The draft is here!  I’m so excited that I pushed through a hectic day to have a live post throughout the night, something I told Slim I probably wouldn’t be able to get to.  He’s all like, “5,000 ranty words on Interstellar, and you can’t do a live draft post?!”  And I’m like, “MUUURRRPPPHHHHH!!!!!”

Let me start with this question to loyal Razzball Nation readers – is the NBA draft the best of the professional sports drafts?  My vote is hell yea!  Better trades, it flows faster, rooks impact right away…  Ugh, I wish the MLB draft got a little more interesting at the top.  And the NFL draft, well, 2/3 of the players who get picked don’t impact fantasy so I care a lot less…

So here we go folks!  I’ll be updating the post live with every pick – so constantly hit dat refresh – along with some immediate fantasy thoughts and a gut-call grade as we go.  Here’s how the 2015 NBA Draft went down (which you can compare to Slim and I’s mock draft early this month):

7:24 EST – The Lakers have made their pick, but won’t say who it was.  Jalen Rose said they should take D’Angelo Russell, and I’m like “Noooooooo!!!!”  Jordan Clarkson is our hero!

7:28 EST – Maybe my ThrAGNOF bias is a big factor here, but I watched a lot of film on Mario Hezonja and I just don’t know…  They just had a big board of international prospects, and the dude had him above Emmanuel Mudiay.  I dunno about all that…

7:33 EST – I love that Silver’s speech was short.  Also I love the 5 minutes between picks.  None of this NFL 15 minutes ish.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves – Karl-Anthony Towns (PF/C)

Not much of a surprise here.  His explosiveness on defense and ability to run the floor will make the Wolves fun to watch yet again.  This is quickly turning into a really interesting squad.  Especially with my Latin Lover Ricky Rubio racking up 14 dimes a game!  With Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng still in the fold, I don’t know if KAT is a “for-sure” top-100 player, but we’ll see.  I could see him getting in the late 80s/early 90s though.

Grade – A – I almost went lower thinking they could get a ransom for the pick, but it’s such a good fit.

2. Los Angeles Lakers – D’Angelo Russell (PG)

Hahaha Okafor looked so mad…  About as mad as I am.  Adios Jordan Clarkson…  Yikes, I hate it.  HATE IT!  And then there’s what the Sixers do now!

I think it’d be hard to say Russell doesn’t have comparable upside to a full season of Clarkson next year, so I gotta think Russell is likely the first rookie off the board.  60ish?  Should score, get dimes, and really have some crazy usage once Kobe Bryant gets hurt.

Grade – D – Don’t the Lakers need bigs?  I guess they assume a FA is coming…

3. Philadelphia 76ers – Jahlil Okafor (C)

Funny that Joel Embiid was tweeting out right before…  He knew a big was coming!

While Russell would’ve been mad fun to watch on the hapless Sixers, this was a great add for the Sixers – drafting someone they actually SHOULD’VE taken.  I’m already seeing some mad tweeting about trades though… No, none from Embiid!

If this sticks, yikes for Nerlens Noel.  Okafor is going to clog the middle worse than eating cement mixed with Indian food.  Okafor’s awful FT shooting plus in a non-ideal location makes him for-sure outside of the top 100 for me, if he sticks in Philly.

Grade – A+ – Great value, and the Sixers didn’t F it up.

4. New York Knicks – Kristaps Porzingis (PF/C)

Wow, the Knicks fans suck!

Well, once we move past all the boos, I think this was a fairly solid pick.  Although he has a little bit of growing room as a skinny stretch 4.  Very interesting dynasty pick, that will have my REL interest peaked.  Or peeked.  Or pieked.  However you spell that!

Very, very doubtful he’s drafted in standard 10 or 12ers.  He’s friggin’ tall!  Towered over whatever ESPN interview lady that was.

Grade – B – I like it, but there’s gonna be so much pressure on him to be good right away.  Shows Phil Jackson is building for the long-haul, which the Knicks need.

5. Orlando Magic – Mario Hezonja (SG)

Meh.  Seemed like it was going this way, and I hate it.  Justice Winslow would’ve been such a better pick.

Super quick release, will camp for 3s, and I guess he’ll fit the Evan Fournier role.  I just wasn’t too impressed with him when we did our mock…  Streamable for ThrAGNOFfing, but that’s about it for me.

Grade – D- – If I’m a Magic fan, I’m going ballistic they didn’t get Winslow.  That PG/SG/SF defensive edge would be redonk.

6. Sacramento Kings – Willie Cauley-Stein (C)

Wooooo, I got this right in the mock! (edit – oops – Slim fact checked me!  He had Cauley-Stein to the Kings, but I remember thinking that made the most sense of any pick past KAT)

DeMarcus Cousins has always needed a good post defender next to him to keep him out of foul trouble, and this is a perfect fit if indeed the Kings keep Boogie and keep George Karl from trading him.

Defensive specialists aren’t the best for fantasy purposes, but I think he back-fills blocks and some out-of-position steals towards the end of 10 or 12 team drafts.

Grade – A+ – I obviously liked it before, and love it now – given it would change if they dump Boogie.

7. Denver Nuggets – Emmanuel Mudiay (PG)

Our mock had this right too!  Except it involved a trade with Ty Lawson, but ya know, we got it right is all I’m sayin’.  Gus Ayonin’!

His stock fell a bit through the past few months, but the rebuilding Nuggets get a huge upside PG to build around.  If the Nugs dump Lawson which all signs point towards, he’ll enter the top 100, but just barely.

Grade – A – Great fit – even though he’s a tad raw, the Nuggets can handle it.

8. Detroit Pistons – Stanley Johnson (SG/SF)

Anyone else notice the ESPN Shaft music?  Or whatever this funk stuff is they’re playing over his clips… weird…

Not a huge fan of this pick.  Isn’t Jodie Meeks still signed a while?  KCP is still there…  I dunno, I’m not the biggest Winslow fan, but I think he’s better than StanJohn.

Playing time is going to be really funky here.  Very unlikely he’s drafted in standards.

Grade – C- – Johnson is known for defensive size and prowess, but ummmm, Winslow fits that too…  And I think is better.

9. Charlotte Hornets – Frank Kaminsky (PF/C)

Boooooooooooo!  Booooooooooooooooo!  F.  As in the grade and in the word.

Terrible pick.  I guess the Hornets want him as a stretch 4, and have a front court that can’t play defense.  Is he better than Cody Zeller or Marvin Williams?  Yeah, I guess.  Maybe.  Kinda?  Barely?

C-Zell had some usable moments, but other times when he was unstreamable.  Seems similar to Frank the Tank’s status.  Hornets the Tank is more like it.

Grade – F – Horrible pick.  Charlotte franchises just keep taking college stars instead of NBA prospects.  Adam Morrison.  Sean May.  Etc, etc…

10. Miami Heat – Justice Winslow (SF)

One team’s loss is another team’s gain…

He woulda been a great fit to the Hornets; instead the Heat get a great all-around player with lockdown defense.  He won’t need to do too much on O with Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic (if he stays) sucking up usage.  His rainbow flirting in a great situation like this has him a top 100 player for me.

Grade – A+ – It’s less on the Heat and more on the past 4-5 picks that have passed on him for some reason.  Heat had such a value fall in their laps.

11. Indiana Pacers – Myles Turner (C)

Lots of buzz that the Pacers are shopping Roy Hibbert hard, so even though I was hoping to see an awesome tandem of Oubre and PG13, this seems to fit a need.

Tons of blocks and can stretch it out.  I think the offense could still use some work, but this is a great situation if Hibby is sent out.  He’s in the last pick or two range in standard leagues for me, but a lot will depend on projected playing time.  Upside for 2 blocks and 0.3-0.4 3s is tough to ignore.

Grade – B+ – It fits a need, but the Pacers need to re-tool and I think need a little more O.  But other than my man crush on Oubre, I don’t see a better option on the board.

12. Utah Jazz – Trey Lyles (PF)

I’m a big Lyles fan.  But this is a tough landing spot, as he’ll be coming off the bench behind the big boys of Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert.

Lyles has all the ingredients to be really interesting for fantasy, minute the treys.  But we’re getting to the point in this draft where no one else is going to be drafted in standards, but he won’t be a target for me even in deepers.

Grade – B- – Not a bad pick, but I think the Jazz need more depth at 1-3 than 4-5.

13. Phoenix Suns – Devin Booker (SG)

This became an increasingly popular opinion in mocks – too bad I “reached” for Lyles in the mock and ended up not reaching enough!

Instant offense off the bench, but c’mon Jay Bilas – young Klay Thompson?!  These comps are starting to get out of control.

ThrAGNOFish, maybe Gerald Green-ish in stats.  “Wait JB, you comped him to someone on his own team?  How lazy are you!”  I told you these comps are getting out of control!

Grade – B – Solid.  I thought a running big man would be a little more interesting, and if the Suns re-sign Gerald Green, it could be a little cloggy.

14. Oklahoma City Thunder – Cameron Payne (PG)

Wooooo, our mocks will rocks your socks offs!  I got too crazy with plurals there.

One of the buzziest guys out of the top 10, since he’s from a mid-major he gets a lot of Elfrid Payton comps.  Oh lord, selfie stick though?!  Fail.

Combo G system should be fun in OKC, as they fill the Reggie Jackson role with another big PG/SG.  Unfortunately like R-Jax, it will take an injury to make him valuable, especially in his rookie season.  Dynasty drafts should give him some good attention though, as he carves out more PT the next few years.

Grade – A- – Will take some pressure off Russell Westbrook so his face doesn’t collapse on itself.

15. Atlanta Hawks traded to Washington Wizards- Kelly Oubre (SF) 

Meh.  I love Oubre.  Lovvvvvvvvveeeee!  Except now he’s in a system that makes his fantasy upside really limited.  All that talent starting ahead of him means he can get groomed.  Although those shoes… DOPE!

I don’t know if I’ll pursue him in REL anymore.  Deeper dynasties like that are cringing that Oubre got picked to a good team instead of a bad one where he’d play pretty quick.

Edit – Ohhhhhh, Wizards might have an opening for him at the 3 sooner than later, starting to like this a lot more for the dynasties!

Grade – A – Grades are for the real-life pick, and the Hawks did well since they can afford younger, more project guys.  An A+ for the Wizards, who didn’t have to give up much for the move up.

TRADE: Greivis Vasquez traded to the Bucks for a 1st Round Pick.

Well, the Michael Carter-Williams trust factor is way down, but who could blame em?!  Raptors got a second-rounder and a 2017 first rounder, so I think both teams made out good here.

16. Boston Celtics – Terry Rozier (PG)

Whoa, finally a big shocker!  He was out of the first round on most boards!

I’ve heard buzz Marcus Smart might be on the move, but as it stands now, this is really weird.  I guess they feel like Tyler Zeller is a cornerstone of their franchise down low.  Hah!

Even though he’s played a few years at Louisville, his extra experience won’t have him getting enough minutes to be fantasy relevant.

Grade – D- – Not a big fan, although if Smart (or even Smart + another G) got moved for anything, maybe it makes more sense.

17. Milwaukee Bucks – Rashad Vaughn (SG)

A lot of upside.  Big boy for a SG, this gives the Bucks a chance to let Khris Middleton walk and Vaughn could even start right away.  Maybe that’s a bit optimistic, but it gives them that option.

The Bucks need a big, but I like the pick even though we had Vaughn going a few picks later.  If the playing time looks saucy, he might end up within the top 150 and a last pick option in 12ers.

Grade – A- – Flexbility with Middleton is solid, and they need a shooter regardless.

18. Houston Rockets – Sam Dekker (SF)

Hmmmm, interesting.  Not bad.  Interesting.

Dekker was one of the best values on the board, and he can slot in as some instant O at backup SG/SF/PF.  Houston must feel like a PG is coming to them via free agency, as Slim and I both loved the idea of Tyus Jones heading to the Rockets.

Some streaming opportunities, but not draftable.  Although if Trevor Ariza had a long-term injury, Dekker could slot into the starting line-up.

Grade – A+ – The more I think about this pick, the more it’s a great fit.

19. Washington Wizards traded to New York Knicks – Jerian Grant (PG)

Heh?  Isn’t this going to the Hawks?  Why the hell do the Hawks need another PG?

I wasn’t too impressed watching him in college, and this is a brutal fit.

Edit – OK, that makes more sense that he’s on the way to the Knicks.  Not much for fantasy, but a lot better than going to ATL.

Grade – B – To the Hawks was illogical, but to the Knicks is interesting.  I doubt he falls into a starting job, but should be an immediate impact backup.

TRADE: In the Wiz/Hawks hooblah, the Knicks got involved and send Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Hawks.

Interesting, Hawks get an NBA-ready scorer at the 2.  Solid add for a instant-O bench role.

20. Toronto Raptors – Delon Wright (PG)

So the Raptors dump Vasquez, get a future first-round pick, AND get Wright who I think can play backup PG to Kyle Lowry right away.  Raptors might get the best moves of the night award.

Known a tad more as a defender, I don’t think there’s too much upside here.  Obviously if he wins the pure backup PG role and Lowry got hurt he’s likely ownable, but that’s about it.

Grade – A+ – Some solid, solid moves tonight from the Raptors.

21. Dallas Mavericks – Justin Anderson (SF)

Surpsied the Mavs didn’t go Tyus Jones.

Another ACC player here that I wasn’t too impressed with.  Given I only see ACC games and I’m biased for the cheating Tar Holes, I don’t know if there’s too much here in fantasy terms.  A nice perimeter defender though.

Grade – C – The Mavs need some PG depth, even if it ended up being a backup.

22. Chicago Bulls – Bobby Portis (PF)

I’m sure Slim loves the value here!  Slim took him all the way up at 12th overall in our mock, and almost every big board had him high teens.

Solid player down low – won the SEC player of the year – and will give the Bulls some extra depth in the front court.  Should see minutes right away, but not enough to be too relevant.

Grade – B+ – Talent fell pretty far here to the Bulls.  I don’t know if they could’ve done much better, but I don’t know if there’s huge upside here for a team with a lineup fairly set for 15-16.

23. Portland Trail Blazers – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (SF)

Well, so much for almost every mock – including ours – taking Montrezl Harrell here!

Eesh, I don’t think I like this pick at all.  The Blazers need to rebuild, and a limited upside good defender I don’t think is the way to go.  And I hate to say this – I’m perpetuating a league-wide issue – but he’s 20 which makes him a little old too.

Grade – D- – While his pants get an A, I don’t think this is a good fit for the Blazers rebuilding, unless they’re 100% sold that when caps expand in 16-17 they will be loading up on scoring vets.

24. Cleveland Cavaliers traded to Minnesota Timberwolves – Tyus Jones (PG)

Everyone can love on their Matthew Dellavedova blow up dolls, but man the Cavs get an awesome backup PG that I think it ready now.

If Kyrie Irving got hurt, Jones wouldn’t post “ridiculous” numbers, but he’d be really, really good.

Edit – Yikes.  This makes it really apparent Ricky Rubio might be on the move.  Although Zach LaVine could move to more a combo 2.

Grade – A – Fantastic pick – a guy I mentioned a few times above I would’ve taken earlier.  For the Wolves, they didn’t have to give up too much, but it’s not an A for them.

25. Memphis Grizzlies – Jarell Martin (PF)

A big boy – he’s an interesting pick since he’s lauded for his offense and not so much for the D, the antithesis of normal Grizzlies picks.

I think he makes the team, but that’s about it.

Grade – B – Grizz could use some bench O.  Not a home run pick, but a nice solid double.

26. San Antonio Spurs – Nikola Milutinov (C)

7 footer from Serbia with some upside at 20 years old, he hasn’t really played against great competition and he’ll need some time to develop.  Has a lot of D-League work ahead of him.

Grade – B+ – The Spurs have no urgency for talent, so can afford to develop a big dude.

27. Los Angeles Lakers – Larry Nance Jr. (PF)

Wow, what a story.  Dad plays in NBA, Jr. dealt with an illness, had to play college in friggin’ Wyoming, and is now a first-round pick.  Dad will always be a better dunker though!

Like Milutinov, seems destined for the D-League.  Maybe some upside down the road.

Grade – B – At this point in the draft, any upside is welcomed, but I had the feeling Chris McCullough was the development player they would go with.

28. Boston Celtics – R.J. Hunter (SG)

Wouldn’t have Rozier fallen to 28?  Weird…

A non-stop shooter, I love a tweet I saw saying he’s this year’s Jimmer Fredette.  Yikes.  Apt, but he is 6’6 and should be a solid 2 guard.  Not much to see for fantasy, but could grow into a post-ASB ThrAGNOF.

Grade – A- – While I thought he was a little overrated coming into the draft, he fell pretty far and the Celtics could use a big guard that can bang a few treys.

29. Brooklyn Nets – Chris McCullough (PF)

Aha!  This is where McCullough was told he would go, as he is coming off an ACL tear and it seemed like his draft stock would go up if he stayed another year.  It was rumored a team told him he’d be a first round pick if he entered.

Here’s your deep dynasty shot in the dark.  Great upside, has old forwards and centers ahead of him for the future, with upside for an all-around game including some treys.

Grade – A+ – Awesome fit, great upside, and the Nets get the ultimate home run pick.  Nets fans there in Barclay’s loved it too.

30. Golden State Warriors – Kevon Looney (PF)

Prospected to go in the 20s, the Warriors pick up a nice value with a little risk due to a hip issue that ESPN would not stop talking about.

Another high Slim pick (he had him #16), Slim loves his upside although he doesn’t have much of a shot yet.  A nice home run pick.

Grade – A – Warriors are built for now with a for-sure backcourt, might as well go for big upside in the front court.

 

Well, a fun draft, but lacking the fireworks!  Very few trades, and really only the Rozier pick was jaw-dropping (in the good or bad way).  Maybe the Kaminsky one too.  Stupid Hornets.  Their first-round picks the past decade have been god awful.

Happy offseason, Razzball Nation!

 

  1. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    On a scale of 1-10, how badly can the Knicks blow this? God, I hope its a 10.

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @JB Gilpin: It would help me to get over Aldridge leaving Rip City if the Knicks continue to be miserable. The Phil Jackson regime is soooo good for the rest of the NBA.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @OldMilwaukeePounders: Haha, yeah with Melo towards the twilight of his career, yeah I dunno about the Knicks – think it could be a long process

  2. dan-o1 says:
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    with the first pick in the 2015 nba draft,the minnesota timberwolves pick…..JB GILPIN!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dan-o1: Woooooo I wish man! Me n Ricky would be such good amigos 🙂

      • dan-o1 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: so does russell goin 2 lead you to believe boogie is headed to LA?. i’ve not followed too much so maybe way off base with this

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @dan-o1: It sounds like it’s in the works, but the owners might fire George Karl before Boogie gets moved haha. I do think someone is likely headed there – Aldridge, Love, maybe Boogie, they must have a good feeling on someone

        • dan-o1 says:
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          @dan-o1: f HA! nevermind,i’m an idiot lol

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @dan-o1: Not at all, just in offseason mode! Haha

  3. Slim

    Slim says:
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    I’m not convinced Clarkson’s minutes are gone. Both are 6’5 combo types, I imagine they can play together. Clarkson is now a late round pick but could easily still be a 30 minute guy. And I’m not convinced Russell is immediately the starter either.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: Hmmmm interesting. Still it’s non-ideal for our Clarkson love…

  4. Mex says:
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    If the Lakers land Love or Cousins without losing Russel, would you still give the pick a D grade?

    I guess I would be happier seeing Russel with one of those guys rather than Clarkson but it’s so tough because we haven’t really seen what Randle can do.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mex: Ummmm, it might go to a C, I just think Clarkson is by far good enough to be an NBA PG star. Lakers could’ve also traded down given how much Russell’s stock went up.

  5. dan-o1 says:
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    omg please get some justise, detroit!!!!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @dan-o1: Got to, and so lucky.

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @Slim: or…

        • dan-o1 says:
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          @Slim: i’m at a complete loss. how is this justified lol

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @dan-o1: @Slim: Hahaha I was writing the same thing while you guys were commenting! Razzball Nation group think. If I win the lottery, I’m buying a team and running our decisions through the comments…

  6. Phranque (pronounced Frank) says:
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    I live in Sac-a-tomatoes….and let me tell you…

    1) If DMC is traded to L.A…..there will be a major nuclear cloud seen over this burg. We hate the Fakers…BUT
    A) The Fakers haven’t enough stuff to give us (I hope our front office understands that).
    B) Besides the he storyline is really a likely set up by Dan Fegan (DMC’s) agent who is located in L.A. and certainly wants Boogie in a bigger, less dysfunctional market (maybe to D.C. since Fegan is the agent for Boogie’s ex KY. roommate…John Walls)?

    2) KARL is not going to be fired ….But…
    A) The King’s major owner is maybe a dude who should have stayed in Silicon Valley where his management philosophy worked with geeky nerds ….but his deeds are becoming the cheesiest soap opera in the Association … maybe winning basketball teams is a different product then software.
    B) Although, maybe KARL has had enough time to figure out the DIGS in which he’s enmeshed ..and has decided that paid unemployment (he’s owed $11 mil) is a saner option than hanging around the Cap City. Is Karl trying to goad Vivek into firing the coach?

    3)Boogie…has gone through (I’ve kinda lost count) but I think it’s 5 coaches. He hated ALL of them except for Mike Malone..which the front office, of course, somehow decided needed to be fired early season…go figure. (silly people do silly stuff?). The roster has always been unbalanced and way too young….permitting BOOGIE to be the emotional leader of the team…. and so, how’s that been working out?.
    Boogie is bright, personable, wants to win…. but appears burdened with the ever adolescent attitude that the whole world is out to screw him. Boogie would do real well (imo) if he played on Lebron’s team, or the DUBS or the Lakers ( if Kobe were anything but a part time shadow of himself). He needs a team with real leadership. He’d thrive as Robin, but not so much as Batman.

    4)Boogie may end up being like D12….great stats, limited team success. He needs experienced, tough, no nonsense, talented vets around him to force him to be grown up about his game. If Sac can get such players on their roster for next year, maybe Boogie and KARL can make it work. But most often bad marriages end up in splitsville. And my concern is that this front office, with VLADE (nice guy, no experience) as GM will diddle around with this problem until the trade deadline next season AND a) get a “fire sale” return for Boogie and b) create such an ongoing toxic atmosphere around the team that the KINGS will return to yet another lottery pursuit. SHIT! I’m beginning to believe our new arena is being built on a one time holy Native-American burial site. And we will be cursed forever!

    Thanks for listening, Doc. I’ll be sure to drop the $2 bucks in the coffee can as I leave out the backdoor.

    • dan-o1 says:
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      @Phranque (pronounced Frank): wow, i feel for ya, phrank. and here i was getting upset at the pistons picking SJ over winslow lmao

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Phranque (pronounced Frank): Oh yikes man, I hope it doesn’t turn into anarchy!

      Yeah I agree the ownership is being a little funky. He should just give Karl the keys.

      Totally agree that Cuz needs a running mate. Maybe not quite Robin, but at least be part of the Avengers instead of being the only star.

      Love Divac! Great appearance in Space Jam. I think he’s the key to excise the demons! Haha.

      Any time man!

  7. dan-o1 says:
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    slim or jb…so what happens if kings keep boogie? do they move cauley stein to the 4?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @dan-o1: OH yea, or kinda non-positional 4/5. Cauley-Stein gaurds the best PF or C they’re against

  8. Slim

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    No trades? Yawn…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: I know right?! News is Vasquez is about to get traded though

  9. Phranque (pronounced Frank) says:
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    THANKS for the TLC, guys. With you help, I’m willing to step down from the ledge.

    RE: WCS & Boogie….
    Some think that Boogie, who has a mid range J….moves to the 4 and WCS becomes the KEY guard. Although KARL has talked about liking GAY at the 4. We really need someone who can hit bunches of 3/s….anyone got one to loan? Most thought Herzonia was our guy (Peja was one of his tutors). Damn them Magic dudes.

  10. Ryan says:
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    What are we doing drafting Rozier? DA must be up to something.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Haha I dunno man, that one was super odd. I think some guards are gonna get traded

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: All the ppl at my draft party keep asking what the pick means. No one knows what it means, but its provocative.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ryan: It’s like a techno-French movie!

  11. Phranque (pronounced Frank) says:
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    Yo J.B.

    Does it look like we just fell off of the turnip truck?…..Wait, please don’t answer that.

  12. Ryan says:
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    Tyus Jones would be such a good pick for the Bulls. How is Bobby Portis still available?

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan: Disregard both parts of that comment..

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Ryan: Haha no worries. Jones shoulda been picked for a few teams in my book

        • Ryan says:
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          @JB Gilpin: That trade for Jones was odd. Can’t tell if its a foreshadowing of a trade to come, or just an insurance policy for the Injurewolves.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Ryan: Yeah I had the same thought. Either A – they envision LaVine as more a 2 combo gaurd or B – Rubio is about out, maybe to Houston

            • Ryan says:
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              @JB Gilpin: I think Lavine as a 2 guard could work out well. He has the size and athleticism for it. But then they’d have a bit of a logjam at the 2 with Lavine, Martin, Neal, Buddinger.

              Thinking it through makes me even more certain that another trade is a’brewin

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Ryan: Yup, can’t disagree with ya there!

                Rubio is signed for decent money, maybe they get a couple first rounders to get him off the books.

  13. Dante Green says:
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    I hate that LAL had to draft a PG. JClarkson was on his way to stardom!! JESUSCHRIST

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Yup I hated it too, why I gave it the bad grade. Slim still thinks Clarkson gets good 6th man minutes, I just dunno

  14. Slim

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    Upshaw and Christian Wood both go undrafted. A bit surprising.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: Upshaw is def a shock. Wood seemed to be slipping, but you know I liked him a lot. I’m sure he’ll get some D-League deals. If you go undrafted you can’t go back to college, right?

      • Slim

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        @JB Gilpin: Nah, I’m sure they both have an agent which is what really means they can’t go back.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Slim: Yup I thought so. Wood already signed after dropping an f bomb on twitter haha

  15. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Well, from what they are saying, rubio wont be on the move, at least not this year. Tyus is more of a developmental pick.

    My Wolves are looking scary… I just wish they could push a couple of contracts off the books, but it would be kind of pointless right now.

    In 2-3 years when wiggins is hitting his prime and KAT has some minutes under him, those contracts will expire and we’ll have room to sign a free agent (if anyone will come here). Im feeling a little bit like the Chi Cubs right now… theres always next year, but look at those young guys!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: I guess I can buy that, it’s just a fuckton of G.

      Hah Cubs is a great comp! Took a few years, but mad exciting now.

  16. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Sorry about your Hornets. Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky. Detroit and Charlotte will forever be haunted by passing on Justice Winslow. We might need to wait a year for him to develop his offensive game, but Winslow’s got the “yams”. You can smell it when he’s walking down the street. You know my love for all things Kawhi Leonard (I think I just saw him on a pop up add selling credit cards with James Harden…so you know he’s big time now), and I think Winslow is going to be hybrid of Leonard and Jimmy Butler.

    Cameron Payne could be an interesting player at #14 to the Sonics (still unwilling to accept). Crafty lefty and can shoot it. With R-Jax out of there, he’ll have an immediate backup role. Nothing to write home about, but will help out in deeper leagues.

    I like Sam Dekker a lot, just don’t know if he’s going to get any significant run in Houston. Keeper-stash.

    Jerian Grant to the Knicks will be interesting to watch cause he could very likely be their opening night PG come the end of October.

    Could go on and look at each at pick, but you already did that and agree with most (sans your love of Wiley Cauley-Stein, but that’s a different conversation). One 2nd rounder to keep an eye on though is Tyler Harvey (Eastern Washington) to Orlando at #51. Will be GREAT backup to Payton and Oladipo right off the bat, and WORST CASE will have a similar career path as Isiah Thomas. I think he could be a lot better than that if he gets the chance

    One final prediction…Aldridge signs with Cleveland, Love pisses off the entire Northwestern region of the U.S. and ends up in Los Angeles and Marc Gasol ends up in Portland (sigh).

    Good stuff per usual. Thanks broseph!

    • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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      @Peter Nincompoop: I agree that Tyler Harvey could be a nice pick, however, he may really struggle to be anything more than a 3point bomber. Admittedly, I’ve only watched him play in person in the NCAA tournament, but it was against Georgetown. He just disappeared for long stretches after Georgetown adjusted their defense to focus on him…

      I do agree with you though that he very well could be something very useful, he could have a very long career as a corner-3 specialist. He will need to develop a lot more physically to be a big time contributor in my opinion.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Peter Nincompoop: @OldMilwaukeePounders: Whoa, big praise for Winslow! I might not go that far, but Kaminsky is just such a horrific pick. Jordan wants a college all-star team, not an NBA team.

        Hmmm, Grant starting? Maybe. I’m just not a huge fan. Disappeared the few ND games I saw.

        I started doing a few 2nd round stuff then had to leave and never ended up going with it. Mad Christian Wood didn’t get picked.

        Oh yeah, wasn’t E. Wash the team with that great offense? I think I remember the few games they played. Great lotto pick, what the 2nd rd is for.

        Thanks for stopping by guys!

        • Slim

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          @JB Gilpin: I watched a bunch of Winslow, Hezonja, and Stanley and I just don’t understand. Winslow seems so much better. Granted he isn’t the shooter the other 2 are but that is the easiest thing to develop and Winslow looks like the kind of kid that’s going to put in the work. Very high character guy. He will be mine in the REL. Oh yes, he will be mine. But I’m sure Deng picks up his player option and Winslow won’t be a redraft guy for another year.

          Kaminsky has a nice opportunity though. He might be a solid player in redraft leagues.

          Grant has a huge opportunity, he should be able to overtake the others but I’m not sure he’s the 3pt shooter Galloway is. Still though he’s much better everywhere else.

          Payne is going to have trouble getting off the bench. I think all those backup minutes go to DJ Augustin who is signed for another year. I’m pretty sure he’s going to have to take the same career path at Reggie.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Slim: Heat bias!

            Meh, is Kaminsky draftable in 12ers? Nah. Agree with the rest, Payne might be a value in REL to a stasher, but won’t be for us most likely since we’re both in win now mode.

  17. Scott says:
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    You have “piqued” my interest, JB!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Hahaha, I knew it was something funky and just rolled with it rather than looking it up. No fact checking!

  18. Scott says:
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    What happened with the Clippers?

    • Ryan says:
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      @Scott: The Celts had their first round pick this year because of the Doc Rivers trade.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Scott: @Ryan: Yup! Not like they missed out on much with a later pick

  19. Nick says:
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    Not the right forum and I apologize for that but would you take Lowry or Teague for Middleton in dynasty? I have Middleton. The PG’s are ranked higher but Middleton could be in the mold of the draymond, kawhi’ of the new NBA.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Nick: Any forum is welcome!

      Hell yeah! I def am taking either PG. I don’t think K Midd has the defensive prowess to emerge like those guys, and might take a deal to go somewhere else where he’s not as much a focus on O. I’d lean Teague – a little younger even though Schroder looms to steal some PT

      • Nick says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks! Deal was reworked, it’s now my nurkic and Middleton for his pau gasol kcp. Still a good move in Dynasty?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Nick: Whewwwwww, that one is a doozy. I lovvvvve Nurk’s upside. But he’s gonna be off a major knee surgery this year… I think it’s 100% dependent on if you think you for sure have a “win now” team. If your squad is looking solid the next 1-2 year, I’d probably do it to chase a title or two

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            @JB Gilpin:
            Thanks! Yeah it is a bit of a doozy haha. I do have a win now squad, (2/3 championship wins, finals loss last year) so I’ll take it then.

            Another question for you then. It’s possible I may be able to flip him for a package of gasol + wall for brolo + Rjax + George. Thoughts on that one?

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Nick: Cool, yeah keep being the league juggernaut! Haha.

              Whewwww that’s a doozy too haha. PG is a downgrade, but RJax isn’t a bad replacement, then you get George with it. I kinda think I’d have to take that one to get PG13

            • Slim

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              @Nick: I don’t love the Nurk/Middleton trade but we play to win the game so OK. If Nurk didn’t have surgery I would have said NO, and at this point we have to say Middleton > KCP, even if it makes JBs skin crawl but I’m pretty sure that’s just from his KCP withdraw symptoms. 2nd trade is a good one. I’ll take the RJax side every time, and twice on muesdays.

  20. Dante says:
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    Man, which way of determining the draft order do you use: During League Creation or 1 hr prior to draft time?? Thanks man

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      @Dante: I usually like to do a randomized draft order earlier, so you can do more prep. Do like a random.com (I think thats it) where you randomize numbers to get your order, then in future years do like worst team gets first pick. Sometimes that makes tanking an issue tho, a good way to fix that is do the best team that didnt make the playoffs gets first pick, then worst team gets the end of that then playoffs teams pick after that

  21. Dante Green says:
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    Man, which way of determining the draft order do you use: During League Creation or 1 hr prior to draft time?? Thanks man

    • Slim

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      @Dante Green: In a keeper it should be predetermined based off of last years finish. In a redraft, yeah, an hour before works well for me although I don’t think it’ll make a difference either way.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dante Green: Got ya above! Left off your last name so the spam filter ate it! Haha

      • Dante Green says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I apoligize for asking again, I didn’t know it got in already! Thanks, you guys!

        Mannn that’s a brilliant idea how come you never mentioned that before. Hah yea, we’re a redraft league and I love that idea of giving the later picks of the the following season to the playoff teams and the early to mid picks to the eliminated teams! And to add to that, why not give the last pick to the worst team? I think it would help keep everybody active and engaged (and would also avoid collusion) til the very end (and if there’s a new comer, he’ll be the last pick). What do you think?

      • Dante Green says:
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        @JB Gilpin: *assigning the last pick to the worst team as a last place punishment

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dante Green: No worries at all my man!

          Ummmm, I don’t like going quite that extreme because then the donkey of the league, especially if he loses two years in a row, might get so frustrated he leaves haha. But I do like building in that last place doesn’t get the first pick either, to discourage tanking. Your league doesn’t need a 76ers!

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