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Great post. How much of this do you think is related to Anderson's absence? Watching the games, it seems like Stiesma has been sitting out in the Dumb Zone a lot, unable to effectively guard threes but getting blown by for shots at the rim. If his minutes could be reduced via Anderson return, I wonder if that could help an improvement as much as increased chemistry will.
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@perlick29 Give Simmons a pass on the Holiday stuff. I'm a Pelicans fan and I was able to devote my attention solely to twitter and local beat reporters to figure out what had happened and I still couldn't do it. Initial reports were it was Philly's 2014 but there was a lot of back and forth before it was confirmed to be NO's
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I don't know if the Oladipo scenario is so crazy, especially with Woj tweeting that Wiz are split between Porter and Bennett and that Charlotte likes Zeller, as does Phoenix. I think it'd go like this:
2. Noel (I think Magic really Noel as a way to tank for 2014. Great upside + ping pong balls is irresistible if he's there).
3. Bennett (or even really Porter)
The nice thing about this scenario is that's not totally off from the rumors and has some flexibility. For example, the Suns could easily pick Porter at 5. We could also see a 3. Porter, 4. McElmore 5. Zeller
I do think the scenario is contingent on Len and Noel going 1 2 and someone liking McElmore. I tend to think he won't be there at 6; the potential is going to outweigh the issues before he reaches us
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Final Mock Draft: New Orleans Pelicans in Position to Grab a Floor General
One problem you don't discuss is fan perception. Stashing our #6 pick overseas sends the message that we're tanking again. While that may be smart (assuming we keep our 2014 pick), I'm not sure how pleased the fans are going to be about it.
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