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Murray and Skal Make Moves in Chad Ford’s Mock Draft

Jamie Squire | Getty Images

Jamie Squire | Getty Images

Jamie Squire | Getty Images

Today is the day of the Mock Draft.  Not long after Draft Express updated their board, ESPN’s Chad Ford has released his fourth Mock Draft, making moves that aren’t too different than Jonathan Givony’s.

One thing that is different — Ford is a much bigger fan of Jamal Murray.  Ford has Murray slotted to go at #4 to the Boston Celtics.  Here’s what he had to say about Murray after moving him up from #7.

“Murray’s positional versatility, jump shot (33-for-64 from 3 in his past seven games), ultra-competitiveness and high basketball IQ might give him the nod for Danny Ainge, who prizes all of those characteristics.  He’s not an elite athlete, and his defense can still use work, but Murray’s strengths are heavily outweighing his weaknesses at the moment.”

Skal Labissiere hung around the top of Ford’s draft board a little longer, but now he’s out of the lottery.  #9 on January 30, Skal dropped seven spots to #16.  Ironically, he has both Wildcats going to the Celtics.

Danny Ainge isn’t afraid to gamble. This is the Celtics’ second pick of the draft, and they can afford to take a risk.  On his play alone, Labissiere doesn’t deserve to be drafted in the first round, but scouts continue to see so much upside. His ability to both block shots and stretch the floor is intriguing.

I’m sure most fans agree with the premise of Ford’s statement, “On his play alone, Labissiere doesn’t deserve to be drafted in the first round,” but cannot wrap their heads around the second part of that statement.

The Complete Mock Draft, via ESPN Insider.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

18 Comments for Murray and Skal Make Moves in Chad Ford’s Mock Draft

  1. jch67
    2:24 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    Stretch the floor? Block shots?

    Who have they been watching??

    • damage_control
      2:41 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

      Who have you been watching? He does block shots and shoots pretty well from outside the paint for a big man. His struggles have been rebounding, defending without fouling, and holding onto the ball- all things that can be improved with coaching, effort and dedication in the weight room.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:43 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

      Skal does have a very pretty mid-range and long 2-pt. jumper. I would like to know his 3-pt. range, though!

  2. Great American
    2:27 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    That picture looks like a clean black by Murray and a foul on Skal. He’s a walking foul machine. I will bet money at the end of the year he has more fouls than points…

    • Great American
      2:27 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

      *clean BLOCK…

  3. Sentient Third Eye
    2:36 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    I’d like to know whether Skal can stretch the floor, but has he ever taken a shot longer than 18 ft? Does he have 3-pt range?

    The world may never know…

  4. damage_control
    2:45 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    Nick- both being drafted by the Celtics might be coincidental, perhaps even surprising, but only Alanis Morissette thinks that’s ironic.

  5. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    2:46 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    Skal has zero strength in his lower half. He cannot set screens, if you watch film on him he looks like he lacks even a medium basketball IQ. Watch him try to set a pick and it will make you so mad that at this level he cannot even put a body on the defender, which ruins the design of the play. He doesn’t know how to find a body off a missed shot and block out the closest person to him, he cannot adapt to a switch on a defensive scheme Cal asks him to do. I mean I could go on and on, but the fact is this kid is nothing but a project, and it baffles me that he is listed as a potential first round pick. I love every kid that comes here, always have and always will, but we aren’t looking at any regular kid here, we are looking at one of the biggest bust in the recruiting rankings (that is pretty good on judging talent) in the past 15-20 years! I think its time we re-evaluate our thought process on this kid and start speaking in terms of him being what he is, a project that NEEDS 2-3 more years of college coaching to compete for a spot in the NBA long term. Long term is the key word for Skal if he wants to pan out to what people see in him. Nothing wrong with being a project, Willie was and look at him now. The NBA is not for the weak, every year there are kids drafted and every year those same kids will be replaced by the next crop of talent. Id hate to see him be the next Kwame Brown.

    • damage_control
      2:48 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

      Kwame Brown was in the NBA for almost a decade though.

    • damage_control
      2:52 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

      According to Basketball Reference, Kwame Brown earned over $63,000,000 in his NBA career. I’d love to be the next Kwame Brown. Where do I sign up?

    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      2:53 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

      True, but were talking about being relevant in a good way and getting the most out of his career to potentially get a max deal! And to be honest, the league has much more talent now days than it did when Kwame Brown was playing. But, you do have a point and money is money, but id like my money to be a bit more secure in regards to being a sure thing for a lot longer than 10 years.

  6. damage_control
    3:00 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    I get your point. I just see the Kwame Brown argument made too often. Dude got 60 million bucks! So he’s really not the sad story and the illustration of why the “one-and-done” rule is supposed to be good for players that he’s always made out to be.
    There are thousand more examples of 4 year guys who never made a dime playing in the NBA. Who’s to say in another 4 years, Skal won’t go from “maybe he still has a big upside”, to “dude just stinks!”? Showing more of who you are to GM’s isn’t always a good thing. Even if he just makes minimal improvement in the next 3 years, it’s hard to understand but his stock still may never be higher than it is after this season.

    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      3:15 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

      its actually 30 million grossed, but millions is millions. Its like if I told you 10 years ago to invest 30 million or keep it and its yours. If you invested that money, you will be rich and have no worries down the road. If you did not and in skals terms took the money while it was easy, you might be looking back 10 years from now wishing you invested it or invested time to get better and become a more polished player with a little more supplies for your demands. I tend to look at his situation a little more different than a Liggins, who needed the money badly and might have not gotten another shot.

    • damage_control
      3:25 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

      If you gave me 30 million and I was broke in 10 years that’s on me. Most people lose their money through bad investments. The next 3 years might just be a prolonged and painful bad investment (playing for free and hemorrhaging draft position by the year) if he truly is, as you said, “one of the biggest busts in recruiting rankings over the past 15-20 years”.
      If that’s the case 3 years later that will be the unanimous opinion by every GM in the league. In the end he might be wishing he took that NBA money when it was still a remote possibility. The decision he has to make after this season is very hard, and we have neither the insight into the young man’s life nor his heart, to judge him on which path he chooses.

    • theWilkman
      3:55 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

      Plus I don’t think you can discount how far a couple of million American dollars will go in Haiti

    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      4:35 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

      We see differently but I respect your opinion. I’d rather be relevant and dominate the game than be a bench rider or possibly out of the league in 2-3 years is my point. And he’s not moving back to Haiti lol lets be honest ok that one.

  7. kyjohn
    4:42 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    Hard to tell what Skals’ skill level really is as he so seldom sees’ the floor anymore.He was pretty impressive at the beginning of the season and against Duke he was pretty awsome.