Frank Dux wrote:would you guys feel good about drafting Kemba Walker in the top 5? i'm a little concerned about his size, and his score first mentality to be a true NBA point guard.
On talent alone, sure. He's makes my top 5 (in the 4-6 range). But fit might be another story. He's going to need to go to a team that allows him to dominate the ball. A quality frontcourt would help his transition as well. To combat his size on the defensive end, they're going to need some trees in the middle where he can funnel the guard. And he's very good in the P&R (as is Knight), so if you have a big you can involve in the P&R or pick and pop, I think he'd be a good fit on such a team. Also, I think Knight could easily go before him. He doesn't have the size concerns and is easier to plug into a lot of these teams. I think he'll do better next to a ball dominant G/F than Kemba would.
My thoughts on Kemba's fit with the lottery teams:
Jazz (3) would take Knight over him. Better fit with their personnel.
If the Cavs take Williams at 1, I suppose they could take Walker at 4. Sideshow Bob gives the help on D and you can get Hickson involved in the P&R. But that's assuming the amnesty clause goes into effect and you can dump Baron. And that's doing a disservice for Williams by limiting his touches to some degree. Plus, not snagging at least one big when you have two prime draft slots is quite risky.
Raptors (5) still have Calderon. Kemba and Bargnani in the pick and pop could work, though. Their frontline doesn't do help him on D, do the Raptors even play D?
Wizards (6) have Wall, Kings have Evans (7), Bucks have Jennings (10), Warriors have Curry (11) so they're all four crossed out.
Pistons (8) tried the undersized scoring guard thing with Stuckey and it didn't work. Wouldn't try again if I'm them.
Cats could take him at 9, they've been missing a PG all season long. Don't seem to be sold on Augustin as the solution. If he slipped to 9, it'd really help MJ get over the Kwame drafting fiasco. Their mixed bag of bigs cover the needs. But then you just have to ask if there's enough touches for Jax, Henderson, and Kemba.
And I really see no scenario where Kemba drops out of the top 10. If he doesn't fit on those teams, someone will trade for him, or one of those teams will select him and hope to trade him later on. So if I had to guess, 4, 5, 9 or traded to another team.