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    Default Official JBB 2005 NBA Mock Draft Rnd 1 (v3.0)

    With the season ending and the tiebreakers for the lottery teams determined today, <font color="blue">Voodoo Child</font>, <font color="blue">Shapecity</font>, and new addition <font color="blue">CourtKing</font> present Version 3.0 of the 2005 NBA Mock Draft.

    Today also marked Sean May, Raymond Felton, and Marvin Williams entering the NBA Draft.

    #1 Andrew Bogut :: ATL
    #2 Chris Paul :: NO
    #3 Marvin Williams :: CHA
    #4 Deron Williams :: UTAH
    #5 Gerald Green :: POR
    #6 Martin Andriuskevicius :: MIL
    #7 Raymond Felton :: TOR
    #8 Fran Vazquez :: NYK
    #9 Nemanja Aleksandrov :: GSW
    #10 Chris Taft :: LAL
    #11 Martell Webster :: ORL
    #12 Sean May :: LAC
    #13 Mardy Collins :: CHA (from CLE)
    #14 Danny Granger :: MIN
    #15 Tiago Splitter :: NJ
    #16 Charlie Villanueva :: TOR (from PHI)
    #17 Antoine Wright :: IND
    #18 Jarrett Jack :: BOS
    #19 Shelden Williams :: MEM
    #20 Rashad McCants :: DEN (from WAS)
    #21 Channing Frye :: PHX (from CHI)
    #22 Ersan Ilyasova :: DEN
    #23 Johan Petro :: SAC
    #24 Wayne Simien :: HOU
    #25 Francisco Garcia :: SEA
    #26 Malik Hairston :: DET
    #27 Hakim Warrick :: UTAH (from DAL)
    #28 Ryan Gomes :: SA
    #29 Andray Blatche :: MIA
    #30 Kennedy Winston :: NYK (from PHX)
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    PG - Lou Williams - $4,566,120
    SG - Arron Afflalo - $905,200
    SF - Danilo Gallinari - $3,089,040
    PF - Kevin Love - $3,401,040
    C - Pau Gasol - $16,452,000

    Bench
    C - Ben Wallace - $1,306,455
    PF - DeAndre Jordan - $726,420
    PG - Jerryd Bayless - $2,143,080
    SG - Rod Beaubois - $1,075,440
    SG - Shannon Brown - $2,000,000
    SF - Dorrell Wright - $3,204,500
    PF - Glen Davis - $2,500,000
    SF - Kyle Korver - $5,163,640
    PG - Mike Bibby - $5,500,000
    PG - Earl Clark - $1,766,28

    Euro Stash
    PG - Sergio Llull
    SF - Josh Childress

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    Malik Hairston and Mardy Collins? I didn't even know that those guys had declared...
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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting Schaddy:</div><div class="quote_post">Malik Hairston and Mardy Collins? I didn't even know that those guys had declared...</div>

    We included players "on the fence" in this draft. Also Shelden Williams has not declared either.
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    S2 Sim League Roster

    PG - Lou Williams - $4,566,120
    SG - Arron Afflalo - $905,200
    SF - Danilo Gallinari - $3,089,040
    PF - Kevin Love - $3,401,040
    C - Pau Gasol - $16,452,000

    Bench
    C - Ben Wallace - $1,306,455
    PF - DeAndre Jordan - $726,420
    PG - Jerryd Bayless - $2,143,080
    SG - Rod Beaubois - $1,075,440
    SG - Shannon Brown - $2,000,000
    SF - Dorrell Wright - $3,204,500
    PF - Glen Davis - $2,500,000
    SF - Kyle Korver - $5,163,640
    PG - Mike Bibby - $5,500,000
    PG - Earl Clark - $1,766,28

    Euro Stash
    PG - Sergio Llull
    SF - Josh Childress

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    What trade did Dallas and Utah make?

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    Why would Minnesota draft a SF when they need a center? They would still have Wally, Hassell, Ebi and Hoiberg with Spree gone. I think there is a better chance of them drafting a center or a pg if they trade Sam or Troy away.

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    It's probably one of those, "best player available" situations, which I don't agree with right here. A center is a MUST for the T'Wolves and there is no doubt about it. Before they even think about drafting a wingman, a center needs to be drafted. So I agree with you, I'm a bit upset with that choice.


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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting Linkin:</div><div class="quote_post">Why would Minnesota draft a SF when they need a center? They would still have Wally, Hassell, Ebi and Hoiberg with Spree gone. I think there is a better chance of them drafting a center or a pg if they trade Sam or Troy away.</div>

    Spree is as good as gone, he's a free agent. Wally is demanding a trade, and they will likely get a big man through a trade (Ilgauskas or Kurt Thomas) instead of waiting for one of these young prospects to develop. They also have Kandi man for another year, a contract year mind you. Hassell is more of a SG, so is Hoiberg. Danny Granger is a steal for them at #14.

    Depending on how Phoenix does in the playoffs, a lot of teams might copy them next year. Minnesota with KG, Griffin, and Granger is comparable to Amare, Marion, & QRich.
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    S2 Sim League Roster

    PG - Lou Williams - $4,566,120
    SG - Arron Afflalo - $905,200
    SF - Danilo Gallinari - $3,089,040
    PF - Kevin Love - $3,401,040
    C - Pau Gasol - $16,452,000

    Bench
    C - Ben Wallace - $1,306,455
    PF - DeAndre Jordan - $726,420
    PG - Jerryd Bayless - $2,143,080
    SG - Rod Beaubois - $1,075,440
    SG - Shannon Brown - $2,000,000
    SF - Dorrell Wright - $3,204,500
    PF - Glen Davis - $2,500,000
    SF - Kyle Korver - $5,163,640
    PG - Mike Bibby - $5,500,000
    PG - Earl Clark - $1,766,28

    Euro Stash
    PG - Sergio Llull
    SF - Josh Childress

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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting TwinTowers:</div><div class="quote_post">What trade did Dallas and Utah make?</div>

    Utah receives Dallas first-round pick for Pavel Podkozine from last year.
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    S2 Sim League Roster

    PG - Lou Williams - $4,566,120
    SG - Arron Afflalo - $905,200
    SF - Danilo Gallinari - $3,089,040
    PF - Kevin Love - $3,401,040
    C - Pau Gasol - $16,452,000

    Bench
    C - Ben Wallace - $1,306,455
    PF - DeAndre Jordan - $726,420
    PG - Jerryd Bayless - $2,143,080
    SG - Rod Beaubois - $1,075,440
    SG - Shannon Brown - $2,000,000
    SF - Dorrell Wright - $3,204,500
    PF - Glen Davis - $2,500,000
    SF - Kyle Korver - $5,163,640
    PG - Mike Bibby - $5,500,000
    PG - Earl Clark - $1,766,28

    Euro Stash
    PG - Sergio Llull
    SF - Josh Childress

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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting shapecity:</div><div class="quote_post">Spree is as good as gone, he's a free agent. Wally is demanding a trade, and they will likely get a big man through a trade (Ilgauskas or Kurt Thomas) instead of waiting for one of these young prospects to develop. They also have Kandi man for another year, a contract year mind you. Hassell is more of a SG, so is Hoiberg. Danny Granger is a steal for them at #14. </div>

    I don't what are the chances of getting a good big man through a trade. Isn't the draft before the date we can start trading players? I think we need some insurance if we can't get a deal done. And Kurt Thomas is more of a PF than a center. Olowokandi has always been too inconsistent. He has been in the league for long enough to prove himself but he hasn't. I really doubt he can do much even if it is a contract year. We would also only have Kandi and Madsen who is undersized.

    Hassell and Hoiberg are sg but I was putting them as wing players. They can also occasionaly play SF.

    <div class="quote_poster">Quote:</div><div class="quote_post">Depending on how Phoenix does in the playoffs, a lot of teams might copy them next year. Minnesota with KG, Griffin, and Granger is comparable to Amare, Marion, & QRich.</div>

    The difference is we don't have a pg like Nash to distribute the ball.

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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting CUSA Fan:</div><div class="quote_post">It's probably one of those, "best player available" situations, which I don't agree with right here. A center is a MUST for the T'Wolves and there is no doubt about it. Before they even think about drafting a wingman, a center needs to be drafted. So I agree with you, I'm a bit upset with that choice.</div>

    Like Shape said, Kandi's contract year may get him to play at a high level, and the TWolves would most likely have to trade up to get an elite big man. I think they'd be better off grabbing a guy like Jarrett Jack, who can take over for Cassell (it seems he's on his way out, too) or a 2 or 3, Granger or Antoine Wright, who can come in and score right away. There's just so much that remains to be seen with the Wolves, as you don't know what they'll get for Wally, or if they trade Cassell, what they'll get for him, too. So depending on what happens with those trades, the Wolves' needs may well change before the draft...
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    I think Minnesota is going to experiment with KG at center next season with Griffin at PF. Getting Kurt Thomas gives them an option to play either the 4 or 5 off the bench, and use him against the bigger centers in the league with Kandi.

    There are a lot of question marks with the TWolves right now.
    No coach?
    Possibly no GM?
    No cap space
    Do they rebuild or do they reload?

    At this point we have to go with the BAP because the future of the team next season has no direction yet. There are no centers after Bogut who are ready to start on a team. With KG approaching 30 years old soon, his window to win is closing, and waiting 2 or 3 years for a project center to POSSIBLY develop into a starter is a huge risk for them. That means you have a 33 year old KG leading a team now, I don't think the TWolves or KG is willing to wait that long.

    Danny Granger is NBA ready, plus he has superstar potential written all over him. He is low risk, high reward.

    As for Kandi, don't understimate the power of money. This will be his last chance to get a big deal for the rest of his NBA career. He has never lived up to being a #1 pick, probably never will. But if he can put together a nice season, he's going to go from an LLE player to a $7M to $8M player.

    The TWolves had a dissapointing season, but they were still the same team that made it to the WCF a year ago. The talent is there already, but the desire was lost and injuries killed them.
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    S2 Sim League Roster

    PG - Lou Williams - $4,566,120
    SG - Arron Afflalo - $905,200
    SF - Danilo Gallinari - $3,089,040
    PF - Kevin Love - $3,401,040
    C - Pau Gasol - $16,452,000

    Bench
    C - Ben Wallace - $1,306,455
    PF - DeAndre Jordan - $726,420
    PG - Jerryd Bayless - $2,143,080
    SG - Rod Beaubois - $1,075,440
    SG - Shannon Brown - $2,000,000
    SF - Dorrell Wright - $3,204,500
    PF - Glen Davis - $2,500,000
    SF - Kyle Korver - $5,163,640
    PG - Mike Bibby - $5,500,000
    PG - Earl Clark - $1,766,28

    Euro Stash
    PG - Sergio Llull
    SF - Josh Childress

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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting Schaddy:</div><div class="quote_post">Like Shape said, Kandi's contract year may get him to play at a high level,</div>

    I doubt the chances of that happening. Last time he was in a contract year, he averaged a outstanding 12 pts and had a 43% fg%. He has been in the league for 7 years now and hasn't done anything. In the 2 years he has been with us, he has been injured and has played even worse than when he was with the Clippers. Like I said earlier, he is very inconsistent.

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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting Linkin:</div><div class="quote_post">I doubt the chances of that happening. Last time he was in a contract year, he averaged a outstanding 12 pts and had a 43% fg%. He has been in the league for 7 years now and hasn't done anything. In the 2 years he has been with us, he has been injured and has played even worse than when he was with the Clippers. Like I said earlier, he is very inconsistent.</div>

    Kandi is a huge question mark, but drafting an unproven talent is an even greater risk. If Kandi does not work out, they still have the option to trade him because he has an expiring contract.
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    S2 Sim League Roster

    PG - Lou Williams - $4,566,120
    SG - Arron Afflalo - $905,200
    SF - Danilo Gallinari - $3,089,040
    PF - Kevin Love - $3,401,040
    C - Pau Gasol - $16,452,000

    Bench
    C - Ben Wallace - $1,306,455
    PF - DeAndre Jordan - $726,420
    PG - Jerryd Bayless - $2,143,080
    SG - Rod Beaubois - $1,075,440
    SG - Shannon Brown - $2,000,000
    SF - Dorrell Wright - $3,204,500
    PF - Glen Davis - $2,500,000
    SF - Kyle Korver - $5,163,640
    PG - Mike Bibby - $5,500,000
    PG - Earl Clark - $1,766,28

    Euro Stash
    PG - Sergio Llull
    SF - Josh Childress

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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting shapecity:</div><div class="quote_post">Kandi is a huge question mark, but drafting an unproven talent is an even greater risk. If Kandi does not work out, they still have the option to trade him because he has an expiring contract.</div>

    i think that the wolves can live with whatever kandi gives them, as long as they improve their D. it was terrible at times last year, and it needs to improve. if they get a legit big man, but don't start playing D, it will all be for naught. guys who they could go after to improve their D (i'm assuming they have a little cap space, or at least a mid-level exception):

    Earl Watson
    Kerry Kittles
    Raja Bell

    none of these guys would be stop the presses additions, but they are all good defenders who would allow the wolves to concentrate on getting that big man through a trade, and getting some scoring help in the draft.
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    Haha, I bet you guys were already expecting a post from me sooner or later!
    Kennedy Winstin seems logical for us because of his outside shooting touch and with Isiah very iffy on Houston's future, he could become a serviceable perimeter threat for us.

    Okay, now to Fran Vazquez. First of all, I like Vazquez a lot but, reading more on him, he doesn't seem like he has that much potential. He can block shots and hit some midrange jumpers, but other than that he is a tweener, about 6'9ish, and he doesn't have the out of this world potential Isiah likes. How would you guys evaluate his best and worse case scenarios?
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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting Schaddy:</div><div class="quote_post">i think that the wolves can live with whatever kandi gives them, as long as they improve their D. it was terrible at times last year, and it needs to improve. if they get a legit big man, but don't start playing D, it will all be for naught. guys who they could go after to improve their D (i'm assuming they have a little cap space, or at least a mid-level exception):

    Earl Watson
    Kerry Kittles
    Raja Bell</div>

    The Wolves are over the cap and I think they are going to use the mid-level on Eddie, so they have very little money to spend.

    <div class="quote_poster">Quote:</div><div class="quote_post">Kandi is a huge question mark, but drafting an unproven talent is an even greater risk. If Kandi does not work out, they still have the option to trade him because he has an expiring contract.</div>

    Both are risk, but I feel Kandi is the bigger one. We already have seen what he is capable of which isn't promising. Drafting a player is always a risk, how are we certain that Danny Granger will be more ready than any other player in the draft. No matter which way you look at it, a center is the Wolves biggest need and they should draft a player who fits those needs.

    If we could trade Kandi if it doesn't work then the same goes for any player we draft.

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    I agree with my fellow Minnesota fans here. I know in Around the Forum I said we need a point guard, but I have already changed a lot of my thoughts since then. I didn't really use my head when I made my first post, and I had to fight an uphill battle from there on out.

    But anyway, I do agree with Shape in saying Granger is low risk, high reward. But we do need a big man, badly. I wouldn't mind Minnesota taking Wayne Simien or Channing Frye with the fourteenth pick. Both solid big men that could definately help the team.

    Also, I think the Kurt Thomas trade will happen. New York Management is wild about Szczerbiak, and I think they would give up Thomas in a heartbeat. Garnett is aging, and every year is going to need guys that can give him rests more and more.

    I wouldn't be upset if we took Granger, but I think there are better choices for our team.
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    <div class="quote_poster">Quote:</div><div class="quote_post"> I wouldn't mind Minnesota taking Wayne Simien or Channing Frye with the fourteenth pick. Both solid big men that could definately help the team.</div>

    I love Wayne Simien's game, but he's a push for 6-8. There's no way that he could ever play the Center position. Channing Frye is also a great player, but you can get a much better talent at this point. If you guys are gunning for a Center, then what you should be hoping for is a scenario where the 'Wolves trade down to the early to mid twenties so you can get a guy like Petro or Frye. I wouldn't waste my lottery pick on either one. I personally thought the Granger pick was great for the Timberwolves. As Shape said, they are a team that we just decided will take the best available player, because there's too much change that is likely to occur during the offseason to pass on a player like Granger for Frye. Granger won't be picked much later than #14, so he's kind of a steal here for you guys. I'd be happy with this mock if I were a Timberwolves fan. Why anyone wants Channing Frye over Danny Granger is beyond me.

    <div class="quote_poster">Quote:</div><div class="quote_post">Okay, now to Fran Vazquez. First of all, I like Vazquez a lot but, reading more on him, he doesn't seem like he has that much potential. He can block shots and hit some midrange jumpers, but other than that he is a tweener, about 6'9ish, and he doesn't have the out of this world potential Isiah likes. How would you guys evaluate his best and worse case scenarios?</div>

    Who are the top four big men in the draft? There's Andrew Bogut, Fran Vazquez, Martynas Andriuskevicius, and Chris Taft. Bogut and Andriuskevicius will likely be gone, and Vazquez could be too depending on who wins the lottery, so what are you complaining about? Every time we give the Knicks the best big man available and you always question him. The grass is always greener on the other side, isn't it?
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    Why do the Clips take May? You got your frontcourt set with Brand and Kaman, and you also have Wilcox (likely to be traded soon or get PT next year) plus Rebraca and co. May wouldn't be used as a lottery pick by the Clipps to only play about 20 MPG throughout his rookie contract.

    Also, why do the Lakers take Taft and not the Warriors? With the small frontcourt that GS has, Taft would be a better option than Aleksandrov. They already have the SF with Dunleavy, Pietrus and Najera. A front court with Murphy and Foyle with Cabarkapa as a backup definitely needs more help than the SF spot. Taft seems like a good option, although he is an undersized C, he should get time at the PF spot with the GS frontcourt switching up posistions based on matchups.

    BTW I really like this Mock Draft. I have a few more questions, but these are the questions I have the biggest issues with.
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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting Banks:</div><div class="quote_post">Why do the Clips take May? You got your frontcourt set with Brand and Kaman, and you also have Wilcox (likely to be traded soon or get PT next year) plus Rebraca and co. May wouldn't be used as a lottery pick by the Clipps to only play about 20 MPG throughout his rookie contract.

    Also, why do the Lakers take Taft and not the Warriors? With the small frontcourt that GS has, Taft would be a better option than Aleksandrov. They already have the SF with Dunleavy, Pietrus and Najera. A front court with Murphy and Foyle with Cabarkapa as a backup definitely needs more help than the SF spot. Taft seems like a good option, although he is an undersized C, he should get time at the PF spot with the GS frontcourt switching up posistions based on matchups.

    BTW I really like this Mock Draft. I have a few more questions, but these are the questions I have the biggest issues with.</div>


    dude, najera's in denver now (rodney white trade)

    also, i think that May would be a great fit in Golden State. He can play right next to Murphy, and he's gonna be able to run a bit, having played in the system he did at UNC
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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting Schaddy:</div><div class="quote_post">dude, najera's in denver now (rodney white trade)</div>

    dude, with Pietrus and Dunleavy, they're still pretty much good at the SF spot. Aleksandrov will only create a 4 man rotation between JR, Dunleavy, Pietrus and himself at the wing spots, which isn't really a good thing.

    <div class="quote_poster">Quote:</div><div class="quote_post">also, i think that May would be a great fit in Golden State. He can play right next to Murphy, and he's gonna be able to run a bit, having played in the system he did at UNC</div>

    Having May and Murphy in a front court won't be a good idea as May has no presence against the bigs in the NBA. Murphy isn't the greatest defender either. Atleast with Taft you will get defensive skills which is important in the West.
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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting Banks:</div><div class="quote_post">dude, with Pietrus and Dunleavy, they're still pretty much good at the SF spot. Aleksandrov will only create a 4 man rotation between JR, Dunleavy, Pietrus and himself at the wing spots, which isn't really a good thing.</div>

    dude, lol

    i don't think they should take another SF. i think that adding some more frontcourt muscle is the key. as long as B diddy is healthy, he and JR and pietrus with dunleavy is just fine. and fischer with his 3pt shooting and D. i think that if they can get another big guy, like May or something, the warriors will be playoff contenders next year. i really like the direction they're going in.

    now i'll edit mine

    i dunno if taft is the guy you want. he's taller, more athletic than may, but i worry about his work ethic. it didn't seem great in college, and if i were G.S i'd go with the polished, hard working may. but we'll see. a lot can happen before the draft.
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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting Banks:</div><div class="quote_post">Why do the Clips take May? You got your frontcourt set with Brand and Kaman, and you also have Wilcox (likely to be traded soon or get PT next year) plus Rebraca and co. May wouldn't be used as a lottery pick by the Clipps to only play about 20 MPG throughout his rookie contract. </div>

    Fair questions. We expected both to be challenged so here is the rationale behind those picks.

    Sean May does not fill any need for the Clippers because they have those players you mentioned above. However, the Clippers usually don't draft for needs. Last year they drafted Shaun Livingston when they already had Marko Jaric and Keyon Dooling (free agent), plus Lionel Chalmers. A year before for that they drafted Chris Kaman, when they already had Wilcox & Ely. The Clippers have a history of taking the best availalbe talent, and Sean May at #12 is the man for them.

    Also, Donald Sterling is always looking to shed salary, and if May can do the same things Elton does, for a fraction of the cost, don't be surprised to see Elton dealt. It also gives them insurance in case they lose Wilcox, or if Brand gets injured.

    The Clippers are going to make a push for the playoffs, and their only real need is a shooter. They will address that need in free agency though. If the Clippers struggle early don't be surprised to see Brand being shopped around.

    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting Banks:</div><div class="quote_post">
    Also, why do the Lakers take Taft and not the Warriors? With the small frontcourt that GS has, Taft would be a better option than Aleksandrov. They already have the SF with Dunleavy, Pietrus and Najera. A front court with Murphy and Foyle with Cabarkapa as a backup definitely needs more help than the SF spot. Taft seems like a good option, although he is an undersized C, he should get time at the PF spot with the GS frontcourt switching up posistions based on matchups.

    BTW I really like this Mock Draft. I have a few more questions, but these are the questions I have the biggest issues with.</div>

    The Warriors take Aleksandrov because they can afford to wait on him. The Warriors are set at each position already, so they have the luxury on waiting another year for Aleksandrov to develop in Europe. He's still very young, at only 18 or 19. Last year he was projected as a top 5 talent if he declared, and some scouts had him going #1 overall depending on who won the lottery. Chris Mullin has always been intrigued by players with Aleksandrov's skill set. Plus the cap strapped Warriors wouldn't have to pay any money out to him while he played overseas, but they would own his rights.

    Chris Taft could also be a good fit in Golden State. Chris Mullin likes his potential, but his poor work ethic is a label Taft needs to shed. It's possible he impresses in workouts, the combines, and if he plays in any tournaments. One down side about drafting Taft, means Biedrins might not develop as fast either. It will be hard for the Warriors to juggle Murphy, Taft, Biedrins, Cabarkapa, & Foyle.
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    Can't see the Warriors taking Taft. Biedrens has made enough progress that he's ahead of Taft. Foyle and Biedrens give a full tilt effort-does anyone claim Taft does? Mullin was a high technique overachiever as a player and won't be looking long at a guy who so far lacks that effort. Why isn't Diogu in this mock? He declared and I feel he's who the Warriors can and will pick.
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    We don't have Ike cracking Round 1 at this point, let alone the lottery. Ike Diogu is a solid player, but his height is going to kill his stock, especially if he measures at 6'7. He won't be able to play SF in the NBA, and at 6'7 he's going to struggle to get his shot off or be effective on defense. He has a great work ethic and is humble, which are refreshing qualities, but his height and lack of jumping ability makes him 2nd round material. You look at Diogu and wonder how much better can he really get?

    Personally I think he will be another Sam Clancy.

    I'd like to hear your thoughts on Ike, and why the Warriors would select him. Maybe we overlooked something.
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