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jthig32
06-28-2006, 06:00 PM
Just in case anyone has any comments as it happens.

I'll be listening to Norm and Skinny Skin while I putter about the house.

jthig32
06-28-2006, 06:29 PM
Norm just said that he had Donnie on his show today, and he asked him if they were going to move a veteran for a pick tonight, and Donnie apparantly paused, and then said "I better not comment on that".

Interesting.

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 06:32 PM
Norm just said that he had Donnie on his show today, and he asked him if they were going to move a veteran for a pick tonight, and Donnie apparantly paused, and then said "I better not comment on that".

Interesting.

Norm speculated after that interview about the possibility of trading Marquis for the ability to pick JJ Redick. Take that for what it's worth, but I wouldn't mind that kind of pure shooting ability at all.

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 06:37 PM
Norm just said that he had Donnie on his show today, and he asked him if they were going to move a veteran for a pick tonight, and Donnie apparantly paused, and then said "I better not comment on that".

Interesting.
"I'm not going to respond to that Trevor"

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 06:55 PM
LOL that was classic when the announcer emphasized that New York gave Chicago the second round pick. Everyone booed. It was great. Definitely worth a mention in the Kicks to the lottery thread.

Vitale is an older, NCAA-version of Stephen Smith-- he brings nothing but Volume

Good to see Morrison go high.

MavsFanFinley
06-28-2006, 06:59 PM
The Bulls must be making another trade. They now have 3 small forwards in Deng, Nocioni (sp) and Kryapa (sp).

SaltwaterChaffy
06-28-2006, 07:12 PM
The Bulls must be making another trade. They now have 3 small forwards in Deng, Nocioni (sp) and Kryapa (sp).

They literally got Kryapa for nothing. They were taking Thomas the whole time. They knew that the Bobcats were taking Morrison, and the Blazers really wanted Aldrige. They were able to bluff the Blazers into thinking that they would take him, picked up an extra player, and still got their guy at #4.

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 07:14 PM
And just announced, Daniels to Boston for Rudy Gay

oh wait, I fell asleep and was dreaming.

SaltwaterChaffy
06-28-2006, 07:20 PM
Gay might drop to #9, where we'll take him after the rumored GS-Daniels trade!!!!! Oh wait, I don't really like Gay.

MavsFanFinley
06-28-2006, 07:22 PM
Gay to Memphis for Battier?

GP
06-28-2006, 07:22 PM
And just announced, Daniels to Boston for Rudy Gay

oh wait, I fell asleep and was dreaming.

woulda been great. It looks like it is Gay for Battier though.

jthig32
06-28-2006, 07:23 PM
Memphis trades Shane Battier in a trade for Rudy Gay? Choppy info from the Ticket.

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 07:23 PM
Houston could be good this year if they get battier and Tmac is healthy

jthig32
06-28-2006, 07:24 PM
Norm says Battier isn't enough for Rudy Gay.

Ummm, I completely disagree.

GP
06-28-2006, 07:25 PM
Steven A. is right that deal makes no sense for Houston.

jthig32
06-28-2006, 07:27 PM
I disagree. Houston's trying to win now, and Battier fits for them nicely.

SaltwaterChaffy
06-28-2006, 07:29 PM
I assumed it was Battier and the Grizzlies pick. Apparently it's Battier for Gay straight up. I'm not so sure about this one.

GP
06-28-2006, 07:31 PM
Battier will definitely help Houston. Just think that Gay is going to be outstanding in a couple of years. Plus, Ming ain't exactly pushing 30 or anything. He is still just a pup.

GP
06-28-2006, 07:32 PM
Patrick just said another big deal is going down. I hope it isn't Daniels for that kid the Warriors just drafted.

dude1394
06-28-2006, 07:33 PM
Houston HAS to win now. McGrady only has about 2-3 more years (if that imo) and they weren't selling out the place last year.

some-dude
06-28-2006, 07:33 PM
Gay was almost a consenses number 1 pick going into this season and he had an ok, but not great year thus dropped to 8. He definately has all the ability to bea star and I don't buy into him being too unselfish.

Good deal for Memphis.

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 07:34 PM
Patrick just said another big deal is going down. I hope it isn't Daniels for that kid the Warriors just drafted.
dont scare me like that

dude1394
06-28-2006, 07:35 PM
Hee hee hee. I love watching rockettees rip themselves to shreds, it is SO amuzing.

Battier isnt worth a #8 pick!!!!!!
dUB79 Posted: Jun 28, 2006 05:33 PM Quote
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he isnt worth a late first round pick much less the #8!!! this is total bullshit!!!!

god help us....

some-dude
06-28-2006, 07:36 PM
dont scare me like that

lol obryant is gonna be a bust...5 pointspg -5boardspg max for him in his carerr

GP
06-28-2006, 07:36 PM
What is Portland doing?

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 07:36 PM
SnT Terry and MBenga for Sene and Lewis?

SaltwaterChaffy
06-28-2006, 07:37 PM
There goes Evil's boy.

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 07:37 PM
What is Portland doing?

Trading Randy Foye for Brandon Roy

SaltwaterChaffy
06-28-2006, 07:38 PM
SnT Terry and MBenga for Sene and Lewis?

!!!!

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 07:38 PM
Sene isnt as good as Diop at defense or rebounding and isnt as good a shotblocker as MBenga, even though he's clueless like MBenga. Horrible pick.

MavsFanFinley
06-28-2006, 07:39 PM
How many centers do the Sonics need? Trade coming soon?

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 07:40 PM
!!!!
poster on the draft site mentioned it. Not even a SA Smith rumor. I thought it was an intriguing idea at least.

some-dude
06-28-2006, 07:41 PM
Sene isnt as good as Diop at defense or rebounding and isnt as good a shotblocker as MBenga, even though he's clueless like MBenga. Horrible pick.

Plus they have Swift, Petro, Fortson, and Collsion all already playing center dont they?

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 07:42 PM
My guy Brewer still available.

GP
06-28-2006, 07:43 PM
Not sure about this Orlando pick. I like Reddick but he apparently has a herniated disk in his back. That is baaaaaaaaad for a bball player.

GP
06-28-2006, 07:44 PM
So is Carney

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 07:44 PM
Not a bad pick for Orlando-- they needed a good shooter.

some-dude
06-28-2006, 07:52 PM
My guy Brewer still available.

He's not dropping past Utah.

SaltwaterChaffy
06-28-2006, 07:54 PM
Meh. Like Carney more than this other kid.

spreedom
06-28-2006, 07:55 PM
Reddick has "inside-out basketball" written all over him.. great pick by Orlando.

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 07:55 PM
The Swiss guy is going to have a hard time adjusting to having to pick a side to play for in the NBA.

GP
06-28-2006, 07:57 PM
The bulls just got their grubby paws on Sefalosha. He'll be one of the better players in this draft in a couple of years.

MavsFanFinley
06-28-2006, 07:58 PM
I'm curious about the Bulls. I can't help but think they're working on something.

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 08:00 PM
I'm curious about the Bulls. I can't help but think they're working on something.
Putting themselves in good position for something.

dude1394
06-28-2006, 08:00 PM
Not a bad pick for Orlando-- they needed a good shooter.

If you just need a shooter why wouldn't someone like one of the barry boys be okay?

MavsFanFinley
06-28-2006, 08:01 PM
What's up with Stern tonight? He's getting out of order, he's stuttering, and he just talked back to Dan Patrick.

dude1394
06-28-2006, 08:02 PM
What's up with Stern tonight? He's getting out of order, he's stuttering, and he just talked back to Dan Patrick.

the stress of the latest fiasco is getting to him.

Was that "stern" or "sturm"

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 08:03 PM
the stress of the latest fiasco is getting to him.

Was that "stern" or "sturm"
McCain is threatening to start a congressional investigation.

MavsFanFinley
06-28-2006, 08:04 PM
I hope Chicago isn't going to piss away all their work tonight for KG.

some-dude
06-28-2006, 08:07 PM
Haha..Stern showing sence of humor! I like it :cool:

some-dude
06-28-2006, 08:09 PM
Can someone fill me in on where Roy and Foye are going. They have been seemingly traded around at least 3 times now.

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 08:36 PM
WTF knicks?!?

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 08:37 PM
Seriously, are the Knicks trying to be the laughing-stock of the NBA?

ocelot_ark
06-28-2006, 08:38 PM
The Knicks are just GOD-AWFUL.

Now I would LOVE to grab Marcus Williams. He's actually got some court vision.

jthig32
06-28-2006, 08:44 PM
Boston just used their new-found cap room to basicaly get a free pick from Phoenix, just by taking on Grant's contract.

That's a solid set of moves if you ask me.

Assuming that first trade is the only way they could make this trade, they basically got Telfair and the #21 pick for the #7. Not bad if you ask me.

GP
06-28-2006, 08:46 PM
I am having a blast watching this. It is big, big fun. My wife thinks I have flipped out I've been laughing so hard. These lottery teams are hilarious. Absolutely hilarious.

On the other bright side, the Mavs are going to get a nice player now. No doubt about it. Unfortunately, San Antonio and the Mavs other rivals will as well.

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 08:49 PM
I am having a blast watching this. It is big, big fun. My wife thinks I have flipped out I've been laughing so hard. These lottery teams are hilarious. Absolutely hilarious.

On the other bright side, the Mavs are going to get a nice player now. No doubt about it. Unfortunately, San Antonio and the Mavs other rivals will as well.

Which rivals? Detroit and SA don't have first rounders, and Phoenix just traded away 1 of their two first rounders. Memphis? The Lakers? They're still a ways behind. The way I see it, the Mavs are the only true title contender who benefits from the ineptitude of some of these first 20 picks.....

GP
06-28-2006, 08:51 PM
Which rivals? Detroit and SA don't have first rounders, and Phoenix just traded away 1 of their two first rounders. Memphis? The Lakers? They're still a ways behind. The way I see it, the Mavs are the only true title contender who benefits from the ineptitude of some of these first 20 picks.....

Then even more excellent!!!!!

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 08:52 PM
You can see Knick fans looking into subway routes to get to the Brooklyn arena.

MavsFanFinley
06-28-2006, 08:52 PM
The Nets did a good job with their two picks.

MavsFanFinley
06-28-2006, 08:57 PM
I was hoping the Mavs would get Lowry only because I thought Ager would be gone already.

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 08:58 PM
So who exactly is left for the Mavs now?

PJ Tucker, Pittsnogle, Jordan Farmar, Maurice Ager, Shannon Brown.

Any one I'm missing in particular?

GP
06-28-2006, 09:01 PM
Sergio Rodriguez, Diaz

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 09:02 PM
Sergio Rodriguez

Good point, I hadn't even considered him, which also reminds me that Guillermo Diaz of Miami is also still on the board.

GP
06-28-2006, 09:06 PM
Cleveland just did well picking Brown. That team is going to challenge for a title in the next 2 years.

Maringa
06-28-2006, 09:07 PM
I really hope we get Sergio Rodriguez...I think he has the potential to be a better playmaker than Devin Harris...With Armstrong possibly going and the uncertainty of the Terry and Daniels situation, we need another guard.

ocelot_ark
06-28-2006, 09:08 PM
If we take pittsnogle or tucker, I'll be pretty pissed. Why waste a pick on Tucker when you can probably get him for the Vet minimum (i.e. - Greg Buckner).

ocelot_ark
06-28-2006, 09:09 PM
Farmar going to LA just makes it even MORE fun to hate them. What an UGLY mofo.

GP
06-28-2006, 09:09 PM
Damned. I liked Farmar.

GP
06-28-2006, 09:10 PM
I am hoping for Rodriguez right here. Not for the Suns but for the Mavs.

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 09:10 PM
Here's to hoping for Sergio Rodriguez or Maurice Ager. I for one certainly don't want PJ Tucker (has too low of a basketball IQ for my taste, especially considering how many players we have who seem to be lacking in this area) and Pittsnogle is not a first round talent.

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 09:11 PM
I would pronounce that as Farmer.

Maringa
06-28-2006, 09:12 PM
Sergio's penetrating ability can mimick (I'm not saying he's Nash) Nash in certain ways, causing the defense to collapse. Also his pace will eliminate or reduce the irritating isolation plays that Dallas has depended on this year.

some-dude
06-28-2006, 09:13 PM
I really hope we get Sergio Rodriguez...I think he has the potential to be a better playmaker than Devin Harris....

He already is a better play maker then Devin Harris. He's not better than Harris in much else though. Nonetheless, he'd be a steal at 28.

ocelot_ark
06-28-2006, 09:13 PM
I'm still hoping we'll find out about a Dallas/Utah trade dammit! I wanted me some Ronnie Brewer. At this point, i don't really know WHO I want. I just know who I DON'T want.

ocelot_ark
06-28-2006, 09:14 PM
Goddammit Phoenix. Cheap bastards.

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 09:14 PM
Phoenix selling Sergio Rodriguez to Portland for cash????? What in the world?

mary
06-28-2006, 09:15 PM
Crap, there goes Sergio.

ocelot_ark
06-28-2006, 09:16 PM
LMFAO @ Jay Bilas. They're just TAUNTING the NY fans.

GP
06-28-2006, 09:16 PM
What is wrong with Phoenix?

Ager or Diaz? Or somebody else?

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 09:17 PM
Either Ager, Diaz, or maybe Alexander Johnson, but please, please, please pass on Tucker and Pittsnogle.......

MavsFanFinley
06-28-2006, 09:18 PM
LOL. Swift back to Memphis.

Grizzlies gets Swift, rights to Gay from Rockets for Battier
Houston sent the rights to No. 8 Rudy Gay and Stromile Swift to Memphis for Shane Battier.

Not sure what the Suns are doing.

I can't believe Ager might fall to us.

mary
06-28-2006, 09:18 PM
Out of the top 31 picks - Portland is getting five of them.

ocelot_ark
06-28-2006, 09:19 PM
Houston is retarded.

GP
06-28-2006, 09:19 PM
Ager, Damned straight!!!!!

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 09:19 PM
Ager!!!! THANK GOODNESS!!!!!

GP
06-28-2006, 09:20 PM
What is that phrase? The rich get richer. Yes!!!

GP
06-28-2006, 09:21 PM
Ager will be better than at least half the guys taken in the first round. Maybe more.

MavsFanFinley
06-28-2006, 09:22 PM
I can't believe Ager fell to the Mavs. I was hoping. Damn good pick.

jthig32
06-28-2006, 09:22 PM
The Suns traded out of the first round last year too. They can't afford the cap hits.

MavKikiNYC
06-28-2006, 09:22 PM
And as for Marquis.....?

ocelot_ark
06-28-2006, 09:23 PM
What are the implications of this pick?

Is Ager just going to take Griff's spot? Or are we getting a little hint that we'll need some SG depth from trading away Quis?

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 09:23 PM
http://www.nbadraft.net/admincp/profiles/mauriceager.html

NBA Comparison: Derek Anderson
Strengths: One of the most explosive athletes in the college game ... Consistently raises his level of play in big games, great competitor ... Excellent all around scorer ... Good outside shooter with range out to three point ... Creates well off the dribble with terrific ball handling ability ... Strong one on one skills, has a nose for scoring ... Good at slashing to the basket and finishing ... Great speed and quickness in the open floor ... Aggressive player who gets to the line often and converts his FTs at a good clip. Averaged over 90% as a senior in high school ... Excellent body control, can get some spectacular ally oops and put backs when crashing the glass ... Excellent rebounder at the guard position, not afraid of contact ... Long wingspan and good hands ... Plays sound defense and his foot speed can create problems for opponents ... Hard worker who has shown steady improvement over his 4 years at Michigan St. ...

Weaknesses: Undersized at 6-4 for the 2guard position but has long arms and great athleticism to make up for it ... Vision and passing ability is average ... Should focus on becoming a better defender. Seems to give more effort towards scoring ... Doesn't pick up many steals defensively ... Can be too aggressive shooting outside but will keep shooting through a slump ... Body strength has gotten better but could be improved upon to absorb contact inside ...

Sounds like the most solid player the Mavs could have hoped to find at 28.....

jthig32
06-28-2006, 09:23 PM
And as for Marquis.....?

This has to mean he's gone for anything they can possibly get now.

Unless they move Stack, or don't resign JET.

ocelot_ark
06-28-2006, 09:25 PM
I like this pick for NY, actually.

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 09:26 PM
Do the Mavs now move up in the second to take maybe Tucker or Pittsnogle, who would be much less risky without a guaranteed contract?

ocelot_ark
06-28-2006, 09:28 PM
Honestly, I want no part of either one of those guys.

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 09:30 PM
Why even repeat all the draft trades, Stern?

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 09:31 PM
Honestly, I want no part of either one of those guys.

I really am not a fan of either as well, but they both worked out for Dallas and Donnie seemed to praise PJ Tucker at every turn, and I'm still unsure whether or not that was a smokescreen or not. Either way, I hope we don't trade up in the second, just a suggestion of a possibility based on what I'd been hearing about the Mavericks' options at 28.

GP
06-28-2006, 09:38 PM
Steven A is wailing on the Blazers but I thought they did well. Chicago did well also. The Blazers are in complete rebuild mold right now.

ocelot_ark
06-28-2006, 09:39 PM
I think we work out UT players as a courtesy. I think the Mavs compliment them to appease UT fans.

As far as Tucker goes, I'd MUCH rather have Greg Buckner. Buck's an experienced guy. Great defender. Has really improved his 3pt shooting. Why waste a pick on a guy who does all the things Buck does, but with no experience, and no 3pt shot? Just sign Buck if you were gonna take Tucker.

jthig32
06-28-2006, 09:40 PM
Norm and Skin are both saying Portland has made out like bandits. Gimme Skins analysis over that windbag Steven A.

GP
06-28-2006, 09:41 PM
Portland just drafted White.
That gives them an entire new squad for next season.
Sergio Rodriguez -- pg
Roy -- sg
White -- sf
Freeland -- pf
Aldridge -- pf/c

Am I missing anybody. They got 2 of the best players in the draft and got other decent pieces. Sounds good to me.

GP
06-28-2006, 09:43 PM
Dang, Houston just made a solid pick with Novak.

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 09:43 PM
Freeland will never play in the States at this level.

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 09:45 PM
Dang, Houston just made a solid pick with Novak.
They wanted another soft, jumpshooting PF with a game identical to Juwan's

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 09:45 PM
AJ just mentioned maybe moving up on the Ticket, but I think that's a bad move. What are they hoping to find there that has value to this team? As has been mentioned a number of times, PJ Tucker doesn't give the Mavs anything that they don't already have or couldn't get in a guy like Greg Buckner.

I threw out the possibility of trading up in the second just because of things that I had heard about Pittsnogle and Tucker and early second round is probably where they fall talent wise. All that being said, I want no part of PJ Tucker and no part of Pittsnogle, at best a KVH clone.

GP
06-28-2006, 09:46 PM
The Hawks must have told everybody who they were drafting in advance and no other team cared. Draft Express nailed both of their picks. They also nailed the Mavs pick.

jthig32
06-28-2006, 09:47 PM
Someone just asked AJ how he gives them something that they dont' already have, and he mentioned how Devin and Griff brought different things than Ager.

No mention of Marquis.

Drbio
06-28-2006, 09:50 PM
Tucker to the craptors.

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 09:50 PM
That ends all PJ Tucker talk. And I feel relieved.

Drbio
06-28-2006, 09:51 PM
Portland just drafted White.
That gives them an entire new squad for next season.
Sergio Rodriguez -- pg
Roy -- sg
White -- sf
Freeland -- pf
Aldridge -- pf/c

Am I missing anybody. They got 2 of the best players in the draft and got other decent pieces. Sounds good to me.

Their GM said a few minutes ago on ESPN that they have a couple more trades planned. Interesting.

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 09:52 PM
Patterson is a weasel

ocelot_ark
06-28-2006, 09:53 PM
With all the trades going on during the draft...it's weird NOT being involved.

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 09:57 PM
Man the Warriors are hooked on the big whiteys-- they have the powder all over their noses.

Drbio
06-28-2006, 09:58 PM
That is one lanky white boy.

GP
06-28-2006, 10:02 PM
I hate to be optimistic but it looks like another decent prospect might fall to Dallas in this draft. Some of the guys getting drafted are real reaches while others seem to be solid. Was there any reason for the Clips to draft that kid?

MavKikiNYC
06-28-2006, 10:03 PM
Someone just asked AJ how he gives them something that they dont' already have, and he mentioned how Devin and Griff brought different things than Ager.

No mention of Marquis.

Marquis who?

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 10:04 PM
Marquis who?
Isn't he a supersonic now?

MikeB
06-28-2006, 10:04 PM
We need to address the backup PF/C spot. I know he didn't get alot of attention around here but we could do alot worse than James Augustine at 58

Damn he's gone! Also wanted Bobby Jones. Maybe Marcus Slaughter?

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 10:05 PM
We need to address the backup PF/C spot. I know he didn't get alot of attention around here but we could do alot worse than James Augustine at 58
If it werent for those damn Knicks we could have picked up Balkman at 58 ;)

GP
06-28-2006, 10:08 PM
If it werent for those damn Knicks we could have picked up Balkman at 58 ;)

LMFAO!!!

GP
06-28-2006, 10:09 PM
Is Gibson a Eddie House starter kit or a Juan Dixon starter kit?

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 10:11 PM
lol, I dont know what is funnier-- that they asked Mullin if he was the best shooter on the Warriors or the hesitation and awkward response Mullin had

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 10:15 PM
Jews represent!

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 10:17 PM
Jews represent!

That was quite the Israeli celebration on ESPN. You can feel the love for the kid and at the same time the immense question marks as every one wonders who the heck the kid is......

mavs413
06-28-2006, 10:17 PM
We need to address the backup PF/C spot.

IMO, the best PF's left are:
Leon Powe, Cal - PICKED
Ryan Hollins, UCLA - PICKED
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Alexander Johnson, FSU - PICKED
Eric Hicks, UC

In that order.

*edit - players being selected

GP
06-28-2006, 10:17 PM
Guillermo Diaz still on the board. (not referring to the pf which I don't think the Mavs need)

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 10:18 PM
Guillermo Diaz still on the board.

Mike Gansey, a great pure shooter, still on the board as well....

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 10:21 PM
imagine picking up Pops. He's gorgeous, and he could tongue-tie the announcers.

No-nowizki passes to mensch-menchu-bonsa and Deedee-ur muh-banga with the offensive board!

GP
06-28-2006, 10:22 PM
Mike Gansey, a great pure shooter, still on the board as well....

At 58 that would be solid. Could stash him in the developmental league for a while.

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 10:29 PM
Very excited at the prospect of having very talented players fall all the way to 58. Unless I missed them being drafted, Mike Gansey and Pittsnogle are both still available and definitely worth the 58th pick.........

Edit: Diaz just got selected by the Clippers, nice value there....

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 10:33 PM
Yao Ming is the only international player to be marketable...hmm

SaltwaterChaffy
06-28-2006, 10:35 PM
Yao Ming is the only international player to be marketable...hmm

When was the last time you saw a Dirk commercial?

EricaLubarsky
06-28-2006, 10:35 PM
Are there Dirk commercials in the US?

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 10:37 PM
Are there Dirk commercials in the US?

Only that NBA Cares Dallas Mavericks thing with Dirk and all the elementary school kids, but I doubt that qualifies.......

mavs413
06-28-2006, 10:42 PM
Best Availble: And in this order

Hassan Adams - Picked
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Allan Ray
Louis Amundson
Mike Gansey
Kevin Pittsnogle
Will Blalock
Brandon Bowman
Eric Williams
Taj Gray
Eric Hicks

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 10:45 PM
One pick away and Gansey still on the board..... I'd love to add that kind of shooting for such a steal in the second round...... Geez......

Drbio
06-28-2006, 10:47 PM
Mavericks on the clock!!!

jhoistheman
06-28-2006, 10:51 PM
Who? Seriously, who?

Drbio
06-28-2006, 10:52 PM
The Mavericks selected Pinnock???

MavKikiNYC
06-28-2006, 10:59 PM
Marquis Daniels: " Where am I headed, and why am I in this hand-basket?"

Drbio
06-28-2006, 11:00 PM
I like the Blalock kid. I got to see him play this year and he is not bad at all.

Drbio
06-28-2006, 11:01 PM
Well.....Isaiah and the Knicks didn't disappoint did they? What a trainwreck that franchise is. I didn't think they could suck any worse. wow.

GP
06-28-2006, 11:46 PM
That has got to be at least another year of Isaiah bashing for the sports guy. I can't wait to read his draft diary. It is going to be hilarious. I was rolling with laughter for good portions of this draft. Jay Bilas actually said that he thought Gibson could be the best Texas player taken in the draft. I almost died laughing.

nashtymavsfan13
06-28-2006, 11:57 PM
NBA draft night trades

By Yahoo! Sports
June 28, 2006

The 2006 NBA draft saw plenty of wheeling and dealing. Here is the list of draft-night trades:

Boston gets:
G Sebastian Telfair, C Theo Ratliff and 2008 second-round pick

Portland gets:
Rights to No. 7 pick (Randy Foye), F/C Raef LaFrentz and G Dan Dickau

Chicago gets:
Rights to No. 4 pick (F Tyrus Thomas) and contract of F Viktor Khryapa

Portland gets:
Rights to No. 2 pick (C LaMarcus Aldridge) and future second-round pick

Minnesota gets:
Rights to No. 7 pick (G Randy Foye)

Portland gets:
Rights to No. 6 pick (G Brandon Roy)

Memphis gets:
Rights to No. 8 pick (F Rudy Gay) and F Stromile Swift

Houston gets:
F Shane Battier

Philadelphia gets:
Rights to No. 16 pick (F Rodney Carney) and cash considerations

Chicago gets:
Rights to No. 13 pick (F Thabo Sefolosha)

Portland gets:
Rights to No. 27 pick (G Sergio Rodriguez)

Phoenix gets:
Cash considerations

Minnesota gets:
Future second-round pick

Philadelphia gets:
Rights to No. 37 pick (F Bobby Jones

Boston gets:
Rights to No. 21 pick (G Rajon Rondo), F/C Brian Grant and cash considerations

Phoenix gets:
Future first-round pick

Portland gets:
Rights to No. 45 pick (F Alexander Johnson) and two future second-round picks

Indiana gets:
Rights to No. 31 pick (F James White)

Orlando gets:
Cash considerations

Houston gets:
Rights to No. 44 pick (F Lior Eliyahu)

Portland gets:
Future second-round pick

Memphis gets:
Rights to No. 45 pick (F Alexander Johnson)

Denver gets:
Future second-round pick

Boston gets:
Rights to No. 49 pick (F Leon Powe)

Tokey41
06-28-2006, 11:59 PM
I said that about them before too but some way, against all odds they seem to keep getting worse. You think they would have been better by now if they would have just spun a wheel of different trades or draft picks available, they are simply defying probability.

As for the Raptors... im highly disappointed, they should have traded down to Portlands #4 and gotten Mr. Italy if that was their plan, hell I think he could have been available way further down. Instead they get a risky pick and... nothing? And I was so sure about Aldridge... damn it all... oh well im sure if Babcock was still around he would have done much worse.

nashtymavsfan13
06-29-2006, 12:00 AM
Why'd Phoenix sell Sergio to the Blazers? He seemed to fit perfectly with their style. Does this mean they aren't trading Barbosa in the Rashard Lewis deal?

nashtymavsfan13
06-29-2006, 12:00 AM
I like the trade Memphis made to get Rudy Gay and Swift. I think they got the better deal.

some-dude
06-29-2006, 12:04 AM
I like the trade Memphis made to get Rudy Gay and Swift. I think they got the better deal.

Definately. Rocket fans are already furious at their front office.

MavsFanFinley
06-29-2006, 12:07 AM
One more trade.

The San Antonio Spurs announced today that they have traded the draft rights of Damir Markota to the Milwaukee Bucks for the better of Milwaukee's two second round picks in the 2007 NBA Draft. Milwaukee currently holds their own second round pick as well as the Houston Rockets second round pick in 2007.

some-dude
06-29-2006, 12:08 AM
Why'd Phoenix sell Sergio to the Blazers? He seemed to fit perfectly with their style. Does this mean they aren't trading Barbosa in the Rashard Lewis deal?

What I got is D'Antoni thinks that he already has a solid roster and didn't want to pay tax to another drafted player, so he traded away the pick for cash. Also, during the draft they interviewed him and he dismissed all the Marion rumors saying he was there to stay.

MavsFanFinley
06-29-2006, 12:10 AM
Another trade.

Pistons draft Blalock, send Evans to Lakers

Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Detroit Pistons weren't expecting to have a chance to draft Will Blalock. They were happy to be wrong.

The Pistons selected the Iowa State point guard with the 60th and final pick of Wednesday night's draft. Blalock averaged 15.4 points and 6.1 assists for the Cyclones last season.

"We had him going in the 30s," said Joe Dumars, the Pistons' president of basketball operations. "We caught a break when all the point guards started slipping."

Detroit then traded swingman Maurice Evans to the Los Angeles Lakers for the rights to Cheick Samb, a 7-1 center from Senegal. Samb had been taken with the 51st pick.

Evans averaged five points in 80 games for the Pistons last season, sharing a backup role with Carlos Delfino.

"We felt there just weren't going to be enough minutes" for Evans, Dumars said. "His agent called and said they might want to be somewhere where more minutes would be available, and we tried to make that happen."

Samb, who will turn 22 just before the season opener, averaged 9.6 points and three blocks in the Spanish second division. Samb is expected to play for Detroit's summer league team, but will spend at least one more season in Spain.

"We've liked this guy for two or three months now," Dumars said. "We really like his upside."

The Pistons, who lost to Miami in the Eastern Conference finals, did not have a first-round pick, having sent it to Utah as part of the 2005 trade for Carlos Arroyo. The pick eventually ended up with Portland, which used it to select British center Joel Freeland.

Detroit has three players - Alex Acker, Amir Johnson and Jason Maxiell - on the roster from last year's draft, so Blalock will struggle to make the roster. His biggest advantage is that the Pistons are looking for another point guard.

"Alex isn't really a point guard - we just had to move him there because Lindsey (Hunter) missed training camp," Dumars said. "Blalock can be that change-of-pace point guard that we need."

Now that the draft is over, the Pistons will focus on re-signing All-Star Ben Wallace and finding some role players.

Dumars can begin negotiating Saturday with Wallace's agent, Arn Tellem, but teams can't announce signings until July 12.

"We'll be on the phone Saturday," Dumars said. "But we'll just have to wait and see what the sticker price is. The ball is really in their hands."

Dumars said that the team will also look for a backup point guard and an athletic player who can attack the basket.

EricaLubarsky
06-29-2006, 12:11 AM
a good trade by San Antone and a stupid one by the bucks.

nashtymavsfan13
06-29-2006, 12:14 AM
What I got is D'Antoni thinks that he already has a solid roster and didn't want to pay tax to another drafted player, so he traded away the pick for cash. Also, during the draft they interviewed him and he dismissed all the Marion rumors saying he was there to stay.

That's what I expected, unfortunatley I wasn't able to watch the draft.

Nash13
06-29-2006, 12:35 AM
Couples thoughts on the draft:

1. I don't care what anybody says, Portland made out like bandits. They got arguably the two best players in the draft. Don't know about taking Raef, but overall a good night.

2. Daniels will most certainly be gone. I have a feeling he's going to New Orleans for or in a package for PJ Brown.

nashtymavsfan13
06-29-2006, 12:48 AM
Portland did have a very very good night, and I too expect Daniels to be gone soon.

I'm hoping it's for Mike James though.

Stranger
06-29-2006, 12:54 AM
NBA draft night trades

By Yahoo! Sports
June 28, 2006

The 2006 NBA draft saw plenty of wheeling and dealing. Here is the list of draft-night trades:


Thanks for posting this... I haven't been able to keep up.

some-dude
06-29-2006, 12:56 AM
Portland, New Jersey, Utah, Memphis, and Bulls were some of the big Winners in this draft.



New York, Houston, Golden State, Seattle, and maybe Atlanta were the big Losers in this draft.


Much more exciting than I would have expected. Especially Steven A. bashing the Knicks like no tommorow and the Stern vs Patricks confrontation.

Stranger
06-29-2006, 01:01 AM
Does anyone understand why Minnesota would trade the number 6 for the number 7? Why not just take the guy they wanted at 6?

Stranger
06-29-2006, 01:03 AM
the Stern vs Patrick confrontation.

I didn't catch this but I hope Stern sends a hitman after him. Dan Patrick is the smuggest, smarmiest, slimiest bastard on television.

nashtymavsfan13
06-29-2006, 01:06 AM
Thanks for posting this... I haven't been able to keep up.


No problem. I wasn't able to watch it, so it was hard for me to keep up too.

nashtymavsfan13
06-29-2006, 01:10 AM
Portland, New Jersey, Utah, Memphis, and Bulls were some of the big Winners in this draft.



New York, Houston, Golden State, Seattle, and maybe Atlanta were the big Losers in this draft.


Much more exciting than I would have expected. Especially Steven A. bashing the Knicks like no tommorow and the Stern vs Patricks confrontation.


I've always liked Steven A. Smith, and it's good to see Houston be a big loser of the draft.

nashtymavsfan13
06-29-2006, 01:19 AM
lol obryant is gonna be a bust...5 pointspg -5boardspg max for him in his carerr

Strengths: Terrific size at 7-0, with a 7-5 wingspan and 9-4 standing reach, complemented by an outstanding frame. O’Bryant is a very solid athlete for his size, featuring fairly quick feet, nice leaping ability and the ability to run the floor like a deer. Offensively, O’Bryant uses his size to establish position deep in the paint and is capable of finishing nicely with a jump-hook or simple drop-step move. On defense, he has outstanding potential due to his combination of size, reach and above average quickness.

Weakness: O’Bryant might be a little too nice for his own good. He doesn’t have that chip on his shoulder you would hope for from a player who is still fairly far away from being a legitimate starting center in the NBA. He will have to continue to add weight to his terrific frame, polish up his footwork, learn how to use his left hand, and potentially even add a mid-range jumper to his arsenal.

nashtymavsfan13
06-29-2006, 01:22 AM
Can someone fill me in on where Roy and Foye are going. They have been seemingly traded around at least 3 times now.


Both of these guys names are so close that it's tough to tell them apart.

Roy was drafted by the Timberwolves then traded to the Blazers.

Foye was drafted by Boston, then traded to the Blazers who then traded them to the Timberwolves.

birdsanctuary
06-29-2006, 01:49 AM
Only that NBA Cares Dallas Mavericks thing with Dirk and all the elementary school kids, but I doubt that qualifies.......

They even dub out the Nike logo Dirk is wearing on his shirt.... bastages!

birdsanctuary
06-29-2006, 01:54 AM
Didn't Memphis let Swift go to Houston?

Looks like Houston gave Stromille a Swift kick in the A$$ back to Memphis...

EricaLubarsky
06-29-2006, 02:08 AM
Timberwolves got Foye
Portland got Roy
Rockets got the Goy
Charlotte got the Zag boy
Orlando got big illinois
New York fell for the ploy
and the Mavs got the real McCoy

some-dude
06-29-2006, 02:19 AM
Strengths: Terrific size at 7-0, with a 7-5 wingspan and 9-4 standing reach, complemented by an outstanding frame. O’Bryant is a very solid athlete for his size, featuring fairly quick feet, nice leaping ability and the ability to run the floor like a deer. Offensively, O’Bryant uses his size to establish position deep in the paint and is capable of finishing nicely with a jump-hook or simple drop-step move. On defense, he has outstanding potential due to his combination of size, reach and above average quickness.

Weakness: O’Bryant might be a little too nice for his own good. He doesn’t have that chip on his shoulder you would hope for from a player who is still fairly far away from being a legitimate starting center in the NBA. He will have to continue to add weight to his terrific frame, polish up his footwork, learn how to use his left hand, and potentially even add a mid-range jumper to his arsenal.

They said the same thing about Tskitisvili. These nba draft profiles make the player sound like the next big thing, when a large percentage of them are horrible in te NBA. He generally played against small and weak defensive players in the Mountain Valley conference and I don't think he'll ever be a NBA starter, especially in Oakland behind Diogu and Beidrins who they are high on. They could have gotten much better talent with the #9 pick.

EricaLubarsky
06-29-2006, 02:32 AM
OB is WAY overrated. Warriors drafted horribly tonight.

TripleDipping
06-29-2006, 09:08 AM
Ronnie Brewer will be a nice fit in Utah. :D

Big Boy Laroux
06-29-2006, 10:28 AM
I didn't catch this but I hope Stern sends a hitman after him. Dan Patrick is the smuggest, smarmiest, slimiest bastard on television.

YES! oh my god, i have grown to DESPISE patrick over the past few years. he is so damn smug, and he actually berates people he interviews. horrible.


someone asked about minnesota trading 6 for 7, when they could have drafted their guy at 6...

don't they save money that way? They drafted roy at 6, so he gets the set salary of the 6th selection. they trade him for foye, who will get the set salary of the 7th selection. so they save some money. at least i think that's how it works.

some-dude
06-29-2006, 11:40 AM
I've always liked Steven A. Smith, and it's good to see Houston be a big loser of the draft.

You may be in the minority on that. Most of us, or at least me, cant stand him. First off, he needed to quit screaming his opinions, he had on a microphone, which unforturnately makes it easier for us to hear him. Second, he's not even making solid arguments. He's just making opinions and quick liners to try and be funny when 90% of the time it makes him look stupid. He needed to shut up and let someone who knows what they are talking about talk. I can't believe how much he was bashing the blazers left and right about their draft, and the next day everyone else says they had the best draft of all.

some-dude
06-29-2006, 11:47 AM
Ronnie Brewer will be a nice fit in Utah. :D

Yeah, he didn't look to happy being selected either. He better change is opinion about Utah and the Jazz in general, or he's gonna get into Sloan's doghouse real soon.

Nash13
06-29-2006, 11:52 AM
You may be in the minority on that. Most of us, or at least me, cant stand him. First off, he needed to quit screaming his opinions, he had on a microphone, which unforturnately makes it easier for us to hear him. Second, he's not even making solid arguments. He's just making opinions and quick liners to try and be funny when 90% of the time it makes him look stupid. He needed to shut up and let someone who knows what they are talking about talk. I can't believe how much he was bashing the blazers left and right about their draft, and the next day everyone else says they had the best draft of all.

He's a favorite in my house, especially my sister who goes to his alumni. I think the way he talks is funny. The only person on ESPN who's opinion is worth something is Greg Anthony, so everyone else is there soley for entertainment purposes.

Big Boy Laroux
06-29-2006, 01:53 PM
the thing is... i think smith could have some valid opinions. it's not like he's a complete hack (like bucher and bayless). but his yelling schtick is getting old VERY fast. how many times did he yell "make no mistake about it" last night? waaaaaaaay too many.

dude1394
06-29-2006, 02:13 PM
You may be in the minority on that. Most of us, or at least me, cant stand him. First off, he needed to quit screaming his opinions, he had on a microphone, which unforturnately makes it easier for us to hear him. Second, he's not even making solid arguments. He's just making opinions and quick liners to try and be funny when 90% of the time it makes him look stupid. He needed to shut up and let someone who knows what they are talking about talk. I can't believe how much he was bashing the blazers left and right about their draft, and the next day everyone else says they had the best draft of all.

when he talks the tube goes on mute. Why would I want to listen to someone scream at me for four hours. No thanks.

nashtymavsfan13
06-29-2006, 02:48 PM
Winners and losers

By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
June 29, 2006


In terms of pure entertainment, the NBA draft never ever fails to deliver. From the suits, to the names, to the haircuts, to the bozo selections, to the impeccable ESPN commentating crew of Dan Patrick, Screamin' A. Smith, Jay Bilas and Greg Anthony, you just can't lose.

If they could figure out how to do this thing weekly, it would be bigger than "American Idol."

Where else do you get the Portland Trail Blazers selecting a 6-foot-11 English guy that no one has seen play, and Patrick, in lieu of real commentary, immediately deadpanning, "He was discovered bagging groceries?" Patrick then threw it to Fran Fraschilla, the "international guru" who made a "paper or plastic" crack. Just imagine the confusion that engulfed Zach Randolph when he heard a potential teammate might have a "bag" and "paper."

That, folks, is NBA draft magic.

The Trail Blazers were all over the first round. But what were the odds that despite selecting three players and making four trades they still didn't get the guy named Douby? That seemed like the biggest lock since Travis Outlaw was in the draft and, naturally, Portland snatched him up in the first round in 2003.

Of course, the Blazers did land someone nicknamed "Spanish Chocolate" (Sergio Rodriguez) whom Patrick, when mentioning the player's propensity for turnovers, declared "he keeps both teams in the game." And you wonder why David Stern stopped the proceedings at one point to ask whether ESPN would praise any of the picks.

Why should they? It's all part of the fun on one of the great nights in sports and entertainment.

So without further ado, here are the NBA draft's winners and losers.

WINNER: Portland Trail Blazers
I know the ESPN crew was claiming Portland didn't need to make all those trades to wind up with Texas center LaMarcus Aldridge, Washington guard Brandon Roy, Spanish Chocolate, the English Grocery Bagger and, in a trade with the Boston Celtics, Raef LaFrentz and Dan Dickau.

But who cares? In the end, the Blazers got an athletic big man (Aldridge) and the best player in the draft (Roy), rid themselves of Sebastian Telfair, who was a lottery mistake two years ago and hasn't done much but a half-decent documentary since, and added a couple white guys the season-ticket holders always like.

Not that Portland is going to begin contending in the Western Conference, but that is a better team post-draft than pre-draft. As a bonus, none of the players appear to have outstanding arrest warrants, recently starred in the California Penal League or went to Baylor under Dave Bliss. It's a start.

LOSER: Isiah Thomas
The NBA draft is Christmas in June for Detroit Lions president Matt Millen, the day that Isiah Thomas reaffirms to everyone that it is he, and not Millen, who is the worst executive in professional sports. Called a "bum" by one Knicks fan in the crowd, Train Wreck Thomas used the 20th pick on an undersized forward out of South Carolina who never averaged double-figure points or rebounds, exasperating even the mild-mannered Bilas and prompting him to rip Isiah to shreds.

In addition to his general manager duties, Thomas was named Knicks coach late last week and was immediately declared a lame duck by owner James Dolan, who has all the brains of a Manhattan manhole cover. Nothing ensures maximum effort like letting the players know that, if they lose, the coach that is screaming at them to pass the ball will be fired. Fortunately, with a roster that includes Stephon Marbury, Eddy Curry and Stevie Franchise Killer, effort is never a question with the Knicks.

Anyway, Isiah needs immediate help to save his career. So, naturally, he takes Renaldo Balkman, a prospect that no one thought was going to crack the top 40 picks. After Bilas ripped the move out of shock – "he's a second-rounder … no one would have made this pick" – he tried to recover by comparing Balkman to a potential Dennis Rodman. Yeah, well, the Potential Dennis Rodman averaged 4.6, 4.8 and 6.3 rebounds a game the last three years.

Unless Balkman has a lot of tattoos, a drinking problem and a habit to land ridiculously hot women, I can't see where Rodman fits in the discussion. On the bright side, Balkman was the MVP of the NIT. That says something, right?

WINNER: Connecticut Huskies
Marcus Williams, who once led the nation in steals, fell to the 20s as questions about his character and conditioning plagued him, but four Huskies – Rudy Gay (No. 8, traded to Memphis), Hilton Armstrong (No. 12, New Orleans), Williams (No. 22, New Jersey) and Josh Boone (No. 23, New Jersey) – went in the first round. They all have guaranteed contracts. Another Husky, Denham Brown, went to the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round.

George Mason had no one selected. So UConn has that going for it, which is nice. And, judging by some of these guys' effort during the year, they might actually think they got one over on the Patriots. Meanwhile, those Mason guys, now preparing for life in middle management, had to be sitting at home cursing their fate. "I crushed that guy in the Elite Eight and now I am in management training for Wal-Mart and he's about to hit the VIP room at Scores?"

LOSER: Boston Celtics
Randy Foye, a big, tough, mature and ready-to-help combo guard out of Villanova, was selected at No. 7 with Boston's original pick. Brandon Roy, a big, tough, mature and ready-to-help guard out of Washington and arguably the best player in the draft, was selected at No. 6, a selection that was later used in a trade for the No. 7, Boston's original pick.

If you can follow the above paragraph, the Celtics, who have a small window to win before Paul Pierce falls from his prime, could conceivably have had either Foye or Roy – two players that would have made an immediate impact. Instead, they traded the pick for a fading Theo Ratliff and Sebastian Telfair, an inconsistent, undersized point guard who in two years in Portland showed he still needs at least two years to become anything.

Does that make sense to you? Well, in the trade with the Blazers, the Celtics got rid of Raef LaFrentz's dog three-year contract. Of course, they picked up Ratliff's dog two-year contract. And yes, there is still the Allen Iverson trade possibility, but for the purpose of this column, we are talking about Wednesday night only.

So how about then trading a future No. 1 for a faded Brian Grant and the rights to Rajon Rondo, an inconsistent, undersized point guard who in two years at the University of Kentucky showed he still needs at least two years to become anything. In fact, Rondo isn't even Telfair. He has no outside shot, no basketball acumen and not much other than fantastic athletic ability.

On a positive note, Rondo did just oversee two of the worst seasons in UK history, so he has that working for him.

WINNER: New Jersey Nets
Marcus Williams may have stolen some laptops and showed up at some workouts a bit heavy, but the guy can really play the point. He was an assassin in so many games as the one Husky with true heart in crunch time. Everyone had him as the No. 1 point guard on the board and here he falls to the Nets, with an aging Jason Kidd. Whereas Rod Thorn is not Isiah Thomas, New Jersey jumped at the gift. It says here Williams is going to be a very good player for a very long time.

WINNER: Memphis Grizzlies
One of UConn coach Jim Calhoun's secrets for success is his ability to take once-aloof talents and teach them to develop a champion's heart. He got the most out of Donyell Marshall, Ray Allen, Caron Butler, Ben Gordon and others through the years.

For some reason – a failure that probably cost him a third national title – Calhoun could never get that switch to flip inside Rudy Gay during the forward's two years in Storrs. That said, while Gay may let the game come to him too often, he was still the most talented player in college basketball last season. At 6-foot-9 and amazingly smooth, his potential is extreme.

Maybe Gay just becomes a classic glider in the NBA. But maybe he is a megastar. The Grizzlies now have a big-time talent that can put them over the top. In a trade with the Houston Rockets, it cost them Shane Battier, a solid player but not one that was going to elevate the franchise's fortunes. That's a worthy roll of the dice.

WINNER: Spanish Chocolate
Not the chocolate companies of Spain, which received a lot of free marketing due to the colorful nickname of guard Sergio Rodriguez. No, I mean Sergio Rodriguez, the man.

He was picked by the Phoenix Suns at No. 27, then traded to Portland for cash and cash only. The deal offers Rodriguez a unique perspective on life. It is rare – unless, of course, you are a Southeastern Conference recruit – that you are bartered exclusively for monetary considerations, which is why man, through the ages, has long struggled with defining his actual quantifiable worth. Sergio, of all people, now knows.

Hegel would be jealous.

LOSER: Seattle SuperSonics
The Sonics are fighting fan disinterest while trying to get Washington tax payers to pony up for a new stadium. So what do they do to drum up interest on draft night with the 10th overall selection? Maybe work a trade to get hometown hero Brandon Roy? Or local favorite Adam Morrison?

No. How about pick up Senegal's Saer Sene, who they will keep overseas to save money. I can't imagine why that franchise is in trouble.

WINNER: Dan Patrick
So the dye job is unnerving, but he is exceptional hosting this thing. He is appropriately light, doesn't act like this is too important and, unlike Chris "You're with me, Leather" Berman, doesn't tip off the pick 10 seconds before it is announced with some horrible pun or play on words.

He even knew how to use Stephen A.'s well-needed emotion properly while balancing in the more straight-forward Bilas and Greg Anthony. The NBA always has better halftime and postgame shows than other sports (it's a shame TNT can't loan out Charles Barkley) because the league doesn't act like this is the War on Terror. I can't wait until next year.

WINNER: J.J. Redick
We had serious questions about his game. He may be the ACC's all-time leading scorer with an undeniable shooting touch, but he can't create his own shot, drive the lane or play defense. He looked like the Trajan Langdon or Mateen Cleaves of this draft – a rotation guy at best.

But the Orlando Magic gets him and suddenly he is with a team that has a drive-and-pass point guard in Jameer Nelson and a double-team-drawing big man in Dwight Howard, who is also a menacing shot blocker who can clean up those defensive embarrassments. Redick might get some open looks. He couldn't have dreamed it up much better.

LOSER: Dick Vitale
We are still a fan of Vitale, but after his gush fest with Redick (even joking J.J. owes him tickets for all the positive pub), he can no longer wonder why they call him Duke Vitale. Yeah, he's positive about all college guys (unless they leave early) and is generally a great thing for college basketball, but sometimes enough is enough.

WINNER: Chicago Bulls
Chicago wanted some size and some athletes and it got them in 6-9 Tyrus Thomas out of LSU, Portland's 6-9 Viktor Khryapa and 6-7 Thabo Sefolosha of Switzerland.

The Bulls basically decided that Thomas and LaMarcus Aldridge were equals and then smartly got Portland to give them a decent bench guy (Khryapa) to make the decision for them. That's good draft management. In reality, Thomas has better potential because he is such a breath-taking athlete who has received minimal coaching.

The interesting thing about Sefolosha is that he is known by some as the best defensive player in Europe, which is like being declared the thick side of Adam Morrison's mustache.

But, then again, that's life at the NBA draft.

EricaLubarsky
06-29-2006, 02:59 PM
thats hilarious, NMF

Five-ofan
06-29-2006, 04:53 PM
If ty thomas was 6 9 that winners thing might be correct. Sadly he is 6 6 3/4 and will be the second coming of donnel harvey.

nashtymavsfan13
07-04-2006, 04:30 PM
Celtics sign draft pick Rondo

July 4, 2006

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Celtics signed first-round draft pick Rajon Rondo on Tuesday.

The 21st overall pick, Rondo was selected by Phoenix and traded to Boston on draft night. The Celtics did not disclose terms of the contract.

The 6-foot-1 guard entered the draft after his sophomore season at Kentucky, when he averaged 11 points, six rebounds and nearly five assists per game.