Re: College Prospects and Draft Update
posted at 1/10/2014 2:44 PM EST
In response to Eldunker's comment:
Some disappointments and some surprises. I'm focusing less on PF because I think its highly unlikely that the C's draft that position and there are woefully few quality NBA ready PGs in this draft with the exception of Smart. I think the Harrison's should both stay at Kentucky for another year, Seldon should stay at Kansas and Gordon play another year at AZ. They all need more development and should be top picks next year draft. Can't comment on Exum but given his reputation and expectations if he enters the draft should go in the top 8 and if DA picks him I'm a believer too.
1. Parker: 19.8 PPG - 7.6 RPG and strong D should be a lock as the #1 pick.
2. Randle: 17.4 PPG - 11 RPG but questionable D or
2. Smart: 17.5 PPG - 5 RPG/5 APG/3 SPG .strong character / leadership selected as #2 depending on team needs.
4. Wiggins: 15.3 PPG - 5.4 RPG and good D
5. Embiid: 10.5 PPG - 7.2 RPG / 2.5 BPG .very high cieling and a big man. thats gold.
Then things get a bit muddled with a flood of good SFs a Celtics need position IMO.
Young (Ken): 14.6 PPG - 4.6 RPG
Gordon: 12.3 PPG - 8 RPG and good D
McDermott: 24.3 PPG - 7.3 RPG (but a F tweener in weak league)
Fair (Syr) 17.2 PPG - 5.6 RPG
Hood (Duke) 18.5 PPG - 5 RPG
I am not impressed with Ross (OSU), Robinson lll (Mich) or Dekker (Wisc) unless they are available at 20+ something pick.
NEW NAMES I'M WATCHING:
Randle: freshman PG Stanford 19 PPG
Wilcox: 6'5" SG WA 19.8 PPG, pure long range shooter and good D
Nelson: 6'4" SG Or St. 21 PPG
My Updated Celtics draft wish list:
With a top 5 pick - Any of the above projected top 5 picks except Randle. Prefer Parker, Smart, Embiid then Wiggins, in that order.
With a 6-10 pick: Exum (G), Hood (SF), Young (SF), Gordon (F) Saric (SF), in that order.
Probable first round pick = Embiid
I hope for the C's sake that they do NOT wind up getting to pick during the first 5 rounds. I think they'll play it safe with Saric if they land in that 6-10 spot bracket.