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Western Conference : 3 Winners of the NBA Draft

Published on July 11, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   1 Comment

Portland

 

(6) Damian Lillard, PG; (11) Meyers Leonard, C; (40) Will Barton, SG

Portland really needed a point guard badly and they got the best point guard out of this draft in Lillard. Lillard stock has been on the rise for a long time now. Don’t be fooled by him playing at a small school. Lillard biggest strength is his ability to score the ball in a multiple ways. He shot over 40 % from three last season and he can get to the hole with his terrific athletic ability. The only true question for Lillard is can he handle being a point guard or is he a scorer. It will probably can him a while to learn how to run a team. He was the second leading scorer in the nation.

I really didn’t like their 2nd 1st round pick of Leonard. Leonard is still very raw but he has great measurements and is full of potential. I really like their second round pick of Barton. Some mock drafts had Barton going in the 1st round.

Golden State

 

7) Harrison Barnes, SF; (30) Festus Ezeli, C; (35) Draymond Green, SF; (52) Ognjen Kuzmic, C

The Golden State Warriors had to be thrilled that Barnes was still on the board. He will fit right in with their type of play. He likes to get up and down and shoot the three. Barnes has a chance to be the best pure scorer out of this draft class.

His game reminds people of Joe Johnson or Danny Gragner with more upside. Barnes really has an excellent mid-range game. Barnes’ jump shot is textbook and smooth. His body is NBA ready with his length. He can finish inside the lane with his strength; he also runs well in transition Barnes is also an effective rebounder especially on the offensive glass. He needs to improve his ball handling; he also needs to attack the rim more, since sometimes he’s relies too much on the jump shot.

I also like the Warriors next two picks of Ezeli and Green. Ezeli will fit perfectly as a backup center to Andrew Bogut. As for Green he is just a flat out baller who is production in every aspect of the game. He would have gone a lot higher if he was taller. The Warriors got a huge steal here. The odds are pretty good that Kuzmic will never play for the Warriors.

New Orleans

 

(1) Anthony Davis, PF; (10) Austin Rivers, G; (46) Darius Miller, SF

This was a huge draft for the Hornets. With the results of this draft the Hornets have a very bright future. The pick of Davis was a no brainer but I also like there other picks.

The New Orleans Hornets got a big break when they won the lotter and got the only franchise player in this year’s NBA draft.It’s hard to image that just a couple years ago in high school Davis was a guard, now he has grown into a power forward. His game reminds people of Kevin Garnett or Tim Duncan not bad. Davis has great length and size, and he just needs to add some muscle. Davis is an outstanding athlete with great quickness and leaping ability. Offensively he has a great shooting touch around the basket. He also has a nice jump shot he can even make three pointers. He excels at running the floor in transition. Davis is a dominant rebounder and shot blocker thanks to his length. Davis really needs to work on his post moves and getting stronger in the paint; if he does that he will be unstoppable.

All along it seemed like the Hornets wanted Rivers here and they got him. he only question for Rivers will be where will he play. He is a combo guard right now. No question though, Rivers is a dominant scorer.

Rivers has outstanding shooting range, he also excels at the mid-range game, and he can also drive to the basket and finish with great touch. Rivers has excellent ball handling skills, which allows him to go by his defenders. Rivers is an explosive athlete with a quick first step. He really needs to get better on defense. He also needs to work on getting his teammates involved more, and he can be a ball hog sometimes.

Miller, was the glue guy for the national champion Kentucky Wildcats. He is a very versatile player that should be a great bench player in the NBA.

 

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