NEW MOCK DRAFT ...LAKERS TAKE JOSH HOWARD

NEW MOCK DRAFT ...LAKERS TAKE JOSH HOWARD

Postby SWOL on Sat Jun 21, 2003 3:12 pm

NEW MOCK DRAFT W/ RUMORS

The hottest rumor right now (and the most plausible) is a Toronto-N.Y. trade that would involve Toronto shipping off Jerome Williams, Lamond Murray, and the #4 in exchange for New York's #9 and Latrell Sprewell (there may also be some cap fodder). Considering Layden's demonstrated willingness to trade (#7 for McDyess last year), this trade sounds very possible. Let's see how the draft would shake down. But remember, this is all speculation until the morning of draft day, when some trades generally become common knowledge. We think Toronto's grip on the #4 pick and Chris Bosh is very tenuous, at best.

Team
Pick
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James
Happily, the cut-and-paste function keeps me from having to type "LeBron James" in this spot over and over again.
2. Detroit Pistons
Darko Milicic
Same for D-Milicic. Some international contract doubts cast some concern over the certainty of this pick, but we believe Dumars knew what he was doing when he made the pick public. But keep tuned...
3. Denver Nuggets
Carmelo Anthony The Nuggets could be enticed by the right offer, but right now it seems as if most teams are content to let them draft Melo.
4. New York Knicks
T.J. Ford The Knicks are supposedly trading up to try and get Ford--despite having 4 PGs under contract--but if Ford is who they want, let 'em have him. Ford, if not drafted by the Knicks, could drop to 9 or 10 (as we'll show in our upcoming Player Tracker update).
5. Miami Heat
Chris Bosh The Heat were once enamored of Bosh but because it seemed as if the Raptors would take him, the Heat were talking trading down. In this scenario they're torn between Lampe and Bosh but since Bosh is a little less raw, he would go here.
6. LA Clippers
Maciej Lampe His doctors say he could grow to 7'1" or 7'2" which could create huge mismatches at PF once he's ready to leave as a free agent. It also explains why his stock has risen recently.
7. Chicago Bulls
Dwayne Wade The Bulls might do a trade with Memphis (which covets Pietrus) but if Wade is here, they'll take Wade without discussion.
8. Milwaukee Bucks
Kirk Hinrich Hinrich could ultimately pass Ford on draft day, given his height and ability to make the outside shot. He's also an above-average athlete and would provide versatility in a backcourt with Sam Cassell. They'd prefer Lampe but Hinrich is a solid acquisition.
9. Toronto Raptors
Mike Sweetney The Raptors' man is Sweetney, who they couldn't st teams are content to let them draft Melo.
4. New York Knicks
T.J. Ford The Knicks are supposedly trading up to try and get Ford--despite having 4 PGs under contract--but if Ford is who they want, let 'em have him. Ford, if not drafted by the Knicks, could drop to 9 or 10 (as we'll show in our upcoming Player Tracker update).
5. Miami Heat
Chris Bosh The Heat were once enamored of Bosh but because it seemed as if the Raptors would take him, the Heat were talking trading down. In this scenario they're torn between Lampe and Bosh but since Bosh is a little less raw, he would go here.
6. LA Clippers
Maciej Lampe His doctors say he could grow to 7'1" or 7'2" which could create huge mismatches at PF once he's ready to leave as a free agent. It also explains why his stock has risen recently.
7. Chicago Bulls
Dwayne Wade The Bulls might do a trade with Memphis (which covets Pietrus) but if Wade is here, they'll take Wade without discussion.
8. Milwaukee Bucks
Kirk Hinrich Hinrich could ultimately pass Ford on draft day, given his height and ability to make the outside shot. He's also an above-average athlete and would provide versatility in a backcourt with Sam Cassell. They'd prefer Lampe but Hinrich is a solid acquisition.
9. Toronto Raptors
Mike Sweetney The Raptors' man is Sweetney, who they couldn't take at 4 but can safely do at 9. The trade works out all too well for the Raptors.
10. Washington Wizards
Mickael Pietrus Pietrus is that athletic replacement for Stackhouse--a great match. But Eddie Jordan likes the point guards so Gaines or even Banks is a possibility here.
11. Golden State Warriors
Chris Kaman Kaman drops to his rightful place. This is where he belongs, alongside Foyle and Dampier, in the land of the tall, strong, but mediocre and wholly unspectacular big men.
12. Seattle Supersonics
Nick Collison The Sonics second (or possibly first?) choice is Collison, and his invitation to the Green Room makes this an even more likely possibility.
13. Memphis Grizzlies
Aleksandar Pavlovic He's just too good of a shooter and too versatile to pass up. A nice replacement for Gordan Giricek. He's very capable of playing SG.
14. Seattle Supersonics
Marcus Banks His stock is risen and we're torn between Banks and Gaines. Since Banks has slightly better court vision and seems to be climbing up more draft boards, we'll put him here for now. But his height as with Ford is a liability that could limit his board-climbing odds.
15. Orlando Magic
Reece Gaines A nice fit as a set-up PG in Rivers' system. Despite the Magic's assertions that they may not take a PG, it simply makes the most sense since Armstrong's gettingtake at 4 but can safely do at 9. The trade works out all too well for the Raptors.
10. Washington Wizards
Mickael Pietrus Pietrus is that athletic replacement for Stackhouse--a great match. But Eddie Jordan likes the point guards so Gaines or even Banks is a possibility here.
11. Golden State Warriors
Chris Kaman Kaman drops to his rightful place. This is where he belongs, alongside Foyle and Dampier, in the land of the tall, strong, but mediocre and wholly unspectacular big men.
12. Seattle Supersonics
Nick Collison The Sonics second (or possibly first?) choice is Collison, and his invitation to the Green Room makes this an even more likely possibility.
13. Memphis Grizzlies
Aleksandar Pavlovic He's just too good of a shooter and too versatile to pass up. A nice replacement for Gordan Giricek. He's very capable of playing SG.
14. Seattle Supersonics
Marcus Banks His stock is risen and we're torn between Banks and Gaines. Since Banks has slightly better court vision and seems to be climbing up more draft boards, we'll put him here for now. But his height as with Ford is a liability that could limit his board-climbing odds.
15. Orlando Magic
Reece Gaines A nice fit as a set-up PG in Rivers' system. Despite the Magic's assertions that they may not take a PG, it simply makes the most sense since Armstrong's getting up there and Sasser simply isn't a point guard.
16. Boston Celtics
Brian Cook Great individual workouts overall make him the best available PF at this point. The Celts would rather have Banks or Gaines, but they're drafting at 16, not 14 or 15. Shame.
17. Phoenix Suns
Zarko Cabarkapa Promises made, promises kept. If Zarko makes it this far, they'll draft him within 2 minutes of being on the clock.
18. New Orleans Hornets
Jarvis Hayes He's a good shooter and while he's never going to be a yak-stopping defensive player, he's a better option defensively at SG than the undersized Wesley.
19. Utah Jazz
Sofoklis Schortsianitis They need size and Sof has it in spades. Andre's coming soon as their new point so that'll help him adjust to the new system and level.
20. Boston Celtics
Luke Ridnour He's fallin', fallin' but right now he's just a notch ahead of Planicic--and the Celtics cannot afford not to take a point guard with one of their first round picks.
21. Atlanta Hawks
Boris Diaw Now he does have yak-stopping defense, and without too much of an ability to score he won't demand the ball too much. A good fit in a confused system.
22. New Jersey Nets
Zoran Planicic Size would back up size at the point if Kidd stays, and Planicic would be a slightly better early option than Anthony Johnson and a much b up there and Sasser simply isn't a point guard.
16. Boston Celtics
Brian Cook Great individual workouts overall make him the best available PF at this point. The Celts would rather have Banks or Gaines, but they're drafting at 16, not 14 or 15. Shame.
17. Phoenix Suns
Zarko Cabarkapa Promises made, promises kept. If Zarko makes it this far, they'll draft him within 2 minutes of being on the clock.
18. New Orleans Hornets
Jarvis Hayes He's a good shooter and while he's never going to be a yak-stopping defensive player, he's a better option defensively at SG than the undersized Wesley.
19. Utah Jazz
Sofoklis Schortsianitis They need size and Sof has it in spades. Andre's coming soon as their new point so that'll help him adjust to the new system and level.
20. Boston Celtics
Luke Ridnour He's fallin', fallin' but right now he's just a notch ahead of Planicic--and the Celtics cannot afford not to take a point guard with one of their first round picks.
21. Atlanta Hawks
Boris Diaw Now he does have yak-stopping defense, and without too much of an ability to score he won't demand the ball too much. A good fit in a confused system.
22. New Jersey Nets
Zoran Planicic Size would back up size at the point if Kidd stays, and Planicic would be a slightly better early option than Anthony Johnson and a much better option in the long-term than A.J. if Kidd doesn't stay.
23. Portland Trailblazers
Travis Outlaw Add more athleticism? Why not? We're going with the buzz that they're interested in Outlaw.
24. LA Lakers
Josh Howard He'd serve as a great, initially low-cost replacement for Robert Horry. A very solid player who won't expose his weaknesses as often as the current Laker reserves (note to Mark Madsen: the the only time you should be allowed to shoot the ball is when your hands touch the rim as you're shooting).
25. Detroit Pistons
Leandrinho Barbosa Falling more than perhaps any other point in this draft (even Ridnour) because he's just awkward as a point guard, not what you're looking for in someone that will have to handle full-court pressure.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves
Malick Badiane Badiane has size. Joe Smith does not. Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, Chris Webber, Amare Stoudamire, and other big men also play in the West. Follow our logic.
27. Memphis Grizzlies
Troy Bell An exciting, mature point guard would do wonders in Hubie Brown's mature and fundamental-based system.
28. San Antonio Spurs
Zaur Pachulia They need someone to replace David Robinson and they can't assume with 100% confidence that they'll find someone in free agency (but let's be honest--they probably will).
29. etter option in the long-term than A.J. if Kidd doesn't stay.
23. Portland Trailblazers
Travis Outlaw Add more athleticism? Why not? We're going with the buzz that they're interested in Outlaw.
24. LA Lakers
Josh Howard He'd serve as a great, initially low-cost replacement for Robert Horry. A very solid player who won't expose his weaknesses as often as the current Laker reserves (note to Mark Madsen: the the only time you should be allowed to shoot the ball is when your hands touch the rim as you're shooting).
25. Detroit Pistons
Leandrinho Barbosa Falling more than perhaps any other point in this draft (even Ridnour) because he's just awkward as a point guard, not what you're looking for in someone that will have to handle full-court pressure.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves
Malick Badiane Badiane has size. Joe Smith does not. Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, Chris Webber, Amare Stoudamire, and other big men also play in the West. Follow our logic.
27. Memphis Grizzlies
Troy Bell An exciting, mature point guard would do wonders in Hubie Brown's mature and fundamental-based system.
28. San Antonio Spurs
Zaur Pachulia They need someone to replace David Robinson and they can't assume with 100% confidence that they'll find someone in free agency (but let's be honest--they probably will).
29. Dallas Mavericks
David West He's more likely than any other PF to make an immediate impact. An unexciting but solid pick.
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Postby Kobe_One_Kenobi_8 on Sat Jun 21, 2003 3:16 pm

Getting a PF in the draft that is an actual threat offensively will benefit Shaq tremendously. It will open up the inside for Shaq and will prevent other teams from comtinuously double and triple teaming him.
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Postby SWOL on Sat Jun 21, 2003 3:16 pm

SORRY THE CUT AND PAST GOT ALL SCREWY....MY BAD
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Postby Kobe_One_Kenobi_8 on Sat Jun 21, 2003 3:17 pm

Don't worry about it.
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Postby Snakell Beast on Sun Jun 22, 2003 12:16 am

There is a glitch in the BBcode...it isn't anything you did
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