2013 Mock Draft (As of February 15)
Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:41 AM
1st Round - First Pick
Ben McLemore - SG Kansas
6'5" 195Lbs Wingspan: 6'9" or greater
NBA Comparison: Ray Allen
Strengths: Ultra smooth shooting guard with a lethal combination of athleticism and scoring ability ... Absolutely an elite level athlete with prototypical size and athleticism for the 2-guard position ... Shot has tremendous form, great elevation with the range to knock down the 3 ball consistently ... Shows a good feel for the game with the ability to create shots off the dribble ... Unselfish, team player who whows strong ability to pass the ball for an off guard ... Great length. At 6'5, he appears to have a 6'9 or greater wingspan ... Highly coachable kid. Solid feel for the game. Doesn't gamble for steals or play out of control ... Terrorizes opponents with back door cuts that often result in ally oop dunks ... Appears to be just scratching the surface of his abilities ...
Weaknesses: Feel for the game must continue to advance. Still figuring out what he's capable of and learning how to use his immense talents. Shot selection is good but can improve. Learning when to force the issue and when to pass up contested shots. Also when to be aggressive defensively and when not to, in order to stay out of foul trouble ... Must develop as a ball handler and become better at creating in isolation ... In high school he had some issues with consistency, so he'll need to learn to exhibit a high level of effort on a more constant basis ... Can be a streaky shooter at times ... Missed a year having sat out an Academic redshirt season in 2011-12, but it doesn't seem to have negatively affected him .
1st Round -Fourteenth Pick
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - SG Georgia
NBA Comparison: Kerry Kittles
Strengths: Caldwell-Pope is an offensive minded guard with very good upside as an off-ball scorer … Has nice size on the perimeter at 6’6 and seems to have good length and a frame that should easily be able to get to around 205-210 lbs without any loss of athleticism … Possesses very smooth athleticism and is pretty fluid in his movements … Has solid leaping skills and can play above the rim, especially with a head of steam … Offensively, Caldwell-Pope is mainly known as a shooter who will let it fly in any situation … Attempted 6.7 3’s a night as a Fr., which showed his freedom early in his career and it will probably allow him to be more confident next season for UGA … Has all the tools to be a very good shooting prospect for a team, with the size to get shots off, a high release point, and a reasonably quick release and steady follow through … Already has NBA range on his shot, and is best spotting up, but will shoot from that deep off the dribble and off screens … Shoots a pretty ball and definitely possesses a soft touch … Is a good mid-range shooter too, but he prefers the deep ball … Was a bit of a streak shooter as a Fr., but he is a constant threat with his shot to the D and must be guarded tight when he has the ball … Doesn’t do a bad job finishing around the rim for a guy who is mostly lauded for his potential as a shooter … Is a rangy strider and shows potential getting a step on defenders off 1 dribble to get his shots off … Has a lot of upside and confidence, and should only improve offensively with the experience he garnered as a true Fr … Is good at getting a good jump in the passing lanes to get steals … Pretty fundamentally sound defender who is competitive on that end … Very willing and effective rebounder for a wing player … Slightly more physical than he’s given credit for … Really looks likely to blossom in the near future as a player, solid worker and wants to improve ...
Weaknesses: For a guy who was a very highly touted shooter/player out of HS, Caldwell-Pope struggled with his efficiency as a Fr … He has the tools to eventually be a big threat with his shot, but he has plenty of kinks … He has a natural shot, but he is prone to taking contested shots with a hand in his face and doesn’t show very good shot selection yet … Needs time and space to be most effective with his stroke, doesn’t react to tight D or closeouts that well right now … He also presses, and will try and shoot himself out of slumps even if better shots can be found later in the shot clock for himself and teammates … UGA needed immediate scoring from him and he had a much shorter leash than Fr. typically do, and it showed with his decisions quite a bit … Falls in love with his jumper, doesn’t put the ball on the floor often enough at all … Actually was better the closer he was to the rim last year, but doesn’t have the handles or willingness to slash to take advantage of it that often … Isnt more than a basic straight line ball-handler, not going to break down a defense off the bounce much…Got to the foul line at a poor rate (2.5 ftpg) for a guy who played 32 mpg and put up 12 shots per game, and was he only hit 65% of his free throws, showing the massive improvements he needs to make … Not very strong or big right now, still growing into his body … Can be prone to falling asleep defensively, as a result of his youth and inexperience … Doesn’t pass the ball much ...
I think if this were a way to go, you'd think the following things:
Hendo will have to be traded
FO is gonna push EXTREMELY hard for FA big man
It would give us a confident 3-point shooter who could come off the bench and produce (Caldwell-Pope)
It would give us a dynamic scorer/superstar potential player.
Concerns I have:
We desperately need a big, mainly the 4. Mullens is great, and has improved substantially, but how high is his ceiling?
None of our big men have a pure post game(where the FA would come in)
Is it worth going at two wing players in the same draft? In the same lottery?
I would Kemba and McLemore get along?
Thoughts of the huddle?
Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:56 AM
But if McLemore is the next great SG, go get him. But we already have so many wings and not enough minutes. I want us to address our needs. FA is great but we are at a disadvantage being the Bobcats at luring free agents. The draft is going to be the best way to get a quality big man. At some point we have to address the post and there are some good skilled big men in this draft.
Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:28 AM
Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:02 PM
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:50 PM
Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:13 PM
drafting for need over talent is always a bad idea.
It's not when your lineup would have Kemba (PG), Sessions (PG), Henderson (SG), McLemore (SG), other draft pick (SG), Taylor (SG). That's essentially, in terms of age, Sessions and a college team.
Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:36 PM
Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:38 PM
And if you draft a league average guard or a league average big with a top 5 pick than you arent doing it right
Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:41 AM
if you draft a league average guard or a league average big with a top 15 pick than you arent doing it right
Problem is, by this logic (I pushed it to 15 instead of 5) we've swung and missed on every pick except Kemba and for a couple years, Okafor.
Bobcats' top-15 draft picks:
Brandan Wright (traded)
Bismack Biyombo (SAC picked him for us)
That is terrible.