To begin, though I would of preferred the C's draft Vucevic, since he was no longer on the board when it was the C's turn to select a player, I was happy to at least see the C's pick one of the other bigs on my plan B list, which was Jajuan Johnson and most importantly I was happy to see them draft a big man altogether.
I think Johnson (can we just call him J.J.) has alot of promise since he is a athletic, young player, with good defensive, plus shot blocking skills, good offensive skills both out on the perimeter as a spot up player and in paint ... which I like best since I think the C's are in dire need of big men who can score in the paint, especially now with Shaq retired who was the C's only true low post scoring big last season.
Though J.J is a good shot blocker he does need to add some more lean muscle to his frame to help him defend the larger stronger NBA bigs in the paint and to also help him improve his rebounding.
The good news also about J.J is he has alot of upside and has time to improve his game and can get even better down the line.
But I think the biggest development aside from the C's possibly finding a future replacement for KG at the power forward position by the drafting of Johnson, is in the short term it possibly makes Big Baby expendable now for the C’s to now use him as trade bait to help them acquire even more young talent this off season to help the C's rebuilding for the future.
Does anybody agree this is a possibility and if this is indeed the C’s plan and they can arrange a sign and trade for Baby ( if the CBA situation is rectified) what position player do you think the C's should seek to acquire to help there long term rebuilding goals?
The C's have 2 young, athletic point guards currently on the roster in Avery and Rondo ( 3 if you count 2nd round pick Moore) so that position is not in dire need of bolstering at the moment.
The C's have no young shooting guards currently on the roster (other then Avery who could also swing over and play the position) so the C's could use and seek to acquire a young, athletic 2 guard using Baby as trade bait to bolster the position?
The C's have one young, athletic small forward on the roster in Green ( if the C's sign him) so that position is not in dire need of bolstering at the moment .
The C's have one young, athletic power forward on the roster now with the drafting of J.J so that position is not in dire need of bolstering at the moment either.
The C's do not though have a young, athletic legit center on the roster currently ( though Johnson may be able to perform spot duty at the position against the smaller, quicker centers in the NBA) so the C's could seek to use Baby as trade bait to acquire such a player to bolster that position?
Now if the C's seek to trade Baby like I said above, I assume they would seek to trade him in exchange for a young, athletic talent who can help the the C's goal to rebuild for the future.
If this is the case, looking at the young, athletic players of the future currently on the C's roster, what position do you think still needs to get younger and more athletic to help the C's goal to rebuild for the future?