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This mock draft looks similar to others that have been floating around, but there are a few exceptions. Among the biggest is Willie Cauley-Stein falling to the Indiana Pacers at #11. If the Pacers are able to replace Roy Hibbert (who has a player option for next season) with a cheaper, more athletic prototype, they could spend the money on a competent bench or an upgrade at another position. Among other surprises were Kelly Oubre falling to #15 (Hawks) and Frank Kaminsky going at #10 (Heat).
Evaluating the person is the most difficult part when scouting a prospect. It’s easy to tell if a player has the skills to contribute in the NBA, but telling if the prospect has the mental fortitude to succeed is much more difficult. Johnson explains that by evaluating a player’s conscientious you may be able to determine which prospect has a better chance to succeed.
There are absurd rumors and then there are rumors that a certain team (Lakers) could acquire a great player (Cousins) on a great contract for an unknown commodity from last year’s draft (Julius Randle) and an unknown commodity from this year’s draft (#2 pick). The Lakers are desperately searching for the next great player after Kobe Bryant, but it’s clear that management is floating rumors to convince Bryant that they are “trying” to make the team better immediately. What the Lakers should be focusing on is whether or not the big man that doesn’t get drafted first overall is the second-best prospect in the draft.
From the MVP that wasn’t highly recruited to the prospect that went straight to the pros only to suffer a gruesome injury, the Warriors are a team with many stories of overcoming adversity. Steve Kerr was able to take this team to a new level that the previous regime fell short of, and did so with the majority of the minutes coming back. The aborted Kevin Love trade turned out to be one of the most pivotal moments of last summer, although the majority of that has nothing to do with what Klay Thompson did this season but with what Draymond Green was able to accomplish.
Here is a list of every last free agent from #1 (LeBron James) to #179 (Earl Barron). I have a few of the rankings that I disagree with (Brook Lopez at #9 while Paul Millsap is #19 stands out), but this is one of the more elaborate lists of free agents that I’ve seen.