Can you send links from these mocks picking Deni at #1?I didn't find any of that
Almost Retired wrote:
PlayerUp wrote:Both Hayes and Deni both could easily be busts. They both have major flaws in their game and none of us should be sold on either of them. In fact it would not surprise me if picks 1-7 are all busts and the picks 8-20 turn out to be decent picks.
Onyeka Okongwu, Tyrese Haliburton, Devin Vassell are the safest picks in my opinion. Think all 3 can be quality NBA starters and I doubt anyone would argue otherwise.
Kira Lewis is the gem prospect in my opinion but I think the mocks are wrong and he'll go in the lottery. Poku could be the poor mans version of Giannis of this draft. There are also other potential gem prospects such as Tyrell Terry.
Overall trading down makes sense but surely every team in the lottery will be looking to do the same thing which makes it seem less likely we can pull off a trade moving down in this draft.
Despite some reservations if Deni is there at #4 I would take him. He could be quite a mismatch at SF. His playmaking abilities would make everyone else on the court that much better. From what I read he is an extremely hard worker. I think it is not beyond the realm of possibility that he could make great strides from his first training camp to his second season. He could get token minutes if OPJ stays healthy. Then let OPJ walk after the season. The new management crew wants to put more emphasis on player development. That's music to me ears because I've been disappointed in the devolopment of our players for years now. And we've been ill served by the team's former medical staff.
However Deni might not be there at #4. Some mocks have him going as high as #1 to Minny. I hope not. But we have to have a plan. I really like Vassel as a future glue-guy, 3&D starter by his 2nd year. #4 is probably too high for Vassel, but not by much. I don't see any great trading down possibilities except the one someone mentioned earlier with us trading #4 to Atlanta for #6 and Huerter. I'd do that deal. Not sure they would.
A final point. I see that several mocks have us now taking Toppin. I hope that's not the case. We need wings who can defend and hit open shots, or a playmaking wing like Deni. We have enough front court and back court players. With question marks attached to every prospect this year we might as well draft for need.
Yes, I saw it on a site called "NBA DRAFT ROOM".....I was surprised to see it. And I don't buy into their projected picks. But here are their Top 10:
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1 T-Wolves Deni Avdija SF – Israel – Ht – 6-8 – Wt – 210 – Wing – NA – Int.01 – There’s no clear no.1 in this class but Deni would be a great fit on the wing in MN and he’s got less bust potential than the other top guys. Danny Granger, Hedu
2 Warriors James Wiseman C – Memphis – Ht – 7-1 – Wt – 247 – Wing – 7-4 1/2 – Fr – If the Warriors hold onto this pick they could target a game changing defender in James Wiseman. Or this could be a spot where a team trades up for LaMelo. Article – Article1 David Robinson lite
3 Hornets LaMelo Ball PG – USA – Ht – 6-7 – Wt – 180 – Wing – 6-10 – Int.01 – PG isn’t the biggest need for the Hornets but after moving up to no.3 they could target the media magnet that is LaMelo Ball. LaMelo Article 6-7 Jason Williams
4 Bulls Anthony Edwards SG – Georgia – Ht – 6-5 – Wt – 215 – Wing – 6-9 – Fr – Edwards might be the most talented prospect in the class but maturity issues could knock him down a few spots on draft day. bigger Oladipo
5 Cavs Onyeka Okongwu C – USC – Ht – 6-9 – Wt – 220 – Wing – 7-1 – Fr – It’s time for the Cavs to rebuild their frontcourt. Onyeka would bring rim protection, rebounding, plus offensive upside. Bam, Tristan Thompson+
Hawks Isaac Okoro SF – Auburn – Ht – 6-6 – Wt – 225 – Wing – 6-9 – Fr – Okoro is a winner, a committed defender and team first player who would bring much needed defensive intensity to the Hawks. Justise Winslow+
7 Pistons Killian Hayes PG – France – Ht – 6-5 – Wt – 215 – Wing – 6-7 – Int.01 – The Pistons drop to no.7 but could land Killian Hayes who fits a need and has big time upside. taller Jay Williams
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8 Knicks Tyrese Haliburton PG – Iowa State – Ht – 6-5 – Wt – 170 – Wing – 6-8+ – So – The Knicks bad luck continues but this could be a blessing in disguise, if they land the pro-ready Haliburton. LaMelo is the sexy name but Hali could be better early and has a much higher floor. rich man’s Dejounte
9 Wizards Devin Vassell SG – Florida State – Ht – 6-6 – Wt – 180 – Wing – 6-10 – So – Vassell would be a great addition for the Pels, bringing his efficient shooting, defensive acumen and team-first play. Michael Redd, Kerry Kittles
10 Suns Obi Toppin PF – Dayton – Ht – 6-9 – Wt – 220 – Wing – NA – So – Obi drops a bit in this mock, as questions about his defense overshadow his offensive talents.