Re: 2014 Draft Thoughts
posted at 6/24/2013 4:00 PM EDT
In response to Archer1's comment:
With all the talk of tanking going into next season's seemingly loaded draft - I took a look at some of the players expected to declare.
Top 10 seems loaded with Wiggins, Parker, Randle, Smart, Harrison, Young, Robinson, Cauley-Stein, Selden, and Harris.
Celtics would be fortunate to add any of these players to their team, however, I feel like the ultimate prize in this pool is Duke's Jabari Parker - not Wiggins.
Parker brings a more refined overall game (shooting, passing, rebounding), a superior competitive drive (4 State Championships at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago), and is NBA ready (240 lbs). He is a Mormon (like Ainge) who is selfless, coachable, and wants to win.
Every Wiggins highlight I've seen is just some flashy windmill dunk and scouts say he becomes complacent/disinterested at times. Watch a Parker highlight video and you'll observe his diverse skill set. Hesitation drives to basket, crossover step back jumpers, setting up teammates with easy baskets, spin moves and reverse layups, soft touch, solid handles, strong shooting mechanics with the ability to pull up or spot up. Not to mention his improved athleticism after dropping some weight and toning his body. He can throw down some power dunks, too!
I feel like I will be in the minority here, but I would prefer Parker's skills/attitude to Wiggins' athleticism and upside. Tank for Parker!
There is a BIG difference in the definition of the words tanking and rebuilding, as used in the context of this forum.