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On that projection of the name guys in the 1st round.... while I wouldn't tank for Gary Harris... I sure would love to luck into someone like him or how GSW and Utah sort of lucked into Klay and Mitchell respectively. If we play hard, just fall short of the playoff's and pick up a pretty good wing with a great shot in the teens... man I'd be satisfied.

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3. JA MORANT, PG, MURRAY STATE | SOPHOMORE

Height: 6’3” | Weight: 175 | Age: 19 | Last Rank: 10

After turning in a strong performance in his biggest test of the season, a five-point loss to Auburn, Morant’s case as the top point guard in this draft class has crested. With Darius Garland done for the season and Murray State playing a weak conference schedule, it’s pretty clear sailing from here. NBA teams will have to hope the Racers stay on course and make the NCAA tournament in order to get additional looks at him against better competition. Morant’s size, tight handle, impressive playmaking vision and speed in the open floor call to mind D’Angelo Russell and De’Aaron Fox in some facets, and a point guard-needy team near the top of the draft will have to consider investing in his offensive toolbox. He does not shoot well from outside, but his shot doesn’t look broken. He can be turnover-prone, but his mistakes tend to be aggressive ones, and on some level they can be excused as a function of his heavy minutes and offensive responsibilities. By the same token, Morant gets something of a pass for chilling out on defense. Ranking him this high might be aggressive, but he has put together a convincing argument while other lottery-caliber prospects have tread water.

https://www.si.com/nba/2019/01/03/2019-nba-draft-big-board-duke-zion-williamson-rj-barrett-ja-morant-top-80-rankings

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I’ve had the Duke game on for approximately 2 minutes, and in that short period of time Cam Reddish has:

- Shot a 3 that hit the opposite side of the backboard 

- Misjudged a pass in transition defense that took him out of the play and gave up an uncontested layup

- Nearly threw the ensuing unpressued inbounds pass out of bounds 

 

And apparently he is 6 for his last 35 shots.

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1 hour ago, ML6 said:

I’ve had the Duke game on for approximately 2 minutes, and in that short period of time Cam Reddish has:

- Shot a 3 that hit the opposite side of the backboard 

- Misjudged a pass in transition defense that took him out of the play and gave up an uncontested layup

- Nearly threw the ensuing unpressued inbounds pass out of bounds 

 

And apparently he is 6 for his last 35 shots.

Zion sure looks good tonight.

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Jarrett Culver has entered into a completely new situation this year in Lubbock, Tex., than he faced last season for a Red Raiders squad that made it to the Elite Eight. The sophomore did start last season but played a 3-and-D role for that team, competing on defense and making open shots. Even then, he was an enticing draft prospect but few expected him to transform into a lead playmaker so quickly.

Nevertheless, Culver is doing just that for another great Texas Tech team. ESPN reported this week that Culver has added over 20 pounds of muscle the past two seasons in addition to growing a few inches. Now, Culver stands 6-foot-6 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan, solid but not athlete measurements for a wing. But what if Culver isn’t a wing at all?

That same ESPN draft roundup posits the comparison of Culver and Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. What if Culver is closer to this full-time playmaker in the NBA than his role as a freshman? Such a change would mean the world to Orlando, which has a problem at point guard and prefers long, athletic players at every position. Securing Culver in the backcourt would be a dream come true for general manager John Hammond and Co.

Imagine the length and versatility of a Jarrett Culver-Aaron Gordon-Jonathan Isaac-Mo Bamba lineup on defense. Yeesh.

https://fansided.com/2019/01/10/2019-nba-mock-draft-rj-barrett-knicks/10/

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1 hour ago, magicblue said:

Just draft a PG. No more experiments

This isn't a good point guard draft

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