Daly Dose #134 The Russ McKinstry Interview Part 2

This week on the Daly Dose, we continue our discussion with high school basketball coach Russ McKinstry. Following his bout with cancer, he was able to get back into coaching, and help his new team reach a pretty amazing level.

What should parents expect from the children’s athletic career? What are we failing to teach our young players? And who are the greatest basketball players in the history of the NBA, and does LeBron James belong in that conversation? Are the Golden State Warriors one of the greatest teams in league history? We pick Coach Mac’s brain on a few different topics!

Plus what to look for in the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday night, and one team has to feel really good about their franchise going forward, but it might not be who you think.

Don’t miss a special episode of the Daly Dose!

Listen here to Episode 134 The Russ McKinstry Interview Part 2!

 

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Daly Dose #130 Memorial Day and the things we miss

This week on the Daly Dose we are looking forward to the holiday weekend! With Memorial Day being a time for remembrance we recall a few things that we miss in the world of sports. From the big hits in football, to the days before instant replay, to real sports news there are a number of things that have us feeling nostalgic.

Who is the best team in Major League Baseball right now? It isn’t the Chicago Cubs, that’s for sure.

We have some fake news coming out of the NFL that is being spun as a controversy.

Remember when the Big 12 Conference was going to take the world of college football by storm? That seems a like really long time ago.

A brief look at the NBA Lottery and incoming draft class, and those NBA playoffs have not been easy to watch.

Finally, with the LA Coliseum now being sponsored by United Airlines, we have the Top 5 slogans for the new LA United Coliseum!

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Listen here to Episode #130 Memorial day and the things we miss!

Lonzo Ball will ask his father to drop him off at the curb for NBA Draft

The 2017 NBA Draft will be taking place on June 22nd in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center. UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball is projected to be a Top 5 pick, but he is already gearing up to avoid an embarrassing incident.

When Ball attends the big event next month he has stated that he will ask his father LaVar to drop him off at the curb outside the Barclays Center.

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“My dad is always embarrassing me.” said Lonzo. “First he said I would be better than Steph Curry, LeBron James, and Russell Westbrook, then he said he could beat Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley in one-on-one. I’m just sick of him.”

The elder Ball has been extremely vocal throughout Lonzo’s collegiate career and the draft process. Back in April, he criticized the UCLA coaching staff when they lost to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament. “Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow. I told Lonzo—’One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.’ It turned out that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite Eight, they’re right there.”

Is Lonzo worried about the repercussions he might face for ditching his father at the draft?

“What’s he going to to? Start a shoe company selling cheap Kobe wanna-be’s for $500 dollars a pop?” Ball asked.

“Been there, done that.”

Daly Dose #83 The 2015-2016 NBA Awards

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we look back at the 2015-2016 NBA season and some of our memories from a very interesting year. We pick some winners and losers from the NBA Draft and wonder where some of the top free agents could wind up. Team USA Basketball made some interesting selections for their roster and we have some concerns about how they might do at the Olympics in Rio. Plus there are some season ending NBA Awards, reflections on both Pat Summitt and Buddy Ryan, and we count down the Top 5 NBA Draft steals of all time!

Listen to Episode 83

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2016 NBA Draft team grades

The 2016 NBA Draft has come and gone. And while you dozed off after the first seven picks, we forced ourselves to stay awake so that we could give you our 2016 Draft grades! So try to stay awake this time. There could be a test later.

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Atlanta Hawks

Notable picks: Taurean Prince, F, Baylor; DeAndre Bembry, SF, St. Joseph’s; Isaia Cordinier, SG, France

Outlook: The Hawks clearly needed some players that could contribute right away, and it seems they got that in Prince and Bembry. Now if they can just get Al Horford to stay, they assure themselves of another early playoff exit.

Grade: B

 

Boston Celtics

Notable picks: Jaylen Brown, SF, California; Ante Zizic, C, Croatia; Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame; Ben Bentil, PF, Providence

Outlook: The Celtics got some talented perimeter players. Unfortunately, they already have a ton of talented perimeter players. But maybe they are holding out hope they can trade for a frontcourt player like Kevin Love. And if that is their plan, Danny Ainge no longer seems like a genius, does he?

Grade: D

 

Brooklyn Nets

Notable picks: Caris LeVert, SG, Michigan; Isaiah Whitehead, SG, Seton Hall

Outlook: Brooklyn is pretty bad, so they can pretty much use help everywhere. Yet, they somehow they still managed to botch that.

Grade: D

 

Charlotte Hornets

Notable picks: None. Traded No. 22 pick to Sacramento for G Marco Belinelli

Outlook: The Hornets decided that they didn’t want to risk a pick on an unproven commodity. So they traded the pick to the Kings for a journeyman three-point shooter that doesn’t make very many three point shots.  LeBron may never be able to overtake Michael Jordan as a player but he has already passed him as a GM.

Grade: D

 

Chicago Bulls

Notable picks: Denzel Valentine, SF, Michigan State; Paul Zipser, SF, Germany

Outlook: Chicago got rid of Derrick Rose and his hefty contract and picked up Valentine to run the point. Will the rookie be as good as Rose once was? Probably not, but he might actually wear a uniform and participate in games.

Grade: B

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

Notable picks: Kay Felder, PG, Oakland

Outlook: The Cavs get a backup point guard as insurance just in case Matthew Dellavedova leaves. And Felder should be able to watch and cheer just as good as Delly ever did. Well done, Cavs.

Grade: A-

 

Dallas Mavericks

Notable picks: A.J. Hammons, C, Purdue

Outlook: We have no idea what the Mavericks are doing anymore. Hammons has some good size and the Mavs did need a big man. Of course he’s not very athletic, and he doesn’t always play hard. So maybe he fits right in.

Grade: B+

 

Denver Nuggets

Notable picks: Jamal Murray, PG, Kentucky; Juan Hernangomez, PF, Spain; Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State

Outlook: Quite frankly, we aren’t sure what is going on in Denver. The Nuggets desperately needed some shooters to go along with PG Emmanuel Muiday and Nikola Jokic, and they actually got some shooters. But we aren’t used to the Nuggets making sense. And honestly, it scares us.

Grade: A

 

Detroit Pistons

Notable picks: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette; Michael Gbinije, SF, Syracuse

Outlook: The Pistons stated that they didn’t have any pressing needs, which allowed them to just take the top player available. We think it’s cute that a team that finished No. 8 in the Eastern Conference didn’t think they didn’t have any pressing needs.

Grade: B-

 

Golden State Warriors

Notable picks: Damian Jones, C, Vanderbilt; Patrick McCaw, SG, UNLV

Outlook: Big surprise here, the Warriors just get better. They pick up Jones who can help their frontcourt should Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights leave via free agency. And McCaw could develop into a solid perimeter defender. It is almost like the league fixed it for them. Right, Ayesha Curry?

Grade: B+

 

Houston Rockets

Notable picks: Chinanu Onuaku, C, Louisville (37); Zhou Qi, PF, China

Outlook: The Rockets love their analytics and they grabbed two players, plus Gary Payton II following that draft, that all should fit their analytic scheme pretty well. How’s that analytic thing working out, by the way? Good? Or no?

Grade: B-

 

Indiana Pacers

Notable picks: Georges Niang, SF, Iowa State

Outlook: Niang could eventually contribute, and the Pacers also dealt for Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young, which should boost their offense considerably. And don’t worry about the defense. Nothing to see there, folks. Just keep moving along.

Grade: B

 

Los Angeles Clippers

Notable picks: Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina; David Michineau, PG, France; Diamond Stone, C, Maryland

Outlook: With his skills and team-first attitude Brice Johnson seems like a perfect fit for the Clippers, and Diamond Stone is a bit of a head case. Which also makes sense for the Clippers.

Grade: C

 

Los Angeles Lakers

Notable picks: Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke; Ivica Zubac, C, Croatia

Outlook: The Lakers got exactly what they needed out of this draft, and both players should be a good fit for what new head coach Luke Walton wants to do. Of course they will still have point guard D’Angelo Russell running the show and showing these guys the ropes. So good luck with that.

Grade: B+

 

Memphis Grizzlies

Notable picks: Wade Baldwin, PG, Vanderbilt; Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State

Outlook: A productive draft for Memphis, as they got a young point guard as insurance in case Mike Conley departs. And Davis could eventually be a player too. If he ever recovers from the shame and humiliation of sitting in the draft green room for four hours waiting for his name to be called.

Grade: B

 

Miami Heat

Notable picks: None.

Outlook: The Heat feel they are set for talent and so they didn’t make a single move. Or else they are gearing up to make another run at LeBron James. Either way, if there were any diehard Miami fans they would surely be disappointed.

Grade: C

 

Milwaukee Bucks

Notable picks: Thon Maker, PF, Australia; Malcolm Brogdon, SG, Virginia

Outlook: Milwaukee grabbed the enigmatic Sudanese-Australian big man that is either 19 years old, or possibly as old as 21-23, which makes their draft grade either bad or really bad.

Grade: C-

 

Minnesota Timberwolves

Notable picks: Kris Dunn, PG, Providence

Outlook: The Wolves decided to go with a new point guard over scorers like Jamal Murray or Buddy Hield. Which tells us that head coach Tom Thibodeau has enough of whiny, complaining point guards that can’t shoot.

Grade: B-

 

New Orleans Pelicans

Notable picks: Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma; Cheick Diallo, PF, Kansas

Outlook: The Pelicans surprised us all and actually made some intelligent selections here. Now they just need to draft a massage therapist to rub Anthony Davis back, which has to be sore from carrying this mess.

Grade: A

 

New York Knicks

Notable picks: None

Outlook: The Knicks had no picks this year, but they were able to make a deal to bring the artist formerly known as Derrick Rose to the Big Apple. If they can manage to bring in another free agent like Dwight Howard or Joakim Noah to combine with Rose and Carmelo Anthony, they could be a one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. If it were 2010.

Grade: F

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

Notable picks: Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga; Daniel Hamilton, SF, Connecticut

Outlook: In addition to Sabonis and Hamilton, the Thunder also shipped out Serge Ibaka and picked up perimeter defender Victor Oladipo. Ibaka had been an excellent defender but had fallen in love with taking bad shots. And I think we all know that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook take enough bad shots as it is.

Grade: A

 

Orlando Magic

Notable picks: Steven Zimmerman, C, UNLV

Outlook: Orlando traded guard Victor Oladipo to Oklahoma City and brought big man Serge Ibaka to town. A big man that should be a top defender, but has an inflated ego about his offensive skills? It’s like Dwight Howard is back!

Grade: D

 

Philadelphia 76ers

Notable picks: Ben Simmons, PF, LSU; Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, SF, France; Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey

Outlook: The Sixers finally get a player that should be able to get the ball to past top draft picks Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, and Joel Embiid. Of course if form holds, Simmons will be injured prior to the start of the season anyway.

Grade: B+

 

Phoenix Suns

Notable picks: Dragan Bender, PF, Croatia; Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington; Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky

Outlook: The Suns grabbed another Kentucky player in the undersized Ulis, giving them five on the current roster. That means if they do ever end up winning anything they will probably have to vacate those wins.

Grade: B

 

Portland Trailblazers

Notable picks: Jake Layman, SF, Maryland

Outlook: Portland bought their way into the draft to grab the 6-foot-9 shooter that isn’t very consistent at shooting. But after the surprise season the Blazers had, I’m not doubting any of their decisions again. Well, except maybe Greg Oden. And Victor Claver. Oh, and Nolan Smith. Maybe Erick Barkley. Jeff Lamp. Of course Sam Bowie. But that’s it.

Grade: C-

 

Sacramento Kings

Notable picks: Georgios Papagiannis, C, Greece; Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse; Skal Labissiere, C, Kentucky

Outlook: Kings VP Vlade Divac swore that the hiring of Dave Joerger as head coach would be the end of the foolishness in Sacramento. But after these selections it is clear that the Kings still have some shenanigans going on. It is almost like Divac is trying to trick us. One last flop, if you will.

Grade: D-

 

San Antonio Spurs

Notable picks: Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington

Outlook: Of course the Spurs had Murray fall to them at pick No. 29 when he was expected to be a top 15 selection. The athletic point guard could end up taking over for Tony Parker in a few seasons, and teaming up with a 74-year-old Tim Duncan to lead San Antonio to another title.

Grade: A-

 

Toronto Raptors

Notable picks: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah; Pascal Siakam, PF, New Mexico State

Outlook: The Raptors were able to grab Poeltl, to replace Bismack Biyombo, a player that we never even knew existed until about three weeks ago.

Grade: B-

 

Utah Jazz

Notable picks: Joel Bolomboy, PF, Weber State; Marcus Paige, PG, UNC; Tyrone Wallace, PG, California

Outlook: The Jazz just missed the playoffs so they felt like they may not have any real pressing needs coming into this season. But they also allowed 50-year-old Kobe Bryant to score 60 points, on one leg, while wearing Depends under his shorts in his final game. So one of these guys had better be able to defend a little, right?

Grade: C

 

Washington Wizards

Notable picks: No picks.

Outlook: The Wizards have enough problems on that roster without adding any new headaches. Bravo, Wizards. Bravo.

Grade:A+++

Daly Dose #82 Recapping the NBA Finals

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we break down what happened in the NBA Finals. How did the Cleveland Cavaliers come all the way back to beat the Golden State Warriors? We also take a look at the longest droughts in the Big 4 sports, and give a quick NBA Draft preview. Plus OJ: Made in America, the mess at the US Open, some Copa America talk, and who isn’t going to win at the Olympics in Rio. Finally our Daly Dose Top 5 counts down the best seasons that did not end with a championship.

Listen to: Episode 82!

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The 2016 NBA Mockery Draft

It seems like just days ago that the NBA Finals ended, and now here we are with the NBA Draft already upon us!

Oh yeah, that was just a few days ago…but the NBA knows that you can either watch the draft or watch baseball.

Either way, you’re probably going to get a nap out of the deal.

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1. Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers need the skills that LSU forward Ben Simmons has, as he is probably the best athlete, passer, and playmaker in this draft. Plus, he’s already used to losing. So it’s a win/win. Well…I guess it’s more win/win/lose.

Pick: Ben Simmons, F, LSU

 

2. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers like what Ingram brings to the table, as he is 6-9 and can hurt defenses from the perimeter. And Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell is already trying to add Ingram on his Snapchat.

Pick: Brandon Ingram, F, Duke

 

3. Boston Celtics

Boston might end up trading this pick, but they could use some help in their front court, and the city of Boston does love them some white players.

Pick: Dragan Bender, PF, Bosnia

 

4. Phoenix Suns

The Suns have Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Devin Booker, and Alex Len. So they add another great athlete that looks good in workouts, but never really delivers in an actual game.

Pick: Marquese Chriss, F, Washington

 

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

First, T-Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio shoots 36 percent from the field for his career. Then he says how he is thinking about leaving Minnesota so he can finally make the playoffs. Minnesota has one word for the Spanish brick layer- “Adios.”

Pick: Kris Dunn, PG, Providence

 

6. New Orleans Pelicans

Jamal Murray might be the safest pick in the draft. He can score inside and outside, and should make an immediate impact with a team that desperately needs it. Sure, coming from Kentucky he will have to get used to the pay-cut, but sometimes these things just take time.

Pick: Jamal Murray, F, Kentucky

 

7. Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets can really use a top flight scorer and they can get one in Hield. And in a few years when he leaves to play for a real franchise, they will say how smart they were to have drafted him way back when.

Pick: Buddy Hield, G, Oklahoma

 

8. Sacramento Kings

Brown has some major physical skills, but he also has an attitude that have made teams question if he is worthy of a high pick. But in Sacramento, his attitude feels cute and cuddly when compared to DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo. So this pick just makes sense.

Pick: Jaylen Brown, F, California

 

9. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors need some rebounding help as Bismack Biyombo will be hitting the free agent market. And while no one even knew who Biyombo was a few weeks ago, the Raptors are now going to say he is a huge loss to their title chances.

Pick: Domantas Sabonis F/C Gonzaga

 

10. Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks need some depth and skill up front, and Utah seven-footer Jakob Poeltl has shown that he might be capable of growing a Jack Sikma-like afro. So there’s that.

Pick: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah

 

11. Orlando Magic

Orlando has had a pick in the top five of the NBA Draft for the past three years and have yet to win more than 35 games in a season. See? This NBA draft system is really working!

Pick: Skal Labissiere, C, Kentucky

 

12. Utah Jazz

It takes a special kind of player to play in Utah, where the alcohol is scarce, and the women are wearing bonnets. But Vandy shooting guard Wade Baldwin is saying all the right things in his interviews. So let’s see if he is really the good guy that he is portraying.

Pick: Wade Baldwin, SG, Vanderbilt

 

13. Phoenix Suns

The Suns have three picks in the first round so they can afford to take a chance on Murray here. He is extremely athletic and has great size. And it isn’t like anyone is holding their breath that the Suns are going to actually win something.

Pick: Dejounte Murray, G, Washington

 

14. Chicago Bulls

Davis could be a nice addition into the mix in Chicago. Unfortunately players are trying to leave the team like Jerry Krause is still running things. So Davis could end up being the man in Chicago. The man that gets beat a lot.

Pick: Deyonta Davis, PF Michigan State

 

15. Denver Nuggets

Denver grabs the scorer from Turkey with their second pick. He will join foreign players Danilo Gallinari from Italy, Nikola Jokic from Serbia, Joffrey Lauvergne from France, and Jusuf Nurkic from Bosnia. The Nuggets are putting together a scrappy European rec-league team.

Pick: Furkan Kormaz, SG, Turkey

 

16. Boston Celtics

Another pasty white dude in Celtic green. It’s like kismet.

Pick: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette

 

17. Memphis Grizzlies

Richardson made more three pointers in the Elite Eight against Virginia last spring than the Grizzlies made all last season.

Pick: Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse

 

18. Detroit Pistons

The Pistons might get the steal of the draft in Valentine, a hard-nosed kid that will produce at the next level. As long as he doesn’t face Middle Tennessee in the NBA.

Pick: Denzel Valentine, G, Michigan State

 

19. Denver Nuggets

Denver has three picks in the first round of the draft, and are looking to prove that they are capable of screwing up three picks, just as easy as they can botch a single pick. Well played, Denver. You “win”.

Pick: Ivica Zubac, C, Serbia

 

20. Indiana Pacers

Larry Bird fired Frank Vogel because he wants to play faster. And while critics will say Vogel won, Bird will point out that Indiana plays in the Eastern Conference so winning isn’t that difficult. And that he can still beat you at HORSE.

Pick: Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame

 

21. Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks can use some frontcourt help, especially if Al Horford decides to leave via free agency. Sure Johnson won’t be able to step right in for a player the caliber of Horford. But he can probably win the same amount of playoff games.

Pick: Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina

 

22. Charlotte Hornets

Michael Jordan makes some headlines as he scoops up the seven-foot athlete that is already being called the “Sudanese-Australian Kwame Brown”.

Pick: Thon Maker, PF, Australia

 

23. Boston Celtics

After grabbing a couple of big white stiffs, the Celtics finally pick up a player that could actually improve their team. Hey, third time’s a charm.

Pick: Taurean Prince, F, Baylor

 

24. Philadelphia 76ers

With so many needs to fill it is kind of hard to know what the Sixers will do here. But I do know what they won’t do. Win anytime soon.

Pick: Cheick Diallo, PF, Kansas

 

25. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers could have some holes to fill and the big man from Vandy could provide some backup minutes to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Sure, he isn’t as athletic as those two…but he can make a free throw.

Pick: Damian Jones, C, Vanderbilt

 

26. Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers need guards so they grab the talented Bembry who can shoot, see the floor, and handle the ball. Philly should be well aware of Bembry who played his college ball right down the street at St. Joes. Then again we are talking about the 76ers. They have no idea who this kid is, do they?

Pick: DeAndre’ Bembry, SG, St Josephs

 

27. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are going to need someone to miss some shots with DeMar DeRozen a possibility to leave via free agency. Beasley will give it a try.

Pick: Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State

 

28. Phoenix Suns

Yes, the Suns have yet another pick in the first round, but can they really afford three rookies? No, so they take “Juancho”, who will probably stay in Spain for another season. Then he can come to Phoenix to “Sucko”.

Pick: Juan Hernangomez, PF, Spain

 

29. San Antonio Spurs

He may wait another year before joining the Spurs and fellow countryman Tony Parker, but at just 21 years of age, the talented shooter lowers the Spurs average roster age to 74.

Pick: Petr Cornelie, PF, France

 

30. Golden State Warriors

The Warriors might have won the NBA Championship with a player like Bentil in the lineup instead of Anderson Varejao. Of course a can of Spam on the floor would have been an improvement over Varejao.

Pick: Ben Bentil, Providence, PF

 

 

Check out Episode #31 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast!

This week Clint recaps the NBA Draft and talks about NBA free agency. Plus we count down the Top 5 NBA Draft Busts of all time and a special announcement! Don’t miss Episode #31!

Episode 31

The 2015 Daly Dose NBA Mockery Draft is here!

The 2015 NBA Draft begins on Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. Where will the top players end up? Who will your favorite team select? Check out the 2015 NBA Daly Dose Mockery Draft and find out.

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Team Outlook Pick
1. Minnesota Timberwolves The Timberwolves feel like they have a nice young nucleus with Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins. Karl-Anthony Towns gives them a third solid player that will leave as soon as his rookie contract runs out. Karl-Anthony Towns, 7-0, PF/C, Kentucky
2. Los Angeles Lakers The Lakers need help everywhere, and Kobe Bryant needs another big man to yell at, so this is a good pick for everyone involved. Well… except for Jahlil Okafor who will be mentally crushed by January. Jahlil Okafor, 6-11, C, Duke
3. Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia has selected 6-11 Nerlens Noel, 7-0 Joel Embiid, and 6-10 Dario Saric in the past two drafts so they should be set in the frontcourt. Now they just need some guards. Besides, it isn’t like one of those big guys is going to hurt themselves just sitting on the bench. Willie Cauley-Stein, 7-0, C, Kentucky
4. New York Knicks The Knicks were terrible defensively. And offensively. And in the front office. And in the locker room. Carmelo Anthony is unreliable and temperamental. The Knicks could really use a point guard to run the structured triangle offense that Phil Jackson wants. Emmanuel Mudiay played professionally in China where he turned it over constantly and shot poorly.  He should be a perfect fit. Emmanuel Mudiay, 6-5, PG, USA
5. Orlando Magic Scott Skiles was recently hired to coach the Magic and he has a track record of being a no-nonsense disciplinarian. So it is probably best if the Magic drafts someone who will have a language barrier for Skiles’ hot tempered rants. Mario Hezonja, 6-8, SG, Croatia
6. Sacramento Kings Sacramento hasn’t had a good point guard since Mike Bibby back when NBA officials orchestrated a playoff win for the Lakers over the Kings. That could never happen now that the NBA has gotten rid of shady characters like Tim Donaghy and now only employ high character refs like Joey Crawford. D’Angelo Russell, 6-4, PG Ohio State
7. Denver Nuggets With Justise Winslow on the board the Nuggets would have to be the stupidest franchise in professional sports to let a player with his toughness and versatility slip by. Kristaps Porzingis, 7-0, PF, Latvia
8. Detroit Pistons The Pistons get sweet revenge on Denver for that whole Darko Milicic/Carmelo Anthony thing. Who actually won that encounter anyways? Justise Winslow, 6-6, SF, Duke
9. Charlotte Hornets You are going to hear experts say the Hornets should select 7’0” Myles Turner out of Texas but every time Hornets owner Michael Jordan sees him he inexplicably screams out “Kwame Brown!” Devin Booker, 6-6, SG, Kentucky
10. Miami Heat Pat Riley knows that Dwayne Wade and Luol Deng are in the last year of their contracts and if the Heat are going to have any chance of getting LeBron James back again they need to show some improvement immediately. Stanley Johnson, 6-7, SF, Arizona
11. Indiana Pacers Cameron Payne has been compared to George Hill. We aren’t really sure if that is a compliment or not but the Pacers have always had a soft spot for George Hill. So knock yourselves out. Cameron Payne, 6-2, PG, Murray State
12. Utah Jazz Frank Kaminsky is a white guy that can give the Jazz some depth up front. He’s white and has a number of low post moves. He also has the ability to stretch the defense with his long range shooting and he’s white. Plus he’s white. Frank Kaminsky, 7-0, C, Wisconsin
13. Phoenix Suns Turner is a kid that brings a ton of athleticism so this pick makes sense. Plus he has a history of injuries and the Suns seem to collect those types. Myles Turner, 7-0, C, Texas
14. Oklahoma City Thunder Kelly Oubre is an athletic player who should bring some much needed defensive ability to the Thunder but will need to develop offensively…which means he is another player for Russell Westbrook not to pass to. Kelly Oubre, 6-7, SF, Kansas
15. Atlanta Hawks Bobby Portis is an unselfish player and can do a little bit of everything. Atlanta loves those types. We saw how well that worked out for them in the playoffs. Bobby Portis, 6-10, PF, Arkansas
16. Boston Celtics The Celtics have a number of holes to fill on their roster and “white guy for the locals to cheer for” might be the biggest hole of all. Look for Boston to fill that glaring need here. Sam Dekker, 6-9, SF, Wisconsin
17. Milwaukee Bucks Montrezl Harrell is an explosive athlete who sometimes struggles to focus and gets that vacant look in his eyes. Not unlike the creepy eyes of the new Milwaukee Bucks logo. Sounds like a perfect match to me. Montrezl Harrell, 6-8, PF, Louisville
18. Houston Rockets The Houston Rockets could use some youth at the point guard position after watching Jason Terry creak around against Golden State in the playoffs. Plus, Texas is a conservative state and Tyus Jones looks like the black version of Adam Carolla. Win/win. Tyus Jones,  6-5, PG, Notre Dame
19. Washington Wizards Washington needs a young power forward that can rebound and pass since Nene will be turning 33 in the fall. Looney is a monster on the boards and probably won’t complain to the officials nearly as much when he misses layups. Kevon Looney, 6-9, SF, UCLA
20. Toronto Raptors Amir Johnson, Tyler Hansborough, and Chuck Hayes will all be on the market for new contracts. So Lyles could fill a need in the Raptors frontcourt. Can he play? No one knows because we barely saw him at all last year. But he went to Kentucky. And that is all you need to know. So stop asking. Trey Lyles, 6-10, PF, Kentucky
21. Dallas Mavericks Odd that the Mavericks would select a point guard with this pick considering the booming success that Rajon Rondo was but I am going to go out on a limb here and say they nab Grant who could be the best PG in the draft. Jerian Grant,  6-5, PG, Notre Dame
22. Chicago Bulls The Bulls struggled to score 100 points last season in warm-ups let alone in a real game. Jimmy Butler is a free agent and the Bulls need some insurance. Vaughn can shoot it and could even play some backup PG just in case Derrick Rose were to miss one or maybe even two games at some point due to unforeseen circumstances. Rashad Vaughn, 6-5, SG, UNLV
23. Portland Trailblazers LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo, and Wes Matthews will most likely all become free agents this summer. Hollis-Jefferson can be a great defender in this league which is good because he might be playing one on five. Of course, he can’t shoot so the Blazers offense will probably struggle a little bit. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, 6-7, SF, Arizona
24. Cleveland Cavaliers The Cavaliers made it to the Finals but struggled to score when they had to. RJ Hunter would give them a long distance threat ala JR Smith but…you know…without all the crazy. RJ Hunter, 6-5, SG, Georgia State
25. Memphis Grizzlies Memphis needs some 3 point production. The Grizzlies finished 29th in the NBA in 3’s made per game with a paltry 5.2. Steph Curry could punt in 3 point shots at a better rate than that. Justin Anderson, 6-6, SF, Virginia
26. San Antonio Spurs We all know that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich loves smart players.  Anthony Brown is a Stanford nerd that will be happy to dress up like a wizard and play Dungeons and Dragons with Tim Duncan. Anthony Brown, 6-7, SF, Stanford
27. Los Angeles Lakers Jeremy Lin’s contract is due to expire this summer so the Lakers will need to look for a point guard here. And you know what? Even if his contract wasn’t expiring it would make sense to look for a better point guard. Delon Wright, 6-5, PG, Utah
28. Boston Celtics “You had me at ‘Mc’.” –Celtics GM Danny Ainge Chris McCullough, 6-9, PF, Syracuse
29. Brooklyn Nets Point guards Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack are both over 30 now which doesn’t really sound that old. Until you see them play every night and they actually make Paul Pierce look like a teenager by comparison. Terry Rozier, 6-2, PG, Louisville
30. Golden State Warriors David Lee looks to be gone and Marreesse Speights may still be on a post championship food bender so Golden State needs a big man. The Warriors are hoping Andrew Bogut can teach Martin to complain about obvious fouls while contributing absolutely nothing at the offensive end. Hey, it worked last year! Jarell Martin, 6-10, PF, LSU