Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 Second Round Grades

#
Team
Player
Pos
Ht...
From Player Analysis
Grade
31
Bucks
Damien Inglis
6-8
France
Very solid pick here. Wiry athlete who projects as a defensive stopper. Hard worker who is young and has a chance to be really good.
B+
32
76ers
 SF
6-6
Clemson
My sleeper of the draft. McDaniels is a great defender who can be a difference maker in the League. Full Report
A+
33
Cav
Joe Harris
6-6
Virginia
Steady vet who can shoot the ball well. Not much of an athlete but could have just enough wiggle to free up for some jumpers.
C+
34
Knicks
 SF
 6-8
Wichita State
Talented forward with good length and athleticism. Can really fill up the stat sheet. Needs to develop his offensive game but he's got all of the physical tools to work with. Full Report
A
35
Grizzlies
6-8
Tennessee
Big, strong bruiser who will make an impact right away in Memphis. A force on the low block. Very good value here. Full Report
A
36
Bucks
6-10
LSU
Rock solid big man who showed dramic improvement in his game the past two years. Has natural strength and is an athlete, not just a big body. Full Report
A-
37
Raptors
 SF
 6-8
UConn 
Tweener who is a good athlete but lacks development. Has a lot of length and some potential as a 3 and D wing. Full Report
C
38
Pistons
6-5
Washington
When healthy he's a difference maker on the court. Excellent ball handler and always a threat to drain one from deep. Nice fit with the Pistons and really good value at #38. Full Report
A
39
76ers
6-8
Syracuse
An NBA level athlete who will be given every chance to develop and improve his game in Philly. Has physical tools that you just can't teach and very high upside. Full Report
A
40
T-Wolves
6-7
Michigan
Nice upside athlete at this point in the draft. Has a very good chance to stick in the League and could end up as a good starter found in the second round. Full Report
B+
41 Nuggets
Nikola Jokic
C
6-11
Serbia
Draft and stash player who could develop into a contributer in a few years. Solid pick at this stage in the draft.
B+
42
Rockets
 PG
 6-3
Arizona
A big time athlete who must continue to learn to run the point. He's one of my sleeper picks and I really think he'll become a solid pro. It might take a little while but the upside is there. Full Report
A+
43
Hawks
C
7-3
Cape Verde
Great risk/reward pick at this point. He doesn't really know how to play but you can't teach HUGE. Probably develops overseas for a few years. And if he's a total bust at least it's at #43. Full Report
B
B44
Knicks
 SG
6-3
Oklahoma State
High flying but undersized 2 guard who has great athleticism and a vastly improved offensive game. Good energy player. Full Report
B+
45
Hornets
6-10
Stanford
Fundamentally sound forward who lacks ideal power and size for the NBA but knows how to play. Full Report
A
46
Lakers
6-5
Missouri
Clarkson has really good upside for a player drafted at 46. Tall and quick into the lane. Has protypical size/skill for the PG position. Full Report
A
47
Hornets
Russ Smith
6-0
Louisville
A short point guard who shoots too much but plays with good energy. Is a pesky defender but too small to guard NBA size. Has horrible shot selection but is a gamer.
D+
48
Hawks
Lamar Patterson
SG 6-6
Pittsburgh
Slow and steady player who really knows how to play and finds teammates well. Doesn't blow you away with athleticism but plays the right way.
B-
49
Bulls
Cameron Bairstow
6-10
New Mexico
Bruising, hustle player who has some value due to his physical style of play. Knows how to score on the block and knows his role as a bruiser.
B
50
Suns
Alec Brown
PF 7-1
Wis. Green Bay
Tall but soft player. He'll have to light it up from outside to stick around in the League but goes to a good situation in Phoenix.
C
51
Knicks
SF 
6-7
Greece
The Alphabet #2. High level athlete with improving skill level. Full Report
A-
52
76ers
6-5
Serbia
Tall lead guard with exceptional passing ability but lacking speed. Full Report
B+
53
Rockets
Alessandro Gentile
SF 6-7
Italy
Smooth shooter with a nice offensive game. A crafty player with sneaky quickness.
B-
54
Spurs
Nemanja Dangubic
6-8
Serbia
Very long and wiry athlete with nice quickness and hops. Developing his offensive game and has the tools to become a consistent shooter from deep.
B
55
Heat
6-3
Xavier
Has ideal point guard size, speed and skill. Quick into the lane with great court vision and timing. Full Report
B+
56
Nuggets
Roy Devyn Marble
6-6
Iowa
Heady player with limited upside. Has a great feel for the game and is a good passer.
B-
57
Pacers
Louis Labeyrie
PF 6-10
France
Might not ever make an impact but at least he doesn't take up salary cap space this year. Euro vet who has improved his body and game enough to get drafted.
C
58
76ers
Jordan McRae
SG 6-5
Tennessee
Talented offensive player with good length. If he can hit the outside shot with better consistency, he's got a chance to stick.
B
59
Raptors
Xavier Thames
6-3
San Diego State
Quick, penetrating guard who can score in bunches. One of my sleeper picks in this draft. I think he'll stick in the League and be a solid pro.
A
60
Spurs
6-9
Baylor
Rugged interior defender and rebounder who plays with good power and intensity. Not the biggest post player but good leaper who plays hard. Full Report
B+

2014 NBA Draft Grades

Second Round Grades
#
Team
Player
Pos
Ht
From Player Analysis
Gr
1
Cavs
6-8
Kansas Wiggins has been mentioned in this spot for a few years. Now it's become reality. He has a lot of work to do but at 19 years old with a good head on his shoulders and breath-taking athleticism the sky is the limit. The Cavs want to win now but might have to be patient with Wiggins. Full Report
A
2
Bucks
6-8
Duke Parker might not have the upside of Wiggins or Embiid but he's as close as it gets to a sure thing. Could be an All Star for the next decade. The Bucks franchise deserves to have a star who really wants to play there. Fits well next to the Greek Freak and that tandem should be fun to watch.  Full Report
B+
3
76ers
C
7-0
Kansas When healthy he's the best player in the draft. The Sixers continue to stockpile talent. Embiid has ELITE potential and if he's healthy he could be an all time great. If they stay together, Embiid and Noel could form a scary front court in Philly. Full Report
A+
4
Magic
6-8
Arizona Gordon can jump out of the gym and is a top level defender. High character guy who will only continue to improve. I think the Magic did the right thing here. Gordon is a game changer on D. and can bring the house down with his dunking ability. Full Report
B+
5
Jazz
6-6
Australia The Jazz load up in the backcourt with Exum joining Burke and Burks. Exum could/should be a special player in the League. He's very young and will have a big adjustment but in time he should be great. Full Report
A
6
Celtics
6-3
Oklahoma State A true warrior and intense competitor, Smart brings a ton of talent, leadership, defensive passion and heart to the Celtics. Does this spell the end for Rondo in Boston? Full Report
B+
7
Lakers
6-9
Kentucky Great fit for the Lakers. He can take some of the pressure off of Kobe and brings a lot of energy to the post game. They could be a big Free Agent away from contending.  Full Report
B-
8
Kings
6-6
Michigan I think this is a stretch for a good but not great scorer. He'll hit shots in the League but the big time athletes drafted after him could become better pros. I'd like this pick in the mid teens but #8 is too high.  Full Report
C-
9
Hornets
6-9
Indiana Loaded with talent and very young at 18 years old. Has a chance to be a really special player. Has great form on his jumper and should be able to fill it up from mid range and three point land. Full Report
A-
10
Magic
6-3
LA. Lafayette Could be the steal of the draft. Very young with great talent and tenacity. Has perfect size for the position and his upside is through the roof. Full Report
A+
11
Bulls
 SF
 6-8
 Creighton Bulls get a player who can contribute right away. McDermott can flat out score the ball and has a nice situation with the Bulls. Full Report
B-
12
76ers
6-10
Croatia Sixers fans will have to wait for two years but the wait should be worth it. Saric is a great talent who will only get better over the years. The closest thing to Chandler Parsons I've seen. Full Report
B+
13
T-Wolves
6-5
UCLA Boom or bust player with one of the highest upsides in the draft. If he can put it all together he could be special. Even with the risks, at pick #13 it pays to swing for the fences. Full Report
A
14
Suns
6-8
N.C. State One of the best scorers in the draft who seems like a near sure thing. He'll have to improve his energy on defense but the scoring should be there. Full Report
B
15
Hawks
6-10
Michigan State Really nice pick here. Exceptional outside shooter with perfect form. Can really play above the rim. Should be able to score in bunches for the Hawks. Full Report
A
16
Nuggets
C
6-11
Bosnia Strong as a bull with the size to match up against NBA centers. A boom or bust player who will have a big adjustment to make, whenever he comes over. Full Report
B
17
Celtics
6-7
Kentucky Smooth shooting lefty with in-the-gym range. Can flat out shoot the ball. He can be streaky from outside. Has enough athleticism to hold is own. Full Report
B-
18
Suns
6-2
Syracuse My sleeper. One of the craftiest players to come out in years. Has sneaky speed and is a true gamer. His basketball IQ is off the charts. Full Report
A
19
Nuggets
6-4
Michigan State Talented player but underwhelming athlete. Should be a solid pro but the upside seems to be limited. Full Report
B
20
Raptors
Bruno Caboclo
SF 6-9 Brazil What can I say? Go hard or go home...
C+
21
Thunder
6-10
Michigan I like this pick. McGary is the type of hustle player who can help win big games. He has a great feel for the game, brings tons of energy and can step in and contribute right away. Maybe a steal here. Full Report
A
22
Grizzlies
6-5
UCLA A pure scorer with a great touch but really lacking athleticism. Makes up for being slow by having a good feel for the game and a very nice shot. Full Report
C-
23
Jazz
6-7
Duke A good value pick here. Has lottery talent and even though he doesn't project as a star, could be a good starter for many years. Hood has great leaping ability and should throw down some nasty dunks for Jazz. Full Report
A-
24
Heat
 PG
 6-1
UConn If this is what it takes to get LeBron to stay they should have traded up much higher. Napier brings much needed energy, excitment and scoring to the Heat backcourt. Full Report
A-
25
Rockets
 PF
 6-10
Switzer-
land
Another good value pick. Capela might be a few years away from having a major impact but his upside is very high. Draft and stash to keep salary space. Full Report
B
26
Hornets
 SG
 6-5
USA Strong and talented wing who can get hot from downtown and has unlimited range. Goes to a good situation with Jordan hopefully keeping him in line. Full Report
B+
27
Suns
6-6
Serbia I think he'll surprise. He's longer and more athletic than he's given credit for and can light it up from downtown. Full Report
B+
28
Clippers
 SG
 6-5
 Washington Silky smooth shooter who might have trouble getting on the floor for the Clips, with all of the shooting guards already on the roster. A one dimensional player. Full Report
C-
29
Thunder SF 6-7 Stanford Seems like a guy you could have drafted mid-second round. A stretch here, but given the Thunder's recent history, ok.
C
30
Spurs
 SF
 6-9
 UCLA Perfecte fit for the Spurs. A passing team gets the best passer in the draft. His lack of athleticism won't be as obvious in the Spurs system as it would be on some other teams. Excellent pick. Full Report
A

Josh Huestis

6-7 - Small Forward - Stanford

A solid role player who can defend and hit an open shot. I didn't think he'd get drafted this high but he's got a chance to stick in the League.

Pros
Very steady, smart and consistent player who excels on the defensive end.

Is a good enough jump shooter to keep teams honest and will be a typical "3 and D" wing player.

Cons
Doesn't really stand out athletically.

Isn't a great scorer and doesn't project as a starter.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thanasis Antetokounmpo NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-6 - Small Forward - Greece (NBADL)

Older brother of "The Alphabet" who shows great athleticism on the wing.

Pros
A very well built athlete with good length and nice overall athleticism. Attacks the rim well and has good ability to get into the paint. A high flying athlete who is dangerous on back door lobs and crashes the boards well.

Has really good potential as wing defender. Has long arms and quick hands and feet.  Plays with good intensity and passion.

Developing a consistent three ball and could be a classic "three and D" small forward in the League.

Cons
Still unpolished on the offensive end and can be a bit out of control with the ball. Will have to continue to improve his shooting and consistently hit open shots. Doesn't handle the ball well and needs a lot of improvement in that area. Still learning the finer points of the game.

Projection: late first to mid second round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft