Detroit Lions Mock Draft 1.0

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The Lions suffered another gut-wrenching loss against the Browns yesterday. For the fourth straight season, the Detroit Lions will finish with a losing record. At 0-9-1, they are currently on pace for the first pick, so it’s time for a Detroit Lions Mock Draft.

Round 1 Pick 9 (via ATL): Garrett Wilson, WR – Ohio State

Detroit Lions receive: #9, #42, #63, #73, 2023 ATL 2nd
Atlanta Falcons receive: #1

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Surprise!! The Lions do a trade back here with the Falcons and take Garrett Wilson with the 9th pick. It may not be popular but the Lions are lacking in depth and need to gather as much talent as possible. A big struggle for the team this year is not having a WR1. Wilson solves that issue right away with his abilities as a route-runner, great hands, elite athleticism, etc.

Round 1 Pick 27: Devin Lloyd, LB – Utah

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Man oh man have the Lions had their fair share of struggles at the LB position over the past few years. Slow, un-athletic players who cannot cover to save their lives, it’s time for that to change. In comes Devin Lloyd, star Linebacker for the Utes who has been outstanding this season. A finalist for the Butkus award, Lloyd has put up some gaudy numbers this year: 6 sacks, 91 tackles, 21 TFL (!!!!), and 3 INT’s. Having him alongside Derrick Barnes in 2022 will be a breath of fresh air in terms of athleticism and coverage ability.

Round 2 Pick 33: David Ojabo, EDGE – Michigan

Michigan linebacker David Ojabo (55) reacts after recovering a fumble while on defense in the second quarter of their college football game against Washington at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, on Saturday, September 11, 2021. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)

If you want to talk about someone who has seen their draft stock rise the most, look no further than Ojabo. A non-starter last year, Ojabo has solidified himself as one of the best EDGE rushers in the country. Although he isn’t the best player in run defense, his pass-rush abilities should not be overlooked. The Lions aren’t getting much production from Trey Flowers and Charles Harris is on a one-year deal. Drafting an EDGE player should be high priority and Ojabo fills that void.

Round 2 Pick 42: Kenny Pickett, QB – Pittsburgh

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At this point, it feels like anyone is an upgrade over whoever the Lions are trotting out there at QB this year. Pickett comes into a situation where he can start right away. A year ago, Pickett wasn’t even on the radar as a prospect. Now, he has shot up draft boards with his outstanding season and has shown some really nice ability this year. With Wilson coming in and already having a strong OL, Pickett comes in and brings some much-needed excitement at the QB position.

Round 2 Pick 63: Derion Kendrick, CB – Georgia

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The Lions have some nice talent in their CB room. The only problem is that they can’t seem to stay healthy, which is an issue. Derion Kendrick ran into some off-field issues at Clemson and transferred to Georgia this past offseason. He has done an outstanding job not only off the field, but on the field. Kendrick had some first round buzz last year but decided to head back to school. Although we won’t see him in Round 1, he goes late in the second and provides instant help at the position.

Round 3 Pick 65: Jaquan Brisker, S – Penn State

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Detroit has an issue at the Safety spot opposite of Tracy Walker. Will Harris has not gotten the job done and everyone else is on a one-year contract. Brisker is a versatile, hard-hitting Safety who fits really well with Walker’s skillset. He is excellent in the box and near the slot in pass coverage.

Round 3 Pick 73: Zion Johnson, IOL – Boston College

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Detroit has had some shuffling early on in the season, but their OL seems to be set now with Decker back from injury. They clearly lack depth at some spots, especially on the Interior and go with a guy who has experience at both Guard and Tackle. Johnson is a strong lineman at the point of attack, and excels in the run game. With the Lions being a run-heavy team, this is a match made in heaven.

Round 3 Pick 98: Trey McBride, TE – Colorado State

Nov 29, 2019; Fort Collins, CO, USA; Colorado State Rams tight end Trey McBride (85) runs for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Boise State Broncos at Sonny Lubick Field at Canvas Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

T.J. Hockenson is obviously TE1 on Detroit and Brock Wright has been a pleasant surprise as an outstanding run-blocker. There is still a need for another reliable pass-catcher and in comes Trey McBride. He’s another guy who has seen his stock rise pretty well and he provides exceptional blocking to go along with his receiving skills. Hockenson and McBride? Sign me up.

Round 6 Pick 176: Cory Durden, IDL – NC State

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You can never have too many big pass rushers on your DL. Durden transferred to NC State after four years with the Seminoles at Florida State. Not the greatest tackler but he can get to the QB really well and has some nice athletic traits to work with.

Round 6 Pick 180: Steven Gilmore, CB – Marshall

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Brother of star CB Stephon Gilmore, Steven is a nice Corner with great athletic traits. He has a track record of locking down opposing players, but he does lack size to be an outside corner in the NFL. Another potential depth piece at CB for the Lions who can play the slot and on the outside.

Round 7 Pick 218: Micah McFadden, LB – Indiana

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McFadden is an extremely underrated player in College Football. A solid 4-year player at Indiana, McFadden has done it all from covering opposing players, rushing the passer, etc. He isn’t the most athletic player but he’s extremely smart and knows where to be at all times.

Round 7 Pick 237: Jaylen Hall, WR – Western Michigan

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Hall is a solid WR with some good size and speed. His 50/50 ability is really good and would have a real shot at making the team in 2022. Hometown kid who has a high floor could be of real use to a team like the Lions who do not have much to work with in the WR room right now.

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MLB Free Agent Predictions

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The 2021 Major League Season has concluded with the Atlanta Braves winning their first title since 1995. Now, it’s time for all 30 teams to strategize and figure out their needs during a hectic offseason. Below are my top 25 MLB free agent predictions this offseason. 

  1. Carlos Correa – SS: There is not a better MLB Free Agent available on the market than Correa. He is in line for a huge payday that will likely lead him away from the Astros. As of last night, the Astros have offered him a five-year contract worth $160 Million. Aside from the Astros, other teams that are showing interest include the Rangers, Tigers, Twins, and Yankees.

    Prediction: Detroit Tigers sign Correa to 10 years, $310 Million

  2. Corey Seager – SS: This free agent class is the year of the Shortstops and Seager is next on that list. When healthy, he is another one of the premier Shortstops in Baseball but that’s his only issue – staying healthy. Still, for his production and impact on your team, he is most certainly worth the money.

    Prediction: New York Yankees sign Seager to 7 years, $240 Million

  3. Kris Bryant – 3B: There are no questions about it – the Giants will be aggressive this offseason and will try to re-sign Bryant. The issue is, they will not be the only ones aggressive in signing Bryant. He will be patient in the signing process but will have no shortage of suitors no matter how long he takes.

    Prediction: Texas Rangers sign Bryant to 7 years, $260 Million


  4. Trevor Story – SS: One of the more underrated Shortstops in the game, Story had another excellent year in Colorado. Story is from Irving, TX and all signs point towards the Rangers and Astros. With the Rangers predicted to get Bryant, it’ll be interesting to see if they sign Story as well.

    Prediction: Houston Astros sign Story to 6 years, $180 Million


  5. Max Scherzer – SP: In terms of length, Scherzer will not get the best deal due to his age but he will certainly get a nice AAV. Scherzer posted a sub-1.00 ERA down the stretch and proved to be a high-level player. Rumor is Mike Trout is convincing the Angels to go after Scherzer hard.

    Prediction: Los Angeles Angels sign Max Scherzer to 3 years, $120 Million

  6. Robbie Ray – SP: The likely Cy Young winner is on the market in Robbie Ray. He bounced back in a big way and almost helped lead Toronto to the playoffs. The Blue Jays will have some serious competition for Ray.

    Prediction: San Francisco Giants sign Robbie Ray to 5 years, $125 Million

  7. Freddie Freeman – 1B: The star of the World Champion Braves, this is one free agent staying home for sure. He deserves the big payday he is due and will most certainly receive that.

    Prediction: Atlanta Braves re-sign Freddie Freeman to 5 years, $130 Million

  8. Clayton Kershaw – SP: Dodgers didn’t extend a QO to Kershaw, but don’t worry he will be back in L.A.

    Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers re-sign Clayton Kershaw to 2 years, $80 Million

  9. Marcus Semien – SS/2B: After a rough pandemic year, Semien bounced back big with 45 Homers in 2021. Semien’s ability to play both middle-infield spots and offensive prowess will be valuable to any team interested in him.

    Prediction: San Francisco Giants sign Marcus Semien to 5 years, $120 Million

  10. Kevin Gausman – SP: After struggling to start out his career, Gausman bounced back in a nice way for the Giants. He’s in the running for the NL Cy Young award which should reward him with a big payday.

    Prediction: Philadelphia Phillies sign Kevin Gausman to 4 years, $90 Million

  11. Marcus Stroman – SP: Stroman received a qualifying offer from the Mets and capitalized big time. His best year yet, Stroman should be a top priority for the Mets this offseason.

    Prediction: New York Mets re-sign Marcus Stroman to 4 years, $85 Million

  12. Javier Baez – SS/2B: Led the league in strikeouts but still had a nice slash line down the stretch in New York. Baez and Lindor would like to play together, and I think the Mets make that happen.

    Prediction: New York Mets re-sign Javier Baez to 4 years, $88 Million

  13. Nick Castellanos – OF/DH: Castellanos opted out of his remaining deal with the Reds in hopes of a big contract. His defense leaves a lot to desire but his bat is one of the best in the league, making him a better fit in the AL.

    Prediction: Texas Rangers sign Nick Castellanos to 4 years, $80 Million

  14. Starling Marte – OF: Started the season on the IL but ended up with a nice slash line and led the league in stolen bases. Despite his age, can still make a high-level impact on a contender.

    Prediction: Boston Red Sox sign Starling Marte to 3 years, $65 Million

  15. Noah Syndergaard – SP: He’s pitched two games in the past two seasons due to Tommy John surgery. There are questions surrounding his value but no doubts about his talent.

    Prediction: New York Mets re-sign Noah Syndergaard with Qualifying offer

  16. Kyle Schwarber – OF/1B/DH: Having one of his better seasons yet, Schwarber played himself to a multi-year deal. He is limited in terms of position, with his best fit being at DH. Maybe we see universal DH come into effect sometime in the near-future.

    Prediction: Philadelphia Phillies sign Kyle Schwarber to 3 years, $60 Million

  17. Carlos Rodon – SP: After being non-tendered last offseason, Rodon bounced back in a big way and pitched himself into the Cy Young conversation. Unfortunately, his injury history knocks him down his list as he dealt with arm fatigue down the stretch in 2021.

    Prediction: Chicago White Sox re-sign Carlos Rodon to 2 years, $34 Million

  18. Justin Verlander – SP: Recovered now from Tommy John Surgery, Verlander is ready to pitch after missing all of 2021. There will still be plenty of suitors looking to add the veteran righty to bolster their rotation.

    Prediction: Detroit Tigers sign Justin Verlander to 2 years, $40 Million

  19. Chris Taylor – UTIL: A very Ben Zobrist-like player, Taylor provides a ton of value as a Utility guy. He had an outstanding postseason once again and is in line to get nice contract for once.

    Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays sign Chris Taylor to 4 years, $52 Million

  20. Michael Conforto – OF: After a down 2021, it’ll be interesting to see what Conforto’s market will look like. Once rumored to be a $100+ Million player, Conforto’s value plummeted. He is still one of the better fielders in the Outfield and has a ton of talent in his bat.

    Prediction: New York Mets re-sign Michael Conforto with Qualifying offer

  21. Anthony Rizzo – 1B: Rizzo didn’t have his traditional year on Offense, but he still produced well enough and offers you consistency in his health. He wants to be back in Pinstripes next year, according to a family member close to him.

    Prediction: New York Yankees sign Anthony Rizzo to 2 years, $26 Million

  22. Brandon Belt – 1B: If Belt were to leave the Giants it would be a huge surprise.

    Prediction: San Francisco Giants re-sign Brandon Belt to 2 years, $24 Million

  23. Raisel Iglesias – RP: He’s been one of the better relievers in Baseball over the past couple years. The Angels could obviously use him and will want him back but Iglesias will have a lot of interest.

    Prediction: Seattle Mariners sign Raisel Iglesias to 3 years, $30 Million

  24. Kenley Jansen – RP/CL: Jansen bounced back in a big way in 2021 after struggling for a couple years. He is still one of the more dependable Closers in Baseball and will be a suitor for contenders around the league.

    Prediction: Los Angeles Angels sign Kenley Jansen to 2 years, $30 Million


  25. Jon Gray – SP: The Rockies didn’t extend a Qualifying offer to Gray, making him an immediate free agent. Gray has a lot of talent who was in a bad situation in Colorado. He won’t be costly so he will be sure to have a good bit of interest.

    Prediction: Washington Nationals sign Jon Gray to 3 years, $33 Million


Others who missed cut:

  • Nelson Cruz – DH: Seattle Mariners sign Nelson Cruz to 1 year, $11 Million
  • Eduardo Rodriguez – SP: Boston Red Sox re-sign Eduardo Rodriguez to 3 years, $27 Million
  • Eddie Rosario – UTIL: Atlanta Braves re-sign Eddie Rosario to 2 years, $14 Million
  • Kyle Seager – 3B: New York Yankees sign Kyle Seager to 2 years, $10 Million
  • Avisail Garcia – OF: Seattle Mariners sign Avisail Garcia to 2 years, $14 Million
  • Seiya Suzuki – OF: Chicago Cubs sign Seiya Suzuki to 2 years, $10 Million

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LSU Head Coach Candidates

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The Tigers and head coach Ed Orgeron reached a separation agreement today, in which Orgeron would finish out the rest of the 2021 season and not come back. Nearly two years after winning a National Championship, Ed is now out in Baton Rouge. The move raises a huge question: Who now coaches at arguably one of, if not the best, head coaching jobs in college football? 

Below, I list out the LSU head coach candidates separated by three tiers: 

  1. Hot Candidates – Those who have been garnering the most buzz among the fanbase, media, etc.
  2. Outside looking in – Those who either have ties or would make good candidates, but something is not letting them be in that top tier.
  3. The Others – Those who are long-shots and either are not as qualified or will be almost impossible to get.

Top “Hot” LSU Head Coach Candidates: 

  • Mel Tucker – Michigan State HC: 
Michigan State coach Mel Tucker looks on after a touchdown in the first quarter of their college football game against Western Kentucky at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, on Saturday, October 2, 2021. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)

The current Michigan State head coach is in year two in East Lansing, and has done a great job so far. Tucker cleared out a good chunk of the roster after the 2020 season and replaced them with lots of transfers. He has also done a fairly nice job as a recruiter. It seems like a hard thing to do getting him to leave Michigan State. But, he has ties to the SEC under Nick Saban and Kirby Smart as an assistant.

Getting a chance to double his salary and having a large salary pool and recruiting base would be enticing enough for any candidate to leave. Tucker should be among the top candidates for the LSU head coach position 

  • Lane Kiffin – Mississippi HC: 
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Good ole Lane Kiffin. Coming off of a thrilling win against the Vols last night, Kiffin has his team rolling this year, getting out to a 6-1 start. We all know about Kiffin’s personality and his ability to mesh with his players. We also know about his ability to recruit anywhere at any time. The question is: can he succeed at a “blue blood” program? His results at USC and Tennessee aren’t that promising, and that may make a school like LSU hesitate. You cannot deny his offensive mind and the excitement that would bring to Baton Rouge, though. 

  • Billy Napier – Louisiana-Lafayette HC: 
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Currently the coach at Louisiana-Lafayette, Napier has done an outstanding job of building that program. He has ties to Saban (WR coach at Alabama from 2013-2016) and is a great offensive mind, which is something the Tigers may need. Napier also has an idea of what it is like recruiting in-state, something LSU will need more of going forward. Napier may be a bit under the radar, but would make a great candidate for the vacant LSU head coach position.

  • Luke Fickell – Cincinnati HC: 
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Notre Dame and Ohio State are the only two jobs I think Fickell would take. However, LSU sure as hell would give him something to think about. He has led the Bearcats to two 11-win seasons and is well on his way to another one. Fickell is as loyal as anyone when it comes to staying put, but the money, assistant salary pool, recruiting opportunities, etc may be too great to pass up. 

Outside Looking In:

  • James Franklin – Penn State HC: 
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If it weren’t for the USC rumors, I would have put Franklin in that top tier. Instead, he falls into this second group due to his large buyout and his loyalty to Penn State (so far). He’s one of the best recruiters in the nation and has a knack for hiring good assistants. 

  • Jimbo Fisher – Texas A&M HC: 
Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher, left, talks to quarterback Kellen Mond (11) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Same as Franklin above in terms of a large buyout ($95 Million!!!) but isn’t necessarily tied to Texas A&M like Franklin is. Still, that buyout is insanely large and would be tough to justify paying $100+ million for any coach not named Nick Saban. 

  • Mario Cristobal – Oregon HC: 
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Cristobal is an excellent recruiter, and has done a great job at Oregon so far. I think Miami makes a ton more sense for him to go to rather than LSU, but he sure would make an impact in Baton Rouge. Cristobal also has SEC experience as an assistant under Saban. 

The “Others”:

  • Matt Campbell – Iowa State HC: 
AMES, IA – OCTOBER 10: Head coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cyclones gives two thumbs up after his team scored a touchdown in the second half of the play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 10, 2020 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 31-15 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

Campbell has done an outstanding job at Iowa State considering the lack of recruiting prowess. He can develop talent with the best of them, and always has his teams ready for big games.

However, Campbell is an extremely loyal person (turned down multiple jobs to stay in Ames) so it will be hard to see him leaving Iowa State until it happens. Still, he should at least be on the list of potential LSU head coach candidates.

  • Dave Aranda – Baylor HC: 
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The former LSU DC has done a nice job in Year Two at Baylor. He is someone that may be a hard sell for the fanbase, in comparison to the other candidates involved. He can recruit well and always had good defenses, but does lack experience as the Head Guy.

Joe Brady – Carolina Panthers OC: 

Robby Anderson #11 of the Carolina Panthers talks with Offensive Coordinator Joe Brady during the Carolina Panthers Training Camp at Bank of America Stadium on August 21, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

This is an under-the-radar candidate, but the former LSU OC seems happy in the NFL and it’s known that he does not enjoy recruiting that much.

Bill O’Brien – Alabama OC: 

New offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien watches the quarterbacks work during practice. The Alabama Crimson Tide opened practice for the 2021 season as they prepare to defend the 2020 National Championship Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

He did a very solid job at Penn State, considering the circumstances. This will just be an extremely hard sell for everyone involved (fanbase, players, boosters, etc) and O’Brien may be looking to go back into the NFL instead. 

Top 5 Best and Worst Free Agent Signings

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With a bulk of the big names in Free Agency signed onto NBA teams, it’s time to go over the Top 5 best and worst Free Agent signings during this offseason.

Top 5 Best:

  1. Lonzo Ball to the Chicago Bulls

    Deal: 4 years, $85 Million

    After a rough start to his career, Ball really began to tap into his potential over the last 2 years. He has shot almost 38% in the past 2 seasons and has now cashed in with the Bulls at $21.25M AAV. He is a perfect fit next to a guy like Zach LaVine and will work well as a facilitator for guys like DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic and Patrick Williams. For a team that struggled mightily on defense last year, adding a player like Lonzo who is a great defender is a huge addition.

  2. Malik Monk to the Los Angeles Lakers

    Deal: 1 year, $1.79 Million minimum

    One of the bigger surprises during free agency, the Lakers were able to add Malik Monk to their team on a minimum contract after a career year last year. He averaged 40% from 3 with 11 PPG while coming off the bench for the Hornets. Monk likely will be L.A’s sixth-man this year and it’s something the Lakers desperately need. They lacked a guy who can come off the bench when AD or LeBron sits and can be a 2nd bucket-getter and provide a spark for the team.

  3. Patty Mills to the Brooklyn Nets

    Deal: 2 years, $12 Million

    The Basketball Gods did no favors for other teams in the league when they allowed the Nets to add one of the better available Point Guards on the market to be their backup this season. Mills is a nice player who fits on any team and can provide quick sparks for teams off the bench when needed. He can play some great defense and shoot the lights out and gives the Nets a reliable guy behind Kyrie who can facilitate the offense.

  4. DeMar DeRozan to the Chicago Bulls

    Deal: 3 years, $85 Million

    Chicago was the clear winner this offseason and it was capped off by signing DeRozan to a 3-year, $85 Million deal. A great veteran player who can run an offense and play off the ball while providing great defense is a win for a team like the Bulls, who are fairly young overall. As stated above, Chicago really struggled on defense last year and getting guys like DeRozan, Ball, and Caruso greatly improve that right away.

  5. Kelly Olynyk to the Detroit Pistons

    Deal: 3 years, $37 Million


    I know. You’re probably thinking you are out of your mind, but Olynyk is one of the more underrated players in the league. He is best known to be a relatively dirty player as he pulled Kevin Love’s shoulder out of socket in the Playoffs some years back. Putting all that aside, the Pistons went out and got a player in Olynyk who can play D, stretch the floor and knock down 3’s, and pass the ball well. With players like Cade Cunningham and Killian Hayes, the pick and roll will work wonders in Detroit and not to mention Year 3 is reportedly a Team Option.

Top 5 Worst:

  1. Nerlens Noel re-signs with the Knicks

    Deal: 3-years, $32 Million


    If you can get the same player in Javale McGee for $5 Million over One year, then paying a guy almost $11 Million over 3 years makes ZERO sense. Noel is nice defensively but he brings nothing else to the table. No offense to Noel as I am glad he was able to take advantage of the Knicks and get paid, but this does nothing for a team who had an excellent season in 2020-2021 and looks to continue that momentum.

  2. Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat

    Deal: 3-years, $90 Million


    I am not against paying Kyle Lowry $30 Million AAV. I am against the Heat giving so much money to just 4 players (Butler, Adebayo, Lowry, Robinson) when that makes them the 3rd? 4th best team in the East? Not to mention having to fill out the rest of their roster with 7 minimum salary players and just having a lack of depth on their squad. I will say, if any coach or GM can make this work out well, it is Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley.

  3. Derrick Rose re-signs with the Knicks

    Deal: 3-years, $43 Million


    I respect the hell out of Derrick Rose. He has been through hell and back in his career and has come around to being a solid Point Guard. Unfortunately, this move does nothing for the Knicks. They had a ton of cap space and proceeded to give Noel and Rose $75 Million while likely having to be in the play-in game after being the 4th seed last year. Rose isn’t getting younger and he is not the player who can change life for a franchise. Just a confusing signing for that amount of money.

  4. Andre Drummond to the 76ers

    Deal: 1-year, $2.4 Million minimum


    After the debacle that was Drummond with the Lakers, he now goes to Philly to back up Joel Embiid. Not only is Drummond a bad player, but him and Embiid have been feuding for years dating back to Drummond’s days in Detroit. As if this team didn’t have enough problems with Ben Simmons and years of playoff disappointments, they now add a bad player who doesn’t mesh well with the player in front of him.

  5. Norman Powell re-signs with the Blazers

    Deal: 5-years, $90 Million


    The Blazers are in a very odd situation right now. They hired a coach with a checkered past, might have a disgruntled superstar in Dame Lillard, and could have another star on their team teetering on the edge of requesting a trade in C.J. McCollum. Now you add in a player like Powell, who I actually like as he can shoot and play good defense, making $18 Million a year. This move doesn’t move the needle whatsoever for the Blazers and it just adds more headaches to their team and salary cap.

Post-Lottery Mock Draft

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The Detroit Pistons won the NBA Draft Lottery last night after having the second-best odds behind the Houston Rockets. It is the 3rd time in the Franchise’s history that they have had the 1st overall pick.

We take a look at how I see the draft shaking out in the first round:

  1. Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham, F/G – Oklahoma State

    The easiest pick in the draft as Cunningham has transcendent talent. The 6-8 Forward/Point Guard dominated the college circuit averaging a little over 20 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 40% from three. He can do it all and it gives the Pistons their biggest superstar out of the draft since Grant Hill.

  2. Houston Rockets: Evan Mobley, F/C – USC

    In terms of fit, this make a ton of sense for the Rockets. With Christian Wood, he and Mobley would make a really formidable duo in the front-court for years to come. Mobley is extremely talented with Bam Adebayo-like talent, but can be more consistent with his perimeter game which makes him more intriguing as a prospect. Houston can go with Suggs here too and be just as satisfied.

  3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jalen Green, G/F – G-League Ignite

    If the Cavs didn’t have Sexton and Garland onboard, they would have gone with Suggs here. Instead, they go with Jalen Green who is a super-athletic prospect who can shoot the three and score with ease in multiple ways. Sexton and Green are bucket-getters and would bring some buzz to Cleveland that is much needed.

  4. Toronto Raptors: Jalen Suggs, G – Gonzaga

    If you told Masai Ujiri before the season that Kyle Lowry’s replacement would be Jalen Suggs, he would’ve thought you were on crack.

    Here we are.

    The Raptors luck out here getting the 4th pick and getting Jalen Suggs. He had a very nice year for Gonzaga and showed out during March Madness leading the Zags to the title game. Suggs is a Guard who can play the 1 or 2 and fits very nicely with Fred VanVleet.

  5. Orlando Magic: Jonathan Kuminga, F – G-League Ignite

    Magic with a lack of magic here in the lottery last night as they fell to the 5th pick and miss out on the top 4 prospects. Kuminga is a nice prospect with a ton of upside, but did not fare well playing for the G-League team this year. He is still super young as he reclassified and moved up a class and still showed some elite defense, athleticism, and rebounding. Passing on a guy like this is no bueno for Orlando here.

  6. Oklahoma City Thunder: Scottie Barnes, F – Florida State

    Barnes is your typical Wing from Florida State who is a monster on defense and has some good athleticism. OKC loves their high upside wings and Barnes fits that mold perfectly. He and Lou Dort will terrorize opponents on defense and make it very hard on them. He has work to do on the offensive end, but it is very fixable since he’s very strong and athletic.

  7. Golden State Warriors (via Minnesota): Corey Kispert, F – Gonzaga

    This is pretty high for a player like Kispert who is what he is which is a deadeye shooter and formidable defender. Luckily for him, he fits perfectly with the Warriors who love players like Kispert and would not have to wait and develop him. He won’t be All-NBA or even an All-Star, but he can be a very crucial piece to a Championship team.

  8. Orlando Magic (via Chicago): Davion Mitchell, PG – Baylor

    Mitchell is coming off leading Baylor to a National Championship with his tenacious defense and ability on offense as a passer and shooter. With Fultz coming off an injury, Cole Anthony with a nice rookie year, and Gary Harris thriving after being traded from Denver, the Magic can have a really nice future in their backcourt for years to come.

  9. Sacramento Kings: Alperen Sengun, C – Turkey

    Sengun has shot up draft boards with his pro experience in Turkey and Pau Gasol-like skills on offense. His defense can use some work, but he is worth taking here at 9 for the Kings. Richaun Holmes will command a big payday in free agency and Hassan Whiteside is also a free agent. Sengun is still very young as he turns 19 next month and won’t be asked to do much right away.

  10. New Orleans Pelicans: Moses Moody, G – Arkansas

    Pelicans need to make a lot of space for Zion and Ingram to be able to operate on offense. Moody is coming off a really nice Freshman year at Arkansas and showed a lot of promise as a shooter. That’s all the Pelicans need to surround Zion and Ingram.

  11. Charlotte Hornets: Isaiah Jackson, C – Kentucky

    It seems like the Hornets have needed a big man for years now and with Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo both entering free agency, the Hornets have a chance to find one for the future. Jackson ended the year on a tear with his rim-running and rebounding, fitting perfectly with Lamelo Ball and Terry Rozier.

  12. San Antonio Spurs: Josh Giddey, PG – Australia

    Giving Popovich a player like Giddey should be illegal but here we are. Giddey is a wizard with the ball and with their primary ball-handler in DeRozan gone, the Spurs get Giddey (no pun intended) to run their offense. The Spurs were a top-5 three-point shooting team this past season so getting a better passer in Giddey should open things up even more.

  13. Indiana Pacers: Franz Wagner, F – Michigan

    Wagner is arguably one of the best defenders in this draft and can guard 1-4 with ease. He has some issues with consistency on offense, but on defense there are no qualms with him on that end. He is a pro-ready prospect with the ability to contribute to a team right away.

  14. Golden State Warriors: Keon Johnson, G – Tennessee

    You can never have enough defenders and that is what Johnson provides. His on-ball defense was spectacular at Tennessee and even though his perimeter game is lacking on offense but that won’t matter much on a team like the Warriors who can shoot the lights out.

  15. Washington Wizards: Tre Mann, G – Florida

  16. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Boston): Kai Jones, C – Texas

  17. Memphis Grizzlies: James Bouknight, G – UConn

  18. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Miami): Jalen Johnson, F – Duke

  19. New York Knicks: Cam Thomas, G – LSU

  20. Atlanta Hawks: Chris Duarte, G – Oregon

  21. New York Knicks (via Dallas): Usman Garuba, F/C – Spain

  22. Los Angeles Lakers: Ayo Dosunmu, G – Illinois

  23. Houston Rockets (via Portland): Ziaire Williams, F – Stanford

  24. Houston Rockets (via Milwaukee): Sharife Cooper, PG – Auburn

  25. Los Angeles Clippers: Miles McBride, G – West Virginia

  26. Denver Nuggets: Josh Christopher, G – Arizona State

  27. Brooklyn Nets: Greg Brown, F – Texas

  28. Philadelphia 76ers: Jaden Springer, PG – Tennessee

  29. Phoenix Suns: Aaron Henry, G – Michigan State

  30. Utah Jazz: Trey Murphy lll, F – Virginia