@Whatsinitformei saw jimmer's vids...sadly...he made me a fan...i
saw something in him...when i saw Hayward play for butler...the kid is a
baller...but...the difference is...when i saw Hayward play...it wasnt just...jab
steps...step back threes and put back slams....there were fast break blocks and
good man to man D....and with what im seeing with jimmer...i think he can
improve on those...anyone can improve...he already has one skill to bank on..im
sure he'll work twice as hard...on the other end of the floor...knowing that the
scoring load is off his shoulders....i hope we get good players this year...Klay
Thompson i think is someone to watch...
Grab Valaciunas....we need that guy who would patrol the paint...that's the
guy...and if we get jimmer...we could defend...and score...we only need one more
SF...and we are back....please...Valaciunas - Jimmer...make it happen
@ Moderate,How does scoring 32 against Florida on a torn calf equate
to being shut down?And, no, he wasn't eaten up playing against NBA
guys last summer. His showing there prompted Kevin Durant to later sing his
praises ("best scorer in the world"), because he knew how good Jimmer
was from playing with/against him.So, nice try.Keep in
mind that 90% of scouts and analysts saw very few of Jimmer's college games, so
pretty much have had to go with what others were saying. You can't get a very
good idea of a player from a small sampling.Jimmer didn't win POY
just because he led the nation in scoring. It's HOW he did it that won those
awards. He's unstoppable, one of the main criteria for being a superstar in the
NBA. Just name another player in this year's draft that fits that bill. There
isn't another.And Bugoff is correct that Jimmer is not a lot of
risk. Only his defense can at this point be questioned, and that's not a major
issue in team-oriented defenses of the NBA. But, knowing Jimmer, he'll have no
problem correcting that!
moderate-its a mixed bag from NBA analysts and pro scouts, not a completely
different story. So what if fans vote him to be the most likely NBA bust? What
do they (we) know?
RE: Bugoff"He just is not a lot of risk."I'm trying
to come around to this idea of the Jazz and the Jimmer, really. I think the
Jazz will pick him to appease some fans, and that seems like a really poor
reason.I read GM's doubt he'll transition to the NBA because he got
shut down against Florida and UCLA. He played last summer against NBA players
to help them get ready for the world championship and he was "eaten
up".His workout with the Knicks wasn't his best because he was up
against players with length. Not every NBA player is Kemba-sized, so who cares
if he dominated Walker. I see analysts talk about Jimmer will have a nice
career coming off the bench, but won't be a starter.While I hear all
praise and glory from Jimmer's fans, its a different story from NBA analysts
and pro scouts. On one website, he leads the voting in "mostly like to be
an NBA bust". That doesn't give me confidence.My hope is a
team above makes a crazy pick (they always do) and an unexpected player drops to
12 that the Jazz snatch up.
@MiP, I agree, and with 3 point guards left after Kanter or Williams i'm
positive at least one of them would still be around at #12, that said, if Jimmer
is taken I would prefer Thompson or Brooks with that pick.
I fail to see how Walker or Knight would be a better pick for the Jazz than
Jimmer. KOC realizes this too, after seeing them workout and in interview, and
that is why the Jazz will take a big at 3, unless Williams falls into their lap.
Then he hopes and prays Jimmer doesn't go to Sactown at 7 and is available at
the 12.Best case scenario for the Jazz, as far as this fan is
concerned: Williams and Fredette. Would be sweet.
Here is what Bill Simmons suggests on grantland-dot-com:"TRADE
NO. 8: Utah trades no. 3 pick (30 cents) and Mehmet Okur (nickel) to Sacramento
for no. 7 pick (25 cents), Jason Thompson (dime), and $7.9 million in cap space
(25 cents). Final tally: Sacramento (35 cents), Utah (60 cents).Here's the beauty of this one: Sacramento adds $7.9 million in 2012 payroll
(the difference between Okur's 10.9 million expiring deal and Thompson's $3
million deal) to jump four spots and grab Brandon Knight (a better fit for them
than anyone at no. 7). Meanwhile, Utah sheds $7.9 million to drop four spots and
take hometown hero Jimmer Fredette who they couldn't have taken at 3 without
being ridiculed then trots out a Jimmer/Gordon Heyward backcourt next season
that would basically melt the entire state of Utah into hot lava. I can't live
in a world where Jimmer doesn't play for the Jazz. I just can't."
Jimmer took a lot of abuse in college and kept on ticking. He would be a
candidate. I would like the Jazz to take a chance on him developing into a PG
just to see how good of a PG he really is. He is a better risk at 12 than
Knight is a 3. He is also better than any other PG below 12. To me
he is low risk because his worst case is a shooter off of the bench and he can
always be traded for another draft pick if the Jazz need. He is
pretty much win win. He just is not a lot of risk. He has alway risen to the
occasion. I think he will insist on playing decent D and developing into a good
PG. It is just his nature to adapt and then excel. It may take a
couple of years but he will develop into more than just a shooter. But he can
open up the floor this year. He can play this year and the Jazz need shooting
@ Bugoff 12:37am 22nd,"Get a PG who can handle the grind."
You mean Jimmer? You just dissed Knight and Harris. So, who's left? Certainly
not Kemba---he's won't handle the grind (bumping). Too slightly built.
I think Williams is plenty quick and athletic enough to play the #3 spot and
will be even more valuable because he could play 4 effectively at times since he
is a true 6'8" and has a 7'1" wingspan. With his length he could also
be the guy that could guard the likes of Durant and Odom at the #3 spot. I'm
hoping he slides to the Jazz.
Crotty: I would like that too. I think Jonas will be very good in a few yrs and
Jimmer gives us a shooter and a player to put the ball on the floor and create
for himself or his teammates, Singleton give us a versatile wing, that can
defend.All that being said, Minn. may take Kante and we end up with
Williams, Williams has to prove he can be a 3 , but I think he can, he has the
athleticism to play D on a 3 and he has the offensive tools to play the 3, he
will have to get used to playing on the perimeter but I can see him being able
to do that. Some (Locke)says nothing he has done says 3, but the reason is he
played the 4 (&5)for AZ. again he has the skills and athleticism to play the
3, he just needs to practice and play at that postion to develop his outside
3rd Pick Rookie salary... 4.2 million12th pick--- 2,083 MillionCJ
Miles 3.7 millionIs Knight more of a value than lefty ?
Yahoo Sports is saying Williams, Kanter and Knight are all high risk picks at 3.
As you know I think Valanciunas is a much safer and better pick. Williams has to establish himself as a SF which is somewhat iffy. He is
basically Millsap and Millsap has horrible net PER numbers at SF (82games).
Williams also requires jumping off of 2 feet when shooting and that slows up his
release enough that he will have a high block rate. He may be starter but not
ROY or a super star at SF. His outside shooting is not good enough. Kanter has to make a great leap from high school to the NBA as a big. Usually
very difficult and takes time. Knight really is a combo guard at
best. He is not a PG and it will take him time to learn to be a PG (which he may
not do that well. Look at Price). SA offered Hill for the 12. Hill
had 11.6 points and 2.5 assists in 28 minutes. I would say NO to the trade.
Those are not great numbers and SA is unloading him for a reason.
The Jazz brass has surprised us before and we know that there are trades right
up to post time. I think that the Jazz need a shooting guard before another PG.
I like that Klay Thompson SG at 12 and I have no idea what the Jazz will do,
like last year with Hayward. I sure didn't see that coming. The only prediction
I have is that the Jazz could fool us all. This isn't all on KOC as the scouts,
the Millers, Corbin , and Randy Rigby all have a say in the matter. That
trade for Williams was a good move as I think that Deron had other plans for
this year and the Dallas area is his home. One problem with the # 3
selection is that the rookie salaries are high with so little evidence of
promise and productivity. A high price to pay if the selection goes South.
Re my Knight comments, I think the guy is smart and high character and will
probably be a good PG. I just am not convinced that he will be a great PG
worthy of a #3 pick, and outside the character issues wonder if he is a good fit
for the Jazz.
I think that trading #3 to Washington for #6 and #18 is a good possibility.
Rumors state that Wizards are willing to do that to get Kanter.Best
case scenario, IMHO, would be something like Jonas V at 6, Jimmer at 12 and
Singleton at 18. Jazz would have a true big man for the future, great shooter
and a great defender. All have weaknesses and concerns but in my own little
fantasy world, I would do that.
Sloanhater.First of all with your screen name, I really should not
waste my time on responding. I was one of the first who said that that combo was
the safest option. Do some homework and realize knight and walker are a bigger
risk than Kanter and Jimmer. I would avoid both of them. Watch who has a better
career and is in the league longer. And don't get sold on all they hype or
biases and that will help.Loose the name!
I have to admit that the more I looked into Knight and his stats the less
impressed I was. I will be disappointed if the Jazz draft him at #3 as he has
average written all over him. Best case is DHarris- who the Jazz have for the
next two years. However, his college stats compared to other draft PGs are not
impressive at all and he could be a bust for a pick this high.Kanter
and Jonas V are hard nuts to crack, but I think that either is a better pick
than Knight at #3. Kanter really isn't a center and doesn't give us anything
that we don't already have in Favors. V is a true center with the most upside
who could replace Okur and Al. I would love to see Jonas V contract
situation make him slide, the Jazz trade the #3 to Washington for their #6 and
#18, with Jonas V at #3, and players such as Singleton, Jimmer, Biyombo,
Hamilton with the #12 and #18. Jonas could play in Europe for another year
during the lockout and come to Utah in 2012 a bigger, better prospect during
Al's last contract year.
I'm with the Capt and Dr.J on this one because the signals being sent by this
young Knight are that he doesn't want to be here. I'm not sure the cocky lad is
all that good anyway, least not for 3,4 years down the road. If
available I like with the 3 Williams, Jonas, and Kanter in that order. With the
12 depending on whose available: Jimmer, Klay Thompson, Walker, Burks,
Singleton......GO Kevin! Go Jazz! Get it right!
All good comments! I am anxiously awaiting the draft tomorrow. Curious that all the talk is about a very weak draft but all of these teams
are scrambling to get in the top 5 even in the top 10 for a specific guy.
JazzRule, If the Jazz pick Kanter/Jimmer, Jazz Nation will be happy.
No pressure on Kanter. He can learn from Favors/Big Al while playing a bench
role. If Knight is picked at #3, he will be compared to D-Will. The
assumption will be that he's the future of the franchise at PG, as a #3 pick
should. He will also have put the Jazz in a position where they most likely
wouldn't draft another PG (Jimmer) at #12 even if he's available. Seems pretty
risky to me. Jazz nation is not a forgiving nation.
There are no safe picks in this draft. I think Jimmer has a tremendous upside.
Danny Ainge had the best quote on comparing Jimmer to other players -- he is
comparable to nobody else because he has a unique set of basketball skills in
addition to his amazing shooting ability. There are several players with
fantastic athletic ability, and some guards who are roughly as quick and fast as
Jimmer. Any of these could pan out nicely, but I honest don't see a single safe
pick. I like Williams No. 1 but question his heart. Do you think Jordan would
have let Jimmer score 49 while helping BYU beat his team by 30? No way. MJ
would have gone to the coach, insisted on personally guarding Jimmer and made
him give up the ball. Williams didn't do that and probably couldn't. (Of
course, to be fair, MJ might have had trouble staying in front of Jimmer, too).
I won't take a sports columnists word that there is no Deron Williams, Michael
Jordan, Maravich or Dominique in this draft. Derrick Williams certainly has all
the tools, and if he learns the intricacies of the game quickly, realizing that
personal stats are not where it's at, he has the physical capability. Jimmer
could be fantastic in the pros, especially now that point guards can't be
hand-checked away from the lane. And Jimmer already is willing to pass, and the
NBA guys are much better at finishing that Cougars. Jimmer will never shoot as
poorly as Morrison (and doesn't have diabetes, either). Jimmer is only
1/4" shorter than Deron Williams, according to the combine measurements (6'
2 1/2" in shoes vs. 6' 2 3/4"). Jimmer is almost as heavy (195 vs.
202 according to combine measurements). Jimmer is a better shooter than Deron, a
better passer coming out of college (Deron has picked it up since joining the
NBA), a better ball handler, a better foul shooter, just as good at splitting
screens and just as competitive. Deron has better vertical lift. We'll know in
5 years if there's a superstar in this draft.
Tomorrow will answer all the questions...........
@SloanhaterHow on earth is Kanter/Jimmer safe????...boggle...
Evan though we may have to wait to get Jonas on the floor here in the US, I
think he would be worth the wait. He is a true center and he has a good motor,
good attitude, good potential, he shoots 80 to 90 % from the free throw line,
that tells me he can be a shooter. I think he would be a safe pick.I like
Kanter and so if they take him, it is because they like him and think he will be
the kind of player they need. Kanter is more skilled offensively than Jonas but
I'm not sure about his motor and defense. That is why I would probably take
Jonas, from what I know.I too , don't want Knight to be our 3rd pick, I
know he has potential but I'm not sure what that is.
Let's dream big and hope Williams drops to #3.. The Jazz two-deep would be
impressive. PG Harris, SG Hayward, SF Williams, PF Big Al, C
Favors.PG Jimmer, SG CJ(Redd/Brown), SF AK/Evans, PF Millsap, C Memo/Fes.
Assuming the Jazz go safe and pick Kanter/Jimmer, the 2012 Roster would be: PG Harris, SG Hayward, SF Millsap, PF Big Al, C Favors. With
Memo, Raja, Evans, Kanter, and Jimmer on the bench. That's a
playoff team with some decent coaching. I imagine the Jazz will bring back AK
and CJ. Then possibly sign one good free agent (Micheal Redd, Shannon Brown,
Tayshaun Prince, or Mike Dunleavy). And throw in Fes for entertainment value..
That looks like a Western Conference Contender to me.
The Jazz have 3 options at 3:The first would be to take Knight, this
is the safest pick, he fills a need, can play both guard positions and he has 2
years to learn how to be a starting PG.The second is to take Kanter,
Kanter has more upside than anyone in this draft, but he also has high bust
potential. The fact that quality big men are the hardest thing to acquire in the
NBA means he is going to be hard to say no to. The Jazz will not have another
opportunity to draft a big this talented again any time soon.The
third is to draft Kanter, and if Vesely is still available at 6, make a trade
with the Wizards and take Vesely. Vesely would fill the biggest need as AK is
probably done with the Jazz and Milsap is better at the 4. Plus the Jazz would
get another draft pick either this year or next.
Jimmer would be a steal @ 12!
I think I would rather have Kanter than Knight...Knight seems a little cocky and
he may not like SLC...Harris may be better than Knight...Jimmer or Kemba may be
better than Knight...Knight may be decent...but he worries me a little bit. I
do not think I would take Kemba or Jimmer @ 3 but I do not think I would take
President Joker | 9:11 a.m. June 22, 2011 Washington, DC "Jimmer and #3 don't belong in the same sentence."===You are the only one who used them in the same sentence.
What are people thinking with the whole trade Millsap thing? Did they forget the
miracle in Miami and many other games he won for us? Did they forget that he has
exceeded expectations on almost every level? He's got more heart than anyone on
the Jazz. To trade him is pure stupdity, especially cuz Favors isnt quite ready
for the big time!
First of all if you are going to rebuild you don't go get an older point in
Parker. Let that thought go now please!Kanter is the safer pick at
three then take the best available at 12. And yes if that is Jimmer you have to.
Kanter and Jimmer is a solid and could be the safest draft options.
The Jazz should trade the 3rd and 12th pick, along with Milsap to the Bucks to
get Bogut, and Jennings. That would give us the big man who plays defense in the
middle, as he lead the league in blocked shots last year, and also an outside
shooting threat. Or the 3rd pick, Milsap, Miles and some cash for those 2
players and keep the 12th pick, (and I much as I dislike BYU) draft Jimmer if he
is still there at 12, and have another shooter to come off the bench and play
the backup PG role, and maybe some 2, depending on who the @ is in the game for
the other team.
Kanter is the best available. He was coached in practice at Kentucky. His
father is deeply involved. He would have Memo as a mentor. Did I forget to say
that he is six foot eleven and an imposing physical specimen?
This is a weak draft with a bunch of bench players. Next year's draft has better
and deeper talent. If the Jazz want a franchise PG, they should plan to acquire
a high pick NEXT year. As a Jazz fan I hope that Irving or Williams
drops to #3. I never overestimate David Kahn. I would be happy to see
Kanter/Jimmer in Jazz uniforms next year. Both playing small roles off the
bench. I also wouldn't mind seeing the Jazz trade #3 for
Washington's #6 and #18 picks. Take Valanciunas/Thompson, Jimmer, and
Biyombo/Faried. I'm no fan of byu, but as a Jazz fan I recognize that Jimmer is
an upgrade over Kyle Korver, and we all recognize how much the Jazz missed
Korver. It's just nice to know KOC doesn't have to defer to Sloan on
this #3 pick..
Parker is too old. If the Spurs are dealing him to move up in what is percieved
to be a weak draft, there is something really wrong with him.
If they pick Valacunias. Tomic is gone. He is way overrated and is only a good
player because the jazz drafted him.
Jimmer and #3 don't belong in the same sentence. If the Kings trade out, Jimmer
will be sitting in the Green Room until 15 or 17.
The Jazz do not know what they are going to do because they do not yet know what
CLE and MN are doing. There is still some chance CLE goes with
Irving and MN takes Kanter. Beasley may not be that valuable in trade. BPA has
transaction costs. That leaves Williams, Valanciunas and Knight for the Jazz.
They probably would go with Williams but there is some concern that he has to
use both feet to shoot (unlike Dirk).A choice between Williams and
Valanciunas is harder than V/Kanter vs Knight. Hoopsworld reports that Utah is
leaning slightly to Kanter over Knight. How they would know is iffy. KOC has a
record of doing unexpected picks.Williams should be able to play
more SF than Millsap but he is essentially Millsap with a CA attitude.I would hate to see SA get Valanciunas especially for Parker who they easily
replace with Hill and who is no better than Harris if used properly. The SA management is pretty good. So is OKC. Both of those teams will move a
productive Vet to get what they need. Valanciunas would set them up for
years.Jimmer will probally be at 12.
In general the draft this year is week. The uncertainty of the NBA lockout and
the amount of money these rookies would make, made it so fewer came out for the
draft. That being said if the Jazz could get Parker and a future first rounder
along with this years first, for Harris and our first... I say take it and run!
Hope the Jazz pick Kanter, not Knight. Kanter is the player who will have the
greater impact (i.e., the "best player available"--assuming he's
I really think the biggest problem with this years draft is big time talent at
the very top of the draft but I think the later picks (5-20) are very deep and
there is a ton of talent who may have a better chance of becoming a star. I would love it if the Jazz traded the 3rd pick to Washington for their
6th and 18th picks. Then I would love it if they took Jimmer 6th, Chris
Singleton 12th and someone like Jeremy Tyler, Marshon Brooks, or Jordan Hamilton
18th. You get a proven scorer, shooter, PG who can develop coming
off the bench behind Harris for a year or two in Jimmer. You get a
big defensive SF who can literally defend every position on the floor to replace
Kirilenko. I believe this would make the Jazz more athletic as well.Finally, you could use the 18th pick to add depth or possibly take a chance on
a Jeremy Tyler or add a another scorer in Brooks or another shooter in
Hamilton.What do you guys think about that? Would that be a good
move for the Jazz?
I would like Kanter, then trade the 12th pick for the wizards 6th and 18th pick.
We may have to give up one of our picks next year but that is ok. Take Jimmer
with the 6th and Harris with the 18th pick.
As of this morning, according to Andy Katz at ESPN, the Jazz are debating either
Kanter or Knight for the third pick, at this point leaning toward Kanter, though
"discussions within the organization are fluid". No mention of
Valenciunas.I like Bugoff's arguments for selecting V. over Kanter.
The Jazz apparently don't.But history assures us of one thing: the
Jazz like to surprise us with their draft picks.
Whomever O'Connor chooses as #3 and #12 will most likely make hardly a
difference. O'Connor claims that the Jazz always pick the best
athletes available when their turn comes up.The "best
athlete" is determined as objectively as possible, looking at stats, game
tapes etc., then taking a very short gander a few weeks before the draft.
Supposedly this is a "scientific" process.But such
"science" indicated to almost all other NBA teams, when Stockton and
Malone came along (one year after the other), that neither was the one to pick
at their respective spots.It was the Laydens and the Jazz management
at the time (O'Connor wasn't even here) who "felt" that Stockton and
Malone were right. They said they would have picked them earlier than they did
if they'd had a higher pick available.In other words, instead of the
"scientific" method, they used their gut and looked for the
intangibles. As it turned out, S. and M. proved to be the Jazz's best picks of
all time.Whomever O'Connor picks at 3 and at 12, I'd put money on
saying, will make hardly a difference!What matters comes after the
draft and during the season. HEART!
There is no response to this article which shows it did not cause any thought,
was not informative, and was without merit.Tons of talk about who
and when they should be drafted but chances are the Jazz have already made their
plans and have decided the direction to go. They scouted, worked out the
players of interest, watched them compete in college and head to head and are in
a better situation to make the call.Last season after intial
disappointment the Jazz pick turned out be be very positive, and if lucky the
Jazz can repeat that performance. The question remains to be
answered if the team is going to trade to move up in the draft and make it
really meaningful. KOC was good about that before and probably will do the same
if he thinks the Jazz would benefit.I am thinking that Joe Pryzbilla
for Millsap prior to the draft makes sense for the Jazz and Portland had
expressed interest in Millsap a couple of years ago.
The Jazz should take Jimmer at 3. In the future it will be known he should have
been the number one pick.
Parker had 17.5 points and 6.6 assists and played for the best team in the West.
Harris had 15.2 and 7.1 and played for 2 of the worst in the NBA. Parker has had 7 years of 16-22 points and about 6 assists. Harris has had 5
years of 16-21 points with about 6 assists. His numbers with Utah are down a
little but it is a new team for him. At this point I am not sure
Knight is better than Parker or Harris. However, I think Harris has 2
problems.1. his shooting is inefficient2. his PG style does
not fit the Jazz well. He is a better fit for another team. Playing
him besides Knight does not solve either problem. Replacing him with Knight may
solve the shooting problem.I am not sure Knight wants to be in Utah.
Too many picks will beat him up. Sloans flex is a meat grinder. That is why it
is hard to get effort except in the 4th Q. Go big. Get a PG who can
handle the grind.
@panamandesnews: regarding your Tomic question, I heard recently on the radio
that he is not, and at this point probably never will ever come to the US and
play. That pick is long gone.
So Walt Perrin first says they should always pick the best player available. He
then goes on to say they should pick the player that is best for the team, no
matter what number its at. Well, which one is it??Honestly, I think
it's all just a canned response from the Jazz brass to shoe off reporters asking
the same questions over and over again.
Duncan is 6'11" 255, Valanciunas is listed a 6'11" and at least
240-244. Wojnarowski referred to him as 7'1". He is barely 19. Do you
think he will add 10 pounds next year? Wojo is also saying CLE should draft him
at 4. Kanter is probably going to be good but he is high risk.
Knight is probably going to be good but is also a lot higher risk than many
think and he seems to be dropping on boards unless Utah takes him. V
is the safest pick at 3. The Jazz can work on getting the kinks out of
AJ/Millsap during the lockout year and develop Favors. Then they can trade a big
when they bring in V. AJ/Millsap will be worth more as expiring contracts
then,than now or during the lockout year.You have to max the value
of your picks over a couple of years. This is the best chance Utah has at a
quality big. It also maxes the value of existing assets. Trade for a
PG later/use Harris for a year.This is a no brainer. Is Knight
better than Parker? SA is not moving up for Knight.
Maybe the Jazz will draft Valanciunas and let him finish his contract in Europe,
and bring the big man they drafted a couple years ago, who has been developing
in Europe. Haven't heard much about him for awhile, so don't know how his
development has progressed or whether he can come to the US at this time.
Anyone know anything about his situation? I believe his name is Tomic or
something like that. Please advise, someone in the know!
MN would take Irving and trade Rubio or Irving. Even Kahn is not that dumb. I like Valanciunas, Kanter and Knight in that order with the 3. Who would SA target at 5 or 7? They have no need of Kemba and the good
bigs should be gone. They need to replace Duncan. SA is is hoping
Valanciunas drops due to his buyout. Trading Parker for Valanciunas gives you
an idea of how much he is worth. Many scouts consider him to be the best pick in
the long run. If Valanciunas can replace Duncan then the Jazz need
to get him before they look like complete idiots. Lets hope the Jazz
are at least as smart as SA? I wish I had faith in that idea.
Knight is probably a safe pick, but I'll be disapointed if we don't get a big.
Vesely would be interesting and be able to contribute right away. Wish he could
I like this scenario: Cleveland plays it smart and picks Williams 1st, knowing
they will still have their choice of Walker or Knight at #4, Minnesota will not
take another point guard so the Jazz are able to grab Irving at #3. I like
it!!!Jazz then take an outside shooter at #12 or trade up for a
couple of picks and get a shooter and a big man project like Nogueira or Tyler.
McHale was picked by the Celtics because Warriors owner Franklin Meuli (who
probably made more bad decisions than any owner in NBA history) traded the #3
pick plus Robert Parish for the #1 pick which they used to take Joe Berry
Carrol, another flop. He also was the culprit responsible for drafting Chris
The San Antonio Spurs are offering point guard Tony Parker in a trade for a high
pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday night. The Spurs are looking to get into the lottery and have talked with the Toronto
Raptors (No. 5) and Sacramento Kings (No. 7). The Kings also have been linked to
the Denver Nuggets Raymond Felton as they look to add a point guard and slide
Tyreke Evans to the off-guard position. Should the Spurs move
Parker, George Hill would take over as the starting point guard, although Yahoo!
reports that Hill also has attracted interest from teams at the back end of the
lottery. A veteran of 10 NBA seasons, the 29-year-old Parker
averaged 17.5 points and 6.6 assists in 78 games last season.
McHale was the third pick in 1980 because the Jazz picked Griffith thired -- to
sell tickets. They knew McHale was the better player, and his Hall of Fame
career, multiple Sixth-Man awards, multiple All-Defensive team, multiple
All-Star career verified that.