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Players that could possibly fall to the Charlotte Hornets 9th pick


Which of these guys that are projected in the 4-8 draft range is the most likely to slide to 9?
  • Dante Exum
  • Marcus Smart
  • Aaron Gordon
  • Julius Randle
  • Noah Vonleh

And if this person slides to #9 do we absolutely, positively have to draft that player over a position of need if they are sitting there?


  • 127 Comments

    Smart could drop a little, I think. And obviously that's not a position of need. 

    I say Aaron Gordon and Julius Randle but i could be wrong .

    Maybe, but sad thing about that is we do not need a Aaron Gordon type of PF. Because we need a  Stretch 4.

    Julius Randle I feel a little iffy about because he could be the Bennett of the draft but I still like him....and we don't need another Big AL type  for spacing. I would be happy if we picked him ,not so much for Gordon.

     

    Smart could drop like pellom said. Personally I think we should take him if he does but I dunno if he would play backup Pg . Think he would add more "Grit" to the team tho, yet shouldn't replace Kemba.

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    InProblematique
    May 24 2014 08:53 PM

    Gordon for sure. Smart may drop—wouldn't be surprised if a team valued Stauskas as a better combo-guard than Smart.

    To your guys' points, I thought Aaron Gordon had a pretty good combine? I thought his stock was/is going up?

    Yeah he had good combine..but think of his free throws and his strengths are what I don't think we are looking for at the moment. I mean I wouldnt be mad if we drafted him but not a great fit.

    Yeah he had good combine..but think of his free throws and his strengths are what I don't think we are looking for at the moment. I mean I wouldnt be mad if we drafted him but not a great fit.

    Yeah, I get that. But, because of his good combine, I don't think he drops. 

    Gordon for sure.  Next I say Smart who I really like.

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    InProblematique
    May 24 2014 09:14 PM

    One good combine showing does not a prospect make.

    One good combine showing does not a prospect make.

    yup. they help, but at this point every one knows gordon is an awful shooter which is obvious cause for concern.

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    Mike Kidd-Trilchrist
    May 24 2014 10:34 PM

    Smart or Gordon

    Gordon. Too many teams in the 1-8 could use Exum and Smart so I doubt, does not mean it won't happen, that Smart falls...and Exum is wishful thinking on anyones part making to #9.

     

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    I could actually see the Cavs take Exum #1 if they make a deal for Irving before the draft.

    This isn't NBA2K. Players just for showing up at a rookie show-case game or at a combine having amazing numbers will change anything drastically.

    Sure some players might go a tad higher or a tad lower due to the numbers they get (i.e slightly more athletic, slightly longer than expected, slightly shorter), but overall doesn't make much of a difference. 


    Addition:

    I could actually see the Cavs take Exum #1 if they make a deal for Irving before the draft.

    lol what
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    @JPlowright_NBA
    May 25 2014 02:38 AM

    Which of these guys that are projected in the 4-8 draft range is the most likely to slide to 9?

    • Dante Exum
    • Marcus Smart
    • Aaron Gordon
    • Julius Randle
    • Noah Vonleh

     

    And if this person slides to #9 do we absolutely, positively have to draft that player over a position of need if they are sitting there?

     

    Whoever said they think Randle is the next Bennett you need to stop smoking that green stuff, like seriously, STOP

     

    Out of that list, I think it would be Smart, I see very little chance Exum/Randle get out of the top 6, Gordon could also drop. Depending how we feel about Gordon, some believe he could make the transition to the three, if he were available what would people's thoughts be on maybe (eventually) dealing MKG and keeping Gordon as our "lock down D" guy?

    In that order : Gordon > Smart > Vonleh > Exum > Randle. Can argue on the last two but I think Randle is a very sure pick comparing to Exum and the first team who will be afraid of a bust will pick Randle.

    People have mentioned Vonleh as a possibility, which I don't see happening. But he should be heavily considered if he does drop.

    Smart should drop and keep going right past our pick. I just don't really rate him, though realise I'm in the minority.

    Gordon I can see dropping and, while I know fit shouldn't really hold much weight in the draft, I think he'd be a very poor fit alongside Al & MKG. I'd be cautious of drafting him.
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    MedellinHeel
    May 25 2014 08:46 AM

    Gordon will drop simply bc he is not a great prospect. 

     

    Undersized

    Tweenerish

    Raw offensively

    Not a good shot blocker

    Not an elite rebounder

     

    Who ever drafts Smart will need to pair him with a sharpshooter. Would not be a good fit in CHA. 

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    @JPlowright_NBA
    May 25 2014 09:04 AM

    What do people think about trying to trade up with Boston if the Jazz don't take Vonleh? 

     

    Something like #9, Zeller & Henderson for Green and #6

     

    If you think we give up too much, maybe throw in Olynyk or one of Boston's second rounders?

    Agree that it will be Gordon or Smart. 

     

    I think Orlando drafts a point guard without question at the 4 spot. If for some reason they had Smart ranked over Exum (possibly due to lack of information), then that could really shake things up. I know they were extremely high on Smart last year so it is not out of the question but I still think they take Exum.

     

    If Orlando takes Exum, I expect Randle and Vonleh to be the next 2 guys picked by Utah and Boston.

     

    #7 could really be a possibility for Smart. I know Kobe has historically made their PG position less valuable (since he brings the ball up so much and everything offensively runs through him) but that will not be the case going forward (at least for long). 

     

    Not sure of what Sacramento will do with Isaiah Thomas. I think he is a FA. If they don't bring him back, Smart could be a real possibility here although I would bring him back and draft a PF. 

     

    I actually like Smart more than some of you but do not want to be in a position where he is BPA. Hopefully he will not be there as that means that we have others available that have fallen. 

     

    The real question to me is that if Gordon is there, do we take him over our highest rated SG? I think this is the most realistic question right now.

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    MedellinHeel
    May 25 2014 09:28 AM

    I will rage if we take Gordon over Stauskas. 

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    InProblematique
    May 25 2014 10:08 AM

    Gordon will drop simply bc he is not a great prospect. 

     

    Undersized

    Tweenerish

    Raw offensively

    Not a good shot blocker

    Not an elite rebounder

     

    Who ever drafts Smart will need to pair him with a sharpshooter. Would not be a good fit in CHA. 

    He's not a tweener, nor is he undersized. 6'9", seven foot wingspan. Those quarter inches don't mean anything. 

     

    He showed signs of becoming a very good rebounder, and yes he is raw offensively. But that doesn't make him a bad prospect. It just makes him a bit of a working project. He's the youngest player in the draft (which means, also, that he could still be growing, if you're THAT worried about him measuring 6'8.75"

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    InProblematique
    May 25 2014 10:09 AM

    People have mentioned Vonleh as a possibility, which I don't see happening. But he should be heavily considered if he does drop.

    Smart should drop and keep going right past our pick. I just don't really rate him, though realise I'm in the minority.

    Gordon I can see dropping and, while I know fit shouldn't really hold much weight in the draft, I think he'd be a very poor fit alongside Al & MKG. I'd be cautious of drafting him.

    Heavily considered? If Vonleh falls to ninth and we don't pick him, I will throw my computer at a wall, and I'm a huge Nik Stauskas fan.

    Is my hope that Julius Randle somehow, some way manages to fall to #9 just a rose colored, fairytale, pipe dream?

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    @JPlowright_NBA
    May 25 2014 10:30 AM

    What do people think about trying to trade up with Boston if the Jazz don't take Vonleh? 

     

    Something like #9, Zeller & Henderson for Green and #6

     

    If you think we give up too much, maybe throw in Olynyk or one of Boston's second rounders?

     

    Sorry to bump this, but I am really curious what people think?

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    MedellinHeel
    May 25 2014 10:36 AM

    He's not a tweener, nor is he undersized. 6'9", seven foot wingspan. Those quarter inches don't mean anything. 

     

    He showed signs of becoming a very good rebounder, and yes he is raw offensively. But that doesn't make him a bad prospect. It just makes him a bit of a working project. He's the youngest player in the draft (which means, also, that he could still be growing, if you're THAT worried about him measuring 6'8.75"

     

    Um he is undersized for a PF. You want your bigs to be 6'10+ 

     

    A 6'9 PF is a keen to a 6'4 SG. 

     

    He is a semish good rebounder. I said he is not elite which is correct. 

     

    Like I said you do not draft bigs that high unless they check numerous boxes

     

    - Physical Freak

    - Elite Athleticism

    - Great Post Game

    - Elite Rebounder

    - Elite Shot Blocker

     

    I can not honestly say Gordon hits on any of those metrics. Maybe athletically but then being 6'9 kinda levels that out.