NBA Draft Recall—Pacific DivisionPosted: March 2, 2011
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Uh-oh! David Stern just announced that all current players have to be returned to the teams that drafted them. As everybody scrambles for the next flight to meet their new/old team, let’s see just how good each team would be. As long as the player has played a game this season, he is on the roster for the team that drafted him, even if he’s a free agent right now.
Today is the Pacific Division.
These are the teams in the Pacific Division:
Right now, the Lakers are in charge. Kobe Bryant is…Kobe Bryant. Two time defending champs. But now the draft recall has happen and it’s time for a new team. Let’s look at the rosters of the new teams: Oh by the way, some teams may have more than 15 players, and some teams have less than 12. All players will be on the team no matter how many.
Clippers: Antonio McDyess, Brian Skinner, Lamar Odom, Quentin Richardson, Tyson Chandler, Melvin Ely, Chris Wilcox, Chris Kaman, Shaun Livingston, Al Thornton, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin, Willie Warren, and Al-Farouq Aminu.
Kings: Peja Stojakovic, Jason Williams, Hedo Turkoglu, Gerald Wallace, Kevin Martin, Francisco Garcia, Spencer Hawes, Jason Thompson, Omri Casspi, Tyreke Evans, Hassan Whiteside, and DeMarcus Cousins.
Lakers: Derek Fisher, Luke Walton, Brian Cook, Sasha Vujacic, Von Wafer, Ronny Turiaf, Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, Marc Gasol, Toney Douglas, Derrick Caracter, and Devin Ebanks.
Suns: Steve Nash, Stephen Jackson, Shawn Marion, Amare Stoudemire, Luol Deng, Marcin Gortat, Nate Robinson, Rajon Rondo, Rudy Fernandez, Robin Lopez, Earl Clark, and Gani Lawal.
Warriors: Joe Smith, Vince Carter, Jeff Foster, Jason Richardson, Gilbert Areanas, Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Mickael Pietrus, Andris Biedrins, Ike Diogu, Monta Ellis, Marco Belinelli, Anthony Randolph, Stephen Curry, Armon Johnson, and Ekpe Udoh.
Suns have to be the best team. Nash, Jackson, Marion, Stoudemire, and Gortat. That starting five can win it all. Maybe Deng in for Marion, but there is depth at each position. Warriors look good too. Carter, Richardson, and Areanas? That’s a scoring trio hard to defend. Plus they got Murphy, Ellis, and Curry. They too, have nice depth. And they still can be the run and gun type team. I like the Kings. Most of their wing players can hit the three: Stojakovic, Martin, Turkoglu, Wallace, and Garcia. Again, good depth except for point guard. Only Williams is the true PG. Evans can play PG though. It would give them a tall line-up, something like this: Evans, Martin, Wallace, Turkoglu, and Cousins. Clippers… are very, very tall. They have about 10 players over 6″9. They are just not going to be that good of a team. The best they can do for PG is Livingston. Not good. SG? Gordon is electric. I like him. At least they won’t have any serious problems defending the rim, right? And the Lakers. Poor Lakers. Mainly a bunch of role players. But that’s what happens when you’re a good team. You get low value picks. The Lakers didn’t even draft Kobe Bryant. Hornets did that and traded him to the Lakers (and all Hornet fans moan riiiiiiiight…now!). Here is what I think the standings will be with these teams:
Tune in next time. I’ll be doing the Mid West Division! Source of Draft info…Basketball-Referance.com