Wardb12's mock 4.0
I have finally posted my mock after the draft lottery. Please take a look and give me some feedback. I'll listen to any comments or questions you have about my mock. (The link is on the left) I have provided comments on most of the 1st round picks, so take a look at the comments if you want.
I hope you like it.
Derrick Williams to the Jazz makes absolutely no sense... they have a glut of forwards with Jefferson, Favors and Millsap and adding Williams would make it even more complicated. They have a budduing small forward in Gordan Hayward and he's entering only his second year and really started to come on at the end of the season. The Jazz could use more guard help soI think they go with Brandon Knight on this pick. Right he's a combo guard but he fits the team needs better than Williams and has a high enough ceiling to warrant the 3rd pick in this years draft
Also.. I have no problem with Motiejunas going to the Bucks.. but how are you gonna compare him to Bargnani and Gasol.. they are two totally different players. He is more Bargnani than anything.. little to no low post skills.. and his body frame doesnt suggest he'll ever be sufficient down there.. its an alright mock draft but I really think you should look it through again
On the mock:
- Alec Burks is going to the Bucks, not Motie. The Bucks have a hole at SG with Michael Redd probably out, or at least not at his level. (you say this for Lighty). Then drafting a PF is a nice option (in your mock Jon Leuer) as they could deepen it also.
- I disagree with the fact that the Kings take a PG/SG in Knight with already Evans, Udrih and Thornton in the backcourt. This option is possible but I'd rather think the Kings should draft a SF who can help them in the post, someone like Marcus Morris.
-imo Charlotte should take a Center and Biyombo (they have a huge hole at that position with Kwame Brown playing big minutes lol) might fit but taking Walker is not ridiculous
-I don't see Fredette going to Phoenix if Brooks is already there.
-I don't think the Nets need a combo in Reggie Jackson wth D-Will and Farmar in place. They should rather aim at a wing player or at an Interior with nice scoring touch. My pick here would be Harper or Marshon Brooks (more likely as you put Johnson at 36). Jackson could go to Chicago (although you have them drafting Malcolm Lee) in replacement for CJ Watson even though Marshon Brooks would just be perfect for them.
-Jordan Williams is too low. I see him going to Boston even though Tyler is a nice option, else he would end up maybe in Sacramento.
-Mirotic seems a bit too low. I wouldn't see him falling at the top 40.
-For me, Vucevic is too low. Teams like the Warriors will not pass on him.
-The Lakers are drafting too many PGs. I think they should take Mirotic if available and then draft McCamey later. Adding Vernon Macklin could also be an option.
Else it's a pretty good draft as I find most of the picks coherent.
@jrdafilapino: The Jazz need a SF: with only Hayward as a potential starter, it's too light. In the NBA, Williams is looking to a SF, he would be short for an PF. For me, the Beasley comparison is right, and I consider Beasley to be an SF who can help at PF.
I have Derrick Williams going to the Jazz, for two reasons one: he is the best available, and I feel that that is what the Jazz will do at 3, and I also feel that he more of a 3 than a 4. If he plays the 4 he will be undersized and not be as effective in the post. In College this wasn't issue because size does not matter in college, but in the NBA it definitely matters. Williams is very athletic and he would help the Jazz replace AK who will undoubtedly sign else where in the offseason. Reason 2: Yes, the Jazz have Hayward and yes, he did do well during the end of the season but he is also a little small to replace AK. AK was 6'9-6'10 with long arms and had very good defensive qualities. Hayward is 6'7 with good passing ability and a good 3 point shooter. Totally different player than AK. Williams is certainly no AK, but again he is the best available. He might even be better than AK, what a great replacement. You get a player that is better than who you want him to replace. (I'm not comparing Motie to both Gasol and Bargnani but to one or the other. That's what the slash means. It does not mean both, but one or the other)
I'm not quite so sure that the Bucks will pick Burks. I thought about it, but in the end I realized that he is not a great outside shooter, while Redd was. Jennings is also not a great outside shooter pairing those two next to each other would not be that good because it would create a horrible shooting backcourt. The team would have to rely on John Salmons for his shooting abilities, he too is not a great shooter. Lighty on the other hand is a great shooter and fits well with any team, no matter the system. I feel that a combo of Motie and Bogut will just be too much to pass up for the Bucks.
The Kings definitely need a PG. Both Evans and Thornton are two guards and Udrih is the only PG the Kings have but we all know he is better suited as a backup PG. Knight may not be the PG they need but at 7 he is the best available. The Kings have got to take what they can get if they want to get out of the lottery. The lack of a PG I feel is the reason why the Kings are always in the lottery even though they have a good team with Evans and Cousins being their main go to guys.
I used to have Jordan Williams going to Boston but I when I saw that Tyler was impressing scouts at the combine I felt that he needed to be considered as a first round pick. I haven't heard anything about Jordan Williams so I put him in the second round.
Vucevic's measurments at the combine were not that impressive to me. I always he was 6'10 and had a good wingspan. He did well at USC, but I haven't seen him on mock drafts too often. Why would the Warrriors look at him in the second round when they already drafted Biyombo according to my mock draft?
McCamey is like at pick 56, how late do you want him to be? That's already pretty late. Goudelock isn't really a PG but more of a combo guard that can shoot really well. Isn't that what the Lakers need if they want to make another run at the title again? Mack is tough defender who just knows how to win. That's also something that the Lakers will need if they want to make another title run. The Lakers are about to lose Ratliff and Smith as well because both are soon to retire. They will definitely need a replacement and Greg Smith would be a great replacement.
I also tend to think that Mirotic is too low and should go in the first round, but I've seen the exact opposite in many other mock drafts. I always see him as second round pick. Besides I heard he wants to play basketball internationally more than he does in the NBA. I don't know if he can be justified as first round pick when he doesn't even want to play in the NBA.
I like this mock draft. You have Jonas going at #4 which I think is high, but if the Cavs take a point guard at #1 I don't think they have a whole lot of options at 4. Maybe Kawhi Leonard... Personally, I would take Derrick Williams at #1 then take the best available player at #4.
I like Bismack going to the Warriors. That is intriguing. He and David Lee would be a terror on the boards and they are both athletic.
Motie on the Bucks makes some sense. The Bucks need a scorer and someone who can hit jump shots. I have them taking Alec Burks but I am not sure if he is the shooter that they need.
The Jazz seem to like Derrick Williams. Probably the best option at #3. He is a legit small forward to go with Jefferson and either Favors or Milsap. They need to trade Milsap, they can't play 3 power forwards. Maybe they can trade Milsap to the Bucks for the 10th pick. Then the Jazz can get Derrick Williams at 3, Burks, Thompson, Jordan Hamilton (shooters, 2 guards) at 10, and then Jimmer at 12. That would give them some great wings along with Jimmer and their front court depth.
Not sure the Heat take Willie Reed with their pick. They seem to be pretty deep at power forward with Bosh and Haslem. What they need the most is a point guard. I have them taking Darius Morris but he will probably be gone by then. Another option would be Nolan Smith. Not the most explosive or talented, but he is steady, can run a team, and hit some shots. He also won an NCAA championship (as a two guard), and an ACC championship and Player of the Year award (as a point guard). Nolan Smith could also be that fourth option that they need. The Heat could use some scoring at center, but Joel Anthony fits in well. Dexter Pittman is going to play next year and he should be a Kendrick Perkins-type but with a better touch around the basket. They might bring back a veteran center too. If they do go after a center they should look at Jon Leur. He has the size to play center, he is fairly polished and has good fundamentals. He also has a good shooting touch and I can see him spreading the floor for the Heat. He would be a nice center to bring off the bench kind of like Bill Wennington back in the day for the Bulls. Similar comparisons would be to Jon Koncak, Joe Kleine, and Will Purdue. He would be a solid guy in a 3 center rotation along with Anthony and Pittman.
I meant later in the draft, this means after n°41. Drafting him between 50-60 is a very good option. Sorry for it no to be clear enough.
KOC said that the Jazz will probably take the best player available.