We run hot and cold on CBS’s podcast (ours is better), largely because Gary Parrish is a bit of blowhard and Matt Norlander, under his breath sometimes, makes it clear he doesn't much like Duke.
However, Parrish’s occasional riverboat mentality and willingness to say things that most people would keep to themselves makes it occasionally tolerable. And every once in awhile, they have a show that’s worth passing on.
So it is with their latest. They’re doing a series of mini pods on draftable players and this one is on Tre Jones.
Even Norlander has relatively nice things to say. They talk about sophomore Jones vs. freshman Jones and while they don’t mention that he was asked to carry much more of he offensive burden, which is why his defense wasn’t quite as terrifying, they do in general think well of him and that he’ll likely be a late first-round pick.
Looking at the last ten picks of the draft, we see this order, 20-30:
- New York
- LA Lakers
We could imagine Pat Reilly jonesing for him (sorry) at Miami, or Milwaukee looking for a good defender. New York always needs help and that would reunite him with RJ Barrett, which would be cool.
On the other hand though, Boston has two picks and Toronto is 29th.
We could see Boston imagining him on the court with Marcus Smart and the kind of tough defense Brad Stevens adores although it wouldn’t surprise us if they bundled their two late picks and tried to move up.
And if it were Toronto, he could work with two guys he really respects in Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowery.
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