a huge Pistons fan, I really hope this pick works out.
But man I really thought that Anthony would have looked good
in a Pistons uniform. Good job by the true plug-and-play
GM, Curtis Hill
know I said this last year, but I really want Anthony to tell
Vandewegh that he wants to play in Dallas not Denver.
The symmetry in that would just make my whole year.
Someone please do this!
really can't bash Mr. Able and the Usenet Raptors here,
Podkolzin pulled out at the last minute. Well after the
Raptors pick. Jason would have picked Bosh if he had
known. To be honest, why Podkolzin shot up the charts
anyway was beyond me. That said, he might be the first
pick next year.
like Wade much more than Ford so I liked this pick. Rob
of course suffered the "first negative pick of the
night" abuse heaped up at our annual NBA draft
party. Just a pathetic pick :-). Great report
though, as always. His comment "Vlad Stepania"
means "Pat Cummings" in Romanian, caused me to spit
wine all over my Plasma screen. Man that was a bitch to
BWSA (Best White Stiff Available) Chris Kaman goes to the
place where all BWSA's should go (outside of UTAH of
course). ESPN.com, or someone like that, had a really nice
analysis that shows that centers picked between 2-10
suck. That if a center is not worthy of being picked
first, then they should not be picked until much later.
I have a feeling that Kaman fits that bill. I'm also
waiting for the trade to Utah to be announced, he would look awfully
nice sitting next to Borchardt. Very nice report by
The Duke curse strikes the Chicago Bulls! Pietrus
was decent pick but the problem was that if the Bulls did not
take him, no one else in the top 10 wanted him. The
Bulls GM stiffed me on the report, so I'll just say that the
picked sucked big time. Thanks to Jamie Resin for
writing up the report.
-22! Say it again, -22!! One more time,
-22!!! Man I love the last guy in the "green
room". When they cry it just makes it better.
Hey, I can be a little bitter, they will still get lots more
money than me and lots more women. So let them suffer
for one night. Rumors about Lampe's contract really hurt
him, but this probably was a little high. Still he would
have been no worse than a mid-first round pick so Robbie
Bolton will get a little slack here.
The Knicks continue to stock small power forwards.
To bad that Sweetney was not 6'10" or he might have been
the 4th pick. Still he should be much better than BWSA
Kaman. The usual fine job by Bill "better that
I'm going to be honest here, I hate Jason Richardson and
Gilbert Arenas. Just hate them. They are the
epitome of the modern player. They skipped a practice
because of a lack of playing time/shots. I think that
Pietrus will be a good fit and a better team player.
Great pick/report by Steve Basselman.
Very nice pick for the Usenet Sonics (although they blow
it big time at 14). I like Collison. One of my favorite
players if nothing else, for what he did to Duke.
Sweetney was the Sonics pick on many mock drafts.
The 2003 award winner for the worst pick in the
draft. I'm going to talk about ESPN at this point.
When Ridnour was picked Jay Bilas said something about him not
being able to guard his chair. Ha, ha. It came off
stiff and forced. Like he had thought of it two weeks
ago, or worse, someone had written it for him. God I
missed Charles Barkley and TNT. ESPN, like all things
Disney, is stiff, over rehearsed and just god awful.
Stewart Scott set the reputation of UNC's journalism school
back 20 years. The whole second round was 10 commercials
followed by a list of the 5 picks we just missed and then back
to the commercials. I HATE DISNEY. I HATE EA GAMES
"2004 NBA LIVE". Back to Ridnour, Bilas was
This is the hardest pick to comment on for me. It
was a great pick, no doubt, but the GM stiffed me on the
report so that prevents me from doing anything but call him
names. Thanks to David Vaugh, for picking up the report.
In every draft, there is a "cringe pick".
A pick that just makes be flinch. Usually that happens
first with the Usenet draft. This time, it happened in
the real draft. Troy Bell??!! Man. Bell was
shipped to Memphis with Jones for Banks and Perkins.
Outstanding! Just outstanding. Good pick, good
analysis. I can't say enough about the Suns and Anthony
Minkoff. Being a GM for this draft is getting harder and
harder with the influx of foreign players. Doing
research is just getting more difficult. Anthony did a
very nice job of researching Cabarkapa.
In the Net's report, Dean Carrano reported that in the 7
years that he had been GM'ing, he had never had a
"plus" pick. Well, I'm glad to report that the
streak was broken! Nice pick. Let shoot for 7
years of nothing but "plus" picks now. Of
course that would mean that I will have to do this draft for
at least 17 years and be in my 50's. Not sure if I can
Sofo fell like a brick. I hated that he was able to
walk out of the stands to shake hands and get a cap. Sit
in the Green Room like a man! I would say something
about a High School player names "Outlaw" being
drafted by the Blazers but that would be as easy as commenting
on them drafting a known Pot Head and I covered that last
Gidi Avrahami was the Co-Commish of this draft way back in
1992. I've only met him once, at a bar near the Stanford
campus right after that draft. We had a great time
ripping the picks and drinking beer. It was great to
have him back as a GM this year. He had an absolutely
great report. Give it a read. Bill Simmons of
ESPN.com said that Cook is already the third best player on
Curtis Hill is a very good friend of mine. He hosted
the annual NBA Draft party this year (attended by Rob Clough
and myself and a few others). For the most part, Curtis
takes things in stride, but sometimes he gets a little
strut. After becoming the first GM in Usenet Mock draft
history to get 2 exact picks in one draft, he was really strutting
big time. Great picks!!!
Jones was a Usenet "Cringe pick" for me.
Turned out to be a +6. I can't figure this stuff
out. I had all kinds of "dooty" jokes ready
but Bill Simmons already did them so I'll just pass.
Damn. I will say that I really regret that Ebi will
never get the opportunity to play at Duke as a member of the
Right player but the wrong pick. +14 is a huge steal
for D. J. Foster. Perkins was traded to Boston with
Banks for Bell and Jones. I, like many, think that West
is the best GM in history but I really don't understand this
at all. Bell and Jones could have been had in the second
round. I'm guessing that West knew that there were no
really good players after the third pick and just wanted to
give a couple of seniors "first round money".
A huge "cringe pick". Turned out better
than I thought it would. Considering it was a -26, that
is saying a lot. The bad thing is that Sean Gannaway
told me that is who he would be picking Hunter two weeks
before the draft. So I had to cringe for a long
time. A very painful thing to do. As far as
Howard, I love Cuban's interview where he said they were
scared he would be taken along time before 29. Man, I
wish Barkley would have been there for that one.
The last pick in the 2003 Usenet Mock Draft went to Tweed
Moore and Sacramento. Not bad, a bit of a reach and a
very nice report. Plus I'm tired and I can't think of
anything else to say... See you next year.