babyjax13 wrote: Catchall wrote:
I don't see how Royce could be seen as overpaid. He's making less than the MLE, locked up long term, a good shooter, and an incredible defender. I wouldn't trade him straight up for the 11th pick in this draft. Also, I see the allure of Pouk, but I've never seen a player enter the draft with such a horrificly thin physical profile...not Durant, not Giannis, not anyone.
Pokusevski only 18 and he actually has a good frame. In particular he has a good base with solid legs. He reminds me of Kirilenko in that sense. I don't doubt he'll get over 220 lbs and play the 4 effectively. The one I'd worry about is McDaniels adding weight.
Royce is respected around the league as a tough, low-usage player who can hit 3s. He's like the wing version of PJ Tucker. I think teams will be asking for him in trade discussions with the Jazz. I also think that in the right scenario, the Jazz might be able to trade 24 + Royce to move up into the mid-late teens. It would have to be a team like Orlando, Minnesota or Brooklyn that wants veterans more than young players and wants to double-dip for a second rotation player at #24.
I would make this move for Poku, since he raises the Jazz's ceiling, and Royce's usage on offense is so low that he might be replaceable off our bench. I might even consider this move for Saddiq Bey, not sure.
If you buy Poku, and the opportunity cost is Royce + 24, I think that's reasonable. I don't buy him becoming a star, and I like the range in the draft we are in, but I also would not be aghast if such a trade happened (I just may not do it for Poku, I'd rather just draft Reed).
A 7-footer who can rip 3s off the dribble is going to have tremendous gravity, and his passing, handle and mobility are all high-level as well. It's too much upside to pass up for me. I love that he's aggressive and plays downhill, always in attack mode. I do see some fringe All Star potential for him, but it would probably be like an AK47 or Davis Bertans getting picked by the coaches to get in. I could see Poku averaging as much as 17/7/3 with a block and a steal.
Paul Reed's utter best-case scenario would be like a modern-day version of Rasheed Wallace, imo, but his shooting would have come a long way. I don't think his handle and passing are going to be good enough at the next level to do much more than straight-line drive. He's not fluid or shifty enough to play off the dribble like a Siakam. He'd be a good pick for the Jazz due to his defense alone.
If the Jazz can't move up, I like Reed, Bolmaro and maybe Maledon for them. I don't know what to think about McDaniels. He needs to come into the Combine with an extra 8 - 10 lbs and show more maturity.
Players in this draft like Toppin, Okoro, Vassell, and possibly Pokusevski could take the Jazz from a 55-win team to a 60+-win team.