Even though the draft is already over, and has been for some time, I still see the need to post my thoughts about it, so here it is.
I thought the biggest shocker in the draft were these words, “with the second pick in the draft the Charlotte Bobcats select Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.” I mean, I really respect MKG, and he has great defense, as I learned first hand when Kentucky went up against Florida, but he is just not what they need. Many say he is just a defensive guy, which I believe, because he wasn’t the first option scorer at Kentucky either. What Charlotte needs is a scorer and I thought that would have been provided in Bradley Beal, Thomas Robinson, or even Dion Waiters. Michael continues to make bad choices and we have to ask, “what will happen to Charlotte?, Will the Carolinas lose another NBA basketball team because of the bad choices of their state hero?”
The only other thing I really need to talk about was my Indiana Pacers drafting Miles Plumlee. I have to admit as soon as I heard his name and the word “Pacers.” It really ruined my week, I was like, “How can you pick Miles Plumlee over Marquis Teague (who went to high school in Indianapolis), Draymond Green, and Perry Jones III? I mean, what is Larry Bird thinking?” Well now I know what Larry Legend was up to. I watched Miles in summer league and he is at totally different player from the guy I saw at Duke. He has great post moves he hustles and he doesn’t look like he will get injured easily (cough, Perry Jones III got injured almost right away).
To Larry Bird, thanks for thinking of our well being instead of the obvious choice.
I know most basketball fans want to think about march madness, but this week is one of my favorite weeks in NBA basketball. This is trade deadline week and I am gonna do some evaluation of team needs.
1. The biggest need for any team, is the need of the Orlando Magic to trade Dwight Howard. Howard will obviously never stay in Orlando and they aren’t a team capable of beating Chicago or Miami in a series. If I were the Otis Smith (Magic’s general manager), I would pursue a trade that includes a solid big man and a talented swingman. The Magic must make a trade this week or they will be left with a team similar to the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers, after “The Decision.”
2. The Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers, two of the deepest teams in the NBA have the exact same need. They each need a so called, “superstar.” They both have different reasons for this need though, the Mile High City team needs a star to take that last shot, but the Bird’s team needs a star to get some fans in those many empty seats in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. There are a few available stars that could change both of these teams those stars are Monta Ellis and Josh Smith.
3. There is one team in the NBA that needs a totally new roster, the Charlotte Bobcats. The Cats should be open to any trade, the question is Michael Jordan smart enough to know a good trade from a bad trade. The funny thing is, you can make a playoff team with the players MJ has traded away: Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson, and Tyson Chandler.
All these teams have their problems going into the deadline week, it will be exciting to see who gets their problems solved.
Oh, and forgot to remind those C’s fans out there not to worry about Rondo. Yeah, there are a lot of rumors, but I don’t think Danny Ainge is stupid enough to trade him.
This time Stephen isn’t going to be a star but, a veteran leader soething every team needs. Jackson should be a great addition to the Bucks as a leader. I guess the Bucks have gave up hope though on their friend Michael Redd and looked for someone with a similar style of play. As Jackson said in his interview with NBA TV. The work is in Milwaukee they just need a veteran leader. Stephen will not dissapoint, look for the Bucks to break out this season. Now the Bucks and Pacers should have some more fun in their rivalry to see who will get the 8th spot.
Bobcats owner , Michael Jordan, has surely made up for shipping away the”Three Amigos”(Larry Brown,Stephen Jackson,and Gerald Wallace) and losing (thanks to the Knicks) talented point guard Raymond Felton by adding great young talent to his roster (via draft). Let’s take a look at that talent.
Kemba Walker ( the guard from NCAA Champions UCONN) has certainly proved himself capable of picking up were Raymond left off. Walker is a scoring point guard with the capability to create his own shot and weave through some of the best defensive teams the NCAA has to offer.
Bismack Biyombo a 6’10” congonese m0nster has also been picked up by the Cats. Biyombo (with his shot blocking and rebounds) has been brought in to take the pressure off of current starting center Kwame Brown. If the comparisons to former superstar Ben Wallace and electrifying dunker Serge Ibaka (other wise known as ‘Air Congo’) show through. There is no way that he will disappoint “His Airness”, new teammate Kemba, or Bobcats fans.
These two players (even though not as talented right now as Wallace or Jackson) are looking to be the perfect pieces to put Charlotte back in a winning situation