Last night’s draft was one of the most puzzling in recent memory with question marks popping up all over the lottery. While you have to wonder what some GMs were thinking all that matters now is how the former Cats fit in with their new teams. Pundits from around the world wide interwebz have weighed in on the former Cats and this is what they had to say:
CBS Sports: A
The only reason it’s not an A+ is the knee issue. I really like his ability to block shots. He’s instinctive. When he starts learning some veteran tricks, he can be dangerous. Great job by New Orleans.
USA Today: C+
So was Noel worth it? That all hinges on how he recovers from knee surgery and how well the New Orleans Pelicans do with Holiday, as their 2014 first-round pick could be very valuable.
Bleacher Report: B-
The Philadelphia 76ers no longer need to worry about re-signing Andrew Bynum–they’ve found their center of the future: Nerlens Noel [….] the Sixers gave up the face of their franchise for a coveted 2014 pick and a player with major red flags. This one will take a while to judge, but it feels like it’s currently resting in favor of the Pelicans.
in Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams the Sixers get two players who could solidify the two most important positions in the league for years to come. They also get New Orleans’ protected first-rounder next season, which, when coupled with their own, could give them two lottery picks in a draft that is expected to be loaded at the top.
CBS Sports: B+
This pick winds up in Phoenix via trade. I like this pick a lot. It gives the Suns a significant upgrade on the wing
USA Today: B-
“Goodwin wasn’t a reach but also wasn’t the best shooting guard on the board. He could get a chance to start at a position of need.”
The Phoenix Suns needed some help on the wing, especially after selecting Len with their first pick.
They found it in the form of Archie Goodwin, a raw shooting guard whose potential is directly tied to how well he can shoot the ball. The 6’5″ Kentucky product has defensive talent, and he’s aggressive attacking the rim. Thanks to his elite hops and knack for finishing through contact, Goodwin could become a premier slasher.
Sports Illustrated : B-
I thought Archie Goodwin at No. 29 was a reach; Goodwin has not shown me he can be an NBA three-point shooter and is on the small side for a 2-guard. Still, a lot of teams had him slotted in the lottery during the college season, when he struggled more than people expected.
What do you think of the Cats new home and where they went in the draft?