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.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #26 Indiana Pacers

We have built our team by targeting players we think fit well in our system and in our locker room and acquiring those players.  That sounds obvious and easy, but it's a challenge.  We have built around older, more established college stars who really love and understand basketball but don't always come with a flashy game.

It's hard to watch us play sometimes and not think of bringing in some more explosive athletes or younger, less developed players.

However, we had a terrific season last year and we are good right now and it's time to bring in someone safe who we think can help us and give us a little insurance against not faring well in free agency.

Our backcourt needs help and we see a young man available who we think can be a regular rotation player for us, back up both positions and be a live sparkplug off the bench.  He's a cool-headed winner who played several roles on essentially a pro team, and he can really shoot.

The Pacers select Doron Lamb, SG, Kentucky

"This draft never saw anyone from Kentucky get pick- What? Really? Damn. Well at least I'm the only one named Lamb that got drafted, right?"

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #25 Memphis Grizzlies

If we were drafting strictly by need, we'd be looking for a backup PG at this pick, but we aren't drafting by need and aren't going to reach for a player just to fill a slot.

We could use perimeter shooting, but we don't want to just take a one dimensional player who can't do anything but shoot. Like we said, we aren't going to reach in order just to fill a need.

Instead, we see a player whose hard nosed attitude and tough defense fits into our team philosophy. A player who can defend multiple positions, but is still very competent as a spot up shooter and might even be able to help us with that problem.

With the 25th pick, the Memphis Grizzlies select Jeff Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt

Ride em cowboy!

Jeff Taylor's style of play fits in perfectly with how our team plays. He's a physical player who is very strong and willing to get dirty on the defensive end. He's made strides as a shooter and we hope he can help us by stretching the defense at times and draining some long range daggers.  His potential is very high, and we are very high on his chance to thrive in our system.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #24 Cleveland Cavaliers

As we mentioned before, we are a few years away from contending and are much more interested in players with potential than finished products more suited to be immediate contributors.

With our earlier pick, we grabbed an ELITE prospect who needs development time.  We are going the same route here.

The way we look at it is we are getting a player at #24 who we think would be a mid-to-high lottery pick next year.  We're not positive he'll pan out, but we cannot pass up that kind of value.  We feel a small risk here could give us a HUGE reward.  That's one way good teams become great.

This player comes with some health concerns, is young and underdeveloped and was inconsistent in his brief college career.  However, 6'10 SFs who can create offense for themselves and have a 7'4" wingspan are - um - tough to find.  We like having the opportunity to put one in our pocket.

The Cavaliers select Quincy Miller, SF, Baylor

This dazzling talent has a bright future.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #23 Atlanta Hawks

Simply put, we need help in the back court.

Jeff Teague is up and down at the point, but behind him we don't have any guards under contract, save Joe Johnson, who we can always move to the SF. Josh Smith and Al Horford give us a very nice front line going forward, but we need some guys who can light it up from the perimeter to keep the pressure off from them.

What do you know? A projected lottery pick slid all the way down to us.  A guy who is a great young shooter, has ideal size for a two guard and can finish at the rim athletically.

With the 23rd pick, the Atlanta Hawks select Terrence Ross, SG, Washington.

Stroke it.

Terrence Ross fills an immediate need at SG for us, and he dropped in this draft. We acquired a lottery talent at a need position with the 23rd pick. It doesn't get much better than that.

With his size (6-6) and sweet shooting stroke, we are absolutely thrilled. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine this pick to pan out like this. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #22 Boston Celtics

We don't have many players signed, so we want to draft players who will fit our style no matter which players we pick up to round out our roster.  We also need guys who can give us key minutes in their roles right away.  We are the definition of a "win now" team no matter which players we bring back this season.

We suffered by not having a physical big man to replace Kendrick Perkins, and we feel we addressed that with Festus Ezeli.

To compliment him, we see a guy here who is unique and very much in the tradition of all-around forwards we have had success with in the past.  We are intrigued by his combination of passing, rebounding, ball-handling and mid-range shooting from the PF position.  This is a modern type of player who we feel every team needs to create mismatches and dictate who the opponent can put on the court.

This player has challenges (or we wouldn't be able to sniff him at #22).  He has some problems with anxiety, but we feel we have a strong organization that can support someone with that kind of issue.  He's also a bit of a tweener at only 6'8", but we view that as almost a positive because of his extraordinary skill.  We think he will be a nightmare to defend.  His questionable conditioning and poor free throw shooting are things he has to work hard on, however.

While this seems like a risky pick, we don't think so at all.  We just don't see a way a basketball player like this won't succeed in the NBA at some level.  He is a big, skilled man and he can really play.

The Celtics select Royce White, PF/SF, Iowa State

Thanks for nothing, Google Image Search.

Monday, June 25, 2012

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #21 Boston Celtics

Everyone has known our team is on the older side of the league for the past few years. We've been trying to infuse younger talent into our lineup, and we like the future of our backcourt. Rondo is an all-NBA caliber point guard, and Avery Bradley looks like a promising young talent to pair with Rondo.

What we really need is some young big men and depth on the interior. We're not sure that Kevin Garnett is coming back, but we don't see a player with his passion calling it quits. We want him around to give us 200%, inspire our team and mentor the young big man that we want to bring in.

With the 21st pick, the Boston Celtics select Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt.

  We love his chiseled frame.

We wanted a center with legitimate size and a defensive presence. We don't need anymore undersized forwards who play below the rim. We want a big bodied difference maker on the inside. Ezeli, even though he's a 4 year player, still oozes potential. He moves remarkably well for his size (6-10) and has only been playing basketball for about 5 years. He also gives us a rim protector, which we desperately need, as shown by his ability to block shots. We debated between Ezeli and Fab Melo, but a couple of red flags made us shy away from Melo, such as his academic issues and lack of offensive game.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #20 Denver Nuggets

Since our roster is pretty much set for next year, we figure we can either add depth with one of the several versatile forwards available that fit our "interchangable parts" style and deep rotation, or we can bring in a backup PG to develop that can flourish in our up-tempo offense.

While we like some of these big men a lot, we are almost positive we can get one with one of our second round picks.

Here, we can't pass up the opportunity to bring in a PG who was able to flawlessly orchestrate the fast break on what was essentially a pro team.  He plays with the speed and effort that our teams are known for - and, frankly, we think he was BORN to play for us.  Sure, we would love for him to be a better outside shooter, but we can work on that.  Honestly, this pick was a no-brainer.  We love this guy.

The Nuggets select Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky

The future Metta World Spiece

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #19 Orlando Magic

New coach. New GM. Our star wants out. Our PG is a free agent. We don't have much young talent outside of Ryan Anderson. We just need good basketball players. It doesn't matter what position, we need young talent and a new start.

We are gonna go for a prospect who we think is a top 10 player based on potential in this draft.

With the 19th pick, the Orlando Magic select Moe Harkless, F, St. John's.

I'm in the NBA?!?!

We love Moe Harkless's potential. He averaged 15 ppg and 8 rpg as a freshman in the Big East. He has great size for a SF, but a little bit of a PF's game. That suits us well, as our only young talent, Ryan Anderson is a PF who likes to shoot from 3. He compliments him well, but we just need the best player available (it's not a myth!), and Harkless is at the top of our boards. If he develops like we hope, we just got a steal.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #18 Minnesota Timberwolves

Our team has two cornerstone players.  One is an undersized, below-the-rim, unathletic PF who is the best rebounder in the NBA and the best shooter with the most range at his position.  Defensively, he needs a LOT of help.  The other is a flashy, young, pass-first PG with incredible skill who is very weak physically and a spotty scorer at best.  HE needs a lot of help, too.

We have a good center combination that provides scoring, size and shot blocking - but neither player has shown durability and that really hurt us last season.  If our starter goes down, we don't have enough depth to overcome it.  There is a player at this pick who could help with that, but we actually have a bigger need we can fill with a much better player here.  We are burning up the phones trying to trade for another first rounder.

Here, though, we need scoring.  We didn't have enough last season and we are poised to have even less this year.  You can't play in the NBA with unproductive wing players and win.  Luckily for us, not only is that a strength of this draft, but we feel SEVERAL lottery level wings have fallen to us.

We have some good perimeter shooters, so we really need an all-around scorer who has the potential to grow with our young team.  Incredibly, the one we like the most has fallen to us.

We feel he fell because of his and his team's performance last season.  He was on a team with inconsistent coaching that had a very poor year.  That isn't a factor for us - since we have a much more refined role for him and his development is a huge priority.  How well his skinny body can withstand the rough treatment it will get driving NBA lanes is also a concern around the league.  We aren't worried about that, either.  He'll grow.

Thank goodness he has these flaws, because we have the 18th pick and it's rare to find an athletic SG with a 6'11" wingspan who can score inside and out, handle the ball, create his own shot and defend available this late!

The Timberwolves select Jeremy Lamb, SG, Connecticut.

Minnesota??  Can I still play for the USA?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #17 Dallas Mavericks

Huge offseason for us.

We basically threw in the towel this season for a chance to land Deron Williams and/or Dwight Howard this offseason. If we get one or both...success. If not...we'll have about a million angry Dallasites that need some explaining.

Jason Kidd is a free agent. If he leaves and we don't get Deron we don't have a point guard. Kendall Marshall was a perfect pick for us, but our Lone Star neighbors just snatched him right in front of us. We can't say we're happy about this. 

We desperately need an infusion of some young talent. Dirk, JET (who we expect to resign), Vince Carter and Shawn Marion are all 34 or older.

We have no big man depth. We might have no point guard. Our players are old. Things can spiral out of control VERY quickly unless we land a top free agent and nail this pick.

Good thing there is a top 5 talent on the board for us.

With the 17th pick, the Mavericks select Perry Jones III.

 A blinding talent.

We're confident that our veteran laden team can bring the best out of Perry, who fell due to an unimpressive sophomore season at Baylor. Not only will he learn from true professionals, but he grew up in Dallas County, and we believe that this scenario is the best possibility for him to succeed and grow into a star.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #16 Houston Rockets

Our last pick tells you where our head is in terms of the risk/reward aspect of this draft.  We think there are players who might turn out to be home runs, but we are more interested in adding precisely what we need to our team.

We feel we did that with the previous pick, and we see a player here who we really think can win us games, whether he replaces a player who leaves or simply joins our rotation and does what he does.

And what he does is pass the ball.

If you go back through recent drafts, almost all the PGs drafted are scorers first and have to learn to run NBA offenses.  We like those players.  We have one in Kyle Lowry who many people said was a career backup, but now has some eye-popping assist totals to go with his natural scoring ability.  We paired him last year with an amazing scorer in Goran Dragic.  The two of them made our PG position one of the strongest overall in the league.

But now Dragic is a free agent, and he is going to command a huge contract which we may not be able to afford.  If he leaves, we feel plugging in a polished, pass-first, good-sized game manager to go along with the explosiveness of the smaller Lowry is the best use of this pick.  Even if Dragic stays, we still consider him a valuable addition considering the questionable durability of our entire backcourt.

The Rockets select Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina.  (And we are going to lock him in a gym until he can drill open 15 ft. jumpers from anywhere.)

He already has a hat deal.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #15 Philadelphia 76ers

We have a long offseason ahead of us, and have many potential holes to fill.

Lou Williams officially opted out of his contract recently, so our top bench scorer is more than likely gone.

Our starting center, Spencer Hawes, is a free agent, and we'll probably let some other team overpay for him. After all our first round pick last year, Nikola Vucevic should slip right into his role, but we could still use some big man depth, especially if we amnesty Elton Brand, as many expect us to do.

We aren't really thrilled with any big man at this point in the draft, but there are a number of wing scorers left, and we certainly can use one.

Lou Williams, a high scoring combo guard off the bench leaves? How about we just bring in a high scoring combo guard who is accustomed to coming off the bench? AND he's a hometown kid to boot? Sign us up.

With the 15th pick, the 76ers select Dion Waiters.

Get your hand outta there!

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #14 Houston Rockets

We have been trying to acquire Pau Gasol for years.  Once we even got him - until we were cruelly disappointed by GM David Stern of the Hornets.

Well, we'll keep trying, but in the meantime we still need an offensive presence in our frontcourt with the size and shooting we need to run our offense.

We also need somebody who can play well for us in that role right away.  We've got a lot invested in our roster and tons of decisions to make based on this season.  We want to make our team as complete as possible so we can evaluate it properly.  A project isn't what we are interested in right now.

Lucky for us, a player just like that is available here and has the maturity we think will help us win right away.  He's a great athlete for a 7-footer and has lots of experience in big games.  He's not physical, but he can block shots and has the quickness to close out and help.  Add that to some solid post skills and a nice shooting touch and he sounds just like the guy we've been coveting!

The Rockets select Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina

I sure hope I don't have a little brother who will come into the league and steal my thunder.

Monday, June 18, 2012

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #13 Phoenix Suns

This could be the end of an era for us. Steve Nash looks like he could leave in free agency after we selfishly refused to trade him. It's time to rebuild.

Luckily, we DO have another area of strength in our center position with Marcin Gortat and Robin Lopez. Last year's first round pick, Markieff Morris looks promising at forward, and we feel good about that. What we really need is a guard who can create his own shot and score. We've been missing a player like that since Jason Richardson was our SG.

We, we need an explosive back court scorer. There are a couple guards here that get looks, but one in particular stands out. Do we take the guy with perhaps the most potential, but routinely disappeared at times last season? Do we take the guy who came off the bench for a collegiate powerhouse, but clashed with his coach at times? Do we take the guy with a basketball pedigree and a lot of hype, but didn't quite live up to his hype at times during his freshman season. All three of these choices have some sort of drawback, but they also have plenty of upside. We might as well pick one out of a hat, and that would be par for the course for our crappy owner. Luckily he doesn't make this pick and Kid Chocolate does.

With the 13th pick, the Phoenix Suns select Austin Rivers.

He's got balls.

What we liked about Austin Rivers a little more than the others is that he shows passion. Jeremy Lamb disappeared for half of last year at UConn, and Dion Waiters' attitude clashed with Jim Boeheim at times. Austin Rivers has the upbringing of learning from an NBA coach, and we think he has the most potential to also play a little PG eventually. Not to mention, he has the upside to be an elite scorer.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #12 Milwaukee Bucks

Last year we traded a big, white center for a dynamic, undersized, hyper-athletic shooting guard.

Yeah, we did that.  The Milwaukee Bucks!

So we have been without any 7-foot white guys for months now.  We could try and convince you we are taking a pass-first guard or a shooter in case our free agents decide to leave, but who would we be kidding? We need a young, defensive-minded, big center and a white guy (Paul Mokeski isn't walking through that door!) and here we have the total package.

The Bucks select Meyers Leonard, and America high fives each other for guessing at least one lottery pick correctly.

Leonard adopted an additional family of white people in preparation for his future life in Wisconsin.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #11 Portland Trail Blazers

Got our PG with the 6th pick. Now we have a tough decision to make.

There are a few prospects here that we really would love to have on our team.  This pick isn't easy, but it's a problem that we don't mind. It's a lot better than having a pick where we don't like any of the prospects available. 

We can take a shooting guard like Austin Rivers or Dion Waiters to pair with our new point guard, Damian Lillard. We can go big and look at a defensive center like Meyers Leonard or a more offensive center like Tyler Zeller.We can take a shot on a player with incredible potential that can play multiple positions like Perry Jones III or Jeremy Lamb.

Since we went guard with our first pick, ideally we want a big man here. Instead of taking a player who only thrives on offense or only thrives on defense (like Leonard), we are going to take a shot at a player who we think can thrive next to an established big man in LaMarcus Aldridge.

With the 11th pick, the Trail Blazers select Arnett Moultrie.

Howell Trophy Winner Arnett Moultrie!

In regards to the big men, we aren't overly thrilled with Meyers Leonard. His defensive potential is solid, but we aren't keen on taking a player who only had one productive season in college. Zeller is a solid prospect, but we find his ceiling to be low. We wanted to take a chance on a versatile big man who can play both the PF and Center positions, rebound (Arnett led the SEC in rebounding last year), and give us versatility on offense (he can finish at the rim and he has jump shot range out to 20 feet, and maybe even to the 3 point line eventually).

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #10 New Orleans Hornets

Having two lottery picks is more than just fun.  Sometimes it allows you to take a player you might not have been able to get the most out of otherwise.

For example, winning the draft lottery has yielded us a supernatural freak who will be protecting the rim and messing up opposing offenses for as long as we can hang on to him.  We have a defensive cornerstone who will win us games right away.

Still, he is a project on the offensive end.  He hasn't grown into his frame and isn't strong enough yet.  He has offensive skills, but we think it will take a while for him to excel on that end.

So we have a chance here to take a guy who will compliment him, benefit from his incredible help defense and give us the offensive production we lack.  This guy can score in many ways and is a fully-grown bruiser, but he is short and not a guy you want guarding PFs.  He's better off pushing around skinny centers on defense.  However, on offense he is strong enough to take on anyone, freeing up our developing star to take on weaker defenders.

It's great synergy.  Too bad we won't have any lottery picks from now on.

The Hornets select Jared Sullinger, C, Ohio State

"Yaaaaaay Hornets! Baby Blue makes my eyes POP!"

Sunday, June 17, 2012

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #9 Detroit Pistons

Every once in a while, a prospect is a perfect fit for a team, and everyone realizes it.

Look through the mock drafts on all the major draft sites. They all pair this pick with John Henson. Who are we to disagree?

Greg Monroe is going to be our center for years to come. He's a skilled center who has legitimate size and skill. The only knock on him is that he doesn't protect the rim well and isn't an uber athletic freak. That's ok, though. He does so many things well, that we can live with his shortcomings in those areas.

So we obviously want to pair him with an athletic freak who can swat shots into the front row next to him. Sound like John Henson?

Henson is a spider of a specimen. He has a ridiculous reach, a gargantuan wingspan, and is a perfect complement for The Moose. Rarely do you see such a perfect fit realized, but we are just tickled pink.

With the 9th pick, the Pistons select John Henson.

Did we just pick an assistant coach?

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #8 Toronto Raptors

When you have been bad for a long time, you eventually wind up with a collection of lottery picks.  If you did it right, your team looks like the OKC Thunder.  If you didn't, it looks like us.

So here we are, ready to add another of these pieces.  We've already got a logjam in our frontcourt.  Those guys need court time.  We feel like we are done mixing the batter, and now we just need our bigs to bake together into a nice panful of ooey-gooey goodness.

What we need most is a PG to replace the one we will not re-sign after this season, but this draft doesn't offer that - at least not this high.

So we were looking at some really nice guards we thought would be available at this pick.  We think there are a few who would give us what we need - more versatility, more explosiveness, better shooting and tougher defense.  We know a lot about these guys, and we would have been very comfortable picking one of them but we got Brad Beal instead so YEEHA!

The Raptors select Bradley Beal, SG, Florida

"Wait, TORONTO? Can I still play for the USA?"

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #7 Golden State Warriors

Well, we certainly didn't expect Brad Beal to fall to us. Too bad we took our 2 guard of the future last year. Klay Thompson worked out more than we could have hoped for. He's our starter for life! (or until we decide to trade him on a whim, but don't tell him that!) 

This is the part of the draft where we're holding a big sign over the podium asking who wants to trade up for Beal. He's a great talent, but he just doesn't make any sense for us to take. Since we can't trade in this spot in this specific draft, we're going to have to pass on him and take a player who makes much more sense for OUR team. 

We do have a lot of guards. Steph Curry is an elite talent, albeit he has injury concerns. Charles Jenkins is a young talent off the bench, and we have capable backups at each guard spot. We love Klay Thompson. We cannot say this enough. WE LOVE KLAY THOMPSON! 

We'd like to add some much needed athleticism to our front court. Our target is a versatile front court player who can guard multiple positions, defend and add the aforementioned athleticism. This player is unlike any other big man on our roster. He's a winner. This man, our man, is Terrence Jones.

With the 7th pick, the Warriors select Terrence Jones.

The guy guarding him is a projected 9th rounder.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #6 Portland Trail Blazers

This pick is a gift and a blessing for us.  The Basketball Gods owed us one (or three) and sent us a savior in the form of a King.  And this King bestowed upon us a second, better lottery pick to go with the one we earned on the court.

And the guy we think helps us the most is still on the board.  He should take a lot of pressure off our best player on both ends and fill a huge gap in our roster that we couldn't overcome last season.

We aren't over-thinking this one.

We want a PG, the best one is available here, and we are taking him.

The Portland Trail Blazers select Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State.

This guy is great in the pick-and-roll, but he brings his stupid dog everywhere and we question the legality of "Scooby Snacks" under the CBA.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #5 Sacramento Kings

Lots of question marks here. What do we do with Tyreke Evans? We're exploring trade options for him as we speak, but we're still not really sure what position he plays.

DeMarcus Cousins looks like a cornerstone big man, but his maturity issues will always leave question marks.

The Jimmer didn't light up the league like we thought he would.

The rest of our team is filled with journey-men, role players, and unproven young guys. We do have a lot of young guards, though. Problem is that there aren't really any big men we feel are worthy of this pick.

Two guys are really in the running for our pick, from a pure talent perspective. They are Brad Beal and Harrison Barnes. We like both players a lot, but what really makes this pick for us is the fact that Harrison Barnes can play SF, while Beal can only play guard.

With the 5th pick, the Sacramento Kings select Harrison Barnes, SF, UNC.


We not only like that Harrison is a talented player who can score at the 3 spot, but his athleticism tested off the charts at the combine, and he interviews as a very mature player. Our team can really use some maturity and hope it rubs off on some of our other young guys.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #4 Cleveland Cavaliers

Our plan:

1. Draft around our NEW franchise player.

2. Wait two years.

3. Sign our OLD franchise player.  All is forgiven.

4. Win eight Championships.

And since we need almost everything and won't be contending until 2014, we will take an intimidating, freakishly built, athletic rim protector even if he is a bit of a project.  He might not ever be good during his rookie contract, but we shouldn't have any trouble re-signing him if everything goes according to plan.  

If it doesn't (and it better) - hey - these guys don't grow on trees!

The Cavaliers select Andre Drummond, C, Connecticut

Everybody pretend this guy never went to college.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #3 Washington Wizards

How is it that we had the #1 pick in the draft two years ago and our record has gotten worse every year since then? We thought John Wall was our savior, but he hasn't been able to single-handedly make us into a winner.

What we need to do is create a winning culture. Winning the lottery and John Wall sweepstakes didn't do us any favors when he was brought into a toxic environment with players who didn't exactly embrace winning. We've been attempting to purge our roster of these types of players and add players of high character, heart and motor to the equation. Doing this will bring out the best in our other young players and hopefully improve chemistry and promote winning basketball with a solid young core.

Luckily enough we are in a position to bring in a high character player who is also incredibly talented.

With the 3rd pick, the Washington Wizards select Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas.

He's already embracing Washington!

Having a legitimate big man next to him in Nene will help his development and we feel that along with John Wall, this is a solid foundation to start the next era in Wizards basketball. Now who wants to take Andray Blatche off our hands???

Friday, June 15, 2012

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #2 Charlotte Bobcats

Are we the worst franchise in the history of sports?

I mean the Cubs haven't won since Teddy Roosevelt was shooting up the White House.  Aren't they worse? We've only been around since 2004.  We even made the playoffs once!  Yeah, we're better than the Cubs.  Eat it, Cubs!

So, we were 7-59 last year.  We have no star players, no breakout prospects, and our financial situation isn't too great, either.  We needed a miracle, and we didn't get it.

Now, even worse, this draft is one star deep and filled with wonderful role-players.  Well, WE DON"T NEED ROLE PLAYERS!!  That's all we have.  We need STAR players.  We need talent.  We need to select a player who has the chance to become great.

And that can't be in five years, this guy has to be a legitimate candidate to be a cornerstone of our team within a year or two.

Unfortunately, we just do not see anyone who fits that criteria available here, so we need a bit of out-of-the-box thinking.

A few years back we had a guy who wasn't a superstar or even a star player, was never a focal point of his team, and wasn't the most technically skilled guy, to put it politely.  However, this guy played so hard, he affected every other player and had an enormous impact on every game.  We had our only success when this guy was with us and when he left the whole franchise fell apart.

That might not be a superstar player, but he was an All-Star for us.  We can win with someone like that someday, and someone exactly like that is our pick.

The Bobcats select Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky. (And NOT Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky. But we're not bitter.)

This facial expression is approximately 2000 times happier than the one he'll have six seconds after he finds out who drafted him.

WRG 2012 Mock Draft - #1 New Orleans Hornets

Was it fixed? Some say it was. Some say it wasn't. We don't really care. We won and that's all that matters.

Drew Brees and the Saints did their part to revive the city of New Orleans. Now we do our part to pick up the city and it starts with a franchise player

One of the greatest things about having the first pick in this draft is that there IS a clear cut number 1 player. We don't need to think about it, and we won't entertain trade offers. We won the lottery, and now we sit back and relax until we are officially on the clock and can stroll up to the podium and announce our new cornerstone big man.

The Hornets select Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky.

With a wingspan almost as big as his unibrow and a demeanor almost as nasty as his teeth, he's a once in a generation talent. Welcome aboard big man.

2012 Draft Time!

Instead of attempting to come up with my own witty introduction, I won't even try to improve on the amazing poetic introduction of my cohort, ghoti, from last year's draft. So here it is!

Greetings, NBA fans and welcome to June!

You get a week of intense finals basketball when we all get to hop aboard the bandwagon of the Lesser of Two Evils.

After that, we can focus on NBA Christmas, a magical day when Santa Stern and his elf Russ Granik Adam Silver leave some shiny new players under your team's tree.

But who will that be?  What will these new guys bring?  Can my team finally get rid of those bums holding them back from their rightful place as the Lesser of Two Evils?

That's where the internet comes in.  A flotilla of scouts, experts, possible experts, near experts, non-experts, bloggers, paid reporters, columnists, ex-jocks and whoever the hell writes for Bleacher Report meticulously compile every type of information about every eligible player so you can make an informed decision on what your team should do.  (And since they won't do anything close to that, you have complaining rights for infinity if they screw it up.)

And once you are done poring through all of that, we at WRG invite you to read our jokey blurbs - plunked out  mostly with one hand while eating - and learn what it might really be like to be an NBA GM.