NBA Draft: Answer Man #3

    
June 25th, 2007

Adam Stanco answers your questions.. and the one’s you should be asking. If you have a question, send it to BasketballWriter@cs.com

Any chance that Acie Law or Javaris Crittenton drop to the Lakers at 19? And if not, do you think it’s worth trading up or will Jordan Farmar become a reliable NBA starter?

(Submitted by: Azzie Mackenzie of Sherman Oaks, CA)

Since Law is more NBA-ready right now, he could play sooner on most of the lottery teams. However, Crittenton probably has a higher ceiling, meaning deeper teams are more into the former Georgia Tech star. After all, they can be patient with his development. Unfortunately, both will probably be gone by the time that the Lakers select.

As for your second question, Farmar could certainly be a “reliable NBA starter,” but a disgruntled Kobe Bryant probably wants his teammates to be a little more than “reliable.” Those who have followed my pieces all year know that I expect huge things from Crittenton. Just imagine if Rod Strickland was bigger and had a more consistent jump shot… that is who Crittenton could be.

The Lakers should trade up, but who would they trade with?

If the Hawks select Brandan Wright or Al Horford with their first pick, they might be looking at Crittenton at No. 11. The Sixers have their point guard in Andre Miller, yet since they have other two picks later in the 1st round, it’s unlikely that Philly would be interested in moving out of the lottery.

The Clippers will undoubtedly snatch Crittenton if he’s still available at No. 14, meaning the Lakers best bet would be to obtain the Hornets’ draft pick (No. 13). New Orleans has no need for a point guard and would probably swap with L.A. for a relatively low price.

The Pistons are old, the Bulls are young and the Cavs, well, we see LeBron needs help. Assuming Oden goes to Portland and Durant to Seattle, what do you foresee as the future for an already depleted Eastern Conference? What draftee could have a realistic chance to make an immediate impact in the East?

(Submitted by: L.S. of Storrs, CT)

Obviously a lot depends on who goes where, but there are two teams who could really make a jump up the standings depending on their draft pick.

Milwaukee is awfully close to being a contender in the East. Andrew Bogut, Charlie Villanueva, and Michael Redd are a solid core, but all three struggled with injury issues last season.

The Bucks – who have the No. 6 pick – are apparently in love with Al Horford, but assuming he’s gone by the time they select, they’ll probably have a chance to nab Brandan Wright, Yi Jianlian, or Corey Brewer.

Wright should make an impact in the league, but it won’t be for a few years. Jianlin could be solid in year one and Brewer would instantly stand out in the East. But if Horford somehow slips to the Bucks, he could contend for Rookie of the Year honors.

However, the greatest impact rookie of all might just be Acie Law. If the Hawks decide to go with a big man with their first pick and choose Law at No. 11, the polished lead guard would team with Joe Johnson and have Atlanta on the right track much quicker than you’d expect.

Adam Stanco answers your questions.. and the one’s you should be asking. If you have a question, send it to BasketballWriter@cs.com