In the NO Podcast Episode 137: Pelicans Draft 6th and the Draft Combine

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Published: May 21, 2013
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Michael and I talk the sixth pick of the draft after I moan and whine about it to start the show. Then we talk players that could be available, players that could fall, players that could rise, and lastly, who would each of us take at that spot if we were Dell Demps and had no trade offers on the table.

And yes, somehow I manage to mention Rudy Gay. And donkey balls. I think you had to be there.

Also, we talk to Kevin Hetrick of Hardwood Paroxysm, who did an amazing 14 part series on the predictive power of the NBA Combine. 

Give us a call to sound off! 504-322-3333.

Enjoy the Podcast!

27 comments
bobmurrell
bobmurrell

QQ - can you provide the link of the research done by the guest? There wasn't mention of where it was posted. Thanks!

shantadiva
shantadiva

If you have a party for the draft, make it someplace other than Tracey's.  I like Jeff the owner a ton, and Tracy's itself, but you need a place that will let you take it over for that part of the night, give you a mike and all.  I don't see Jeff doing that.  Maybe Finn McCools, a great sports bar in Midcity would be better.  They're big Pelican fans, they'd have some real specials like a bucket (5) domestic beers for $9.00. 

shantadiva
shantadiva

Since both of you are huge fans of Oladipo, I'd love for you to comment on this comment to John Reid's article in the T-P:

Vitruvianman Not a fan of Oladipo. We already have a Oladipo-his name is Aminu. Yeah, Aminu is exactly the same as Oladipo except Aminu is 3 inches taller.  
 
Here is Aminu's profile going into the draft. 
 
Ability to get to free throw line 
- Mismatch Potential 
- Transition play 
- Ability to put ball on floor 
- Makes quick moves in the post 
- Ability to contest shots 
- Commitment to playing defense 
- Lateral quickness 
- Versatility to defend multiple positions 
- Coachable 
- Energy/Intensity 
- Huge upside 
- Strong Intangibles 
- Positional versatility 
- Young for class 
- Ability to finish around basket 
- Excellent wingspan 
- Freakish athleticism 
- Solid frame 
- Excellent rebounder 
 
Weakness: 
-Ability to shoot off the dribble 
-Not a great jump shot 
 
From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com#ixzz2U2tJOlpn 
http://www.draftexpress.com 
 
You could almost switch Aminu's draft profile for Oladipo's. We don't need another great "defender" and high energy guy who can really "get to the rim." We need a scorer who can shoot.

bombay
bombay

Does anyone like the Anthony Bennet pick at 6..The dude is a beast inside and out. And I think he is a fix at sf that would give us flexibility to spend money elswhere being that he would be cheaper than iggy..

Edbballin504
Edbballin504

Looking at the cards we have been dealt, I would implore Dell to consider the following moves this offseason: Bring back Lopez, Aminu, and GV. Draft CJ McCollum. Throw 100% of the cap space on a max contract for Andre Iguodala. Trade Gordon + future protected #1 for Danny Granger.

PG- GV, Rivers, Roberts....SG-Iggy, McCollum/Rivers....SF-Granger, Aminu, Miller.......PF-AD, Anderson.....C-Lopez, Smith

champsworld504
champsworld504

is it possible we trade back in the draft say w/ Minnesota or Atl (teams w/ multiple 1st rounders) for #6?

jsl05
jsl05

Will there be a new picture for the podcast on iTunes?

jsl05
jsl05

Or for the younger readers that can't drink, maybe a place that's more of a restaurant.

ryanschwan
ryanschwan moderator

@shantadivaThat's a vast oversimplification.  Here's my take on Aminu from that draft:

http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2010/06/16/latest-on-the-draft-process-and-aminu/

It's sad how little Aminu has developed his game from that draft profile.

Oladipo on the other hand is not only a phenomenal defensive talent - but he has one of the highest offensive efficiencies in this entire draft.   Even if you feel his excellent shooting this year may regress, at the very worst you'll get a tremendous defender who doesn't take anything away offensively and can be a good D-and-Three guy.

Aminu takes a lot away offensively.

yaboytonez
yaboytonez

All Farouq-Aminu Is NOT Oladipo. Olaxipo's defense and upside are superior.

Caffeinedisaster
Caffeinedisaster

@bombay I like the way he plays bully-ball.  However, in the NBA the guys he'll play against will be much bigger.  Also his game is more suited at the PF, for which he is undersized and we are STOCKED.

veezyv
veezyv

@Edbballin504 Granger is coming off an injury.  I dont think we need to give them a first.  


yaboytonez
yaboytonez

U see two players after 10 you like?

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara moderator

@champsworld504 If I were Dell and I loved Saric, I would call Minny and ask for #9 and 26. Take Saric at 9 and then grab a guy who can play right away like Jeff Withey at 26. 

Caffeinedisaster
Caffeinedisaster

@MikeStanley1 I hope they don't rush it either.  Picking up a top 3 in next years draft would DRASTICALLY help us start our dynasty.

fearthepelicans
fearthepelicans

@MikeStanley1 My only concern about Zeller is that his best attribute is his speed and the Pelicans don't do a whole lot of running.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes moderator

Tracey's allows all ages and has good food options.

Feel free to suggest others.

We'll check out other places if the draft party needs are other than what Tracey's can supply.

Also, there is a post for this, and it isn't this one.

shantadiva
shantadiva

@ryanschwan @shantadiva No, I read #Vitruvianman comment to Reid's article and it gave me concern.  I certainly haven't seen enough of Oladipo to have a concrete position on him. I think if he's there at 6 we take him.  If he's not there, I would rather us trade.  I'd love to see us do a 2 for 1 with Utah.  I think there's a lot of value after the top 4-5 guys, and I'd rather us get 2 picks,maybe one or both we could stash to save money to go after Bledsoe, and Pekovic or Jefferson.

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