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Mock Draft, Version

Mock Draft, Version 5.0

Originally Published: May 30, 2012
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com

The lottery results are in and the New Orleans Hornets are the big winners of this year's draft lottery. That means it's time for Mock Draft 5.0.

At this point, very little is set in stone, so expect our mock draft to fluctuate greatly over the course of the next four weeks. The Chicago NBA pre-draft combine, the adidas Eurocamp and hundreds of team workouts will dramatically alter the face of the draft.

But here's our best stab for now, after talking to numerous NBA team sources, on how the draft might play out on June 28.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


New Orleans

Anthony Davis

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-10
Weight: 220 pounds
Age: 19
School: Kentucky

Analysis: What a huge win for the Hornets. They lost a superstar this year (Chris Paul) and then replace him with Davis. Pair him with Eric Gordon and New Orleans has a very strong foundation to build upon.

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TEAM
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Charlotte

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 210 pounds
Age: 18
School: Kentucky

Analysis: Missing out on Davis is a major blow for the Bobcats. Kidd-Gilchrist is the second-best player in this draft and will add toughness and leadership. Michael Jordan wants winners and Kidd-Gilchrist is a winner.

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TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Washington

Bradley Beal

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 195 pounds
Age: 18
School: Florida

Analysis: Beal is a great get for the Wizards. The team could really use a dominant 2-guard to pair with John Wall. Beal is a very good fit who should be able to step in and contribute right away.

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TEAM
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VITALS


Cleveland

Harrison Barnes

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 210 pounds
Age: 19
School: North Carolina

Analysis: Thomas Robinson may be the best player left on the board, but he's not a great fit with Tristan Thompson. The Cavs loved Barnes last year and I think they'll roll the dice on him again this year.

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TEAM
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VITALS


Sacramento

Thomas Robinson

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 237 pounds
Age: 21
School: Kansas

Analysis: The Kings need toughness and athleticism on their front line and Robinson delivers both. He could help Sacramento turn around its culture.

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TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Portland (via Nets)

Andre Drummond

Position: C
Height: 6-foot-11
Weight: 275 pounds
Age: 18
School: UConn

Analysis: The Blazers need size and Drummond is huge. He's a major project, but in the right team environment, Drummond could be another Andrew Bynum.

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TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Golden State

Jared Sullinger

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 280 pounds
Age: 20
School: Ohio State

Analysis: The Warriors may be tempted by Perry Jones III, but I think they will instead go with a more proven player to help them on their front line. I hear the Warriors are quite high on Sully.

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TEAM
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Toronto

Dion Waiters

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 215 pounds
Age: 20
School: Syracuse

Analysis: The Raptors are filled with a roster of mostly soft jump shooters. What they really need is a tough player who can get to the basket and get his own shot at the end of games. They need a true scorer. DeMar DeRozan might get there someday, but Waiters is there right now. The fact that Waiters can also play some point guard is a bonus. He could go anywhere from No. 6 to No. 15 on draft night.

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Detroit

John Henson

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-10
Weight: 210 pounds
Age: 21
School: North Carolina

Analysis: Greg Monroe has been a revelation in the middle for the Pistons, but they really need to pair him alongside an athletic shot-blocker. Although Henson is painfully thin, he rebounds, blocks shots and defends multiple positions. It wouldn't be a perfect solution in Detroit, but the Pistons don't have a lot of other options here.

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New Orleans
(via Wolves)

Damian Lillard

Position: PG
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 185 pounds
Age: 21
School: Weber State

Analysis: The Hornets lost their star point guard to the Clippers in a trade at the beginning of the season and had to piece it together this season. While Lillard is no CP3, he's the best point guard in the draft and should be a terrific pick. Lillard could go as high as No. 6.

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Portland

Jeremy Lamb

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 185 pounds
Age: 19
School: UConn

Analysis: The Blazers really need a center or a point guard. But with Lillard off the board, I wouldn't be surprised if they pulled the trigger on Lamb, who could go anywhere from No. 6 to No. 13 on draft night. Portland's scouting staff has been high on him all year and, while he wouldn't fill a primary need, he has the talent to eventually earn a spot as the team's starting 2-guard.

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Milwaukee

Perry Jones III

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-11
Weight: 235 pounds
Age: 20
School: Baylor

Analysis: The Bucks gambled a few years ago on Brandon Jennings and it paid off big time. At this point in the draft, Jones is less risk and more reward.

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Phoenix

Terrence Ross

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 190 pounds
Age: 21
School: Washington

Analysis: The Suns need a little bit of everything, but they have a major hole at the 2-guard position. Ross has potential star power -- he is a great athlete, has good size and can really stroke the basketball. He'd be a nice addition in Phoenix.

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TEAM
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VITALS


Houston

Tyler Zeller

Position: C
Height: 7-foot
Weight: 235 pounds
Age: 22
School: North Carolina

Analysis: The Rockets' biggest need is in the middle and Zeller should be a solid option. Scouts don't think Zeller is going to be an All-Star someday, but he's big, he runs the floor very well and he has a great touch around the basket. Zeller should ultimately land somewhere between Picks 8 and 14.

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TEAM
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Philadelphia

Arnett Moultrie

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-11
Weight: 225 pounds
Age: 21
School: Mississippi State

Analysis: The Sixers need big athletes and Moultrie might be a great fit. He's long and athletic, he rebounds and he can stretch the floor with his jumper. Moultrie could be one of the real sleepers in the draft.

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TEAM
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VITALS


Houston (via Knicks)

Terrence Jones

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 244 pounds
Age: 20
School: Kentucky

Analysis: Jones is a bit of an enigma. He could go as high as No. 7 or he could slide to here. No one doubts his talent; they're just not sure which position he would play in the pros and whether he'll be willing to put in the work to be great. At this point in the draft, though, he's worth the risk.

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TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Dallas

Kendall Marshall

Position: PG
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 188 pounds
Age: 20
School: North Carolina

Analysis: With Jason Kidd 39 and a free agent and Rodrigue Beaubois more of a combo guard, Marshall would bring much of what Kidd brings to the table -- incredible court vision and size -- right away. He's not a great athlete or a great shooter, but he could keep Dirk and company happy.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Wolves (via Jazz)

Austin Rivers

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 199 pounds
Age: 19
School: Duke

Analysis: The Wolves' biggest need is at the 2 and Rivers could be a great get here. He can really shoot the basketball and has a killer crossover. He's going to have to get comfortable playing off the ball, but playing with Ricky Rubio could really help his game.

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TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Orlando

Meyers Leonard

Position: C
Height: 7-foot
Weight: 240 pounds
Age: 20
School: Illinois

Analysis: The Magic are in serious danger of losing Dwight Howard in the next year. Leonard is a far cry from Howard, but he's big, he's athletic and he has shown some raw promise, especially on the defensive end.

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TEAM
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VITALS


Denver

Moe Harkless

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 190 pounds
Age: 18
School: St. John's

Analysis: The Nuggets don't have any glaring needs right now, which gives them the luxury of taking the best player left on the board. We've had Quincy Miller here the past few mock drafts, but there seems to be a growing consensus that Harkless might be the better prospect.

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TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Boston

Fab Melo

Position: C
Height: 7-foot
Weight: 274 pounds
Age: 21
School: Syracuse

Analysis: The Celtics are in desperate need of size. While Melo is miles away from being ready, he is big and can block shots and rebound. If he stays focused and in shape, he could be good value here.

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TEAM
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VITALS


Boston (via Clippers)

Andrew Nicholson

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 222 pounds
Age: 22
School: St. Bonaventure

Analysis: Nicholson is another draft sleeper who may really rise with workouts. He's big stretch 4 who has drawn some comparisons to David West. He would be another welcome addition to the Celtics' summer makeover.

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TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Atlanta

Tony Wroten Jr.

Position: PG
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 205 pounds
Age: 18
School: Washington

Analysis: The Hawks have been cursed at the point guard position ever since they decided to pass on Chris Paul to draft Marvin Williams. Wroten is no Paul, but he may have the most raw talent of any point guard in the draft. He's big, he's athletic and he can get to the basket. If his shot wasn't broken, and if he had a better rep as a teammate, he'd be a top-10 pick.

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TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Cavs (via Lakers)

Quincy Miller

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 210 pounds
Age: 19
School: Baylor

Analysis: Miller is an enigma. He began the season as a top-10 prospect but struggled to overcome the effects of an ACL injury and never quite found his rhythm. If he finds his stride, this could be the steal of the draft for Cleveland.

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TEAM
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VITALS


Memphis

Evan Fournier

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 206 pounds
Age: 19
School: France

Analysis: I'm hearing the Grizzlies are looking to stash a player over in Europe this year. Fournier, a scoring wing from France, is the best European prospect on the board.

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TEAM
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Indiana

Marquis Teague

Position: PG
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 178 pounds
Age: 19
School: Kentucky

Analysis: Not only do the Pacers need more help at the point, but Teague is an Indy native who would be a great get here. He's not the pure point guard the Pacers really need, but he can push the ball effectively, get to the basket and create problems as a defender. Picking Teague could make Darren Collison a very interesting trade chip in July.

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Miami

Draymond Green

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 235 pounds
Age: 22
School: Michigan State

Analysis: The Heat need players with experience who excel in bringing out the best in their teammates. Green can be a point-forward type who does a little of everything. Think of him as a better-passing Udonis Haslem.

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TEAM
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VITALS


Oklahoma City

Jeff Taylor

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 225 pounds
Age: 22
School: Vanderbilt

Analysis: An elite athlete, Taylor can be a lockdown defender and has range on his jumper. He's probably undervalued at this point, but that happens to seniors. The Thunder will capitalize.

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Chicago

John Jenkins

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 215 pounds
Age: 21
School: Vanderbilt

Analysis: The Bulls need a shooter and Jenkins has one of the best strokes in the draft. His super-quick release and ability to finish at the basket make him an interesting prospect here.

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TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Golden State
(via Spurs)

Royce White

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 240 pounds
Age: 20
School: Iowa State

Analysis: White, on talent alone, is a top-10 pick. But he's slipping a bit as teams worry that his anxiety disorder could disrupt his development. At Pick 30, he's worth the risk.

Next five in: Doron Lamb, Festus Ezeli, Tyshawn Taylor, Scott Machado, Will Barton

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Mock Draft, Version

Mock Draft, Version 5.0

Originally Published: May 30, 2012
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com

The lottery results are in and the New Orleans Hornets are the big winners of this year's draft lottery. That means it's time for Mock Draft 5.0.

At this point, very little is set in stone, so expect our mock draft to fluctuate greatly over the course of the next four weeks. The Chicago NBA pre-draft combine, the adidas Eurocamp and hundreds of team workouts will dramatically alter the face of the draft.

But here's our best stab for now, after talking to numerous NBA team sources, on how the draft might play out on June 28.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


New Orleans

Anthony Davis

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-10
Weight: 220 pounds
Age: 19
School: Kentucky

Analysis: What a huge win for the Hornets. They lost a superstar this year (Chris Paul) and then replace him with Davis. Pair him with Eric Gordon and New Orleans has a very strong foundation to build upon.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Charlotte

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 210 pounds
Age: 18
School: Kentucky

Analysis: Missing out on Davis is a major blow for the Bobcats. Kidd-Gilchrist is the second-best player in this draft and will add toughness and leadership. Michael Jordan wants winners and Kidd-Gilchrist is a winner.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Washington

Bradley Beal

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 195 pounds
Age: 18
School: Florida

Analysis: Beal is a great get for the Wizards. The team could really use a dominant 2-guard to pair with John Wall. Beal is a very good fit who should be able to step in and contribute right away.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Cleveland

Harrison Barnes

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 210 pounds
Age: 19
School: North Carolina

Analysis: Thomas Robinson may be the best player left on the board, but he's not a great fit with Tristan Thompson. The Cavs loved Barnes last year and I think they'll roll the dice on him again this year.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Sacramento

Thomas Robinson

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 237 pounds
Age: 21
School: Kansas

Analysis: The Kings need toughness and athleticism on their front line and Robinson delivers both. He could help Sacramento turn around its culture.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Portland (via Nets)

Andre Drummond

Position: C
Height: 6-foot-11
Weight: 275 pounds
Age: 18
School: UConn

Analysis: The Blazers need size and Drummond is huge. He's a major project, but in the right team environment, Drummond could be another Andrew Bynum.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Golden State

Jared Sullinger

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 280 pounds
Age: 20
School: Ohio State

Analysis: The Warriors may be tempted by Perry Jones III, but I think they will instead go with a more proven player to help them on their front line. I hear the Warriors are quite high on Sully.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Toronto

Dion Waiters

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 215 pounds
Age: 20
School: Syracuse

Analysis: The Raptors are filled with a roster of mostly soft jump shooters. What they really need is a tough player who can get to the basket and get his own shot at the end of games. They need a true scorer. DeMar DeRozan might get there someday, but Waiters is there right now. The fact that Waiters can also play some point guard is a bonus. He could go anywhere from No. 6 to No. 15 on draft night.

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TEAM
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VITALS


Detroit

John Henson

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-10
Weight: 210 pounds
Age: 21
School: North Carolina

Analysis: Greg Monroe has been a revelation in the middle for the Pistons, but they really need to pair him alongside an athletic shot-blocker. Although Henson is painfully thin, he rebounds, blocks shots and defends multiple positions. It wouldn't be a perfect solution in Detroit, but the Pistons don't have a lot of other options here.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


New Orleans
(via Wolves)

Damian Lillard

Position: PG
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 185 pounds
Age: 21
School: Weber State

Analysis: The Hornets lost their star point guard to the Clippers in a trade at the beginning of the season and had to piece it together this season. While Lillard is no CP3, he's the best point guard in the draft and should be a terrific pick. Lillard could go as high as No. 6.

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TEAM
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VITALS


Portland

Jeremy Lamb

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 185 pounds
Age: 19
School: UConn

Analysis: The Blazers really need a center or a point guard. But with Lillard off the board, I wouldn't be surprised if they pulled the trigger on Lamb, who could go anywhere from No. 6 to No. 13 on draft night. Portland's scouting staff has been high on him all year and, while he wouldn't fill a primary need, he has the talent to eventually earn a spot as the team's starting 2-guard.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Milwaukee

Perry Jones III

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-11
Weight: 235 pounds
Age: 20
School: Baylor

Analysis: The Bucks gambled a few years ago on Brandon Jennings and it paid off big time. At this point in the draft, Jones is less risk and more reward.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Phoenix

Terrence Ross

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 190 pounds
Age: 21
School: Washington

Analysis: The Suns need a little bit of everything, but they have a major hole at the 2-guard position. Ross has potential star power -- he is a great athlete, has good size and can really stroke the basketball. He'd be a nice addition in Phoenix.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Houston

Tyler Zeller

Position: C
Height: 7-foot
Weight: 235 pounds
Age: 22
School: North Carolina

Analysis: The Rockets' biggest need is in the middle and Zeller should be a solid option. Scouts don't think Zeller is going to be an All-Star someday, but he's big, he runs the floor very well and he has a great touch around the basket. Zeller should ultimately land somewhere between Picks 8 and 14.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Philadelphia

Arnett Moultrie

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-11
Weight: 225 pounds
Age: 21
School: Mississippi State

Analysis: The Sixers need big athletes and Moultrie might be a great fit. He's long and athletic, he rebounds and he can stretch the floor with his jumper. Moultrie could be one of the real sleepers in the draft.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Houston (via Knicks)

Terrence Jones

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 244 pounds
Age: 20
School: Kentucky

Analysis: Jones is a bit of an enigma. He could go as high as No. 7 or he could slide to here. No one doubts his talent; they're just not sure which position he would play in the pros and whether he'll be willing to put in the work to be great. At this point in the draft, though, he's worth the risk.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Dallas

Kendall Marshall

Position: PG
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 188 pounds
Age: 20
School: North Carolina

Analysis: With Jason Kidd 39 and a free agent and Rodrigue Beaubois more of a combo guard, Marshall would bring much of what Kidd brings to the table -- incredible court vision and size -- right away. He's not a great athlete or a great shooter, but he could keep Dirk and company happy.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Wolves (via Jazz)

Austin Rivers

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 199 pounds
Age: 19
School: Duke

Analysis: The Wolves' biggest need is at the 2 and Rivers could be a great get here. He can really shoot the basketball and has a killer crossover. He's going to have to get comfortable playing off the ball, but playing with Ricky Rubio could really help his game.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Orlando

Meyers Leonard

Position: C
Height: 7-foot
Weight: 240 pounds
Age: 20
School: Illinois

Analysis: The Magic are in serious danger of losing Dwight Howard in the next year. Leonard is a far cry from Howard, but he's big, he's athletic and he has shown some raw promise, especially on the defensive end.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Denver

Moe Harkless

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 190 pounds
Age: 18
School: St. John's

Analysis: The Nuggets don't have any glaring needs right now, which gives them the luxury of taking the best player left on the board. We've had Quincy Miller here the past few mock drafts, but there seems to be a growing consensus that Harkless might be the better prospect.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Boston

Fab Melo

Position: C
Height: 7-foot
Weight: 274 pounds
Age: 21
School: Syracuse

Analysis: The Celtics are in desperate need of size. While Melo is miles away from being ready, he is big and can block shots and rebound. If he stays focused and in shape, he could be good value here.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Boston (via Clippers)

Andrew Nicholson

Position: PF
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 222 pounds
Age: 22
School: St. Bonaventure

Analysis: Nicholson is another draft sleeper who may really rise with workouts. He's big stretch 4 who has drawn some comparisons to David West. He would be another welcome addition to the Celtics' summer makeover.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Atlanta

Tony Wroten Jr.

Position: PG
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 205 pounds
Age: 18
School: Washington

Analysis: The Hawks have been cursed at the point guard position ever since they decided to pass on Chris Paul to draft Marvin Williams. Wroten is no Paul, but he may have the most raw talent of any point guard in the draft. He's big, he's athletic and he can get to the basket. If his shot wasn't broken, and if he had a better rep as a teammate, he'd be a top-10 pick.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Cavs (via Lakers)

Quincy Miller

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 210 pounds
Age: 19
School: Baylor

Analysis: Miller is an enigma. He began the season as a top-10 prospect but struggled to overcome the effects of an ACL injury and never quite found his rhythm. If he finds his stride, this could be the steal of the draft for Cleveland.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Memphis

Evan Fournier

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 206 pounds
Age: 19
School: France

Analysis: I'm hearing the Grizzlies are looking to stash a player over in Europe this year. Fournier, a scoring wing from France, is the best European prospect on the board.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Indiana

Marquis Teague

Position: PG
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 178 pounds
Age: 19
School: Kentucky

Analysis: Not only do the Pacers need more help at the point, but Teague is an Indy native who would be a great get here. He's not the pure point guard the Pacers really need, but he can push the ball effectively, get to the basket and create problems as a defender. Picking Teague could make Darren Collison a very interesting trade chip in July.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Miami

Draymond Green

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 235 pounds
Age: 22
School: Michigan State

Analysis: The Heat need players with experience who excel in bringing out the best in their teammates. Green can be a point-forward type who does a little of everything. Think of him as a better-passing Udonis Haslem.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Oklahoma City

Jeff Taylor

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 225 pounds
Age: 22
School: Vanderbilt

Analysis: An elite athlete, Taylor can be a lockdown defender and has range on his jumper. He's probably undervalued at this point, but that happens to seniors. The Thunder will capitalize.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Chicago

John Jenkins

Position: SG
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 215 pounds
Age: 21
School: Vanderbilt

Analysis: The Bulls need a shooter and Jenkins has one of the best strokes in the draft. His super-quick release and ability to finish at the basket make him an interesting prospect here.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
VITALS


Golden State
(via Spurs)

Royce White

Position: SF
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 240 pounds
Age: 20
School: Iowa State

Analysis: White, on talent alone, is a top-10 pick. But he's slipping a bit as teams worry that his anxiety disorder could disrupt his development. At Pick 30, he's worth the risk.

Next five in: Doron Lamb, Festus Ezeli, Tyshawn Taylor, Scott Machado, Will Barton


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No possible way Doron Lamb

No possible way Doron Lamb falls out of the 1st round IMO. Not really a fan of quite a few of these picks.

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Lamb might not be listed, but

Lamb might not be listed, but that is certainly his headshot at #28, not Jenkins.

Don't see why Lamb is so consistantly low on draft boards. He's got a great shot, has hit clutch shots throughout his career, has absolutely no character concerns, is a solid defender, can pick up the point when needed, and doesn't force plays. I think he just isn't flashy enough to get people's attention, I feel he'll be a solid starter for a good team for many years.

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I would not be upset if the

I would not be upset if the Cavs ended up with Barnes but i'm starting to really like Andre Drummond. Also love Quicy Miller at 24.

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Cavs taking 2 SF. Joe Dumars

Cavs taking 2 SF. Joe Dumars is not in their front office is he?

Alonzo Gee had a great year, no reason to take another SF when we have huge holes at SG and C.

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Miller is a project that

Miller is a project that won't be getting big minutes next season. Barnes is a lot more 3 than 2 because he doesn't have great quickness but I would still take him over Waiters or Rivers anyday. I think both those guys will be nice scorers but seem like they will fit better in a 6th man role where Barnes can be there #2 scorer for years to come behind Kyrie.

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Oh I like the Barnes pick,

Oh I like the Barnes pick, just the 24th is beyond dumb. This is the Cavs depth chart right now.

Irving/Sloan/Gibson

Gibson/Manny Harris

Gee/Casspi

Thompson/Samuels/Harrengody

Varejao/Erden

With such poor depth, do you pick another player at a position where you have the most depth? Simple logic. And I think Miller is a reach at 24, anyway.

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How on earth does Waiters go

How on earth does Waiters go before J-Lamb

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Because he is a beast and has

Because he is a beast and has killed everybody in workouts. Jeremy Lamb is best SG in draft though i agree.

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A Wall and Beal backcourt

A Wall and Beal backcourt would be sick.

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Cavs should take Drummond and

Cavs should take Drummond and one of Doron Lamb,Will Barton,William Buford, or John Jenkins at the 24 pick. If Drummond is already off the board and Beal is still available, I'd switch order and go Beal then Fab MElo at 24. A scoring 2 guard will still be there at the begining of the second as will more than likely a nice role playing sf such as Joseph,Young, or even a surprise such as Q.Miller or Harkless.

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i don't agree with mister

i don't agree with mister Ford that Thomas Robinson isn't a great fit with Tristan Thompson, i think they could be very dynamic due, Robinson is more of an offensive producer and semi go to guy while Thompson is a defensive guy and does the dirty work and the little stuf, also they both very good rebounders, have long arms and aggressiveness to cover up some lack in size, other than that it's great for Irving to join him such talanted big to cooperator on offense and play the p&r .
i think it will be big mistake for Cavs to give up on Thomas Robinson only if it's for MKG as they both have the second best value in this draft.

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Perry Jones is not the Bucks

Perry Jones is not the Bucks type of player and I don't see Waiters going that high.

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Long arms only take you some

Long arms only take you some much, you aren't competing for anything if your starting frontcourt is 2 PFs that are barely 6'9".

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I think Leonard will go

I think Leonard will go higher... after the combine he should be a lottery pick maybe even top 10.

How the hell waiters is in the top 10 ...?!!!

Why GS would draft Sullinger a 4 whereas they already have Lee ?

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Lee is grossly overpayed and

Lee is grossly overpayed and they may be looking to move him or amnesty him.

Waiters is high on a lot of peoples boards and while he is not in my top 10 he is surely in the top 12. He just looks like a good NBA player to me. He has a nice shot and plays well in the pick and roll game. He will never be a star but he could be a great 6th man like he was at Syracuse.

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Even if he's overpaid GS

Even if he's overpaid GS won't amnesty him (maybe they will try to trade him...).

Lee played 57 games (on 66) 37min 20pts (50% 78%) 9.6reb 2.8ass 1st 2.6to 3.1f....

Best scorer and best rebounder in a team struggling to win more than 20 games. Lee was paid 11.6M this year... in my mind it's not overpaid right now, when you think biedrins earned 9M this year. He will be overpaid in 2013/14 when he will earn almost 14M. That makes him difficult to trade.

... hooo and you forgot one little thing. GS ALREADY USE THEIR AMNESTY (on charlie Bell). So let's forget about this theory and I'm still wondering why sullinger when you have lee (leonard would make more sense if you think about the injury prone bogut).

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Lee is the one reasons they

Lee is the one of the reasons they struggling to win, he was never on a winning team and if Sullinger is available it's a No-brainer, big upgrade over Lee.

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I did not realize David Lee's

I did not realize David Lee's stats were that good this year or that GS already used their amnesty so I stand corrected. Sullinger could play center but with the addition of Bogut they don't really need a center either. They are better off taking a SF is Perry Jones is available I feel like he would fit in nicely in Golden State.

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I can't see the Raptors

I can't see the Raptors picking Waiters over Lamb

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Also Quincy Miller and Teague

Also Quincy Miller and Teague are being underratted and Rivers would be a great fit in Minnesota

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