published Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

5-at-10: Hudson helps Braves, worst NBA draft trades and area stars getting noticed

Let's get to it. From the "7-Up Stinks Studios," here we go...

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning of an interleague baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, June 20, 2011 in Atlanta. Hudson went 8 innings and allowed no runs on two hits and earned the win as the Braves defeated Tornto 2-0. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Hey, that was fun

Tim Hudson turned in an old-school, high school superstar type of performance in the Braves' 2-0 win over Toronto on Monday. He pitched eight-plus scoreless innings and hit a two-run homer. The only thing that could have made it feel more like a little league game (where the pitchers are generally the best hitters, too) than a Major League game would have been manager Fredi Gonzalez bringing Hudson a different glove and telling him to go to shortstop when the pitching change was made.

Good times all around for a club that has survived an injury patch and has stayed in the thick of the race. Approaching the midway point — the Braves are 41-33, some seven games from the halfway mark of 81 — Atlanta is 4.5 back of the Phillies and holds a half-game lead in the wildcard standings.

And all of this with missing two-thirds of your outfield for roughly three weeks and the self-implosion that is Dan Uggla. Uggla is so bad — he's been sub-.200 since May 17; spending most of the last four weeks hovering around .180 — here's saying that the next time Hudson pitches, Uggla should be in the No. 9 hole and Hudson can hit 8th. And if Hudson doesn't pitch again until the Braves head to Seattle early next week, DH for Uggla and let Hudson hit.

It's that bad, gang.

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    In this file photo, Utah Jazz's Bryon Russell defends against Chicago Bulls' Scottie Pippen. The Bulls traded Olyden Polynice for Pippen in 1987. (AP Photo/Jack Smith)

Draft disinterest

The 5-at-10 loves the draft. You know this.

But we're having a tough time getting excited about Thursday's NBA draft. Sure Kyrie Irving could be a good pro. Yes, Derrick Williams is a fine player. You bet, Oso's main man Kemba Walker will be a contributor for someone and has a nice ceiling.

But of this group is there one player out there you really want your team to go get? Yeah, we don't see it either.

Since that's the case, here are the five worst/most one-sided trades around the NBA draft:

5) Hawks land building block: Draft day for the Atlanta Hawks is like tax day for the rest of us — we know it's coming every year and it's rarely enjoyable. In the weeks after the 1982 draft, the Hawks made one of their best moves ever, dealing John Drew, Freeman Williams and cash to Utah for Dominique Wilkins. Relax, the Hawks still managed to mangle their pick that year — taking Keith Edmonson (yes, that Keith Edmonson) when future all-stars Fat Lever, Sleepy Floyd and Ricky Pierce were still on the board.

4) Warriors get fleeced: The Celtics traded the No. 1 and No. 13 picks in the 1980 draft for the No. 3 pick and a four-year veteran center named Robert Parrish. After the picks are made and the smoke clears, Boston got Parrish and Kevin McHale for Joe Barry Carroll and Rickey Brown. Edge: Boston.

3) Jordan gets a sidekick: On draft day in 1987, the Bulls sent Olden Polynice to Seattle for some guy named Scottie Pippen. Yes, in a name contest "Olyden Polynice" dominates "Scottie Pippen." In regard to hoops, well, Pippen turned out to be a touch better.

2) A title for a Tractor: On draft day in 1998, Dallas dealt Robert "Tractor" Traylor to Milwaukee for German teenager Dirk Nowitzki. Yeah, that turned out pretty good for the Mavs.

1) Hornets get strong-armed: Kobe Bryant made it clear he was not going to play in Charlotte. About a week after the 1996 draft, the Lakers sent Vlade Divac to the Hornets for Bryant. Ouch.

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    In this file photo, UTC's Keon Williams carries the ball during spring football practice at Finley Stadium. Williams was suspended for the 2011 season after his arrest and guilty plea on drugs charges.
    Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Tough day for Mocs, Vols

As our college beat aces John Frierson and Patrick Brown wrote in this morning's TFP, the Mocs lost three contributors and the Vols lost another defensive lineman.

UTC suspended running back Keon Williams for the 2011 season after his arrest and guilty plea on charges of drug and drug-paraphanalia possession. Receiver Brian Sutherland left the program for personal reasons, and defensive end Chris Donald has left the team after surgeries on his injured wrists failed to produce significant improvement.

Each player was at least going to contribute this fall, and Sutherland and Donald likely could have been all-conference type of guys.

As for the Vols, former Alcoa star defensive tackle Rae Sykes is no longer with the UT program. He can be termed an academic casualty. While Sykes was unlikely to contend for a starting spot, he was one of the few seniors on the Vols roster and played a position in which the Vols can't afford to lose anyone.

Is it us, or does it always seem that college football news in June is bad?

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    In this file photo, Cleveland quarterback Chad Voytik is pursued by McMinn's Ty Kimpson. Voytik is a four-star player and the nation's No. 6-ranked pro style QB in the quarterback according to Rivals.com.
    Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Area stars getting noticed

It may not be on par with the class from a couple of years ago, but the Chattanooga-area has a nice collection of rising seniors that are strong college football prospects.

Cleveland quarterback Chad Voytik is a four-star player and the nation's No. 6-ranked pro style QB in the quarterback according to Rivals.com. Calhoun kicker Adam Griffith, an Alabama commitment, is the No. 1 ranked kicker in the country. Baylor offensive lineman Barrett Gouger, a Vandy commitment, is a three-star tackle.

Voytik's four-star status continues the strong run of high-profile names in the area. Last year, three area players signed with SEC schools, and the class of 2009 had the state of Tennessee's top-ranked player (Ooltewah's Jacques Smith) and Georgia's top-ranked player (Calhoun's Da'Rick Rogers).

Today's question

The 5-at-10 loves the draft. You know this. That said, let's pretend the NFL owners and players were going to have a deal in place by the end of the week. (Fat chance, we know.) OK, let's now pretend that part of that deal was every player was put into a pool and re-drafted. (Yes, this is an even fatter chance — like those 800-pound-guys-on-reality-shows-that-can't-get-out-of-the-bed fat chance — but go with it.)

Question: You have the No. 1 pick, and considering age and position and talent, who do you take to build your franchise around for the next decade-plus? Discuss.

Until tomorrow.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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Eustice_Chase said...

Basketball- Im taking Kevin Durrant, simply because with a little size this guy will drive the lane and make folks pay for standing in the middle...he can already shoot from anywhere on the court...and he wears a killer backpack

Baseball- Im drafting and young outfielder that can crush fastballs and put off speed pitches in the opposite field bleachers...a guy with wheels...a strong arm...heck I guess Im drafting 1986 Barry Bonds...i dont think thats gonna work for me huh??

Golf...I'm Drafting Rory McIlroy..DUH WINNING

MMA..I'm Drafting Georges St PIerre...the guy is a veteran, well respected champion and still has 5-10 years of WINNING to do

Soccer...Ill take any foreign player who can run fast, kick hard and "bend it like Becham"

Polo...Im taking Sidney Crosby riding Animal Kingdom

Football.. Well IM taking Matty ICE...the guy is smart Like Peyton...Throws a bullet..and is a Natural Born Leader...plus he has a great nickname!

June 21, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

We were mainly talking NFL about the re-draft, but we love, Love, LOVE your enthusiasm. Like the Matty Ice choice. We'd go with Aaron Rodgers first. Then Matty Ice. Then JaMarcus Russell — hey, who let Pretend Al Davis out of his casket?

Anyhoo. Durant absolutely. We'd look hard at Matt Kemp in baseball. We trust your view on MMA.

He, he, he... Sidney Crosby on Animal Kingdom. That's good stuff.

— 5-at-10

June 21, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Baseball is tricky, it seems like it takes such a long time for these guys to mature into good all around hitters...very few guys come straight out of the minors and bash 40 HR, Drive 100+ and play in 140 games...but Matt Kemp would make a good argument...or Miguel Batista.... me personally Im looking for an outfielder...dont have to worry about him getting in the way of the base-runner...

as far as the NBA draft goes...the story lines this year arent the players available..its the deals that will be made teamed with the players available...like the possibility of LA trading Pau Gasol to the Twolves for Kevin Love and the #2 pick...those are story lines!!! (doubtful but its a good story and makes me salivate being a Laker fan!!)

June 21, 2011 at 11:45 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Question for the 5@10...do you still take Aaron Rodgers if (da) Bears win the NFC ???

Do you take Ditka or Hurrican Ivan...uhhh Ditka

Da' Bears!!!

June 21, 2011 at 11:47 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Wow. Coulda gone all day without a Freeman Williams reference. But you know, that does bring back great memories. Mostly of his time with the SuperSonics. Draft pick to build around. Hmmm. I'll take a flyer and say Arian Foster. Shelf life for running backs in the league is short, even for those putting up 1,700 yards a season. I know the NFL is a quarterback league and you don't need a marquee running back to win it all (for example, see the Patriots' title teams - Antowain Smith, a just past his prime Corey Dillon, e.g.). Better yet, I'll take the best defensive player on the board: (cue the Ricardo Montalban voice) Welcome to Revis Island.

June 21, 2011 at 12:18 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

If the Lakers send Pau and his collection of shoes and matching hand bags and bonnets to Minny for Kevin love, Love, LOVE his double-double game and the No. 2 pick, which will become Kyrie Irving because the Cavs will gag and take D Williams. Then they turn around and deal two No. 1s, Andruw Bynum for Dwight. Sweet Dream Team re-incarnated, the Lakers would have a Big 3 plus 1. What do you call that: A Big Four Corners. Connect Four. Four on the Floor. Jack's Happy. Pepper needs new shorts. Holy Buckets, this needs to happen, and then the Heat go 2, 3, 4, 5 years without a title.

As for the real Aa-Rod, probably not, but you could say the same thing about Peyton, too, vs. the Bears in the Super Bowl.

Ditka dominates Hurricane Ivan. Heck, Ditka would smack down the three-headed tag team of Hurricane Ivan, Ivan Drago and Ivanka Trump. Ditka. DITKA.

BIspy —

Knew you'd love the Freeman Williams shoutout. We'll speak for everyone who watched a lot of Arian Foster's college careers that were fumble-filled and say, "Uh, no thanks." Like Revis a lot. Liked "Fantasy Island" more. Mr Roark had mad game. MAD GAME.

— 5-at-10

June 21, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.
chas9 said...

Nickel & Dime--

Here's a contest for you. Name the college team (not counting Kansas) that will have the most players picked in the 2011 NBA draft. Tiebreaker: Name the conference that will have the most players picked in the first round. 2nd tiebreaker: Name the team (not counting Kansas) that will have the most players picked in the first round. 3rd tiebreaker: Which number pick will Scotty Hopson be? For purposes of this contest, Free Enes Kanter does not count for Kentucky.

June 21, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Give me AJ Green in the first round please. Big, physical receiver who can make stupid catches look routine...yeah..I'll take my chances with him. In Basketball, Duh, Kemba! And I'm gonna take Ricky Bobby for Nascar. And i love the GSP pick EC, he's one of my heroes...havent watched in a while though since Dish stopped offering Spike in its regular package...punks.

June 21, 2011 at 1:40 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Oso —

Gently step away from the AJ Green poster. Dude can play, no doubt, but the No. 1 overall pick?

When you do finally win a 5-at-10 contest, we're definitely getting you some sort of AJ memorablia. Which brings us to...

Chas9 —

Like where you are heading with this. Here's a 5-at-10 mini-contest — The Chas9 Feeling the Draft Free-for-All.

Rules: Which of the following has the most first-round picks:

— SEC

— ACC

— Pac10

—Big Ten

— Big 12

— Big East

— All other colleges

— All other countries

First tie-breaker: Which first-round pick has the best suit (as determined by the 5-at-10)?

Second tie-breaker: Which first-round pick has the worst suit (as determined by the 5-at-10)?

Any takers — winner gets to answer a question in a Friday mailbag.

Thoughts?

—5-at-10

June 21, 2011 at 1:47 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Hey! It's our pick! You picked ol' man safety pick with Aaron Rogers! (actually, pretty good pick there man) But I'm a gambling man and I know what the Green is able to do. He has the explosive ability of a Uranium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator. Just wait...at the end of the next year ('14!?) he'll be hostin that rookie of the year trophy high and be on his way to great things. UGH! another contest...ok...here we go

SEC - 4 ACC - 5 Pac10 - 1 (i dont like the pac10) Big Ten - 3 Big 12 - 6 Big East - 3 All other colleges - 2 All other countries - 1

First tie-breaker: Which first-round pick has the best suit (as determined by the 5-at-10)? Duh, Kemba!

Second tie-breaker: Which first-round pick has the worst suit (as determined by the 5-at-10)? Anybody from Tennessee.

June 21, 2011 at 2:25 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

I think the AJ Green memorabilia is still carrying its list price, though that Liberty Bowl jersey now falls into the re-gifer category. The Terrelle Pryor stuff, not so much. Looks like he flooded the market. For what it's worth, they haven't stopped drinking in Boston. OK, that actually dates back to the 1700s, when the Puritan influences started getting overwhelmed. McIlroy drinking champagne out of the U.S. Open trophy (dude, did he think he won the Stanley Cup?) ... Darren Clarke pulling up stakes in Munich to head back to Northern Ireland to keep the party going ... that stereotype is comimg in loud and clear, like through a quadrophonic Blaupunkt. And what of McIlroy's competitors' glowing comments about the young man? He is that a good kid (and I did tell you he was)? Or is Tiger really not that universally adored in the lockerroom?

June 21, 2011 at 2:25 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Oso —

If this had been the school cafeteria, we would have shot milk throw our nose at the "ol'man safety pick" line. Well played indeed. Maybe it was, but dude was money, and there is no way the first pick in the NFL draft can be anything other than a QB.

Your entry is in:

Most drafted — Big 12

Best suit — Kemba Walker

Worst suit — UT player(s)

BIspy —

In the words of Jim Rome, "Rack him." Great post. Whether or not Rory is a great guy or not, here's saying the rest of golf, while not overjoyed they got dominated, they were at least pleased they were not dominated by the Jackwagon, and then have to face all the media types saying, "Can anybody ever challenge Jackwagon Woods?"

Sidenote: Here's hoping that the "Beans and Sports" Cowboy is at the NBA draft Thursday. That would be cool. VAN GUNDY!

— 5-at-10

June 21, 2011 at 2:58 p.m.
chas9 said...

Assuming the contest is set, I'll go with OCU (other countries university) for most picks. Ricky P's not eligible, so it's gotta be Kyrie Irving for best suit, cause Dookie guys are all metrosexuals. BBZZ is right that in any draft the worst dressed will be from Tennessee, but since he's got that pick, I'll go with The Jimmer, since BYU is a fashion wasteland.

June 21, 2011 at 3:17 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Most drafted - Big East Best suit - Derrick Williams Worst suit - Enes Kanter

June 21, 2011 at 3:26 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Chas9 —

Most drafted — OCU (Other Country University)

Best suit — Kyrie Irving

Worst suit — Jimmer Fredette

Oso —

Most drafted — Big 12

Best suit — Kemba Walker

Worst suit — UT player(s)

BIspy

Most drafted — Big East

Best suit — Derrick Williams

Worst suit — Enes Kanter

5-at-10

Most drafted — OCU (Other Country University)

Best suit — Jimmer Fredette

Worst suit — Kenneth Faried

In the wonderful words of the wonderful ladies at the Varsity, "Who's next?"

June 21, 2011 at 3:27 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Just had to throw the Varsity reference in there didnt ya big guy?! Man I havent been there in ages. I feel the same way about the Varsity that I do about Bass Pro Shops....how can we NOT have one in ChattaVegas already?!?!?

June 21, 2011 at 3:42 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Oso —

Hard not to go through the ATL and stop by for a couple chili dogs and an FO. One of the few things other than family we miss about living down around Atlanta.

Gang —

This contest is starting to take shape. We'll give the winner the choice between answering a 5-at-10 question or Braves tickets.

McPell

Most drafted — Big 12

Best Suit — Jordan Thompson TX

Worst Suit — Brandon Knight (I really wanted Al Davis for this but wrong sport)

Chas9

Most drafted — OCU (Other Country University)

Best suit — Kyrie Irving

Worst suit — Jimmer Fredette

Oso

Most drafted — Big 12

Best suit — Kemba Walker

Worst suit — UT player(s)

BIspy

Most drafted — Big East

Best suit — Derrick Williams

Worst suit — Enes Kanter

5-at-10

Most drafted — OCU (Other Country University)

Best suit — Jimmer Fredette

Worst suit — Kenneth Faried

June 21, 2011 at 3:59 p.m.
chas9 said...

5@10--

Glad to hear you know haute cuisine when you taste it. But I seem to remember the call from behind the counter as "What'll ya have, what'll ya have, what'll ya have?" And do you remember when their poet laureate Nipsy Russell worked there?

June 21, 2011 at 5:27 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Chas9

Slow down with the big words my good man. We have to look those up as we go. And Nipsy Russell was the first freestyle wrapper (yes, even before Whoodini and GrandMaster Flash) and he did his on the set of the $25,000 Pryamid and Liar's Club.

And there was a bunch of "Whadda ya have?" right after the "Who next?'

Kind of a "Who next?'... "Whadda ya have? Whadda ya have? Whadda ya have?" kind of cadence.

— 5-at-10

June 21, 2011 at 5:32 p.m.
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