This is quite the conundrum, as there are several ways the team could go:
- Draft Thomas Robinson. This just seems to further complicate what is already a glut in the frontcourt, but would definitely follow the best player available formula. I will say however that just because there's a glut in a certain area doesn't mean that we can't strive to improve the players that we do have. Still, with Okafor most likely playing center (and I would assume in the starting lineup), and Nene at power forward, this also definitely implies another trade. Seraphin has proven that he should log big minutes in 2012-13, and as it projects now, he appears to be the first big off the bench. Seraphin can play center though. Drafting Robinson would seem to really pinch Booker's minutes. A great problem to have, but still. Somewhere T-Rob has managed to move slightly ahead of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on my draft board.
- Draft Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Again after we just acquired Trevor Ariza, already have our new/old backup in Chris Singleton, and don't know what to make of Jan Vesely, this too seems like strictly sticking to the best player available formula (I mean for us to pick MKG over Robinson it would have to be), which really isn't a bad thing. This choice also suggests that a trade is likely. This is a helluva fallback option, but not ideal if you ask me. Besides, we still haven't addressed our shooting woes.
- Draft Harrison Barnes. Heeeeeeere's the shooter. But like with MKG, we have stocked the shelves with small forwards. Can Barnes play the 2? He did test out to be more athletic than people anticipated. He seems to be quite the polarizing figure in this draft, as some think he can be a bonafide star and others think he's Calbert Cheaney. Actually, there's several polarizing figures in this draft. Maybe it's me, but the range of opinion on many of these guys, especially MKG, Barnes and Andre Drummond, seems more all over the place than usual. I have a feeling Barnes is going to be good. Not sure how good, but good, especially with a good point guard. This is the option that I'm coming around to and is currently the one I would most likely choose if no Beal.
- Trade down. If Beal were off the board, this option also intrigues me quite a bit, but ONLY depending on what the offer is. If Portland calls offering the 6th and 11th picks, I may have to give that some serious thought. There are guys like Jeremy Lamb and Terrence Ross that are of interest at SG. Otherwise, I'm 98% I'd hang onto the #3 and take Barnes.
UPDATE: Yea, so I don't know for sure what direction I would go if Beal were gone. After a night's sleep, I'm pretty sure I'd rule out trading down unless it was for Portland's #6 and #11 and we want Barnes and feel like he's going to be there at 6. Otherwise, we have to cash in on having that #3. From what I wrote last night, the question is can you realistically see drafting Barnes with Thomas Robinson and MKG on the board? This morning, I'm not so sure that I could.