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Posted on: June 30, 2011 2:47 am
Edited on: July 2, 2011 2:30 am
 

ATMD V: Teams, Rules, Structure

Teams (In Draft Order)
1. The Big B/Jaysta
2. LBJWitness/tfitz
3. David Stern for President (Harst)
4. Titans McNair
5. Mike Brown?...FML (Lakers2408)
6. The Slippery and Seductive Slovak Swashbucklers (Mighty Mouse)
7. Sulphurous Nonentities (Blood)
8. Nugs
9. The Dude (North Harbour)
10. WCJ
11. Jobu's Rum (Cain)
12. BucFan
13. Kmvenne/GoHornets
14. ThreeGamer

Judges:
1. Chrisper
2. BNW
3. WCF
4. Cliff



Rules for Draft:

1. All players who have been in the NBA for at least 1 full year are eligible for the draft.  That includes Michael Jordan.  Nobody is eligible that has played their entire career in the ABA. 
2. Number of rounds are 10, snake style draft ( 1-14 on odd rounds, 14-1 on even rounds ).
Unlimited trading allowed ( either picks or players ) during the draft.  But once you are on the clock, your pick cannot be traded. I'm happy to keep track of the draft board, I can keep a track of trades - someone else can do it as well since I have funny hours (New Zealander).
3. Trading will no longer be permitted once the final selection has been made. The draft is then over.
No trading of overall picking position, for instance if someone picks 3rd and if someone picks 5th, you can't swap picking position for the entire contest.  
4. Each drafting TEAM's pick time limit = 6 hours ( dead time is 1 am - 9 am EST, 10 pm to 6 am PST.). IF YOU HAVE 2 OR 3 OR 4 PICKS IN A ROW, you still only get 6 hours, it's not that hard to draft. If person doesn't draft in that time they are skipped and can come back anytime and announce their player as long as they are still available.
5. You can change your mind on your selection as long as it's before the person picking after you announces their selection.
Players are judged upon how they were in their prime of their career in the NBA, not how they played in the ABA or NBDL or NBA 2K11.
6. Teams consisting of 2 Posters: Either member of the team can announce who the selection is, unless you expressly say one cannot draft. If you don't communicate well, tough.
7. Send in draft lists to people outside the contest or people you trust who won't trade up to speed things along. Going to be gone for the night? Up in 4 picks? Send 4 names in order! It's easy!
8. Trading begins 24 hours before the draft. As soon as the first pick is on the clock, the draft has begun and there is no trading of the #1 pick, because it is on the clock.

Rules for Transaction Periods:
1. Transaction Periods = 1. Trading Players 2. Drop Excess Players 3. Add / Drop Players
2. Number of Transaction Periods = 2 total ( 1-After 1st pool games, 2-After 2nd pool games )
3. "Drop Excess Players" list:  At the conclusion of each trading period, just before the add drop.  Anyone who has more than 10 players on their roster has to provide a list of who they are dropping into the free agent pool BEFORE THE ADD/DROP.  If you don't provide to a BOD your drop we  will pick them for you.
4. "Add / Drop Period": Immediately following each trading period, order will be reverse order of standings.
5. Number of chances each team gets during the add / drop period is a maximum of 2, each Poster will have 4 hours to make their selection or they will be skipped, you can come back and select a player if you have been skipped as long as no one else has taken him, he wasn't dropped between the time you were to pick and did pick, and it's before the final selection which officially ends the process.
6. Once you have announced your add / drop selection, you can only change your mind prior to the next Poster making their selection.
7. Trading Players unevenly is allowed.  For instance trading 3 players for 1 player.  You must have at least 8 players after trading so that during the add / drop period you can get back to 10 players.  If you are under 8 players when the trading period is over your last trade will be null and void. 
8. For Transaction Period's trading restrictions include "Original" Players.  These are players that were on your roster prior to the Trading Period, any players you received from other deals don't count to that total. You must keep half of your original players (5).
9. Announcing of trades.  Once a trade is announced in the threads by ALL parties involved it's final, one team can announce as the other team can say that "I agree".


Tie Breaking Procedures  
1. Winner of Pool Play Division if 2 teams have equal record: Head to Head winner.
2. Winner of Pool Play Division if 3 teams have equal records: 1. Head to Head winner against other 2 teams. 1. best points for/against ration
3. Placement of teams in next Pool Play: 1. Overall win-loss record 2. points for/points against ratio


Rules for Matches:
1.
Word Limits to gameplans are 1000 word max for the entire tournament. Word Count does not include listing of rosters and minutes. Gameplans over the word limit are unacceptable and will not be accepted. Even if you get away with it before, that's not an excuse for the time you get caught. It is your responsibility to ensure your gameplan fits the standards. Without a gameplan within the word max by the deadline for gameplans, you forfeit.
2. Requirement that each Coach must list the minutes played of each player in the gameplan, no more "Match LeBrons minutes"
3. Requirement that each player must be designated to a particular position in the gameplans, for example if you have Moses Malone, you must say that he's playing 30min at C, 10min at PF. Using "guard" or "forward" is not good enough.
4. Penalty if someone does not turn in a gameplan, once = forfeit, twice = removal from contest.
5. Games that go into overtime for whatever reason will just continue on and won't push the next set of games back to mess up schedule. Matches that are tied after 3 days will go into an overtime period of 24 hours where whichever team is leading at that time wins the match.  If it's tied still then we go into a sudden death period where the next vote wins.
6. If someone doesn't turn in a gameplan they will lose the match by forfeit, the Poster who turned in their gameplan has the option to post only their gameplan for people to comment. 
7. When both teams fail to turn in gameplans, both teams get a loss
8. Managers are allowed ONE post only in their game thread as a rebuttal/right of reply to the opposition's gameplan only. You cannot use your post to argue with votes.


Rules for Voting
1. Paticipants are expected to vote in 50% of matches in each pool phase without penalty. Votes can be short - Pick a winner and give    1-3 bullet point reasons as to why. The managers will not be arguing with your vote. You can go into as much, or as little depth as you have the time for.
2. Judges are outsiders who are very familar with the competition. Their votes will be worth 2 points as they are unbiased outsiders. Participants votes will be worth 1 point.
3. Penalties for not voting in 50% of matches in each pool phase will result in the loss of 3 points in your next matchup (ie A judge voting against you) for every match below 50% you aren't voting in.
4. We expect all participants to vote in the championship match and final four matchups. This is the pinnacle of the tournament and you are an important part of the process. Please vote in these games, or your application for the next ATMD may not be considered.


Structure

1. Draft


2. Pool Phase 1


3. Transaction Period #1


4. Pool Phase 2


5. Transaction Period #2


6. TOURNAMENT



Category: NBA
Tags: ATMD V
 
Posted on: June 14, 2011 5:15 am
 

Harbour's 2011 NBA Mock Draft: Version 4

Hey Everyone,

Now that the NBA Finals are over thought it was time for another mock draft...

#1 Cleveland Cavaliers - Kyrie Irving (PG, 6'3, Duke, Fr)
I am a believer that Kyrie Irving is the only player in play for the Cavaliers #1 pick.

#2 Minnesota Timberwolves - Derrick Williams (SF/PF, 6'9, Duke, So)
Whoever has this pick is picking Derrick Williams.

#3 Utah Jazz - Brandon Knight (PG, 6'3, Kentucky, Fr)
Enes Kanter is still in the mix but I believe that Utah will take Knight with this pick.

#4 Cleveland Cavaliers - Enes Kanter (PF/C, 6'11, Kentucky, Fr)
I don't think Cleveland can pass on Kanter at #4

#5 Toronto Raptors - Kemba Walker (PG, 6'1, UConn, Jr)
I believe Kemba is going here but it is likely that Jonas Valancuinas and Jan Vesely could go here. If I am the Toronto GM I am not drafting another Euro-Big to go with Bargnani - I'm just not.

#6 Washington Wizards - Jan Vesely (SF/PF, 6'11, Czech Republic)
Kahwi Leonard, Jonas Valancuinas and Tristan Thompson have been talked about as going #6 but I have to stick with Vesely for now. I think SF is a bigger need - Based on how the workouts are going Leonard could well boost his stock well enough to go before this super long european though.

#7 Sacramento Kings - Jimmer Fredette (PG, 6'2, BYU, Sr)
Reports have come in that Fredette has amazed the Kings in their workout with him and there was already chatter of the Kings taking a point guard with this pick. It is my personal opinion that this is a huge reach though.

#8 Detroit Pistons - Jonas Valancuinas (PF, 6'11, Lithuania)
Depending on whether it is confirmed that Valancuinas can get over to the States and sort out his contract I believe the Pistons will take Valancuinas ahead of Leonard, Thompson and Biyombo as of right now. Both Pistons fans on these boards and myself would say that this is a mistake though.

#9 Charlotte Bobcats - Kawhi Leonard (SF, 6'6, San Diego State, So)
Toss-up between Marcus Morris and Kahwi Leonard. It appears as though the Bobcats really like Morris but I believe that the Bobcats just couldn't pass up on Kahwi Leonard if he were still there - especially when they already have Boris Diaw and Tyrus Thomas at PF - which is Marcus Morris' position.

#10 Milwaukee Bucks - Alec Burks (SG, 6'6, Colarado, So)
Chatter is divided. The Bucks could draft him, or maybe the Pacers will grab him at #15 if the Bucks skip on him. I believe the Bucks will take him as a replacement for Redd. But Marcus Morris is also strongly in play at this pick - As well as Tristan Thompson.

#11 Golden State Warriors - Bismack Biyombo (PF, 6'9, Congo)
Biyombo brings the huge defence they need - I have no doubts that they will jump all over him if he is available at #9. Tristan Thompson, Marcus Morris and Klay Thompson are also strongly in play for this pick if they are available.

#12 Utah Jazz - Klay Thompson (SG, 6'7, Washington State, Jr)
They won't be drafting a PF with Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap on the roster. Klay Thompson and Jordan Hamilton are in play with this pick (assuming the players taken in this mock draft aren't available)

#13 Phoenix Suns - Tristan Thompson (PF, 6'9, Texas, Fr)
Word is that Phoenix loves Tristan Thompson and I believe no matter what they will take him at #13.

#14 Houston Rockets - Marcus Morris (PF, 6'9, Kansas, Jr)
Marcus Morris is a steal here - There is a clear top 15 (with Jordan Hamilton yet to be taken) and it is still hard to tell where players will be going from #5 to #15. I can't really see Marcus Morris going this low - But he is the best available - So I have Houston Rockets taking Marcus Morris.

#15 Indiana Pacers - Jordan Hamilton (SG, 6'8, Texas, So)
Jordan Hamilton is the next best available and he can fit there.

#16 Philadelphia 76ers - Markieff Morris (PF, 6'9, Kansas, Sr)
Markieff is the next best available and also who the 76ers covet. The Sixers want to draft a big, and that's what they will get with Markieff. Chris Singleton and Donatas Motiejunas are also in play for this pick. If Markieff doesn't go here - He will likely go at #18 to Washington.

#17 New York Knicks - Marshon Brooks (SG, 6'5, Providence, Sr)
The majority of mock drafts have the Knicks drafting a wing player - Marshon Brooks is the best available - Plus chatter is around that the Knicks really like him.

#18 Washington Wizards - Chris Singleton (PF, 6'9, Florida State, Jr)
I personally think the Wizards should draft Faried but he is only an outside chance of being taken here. Donatas Motiejunas and Tobias Harris are in play for this pick also but out of those players, if the draft was today, Chris Singleton is who the Wizards would take.

#19 Charlotte Bobcats - Donatas Motiejunas (PF/C, 7'0, Lithuania)
They draft Leonard at #9 and Motiejunas #19 - Tobias Harris and Kenneth Faried could be taken here also. It is amazing how much Motiejunas' stock has fallen - I think he will be a really good player if he is drafted by the right team (ie NOT the Timberwolves)

#20 Minnesota Timberwolves - Nikola Vucevic (C, 7'0, USC, Jr)
They have PGs, tweeners, SFs and PFs and enough players to fill the SG position - Nikola Vucevic fills a need at center if he can become a good player.

#21 Portland Trail Blazers - Darius Morris (PG, 6'5, Michigan, So)
Portland seem desperate for Vucevic and will be unlucky if Vucevic doesn't drop to them. Morris can be a backup for Miller at PG. Tobias Harris and Kenneth Faried remain the best players on the board.

#22 Denver Nuggets - Tobias Harris (PF, 6'8, Tennessee, Fr)
A couple of mock drafts I follow have Harris going to Denver at #22 - and why not. If he's here, I don't see any reason the Nuggets don't pick him.

#23 Houston Rockets - Tyler Honeycutt (SF, 6'8, UCLA, So)
A couple of Mocks have Honeycutt going to Houston at #23 and with Jordan Hill, Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson and Brad Miller locked up and Chuck Hayes and Yao likely to be re-signed - they are set at PF and C. Kevin Martin is their only player on the wing as Budinger, Courtney Lee and Terrence Williams are support players and bench players. Lowry and Dragic at their PGs after trading Brooks. Tyler Honeycutt give them another wing player to increase their depth there.

#24 Oklahoma City Thunder - Kenneth Faried (PF, 6'7, Morehead State, Sr)
There seems to be a clear top 24 and in this mock draft I have Faried going #24 - but I wouldn't count on him going this low. 19-21 might be more his range where he gets picked.

#25 Boston Celtics - Justin Harper (PF, 6'10, Richmond, Sr)
Youth coming in with Garnett, Shaq and Jermaine O'Neal coming out.

#26 Dallas Mavericks - Josh Selby (PG, 6'3, Kansas, Fr)
The majority of mocks that I'm following have Dallas drafting a point guard - I guess because of Kidd's age, and best available is Josh Selby or Darius Morris. I have them taking Selby though.

#27 New Jersey Nets - Davis Bertans (PF, 6'10, Latvia)
At this point in the draft the term "Best Player Available" is a matter of opinion. Add in the fact that the Nets could draft almost any position and I have no idea who they will take - but the consensus across the reliable mock drafts I follow have Davis Bertans as the next best player available - so there you go.

#28 Chicago Bulls - Reggie Jackson (PG, 6'3, Boston College, Jr)
The Bulls have all 10 of their core re-signed into next season (Kurt Thomas being #11 that isn't re-signed at the moment). They could draft anywhere but I feel a better bacup for Rose might be needed. Jackson might step up, he may not, I doubt Chicago will be fussed.

#29 San Antonio Spurs - JaJuan Johnson (PF, 6'10, Purdue, Sr)
I suspect the Spurs can't replace Duncan with the #29 pick but they are excellent drafters so I'm sure they will find some value here. JaJuan Johnson fits the bill of a player who after the college season finished was projected to go in the 20s but for one reason or another his stock has dropped, he has a good attitude and could do very well in the Spurs system. I think the Spurs identify him as a player who is undervalued with huge potential.

#30 Chicago Bulls - Jeremy Tyler (PF, 6'10, USA)
Drafting on potential that may or may not work.


Five on the Border



Kyle Singler (SF, 6'8/6'9, Duke, Sr)

Chandler Parsons (SF, 6'10, Florida, Sr)

Shelvin Mack (SG, 6'2, Butler, Jr)

Nolan Smith (SG, 6'3, Duke, Sr)

Nikola Mirotic (PF, 6'10, Montenegro)


Unsure

Lucas Nogueira (C, 6'11/7'0, Brazil)
If he confirms his place in the draft and ability to play in the next season it looks like he will get drafted in the 20s, but there is some serious doubt about whether he will come or not it seems with a bunch of mocks dropping him from their mock drafts because of it.




There you have it. Until next time...

- Harbour

Category: NBA
Posted on: May 30, 2011 7:53 am
 

Harbour's 2011 NBA Mock Draft: Version 3.0

Hey Everyone,

Measurements and athleticism measurements results have come in from the combine. Players are going to start working out with teams more and more and stocks will rise and fall as we head toward draft night.

#1 Cleveland Cavaliers - Kyrie Irving (PG, 6'3, Duke, Fr)
NBADraft.net switched their #1 pick back to Derrick Williams - and in other news, everybody else has Kyrie Irving at #1 - I can't see it happening any other way at the moment

#2 Minnesota Timberwolves - Derrick Williams (SF/PF, 6'9, Duke, So)
Whoever has this pick is picking Derrick Williams.

#3 Utah Jazz - Brandon Knight (PG, 6'3, Kentucky, Fr)
They can draft a Center, Point Guard or wing in the draft. This has some thinking they'll go Kanter, then Fredette at #12. However, I'll stick with Knight at #3 for now at least.

#4 Cleveland Cavaliers - Enes Kanter (PF/C, 6'11, Kentucky, Fr)
Even though he hasn't played in a year, he is performing well enough at the combine (and assumingly at team workouts in the future) so he can't drop past here if he is still available.

#5 Toronto Raptors - Kemba Walker (PG, 6'1, UConn, Jr)
I'll say it once, I'll say it twice - It is my opinion that you don't want another euro-big to pair with Bargnani (ie Valancuinas, Motiejunas or Vesely). However, the Raptors front office may be tempted with Valancuinas or Vesely as they have Calderon and Bayless under contract.

#6 Washington Wizards - Jan Vesely (SF/PF, 6'11, Czech Republic)
I've read and heard repeatedly that the Wizards really like Vesely. It may be between Vesely and Leonard for this pick in the end.

#7 Sacramento Kings - Bismack Biyombo (PF, 6'9, Congo)
Cousins does the scoring, Biyombo plays the D. Kings draft the kid out of Congo since Kemba and Brandon Knight are off the board.

#8 Detroit Pistons - Jonas Valancuinas (PF, 6'11, Lithuania)
At 6'11 the Pistons may feel he can play Center. If he is still available here, the Pistons will take him. Much to the disappointment of certain Pistons fans I'm sure.

#9 Charlotte Bobcats - Kawhi Leonard (SF, 6'6, San Diego State, So)
They really need a Center - So Motiejunas could be in play here. However, Leonard is far too good to pass up at #9. They have Gerald Henderson, Stephen Jackson and Matt Carroll at the SG/SF positions. Leonard and Burks will be in play - but Leonard is likely more what they are looking for.

#10 Milwaukee Bucks - Alec Burks (SG, 6'6, Colarado, So)
They need a replacement for Redd. They also need a backup for Bogut and perhaps a partner for Bogut at PF. But you can't draft a PF here and expect him to start, you could draft one to backup Bogut and that's why I wrestled between the 7'0 Lithuanian Donatas Motiejunas and Alec Burks. With Maggette and Salmons under-performing and Douglas-Roberts not locked up for next season - that a bigger need is Alec Burks.

#11 Golden State Warriors - Tristan Thompson (PF, 6'9, Texas, Fr)
They need DEFENCE. I feel like Tristan Thompson plays more D than Marcus Morris, not saying Marcus Morris is a bad player - just that Thompson is a better defender.

#12 Utah Jazz - Donatas Motiejunas (PF/C, 7'0, Lithuania)
Utah would love to get Alec Burks I'm sure. They have a good squad with Okur, Favors, Millsap and Jefferson at bigs. Miles, Hayward and Bell on the wing plus Devin Harris and Brandon Knight (assuming this draft is in effect) at point. Motiejunas can be stored on the bench as a big, or if Milwaukee go for Motiejunas - Utah will jump on Burks to bring him off the bench with Hayward. I'm unsure whether they will re-sign Kirilenko at this stage, so I'm acting as though he won't be there.

#13 Phoenix Suns - Marcus Morris (PF, 6'9, Kansas, Jr)
Phoenix will jump at the chance to get Marcus Morris at #13 - Almost a steal.

#14 Houston Rockets - Markieff Morris (PF, 6'9, Kansas, Sr)
The only other players to be included in more than one mock draft in the lottery (of the 5 that I have come to follow because they seem accurate and update regularly) is Jimmer Fredette and Jordan Hamilton. I think they'll take Markieff here.

#15 Indiana Pacers - Jimmer Fredette (PG, 6'2, BYU, Sr)
The Pacers have a good core of wings with Granger, Dunleavy (assuming they re-sign him), George, Rush and even Lance Stephenson. Hansborough and Hibbert are developing well, Foster and McRoberts are off-contract but I assume they'll re-sign one of them. They need a PG to backup Ford and eventually become a starting PG in the league. Fredette is the best available.

#16 Philadelphia 76ers - Jordan Hamilton (SG, 6'8, Texas, So)
Philadelphia has maintained they are drafting anyone 6'8 or above saying that they need a big man. Technically, Hamilton is 6'8 - and he is by far the best available for me. Iguodala, Turner, Young, Nocioni and Hamilton will become their core on the wings along with Holiday and Williams at the point.

#17 New York Knicks - Chris Singleton (PF, 6'9, Florida State, Jr)
Billups and Douglas at point. Fields and Melo locked up on the wing and I think they will bring back two of Mason, Walker, Azubuike, Carter to play minutes off the bench. Amare and Turiaf at big means that a PF or C is needed in the draft. Chris Singleton may be who they take here.

#18 Washington Wizards - Kenneth Faried (PF, 6'7, Morehead State, Sr)
Wizards were shoddy rebounders last season - so why not draft the leading rebounder in college?

#19 Charlotte Bobcats - Tobias Harris (PF, 6'8, Tennessee, Fr)
After drafting Leonard at #9, they draft a SF/PF here.

#20 Minnesota Timberwolves - Klay Thompson (SG, 6'7, Washington State, Jr)
I seriously have no idea what they should do here. They have Flynn and Ridnour at PG plus there's the Rubio situation. Wes Johnson, Matrell Webster, Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams can play on the wing - but Williams and Beasley can also play some PF with Love, Milicic, Randolph plus Tolliver at bigs. Just not very good players. Flynn, Beasley, Love and Milicic are starters. Wes Johnson could start at SG. Webster, Derrick Williams, Randolph, Tolliver, Ridnour are bench players. Webster and Tolliver's contracts are up after next season so drafting a guy to become your SG backup could make sense - So Klay Thompson - Best Player Available.

#21 Portland Trail Blazers - Darius Morris (PG, 6'5, Michigan, So)
They have Matthews, Wallace, Batum, Babbitt, Roy and Fernandez on the wings. Wallace, Aldridge and Camby at bigs plus Miller at point. They need a better PG backup and a good big to come off the bench and play limited minutes. With Morris they get their backup PG - Sorry Patty Mills.

#22 Denver Nuggets - Tyler Honeycutt (SF, 6'8, UCLA, So)
Afflalo, JR Smith and Wilson Chandler could all potentially leave - leaving them with only Gallinari. They will likely re-sign at least one, but wing is a need. Honeycutt is a solid value pick at #22. Felton and Lawson at PG plus Harrington, Mozgov and Andersen at big (with Nene and Kenyon Martin off-contract - they could re-sign at least one) means that wing is their biggest need.

#23 Houston Rockets - Marshon Brooks (SG, 6'5, Providence, Sr)
With Jordan Hill, Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson and Brad Miller locked up and Chuck Hayes and Yao likely to be re-signed - they are set at PF and C. Kevin Martin is their only player on the wing as Budinger, Courtney Lee and Terrence Williams are support players and bench players. Lowry and Dragic at their PGs after trading Brooks. Marshon Brooks give them another wing player to increase their depth there.

#24 Oklahoma City Thunder - Nikola Vucevic (C, 7'0, USC, Jr)
Perkins, Ibaka, Collison are the core at PF/C. Durant, Sefolosha, Cook, Harden are the core on the wing. Robinson, Maynor and Westbrook are signed up for next season at PG. Vucevic can be brought in at Center to compete with Aldrich and BJ Mullens for minutes.

#25 Boston Celtics - Justin Harper (PF, 6'10, Richmond, Sr)
Youth coming in with Garnett, Shaq and Jermaine O'Neal coming out.

#26 Dallas Mavericks - Travis Leslie (SG, 6'4, Georgia, Jr)
I suspect Dallas will use their bird rights and re-sign Chandler, Barea and possibly one of Butler, Stevenson and Peja. Dallas could draft a PF or wing to develop in very limited minutes off the bench. I have them picking Leslie here.

#27 New Jersey Nets - Jordan Williams (PF, 6'9, Maryland, So)
I suspect the Nets will re-sign Humphries and then draft a PF like Harper to go with Petro and Lopez at big. On the wing they will likely look to sign a FA to go with Outlaw, Morrow and Damion James. Deron Williams and Jordan Farmar will hold down PG for them.

#28 Chicago Bulls - Josh Selby (PG, 6'3, Kansas, Fr)
The Bulls have all 10 of their core re-signed into next season (Kurt Thomas being #11 that isn't re-signed at the moment). They can afford to draft on potential in Selby.

#29 San Antonio Spurs - Jeremy Tyler (PF, 6'10, USA)
The Spurs take a chance on Tyler. Maybe.

#30 Chicago Bulls - Davis Bertans (PF, 6'10, Latvia)
Again, they can afford to draft a European who may or may not come to them straight away.


Five on the Border


JaJuan Johnson (PF, 6'10, Purdue, Sr)

Lucas Nogueira (C, 6'11/7'0, Brazil)

Charles Jenkins (PG/SG, 6'3, Hofstra, Sr)

Nolan Smith (SG, 6'3, Duke, Sr)

Kyle Singler (SF, 6'8/6'9, Duke, Sr)



There you have it. Until next time...

- Harbour
Category: NBA
Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Harbour's 2011 NBA Mock Draft: Version 2.0

Hey Everyone,

We have a confirmed draft order and the top 3 picks are sorting themselves out fairly quickly. Of course - a lot can change between now and then,  but here is my mock draft as of right now...

#1 Cleveland Cavaliers - Kyrie Irving (PG, 6'3, Duke, Fr)
It seems like the obvious pick - With Derrick Williams and Kyrie Irving as the seemingly obvious top two picks, the Cavaliers can take a Point Guard with the potential to be special.

#2 Minnesota Timberwolves - Derrick Williams (SF/PF, 6'9, Duke, So)
I think Minnesota may have picked Williams if they got the #1 overall since they appear to be banking on the Rubio situation working itself out.

#3 Utah Jazz - Brandon Knight (PG, 6'3, Kentucky, Fr)
Millsap, Jefferson, Favors - They have their bigs sorted. Okur is there too. They recently traded away their PG, so drafting a PG makes sense - especially since Jan Vesely is really the only other possible wing player you could take at #3 overall and even then, that would be a small reach.

#4 Cleveland Cavaliers - Enes Kanter (PF/C, 6'11, Kentucky, Fr)
A potential risk since he hasn't played in a year - but if he does fine in the workouts I see no reason why Cleveland wouldn't jump on Kanter here at the #4 pick.

#5 Toronto Raptors - Kemba Walker (PG, 6'1, UConn, Jr)
It's my opinion that you don't want another euro-big to pair with Bargnani (Valancuinas or Vesely) and also that it would be better to grab a point guard that can score with this pick. Walker fits the bill - Although, Walker at #5 shows how weak this draft class is.

#6 Washington Wizards - Jan Vesely (SF/PF, 6'11, Czech Republic)
Incredible length - in the right system could turn out to be a star in the league. At Washington, maybe not - but he's a good player and Washington could use him.

#7 Sacramento Kings - Jonas Valancuinas (PF, 6'11, Lithuania)
Someone to pair with Cousins in the future - Valancuinas isn't ready for the league yet so he will probably stay in Europe. Best Player Available theory, as there seems to be a clear top 7 at the moment (Kahwi Leonard looks like he could make it a top 8 with the way his stock is rising)

#8 Detroit Pistons - Kawhi Leonard (SF, 6'6, San Diego State, So)
They have many needs and they will be bad for a few more seasons. Greg Monroe, Will Bynum, Austin Daye seem like they will be around for another season or two. Same with Ben Gordon and Villaneuva - They could take a point guard, but after Knight and Walker there isn't much left - so I'm going Best Player Available and taking Kawhi Leonard at #8 for the Pistons.

#9 Charlotte Bobcats - Tristan Thompson (PF, 6'9, Texas, Fr)
This is a tough pick. They have Diaw and Tyrus Thomas locked up through next season. They have Augustin and Livingston at PG but there's no PG's good enough to be picked at #9 (assuming Walker and Knight are long gone). They only have Diop and Pryzbilla at center. I think Gerald Henderson will step into a bigger role with Stephen Jackson - and have Matt Carroll as backup - so storing at wing player would make sense but Alec Burks is realy the only wing you can take here, and I feel like that would be a slight reach. So even though they have Diaw and Tyrus - I'm going best player available in Tristan Thompson. He's raw, and you can store him for one or two seasons before he steps into a bigger role (assuming he pans out).

#10 Milwaukee Bucks - Alec Burks (SG, 6'6, Colarado, So)
They need a replacement for Redd. They also need a backup for Bogut and perhaps a partner for Bogut at PF. But you can't draft a PF here and expect him to start, you could draft one to backup Bogut and that's why I wrestled between the 7'0 Lithuanian Donatas Motiejunas and Alec Burks. With Maggette and Salmons under-performing and Douglas-Roberts not locked up for next season - that a bigger need is Alec Burks.

#11 Golden State Warriors - Bismack Biyombo (PF, 6'9, Congo)
I hope they realise the need some defence - because with Curry, Ellis and David Lee plus Dorrell Wright, Udoh and Biedrins as support. I think Biyombo would give them the defence down-low that they really need. This team has the potential to get into the playoffs next season similar to Memphis this season. Or - they could finish 11th or 12th and end up with a mid-lottery pick again. I'm rooting for them to pick Biyombo.

#12 Utah Jazz - Donatas Motiejunas (PF/C, 7'0, Lithuania)
Utah would love to get Alec Burks I'm sure. They have a good squad with Okur, Favors, Millsap and Jefferson at bigs. Miles, Hayward and Bell on the wing plus Devin Harris and Brandon Knight (assuming this draft is in effect) at point. Motiejunas can be stored on the bench as a big, or if Milwaukee go for Motiejunas - Utah will jump on Burks to bring him off the bench with Hayward. I'm unsure whether they will re-sign Kirilenko at this stage, so I'm acting as though he won't be there.

#13 Phoenix Suns - Marcus Morris (PF, 6'9, Kansas, Jr)
Best Player Available.

#14 Houston Rockets - Markieff Morris (PF, 6'9, Kansas, Sr)
Best Player Available.

#15 Indiana Pacers - Jimmer Fredette (PG, 6'2, BYU, Sr)
It gets tougher to predict from now on - but the Pacers have a good core of wings with Granger, Dunleavy (assuming they re-sign him), George, Rush and even Lance Stephenson. Hansborough and Hibbert are developing well, Foster and McRoberts are off-contract but I assume they'll re-sign one of them. They need a PG to backup Ford and eventually become a starting PG in the league. Fredette is the best available.

#16 Philadelphia 76ers - Jordan Hamilton (SG, 6'8, Texas, So)
Tough pick to make. They need a Center imo but there isn't any good enough to take here. They need to re-sign Hawes, and have Speights and Brand still there. They can opt to keep Young as well. Iguodala, Turner, Young, Nocioni and Hamilton will become their core on the wings along with Holiday and Williams at the point.

#17 New York Knicks - Tobias Harris (PF, 6'8, Tennessee, Fr)
Billups and Douglas at point. Fields and Melo locked up on the wing and I think they will bring back two of Mason, Walker, Azubuike, Carter to play minutes off the bench. Amare and Turiaf at big means that a PF or C is needed in the draft. Tobias Harris, Chris Singleton and Kenneth Faried will all be available at this pick. I think Harris's stock is highest at the moment.

#18 Washington Wizards - Darius Morris (PG, 6'5, Michigan, So)
This is a tough pick because the Wizards have a whole bunch of good players in all players. Wall at PG, Nick Young and Jordan Crawford at SG, Rashard Lewis and Jan Vesely at SF, Blatche, Yi and Seraphin at PF and McGee at C. At this point in the draft you are drafting backups and PG and C backups seem to be needed most. Since there are no centers available here, I've gone for the PG backup to Wall.

#19 Charlotte Bobcats - Klay Thompson (SG, 6'7, Washington State, Jr)
Charlotte gets their wing to store on the bench with Matt Carroll (see pick #9 analysis), and it's a great value pick with Klay Thompson at #19

#20 Minnesota Timberwolves - Chris Singleton (PF, 6'9, Florida State, Jr)
I seriously have no idea what they should do here. They have Flynn and Ridnour at PG plus there's the Rubio situation. Wes Johnson, Matrell Webster, Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams can play on the wing - but Williams and Beasley can also play some PF with Love, Milicic, Randolph plus Tolliver at bigs. Just not very good players. Flynn, Beasley, Love and Milicic are starters. Wes Johnson could start at SG. Webster, Derrick Williams, Randolph, Tolliver, Ridnour are bench players. Webster and Tolliver's contracts are up after next season so drafting a guy to become your SG backup but Honeycutt, Faried, Singleton and Reggie Jackson are probably the only players that would'nt be reaches at this position. So in the end I've gone best player available and taken Chris Singleton. Franchise is a mess, no idea what they would do with Singleton...

#21 Portland Trail Blazers - Kenneth Faried (PF, 6'7, Morehead State, Sr)
They have Matthews, Wallace, Batum, Babbitt, Roy and Fernandez on the wings. Wallace, Aldridge and Camby at bigs plus Miller at point. They need a better PG backup and a good big to come off the bench and play limited minutes. I think they get the latter with Faried at #21. They could of gone for Reggie Jackson at PG but I think they would rather grab a big and stick with their PG situation. I don't think they re-sign Oden, or if they do, he won't be fantastic.

#22 Denver Nuggets - Tyler Honeycutt (SF, 6'8, UCLA, So)
Afflalo, JR Smith and Wilson Chandler could all potentially leave - leaving them with only Gallinari. They will likely re-sign at least one, but wing is a need. Honeycutt is a solid value pick at #22. Felton and Lawson at PG plus Harrington, Mozgov and Andersen at big (with Nene and Kenyon Martin off-contract - they could re-sign at least one) means that wing is their biggest need.

#23 Houston Rockets - Reggie Jackson (PG, 6'3, Boston College, Jr)
With Jordan Hill, Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson and Brad Miller locked up and Chuck Hayes and Yao likely to be re-signed - they are set at PF and C. Kevin Martin is their only player on the wing as Budinger, Lee and Terrence Williams are support players and bench players. Lowry and Dragic at their PGs after trading Brooks. Reggie Jackson, Josh Selby, Jordan Williams are potentially the only picks that wouldn't be reaches here so I'm going with a PG (and the better of the two available) in Reggie Jackson.

#24 Oklahoma City Thunder - Jordan Williams (PF, 6'9, Maryland, So)
They have been so successful in the draft with high lottery picks. They've drafted smart, they've drafted guys to build around and guys with good character. Perkins, Ibaka, Collison are the core at PF/C. Aldrich and BJ Mullens should continue to develop at C. Durant, Sefolosha, Cook, Harden are the core on the wing. Robinson, Maynor and Westbrook are signed up for next season at PG. Drafting a player at #24 means bringing in a guy to play very little minutes, someone who will buy into the culture, be willing to learn and have a good attitude. Imo SF and PF would be the ideal positions to draft for the Thunder - I believe Jordan Williams out of Maryland can fit the bill.

#25 Boston Celtics - Josh Selby (PG, 6'3, Kansas, Fr)
PG to develop, fits the Celtics culture. They need depth at PG behind Rondo, plus they need better, younger centers - none available though - maybe Davis Bertans but I don't see the Celtics drafting him.

#26 Dallas Mavericks - Travis Leslie (SG, 6'4, Georgia, Jr)
I suspect Dallas will use their bird rights and re-sign Chandler, Barea and possibly one of Butler, Stevenson and Peja. Dallas could draft a PF or wing to develop in very limited minutes off the bench. I have them picking Leslie here.

#27 New Jersey Nets - Justin Harper (PF, 6'10, Richmond, Sr)
I suspect the Nets will re-sign Humphries and then draft a PF like Harper to go with Petro and Lopez at big. On the wing they will likely look to sign a FA to go with Outlaw, Morrow and Damion James. Deron Williams and Jordan Farmar will hold down PG for them.

#28 Chicago Bulls - Davis Bertans (SF/PF, 6'10, Latvia)
The Bulls have all 10 of their core re-signed into next season (Kurt Thomas being #11 that isn't re-signed at the moment). They can afford to draft Best Player Available and/or draft a european who will develop overseas.

#29 San Antonio Spurs - Trey Thompkins (PF, 6'10, Georgia, Jr)
I'll assume Parker comes back so they have a nice starting line of Parker, Ginobili, Jefferson, Duncan and Blair plus a solid bench in Hill, Neal, Bonner and Splitter (who I assume will play more next season). McDyess and James Anderson should also see some minutes I suppose. There is no heir apparent to the starting big roles outside of DeJuan Blair, and the #29 pick in the draft probably won't give you one - but that is the position they need so Trey Thompkins is the pick. They could also go for Keith Benson out of Oakland.

#30 Chicago Bulls - Nolan Smith (SG, 6'3, Duke, Sr)
The Bulls can do whatever they like in this draft really - It's just whoever they think has the attitude to sit on the bench, work hard and develop. Nolan Smith can do that.


Five on the Border:
Kyle Singler, Shelvin Mack, Keith Benson, Lucas Noguiera and Jereme Richmond.


There you have it. Until next time...

- Harbour

Category: NBA
Tags: NBA Draft
 
Posted on: May 14, 2011 9:12 am
 

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Version 1.0

Hey everyone,

I've decided it's time - as the withdrawal deadline just passed, so our draftees are locked in - to make my first mock draft of the season. More analysis will come after the actual NBA season is over and the lottery order is decided.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves - Kyrie Irving Duke, 6'1, PG, Fr

2. Cleveland Cavaliers - Derrick Williams
Arizona, 6'9, SF/PF, Fr

3. Toronto Raptors - Enes Kanter Kentucky, 6'10, PF, Fr

4. Washington Wizards - Jonas Valancuinas Lithuania, 6'11, PF

5. Sacramento Kings - Jan Vesely Czech Republic, 6'11, SF/PF

6. Utah Jazz - Brandon Knight
Kentucky, 6'3, PG, Fr

7. Detroit Pistons - Kemba Walker
UConn, 6'0, PG, Jr

8. Cleveland Cavaliers - Alec Burks
Colarado, 6'6, SG, So

9. Charlotte Bobcats - Tristan Thompson
Texas, 6'9, PF, Fr

10. Milwaukee Bucks - Donatas Motiejunas
Lithuania, 7'0, PF

11. Golden State Warriors - Kahwi Leonard
San Diego State, 6'6, SF, So

12. Utah Jazz - Bismack Biyombo
Congo, 6'9, PF

13. Phoenix Suns - Marcus Morris
Kansas, 6'9, PF, Jr

14. Houston Rockets - Markieff Morris
Kansas, 6'10, PF, Sr

15. Indiana Pacers - Jordan Hamilton
Texas, 6'7, SG, So

16. Philadelphia 76ers - Tobias Harris
Tennessee, 6'8, SF/PF, Fr

17. New York Knicks - Jimmer Fredette
BYU, 6'2, PG, Sr

18. Washington Wizards - Reggie Jackson
Boston College, 6'3, PG, Jr

19. Minnesota Timberwolves - Chris Singleton
Florida State, 6'9, PF, Jr

20. New Orleans Hornets - Klay Thompson
Washington State, 6'6, SG, Jr

21. Charlotte Bobcats - Kenneth Faried
Morehead State, 6'8, PF, Sr

22. Denver Nuggets - Tyler Honeycutt
UCLA, 6'8, SF, So

23. Phoenix Suns - Darius Morris
Michigan, 6'4, PG, So

24. Boston Celtics - Jordan Williams
Maryland, 6'10, PF, So

25. Oklahoma City Thunder - Trey Thompkins
Georgia, 6'10, PF, Jr

26. Dallas Mavericks - Nolan Smith
Duke, 6'3, SG, Sr

27. New Jersey Nets - Kyle Singler
Duke, 6'8, SF, Sr

28. Chicago Bulls - Justin Harper
Richmond, 6'10, PF, Sr

29. San Antonio Spurs - Travis Leslie
Georgia, 6'4, SG, Jr

30. Chicago Bulls - Josh Selby
Kansas, 6'1, SG, Fr

Five on the Border:
Jereme Richmond, Davis Bertans, Lucas Noguiera, Nikola Mirotic, Keith Benson

- Harbour


Category: NBA
Posted on: May 1, 2011 8:21 am
Edited on: May 2, 2011 5:54 am
 

Football Weekly: Pittsburgh Steelers Outlook

I love the Steelers draft - especially the picks of Heyward, Gilbert and Brown. Here is what I expect of the Steelers roster in 2011-2012.

I'll start with the defense, the STEEL CURTAIN itself. We have a new member in Cam Heyward , our #1 draft pick who may come right in and take the starting job that Brett Kiesel has held for so many years. While Kiesel is a fan favourite, and a favourite of my own, Heyward brings youth to the defensive line along with Ziggy Hood . Aaron Smith is still around for another year to back up Heyward and Hood and Kiesel. We have youth and depth at Defensive End - You have to love the future.

Casey Hampton has been around since being drafted in the 1st round of the 2001 draft. Steven McLendon is there if Chris Hoke doesn't join us - so again, we have pretty decent depth. Hampton is once again going to hold down Nose Tackle for us and should be around for a few couple seasons yet before we need to draft another NT in the first two rounds of the draft to start grooming.

LaMarr Woodley is coming off his first contract since being drafted in the 2007 2nd Round - if he leaves Jason Worilds is there for us. Worilds is ready to start in the NFL, we drafted him in the second round last year. But even so, Woodley should definitely be re-signed. Lawrence Timmons is locked up for one more season and will hopefully be with us for years and years and years and years to come. Larry Foote is there to back up Timmons. Woodley and Timmons represent the youth in our Linebackers.

James Harrison and James Farrior represent the veterans in our Linebackers. With the draft pick of Chris Carter in the 5th round and Steven Sylvester around who was also drafted in the 5th round last draft - we can let backup Keyaron Fox walk - who is off-contract. I would probably prefer to see an Inside Linebacker drafted in either Round One or Round Two of the draft next season or two to replace or groom to replace our aging linebackers in Harrison and Farrior. These two are really special players though, and it is going to be a hard decision when and how to replace them. However, I feel the Steelers are all about grooming young players and replacing old players before they become bad - ie we replace our old guys too early rather than too late if anything.

Now for our secondary - Ike Taylor is off-contract and we have drafted Curtis Brown in the third round who should start in the first week. Bryant McFadden should be back and Cortez Allen was drafted in the fourth round as a project. However I think I would feel more comfortable with better backups to McFadden and Brown - especially with Brown being a rookie - than William Gay and Allen. A decent backup Corner may be a good free-agent target for us. Just someone we can sign to a short-term contract who is capable of stepping in if Brown goes down or doesn't pan out or McFadden goes down.

Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark are great players although they are starting to age some. Especially Polamalu who throws his body around so much and seems to be injured every year. Ryan Mundy and Will Allen are our backups in these positions - and with Polamalu injured most seasons, someone like Will Allen is bound to end up playing. If we feel Will Allen can't be as impactful as we would like on the field, then maybe a better quality SS would be a good free agent target.

Our offense is looking pretty solid. We got to the superbowl on half of an NFL-quality O-Line last season. Ben Roethlisberger is our guy at QB and we probably have the best depth in the league with Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich . I'm unsure whether we are going to bring Denis Dixon back, who is off-contract this season.

At Running Back, Rashad Mendenhall, Isaac Redman and 7th-round Draft Pick Baron Batch along with FB David Johnson provide the Steelers with a solid core in the Running game. We have depth, youth and quality. Wide Receiver is a similar story with Hines Ward , Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, Antwaan Randel El, Antonio Brown and even arguably Limas Sweed (who I still haven't lost hope with) provide great depth. Wallace is one of the league's best deep threat. However, our main priority is to replace Hines Ward when he retires or starts to drop. Tricky situation, easier said than done. Aside from Brown (6th round), all of those WRs named have been drafted by the Steelers in the 2nd or 3rd rounds. I think either next draft or the one after we need to draft a WR in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd round of the draft. I don't see Sanders becoming a superstar WR, a great slot guy - sure. But we need a superstar guy to replace Ward. We had that with Holmes, but obviously he didn't pan out. Brown is another solid slot guy, and Sweed has talent but who knows whether he can use it productively. Our Tight Ends are young enough and we have two good TEs with Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth.

At offensive line we have drafted Marcus Gilbert at Tackle. He should come in and start right away. Jonathon Scott is young and was drafted in the 5th round of the 2006 draft by us. Flozell Adams is a 14-year pro, and it seems it is time for him to take a backup role to Gilbert and Scott at his age, so he will likely retire if he isn't starting I believe. He can still contribute and may have to if we have anything close to the amount of O-line injuries we had last season. Tony Hills if off-contract this season, and Chris Scott is our other backup at Tackle. I would personally re-sign Hills simply because I am frightened of not having any players to play if our O-line is injured again this season.

At Center, Maurkice Pouncey is a phenom and he may just be with us for his entire career. I personally like what Doug Legursky did for us last season when he was thrown in the deep end and think he is fine as our backup there. At Guard, we drafted Keith Williams in the 6th round as a project. A lot of fans seem to want to replace Chris Kemoeatu , but I stand by him for another few seasons at least. He is a good player and we can groom Keith Williams or find another player in the earlier rounds of future drafts possibly. Ramon Foster and Trai Essex should be back at Right Guard, although Essex is off-contract - I would love to re-sign him as we need all the depth we can get at O-line.

I feel like we have good depth in most positions and shouldn't need to be too active in the free agency market.

Potential Free Agency Targets
- I think a suitable backup CB who can step in and play if needed on a short term contract could be used
- If we don't feel Will Allen is up to it, try and sign a better backup to Polamalu as he is often injured
Potential Future (Next Two Seasons) Early Round Draft Choices
- Nose Tackle to groom to replace Hampton
- Inside Linebackers to groom to replace Farrior and Harrison as they age
- Polamalu backup and eventual replacement
- Potentially another CB
- Stud WR to replace Ward
- Guard to improve upon Kemoeatu/Foster combo we have currently


Overall, while the experts may once again pick the Ravens to win the division - we should take the division and make a run at the superbowl again. I'll be realistic and say we won't make the superbowl this season as we made it last season and the odds are very much against it. But I don't think a 13-3/12-4 season isn't out of the question. Potentially second seed behind Patriots I would say.

- Harbour



Category: NFL
Tags: Steelers
 
Posted on: May 7, 2009 1:14 am
 

Harbour's NBA Conference Semi-Finals Predictions

Cleveland over Atlanta in 4 Games
Orlando over Boston in 7 Games

Los Angeles over Houston in 5 Games
Denver over Dallas in 6 Games



First Round Predictions
Cleveland over Detroit in 4 Games - CORRECT
Boston over Chicago in 6 Games - 1 GAME OUT
Orlando over Philadelphia in 5 Games - 1 GAME OUT
Miami over Atlanta in 7 Games - WRONG TEAM IN GAME 7

LA Lakers over Utah in 5 Games - CORRECT
Denver over New Orleans in 7 Games - 2 GAMES OUT
San Antonio over Dallas in 7 Games - WRONG TEAM, WRONG GAMES - WAT OFF
Portland over Houston in 6 Games - WRONG TEAM, 6 GAMES IS CORRECT :P
Category: NBA
Posted on: April 18, 2009 6:45 am
 

Harbour's NBA First Round Playoff Predictions

Just for the record.....

Cleveland over Detroit in 4 Games
Boston over Chicago in 6 Games
Orlando over Philadelphia in 5 Games
Miami over Atlanta in 7 Games

LA Lakers over Utah in 5 Games
Denver over New Orleans in 7 Games
San Antonio over Dallas in 7 Games
Portland over Houston in 6 Games

Category: NBA
 
 
 
 
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