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Re: Prospect Thread: Onyeka Okongwu 

Post#81 » by MasterIchiro » Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:10 pm

Braggins wrote:Ive been reading some speculation that Okongwu could be available as late as 9. If thats the case then I think trading back for him could be the best play.


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Post#82 » by PerkinsFor3 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:21 pm

No way Okongwu is falling to 9. I'd see him get picked top 3 before he falls out of top 5. Same with Avdija, he'll be gone by the time we get to #4.
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Post#83 » by Braggins » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:36 pm

PerkinsFor3 wrote:No way Okongwu is falling to 9. I'd see him get picked top 3 before he falls out of top 5. Same with Avdija, he'll be gone by the time we get to #4.

Minnesota Timberwolves
Golden State Warriors
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Atlanta Hawks

Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks
Washington Wizards

Four of the five teams picking after Charlotte don't need centers and Okongwu might be the second center drafted. If neither Wiseman or Okongwu go top 3 one of them could be available at 9. If one of them goes top 3 then the other go as late as 7 and 9 isn't impossible if Detroit passes. I don't think its very likely both go top 3, but who knows.

Some people are saying Chicago likes Deni, so he probably won't make it past 4.
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Post#84 » by PerkinsFor3 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:53 pm

Minnesota Timberwolves
Golden State Warriors - likes Avdija. OO could be good fit.
Charlotte Hornets - probably like OO over Wiseman
Chicago Bulls - scouted Avdija heavily
Cleveland Cavaliers - scouted Avdija heavily, should consider OO
Atlanta Hawks - will consider OO
Detroit Pistons - likes Avdija, will consider OO
New York Knicks - loves Avdija
Washington Wizards - should consider OO

I have OO to Hawks and Avdija to GS btw.
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Post#85 » by Braggins » Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:09 pm

PerkinsFor3 wrote:I have OO to Hawks and Avdija to GS btw.

6th is late enough for Charlotte to potentially get a little extra value in a trade back scenario if they like Okongwu. Id be fine taking him at 3 and there are a lot of top prospects in this class I don't like at all, so maybe trying something like that would be getting too cute and they should just take him if hes their guy. I really have no idea how this draft is going to play out tbh.
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Re: Prospect Thread: Onyeka Okongwu 

Post#86 » by MasterIchiro » Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:10 pm

1. Edwards
2. Ball to Knicks
3. Avdija
4. Toppin
5. Wiseman
6. Haliburton
7. Hayes
8. Okongwu to Warriors

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Re: Prospect Thread: Onyeka Okongwu 

Post#87 » by wilson115 » Thu Oct 8, 2020 11:47 pm

He remembers facing Bam Adebayo, then with High Point Christian Academy and now with the Miami Heat. "I'm a scrawny, little freshman," Okongwu says, "and this dude is a muscleman. Like Thanos." He was so nervous. Damn, I am really going against this dude. What am I going to do? I don't want to get embarrassed. Everyone is watching. He told his teammates: "Help me if you can. He's a big dude." He tried to calm himself down. But Adebayo dominated him.

The next time they matched up? "I wasn't going for any of that," says Okongwu, who remembers having 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. He continued to rise in high-pressure situations, with sold-out venues, as people came to see the Balls play. "He's a great player to play with," says LaMelo Ball, also a projected lottery pick this year. "He blocks shots. He runs the lane. I loved playing with him."

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Re: Prospect Thread: Onyeka Okongwu 

Post#88 » by KEMBAtheMETEOR » Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:52 am

Braggins wrote:Ive been reading some speculation that Okongwu could be available as late as 9. If thats the case then I think trading back for him could be the best play.

I don't buy that. My guess is someone around 3-6 wants him to drop and leaked smokescreens.
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Post#89 » by MugzZo » Sun Oct 11, 2020 3:33 am

KEMBAtheMETEOR wrote:
Braggins wrote:Ive been reading some speculation that Okongwu could be available as late as 9. If thats the case then I think trading back for him could be the best play.

I don't buy that. My guess is someone around 3-6 wants him to drop and leaked smokescreens.
Agreed he don't last past 6. Its not a stretch to take him at 3 imo.
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Post#90 » by Vanderbilt_Grad » Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:49 pm

Still a huge Okogwu fan.
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Re: Prospect Thread: Onyeka Okongwu 

Post#91 » by yosemiteben » Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:29 pm

I will continue to dream about trading down and still picking up both OO and Haliburton as my ultimate best case scenario in this draft.
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Post#92 » by Vanderbilt_Grad » Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:24 pm

yosemiteben wrote:I will continue to dream about trading down and still picking up both OO and Haliburton as my ultimate best case scenario in this draft.

Had not even considered this ... but SAME!
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Re: Prospect Thread: Onyeka Okongwu 

Post#93 » by SWedd523 » Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:36 pm

yosemiteben wrote:I will continue to dream about trading down and still picking up both OO and Haliburton as my ultimate best case scenario in this draft.

How is this possible? Does any team have multiple lottery picks?
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Post#94 » by Liver_Pooty » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:14 pm

Never been a big fan of trading down. The May/Felton draft still haunts me.
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Re: Prospect Thread: Onyeka Okongwu 

Post#95 » by yosemiteben » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:33 pm

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yosemiteben wrote:I will continue to dream about trading down and still picking up both OO and Haliburton as my ultimate best case scenario in this draft.

How is this possible? Does any team have multiple lottery picks?

No, it's pretty unrealistic. We'd essentially have to coordinate two separate moves. Trade down for one piece plus the pick, then trade that piece plus another asset from us to get the second pick from a different team.
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Re: Prospect Thread: Onyeka Okongwu 

Post#96 » by SWedd523 » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:36 pm

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yosemiteben wrote:I will continue to dream about trading down and still picking up both OO and Haliburton as my ultimate best case scenario in this draft.

How is this possible? Does any team have multiple lottery picks?

No, it's pretty unrealistic. We'd essentially have to coordinate two separate moves. Trade down for one piece plus the pick, then trade that piece plus another asset from us to get the second pick from a different team.

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Re: Prospect Thread: Onyeka Okongwu 

Post#97 » by yosemiteben » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:38 pm

Lol

I'm secretly hoping we take Tyrell Terry at 3 because let the world burn and whatnot.
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Re: Prospect Thread: Onyeka Okongwu 

Post#98 » by wilson115 » Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:07 pm

Swishing one-legged fadeaways like Dirk. Range out to three now?

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Re: Prospect Thread: Onyeka Okongwu 

Post#99 » by Vanderbilt_Grad » Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:46 pm

wilson115 wrote:Swishing one-legged fadeaways like Dirk. Range out to three now?



I'm high on OO, but he's really slow to load and release those 3s. Actually getting that shot off in the NBA is going to be tough for him unless he speeds it up.
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Re: Prospect Thread: Onyeka Okongwu 

Post#100 » by wilson115 » Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:02 pm

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wilson115 wrote:Swishing one-legged fadeaways like Dirk. Range out to three now?



I'm high on OO, but he's really slow to load and release those 3s. Actually getting that shot off in the NBA is going to be tough for him unless he speeds it up.

I see what you're saying, but "really slow to load and release those 3s" as a 20-year-old (by December) rookie is a lot better than where we thought he was before this upload.

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