Man, what a crazy draft. I tweeted this out during the night, but the degree to which this year’s draft didn’t follow any sort of consensus suggests a more contrarian big board is appropriate. If NBA team’s can’t figure out who should go where, there’s little point in sticking with Mock Draft groupthink.
Instead of traditional A/B/C…etc grades I will be handing out Love, Like, Meh, Dislike, and Hate. Granulating grades down across A+/A/A- just seems a little too exact for evaluating a team’s whole draft. The usual caveats about how silly it is to grade a team’s draft a day after the draft apply – but I’ve always found that line of thinking a little ridiculous. My grading of the draft is not meant to be a final determiner of each team’s draft, but instead purely how I would grade things with the currently available information, and nothing about that strikes me as invalid. On to the draft. Continue reading
I’ll have a few thoughts at the bottom, but this post is mostly about just getting my big board up. For extended thoughts on my rankings/specific players you should read the positional breakdowns I’ve released over the past week.
The traditional center is a fascinating player in today’s NBA. The ability to switch pick-and-roll on the defensive end and space the floor on offense has become so coveted that interior focused big guys who can’t really move on the perimeter have become marginalized. Rim protectors still have a lot of value, as we saw with the drop-off Golden State experienced from Andrew Bogut to Festus Ezeli/Anderson Varejao, but guys who can’t guard on the perimeter have become matchup dependent role players, not 30+ minute a game guys.
Depending on how a given “traditional” 5 guards on the perimeter and just how much value they bring on offense they might be able to carve out a truer starting role, but all are fighting an uphill battle. I’m going to analyze the players in order of their DraftExpress rankings before re-ordering them into my own rankings.
I’ve been a bit lazy with my writing this spring, so I’m going to try and crank out big positional breakdowns for 2/3 wings, 3/4 wings, 4/5 bigs, and true centers in the next few days before the draft. Hopefully, I will get through all of those and still have time to post my big board before draft night. As I did with point guards, I’m going to first examine these players in order of their DraftExpress rankings, then, I will rank them in my own order. Continue reading
Instead of dividing up my thoughts on the point guards in this year’s class into segmented posts on different guys I figured I’d just combine into one overly-long piece of writing. Every player should be evaluated independently on what their NBA future could be, but when it comes to decision making on draft day it is all about comparing that projection to the other players around him. Therefore, I will try and give both individual and comparative analysis for all the point guards I see as draft relevant. I’m going to go player by player by DraftExpress’s rankings to do my analysis before re-ordering into my rankings at the end. Continue reading
Before I dive into writing more player specific breakdowns for this year’s draft it is important to classify what exactly an NBA team should want out of a player they’re drafting. The positional foundation of the NBA has been shaken these past few years, and the movement to smaller 4’s and 5’s seems to be coming to a head. When evaluating players for the draft it is crucial to understand the current makeup of the NBA, and what value each player brings within that context. Continue reading
The two senior shooting guards came into their last year of college with varying expectations. Levert was seen as a likely first rounder in the 15-20 range while Hield was considered an early second rounder at best. Since then, things have changed dramatically. Hield might be the current NPOY candidate and has leaped right into the same range as Levert. DraftExpress currently projects Levert at 20th in their most recent mock and Hield 22nd. Chad Ford moved Hield all the way up to 15th in his latest mock and has Levert sitting just behind him at 18th. Continue reading