Sunday, April 20, 2014

2014 Mock Draft 4.0 (2nd Round)

*First Round
31st - Milwaukee Bucks - Jabari Brown - SG - Missouri, Jr. - 6'4, 205

Brown is a versatile scoring guard who can bring a lot to an offense off the bench.  Shot 41% from three this past season, but has the athleticism and size to score in traffic too.  Doesn't do much outside of scoring.

32nd - Philadelphia 76ers - Johnny O'Bryant - F/C - LSU, Jr. - 6'9, 260

The 76ers need depth at pretty much every position.  With only Nerlens Noel, Thad Young and Arnett Moultrie guaranteed to be back in the frontcourt, O'Bryant would be a good fit in Philly.  Would provide a nice blend of scoring on the block and out to about 15 feet for the league's worst offense.

33rd - Cleveland Cavaliers - Jordan Clarkson - G - Missouri, Jr. - 6'4, 185

Clarkson is a big combo guard who likes to get out in transition where his lack of a jumper is minimized.  Could thrive as a bench guard in the right situation.  Has the physical tools to excel defensively.

34th - Utah Jazz - C.J. Wilcox - SG - Washington, Sr. - 6'6, 195

Wilcox isn't much more than a shooter, but could be a very serviceable role player.  Shot 39.1% on over 7 attempts per game as a senior.

35th - Dallas Mavericks - Thanasis Antetokounmpo - SF - D-League, 1992 - 6'7, 210

Antetokounmpo is the older brother of Bucks' wing Giannis, and he's almost as physically astonishing, with long arms like his brother.  Should bring defense and slashing to whoever drafts him.

36th - Los Angeles Lakers - Semaj Christon - PG - Xavier, So. - 6'3, 190

Super-athletic PG who should bring energy on defense and scoring before passing on offense.  Best offensive asset is ability to get to the FT line; shot nearly 7 free throws per game.

37th - Sacramento Kings - DeAndre Daniels - SF - UConn, Jr. - 6'8, 195

Daniels showcased a well-rounded offensive game in the tournament as he helped propel UConn to the title game.  Long forward with a lot of potential if he can add strength and be more consistent.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

2014 Mock Draft 4.0 (1st Round)


2nd Round
1st - Boston Celtics - Andrew Wiggins - SF - Kansas, Fr. - 6'8, 200
Celtics' odds of #1 pick: 10.3%

The NBA Draft is generally about potential, and that's the basis for Wiggins over Jabari Parker with the first pick.  Wiggins is the superior athlete, has more upside on defense and with an added jump shot could be just as good of a scorer as Parker.  Further down the road, Wiggins could also benefit from improving his ability to create looks for others.  First things first though, as improving his outside shot should be the first order of business for him.  If the Celtics manage to get lucky and nab the first pick, all notions of trading Rajon Rondo would likely disappear.  A lineup with Rondo and Wiggins operating the fast break would be very fun.  If Joel Embiid's back is fully healed, he would also be a candidate to go first overall if Boston gets the top pick.

2nd - Philadelphia 76ers - Jabari Parker - SF - Duke, Fr. - 6'8, 230
76ers' odds of #2 pick: 18.8%

Jabari Parker ended all speculation that he might return to school on Wednesday by formally announcing his intentions to enter the 2014 draft.  Parker's game is certainly NBA-ready as his vast array of offensive weapons should translate nicely to the next level.  Can play inside and out, and should be a better three point shooter than what he showed at the end of the season.  Ball handling is good for this stage, but will need to get better if he's going to be a full-time SF.  Could be questionable defensively if he proves to not be quick enough to defend SFs or big enough to defend PFs.  A lineup of Carter-Williams, Stauskas (see pick 11), Parker, Thad Young and Nerlens Noel could vastly improve Philadelphia's pathetic offense.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

2014 Season Review: Charlie Villanueva


The end of the line has finally arrived for Charlie Villanueva's Pistons career.  Most people had high hopes for what he could bring to the offensive end of the floor for Detroit, but those hopes didn't take long to dissipate.  Villanueva's lack of consistency and defensive ability led to the $7.5M per year played never seeing more than 24 minutes per game in a Pistons uniform.  $37.7 million dollars and five years later, the Pistons are finally out from one of the league's worst contracts over the past five seasons.  Villanueva was rarely allowed to play long stretches this season, only amassing 180 minutes over 20 games played.  With that in mind, here are the numbers that Villanueva managed in his limited playing time:

12.7 4.6 46.9% 25.0% .152 10.3% 5.5% 6.7%
Well, if you didn't get why you didn't see much of Charlie this season before, you should now.  On top of being a poor shooter and a mediocre rebounder for his position, Villanueva was more likely to turn the ball over than set up his teammates.  Villanueva attempted 61.27% of his shots from behind the arc this season, which will usually yield a low Free Throw Rate like CV's rate of .152.  Villanueva's 99 ORtg ranks him only ahead of four other Pistons (Smith, Billups, Datome, Siva).  Not a good signal when you were signed to provide a team with offense to cancel out your poor defense.

Villanueva's shot chart is just brutal.  This is the shot chart of a player that Joe Dumars signed to be a stretch four.  These are the things that end with GMs "resigning".  I don't even really know what else to say about something that ugly.  The fact that he managed to get up 56 threes in 180 minutes while leaving the perimeter zones bloody speaks for itself.  


2014-15 Status: Unrestricted Free Agent

For the first time in five years in 2014-15, the Pistons will start a season without Charlie Villanueva on the roster.  Pour one out for him.  I highly doubt that he'll be able to latch on anywhere for more than the veteran's minimum.  However, GMs do stupid things and I bet he'll end up on an NBA roster somewhere for next season.  Cross your fingers and hope it's in the division.  If you've read this season review and Tony Mitchell's and are thinking "Hey, these are really short on content", you're right!  These are being done in order of minutes played for the season, so they'll be short on content by nature until the rotation guys hit.  Hold tight.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 Draft Scouting - 2nd Round - Jabari Brown

If the Pistons choose to stand pat with their frontcourt bench options this offseason, a long list of second round wings will get a look from the front office going into the draft.  One of those second round wings is Missouri junior SG Jabari Brown, a prolific scorer and shooter.  Brown is old for a junior, at 22 years old, after transferring from Oregon to Missouri following his freshman season.  The move seems to have paid dividends as Brown had a great junior season for the Tigers.  He shot 46.7% from the field overall and 41.0% from three en route to 19.9 PPG as Mizzou's leading scorer and outside shooter.  Brown's ability to hit shots from the perimeter would be very enticing for a Pistons team that finished 29th in the league in three point shooting, at an even 32% for the season.

In my opinion, fixing the outside shooting is the biggest task for the Pistons this offseason.  The Pistons only had one serviceable outside shooter this season (Singler) and would benefit from surrounding their attention-demanding big men with more perimeter shooting.  Brown certainly fits the bill, so if he's around when the Pistons pick in the 2nd round (38th, most likely), he should be a consideration.  Let's take a look at how he would fit the Pistons.

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