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Chad Ford Mock Draft 6.0

Discussion in '2020 NBA Draft' started by LCAhmed, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. LCAhmed

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    1. Karl-Anthony Towns-Minnesota TimberwolvesCOLLEGE: KentuckyHT: 6-11WT: 250POS: C
    Karl-Anthony Towns is the No. 1-ranked player on my Big Board. However, virtually all the signals from sources inside the Wolves point to Jahlil Okafor being Flip Saunders' favorite right now. That obviously can change as we get closer to the draft. Workouts and interviews and lobbying from staff (I hear most of the rest of the staff favors Towns) could push Towns back atop. And after watching Towns' workout Monday, I believe that the Wolves will figure this out in favor of Towns. Towns has tremendous upside, no glaring weaknesses and he's a better fit in Minnesota, in my opinion, than Okafor. He has the highest ceiling of any player in the draft and I think his impact will come sooner rather than later. And do not totally discount here either. I am told Saunders is also a big fan and might be willing to move Ricky Rubio for the right deal.
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    2. Jahlil Okafor-Los Angeles LakersCOLLEGE: DukeHT: 6-11WT: 275POS: C
    The Lakers will be elated if Okafor goes No. 1 and Towns slides here. He would be a slam dunk at No. 2. He is a great fit next to Julius Randle in the front court and the best two-way player in the draft. If Towns ends up going No. 1, then things get more complicated. I think the Lakers are torn between Okafor, Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay. However, the Lakers run a more traditional front office than most and have a tradition of dominant big men ruling the paint. I think, at the end of the day, the size of Okafor will win out.
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    3. D'Angelo Russell-Philadelphia 76ersCOLLEGE: Ohio StateHT: 6-5WT: 193POS: PG
    As I've said on multiple occasions, landing Russell at No. 3 would be a major boon to the Sixers. They desperately need both a point guard and a shooter, and Russell is the best in the draft on both counts. The Sixers also like Mudiay, though his elite lack of shooting ability appears to have him a tick below Russell right now. And don't count out Kristaps Porzingis here. Yes, they drafted Dario Saric last year and are high on him, but Porzingis is a terrific prospect and Sam Hinkie isn't afraid to take risks the way several GMs above and below him are. Especially if Russell ends up going ahead of the Sixers, I could see Porzingis landing here.

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    4. Emmanuel Mudiay-New York KnicksCOLLEGE: ChinaHT: 6-5WT: 196POS: PG
    It's still very tough to get a read on what the Knicks plan to do here. There are myriad Knicks scouts and execs who have their opinions. And then there's Phil Jackson. If by some chance Okafor and/or Russell are on the board here, the Knicks will take one of them. If they aren't, Mudiay is the obvious choice. They need help at point guard, and Mudiay's size and ability to break down defenses with penetration is a major need. But two other names to look out for are Justise Winslow and Willie Cauley-Stein. I'm told having a long, athletic big man who can defend multiple positions like Cauley-Stein is gaining traction in New York.

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    5. Kristaps Porzingis-Orlando MagicCOLLEGE: LatviaHT: 6-11WT: 220POS: PF
    While the Magic will obviously have several good options here -- Winslow, Cauley-Stein, Mario Hezonja -- I'm increasingly hearing that Porzingis is their guy. They've drafted a great young core nucleus of Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, but have yet to land a top-tier superstar. Porzingis has that potential. His size, shooting ability and athleticism will all be a great fit for the Magic.

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    6. Willie Cauley-Stein-Sacramento KingsCOLLEGE: KentuckyHT: 7-1WT: 242POS: C
    After the first five picks are off the board, things will start to get interesting. Five of the next six teams in the draft -- the Kings, Pistons, Hornets, Heat and Pacers -- all have playoff aspirations next season and if the right offer comes along, these picks can definitely be had. Should the Kings keep this pick, their choices will likely be between Cauley-Stein, Winslow, Hezonja and, if he somehow slides, Mudiay. Cauley-Stein is the overwhelming favorite in Sacramento. The Kings desperately need rim protection and Cauley-Stein is the best defender in the draft. Winslow, Porzingis and Myles Turner are also possibilities if they are on the board at this point.

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    7. Justise Winslow-Denver NuggetsCOLLEGE: DukeHT: 6-6WT: 222POS: SF
    The Nuggets continue to showcase Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried (along with just about everyone else on their roster), so drafting for need makes little sense. They are resetting the deck. The good news is that allows them to just take the best player who falls to them. Given the scenarios above that will either be Winslow, Hezonja or in certain scenarios, Mudiay. The overwhelming consensus right now is that this is where Winslow goes. He has the sort of high-energy, high-character game the Nuggets are seeking.

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    8. Mario Hezonja-Detroit PistonsCOLLEGE: CroatiaHT: 6-7WT: 200POS: SF
    The Pistons' pick is being shopped around, though Detroit might be better off just holding onto it. They have a major need at the small forward position and there will be several terrific prospects still on the board when they pick. Winslow, Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre and Devin Booker could all be good fits, but at this point in the draft, Hezonja is a steal. He has the size, athleticism, shooting ability and competitive demeanor to be an elite NBA wing. And his experience playing for one of the top teams in Europe, FC Barcelona, should make him an immediate contributor.

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    9. Devin Booker-Charlotte HornetsCOLLEGE: KentuckyHT: 6-6WT: 206POS: SG
    The Hornets are another team that, all things considered, would prefer a veteran who could step in from day one. They had no intention of being in the lottery this season and have no intention of returning to it next year. Their need is obvious: The Hornets finished dead last in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage at 31.8 percent last season. Hezonja, Oubre, Johnson, Frank Kaminsky and Myles Turner can all shoot 3s and would be good fits. But assuming Hezonja is off the board, Booker might be the best option. Other than Hezonja, Booker is the best shooter of the group, and while he's the youngest player in the draft, he has a terrific basketball IQ and plays with maturity. The Hornets don't need a home run here. A solid double will do.

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    10. Stanley Johnson-Miami HeatCOLLEGE: ArizonaHT: 6-6WT: 242POS: SF
    The Heat will be primarily focused this summer on figuring out how to re-sign Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic and possibly Luol Deng. Pat Riley doesn't want anything to do with the lottery next season. If they can't find a suitable trade partner, then look for them to take the player most ready to come in and make an impact from day one. That was the thinking behind taking Shabazz Napier last season and it will follow this year. Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Johnson all fit that mold. Johnson is the youngest of the three, but his NBA-ready body, toughness and confidence could make him a good fit in Miami.

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    11. Cameron Payne-Indiana PacersCOLLEGE: Murray StateHT: 6-2WT: 183POS: PG
    Larry Bird is promising to shake things up this summer and a big target will be in the middle. Assuming they can move Roy Hibbert in a trade, they'll have needs for a mobile big man. Both Myles Turner and Kaminsky could make some sense for them. But I am hearing lots of buzz out of Indiana that the team loves Payne and wants to pair Paul George with a quick, young, high basketball IQ point guard who can get to the basket. Payne has been rocketing up NBA team boards after declaring for the draft. A number of rival GMs believe the Thunder might already have promised to take him at No. 14. But I'm not sure he gets there anymore. Even teams as high as the Kings, Nuggets and Hornets are now showing interest.

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    12. Myles Turner-Utah JazzCOLLEGE: TexasHT: 6-11WT: 239POS: PF
    The Jazz are wisely being patient and letting their bevy of young talent develop naturally. They have players they like at all five positions and that gives them flexibility to draft for talent instead of need. They will be tempted to take Lyles, Kaminsky and Oubre here. But if Turner somehow falls to them at No. 12, they'll have to seriously consider him. On pure talent, he's a top-five pick. He's a little more raw than a number of other players on the board, but the Jazz can afford to bring him along slowly. If he hits his ceiling, he'll have the unique ability to play both the 4 and the 5, stretch the floor and be an elite rim protector.

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    13. Frank Kaminsky-Phoenix SunsCOLLEGE: WisconsinHT: 7-1WT: 231POS: C
    At No. 13, there are a handful of interesting prospects still left on the board. Oubre has the most upside, though the Suns might not have the patience to wait on him. Kaminsky seems like a better bet. He's NBA ready, he's an elite shooter (something the Suns could use after finishing in the bottom third in 3-point field-goal percentage) and he can play both the 4 and the 5 behind Markieff Morris and Alex Len.

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    14. Kelly Oubre-Oklahoma City ThunderCOLLEGE: KansasHT: 6-7WT: 203POS: SF
    The Thunder are very high on Payne -- to the point that several rival GMs believe they've promised Payne they'll take him at No. 14 if he's there. If Payne is gone, I'm not sure there's another point guard who makes sense for them. Jerian Grant and Delon Wright are both big guards with plenty of experience. Wright especially tests well analytically, and I hear the Thunder are fans. Tyus Jones is another option, though he's small for his position. They also could try to do a long-term upgrade at the wing. They have plenty of mediocre options already -- Dion Waiters, Anthony Morrow, Andre Roberson, Jeremy Lamb -- but none of them thrills them in the long run. Oubre has all the physical tools to be a star on both ends of the court. Patience and putting Oubre in the right culture will be the key. OKC could be great for his development in the long run.

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    15. Bobby Portis-Atlanta HawksCOLLEGE: ArkansasHT: 6-11WT: 246POS: PF
    The Hawks finished the season in the bottom third in defensive rebounding. Then in the playoffs, they got absolutely demolished in the paint by the Cavs. They have Al Horford and Pero Antic and not much else. Portis' rebounding and shot-blocking ability, combined with an elite motor and unselfish attitude, should give the Hawks some much needed size and energy off the bench. Wisconsin's Dekker is another option for them.

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    16. Trey Lyles-Boston CelticsCOLLEGE: KentuckyHT: 6-10WT: 242POS: PF
    The Celtics seem to be intent on moving up in the draft. The question is whether their assets (a bunch of solid young players and some middling first-round picks) can get them there. If they stay at No. 16, they'll take the best player available. I think that's Lyles. Not only does he fit a need (Jared Sullinger is their only other 4 under contract next season) but I think he's the best talent still on the board. Lyles could go as high as Indiana at No. 11 or Utah at No. 12.

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    17. Sam Dekker-Milwaukee BucksCOLLEGE: WisconsinHT: 6-9WT: 219POS: SF
    The Bucks could really use a rim protector, but at No. 17, there just isn't a great one left on the board. Dekker would be a nice fit, however. Jason Kidd seems like the type of coach who could really unleash Dekker. When he plays free, without looking over his shoulder at the bench every time he misses a shot, Dekker can be dominant. He has great size for his position, is a terrific athlete and if he can get more regular on his jump shot, could be a valuable weapon coming off the bench behind Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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    18. Tyus Jones-Houston RocketsCOLLEGE: DukeHT: 6-2WT: 185POS: PG
    The Pelicans send their pick to the Rockets as part of the Omer Asik trade. The Rockets have major needs at point guard and there are several worth considering at No. 18. Both Grant and Wright are serious options here. They are experienced, tough and can step in and play right away. But the whispers that the Rockets are in love with Jones won't go away. He clearly has the pedigree, the basketball IQ and the mental toughness to succeed in the NBA. The only real question is whether he has the athleticism to compete.

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    19. Kevon Looney-Washington WizardsCOLLEGE: UCLAHT: 6-9WT: 222POS: PF
    The Wizards are hoping one of the three young power forwards -- Portis, Lyles or Looney -- falls to them at No. 19. That's their major need going forward and all three players are young and still have upside. Of the three, Looney possesses the most. He's incredibly long, a terrific offensive rebounder and very skilled. He's also the furthest away of the three and questions about a hip he injured before his freshman season at UCLA and a form of sports asthma have caused his stock to slip from the mid-lottery to here. Landing Looney at No. 19 would be a huge win for the Wizards.

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    20. Rashad Vaughn-Toronto RaptorsCOLLEGE: UNLVHT: 6-5WT: 199POS: SG
    With Lou Williams hitting free agency this summer, the Raptors can use some scoring off the bench and few players in this draft get their shot as easily as Vaughn does. A recent workout in Santa Monica where he shot the lights out reiterated that he might be one of the more underrated players in the draft. Grant, Wright, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Christian Wood and Terry Rozier are other players who could fit for Toronto.

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    21. Jerian Grant-Dallas MavericksCOLLEGE: Notre DameHT: 6-4WT: 198POS: PG
    The Mavs have a huge need at point guard this summer. Rajon Rondo is likely leaving, Raymond Felton has opted out and J.J. Barea is a free agent. While the Mavs, as a playoff contender, likely won't be happy with starting a rookie PG, they will need depth and after four years at Notre Dame, Grant is very capable of stepping in and contributing right away. He's one of the two or three best pick-and-roll guards in the draft and his ability to play multiple positions makes him doubly valuable.

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    22. Delon Wright-Chicago BullsCOLLEGE: UtahHT: 6-6WT: 181POS: PG
    Analytically, Wright looks like a top-10 prospect using a number of different metrics. Chicago would be a perfect landing spot for him. Derrick Rose is healthy again, but both Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks are free agents and the Bulls are in serious need of an upgrade behind Rose. Wright doesn't do any one thing great, but he does just about everything well and his age may be a plus here. He'll be more ready than some to come in and impact the game from training camp. Justin Anderson, R.J. Hunter and Terry Rozier are also possibilities for the Bulls.

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    23. R.J. Hunter-Portland Trail BlazersCOLLEGE: Georgia StHT: 6-6WT: 185POS: SG
    The Blazers are looking at potential major defections over the summer. LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Arron Afflalo (assuming he opts out) are all free agents this summer and all could end up elsewhere. The Blazers probably can't find an Aldridge replacement in the draft at 23. But there are several intriguing 2-guards who could fit here. Of that group, Hunter has the most upside. He's a terrific shooter, has a high basketball IQ and can be a playmaker as well as a shooter. Justin Anderson and Montrezl Harrell are other options for the Blazers.

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    24. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson-Cleveland CavaliersCOLLEGE: ArizonaHT: 6-7WT: 211POS: SF
    Hollis-Jefferson is a jump shot away from being a lottery pick. His combination of size, athleticism and elite defensive abilities make him a very strong option for the Cavs. As LeBron James gets older, having someone who can come in off the bench and ramp up the defense and energy is a major plus. And if Hollis-Jefferson ever starts hitting jump shots? He could be a star. Justin Anderson, Montrezl Harrell, Terry Rozier and Christian Wood could all be nice picks here as well.

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    25. Justin Anderson-Memphis GrizzliesCOLLEGE: VirginiaHT: 6-6WT: 231POS: SF
    The Grizzlies are another team that could really use some shot blocking and might be the team willing to gamble on Washington's Robert Upshaw hoping that a stable, veteran locker room could help him become who he needs to be. But I also could see the Grizzlies going after Anderson, a tough, athletic wing who shot 45 percent from 3 as a junior. He's a high-character guy and as multiple playoff teams showed us this summer, you can never have enough shooting. Christian Wood is another possibility in Memphis.

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    26. Montrezl Harrell-San Antonio SpursCOLLEGE: LouisvilleHT: 6-8WT: 253POS: PF
    Harrell is undersized, but he's long, explosive athletically and when he's focused, can play with great energy and motor. The question is keeping him focused. A veteran team like the Spurs with a terrific culture and work ethic could be just the thing for Harrell. The Spurs could certainly use the help in the frontcourt.

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    27. Joseph Young-Los Angeles LakersCOLLEGE: OregonHT: 6-2WT: 182POS: SG
    The Lakers had great success with Jordan Clarkson last season, and I think they could have similar success taking a chance on Young here. I believe both guards could play together in the backcourt because of Clarkson's size at the 1. Young brings something to the table that the Lakers desperately need: shooting. And his ability to get his own shot anywhere on the floor also will be intriguing. Terry Rozier is another possibility here.
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    28. Christian Wood-Boston CelticsCOLLEGE: UNLVHT: 6-11WT: 216POS: PF
    The Celtics are in definite need of shot blocking and athleticism in their frontcourt. Wood is raw and can be a bit flaky, but his talent is off the charts and Danny Ainge is the sort of GM willing to take those risks. If Wood every gets his act together, he could be the steal of the draft. Chris McCullough and Robert Upshaw are other possibilities.

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    29. Jarell Martin-Brooklyn NetsCOLLEGE: LSUHT: 6-9WT: 239POS: PF
    Martin is a great athlete, but his lack of elite size, length or shooting ability have given him the dreaded "tweener" label. Still, the talent is there and the Nets could use his versatility to help them at both the 3 and 4.

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    30. Chris McCullough-Golden State WarriorsCOLLEGE: SyracuseHT: 6-9WT: 199POS: PF
    This is a value pick by the Warriors. The Warriors have a great development program and a player like McCullough would be a perfect fit. McCullough, had he not torn his ACL or had he stayed in school, would likely have been a late lottery to mid-first-round pick. His athleticism, shot-blocking ability and versatility make him intriguing to the Warriors, who can afford to develop him slowly.

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    Traded picks: (1) The Lakers will send their first-round pick to the Suns if it falls somewhere from 6-30. (2) The Pelicans will send their pick to the Rockets if it falls somewhere from 4-19. (3) The Hawks have the right to swap first-round picks with the Nets. (4) The Heat will send their first-round pick to the Sixers (via the Cavs) if it falls somewhere from 11-30. (5) The Rockets will send their first-round pick to the Lakers if it falls somewhere from 15-30. (6) The Clippers will send their first-round pick to the Celtics.
     
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  2. malakas

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    Thanx!
    if flip takes pkafor he will be so stupid. Rubio is on the trading block??? Lol basketballholic will throw a party!
    wtf is ford talking about Randle and Okafor makimg an excellent pair! Does he not know what defence is?
     
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    Jerian Grant and Delon Wright are both older players. One or both will be available in the second round.
    I think the Rockets should aim to get a scorer like Vaughn with #18. Add much needed scoring off the bench with our 1st pick and a good PG with our second.
     
  4. LCAhmed

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    I made a slight adjustment to my post to make it easier to read.
     
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    That's not what he said.

    The bolded he is referencing Towns.
     
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    I will be pissed if Flip and the Wolves take Okafor and leave Towns to the Lakers. C'mon Flip, take Towns! geez!

    As a Rockets fan, I can't help but look at the Kings(6),Pistons(8),Bobcats(9) as serious "trade up" targets! if WCS or Hezonja are there.....
     
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    all this "rockets love tyus jones" talk only means there is no way we draft him lol. when have the rockets ever drafted a guy who was talked about before the draft?

    my guess is they want to accomplish 1 of 4 things with all of this tyus jones smoke screen.

    1) convince a team drafting after us to trade up for him, while giving us who we want and an extra asset.

    2) convince a team drafting before us to trade down for him.

    3) raise his stock to a team ahead of us drafts him, allowing a better player to slip to us.

    4) convince a team to accept him as part of a trade package for a veteran player (as a replacement for lowry, lawson, jennings, etc...)

    whatever the reason is, i guarantee we're not drafting him.
     
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    I think Delon's size & defensive potential make him a much more intriguing prospect than Tyus, and at 23 with 4 years of college ball under his belt, he's ready to contribute now.
     
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    We need Grant not Tyus.... idk why he dropped so far in this mock (age maybe?), but from what I've seen this year I like Grant's game more
     
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    If its not a smokescreen on their part as well the Wolves have leaked repeatedly that they want a second first rounder to take him. And now with the Rubio rumours it makes sense.

    Draft his replacement.
     
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    If Looney is available at 18 I hope we take him!
     
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    Grant is good, but reminds me of Jamal Crawford, tall lanky athletic pg that looks more of like a shooting guard to me. I don't know that he fits on the current Rockets roster.
    I personally like Jones, just his toughness alone makes up for his size. He has freaking amazing high IQ and doesn't turn it over, a true PG that shoots well and can get to the hoop if need be.
    They said Steph Curry was undersized and not athletic :confused:
     
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    Color me skeptical. Rockets need a point guard that can contribute right away to a potential contender, and that's very hard to get out of a rookie, especially this late in the draft. That being said, Rockets will probably stick to script and take value over need (even if it means another undersized power forward...) and look to fill in point guard gap through other means...
     
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    Keep this in mind when suggesting Morey will draft a PG at #18......AB is the only PG Morey has taken in the 1st round, and even that was at the back end of the first (#26 overall). Otherwise, it's been:

    #14 - Patrick Patterson
    #14 - Marcus Morris
    #12 - Jeremy Lamb
    #16 - Royce White
    #18 - Terrence Jones
    #21 - Donatas Motiejunas
    #25 - Clint Capela

    Do NOT expect Morey to take a non-sure thing at point guard. If we draft Tyus, then Morey believes he's the next CP3. Anything less and we will pass on him.

    I fully expect a high upside wing/big. Looney is probably my favorite.
     
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    5. To convince the Milwaukee Bucks, who draft after us, not to trade up for Kevon Looney, make them think Looney will fall to them. So we can then take Looney instead of TJ without having to trade up for him. ;)
     
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    this would count as #4 on my list "convince a team to accept him as part of a trade package for a veteran player (as a replacement for lowry, lawson, jennings, etc...)"

    wolves want to trade up for him and trade rubio... all part of the plan of hyping up this PG. yup he's great we love him... whats that? flip saunders is calling? he wants to trade rubio for #18, #32 and NG contracts of papa and prigs?

    here's the thing, maybe the wolves really do love this guy and want to get a second first round pick so they can draft him. well if morey knows this, then he could tell the world that he's drafting this kid at 18. make him a promise that he wont fall past 18. now the wolves have to trade with the rockets OR the wolves trade for a pick higher than 18, in which case the rockets didn't lose anything and can still draft the guy they really want.

    either way, mark my words, we will not end the night with tyus jones on the rockets. morey is using the oldest trick in the book. inflate a guys draft stock for your own gains.
     
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    Morey needs to trade Jones and the pick for kings #6 pick and draft either Winslow or kristop
     
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    I fully expect us to take a BPA or some sort of high risk high reward player at 18, because I think either Jones (or one of the point guards at a similar skill level) will be there at 32 as well.
     
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    Morey should focus on drafting undersized PFs. Look at Golden State. They are where they are to a large part because of Draymond Green, an undersized PF. The Rockets' own normal sized PFs are no match for him.
     

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