Here we are 32 days until the NBA draft and the Cleveland Cavaliers on the clock. Cleveland was lucky enough to win the lottery with a 15.6% chance. Now they get to decide who they will draft to be along side Kyrie Irving.
Every year the top player taken isn’t always the best player from the draft, in fact only 5 of the past 10 number one picks have made an all-star game. Last year’s top player, Damian Lillard, was taken 6th overall. This leads us to start wondering if official scouts know what they’re doing or if they are like the rest of us and can just see numbers and go with that guy.
This year’s top 3 projected guys are: Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore and Otto Porter. The only one I see maybe being the best guy out of the draft is Ben McLemore but even him I have ranked as my second best shooting guard in the draft. The top guy on my list is Victor Oladipo out of Indiana.
Victor is a 6’4″ Junior with a ridiculous wingspan of 6’9 1/4, the guy is an athletic specimen. He is already NBA ready and plays the game in a way that will make the greats proud. Victor averaged 13.6 points a 59% shooting his Junior year while grabbing 6.3 boards and taking 2.2 steals in 28 minutes a game. The best part of his game even with those stats is his ability to defend the perimeter. There aren’t a lot of shooting guards that can shoot and play defense like he does. Think of him as a mix between Tony Allen and Ben Gordan.
If there is a guy that the Jazz could possibly trade up and get, it would not be Burke it would be Oladipo. With the Bobcats at 4 I could see the Jazz in a deal with Charlotte where the Jazz do a sign and trade with Al and send Al and the 14th pick for the 4th pick and Ben Gordon or Tyrus Thomas and cash if needed. Ben Gordon only has one year left at 13.2 million and the Jazz could easily take on that contract without having to hurt themselves in the future and would also give the Bobcats a player they are unlikely to sign in the off-season that could immediately turn them around in Al Jefferson.
You’re probably asking yourself why would the Jazz trade up to get a shooting guard when they already have Alec Burks? The answer is simple, Oladipo is that next BIG talent and the teams passing on him will be sorely disappointed that they did.