The NBA Lockout is in full effect and many players have took to twitter to either to share their thoughts on it. Comedy ensues. Wonder what offseason jobs these guys will take up. Read the tweets from your favorite NBA players.
1. Kyrie Irving to the Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving was by far one of the most predictable first picks in the history of the game next to LeBron James, who as ironically also picked by the Cavaliers. Irving will be an instant impact type of guy. He is not an athlete of LeBron’s stature but he is great in his own right. The developmental stages under Byron Scott will mold one of the best point guards in this draft into a superstar.
2. Derrick Williams to the Minnesota Timberwolves
Derrick Williams is more of a complete player, but Irving’s ceiling is far higher. Minnesota made a great pick with Williams because of how hardworking he is and how he will fit into the system with newcomer Ricky Rubio (who is highly overrated) and Michael Beasley. His jumper is refined but he could use some help becoming more powerful under the basket defensively.
3. Enes Kanter to the Utah Jazz
Recovering from losing Deron Williams, the franchise is happy to welcome someone who can score easily in the paint and give them a defender’s dynamic as only a true center could in the low post. Kanter is the closest thing to a true center in the draft and Kanter will add another dimension.
4. Tristan Thompson to the Cleveland Cavaliers
Thompson is not much of a reach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He worked out for them and was undoubtedly picked because Kanter was off of the board. Still, he adds speed in transition, which we all saw a lack of this past season and is an amazing shot blocker for his size. Tristan will be a role player but after spending the offseason working more towards polishing his offense, he will be a force to be reckoned with.
5. Jonas Valanciunas to the Toronto Raptors
Valanciunas will not be able to play a season in the NBA until next year but as he said:
“I have not bad pick-and-roll game” Continue reading 2011 NBA Draft: Analyzing All Fourteen Lottery Picks In This Year's Draft
Maybe because I had other pressing matters to address, but I do not recall any mudslinging in last year’s NBA draft. I mean of course guys are going to rally to be put higher on the draft board. However, Markieff Morris is just outright downplaying Derrick Williams’ talent as a big man.
“I didn’t think he was as good as advertised,” Morris said. “He got the benefit of the calls from the ref and we had to guard him different. He definitely had a good game against us, because we couldn’t guard him how we wanted to guard him, and that’s what happened. So when he hears that Williams is a lock to go in the top two, Morris said, “It’s still surprises me. What he did to Duke, he wouldn’t do that to me or my brother [Marcus]. I’m dead serious. He wouldn’t. At all. He’s good. But if we was to work out, I would go at him and I would be able to stop him more than people would expect, you know what I mean.” Continue reading Draft Drama: Markieff Morris Thinks Derrick Williams Is Not As Good As Advertised
If you think about all the players in this year’s draft, Irving may be the most attractive for the moment. But after evaluating everything that goes into a great athlete and basketball player, is he really this year’s best prospect? Let’s make something perfectly clear.
None of the questions I’m raising have anything to do with his personal life or some video’s affect on my perspective of him. He is an excellent talent that will be solid in the league. Is he the best player available, however?
You have other players like Derrick Williams and Enes Kanter that create the post dynamic that most teams are lacking in the league today. Williams has a nice jumper and can finish around the rim like a Serge Ibaka talent. Arizona State basketball is not considered very mainstream, so he was not allotted the same attention as Duke, Ohio State and UNC players. Still he managed to get deep into the NCAA tournament, without a doubt carrying his team until they faced Kemba Walker and the UConn Huskies. Continue reading Should Kyrie Irving Really Be The Number One Pick In 2011 NBA Draft?