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May 25, 2011

Mock Draft Mania

By Ben Couch


The mock drafts have been coming fast and furious since last week's Lottery, and a look reveals some commonalities, including two predicting the Nets will opt to choose 6-foot-10 Richmond forward Justin Harper. The senior, who played for his hometown Spiders, is thought of as a stretch 4; he averaged 17.9 points on .448 shooting from three-point range and .534 overall during a breakout fourth college season.

ESPN's Chad Ford (Insider) was one of those two, writing:

Harper fits a need for New Jersey. He is big and athletic and can shoot the ball with range. After experimenting with guys like Yi Jianlian and Troy Murphy in this role over the past few years, Harper is cheaper and has more upside.

Beyond Harper, if you stretch your field of vision to the two picks ahead and the two to follow, you'll see a few others appear more than once: Maryland's Jordan Williams, USC's Nikolva Vucevic, Georgia's Trey Thompkins, UCLA's Tyler Honeycutt, Purdue's JaJuan Johnson and Providence's Marshon Brooks, along with international players Davis Bertans (Latvia) and Lucas Noguiera (Brazil).

Picks 25-29 from the six drafts used are below:

ESPN.com SI.com Draft Express
25 Nikola Vucevic Jordan Williams Charles Jenkins
26 Davis Bertans Josh Selby Travis Leslie
27 Justin Harper Trey Thompkins Tyler Honeycutt
28 Tyler Honeycutt Nikola Mirotic Marshon Brooks
29 Jeremy Tyler Davis Bertans Lucas Noguiera
nbadraft.net SB Nation Hoopsworld
25 Jordan Williams Nikola Vucevic Reggie Jackson
26 Trey Thompkins Kyle Singler Darius Morris
27 Justin Harper Isaiah Thomas Gilbert Brown
28 Marshon Brooks Travis Leslie JaJuan Johnson
29 JaJuan Johnson Norris Cole Lucas Noguiera


May 18, 2011

The 2011 Draft Lottery
... Which the Nets Didn't Mind So Much

By Ben Couch


Hit up the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery last night in nearby Secaucus, N.J., mainly to see, from the studio what the vibe was like, especially with the Jazz holding the Nets' slot this year (No. 6, 75 combinations). Also, the food is great.

Spent the event tweet-happy, taking Twit-pics galore of NBA execs/players and random celebs (Bernie Kosar!), so if you want to get a feel for the room, be sure to check out my feed @viewfromcouch. Beyond that, I managed to throw a question at Commissioner Stern about how he felt Mikhail Prokhorov had progressed toward his stated goal of globalizing the Nets. Here's what he had to say:

"During the preseason, they played in China, and they stopped in Russia on the way for a clinic in Moscow. There's been a lot of publicity in the global sphere, and they've played two regular-season games in London, and you can't do much more than that, in terms of a franchise. But it's also an attitude, in terms of his understanding of the global importance of his team.

And who knows? He may be getting ready to challenge Mr. Putin for President of Russia; he announced today that he was going to (lead) a political party, so we'll see where that goes. I was trying to think whether that might disqualify him (as an owner), but I don't think so we have a US Senator (Bucks owner Herb Kohl) and maybe we'll have a Russian Minister.

As for the Lottery itself, it was interesting to be in the studio this time, instead of watching from outside in the press room to maintain laptop usage. Didn't realize they pre-taped several segments. The TV process is always so weird to see in whole; so much editing goes into the product on-air.

What got everyone really interested was realizing, as Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver read off the picks, that both of the traded picks had jumped into the Top 3. Turned Cleveland's potentially disappointing night (their own pick dropping to No. 4) into a celebratory one when they were revealed as the winners. Though the Nets and Clippers were likely at least a little tweaked that the picks ended up in the Top 3, we know that the Nets are satisfied with their haul, from Al Iannazzone's YES Insider column:

Even if the draft has star power, you make the trade for (Deron) Williams, considering where the Nets came from, where they were and where they want to go.

So what that the Utah Jazz wound up climbing from sixth to third with the pick the Nets sent them for Williams. Utah will wind up with Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker or Enes Kanter. The Nets still have Williams.

And New York Daily News writer Stefan Bondy found out that Jazz GM Kevin O'Connor sees the logic:

But while O'Connor was boosted by the good fortune of the ping pong balls, he wasn't claiming any great victories. There are only so many Williams' in the basketball universe, and O'Connor doesn't see such a franchise-changer in what is widely considered a weak draft.

"Who knows (if any of the draft picks will be as good as Williams)? I know one thing. I know how good Deron Williams is. I don't think you can say that about anybody in this draft," he said.

The table below shows the results of this year's lottery. The slot (No. 8) that contained the winning combination had only a 2.8-percent chance of doing so.

Mock Draft
Round 1 (Picks 1-30)
1
Cleveland
(From L.A. Clippers)
16
Philadelphia
2
Minnesota
17
New York
3
Utah
(From New Jersey)
18
Washington
(From Atlanta)
4
Cleveland
19
Charlotte
(From New Orleans via Portland)
5
Toronto
20
Minnesota
(From Memphis via Utah)
6
Washington
21
Portland
7
Sacramento
22
Denver
8
Detroit
23
Houston
(From Orlando via Phoenix)
9
Charlotte
24
Oklahoma City
10
Milwaukee
25
Boston
11
Golden State
26
Dallas
12
Utah
27
New Jersey
(From L.A. Lakers)
13
Phoenix
28
Chicago
(From Miami via Toronto)
14
Houston
29
San Antonio
15
Indiana
30
Chicago



May 17, 2011

Lottery Luck a Non-Factor This Year

By Ben Couch


The 2011 NBA Draft Lottery takes place tonight in nearby Secaucus, N.J., though the Nets won't be participating for the first time in four seasons. Bringing in All-NBA point guard Deron Williams cost the Nets this year's collection of combinations, which totals 75 (of 1,000 total) after a tiebreaker went to the Kings, who also finished 24-58.

That offers Utah (39-43) a final tally of 82 combinations they own seven more at their own slot, No. 12. The Nets are left with the Lakers' pick, No. 27 overall, and their own second-rounder, which will be either No. 35 or 36, depending on whether the Kings or Jazz finish higher in the lottery. So some mild intrigue there.

But, as Al Iannazzone breaks it down at the Bergen Record, the Nets are glad to have made their move for Williams:

(The Nets are) not concerned about whom the Jazz pick.

"I'd much rather have Deron Williams," Billy King said.

Below is a breakdown of the lottery odds for the 12 teams involved; the Cavaliers also holds two sets of combinations.

For more, you can read the release from NBA.com

2011 Draft Lottery Odds
Team Record Lottery Chances
(out of 100)
Percent
Timberwolves 17-65 250 25%
Cavaliers 19-63 199 19.9%
Raptors 22-60 156 15.6%
Wizards 23-59 119 11.9%
Kings 24-58 76 7.6%
Jazz
(from Nets)
24-58 75 7.5%
Pistons 30-52 43 4.3%
Cavaliers
(from Clippers)
32-50 28 2.8%
Bobcats 34-48 17 1.7%
Bucks 35-47 11 1.1%
Warriors 36-46 8 0.8%
Jazz 39-43 7 0.7%
Suns 40-42 6 0.6%
Rockets 43-39 5 0.5%



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