ESPN’s Chad Ford joins Bill Simmons to discuss the 2014 NBA draft, including injury concerns, possible trades, and players to look out for.
Listen to the podcast here.
Below are some excerpts from the podcast:
On Joel Embiid’s fluctuating draft stock:
Bill Simmons: I watched him work out a week before you, and I thought he was a 7-foot-1 Serge Ibaka. I was blown away. Which, you know, people have gotten in a lot of trouble over the years getting blown away by a workout, but he just seemed like such a great athlete, super coachable. I love the way he carried himself, he was making jokes. I liked everything I saw — could shoot with both hands, he could shoot 3s, and I left that workout thinking there’s no way that guy’s not going to be the no. 1 pick. And now he’s not going to be the no. 1 pick. I still don’t think he goes lower than three.
Chad Ford: … I think there’s some cold feet right now. I wouldn’t be shocked if he went to Philly at three or Orlando at four, I wouldn’t be shocked if Boston took him at six, and I wouldn’t even be shocked if he was Philly’s pick at 10. I think that’s the range, and that’s a pretty wide range. But part of it is, until these teams see those medical records, and until their doctors get a look and a handle around it, they’re speculating just like you and I are.
Simmons: I can’t imagine he doesn’t go in the top six. If Boston passes on him, I’ll be pissed.
On Jabari Parker’s weight issues:
Ford: I think Jabari is going to be good. But look, he weighs 255 right now. That’s big for a small forward. He’s been working out in L.A. for what, the past eight weeks with a professional trainer? I’m not sure his body type is the type that slims down when he’s lifting weights and working out … he’s going to be a big guy. That’s his body speaking. I know the Bucks especially are looking at him and projecting him to be a 4 in the league, not a 3. Offensively, he would play much more like a 3, but defensively, they felt like he had to play 4. And that scares me a little bit.
Simmons: I think he’s a stretch 4. Ultimately, if you’re winning with him, that’s where he plays.
LeBron to … the Warriors?
Ford: If you have Steph Curry, and if you have Kevin Love, why isn’t Golden State a compelling destination for LeBron?
Simmons: Oh, wow.
Ford: Great market. Steve Kerr is a good coach. Steph Curry, Kevin Love, two players that are better right now — Steph Curry is better than Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love is better than Chris Bosh. Golden State, if they do that [Klay Thompson and David Lee] deal and don’t take on [J.J.] Barea, can move Andre Iguodala to a team with cap space. They can move him. They can move Harrison Barnes to a team with cap space if they need to. Or they can do a deal with Miami if they wanted to do a sign-and-trade or what have you. They could get LeBron in.
Simmons: Interesting. Miami isn’t helping them, though. If I’m Miami, I’m going down with the LeBron ship.