Friday, February 15, 2013

Where's Russ Granik? Here's one answer.

As we all know, he's not where he belongs anymore - at the NBA Draft, announcing second round picks - but now we do know one place where Russ Granik can be found forever.

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame!

So congratulations to Mr. Granik and let's all hope that little weasel Adam Silver never even sniffs that place  his enshrinement goes smoothly and whoever introduces him does it with half the grace and class that he used to introduce the world to so many fringe players, busts, surprise stars and eurostashes over the years.

Great job, Russ!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Kid Chocolate's top 5

 5 best available
Evan Fournier
Will Barton
Darius Johnson-Odom
Orlando Johnson
Tyshawn Taylor

5 who will be taken too high
Austin Rivers
Andrew Nicholson
Fab Melo
Tony Wroten
Brad Beal

5 who will be taken too low
Terrence Jones
Quincy Acy
Will Barton
Darius Johnson-Odom
Arnett Moultrie

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Where's Russ Granik?

OK, we realize Adam Silver is coming out to read the second round picks.  We can no longer pretend we don't know this.

However, since this little weasel fine fellow will likely be the NBA commissioner soon, we will instead use this space to plead with this jackass fair and reasonable leader to bring back the great Russ Granik to do what he was put on this Earth to do.

So if you know Adam Silver and he hasn't yet violently murdered your family pet  please pass this message to him.

Thanks for your time.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #30 Golden State Warriors

We were forced to play Jeremy Tyler major minutes at the end of last season.  To be kind, he may be a 10th man for us.  We need somebody on this team who can score and rebound, and miraculously a player who can do both has plummeted all the way to the end of this round.

He is a great shooter with legit size who can block shots and run the court.  He fits our style and is ready to contribute right away.  We really lucked out here.

The Warriors select Andrew Nicholson, PF, St. Bonaventure.

He tried to explain he was a "Bonnie", but nobody was intimidated.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #29 Chicago Bulls

One way or another we need to address our need for a point guard, since Derrick Rose will miss significant time after tearing his ACL. We aren't thrilled with our options of finding someone to handle one of the Eastern Conference's best teams with the 29th pick, and Coach Thibodeau is known to bring rookies along slowly.

Another need is someone who can create scoring off the wing, but we think that last year's first round pick, Jimmy Butler, will fill that role in his second year.

Instead of going the point guard route, we see a guy who can handle the ball, is a veteran, and will fit into a competitive role on our team.

With the 29th pick, the Chicago Bulls select Draymond Green, F, Michigan State

This is what a mature player looks like.

Draymond Green is a do-it-all forward who can play point forward, helping to alleviate our need for a point guard. He's a heady, mature player who we feel can give us significant minutes immediately, instead of us drafting someone with flaws who will never play under Coach Thibodeau.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #28 Oklahoma City Thunder

One thing we learned in our playoff run is you can never have enough shooting.  You can carefully build your team and come up with a finished product that you are satisfied with, but then in the Finals you have James Harden flailing around trying to guard a monsterous LeBron.  That kind of stuff happens in mid-June.  We couldn't avoid it, but we know the answer is more depth and firepower off the bench.

This year we get back Eric Maynor, who we needed and will certainly help, but we also want to upgrade our perimeter shooting further so even if we have to live with matchup problems on defense, we can at least keep up on the scoreboard.  We couldn't do that with our tired stars and it really cost us.

Here we have what we believe is a top-notch specialist who will almost certainly be able to shoot over 40% from long range and open things up for our many offensive weapons.  We also think he's a better athlete than most players in his role and can be coached to fit in with what we do on both ends.  He's got some room to grow while he's knocking down all those threes.

The Thunder selects John Jenkins, SG, Vanderbilt

It's not an NBA draft unless Vanderbilt has three players go in the first round.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #27 Miami Heat

Who cares about the draft? We just won the NBA championship.

We have the best player in the NBA, and the best 1-2 combo. We don't need stars, we've reached our quota on that. We want solid role players who can assist our big 3 and help do positive things to win games. We don't need scoring at all. We want versatility or guys who are very good at one skill set. These are the types of players we want to surround LBJ, DWade, and Chris Bosh with.

With the 27th pick, the Miami Heat select Fab Melo, C, Syracuse


When you have such a prominent big 3, getting a rim protector like Melo is a great fit. We don't need him to score. We want him to stand inside and swat shots all day.We know he can do that, since he was the Big East's defensive player of the year. On offense he just has to be able to dunk once in a while, and we're confident he can do that. This will improve our defense and make us even scarier as we go for the repeat.