Originally Posted by bucksfan2
Just a couple of my thoughts.
There were times when Alex Len was the most dominant player in college basketball last season. There were other times where he was nonexistent. I would still take him #1.
So let me get this straight, a guy who has 0 offensive game, relies on athleticism, and coming off a massive knee injury is being debated as the #1 overall pick. Nothing against Noel but I sure wouldn't want to be making that decision.
Olidapo would be considered a steal of many drafts. Can you consider a guy a steal if he goes in the top 5?
Cody Zeller is guy who will be drafted on size and athleticism but he has been know to play small. Could be very good in an up and down offense. I wouldn't touch him if you wanted to play a half court game.
Is Olynyk falling because of Adam Morrison's NBA tank job? Guy seems like a matchup nightmare. Dirk anyone?
There are compelling reasons for Cleveland to go in several directions at #1:
Len -- Likened to Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a solid, but not a franchise center for the Cavs for many years.
Noel -- True, his offensive game has a long way to go, and he may never come close to becoming Alonzo Mourning part 2. That stated, Noel may well be another Larry Sanders, which is still as valuable as an Ilgauskas, especially to the Cavs, who ranked near the bottom in defensive field goal percentage.
Oladipo -- An upside as high as any in this draft.
Bennett -- See Oladipo.
McLemore -- If McLemore truly is the lights-out shooter and can't miss prospect some pundits claim that is, he has to at least be considered here.
Porter -- If the Cavs are serious about making the Playoffs next year, Porter not only fills a pressing team need, but also is considered to be the most NBA ready player in the draft. His upside, however is considered limited. The Cavs could then grab one of the big men that are certain to fall to #19, because many teams are starved for PGs and wing players. That, IMO, is why Olynyk seems to be projected to drop in the draft.
I doubt that Adam Morrison's disappointing NBA career comes into play here. By all accounts, Morrison's aloof personality was mostly to blame for his downfall, as he was unable to adjust to life in the NBA.
As for Zeller, IMO, he'll be fine in a half court setting so long as he can consistently hit the outside shot. That stated, he is better suited for an up-and-down game, as you stated.