Tip-Off for 6/25/13 (featuring Michael Jackson): Who’s your team’s man in the NBA Draft?


I would mortgage my team’s future for a chance at Georgetown’s Otto Porter.

This Thursday’s NBA Draft doesn’t have the league-altering talent of a decade ago, but there is plenty of talent to go ’round. Where is your team selecting and who is a realistic pick at that spot?

With the No.1 overall pick still a mystery, this should be interesting.

With the 11th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select C.J. McCollum from Lehigh. I know none of this makes sense because McCollum is projected to go as high as 8th in a few mock drafts, but I think a last second rush for big men lands him in the 76ers laps. McCollum is listed at 6’2″ and can play either guard spot. With All-Star Jrue Holiday cemented in at the point, McCollum’s ability to create his own shot could push Evan Turner to small forward. McCollum led Lehigh to a first round upset of Duke in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. McCollum played only 12 games in the 2012-13 season after suffering a broken left foot.

The Andrew Bynum saga has left Philly thin when it comes to big men. Spencer Hawes,  Lavoy Allen and Arnett Moultrie are the only bigs the team plans on keeping around, Bynum and Kwame Brown will go the way of the dinosaur. Indiana’s Cody Zeller looks to be the 76ers man if he’s there. Zeller runs the floor well and has energy, but his body isn’t ready for the bruisers of the league. Another option is Kelly Olynyk from Gonzaga. Olynyk is a better half court player than Zeller and works well in the pick and roll. If the 76ers are looking to draft a project with some upside, Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams is their guy. At 7’0″ 255, Adams has an NBA body, but his big man skills need some fine tuning.

The 76ers also hold picks at 35 and 42, so the opportunity to improve is there.


The Lineup:

Grab a Heiney and see what happens (Heineken).

Congrats to the Chicago Blackhawks (Huff Post).

IRS Targeting included liberal groups (CNN).

Tracklist for Magna Carter Holy Grail (The Shadow League).

This is not a repost: Andrew Bynum plans to work out (CSN Philly).

You be the judge (Dime Magazine).

High-risk, high reward picks (Dime Magazine).

You know Deacon Jones is cussin the NFL out (The Shadow League).

I love peanut butter too (American Express).

Not one, not two, but three near decapitations (YouTube).


Four years ago today, we had one of those, “Where were you” moments. R.I.P. Mike!







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