Dunking on everybody in the park
Join Date: Jun 2006
I've got one trade, Philly/NJ. Short explanations only.
1. Toronto--Andrea Bargnani
Bryan Colangelo is trying to trade down, but he'll keep his promise to Bargnani one way or the other. Since there isn't a clear #1 anyway, I doubt the other franchises in the top 5 will be intimidated into giving up value.
2. Chicago--LaMarcus Aldridge
Lots of question marks, but projects to fill a need for Chicago, unlike any of the SFs.
3. Charlotte--Brandon Roy
Bickerstaff and MJ both hate potential, so I can see them picking Roy even though he refused to work out for them.
4. Portland--Adam Morrison
The obvious pick if he's still available.
5. Atlanta--Sheldon Williams
Not good for the Suns as he'll contribute immediately, but the rumored Atlanta/Houston trade is even worse. If Roy is gone, there's no reason for the Rockets to move up.
6. Minnesota--Tyrus Thomas
McHale is the GM most likely to be picking off others' draft boards IMO.
7. Boston--Ronnie Brewer
Ainge is a good scout, and he's unpredictable. He already showed with Gerald Green that he’s not afraid of drafting a cripple.
8. Houston--Marcus Williams
I don't know whether they'd pass up Rudy Gay if he dropped, but they could definitely use a replacement for Skip Alston.
9. Golden State--Patrick O'Bryant
Puts former phenom Andris Biedrins on notice that it’s time to shape up and start producing, because he’s only a couple years away from joining his best buds Zarko and Skita on a bench somewhere in Europe.
10. Seattle--Rudy Gay
BPA, and also a need pick, as Rashard Lewis is already shopping for another team.
11. Orlando--Randy Foye
The Magic supposedly like him.
12. New Orleans--Rodney Carney
Rumor has it they made a promise to Hilton Armstrong at 15, so they'll probably look for the best swingman left at #12.
13. New Jersey (from Philadelphia)--Alexander Johnson
If N.J. makes this trade, they're looking for a big man, but I don't know how they rank all of the prospects. If it turns out like this, they're looking at a choice of Johnson, Armstrong and Cedric Simmons.
14. Utah--J.J. Redick
So inevitable, it's hard to believe it won't happen. Redick is the perfect fit for Utah, as he's both painfully white-bread and intensely unlikeable. Also, they need a shooter, and with Deron Williams able to defense both guard spots, they'll be able to hide Redick a little on that end.
15. New Orleans--Hilton Armstrong
The promise pick.
16. Chicago--Sear Sene
Again, it's hard to project players for Chicago because they have so few needs. Thabo Sefolosha is another guy they might look at here.
17. Indiana--Rajon Rondo
Anthony Johnson won't hold up forever.
18. Washington--Sergio Rodriguez
Just to screw the Suns over, no other reason.
19. Sacramento--Thabo Sefolosha
The Kings could use a big, but I expect they won't keep Bonzi, so there's a spot open. Most of all, Sefolosha looks like the BPA here, and the Kings (obviously) aren't afraid of foreign players.
20. New York Knicks--Shawne Williams
Mainly to screw over Philly at 22/23. Seriously, though, as bad as they are, the Knicks can't use immediate help, and Shawne is a good development pick.
21. Phoenix--Shannon Brown
If none of their favorites are available, the Suns will probably look to fill their need here, which is an athletic combo guard who can shoot. I'd prefer Quincy Douby, but the Suns seem to like Shannon better.
22. Philadelphia (from N.J.)--Maurice Ager
If Shawne Williams is gone, they'll probably look for another swing, and Ager has been climbing the mock draft boards recently.
23. Philadelphia (from N.J.)--Cedric Simmons
He's got to go somewhere, right?
24. Memphis--Jordan Farmar
Jerry West isn't as inspiring on draft day as Ainge is, but he's every bit as unpredictable. Most likely, he'll 'reach' for a second-round-type prospect here.
25. Cleveland--Quincy Douby
Another combo guard.
26. Lakers--James White
Supposedly, the Lakers are enamored with him.
27. Phoenix--Oleksiy Pecherov
If they keep this pick, the Suns will be looking for someone they can stash in Europe for another year or two. Who knows, they might even look at Marcus Vinicius if Pecherov is gone.
28. Dallas--Bobby Jones
I think Jones will go in the 30-40 range. He offers a little help immediately, and his upside (Bruce Bowen) will entice Avery Johnson. Most importantly, the Mavs finally seem to be set at center.
29. New York Knicks--Hassan Adams
Lute Olsen will be calling in favors--it looks bad for the program if Hassan crashes and burns right out of college. Isiah is familiar with the UA and could use an effort guy to replace Trevor Ariza.
30. Portland--Paul Davis
They could stand to have another center in development, in case something happens with Przybilla.