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[OC] Two Round Mock Draft with Pick Analysis: Draft Day Edition - (6/21/2018)

  1. Phoenix Suns DeAndre Ayton C Arizona
    • Phoenix selects local Big Man - DeAndre Ayton. In May, The Suns hired their new Head Coach - Igor Kokoskov. Kokoskov is familiar with Doncic, coaching him and the champion Slovenian team in the EuroBasket2017. However, Head Coaches usually don't have too much leverage in the draft and Suns owner, Robert Sarver, is a big Arizona Basketball booster, so the organization has ties to both top prospects. After his only draft workout, with the Suns, Ayton told the media "I know I'm going No. 1" - it appears exceedingly likely at this point that he is correct. Ayton has sky-high potential due to his size (7’1” height, 7’5” wingspan, 9’3” standing reach, broad shoulders) and athleticism. He has a good looking jumper considering his size and an effective Mid-range and post-up game. IQ and motor on defense as well as finishing through contact and polishing his Pick-and-Roll game on offense are big questions. Can he put it all together for the Suns?
  2. Sacramento Kings Luka Doncic SG/PG Real Madrid/Slovenia
    • Surprise! Vlade was pulling a ruse! There is a stigma when drafting European players. It mainly stems from public perception of the person making the selection. If one drafts a European prospect who busts, it is seen as more foolish because you may have missed out on an American prospect who was in your 'backyard' so to speak. However, Vlade Divac, GM of the Kings and former NBA player, was born in Serbia. I'm sure Vlade doesn't experience the stigma to the extent that others do, considering his background. Ultimately, the Kings can't resist taking Luka. The 19-year-old Slovenian excels in the pick-and-roll game on offense, great in transition (1.38 PPP), and is comfortable taking a vast array of jumpers -off ball screens (1.43 PPP) spot-ups, and pull-ups. He can be an effective team defender at times. Below average lateral quickness/vertical as well as inconsistent play are Doncic's main questions at this point in his career.
  3. Atlanta Hawks Jaren Jackson Jr. C/PF Michigan State
    • With Luka off the board, the Hawks take Advanced Stats Jr. out of Model Projection State. Jackson may be the safest pick in the draft. He has phenomenal defensive instincts, a decent outside jump shot, and as mentioned before - posted a great statistical season at MSU. One must keep his very small sample size (35GP, 21.8MPG) in mind when interpreting stats. With that in mind, Triple 'J' is a defensive monster, leading the Big Ten in BLK% at 14.3% and Defensive Rating at 86.4. Very balanced on offense, though he doesn't have the strongest post game. A high foul rate may be an issue. Look out for the Hawks to trade up and select Trae Young after this selection, possibly in the 10-13 range if Young falls that far.
  4. Memphis Grizzlies Marvin Bagley III PF Duke
    • MBIII falls to Memphis. Bagley is an athletic beast, great standing dunker, decent shooter, and underrated passer. A first-rate scorer on rim dives (1.43 PPP) - I see Bagley developing into a PF offensive role. Defense will be an issue, at least to begin with. Bagley only has a roughly 7'0" wingspan, and his defensive perimeter instincts aren't pretty. Memphis, like Sacramento, have struggled to get top prospects to work out for them and it's unclear what their relationship is with Bagley at this point. However, there seems to be some mutual interest between them and MPJ. Look out for Memphis to trade down and acquire Porter.
  5. Dallas Mavericks Mohamed Bamba C Texas
    • Dallas takes Texas Big Man Mo Bamba. Bamba has good size (7’ height, 15’ wingspan). His easiest-to-project trait is rim defending (13.0 BLK%). He is somewhat weak at traditional Center tasks (Setting screens, being physical, etc.). Appears to have improved his below average shooting mechanics over the offseason. It would be very interesting to see how Carlisle works with Bamba and DSJ. Could they be pieces of the next great Mavs team?
  6. Orlando Magic Wendell Carter Jr. PF/C Duke
    • The Magic add a Big with great measurements (wide shoulders, 6'10", 7'4.5" wingspan), a very smart player - Carter rarely found himself out of position defensively at Duke and offensively he is an able passer. He also can finish well at the rim (70% as a Blue Devil), stretch the floor (41% on limited attempts) and can put the ball on the floor if he needs to. If Orlando selects Carter, I think Magic fans can look forward to some great frontcourt play between him and Gordon (That is, before they let AG walk in FA).
  7. Chicago Bulls Michael Porter Jr. SF/PF Missouri
    • Porter's high-end potential may be too much to pass on for a franchise looking for a star wing. Michael Porter Jr. was seen as the #1 pick before the CBB season started - value! At this point, MPJ's biggest question mark isn't his on-court play, it's his health. Porter has a hip/back injury and he's currently at 50 90 50%. On the court, MPJ has a great looking shot for his size (6'10", 7' wingspan). His best usage in the NBA, in my opinion, will be at the PF/C position because of his lack of elite ball-handling, perimeter defense and upright (body stance) play.
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG Kentucky
    • The Cavs select the 6’6" point guard from Kentucky. Great standing reach for a guard (8’8”). Not extraordinarily quick. Played a lot of pick-and-roll scenarios at Kentucky. Yet to prove he can hit from outside at a high rate. Lauded for his leadership qualities. Overall, lacks glaring weaknesses which makes him an attractive option for Cleveland and others. Will be a valuable selection if he earns starter minutes. This pick fits a positional need for a LeBron Cavalier team, but with a versatile player like SGA, they aren't tied to a particular rebuild path if LeBron migrates elsewhere.
  9. New York Knicks Kevin Knox SF/PF Kentucky
    • New York's future depends a fair amount on Porzingis's longterm health. With reports and speculation that the Latvian big may miss the entire season, that future seems marginally shaky. Selecting Knox is surely a bet on his development. He did not have an efficient Freshman season at Kentucky, but he has shown some nice shooting touch and has ideal size (6'9", 7' wingspan) for a modern 4. Knox is still very young (He will still be 18 years old when drafted) and may be able to develop into more of a 2-way player than he is now.
  10. Philadelphia 76ers Mikal Bridges SF/SG Villanova
    • Philadelphia will look to move some picks during the draft. If they keep this one, Mikal would be a virtual no-brainer. Bridges has familial (mother works in HR) and geographical (Villanova played its home games in the Wells Fargo Center) ties to Philly. The Sixers tack on a wing who is more experienced than anyone in this projected lotto. Mikal is a terrific spot-up player (1.34 PPP, 31% of OFF possessions). A versatile defender, appears to be able to guard most 2-4s at the next level.
  11. Charlotte Hornets Trae Young PG Oklahoma
    • The future of Kemba in Charlotte is unknown. There is a decent chance Kemba will be moved on draft night. With the Dwight Howard trade and possibly a Walker trade, the Hornets are looking for a speedy rebuild under new Head Coach James Borrego. Selecting Trae would be a flashy start to such a rebuild. Young has an elite shooting stroke, can pull up from anywhere, has shown the ability to find success on off-ball screen situations (1.39 PPP on a limited sample size). He finds open teammates well (48.5% AST%) and has shown a high comfort level in making a variety of different passes. He may be a defensive liability due to his lack of toughness, normal-human-like 6’3” wingspan, and overall disinterest in it. To be fair, a 37.1% Usage Rate is a valid excuse for some of his defensive short-comings. It will be interesting to see how Borrego incorporates Young into his system. As I mentioned beforehand, the Hawks are looking to move into this position in order to take Young, so he may be snatched from the Hornets or maybe the Hornets are the ones to make a deal with the Hawks - who knows.
  12. LA Clippers Collin Sexton PG Alabama
    • At 12, the Clippers select Collin Sexton. The Clippers have a large range of possible outcomes in '18-'19. They have question marks surrounding DeAndre Jordan - $24M player option, Montrezl Harrell - $1.7M club option, Avery Bradley - unrestricted free agent, Gallo and PBev - injury concerns. The Clippers have let it be known that they're considering moving up in the draft, possibly to take MPJ. If they don't, Collin may be a befitting selection. Sexton is a better passePick-and-roll player than he gets credit for. Can push the ball quickly on fastbreaks. Can handle a high usage rate. Great on-court body language. No glaring weaknesses - his shooting is suspect and he has tunnel vision at times. I’m a little worried his hair will morph into Elfrid Payton 2.0.
  13. LA Clippers Miles Bridges SF/PF Michigan State
    • At 13 the Clippers take an explosive player who can play off ball. Miles was a well-rounded player on offense for the Spartans. Able to score off of spot-ups, off of screens - off ball and on ball as a roll/pop man. Not afraid to dunk the ball when given the opening to do so. He’s a little undersized at the SB4 spot (6’6”, 6’9.5” wingspan). Miles Bridges has arguably more upside than his namesake, Mikal. Personally, I think 13 is tremendous value for Miles.
  14. Denver Nuggets Lonnie Walker SG Miami (FL)
    • Denver had an underwhelming defensive season to say the least - 25th in DRTG, and having a limited wing rotation looks to take someone who could potentially help in those areas. Walker is very quick, has a great frame (6’4”, 6’10 wingspan) and a good looking shot - capable of playing off ball. He has the ability to get his body in positions to score, but his touch needs work - he shot 59% at the rim in his Freshman year at Miami. If he can consistently hit from the outside - and therefore pose a threat to closing-out defenders, he has the first-step ability to murder those defenders on over-closeouts. Defensively he can guard on-ball fairly well. He'll need to learn how to be an effective team defender. Look out for the Nuggets to dump salary (which would likely entail a move down) tonight.
  15. Washington Wizards Robert Williams C/PF Texas A&M
    • Washington has no long-term options at Center. They may take a shot at Robert Williams with the 15th pick. There are some questions about Williams' attitude, so he should fit right in with Washington. Williams draws comparisons to DeAndre Jordan - a former Texas A&M Aggie. A prototypical rim-running big. 7-4 wingspan. Comfortable with finishing the rim (including full windmills in clutch-time on an NCAA Tournament game). Hack-a-Williams might be a thing at the next level - 47.1% last season at A&M. Never got to play much at the Center - where he’ll play in the NBA - in college, because of the more-polished Junior Tyler Davis taking those minutes. Prone to making dumb decisions on offense. While an overall solid defender, he sometimes lost trying to defend the perimeter.
  16. Phoenix Suns Zhaire Smith SF/SG Texas Tech
    • Phoenix should be looking for a versatile player who can contribute in a wide variety of line-ups - which is a very long-form way to spell Zhaire Smith. Smith had some underwhelming results at the combine. He’s 6’2.75” without shoes and got out-leaped by Donte DiVincenzo, though I wouldn’t look too far into that. He is a dynamic defensive player who can guard 1-3. On offense, he is an active screener a smart passer, He can lift off the ground in a hurry and excels at offensive put-back dunks.
  17. Milwaukee Bucks Jerome Robinson SG/PG Boston College
    • What the hell is happening with Jerome Robinson? I remember a time when Jerome was seen as a mid-second round pick. It appears scouts have just started to look into this guy and they like what they see apparently. Milwaukee takes fast-rising 21-year-old guard Jerome Robinson. A natural bucket-getter, the 6'6" Guard scored 20 PPG and shot 41% from 3 on 5.7 attempts in his Junior year at Boston College.
  18. San Antonio Spurs Troy Brown Jr. SF/SG Oregon
    • San Antonio's wing rotation is up in the air. There's Kawhi who appears to want out, Kyle Anderson - RFA, Danny Green $10M player option, Rudy Gay declined his $8.8M player option and is a UFA. They may want another option at that spot. TBJ is a player with smart passing vision (19.1 AST% in conference play), a good mid-range game, plus rebounder for his size, is a logical defender and was third in the Pac-12 in steals as a Freshman.
  19. Atlanta Hawks Aaron Holiday PG UCLA
    • If Atlanta doesn’t use this pick to move up and take Trae Young, they may select Aaron Holiday at 19. Aaron, brother of Justin and Jrue Holiday, is a 6’1 guard, with a 6’7.5” wingspan. He shot well in his Junior season at UCLA on high volume. He is also a great transition player and slasher.
  20. Minnesota Kevin Huerter SG Maryland
    • Tom Thibodeau and crew look for their next victim draft pick. Kevin is a young Sophomore (19.7), younger than Bamba and Ayton. He was expected by most to return to Maryland for his Junior year until his very impressive Combine showing solidified himself as a 1st round prospect. The 6’7” guard shot 41.7% from 3 on 5.5 attempts. He has a quick release and is always a threat anywhere behind the 3pt line. In addition to his great shooting strength, he is an able passer. Defense will likely never be a plus, but he hustles.
  21. Utah Jazz Donte DiVincenzo SG/PG Villanova
    • Utah struck gold with Mitchell last year. They add another combo guard in DiVincenzo. He is 6’4”, 205lb guard from Villanova, possessing a 6'6" wingspan. Relatively under the radar by most until scoring 31 in the National Championship game. Recorded a Connaughton-esque 42” vertical at the Combine. Shot 40% from deep on 5.3 Att./G. in his Sophomore year at Nova.
  22. Chicago Bulls Elie-Franck Okobo PG/SG Pau-Lacq-Orthez/France
    • Chicago takes Pau-Lacq-Orthez's Elie-Franck Okobo. Okobo can score in a variety of ways - able to pull up off the dribble and shoot off-ball - has the size (6-3, 6-8 wingspan) to potentially be a competent defender.
  23. Indiana Pacers De'Anthony Melton SG/PG USC
    • Indiana gave Cleveland a run-for-your-money Series in the first round. Kevin Pritchard looks pretty smart in the aftermath of the Paul George trade. The development of Oladipo, Sabonis, and Turner will be interesting to watch and they may take a combo guard like De'Anthony Melton to amalgamate with that grouping. Due to details released in the FBI investigation into various college basketball programs, Melton didn't play his sophomore year at USC. He's an incredibly smart defender who can defend 1-4 and hold his own as an offensive creator. His shooting remains a question.
  24. Portland Trailblazers Josh Okogie SG Georgia Tech
    • Whether Portland has one or two of their star guards next year, they should consider drafting Okogie. As a Sophomore, the 6'4", 215lb. Okogie averaged 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks at Georgia Tech. The 19-year-old Nigerian uses his 7ft. wingspan well on defense. Offensively, he could use some work in different facets of his game - ball handling, touch around the rim, etc., but his shooting stats (38% from 3 on 4.2 Att./G, 82% FT shooter) are promising.
  25. Los Angeles Lakers Mitchell Robinson C United States
    • LA could use a defensively-capable Center. Is Robinson that, or a failed project in waiting? Mitchell has a prototypical Center’s body - stands 7’1”, with a 9’3” standing reach. He is also a versatile shot blocker. An intriguing personality to say the least. Dropped out of Western Kentucky after committing to play there. Dropped out of the draft combine after supposedly receiving a draft promise.
  26. Philadelphia Dzanan Musa SG/SF KK Cedevita/Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Philly selects the 6’9” Bosnian wing who, at 19, is already a positive contributor playing for Cedevita. Musa is a confident scorer, a great ball handler for his height, and an able distributor - However, his thin frame, below average wingspan, and defensive questions could be what holds him back from keeping a spot in the NBA.
  27. Boston Celtics Keita Bates-Diop SF/SG Ohio State
    • Boston is in a very positive situation. The addition of Jerome Bates-Diop, an older, easier to project rookie fits with their timeline. Balanced player on both sides of the floor. Keita Bates-Diop is a four-year forward from The Ohio State University. While in his redshirt Junior year there, he had great shooting efficiency at all 3 levels. Measured well at the combine: Nearly 6’9” in shoes, 7’3”+ wingspan. That size + high defensive IQ = defensive versatility.
  28. Golden State Warriors Grayson Allen SG Duke
    • Golden State wins their 3rd title in 4 years. With that said, it's apparent their roster has no obvious weaknesses. Well, now that I think of it, they could use a player that makes borderline dirty plays and is despised by most outside the fanbase of the team that he plays for. Having a back-up guard rotation of an aging Livingston, G-League star Cook, and injured McCaw GSW could also use a guard. Grayson Allen tested well athletically at the combine - 10.3s lane agility, 41 in. vertical. Grayson can contribute outside shooting and hustle* plays to the Warriors. The ability to hit shots consistently will make or break Allen’s NBA career. Despite his repetition, I like Allen and I think he would make a positive impact for the Warriors.
  29. Brooklyn Nets Chandler Hutchison SF/SG Boise State
    • The Nets hold their own first-round pick in the 2019 draft, the first time in four years. There's a rumor that Hutchison received a promise to be drafted at this spot. Hutchison is a 6'7" wing with a 7'1" wingspan. Hutchison lead the MWC in Defensive Rating (93.3) and PER (25.9). He is noted for his great work ethic.
  30. Atlanta Hawks Jalen Brunson PG Villanova
    • Is Schröder the Hawks long term PG? Almost certainly not. In fact, Dennis may not be on Atlanta's books by the time the draft reaches a conclusion. Atlanta takes another guard, this time, Jalen Brunson. ATL makes a safe pick in the AP POY Brunson. I would bet a small sum of money that TV analysts will use the “Crafty” when breaking down his tape after he is drafted. His size (6’2” height, 6’4” wingspan) and athleticism are his biggest, and nearly only, knocks. I can see him becoming a 5th man player on a good team, paired with a long, defensive guard in the backcourt.
  31. Phoenix Suns Melvin Frazier SF/SG Tulane
    • Phoenix selects a defensive minded G/F from Tulane. Tested well at the Combine: Nearly 7’2” wingspan, 40.5” vertical. Frazier has great hands of defense and led the AAC in steals last season (65) and FG% (55.6). He is a bit turnover prone on offense and is not a very capable shooter at this point in his career.
  32. Memphis Grizzlies Khyri Thomas SG Creighton
    • Memphis selects the gritty combo guard from Creighton. Thomas is an on-ball shutdown defender. While being projected as an archetypal 3&D off-ball guard, Thomas can distribute the ball fairly well.
  33. Atlanta Hawks Moritz Wagner PF/C Michigan
    • The Hawks select the German March Madness star, Moritz Wagner. Mo solidified his place in the draft with his postseason play. Elite Pick-and-roll/pop player. A good spot-up shooter, can extend to 3-pointers (39.4% on 4.1 Att./G). Poor FT% is concerning 69.4%. Below average defender, might get stuck between Center and Forward due to the inability to defend the perimeter and his lack of toughness/length.
  34. Dallas Mavericks Omari Spellman PF/C Villanova
    • Dallas takes NCAA Champion, Omari Spellman. Old for a Freshman; will be nearly 21 on draft day. Good frame - 6’9”, 245lb, 7’2” wingspan. Can stretch the floor on offense. Likes to spot up and plays well off it (1.41 PPP). Weaker on other big-man tasks - P&R, Post-ups, Put-backs, etc. Not very quick laterally on defense, but makes some vertical plays.
  35. Orlando Magic Jacob Evans SG Cincinnati
    • Orlando selects a big guard who uses his strength to defend the perimeter, is a capable passer, and can hit the 3 reliably (37.7% on 4.4 Att./G during his 3 years at Cincinnati). I'm a big fan of Evans and I think he has a shot to contribute to an NBA team.
  36. New York Knicks Jevon Carter PG West Virginia
    • The Knicks take a ball-handler-hounding guard, Jevon Carter. Carter regularly shut down opposing guards at WVU. He has a high motor and can find his teammates well on offense. I'm sure New York would love this guy.
  37. Sacramento Kings Bruce Brown Jr. SG/PG Miami (FL)
    • The Kings take a combo guard from Miami. Coming off a foot injury and taking a step back in 3pt% (34.7 on 2.9 Att. - 26.7 on 3.2 Att.) in his Sophomore year, Brown is still a coveted prospect due to his defensive prowess and explosiveness. Brown Jr. is an older Sophomore (21.8 at time of the draft). An explosive leaper, active on-ball defender, times blocks well, good shooter off the catch - very poor on pull-ups.
  38. Philadelphia 76ers Anfernee Simons SG/PG IMG Academy
    • Philadelphia selects a five-year highschool player and part-time Markelle Fultz impersonator, Anfernee Simons. Simons is a young (19.0 at draft) CG from IMG Academy. He’s 6’4”, 180lb., and has a 6’9” wingspan. He will need to get stronger, jumps forward significantly on 3s. Handles the ball well and sets himself up for mid-rangers nicely.
  39. Los Angeles Lakers Rodions Kurucs SF/PF FC Barcelona/Latvia
    • What is up with all the Latvian NBA prospects? Rodions got limited minutes with Barcelona last year, but the 20-year-old but regardless, he's a coveted 2nd round selection. He's a 6'10" forward with a 7-foot wingspan, good shooting mechanics, and decent athleticism.
  40. Brooklyn Nets Landry Shamet PG/SG Wichita State
    • Brooklyn takes a dynamic deep-range scorer at No. 40. Landry Shamet has a pretty shooting stroke and shot very well (44.2%) from three at a high volume (5.9 Att./G) in his redshirt Sophomore year at Wichita State. Surprisingly, measured a nearly 40 in. vertical at the Combine, though he was only so-so in scrimmage play.
  41. Orlando Magic Gary Trent Jr. SG Duke
    • Orlando selects Duke Freshman Gary Trent Jr. Gary Trent is 6'6", has a 6'9" wingspan, shot 40% from three and 87% from the line in his Freshman season at Duke. The Magic potentially add a shooting threat.
  42. Detroit Pistons Devonte' Graham PG Kansas
    • The Pistons have no first round pick due to the Blake Griffin trade. They recently hired former Raptors coach and COY candidate, Dwane Casey. The first rookie selected in the Casey era is Devonte' Graham. The Pistons could use some point guard depth and they'll get some immediately with Graham. The Big 12 POY is slightly undersized (6'2", 6’6” wingspan) and old (born 2/22/95), but he has shown many things teams want in a PG. He's a good shooter (40.6% on 6.9 Att./G) a solid distributor (2.8 Ast/Tov) and an active defender (1.6 Stl/G).
  43. Denver Nuggets Jarred Vanderbilt PF/SF Kentucky
    • The Nuggets could use some wing depth and they may get some with Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt excels in rebounding and passing. He hasn’t shown any sign of developing an outside shot.
  44. Washington Wizards Hamidou Diallo SG Kentucky
    • Washington has some roster decisions to make. After taking their hopeful Center-of-the-Future in Williams, they move on and select Diallo. “It’s f---ing raw!” - Gordon Ramsey sums up Hamidou’s game. Diallo didn't show much this year and he'll likely fall to the Second Round. He’s a good offensive transition player. Great athleticism and size (45in. vertical, 7ft wingspan) - and that’s why a team like the Wizards will draft him.
  45. Charlotte Hornets Shake Milton SG/PG SMU
    • The Hornets take Malik "Shake" Milton. Shake Milton is an oversized guard (6’6”, 6’11” wingspan) from SMU. He can shoot off the ball well (1.34 PPP, 1/3 of OFF possessions) and is a solid on-ball defender. He struggled at in combine play where his lack of athleticism was apparent.
  46. Houston Rockets Rawle Alkins SG Arizona
    • Houston takes Rawle Alkins. He has a great body profile. Wide shoulders, 6'9" wingspan. High motor athlete. Good shooting mechanics. Questionable decision-making on both sides of the floor. The Rockets add a powerful Guard in Alkins.
  47. Los Angeles Lakers Kevin Hervey SF/PF Texas-Arlington
    • The Lakers select a wing with excellent length - 6’8”, 7’3.5” wingspan. Young Senior - won’t even be 22 at the draft. Played four years for the University of Texas-Arlington in the Sun Belt Conference - not the best competition. Shot 33.9% from 3 on 6.9 Att./G, 80.7 FT%. Rebounds well on both sides of the ball. 27.8 Career USG% at UTA, will he be able to translate to a more refined role?
  48. Minnesota Timberwolves Trevon Duval PG Duke
    • Minnesota selects Trevon Duval. Duval’s stock has plummeted since High School. Still, he’s a good ISO ball handler. He can finish pretty well using his length (6'9" wingspan) with a variety of finishing shots. Overall poor decision maker and a poor 3pt shooter. He’s an athletically gifted player who a team like Minnesota may take for his potential.
  49. San Antonio Spurs Chimezie Metu PF/C USC
    • San Antonio selects Chimezie Metu. Metu is a 6’10” F/C with a 7’0.5” wingspan. Metu has a fairly good post game and has been working on his 3 point game. His mechanics are projectable as a player that you don’t want to leave absolutely wide open. Metu averaged 18 and 8 with 2 BPG per 36 minutes in his Junior year at USC.
  50. Indiana Pacers Isaac Bonga SF/PG Frankfurt Skyliners/Germany
    • The Pacers take a draft-and-stash point forward. Isaac Bonga is the second youngest players eligible to be drafted - 18.6 on draft date. Struggles from 3, not the greatest release. 90+ FT percentage is encouraging. Good passer.
  51. New Orleans Pacers Justin Jackson SF/PF Maryland
    • Only one pick for the Pelicans this year and it's at 51. New Orleans selects Justin Jackson. Jackson's stock dropped after a lost Sophomore season at Maryland. He was inefficient before ending his season due to injury. The Pelicans take a chance due to his potential upside (6’7”, 7’3” wingspan).
  52. Utah Jazz Issuf Sanon SG/PG Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk/Ukraine
    • The Jazz take Issuf Sanon - the youngest player in the draft. He's a 18.6-year-old Ukrainian guard. 6’4”,185lb. Not the most athletic guard in the class but can finish at the rim fairly well. Sanon can shoot with confidence both on/off the ball. Throws his feet forward a little on jump shots. Will need to get stronger.
  53. Oklahoma City Thunder Tony Carr PG Penn State
    • The Thunder take a guard from Penn State. The 6'5" Sophomore Point Guard has a slightly unconventional shooting execution, hopping forward and making a pushing motion high in the air. It has worked thus far. He killed the Big Ten last year averaging 20PPG on 43% 3-point shooting. Decent spot-up player. Should be able to play off ball.
  54. Dallas Mavericks Malik Newman SG/PG Kansas
    • Dallas takes Malik Newman. The redshirt Sophomore transferred from Mississippi State to Kansas after his Freshman year. A five-star recruit out of high school, Newman didn’t quite live up to the hype. However, he showed in flashes last year why he was ranked so highly. He can pull up from range and hit the 3-ball efficiently: 41% on 5.3 attempts this last year.
  55. Charlotte Hornets Kostas Antetokounmpo PF Dayton
    • Brother of Bucks star Forward Giannis, Kostas is one of four physically gifted basketball-playing brothers. Kostas is a 6’10 forward with a 7’2.25” wingspan and a 9’2.5” standing reach. The 20-year-old was largely unimpressive in his one year at Dayton, though he did post a notable 8.3 BLK%. Charlotte swings for the fences with this pick, hoping Kostas can become a versatile defender and improve in a Giannis-like trajectory.
  56. Philadelphia 76ers Brandon McCoy C UNLV
    • The 76ers take a shot on a project. Brandon McCoy is a 7’0” Freshman Center with a 7'2" wingspan. Played last season for UNLV. A bit stiff and lacks instincts, but can rebound and finish fairly well.
  57. Oklahoma City Thunder Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG Kansas
    • OKC takes Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. Mykhailiuk is a 6’7” guard with a minus wingspan (6’5”) who shot 44.4% from 3 on 6.6 attempts in his Senior season at Kansas, and despite being a senior, he will have just turned 21 by the time the draft rolls around.
  58. Denver Nuggets Raymond Spalding C/PF Louisville
    • Ray Spalding is a Junior big man from Louisville. Spalding is 6’10” and possesses a 7’5” wingspan - which he uses fairly well to get blocks (6.3 BLK%) and steals (3.1 STL%). Spalding was also a capable offensive rebounder at Louisville (2nd in the ACC junior year) and can throw down dunks on the move. He doesn’t have much of an offensive game outside of that, however.
  59. Phoenix Suns Kenrich Williams SF TCU
    • Very smart player, also very old (23.6 on draft date). No glaring weaknesses, though not elite athlete, FT shooter. Rebounds well for position. A versatile player who should contribute positively right from the get-go.
  60. Philadelphia 76ers Arnoldas Kulboka SF Betaland Capo d’Orlanda/Lithuania
    • Kulboka is a 6’10” forward from Lithuania. The 20-year-old played 29 games for Betaland Capo d’Orlanda in Italy’s Lega A last year, shooting 36.7% from deep on 4.4 Att./G.. He has excellent shooting mechanics and is a consistent FT shooter. He will have to continue to gain strength and learn to be physical if he wants to make it in the NBA.
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Offseason Transfer Megathread 17-18

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Most info is from https://www.mlssoccer.com/transactions/2018. Homegrowns and draft picks have not been added to the list. Not including LAFC's acquisitions prior to Gaber on Nov 21. I'll typically be updating around 5PM EST.
New Managers
Name Nat. Club Previously Managed
Remi Garde France Montreal Impact Aston Villa
Brad Friedel United States NE Revolution US u-19
Anthony Hudson England Colorado Rapids New Zealand
Mikael Stahre Sweden San Jose Earthquakes BK Hacken
Giovanni Savarese Venezuela Portland Timbers New York Cosmos
Bob Bradley United States LAFC Swansea City
Transfers coming to and transfers within .
Player Age Nat. Date From To Notes
Omar Gaber (D) 25 Egypt 11/21/17 FC Basel LAFC Loan
Johan Blomberg (M) 30 Sweden 11/21/17 AIK Colorado Rapids Free
Anthony Blondell (F) 23 Venezuela 11/30/17 Monagas SC Vancouver Whitecaps Transfer
Mitch Hildebrandt (GK) 29 United States 12/1/17 FC Cincinnati Atlanta United Free
Joel Qwiberg (D) 25 Sweden 12/1/17 IF Brommapojkarna San Jose Earthquakes Transfer
Franco Escobar (D) 22 Argentina 12/8/17 Newell’s Old Boys Atlanta United Transfer
Fredric Brillant (D) 32 France 12/10/17 NYCFC DC United Trade
Harrison Heath (M) 21 England 12/10/17 Atlanta United Minnesota United Trade
Kei Kamara (F) 33 Sierra Leone 12/10/17 NE Revolution Vancouver Whitecaps Trade
Walker Zimmerman (D) 24 United States 12/10/17 FC Dallas LAFC Trade
Arturo Alvarez (M) 32 El Salvador 12/10/17 Chicago Fire Houston Dynamo Trade
Darren Mattocks (F) 27 Jamaica 12/10/17 Portland Timbers DC United Trade
Tyler Miller (GK) 24 United States 12/12/17 Seattle Sounders LAFC Expansion draft
Latif Blessing (F) 20 Ghana 12/12/17 Sporting KC LAFC Expansion draft
Marco Ureña (F) 27 Costa Rica 12/12/17 San Jose Earthquakes LAFC Expansion draft
Laurent Ciman (D) 32 Belgium 12/12/17 Montreal Impact LAFC Trade
Jukka Raitala (D) 29 Finland 12/12/17 LAFC (from CLB) Montreal Impact Trade
Raheem Edwards (D/M) 22 Canada 12/12/17 LAFC (from TOR) Montreal Impact Trade
Jose Hernandez (D) 20 Venezuela 12/13/17 Caracas FC Atlanta United Transfer
Darlington Nagbe (M) 27 United States 12/13/17 Portland Timbers Atlanta United Trade
Gbenga Arokoyo (D) 25 Nigeria 12/13/17 Portland Timbers Atlanta United Trade
Jon Kempin (GK) 24 United States 12/13/17 LA Galaxy Columbus Crew Trade
Anton Tinnerholm (D) 26 Sweden 12/13/17 Malmo FF NYCFC Free
Myer Bevan (F) 20 New Zealand 12/13/17 VWFC2 Vancouver Whitecaps USL
Clement Diop (GK) 24 France 12/13/17 LA Galaxy Montreal Impact Waivers
Kip Colvey (D) 23 New Zealand 12/13/17 San Jose Earthquakes Colorado Rapids Waivers
Jorgen Skjelvik (D) 26 Norway 12/14/17 Rosenborg BK LA Galaxy Free
Saad Abdul-Salaam (D) 26 United States 12/14/17 Sporting KC NYCFC Trade
Brad Stuver (GK) 26 United States 12/14/17 Columbus Crew NYCFC Trade
Khiry Shelton (F) 24 United States 12/14/17 NYCFC Sporting KC Trade
Jimmy Ockford (D) 25 United States 12/14/17 Reno 1868 San Jose Earthquakes USL
Luis Felipe (M) 21 United States 12/14/17 Reno 1868 San Jose Earthquakes USL
Chris Wehan (M) 23 United States 12/14/17 Reno 1868 San Jose Earthquakes USL
Waylon Francis (D) 27 Costa Rica 12/14/17 Columbus Crew Seattle Sounders Trade
Diego Rossi (F) 19 Uruguay 12/14/17 Peñarol LAFC Transfer
Jack McBean (F) 22 United States 12/14/17 LA Galaxy Colorado Rapids Trade
Mike Grella (M) 30 United States 12/15/17 Colorado Rapids (re-entry) Columbus Crew Trade
Chris Seitz (GK) 30 United States 12/15/17 FC Dallas Houston Dynamo Free Agent
Tyrone Mears (D) 34 England 12/15/17 Atlanta United Minnesota United Re-entry
Taylor Peay (D) 26 United States 12/15/17 Real Monarchs Real Salt Lake USL
Yohan Croizet (M) 25 France 12/15/17 KV Mechelen Sporting KC Transfer
Brian Rowe (GK) 29 United States 12/15/17 LA Galaxy Vancouver Whitecaps Trade
Jimmy Maurer (GK) 29 United States 12/18/17 New York Cosmos FC Dallas Free
Stefano Bonomo (F) 24 United States 12/18/17 NYRB 2 New York Red Bulls USL
RJ Allen (D) 27 United States 12/18/17 NYCFC Orlando City Trade
Stefano Pinho (F) 26 Brazil 12/18/17 Miami FC Orlando City Free
Rolf Feltscher (D) 27 Venezuela 12/19/17 Cardiff City LA Galaxy Free
Florian Valot (M) 24 France 12/20/17 NYRB 2 New York Red Bulls USL
Magnus Eriksson (F) 27 Sweden 12/20/17 Djurgardens IF San Jose Earthquakes Transfer
Deklan Wynne (D) 22 New Zealand 12/21/17 Vancouver Whitecaps (via VWFC2) Colorado Rapids Trade
Ulises Segura (M) 24 Costa Rica 12/21/17 Deportivo Saprissa DC United Transfer
Anton Nedyalkov (D) 24 Bulgaria 12/21/17 CSKA Sofia FC Dallas Transfer
Cory Burke (F) 25 Jamaica 12/21/17 Bethlehem Steel Philadelphia Union USL
Jose Villarreal (F) 24 United States 12/27/17 LA Galaxy Orlando City Trade
Mohamed El-Munir (D) 25 Libya 12/27/17 FK Partizan Orlando City Free
Jesus Medina (M) 20 Paraguay 12/31/17 Libertad NYCFC Transfer
Junior Moreno (M) 24 Venezuela 1/2/18 Zulia FC DC United Transfer
Reto Ziegler (D) 31 Switzerland 1/2/18 Luzern FC Dallas Transfer
Jordan Harvey (D) 33 United States 1/2/18 Vancouver Whitecaps LAFC Free Agent
Julio Cascante (D) 24 Costa Rica 1/2/18 Deportivo Saprissa Portland Timbers Transfer
Benny Feilhaber (M) 32 United States 1/3/18 Sporting KC LAFC Trade
Carlos Rivas (F) 23 Colombia 1/3/18 Orlando City New York Red Bulls Trade
Tommy Redding (D) 20 United States 1/3/18 Orlando City New York Red Bulls Trade
Sacha Kljestan (M) 32 United States 1/3/18 New York Red Bulls Orlando City Trade
Alfredo Ortuño (F) 26 Spain 1/3/18 Real Valladolid Real Salt Lake Free
Gabriel Somi (D) 26 Syria 1/5/18 Ostersunds FK NE Revolution Free
Adam Grinwis (GK) 25 United States 1/5/18 St. Louis FC Orlando City Free
David Ousted (GK) 32 Denmark 1/8/18 Vancouver Whitecaps DC United Trade
Edgar Castillo (D) 31 United States 1/9/18 Monterrey Colorado Rapids Loan
Eduardo Sosa (M) 21 Venezuela 1/9/18 Zamora FC Columbus Crew Transfer
Perry Kitchen (M) 25 United States 1/9/18 Randers FC LA Galaxy Free
Frantz Pangop (M) 24 Cameroon 1/9/18 Union Douala Minnesota United Free
Adam Henley (D) 23 Wales 1/9/18 Blackburn Rovers Real Salt Lake Free
David Bingham (GK) 28 United States 1/10/18 San Jose Earthquakes LA Galaxy Trade
Servando Carrasco (M) 29 United States 1/11/18 Orlando City LA Galaxy Re-Entry
Wilfried Zahibo (M) 24 France 1/11/18 Gimnastic NE Revolution Free
Cedric Hountondji (D) 23 France 1/11/18 Gazelec Ajaccio NYCFC Free
Brian Sylvestre (GK) 25 United States 1/12/18 North Carolina FC LA Galaxy Free
Ismael Tajouri (F) 23 Libya 1/12/18 Austria Wien NYCFC Transfer
Jack Price (M) 25 England 1/12/18 Wolverhampton Colorado Rapids Transfer
Josue Colman (M) 19 Paraguay 1/15/18 Cerro Porteño Orlando City Transfer
Alejandro Fuenmayor (D) 21 Venezuela 1/16/18 Carabobo FC Houston Dynamo Transfer
Emrah Klimenta (D) 26 Montenegro 1/16/18 Sacramento Republic LA Galaxy Free
Calum Mallace (M) 28 Scotland 1/17/18 Seattle Sounders LAFC Re-entry
Andy Polo (M) 23 Peru 1/17/18 Monarcas Morelia Portland Timbers Loan
Shawn Barry (D) 27 United States 1/17/18 Korona Kielce Real Salt Lake Free
Yeferson Quintana (D) 21 Uruguay 1/17/18 Peñarol San Jose Earthquakes Loan
Rafael Ramos (D) 23 Portugal 1/18/18 Orlando City Chicago Fire Trade
Michael Petrasso (D/M) 22 Canada 1/18/18 Queens Park Rangers Montreal Impact Transfer
Emiliano Amor (D) 22 Argentina 1/18/18 Velez Sarsfield Sporting KC Loan
Efrain Juarez (D/M) 29 Mexico 1/18/18 Monterrey Vancouver Whitecaps Transfer
Ezequiel Barco (M) 18 Argentina 1/19/18 Independiente Atlanta United Transfer
David Accam (M) 27 Ghana 1/19/18 Chicago Fire Philadelphia Union Trade
Darwin Ceren (M) 28 El Salvador 1/19/18 San Jose Earthquakes Houston Dynamo Trade
Jo Inge Berget (F) 27 Norway 1/19/18 Malmo FF NYCFC Free
Matt Lampson (GK) 28 United States 1/19/18 Chicago Fire Minnesota United Trade
Ola Kamara (F) 28 Norway 1/19/18 Columbus Crew LA Galaxy Trade
Gyasi Zardes (F) 26 United States 1/19/18 LA Galaxy Columbus Crew Trade
Eric Calvillo (M) 20 United States 1/20/18 NY Cosmos San Jose Earthquakes Free
Zakaria Diallo (D) 31 France 1/20/18 Stade Brest Montreal Impact Free
Tommy Smith (D) 27 New Zealand 1/21/18 Ipswich Town Colorado Rapids Transfer
Saphir Taider (M) 25 Algeria 1/22/18 Bologna FC Montreal Impact Transfer
Jeisson Vargas (M) 20 Chile 1/22/18 Universidad Catolica Montreal Impact Transfer
Chris Pontius (M) 30 United States 1/22/18 Philadelphia Union LA Galaxy Free Agent
Aaron Kovar (M) 24 United States 1/23/18 Seattle Sounders LAFC Loan
Cristian Penilla (M) 26 Ecuador 1/23/18 Pachuca NE Revolution Loan
Steven Beitashour (D) 30 Iran 1/24/18 Toronto FC LAFC Free Agent
Luis Lopez (GK) 24 Honduras 1/24/18 Real España LAFC Transfer
Andres Flores (M) 27 El Salvador 1/24/18 NY Cosmos Portland Timbers Free
Modou Jadama (D) 23 United States 1/24/18 Tulsa Roughnecks Portland Timbers Free
Milton Valenzuela (D) 19 Argentina 1/26/18 Newell's Old Boys Columbus Crew Loan
Justin Meram (M) 29 Iraq 1/29/18 Columbus Crew Orlando City Trade
Danny Wilson (D) 26 Scotland 1/29/18 Rangers Colorado Rapids Transfer
Dejan Jakovic (D) 32 Canada 1/30/18 NY Cosmos LAFC Free
Oriol Rosell (M) 25 Catalonia 1/30/18 Sporting CP Orlando City Allocation
Magnus Wolff Eikrem (M) 27 Norway 1/30/18 Malmo FF Seattle Sounders Free
Sal Zizzo (D) 30 United States 1/30/18 New York Red Bulls Atlanta United Free Agent
Marc Rzatkowski (M) 27 Germany 1/30/18 Red Bull Salzburg New York Red Bulls Loan
Johnny Russell (F) 27 Scotland 1/31/18 Derby County Sporting KC Transfer
Gregory van der Wiel (D) 30 Netherlands 2/1/18 Cagliari Toronto FC Transfer
Ricardo Clark (M) 34 United States 2/2/18 Houston Dynamo Columbus Crew Free Agent
Cristian Casseres Jr (M) 18 Venezuela 2/2/18 Deportivo La Guaira New York Red Bulls Transfer
Amro Tarek (D) 25 Egypt 2/2/18 ENPPI Club Orlando City Loan
Cristhian Paredes (M) 19 Paraguay 2/2/18 Club America Portland Timbers Transfer
Pablo Ruiz (M) 19 Argentina 2/2/18 San Luis Real Salt Lake Transfer
Mark-Anthony Kaye (M) 23 Canada 2/5/18 Louisville City LAFC Transfer
Aleksandar Katai (M) 27 Serbia 2/6/18 Deportivo Alaves Chicago Fire Loan
Felipe Gutierrez (M) 27 Chile 2/6/18 Real Betis Sporting KC Free
Oniel Fisher (D) 26 Jamaica 2/7/18 Seattle Sounders DC United Trade
Damir Kreilach (M) 28 Croatia 2/7/18 Union Berlin Real Salt Lake Free
Andrew Dykstra (GK) 32 United States 2/8/18 Sporting KC Colorado Rapids Trade
Jalil Anibaba (D) 29 United States 2/9/18 Houston Dynamo NE Revolution Free
Samuel Armenteros (F) 27 Sweden 2/9/18 Benevento Portland Timbers Loan
Santiago Mosquera (M) 23 Colombia 2/12/18 Millonarios FC Dallas Transfer
Yamil Asad (M) 23 Argentina 2/13/18 Atlanta United DC United Trade
Bertrand Owundi Eko'o (D) 27 Cameroon 2/13/18 Rainbow FC Minnesota United Free
Jordan McCrary (D) 24 United States 2/13/18 Toronto FC II Seattle Sounders Free
Auro (D) 22 Brazil 2/13/18 Sao Paulo Toronto FC Loan
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (GK) 30 United States 2/14/18 Jacksonville Armada Toronto FC Free
Kaku Gamarra (M) 23 Argentina 2/16/18 Huracan New York Red Bulls Transfer
Enzo Martinez (M) 27 Uruguay 2/19/18 Charlotte Independence Colorado Rapids Free
Joe Mason (F) 26 England 2/20/18 Wolverhampton Colorado Rapids Loan
Lamine Sane (D) 30 Senegal 2/20/18 Werder Bremen Orlando City Transfer
Calle Brown (GK) 25 United States 2/20/18 Rio Grande Valley FC Seattle Sounders Free
Brad Evans (D/M) 32 United States 2/20/18 Seattle Sounders Sporting KC Free Agent
Kyle Zobeck (GK) 28 United States 2/21/18 NY Cosmos FC Dallas Free
Ebenezer Ofori (M) 22 Ghana 2/21/18 VfB Stuttgart NYCFC Loan
Luiz Fernando (M) 22 Brazil 2/22/18 Fluminense Minnesota United Loan
Sean Franklin (D) 32 United States 2/22/18 DC United Vancouver Whitecaps Free Agent
Ager Aketxe (M) 24 Spain 2/23/18 Athletic Bilbao Toronto FC Free
Jose Aja (D) 24 Uruguay 2/24/18 Orlando City Vancouver Whitecaps Trade
Eduard Atuesta (M) 20 Colombia 2/27/18 Independiente Medellin LAFC Transfer
Sebastien Ibeagha (D) 26 Nigeria 2/27/18 San Antonio FC NYCFC Free
Kim Kee-Hee (D) 28 South Korea 2/27/18 Shanghai Shenhua Seattle Sounders Free
Tony Tchani (M) 28 Cameroon 2/28/18 Vancouver Whitecaps Chicago Fire Trade
Boren Dockal (M) 29 Czech Republic 2/28/18 Henan Jianye Philadelphia Union Loan
Justin Vom Steeg (GK) 20 United States 3/1/18 LA Galaxy II LA Galaxy Free
Charlie Lyon (GK) 25 United States 3/2/18 Orange County SC LAFC Free
James Murphy (M) 20 United States 3/2/18 Sheffield Wednesday LAFC Free
Tim Parker (D) 25 United States 3/2/18 Vancouver Whitecaps New York Red Bulls Trade
Felipe Martins (M) 27 Brazil 3/2/18 New York Red Bulls Vancouver Whitecaps Trade
Chris Schuler (D) 30 United States 3/2/18 Real Salt Lake Orlando City Free Agent
Jordon Mutch (M) 26 England 3/2/18 Crystal Palace Vancouver Whitecaps Loan
Efrain Alvarez (M) 15 United States 3/4/18 LA Galaxy II LA Galaxy Free
Rod Fanni (D) 36 France 3/5/18 Olympique de Marseille Montreal Impact Free
Joseph Mora (D) 25 Costa Rica 3/7/18 Deportivo Saprissa DC United Transfer
Luis Alberto Caicedo (M) 21 Colombia 3/8/18 Cortulua NE Revolution Loan
Kevin Ellis (D) 26 United States 3/9/18 Sporting KC Chicago Fire Free
Patrick McClain (GK) 29 United States 3/9/18 Minnesota United Chicago Fire Free
Dane Kelly (F) 27 Jamaica 3/9/18 Reno 1868 DC United Free
Kyle Duncan (D) 20 United States 3/9/18 Valenciennes New York Red Bulls Free
Yannick Boli (F) 30 Ivory Coast 3/15/18 Dalian Yifang Colorado Rapids Transfer
Alan Gordon (F) 36 United States 3/16/18 Colorado Rapids Chicago Fire Free Agent
Alejandro Silva (M) 28 Uruguay 3/19/18 Lanus Montreal Impact Transfer
Shaft Brewer (M) 18 United States 3/21/18 RB Leipzig U-19 LAFC Free
Rudy Camacho (D) 27 France 3/22/18 Waasland-Beveren Montreal Impact Transfer
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (F) 36 Sweden 3/22/18 Manchester United LA Galaxy Free
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Countdown to Kickoff 2017: San Jose Earthquakes

2016 was more of the same for San Jose.
All that being said, there is hope on the horizon. John Doyle, the Quakes' GM since coming back to San Jose, was fired and after a long search his replacement was found. Jesse Fioranelli, who most recently worked in Italy for Lazio and then Roma, has impacted the club almost immediately with this winter transfer window. The Quakes also signed a homegrown player, and their USL affiliate in Reno (of which they control the technical side) is about to kickoff for their first ever season.
The future looks bright, but Quakes fans are wondering if the future starts this year or next year.

Basic info: San Jose Earthquakes

Home: Avaya Stadium...with some big matches played at larger capacity venues such as Stanford Stadium (California Clasico) and Levi's Stadium (...other teams).
USL Affiliate: Reno 1868 | PDL Affiliate: Burlingame Dragons FC
Owner: John J. Fisher (Same as Oakland A's) | GM: Jesse Fioranelli | Head Coach: Dom Kinnear
Captain: Chris Wondolowski
DPs: Chris Wondolowski, Simon Dawkins
2017 Home kit | 2016 Away Kit
Club anthems:
San Jose Earthquakes Anthem - E40 (Retired) | Never Say Die - Old Firm Casuals

Looking back...

2016 Record: 9th (West)/17th overall - 8W/12L/14T
2016 Summary: As they had for the past few years the Quakes were fighting for the last playoff spot at best or looking to get the wooden spoon at the worst. The entire team seemed to under-perform and not have bounces go their way. Most fans seem to point the finger at coach Dom Kinnear's play style while others say he wasn't given the right tools. Oddest moment of the season had to be the Quakes trading away one of their only attacking mids and then DP Matias Perez Garcia to Orlando for Darwin Ceren (a CDM). Kinnear stated the trade was necessary due to Marc Pelosi being out and injured, but even then it left people trying to figure it out.

EARTHQUAKES PRESEASON ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham, Andrew Tarbell (GA), Auden Schilder*
DEFENDERS (8): Víctor Bernárdez, Kofi Sarkodie, Marvell Wynne, Andrés Imperiale, Kip Colvey, Shaun Francis, Nick Lima (HGP), Florian Jungwirth,
MIDFIELDERS (10): Shea Salinas, Cordell Cato, Jackson Yueill (GA), Darwin Cerén, Tommy Thompson (HGP), Fatai Alashe, Anibal Godoy, Matheus Silva, Jahmir Hyka, Lindo Mfeka*
FORWARDS (6): Chris Wondolowski (DP), Danny Hoesen, Marco Ureña, Simon Dawkins (DP), Christian Thierjung, Olmes García
*Indicates a Guest/Rookie/Trialist, Italics indicates multiple positions

Injured players:

Quincy Amarikwa (FW) - Should be back in June, out 9 months total
Marc Pelosi (MF) - Pelosi is out til March or April, out 4-6 months total
Harold Cummings (DF) - Should be back in the first few weeks of the season, out 3-4 weeks total

Players Out

Name Pos. Info
Chad Barrett FW Option Declined, Free Agent now with RSL
Bryan Meredith GK Option declined, now with Seattle Sounders
Henok Goitom FW Option Declined
Innocent Emeghara FW Option Declined (Was a DP)
Steven Lenhart FW Option Declined (hadn't played for 3 years) now at Japan FC Imabari
Mark Sherrod FW Option Declined
Jordan Stewart DF Out of Contract
Alberto Quintero MF Loan ended
Selected Players -
  • Innocent Emeghara
A peak Doyle era DP signing in most Quakes fans' minds. Innocent played relatively well at the start of 2015 but he was subsequently injured and pretty much never appeared for the Quakes again due to just...not being a good player and/or not caring enough.
  • Steven Lenhart
RIP the Goonies are finally dead. Lenhart was riding out his contract with the Quakes for a long while but his tenure is officially over, possibly allowing the Quakes to symbolically and properly move on.
  • Alberto Quintero
May not have been a huge name to anyone outside of SJ, but his loan was a bright spot that reminded fans of a peak Marvin Chavez from 2012. For better or worse, Quintero's club Lobos BUAP and the Quakes couldn't get another loan or a permanent sale completed. He may end up back in SJ once his contract is up in Mexico.

Players In

Name Pos. Prev. Team Info.
Olmes García* Forward Real Salt Lake Waiver Draft; Acquired rights (not signed)
Nick Lima Defender United States California Golden Bears Homegrown Player Rule
Harold Cummings Defender Costa Rica LD Alajuelense
Marco Ureña FW Brøndby IF Targeted Allocation Money
Florian Jungwirth Defender SV Darmstadt 98 Targeted Allocation Money
Danny Hoesen Forward FC Groningen Season long loan; Targeted Allocation Money
Jahmir Hyka Midfielder FC Luzern Targeted Allocation Money
Jackson Yueill Midfielder UCLA MLS SuperDraft 1st Round Pick (#6)
Asterisk means they are unsigned
  • Nick Lima
A highly touted wingback (usually RB) who played at Cal last year. He may actually be inserted into the starting lineup and Quakes fans are praying that he and young Kiwi Kip Colvey can hold down the defensive wings together this year and in future seasons. Look for Lima to compete with Cordell Cato for the spot at RB
  • Florian Jungwirth
Going to just steal what andremartinsc had to say
There was no hype from MLS or other clubs fans and he's for sure one of the best signings on the league this season, if not the best in cost-benefit. Experienced but not old (28 this year). Already played on every division of Germany and was currently playing in Bundesliga (It's Darmstadt, but still...) Was considered a top prospect in Germany when he was on their youth system. He really wants to play in US, and it's not because of money. When he signed his contract with Darmstadt he made it clear he dreamed to play in MLS someday
  • Bundesliga 2016/2017: Top 4 in tackles/match, top 10 in interceptions/match. Only 1,3 fouls/match. Only 2 yellows and 0 reds in 1143 minutes. 2 MOTM in 12 starts.
  • Bundesliga 2015/2016: Top 3 in tackles/match, top 3 in interceptions/match. Only 0,9 fouls/match. Only 4 yellows and 0 reds in 1496 minutes.
He's always instructing teammates during matches. Just like Stewart used to do, but I bet he has better tactical knowledge heheh Can play anywhere. CB, FB, CDM Icing on the cake: all of that without earning a DP contract
He played for a bottom team in Bundesliga in a defensively oriented style, but it's not the only reason of his good defensive stats. 6 of the best tacklers and 5 of the best interceptors in Bundesliga right now play for top half clubs. Thiago Alcantara is the top interceptor lol
  • Jhamir Hyka
The "Albanian Messi' was officially given the number 10 jersey a few days ago, and that speaks for the expectations that are there for him from the Quakes. A talented winger but he may find himself playing centrally, all depends on how Kinnear decides to line up his midfield (two CDMs vs a CDM and an attacking mid.)
  • Jackson Yueill
An attacking mid who was seemingly snubbed by Tab Ramos for selection on the current U20s who just so happen to need some creativity in the midfield. He's unlikely to break into the Starting XI but never say never, he was apparently our GM's favorite player at the combine.
  • Mystery Summer Transfer
All whispers, speculation, and facts seem to point to the Quakes making their biggest signing(s) in the summer, whether it be a single DP or more.

Trialists

Name Pos. Prev. Team Info.
Olmes García* FW Real Salt Lake Waiver Draft; Acquired rights (not signed)
Lindo Mfeka MF University of South Florida MLS SuperDraft 2nd Round Pick (#28)
Christian Thierjung FW University of California, Berkeley MLS SuperDraft 3rd Round Pick (#50)
Auden Schilder GK University of Washington MLS SuperDraft 4th Round Pick (#72)
Not much to say here, I think Schilder and Garcia will get signed, Mfeka and Thierjung will either end up with Reno on loan from the Quakes or after being released from San Jose.

Coach and Tactics

It should be noted that I am posting this the day before the Quakes' last preseason friendly (vs Sacramento Republic FC) which is when we'd really expect to be seeing the tactics/formation for the season. That being said, Kinnear typically has gone for a 4-4-2 with two defensive minded CMs, with creativity coming from the wings and forwards. It remains to be seen if that changes with all the Quakes' signings finally under one roof, but it is doubtful.
When it comes to positions for field players, it's easier to group them up as defensive or offensive rather than by midfield, defense, and forward. As an example, Cato is listed as a midfielder but played a decent amount of RB last season. Dawkins is listed as a forward but usually plays on the wing, etc.
We are likely to see a 4-4-2, but some Quakes fans feel that if everyone is healthy a 3-5-2 could work very well.

Predicted Opening Day Starting XI

Positions for Opening Day
David Bingham
Nick Lima Victor Bernardez Florian Jungwirth Shaun Francis
Jhamir Hyka Anibal Godoy Darwin Ceren Tommy Thompson
Chris Wondolowski Danny Hoesen

Healthy/optimal starting XI

Positions for Healthy Peeps
Bingham
Lima Victor Bernardez Jungwirth Colvey
Hyka Godoy Dawkins Thompson
Chris Wondolowski Hoesen

Players to Watch

  • Chris Wondolowski
This guy will score, and will likely be scoring on your team. It remains to be seen if he'll be participating with the USMNT in more than training camps, but more thank likely the Quakes will be surviving at best and imploding at worst when he is not around.
This year it's yet again a question of how many goals he'll score, not if he'll score. If the team has some offensive creativity he may pass Jaime Moreno and Jeff Cunningham to stand alone as the #2 all time goal scorer in MLS history (needs 14 goals).
  • Tommy Thompson
The wonderkid who everyone wants to see flourish in San Jose, no matter their opinion on him. Anyone who isn't a Quakes fans seems to think that Thompson is being locked in a small box, only being freed to act as a form of halftime entertainment with his juggling skills. As for Quakes fans, some do hold that belief while others think he may be overhyped...but I sit in the middle camp. Tommy is a skilled player but especially in his rookie year he didn't have the strength to compete with "no-nonsense" MLS defenders who could easily muscle the ball off of him after he pulled off a stunning skill move against a forward or midfielder. He had been in this weird spot of destroying USL defenders but then coming up to MLS and not having everything connect while on the field. Some would argue that was due to having too few appearances in MLS, others that he wasn't playing with creative enough players on his flanks, he wasn't being played in the right position, etc.
As time as gone on, he has seemed to adapt better to the MLS playstyle and he is looking to make an impact. He has been appearing for the Quakes quite often in the preseason and more importantly scoring/finishing which is arguably the biggest part of his game that has been missing at the MLS level.
  • Simon Dawkins
Ah sweet, sweet Simon. The hype surrounding this guy by the end of 2012 was unreal, especially for Quakes fans. For those of you that weren't watching then, I'd compare it to Nemeth's season in SKC. They share some similar stories, both quite talented players that were previously injured and dropped by a large English team's academy. Dawkins saw his resurgence come with San Jose during his loans from 2011-2012, eventually earning loans to PL side Aston Villa and then a loan to Championship side Derby County where Tottenham sold him much to the heart ache of Quakes fans.
Dawkins had long been seen as an answer to San Jose's attacking woes post 2012, but his return last year didn't meet most people's expectations especially seeing as he had the DP tag attached to him. This entirely a make it or break it year for Simon, but he could be showing where his pay grade will be for next season.
  • David Bingham
One of the best goalies in MLS, that is for sure. Bingham arguably had a similar journey to Thompson, signed in 2011 but he didn't regularly start for the Quakes until Jon Busch was cut loose in 2015. Since then, he has made the position his own and quickly become the "MVP whose name isn't Wondo" on the Quakes. Bingham will be trying to continue to impress this season, especially since he is on the national team radar. The Quakes have Andrew Tarbell as a backup right now, and he did quite well in his single MLS appearance last season.

Expectations

Depends who you ask, Quakes are likely to either barely get into the playoff or barely miss. I don't see them dominantly winning or self-destructing and subsequently tanking.

Goals

  • Make the playoffs
  • Score more goals than last year, have people other than Wondo score
  • Take USOC seriously aka beat an MLS team in USOC for the first time
The final goal is more from the fans than the Quakes, since Kinnear has historically not cared about the USOC with his most significant loss coming against the Galaxy at Avaya stadium thanks to fielding a B/C team. For PL fans it mirrors what Tottenham fans went through with Pochetino fielding a weaker squad vs Arsenal in the FA Cup (minus the whole title contention in the league).

A Brief Club History

Had this the last time I wrote this and figured it would be useful for outside fans to see how ingrained soccer is to the Bay Area and specifically San Jose. You can directly trace the NASL team's connection to the current MLS side despite teams folding and being reborn in different forms.
  • Pre-MLS
The Earthquakes trace their soccer lineage all the way back to 1974 when the San Jose Earthquakes joined the NASL. The teamed featured many greats including their most well known player George Best. The Quakes played in the NASL from 1974 until it folded in 1984. They joined the Western Soccer Alliance in 1985 where they played until that league folded in 1988. After the San Jose Earthquakes folded, a spot was put in their place in the WSA which was awarded to a local owner who made the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks.
The team went into the American Professional Soccer League in 1990 when the WSL merged with the American Soccer League to make the first truly national soccer league since the NASL folded. Highlights of their time in the league include a 1991 championship and a 1992 semi-final appearance in the CONCACAF Champion's Cup. In 1993 the team switched leagues into the lower United States Inter-regional Soccer Leagues due to financial troubles. They played as the San Jose Hawks and folded at the end of that season. They however had hope of entering a new league when MLS offered to buy the franchise from the current owner. All player contracts were bought which included players such as Troy Dayak and John Doyle who returned to the team in its MLS form. Eric Wynalda also played for the Blackhawks for a time but was kicked off of the team due to disagreements with his coach. All these past events set up the team for their 1996 season.
  • The Clash (1996-1999)
The day was April 4, 1996. DC United and the San Jose Clash were playing MLS's first game ever. With a 0-0 draw going into the later parts of the game fans and MLS leaders alike may have been thinking that their first game would end up in a boring fashion as many a non-fan might expect...but then...history happened. Eric Wynalda with a wonderful run scored and sent Spartan Stadium into a frenzy. The Clash eneded up winning the game 1-0 and made history. As for the rest of their season they made the playoffs but were knocked out by their growing rival, the Los Angeles Galaxy. The end of the 1997 season saw them with the "Wooden Spoon" thanks to being in last place.1998. they were again near the bottom with no playoffs. 1999 here we go again with no playoffs. However...the future seemed brighter.
  • Quakes 1.0 (2000-2005)
Yes the future seemed brighter, but that wasn't an immediate fact. The San Jose Clash changed their name and colors in 2000 to the San Jose Earthquakes. Wearing their iconic blue home kits and white aways, they were bent on MLS domination. Well...at least next season. 2000 again saw them at the bottom, bringing in the most important coaching change for their franchise. A man by the name of Frank Yallop became the coach of the San Jose Earthquakes. Former MLS player for the Tampa Bay Mutiny as well as a Canadian international that played for Ipswich Town in England. It was his first year coaching, but what a year it was. Starting with acquisitions of a young American player with great promise named Landon Donovan and a Canadian player in the lower leagues, Dwayne De Rosario. The Earthquakes were second in the West and ended up going to the playoffs for the first time since their inaugural year. Winning game after game in the playoffs they finally made it to the final, against their rival the LA Galaxy. The MLS Cup ended up going into extra time where in the 96th minute, Dwayne De Rosario helped start off a franchise bent on hardware. Their rivals were defeated and MLS Cup was theirs. 2002 saw the team go to the playoffs but be knocked out in the first round. 2003 was home to one of the greatest playoff series in the history of MLS, with one of the greatest comebacks in any sport.
The Earthquakes entered the first round of the playoffs against arch rival Los Angeles Galaxy. The first leg was in LA where San Jose went down down 2 goals after he first leg, San Jose would need to get started early in scoring to get back any hope, but they didn't. Not only that but LA started the scoring by adding two goals of their own. San Jose had to score four goals just to meet aggregate. soon enough four goals were added and finally in extra time Donovan scored and sent the Quakes into the next round. they played the Kansas City Wizards. this series isn't is remembered as much as the Galaxy series but with the quakes winning in the 117th minute...it isn't a game to be ignored. finally in MLS cup they met Chicago Fire, won 4-2 (the highest scoring MLS cup game). 2004 saw a year without hardware. 2005 saw the parting of Frank Yallop from the club going for the Canadian MNT coaching job. Dominic Kinnear coached the team to their first Supporter' Shield and the last piece of hardware before AEG decided to move the franchise to Texas.
  • Quakes 2.0 (2008-2012)
The Quakes finally were reestablished in 2008 and saw familiar faces in Yallop coaching and Corrales playing. Nothing all that fruitful came up for the Quakes until 2010 when they went into the playoffs and had a huge upset against the New York Red Bulls. Also some kid named Chris Wondolowski won his first Golden Boot. 2011 was a year most fans would like to forget. With the longest winless run in franchise history, many were calling for Yallop's head. 2012 changed that in many fans minds and rightfully so.
  • Quakes 3.0 (2014-)
Quakes got a new paint job in 2014 and a new home in 2015, but they had more of the same on the field these years. Kinnear has been at the helm for the second time for the Quakes and thus far fans and even FO members have been less than enthused. This is a make it or break it year for Kinnear, either he'll adapt or perish. The acquisition of Jesse Fioranelli as a GM will hopefully set this team on the right track no matter who is coaching when next year arrives.
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Two Round Mock Draft with Pick Analysis: Draft Day Edition - (6/21/2018)

  1. Phoenix Suns DeAndre Ayton C Arizona
    • Phoenix selects local Big Man - DeAndre Ayton. In May, The Suns hired their new Head Coach - Igor Kokoskov. Kokoskov is familiar with Doncic, coaching him and the champion Slovenian team in the EuroBasket2017. However, Head Coaches usually don't have too much leverage in the draft and Suns owner, Robert Sarver, is a big Arizona Basketball booster, so the organization has ties to both top prospects. After his only draft workout, with the Suns, Ayton told the media "I know I'm going No. 1" - it appears exceedingly likely at this point that he is correct. Ayton has sky-high potential due to his size (7’1” height, 7’5” wingspan, 9’3” standing reach, broad shoulders) and athleticism. He has a good looking jumper considering his size and an effective Mid-range and post-up game. IQ and motor on defense as well as finishing through contact and polishing his Pick-and-Roll game on offense are big questions. Can he put it all together for the Suns?
  2. Sacramento Kings Luka Doncic SG/PG Real Madrid/Slovenia
    • Surprise! Vlade was pulling a ruse! There is a stigma when drafting European players. It mainly stems from public perception of the person making the selection. If one drafts a European prospect who busts, it is seen as more foolish because you may have missed out on an American prospect who was in your 'backyard' so to speak. However, Vlade Divac, GM of the Kings and former NBA player, was born in Serbia. I'm sure Vlade doesn't experience the stigma to the extent that others do, considering his background. Ultimately, the Kings can't resist taking Luka. The 19-year-old Slovenian excels in the pick-and-roll game on offense, great in transition (1.38 PPP), and is comfortable taking a vast array of jumpers -off ball screens (1.43 PPP) spot-ups, and pull-ups. He can be an effective team defender at times. Below average lateral quickness/vertical as well as inconsistent play are Doncic's main questions at this point in his career.
  3. Atlanta Hawks Jaren Jackson Jr. C/PF Michigan State
    • With Luka off the board, the Hawks take Advanced Stats Jr. out of Model Projection State. Jackson may be the safest pick in the draft. He has phenomenal defensive instincts, a decent outside jump shot, and as mentioned before - posted a great statistical season at MSU. One must keep his very small sample size (35GP, 21.8MPG) in mind when interpreting stats. With that in mind, Triple 'J' is a defensive monster, leading the Big Ten in BLK% at 14.3% and Defensive Rating at 86.4. Very balanced on offense, though he doesn't have the strongest post game. A high foul rate may be an issue. Look out for the Hawks to trade up and select Trae Young after this selection, possibly in the 10-13 range if Young falls that far.
  4. Memphis Grizzlies Marvin Bagley III PF Duke
    • MBIII falls to Memphis. Bagley is an athletic beast, great standing dunker, decent shooter, and underrated passer. A first-rate scorer on rim dives (1.43 PPP) - I see Bagley developing into a PF offensive role. Defense will be an issue, at least to begin with. Bagley only has a roughly 7'0" wingspan, and his defensive perimeter instincts aren't pretty. Memphis, like Sacramento, have struggled to get top prospects to work out for them and it's unclear what their relationship is with Bagley at this point. However, there seems to be some mutual interest between them and MPJ. Look out for Memphis to trade down and acquire Porter.
  5. Dallas Mavericks Mohamed Bamba C Texas
    • Dallas takes Texas Big Man Mo Bamba. Bamba has good size (7’ height, 15’ wingspan). His easiest-to-project trait is rim defending (13.0 BLK%). He is somewhat weak at traditional Center tasks (Setting screens, being physical, etc.). Appears to have improved his below average shooting mechanics over the offseason. It would be very interesting to see how Carlisle works with Bamba and DSJ. Could they be pieces of the next great Mavs team?
  6. Orlando Magic Wendell Carter Jr. PF/C Duke
    • The Magic add a Big with great measurements (wide shoulders, 6'10", 7'4.5" wingspan), a very smart player - Carter rarely found himself out of position defensively at Duke and offensively he is an able passer. He also can finish well at the rim (70% as a Blue Devil), stretch the floor (41% on limited attempts) and can put the ball on the floor if he needs to. If Orlando selects Carter, I think Magic fans can look forward to some great frontcourt play between him and Gordon (That is, before they let AG walk in FA /s).
  7. Chicago Bulls Michael Porter Jr. SF/PF Missouri
    • Porter's high-end potential may be too much to pass on for a franchise looking for a star wing. Michael Porter Jr. was seen as the #1 pick before the CBB season started - value! At this point, MPJ's biggest question mark isn't his on-court play, it's his health. Porter has a hip/back injury and he's currently at 50 90 50%. On the court, MPJ has a great looking shot for his size (6'10", 7' wingspan). His best usage in the NBA, in my opinion, will be at the PF/C position because of his lack of elite ball-handling, perimeter defense and upright (body stance) play.
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG Kentucky
    • The Cavs select the 6’6" point guard from Kentucky. Great standing reach for a guard (8’8”). Not extraordinarily quick. Played a lot of pick-and-roll scenarios at Kentucky. Yet to prove he can hit from outside at a high rate. Lauded for his leadership qualities. Overall, lacks glaring weaknesses which makes him an attractive option for Cleveland and others. Will be a valuable selection if he earns starter minutes. This pick fits a positional need for a LeBron Cavalier team, but with a versatile player like SGA, they aren't tied to a particular rebuild path if LeBron migrates elsewhere.
  9. New York Knicks Kevin Knox SF/PF Kentucky
    • New York's future depends a fair amount on Porzingis's longterm health. With reports and speculation that the Latvian big may miss the entire season, that future seems marginally shaky. Selecting Knox is surely a bet on his development. He did not have an efficient Freshman season at Kentucky, but he has shown some nice shooting touch and has ideal size (6'9", 7' wingspan) for a modern 4. Knox is still very young (He will still be 18 years old when drafted) and may be able to develop into more of a 2-way player than he is now.
  10. Philadelphia 76ers Mikal Bridges SF/SG Villanova
    • Philadelphia will look to move some picks during the draft. If they keep this one, Mikal would be a virtual no-brainer. Bridges has familial (mother works in HR) and geographical (Villanova played its home games in the Wells Fargo Center) ties to Philly. The Sixers tack on a wing who is more experienced than anyone in this projected lotto. Mikal is a terrific spot-up player (1.34 PPP, 31% of OFF possessions). A versatile defender, appears to be able to guard most 2-4s at the next level.
  11. Charlotte Hornets Trae Young PG Oklahoma
    • The future of Kemba in Charlotte is unknown. There is a decent chance Kemba will be moved on draft night. With the Dwight Howard trade and possibly a Walker trade, the Hornets are looking for a speedy rebuild under new Head Coach James Borrego. Selecting Trae would be a flashy start to such a rebuild. Young has an elite shooting stroke, can pull up from anywhere, has shown the ability to find success on off-ball screen situations (1.39 PPP on a limited sample size). He finds open teammates well (48.5% AST%) and has shown a high comfort level in making a variety of different passes. He may be a defensive liability due to his lack of toughness, normal-human-like 6’3” wingspan, and overall disinterest in it. To be fair, a 37.1% Usage Rate is a valid excuse for some of his defensive short-comings. It will be interesting to see how Borrego incorporates Young into his system. As I mentioned beforehand, the Hawks are looking to move into this position in order to take Young, so he may be snatched from the Hornets or maybe the Hornets are the ones to make a deal with the Hawks - who knows.
  12. LA Clippers Collin Sexton PG Alabama
    • At 12, the Clippers select Collin Sexton. The Clippers have a large range of possible outcomes in '18-'19. They have question marks surrounding DeAndre Jordan - $24M player option, Montrezl Harrell - $1.7M club option, Avery Bradley - unrestricted free agent, Gallo and PBev - injury concerns. The Clippers have let it be known that they're considering moving up in the draft, possibly to take MPJ. If they don't, Collin may be a befitting selection. Sexton is a better passePick-and-roll player than he gets credit for. Can push the ball quickly on fastbreaks. Can handle a high usage rate. Great on-court body language. No glaring weaknesses - his shooting is suspect and he has tunnel vision at times. I’m a little worried his hair will morph into Elfrid Payton 2.0.
  13. LA Clippers Miles Bridges SF/PF Michigan State
    • At 13 the Clippers take an explosive player who can play off ball. Miles was a well-rounded player on offense for the Spartans. Able to score off of spot-ups, off of screens - off ball and on ball as a roll/pop man. Not afraid to dunk the ball when given the opening to do so. He’s a little undersized at the SB4 spot (6’6”, 6’9.5” wingspan). Miles Bridges has arguably more upside than his namesake, Mikal. Personally, I think 13 is tremendous value for Miles.
  14. Denver Nuggets Lonnie Walker SG Miami (FL)
    • Denver had an underwhelming defensive season to say the least - 25th in DRTG, and having a limited wing rotation looks to take someone who could potentially help in those areas. Walker is very quick, has a great frame (6’4”, 6’10 wingspan) and a good looking shot - capable of playing off ball. He has the ability to get his body in positions to score, but his touch needs work - he shot 59% at the rim in his Freshman year at Miami. If he can consistently hit from the outside - and therefore pose a threat to closing-out defenders, he has the first-step ability to murder those defenders on over-closeouts. Defensively he can guard on-ball fairly well. He'll need to learn how to be an effective team defender. Look out for the Nuggets to dump salary (which would likely entail a move down) tonight.
  15. Washington Wizards Robert Williams C/PF Texas A&M
    • Washington has no long-term options at Center. They may take a shot at Robert Williams with the 15th pick. There are some questions about Williams' attitude, so he should fit right in with Washington. Williams draws comparisons to DeAndre Jordan - a former Texas A&M Aggie. A prototypical rim-running big. 7-4 wingspan. Comfortable with finishing the rim (including full windmills in clutch-time on an NCAA Tournament game). Hack-a-Williams might be a thing at the next level - 47.1% last season at A&M. Never got to play much at the Center - where he’ll play in the NBA - in college, because of the more-polished Junior Tyler Davis taking those minutes. Prone to making dumb decisions on offense. While an overall solid defender, he sometimes lost trying to defend the perimeter.
  16. Phoenix Suns Zhaire Smith SF/SG Texas Tech
    • Phoenix should be looking for a versatile player who can contribute in a wide variety of line-ups - which is a very long-form way to spell Zhaire Smith. Smith had some underwhelming results at the combine. He’s 6’2.75” without shoes and got out-leaped by Donte DiVincenzo, though I wouldn’t look too far into that. He is a dynamic defensive player who can guard 1-3. On offense, he is an active screener a smart passer, He can lift off the ground in a hurry and excels at offensive put-back dunks.
  17. Milwaukee Bucks Jerome Robinson SG/PG Boston College
    • What the hell is happening with Jerome Robinson? I remember a time when Jerome was seen as a mid-second round pick. It appears scouts have just started to look into this guy and they like what they see apparently. Milwaukee takes fast-rising 21-year-old guard Jerome Robinson. A natural bucket-getter, the 6'6" Guard scored 20 PPG and shot 41% from 3 on 5.7 attempts in his Junior year at Boston College.
  18. San Antonio Spurs Troy Brown Jr. SF/SG Oregon
    • San Antonio's wing rotation is up in the air. There's Kawhi who appears to want out, Kyle Anderson - RFA, Danny Green $10M player option, Rudy Gay declined his $8.8M player option and is a UFA. They may want another option at that spot. TBJ is a player with smart passing vision (19.1 AST% in conference play), a good mid-range game, plus rebounder for his size, is a logical defender and was third in the Pac-12 in steals as a Freshman.
  19. Atlanta Hawks Aaron Holiday PG UCLA
    • If Atlanta doesn’t use this pick to move up and take Trae Young, they may select Aaron Holiday at 19. Aaron, brother of Justin and Jrue Holiday, is a 6’1 guard, with a 6’7.5” wingspan. He shot well in his Junior season at UCLA on high volume. He is also a great transition player and slasher.
  20. Minnesota Kevin Huerter SG Maryland
    • Tom Thibodeau and crew look for their next victim draft pick. Kevin is a young Sophomore (19.7), younger than Bamba and Ayton. He was expected by most to return to Maryland for his Junior year until his very impressive Combine showing solidified himself as a 1st round prospect. The 6’7” guard shot 41.7% from 3 on 5.5 attempts. He has a quick release and is always a threat anywhere behind the 3pt line. In addition to his great shooting strength, he is an able passer. Defense will likely never be a plus, but he hustles.
  21. Utah Jazz Donte DiVincenzo SG/PG Villanova
    • Utah struck gold with Mitchell last year. They add another combo guard in DiVincenzo. He is 6’4”, 205lb guard from Villanova, possessing a 6'6" wingspan. Relatively under the radar by most until scoring 31 in the National Championship game. Recorded a Connaughton-esque 42” vertical at the Combine. Shot 40% from deep on 5.3 Att./G. in his Sophomore year at Nova.
  22. Chicago Bulls Elie-Franck Okobo PG/SG Pau-Lacq-Orthez/France
    • Chicago takes Pau-Lacq-Orthez's Elie-Franck Okobo. Okobo can score in a variety of ways - able to pull up off the dribble and shoot off-ball - has the size (6-3, 6-8 wingspan) to potentially be a competent defender.
  23. Indiana Pacers De'Anthony Melton SG/PG USC
    • Indiana gave Cleveland a run-for-your-money Series in the first round. Kevin Pritchard looks pretty smart in the aftermath of the Paul George trade. The development of Oladipo, Sabonis, and Turner will be interesting to watch and they may take a combo guard like De'Anthony Melton to amalgamate with that grouping. Due to details released in the FBI investigation into various college basketball programs, Melton didn't play his sophomore year at USC. He's an incredibly smart defender who can defend 1-4 and hold his own as an offensive creator. His shooting remains a question.
  24. Portland Trailblazers Josh Okogie SG Georgia Tech
    • Whether Portland has one or two of their star guards next year, they should consider drafting Okogie. As a Sophomore, the 6'4", 215lb. Okogie averaged 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks at Georgia Tech. The 19-year-old Nigerian uses his 7ft. wingspan well on defense. Offensively, he could use some work in different facets of his game - ball handling, touch around the rim, etc., but his shooting stats (38% from 3 on 4.2 Att./G, 82% FT shooter) are promising.
  25. Los Angeles Lakers Mitchell Robinson C United States
    • LA could use a defensively-capable Center. Is Robinson that, or a failed project in waiting? Mitchell has a prototypical Center’s body - stands 7’1”, with a 9’3” standing reach. He is also a versatile shot blocker. An intriguing personality to say the least. Dropped out of Western Kentucky after committing to play there. Dropped out of the draft combine after supposedly receiving a draft promise.
  26. Philadelphia Dzanan Musa SG/SF KK Cedevita/Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Philly selects the 6’9” Bosnian wing who, at 19, is already a positive contributor playing for Cedevita. Musa is a confident scorer, a great ball handler for his height, and an able distributor - However, his thin frame, below average wingspan, and defensive questions could be what holds him back from keeping a spot in the NBA.
  27. Boston Celtics Keita Bates-Diop SF/SG Ohio State
    • Boston is in a very positive situation. The addition of Jerome Bates-Diop, an older, easier to project rookie fits with their timeline. Balanced player on both sides of the floor. Keita Bates-Diop is a four-year forward from The Ohio State University. While in his redshirt Junior year there, he had great shooting efficiency at all 3 levels. Measured well at the combine: Nearly 6’9” in shoes, 7’3”+ wingspan. That size + high defensive IQ = defensive versatility.
  28. Golden State Warriors Grayson Allen SG Duke
    • Golden State wins their 3rd title in 4 years. With that said, it's apparent their roster has no obvious weaknesses. Well, now that I think of it, they could use a player that makes borderline dirty plays and is despised by most outside the fanbase of the team that he plays for. Having a back-up guard rotation of an aging Livingston, G-League star Cook, and injured McCaw GSW could also use a guard. Grayson Allen tested well athletically at the combine - 10.3s lane agility, 41 in. vertical. Grayson can contribute outside shooting and hustle* plays to the Warriors. The ability to hit shots consistently will make or break Allen’s NBA career. Despite his repetition, I like Allen and I think he would make a positive impact for the Warriors.
  29. Brooklyn Nets Chandler Hutchison SF/SG Boise State
    • The Nets hold their own first-round pick in the 2019 draft, the first time in four years. There's a rumor that Hutchison received a promise to be drafted at this spot. Hutchison is a 6'7" wing with a 7'1" wingspan. Hutchison lead the MWC in Defensive Rating (93.3) and PER (25.9). He is noted for his great work ethic.
  30. Atlanta Hawks Jalen Brunson PG Villanova
    • Is Schröder the Hawks long term PG? Almost certainly not. In fact, Dennis may not be on Atlanta's books by the time the draft reaches a conclusion. Atlanta takes another guard, this time, Jalen Brunson. ATL makes a safe pick in the AP POY Brunson. I would bet a small sum of money that TV analysts will use the “Crafty” when breaking down his tape after he is drafted. His size (6’2” height, 6’4” wingspan) and athleticism are his biggest, and nearly only, knocks. I can see him becoming a 5th man player on a good team, paired with a long, defensive guard in the backcourt.
  31. Phoenix Suns Melvin Frazier SF/SG Tulane
    • Phoenix selects a defensive minded G/F from Tulane. Tested well at the Combine: Nearly 7’2” wingspan, 40.5” vertical. Frazier has great hands of defense and led the AAC in steals last season (65) and FG% (55.6). He is a bit turnover prone on offense and is not a very capable shooter at this point in his career.
  32. Memphis Grizzlies Khyri Thomas SG Creighton
    • Memphis selects the gritty combo guard from Creighton. Thomas is an on-ball shutdown defender. While being projected as an archetypal 3&D off-ball guard, Thomas can distribute the ball fairly well.
  33. Atlanta Hawks Moritz Wagner PF/C Michigan
    • The Hawks select the German March Madness star, Moritz Wagner. Mo solidified his place in the draft with his postseason play. Elite Pick-and-roll/pop player. A good spot-up shooter, can extend to 3-pointers (39.4% on 4.1 Att./G). Poor FT% is concerning 69.4%. Below average defender, might get stuck between Center and Forward due to the inability to defend the perimeter and his lack of toughness/length.
  34. Dallas Mavericks Omari Spellman PF/C Villanova
    • Dallas takes NCAA Champion, Omari Spellman. Old for a Freshman; will be nearly 21 on draft day. Good frame - 6’9”, 245lb, 7’2” wingspan. Can stretch the floor on offense. Likes to spot up and plays well off it (1.41 PPP). Weaker on other big-man tasks - P&R, Post-ups, Put-backs, etc. Not very quick laterally on defense, but makes some vertical plays.
  35. Orlando Magic Jacob Evans SG Cincinnati
    • Orlando selects a big guard who uses his strength to defend the perimeter, is a capable passer, and can hit the 3 reliably (37.7% on 4.4 Att./G during his 3 years at Cincinnati). I'm a big fan of Evans and I think he has a shot to contribute to an NBA team.
  36. New York Knicks Jevon Carter PG West Virginia
    • The Knicks take a ball-handler-hounding guard, Jevon Carter. Carter regularly shut down opposing guards at WVU. He has a high motor and can find his teammates well on offense. I'm sure New York would love this guy.
  37. Sacramento Kings Bruce Brown Jr. SG/PG Miami (FL)
    • The Kings take a combo guard from Miami. Coming off a foot injury and taking a step back in 3pt% (34.7 on 2.9 Att. - 26.7 on 3.2 Att.) in his Sophomore year, Brown is still a coveted prospect due to his defensive prowess and explosiveness. Brown Jr. is an older Sophomore (21.8 at time of the draft). An explosive leaper, active on-ball defender, times blocks well, good shooter off the catch - very poor on pull-ups.
  38. Philadelphia 76ers Anfernee Simons SG/PG IMG Academy
    • Philadelphia selects a five-year highschool player and part-time Markelle Fultz impersonator, Anfernee Simons. Simons is a young (19.0 at draft) CG from IMG Academy. He’s 6’4”, 180lb., and has a 6’9” wingspan. He will need to get stronger, jumps forward significantly on 3s. Handles the ball well and sets himself up for mid-rangers nicely.
  39. Los Angeles Lakers Rodions Kurucs SF/PF FC Barcelona/Latvia
    • What is up with all the Latvian NBA prospects? Rodions got limited minutes with Barcelona last year, but the 20-year-old but regardless, he's a coveted 2nd round selection. He's a 6'10" forward with a 7-foot wingspan, good shooting mechanics, and decent athleticism.
  40. Brooklyn Nets Landry Shamet PG/SG Wichita State
    • Brooklyn takes a dynamic deep-range scorer at No. 40. Landry Shamet has a pretty shooting stroke and shot very well (44.2%) from three at a high volume (5.9 Att./G) in his redshirt Sophomore year at Wichita State. Surprisingly, measured a nearly 40 in. vertical at the Combine, though he was only so-so in scrimmage play.
  41. Orlando Magic Gary Trent Jr. SG Duke
    • Orlando selects Duke Freshman Gary Trent Jr. Gary Trent is 6'6", has a 6'9" wingspan, shot 40% from three and 87% from the line in his Freshman season at Duke. The Magic potentially add a shooting threat.
  42. Detroit Pistons Devonte' Graham PG Kansas
    • The Pistons have no first round pick due to the Blake Griffin trade. They recently hired former Raptors coach and COY candidate, Dwane Casey. The first rookie selected in the Casey era is Devonte' Graham. The Pistons could use some point guard depth and they'll get some immediately with Graham. The Big 12 POY is slightly undersized (6'2", 6’6” wingspan) and old (born 2/22/95), but he has shown many things teams want in a PG. He's a good shooter (40.6% on 6.9 Att./G) a solid distributor (2.8 Ast/Tov) and an active defender (1.6 Stl/G).
  43. Denver Nuggets Jarred Vanderbilt PF/SF Kentucky
    • The Nuggets could use some wing depth and they may get some with Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt excels in rebounding and passing. He hasn’t shown any sign of developing an outside shot.
  44. Washington Wizards Hamidou Diallo SG Kentucky
    • Washington has some roster decisions to make. After taking their hopeful Center-of-the-Future in Williams, they move on and select Diallo. “It’s f---ing raw!” - Gordon Ramsey sums up Hamidou’s game. Diallo didn't show much this year and he'll likely fall to the Second Round. He’s a good offensive transition player. Great athleticism and size (45in. vertical, 7ft wingspan) - and that’s why a team like the Wizards will draft him.
  45. Charlotte Hornets Shake Milton SG/PG SMU
    • The Hornets take Malik "Shake" Milton. Shake Milton is an oversized guard (6’6”, 6’11” wingspan) from SMU. He can shoot off the ball well (1.34 PPP, 1/3 of OFF possessions) and is a solid on-ball defender. He struggled at in combine play where his lack of athleticism was apparent.
  46. Houston Rockets Rawle Alkins SG Arizona
    • Houston takes Rawle Alkins. He has a great body profile. Wide shoulders, 6'9" wingspan. High motor athlete. Good shooting mechanics. Questionable decision-making on both sides of the floor. The Rockets add a powerful Guard in Alkins.
  47. Los Angeles Lakers Kevin Hervey SF/PF Texas-Arlington
    • The Lakers select a wing with excellent length - 6’8”, 7’3.5” wingspan. Young Senior - won’t even be 22 at the draft. Played four years for the University of Texas-Arlington in the Sun Belt Conference - not the best competition. Shot 33.9% from 3 on 6.9 Att./G, 80.7 FT%. Rebounds well on both sides of the ball. 27.8 Career USG% at UTA, will he be able to translate to a more refined role?
  48. Minnesota Timberwolves Trevon Duval PG Duke
    • Minnesota selects Trevon Duval. Duval’s stock has plummeted since High School. Still, he’s a good ISO ball handler. He can finish pretty well using his length (6'9" wingspan) with a variety of finishing shots. Overall poor decision maker and a poor 3pt shooter. He’s an athletically gifted player who a team like Minnesota may take for his potential.
  49. San Antonio Spurs Chimezie Metu PF/C USC
    • San Antonio selects Chimezie Metu. Metu is a 6’10” F/C with a 7’0.5” wingspan. Metu has a fairly good post game and has been working on his 3 point game. His mechanics are projectable as a player that you don’t want to leave absolutely wide open. Metu averaged 18 and 8 with 2 BPG per 36 minutes in his Junior year at USC.
  50. Indiana Pacers Isaac Bonga SF/PG Frankfurt Skyliners/Germany
    • The Pacers take a draft-and-stash point forward. Isaac Bonga is the second youngest players eligible to be drafted - 18.6 on draft date. Struggles from 3, not the greatest release. 90+ FT percentage is encouraging. Good passer.
  51. New Orleans Pacers Justin Jackson SF/PF Maryland
    • Only one pick for the Pelicans this year and it's at 51. New Orleans selects Justin Jackson. Jackson's stock dropped after a lost Sophomore season at Maryland. He was inefficient before ending his season due to injury. The Pelicans take a chance due to his potential upside (6’7”, 7’3” wingspan).
  52. Utah Jazz Issuf Sanon SG/PG Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk/Ukraine
    • The Jazz take Issuf Sanon - the youngest player in the draft. He's a 18.6-year-old Ukrainian guard. 6’4”,185lb. Not the most athletic guard in the class but can finish at the rim fairly well. Sanon can shoot with confidence both on/off the ball. Throws his feet forward a little on jump shots. Will need to get stronger.
  53. Oklahoma City Thunder Tony Carr PG Penn State
    • The Thunder take a guard from Penn State. The 6'5" Sophomore Point Guard has a slightly unconventional shooting execution, hopping forward and making a pushing motion high in the air. It has worked thus far. He killed the Big Ten last year averaging 20PPG on 43% 3-point shooting. Decent spot-up player. Should be able to play off ball.
  54. Dallas Mavericks Malik Newman SG/PG Kansas
    • Dallas takes Malik Newman. The redshirt Sophomore transferred from Mississippi State to Kansas after his Freshman year. A five-star recruit out of high school, Newman didn’t quite live up to the hype. However, he showed in flashes last year why he was ranked so highly. He can pull up from range and hit the 3-ball efficiently: 41% on 5.3 attempts this last year.
  55. Charlotte Hornets Kostas Antetokounmpo PF Dayton
    • Brother of Bucks star Forward Giannis, Kostas is one of four physically gifted basketball-playing brothers. Kostas is a 6’10 forward with a 7’2.25” wingspan and a 9’2.5” standing reach. The 20-year-old was largely unimpressive in his one year at Dayton, though he did post a notable 8.3 BLK%. Charlotte swings for the fences with this pick, hoping Kostas can become a versatile defender and improve in a Giannis-like trajectory.
  56. Philadelphia 76ers Brandon McCoy C UNLV
    • The 76ers take a shot on a project. Brandon McCoy is a 7’0” Freshman Center with a 7'2" wingspan. Played last season for UNLV. A bit stiff and lacks instincts, but can rebound and finish fairly well.
  57. Oklahoma City Thunder Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG Kansas
    • OKC takes Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. Mykhailiuk is a 6’7” guard with a minus wingspan (6’5”) who shot 44.4% from 3 on 6.6 attempts in his Senior season at Kansas, and despite being a senior, he will have just turned 21 by the time the draft rolls around.
  58. Denver Nuggets Raymond Spalding C/PF Louisville
    • Ray Spalding is a Junior big man from Louisville. Spalding is 6’10” and possesses a 7’5” wingspan - which he uses fairly well to get blocks (6.3 BLK%) and steals (3.1 STL%). Spalding was also a capable offensive rebounder at Louisville (2nd in the ACC junior year) and can throw down dunks on the move. He doesn’t have much of an offensive game outside of that, however.
  59. Phoenix Suns Kenrich Williams SF TCU
    • Very smart player, also very old (23.6 on draft date). No glaring weaknesses, though not elite athlete, FT shooter. Rebounds well for position. A versatile player who should contribute positively right from the get-go.
  60. Philadelphia 76ers Arnoldas Kulboka SF Betaland Capo d’Orlanda/Lithuania
    • Kulboka is a 6’10” forward from Lithuania. The 20-year-old played 29 games for Betaland Capo d’Orlanda in Italy’s Lega A last year, shooting 36.7% from deep on 4.4 Att./G.. He has excellent shooting mechanics and is a consistent FT shooter. He will have to continue to gain strength and learn to be physical if he wants to make it in the NBA.
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Thanks for reading! Feel free to correct any mistakes. There are a ton of teams looking to trade up or down, so I can't wait to see how fast this mock becomes useless.
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