Speculative: Which Beilein recruit will win the first NBA ring?

Submitted by Rodriguesqe on July 12th, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Title says it all: wild guess, who will get their first ring. These are the contenders:

1) Manny Harris (out of league)

2) Darius Morris (San Antonio summer league team)

3) Trey Burke (Utah)

4) Tim Hardaway Jr (New York)

5) Nik Stauskus (Sacramento)

6) Mitch Mcgary (OKC)

7) Glenn Robinson III (Minnesota)

8) Jordan Morgan (Minnesota)

9) Caris Lavert (Michigan)

10) Zak Irvin (Michigan)

11) Derick Walton Jr (Michigan)


First, its nice that the programhas so many guys in the League or at least on the skirts.

Second, I am going to pick Zak Irvin, winning with the Cavs. They have Miami's top 10 protected pick next year, and I believe they will be looking for a guy who can stretch the defence. If Miami doesnt fall off the map (they might) and Cleveland gets their pick, I think Zak would be the perfect fit for them.

The next choice is obviously Mitch, followed by Darius, but he needs to make San Antonio's team first.



July 12th, 2014 at 1:41 PM ^

The cavs may get Irving next year... But I highly doubt it's with a top ten pick. That would mean one of two things: Irving is better than Stauskas next year OR: the cavs are dumb.


July 12th, 2014 at 2:49 PM ^

Don't know about the team as a whole, but THJ had a great opening game in the Summer League yesterday, top scorer (25 pts) for the Knicklets, half-time interview choice, as well as photo of choice for their website report.

Several highhlight plays including one showing great mentoring chemistry with their draft pick, Cleanthony Early.  [The photo got a little squished here.  THJ actually looks like he's put on some good weight.]


July 13th, 2014 at 10:30 AM ^

A couple assists and 5 rebounds in addition to his point-per-minute:

  • Tim Hardaway, Jr. - Michigan

    • Game 1 - 25 mins, 25 pts, 5 rebs, 2 asts, 0 blks, 0 stls

Interesting to compare with Mitch's 5th game (also pretty impressive):

  • Mitch McGary - Michigan
            Game 5 - 27 mins, 18 pts, 5 rebs, 2 asts, 2 blks, 0 stls

Same # of rebs & asts.  Okay, so Tim didn't get the two blocks.  But he's not just a shooter.  Start drinking.

Source: BT Powerhouse - with daily reports on the B1G guys.  A couple others who spread out their contributions on Friday:

  • Nik Stauskas - Michigan

    • Game 1 - 32 mins, 14 pts, 0 rebs, 3 asts, 2 blks, 2 stls
  • Darius Morris  - Michigan

    • Game 1 - 15 mins, 12 pts, 2 rebs, 1 ast, 0 blks, 1 stl


July 12th, 2014 at 3:19 PM ^

even if they don't trade wiggins for love, you know they'll be looking for shooting. i think Irvin will be considered the best shooter in next year's draft, so he could be a natural fit.

i guess i just really like the idea of a michigan guy get drafted on a big profile team. its fun to follow michigan guys along into their professional careers, but when THJ dueled manny harris on the lakers last year in a skunk game wasn't as fun as seeing them in the finals would be.


July 12th, 2014 at 2:26 PM ^

Yeah, when I saw the list that the OP provided, I thought of the most recent future odds at VegasInsider.com and the Thunder are at #2 with 6/1 projected odds to win the 2015 NBA Finals, first place now belonging to Cleveland at 4/1 given the events of the last 24 hours there. For reference, the Kings are projected at 300/1, as are the Jazz, and the Knicks sit at 50/1 in their estimate. 


July 12th, 2014 at 2:18 PM ^

McGary. Not even close. I'll take McGary vs the field until somebody switches teams. (I'm assuming DMo doesn't make the Spurs squad)

Perkis-Size Me

July 12th, 2014 at 2:24 PM ^

McGary until someone switches teams. OKC is in the best position of those teams to win a championship right now, and I'm operating under the assumption that D-Mo will not make the Spurs squad.

Maybe THJ next with the Knicks, just because they've got Phil Jackson running the show, but I don't know.

carlos spicywiener

July 12th, 2014 at 3:26 PM ^

Everyone knows Harden can't play D. That task falls to Ibaka and their rotation players (and soon, McGary).

Harden provided a 2ndary scoring option and was always good for scoring punch off the bench. OKC had a nice little setup going where they only needed 2 of their 3 primary scorers (Durant, Westbrook, Harden) to be hot on any given night to win most of their games.

During the playoffs this year, OKC had no answer for the defensive prowess of Kawhi Leonard. Having Harden on the floor would have been an enormous help.

Trading him to Houston was a massive screwup.

Magnum P.I.

July 12th, 2014 at 3:38 PM ^

Probably Kam Chatman. From what I've seen, he seems like he has the best ability of the bunch to be drafted as a role player and later randomly traded to a team that happens to be a title contender. Rare ability. Austin Daye had it in spades this year for San Antonio. Chatman looks like that kind of player.


July 12th, 2014 at 4:19 PM ^

Either way, its possible we have four consecutive years of lottery picks....leVert should be in top ten and then presuming Irvin has a similar offseason he could go after his junior year. Wow

Lucky Socks

July 12th, 2014 at 5:06 PM ^

Love to Cavs for Wiggins. Plus others. One of those others is GRIII who gets a chance to make the Cavs roster and provide bench athleticism while developing into a rotation contributor on a championship team.

Lucky Socks

July 12th, 2014 at 6:44 PM ^

Haha it's a leap!  But you can't see Glenn Robinson III being a throw-in in a potential Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins deal?  That trade will probably have like 7 pieces (players or picks), and a second round salary with first round potential might be interesting for the Cavs.  The TWolves roster at 2/3 might get crowded if they end up with LaVine, Shabazz, Wiggins, and whoever else.  

I do agree though.  The only correct answer here is Mitch McGary, because he's the only guy currently playing for a contender.  


July 12th, 2014 at 9:01 PM ^

The safest bet is Mitch.

D-Mo isn't going to make the Spurs, otherwise he'd be the best bet. IIRC, the Spurs have already got like 14 guys with guaranteed contracts for next year.

Utah, Sactown, and Minnesota are lightyears away from title contention.

The Knicks need to wait until Amare and Andrea's contracts come off the books in 2015 before they can build anything of significance.


July 12th, 2014 at 9:14 PM ^

with you. Would have to go with team that has the best chance now and adding Mitch, should he continue to improve from what we saw in the regular season 2012-2013, then the incarnate of Bill Walton in the tournament, their chances can only improve. However, as one poster pointed out, with the number of trades that take place and the number of player involved in these, there is really no telling where one will end up accidentally, possibly claiming a ring due to such a trade.