1. Knowing the MJ/Larry Brown philosophy, I’m guessing that they trade the pick. Brown doesn’t like to play rooks and Jordan wants to add more veteran presence to the team. I wouldn’t be suprised if the team gets involved with the ‘Melo trade talks given MJ’s personal and Nike relationship with the young man–although Mike15 would probably leave his post as Baseline editor if the team ended up trading G-Force for Carmelo Anthony.
2. In the event that they keep the pick, I’d go with either Anthony Randolph or Kevin Love. One of those guys will be there and they’ll both contribute at the 4 eventually. My preference is Randolph—only if Brown gives him a little PT throughout the year. Love is probably more capable of playing and contributing right away but it looks as though Randolph = Dwight Howard and Love = Okafor.
Bonnell has a note in his blog about the team considering DJ Augustin at #9. Not sure I get that. Yeah, he’s probably a better distributor than Ray Felton but he’s gonna get killed by Deron Williams/Chauncey Billups-type big PGs. I also don’t think you draft your backup PG in the top 10 either.
4. Almost every national publication is trouncing MJ for taking Kwame #1 and then AMMO at #3 but I’m not so sure that you can call AMMO an uberbust on the Kwame-scale just yet since the guy hasn’t even played a second season in the League. Yeah, the odds are stacked against him becoming a superstar however, as another Baseline contributer was saying last year, there is no reason that he couldn’t go on to be a WallyWorld-esque scorer in the near future. Either way, it’s really hard to imagine him doing anything under coach Brown, who will certainly push Adam out of the rotation in favor of a guy who could actually guard someone. I wonder what D’Antoni could do with AMMO in NYC?