Maybe there was something to the foot surgery problems rumor after all. Chad Ford of ESPN has released his lastest version of his NBA mock draft and former Kentucky Wildcat Julius Randle has dropped down to the tenth spot in Ford’s latest, which I think is the lowest he has been all year.
If the Sixers go with a wing early, then I think they go big here if they can. There are also scenarios where Randle could slide now that it’s known he has a foot issue. Landing Randle would be a huge coup for the team if they believe his foot won’t be a long-term issue. He would be the perfect complement to Nerlens Noel on the front line and give them a big man who can run the floor and command a double-team in the paint. A combo of Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle would be a formidable young core going forward.
Dario Saric is also real possibility here. His agent told ESPN.com on Monday that Saric had decided to keep his name in the draft. The Sixers were big fans of Saric last year and his play this year should help cement his status as a lottery pick. He would be a great fit for Philly.
Granted, if this scenario plays out but Philly takes Saric, look for my Orlando Magic to jump on Randle at #12. As for James Young? Ford has him going at #14 to Phoenix.
Julius Randle benefitted from the NBA age limit rule which allowed him to become a “one and done” player and Kentucky. And it is no big surprise that Randle is not a big fan of the NBA age limit being raised in the future.
“I think everybody should have free choice, whether it’s [going to the NBA after] high school, college, four years of college,” Randle said after his pre-draft workout with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. “Who is going to tell the kid when he’s ready? So I think everybody should have a free choice, but I know the commissioner and he’s done a great job so far, and I think he’ll do what’s best for the league.”
CBS took a look at the SEC and came to the conclusion that it once again is going to be all about Kentucky and Florida. Also, Willie Cauley-Stein’s ability to recover from his injury is one of the big questions in the league next year.
Will Willie Cauley-Stein be 100 percent and ready for the opener? The reigning national runners-up and preseason No. 1 team will take a preseason trip to the Bahamas in August during which they’ll play reasonable competition but do so without Cauley-Stein, the shot-blocking big who suffered an ankle injury during the NCAA Tournament and is still recovering from his April surgery.
According to Calipari, this is mostly precautionary.
(In other words, why risk it?)
But the fact remains that Cauley-Stein will enter his junior season coming off of an injury that was much more serious than anybody acknowledged during the Final Four, and how Cauley-Stein’s body responds to the recovery and forced time away could be a factor in whether the Wildcats spend November and December overwhelming opponents or underwhelming their own fan base.