Breaking down the Top 10 and then some.
My mind: “Oh mah’ God! Oh mah’ God! Who’s going number one?! Who’s going numero uno?!” Don’t be silly, Troy. We all know who was going to go 1-2, and that was obvious even months ago. Greg Oden — Kevin Durant. Troy’s Thoughts on Sports’ 2007 NBA Draft Breakdown.
1.) Portland Trail Blazers: Greg Oden — seriously who could they have picked up besides Oden? *waits for the portentous commenter that wants to bash me* No-bah-dee.
2.) Seattle Supersonics: Kevin Durant — were they gonna pick someone who I wasn’t familiar with? The easiest choice possible. Give Seattle a round of applause, everyone. That was a ‘toughy’!
3.) Atlanta Hawks: Al Horford — OK, Horford is NBA ready. He has been NBA ready. But why do the Hawks need another Forward? They need to say good riddance to Speedy Claxton’s contract. They should have picked up Conley, but..
4.) Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley Jr. — man, you would have been in a really fun situation in Atlanta, but now you’re in Memphis getting ready to suit up for the NBA’s armpit team of the year. I feel for ya, homie. This could be the worst case scenario for you.
5.) Seattle Supersonics (via Boston Celtics): Jeff Green — excellent trade for the Supersonics as they now have added two great young players in Green and Durant, and with Delonte West being the defensive player that he is, that adds more to the table. (no comment on Wally Szczerbiak, though.) The Boston Celtics, got in return, an old Ray Allen who will clog the SG position, while Gerald Green won’t be getting much development due to it.
6.) Milwaukee Bucks: Yi Jianlian — I’ve heard from a friend that Jianlin doesn’t want to play for a small market NBA city, because he wants the money and attention. However, I’m more concerned that he will be stuffed under bricks while trying to snatch playing time away with Charlie Villaneuva and Andrew Bogut.
7.) Minnesota Timberwolves: Corey Brewer — They have added more poise and level to their team with the Brewer selection. He’s a great defender, and they will be pleased with his upcoming play beginning in November.
8.) Charlotte Bobcats (eventually traded this pick to Golden State): Brandan Wright — what the hell are the Cats thinking?! Wright has a whole hell of a lot of potential, and they will regret this in 3-5 years. Jason Richardson’s salary is ridiculous, and they must be wanting to add veterans to the squad, but I disagree with this trade so much because of, again, Wright’s potential. Bad trade for Charlotte, great for Golden State.
9.) Chicago Bulls: Joakim Noah — I’m not a fan of Noah at all. He hardly has any offense. Of course, when you hardly have any offense in college, it’s unlikely you will upgrade to any in the NBA or even show development. He’s like the poor man’s Ben Wallace. And guess what? They’re playing together, baby! Have fun Chicago, you guys are idiots with a capitol I! (Dickie V. impersonation in text.)
10.) Sacramento Kings: Spencer Hawes — the poor man’s Dirk Nowitzki. He can shoot, play in the post. But just like Dirk, he struggles on the defensive side of the ball. Oh, the similarities.
– Why did the Hawks acquire Law IV from the Pacers? He’s obviously a shoot-first point guard, and not a pass-first guard that they could and should have gotten with Mike Conley. This was just ignorant.
– San Antonio Spurs: Marcus Williams — While he did come out early, and has his own limitations, I like this pick because they actually picked up a guard and that’s what they needed. Now, if the Spurs actually have the patience for him to develop.
– Miami acquiring Daequan Cook from the 76ers. Great move for the Heat as they pick up a young guard that can fill in a big spot in the roster.
– Charlotte drafts Jared Dudley — I liked this pick well because it gives padding to their forward position, and they at least keep him after dumping off Wright.
– I can’t help but laugh at Portland’s pick with Josh McRoberts. He’s not NBA-ready yet (as I’ve mentioned before), and it proves with his premature offense and his erratic temper that he needs to emotionally deal with. Luckily for him, he has one of his friends, Greg Oden, to help him out.
– Houston Rockets: Aaron Brooks — as if they didn’t already have enough guards. This could signal dumping off Rafer Alston. That would be smart.
– Los Angeles Lakers: Javaris Crittenton — excellent pick for LA. They pick up a guy who can shoot the mid-range jumper and play defense. Much of a steal.