Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse: Upside scenario: Hard work in the gym fixes his cranky jump shot, making him impossible to guard. He becomes everything Shaun Livingston could have been had his knee not exploded, dominating in the open court and proving to be lethal off the pick-and-roll.
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"I don't think there's any issue there, I think (Knight and I) could play together," Carter-Williams said Wednesday in advance of Thursday's NBA draft. "I think I'm more of a natural point guard and he's more of a natural scorer.
"This year they had a point guard in Damian Lillard. If I get chosen by them, it's not something I can do, it's not a particular place where I choose to go, but I'd go there and make the best of it and then see what happens when my time comes."
"We would probably end up using more two-back personnel, and there's a way to get him on the field," Smith said. "He'll still be able to carry the ball and things like that."
When James Southerland put the ball on the floor and sliced through the Michigan defense for an emphatic dunk in the final minutes of Syracuse’s 61-56 Final Four loss, it elicited groans from the Orange faithful.
Southerland's name is sprinkled up and down most mock draft charts. NBAdraft.net has him going to Portland with the No. 40 pick, but ESPN's Chad Ford doesn't have Southerland getting drafted.
Carter-Williams, a declared Celtics fan, likely won’t be around when the Knicks pick at No. 24. The Knicks need a point guard, and Carter-Williams feels as if this is his adopted home.
Syracuse University is set to join the Atlantic Coast Conference next week, which I guess means I'll have to write something (nice?) about the Orange in this space over the next few days.
Southerland is probably the best three-point shooter in the draft this year, so obviously he fits the Grizzlies needs.
One of the reasons general manager Jerry Reese selected the Syracuse offensive tackle was because of his versatility. With Will Beatty anchoring the left tackle spot, Pugh is in a fight with veteran David Diehl for the right side's premier spot.
ENEW FILMS spends a day with Michael Carter-Williams prior to the draft: