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  1. ALT GRIND

    2019 NBA DRAFT

    I think 4 and 5 are tougher picks. Maybe even 3. The guys in 6-8 probably have higher FLOORS than maybe a guy like Ja Morant (although the upside might not be there). At 6-8 I think you highly consider FIT -- or you look at trading down. If so I would attempt a MASSIVE "trade-down" trade. Maybe throw Mike Conley into that. If we end up with Ja Morant at 3, I think we continue to roll the dice and trade Conley, too -- hopefully for AT LEAST a mid-first, a future protected first round pick, a promising player on a rookie deal, and a guy who could help a Jaren-Morant-Bruno-Jonas core in the short-term. If we go with Ja we basically have to give him the keys to day 1 AND move Conley on draft night. It helps though since we have Kyle Anderson as a really solid play maker as well as back court depth featuring Avery Bradley and Delon Wright (as well as Jevon Carter who, at the very least, is a pest on defense). IF we do that, then you hope we can get an MLE free agent so we can either convey a pick falling outside the top 6 OR we win a top 3 pick and just roll the dice on a big man: James Wiseman or Vernon Carey, Jr. You could plug in Anthony Edwards in there, too, and you are SET.
  2. ALT GRIND

    2019 NBA DRAFT

    If I had to update my Tiers, I think Zion is in a Tier by himself, so he is a legit Tier 1 prospect. Then I have RJ Barrett as Tier 1a. Now, if RJ were a freak athlete then I would bump him up a bit into Zion range. Now, who is after that? Or, what is the next TIER after that? We are pretty much trying to figure out if there are any Tier 1b guys. So, legit top 3 picks, or number 1 picks in mediocre drafts.... Ja, Garland, Bol Bol, and probably Reddish are the big question marks. If they ARE Tier 1b guys then you pick one of them no matter what. If not, they are likely Tier 2 guys in a draft where it looks like MOST players if not ALL the lottery picks and possibly the vast majority of the first round are similarly ranked: so, Tier 2 guys or top-shelf Tier 3 prospects. If so, go with Best FIT Available starting at maybe 3. Or, 4 or 5 if anyone in the Ja/Reddish/Bol Bol/Garland (Culver? Hunter?) level surprise to the upside. This also looks like a draft where if you are top 5 but don't land either 1 or 2 then you think about trading down. So, instead of flipping a coin on Ja/Garland maybe you trade down for TWO mid-firsts or something, go with Tre Jones as your floor general of the future (or hope that Ja Morant or Garland falls, OR Markus Howard super-impresses during workouts), AND get some extra help either on the wing or inside. I would have Zion at 1, RJ at 2, then a mix of these guys filling out the top 10 (plus another 'high level' guy and a potential sleeper/high riser): Ja Morant, Darius Garland, Cam Reddish, De'Andre Hunter, Jarrett Culver, and Bol Bol. Then there are probably 10-15 guys who could legitimately fill out the rest of the lottery/mid-first round. Tre Jones' ceiling might be late lotto but his FLOOR could be late first round. I almost want to put Grant Williams, Rui Hachimura, and Brandon Clarke in this category, too. Two wings who might be slipping a bit (Nassir Little and Romeo Langford) probably fit into this category too -- although either/both could REALLY free-fall. Markus Howard would be my sleeper pick in the 10-25 range. Haven't even watched him really but the guy can score/shoot.
  3. ALT GRIND

    2019 NBA DRAFT

    I would LOVE to pick at 1. 2 with RJ Barrett -- at least I think his floor is super high with a high baseline. 3 and 4 scare me. How high do you take Ja or Reddish? Or even Bol Bol? 6-8 looks like a great range to pick in. Guys with pretty high floors AND fairly high ceilings. Then you can also afford to roll the dice on Ja, Reddish, Bol Bol, and then maybe Darius Garland. Guys who probably have the upside to be picked at 3 or 4 but maybe a lower floor than you would want in that range. De'Andre Hunter looks like a classic value pick in that 6-8 range. There are probably 5-10 other guys you could sell me on in that range. If we get that 56th pick from Boston I kinda like Tacko Fall. Yeah he isn't super fast but he isn't super slow either. Can dunk, rebound, and block shots without jumping. He would offer great value as a two-way contract. Trade down targets (or if we trade Conley for picks): Tre Jones, Markus Howard, Kevin Porter, Jr. What about Charles Bassey? Or an import like Sekou Dembouya or Luka Semanic? If we have only two high-level upside youngsters on the team (Jaren and Bruno) then I wouldn't mind filling out the rest of a youth-movement 'Fab Five' in this draft. Rabb is a player. Jevon might be a long term project but maybe he is the ideal 3rd string point guard that every team needs. Kyle, Jonas, and Delon are solid/good 'young veterans'. Dillon Brooks is coming up on a make-or-break year. His "upside" might only be top-shelf 6th man.
  4. ALT GRIND

    2019 NBA DRAFT

    Send Jaren to recruit. If the potential draft picks don't get along with JJJ then we probably don't want him anyway.
  5. On another board, people were discussing Mitchell Robinson and his foul trouble earlier in the year. Sounded like Mitch Rob was chasing, trying too hard, and trying to block everything. Maybe Jaren's job should me solid man defense and great team defense along with some weak side shot blocking. I don't see him as the next Rudy Gobert or Mark Eaton in terms of rim protection. Chasing blocked shots are gonna get big men in trouble REAL quick. Jaren should emulate Shane Battier on defense, or, hopefully Dennis Rodman, and maybe not Bill Russell.
  6. Trae Young looked good last night. REALLY good. More of a mesmerizing ball handler, passer, and team leader with some scoring than a dead-eye 3 point shooter, BUT when he is on he can shoot with anybody. I still think he is this generation's Bob Cousy. Jaren looked good at times. Great shot when it goes in. When he gets going, he is an EXPLOSIVE binge scorer. Luka Doncic looked, well, he would have looked slow, out of shape, and disinterested for an OLD TIMERS game. Marvin Bagley III. Gamer. THAT would be a good running mate for Jaren. Might be the only other guy I would want (long-term) more than Jaren. Ayton: was he out there? I wouldn't be SHOCKED if Trae, Luka, and Ayton have ALREADY PEAKED in terms of stats, or maybe they are closer to PEAK STATS than we might have thought. The Hawks already have 3 nice pieces for their young core in Trae Young, John Collins, and Kevin Huerter. Plus they are probably gonna get two more lotto picks in this draft (unless the Mavs move into the top 5). So, they might be set after the draft. I would like multiple picks in this thing. Ideally, we get a 1a to put with Jaren PLUS some back court depth. Ideally, a future franchise point guard. Extra wing scoring would help, too. I think that Bruno Caboclo could fit in as the 3rd option. Maybe 4th. I would feature an offense that does plenty of Bruno pick and rolls. Let Jaren score from the wing or from 3 (pick/pops). Give Jaren the green light. If we hit the jackpot with Zion Williamson, then we could go either way with Mike Conley. Keep the Con Man another year to convey the pick to Boston, OR get a good deal (at least one solid first round pick and maybe a couple of guys who can help win us a few games) and go get Tre Jones as our franchise quarterback of the future along with wing scoring -- looking at Kevin Porter, Jr., Tyler Herro, Romeo Langford, Jarrett Culver, and some others if RJ/Cam/Hunter aren't there. Let's roll out a Fab Five! The Warriors have one now. The Duke Blue Devils ran one out there once they went small with Goldwire as the fifth Beattle to Zion's John Lennon, Cam's Paul McCartney, RJ Barrett's George Harrison (talented but slightly out of tune), and Tre Jones' Ringo Starr (backbone, gives Duke the perfect beat/tempo).
  7. ALT GRIND

    The rest of 2018-2019 the Grizz should...

    PG Kyle Anderson aka Slo Time SG Jaren Jackson, Jr. aka Air Jaren SF Downtown Bruno PF Ivan The Mediocre C Bol Bol ALT GRIND "Say what you will about ALT GRIND but at least it's an ethos."
  8. ALT GRIND

    The rest of 2018-2019 the Grizz should...

    Jaren would basically be the IDEAL small forward. A blend of Durant/Giannis. Durant didn't have Jaren's post game and size coming in. Giannis didn't have Jaren's shot. KD wasn't much of a ball handler either and Jaren is solid as long as he knows what he wants to do. JJJ has KD/Giannis upside as a weak side shot blocker, maybe better as a rim protector. Similar rebounding to start his career. Defensive potential is higher. Both on the ball and in a team defensive scheme. I think we need to try to go with as much length on the court as possible. Jaren/Bruno with possible even TWO more bigs (at least one rim protector/rebounder and one shooter/floor spacer) and a point guard who fits with what we are trying to do. If BOTH Jaren and Bruno live up to their potential then the SKY IS THE LIMIT.
  9. ALT GRIND

    Gonzo Lotto 44.0

    It really IS a toss-up between Hunter and some other guys. Cam Reddish has Rudytential although I like Reddish a lot more. RJ Barrett flashes some Wrotentential. And I see a lot of J Will with Ja Morant. Or, a cross between Penny Hardaway and Snap Hunter. I like Tre Jones but maybe his CEILING is Mike Conley. Tre Jones is not a good shooter though. At 2, I think teams go with NEED since I think guys in the 2-10 range are in a similar tier. Mostly Tier 2 types, with some high level Tier 3 prospects. Maybe even a couple of low-level Tier 1 studs.
  10. ALT GRIND

    The rest of 2018-2019 the Grizz should...

    What Jaren can really do well is get by his guy with a long first step and a power dribble. Out on the perimeter in space, he is more likely to bowl into defenders trying to get all the way to the basket. He needs a floater or Euro step. But, he is pretty good at getting by any defender who plays up on him. He is also good at exploiting mismatches in the low post. It is sort of the in-between stuff that trips him up. On defense, he should defend the other team's top power forward or small-ball center. Let Holiday and Bruno defend the other team's top 2 wings. On offense, Jaren pretty much needs shots from everywhere. I think he is a volume scorer who can have a Kevin Durant-style game. I think he is MUCH more of a KD type than an Embiid type. Also think he is closer to a KD (maybe some Giannis if he works on his ball handling and Euro Step) than an Anthony Davis (I don't want to hear about any more so-called "Unicorns"). Jaren should ONLY play center against small-ball centers. He probably only defends 4's or slower 3's at this point, but I would like to see him kinda defend all types of players (excluding most point guards and some centers) like Dennis Rodman or Scottie Pippen. Sometimes he should just channel his inner Michael Jordan and ruthlessly exploit mismatches. If he can't do that and the team needs buckets, he should put his head down and try to create on his own or at least get to the line. Other than that, he is a weak side shot blocker (as opposed to an ELITE rim protector), a pick/pop or a decent pick/roll guy (as opposed to an ELITE rim runner), and a SECONDARY rebounder. I almost want Bruno AND Jaren on the wing with Rabb at the 4 in a glorified Dennis Rodman role (but better on offense and an order of magnitude worse on defense). Then get the point guard/center combo that complements this potential BIG THREE.
  11. ALT GRIND

    The rest of 2018-2019 the Grizz should...

    Yeah, I think on offense he is a wing scorer. He almost looks like a guy who would thrive in a triangle offense (maybe the same with Yuta, Holiday, Jevon, Rabb, and Bruno). Maybe we should get Scottie Pippen as a coach. I would go ALL IN on length, toughness, versatility, and defense setting up the offense -- both transition full court offense and a disciplined half-court triangle offense. Jaren on the wing can attack from mid-range and from 3. Get that going then he can post up smaller guys or go around bigger ones. He needs to work with MJ (and Kobe/Wade's) old trainer Tim S. Grover -- get more explosive, stronger, and mentally tough. Jaren can either be a 30 point scorer from the wing/combo forward spots and a defensive ace OR he could be the second coming of Marvin Williams. Not much in between. On defense he needs to guard the other team's best front court guy (except for freakish centers like Embiid). Put Bruno on the team's second best offensive weapon. Or, make Bruno the lock-down defensive guy. Maybe our future "fab four" is Jevon, Jaren, Bruno, and Rabb. Rotate centers like JV and Noah. Yuta can be our poor man's Toni Kukoc. We should also try him at point guard. Against smaller teams go: Jevon, Yuta, Bruno, Rabb, and Jaren. In the draft go BPA. If we have to trade UP do that. If we have to trade DOWN, do that. If we need more play makers then Tre Jones/De'Andre Hunter might be our guys. So, yeah, for this team to THRIVE I think Jaren/Bruno/Rabb/Yuta need to be our MJ/Pippen/Rodman/Kukoc. If we have to upgrade the point guard spot, fine. Although maybe we trade down for that. There are some good (but maybe not GREAT bigs in this draft) but we can probably get 'em later. Maybe even in the 2nd round. If the team is Jevon/Yuta, Jaren, Bruno, Rabb, and JV/Noah inside then I am putting Jaren on the strong side basically at the 2 for catch/shoot opportunities. Then do a ton of Jevon/Yuta pick and rolls with Downtown Bruno. Put our center on the baseline or at the high post for a secondary pick (if needed). Put Rabb on the weak side, either for the shot or post up and also let him crash the glass. I know these aren't "popular" draft picks but, man, Markus Howard and Mac McClung intrigue me. Maybe even moreso with Markus Howard. Bigs: Moses Brown and Kylor Kelley out of the Pac-Whatever for deep sleepers. Although I think Moses Brown might go back to UCLA. Charles Bassey looks interesting, too, although he might be more of a mid-first round trade-down target. Same with Bruno Fernando. Something also tells me that I would take a few looks at Luka Samanic, a 6'10 import who can shoot it a bit. At the very least, he could be a good draft/stash guy.
  12. ALT GRIND

    Memphis signs Bruno Caboclo to a 10-day

    Bruno could be our main guy for all I know. I would run pick and rolls with him. Do we have any point guards that can run pick and roll?
  13. ALT GRIND

    Memphis signs Bruno Caboclo to a 10-day

    Not that we could use it all the time, but against smaller teams, I would like to see some Jaren/Bruno teams inside. The Grizzlies are now sneaky deep with some freaky players.
  14. ALT GRIND

    2019 NBA DRAFT

    I posted a new mock draft (lottery) in the off topic talk section.
  15. Oh yeah, true. I just think they want positive momentum to end the year. Probably can't catch the Suns/Cavs/Bulls/Knicks anyway. The Hawks ALSO have the Mavs pick (unless it is top 5). They could really clean up in this draft. I think the Grizz wanna see what we have with the new guys. Then if Jaren/Bruno/Rabb can fit in. Other than the young guys probably getting more minutes and touches down the stretch I STILL don't think the FO knows if it wants to keep the pick or convey it. Even if we finish with the 6th worse record there is still a chance 3 teams pass us in the lotto and we lose the pick anyway.