9) Willie Cauley-Stein, Center from Kentucky
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From GM pfleming15:
It's not a secret that Charlotte needs shooting; however, it'll be wiser for the Hornets to wait until free agency to solve that need. A proven shooter (Wes Matthews, Danny Green, Marco Belinelli) and re-sign Mo Williams is more reliable than a shooting prospect (Devin Booker or RJ Hunter).
Defensive-minded coach Steve Clifford would salivate over the chance of drafting Willie Cauley-Stein. Often compared to DeAndre Jordan and Tyson Chandler, Willie "Trill" Cauley-Stein would give them a solid defensive anchor for half-decade or so. His overall ceiling as a whole is higher than Noah Vonleh and Cody Zeller (the last 2 lottery draft picks).
Throughout his career, Cauley-Stein averaged 3.9 offensive rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 1.8 steals per-40 minutes. In less than 26 minutes, he averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.2 steals which sounds close to a projection of how his NBA career will go. His alley oop instincts (61% on shooting attempts around the paint in non-post up situations) and ability running the floor (77% shooting in transition) makes him a perfect big-man running mate for prolific playmakers like Kemba Walker and Lance Stephenson.
One unnoticed thing hat elevates his ceiling is his willingness to work hard and become a better basketball player. Cauley-Stein stayed 3 years at a school known for "one-and-dones." As a result, he elevated his free throw shooting percentage from 37% (freshman year) to 62% (junior year). While he currently doesn't have a post up game like Jahill Okafor, he will have the chance to learn under Al Jefferson, one of the best post-up players the past couple years.
While the spacing with a Walker-Stephenson-MKG-Jefferson-CauleyStein lineup will be atrocious, their defense will be tough to score against. Adding someone like Danny Green will be essential to solve their shooting woes. Starting off, Cauley-Stein shouldn't be starting because of the spacing issues; however, he could be a change of pace big man who gives Charlotte another dimension (modern day NBA dimension). A second 5 of Mo-Lance-Hairston-Vonleh-CauleyStein would give them an offensive burst, especially if Lance finds his play from the 2013-2014 season. The 2-man dynamic between Lance and Cauley-Stein could be "trill." If Big Al decides to bolt this year or next year's free agency, Charlotte would have a more than capable replacement and could transition into a new era with potential stretch big Noah Vonleh and a defensive anchor Willie Cauley-Stein.
Moving right along are we. Next up is nickbushart and the Phoenix Suns at pick #10.
|#1||Timberwolves||Jonah Jordan||Karl-Anthony Towns|
|#3||Timberwolves (from 76ers)||Jonah Jordan||D'Angelo Russell|
|#4||Raptors (from Knicks)||Arkm110||Emmanuel Mudiay|
|#5||Celtics (from Magic)||HEARNBURN||Kristaps Porzingis|
|#6||Kings||Jonah Jordan||Mario Hezonja|
|#7||Nuggets||Joe Witherwax||Justise Winslow|
|#8||Heat (from Pistons)||Mopo123||Stanley Johnson|
|#10||Suns (from Heat)||nickbushart|
|#13||Pistons (from Heat via Suns)||Matthew Bishop|
|#16||Magic (from Celtics)||Andy Livingston|
|#20||Thunder (from Raptors)||ljjung|
|#23||Trail Blazers||Edwin Ortiz|