Thursday, June 26, 2008

2008 NBA Draft: First-round thoughts

Some thoughts on the first round of the NBA Draft:

- You already know my thoughts on Danilo Gallinari. He's definitely a "wait a few years" player and that is something that Knicks fans don't want. I know you can't make every move to appease the fans, but it's not fun to keep hearing, "It's okay if we suck for the next two years because we could, potentially, perhaps, maybe be able to sign LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade," from ownership.

- The Nets added two big guys in Brook Lopez and Ryan Anderson, showing that they want to transform their team to an interior-power group. With today's acquisition of Yi Jianlian and Nenad Krstic, Josh Boone and Bostjan Nachbar already on the roster, New Jersey has a decent foursome of bigs that they can rotate around. Vince Carter is a pretty good inside guy as well.

- Roy Hibbert to the Raptors will help their frontcourt, especially if the Jermaine O'Neal deal goes down, which JO himself says is happening. It will allow Hibbert to develop and get stronger by playing behind O'Neal, if the newly acquired PF/C can stay healthy. Hibbert may have to play a lot more if that's the case. That might not be a good thing.

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