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NBA Draft Lottery

“Draft Day, Johnny Manziel…Five years later how am I the man still…Draft Day A. Wiggins…Fuck the other side bitch we stay winning…Now don’t think for a second if I have a Drake lyric, I wouldn’t have a Jay lyric: “keep it 100, I hit the lottery…lottery…lottery”

While the Pacers, Spurs, Heat and Thunder are preparing for Game 3 of their perspective conference finals, the rest of the league is preparing for the NBA Draft. There will be numerous commentary for Jay Bilas and the crew, Chad Ford mock drafts and hearing the word potential as many times as Solange hit Jay in the elevator.  There are countless meetings, tons of scouting reports and discussions about potential draft picks. I wonder if the staff is only allowed to watch the NBA TV Channel until the draft is over.  On Tuesday Night, the NBA Draft Lottery painted a rough sketch of the Mona Lisa but the masterpiece won’t be completed until the selections are made. Just hope your pick doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth like drinking orange juice right after brushing your teeth.

The NBA Draft Lottery is the one time where losing is actually winning. It’s like that scene in Project X where 3 nobodies have the illest house party in the land and their credibility shoots as high as Andrew Wiggins’ vertical. However, it could be like the dude who was a geek in high school coming back to their 10 year reunion stunting on them chicks who now look like Cleo from Set it off. Either way the glass can be half full or half empty depends on who does the pouring.

For the 3rd time in 4 years, Cleveland Cavaliers will receive the 1st
pick in this upcoming draft. According to basketball enthusiast, Tony Taliaferro, “since Cleveland did so shitty with their last pick they shouldn’t get a pick at all they should give it to the Lakers”. Tony if only the NBA was like that but since it’s not Cleveland will have the first selection in what has been ordained as one of the best drafts since 2003. Cleveland for obvious reasons is the winner because they keep getting chance after chance to improve their team. They did well with Kyrie Irving; however Anthony Bennett is looking like Hustle man for Martin playing the kazoo for a music exec because
that man is stealing. Is 3rd time a charm or 3 strikes you’re out?

Now that the NBA Draft Order has been picked why not created our first mock draft containing just the top 10 teams:

  1. Cleveland- Joel Embiid, C from Kansas

Don’t shoot me just yet but my spidey senses are tingling and I smell a C-O-N…spiracy. Bad enough Cleveland get the number one pick again but guess who’s a free agent???? LeBron James. Now I know we’ve heard this before but to be honest Cleveland needs help in the interior especially with rebounding and Anderson Varajeao is getting up there like my weight so why not Joel Embiid. In the event all of this is nonsense Andrew Wiggins will be the pick.

2.  Milwaukee Bucks- Jabari Parker, SF from Duke

What’s Cleveland loss is Milwaukee’s gain. Jabari Parker’s refined offensive game could be the spark that they need and is probably the safer pick as of right now. He can torch defenders with the jumper or with his back to the rim. He could be a 3 or a 4 but he does have things to work on such as his defensive ability to guard the quicker wing players. In the event they do make him a 4 does he have the size to be a good post defender?

3. Philadelphia 76ers- Andrew Wiggins, SF from Kansas

The slide for Andrew Wiggins ends here and the Philly fans begin to rejoice all up and down the city. They should have Allen Iverson introduce this pick but back to reality here. If the jump heard around the world didn’t excite you then check your pulse. He’s a great athlete who averaged 17 points at Kansas and is a great wing defender. Now imagine if he can refine his offensive game.

4. Orlando Magic- Dante Exum- PG from Australia

Well let’s face it…Jameer Nelson isn’t get it done anymore and Orlando needs a point guard. Don’t try to make Oladipo into a PG just let him be a great scoring guard. This is a wildcard pick because he’s only 19 years old and he’s from Australia. But 6’6 with a 7 ft. wingspan for a point guard can’t be frowned upon. His upside is too much to pass up at number 4 and it creates a young backcourt of Exum and Oladipo.

5. Utah Jazz-Noah Vonleh, PF from Indiana

Utah has a few options here but adding a big man to help out Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter could be beneficial. Noah has a back to the basket game but he can also stretch out the floor to hit the jumper. Right now I would call him a poor man’s Serge Ibaka. Here’s something to consider even though he only played 27 minutes a game at Indiana he still led the Big Ten in rebounding.

6. Minnesota-Zach Levine SG from UCLA (trade with Boston Celtics; Boston gets Kevin Love and the 13th pick while Minnesota gets the 6th pick, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, Brandon Bass and a 2015 first rounder)

Zach Levine did very well at the NBA Combine to boost his stock up to this pick. His agility time was fastest in the gym, a smidge under 6’6 and 41.5 vertical could be a great compliment to Ricky Rubio.

7. Los Angeles Lakers- Julius Randle, PF from Kentucky

He’s probably not the Lakers’ first choice but he may be the top option on the board with his size, strength, athleticism and offensive prowess that could cause fits for others big men. He could be a day one starter if Pau leaves or they can keep Pau at the 5 put Randle at the 4 add a role player a healthy Kobe and a good coach who knows….If Randle can find a jumper watch out.

8. Detroit Pistons-Nik Stauskas, SG from Michigan (Trade with Sacramento Kings: Sacramento gets Greg Monroe while Detroit gets 8th pick)

In one of Stan Van Gundy’s first move as head of basketball operations, he unclogs that jam at big man by unloading Greg Monroe for the 8th pick where he selects Nik Stauskas. He’s a good wing player with a deadly jumper and that backcourt of Jennings and Stauskas could be a jumpstart to something good as long as Josh Smith doesn’t shoot jumpers at al. But for Sacramento, can you imagine a frontcourt of Cousins, Monroe and Gay.  I don’t believe what I just saw –Jack Buck voice

9. Charlotte Hornets- Aaron Gordon, PF from Arizona

This would be a steal for the Hornets if Aaron Gordon is available at this spot. He provides defensive versatility and could form a formidable frontcourt with Al Jefferson. He’s pretty quick and has a 39.5” vertical which could make Kemba Walker smile like how he plays in Madison Square Garden…big

10. Philadelphia 76ers- James Young, SG from Kentucky

Philadelphia has to be smiling like a big man when he opens the grill and smells delectable grill food. First they get Andrew Wiggins and now you add James Young. Not to mention you really have a third 1st round pick with Nerlens Noel and the rookie of the year in Michael Carter-Williams.  This could make the Liberty Bell ring again. That lineup could be Noel, Young, Wiggins, J. Young and Michael Carter-Williams. Don’t forget they have money to spend this offseason as well could this be a 180 or another 360.

Until next time stay classy AI.

 

They dont LOVE you no more

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I wonder if Kevin Love listened to rap and if so does he blast the ending of “They don’t love you no more” by DJ Khaled featuring Meek Mill, French Montana, Rick Ross and Jay-Z. I wonder while he’s cruising in his vehicle is his saying, “they don’t love me no more”, “all this shit I have done for yall and yall don’t leave me no more”. According to Glen Taylor, the owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves he says “Is Kevin that great because if he is then why haven’t we made the playoffs yet”. Now for those that works in the real world like me imagine you’ve been at the company for 6 years; you’ve won numerous rewards, recognized by your peers and upper management as one of the best workers for the company just for the CEO to say, “are you really that valuable because we haven’t made no profit off of you”. If this happens to me then I should have the right to blast “Wanksta at 1000% but just the part where he says, “damn homie in high school you was the man homie what the fuck happened to you” Well this is what faces Kevin Love.

Kevin  Love is one of the premiere big men in the league and possibly has the second best jumper behind Dirk Nowitizki for a man of his size. (Don’t let Cook read this because he will quote every GroupMe with this, shit for all I know he might change the group name to Dirk has the best jumper for a big man because sonny said so).  He would be a valuable asset to any teams but as of right now:  Lakers, Rockets, Celtics, Suns, Bulls and Warrriors have expressed interested in Kevin and his services. Will he take his talents somewhere else? In the words of Lil Wayne, I say “hell yeah hell yeah hell yeah fuckin right yeah right all right”. Don’t get me wrong the one free agent everyone should be after is Carmelo Anthony but since he has yet to declare officially whether he’s leaving the New York Knicks, Kevin is the topic of discussion.

What does Kevin Love, milk, cars and some relationships have in common??? They all have an expiration date and Kevin is about to reach his. He is forcing the Timberwolves’ hand and now Flip Saunders has no choice to at least entertain phone calls for the power forward. I mean he could do nothing and lose his hand like Jamie Lannister and be the butt of  all the jokes. But one of the problems both parties will have is finding the right fit. It’s like a virgin at the drug store looking for condoms for his first time. What did I do is that case…I bought a pack of all of them and tried them out like Steve Carell in 40 year old virgin. Technically he isn’t a free agent until next year but instead of waiting a slow death he demands a trial by combat. If you don’t know by now Game of Thrones is one of the hardest shows ever. Six straight years of no playoffs (cues Jim Mora’s voice and face) and he wants out now. The Timberwolves have 2 options: either trade him and get as most as possible or let him play another year be a distraction and let him go for nothing. So for all the fighting you end up nothing like when Shenene sued Tommy on Martin. So let’s see what team could acquire Love.

Boston is very intriguing because they have the assets such as draft picks, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger which all come at a cheaper rate than Love and it could create a young nucleus for a few years. That should buy Flip Saunders some more time but if not off with his head. Of course this wouldn’t be a good story unless I talk about the New York Knicks. They are willing to give up Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert and a first rounder which isn’t until 2018 so it’s safe to say that the Knicks are out of the running but who knows with the Zen Master running the show. One of the more deadly teams that could possibly get Kevin Love is the Houston Rockets. Now can you imagine Harden, Love and Howard on the same team? Naw me either but Daryl Morey, GM of the Rockets is a pretty creative guy with respect to trades and he wants a third superstar on that team. If it wasn’t for Damian Lilliard and his Game 6 heroics who knows where the Rockets are right now.  Just for kicks, Houston would have to give up at 4 players and a draft pick but as long as it ain’t Harden or Howard I think everyone else is expendable. If I was Houston I might go for Melo instead of Love because they both can play the same position and imagine Melo, Howard, Harden, Parsons and others good grief.  Chiraq should also focus more on Melo than Love but hey when you have one of the best coaches in the game with Tommy Thibs and a healthy Rose and Noah anything is possible. I think Chicago has at least 2 first round picks which could be enticing but I know for sure they would have to give up Taj Gibson and others and that might not be worth it especially if he stays for only one year. Now if I talked about the Knicks then you know I have to talk about the Lakers. Come on now, even though Kevin’s father played for the Lakers they have no coach, an aging superstar in Kobe, no real assets and no financial flexibility until 2015. If Kevin decides to wait it out then they become more appealing. But for Lakers fans the time is now and they have faith when most of the world doesn’t. Case in point, I was talking to my brother Tony Tal and when I asked him what team would be a good fit for Kevin Love he said, “uhh Lakers duh. Now I know he is getting a lot of criticism about not making the playoffs in 6 years but I feel with K Love and Kobe and a role player or two and a decent coach. We can at least make the second round of the playoffs next year”. Is he delusional naw but there are numerous variables that can cause this not to work and fast. A young team that can be interesting is Phoenix Suns. They have a good coach in Jeff Hornacek and a backcourt with Dragic and Bledsoe but in the end one of them got to go and right now Dragic is the hotter commodity. Could you imagine Dragic and Rubio in the same court holy Toledo with draft picks yikes? Now the problem with the Suns is that there is no appeal in comparison to Lakers, Knicks or the Bulls but if he makes the playoffs with them then why not wear the purple.

My favorite team out of all of those teams is the Golden State Warriors. They have a lot of talent to give up such as David Lee, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and first round pick which is in 2019 but could be very valuable when the time comes. David Lee and Kevin Love are both white boys that average double-doubles and owed a lot of money so why not. Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green aren’t household names but they could create a young core that can save money and maybe wins. For Golden State, check this lineup out: Bogut, Love, Iggy, Thompson and Curry. That would be the meanest pick and pop combo in the league and the defense would have to pick their poison because all of them except Bogut can shoot the J, shoot it. But since they fired Mark Jackson after 51 wins the most since 93-94, the time is ticking now. The sand in the hourglass is reaching its end. They can’t hesitate they must win now even though this adds pressure to Steve Kerr but fuck it what’s the worst thing that could happen: they fire him. In my opinion the most intriguing is Golden State followed by the Bulls, Suns and Celtics. We shall see but until then, “where is the love?”