Saturday, June 19, 2010

Time For Your Dose Of Sixers Draft Preview

[By TWW friend Eric]

We’re less than a week away from the draft, so now is as good a time as any to take a step back, put together some lucid thoughts and discuss what we should expect on draft night.

There are basically three scenarios that could play out:

1. Draft Evan Turner (97% going to happen)
2. Draft Derrick Favors (2.9% chance of happening)
3. Trade with T-Wolves were we unload Brand’s contract and move down to #4 and get Cousins(.1% chance)

Prepare for the breakdown.


Why will the Sixers draft Evan Turner? Because he is as close to a sure thing as you can get. Right now the position is completely vacant. Iguodala isn’t a shooting guard, Willie Green is best suited to be a towel boy, Jodie Meeks is a role player if he develops, and Jason Kapono is a one trick pony. Maybe Turner isn’t the outside shooter that we’ve been missing, but the guy has improved every year. He will be an excellent scorer, an above average defender, a good facilitator, and an outstanding rebounder for his position. Did I mention Willie Green stinks? His upside is Brandon Roy with knees, and his downside is…um…Brandon Roy on a bad night? THAT is why they take Evan Turner.


Why could they draft Derrick Favors? Because he might be the next Dwight Howard. His measurements are very similar to Howard’s prior to the 2004 NBA draft and he is an extremely gifted athlete. On top of that he seems to have a good attitude and the drive to work on his game at the next level. HOWEVER, he is raw. There have been 10,958 (estimate) athletic players that have failed to develop in the NBA. Whichever team selects him will look for him to be the next great NBA center, but he could be the next good NBA center, or the next average NBA center, or the next “shit we fucked up the draft” NBA center. The Pistons won the title after drafting Darko Milicic. The Sixers don’t have the luxury of taking that kind of risk here. By the way, he’s been dominated by Cousins in workouts. Which leads us to…


Why could Demarcus Cousins be an option? Because it would probably mean that Elton Brand is gone, and he has the talent to be an all-star. Favors and Cousins have been working out for teams together, and all indications are that Cousins has been mopping up the floor with Favors while Favors has been spreading his cheeks to show how pink he is inside. Cousins has one huge red flag: he’s a head case. He gets cranky if things don’t go his way, he loses interest in the game, and he just has an overall shitty attitude. Guys like that tend to go all BP on an organization. He’s also a fatty. The upside is 20 and 10 perennial all-star; the downside is Eddy Curry.

Prediction: This is what we'll be seeing on draft day:

1 comment:

  1. "Cousins has been mopping up the floor with Favors while Favors has been spreading his cheeks to show how pink he is inside." graphic. Draft Turner so we don't have to deal with any of that.