Chat with Chad Ford
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford will drop by to talk some hoops.
Ford covers the NBA and NBA Draft for ESPN Insider and also makes appearances on ESPN Radio and ESPNEWS.
Send your questions now and join Ford Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET!
Chad Ford (1:00 PM)
Aloha everyone. Thanks for coming to the chat today. I'm still recovering from draft night! We'll talk some 2011 and 2012 NBA Draft, lockout, summer FA, trades ... it's all up for grabs today. Let's roll ...
I've been suprised that there has been very little talk about Brandon Knight slipping to the Pistons. It seems to me to be the obvious steal of the draft. What am I missing?
Chad Ford (1:02 PM)
Not sure there were "steals" in this draft per se. We had Knight projected higher, but concerns about his ability to be a full time PG plus a desire to add another big man to the roster caused a few teams like Utah and Toronto to pass. Great pick for Detroit, but not sure it was a major draft slide.
Yunus Akaltan (Turkey)
Do you agree with the idea that teams missed Kanter on draft will regret for their choice and Kanter was the most talented player of 2011 draft?
Chad Ford (1:03 PM)
Only two teams passed on him -- Cleveland and Minnesota. Both of them got great players -- Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams -- that were also much safer picks than Kanter. So no, I don't think they'll regret it.
Chad have you ever seen anything like the "Jimmer" effect in recent years?
Chad Ford (1:05 PM)
No. I'm stunned at the level and intensity of interest. Some of my best friends in life turned on me a little when I didn't have Jimmer ranked high enough on my Big Board during the season -- true story. I just wonder whether he can live up to the hype. I'm as high on Jimmer as any non-Homer draft analyst and I'm not sure that anyone can live up to the legend of the Jimmer.
Melvin (New York)
If you're the Knicks, would it have made more sense to trade down for Iman Shumpert or draft Marshon Brooks instead, who while not an elite defender, can rebound, block, a shot, and has 2 way player potential?
Chad Ford (1:06 PM)
They have three dominant scorers already on the team. I think they were looking for guys who could fit in and contribute without the ball in their hands. Could they have traded down? Not far. Minnesota would've taken him at No. 20.
Why would Jonas missing a strike-shortened year cause the Cavs to pass? Were there other reasons at play?
Chad Ford (1:09 PM)
Yes, I think the other factor was that they fell in love with Tristan Thompson. I think his workout for them sealed the deal. And once again we see the power of the individual workout ... As much as teams say it doesn't matter, I hear it over and over again after the draft "His workout sealed the deal," or "His workouts turned us off" or even "He refused to workout for us" to explain why they did or didn't draft a player.
Brooks would have been a terrible fit for the Knicks, but Chris Singleton was an absolute gift at #17 and they simply passed it by because of "lack of playing time". What? At a minimum Singleton would have provided them with a better chip to trade and at best a proven lock down defender.
Chad Ford (1:10 PM)
I would've taken Singleton, but from what I can gather in New York he had an awful workout there while Shumpert had one of the best workouts they've ever seen. Heard that a lot about both players. Not sure why Singleton struggled in workouts, but most teams weren't impressed.
David (Provo, UT)
Could Alec Burks be one of the best players in the Draft? Strong offensively, good mid-range, rebounder, ball-handling, and with Jeff Hornacek's help, will improve his outside shot.
Chad Ford (1:12 PM)
He has the potential, if he learns how to play some defense and continues to improve his jumper. That's why the Jazz felt strongly about taking him over Kawhi Leonard. Felt there was more upside there.
Ernest (Sacramento, CA)
Hey Chad - Great job on the draft coverage! A lot of people have been critical of the Jimmer pick for my Kings. I personally think he's a great fit and will be a good playmaker for our team. Do you think he can be like Steph Curry in his rookie year? I think he has underrated passing skills and his shooting will open a lot of things up. I also see Thornton as more of a 6th man (eventually) for instant offense.
Chad Ford (1:13 PM)
Good pick. I agree Jimmer is a better playmaker than people give him credit for and the Kings could definitely use his shooting. But I wonder about the chemistry. Tyreke Evans is used to getting unlimited touches. DeMarcus Cousins pouts when he doesn't get the ball. Will they share the ball (and the spotlight) with Jimmer?
Chad, I've got a question. As a Pacer fan I love the move we made for George Hill, but I also loved the Kawai Leonard pick regardless. What did the Spurs see in him that prompted the trade from their side?
Chad Ford (1:16 PM)
Great trade for both teams. I think what you saw was two teams with different needs at the moment. The Pacers have plenty of rookies on the roster. What they needed were some younger veterans who could fulfill a role. Hill was a perfect fit. He comes from a winning culture, grew up in Indy, will be fine playing a supporting role and fit a big need for the Pacers. The Spurs have to start thinking about rebuilding. Leonard fits a need (they're not counting on Richard Jefferson anymore). He's long, athletic, defends, has a great motor, will play defense for Pop right away and if he gets that jump shot fixed, could be a very, very good player. I think it was a great move for both teams.
What did you think of the Heat taking Norris Cole? Do you think he will fit well?
Chad Ford (1:17 PM)
Cole was one of my draft sleepers. I'm a fan. Think he could eventually take Mario Chalmers job.
Worst team in the NBA next season: Toronto or Charlotte?
Chad Ford (1:20 PM)
I'd put the Raptors at the top of the list. Minnesota next. Charlotte, Cleveland and Sacramento in the next group ... that is if none of them make significant changes via trade or free agency.
Are the Wizards a realistic contender for the playoffs next year?
Chad Ford (1:20 PM)
I thought they had a great draft. They'll be better, but still really young. Maybe one more year away.
I think the 2012 draft has the potential to be almost as good as the 96 draft what do you think?
Chad Ford (1:22 PM)
That's going a bit far. Not sure the transcendent talents are there. Anthony Davis has a chance to be. I believe Harrison Barnes can be too, though not every scout agrees on him. The rest of the class is very talented, but as of today, none of them standout as surefire All-Stars. The 12 draft won't be as deep late as the 11 Draft was. It's the lottery that's stellar.
if there is a lockout and the whole season is wasted, what process does the nba go to in order to pick the draft order for next year? A team like the knicks dont have a 2012 draft pick, does that complicate things?
Chad Ford (1:24 PM)
Word from the league is that it's to be determined. Not sure how they'll go about it and neither do they. I think everyone on both sides hopes that they'll be, at the very least, a shortened season. Losing the whole year is a devastating scenario for both sides. But if they do lose it, I think they could have a lottery for the entire league. Give odds based on projected records for 2011-12. And let the ping pong balls fly.
Matt (New Jersey)
Would you say the Nets are the favorite right to acquire David West in the off-season and if they do how do you see the future of the Nets? Are they a big player for the solid 2012 free agency class?
Chad Ford (1:26 PM)
If he's healthy (and in this case the lockout may play in his favor) they'll be making a strong push for him. I think the Pacers would be the other team to watch closely there.
Has there been any progress on the Nuggets and Nene's contract situation?
Chad Ford (1:33 PM)
Two sides are talking still. But there may be an advantage to the Nuggets to wait. The new CBA will likely lower contract values and lengths which could save them money. I know owners are also pushing to give hometown teams more power to lockup their own free agents, which means the Nuggets could be in an even better position to pay him more than any other team. The downside? Lots of teams will pursue him hard next summer if he's free. The Nets, Kings, Pacers, Wizards all have max cap room and all could use a player like Nene.
Shawn (Rochester, MN)
Disappointed by your guess that Wolves will be second worst. So even with the additions of Rubio/Williams/Lee and (hopefully) the jettison of Rambis/triangle they will not improve?
Chad Ford (1:34 PM)
Not saying they won't improve. But who will they be better than?
Brian (Greensboro, NC)
Chad, I'd to see NJ sign either Arron Afflalo or Thaddeus Young this off-season. Thoughts on the fit, and whether NJ will go after either?
Chad Ford (1:35 PM)
Lots of team interested in both players. But both are restricted free agents. Doubt that Denver or Philly lets either player go.
Shawn (Portland, OR)
Are the Blazers waiting until the last minute to extend the qualifying offer to Greg Oden?
Chad Ford (1:36 PM)
They are waiting to the last minute ... not clear what they'll do with Greg. His qualifying offer is over $8 million. Are the Blazers prepared to pay it?
thoughts on Jonas Valanciunas' game vs the U19 USA team yesterday?
Chad Ford (1:38 PM)
I think he showed why he was a Top 5 pick. Patrick Young is a NBA athlete and has a NBA body and Valanciunas looked great against him. A couple of GMs told me after the draft he was the No. 1 rated guy on their board. I know Raptors fans were frustrated with the pick, but if they're patient ... he is a talent.
Chad, I haven't seen any analysis of the Bucks trade prior to the draft - Any thoughts on the winners and losers?
Chad Ford (1:40 PM)
The Bucks want to be a playoff team. They felt their team, for a second year in a row really struggled to score the basketball. I think they feel Jackson will provide instant offense. The question is, how will it affect the team's chemistry? I really thought they got excellent value with Tobias Harris at 19.
Gaeleck (Portland, OR)
What are your thoughts on Rudy Fernandez to Dallas? Was Nate McMillan and his system just not right for the Spaniard? It's not as though he wasn't given ample opportunities to show what he could do. Will he find consistency in Texas, or just a one-way ticket to Spain?
Chad Ford (1:41 PM)
Thought it was a really good move for the Mavs. There just wasn't a player at 26 that was going to help them next year. Rudy can help right away, but he's young enough to be part of their future too.
Am I crazy or is Rick Adelman the PERFECT coach for either the Clippers or Hawks rosters?
Chad Ford (1:42 PM)
I can't believe he doesn't have a job. I would love him with either team.
Why isn't there more intra-owner conflict? It seems to me that a number of owners (Heat, Knicks, Dallas, NY etc.) would be dead set against a hard cap.
Chad Ford (1:45 PM)
Oh, there is. Lots of it. It's the dirty little secret that the NBA has kept under wraps. Most of it has to do with revenue sharing. The NBA can point fingers at the Player's Association all they want. But why haven't the owners come up with a viable revenue sharing program? That one does not require the NBAPA to help. Big market owners want to continue the financial advantage they have from being in huge markets. Small market owners want to level the playing field. That's the war within the war. If David Stern could mediate that ... I think the whole CBA discussion would be going much smoother.
What are your thoughts on the Bobcats taking Bismack Biyombo? I know he is 6'9" with a 7'7" wingspan, but are those freakish attributes enough to take him over Kawhi Leonard?
Chad Ford (1:47 PM)
I like Biyombo. Think he can make a defensive impact in the league from Day 1. Not exactly sure where you get your offense from if he and Tyrus Thomas are on the floor together. But I do know you'll struggle to score inside with those two shot blockers on the floor. I prefer Leonard because of his versatility, but Biyombo was a good choice if he can stay healthy and can contribute right away.
Chad, I love everything I've read about James McAdoo, both as a player and a person. I saw you said some scouts compared him to a smaller Tim Duncan and others likened him to James Worthy. Can he be that good?
Chad Ford (1:50 PM)
He's an old school player. Very skilled. Solid athlete. If he was a few inches taller he'd probably be int he mix for the No. 1 pick. As it stands right now, I still have him ranked No. 7 on our 2012 Big Board. He could go a few spots higher. Not sure that I trust either Quincy Miller or Perry Jones to have big years.
Did Harrison Barnes hold his own against Kevin Durant in a 1 on 1 game? If so does that seriously help Barnes' stock for the 2012 draft?
Chad Ford (1:54 PM)
He's been one of the stars at the Nike Skills Academy camps. But don't read too much into that. Jerry Stackhouse once beat Michael Jordan in a 1-on-1 game to much acclaim. We all know how that turned out. Don't get me wrong, I think Barnes has a great shot at being the No. 1 pick, but summer camps can be deceiving ... just ask all the scouts that went nuts for Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack last summer.
Do you see the nuggets making any noise this free agency, for maybe a back up SG(jr will walk)
Chad Ford (1:56 PM)
I think if they can just lock up Nene, Afflalo and Wilson Chandler ... that will be enough. A very good, and dangerous young team that could get even better. Loved them getting Kenneth Faried in the draft.
Chad Ford (1:56 PM)
Gotta run everyone. I'm shutting things down for a few weeks for family vacation. Enjoy the lockout!