Tenth Pick Tournament Update: Final Day of Voting and More

Published: June 11, 2012

Voting ends at noon tomorrow, so get make your selection now if you haven’t already. For all the match-ups on one page, click here. And no, our polls will not let you vote twice from the same IP address- So get on your mother or significant others’ computer and vote for Kendall Marshall now!! I kid, I kid. Vote for whomever you like, no pressure.

If you still can’t make up your mind on a couple of the match-ups, check out the latest podcast where we talk to Mike Schmidtz, the guy who does all of those amazing scouting videos for DraftExpress.com. No bias, just a quasi-expert dropping some knowledge.

Also, I am happy to announce that we will have a loser’s bracket of sorts, so if your guy is one of the eight eliminated tomorrow, you will have a chance to revive him. This way nobody can complain that a certain guy was a victim of a Pacquiao like screw job.

For all of those concerned– Yes, we will dive into these prospects more extensively in weeks to come, and between our podcasts, Joe’s Radio show, and the extensive number of posts we do leading up to the draft and afterwards, we are confident that you will know more about the guy that the Hornets end up picking tenth than his own parents do. So, just sit back, relax, and most importantly vote.

And lastly, the second round will start Wednesday morning as we do one matchup per day. Final votes must be in by next Tuesday. And remember, YOU are all a part of the debate as well. Chime in with arguments that support your favorite guy if you find that we left something out. The more knowledge we have, the easier it will be to let Dell know of our informed decision.


  1. korey

    June 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Hornets front office SHOULD consider
    It makes sense! The guy still has useful basketball left, but more so then anything he has a vast of knowledge to give our incoming rookie (s), specifically Anthony Davis. KG may not want to be part of a rebuilding process but if the hornets could sell him on the opportunity to win and mentor I couldnt think of a more perfect fit. His experiences are invaluable, his leadership is extraordinary, and he would fill a big void on our roster.

    • Jordan J.

      June 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Why do we want a 40 year old veteran when we aren’t making a run at the title next year? Why would he come here if we aren’t making a run for the title next year? Maybe if this was three years down the road..

      • nikkoewan

        June 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        Why sign him? Well Davis is compared to KG plus KG will beat Davis to a pulp. I’d love to see KG push Davis. I’d feel like Davis won’t start ASAP if KG was here, making Davis fight for the position.

        KG WON’T sign here whether we like it or not. Close to a 0. And I mean asymptotic to 0.

    • SP

      June 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      We should also sign Phil Jackson.

      He could be Monty’s assistant!

  2. CharmedHive

    June 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Just wondering since I read it somewhere (don’t remember where) but I heard that Austin Rivers has a lottery promise from either the hornets or whoever else has worked him out/will work him out. How likely do you think that it would be us? Do Dell and Monty work that way? I kind of hope it was us..

    • mazonmafia

      June 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      I think draft promises are lame if your not the #1 or #2 pick. Why dont we just give MKG a draft promise at the #10 spot so he doesnt workout for anyone else? Shouldnt rivers want to be drafted #1st? If not, 7th or 8th? Obviously I’m not in their shoes so its easy for me to tell them what theyre doing wrong, but from a GM point of view, I would rather see more of the player and make him compete for the draft spot. It is a competition and we need the most competitive guys on our team if we want to win!

      • nikkoewan

        June 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        because players are realistic about their draft stock. Looking at all the mock drafts, Austin Rivers falls somewhere around 13-18. If he’s been made a promise somewhere in the lottery, that would of course be his best stake rather than depending on his workouts (which do little if you’re not a physical freak).

        But for a GM, I don’t understand promising prospects as well. It basically kills the whole process.

        1.) If you promise him and then you suddenly find a trade you like and accept the trade, then that team doesn’t pick the prospect, you’re front office gets a bad rep from agents. They’d avoid you in succeeding workouts, or be wary of you.

        2.) If you promise and stick to your decision, you’re limiting your options, which is the worst position you can put yourself as a GM. Having many options is ALWAYS the key. Sticking to a promise that you should never have done limits your ability to talk trade or talk about signings.

        GMs put themselves in a lose-lose situation (Unless they find that prospects super appealing or they are promising him in just about the right spot most everybody agrees with (example is promising to take AD with the #1 pick)). I don’t think Dell works that way. From his track record, he likes to keep his options REALLY open (except for Paul, when he traded him at the absolutely last minute).

  3. aswemajor

    June 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    What happens if the guy we choose at the end of the tournament is already picked on draft day?

    • Jason Calmes

      June 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      He likely plays for another team?

      Frankly, if done scientifically and correctly, the result of these pairwise comparisons should be the 7th pick, since the top 6 guys seem to be not here. This will vary in the ideal sense to the extent the Hornets vary from the `typical’ team or the team picking 7th.

      Pairise comparisons are not the way to do such things since it loses the `paper-rock-scissors’ thing, or `paper-rock-scissors-lizard-Spock’ as the case may be.

      This has the advantage of being fun, however, so I think that wins out, at least for me.

  4. SP

    June 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    The good thing about this tournament is that the writers have actually made me optimistic about pretty much anyone we take at 10. The bad thing is that it says more about the writers than some of the players.

    • Jason Calmes

      June 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      That’s true of Mocks etc. right? It’s just that we’re accessbile, eh?

      If assume Davis, Beal, Kidd-Gilchirst, Barnes, Drummond, and Robinson are all gone 1-6 and ignore the order, both to simplify things, then do a 7-10 mock draft series to add a `vertical’ component to our `horizontal’ comparisons, then would you think this something of significant added value (feel free to say “only if you aren’t involved”)?

  5. Eric

    June 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Personally I try to trade up I can’t see ariza and 10 being enough but a scorer like Barnes would be cool to throw in the mix

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