Just a quick update on our draft pick prospects and a call for thoughts.
It looks as though Portland could land at #10 in the lottery, which is both good and also a testament to how bad we have been over the last few weeks.
Philadelphia and Toronto are both playing teams that are locked in their position and will likely be resting players. Toronto has no draft pick so they will be playing to win. Philadelphia has been surprisingly good the last two weeks.
Portland is playing Golden State, which is still vulnerable to be overtaken by Houston for the 6 seed in the West. They will be out to win and they have been playing decently.
Not sure who's playing tonight for Portland, but I wouldn't be surprised if we were missing Aldridge and/or Hickson along with Batum and Mathews. It's likely to b another long night for our JV.
Still, as we improve our lottery chances and draft number, there are a number of prospects that have decided to return to school after initial speculation had them declaring.
Players recently stating their intentions to go back to school:
- Willie Cauley-Stein
- James Michael McAdoo
- Alex Polythress
- Marcus Smart
There are a number of players who have not yet decided/declared, but several of the above guys were likely lottery picks. Marcus Smart has been mocked as high as #1.
So, who will be available to us? What do we need? Where will we land? Who ya got?