Thursday, June 29, 2006

More Draft Stuff

Bill Simmons Draft Diary is up (and guess what? it's better than mine).

Terry Pluto likes the picks.

LeBron and Shannon Brown are best friends

Chad Forde likes what the Cavs did:

Round 1: Shannon Brown, SG, Michigan State (No. 25 overall)

Round 2: Daniel Gibson, PG, Texas (No. 42) Ejike Ugboaja, F, Nigeria (No. 55)

Analysis: When you pick late in the first round, you're usually looking for someone who has a chance to be a rotation player.
When you pick in the second, you're looking for someone with a pulse. I think the Cavs exceeded expectations with both picks.
Brown is going to be a dynamite player, a real steal at No. 26. He has the strength and athleticism of a lottery pick. He's a little undersized, but I think he'll be a great spark plug for the Cavs.
I also like the Gibson pick in Round 2. As a point guard, Gibson is a so-so prospect. But as a scoring two, he could be a Ben Gordon-type player.

Grade: A

Marty Burns thinks the Cavs did well too. He's also saying Brown could be insurance in case Flip Murray leaves (you think?).

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