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Re: random things make you say Hmmmm
Just had a quick look at nbadraft.net....I can't remember the
last time I was this unexcited about a draft. We already have
major development projects on this team who haven't gotten
enough minutes, and this draft seems top heavy with finesse
baby KG types and unproven point guards. What I would like
to see is a Boozer-like animal, a tough-as-nails hungry, aggressive
player, with a ready made game. A guard like this would be
good too, an Artest / Quentin Richardson type. At the top,
Ekafor is the only prospect that turns me on, because a major
shotblocker is the one thing that could really turn the Celtics
around. He's only 6 9" but so was Bill Russell. As for the usual
crop of "next gasols" I think I'll pass. Those guys need the ball
a lot to develop, and they won't get that in Boston. Bring
me ready-made players at this stage, from good programs with
real coaches. You can draft unskilled freak athletes with the
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Piotrowski" <markp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Celtics" <celtics@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2004 10:39 AM
Subject: random things make you say Hmmmm
> -- don't know if anyone caught Inside the NBA after the Warriors upset
> of the Spurs, but they had John Thompson interviewing Yao Ming and
> Patrick Ewing. Ewing & Ming were sitting next to each other and it
> demonstrated just how BIG Ming is. Ewing looked like a guard sitting
> next to Yao (imagine say Mark Jackson sitting next to Ewing) -- easily
> a foot shorter than Ming. It was incredible.
> -- Its easy to forget that Ricky Davis is still so young and still
> growing as a player -- which is scary. In fact did you realize he's
> only a year & 2 months older than Brandon Hunter? And only 4 months
> older than Jiri Welsch? It's so sad that the national media just goes
> on and on about Davis being a cancer -- as if people can never change.
> Paul Silas was on PTI yesterday and "wouldn't touch" Bob Ryan's
> question about sticking it to the Celts by trading them Davis.
> I love Davis' play since coming here, especially his passing, his
> (vastly underrated) midrange game, his hustle and diving on the floor
> and his sheer enthusiasm. Ricky has a schtick. He's part streetballer
> (caught him on ESPN2 late Saturday playing a few years back with the
> And1 crew), but all these media types (like Tony Kornheiser, Stephen A.
> Smith, etc.) want to destroy him b/c of it -- as if they didn't have a
> schtick and as if their's weren't more irritating.
> I see no reason -- and I mean this sincerely -- that Ricky Davis can't,
> given 32-36 mins a night, produce at the level of Antoine Walker's avg.
> over his last 2 years here. (21 pt, 8 reb, 5 asst, 1.5 stl). Maybe
> Davis could only get 6 reb a game, but he's as good -- if not better --
> a passer as Walker (though, ironically, less flashy), hustles more, and
> shoots a much higher FG% (48.2 since coming to Boston).
> -- current draft standings: 12, 24 (DAL), 25 (DET)
> NBA Draft.net:
> 12 - Josh Childress (6-7 SG Stanford) though Kosta Perovic (7-2 C
> Serbia) is at #13 (portland)
> 24 - Rashad McCants (6-3 SG, N. Carolina)
> 25 - Rafael Araujo (6-11 C, BYU)
> Personally I couldn't see Ainge taking a SG at 24...I think he goes big
> with both the 24 & 25 picks, unless there is a surprise slider. 7-3 Ha
> Seung-Jin (S. Korea) is slated at 27 (San Antonio) and HS PF Al
> Jefferson (6-8) at 30.
> 42 - Timmy Bowers (6-2 PG, Miss. St.).