Poll: Where do you think Larry gets drafted?

Where do you think Larry Sanders will end up being drafted this Thursday's NBA draft?

  • He will surprise everyone and go in the top 10:

    Votes: 2 3.9%
  • He will sneak into the late part of the lottery (10-14):

    Votes: 10 19.6%
  • The rumors are true and either the Bucks or the Bulls take him with 15 or 17:

    Votes: 19 37.3%
  • Neither rumor is true and he goes in the 20's:

    Votes: 17 33.3%
  • He slips into the top of the 2nd round:

    Votes: 3 5.9%

  • Total voters


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Apr 19, 2009
With the draft just a couple of days away, there is plenty of speculation about where Larry might go. He's been included in articles and mock drafts in USA Today, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, NBADraft.net, DraftExpress and numerous NBA team websites who cover the pre-draft workouts.

There have been rumors of a promise from the Milwaukee Bucks at 15 (which has been publicly denied by Bucks' Director of Scouting Billy McKinney) although Scott Skiles did take Larry out for dinner the night after the workout and said "you are exactly what we are looking for." The rumor started in the Memphis Commercial Appeal after Larry cancelled his workout with Memphis and picked up steam to the point where McKinney had to publicly address the rumors after getting calls from a number of scouts, agents, and execs.

One of those teams appear to be the Chicago Bulls who are also enamored with Larry and his physical attributes and skill-set as a shot-blocker at the next level. According to an article at Hoopsworld and sources close to the situation, the Bulls like Larry at 17 as well.

While both of those teams are rumored to like Sanders, there is also heavy uncertainty with the quality and quantity of NBA rotation players in what looks to be one of the most deep drafts in the past couple of years. With the big man position far and away the most well-stocked in this year's field of draftees, there is also a distinct possibility of players slipping to the Bucks and Bulls that they simply can't pass on. It isn't far-fetched to think that both teams move their picks in trades to either move up for a better player or down in the draft, since it's likely Sanders would be available in the 20's with a cheaper salary to dish out. In the event that either of these things happen, there are several plausible scenarios in which Larry could end up going in the 20's or even slipping to the top of the second round. Where do you think he'll end up?
The intrigue of the draft is fun to watch; reminds me of a good poker game with smoke, false clues and cards held close to the vest.
You're right nobody really knows what's going to happen until a team is on the clock. There are a plethora of potential scenarios and every teams decision is based upon the selections of the teams before. It is sure to be a night filled with drama and intrigue. There is just so much talent spread out. The draft isn't very top-heavy at all, although the first 6 ot 7 picks are likely set in stone. With this being the year of the free agent in the NBA with LeBron, Amare, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade etc., you better believe some teams are trying to shed as much cap space as possible to make a run at these guys. Some of these teams don't want to have a guaranteed 3 year first round contract if they don't see a player with immediate impact on the board.

I would expect to see a lot of movement on the draft board in the form of trades, swapped picks, and surprise selections with several players slipping significantly from current projections.
The most important thing is that Larry gets drafted! It's good for him, the school and recruiting.
I picked 2nd round. My prediction, Team "A" with the 20th-ish pick will trade their lotto pick and a player to be announced. Larry going in the 2nd round.

Promise at #15 according to his, but seems kind of weak.


The Bucks have told Larry Sanders that they will draft him if he's still on the board at No. 15. But the Bucks are actually trying to trade down because they know it's unlikely anyone will take Sanders before No. 15 and there isn't a ton of teams interested in Sanders in the first 20-25 picks. The Bucks do want Sanders and they told him they will take him. But I don't know how much I believe the promise by the Bucks. If someone else slips to them, like Ekpe Udoh, Cole Aldrich or Luke Babbitt (for the record, I don't think any of them will be available at No. 15), I could see the Bucks changing their mind and taking one of them. If that were to happen, I believe Sanders would really fall deep into the late first round or possibly even into the early second round. There just hasn't been an incredible amount of interest for Sanders. But the Bucks told Sanders they will take him, so we have to believe that for now.
I picked 2nd round. My prediction, Team "A" with the 20th-ish pick will trade their lotto pick and a player to be announced. Larry going in the 2nd round.

wait, huh?

as for my meaningless opinion, i think all this "promise" stuff is complete bullsh*t. it's merely an attempt to throw off other teams. i say larry goes in the 20's.

This draft stuff is a fun way to spend the summer. Much better than a coaching search. We should do it every year.
Didnt want to start a new thread, and this post is relevant to many of the more recent threads here. I found it interesting that in the latest ESPN the magazine, there is an article that polled prominent players from each team and held a mock draft of who they would like to see their teams draft. No one picked Larry. :( I know the players dont do the drafting but darn there were some players being picked in this mock draft that arent getting any shine at all by people "in the know".
I said in the 20's although I would like to see him go higher of course. I just remember last year with EM....there was all this talk about 13th, 15, 17th,18th....blah, blah, blah. Then I sat there and watched and watched and watched...waited, waited, waited....being more and more disappointed until he was drafted at 20th (well I was still very happy he was drafted in the 1st round but your know what I mean).

Anyway, I think Larry may have a shot or two or going before 20th depending on how things fall out. But I definitely see him going in the 1st round at late teens or early/mid 20s.
Newest ESPN magazine doesn't have Larry being drafted in the 1st round, found it hard to believe. Sporting News mag had him going at 15th.
I voted that he goes in the top-10. Why not, it's just a guess! We have no idea where is going. If he is the top-5 in big men then someone might jump at the chance to get him after Cousins and Favour.
ramathon74 said:
Newest ESPN magazine doesn't have Larry being drafted in the 1st round, found it hard to believe. Sporting News mag had him going at 15th.

Well there you go. It is a possibility as much as most of us don't want to admit it. There have been question marks about Larry's maturity and mental toughness all season and I'm sure a number of teams have picked up on that. With 180 NBA scouts combined at his games this season (which means some came several times), I'm sure a good number of them picked up on his attitude issues and how he zoned out when he was disinterested with the game.

That combined with his mediocre vertical and thin frame, and I could see him slipping. A 28" vertical is pretty disappointing for a guy who is known for his athleticism. 222 pounds for a guy who is 6'9.25 feet tall is very thin. His length wasn't 7'7 like many of us thought, although 7'5.75 feet is still monstrous and his standing reach at 9'4 is one of the biggest of anyone in the draft. All those things could give several teams pause and in the right combination of scenarios, Larry could fall out of the first round. This is a very distinct and plausible scenario.

That said, like Chill mentioned before, all it takes is 1 team to fall in love with you to take you in the first round. It seems there are a couple of such teams if the media is to be believed. We'll see anyway, it's just a couple of days away.