Notes from cocktail napkins...(and some cutting and pasting)
A Brazilian, a German and a dude from Bucknell walk into Philips Arena...The Hawks went International in last night's NBA Draft, reminiscent of Danny Ferry's former team the Spurs drafts of old. I read 3 reviews of Lucas Noguiera and Dennis Schroeder from SI, Sporting News and ESPN's so called draft experts and all three proclaimed these guys as not even close to being NBA ready right now.
After tons of confusing trades and packaging of picks and players the Hawks got their big man, once he beefs up he will allow Al Horford to be the 4 he's better suited for.
The upside is as huge for Noguiera as his impressive doo...how did that Celtics hat stay on that lid of his last night?
Here's his breakdown from Sports Illustrated....
Vitals: 7-0, 220 pounds Strengths: Scouts like his potential as a rebounder and shot blocker. A 7-footer who moves well and has a 7-6 wingspan will always catch the attention of talent evaluators seeking a defensive anchor.
Weaknesses: Noguiera’s body of work is limited because of a shortage of minutes in Spain. His offensive game is far from polished and he could stand to strengthen his frame. The team that drafts Nogueira will have to take the long view and hope that he can develop offensively while leveraging his physical tools to become an impact defensive player.
What Scouts Say:”He runs like a deer. When he puts some weight on, he’s got the potential to be a starting center.”
Team Fit: This pick originally belonged to Boston, was sent to Dallas as part of another draft-day deal and subsequently dealt to Atlanta, who have likely made this pick with the intent to stash Nogueira overseas. That’s ultimately for the best, as Nogueira is in no way ready to compete at an NBA level. His skill set is consistent with the project center archetype: Nogueira moves well, has shown nice aptitude as a shot blocker, grabs effort boards and could be a nice piece down the line. But he’s not quite ready physically to compete with NBA bigs, has miles to go in terms of defensive technique and doesn’t have much of an offensive game beyond straightforward catch-and-finish opportunities. The Hawks will allow Nogueira to develop on someone else’s time and dime while preserving every bit of their cap space (assuming they eventually forfeit their cap hold on free agent forward Josh Smith, among others) this summer.
Would the Hawks sign and trade Josh and get a nice compliment of role players and or emerging stars similar to the business model of San Antonio?
Will J-Smoove find the free agent market not as lucrative as he thought? A lot of analysts keep referring to Josh as many teams plan B if they can't land Dwight Howard. Safe to say he won't be looking at that max contract he thinks he deserves. Is the door still open for him here?
Dennis Schroeder could learn on the job if the Hawks can get a reasonable contract worked out with Jeff Teague, who shows spurts of both brilliance driving to the basket and frustrating turnovers and bad decisions.
Here’s the breakdown from Sports Illustrated on Dennis Schroeder....
Vitals: 6-2, 165 pounds
Strengths: Schroeder has all the qualities you could want in a point guard: confidence in directing an offense, a quick first step and strong ball-handling skills. Just 19, he already excels in running the pick-and-roll, making quick decisions as needed. On the defensive end, he uses his speed and length to make his mark uncomfortable.
Weaknesses: Decision-making and maturity are two areas in which Schroeder must improve. He’s an excellent playmaker, but he has been known to force action, which has made him turnover-prone throughout his young career. Scouts have also expressed concern about his attitude on the court, but one told Chris Mannix “it’s nothing that would make me pass him up.”
What Scouts Say: ”He’s got those long arms and dynamic skills,” a West executive said of Schroeder. ”He’s so poised,” an international scout added. “The way he weaves in and out of the paint, the way he creates, he is a high-level talent.”
Team Fit: Does this pick signal that Jeff Teague’s days are numbered in Atlanta? The fourth-year point guard is a restricted free agent this summer, and the Hawks’ selection of Schroeder could mean the Hawks are looking to move in a new direction in 2013-14. Just 19-years-old, Schroeder will likely need time to develop. That shouldn’t be a problem for the Hawks, a playoff team in 2012-13, who face many question marks next season with 13 players hitting free agency this off season.
And the Hawks also picked up Bucknell's Mike Muscala a power forward...
A bit underwhelming to some Hawks fans who thought Danny Ferry might package his picks and trade up into the top 10. But anybody who wants to crap on his picks is a dimwit, a long way to go before you can evaluate guys you never heard of. Where the rubber meets the road for the Hawks will be what happens via trades or free agency.