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Your Morning Dump… Where it’s never too early for a mock draft

Chuck - Red's Army September 11, 2013 Around the NBA, Draft, The Morning Dump 10 Comments

Jabari-Parker

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.

Celtics’ forecast record: 29-53 | 8.8 percent to win lottery

Analysis: Forget for a second that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and Parker are both Mormon and Ainge has been an informal advisor to Parker in the past. He’s actually a great fit for the Celtics. With a super-skilled frontcourt of Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, and an athletic backcourt of Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley, Parker fits great in between — especially for Celtics fans who aren’t sold on Jeff Green as the Celtics’ future. Parker could be the second coming of Carmelo Anthony as a scorer, with an even better approach.

ESPN Insider

If you thought we jumped the gun on starting lineup talk yesterday, you’re going to love this draft forecast 10 months before draft day.

Chad Ford has the Celtics selecting Jabari Parker with the 5th pick. I think they’ll be better than 29-53, but I had them winning the championship last season.

Scouts think Parker is a real stud. A franchise cornerstone type player. For a summary of his game, check out this scouting report.

And in case you missed this yesterday, watch this KG interview in China. KWAPT’s connections in the Far East continue to deliver scoops.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Countdown to camp: Goodbye D? | Sole Collector – Rondo to ditch Nike for Anta? | Nets Daily – Ainge’s amnesia

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  • zippittyay

    You lost me at Carmelo Anthony….

    • adam

      haha same here.

  • RedsLoveChild

    The Carmelo reference was a major buzz-kill.

  • Robert

    So the Celts are terrible at the 5, and mediocre at best at the 2, but yeah, let’s replace our young, athletic, 20ppg small forward. That would be bright.

    • Kahnstantine

      But here’s the thing: maybe we package 1 or 2 of our forwards to get an All-Star caliber 5 or 2? Really it is FAR too early to be poo-pooing any of this stuff.

      • Robert

        What is wrong with people? Olynyk averages 15 in the summer league and people are calling him the next Dirk and one of our new foundation players. Green averages 20pts and is our best player in the PLAYOFFS and people are already trying to replace him.
        And why not keep your potential all star caliber SF, draft a potential all star caliber SG and then trade the remaining forwards, some combo of hump, Bass, Wallace, Sully, for a decent defensive 5. Then your entire starting lineup is strong.

  • MatthewWilding

    Danny Ainge is a Mormon?

  • KGino

    too soon.

  • GreenbirdCro

    Well… How about we start talking real basketball for a change?! Reading through different sites and blogs about the NBA, sometimes I get the feeling that everyone has their heads stuck up in the sand. So disappointing…
    FYI, there is this funny thing called FIBA, if you didn’t know! And there’s a European championship going on at the moment. The same one where many NBA scouts lurk for fresh meat, oh sorry scratch that, talent. Still not sold on this idea? See Spurs, San Antonio… if you don’t want to bother with other examples, not to get into history lessons as well… Nothing yet? Then check out recently named HoF from Brazil named Oscar Schmidt and his acceptance speech and his sponsor (certain blonde #33!).
    Anything… Please! Just stop trying to look into a crystal bowl, Palantir or whatever! Cause Cs could really use extra knowledge on international players! smh

    • CoachAJ

      I would like to see the C’s look at a young Mario Hezonja. A 6-6 SG with range. Wouldn’t cost much and could stay for another couple of years in Europe. Or Leo Westermann. A 6-7 SG.