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2016 NBA Draft Thread


So the nba draft is a little more than a month away and the hornets have the number 22nd pick,no second round pick. I know most are expecting the team to trade the pick BUT. If not who would you like to see the team draft?

The mock drafts i have seen have us taking a taurean prince out of baylor.small forward projected to be a 3&d player could be a nice backup to mkg.


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    I don't know what our FO group think is but I would like us to take a bruiser-weight PF/C; if we keep Al or not.  I would like someone that could be brought along slowly kinda like how SAS incorporated Splitter his first few years.  I feel like we have enough finesse at the position, but want someone that can eventually d-up any opposing big (even if he's out-heighted), eventually learn to set a solid pick, get us a board at will, and catch/score reliably in the lane.  

    I don't know what our FO group think is but I would like us to take a bruiser-weight PF/C; if we keep Al or not. I would like someone that could be brought along slowly kinda like how SAS incorporated Splitter his first few years. I feel like we have enough finesse at the position, but want someone that can eventually d-up any opposing big (even if he's out-heighted), eventually learn to set a solid pick, get us a board at will, and catch/score reliably in the lane.


    2 that come to mind that fit that description...

    Diamond stone 6'10 freshman out of maryland. Bruiser good offensive game. But immature is reason he would be still be there at that spot. (Shoved the kid head on the court suspended for 1 game)

    Damion jones senior out of vanderbilt. 6'10 250. Bout the same as diamond but needs polishing.

    Would be happy with either

    I liked that guy I posted about the other day, Cheick Diallo.  I was only going by specs and a brief reading on him so it's not that I am married to the idea but he seemed like a good candidate for what I was looking for. 

    Kid from kansas right? Would also be a good option
    I saw where they met with Brogdon from uva. I have thought for a while that he would be a good NBA player. Seems to have a good head on his shoulders and can play some defense. Though with Lin, Lamb, Daniels, et al, I'm not sure where he'd fit in.

    Do we think that anything they are filtering through Ricky has any likelihood of being on the right track regarding who they're looking at in earnest?

    Good point. I like how they're talking about the guy from Florida state who's a projected lottery.

    I was thinking earlier today about this. The mock drafts I have seen show us going after C prospects.

     

    It's weird though like the NFL has the draft well after the previous season and free agency is a little more clear.

     

    In the Hornets situation where we have so many free agents and not much is clear with regards to what the front office will do; with "our guys" going forward IMO the NBA draft which is right after the season ends and before we will have solidified our free agents statuses, will likely offer a lot of insight into what the front office will be doing/shooting for with regards to the team. If we keep the pick and draft, whatever position is drafted likely means someone at that spot is moving on and if the pick is used as part of a trade deal it likely will offer insight as well.

    I guess in an ideal world, who you draft has little impact on who's on your roster, e.g. BPA give or take the known quantities.  Having said that, we're likely not going to draft any player to "start" so most of our "key" FA signings are for a different slot in the rotation.  But I do get the logic that it would be nice to know how many viable SGs or PGs or PFs we have before drafting a player.

    I guess in an ideal world, who you draft has little impact on who's on your roster, e.g. BPA give or take the known quantities.  Having said that, we're likely not going to draft any player to "start" so most of our "key" FA signings are for a different slot in the rotation.  But I do get the logic that it would be nice to know how many viable SGs or PGs or PFs we have before drafting a player.


    I will be surprised if they keep the pick. I expect it to be traded.

    If it isn't, I say take the highest upside prospect for Greensboro or a euro to stash. If you have the luxury of swinging for the fences late in the draft, do it.
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    cltblkhscoach
    May 13 2016 04:27 PM

    Shotblocker with some offensive skill if he's there, that's what I'd like to see

    Could also go route of thon maker. Straight from highschool. Would most likely go straight to D league. Would need patience to see full potential

    I will be surprised if they keep the pick. I expect it to be traded.


    What makes you say that? Roster spots? Salary?

    What makes you say that? Roster spots? Salary?


    Weak draft, rookies rarely contribute to playoff teams particularly that deep into the 1st rd and both cho and mj signaled a strong desire to build on last year. Package the pick with a player or 2 and get a real contributor to a 9 man rotation
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    InProblematique
    May 13 2016 10:28 PM

    I know we all think we should take a C in this draft, but after Jaron Blossomgame's combine validating his last season at Clemson, we HAVE to be looking at him. An upper-shelf athlete who shot over 50% from the field and 45% from range at a high volume?

     

    I know he won't be anyone's top pick, but I watched him at Clemson, and he's insane. He has a real shot to be a first-rounder after personal workouts, and he's going to contribute to whoever picks him up.

    I'll puke if the Hornets draft Stone.
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    InProblematique
    May 13 2016 10:59 PM

    I'll puke if the Hornets draft Stone.

    #DiamondIsForever

    I know we all think we should take a C in this draft, but after Jaron Blossomgame's combine validating his last season at Clemson, we HAVE to be looking at him. An upper-shelf athlete who shot over 50% from the field and 45% from range at a high volume?

     

    I know he won't be anyone's top pick, but I watched him at Clemson, and he's insane. He has a real shot to be a first-rounder after personal workouts, and he's going to contribute to whoever picks him up.

     

    i don't think it should be a center unless it is a modern day (read: not diamond stone) center with upside that will be a stash type player. i just don't think you can expect them to play much that deep into round 1, especially/particularly this draft and it won't solve the problems of this past year. ask yourself, can you reasonably expect a center from this draft (i would say at any position in the draft, but especially at #22) to be more productive than hawes or cody? i think it is a solid no. admittedly, i have watched about 5 minutes of college basketball, including the tournament, but a big reason is because this year was severely lacking in talent.

     

    to your clemson sf, i didn't watch a highlight, but looked at his stats for the past 3 years. statistically and physically, i think you have an older stanley johnson/justice winslow. his big leap happened when it should, in his junior year and i would expect another year of improvement if he stays. looks like a very solid sf prospect. the other name i hear being thrown around is taurean prince as a 3D guy. how does he compare to him. i think both are juniors.

     

    edit: nbadraft nor draftexpress have him being picked up, so if he doesn't go back, i suspect he could be bought late in the 2nd. the good folks at realgm are not very high him either.

    Daniel Hamilton


    Might be a nothing but I have liked everything I have read about this guy, from the motor to how he's handled the highly limited number of minutes under Self.

    Given that Houston doesn't have a pick in the first round, I wonder if Cho could use this years' first to turn Lamb into Trevor Ariza (making $7.8 million next year and 7.4 the year after). My guess is that Houston turns around and tries to substitute Corey Brewer instead, at which point I'd just walk, but Ariza would be an interesting fit as a 3-and-D guy who provides some MKG insurance, as well as a partial Courtney Lee replacement if the bidding gets too rich. You could throw an interesting five-out lineup on the floor with Kemba-Lee-Ariza-Batum-Frank that'd make it difficult for most teams to put a true center out there. 

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    Just watched the combine scrimmage. He is a more capable version of rookie biz
    Might be a nothing but I have liked everything I have read about this guy, from the motor to how he's handled the highly limited number of minutes under Self.

    Sounds like whiteside at 10% of the cost?

    Thomas Bryant would've been perfect at #22 but he's returning to Indiana (I know, I know). Slightly limited athletically, nice length, exceptionally hard worker, and future potential to stretch the floor and defend with added strength. I love watching that guy.

     

    I'm not a fan of Diamond Stone for many reasons - basically the opposite of Bryant. Not known as a hard worker, offensively skilled but soft, pouts when things don't go his way, kinda Diva-ish post player who slipped in the rankings with added film against better competition. He should've returned to school but you knew all along he (and his dad) were operating under the assumption NBA greatness awaited.

     

    3 years ago Stone was ranked at or near the #1 prospect and possibly a top 5 draft pick. I've watched him several times and everyone who saw he and Ellenson head to head thought it was laughable Stone was ranked so high while Ellenson couldn't crack the top 50.

     

    ...and whoa. Just pulled this up a second ago. Stone measured 6'9" with tiny hands and still working on that baby fat. Hard hard hard hard pass.

     

    https://mediacentral...l_tw_sf26163323

    Stone's the kind of guy you can take a swing on if you have extra draft picks to burn and don't mind stashing him for a year or two and seeing if he figures the pro thing out. I don't love him for Charlotte with their only pick of the night. Seems simple enough to just bring back Al, who's already expressed a willingness to take a discount and come off the bench if it means playing out his career in Charlotte, and look for a potential point guard/swingman replacement, given the uncertain futures of Lin, Lee, Marv, and Batum (although I strongly suspect that at least two of those guys are back next year) either via draft or trade. 

    Keeping the pick makes sense if Cho likes a pg or combo who can help immediately or a developmental Euro stash.

     

    Otherwise rolling it to next year or trading down for a couple seconds makes sense. Caris Levert, Ron Baker, Valentine, and GPII are guys to consider at various junctures. I love Valentine as much as anyone but athleticism and frame are concerns in round 1. Levert, Baker, and GP interesting in round 2 or developmental non-drafted players. Levert in particular but he has serious health red flags.





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