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Hypothetical Fantasy Land: Pretend like the Rox had the number one pick.

Discussion in 'NBA Draft' started by SamFisher, May 24, 2007.

  1. SamFisher

    SamFisher Contributing Member

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    YOU HAVE STEPPED INTO THE TWILIGHT ZONE

    Let's pretend that by means of a clerical error associated with the Battier trade, the Matt Maloney contract, the two Moochie Norris trades, and solar flares, the Rockets ended up with a single, solitary, ping-pong ball (actually it's a series of balls, but let's table that for now). Further assume that this very one ball ended up being picked and the Rockets (as they stand here today) somehow, some way, some reason, got the number one pick.

    What do you do?

    Oden? (Twin towers redux?)

    Durant (at the 4 spot? does that work with Yao?)

    Trade the pick for a package (Al Jefferson & Rajon Rondo & draft picks/ Pau Gasol & Mike Miller - etc etc)?

    Trade it to New Orleans for Chris Paul + draft picks? (not that he is on the block, but if you offered them Oden -- they'd listen)
     
  2. htownbball

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    Durant. why? he's the "hometown" kid from UT...you saw what happened to the Texans after they passed on Vince. you also saw a few thousand empty seats in the Toyota center...Durant would help fill them by drawing UT fans to the games. McGrady and Durant....and Yao...crazy. Sure, Oden makes more sense, but it's Kevin Durant.
     
  3. SamFisher

    SamFisher Contributing Member

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    Durant was a one-season rental at UT, his hometown is DC. No same same.
     
  4. Rockets34Legend

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    Durant would be a marketing wonder if the Rockets picked him #1.

    Longhorns fans galore filling the seats at the Toyota Center.
     
  5. Old Man Rock

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    Why stop there since it's fantasy why not pretend that Les gave Jeff Van Gundy a 10 year extension and we had the number 1 pick. With Jeff at the helm we would trade that #1 Pick for Bruce Bowen and a scrub to be named later.
     
  6. Ziggy

    Ziggy QUEEN ANON

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    Trade it in a Bibby based deal. A Kidd based deal. Jermaine O'Neal. Garnett based deal. Tyrus Thomas/Heinrich based deal. Ray Allen/Collison based deal. Brand if Clipps bite. Camby and Smith based deal. Ya ya ya. Id take anything. We can win now. TMac already takes enough damn jumpers. Durant is the jumper king.
     
  7. htownbball

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    thats why i put hometown in quotation marks...and yes, it is pretty much the same thing. if you dont think durant going to UT will have any effect on ticket sales or people hailing him as the hometown kid, you arent thinking straight. the media would pimp him as the hometown kid as much as they could to sell tickets
     
  8. smoothie

    smoothie Jabari Jungle

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    durrant.

    call him tmac insurance.
     
  9. NIKEstrad

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    I guess you didn't see the attendance at Longhorn basketball games.

    Aside from the A&M game (Durant's last home game), tickets weren't hard to come by.
     
  10. rpr52121

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    If we had the No. 1 pick...how about

    Trade with Atlanta...

    No. 1 pick
    No. 26 pick
    JL3
    Luther Head

    for...

    No. 12 (to Get Acie Law Pg)
    Josh Childress
    Sheldon Williams

    You now have a legitimate starting 5. Alston, Hayes, & Childress now off the bench.
     
  11. weslinder

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    Durant at the 4. I think he works really well there, especially with Yao in the middle. Durant's closer to KG than he is T-Mac. Oden's quick for a center, but the Rockets need quicker than him beside Yao. Oh, can you imagine the matchup issues the Rockets could pose with a SG and PF who can both get to the rim or shoot. Rafer would never have to take another shot.
     
  12. baller4life315

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    I like your idea but substitute Josh Smith for Childress and you've got yourself a deal.

    Wow, why is this even a topic? :cool:
     
  13. SamFisher

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    Does Durant solve the Rockets rebounding issues (aka Yao's slowness)? Does he play inside enough with Yao or does he clog the paint.

    What about trading the pick for Elton Brand & picking up a PG somehow - Brand plays Barkley to Yao's Hakeem - concentrates on rebounding & defense and operates as the main low post threat when Yao is out, does that make the Rox an instant title contender?
     
  14. rocketman1979

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    what a ripoff, are you a Hawks fan? :D
    The No 1 pick is worth more than all the other those players you mentioned.
    If we had the number 1 pick we should at least get Josh Smith and their number 3rd pick.


     
  15. TTRocket

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    Pick Durant who can play as an undersized (but good) PF/SF. Try to trade Battier for an athletic, scoring SG or PG (maybe someone like Maggette, but probably a pipe dream). Trade for Mike James with Sura's expiring possibly. Sign Bonzi with the MLE.

    Potential Starting Lineup:

    PG: James/Rafer
    SG: Maggette/Wells
    SF: Tmac/Durant/Wells
    PF: Durant/Hayes
    C: Yao/Deke/Durant

    This team would be good enough to win the title IMO. It would completely change our offensive MO, with not much spot up 3pt shooting but lots of dribble penetration.
     
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  16. StupidMoniker

    StupidMoniker I lost a bet

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    Houston trades: #1 pick, #26 pick, Howard, McGrady, Battier, Sura
    Houston receives: #9 pick, Mobley, Hinrich, Brand, Gordon, Livingston

    Chicago trades: #9 pick, Hinrich, Gordon, Thomas, Wallace
    Chicago receives: #1 pick, McGrady, Howard

    LA Clippers trade: Brand, Mobley, Livingston
    LA Clippers receive: #26 pick, Thomas, Wallace, Battier, Sura

    Hinrich/Alston/Spanoulis
    Gordon/Head/Snyder
    (Livingston once he comes back)/Mobley/Snyder
    Brand/Hayes
    Yao/Noah
     
  17. Rocketman95

    Rocketman95 Hangout Boy

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    Trade it to Memphis in a package for Gasol/#4 and take Conley, Jr. Take ring sizes.
     
  18. Sextuple Double

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    This scenario has 3 choices.

    Option 1 - Take Oden, use him as PF and have ultimate twin towers

    Option 2 - Durant, use him at SF(not PF, way too light at 190lbs), trade any combination of players outside TMac, Yao, and Shane for a PF that is 6'10 and up who is long, athletic, and can block/contest shots and rebound.

    Option 3 - Trade the pick and several other players for Garnett and their pick, then use their pick on Acie Law.
     
  19. DonkeyMagic

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    trading for al jefferson is an interestin scenario...not sure who else i get from that team, but jefferson is a stud and as a fan we wouldnt have to wait for him to develop.

    i think i would lean towards durant. But oden at pf would be nice as well, not to mention we would have a center ready to fill yaos shoes when he's done.
     
  20. langal

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    See if you can get anything by trading down to number 2 and get whoever's left (probably Durant).

    Seem like GMs or usually more desperate for a center than a forward.

    Considering Yao, Durant may be a better fit.
     

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