Every Monday and Wednesday morning, I pull all-nighters because I play basketball with a group of guys from 5:30-7:00 am on those mornings. I get bored easily, so I figured I would find something to do on those nights to help pass the time and keep me awake.
So, I am going to give this sports writing a try.
- With Arenas returning to the Wizards next season the Wizards new starting lineup would be Wall, Arenas, Josh Howard, Blatche, and JaVale McGee. Wall would give the Wizards a true PG and actually gives them more depth on the bench now that Livingston would come off of the bench. Wall would also be able to learn "a little" from backup veteran PG Earl Boykins. John Wall is a solid scorer, passer, defender, rebounder, and leader and, if he develops a sweet shot, would be a perennial all-star in my eyes. The Wizards got really lucky landing the no.1 pick.
2. Philadelphia 76ers - Evan Turner 6'7" SG The Ohio State
- Every year there seems to be an obvious top two draft picks. This year that's Wall and Turner. With Wall already gone the Sixers have to take Evan Turner here. After this pick the Sixers new starting lineup could be Lou Williams, Evan Turner, Iguodala, Speights, and newly acquired Spencer Hawes. With players like Jrue Holiday, Allen Iverson, Thaddeus Young, Andres Nocioni, and Jason Kapono off the bench, the Sixers would be a solid team this coming season. Turner provides the Sixers with a pure scorer and someone that I see as a slightly smaller version of Iguodala who can also run the PG position.
3. New Jersey Nets - Derrick Favors 6'10" PF Georgia Tech
- The Nets are coming fresh off of a 12-70 record last season, which is shocking considering some of the talent on that team. Of course, the lottery didn't treat them well and they fell to the 3rd pick in the draft, missing out on Wall and Turner. But, the Nets are seriously lacking at the PF position anyway. The debate is between Favors and Cousins, but I see Favors as a more agile player, giving him the slight edge here. This would give the Nets a lineup of Devin Harris, Terrence Williams, CDR, Favors, and Brook Lopez with Yi Jianlian and Courtney Lee coming off the bench with some other almost solid contributors, such as Humphries.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves - Wesley Johnson 6'7" SF Syracuse
- I want to start by saying I am very excited for Rubio to be joining the Wolves for the '11-'12 season! Anyway, back to Wesley. We all know the Wolves do not need ANOTHER point guard and they have solid PFs and Cs. I think the Wolves should move Johnson to the SG position and start with Jonny Flynn, Corey Brewer, Kevin Love, and Al Jefferson. This is a solid starting lineup and then they have players like Sessions, Gomes, Hollins, and Pavlovic coming off of the bench. Johnson is a player with lots of stamina, as we witnessed in 6OTs against UConn. He is also a solid scorer and passer at the SG-SF position. He would also be a tough matchup for shorter SGs and SFs in the league.
5. Sacramento Kings - DeMarcus Cousins 6'11" PF Kentucky
- Up until acquiring Dalembert from the Sixers, I would have predicted Greg Monroe going to the Kings, but now that they have a solid center I think they need to draft a SG. Too bad this year's draft is lacking SGs so they need to work trades for that position. As of now I could see the Kings starting lineup being Evans, Udrih, Casspi, Carl Landry, and Dalembert with players such as Jason Thompson, Cousins, and Jon Brockman coming off the bench. Cousins will be one heck of a backup this season and will be starting by next season.
6. Golden State Warriors - Al-Farouq Aminu 6'8" SF Wake Forest
- The Warriors number one SF right now is Maggette and we can all agree that his skill level is now decreasing, meaning the Warriors need a SF who will one day replace him. Aminu should be the guy for them. With a starting lineup of Curry, Ellis, Maggette, Anthony Randolph, and Biedrins and other great scorers like Aminu, Azubuike, Morrow, and Reg Williams off the bench the Warriors have a great shot at being the no.1 offense again, though their defense still will not be great.
7. Detroit Pistons - Greg Monroe 6'11" PF Georgetown
- Kwame Brown sucks, Villanueva is weak, and Wallace is old. Three perfect reasons why the Pistons need to draft a strong PF/C hybrid like Monroe. Monroe provides length, rebounding ability, blocking, and most importantly, he is young, strong, and good! The complete opposite of the Pistons current big men. If Cousins or Favors drop this far, the Pistons should pick them, but I see them gone by now and Monroe is the best big man left. New starting lineup would be Gordon, Hamilton, Prince, Villanueva, and Monroe.
8. Los Angeles Clippers - Luke Babbitt 6'9" SF Nevada
- Babbitt is a solid scorer and, let's face it, the Clippers need a scorer if they ever want to be good. The Clippers have no good SFs and Babbitt would be thrown into a starting job with Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin (who is pretty much a rookie as well), and All-Star center Chris Kaman. Babbitt is not going to be a prime scorer or player by any means, but he will be an average player his rookie season with only room to improve. Clippers next move should be to find a nice, young PG in free agency or later in the draft.
9. Utah Jazz - Cole Aldrich 6'10" C Kansas
- Aldrich is the top pure C in the draft this year and the Jazz NEED a C. They have a weak inside scorer in Okur, and young players with next-to-no potential like Koufos and Fesenko. With Okur starting at C, Aldrich would bring a solid inside game that only Boozer has had for the Jazz, and Boozer may be gone this offseason. The Jazz will make the playoffs again this season with Deron Williams, Wesley Matthew, Kirilenko, Boozer, and Okur starting, and Aldrich, Price, Millsap, Miles, Korver, and Gaines off of the bench.
10. Indiana Pacers - Avery Bradley 6'3" SG Texas
- The Pacers are really lacking any guards and are a small team. Bradley won't give them height, but will give the Pacers a player to start at SG. He would most likely start right away with TJ Ford, Danny Granger, Troy Murphy, and Roy Hibbert. This offseason would be a great chance for the Pacers to free up some cap space in trades and free agency, but I couldn't begin to predict what will happen with this year's free agent class, way too much to try to predict.
11. New Orleans Hornets - Paul George 6'9" SF Fresno State
- The Hornets need to rid themselves of the burden of Peja Stojakovic's contract. He is a lot worse than he used to be and is making more money than he ever should have. I see the Hornets releasing Stojakovic and drafting Paul George as a cheaper replacement for Peja. The new starting lineup would be CP3, Marcus Thornton, George, David West, and Okafor. This pick all depends on whether or not the Hornets still have Collison, which I do not think they will. He is too good to be a backup anywhere in the league.
12. Memphis Grizzlies - Ed Davis 6'10" PF North Carolina
- I have spent a while debating between Davis and Pat-Pat for the 12th and 13th picks. For me, Davis's slight height advantage gives him an edge over Patterson at this pick. The Grizzlies do already have Zach Randolph, but Davis would be a solid backup and learn lots from Randolph. I see the Grizzlies with the same lineup as the past season, unless they do something about their Cs or with Gay or Mayo.
13. Toronto Raptors - Patrick Patterson 6'9" PF Kentucky
- Chris Bosh is likely out of Toronto and the Raptors will desperately be looking for a PF to try to replace Bosh. Patterson is the best remaining PF in the draft and brings a physicality that the Raptors will soon be lacking. Even if Bosh stays, Patterson would be a solid backup. The starting lineup would be same as last season with either Bosh or Patterson starting at the PF.
14. Houston Rockets - Gordon Hayward 6'8" SF Butler
- Hayward was the best player on the team that lost to Duke in this past season's Championship Game. With the Rockets weakest position being SF, Hayward would make a great 6th man coming in to replace Ariza off the bench. The other starters should still be Brooks, Martin, Scola, and Yao.
15. Milwaukee Bucks - James Anderson 6'6" SG Oklahoma State
16. Minnesota Timberwolves - Ekpe Udoh 6'10" PF Baylor
17. Chicago Bulls - Xavier Henry 6'6" SG Kansas
18. Miami Heat - Daniel Orton 6'10" PF Kentucky
19. Boston Celtics - Hassan Whiteside 7'0" C Marshall
20. San Antonio Spurs - Elliot Williams 6'4" SG Memphis
21. Oklahoma City Thunder - Devin Ebanks 6'8" SF West Virginia
22. Portland Trail Blazers - Craig Brackins 6'10" PF Iowa State
23. Minnesota Timberwolves - Larry Sanders 6'10" PF VCU
24. Atlanta Hawks - Armon Johnson 6'3" PG Nevada
25. Memphis Grizzlies - Eric Bledsoe 6'1" PG Kentucky
26. Oklahoma City Thunder - Gani Lawal 6'9" PF Georgia Tech
27. New Jersey Nets - Damion James 6'7" SF Texas
28. Memphis Grizzlies - Terrico White 6'5" PG Mississippi
29. Orlando Magic - Dominique Jones 6'4" SG South Florida
30. Washington Wizards - Trevor Booker 6'7" PF Clemson
31. New Jersey Nets - Lance Stephenson 6'6" SG Cincinnati
32. Oklahoma City Thunder - Kevin Seraphin 6'9" PF France
33. Sacramento Kings - Solomon Alabi 7'1" C Florida State
34. Golden State Warriors - Stanley Robinson 6'8" SF UConn
35. Washington Wizards - Quincy Pondexter 6'7" SF Washington
36. Detroit Pistons - Jordan Crawford 6'4" SG Xavier
37. Milwaukee Bucks - Willie Warren 6'4" PG Oklahoma
38. New York Knicks - Lazar Hayward 6'6" SF Marquette
39. New York Knicks - Jerome Jordan 7'1" C Tulsa
40. Indiana Pacers - Nemanja Bjelica 6'10" SF Serbia
41. Miami Heat - Tiny Gallon 6'10" PF Oklahoma
42. Miami Heat - Samardo Samuels 6'8" PF Louisville
43. Los Angeles Lakers - Greivis Vasquez 6'6" PG Maryland
44. Portland Trail Blazers - Jarvis Varnado 6'9" PF Mississippi State
45. Minnesota Timberwolves - Dwayne Collins 6'8" PF Miami
46. Phoenix Suns - Matt Bouldin 6'5" PG Gonzaga
47. Milwaukee Bucks - Mikhail Torrance 6'5" PG Alabama
48. Miami Heat - Art Parakhouski 6'11" C Radford
49. San Antonio Spurs - Mac Koshwal 6'9" PF DePaul
50. Dallas Mavericks - Derrick Caracter 6'9" PF UTEP
51. Oklahoma City Thunder - Sherron Collins 5'11" PG Kansas
52. Boston Celtics - Jon Scheyer 6'6" PG Duke
53. Atlanta Hawks - Charles Garcia 6'9" SF Seattle
54. Los Angeles Clippers - Darington Hobson 6'6" SF New Mexico
55. Utah Jazz - Luke Harangody 6'7" SF Notre Dame
56. Minnesota Timberwolves - Manny Harris 6'5" SG Michigan
57. Indiana Pacers - Denis Clemente 6'0" PG Kansas State
58. Los Angeles Lakers - Alexey Shved 6'6" PG Russia
59. Orlando Magic - Dexter Pittman 6'11" C Texas
60. Phoenix Suns - Latavious Williams 6'8" PF United States
PLEASE COMMENT IF YOU FEEL! REMEMBER THIS WAS ONLY MY FIRST ARTICLE! Next week I will be back with my free agency predictions...hopefully!
Thanks - Levine Masheen!