Originally Posted by RFX45
Dirk, he isn't hurt this off-season so we'll see. He'd still be first rounder if he actually plays 100% to start the season, Calderon also helps his value a bit. I mean really, I am not sure how you can put Love 5th and Dirk as 2nd roudner when Love only played 18 games last season and missed plenty a season before that too.
I wouldn't take Dirk with the 12th pick, no way. He was good but not 1st round value. Would definitely take Love at 12 if available.
Originally Posted by NAMOR
Im not overpaying for an injured player who suffered a critical injury (e.g. knee, ankle). However I am more optimistic about Love because of his age and relatively "minor" injury (hand). Having had all 6 months to rest an injury that otherwise requires 2-3 months to heal, I feel good with him at number 5. Rose will be a late first rounder and whoever picks him will probably enjoy a great season. He needs to show me that he is a 3-7 guy again.
I'd definitely take Rose if he was there at 5. I'd probably take him over Westbrook, but that's a close one.
Top 3 looks like LJ, Durant and Harden.
Also, some consideration has to be given to the tanking that will go on this season. This Wiggins kid is getting more press than anyone in recent memory.
Originally Posted by thinman
Neither Kaman nor Dwight fit D'Antoni's system, but if Kaman makes it onto the court at all, he'll give the Lakers more than Dwight did. Also, there's only room for one diva in that locker room and Kobe inherited the job as soon as Shaq left, so losing Dwight is addition by subtraction. If Kobe can be convinced that D'Antoni isn't a good fit, I predict D'Antoni won't last the whole season in LA and then Kaman can become that 12/10/2 guy he was before and the Lakers can contend.
It's really D'Antoni who isn't a good fit for the Lakers' personnel, but I think Kobe's influence is keeping D'Antoni in the job. (You'd think that Mitch Kupchak might talk with D'Antoni, or Kobe, before he signs a player, to make sure the player can fit the system. It seems that nobody in the Lakers' front office is talking to each other.)
Man, when the Lake starts losing this season I would not want to be around Kobe in that locker room. The dude is abrasive when winning, just imagine.