3 Biggest Steals
Perry Jones, F Baylor- This plummet was a shock to me. Jones has serious talent and is under no pressure and can develop in OKC under Durant and Ibaka. Im surprised the Celtics didn’t take a shot at him.
Quincy Miller, SF Baylor- Another big time talent at the forward position, Miller will also get to wait his turn in Denver. If he had stayed in school he could’ve cracked the lottery next season. Denver can afford to swing and miss on this one, it’s a low risk high reward pick.
Arnett Moultrie, PF Mississippi St- I had Moultrie going to Philly in my mock at 15 for a long time and I love this kid’s game. He can play both the 4 and the 5, rebounds well and can hit a jumper. I see an immediate impact in his future.
3 Biggest reaches
Miles Plumlee, C Duke- Miles is a serious athlete but there were better and more polished back up bigs still available. I would’ve rather seen Ezeli or even O’Quinn go here because they have more to offer on both sides of the ball.
John Jenkins, SG Vanderbilt- There are many shooters just like him in the draft. I even think Doron Lamb who was picked 20 spots later is a better and more versatile than Jenkins.
Dion Waiters, SG Syracuse- Very good player but they could have traded down 2-3 spots and still got him plus another asset. Harrison Barnes is a better prospect and player in my eyes which makes this even more questionable.
3 Great Fits
Austin Rivers, G Duke- Rivers will get a lot of run at both guard spots to try to rebuild New Orleans. He is a great compliment to Davis as well.
Jared Sullinger, PF Ohio St- Boston needs a back to the basket presence since Garnett, Green and Bass are more perimeter oriented. Sullinger is one of, if not the best, low post players in the class and will be a fixture in Beantown.
Bradley Beal, SG Florida- The Wizards have a huge hole for a knock down shooter in their lineup and Beal is the best guard in the draft. He will be a nice compliment to Wall and the SFs athleticism.
3 potentially good 2nd rounders
Kim English, SG Missouri- English is a sniper from distance with great size. The Pistons added one hell of a player and person late in the draft.
Darius Miller, SF Kentucky- Miller is a great glue guy who knows his role. He is one of the best all-around players in the draft and will provide an immediate impact.
Kyle O’Quinn, PF Norfolk St- Another guy who slipped late in the draft but can contribute. O’Quinn can shoot as well as rebound and guard his position. O’Quinn has great length which helps him guard 5’s too.
Detroit Pistons- Pistons had a dream first round scenario finding a frontcourt partner for Greg Monroe. Drummond’s upside is enormous and second rounders Kris Middleton and English have nice careers ahead of them as well.
Boston Celtics- Celtics addressed their two biggest needs in the frontcourt with two very talented players. Melo and Sullinger contrast each other well and have good long term potential.
Oklahoma City Thunder- Thunder grabbed lottery talent with the 28 pick. Hard to argue that OKC was a winner with this pick.
Houston Rockets- Rockets wanted to move into the top ten to grab more assets but they were unsuccessful. They grabbed a good group of players but I don’t think they have the pieces to snag Dwight.
New York Knicks- Knicks lost their first round pick in a loaded draft by trading for a way past prime T-Mac. NY fans have to be disappointed even though they had a solid second round pick.
Dallas Mavericks- Dallas got a lot of very good high character complimentary players but I think they need more talent to help their rebuilding process.
Best Undrafted players
1. Scott Machado, PG Iona
2. Drew Gordon, PF New Mexico
3. JaMychal Green, PF Alabama
4. Henry Sims, C Georgetown
5. Kevin Jones, PF West Virginia
6. Hollis Thompson, SG Georgetown
7. William Buford, SG Ohio St
8. Terrell Stoglin, G Maryland
9. Leon Radosevic, PF Croatia
10. Rakim Sanders, SF Fairfield