Doug Gottliebs' Mock Draft
I just saw this on TV on ESPN...I thought some people might be interested in this.
1. Clippers- Blake Griffin- Obvious
2. Memphis- Thabeet- Gottlieb thinks Memphis wants to trade the pick but if they can't they will take Thabeet.
3. Thunder- Ricky Rubio- He says the Thunder are being very secretive about who they want to draft.
4. Kings- Johnny Flynn- Gottlieb says Flynn has been killing workouts and has moved up.
5. Wizards- James Harden- Washington needs a player that is a little more polished than DeRozan.
6. TWolves- Tyreke Evans- Minnesota could use a big combo guard that can penetrate.
7. Golden State- Jrue Holiday- Gottlieb says Jrue & Monta Ellis can play together. From what I have read Ellis wants to run the point next year. Would Jrue be OK playing shooting guard?
8. Knicks- Curry- Gottlieb says Curry would fit good alongside LeBron.
9. Toronto- DeRozan- Raptors have promised DeRozan that he won't fall pass the 9th spot.
10. Milwaukee- Earl Clark- Gottlieb says that Clark can replace Villanueva.
One surprise is that Gottlieb did not have Jordan Hill or Brandon Jennings in the top 10. I could see Jennings falling a little bit but Jordan Hill falling past #10??
I completely agree with you. Hill is NOT going to fall past 10.
I think the only reason jordan hill is up so high on people's draft boards is the fact that this draft lacks big men. who else would you put there? BJ Mullens? Hill will be a good role player i think but im not convinced he is worth a top ten pick. He seems more like a Ronny Turiaf type of player to me, someone who will bring energy and rebounding and play decent defense but not necessarily a player who you want in the game at crunch time.
Jennings has a lot of talent and ironically i think he and jordan hill would both be taken higher if jennings had gone to arizona last season. jennings would have made hill look amazing like augustin did for damion james. but people probably percieve jennings as a stephon marbury type of player, talented and flashy with an attitude problem. i think the year in europe might have hurt his draft stock because it could have convinced teams he is a flight risk and not willing to stick around for the long haul while a GM puts a team together.
I wish Jennings would have gone to college. Could you imagine Brandon Jennings, Nic Wise, Chase Budinger, & Jordan Hill playing together...that would have been fun to watch. I agree Jennings would have made Hill a better player and vice versa. I also believe Hill is a little overrated due to the lack of big men in this draft. But...I just don't see him falling past #10...there are too many teams that could use a big man that can run the floor with the ability to play PF or Center.
I think it might be a good pick to trade. If this draft holds up Washington could trade the pick to Dallas and try to get Brandon Bass out of the deal. Then Washington gets a young PF and Dallas gets their shooter in Harden. When I look at the top ten I only see a few teams that really need a PF. If Hill doesn't get taken in the top 3 I think he definetely falls to at least 7. I just can't see Washington taking Hill and crowding the frontcourt like that. Haywood, Thomas, Blatche, Songaila, and Hill? Seems too much to me. Golden State is developing a few young PF but they could take Hill and move them to SF since they are so light (Brandon Wright and Anthony Randolph). New York strikes me as the team that most needs a solid interior defender and rebounder if they really do let Lee walk but they also strike me as the team least likely to take the smart pick and go for a flashy PG or SG instead. Toronto could use another PF for sure but with the addition of Reggie Evans they seem pretty set on Derozan. Milwaukee also looks set on letting Sessions walk and re-signing Charlie, but if it went the other way I think they would give Hill a look if he was available. I know Hill is talented but somehow I just don't see room for him in the top ten. Teams might let him drop and wait for the big men next year.
Hill could fall. He is a PF and hes not showing dominace during workouts..
I like Flynn in Sacramento Kings
Jenning draft position will not mean much if he has become a better player. People can barely draft win there are people everyone knows is good so in a draft with this much uncertainty it will be crazy. I am not impressed with Hill but yet I can see if he puts on Weight that he could be a steal and that is what many see. They feel like he gains weight he can be Howard lite.
But he can actually shoot
Put Hill in place on Holiday.
If the Bucks let Hill fall below the 10th pick, I will be very surprised. We need a big, powerful forward that doesn't put up 20 points a game, just rebound and defend.