1. Bobcats - Anthony Davis - He has shown everyone that he is, without a doubt, the best player in the nation. I dont care who gets the first pick, they had better be picking him for their team. He is the kind of player that you change your team for. So the Bobcats can start changing their team and getting rid of anyone that doesnt mesh well with Davis. That includes Kemba, Byombo or even the Head Coach.. If you arent willing to work with Davis, you will be traded.
2. Wizards - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - The Wizards are trying to change their culture by getting rid of trouble players. MKG has shown only positive things with his play and his actions off the court. He is going to be a very versatile SF that will fit with John Wall. The biggest thing about him is his spotty shooting outside. Since that is also Wall's biggest weakness, they will need to be put with a stretch 4 and a great shooter from three at the 2 spot. However, I think he and Wall can be a fantastic pair.
3. Hornets - Harison Barnes - I think that the Hornets are in a spot where they need to get younger at every position but they need to make sure that they get a player that will proved something. Well, Barnes has tons of potiental, but is NBA ready right now. With Okafor still on a decent contract, they can keep him around to play defense at the rim while the younger guys learn to play. This team is going to bad again next year regarless so take a player that will mesh well and provide something from day 1. Ariza is not part of the future of this team. He is also going to be easy to move. Barnes and Gordon will make a great pair of wings for this team.
4. Trailblazers - Andre Drummond - With the emergence of Aldridge and potientally 2 picks in the lottery, Portland needs to take a chance on Drummond. If he can become a defensive C to play with Aldridge, they could be a crazy duo in the paint. Drummond has the body and he has the skill but there seems to be a little something missing from his game.. Playing beside of a vet like Aldridge, who will take the scoring and rebounding load off of him, will only help Andre develop. He was pegged to be the number 1 pick for a really long time and for good reason. He has the talent to change a franchise. If the Blazers could get him to play like he can, he could be a steal at 4. Thats hard to do..
5. Raptors - Jeremy Lamb - This would move Derozen to the 3 but I think he is a good fit with the team. The plan is to move Bargs to the 4 whenever the most recent draft pick comes from over seas. So this ends the need for a 4 because if Bargs is a PF, they have 3 that deserve to play on the roster. Lamb is a nice scorer and could take the pressure off of Derozen to shoot from 3. Moving him to the 3 could actually help him be more versatile. Lamb would also benefit from Calderon, if he stays. Lamb, Derozen, Bargs, and Valancunis are a nice group regardless of the PG.
6. Kings - Thomas Robinson - He doesnt fit well with this team here but with the type of player he is, he will fit anywhere. He is a good counter to Cousins because he is more athletic and can really get out and run with the guards. He is a good rebounder and a nice off the dribble PF. He can provide another threat for this team. The reason he is picked here is simply because he is the most talented player left on the board.
7. Pistons - Arnett Moultrie - Providing another threat from the post and playing with Greg Monroe will make the Pistons a scary team looking ahead. While he is more of a scorer than a defender, he can defeinatly defend. He is a pretty good rebounder and a good all around fit with Monroe at the 5.
8. Cavs - Brad Beal - If the Cavs can find a player that can score from the wing to put with Irving, this team could be causing trouble sooner than anyone thought. They seem to have their C and PF for, at least, then next couple of years. They just need to get a SG or a SF that can score. Well, based on what we have seen, Beal can score. If he is anything like Eric Gordon, who is his most popular comparison, he will be the perfct fit with the Cavs.
9. Jazz - Kendal Marshall - This may be a bit high for Marshall but he is the perfect player for this team. With guys like Burkes and Hayward looking like legit players, all this team needs is a PG that can get everyone the ball. Well, that is exactly what Marshall excells at. Also, the team could add even more scoring to the team by trading some of thier peices. This team has alot of bigs that can play. Lots of team are looking for guys with height and skill and the would be willing to give up scorers to get them.
10. Bucks - Perry Jones - What this team really needs is a C but there arent any avaliable at this point in the draft. Also, they have lots of talent so the best thing for them to do is take a chance on someone. Jones has as much talent as anyone in the draft but he needs the right coach to be a great player. IDK of Skiles can be that guy but he will at least stress defense to him. With Jones' bounce and legnth, he could be a scary defender. Also, their biggest hole, other than at C, is at the 3 spot and with some work, Jones could play there.
11. Trailblazers - Austin Rivers - Since Brandon Roy retired, Portland has been looking for someone to score from the wing. They have gotten some from Batum and some from Matthews. Also, they have Crawford to chuck shots. However, one thing that none of these guys hve is that "IT" factor. I think that Rivers has it. He can be a dynamite scorer and a great player off Aldridge as a second or third option. He will bring some personality to the team that has been gone since Roy left.
12. Hornets - Jared Sullinger - If he makes it this far in the draft, he would be the pefect PF to play here. A high character guy with a great set of skills. He wont wow you wth jumping ability but he can get it done. Put him next to Okafor to do some scoring and he could play the same role that David West was playing before. A young trio of Gordon, Barnes, and Sullinger should be more than enough for someone to buy this team, right?
13. Jazz - Terrence Ross - They are going to need a guy who can consistantly shoot the ball when left open. Burkes is more of a creator and so is Hayward. When either of these guys are out, Ross can step in play off the other, and hit some shots. However, that is not all he can do. I feel like people are making the same mistake with him that they did with Klay Thompson. He isnt just a shooter, he can score in lots of ways.. Coming off the bench behind some good players can help him be comfortable learning to score at this level.
14. Suns - Terrence Jones - The Suns seem to be commited to Gortat for the future and they just drafted a Morris twin that looks pretty good. So, their holes are at the guard spots. Nash is on borrowed time but he is still around. Hill is crazy old and their rotation at the 2/3 consists of role players and old, hurt, Michael Redd. Terrence Jones can provde some dynamic and athletic ability that has been missing since Marion left town. 1 year with Nash could make all the difference for Jones becoming a good player. He has a nice shot and is a good defender. Also, at 6'8, he has plenty of size to play the 3. They can work on their issues at PG/SG next year or with a trade .
I'm mostly cool with this draft other than the 8th and 11th pick. But I know I'm not high on Beal and Rivers, I'll leave it as that.
I don't think Robinson is the best fit next Cousins. I think they need a shot-blocker next to Cuz. But they'll probbaly go BPA and pick him anyway since this draft doesn't have many after Davis.
My first 7 words after "Thomas Robinson"
"He doesnt fit well with this team..."
^^My bad. I should start reading more haha.
kinda pointless, until the lotto happens, but I happen to agree with most of this actually
looks good, but i just have a hard time thinking the wiz won't go with t-rob, drummond or a sg at 2. i thought they just drafted 2 sf's in chris singleton and jan vesely last year. the only other thing is i think beal is the first sg off the board. he really played well in the tourney and left a better lasting impression than austin rivers and jeremy lamb.
Thomas Robinson is pretty similar to JJ Hickson who didn't fit in well.
portland manages Andre Drummond and Austin Rivers.... WINNING
I see no real way Lamb goes before Beal or Robinson at this point and think Moultrie is a poor fit for the Pistons. If the Hornets pass on Drummond at 3, I'd be shocked as well.
Assuming this is how the lotto plays out, no way Hornets pass on Drummond at 3. Ya Okafor is there, but so what? Drummond gets to play behind him for the next 2-3 years and learn to play Def with passion. Hornets will have to build for the future, and the potential for a dominant center in the middle you dont pass on. I then think N.O. will take Sullinger if he fell to their second pick. Two bigs as their building blocks, but I doubt Detroit passes on Sullinger if T-Rob isn't there.
Drummond btw doesnt pass the #2 pick. Too many teams looking for the potential dominant center. If the team with the #2 pick doesnt want/need Drummond, they will look to trade down in this deep draft. Washington in this example, could easily move #2 to Portland for #4 and #11 and get either MKG or Barnes at four. Portland will hop on this to bring in Drummond and hope he isnt Oden 2.0 :-/
I don't see Drummond going #2 in Toronto or Washington... and perhaps not Jersey. Toronto is set in the frontcourt and Barnes is too good a fit. Washington wants the MKG culture change, not another potential laden kid, and who the hell knows what the Nets are doing at this point - they surely don't.
I dont disagree with you with those teams, but Im saying that another team will want Drummond bad enough that if Toronto or Wash has the #2 pick, they can swap picks and add other assets. For example, Portland at #4 would be interested in Drummon and would swap #4 plus assets for #2 pick. Tor/Wash can then get MKG or Barnes at 4 while adding additional picks.
I like your mock as well. I think if the Hornets do go third, like somebody else mentioned, they would probably go big and draft Drummond or Robinson. I actually think Barnes would be a good fit with the Kings. Tyreke Evans and Thornton are both slashers and Barnes can spot up on the outside and drain the jumper. I think the Hornets would try and draft a guard with their second pick.
Good point Kham, but even when it makes sense, it's relatively rare that teams move up into the top 3-4 picks.
especially for the Jazz. A lot of people love the idea of Lillard going there, but I'm not sure the FO will be able to pass on Marshall's passing ability, and Ross would give us a good wing rotation as well as a competent spot up shooter.
i would love to see phoenix get dion waiters
Love the effort and thought put into this post. The facts behind each pick makes me visit and agree one most of the selection. great job!
***with most of the selections
bebop "A lot of people love the idea of Lillard going there, but I'm not sure the FO will be able to pass on Marshall's passing ability"
"Assuming this is how the lotto plays out, no way Hornets pass on Drummond at 3."
def agreed. the hornets are looking for potential to sell the team, i wouldn't be surprised if they got pj3 with their other pick.
I understand the point with Drummond but I don't think the Hornets can afford to take a chance right now. They need a sure thing and Barnes is the closest thing to that at 3.
Thomas Robinson will not get picked after Jeremy Lamb. Theres like 0% chance that happens unless its Cleveland picking Lamb.
See, I think there's every way Hornets shoot for the moon before taking the safe pick. Not like they're close to competing.