From: Nashville, TN
Personally, Dennis Smith has been my guy for a loooong time now. I just love the way he plays and I don't understand how he gets knocked for how NC State did this year but Fultz gets a pass for how UW did this year. To me he's my #1 player in this draft. Reminds me more of Chris Paul (Wake Forest Chris Paul) than any player I can ever remember. I think Magic Johnson is the greatest player that ever lived and there will never be another Magic while there will always be more guys "like" Jordan (Kobe, etc.), but Chris Paul may be the best "pure"/traditional PG of all time in terms of talent. There are just no real holes to his game; defense, shooting, passing, leadership, etc. Smith may need some refinement for consistency (he's 19), but he is that same guy to me. Even the way he moves reminds me so much of CP3, who's been my favorite player in the world since he entered the league. I'll never get over the NBA's ridiculous trade veto.
I also want no part of Ball. He may work out, but man he is SUCH a risk to me. I don't think he fits today's game at all. He can't defend, he can't drive great, he's not super athletic, and he's got one of the ugliest shots I've ever seen. People also seem to have some notion that he "led" UCLA like Magic led the Lakers or something. That team was just as loaded as UK's team for Fox, and Fox destroyed him twice. I want no part of him, at all. His dad's insanity is just gravy on that reject letter for me.
I still like Giles an awful lot too. High risk, but pure talent he still may be the best player in the draft. He certainly would have been the no-brainer pick before the ACL tear, and he can get back to that. Showed glimpses at Duke for sure. Just needs health.
My order for the draft is way different than most, but I think it'd be along the lines of:
For the Lakers, I view everyone as expendable other than Zubac, and to a lesser extent Ingram/Nance in terms of value. I think they and the Celtics are both at a similar spot; lots of "good" players but no great ones (no, Thomas is not a great player). Have to cash those chips in while there is still "potential". There's no way it happens, but in an ideal world I'd try to pull something like:
Trade Russell, Randle, Clarkson, and a pick to the Bulls for Butler
Sign Hayward or wait a year and sign George (he'll come home if they want him; he wants to)
Trade down 2-3 spots and take Smith
Use some of that ammo and another asset to trade up from the Houston pick to the teens and get Giles.
PG-Smith, 2G-Butler, 3-Hayward (or George in a year), 4-Giles, 5-Zubac. Bench: Ingram, Nance
That team starts to look pretty dangerous pretty quickly IMO.
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