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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/20/2012 11:30 AM

    ESPN's Chad Ford released the first of his many 2012 NBA Mock Drafts. If the draft were to be held today, the Trail Blazers would have the No. 4 overall pick (Via New Jersey [Gerald Wallace Trade]) and the No. 11 pick in the first round. Ford's content is ESPN Insider so to see the other 28 picks, click here. Here's who he has the Trail Blazers taking and a write-up of what they bring to the table:











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  1. freddead
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    Posted 03/20/2012 11:57 AM

    aww he doesnt think were gunna make the playoffs early mocks are like a slap in the face
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  1. freddead
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    Posted 03/20/2012 12:00 PM

    i dont think we need another SG i love what ive see from E.will and mathews is under contract
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  1. Blazer247
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    Posted 03/20/2012 12:24 PM

    Agreed, SG is probably the last position we need to gamble on with our top draft pick. What's the point on trying to shape a new 2 when we have so many qualified, shaped players already pushing for that position?

    If this draft is so weak in quality guards, then I don't know why we wouldn't go for a COTF or a replacement for Babbitt to back up Aldridge at the 4. It would be pretty dumb to secure this kind of high pick in the draft, and then waste it on a player who doesn't significantly and immediately have a way to benefit our team.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/20/2012 1:05 PM

    Posted By freddead on 03/20/2012 11:57 AM
    aww he doesnt think were gunna make the playoffs early mocks are like a slap in the face
    The mocks always take into consideration current standings. So yes, as of right now, we aren't in the playoffs.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/20/2012 1:09 PM

    Posted By Blazer247 on 03/20/2012 12:24 PM
    Agreed, SG is probably the last position we need to gamble on with our top draft pick. What's the point on trying to shape a new 2 when we have so many qualified, shaped players already pushing for that position?

    If this draft is so weak in quality guards, then I don't know why we wouldn't go for a COTF or a replacement for Babbitt to back up Aldridge at the 4. It would be pretty dumb to secure this kind of high pick in the draft, and then waste it on a player who doesn't significantly and immediately have a way to benefit our team.
    Always take best player available. I learned this during the 2005 draft. I thought Sebastian Telfair was the point guard of the future and there was no way we should draft Chris Paul or Deron Williams. Oops. When you are drafting this highly in a good draft, you must take the cream of the crop. You take the best player on the board and make it work later.
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  1. loozerclown
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    Posted 03/20/2012 1:12 PM

    Wesley Matthews and Elliot Williams are not what we need as our starter options for 2.  They are both tremendously weak as starters in terms of the NBA.  That said... we need serious starter help at every position other than the two forwards (assuming Batum is signed).  So whoever is available that has the highest up-side and talent when our two picks are up should be who we go with.  No good reason to be picky and choosy - we need help everywhere.
  1. jamie (guy)
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    Posted 03/20/2012 1:13 PM

    free agents need a point guard draft a small forward pick up freeland and whateva picks are left maybe use to trade for a player
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  1. LIBOLPZ
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    Posted 03/20/2012 1:49 PM

    Zeller @ 11 what a joke. Look it’s hard to say what direction the blazers are going to go they most likely will have only 5-7 players under contract next year. With that said Elliot Williams, Luke Babbitt, and Nolan Smith off the bench, and Wes Matthews a better player off the bench then a true starter in the NBA. Let’s say the Blazers get the 4th pick. We all know Nicolas can play the 2. So knowing that why wouldn’t they go after a Small forward that can help right away. (Perry Jones, Terrence Jones, & Harrison Barnes) to name a few. Jeremy Lamb, Damian Lillard, Austin Rivers, Andre Drummond, are other players I think the Blazers have a shot at. Why would they waste a pick at 11 for Zeller a player that has no potential of being a star but more like a Tyler Hansbrough (if they are lucky) but I bet if the pacers if they can go back to that draft they would pass on him. Zeller is a good college player, but I don’t see his game translating into a good NBA player. They need to draft the best player Available. If the blazers they don’t draft a center or a point guard. Then go after that those players in free agency. What Zeller will be in the NBA you can find that kind of player in the off season and not waste it on the 11th pick.
  1. Choong Huh
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    Posted 03/20/2012 1:55 PM

    We got bitten by drafting for needs before grabbing the best talent. Bradley Beal has a franchise player potential. If he's available, there is no question that we get him. If he's gone early, then we try to fill our center hole with Drummond. However, this draft has been blessed with good centers and we can definitely grab Tyler Zeller or even Cody Zeller with our second pick. We could also consider drafting hidden gem centers in the second round. Mason Plumlee (Duke) or Robert Sacre (Gonzaga) are mature, clutch centers that are ready to play immediately.
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  1. lepp7
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    Posted 03/20/2012 2:03 PM

    Harrison Barnes and Perry Jones III.

    That would give us batum and matthews at the off guard, Batum and barnes at the small forward, Aldrdge, batum, and Perry Jones at the 3, Alridge, pryzbilla at the 5. We are dumping cap space at the end of the season by losing felton, jonny flynn, picking up both Thabeet and Okur's expiring contracts, and we released oden, so we will have the money to market for a true PG to play in front of Nolan. My personal thoughts for a good pg would be aaron brooks, goran dragic, or mo williams. We will also be able to look at a quality center, like Kaman.  Jamal crawford is also a restricted FA, so we could potentially drop his contract and go for someone like OJ Mayo to play behind Batum.

    So Imagine this lineup
    PG: Goran Dragic/Nolan Smith
    SG: OJ Mayo/Wesley Matthews
    SF: Nic Batum/Harrison Barnes
    PF: LA/Perry Jones III/Nic Batum
    C:  Kaman/Pryzbilla/Aldridge

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  1. Choong Huh
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    Posted 03/20/2012 2:06 PM

    Guys... when you have a 4th pick in a super deep draft, you don't look for a back-up... You grab a player with the most superstar potential who doesn't play the same position with your already-established franchise player. (eliminates PFs like Jones or Robinson) Anyone between Beal, MKG and Harrison Barnes would be great, but with Portland trying to have Batum as a starting SF, Beal would be the most ideal pick. Drafting Andre Drummond (C) makes sense, but his draft stock is falling fast and his personality has been repeatedly mentioned as a problem (lacks passion ans doesn't play his best). If we could just trade our 2 picks and a player to get the 1st pick...... Oh Anthony Davis how I love you
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  1. Choong Huh
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    Posted 03/20/2012 2:13 PM

    Posted By lepp7 on 03/20/2012 2:03 PM
    Harrison Barnes and Perry Jones III.

    That would give us batum and matthews at the off guard, Batum and barnes at the small forward, Aldrdge, batum, and Perry Jones at the 3, Alridge, pryzbilla at the 5. We are dumping cap space at the end of the season by losing felton, jonny flynn, picking up both Thabeet and Okur's expiring contracts, and we released oden, so we will have the money to market for a true PG to play in front of Nolan. My personal thoughts for a good pg would be aaron brooks, goran dragic, or mo williams. We will also be able to look at a quality center, like Kaman.  Jamal crawford is also a restricted FA, so we could potentially drop his contract and go for someone like OJ Mayo to play behind Batum.

    So Imagine this lineup
    PG: Goran Dragic/Nolan Smith
    SG: OJ Mayo/Wesley Matthews
    SF: Nic Batum/Harrison Barnes
    PF: LA/Perry Jones III/Nic Batum
    C:  Kaman/Pryzbilla/Aldridge

    ^^^ Contenders
    The back court looks like it's going to be one of the weakest in the league... I like how you draft for talent instead of the needs, but Dragic is in no way a starting PG for a contender and Mayo has issues. Instead I'd offer Roy Hibbert a huge contract (RFA this offseason and in his mid 20s) and have Jeremy Lamb with our 2nd pick. Then use our NJ pick and some players to trade for a PG. 
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  1. Choong Huh
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    Posted 03/20/2012 2:14 PM

    Posted By DHawes22 on 03/20/2012 1:09 PM
    Posted By Blazer247 on 03/20/2012 12:24 PM
    Agreed, SG is probably the last position we need to gamble on with our top draft pick. What's the point on trying to shape a new 2 when we have so many qualified, shaped players already pushing for that position?

    If this draft is so weak in quality guards, then I don't know why we wouldn't go for a COTF or a replacement for Babbitt to back up Aldridge at the 4. It would be pretty dumb to secure this kind of high pick in the draft, and then waste it on a player who doesn't significantly and immediately have a way to benefit our team.
    Always take best player available. I learned this during the 2005 draft. I thought Sebastian Telfair was the point guard of the future and there was no way we should draft Chris Paul or Deron Williams. Oops. When you are drafting this highly in a good draft, you must take the cream of the crop. You take the best player on the board and make it work later.

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  1. Ttrain36
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    Posted 03/20/2012 2:18 PM

    Posted By freddead on 03/20/2012 12:00 PM
    i dont think we need another SG i love what ive see from E.will and mathews is under contract

    I agree, we should search for a star center, draft or prepare to make a big trade during draft night.
    Roy Hibbert or Chris Kaman?

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  1. LIBOLPZ
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    Posted 03/20/2012 2:39 PM

    Yeah you draft for need! just like when the blazers had Clyde and passed on Jordan because they needed a center.
  1. LIBOLPZ
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    Posted 03/20/2012 2:41 PM

    When your in the lotto you need to draft the best available player vs need! 
  1. uprised
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    Posted 03/20/2012 3:24 PM

    If we get the #4 pick we had better draft Drummond if he's not already gone.  
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 03/20/2012 3:42 PM

    Portland will have two lottery picks come draft day, however, they will not be drafting for themselves with both.  One will be packaged with either Batum or Matthews for a young, established PG.

    The free agent class is literally laughable, at least as far as this team's needs are concerned.

    Batum will eat up half of Portland's cap space/flexibility

    Rebuilding around Aldridge with players needing years to develop is not a prudent course.  Many projections have half of the top ten players taken in this year's draft Freshmen (thank you coach Cal)
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/21/2012 12:31 AM

    Posted By Choong Huh on 03/20/2012 2:06 PM
    Guys... when you have a 4th pick in a super deep draft, you don't look for a back-up... You grab a player with the most superstar potential who doesn't play the same position with your already-established franchise player. (eliminates PFs like Jones or Robinson) Anyone between Beal, MKG and Harrison Barnes would be great, but with Portland trying to have Batum as a starting SF, Beal would be the most ideal pick. Drafting Andre Drummond (C) makes sense, but his draft stock is falling fast and his personality has been repeatedly mentioned as a problem (lacks passion ans doesn't play his best). If we could just trade our 2 picks and a player to get the 1st pick...... Oh Anthony Davis how I love you
    I've thought about this before. What if we end up with the 4th and 9th picks in the draft. Would that be enough to entice a Charlotte per say for the #1 pick? Anthony Davis is the best PF prospect I've seen since Tim Duncan. He's got defensive player of the year talent right now, a nice frame to add weight without hurting his body (already has a thick lower body) and he was a guard all throughout his life until he hit a growth spurt, meaning he knows how to shoot, has handles, and can run the floor like LaMarcus.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/21/2012 12:10 PM

    From Chad Ford's Chat today-
    Taylor (Portland)-
    Would Kendall Marshall be a good fit on portland? His playmaking abilities could make Batum into the player everybody expects him to be! 
     Chad Ford-
    Really good fit. Biggest question for Marshall? Can he defend the uber athletic point guards in the NBA right now. His lateral quickness and his tendency to play a little stiff and straight up scare some GMs.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/21/2012 12:12 PM

    I like Marshall's game but I share the same concerns about his lateral quickness. In today's NBA, if you can't move side to side and keep up with the rest of the wings, you're toast. It's also not a very deep point guard draft with just two point guards slated to go in the late lottery (Marshall and Damian Lillard of Weber State). And combine that with the fact there will be a plethora of point guards on the free agent market.
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 03/21/2012 12:25 PM

    Plethora ? Who is the best candidate for us to go after DH22 ?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/21/2012 12:52 PM

    Posted By commontongue on 03/21/2012 12:25 PM
    Plethora ? Who is the best candidate for us to go after DH22 ?
    Steve Nash and Deron Williams are both elite point guards who are unrestricted free agents that could make us better immediately. Those two along with two lottery picks give us veteran superstars but still enough of a youth movement to not be on borrowed time with this roster so to say (IE Boston and their Big 3).

    If we want to go the restricted route, there are a few up and comers in that list including Aaron Brooks, DJ Augustin, and George Hill.

    But my FAVORITE target outside of Deron has to be Hosuton's Goran Dragic. He is absolutely lighting it up right now for the Rockets without Lowry and Martin and he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. If there is a second-coming of Steve Nash, he is it in my opinion.

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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/21/2012 1:53 PM

    Here's what Chad Ford said about Bradley Beal, the player he mocked to Portland at #4-
     Bryden (Winnipeg)-
    Why are teams so high on Beal? Isn't he undersized for a SG?
    Chad Ford-
    A little. But he's got the complete package from a skills/athleticism/NBA body standpoint. He hasn't shot the ball great this year, but he really has potential as a shooter as well. Hard to see how he fails at the next level. 
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 03/21/2012 4:54 PM

    I liked Gorans game playing behind Nash in Phoenix. needless to say he learned alot from Steve from their time together. Im still high on the Dallas connection of Deron & LaMarcus.
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 03/21/2012 4:58 PM

    Kendall Marshall. ttp://youtu.be/K6BfxpE16Ww?hd=1
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 03/21/2012 5:03 PM

    We need Meyers Leonard, he is a solid NBA ready Center. His game reminds me of Greg Monroe and that would be a huge upgrade for Portland. He is also a great help defender something Portland has been lacking. I would like to see him fall to us towards the end of the Lottery. I would not mind us getting Beal if he is available considering how good his jumper is but he will need a good PG to get him open shots. I would prefer Jeremy Lamb though. 

    Lamb and Leonard would be great pieces to add to this roster. 
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 03/21/2012 5:10 PM

    Another good pick would be James McAdoo. He is the perfect replacement for Gerald Wallace.
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  1. jamsmashers
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    Posted 03/21/2012 8:52 PM

    depends on the pick we get from nj, if we take beal, then we should not take mashall, beal can be converted into a pg, and is a sg who needs the ball in his hands, if we get barnes I am all for it
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  1. TJ31
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    Posted 03/21/2012 8:56 PM

    We're going to make a couple trades on draft day like every year, who knows where we'll pick
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  1. jamsmashers
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    Posted 03/21/2012 8:59 PM

    if you had the chance, would you pick michael kidd or barnes? who do you guys think is the better fit onour portland team
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  1. jamsmashers
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    Posted 03/21/2012 9:11 PM

    I looking at the top 6 potential picks, drummond dropping, 2 sf, 2 pf, 1 sg, we need..... pg center..... wrong draft for blazers-batum will be our starting sg or sf, mathews will be on the bench either way, our first pick does not go as a backup to LA- we may want to trade mathews and see what we can get for him in the offseason, and keep williams off the bench

    unknown pg
    batum
    michael kidd/barnes

    or
    unknown pg
    beal
    batum

    a gamble on a center or pg is in store with the second pick
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  1. jamsmashers
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    Posted 03/21/2012 9:22 PM

    a trade of mathews for a pick of 16-20 would be ok, draft a center and pg as well
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/22/2012 12:20 PM

    Posted By jamsmashers on 03/21/2012 9:22 PM
    a trade of mathews for a pick of 16-20 would be ok, draft a center and pg as well
    I agree with that reasoning especially if you draft a shooting guard with one of the first two picks in the first round and you expect Elliot Williams to make a full recovery.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/22/2012 12:29 PM

    Posted By jamsmashers on 03/21/2012 8:59 PM
    if you had the chance, would you pick michael kidd or barnes? who do you guys think is the better fit onour portland team
    I've seen MKG compared to Gerald Wallace and Barnes to Granger/Deng. Neither player is a super-athletic small forward which is the position on the floor you really need to be athletic, but both have game. I will be paying closely to their games over the weekend in the tourney, esp Barnes who will have to step it up with Kendall Marshall out with a broke wrist. It's definitely a challenge to scout MKG because Kentucky has so many studs on their team that on any given night one or two of their players can go unnoticed and they still win.

    On today's ESPN's 5-on-5 Debate they paneled a few media members and asked them which player from each region they were looking forward to seeing play over the weekend. Here's what they had to say about a few guys linked to Portland-
    Danny Nowell, Magic Basketball: Though it pains me as a Tar Heel to say it, Harrison Barnes has often seemed intent on sleeping through tournament games. He needs to answer the questions about his desire and aggression, and with Carolina needing him more than ever, Barnes has an opportunity to restore some of his lost luster.
    Ethan Sherwood Struass, HoopSpeak: Harrison Barnes. With Kendall Marshall down a limb, it's high time to watch Barnes. I'm inclined to bet against stardom, based on a reductive rule: Projected high lottery picks who go back for another NCAA year usually don't pan out. Staying can be an admission.
    Strauss: Bradley Beal. The Florida 2-guard has yet to impress me, but one-and-dones can pay off despite pedestrian college numbers (think Eric Gordon). The NBA has such a dearth of quality shooting guards that any such prospect is worth analyzing.
    Kyle Weidie, Truth About It: With 20 rebounds and 28 points in two tournament games, we know the type of imprint Florida's Bradley Beal, a 6-foot-3 guard, can have on the game. But what I'm most interested to see from the freshman is if he's ready to hit big tournament shots.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/22/2012 9:53 PM

    Here's what Chad Ford just tweeted about Bradley Beal-
     Good game tonight from Bradley Beal. Hard to see how he misses at the next level. Such a complete NBA game, wish he was 2 inches taller
    In their win over Marquette, Beal had 21 points on 8-10 shooting including 3-5 from 3, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. I can't wait to see how he performs against Louisville in the Elite 8.
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  1. BrianTQuach
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    Posted 03/23/2012 12:08 AM

    What about trading Felton and one of the lottery picks for another point guard and something else? (i.e. Rajon Rondo)
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  1. lrac
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    Posted 03/24/2012 9:52 AM

    I have a question: if the nets are going to continue to loose are they going to have a top three pick automatically? i thought the top three are lottery picks so basically everyone who isn't in the playoffs can get that pick but the chances for the bad teams are higher.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/28/2012 1:12 PM

    Posted By BrianTQuach on 03/23/2012 12:08 AM
    What about trading Felton and one of the lottery picks for another point guard and something else? (i.e. Rajon Rondo)
    Felton will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, so he won't be eligible to be traded during the draft.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/28/2012 1:15 PM

    Posted By lrac on 03/24/2012 9:52 AM
    I have a question: if the nets are going to continue to loose are they going to have a top three pick automatically? i thought the top three are lottery picks so basically everyone who isn't in the playoffs can get that pick but the chances for the bad teams are higher.
    The only thing the Nets can guarantee by losing is better odds at landing a Top 3 pick. For example, if they ended up losing so much that they finished with the worst record, they would have a 25% chance of landing the top pick and it would take three teams jumping them in the lottery for them to not get a Top 3 pick. But you are right, where you finish in the standings does not automatically determine your draft position.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/28/2012 1:23 PM

    Chad Ford updated his Mock Draft today but has Portland taking Beal and Zeller once again.

    He did have his chat today, so here are some of the tidbits from that:
     Max (Portland)
    Which lottery guard (Beal, Lillard, Lamb etc.) is most NBA ready?
    Chad Ford
    Beal has everything you want in a NBA guard with the exception of size. But he has the NBA body, jump shot and handle. He'll go somewhere between 2-5. Lillard and Lamb are both lottery picks, but later in the lottery. Lillard 9-13 range. Lamb 8-14 range.
    Connor (NY)
    Who do you think in 5 years will be seen as the steal of this draft? Dion Waiters?
     Ford
    Could be if he can show maturity and accept the fact that early in his career, coaches will probably see him as someone who is a scorer off the bench. Terrence Jones could be that guy too. And, if they he reached his potential, Perry Jones.
     Scratch (US)
    Is MKG being overrated? I understand he impacts the game in a lot of ways, but he really struggles at making his own offense.
     Ford
    There's some truth to that (though he's a devastating finisher at the rim). But who would you take ahead of him. I've been saying this for a while, but this draft is not as stacked at the top as people think. Davis is a great, great get. After that, everyone has a few holes to their game.
     Scott (CO)
    So who's the better player - Thomas Robinson or Sullinger?
     Ford
    Robinson. Better athlete. Better motor. Not as skilled as Sullinger. But athlete + motor both translate at the next level.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 03/28/2012 2:32 PM

    Tyler Zeller would be a major reach at where we would be picking. He also would be a major disaster for this team. He is big but is not a good defensive rebounder and he is not very physical on either end of the court. He is a terrible passer when doubled and would likely force a lot of shots in these situations. 

    We need someone like Meyers Leonard if he is available at that spot. He is roughly the same size as Zeller but he is younger. He has a nice jump shot so he has value on pick and rolls. He also defends well with his body and will block a few shots. He is a good help defender which is something needs badly. While not the best rebounder he will get his hands on more balls than Zeller.
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  1. DDL_12
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    Posted 03/31/2012 8:42 PM

    Jeremy Lamb. Harrison Barnes. Damian Lilard. I like those players as potential draft picks for us. Plus I think we shud let go of batum if he wants any more then 6.5mil per year. Not worth the inconsistency
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 03/31/2012 9:03 PM

    I'll take Lamb for $2,000.00 Alex.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/02/2012 11:42 AM

    Doron will end up the better Lamb imo.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/02/2012 4:38 PM

    Draft Express put out their latest mock draft on the eve of the NCAA Championship Game. With picks #7 (via New Jersey) and #12 in the first round, they have us going for help on the wing. Now remember, as of right now, team needs are NOT taken into consideration. Rather, these mocks are more of a shift in player rankings.

    No. 7 - Harrison Barnes - Small Forward - 19 Years Old - 6'8" - 223 lbs - North Carolina


    Harrison Barnes 2011 Scouting Report- Draft Express
    Barnes possesses ideal physical tools on this end of the floor, with his excellent size, frame and wingspan. He plays with great intensity but is also very fundamentally sound, getting low in his stance and moving his feet extremely well, usually leaving himself just enough cushion to contest his opponent's shot while still being ready to slide in any direction. Although he doesn't collect a great deal of blocks, steals, or rebounds, he's an extremely effective defender who likely be capable of guarding either wing position at the NBA level, which gives the team that picks him nice versatility to work with.
    The biggest question mark teams might have about Barnes is whether he has the upside to be the best player on a NBA playoff team, or if he would be better suited playing a more complimentary role. His play in the NCAA tournament starting this weekend could go a long ways in shedding light on this topic, and will likely play a role in how high he ends up being picked—if he decides to enter the draft.



    No. 12 - Jeremy Lamb - Shooting Guard - 19 Years Old - 6'5" - 185 lbs - Connecticut


    Jeremy Lamb Scouting Report- Draft Express
    From a physical standpoint, Lamb has nice size for an NBA shooting prospect at 6-5, which he combines with a freakishly long wingspan, smooth athleticism and solid explosiveness. His thin, lanky frame still needs added strength, but he already appears to have made some strides in that area since last year, and he should continue to fill out more in time, as he's still only 19 years old.
    As we've mentioned before, in addition to his talents off the dribble, Lamb is also an outstanding jump shooter. He has range well past the NBA 3-point line and can shoot the ball with his feet set, off the dribble, or running off screens. He's shown nice footwork coming off curls and does an excellent job creating space, squaring himself, and elevating to get off his jumper.


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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/02/2012 4:41 PM

    I am really, really starting to like the prospect of taking Lamb with our own pick if he's still there. Sometimes I'll see him mocked to go into the Top 5 and other times he's down in the late lottery. He didn't have the type of year everyone was expecting but neither did UCONN as a whole. Their coach had to miss a lot of time due to health reasons I believe and that seemed to get them all out of whack. He's very skinny, but I'm curious to see what he measures out as in terms of wingspan. He's got those Nic Batum type arms that could allow him to be a great defender at the next level. On offense, quite simply, he reminds me of Roy. From the herky jerky crossover to the step-back J, it's like looking at #7 out there again.
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  1. DDL_12
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    Posted 04/03/2012 12:34 AM

    I agree lamb would be a good pick up. Hes like batum but Way more skilled. To me batum is nothing more then a good defender and role player, we shouldn't expect more the catch n shoot, n occasional put backs. Lames got game, is good with the ball in his hands and off the ball. And he's got a sick jump shot. Perfect looking shot. I feel he's got allstar potential Forsure. I like Damian lillard to, came back from his injury last year smarter and stronger.
    I am a fan of B-Roy schooling kobe & the lakers
  1. jamsmashers
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    Posted 04/03/2012 12:48 PM

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=6nlyqq3 then combine our picks this yr and 1 nxt yr and get davis =P duh
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