Ohio State vs. Florida St. in Big 10/ACC Challenge rematch

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Ohio State, tabbed by some publications to be among the Top 5 teams nationally heading into the 2010-11 season, will travel to Florida State to take on the Seminoles in the 2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Buckeyes will meet FSU Nov. 30 in Tallahassee in a nationally-televised game on the ESPN family of networks with station and time to be determined.

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NFL Mock Draft 4-21 Round 2

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By Paul M. Banks

For our draft big board rankings go here

To read our updated team needs go here

For round 1 click here

We finally added Round 3!! FOR ROUND 3 GO HERE

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For our NBA Mock Draft click here

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NFL Mock Draft 3-31 Round 2

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By Paul M. Banks

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NFL Mock Draft Round 2 3-17

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By Paul M. Banks

For round 1 click here And check back later this week for our round 3!

Click on the following highlighted/bold phrases to read our:

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For our NBA Mock Draft click here

And don’t even think of the Jags taking Tim Tebow here because, the Jacksonville season ticket holders have spoken, and they don’t want him. For more on that click here

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Photo Evidence of Jenn Sterger’s Post Implant Existence

By Paul M. Banks

You may have heard a thing or two last fall about FSU Cowgirl Jenn Sterger’s decision to have her breast implants removed. Well, I hope you did because what I wrote about it ended up becoming one of the 10 most read posts in Sports Bank history. Her decision to have the procedure performed was widely discussed on the internet, and many regarded that move’s logic to be in the same category as: actress Shelly Long leaving the sitcom “Cheers”, the Herschel Walker trade, the Barry Zito signing, pretty much every move Isaiah Thomas made as a NBA GM…you get the idea.

Today, thanks to Busted Coverage.com, we get to see how she’s doing now that her intercontinental ballistic missiles have been disarmed.

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NFL Mock Draft 12-8

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By Paul M. Banks and Peter Christian

On Saturday night, “a boy named Suh” (apologies to Johnny Cash) nearly disrupted the entire BCS picture all by himself. There are a lot of people who can’t pronounce Ndamukong Suh’s name, but his DOMINATING performance in the Big 12 Championship made his name household nonetheless. As always, comments, debate, questions, praise criticism is welcome in the comment threads. And while you’re at it, you can comment on my Washington Times college football blog and NFL blog on the same website by clicking here. and here.

Team Player Position School

1. St. Louis Rams Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska

If the Rams can’t handle the train wreck that is the 2009 Chicago Bears, then they’re clearly headed towards finishing the season with the worst record in the NFL. And Suh, who seems to spend most of the time his playing time in opponents’ backfields, is impossible to pass up. After the game Texas Coach (and charter member of Bill Simmons’ “Reggie Cleveland All-Star team”) Mack Brown, said about Suh: “He was all over the place. We just couldn’t handle him. I tried to find him to wish him good luck in the NFL, because I don’t want to see him again.”

For an interview/profile of Suh, click here

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Eric Berry S Tennessee

The Bucs run defense (or should I say lack thereof) is exceedingly apparent, so they’ll need help stuffing the run. And Eric Berry is the heir apparent to Ed Reed as the elite defensive play-maker in the NFL. Scouts think he’s pretty solid against the run; not so bad against the pass either.

3. Cleveland Browns Jake Locker QB Washington

Brady Quinn has looked better recently, and Cleveland is playing well enough that the Browns will likely not pick #1. But the team with the ugliest uniforms in the league still needs a legitimate franchise quarterback and all the other QB prospects have issues: Clausen’s character, Bradford’s health, and Snead’s disappointing season. Therefore, Locker is the pick. Not to mention he has astounding speed and mobility to complement what he can do with his arm.

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4. Kansas City Chiefs Russell Okung OT Oklahoma State

He’s a big reason why the Cowboys’ offense produces over 200 yards a game on the ground. Twice during his career he has not allowed a sack against the nation’s leader at the time – the latest was an effort against Texas A&M end Von Miller this season. Okung combines all his physical gifts with a high football IQ, making him a franchise OT.

5. Detroit Lions Trent Williams OT Oklahoma

The Lions need a lot, they can start on the O Line. The Okung or Williams debate over who is the better choice at offensive tackle is one where there really isn’t a loser. By the way, if you’re planning on seeing the new film about a Left Tackle “The Blind Side,” I’m warning you know it’s “Jerry Maguire” all over again- a thinly disguised chick flick mass-marketed as a football movie.

Trent Williams, like Okung, has good feet, strong hands and the talent to become elite in the NFL.

For more Lions coverage click here


6. Washington Redskins Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma

This would be a nice complement to Albert Haynesworth, and the Skins could use more talent on the defensive line because the last time they had an overwhelmingly dominant d lineman was something like 40 years ago. McCoy is a pillar of strength that can dominate from the center of the field. He is very agile for a guy just shy of 300 pounds and will be a combine favorite.

7. Buffalo Bills Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma

Trent Edwards (and Ryan Fitzpatrick) are obviously not the answers, not with that 30th ranked passing attack. After season ending surgery, Bradford’s draft stock was, to paraphrase Snoop Dogg “dropping it like its hot,” but it hasn’t fallen as fast as you might think. His body of work still speaks volumes about what he could do on the next level.

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8. Denver Broncos (From the Chicago Bears, a horribly mismanaged organization that treats both the media and their fans like subhuman garbage) Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma St.

I guess it’s a good thing, that Bears GM Jerry Angelo doesn’t get this pick, because it’s one prospect he won’t have the chance to screw up. The people I’ve spoken with say Bryant’s off-the-field issues won’t hurt his draft stock too much. And Dez is #1 the receiver on most board; partially due to his sure-handedness and fearlessness about going down the middle. His speed ain’t too shabby either.

For more Bears coverage, click here

9. Oakland Raiders Jimmy Clausen QB Notre Dame

Bruce Gradkowski is not a long term solution, (yes, I know the team has been on fire since he took over the reins, but seriously, he’s not the answer) and JaMarcus Russell is a bigger bust than Jenn “FSU Cowgirl” Sterger. (well, Sterger before she had her implants removed) Therefore, Oakland needs a quarterback. Clausen’s bar fight is just the latest in a series of incidents proving that he is certainly no boy scout. And where in the NFL do you go when you’re a malcontent and/or trouble-maker? Oakland of course. If Al Davis gave Jeff George a shot, than Clausen’s personality will be right in his wheelhouse. By the way, Clausen officially declared today.

For more on Clausen click here, For more Notre Dame, go here.

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For more on Jenn Sterger’s implant removal, go here.

10. Seattle Seahawks Greg Hardy DE Ole Miss

Greg Hardy may be the purest sack artist in the draft. He has a lethal combination of speed and power that he mixes up to get to the quarterback. Hardy also has a sort of “Overdrive” that he shifts into once he smells a possible sack. Because of Carlos Dunlap’s highly publicized off-the-field issues, Hardy now overtakes him on the DE draft board.

11. San Francisco 49ers Bruce Campbell OT Maryland

Campbell could go higher, because he easily has as much talent and ability as Okung and Williams, but he doesn’t have their track record of durability. Therefore, he slips down the board a little. Still this is essentially shaping up to be “the offensive tackle draft” (yeah, so sexy I know) like 1983 was “the quarterback draft”.

12. Tennessee Titans Carlos Dunlap DE Florida

Dunlap is one of the biggest reasons Gator opponents have backfield mishaps. He is fast AND strong which will allow him to cause nightmares for opposing tackles for years to come. Until the whole passing out drunk behind the wheel with the car running incident, Dunlap has been a model citizen. Roger Goodell’s “zero tolerance” behavior policy has done absolutely nothing to curb criminal behavior and general thuggery in the league, but it has made him look slightly better from a PR standpoint. And it’s forced team to REALLY consider character now. Therefore, Dunlap falls out of the top ten.

13. San Francisco 49ers (From Carolina) Sergio Kindle OLB Texas

Kindle is a versatile linebacker that is an excellent attacker. He takes very good angles to the ball and makes tackles all over the field. Sergio’s mix of energy and instincts allows him to overcome the fact that he is a little slower than coaches would want.

14. Houston Texans Jahvid Best RB Cal

Best is exactly what is name proclaims at his position. He has very good vision and an even better instinct on when to turn on the jets. He is very good at making defenders miss at every level. He isn’t a bruiser back but if coupled with a versatile offense he has the makings of the next young play-making running back.

15. Miami Dolphins Terence Cody DT Alabama

Cody is a big time anchor guy who could go higher if he stays in good shape throughout the combine and workout process. He is a perfect 3-4 true nose tackle and can really control the flow and direction of a play.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars Jonathan Dwyer RB Georgia Tech

The Jags offense works much better when they have two main backs in their stable. And Dwyer, an old school workhorse running back, would be an upgrade over MoJo’s current backups. He can run inside and outside and can handle as many carries as the coach gives him. Dwyer’s a big back, but he has good speed as well and can be the muscle of a two back system or handle the bulk of the carries as well.

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17. New York Jets Arrelious Benn WR Illinois

I actually spoke with Benn on Saturday about his potential decision to go pro. “I’m not leaning toward any kind of way right now,” he said. But either way, expect an answer by the holidays. “I’m finishing up finals, and after that I’ll probably make the decision. You know there’s a lot to think about,” You can the read entire interview by clicking here.

Did you see Benn’s saving-an-INT-by-ripping-the-ball-from-the-Fresno-DB’s-arms TD catch in the Illini’s final game? It was a thing of beauty; like ESPNU’s Jenn Brown.

For a preseason interview/profile of Benn click here

For more Illini coverage, go here

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For more on Jenn Brown, go here

18. Atlanta Falcons Rolando McClain LB Alabama

McClain is an amazing tackler in space and can cover a lot of ground from the middle linebacker spot. He’s got great fundamentals and has a knack of shedding blockers to make big tackles. As the picture below will attest.

For an interview/profile of McClain, click here

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19. Green Bay Packers Bryan Bulaga OT Iowa

As you might have heard, the Pack’s OL is terrible. GB will get a huge boost in their ability to run and pass protect on the left side when they take Bulaga, one of the best OL in college football.

For more Packers coverage click here


20. Seattle Seahawks (From Denver) CJ Spiller RB Clemson

Spiller’s a fast runner built on a solid frame. His outside running game and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is where he’ll make his mark, but he’s not afraid to go right at a defender. He’s a balanced runner, who mixes good North-South inertia with high elusiveness. After that insane performance in the ACC Championship, Spiller’s stock shot up, but I’m not convinced he can leapfrog Best or Dwyer. And Fresno’s Ryan Mathews is creeping up on him on the RB chart as well.

21. Dallas Cowboys Arthur Jones DT Syracuse

Jones’ is a gap filler and is stronger than Atlas. He is in a Pat Williams type run stopper that will be look like a man amongst boys at times. He plays hard on every play and is of the rare breed of football players that will never quit on any play.

22. San Diego Chargers Brandon Spikes LB Florida

They’ll be questions a plenty about Spikes’ character, but no one doubts his ability. And he’ll probably end up wowing scouts at the combine with his measurables too. Spikes is also a bit more versatile than you might imagine. Let’s just hope Norv Turner doesn’t find a way to screw him up.

23. Arizona Cardinals Taylor Mays S USC

The Arizona Cardinals badly need to upgrade their 29th ranked pass defense. And if you asked a scout to write down their ideal size and speed numbers for an NFL free safety they’d list: 6-3, 235, 4.4. Oddly enough that is Taylor’s height, weight and 40 time on record. Enough said.

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24. New York Giants Brandon Graham DE Michigan

Graham is a big body that plays very well upfield. Scouts will love that he is versatile enough to play the end position in either scheme. Graham himself will love the opportunity to play in a place where defense traditionally comes first and athletes with skill sets usually thrive. Plus, it will be nice to leave Ann Arbor before all the investigation begins, and players begin to find themselves in sticky situations answering questions about Rich Rod.

For more Michigan coverage click here


25. Pittsburgh Steelers Jermaine Cunningham DE Florida

Cunningham isn’t as explosive as his teammate Carlos Dunlap but he is more reliable on a play by play basis. He gets to the quarterback with regularity and makes a lot of tackles in the run game as well. With back to back Gators being picked, that brings the total to four: Florida defenders being drafted in the 1st round. Is it any wonder they had arguably the best defense in the nation the past four years? Cunningham, Haden, Dunlap and Spikes gives us a foursome of talent rivaling Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams, and Lacey Chabert in the Christmas program in “Mean Girls”

26. Baltimore Ravens Joe Haden CB Florida

Baltimore needs a corner and Haden is near the top of the board amongst other corners with solid coverage and ball skills. He makes good reads and adjusts well to the ball when its in the air. And if weren’t for all of the college football media devoting 90% of their coverage to telling us what a model American Tim Tebow is, we’d all be more well aware of these facts.

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27. New England Patriots Navorro Bowman LB Penn State

Watching the Pats D struggle lately reminded us all that they need depth at LB. Bowman has spent much of the year ranked the #1 OLB prospect from ESPN.com He’s was an absolute force down the stretch for PSU, (earning a few Big Ten defensive player of the week awards) and it’s becoming impossible not to compare him to Lavar Arrington- same school, position, and jersey number. Arrington went on to six Pro Bowls, so that’s quite a complement

For an interview/profile of Bowman, click here

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28. Philadelphia Eagles Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma

Gresham is an elite pass catching tight end. He can run a perfect seam route or he can cover a lot of space over the middle. He needs to work on his blocking but he should be a touchdown machine with his hands, size and route running skills. And he would be an upgrade over Brent Celek.

29. Cincinnati Bengals Ryan Mathews RB, Fresno

The Bengals might have scared Cedric Benson straight, as he’s putting up a Pro Bowl year; perhaps because he realized this would be his last chance? But what the depth behind him? Is Cedric the entertainer a long term solution? Matthews is the nation’s leading rusher, and the best runner you’ve never heard of. With his durability, balanced running style and explosive bursts, he now finds himself the Fresno State season record holder for rushing, with a game left to play.

30. Minnesota Vikings Patrick Robinson CB Florida State

Robinson is a super fast coverage man that is above average in nearly every aspect of the game. He anticipates routes but isn’t a huge risk taker and tackles well in the open field. He is also a very good return man.

For more Vikings coverage click here

31. New Orleans Saints Sean Weatherspoon LB Missouri

Give how potent their O is, NOLA will obviously draft for D this spring. And Witherspoon would be a great chance for them to give their LB corps some depth.

32. Indianapolis Colts Colt McCoy QB Texas

A good chance to start grooming Peyton’s successor, if you’re not sold on Jim Sorgi. And I’m not sure you are. McCoy hasn’t had the best statistical season, but he’s still the Heisman front-runner, and unlike Tebow his skills translate to the next level.

For an interview/profile of McCoy click here

Just Missed: Golden Tate (who officially declared today) WR Notre Dame, Brandon LaFell WR LSU, Jon Asamoah OG Illinois, Jared Odrick DT Penn State

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Jenn Sterger Removes from her Trademark Traits

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By Paul M. Banks

You know how there are some girls out there (especially in this industry of sports media) who get where they are because of their boobs, even though they constantly tell you otherwise. (This invokes rule #1 of life, people are always EXACTLY what they claim not to be…i.e. anyone telling you “I’m not a weirdo” is truly a certified axe murderer) Someone you can no longer put in this group is infamous FSU Cowgirl Jenn Sterger, a former SI.com contributor whose writing skills are mediocre on her best day, but came to internet “fame” somewhat because of her looks, and mostly because of her $11,000 artificial enhancements. But now I have to really give her some credit…

…In this please, look-at-me generation in which we live, genuine self-awareness is hard to find. Even attempts at finding self-awareness are hard to find. In a very difficult to read posting on her personal blog, Ms. Sterger writes

I made an adult choice to get rid of the very things that were perhaps the only reason I started out on this journey. I then decided to bare that decision, along with my confusion and my soul for the public to bare witness.

Will I catch flack? Of course. Will the haters attend my public tar and feathering? Without question. But will a select few readers actually take the time to get to know the real me, the girl behind the boobs, now that I’ve again shared my greatest secrets and fears in a most vulnerable state? Well, that’s what I’m hoping for.

The fact that she realizes her ginormous boobies got her where she is today is refreshing. The fact that she also admits it is very mature and grounded, especially when considering how shallow and superficial the sports media world is. It’s a place where everyone takes themselves much more seriously than they should.

I’d give her much more credit if she did this without the attention-whoring of having the story chronicled in Cosmo, and then of course, the obligatory self-promotion of that story that Sterger has always done. Then again, show me someone who doesn’t recklessly self-promote.

It is indeed a very cutthroat industry,  so I also  hope that sports blog readers everywhere get to know the real Jenn: because in interviews she comes off as a bitter, dejected, self-described band geek turn sexpot. Taking cheap shots at Erin Andrews because she was desperate to become EA herself didn’t help. Now everyone can see that you’re a very mediocre sportswriter with regular, everyday sized boobs, not just a dime-a-dozen sports writer who happens to have big, fake boobs.  Since you’ve taken the puppies to live on a farm upstate, you’ll get treated exactly as you should: fairly.

With your defining characteristics no longer in place, it’s all about your much-less-than-impressive writing. The way it should be.

Write About Erin Andrews, Increase Your Blog Traffic!

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By Paul M. Banks

If you’re a start-up sports blogger, here’s a tip for you. It’s a way to increase traffic quicker and more effectively than any SEO (Search Engine Optimization) program or employing any social media consultant. Write and post pictures about Erin Andrews.

And this isn’t simply saying “sex sells” either. There’s something about her, and just her that seems to rev up the search engines of web geeks, bloggers, and horny sports nerds.

As the major buzz surrounding the peephole video conveyed, as did a half-dozen EA stories on the internet prior to that, no one else in sports has a cult following on the internet this large. But the question is, why the obsession with Erin Andrews? She’s good, but not great at her job, so it’s not that. And it’s not the eye candy thing either; as there’s plenty of other women who are just as beautiful on Eastern Seaboard Programming Network; and many more on competing networks.

Don’t get me wrong, I like blonde hair, boobs and booty as much as the next guy. And I’ll be the first to admit that EA is quite easy on the eyes…but she’s not a modern day Helen of Troy, who mythically possessed “the face that launched a thousand ships.”

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Perhaps it’s the geek factor. She’s described herself as a dork and homebody, despite what others may think, and perhaps all the web nerds identify with that. I’ve me Ms. Andrews once in person in the media room, before an Illinois-Wisconsin game. It was a very pleasant although uneventful exchange. She was quite polite, and probably a lot nicer in person than the “FSU Cowgirl” Jenn Sterger would be in person. You forgot who Jenn Sterger was? Yeah so did I, and the rest of the sports blogosphere.

I only bring her up because Sterger attacked Andrews on a Florida sports talks radio show about a year or so ago. The bitter and dejected Sterger devoted part of her slot to trying to figure out why there’s such a following surrounding Andrews, and then described herself as the “number one girl on the computer.” What metric she used for that remains unclear, but I’m sure Google Analytics is making no effort to copyright that technology. Andrews is the number one girl on the computer, period. And probably a big part of that is due to her seeming down to Earth and nto obsessed with herself, her image, her looks and her popularity. I can’t say the same about most of the sports blogosphere darlings. It seems like many of them never matured past the tenth grade.

Of course, how many of them once had to be fondled by the slimiest man alive, Bruce Pearl

NBA Draft Mailbag II

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By Paul M. Banks and David Kay

First off I’m from Canada, I live in Vancouver (Miss the Grizzlies)

NO ONE F***in Says “EH” in Canada

Everyone i know pronounces defense the same way the c makes no f**in difference to me

A-BOOT are you F***IN KIDDING ME

i know people who lived in toronto all their life then moved here and they don’t say f**in A-BOOT they say ABOUT not ABOOT

Did you get that s*** South Park or Some S***

F*** YOU

–Johnny Damon


WOW! With the exception of “The FSU Cowgirl” Jenn Sterger, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered someone online so filled with hatred and bitterness. It’s interesting you signed this email under such an obvious pseudonym, and your lack of syntax and sentence structure says quite a bit about yourself. Also, the prodigious cursing would make even Ozzie Guillen blush.

However, you’re barking up the wrong tree if you seek to extinguish bigotry and prejudice against Canadians. I literally had “O Canada” as my ring tone for a few months in 2006, and I plan to hopefully, have my bachelor party in Windsor, Ontario some day soon. jennsterger

If no one says “eh?” in Canada, how come they sell t-shirts with the phrase and a Canadian flag on it at tourist shops everywhere? You did succeed in destroying one Canadian stereotype: many of us Yanks believe your people to excessively polite. You on the other hand…

 
Los Angeles is the perfect market for Ricky Rubio (though I know he preferred NYK)…do you think LA would make the deal? Would you rather have Baron Davis and Eric Gordon or Baron Davis with Ricky Rubio as the future?

— Matt


With Baron and Gordon (or “Basketball Judas” as I call him, being a die-hard Illini and UI alum) you have a better traditional backcourt pairing. Davis can be a score-first point guard if needs be, but he’s better in a distributor role with EG focusing on wing play and off the ball. So this would create better continuity. On the flip side, I think Rubio has a lot more potential long-term.

So even though you’d have two “pure point guards,” watching Rubio highlights make me salivate and given how young he is- imagine what he could be in his prime? Gordon for Rubio straight-up is…advantage- Spaniard. I’ve covered the Big Ten extensively these past couple years, and witness Gordon’s sulking, slumping and sliding shooting percentages after Kelvin Sampson was fired making me wonder what type of maturity and toughness he truly has…Of course Rubio’s game translating to the league is still a wild card in itself.

–Paul

I agree that I would rather have Rubio. He has “special potential” if I can channel my inner-Fran Fraschilla. I don’t see Gordon as anything more than a complimentary scoring option who doesn’t do anything else on the floor.

–Davidgordon_s28_0823z

 

Great work! I’ve seen some pretty ridiculous mock drafts, but yours makes sense. Assuming all the teams stand pat with their picks, it could be a pretty close to accurate draft. If the Wolves end up with Thabeet and Curry, I would be very happy! Once again, nice work!

–Jeris

 

Thanks for the props and checking out our site. I take it you’re a T-Wolves fan. Be sure to check out www.thesportsbank.net  (another site I write for). It’s a Midwest site that has a bunch of Minnesota sports stuff on it, so check it out when you get a chance. I have a lot of friends who are T-Wolves fans and the write extensively about the ineptitude of David Kahn and his “interesting” point guard hoarding philosophy on draft night.
 

 

Mr.  Banks,
 
I am a huge fan of the NBA/NBA Draft and noticed your mock draft on walterfootball. I was wondering how you thought of Jonny Flynn on defense. On a scale of 1 – 10 how do you think he is on defense? Also on a scale of 1-10 how do you think Toney Douglas is on defense? Thanks!!!*Nov 21 - 00:05*

–Andre

 

I think Flynn was one of the best point guard in the country this season, but not really that spectacular on the defensive end. T’ Wolves GM David Kahn thinks he’ll be a great on-the-ball defender in the league though…which makes me think much less of Flynn defensively. Douglas, on the other hand is an outstanding defender- especially man to man. I rate him a 9.

 
Don’t you think this makes the most sense for the Cavs:

The Cavs need to trade for Shaq (Ben Wallace, Sahsa, and this years 2nd round pick). Shaq has only 1 year left on his contract so that gives Cleveland plenty of options for the summer of 2010 where as these rumors of Joe Smith or Antawn Jamison both leave Cleveland in trouble for 2010 if they do indeed try to go after Bosh or Yao. In addition to this, sign Rasheed Wallace to a 2 years deal at a mid-level contract. Try to resign Andy but not at 10 millon a yr that he wants. Then draft a SG/SF with our 1st round draft pick.

This player (I like your idea of drafting Meeks) needs to be able to knock down shots and contribute off the bench when D. West isn’t in the game. But this still leaves Cleveland with a huge hole after they trade Sasha and Wally is a free agent – they still need someone to be a backup for LeBron.

I say try to sign Wally to a cheap deal for 2 more years – I believe he knows that he is not going to make the same amount of money he made this year and he might be willing to give Cleveland a discount due to the fact that he wants to stay a Cav, otherwise they have to sign someone cheap to fill this position. The only other option is a sign and trade with Andy to try to find a backup to LBJ but this doesnt really make sense give the situation because it does not leave Cleveland with any bigs in a year of 2. This gives Cleveland:

C- Shaq, Z, Jackson
PF – R. Wallace, Andy, JJ
SF – LBJ, (sign someone / Wally?), Jawad Williams, JJ
SG – West, (Meeks / whoever we get in the draft), Gibson
PG – Mo Williams, Gibson, Kinsey

Any thoughts?

–t18andme

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I think the Shaq trade makes a lot of sense for Cleveland if Phoenix is willing to pretty much give him away for thirty cents on the dollar, which they are reportedly not interested in doing. It would definitely be worth the risk in their bid to win a championship. Using the mid-level on Sheed makes sense, but if that happens, the odds of re-signing Varajeo go down unless one of them is willing to take a back-up role. No way Varajeo should be signed for more than $7 mil a year, and the Cavs are in a position of power since not a lot of teams have the cap flexibility to sign Varajeo for more than the mid-level exception which Cleveland can surely top.

At 30, the Cavs should draft a wing player whether it’s Sam Young, Derrick Brown, Wayne Ellington, Meeks, or Marcus Thornton. I’d lean towards Young or Brown since they are more multi-dimensional players where Meeks, Ellington, and Thornton are pretty much shooters and not great athletes or defenders. The only way I would bring Wally back is for a one-year deal at the league minimum. Especially in this financially strapped off-season, he doesn’t deserve a penny more than that.