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Your Morning Dump… Getting to know Hassan and Solomon

Chuck - Red's Army June 22, 2010 Uncategorized 17 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of
the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.

If Wallace walks away and Perkins isn't ready to start the season,
suddenly the Celtics have a frontcourt depth chart featuring just
Garnett and Davis.

Boston can add emergency, low-cost big bodies in the mold of Williams
through free agency. But a Boston team that got annihilated on the
offensive glass during the Finals knows the importance of having quality
bigs up front in order to compete for a title.

The Celtics could set their sights on Florida State's 7-foot-1 Solomon
Alabi, whose long, athletic body and ability to block shots would
add a jolt of youth to the Boston frontcourt. Or the Celtics could hope
Marshall's 7-foot freshman Hassan
Whiteside slides into the late teens.

ESPN Boston – Draftwise, Celtics could triumph

The geniuses at NBAdraft.net have Whiteside going to the Bulls at 17 and Alabi landing in Sacramento at 33. 

While the Celtics are desperate for big men, I'm wary about taking a young 7-footer who needs to bulk up and learn defensive rotations. Haseem Thabeet, last year's #2 pick, averaged 3 points and 3 rebounds in his rookie season.

My approach to this draft – The Celtics need a player who can make an immediate impact off the bench.

On Page 2, Chris Paul is a hot commodity.

The Memphis Grizzlies offered O.J. Mayo as part of a package for Paul recently, but talks went nowhere. League sources believe the New Jersey Nets are willing to part with the No. 3 pick and every player on their roster except for center Brook Lopez to obtain Paul. Also, the Portland Trail Blazers – who’ve long targeted Paul – are expected make a bid for Paul prior to the draft, a source said.

The San Antonio Spurs once had a chance to be frontrunners for Paul – if New Orleans ever felt compelled to make a trade – because they could offer an All-Star caliber point guard in Tony Parker. Nevertheless, the emergence of Darren Collison allows the Hornets to make a trade without taking back a point guard. Now, New Orleans could possibly improve itself at two positions – perhaps shooting guard and small forward – and get draft picks.

Yahoo! Sports – Hornets Paul draws interest as draft nears

The biggest part of this story is that LeBron James' agents are telling teams that acquiring Paul will dramatically improve their chances of signing LBJ.

This entire crop of super free-agents (James, Wade, Amare, Bosh) are taking leverage to a new level. It's not sitting well with me. It has that "inmates running the asylum" feeling.

The rest of the links:

Herald – Mapping out draft help | Globe – Rivers runs through it | ESPN Boston – Jordan Crawford draft profile | Solomon Alabi draft profile | WEEI – Mock draft | CSNNE – Potential Celtics pick: Hassan Whiteside | Offseason questions: Part two of a Big 3 | Celtics Blog – Bring back some familiar faces |

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115709edd57970b G4L

    I say the Celtics should get the shooter from OSU.
    I like the nets putting “any player on their roster except for center Brook Lopez to obtain Paul”…. Yeah thats not saying much.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115709edd57970b G4L

    I think they C’s have to use the turkish player Erden they drafted two years ago if Wallace is out.

  • thetitleisours

    So intriguing but so many raw big men have become busts. Would rather find a RA replacement that can help now

  • thetitleisours

    How about moving up in the second round to draft Brian Zoubek. Offensive board problem solved :)))
    How tall was Michael Sweetney?

  • CoachBo

    Ugh. James Anderson can’t guard a chair.

  • Cliff Kensington

    I’m all for avoiding busts but you can’t avoid all players just because they aren’t “NBA ready” enough. Rondo and Perk weren’t NBA ready. To get any half decent big man, you’re gonna have to expect a learning curve.
    It’s a lot easier to find minimum salary swingmen and shooters than it is a reliable big.

  • paulyg

    what’s up with the guy stashed in turkey? shouldn’t he be somewhat ready by now?

  • thetitleisours

    Just hope it is not another Acie Earl!
    Out of all the mock drafts, this one seems to be the most likely in my opinion.
    What do you think?
    http://walterfootball.com/nbadraft2010mock_1.php

  • nick

    get solomon…train him 2 kill the lakers bigs by shooting poisonous african darts at them b4 games.

  • bigpiece

    @ cliff, agreed. with that being said, i think whiteside deserves a solid look.

  • thetitleisours

    Orten would be a better choice IMO. Whiteside seems to have character issues and is poor defensively. We need some muscle in the middle

  • thetitleisours
  • thetitleisours

    Zoubek has gotten little to no attention from NBA draft services over the course of his career, but when it’s all said and done, he could end up spending more time in the NBA than the overwhelming majority of prospects in this class.
    From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Brian-Zoubek-1136/#ixzz0rcW8qcuz
    http://www.draftexpress.com

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ce367970c celts9

    So the first thing I noticed in one of the above mock drafts is that they have Crawford going 16. If he drops to 19 take him. No
    questions asked, the kid hit some huge shots in the tourney and as much as it pains me to say it his brother is a beast.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    really? ive heard some people refer to him as a defensive stopper
    i really dont know much about the kid except that he is supposed to be able to shoot the lights out, and move well without the ball but doesnt create his own shot very well
    funny how opinions very on players at draft time isnt it

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    i like the idea, he may not be a great player but he does one thing great and thats rebound

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    Whiteside has a ton of upside, he might be worth the risk
    but i would absolutely hate the alabi pick, the guy was an extremely average rebounder in college at 7’1, what makes anyone thinks he is going to get better, in my mind he would be a good early second round pick but a terrible pick at 19
    if thats who you want at 19 than trade back and try to pick up another pick
    however i would prefer to add henry, hayword, babbit, george, or aldrich
    if im danny im trying to pull off a 19 and 3 mil in cash for a pick in the 11 to 17 range
    or trying to get creative and adding a pick
    if sheed retires the perfect draft could involve a scenario where the celtics trade sheed and baby for hinrich and the 17 pick and then trading the 19 and cash for a pick in the 11 to 15 range and getting a combination of aldrich and george/ babbit/ hayword/ henry
    in the second round the guys im looking at are zoubeck, routins, scheyer, harangody, bouldin, pittman, and the 7 footer from tulsa