Chad Ford Fake-Trades Collison, Drafts Austin Rivers

In a recent column on Grantland Bill Simmons and Chad Ford went back and forth creating a mock draft in order to preview tonight’s big event.

When New Orleans’ number 10 pick came up (the team’s second pick of the draft), it was Ford’s turn to make a selection. In this scenario Ford recommended the Hornets deal the 10th pick to the Pacers for Darren Collison and the 26th pick. He then advised/predicted the Pacers to draft Austin Rivers at the 10th spot.

Ford’s logic is as follows:

The thinking: Indiana wants another shooter and a guy who can get to the basket at will. Kevin Pritchard won’t care too much about chemistry … he’ll want talent. I thought about Terrence Ross here, but now I’m thinking Austin Rivers is a Kevin Pritchard type of pick. An alpha dog for a team without an alpha dog. I’m not in love with Rivers, but he might be a good fit here on a veteran team that can keep him in line. As for the Hornets, they need a good point guard to pair with Anthony Davis. I’m just not feeling Jarrett Jack. They could go with Kendall Marshall here — he’s an elite passer who sees the floor as well as anyone in the draft. But I think he’s going to get killed defensively. Killed. They had a lot of luck with Darren Collison when he played there; since the Pacers have replaced Collison with George Hill as their starter, he’s expendable.

Giving up a quality talent in Collison and another potential talent in the 26th pick might seem like a bit of a reach for Rivers who critics might claim has the ceiling of about … well … Daren Collison. But perhaps there is something to Ford’s “alpha dog” point.

Tags: 2012 NBA Draft

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