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INSIDER: CHAD FORD MOCK 2.0 TEAM NEEDS ACCOUNTED FOR

The NBA season is over. Lottery odds and draft orders are set. The early entry list is in. NBA teams finally are beginning the workout process.

That means it's time for the second edition of our first-round mock draft.

In drawing up our second mock draft, we've taken into account team needs, but very little is set in stone. Expect things to fluctuate greatly over the course of the next two months. The NBA draft combine in Chicago is a little more than a week away. Typically a handful of players will see significant movement in their draft stock based on the combine. Further, we won't know the results of the NBA draft lottery until May 21.

Thus, the mock draft order begins with the lottery teams that own the greatest possibility of winning the No. 1 pick (by percentage), then followed by the remaining teams in reverse order of the final regular-season standings. If you want to see what your team might do with their No. 1 pick, check out our Lottery Mock Draft Machine that features more than 2,000 scenarios.

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1Nerlens NoelOrlando Magic (25 percent chance to win lottery)
COLLEGE: KentuckyAGE: 18HT: 6-11WT: 215POS: C
Analysis: I'm not sure there will be a Disney World parade down the streets of Orlando if the Magic win the No. 1 pick. According to sources, Orlando had its heart set on Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart until he broke its heart when he decided to stay in college. While the Magic need just about everything, point guard might be their biggest area of need. So, does Orlando roll the dice on Trey Burke or do they go after Noel, who gives the Magic something else they desperately need (shot blocking)? The Magic were tied for 24th in the league in blocked shots and could use an athlete in the paint next to Nikola Vucevic. While there will be a solid argument for Burke here, high-ceiling players like Noel are hard to come by.

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2Ben McLemoreCharlotte Bobcats (19.9)
COLLEGE: KansasAGE: 20HT: 6-5WT: 195POS: SG
Analysis: The Bobcats need everything. With the possible exception of 2012's No. 2 pick, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the team requires upgrades everywhere. McLemore makes a lot of sense here. The Bobcats ranked 27th in the league in 3-point shooting percentage last season, and McLemore has a beautiful stroke. Anthony Bennett and Alex Len are other possibilities, though their recent injuries cast doubt on whether teams would take them this high.

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3Otto PorterCleveland Cavaliers (15.6)
COLLEGE: GeorgetownAGE: 19HT: 6-8WT: 200POS: SF
Analysis: Porter is the perfect fit for Cleveland, and according to sources he is the No. 2-ranked player on the Cavs' board right now. With two dynamic scorers in their backcourt and good size up front, they need a wing like Porter who can excel without having the offense run through him.

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4Victor OladipoPhoenix Suns (11.9)
COLLEGE: IndianaAGE: 20HT: 6-5WT: 214POS: SG
Analysis: Though the Suns just hired Ryan McDonough as the new general manager, the team still has many basketball needs. Right now its biggest problem seems to be character and drive. The Suns are a leaderless group that desperately needs toughness and energy. While Oladipo is far from a polished product, his lockdown defense, elite athletic abilities and super-high motor seem like the perfect antidote to the malaise in which Phoenix found itself this season. C.J. McCollum could be another possible pick at No. 4. He would give the Suns the pure scorer it lacked all season.

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5Trey BurkeNew Orleans Pelicans (8.8)
COLLEGE: MichiganAGE: 20HT: 6-1WT: 175POS: PG
Analysis: Burke certainly will get a look as the potential No. 1 pick if the Magic draft there. The other team that seems to fit Burke are the Pelicans. Yes, Greivis Vasquez is coming off a breakout season, but Burke is a totally different player and could complement Vazquez coming off the bench early on. The Pelicans' other big need is at small forward. Shabazz Muhammad could get a look here. So could Croatia's Dario Saric. Sources say that the Pelicans are one of the two or three strongest suitors for Saric at the moment.

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6Anthony BennettSacramento Kings (6.3)
COLLEGE: UNLVAGE: 20HT: 6-8WT: 240POS: PF
Analysis: The team is in flux right now as the NBA works out who is going to own the team and where it will be located. So any real inside information is pretty hard to come by. The team's biggest need probably is at small forward. However, adding a shoot-first player like Muhammad seems like a disaster waiting to happen, as much of the Kings' roster is populated by similar players.

Enter Bennett. While he also has a tendency to let it fly, there's an upside there that Muhammad lacks. Tuesday's news that Bennett will have rotator cuff surgery, which could keep him out up to four months, might give the Kings second thoughts about drafting him this high. But overall, I think Bennett's the best talent at this point in the draft.

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7Shabazz MuhammadDetroit Pistons (3.6)
COLLEGE: UCLAAGE: 20HT: 6-6WT: 225POS: SF
Analysis: The Pistons have had a bit of luck the past few years in the lottery. Every year a player who is ranked very high at the start of the season seems to slide to them later in the draft and somehow fits a perfect need. First it was Greg Monroe in 2010. Brandon Knight slid in 2011. Last year it was Andre Drummond. At times, all three were ranked in the top five with Monroe and Drummond going as high as No. 2. Could it happen again this year with Muhammad? The Pistons clearly have a need for a shooter, and before the season began, many scouts had Muhammad as a top-three pick. He didn't look like one at UCLA, but draft prospects rarely shine in Ben Howland's system.

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8Alex LenWashington Wizards (3.4)
COLLEGE: MarylandAGE: 19HT: 7-1WT: 225POS: C
Analysis: Before last week's news that Len was undergoing surgery and would miss the NBA draft workouts, the combine and summer league, it seemed improbable that the 7-foot-1 big man would fall this low. Now, it appears that he's right within Washington's range. Len could be a steal at No. 8 and could fit a long-term need for Washington. He's one of the two or three most skilled big men in the draft and still has enormous upside.

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9C.J. McCollumMinnesota Timberwolves (1.7)
COLLEGE: LehighAGE: 21HT: 6-3WT: 190POS: PG
Analysis: McCollum is getting looks as high as No. 4 to the Suns, but if he falls to No. 9, it will be a coup for the Wolves. The team ranked dead last in the NBA in 3-point percentage, while McCollum shot a scintillating 51 percent from 3 this season. He could be a terrific backcourt mate for Ricky Rubio -- the Stephen Curry they should have had four years ago.

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10Kentavious Caldwell-PopePortland Trail Blazers
COLLEGE: GeorgiaAGE: 20HT: 6-5WT: 190POS: SG
Analysis: Right now, Caldwell-Pope is one of the fastest risers on NBA draft boards. He is a terrific shooter and a very good athlete. While the Blazers already have Wesley Matthews, adding Caldwell-Pope to the mix gives Portland great depth in the backcourt.

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11Cody ZellerPhiladelphia 76ers (0.8)
COLLEGE: IndianaAGE: 20HT: 6-11WT: 210POS: C
Analysis: While there still are a few scouts clinging to the Zeller bandwagon, it's gotten less crowded over the past few months. While there are a few teams with which Zeller fits ahead of the Sixers' pick, this looks like the most obvious fit. With the exception of Spencer Hawes, the Sixers just don't have a lot of size. While I don't think Zeller is worthy of a top-five pick anymore, he's a good value here.

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12Gorgui DiengOklahoma City Thunder (0.7) via Toronto Raptors
COLLEGE: LouisvilleAGE: 23HT: 6-11WT: 235POS: C
Analysis: Really, Oklahoma City is set at every position. However, Dieng is the one player left on the board who probably could help them now. Not only is he physically ready for the NBA, he's a good shot-blocker, a solid rebounder and an excellent passer out of the high post. With the Thunder a little weak up front, I think Dieng could be a nice addition to their frontcourt.

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13Dario SaricDallas Mavericks (0.6)
COLLEGE: CroatiaAGE: 19HT: 6-10WT: 223POS: SF
Analysis: The Mavs will have a tough call here between Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams and Saric. The Mavs want a player with big upside, and both Carter-Williams and Saric have it. But I'm hearing the Mavs, who have historically been on the cutting edge of drafting international players, feel Saric could be a star someday -- especially if he has a year or two of mentoring from Dirk Nowitzki.

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14Kelly OlynykUtah Jazz (0.5)
COLLEGE: GonzagaAGE: 21HT: 7-0WT: 238POS: C
Analysis: The Jazz's biggest need is at point guard, but I don't see the next point guard on the board -- Carter-Williams -- as a fit. The Jazz need their point guards to be able to shoot the basketball, and that's Carter-Williams' biggest weakness. The Jazz also will have needs in the frontcourt. With Al Jefferson most likely leaving this summer via free agency, they'll need big bodies. Olynyk was the most efficient big man in college basketball and would add another wrinkle to a bright up-and-coming tandem of Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors.

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15Glen Rice Jr.Milwaukee Bucks
COLLEGE: Georgia TechAGE: 22HT: 6-5WT: 206POS: SG
Analysis: We put Rice in our top 30 several months ago after he started getting more minutes in the D-League and broke loose. It wasn't a fluke. Rice led the Rio Grande Vipers to the D-League championship, scoring 25 PPG in the finals. He's a bit of a tweener, but he has NBA athleticism, can really shoot the basketball and is an excellent rebounder for his size. Most importantly, in the D-League he excelled at a high level among elite college players and former NBA rotation guys. He could help the Bucks right away next season.

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16Michael Carter-WilliamsBoston Celtics
COLLEGE: SyracuseAGE: 21HT: 6-5WT: 175POS: PG
Analysis: With Rajon Rondo's future up in the air, Carter-Williams could be a very good pick here. The Celtics already are accustomed to having a long, athletic point guard who can't shoot. His size would allow him to share the backcourt with Avery Bradley. Some scouts have Carter-Williams ranked as high as No. 5 on their boards, so landing him at No. 16 would be a steal.

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17Rudy GobertAtlanta Hawks
COLLEGE: FranceAGE: 20HT: 7-1WT: 220POS: PF
Analysis: Atlanta is in rebuilding mode and can afford to swing for the fences. Gobert's best attribute is a 7-foot-9 wingspan. He's played adequately in the French League this year, but he's still very much a work in progress. With most of the team heading into free agency, they need depth everywhere -- especially on the front line.

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18Jamaal FranklinAtlanta Hawks via Houston Rockets
COLLEGE: San Diego St.AGE: 21HT: 6-5WT: 195POS: SG
Analysis: Atlanta is somewhat set in the backcourt, but I think Franklin, who also can play some small forward, might be worth the gamble. His infectious energy and athletic ability should give the team a real shot in the arm.

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19Steven AdamsCleveland Cavaliers via Los Angeles Lakers
COLLEGE: PittsburghAGE: 19HT: 7-0WT: 240POS: C
Analysis: Cleveland still is rebuilding, so it can afford to take a gamble. Right now, scouts feel Adams has the most upside of the young bigs left on the board. Adams has the NBA body and toughness, but he remains incredibly raw offensively. With Anderson Varejao as a mentor, it seems Adams could be a good long-term fit.

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20Mason PlumleeChicago Bulls
COLLEGE: DukeAGE: 23HT: 6-10WT: 230POS: PF
Analysis: Plumlee had a terrific season at Duke, but he's struggling to convince NBA teams that he could put up similar numbers in the pros. He's big, athletic, a solid rebounder and runs the floor well. I'm not sure he falls this far, but if he does, the Bulls certainly will snatch him up. They could use another athletic body in their frontcourt. Sergey Karasev, a sharpshooter from Russia, also is a real possibility here.

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21Shane LarkinUtah Jazz via Golden State Warriors
COLLEGE: MiamiAGE: 20HT: 5-11WT: 176POS: PG
Analysis: The Jazz still need a point guard, and among the point guards still left on the board, Larkin could be the best fit for Utah. Yes, he's undersized. But he's a great athlete, sees the floor well and shot more than 40 percent from 3 this season. Look for Baylor's Pierre Jackson and Germany's Dennis Schroeder also to be in the conversation with this pick.

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22Sergey KarasevBrooklyn Nets
COUNTRY: RussiaAGE: 19HT: 6-7WT: 205POS: SF
Analysis: No, I'm not just placing Karasev here because he's Russian. Brooklyn is playing to win now, and there aren't a lot of players on the board who could step in and help the Nets right away. Karasev is putting up impressive numbers in Russia, and the Nets could use another sniper from beyond the arc.

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23Dennis SchroederIndiana Pacers
COUNTRY: GermanyAGE: 19HT: 6-2WT: 168POS: PG
Analysis: Indiana is thrilled with George Hill's production but still hasn't found the right fit at backup point guard. Schroeder could be a steal for the Pacers here. He's super quick, has a 6-foot-7 wingspan and sees the floor really well. He wowed teams at the Nike Hoop Summit, and if he doesn't fall to the Pacers, I could see him going as high as No. 16 to the Celtics.

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24Jeff WitheyNew York Knicks
COLLEGE: KansasAGE: 23HT: 7-0WT: 235POS: C
Analysis: The Knicks have a strong front line but an aging one. Withey is one of the best two or three shot-blockers in the draft and could immediately help the Knicks' interior defense.

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25Pierre JacksonLos Angeles Clippers
COLLEGE: BaylorAGE: 21HT: 5-10WT: 180POS: PG
Analysis: The Clippers can't afford to keep Eric Bledsoe, so most likely he'll be traded this summer. The Clippers will need a cheap replacement, and Jackson could fill that need. Clippers fans will love Jackson, an elite athlete who plays with reckless abandon. He's got the potential to be another Nate Robinson.

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26Giannis AdetokunboMinnesota Timberwolves
COUNTRY: GreeceAGE: 18HT: 6-9WT: 215POS: SF
Analysis: The Timberwolves have an excellent international scouting staff, and with one lottery pick already in the books at this point, they can afford to take a huge gamble on Adetokunbo. Granted, he's playing against very poor competition in the second division of the Greek League, but the physical and basketball skills are undeniable. Minnesota can afford to wait and develop him overseas or in the D-League for a few years before trying him out in the NBA.

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27Allen CrabbeDenver Nuggets
COLLEGE: CalAGE: 21HT: 6-6WT: 210POS: SG
Analysis: Denver is one of the deeper teams in the league right now and might opt for an international player just to save a roster spot. However, Crabbe could be the one guy on the board who intrigues them. He's an excellent shooter with deep range. It's an area with which the Nuggets struggled all season and in the playoffs. Crabbe could be an inexpensive solution.

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28Alex AbrinesSan Antonio Spurs
COUNTRY: SpainAGE: 20HT: 6-5WT: 195POS: SG
Analysis: Abrines actually is getting decent minutes for one of the best teams in Europe right now. He's a scorer who can get it going from wherever. Abrines is a major sleeper in my opinion, which is exactly the type of guy the Spurs always seem to find.

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29Ricardo LedoOklahoma City Thunder
COLLEGE: ProvidenceAGE: 20HT: 6-6WT: 180POS: PG
Analysis: Ledo was one of the country's best high school scorers in 2011-12, but he wasn't able to showcase his talents after being ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA. Still, a number of GMs believe he could be a late-first-round steal. With the Thunder going for a safe big man in Dieng at the top of the first round, it might not hurt to roll the dice in the second half.

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30Archie Goodwin Phoenix Suns via Miami Heat
COLLEGE: KentuckyAGE: 18HT: 6-5WT: 195POS: PG
Analysis: This is a pure talent grab by the Suns. Goodwin has elite speed and quickness. But his wild shot selection and poor outside shooting contributed to Kentucky's woes this season. The Suns, however, can afford to be patient with him and wait to see if he develops.


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Can't wait

26Giannis AdetokunboMinnesota Timberwolves
COUNTRY: GreeceAGE: 18HT: 6-9WT: 215POS: SF
Analysis: The Timberwolves have an excellent international scouting staff, and with one lottery pick already in the books at this point, they can afford to take a huge gamble on Adetokunbo. Granted, he's playing against very poor competition in the second division of the Greek League , but the physical and basketball skills are undeniable. Minnesota can afford to wait and develop him overseas or in the D-League for a few years before trying him out in the NBA.

Can't wait to see EuroBaller's response to this lol

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Giannis

I've actually been tweeting Chad Ford the last month, telling him it's not the 4th division, its the 2nd division...
progress, but yeah, it's probably still weak as ;)

Austin Daye as an outcome for Giannis scares me as well..

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When...

When EuroBaller reads that Chad Ford call Greek 2nd Division weak he's gonna go on a major rant lol about how the ncaa is worst and so on lol. I cant wait to read that haha

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austin daye is a lazy as they

austin daye is a lazy as they come. I hope Giannis has more drive and passion. I think Giannis will work harder and show more passion on the defensive end.

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Wow..Glen Rice Jr. top 15

Wow..Glen Rice Jr. top 15 pick.

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What an extremely opinionated

What an extremely opinionated mock draft. I don't see how he can put Pierre Jackson ahead of Erick Green.

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Not familiar

I'm not overly familiar with either player, but isn't Erick Green a tweener, and Pierre Jackson a point that can penetrate, shoot and pass to a high level?

What case is to be made that Erick Green is a better pick?

I'd love to know, thanks :)

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Whoever picks Otto Porter in

Whoever picks Otto Porter in the top 5 will regret it 2 or 3 years from now...He's not that athletic,gets push around by smaller players,struggles to create off the dribble and lacks strength....I would rather have Dario Saric...

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Agree

I agree on Otto Porter. Also Glen Rice and Pierre Jackson in the first round is a little shocking

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^^^^ The Cavs should go for

^^^^

The Cavs should go for the best player available. If it is Oladipo then great, they have their three guard rotation of the future. If not, they should take a look at Alex Len. He would fit next to TT and then they could trade Andy Varejo and hopefully get some good young players and picks in return.

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Please, Celtics, don't draft

Please, Celtics, don't draft Michael Carter-Williams. They need somebody who can shoot. Neither Jeff Green not Avery Bradley are great outside shooters, and they are the Celtics two probable long term pieces on the wings. Plus, MCW absolutely couldn't play with Rondo. He just doesn't fit on the Celtics at all.

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YES, i hope my Sixers take

YES, i hope my Sixers take Zeller

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I am really up in the air

I am really up in the air when it comes to Zeller. If they draft the Cody Zeller of his freshman season who looked explosive and coordinated while shooting 62 % this would be the steal of the draft. Cody may have put up better numbers this season but he didn't look like the same player. It looked to me that everytime he attacked the basket he was looking for a foul instead of taking it strong. I don't know if he was hurt and playing through it or what but he just didn't look the same.

That being said in this scenario where Len and Caldwell Pope are both gone by the time the Sixers pick I think Zeller is the best value. I wouldn't mind them drafting Olynck either but am not sold on the one year wonder based on the level of competition he faced in the WCC. Another guy I am gaining a lot more interest in is CJ McCollum. The Sixers really missed Lou WIlliams this year as they had major issues creating their own shots in the half court. If CJ can come in and play on the ball and off and start or come off the bench he could be a great pick up. I just don't think he will be around when they pick.

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Shane Larkin

Shane Larkin going at #21? Apparently my guess he would go between 15-25 in the 1st round is reasonable.

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Pacers baby...

I love the Dennis Schroeder pick. We absolutley need a back up PG who can fill it up. I wouldn't mind seeing Isaiah Cannan here although most people have him slotted for the 2nd round. It wouldn't be the first time the Pacers reached in the first round #Miles Plumlee.

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PLAYER CARD 20Mason

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20Mason PlumleeChicago Bulls
COLLEGE: DukeAGE: 23HT: 6-10WT: 230POS: PF
Analysis: Plumlee had a terrific season at Duke, but he's struggling to convince NBA teams that he could put up similar numbers in the pros. He's big, athletic, a solid rebounder and runs the floor well. I'm not sure he falls this far, but if he does, the Bulls certainly will snatch him up. They could use another athletic body in their frontcourt. Sergey Karasev, a sharpshooter from Russia, also is a real possibility here.

with withey crabbe and larkin all on the board there is no way we take plumlee ever !!! i would trade down first. and take withey!!

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