I know a lot of people like Thabeet, and I like him too. But according to Draft Express (the NBA Draft Bible) that Thabeet at best is at Samuel Dalembert. And also he lacks work ethic, but who knows?
I said it before and I'll say it again, if we land 1 or 2 package it with Zach's contract for expiring contracts with one year left on them (maybe one contract with two years left on it) and a 2010 pick. Again the logic is that us shedding ourselves of Zach Randolph's contract is the equivelant to high lottery pick for us. Now I would like to swap for a lower lottery pick this year, but 1, only the Bulls are a lower lottery team with contracts that would match Zach's salary (Drew Goodin, and Ben Gordon) and 2 to me losing a pick in 2010 will be more detrimental considering we will be further along in rebuilding and ridding ourselves of Zeke's mistakes.
Now in the likley hood that we do not get the 1 or 2 and say we get 5 I would like to end up with DJ Austin or OJ Mayo. I like Mayo's potential, I love that he likes to defend and that he is a big PG. I think he may be one of those players who will look better as a Pro than in College. Examples: Vince Carter, Grant Hill (in his prime) and Tyshaun Prince
DJ Austin is a prototypical PG the only knock on him is that he is under 6 ft. He is cut from the same cloth as Andre Miller and Brevon Knight, PGs who impact the game but are not All Stars. To me thats what we need, or team is the perfect example of too many Cheifs not enough Indians. But he plays hard and is true PG, if Steph is on his way out we need a plan in place.
Now if we slide to 7 (which is likely only thanks to that 3 game win streak) I would take a gamble on DeAndre. Fact of the matter is New York can't risk passing on a game changing Big Man again with nothing to show for it Examples: Micheal Sweetney over Amare and Frye over Bynum. So if we pass on DeAndre we better be sure that he really is not going to ever be a force in the NBA, or we get an equally good player.
Brook Lopez scares me a little, but if he is as good as advertised, then he would make a good compliment to Lee on the frontline.
Thabeet is returning to school next year, so he is out of the equation.