an extension with the Cavs if LeBron signed there.

Or did I twist all of what I heard?

Gordon
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Gordon
4 years 2 months ago

(Yeah, I twisted what I heard)

Hot Sauce
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Hot Sauce
4 years 2 months ago

Wait, did Broussard say BOTH that LBJ would 100% come if we got Love AND that Love would 100% re-sign if we had LeBron? Or did he just say the latter?

Gordon
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Gordon
4 years 2 months ago

I really thought Broussard said LeBron would 100% sign if we traded for Love. But I feel like I’m wrong about that…

John
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John
4 years 2 months ago

Interesting: Broussard just said his sources talked to Kevin Love’s reps and said that if the Love got traded to the Cavs, and the Cavs signed Lebron, he would “100% resign with the Cavs”.

The plot thickens ….

Gordon
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Gordon
4 years 2 months ago

Oh I misheard. Ha!

T
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T
4 years 2 months ago

I wondered when Bron would get around to calling Love…collusion rocks when it works FOR you, lol.

Aaron
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Aaron
4 years 2 months ago

If Broussard keeps breaking this “news” he’ll have to change into the Captain Obvious uniform from the Hotels.com commercials.

Aaron
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Aaron
4 years 2 months ago

Disappointed we didn’t move back into the draft and get Stauskas to add him to Wiggins, Thompson and Bennett – we’d be a Canadian Juggernaut!! (I wish we would have made the Jazz trade but I really like the pick. The fit makes sense and he should be a great player.)

Lynn
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Lynn
4 years 2 months ago

I’m just crossing my fingers and hoping we’re not moving him for some lesser picks now. How could you trade someone that happy to be here?

Cols714
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Cols714
4 years 2 months ago

Someone give KJ the keys to the front page. I want to read what he has to say tomorrow.

Tom Pestak
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4 years 2 months ago

where is KJ?

Gordon
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Gordon
4 years 2 months ago

I still prefer Embiid but realize I’m illogical and he’s a gigantic risk. Psyched for Wiggins and he’ll make a big impact from day 1 because of his defense.

Charlie E
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Charlie E
4 years 2 months ago

Woohooo!!!

So excited. It was well over a year ago that we started to dream about this. A day-dream that could never come true because the Cavs were trying to win and not tank. Griffin talked about FIT as being important, and the fit is absolutely there. Fits at position, fits at defense, fits as a Canadian, fits as a great kid.

Maybe won’t be the All Star from this draft, at least for a few years, but still the right pick.

greyrat
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greyrat
4 years 2 months ago

I agree on the great fit (position, defense, seems like a great kid)
The cavs have been dying at the SF position. I love the wiggins pick. I have very little doubt that he will improve his half court offensive abilities over the next 3 years. In the meantime he looks incredible in transition and solid on D.

Cols714
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Cols714
4 years 2 months ago

Vonleh is going to be such a bust. He shot all of 41 jumpers last year.

Gordon
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Gordon
4 years 2 months ago

I’m waiting for the Wiggins for Embiid and #10 trade. Imagine an Embiid + Vonleh haul? Wow. Good for Philly if they get both.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
4 years 2 months ago

KJ is on suicide watch…

Tom Pestak
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4 years 2 months ago

KJ’ll be alright.

If Wiggins doesn’t pan out, will the rest of us be able to handle all the “i-told-you-sos”?

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
4 years 2 months ago

Tom,

I’m used to things not to panning out for Cleveland. But I’m also not pretending that I can project that Wiggins will bust because Kevin Pelton wrote an article and some advocacy from KJ… I don’t care about ‘told you so’s’ as I can deal with them as long as the Cavs get better.

Kj
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Kj
4 years 2 months ago

Here’s the problem there Arch, it wasn’t just Pelton. I posted 4 articles by four DIFFERENT authors, not including Pelton, who put forth serious data that cast serious doubt on Wiggins.

Again, as I a Cavs fan I want him to succeed but it is a complete and utter long shot. A CLEAR long shot.

Btw, Tom, I “told ya so” about Dion when everyone claimed he would be a bust when drafted. Basically Hetrick and I were the only ones defending him. Meanwhile, he ended up the last half of the season being Cle’s best player. I’m used to being right…

Ross Gumdrop
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Ross Gumdrop
4 years 2 months ago

And humble too, I might add.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
4 years 2 months ago

OMG really 4 authors… Here’s two links… Btw I would’ve been fine with either Wiggins or Parker

http://statsheet.com/mcb/players/compare?add=jabari-parker&chart=clutch_plus_minus&p1=andrew-wiggins#chart

Jabari Parker: Is He The Next Melo Fellow?

Cols714
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Cols714
4 years 2 months ago

Wiggins baby!!!! I’m pretty pumped.

HarveyFL
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HarveyFL
4 years 2 months ago

No kidding!! AW is the real deal. Can’t wait to see this talent in a Cavs uniform: http://www.huffingtonphoto.com/andrew-wiggins/

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