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Len at 4 and I'm good.

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Man, we can't win for losing...  Unbelievable.  I actually fell asleep early last night after a long day, then I briefly woke up to the last minute of the game and then watched overtime, saw the lottery results, and went back to sleep.

 

Depressing.

 

I feel like as thin as this draft is, the 4th pick is almost like "no man's land."  Not anyone significant that I think many, if any, teams are looking to trade up for, and the two, possibly three, guys that have the most potential are already off the board (Noel, McLemore, Oladipo).  This completely sucks.

 

My vote was always for Noel or Oladipo, but despite many of the expert projections having Porter as the 3rd best prospect, I don't see him going before Oladipo.  Therefore, I think Oladipo is gone when we pick, and that would leave me with Anthony Bennett as the only guy I'd really want at 4.

 

And I want no part of Len, I'd take Zeller before him.

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Bennett or Muhammad for me.

 

Bennett bc hes LJ, jr.

 

Muhammad bc hes going to be a big time NBA baller.  Just watch.

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I see 1 of 2 scenarios playing out.

 

Scenario 1) Everyone stays put.

  1. Cleveland- Noel or McLemore
  2. Orlando- Noel, McLemore, or Burke
  3. Washington- Noel or Porter
  4. Charlotte- McLemore or Oladipo
  5. Phoenix- McLemore, Oladipo, Burke, or Porter (whoever is left)

I could see Noel actually falling to 3 but no further. Washington would pick him up and be all in for Wiggins or Parker next year (that would be a scary team).

 

Scenario 2)

  1. Cleveland- Noel or McLemore
  2. Phoenix (via Orlando)- Noel or McLemore
  3. Washington- Porter
  4. Charlotte- Oladipo
  5. Orlando- Burke

In this scenario, Phoenix gives up something to trade up and grab whoever is left between Noel and McLemore. Orlando only does this if Burke is truly their guy. They get the same guy while adding another asset or 2. I'm sure they would be confident that he falls past Washington and Charlotte who are set at the PG position with young stars.

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Well I am honestly not sure at all who I want. I guess I kind of know who I don't want so I will talk about that.

 

I don't want Bennett!! We would be a very very small team!! 

 

I don't want McClemore! Too passive. He would be a complementary star on a team with an experienced Alpha dog. With us he will not be a good number one option

 

I don't want Trey Burke! I do feel like Kemba is our PG of the present and future

 

So I guess that leaves me with Shabazz, Lin, Oladipo and hell even Cody Zeller. I wanted Noel, but now that isnt possible so I would be happy with any of these 4.

 

1. Shabazz: Aggressive and has that personality that I like in a player

2. Lin: Size that you can't teach and can combine with Biz

3. Oladipo: I feel like a better upside Hendo. I would still keep Hendo if at all possible

4. Zeller: He's got actual post moves

 

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1. Noel

2. Ben McLemore

3. Anthony Bennett

4. Trey Burke

5. Victor Oladipu

6. Otto Porter

 

After Noel and McLemore, i think there are 4 other players that have potential to be future all-stars in the league and the good news is we will end up with one of them.  I am hopeful that the Hornets Big Board looks like this and we end up with Bennett at #4... Larry Johnson 2.0, The Canadian Grand-ma-ma.  I think that Trey Burke will be in play with us at #4 even though we have Kemba playing PG because under the new front office philosophy, take the BPA and not to fit the position needs... Same goes for Otto Porter who would be competing with MKG for the SF spot on the team.  Going to be interesting to see how the top of the draft plays out, but I think it is safe to assume that Noel and McLemore will be gone by #4.

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Bennett or Muhammad for me.

 

Bennett bc hes LJ, jr.

 

Muhammad bc hes going to be a big time NBA baller.  Just watch.

 

Yup. Bazz is going to be a baller. He always had and even in a supposed to be bad season last year at UCLA, it really wasnt. His name will be mentioned more as a possible pick at 4 the next couple weeks. Fug the media. This kid will bring a ton of energy to Charlotte and would be a quick image for the franchise.

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Shabazz is not a team player at all. You can tell that just by watching him play. Or heck, by looking at his statistics. How does he not even average ONE assist per game on a pretty loaded UCLA team? His scoring is not very efficient and he can't do anything besides shoot. If he wasn't a big name coming out of high school, he would be a late first round pick at best.

 

Nor is Kobe Bryant.

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Here's some recent mocks

 

 

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/draft/mock-draft   - They have the Hornets taking Len and Bennett in the two mocks that are up. 

 

http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-mock-draft/2013/ - They have the Hornets taking Oladipo

 

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nba/news/20130522/nba-mock-draft-2013-nerlens-noel-ben-mclemore/ - Has the Hornets taking Oladipo

 

 

Noel, McLemore are the top two in every draft. Most have Washington taking either Porter or Bennett. Shabazz going in the 8th to 13th range on most mocks as well. 

 

 

 

I think the top four in the draft is 

 

Noel

McLemore

Bennett/Porter

Oladipo/Bennett

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Nor is Kobe Bryant.

 

I'm a self-proclaimed Kobe hater. But his rookie season he averaged 1.3 assists per game. He doubled it the next year and added another 1.3 per game the year after that.

 

Heck, Byron Mullens averaged more assists LAST year than Shabazz did this year and DOUBLED Shabazz's apg number this year.

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I'm a self-proclaimed Kobe hater. But his rookie season he averaged 1.3 assists per game. He doubled it the next year and added another 1.3 per game the year after that.

 

Heck, Byron Mullens averaged more assists LAST year than Shabazz did this year and DOUBLED Shabazz's apg number this year.

 

 

Add in the fact that Kobe averaged that in 15 mpg as a rookie and 26 mpg in his second year. His first year as a starter in 98-99 he averaged close to 4 assist per game. Since then he's been around 5-6 assist per game.

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I'm a self-proclaimed Kobe hater. But his rookie season he averaged 1.3 assists per game. He doubled it the next year and added another 1.3 per game the year after that.

 

Heck, Byron Mullens averaged more assists LAST year than Shabazz did this year and DOUBLED Shabazz's apg number this year.

 

Shabazz played a lot more like a SF last season. Im not going to knock a good prospect down just bc his APG isnt as high as others. He's only 20 yrs old. Still a ton of room to learn and improve his game. I would be more worried about his PPG/RPG than APG.

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