Monday, May 4, 2015

Rising Stars Challenge Mock Draft

Rising Stars Challenge Mock Draft

Rising Stars Challenge Mock Draft

Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal will draft their respective Rising Star Challenge teams from a pool of 18 first- and second-year players Thursday night at 7 p.m. on TNT.

But before the Chuck and Shaq have at it, we asked BoopStats' NBA experts Mark Perner (Daily News) and Greg Frank (Cherry Hill East) to conduct a little draft of their own. We awarded Greg the first pick since he had the disadvantage of having to draft via cell phone while trying to watch the Sixers-Pacers game at the Wells Fargo Center.

Below is how their draft went. See how they compare to how you might have drafted and what Barkley and O'Neal will do Thursday:

 No.  Player  Team  Pos.  No.  Player  Team  Pos.
   1.  Kyrie Irving  Cavaliers  G    2.  Damian Lillard  Blazers  G
   3.  Anthony Davis  Hornets  F    4.  Kenneth Faried  Nuggets  F
   5.  Kawhi Leonard  Spurs  F    6.  Kemba Walker  Bobcats  G
   7.  Harrison Barnes  Warriors  F    8.  Nikola Vucevic  Magic  C
   9.  Tyler Zeller  Cavaliers  F-C  10.  Klay Thompson  Warriors  G
 11.  Dion Waiters  Cavaliers  G  12.  Tristan Thompson  Cavaliers  F
 13.  Brandon Knight  Pistons  G  14.  Chandler Parsons  Rockets  F
 15.  Andre Drummond  Pistons  C  16.  Bradley Beal  Wizards  G
 17.  Alexey Shved  T'wolves  G  18.  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist  Bobcats  G-F


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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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