Please not the following events actually did take place in my house, last night, around 1:30am local time, for me. While the quotations might not be word for word accurate, they’re pretty darn close. I promise you, this is the conversation I had with my TV around ten and a bit hours ago.
The 14th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft goes to…The Houston Rockets.
The 13th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft goes to…The Phoenix Suns.
The 12th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft goes to…The Utah Jazz.
The 11th pick of the 2001 NBA Draft goes to…The Golden State.
Me:Phew, two top ten picks guaranteed this summer!!
The 10th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft goes to…The Utah Jazz.
The 9th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft goes to…The Charlotte Bobcats.
Me: Oh baby, two picks in the top eight! This is getting way too exciting.
The 8th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft goes to…The Detroit Pistons.
Me: Suck on that Detroit…
The 7th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft goes to…The Sacramento Kings.
Me: Wait a minute…
The 6th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft goes to…The Washington Wizards.
Me: TWO TOP FIVE PICKS!!! TWO TOP FIVE PICKS!!
The 5th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft goes to…The Toronto Raptors.
Me: (Passing out from excitement)
The 4th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft goes to…The Cleveland Cavaliers.
Me: (Picturing what Enes Kanter will look like in a Cavs uniform. Then picturing Jan Vesely in a Cavs uniform. Repeat over and over.)
The 3rd pick of the 2011 NBA Draft goes to…The Utah Jazz.
The 2nd pick of the 2011 NBA Draft goes to…
Me: You know something, even if we do get 2nd and have the 2nd and 4th then I’d consider this a very productive…
…The Minnesota Timberwolves.
Me: Blank. Expressionless. Still with disbelief.
The 1st pick of the 2011 NBA Draft goes to The Cleveland Cavaliers.
And then the thinking started in my head. What kind of rotation will Byron Scott employ with the three guards we’ll have at our disposal next year? Does he slide Baron over to the shooting guard for a while and let Kyrie take the reigns? Or will he use Baron and his contract to try get some help in the frontcourt? What becomes of Ramon Sessions and the progress he showed last year?
Then I thought about the other things we all thought about. What if we trade the pick? What if we are very, very high on lets say, Derrick Williams. If we can get guaranteed confirmation that Minnesota won’t take him, and that Utah are extremely keen on Irving, could a deal be struck there? What about Minnesota? Is Kevin Love really that happy there? And what about our other pick, you know, the fourth overall pick. Can that be traded into an instant star guy? My head was spinning. So I stopped thinking about it, and went to bed.
When I woke this morning I flicked on here and read what Brendan had to say, and he’s right. Kyrie Irving is a Cavalier. Simple as, end of story. There’s no need to discuss this pick because it’s set in stone. But what about Baron Davis and Ramon Sessions I hear you say? Well, you draft the BEST player available, and you deal with the consequences later. Like I mentioned, Davis can play the two spot. He has the size, he can match up with the bigger two guards out there and he can stroke it from the outside (occasionally). Sessions will be kept, because he too can play either guard spot. It’s Daniel Gibson I worry about. A contender might need a shooter off the bench and could come calling with an offer that our guys might just bite on. But that’s quite a bit away yet; let’s talk about the fourth pick.
Minnesota needs what? A point guard. They ain’t getting Kyrie (unless a major shock comes in and…em…shocks us) so maybe they try the Rubio deal again. They have size in Kevin Love; they have two vastly talented forwards in Beasley and Randolph, but Derrick Williams might prove too appealing to turn down. That brings us to Utah. They have size in Jefferson, Milsap and Favors. They do not however possess amongst them a true small forward for the future. You could see Vesely here, but the safer option is Kawhi Leonard. That leads to us having the pick of the European guys, aswell as a few other College prospects. Enes Kanter, Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Valanciunas will all surely get a look in here. But what if I’m wrong about Utah? What if they take let’s say, oh I dunno, Brandon Knight with their pick? That makes it interesting for us now that Leonard is available. Is Kawhi Leonard a top five pick? I’m not so sure. Does he fill a need or two for us and would he help out straight away? Yes, yes he would. Either way, this summer just got a whole lot more interesting.
I’ll be posting my Mock Draft Friday, where I’ll be assessing each of the 14 Lottery Teams needs and weaknesses. And poking fun at Minnesota for failing to win the Lottery again, and The Clippers for handing us the Number One Pick.
Dirk Nowitzki is incredible. I said to a friend of mine that Oklahoma doesn’t have a single guy that can cover him one-on-one. Boy did he prove me right.
(Repeat the last sentence, but swap “Dirk Nowitzki” for “Kevin Durant”)
Russell Westbrook – pay attention. When you star player (he’s the one wearing number 35 on your team) is starting off a game pretty much on fire, you keep giving him the ball. You give it to him every single time down the court, no matter when or where he wants it. You do that, and combine it with an increased effort to stop trying to force your offense, and you guys will be alright.
The Oklahoma City Thunder starting line-up minus Durant – 50 points.
Jason Terry and JJ Barea from the bench of the Dallas Mavericks – 45 points.
There you have the tale of game one.