Fodder, links, bullets, commentary, rumors, etc., and a D.C. picture…
Cloudy skies of NBA Draft prognosticators.
[Francis Playground Court - NW D.C. - N St. & 23rd - photo: K. Weidie]
“Wiz want one of the international bigs, and don’t really care which one.”
Is Kanter Worth It?
One, Kanter counts as an international big (per the above). Two, I’m inclined to say that for the Wizards, it’s worth trading 6 and 18 to Utah for 3, as has been rumored via Jonathan Givony of Draft Express. This guarantees either Kanter or Derrick Williams, likely Kanter. Win-win. Sure, the caveat is that the only pick left is 34, but then who will complain about there being too many rookies to develop?
Trading Kirk Hinrich for Jordan Crawford was ice cream cake as it is, using the 18th to push back against draft lottery luck and say, ‘Dammit, we want to be in the top three!’ is completely worth it. Theoretically. Clearly, the rumor from ESPN.com’s Chad Ford that the Wizards may be arranging the same 6 plus 18 package in exchange for Cleveland’s pick at 4 would be much less desirable.
Utah might be driving a hard bargain (then again, Grunfeld does the same), and on the other side, surely Ernie wants to wheel and deal to shake his roster up in a productive manner. He simply cannot risk his reputation on the usual suspects doing their usual things next season, and if he can’t do something significant with the leverage of picks heightened before the draft, then he will likely do nothing but acquire young assets, starting with some big Euro, any big Euro at 6 (as unfortunate as that sounds, unless he goes “safe” and select Kawhi Leonard).
And of course, as has been the general protocol, the Washington Post’s Michael Lee is around to quell some of the rumors, essentially saying, ‘Don’t trust anyone, including me.’
Another obvious disclaimer: Don’t believe anything until it happens. However, if we are sitting around on draft night and the Jazz take Kanter at three, something could be up. Or if the Wizards select a non-big man from left field at 6, something is definitely up (as any trade will not be announced until after certain players at certain picks have been secured)… that is, according to “rumors” from “sources,” perhaps. Ultimately it comes down to… Is Kanter worth it? What do you think?
Links, Etc., Cont.
In a March 2011 article from Yahoo!’s Marc Spears, and NBA scout is quoted as dubbing Kanter a taller Al Horford. Kanter is also pictured wearing what appears to be a cowboy hat and Kentucky warmups, and he is quoted as saying he will cry when he gets drafted. We will see.
“That’s not a move. How can you call that a move?”
It’s not Crocodile Dundee, “That’s not a knife,” but it is Mo Evans wearing a sign around his neck that says, ‘Go ahead and lock me out… see what happens.’ A main player rep in the NBPA, Evans recently said the quote in response to the owners conceding their stance on unguaranteed contracts to the players as a bargaining chip. [CBSSports.com]
Odds on the 6th pick that was released on June 20 via BoDog (probably vastly different now):
Enes Kanter - 1/1
Jan Vesely – 2/1
Kawhi Leonard – 15/4
Tristan Thompson- -5/1
Frank Hanrahan’s gut tells him it will be Vesely at 6.
They’re calling this a John Wall wedding cake, but it’s only his jersey, not a comical sugared rendering of his face.
Very interesting read about someone who fooled many in the college recruiting landscape using the Internet, lies, and quickly recycling the content of others.
[Summer Hoop Scoop]
The Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown finals amongst amateur dunkers will take place at the National Capital BBQ Battle this Saturday, June 25, on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. — “the” Darryl Dawkins will be in attendance and will be a judge. The event starts at 4 pm, here’s video of one of the participating dunkers: