How much has Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress’ poor performance as of late hurt their draft stocks? ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford addressed the topic during his weekly chat this afternoon:
Poythress and Goodwin have really done damage to their draft stocks the past few weeks. Both were considered by scouts to be Top 10 picks before the season began. Poythress still clinging to the end of the lottery. Goodwin now out of it. Cauley-Stein flubbed his first game starting in place of Nerlens Noel. Scouts love the upside, but he’s going to have to produce to stay in the lottery.
Ford also says that every GM and scout he’s spoken to still believes that Nerlens Noel is a Top 5 draft pick if his rehab goes well, and with Andrew Wiggins coming in next season, it’s not likely he’d be the top pick in the 2014 draft anyways.
The NBA trade deadline is tomorrow, and it looks like Eric Bledsoe may find a new home. Ford says that Bledsoe may end up moving to Salt Lake City to join Enes Kanter and the Jazz:
Bledsoe is a perfect fit for them. Of all the trade rumblings we’ve heard the past few weeks a Bledsoe for Millsap swap seems to be the one that makes the most sense for both teams. Millsap is a player who could push them over the top in the West. Bledsoe is the perfect candidate to run a team like the Jazz. If the Jazz sweeten the offer to include Alec Burks or a first round pick, will the Clippers bite. I could see it happening.
Go Bledsoe. Go Cats.