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Old 06-02-2009, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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John Hammond is encouraged by what he sees as the countdown continues until the June 25 draft.

And the Milwaukee Bucks general manager disputes the notion it's a weak draft with little difference in quality after the first two or three picks.

"Absolutely not," Hammond said in a phone interview from Minneapolis, where he was among representatives of 20 National Basketball Association teams attending a workout on Monday. "The rumblings out of Chicago were that this draft may be better than people have anticipated. I feel like we'll get a good player."
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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gm's with top 10 picks this year announcing that the draft isn't that weak are just advertising picks for sale.
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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wow, did this really deserve a post? lol
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wow, did this really deserve a post? lol
there's a fair bit of irony in this post ugo...
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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guess so, im off to make a post saying "BC thinks drafting is fun"
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't think so. I actually believe what he's saying. A lot of guys in the media early on were saying the draft was weak because players who were eligible were pulling out. I think if all those guys stayed in it would have been a spectacular draft, however, the way things are materializing it looks as though its going to be a solid draft. Most of those guys in the media have shut up about the draft being weak. What I've been hearing is only positives about the options in the lotto.
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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lol, it would only be post worthy if he said this draft was shit and nobody could help his team, every gm is saying "we think we will get a good player" etc etc bs, it's always positive to be in the lotto, considering the alternative, but this is really a ridic article and statement.
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It can't be that bad when you have teams like Dallas trying to trade into the lotto to draft Jordan Hill, Portland trying to move into the lotto to draft Stephen Curry and over a half dozen teams trying to trade for additional 1st round picks. Words and actions suggest this is a better draft than originally advertised. Not everything is a smoke screen and those cats in the media are wrong more often than not.

The top three wasn't affected much by the players pulling out and neither was the top ten for that matter. This is why you're seeing teams attempting to trade for players slotted from 5-10 in most mock drafts. That's a good sign.

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Old 06-02-2009, 04:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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What this draft is missing is the elite/superstar talent. Griffin might hit Boozer level and Harden might hit Joe Johnson, while Rubio becomes a poor man's Kidd, but that's probably it for even 2nd best player on a good team types, barring the huge upside picks who could surprise like Clark and Jennings

However after that, there's about 20 players who I could see as starters or 3rd to 5th bananas. There's a ton of "good" players in this draft and talent, there's just no franchise players. A guy like Jordan Hill encompasses what this draft is about. Will he an all-star? Nope. Can he be a solid 10/10 starter and give you what Horford did last year? Totally. It's also one of the most deep PG classes in years. Rubio, Jennings, Holliday, Curry, Flynn, Teague, Lawson, Maynor, Mills. What it's missing is big men, the PFs and Cs in this draft are brutal.
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What this draft is missing is the elite/superstar talent. Griffin might hit Boozer level and Harden might hit Joe Johnson, while Rubio becomes a poor man's Kidd, but that's probably it for even 2nd best player on a good team types, barring the huge upside picks who could surprise like Clark and Jennings

However after that, there's about 20 players who I could see as starters or 3rd to 5th bananas. There's a ton of "good" players in this draft and talent, there's just no franchise players. A guy like Jordan Hill encompasses what this draft is about. Will he an all-star? Nope. Can he be a solid 10/10 starter and give you what Horford did last year? Totally. It's also one of the most deep PG classes in years. Rubio, Jennings, Holliday, Curry, Flynn, Teague, Lawson, Maynor, Mills. What it's missing is big men, the PFs and Cs in this draft are brutal.
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I think this class is probably going to be on par with the classes of 2001 and 2002. In case no one is keep track, Colangelo later made a move for Joe Johnson(2001) in his rookie year and followed that up by drafting Amare Stoudemire(2002) the following year... This draft is going to have some studs outside the top three, like all drafts. I think the number is higher than the media is saying.
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:33 PM   #12 (permalink)
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i also think this draft will suprise. some real talent at the point and wings as well as some impact bigs, you just might have to wait a couple years. i actually don't think this will be a weak draft at all but what do i know
its not wade, lebron ,bosh, anthony buts its certainly not mike miller, kenyon martin type draft
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