Re-Draft: Josh Giddey
Original Pick: Evan Mobley
I wanted Josh Giddey in 2021 but I haven’t been mad with Evan Mobley. I think the comparisons to Tim Duncan are way too soon, but if Mobley never gets an ounce better, he’s already a good NBA player. That’s saying something. Now, I know I have two three-and-D players already in Max Strus and Mikal Bridges, and another two pure shooters in Jordan Poole and Desmond Bane, plus an overall playmaker in Tyler Herro. The need is obviously center.
I admit that.
Yet, Scottie Barnes is at best a small power forward, and the best option in the center is Alperen Sengun, but am I really going to pass on a soon-to-be triple-double machine in Josh Giddey for Sengun, who may be as good as he’ll ever be? No, I’m not.
This draft has a lot of talent but in my opinion, it only has two franchise guys; Mobley and Giddey. As the rules state, I have to draft someone other than Mobley. Otherwise, Mobley would again be the guy here. Despite how much I like Giddey, finding a playmaker with his skills is easier (but not easy) to find than a guy with Mobley’s skillset.
Still, I’m confident in Giddey as the face of my team, as the squad will have plenty of guys to stretch the court, and with Bane, Poole, and Strus coming off the bench, this team would score a lot of points. Hopefully, I still land Jarrett Allen and keep Kevin Love in this what-if scenario, otherwise, I’m going to be screwed trying to rebound.