Thankfully, not making the playoffs does give teams something to get excited about in the offseason - The Lottery.
It seems as if every day draft prognosticators have different guys wearing Sonic jerseys - assuming Seattle lands the #10 pick as expected. Among the people I've seen attributed to Seattle are Mardy Collins, Ronnie Brewer, and 100 other players.
A couple of tips:
1. Everybody is "long"
2. Everybody has "exceptional quickness"
3. Everybody "needs to work on defensive positioning"
4. Everybody "reminds scouts of (insert player of same race and height here)"
With that in mind, I'm not adverse at all to Seattle dealing the pick + Danny Fortson to pickup something useful: a veteran center, perhaps?
The lottery will be starting at 4:30 pm tonight, West Coast time.
UPDATE: The lottery has ended. Bad News: The Sonics got the 10th pick. Good News: Portland dropped to fourth!
I think this is going to be the most interesting draft in a long time. You've got so much uncertainty at the top of the draft: can Thomas/Aldridge realize their potential, can Morrison score at the pro level, and so on. Plus, several of the teams at the top (the Bulls in particular) might not want to add another young player, so we could see several trades.
As far as the Sonics go, here's my wish list (assuming they pick 10th).
1. Brandon Roy (ain't happening).
2. Randy Foye: shooting guard is the only spot I can see any rookie getting minutes next year, since we don't have a real backup for Ray. Foye's a good offensive player and is better on defense than Ronnie Brewer.
3. Brewer: maybe more potential than Foye, he's got great (6'7") size.
4. Marcus Williams: we might not have a role for him, but he's going to be a very nice pro.
5. Rudy Gay: Another guy I doubt will last, and who doesn't really fit position-wise. But we could take a flier on him and let him sit most of the season.
Brewer is the only player in your list that will be available with a 10th pick, in my opinion
My wish list (I have probably less knowledge of NCAA basketball than you)
1/ trade the pick and Gelabale will be Allen's backup
2/ Ronnie Brewer
3/ Rodney Carney
5/ Shelden Williams
And in the Second round i will take Markota, an European player, this guy is very good (almost as good as Bargnani, don't know why he is so low in the mock drafts)
I read today in the PI that Gelabale may not be coming to Seattle this year after all. Here's the paragraph:
"Also, [Seattle GM Rick] Sund said that 2005 second-round pick Mickael Gelabale has not committed to joining next year's team. His agent will meet with the Sonics next month, perhaps at the Orlando predraft camp."
Bob, can you give us any insight into this?
Why the hell do the Sonics keep drafting cats who never end up playing for us??? That's just a waste of a draft pick. I doubt any of the Sonics managment check this site out, but just in case;
PLEASE DO NOT DRAFT J.J. REDDICK!! PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, ANYBODY BUT J.J. REDDICK. PLEASE!!!
"Bob, can you give us any insight into this? "
i read this but I dont know the signification of "committed" !
I will be very surprised if he doesn't come as he already said in many french newspapers that he wants to play in the NBA next year. He talked with Turiaf and Petro and they said the same thing
His mind was in Seattle all year and because of that he had troubles with his coach, I can't see him stay in Madrid another year.
Can somebody help me out and please tell me how good Mickael Gelabale really is?
He played with the French National Team with NBA players like Diaw, Parker and Pietrus
For many french basketball fans he was the best player behind Diaw.
Very Good defender, a huge jump and a decent shoot. Not a bad passer, rebounder too.
His biggest problem is his weight as he is very skinny.
And like all European players his adaptation to NBA basketball is not guaranteed
But i'm confident as french players usually fit well in the NBA
Anonymous, you can also look through our archives for a story about Gelabale I wrote on April 7 of this year. He's a "long" (sorry) player capable of playing the 2 or 3, or even the point if an emergency arises. Like most guys from Europe we've seen recently, you can't categorize him as a particular position, but he would definitely help the Sonics next year as Allen's backup.
I wrote an article about Gelabale on my blog too but it is in French :) !
"or even the point if an emergency arises"
I don't really agree with that, to play the point in European Basketball is very different from the NBA
Gelabale is a decent ball handler but clearly not a potential point guard
How long lasts the Lottery ?
I would like to know the results live but it's already midnight here so...
Hey Bob, what sound does vinegar make when it hits water?
The lottery only lasts a few minutes. They may stretch it out longer for television purposes, but it ought to be done within 15 minutes.
The Sonics got the 10th pick . . . and Portland dropped to fourth! (Sorry Lance!)
Toronto-Chicago-Charlotte-Portland is the top 4. If the Blazers keep up this run of lousy luck for another 25 years, I may almost begin to feel sorry for them.
Wait, I just had a flashback to Danny Ainge in black and red ... Bill Walton ... Kevin Duckworth ... Ah, yes. My Blazer hatred has been rightfully restored.
lets get Shelden Williams. He'll be a fine big man. Can you ever have too many? Nooooope. Chris Wilcox = bust in waiting. SIGN AND TRADE! He has no shot! or defense!
Why trade Wilcox? if he could ever get us 20-10 a night the line-up can easily be adjusted to complement his type of play?
I don't want to trade Wilcox !
Only if this is to get KG or Jermaine O'neal
So we got the 10th pick, don't really know what to do with it
In the Second Round i would try to get Markota or if we are really lucky : Thabo Sefolosha
I'm actually cool with the fourth pick. That allows Portland brass the freedom to take the guy I want in the fist place: Black's homie Brandon Roy. Of course, he'll have to spend the first couple of weeks scrubing off the foul stench of huskie, but after that, he's going to make me very happy. Is it true that the Sonics are looking to draft a guy from Lichenstien?
Lance, y'all don't need B. Roy, you've got Martell, they basically play the same position. Besides, we all know you guys are gonna take the newest version of wally szczxzczerbiak.
You wrong big. Most here in P-Town think Martell is eventually going to move to SF, so adding Roy makes perfect sense. If it were two years ago, I'd say it would be almost certain that the Blazers would make the mistake of taking Morrison, but with Nate running the things, I don't think there's any way the Blazers take him. Hell, he might be available for you guys to take at ten!
That's not funny Lance. Them's fightin words.
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