FanPost

Xsago's 2014 draft board

Well, here we are, one day until the draft i.e. the most important day of the last decade for the Sixers franchise. Every year I follow the draft to a variable degree, and form my educated but still somewhat irrational "likes" and "dislikes". This year is no different, except that I've seen/read more stuff than ever before. Of course the likes and dislikes are within context of the draft (strength of the draft and where the players were expected to be drafted) i.e. they are by no means at the top or at the bottom of my board (a few guys were actually at the top by a huge margin because I felt they were going to be surefire future hall of famers - Davis, Durant and Rubio, but they are exceptions not the rule). I've had both successes and mistakes in the past and this year will most likely be no different. Here's a short table of my yearly irrational picks:

Likes

Len, Burke, Karasev, Davis, Henson, Sullinger, Kanter, Valanciunas, Favors, Monroe, Rubio, Love, Mayo, Speights, Durant, Horford etc.

Dislikes

Rose, Thabeet, J.Hill, W.Johnson, Irving, Derrick Williams, the Morris twins, T.Robinson, McLemore, Mason Plumlee and Olynyk

This year my likes feature Exum, Gordon and Saric (why did you withdraw Kristaps!!!) whereas I dislike Hood, Warren and Payne. What's different from other years? I really like all 9 of the top guys. Am a little lower on Parker, Vonleh and Smart than most but that doesn't mean I don't think they can be really good in the NBA.

Similar to last year, because of the importance of this draft for the Sixers I decided to create an entire draft board. It's not 60 deep, but I feel like at least one of these guys will surely be available for any of the Sixers picks, so I consider it deep enough. So, without further ado, here's my 2014 draft board:

rank

name

tier

comment

1.

Dante Exum

1

Quickness, size, skills, IQ. When you listen to him talk you just feel that he's the real deal. Improving his jump shot is only a matter of time IMO.

2.

Andrew Wiggins

1

Spectacular athlete with a questionable handle. I'm willing to bet that his handle will be better than we think. Been flip-flopping between him and Exum at #1 all year long.

3.

Jabari Parker

2

Best scoring potential in the draft along with Exum. Has to be a 4 long term because of his body type and lack of lateral quickness. Really worried about his defense and the fact that he somehow hasn't gotten in shape in a year.

4.

Aaron Gordon

3

Great all round forward who has star potential if he can learn how to shoot, which is a big if considering he only shot 40+% from the FT line. Can't pass up the combination of athleticism, defense, handle and compatitiveness.

5.

Julius Randle

3

His weaknesses have been picked apart to the degree that people forgot how good he can be if he can improve his jumper. With his combination of size, strength, quickness, touch and handle he can be unguardable as a face up 4, if he improves his shot. Great rebounder and good post up player. Analytics don't love him and he doesn't project great defensively because of lack of length.

6.

Dario Saric

3

Probably the best all-round player in the draft. He can do everything, especially handle and pass for his size. Great feel for the game. The question is: How will everything translate defensively against better athletes? Not worried about him staying in Europe for a while.

7.

Noah Vonleh

3

Looks great in theory (long, athletic, can rebound, can shoot), but i'm worried he doesn't have the intelligence to become a star. He still has a long way to go and his jump shot is nowhere near a sure thing.

8.

Marcus Smart

3

Fairly confident he will maximize his ability and he does have good size for a PG, but I think he's strength helped him bully college players and he won't be as effective in the NBA. The jump shot is also a real worry.

9.

Joel Embiid

3

Has the 2-way talent to be the #1 pick, but a foot and back injury is a very scary thing for a C. Too much risk to be higher. Also, let's not forget that he played relatively few minutes. The sample size on him isn't as great as people like to think.

10.

Doug McDermott

4

Has the potential to be the best all-round shooter in the NBA. Can't pass that up despite his real flaws on the defensive end.

11.

Nik Stauskas

4

Great shooter. Can handle and pass. Perfect wing for the modern NBA. Has enough size to figure it out to a reasonable degree defensively.

12.

Kyle Anderson

5

High basketball IQ player who has the skills of a PG and the size of a PF. Can be very useful in the modern NBA headlined by ball movement and threes. It's not all about speed and quickness. Loved by analytics.

13.

Gary Harris

5

Good all round rotation level guard. How much will his lack of size hurt him on both sides of the floor?

14.

Tyler Ennis

5

Chance to be a starting level floor general.

15.

Elfrid Payton

5

Good PG prospect in a league dominated by PGs. Definitely worth keeping an eye on as he has all the required raw tools.

16.

Jusuf Nurkic

5

Huge C who has the potential to be a dominant force inside, but has questionable character.

17.

Spencer Dinwiddie

6

Was great before an ACL tear. Looks to have great skills for a SG on paper, but was his performance a result of small sample size and how will he come back after the injury?

18.

KJ McDaniels

6

If he can further improve his 3 pointer, he can be a starting level wing. Serious 3&D potential.

19.

Vasilije Micic

6

Floor general. Will be a very successful player in Europe, can he be more than a high end backup in the NBA?

20.

Jordan Adams

6

Difficult to see how his game will translate to the NBA, but the analytics love him.

21.

Clint Capela

6

Raw C, who is a decent long term bet.

22.

Zach LaVine

6

Specatacular athlete, but he's nowhere near being an NBA level of basketball player.

23.

Bogdan Bogdanovic

6

Nice rotation wing.

24.

James Young

6

Talented, but I feel he's going to waste his talent.

25.

Damien Inglis

6

Perfect draft and stash guy suitable for the modern NBA (3&D).

26.

Shabazz Napier

6

Decent backup PG

27.

Mitch McGary

7

Decent backup big

28.

Nikola Jokic

7

Interesting skillset and production at an early age. Analytics like him a lot, but does he have an NBA body?

29.

Cleanthony Early

7

Decent 3&D potential

30.

Jarnell Stokes

7

Analytics like him.

31.

Nemanja Dangubic

7

Raw but worth stashing in Europe

32.

Adreian Payne

7

Can't see him as more than an 8th man

33.

Ioannis Papapetrou

7

Decent 3&D potential

34.

PJ Hairston

7

Character concerns are a red flag for me

35.

Walter Tavares

7

Typical 2nd round draft and stash target

36.

TJ Warren

7

Can't see his skillset translating to the NBA

37.

Glenn Robinson III

7

Some 3&D potential

38.

Artem Klimenko

7

Draft and stash type

39.

Jerami Grant

7

Has zero perimeter skills.

40.

Thanasis Antetokounbo

7

Love his brother, maybe Thanasis can follow in his footsteps :)

41.

Rodney Hood

7

Solid shooter, horrible defender. Too one dimensional

42.

Khem Birch

7

Analytics like him

43.

Jordan Clarkson

7

meh, but draftable

44.

Alessandro Gentile

7

meh, but draftable

45.

Nick Johnson

7

meh, but draftable

46.

Jabari Brown

7

meh, but draftable

47.

CJ Wilcox

7

meh, but draftable

The approach to the draft for me has always been best player available. Within a draft tier there can be some wiggle room that takes fit into consideration, but that's more important in the latter stages of the draft, not in the lottery.

So what do you think? Does anyone share my opinions on certain players? Or do you strongly disagree? Discuss!!!

P.S. My dream scenario obviously is to somehow land both Wiggins and Exum. As for semi-realistic scenarios at # and #10, i'd be happy with Wiggins or Exum at #3 and whoever of the top 9 falls to the #10 (i'm certain at least 1 will).


A user-created LB joint. The Liberty Ballers staff does not contribute to FanPosts.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Liberty Ballers

You must be a member of Liberty Ballers to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Liberty Ballers. You should read them.

Join Liberty Ballers

You must be a member of Liberty Ballers to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Liberty Ballers. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker