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NBA executives, scouts vote on the #1 draft pick


ESPN’s Chad Ford surveyed executives and scouts from around the league on which college basketball star would be the #1 pick in the upcoming draft. Kansas phenom Andrew Wiggins collected the most votes, but the race is close. I pulled some excerpts from the Insider column:

1. Andrew Wiggins, SG, Fr., Kansas Jayhawks (17 votes)

He’s really destabilized the doubters in his first three games for the Jayhawks. Not only does Wiggins look the part physically and athletically, his performance on the court has been absolutely stellar. Through Monday, Wiggins is averaging 19 PPG, 5.5 RPG and shooting 58 percent from the field. “I think he can be a player that plays a lot like Paul George does,” one veteran NBA executive told “He’s so smooth that at times it almost looks like he’s coasting. “

2. Julius Randle, PF, Fr., Kentucky Wildcats (10 votes)

“I think he’s the surest thing in the draft,” one GM said. “There’s nothing he can’t do and there just aren’t that many bigs in the NBA with that set of skills. He’s going to be a 10-time All-Star and will make a major impact on your team in Year 1. Wiggins might have a little more upside and [Parker] is so attractive as well, but if you take someone else, you’re really risking your job.”

3. Jabari Parker, SF, Fr., Duke University (9 votes)

Three weeks into the season, the bandwagon is starting to get really crowded again. Parker has just wowed, averaging 22.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG and shooting nearly 60 percent from the field and almost 67 percent from 3-point range in four games. His amazing 27-point performance against Kansas (especially that 19-point first half) caused the scouts in the NBA to rethink their position on Parker.

“I absolutely love him,” a different NBA GM said. “I love guys who just know how to play. Very few players at Jabari’s age are so sophisticated about the game. You see how he’s reading the floor and how he’s thinking the game and you can’t help but get excited. I remember when some guys were wringing their hands about Kevin Durant. Does he play defense? Is he an elite athlete? I just saw a killer out there who would do anything to win. I see that in Jabari.”

4. Dante Exum, PG, Australia (3 votes)

Don’t forget about Exum. This summer, he was the apple of every NBA scout’s eye and was really the first guy to get buzz as a possible contender to Wiggins’ hold on the No. 1 pick. It started with a stellar performance off the bench for the World Team at the Nike Hoop Summit and then carried over to a riveting performance in the FIBA Under-19 Championships.

What NBA scouts saw in Exum was a 6-foot-6 guard who could play the 1 and the 2 and seemingly had the perfect blend of athleticism and skill. He is very quick with the ball and gets to the rim pretty effortlessly. His jump shot is still a work in progress, but that might be the only real weakness in his game.

Oklahoma St. guard Marcus Smart is another name to keep an eye on. He dropped 39 points on Memphis last night.

So.. Who ya got?

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  • Curt Hays

    Brian Scalabrine, the White Mamba.
    #1 draft pick, #1 in our hearts.

    • eddysamson

      My roommate and I were joking once that everyone would LOVE it if Scal permanently took up the 15th spot on the roster and rode pine as a mascot for the next 20 years.

      • Curt Hays

        I’d be okay with him starting every game for us this year. He would totally be awesome as the 15th man though.

  • KGino

    I’d be ecstatic if we got wiggins parker or randle… doesn’t matter who! Parker has impressed me most though.

  • Fitzy

    I want us to get Parker. He’s a Celtic through and through in my opinion. His offensive repertoire reminds me of Paul pierce. Not that it matters but I’m glad he’s Mormon. Danny Ainge and him share that, which I think bodes well for us.

    • Curt Hays

      hahahaha, that’s awesome to know. Make sure someone tells Danny. #whateverittakes

      • Fitzy

        I believe they already have a relationship due to this.

  • eddysamson

    Without watching any of these dudes and going purely on what I’ve heard…I want Parker. Plus we are stacked at guard and PF already, Green is obviously a weak 3…lets go with Parker.

    • Curt Hays

      Also from wikipedia…”Parker claims to model his game after Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony.”

      • bill_nair

        Have you watched him play? Its scary how much he resembles Pierce. He plays at his own pace and is very crafty getting to the rim.

        • Curt Hays

          that’s what I’m afraid of, that he’ll slow the game down like pierce did in the last couple of years. We finally got a coach who will push the ball, we don’t need someone else to dribble around for 8 seconds before jacking up a jumper with nobody to rebound.

          • bill_nair

            I can see that being a concern but hes so mature and such a team player I highly doubt that would end up being an issue. Hes always been a point forward/go to guy. With a point guard who can set him and others up I think he can be what Melo should be (if he ever sacrificed.)

    • ian

      “Green is obviously a weak 3” Its crazy how things can change in a week. Guarentee none of these guys are hitting that 3 in lebron’s face.

  • Jester00

    Jabari Parker just so Smooth like a great beer

  • tvor03

    I absolutely love Randle. Though I’m an admitted Kentucky homer. All three players are a big upgrade over the three starters we have at their current positions.

    Sully is great, but Randle can be a franchise player. Jeff Green is who he is, and Parker could be the next great SF to wear Green (Havlicek, Bird, Pierce). And even though Bradley could be next Gary Payton, Wiggins could be the next Kobe. Payton vs. Kobe – Kobe wins.

    • bill_nair

      Curious, do you think Wiggins is more of a 2 or 3? Ive heard numerous Tmac comparisons and I believe Wiggins is better suited at the 2 for now. Sort of like Paul George, start off at the 2 and shift over as his career goes on.

  • Curt Hays

    From wikipedia:

    “Jabari actually made the eighth-grade team as a fourth-grader, but could not play until fifth grade for insurance reasons.”

  • Red’s Cigar

    Parker. Hands down.

  • MrCuret

    I’d pick Parker, the kid knows how to play. Besides, he looks like he’s NBA ready, & for his age he’s seems very mature, which is huge.

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  • Celticsfanatic

    I have to go with Exum if we trade Rondo. I only want us to trade Rondo if we can get a team like Detroit to overpay with a guy like Drummond along with either a pick or expiring deal. In that case, Exum is the best fit and no slouch in terms of skills either. I’ve read around that the Cs love Exum and Ainge and his team certainly know what they’re doing on draft day. I’ve watched his tapes and he shows flashes of Rondo and Tony Parker, only at 6’6″. He has the same monstrous wingspan Rondo does and can play both positions, but his natural position is PG, which is exciting. Exum-Bradley-Gordon Hayward/Jeff Green/star acquired with our wealth of assets-Sullinger-Drummond is a stellar lineup that could be contending before Exum even turns 21.

    If we keep Rondo, which again, will be the case unless we’re overwhelmed with an offer, I have to be unexciting and go with Wiggins. Parker is phenomenal, as is Randle (though I don’t like picking a guy that would overshadow one of our few gems in Sully), but there’s a reason Wiggins has managed to hold these guys off for a while now. Clearly the most concrete, visible potential, good character, and a game that could impact an NBA season right now regardless of how much better he looks to be in a few years. Rondo-Bradley-Wiggins-Sully-Vitor/2015 big man (that draft is loaded with big guys) is another great lineup that could compete very soon, though in my opinion is a lesser lineup to the Exum lineup.

    • bill_nair

      I think Exum would work perfect off the ball with Rondo. Im hoping we get a top 3 pick for Parker but if we get 4-7 there’s a shot at Exum. I think he can be a Harden type 2 guard with a lil more size.

  • pierce Hart

    If we get a top 4 pick Id take any. My number one option would be Parker just because I feel he is a baby paul pierce, all the skill and moves not focused solely on athleticism also with green so in concisetent I’d rather have another SF. HOWEVER! If we land fifth or somewhere and they four are off the board of package rondo for a top big man (Cousins or Drummond along those lines) and draft smart. With a back court of rondo and Bradley you really need a top guy In the from court to give you 20 a night as well as good D.

  • bill_nair

    Parker no doubt. He has all the skills Wiggins needs to develop and hes only going to get better. I dont think you can go wrong with those 4 players. But after watching PP the past 15 years, Parker reminds me so much of him. Hes got my vote.