Thursday, June 27, 2013

NBA Draft predictions for Burke, Hardaway Jr.

The NBA Draft takes place tonight and a pair of Michigan Wolverines should be featured in the first round.
Here are my predictions for where Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. will end up.

Trey Burke – No. 7 to the Sacramento Kings
Burke has been a bit of a mystery leading up to the draft. He has been projected as high as No. 2, but is now being projected at No. 12 to Oklahoma City by ESPN Insider Chad Ford. I think Burke will find himself more in the middle of that, to Sacramento at No. 7. The Kings could use Burke’s ball-handling and scoring ability for their team that seems to constantly be in rebuilding mode. Michigan fans won’t be happy to see Burke taken 7th, because the Pistons could be an option at 8.

Tim Hardaway Jr. – No. 27 to the Denver Nuggets
I have seen a lot of mock drafts putting Hardaway to the Clippers at 25, but I think the draft will shake out a little differently and he will find himself in Denver. The Nuggets could use Hardaway’s skills in their fast-paced offense. Brian Shaw may have a different style of coaching than George Karl, but the Nuggets are built to push the floor and Hardaway would be a great option for them because of his ability to play multiple positions.

Bonus Pick – Detroit Pistons No. 8 – Michael Carter-Williams
I think Carter-Williams would be the best option for the Pistons, unless one of the top players fall back to them. Detroit needs to find itself a true point guard that can distribute the ball to the young bigs like Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. This would also allow Brandon Knight to play more of a small guard role and then fill in a point when needed. Carter-Williams could be a bust, but the 6-6 point guard has a lot of potential.

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