The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet
Wasserman fulfilled his NBA draft duties for Bleacher Report by putting together an excellent mock draft for NBA fans. While there’s no surprise with his first three predictions of Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor and D’Angelo Russell, his fourth overall pick has the New York Knicks taking Kristaps Porzingis out of Latvia. While many are predicting Phil Jackson will stick with his triangle roots and possibly draft someone like Porzingis, there’s pretty much no question that a decision like this would upset the fan base, especially with Emmanuel Mudiay on the board, as well as all the trade offers the Knicks have received. Someone like Portzingis being a 7-footer and only around 230 means he’s a project, and Knicks fans don’t have patience for that at the moment.
Isaacson breaks down the pros and cons of highly sought after point guard D’Angelo Russell. He praises his perimeter shooting, but questions the fact that he often forces up bad shots. He breaks down every other possible aspect of Russell from ball handling to free throw shooting, and overall it’s an incredibly detailed analysis and a great read. Isaacson does other players surrounding the upcoming NBA Draft as well and gives his take on the potential stars.
Schlosser explains that in an SB Nation mock draft, the Golden State Warriors trade their 30th overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers. In the further detailed mock, he predicts that the Lakers would select Utah point guard Delon Wright. As well as predicting that the Lakers take Jahlil Okafor at No. 2, this would be an unbelievably good draft for the Lakers. With Kobe Bryant‘s return and a possible big move in free agency, a draft like that would mean one last hurrah and a real shot at the playoffs in the Western Conference.
NBA analysts and fans alike have watched as the value of the center position has deteriorated from what it once was. It was a physically demanding need that was vital to any team that wished to win an NBA championship. But with the Golden State Warriors’ NBA title, the value of a true big man is arguably at an all-time low. But in the eyes of Kamalsky, the role of the big man has gone through evolutionary stages, and he gives you his take while also analyzing Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor.
Tom Ziller has his own take on how to fix the Sacramento Kings, but unlike George Karl, he feels that they don’t have to trade DeMarcus Cousins. Ziller acknowledges the inconsistencies of the front office (like hiring a head coach before a general manager) and getting the proper players to assist Cousins. Ziller feels that with the proper assets around him, Cousins won’t make as many negative headlines. A well articulated description on the rebuilding process, brought to you by SB Nation’s resident Kings expert.