Re: Chad Ford Mock draft 4.0 - C's with Muhammad
posted at 6/6/2013 1:02 PM EDT
In response to VeniceSox's comment:
In response to BiggerThanMyBrady's comment:
Based on the guys Chad Ford has left, I'd be thrilled with Shabazz falling to Boston. Jamaal Franklin is a guy I really like. High motor. Led his team basically in every statistical category. I'd be okay with him too. Gobert is really raw, and Boston already has a project in Melo. Giannis is just as raw, faced mediocre competition, but is EXTREMELY intriguing. Lots of size and length. Good top speed, but takes a bit to get there (first step isn't great). Ricky Ledo is unproven. Sergey is interesting. Watched some of his highlights this morning. Very good passer for a guy that size and that young. Quick jumper. I know most people want the C's to draft a big, but I'm not a huge fan of Dieng. Certainly has some ability, but I don't think he's a game changer. Shabazz has a much higher ceiling. Olynyk is pretty intriguing. Huge jump this year at Gonzaga. Can really stretch the floor for a 7-footer. I'd prolly pick him over Dieng.
So what makes you thrilled about Shabazz? How often have you seen him and what did you see in him?
Let me first say that this is a weak draft and I don't see too much high-end talent where the Celtics are picking. There are a whole bunch of different options that could play out, maybe someone falls. Who knows. But....
Shabazz has a much higher ceiling than most guys left by the time Boston picks. I don't think Schroeder will be there (if Dallas trades out, there's a better shot of that happening). PG is not a deep position in this draft (Marcus Smart going back to OSU was a game-changer) so I think the odds of Dennis being available there are slim. Guys similar to him like Crabbe, Hardaway Jr, Jamaal Franklin, Reggie Bullock are good players but their ceilings aren't as high. He's more proven than the Euro guys and won't take as long to develop.
In terms of what I've seen from him that I've liked: Extremely good pick-and-roll player. Really deadly if you leave him. Really good catch-and-shoot ability. Can finish strong through contact. Can work on his dribble-drive game a little bit. Extremely athletic. Good leaping ability. For a two-guard he's a good rebounder. Not sure he could be a sure-fire three. Could be better in isolation. Needs to work on his defense. Dion Waiters was small too, but I think he'll pan out just fine. He also had similar attitude issues. I think getting Shabazz on a veteran team with Doc could help him there.