The "What If They Fall" Showdown
I've zeroed in on what I think the Warriors will do with our picks.
#14 Jared Butler
These players take care of both scoring and playmaking, things we need badly to get to the next level. I don't think the Dubs will be pulling any rabbits out of this draft like Sengun or Giddey. Butler is exactly the kind of PG we need and I pick him over Mitchell. If OKC takes Bouknight, we take Moody, another scorer with a beautiful shot. I don't think they will be trading anything, but who knows.
Fran Fraschilla was on Damon Ratto and Kolsky today. He spoke highly of Bouknight, Sengun, and Moody, and Wagner (not necessarily in that order) and thought they could potentially be #7 picks. Was more reserved about Mitchell due to the usual minuses (size, age) but thought he could be a decent pick at 14. Nothing new here but just more confirmation bias for some people.
Is this a red flag for Moody’s upside? https://twitter.com/shot_quality/status/1418229439201259520?s=21
Non Sequitur - I love Zion. I like Brandon Ingram and Lonzo. So I'm interested into what the Pelicans are going to do after this big trade and was reading up on Willie Green.
For his first coaching job he joined the Warriors about a week before Durant signed here. He was here for three seasons. Then when Monty Williams was hired in Phoenix Green went to join his staff for two years.
Pretty wild for a young assistant to go to four Finals in five years heading into his first coaching job.
Someone was meeting with James Bouknight in the midtown Manhattan steak house where I had lunch. Not sure if that was the Knicks or who it was- couldn’t recognize the GM- but I was amused
> A source says the Knicks have made calls to late-lottery teams about trading up. I'm told the Warriors turned down Nos. 19 and 21 for No. 14.
Watched the Chad Ford / Hollinger pod, and Hollinger, despite his intense UVA fandom, is very down on Trey Murphy. He says Murphy just can’t do ANYTHING with the ball except spot up 3s and defense.
There is so much Beal smoke right now. I guess Bob holds out for Beal until the draft night, and maybe makes a trade on the clock with someone??
That being said I wouldn't be surprised if everything except core + JW is on the table for Beal. I could see something like Wiggs + Poole + EP + 7 + 14 + 2 future 1st getting over the line for WAS.
Looks like Memphis wants to target Kuminga or Bouknight after the trade up. I hope OKC bites because that means Barnes will definitely fall to us... but then that'll leave us with a dilemma. I want both Barnes and Moody damn it.
I wonder if speaking english is a consideration for draft position... not speaking the language has to be a huge hurdle if you're expecting a player to come in and contribute year 1... (watching Sengun's interview w/ Mike Schmitz)
Something keeps popping up in this generationally strong draft. NBA executives likely wouldn’t trade last year’s 12 pick for this year’s 7 pick and nobody seems interested in any pick outside the top 5. Was it all just Cunningham hype, which makes the T-Wolves top-3 protection enough to disqualify that as an asset, or did players underperform so dramatically this covid year that there are a ton of steals out there?
I would take Barnes if he were available. I wouldn’t take Kuminga, but I would understand if the front office takes him if he’s available. Between the two, I would choose Barnes.
OT Olympic stuff
Luis Scola has short, graying hair and looks more like George Clooney than Luis Scola
It’s raining on the beach volleyball match and their having troubles keeping the balls dry. May I suggest baby powder?
> Sources: The Grizzlies are interested in moving up again after acquiring the 10th pick from the Pelicans.
> Jonathan Kuminga or James Bouknight are potential targets for Memphis with another trade-up. Going live on @SpotifyGrnroom to discuss this and more about the 2021 NBA Draft:
I hope Lowry goes to the Sixers. There needs to be a bloodbath in the EC before a team makes it out because the West is going to be the same.
He seems pretty hard up doing these interviews every couple of days.