Best Picks of the NBA Draft

6/29/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Best Picks of the NBA DraftTyler Zeller - Cleveland Cavaliers (via trade) - Acquired from Mavericks for Jared Cunningham, Bernard James, Jae Crowder
This one is incredibly risky. There's a decent chance that in a couple years I'll say "wow how did I ever think that was a good move?" I'm a big fan of all the guys the Mavs got. However, I think Zeller has the potential to be a really nice center in the NBA. He'll practically be one of the veterans on the team, already being older than Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Dion Waiters. With Irving and Waiters in the back court, and Thompson and Zeller in the front court, the Cavs have a chance to develop a very good, balanced team. Zeller is versatile in that he can play well in both the half court and transition game and I think the Cavs end up happy they made this move (though it's far from a sure thing).

Perry Jones - Oklahoma City Thunder - 28th Overall
This dude was in a complete free fall after being projected as a top 10 pick not too long ago. I had him as my 24th ranked player in the draft, and I thought I was being harsh. I still had him going to the Rockets at 16 because I thought his raw talent and athleticism would be too much for NBA teams to pass up on. All of a sudden, he falls to the Western Conference champs. Serge Ibaka may be on the move when OKC has to re-sign all of their talent, and in Perry Jones they got a 6'11'' freak athlete who can run the floor in their uptempo offense. If they can develop this raw player by the time Ibaka's contract is up, they struck gold. I don't really like Perry Jones' game and don't think he will develop into a good player, but the tools and potential are there. At the 28th pick that's a risk worth taking.
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