NBA AM: Another 2013 NBA Mock Draft
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Another Mock Draft: Every Wednesday we drop our Consensus NBA Mock Drafts, where four writers take their own view of how the draft may play out. You can expect version 5.0 this week.
However, I also man the HOOPSWORLD Mock Draft during draft season. You can always find the latest two-round Mock on the Draft Page, here is my latest stab at the first round:
’How Do You Pick These Terrible Drafts?’: Generally the first comment on any mock draft is how bad it is and how little the drafter must know about the teams. So with that in mind here is my own logic for mock drafts.
- What are we hearing? Throughout the draft process we try and talk to as many teams, players, agents and talent evaluators as possible. For instance the worst kept secret in this draft is that both Cleveland and Washington are super high on Otto Porter Jr. – that’s going to dictate the draft in a significant way.
- Team needs and best talent available. Most teams are going to draft best talent. However, a lot of teams, especially this year might be able to solve some serious needs in the draft. So, when selecting a player for a team, you always try and give them the best talent for their need first, then best talent second.
- The weekly variable. Each week I try and throw a wrinkle into the process. This week it was Orlando taking Victor Oladipo at No. 2. For several weeks I have had Ben McLemore cemented at #2, but what happens to the draft if Orlando goes Oladipo? Each week I try and toss a wrinkle or two into the mock to see how it changes the draft.
- What do we know that teams don’t know yet? One of the things we try to do at HOOPSWORLD is spend time in the gym with as many draft prospects as we can. In that process we get to see what teams are likely going to see in workouts. It also helps us form relationships that power information.
At the end of the day mock drafting is simply guessing, but we do try and put some education behind our guesses and there is a process that some of us employ that does not include darts and a dart board.
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No Decisions Yet: A lot is being made about Lakers big man Dwight Howard and his lack of commitment to the Lakers as he enters the first truly unrestricted free agency of his career. Eric Pincus penned a great piece on Howard and happiness for the LA Times while Forbes took a look at the tax consequences of leaving LA and how much more Howard could earn over four years in a tax free state like Texas.
Having talked about this recently with people around this situation, here is what is real: Howard doesn’t know yet.
Anyone saying Howard has decided on this team or that team or that he is absolutely doing this or absolutely doing that is not reading from the same script.
Howard is going to listen. He is going to listen to the Lakers. He is going to listen to the Rockets and he’ll likely listen to Dallas, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Golden State and if Cleveland wants to swing by he’ll likely listen to them too.
Howard has recently changed his circle of influence. His father is back in the picture in a big way and they are urging him to listen and to find the situation that makes him happy.
They know what some people seem to be missing – a happy Howard is a dominate Howard because he focused on playing and not being unhappy.
When Howard lets the rats in his head, he falls apart. His value as a player diminishes and his overall worth in the NBA takes a hit.
The belief is that if Howard signs in a situation where he can be happy and productive, all of the rest will take care of itself.
The money, the endorsements, the off-the-court opportunities found him when he was happy and when he was winning. His world came apart when he started focusing on things that were not about winning.
So you can say that Howard will go where the money is, and he very well might.
You can also say he wants to play with this guy or that guy, and that’s might be true too.
But what is really true and is the guiding concept that Howard is going to listen to a lot of pitches in July, and what he’s trying to do is find that situation where he can be happy and productive, because the money and the taxes will take care of themselves when Howard gets back to being himself and not the sideshow that he’s turned into over the last two years.
There is no doubting that Howard’s own hubris put him in this position, but what he has in front of him is a chance to choose a situation that fits him long-term and while some want that decision yesterday, the truth is until Howard is allowed to sit down and talk about what he’s looking for, everyone is guessing because Howard hasn’t made a decision yet.
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