Dante Exum 5 Utah Jazz

The problem is I think he was drafted too high for a player that many people never even saw before. I don’t think Utah was the only team to send some scouts out there to find Exum. I read all about him and saw some clips of him, Exum looks really good, but honestly there aren’t a whole lot of impactful international players out there.

Tony Parker was a late first round pick and Manu Ginóbili was a second round pick. It is a little hard to take a 4th overall pick on Exum when it is unclear who he is really playing against. Honestly, I think American basketball has the best players in the world. Tim Duncan was born somewhere else, but played here. Hakeem Olajuwon came from another country, but played here in America.

Exum could be a good player in this league, but it would be a better gauge of his skill set to see him go against American trained players more often. He fits the needs of the Jazz and has a lot of size for a point guard. He could exploit some miss matches if given the right plays.

Joe Reyes

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Aaron Gordon 4 Orlando Magic

I thought there were a lot of other players the Magic could’ve drafted before taking Gordon. Not saying he is a bad player. He has some great moments, but just would’ve used the pick on someone else. A lot of other holes to fill on the Magic’s roster than just a Power Forward. I would’ve taken Julius Randle before Gordon.

I don’t see Gordon as a star, but a good contributor on a bad team. They need rebounding more than scoring. If Gordon could make his game based around the rim then he will be doing exactly what the Magic need.

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Joel Embiid 3 Philadelphia 76ers

I wouldn’t draft Embiid even if I desperately needed a center. I don’t care about all his shot blocking ability, or his great foot work, or his post moves. When I hear the words “back injury” and “injury prone” and now “foot injury”, that makes me a little scared to want to take a chance on him.

Maybe Embiid will be the super star that he is projected to be, but I wouldn’t take a risk on a guy with injuries already. Greg Oden was a first overall pick and projected to be a super star, what bench will he reside on next season?

When you have a pick that high, you don’t want to take a risk on his health. You can easily teach a player a new skill set, but sometimes you can’t fix someone after major injuries. Look at Derrick Rose and Amare Stoudemire, both had major injuries and haven’t played since. Stoudemire has at least played a little bit, but is breaking down. Rose hasn’t played in 2 seasons!

I think Embiid will sadly get hurt again and next time be a major one. The 76ers took a chance last draft with Nerlens Noel hoping he will be healthy this season. Could be a good combo of centers, but we will know more when Embiid is “healthy”.

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Jabari Parker 2 Milwaukee Bucks

I had a hard time thinking about what to write about Jabari Parker. Most NBA scouts and analysts say Parker is the most NBA ready player in the draft. He doesn’t “wow” me at all. I think he will be a 18 point and close to a double double player, but I don’t see super star in Parker.

I see a very good player and contributor to a terrible team. I see his stats being very high his rookie season, but in no way a player to take this team to the playoffs. Unlike snubbed Rookie of the Year Brandon Jennings. I don’t see what all the fuss is about with Parker. Granted I think he will be a good player, but not worth taking with the number 2 pick.

 

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Guardians Of The Galaxy

My God this movie looks awful. I don’t like to start off a post being that negative, but I really hate seeing the trailers of this movie. It looks to be a terrible movie. The direction looks horrible and the characters are so unlikable that there doesn’t look to be many redeeming qualities to this movie. My biggest problem is that the characters look so dumb. I mean there is a raccoon with a machine gun, a tree, and just other random people.

Yes I know all I have to go on is the trailer, but the trailers really do set the tone for a movie. The only reason I might see this movie is because it ties into the Avengers and the Thanos saga. So I’m very hypocritical in my article because I will end up seeing this movie at one point.

So I’ll be writing my full review on this movie when I see it. Guardians of the Galaxy comes out August 1st, so…..who knows how it’ll turn out.

Joe Reyes

 

Andrew Wiggins 1 Cleveland Cavaliers

I don’t understand why there was any doubt that Wiggins would go number 1 overall. He would’ve gone number 1 overall last draft as well. Wiggins is that player that you can’t pass up on. His ceiling is so high. I think he can be a superstar in this league.

I don’t know why there was any debate about picking Wiggins. There are some players that don’t come around often and when they’re gone you will regret not taking them. Wiggins athleticism is unmeasurable and he can only get better as his career progresses.

My only problem with Wiggins is his weight. He is only listed as 190. For a guy who is 6’8, and plays with a lot of driving moves, he should be heavier to be able to battle down low. LeBron looked skinny when he first started and so did Patrick Ewing, but that changed pretty quickly.

I think Cleveland made the right choice. Not only just taking Wiggins, there was a lot of debate to trade the pick to get Kevin Love. This was a plan in order to get LeBron to come back. I don’t see that happening. So trading the Wiggins pick to get Love would’ve been useless.

I see Wiggins becoming a quick star in this league. Close to an All Star, but defiantly Rookie of the Year. Yes, I am projecting Wiggins to go very far in this league and have an amazing first year. The problem is….he’s on Cleveland. Not a lot of star talent there. Maybe Wiggins will attract other free agents in his second season and with a low record they should be in the hunt for some top picks.

Joe Reyes

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Shut Up And Take My Money

Chis Bosh had a perfect opportunity to compete for another championship on the Houston Rockets, but instead took a grossly overpaid contract with the Heat. Bosh was reported to get around 88 million with the Rockets, but will now get a 118 million dollar contract to stay in Miami.

I always thought Bosh was a great player, most likely a Hall of Famer when it’s all said and done, but was surprised he took the Miami contract. Bosh has taken less money to play with LeBron and Wade when they first went to Miami. Bosh has also reduced his role on the team by taking less shots and deferring to Wade and LeBron.

It’s odd that Bosh chose to stay on a Miami team clearly not equipped to win a championship, rather than going to a stacked Rockets team that could be a favorite in the West. I understand that Miami offered him A LOT of money, but when he said he wants to win more rings, he clearly didn’t pick the right destination to do it in.

Joe Reyes