Joe Alexander is a player who has intrigued me over the past month or so. He really stepped up his game lately, but I still am unsure of his defensive game. Anyone that has perhaps seen him play a bit more than me (3-4 times) have any information on this?
Robin Lopez was originally thought to not be declaring this year, but during this solid run of good games that might change, especially with Brook being a definate lotto pick. He doesn't strike me as very strong but he is a 7+ footer with a big frame, with the ability to put on some pounds. Pretty interesting to me. I know he plays good defence, but is he a shot blocker?
I've constantly been looking at Hashem Thabeet for our pick, but he is starting to remind me of a taller skinnier Diop. Diop took about 6 years in the league to develop any type of game that resembles basketball.
Love, perhaps my favorite college player, does not tickle my fancy at all for the Raptors. Too small to be a center, and he would get zero minutes with Bosh, especially if Bargnani is still around.
Moving onto swingmen, how would you feel about Russell Westbrook? His stock has risen to a point where he might be a top10 pick, but you see every year a guys stock will rise like crazy, and then drop about 7-10 picks as the draft nears. I think he may be one of those guys. As solid of a player as Anthony Parker is, he's getting up there in age and I think by the time the Raptors are ready to make a serious run, his better days will be behind him. Westbrook provides a great defender, who can attack the rim, and is a respectable shooter.
People talk about Chase Budinger, but I'm not sold on him. He had a great freshman year, and was extremly streaky this year. He looks like he has some great games but I think it's a confidence issue for him, or maybe he cracks under pressure, I'm not sure, but I'm not sold on him YET. I think another year in Arizona would be good for him.
Stephen Curry, no. Insanely undersized two-guard, with an amazing shot. We have Jason Kapono. Imagine them two on the court at the same time. Yikes.
Bill Walker >>>>>>> Joey Graham. He can slash to the rim without running people over liek Joey does.
Joey Graham(NCAA) was also able to slash to the rim without running people over like Joey Graham(NBA) does. Bill Walker is physically gifted, but has had his injury issues and also some attitude issues, which I don't see as a HUGE deal unless he's absolutely insane, but the Raptors seem to want to fill the locker room with good characters.
If I had to pick, and all these players were on the board, I'd look for the bigs first, and swingmen second. There is always the prospect of moving up or down the draft as well, but we wont get into that for now.