Sunday, June 25, 2017

Chad Ford Gives the Bucks an "F" for Drafting a Basketball Version of Mike Mamula

If there's one thing Bucks Forest hates, it's NBA media kiss-asses.

ESPN's soon-to-be-former NBA Draft guru Chad Ford is far from the worst of these creatures.  In fact, just about all of his colleagues are just as bad, if not worse.

That said, it is good to know that the 2017 NBA Draft will be the last Draft that Chad Ford will grade for ESPN.  It is doubly good to know because The Hawaiian Nightmare gave our beloved Bucks an F.

I should be clear: Chad Ford did not officially give the Bucks' Draft an F.  He gave it a C-.  But that C- is bullshit because the NBA is a competitive league.  When competition is involved, grades must be given on a curve.

You can't have one NBA Champion one year and three the next.  And, just like the NBA Playoffs has a winner and losers, the NBA Draft also has winners and losers.  The goal of the Draft is not to be the best you can be.  It is to do better than the other twenty-nine teams.

If we apply a standard 10/20/40/20/10 curve to Chad Ford's 2017 NBA Draft grades, here's what we get:






You can argue the placement of some of the teams.  For example, the T-Wolves were bumped up and the Bulls were bumped down because a different ESPN NBA guy graded the Jimmy Butler trade heavily in favor of the T-Wolves.

There is no disputing the Bucks' placement, however.  They were the only team to receive a C-.  No team received a grade in the D or F range.

An odd part about Chad Ford's grade for the Bucks was that Ford seemed to like the Sterling Brown pick.  The Bucks need Wings who can shoot and that's Brown in a nutshell (assuming he's good enough to play in the League).

Where the Bucks felt Chad Ford's wrath was in the selection of DJ Wilson in the first round.  And I think know why Ford felt that way: Wilson is a basketball version of Mike Mamula.

Wilson has all the signs of being a Mike Mamula-esque workout warrior.  While Wilson didn't do drills at the combine, he still hit all of the Mamula checkpoints.  He had a so-so career, he finished with an epic postseason that showed his pro potential and then he wow'd scouts at the combine (with measurables, in Wilson's case).  

I am only hanging the Mamula tag on Wilson to this point in his career.  Wilson was over-drafted based on measurables and a hot stretch at the end of his time in college, just as Mamula was.  Whether Wilson turns out to be a maddening bust for a team that wears green uniforms is an unanswered question.

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