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Vegan Fish Tacos’ 2008 NBA Draft Review

Did he go to the right place?He\'s not a Laker, but the T-Wolves will be happy with himTell Kanye West the best player in the draft is going home.

Typically, what I do is I separate the teams into categories and then rank teams within a category.


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Great Drafts:
1. New Jersey Nets Sweet sassy molassy did they do an amazing job. The best way to think about what they did is to put it in the context of their twin goals.
(1) Clear money so they can sign Lebron in the 2010 offseason.
(2) Get talent
They did both of those, and did them astonishigly well. Brook Lopez is a starting-caliber NBA Center, which is astonishingly valuable in today’s NBA, especially in the Eastern Conference. To complement him, the Nets grabbed Yi and the underrated Bobby Simmons in the trade, which accomplishes both goals. To add to that, they added in a guy in Ryan Anderson who can be a great contributor off the bench and the criminally underdrafted Chris Douglas-Roberts, who may end up being a prototypical wingman next to King James. Also, one of my good friends who knows Ryan Anderson and used to smoke out with Dominic McGuire wants Odds on whether he’ll smoke out with Sean Williams now that Ryan is on the team and my friend is in NYC. I’m putting it at 45% right now.

2. Milwaukee BucksIt is genuinely amazing to see two teams that traded with each other at #1 and #2, but it’s well-deserved. The Bucks weren’t going to get out of salary purgatory any time soon, and they added a bevvy of talented players who should fit in fairly well with their squad. Jefferson will bring excitement and a presence that opens up the floor more for Redd, Bogut, and Mo Williams. Also, adding in the gritty (and talented) Joe Alexander along with one of the true glue guys in this draft in Luc Richard Mbah a Moute provides them with a SF/PF rotation that is actually somewhat formidable if they go up-tempo, since they can throw so many bodies at their opponents.

3. Boston Celtics One way to have a great draft is to do more with less. Well, no one did better at that than Danny Ainge. He didn’t even need McHale to bail him out with buying Bill Walker- Grunfeld was more than happy to help. JR Giddens should make the team and his potential is pretty potent if he can ever get his head on straight, and Bill Walker is a stud who should be a consistent presence on the C’s for a long, long time.

4. Portland TrailblazersThey would be one spot higher, but it bothers me a little that they dumped some of their 2nd rounders like Omar Asik who could end up being a valuable member of the Blazers Euro farm team. That said, I was never keen on Jerryd Bayless, but they got him for almost nothing and he will be a fantastic fit next to Brandon Roy. All he has to do is score, which is fortunate for him. Also, adding Nicolas Batum makes the SF spot much more stable in the long-term, so they primarily need to focus on getting a starting SF, which should be cake given the appalling amount of talent they have. It warrants mentioning that they also stole one of my favorite players in all of NBA backup-dom in Ike Diogu- he is skilled and a hard worker who will fit very well with the Blazers’ Centers for however long they want him around.

5. Minnesota TimberwolvesThey couldn’t sniff this level earlier tonight. You can call me a UCLA homer all you like, but Kevin Love will be a great complement for Al Jefferson. The amount of balls that it took to draft Mayo and then extort the Grizzlies the way they did shows me alot about McHale and Mr. Hoiberg. Marko Jaric’s contract is as long as Gasol’s and half of the cost, and the T-Wolves got Mike Miller in the deal too, who can be a good player or a valuable trading piece close to the deadline. The Mario Chalmers trade wasn’t their finest hour, but the rest of the draft has enough merit to put them here.

6. Chicago BullsTaking the best player in the draft makes this a great draft, and adding a big for the future in Omar Asik puts them right here. I wish they’d have added some size that could contribute in the nearer future (they’re Anthony Randolph-thin at C right now), but they have such a strong foundation for the future. Continue reading

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The Day Of- VFT NBA Mock Draft and Draft Board

It’s the day of people! I wanted to put out a quickie revised Mock after all that has gone on

The Draft, Baby!

The Predictions Mock:
1. Chicago Bulls– Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis. The best decision for the Bulls to make, and the one they will do.

2. Miami Heat– Michael Beasley, PF/SF, Kansas State. The news of the Sonics/Clippers stuff makes this much clearer.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves– Kevin Love, PF, UCLA. OJ Mayo is commonly bandied around for this pick, and there is a rationale behind it. That said, I don’t see McHale as seeing a guy like OJ as being a good fit for the team and organization. One potential alternative would be the T-Wolves drafting Mayo anyway and just waiting for the trade offers, just like the leap of faith the NY Giants did when they drafted Phillip Rivers without knowing if the Chargers would go through on the trade. In the end, this should be about finding the best compliment for Al Jefferson, and Kevin is unquestionably that guy in this draft.

4. “Seattle Sonics”- OJ Mayo, SG/PG, U$C. Mayo would be an interesting wing man for Durant and be a pivotal part of their foundation. If Mayo goes #3, this pick will go to the Clippers, probably for them to take Eric Gordon, but it could be Russell Westbrook too.

5. Portland Trailblazers (via Memphis)– Russell Westbrook, SG/PG, UCLA. The trade here is Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins’ corpse, and the #5 pick for Raef’s expiring contract and #13. Gives the Grizzlies ownership more precious money and the Blazers get a great fit. Continue reading

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One Week Out Vegan Fish Tacos NBA Mock Draft and Draft Board

We’re less than a week away folks, and I’ll try to hammer out predictions and opinion pieces throughout the week and of course an insanely long Draft Review either Thursday night or Friday morning. I’m also going to try to be more specific about player movement on my Draft Board, so check it out. The meat of my talent evaluation is there, should that interest you, oh valued reader

The Draft, Baby!

The Predictions Mock:
1. Chicago Bulls– Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis. The best decision for the Bulls to make, and the one they will do.

2. “Seattle Sonics” (via Miami Heat)– Michael Beasley, PF/SF, Kansas State. I was on this long before it was reported, and it makes a ton of sense for both parties. The most sensical trade to me is Wilcox, #4, and one or two of the Sonics’ million 2nd rounders for Alexander Johnson, Marcus Banks, Joel Anthony (for cap purposes) and #2. It would make sense for both parties if there was a way to get Ridnour in on it too, but the problem is that he makes too much money and the Heat have no $4-6m contracts of players they could move, unless Haslem works for them. I don’t like Beasley in a variety of situations, but playing with his good friend (and competitive dude) Kevin Durant would keep him on his game even when the Sonics are having a tough 2 years.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves– Kevin Love, PF, UCLA. OJ Mayo is commonly bandied around for this pick, and there is a rationale behind it. That said, I don’t see McHale as seeing a guy like OJ as being a good fit for the team and organization. One potential alternative would be the T-Wolves drafting Mayo anyway and just waiting for the trade offers, just like the leap of faith the NY Giants did when they drafted Phillip Rivers without knowing if the Chargers would go through on the trade. In the end, this should be about finding the best compliment for Al Jefferson, and Kevin is unquestionably that guy in this draft.

4. Miami Heat (via Seattle)- OJ Mayo, SG/PG, U$C. Mayo probably is the second-best fit for this current Heat squad. Why the trade makes sense is that it gives them a C in Wilcox who can eat up some valuable minutes (and contribute) and unloading Marcus Banks’ deal gives them additional flexibility to bring in some help wherever they feel it’s necessary.

5. Memphis Grizzlies– Brook Lopez, C/PF, Memphis. Lots of people talk about this as a PF pick, but I really don’t see them as being sold on Darko as their C of the future, so they take the player who is the BPA at this slot and would really allow them some flexibility to find their PF, either in this draft or further on down the line. Also, moving Darko to the bench allows them to have more control over his minutes and can put him in situations which better help his confidence. Continue reading

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Brand New Vegan Fish Tacos NBA Mock Draft and Draft Board

Be sure to check below- the Draft Board has new comments and features for players in this draft.


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The Predictions Mock:
1. Chicago Bulls– Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis. The right pick, and the best pick for the long-term future of the franchise.

2. “Seattle Sonics” (via Miami Heat)– Michael Beasley, PF/SF, Kansas State. There are a ton of different ways this trade could work, but something like Ridnour, Wilcox, and the #4 for #2, D. Cook, and a salaries to match (S+T J-Williams or R. Davis, or Blount) would fit the bill.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves– Brook Lopez, C, Stanford. In the end, it seems like McHale will go with a big, and Brook allows the T-Wolves to essentially run a 3-man rotation with Big Al, Brook, and Craig Smith for the time being, which is pretty potent.

4. Miami Heat (via Seattle)- OJ Mayo, SG/PG, U$C. Mayo probably is the second-best fit for this current Heat squad, and the ability to pull some extra talent could help them pull out of their rut much faster.

5. Memphis Grizzlies– Kevin Love, PF, UCLA. Why? Because he’s Chris Wallace, baby! He can run an all-white frontcourt if he wants to! Continue reading

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Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft and Draft Board

It’s time for an update!

This time, the “If I Were the GM” Mock Draft gets the substantive comments and for the first time, I’ll consider trades that as I see fit (though it’s still too early to project them in the prediction mock). Just to clarify, the first list is what I would do in a perfect world, the second is what I expect to happen.

1. Chicago BullsDerrick Rose, PG, Memphis. This blog (specifically me) will discuss this excessively over the next two months, but Rose is the best pick because he is a far better prospect and a perfect fit for the fast-paced system they damn well better be implementing even without D’Antoni. In an up and down game, the core of Rose/Deng/Tyrus/Noah gains nastiness, and Hinrich and Gordon can either be used as assets in trades or kept and used in different roles. Oh, and for the love of all that is holy, DO NOT HIRE AVERY IF YOU DRAFT ROSE. Athletic PG + Avery’s system = Bust-o-rama

2. Oklahoma City Fightin’ TBA’s (via Miami Heat)– Brook Lopez, C/PF, Stanford. Lots of zany options here. One of the weirdest possible scenarios my brain has cooked up in the past few hours is the Heat trading down from this pick a few times (picking up assets), then moving that pick to Chicago for Hinrich. Would be bizarre to see the teams with the top two picks make a swap not involving either selection. That said, I really don’t see the Heat’s use for Beasley, as both Marion and Haslem are better fits as 4’s depending on what system they run, and neither is a 5. Where they run into a problem is that the best non-Rose fit is Brook Lopez, but it’s hard to trade down from here and get him since he’s probably the #3 player on most team’s boards. As such, the Sonics give up some pieces (Chris Wilcox, Earl Watson, whatever- I’ll work out the trade in the next week or so) and the Heat get a good fit soon enough.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves– Michael Beasley, PF/SF, Kansas State. He would make sense next to Al Jefferson up in Minnesota, though I worry about the “content to be a good player on a bad team” issue, which could loom large on what will likely be a bad team for most if not all of Beasley’s rookie contract. Still the BPA here.

4. Miami Heat (via OKC)– OJ Mayo, SG/PG, U$C. As much as I dislike Mayo, he’d be an amazing fit in Miami as a scorer and defender of PG’s next to Mr. Wade. The Juice Deuce could be a very nice off- the-ball scorer and also alleviate the need to overpay a true PG, which is somewhat unnecessary next to Wade anyway (not that any are available besides Calderon who isn’t really available).

5. Memphis Grizzlies– Kevin Love, PF/C, UCLA. He would be a nasty, nasty player in their up-tempo system, often acting as a second distributor on the floor who could hit their speedy guys (like Conley, who is an underrated finisher) and rebound until they get a good C like the Pau they donated to the Lakers or Blake Griffin. Continue reading

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New NBA Mock Draft and Draft Board

This time, I’m giving the bulk of my writing attention to my prediction mock draft, but there will be my “if I were the GM” mock draft as well as an updated draft board below that.
As a note before beginning, one thing that’s fun about the NBA is that the playoffs have zero effect on the draft order, which makes doing mocks easier and can create fun situations where teams overperforming don’t change where they pick.

1. Miami Heat– Michael Beasley, PF/SF, Kansas State. Some people will put Mr. Rose here, but Pat Riley’s quest for Jose Calderon (as well as his history) bears out that he likes more experienced PG’s. Plus, if they could get a guy like Beasley, they could run a Marion/Beasley SF/PF combo that would just dominate in the East if they get the right PG.

2. Oklahoma City “Bombers” (aka the Ex-Sonics)– Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis. Just like last year, the Sonics could be sitting at #2 doing backflips at who is on the board. Rose gives them the PG for an up and down team, which also gives them more freedom to play Durant and Green together (at the 3 and the 4, not the 2 and the 3, PJ). He is an absolute terror in the open floor, and they could then work to move some of their other assets (Nick Collison, one or both of Ridnour/Watson, and either Petro or Sene) to get a few better fit players.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves– Jerryd Bayless, SG/PG, Arizona. Doesn’t it just sound like McHale to take an undersized combo guard when compliments for Al Jefferson are on the board? Bayless is a fascinating combination of abilities, but I genuinely worry about what his position is, and while the SF/PF wall is breaking down thanks to the Phoenix influence, the PG/SG wall is still relatively strong for starters.

4. Memphis Grizzlies– Eric Gordon, SG, Indiana. See above. Gordon is a decent player, but I just don’t see Chris Wallace going for a stable, lew ceiling (or at least percieved so) player over a boom/bust guy. He could see Eric as the heir to the Mike Miller throne and a dangerous piece either off the bench or in the starting lineup long-term.

5. New York Knicks– Brook Lopez, C/PF, Stanford. Call it a gut instinct, but I don’t see Donnie Walsh taking a guy with any character red flags here- getting out of the Isiah era will be sort of like getting out of the Michael Vick era in Atlanta. The problem with taking Lopez here is that he isn’t a guy with the mental makeup for NYC. He’s a good kid, but I worry that the bright lights would be a little too much for the kid out of Fresno, at least starting his pro career. Also, there’s no chance they’d get Robin too, which would make the transition harder. Continue reading

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NBA Draft: 15 players and the teams they’d do best on.

Here are 15 players I’ve selected from Draft Express’s 2 round mock draft. The teams listed are teams within 5 picks of their projected draft position. This article would point out a realistic best case scenario for each of these players, as in the team they’d likely be most useful on, not where they’d make the most money or get the most minutes:

1. Michael Beasley- Sonics: I’d like to see him on the Sonics, as a power forward who would first allow Chris Wilcox to play more freely and also allow the team to play its backup defensive bigs more often without risking losing offensive firepower. Plus, Beasley, Durant and Green would be a very versatile and athletic middle three, the Sonics would then only need to focus on getting a point guard and more depth.

2. Derrick Rose- Heat, Knicks: Rose would instantly provide the Heat with a solid first three players, between himself, Wade, and Shawn Marion, the Heat could focus entirely on locating a quality center. But Rose would be even better for the Knicks, stabilizing they key position on a team that desperately needs a stable leader. Rose could become the face of the franchise, and possibly initiate the rebuilding process that we would all be happy to see.

3. OJ Mayo- Bobcats, Clippers, Heat: The Bobcats were a team that often struggled to score. Sam Vincent has run Raymond Felton into the ground by under-utilizing his strengths, and Mayo might be the kind of player that could provide needed support at this position. He’d be a great scorer off the bench and could help Charlotte get points when its offense stalls out. Same goes for the Clippers, where he could flourish alongside Shaun Livingston. This is another spot where Mayo could be a great bench scorer. Lastly, he could start on the Heat, providing enough ball-handling skills to co-exist with D-Wade and take some pressure off of this now fragile superstar.

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