Today, while navigating ESPN to look at some of the current stories, I'd taken notice to the "most updated draft list" by Chad Ford, I could find on ESPN. Here is the link if anyone wants to see what I was looking at > Chad Ford Mock 2.0. I was curiously taking a look and I didn't like the predictions listed for the Celtic's. They listed the Celtic's going for Royce White at 18. There is no apparent reason why the Celtic's would have any interest in drafting a Small Forward when we have a good shot at taking Jeff Green again next year and have Pierce for the next few years. Next at our 22nd pick (clippers pick I believe), they listed us taking on Dion Waiters, which again I found troubling. I realize there is the possibility we may not keep Ray Allen next year but Bradley is looking more and more like a 2 guard we will keep.
So, while browsing this draft it seemed like it may be worth while trading both of our picks to move up for something different. Obviously there has been a lot of talk about picking up Austin Rivers and I leave that for each individual to decide. That may not be the best route but one possibility worth taking a peak at is trading our two picks and moving up to say, the Suns draft pick. The Suns are looking at picking some where around 13 and this mock draft has Jared Sullinger going at 13 (probably a conservative bet, he probably should go a little higher if you ask me).
I would gladly tell the Suns, "Hey, if Jared Sullinger is still there when it's your turn to draft.. Take him, we'll give you our 18th and 22nd pick for him." Honestly, why would the Suns want a guy like that? And with next season, we aren't likely to keep a guy like Bass and we all know we have issues with our front court, so why not go after a guy like Jared Sullinger? In 30.4 minutes he averaged 17.5 points a game and 9.6 boards a game. He also averaged something like 1.1 blocks in that time. What is appealing is that Sullinger has an okay mid range jump shot, the athleticism to get out and run with someone like Rondo, while still being able to pull down a decent amount of boards. Sullinger also already has the build for a 6'9 slightly under sized Power Forward. Obviously him in an NBA game could be a lot different and usually it takes a big a few years to adjust to the NBA but a guy like Sullinger will develope a little faster based on his recent play. Than again, look at Derrick Favors, he is still adjusting to the NBA pace.
If I were the Suns, i'd do that because I don't have much of a use for a guy like Sullinger when I already have Morris at the 4 spot. This is just something I am posting because I would be curious to what other fans think about going for someone like Jared Sullinger or even Terrence Jones, instead of someone like Royce White.
So, what do you think? Based on some of the current Mock Drafts, what would you do? I would rather a guy like Thomas Robinson but trading up to the 3-5 pick might be a bit more difficult and require more trading chips. Keep it clean guys.