NBA draft buzz: Shumpert up, Leslie steady, Thompkins down

Trey Thompkins on his last night as a Bulldog. (AP photo)

Trey Thompkins on his last night as a Bulldog. (AP photo)

Iman Shumpert, Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins have reason to be optimistic as Thursday’s NBA draft approaches. Each of them is projected to go in Round 1 in somebody’s mock draft.

The three local products also have cause to fret. Each is listed as a Round 2 choice in somebody else’s mock draft. The latest in mockeries:

• Shumpert, the Georgia Tech guard, is projected to be taken by the New York Knicks with the 17th pick of Round 1 (link requires registration) by Chad Ford of ESPN Insiders and by the Houston Rockets with the 23rd pick of Round 1 by NBADraftExpress. He’s also tabbed to go to the Portland Trail Blazers with the 21st pick of Round 2 (the 51st overall) by NBAdraft.net. If you’re counting, that’s a variation of 34 places from highest to lowest.

•Thompkins, the Georgia forward, is projected as going to the Boston Celtics with the 25th pick of Round 1 by NBAdraft.net. He’s also slotted to go to the Indiana Pacers with the 12th pick of Round 2 (42nd overall) by NBADraftExpress and to the Golden State Warriors with the 14th pick of Round 2 (44th overall) by ESPN’s Ford. That’s a variation of 19 spots.

• Leslie, the Georgia guard, is afforded the narrowest window of the three. NBADraftExpress has him going to the Chicago Bulls with the last pick (30th overall) of Round 1. Ford has him going to the Washington Wizards with the fourth pick (34th overall) of Round 2. NBAdraft.net has him going to the Houston Rockets with the eighth pick of Round 2 (38th overall). That’s a variation of eight spots.

The guess here is that Shumpert is the only one of the three who should feel reasonably confident about his Round 1 chances. He has created a buzz for himself with his postseason workouts. (Two months ago, the consensus on Shumpert was that he should have stayed in school.) Thompkins has gone from the low end of the lottery to perhaps out of the first round, which can happen when you arrive at the combine carrying a body-fat percentage of 15.5. Leslie has long been regarded as a late-first-to-early-second prospect, and he still is.

As for the Hawks, who hold only the draft’s 48th pick: Ford has them taking Jordan Williams, the Maryland center; NBADraftExpress opts for E’Twaun Moore, a shooting guard from Purdue, and NBAdraft.net projects them taking Charles Jenkins, a combo guard from Hofstra. If that school sounds familiar, there’s a reason.

The Hawks once had a guard from Hofstra. They signed him for $25 million over four seasons. He played a total of 44 games for them. His name: Speedy Claxton.

By Mark Bradley

73 comments Add your comment

Benjamin

June 21st, 2011
3:34 pm

Benjamin

June 21st, 2011
3:35 pm

Unlike Dale Jr., I have my long-awaited win after several top five finishes.

Also, I think that Shumpert and Leslie will both be late first rounders, while Trey will be an early second. But I’m no prognosticator. I leave that to the Bradleys and Chad Fords of the world…

Mark Bradley

June 21st, 2011
3:38 pm

Kudos, Benjamin.

Spanish Speaking Sicilian

June 21st, 2011
3:49 pm

No…Kudos to YOU, MB

Spanish Speaking Sicilian

June 21st, 2011
3:49 pm

Also, do you think that the Hawks make a move in the draft that involves Smoove?

Speedy Claxton...

June 21st, 2011
3:50 pm

…what a joke – almost as bad as giving Jon Koncack all that money.. but not quite…

I am betting...

June 21st, 2011
3:51 pm

…that Trey gets left out altogether…

JJ

June 21st, 2011
3:55 pm

MB, Do you even for a second think the Hawks will do something to make this team better like trading one of the very few assets they have (Smith or Horford) for a legit center? Not sure I buy that one.

Mark Bradley

June 21st, 2011
3:56 pm

No, SSS. I think any move with Josh Smith would come later.

GTBob

June 21st, 2011
3:58 pm

Nice to see Shumpert moving up. He is a heck of a talent who hasn’t fully developed in my opinion.

Zing

June 21st, 2011
4:00 pm

MB — any word, rhyme, or reason for Thompkins being so out of shape? It wasn’t that long ago that he was considered a possible lottery pick.

Mark Bradley

June 21st, 2011
4:02 pm

Trey Thompkins was hurt in preseason, Zing, and never seemed to get into top shape this season.

BjohnDawg

June 21st, 2011
4:08 pm

Hawks really put themselves in a position where the 2nd round pick has to count. It cannot be a player we want to develop( i.e. project). they need to get a player that can come in and offer quality minutes from the start.

That may be tough at 48.

steve

June 21st, 2011
4:08 pm

any chances the hawks try and move up into the first round?

Mark Bradley

June 21st, 2011
4:12 pm

There’s a chance, steve. But I don’t think it will happen.

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

June 21st, 2011
4:19 pm

NBA IS TERRIBLE!!!!!! There isn’t one proven player in the entire draft except Kimba Walker.

PAUL BLEWITT

June 21st, 2011
4:31 pm

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

It’s spelled KEMBA….maybe if you were a little more of a nerd you wouldn’t sound like such a MORON!

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Zing

June 21st, 2011
4:45 pm

I think someone will get a steal in Thompkins, actually, if he does drop that far. He was apparently lights-out in the under 21 or whatever it was international team, which was deep in future NBA talent.

Hot sauce

June 21st, 2011
4:46 pm

Anybody know how Marvin’s 65 year old back is doing? It matters if we want to trade him.

ormewood

June 21st, 2011
4:58 pm

Ask the dookies whether Derrick Williams is legitimate or not.

Paddy

June 21st, 2011
4:58 pm

Hot sauce…….Williams 65 yr old back is better. After extensive workouts he pronounced that he is in the “best shape of his career”. My back, he quotes is “only 62 yrs old now”. ASG believes he is the key to selling more tickets and the road to the Championship!!! With ASG’s track record how can we not believe them? This just in; Thrashers “pick your seats day” has been placed on hold till further notice!

ClemsonBrad

June 21st, 2011
5:04 pm

Mark-I forgot about speedy…good lord what a nightmare that contract was..

bruce mac

June 21st, 2011
5:11 pm

Thopkins is fat and soft. Those Bama inside players (and others) ate his lunch. I can only imagine what the NBA will do to him.

Douglas

June 21st, 2011
5:16 pm

I am surprised that Trey did not go to one of those camps football players go to to get in shape…sounds like he could have used that…or gone on that P90X program.

Douglas

June 21st, 2011
5:17 pm

Enter your comments here

Daniel

June 21st, 2011
5:17 pm

Don’t put any stock in nbadraft.nets mock draft. They really are a joke!

ASG = JERKS

June 21st, 2011
5:18 pm

I hope the Hawks fold like a tent. No doubt ASG and Hawks management do something stupid.

Chris

June 21st, 2011
5:28 pm

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 21st, 2011
5:45 pm

Wasn’t Kak’s deal like 6 years 11 million? If I am close our views of bad contracts sure has changed over the years,lol. Also to think we didnt want the Pistons to have him, lol!

phil

June 21st, 2011
5:47 pm

LOL about Heavy Thompkins…the guy was overrated in college and won’t be worth a crap in the pros. Anyone with sense knows it, and I kept saying it all season last year. If you watch his soft, Marvin Williams-looking self out there bumbling around when it mattered, then you know what I’m saying….

I hope the Celtics draft him 25th….a big help to atlanta if they do.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 21st, 2011
5:47 pm

13 million, 6 years for Jon Contract. Chump Change in the landscape of todays NBA.

Paddy

June 21st, 2011
5:57 pm

Lowcountry Bulldawg…put Jon Concact’s contract in todays numbers and you still have a mind blowing waste of money! ASG is thinking about bring Speedy back. Great news.

gamecock

June 21st, 2011
6:07 pm

Perhaps no player is rising faster than Georgia Tech’s Iman Shumpert, who is suddenly on the Phoenix Suns’ short list at No. 13. The Nets have had a strong interest in him, and he could be the player they’re trying to move up from No. 27 to get

Paul in RDU

June 21st, 2011
6:10 pm

I am surprised to see Williams from MD listed as only the #48 pick. Shumpert plays hard, especially on D, and should have a good career. He needs to improve his outside shot and his ball handling though.
Who knows how any of the players in the draft will make it in the NBA – there are way more misses than hits the last several years.

Paul Hewitt

June 21st, 2011
6:19 pm

If Schumpert goes in the first round it will be because of my superior coaching.

JJ

June 21st, 2011
6:34 pm

KevinM

June 21st, 2011
6:35 pm

Shumpert rates higher in the NBA than the NCAA? Simply amazing..

If you take Trey Thompkins in the 1st round, it will be your last draft selection….I have heard nothing to take him serious at this level.

Leslie is a bit small and could be a high flyn’ Shannon Brown, but he needs a team that has patience. He would look good for Philly….those guys work hard!

It will be a shock if Sund finds someone useful….not a shock if he takes a non-contributor that Drew won’t give playing time anyway.

Football Fan

June 21st, 2011
6:42 pm

Total waste of a draft if we don’t pull off a trade. Being the 4 or 5 seed for 4 years is not acceptable. This is no different than the ‘Nique Hawks or the Steve Smith/Mookie Blaylock Hawks. If you want my money PLEASE rise above mediocrity. P.S. Thanks for passing on CP3 because you saved me a lot of money on tickets I did not purchase.

yodaddy

June 21st, 2011
7:03 pm

I like Shumpert. Great size and tenacious defense. He cannot score though but has room to develop a decent shot.

UGA Student

June 21st, 2011
7:25 pm

Glad Trey is gone, wish Travis had stayed. Good luck to both of them, but they each probably would have been better off developing a little more under Fox. Trey doesn’t have the… guts to play in the NBA, Florida, Vandy, Alabama and Washington proved that if no one else did.

Coach D

June 21st, 2011
7:53 pm

Well, the law of probability says that the next guard from Hofstra would be a success for the Hawks… Just saying.

Delbert D.

June 21st, 2011
8:39 pm

The Knicks need to stipulate in Shumpert’s contract that he is not allowed to shoot jump shots for the first 2 years.

superiorblogman

June 21st, 2011
9:04 pm

Needs a starting Center. SF upgrade and backup SG.

Centers, size first theory

1 Keith Benson- Not the answer at Center right now but 15-20 pounds later he could be a steal plus I would rather have him filling out the roster for cheap over some vet minimum especially the ones we usually get

2. Jeremy Tyler- He could be the big man version of Brandon Jennings for all we no. Cant pass on that possibility.

SF’s next in the size first theory

3. Tyler Honeycutt- He is thin and weak right now that could cause him to drop someone always does, if he is there take him.

4. Jimmy Butler- I love his midrange game and he can walk and chew gum at the same time unlike Marvin. Could be a rotation guy from day one and will be even cheaper than re-signing Damien for the vet min.

5. Gary Flowers- He is one guy that I know the Hawks brought in for a workout. Dude is a freak athlete his max vertical is the same as Josh Smith. Put up decent numbers in college.

6. Justin Holiday- Defensive specialist who has a good basketball pedigree he is the brother of Jrue Holiday for the Sixers. Those type of guys always seem to find a way to stick around and be serviceable.

SG’s next in the size first theory

7. Travis Leslie- I think his midrange game is being undervalued, he also rebounds real well for any guard and even SF.

8. Iman Shumpert- His stock is being blown out of proportion. My theory is if you look at a guy in game action and he does not look great then he did not become great when you started measuring his body parts because he could not do anything great with his body parts. All that said I always saw the defensive ability.

9. Malcolm Lee- Love those UCLA guards there always better than you thought. Westbrook did not look like an All-NBA performer at UCLA neither did Holiday look as good as he is now showing. Probably another gem here but the difference is he will most likely fall to the 2nd.

10. Shelvin Mack- I think he is a combo guard so I will list him here as a SG, the Hawks sure love combo guards if he is there would not be surprised.

Bonus:

If you are looking for simply rebounding: Jordan Williams, you cant pass on a guy that averaged damn near 11 boards as a sophomore in the ACC.

If you are looking for simply a knockdown shooter: Ravern Johnson, and Goudelock will be around.

If you are looking for a guy that can be more of a pure PG: Darius Morris averaged almost 7 assists as a sophomore will maintaining better than 2 to 1 ratio and Demetri McCamey has maintained 2 to 1 assist to TO ratio multiple years and has averaged around 6 assists multiple years.

There are some gems in this draft and always were even when they were trading away the #18 pick

LakeDawg

June 21st, 2011
9:51 pm

Thompkins has a great post game…..for someone who is 7 ft. plus. Unfortunately he is only 6′10″. He’s not agile enough to play a forward position. I believe he will be an NBA bust. Shumpert will probably turn into a good NBA player. A lot of upside to him. Leslie is a long shot developmental player.

Butts Wagner

June 21st, 2011
10:17 pm

I know nothing about the UGA guys(shows how much NCAA basketball I’ve watched the past two years). As far as Shumpert goes, his ceiling, based on what we know so far(and what NBA scouts know), is a Raja Bell/Bruce Bowen/Matt Barnes type of player who is a great defensive player but not a very good offensive player. If I were Shump, I’d showcase my defensive skills and athleticism and use that to get drafted. Offensively, I’d spend most of my time working on my outside shot, at least pre-draft. Further offensive development will depend solely on what my future team needs me to do, whether it’s in the NBA or D-League or Overseas. But above all, if I were Shump, I’d stick with the defense and athleticism angle. Those are already proven on tape and any further showcasing of those skills in workouts and future game play(where-ever those games are) will be the ticket to the NBA. Offensive skills can be worked on and improved, but not at the expense of the skills that are already NBA ready.

Butts Wagner

June 21st, 2011
10:21 pm

UGA fans, is Thompkins like Ra’sean Dickey was at Tech. I always thought Dickey had NBA quality center skills, but he was 6′9″ or even 6′8″ and did not have the athleticism to play even power forward in the NBA. I would consider him to be like an undersized Roy Hibbert, if Hibbert was more skilled. But Hibbert is like 7′2″ or 7′3″, so Hibbert doesn’t have to be a good athlete. Is that what Thompkins is like?

dss

June 21st, 2011
10:29 pm

Look at the background of Thompkins photo. Is it just me, or does the guy carrying the wires look like a dead ringer for the Mark Bradley head shot photo at the top of the blog. Scary.
I like the Leslie/Shannon Brown comparison. Valid.

willie

June 21st, 2011
10:41 pm

As a GT fan, I have watched Shumpert quite a bit. I have always said that his game will translate well to the NBA because he can create his own shot….very few guys in this draft can do that. I will be very surprised if he makes it out of the teens.

Butts Wagner

June 21st, 2011
10:51 pm

Hopefully this is not a double post, but what is the deal with Trey Thompkins? I haven’t watched much NCAA basketball outside of Tech the past couple of years. Is he like Ra’sean Dickey was at Tech. Dickey had the skills of a 7 footer, but was like 6′8″ or 6′9″. So Dickey didn’t have the athletic skills to play power forward in the NBA, but was too small to be a classic center. I feel like Dickey is more skilled than someone like Roy Hibbert, except that Hibbert is 7′2″ or 7′3″ and can get away with less skills because he’s so tall. Is this the case with Thompkins?