Wardb12's Mock Draft 5.0
Here is my 5th version of my mock. I've changed a lot and I do take your suggestions/ criticisms seriously so please look it over. I have provided comments on all of the first round picks. So if you don't understand a pick check them out and hopefully that will explain my reasoning. (Link is on the left.) Let the critiquing begin...
I can't see Cleveland taking Williams unless they are absolutely sure a top 2 PG is available to them at 4. Kemba will be working out for Jazz, so maybe some teams still value him over Knight, but it doesn't sound like the Cavs are one of those teams.
I think Selby is a little low, and I think someone is going to reach for him (why not if you're in the lottery?, since many of those picks never pan out anyways).
Otherwise I think it's a pretty good mock. A Knight/Singleton pick up for the Jazz would be awesome, but I've had very little luck in projecting Utah's picks in the past. (Although my personal picks have done much better than what KOC has picked, albeit, the players may not have developed in Utah very well - example Kosta Koufos taken over Deandre Jordan I screamed when that happended)
I've thought about putting Irving with the first pick, but here's the main problem with that. Picking Irving with the first pick means the Cavs would have to go big with the fourth pick. Kanter is a strong possibility at 2 since he does fit best there. That would be my pick if I knew the Wolves weren't planning on trading the second pick, which would would then mean Williams would go 3rd to Utah. (I'd be ecstatic if that were the case) and then 4th pick would probably Valanciunas. I just can't see the Cavs picking Valanciunas that high. Sure it makes sense but also Valanciunas might not come over this year so can the Cavs really deal with esentially one pick this year, or would they be better off with both picks contributing? I think the latter would be the more likely option that's why I have Williams with the first pick.
This could still mean that Kanter would go 2 if the Wolves are going to keep their pick since he makes the most sense with their team, which would mean Irving would fall to 3rd for the Jazz. (Another pick that would make me ecstatic.)
Just because the Jazz are working out Kemba on the 15th does not mean that they value him ahead of Knight or Irving or even Fredette. Three of those PG's are working out against each other on that date. If Knight impresses then he is likely the pick at 3. If Walker impresses (doubt it) then he will be the pick at 3. If Fredette impresses then the Jazz will go big at 3 (Kanter) and pick Jimmer with the 12th pick.
I used to Selby going 17th to the Knicks. I thought it was the perfect pick for them but then I realized that he is a combo guard and the Knicks don't really need a combo guard but more of a passing PG to get the ball to Amare and Melo. Selby might just be too much of a ball hog for them. I could put Selby at 13 to Pheonix but I just can't see Selby going in the lottery. There are still alot of questions to be filled, and I can't see him learning behind Steve Nash. He doesn't even possess the same skills as him. They are two completely different guards. Besides I heard that the Suns would like to go defense with their only pick. That certainly crosses both Jimmer and Selby off of their list. I could also put Selby with Indy, but again would Indy really trust him. The last time Indy picked a PG like him they ended up trading him to the Blazers. (Bayless) Would they do it again with Selby? I don't even think Selby has worked out for the Pacers. I know Jimmer has and I know he impressed them as well as the Knicks. I also don't think the Rockets really need a PG at 23. They already have Lowry and Dragic. They like them both. (Why do you think they traded Brooks?) Selby at 23 again really does not make much sense.
Picking the right pick for the Jazz is always a fun thing to do. They always seem to surprise you. I have sometimes questioned Kevin O'conner's picks as well. (I agree with the Koufos pick, what was KOC thinking?) The pick that really blew my mind for a bit was Hayward over Ed Davis in last year's draft. I thought for sure the Jazz had to find someone to replace Boozer and I thought Davis would work out perfect and when KOC went with Hayward, who wasn't even a PF to begin with, I was screaming my head off at him. But now I take it all back. Hayward has worked out pretty well, and now I'm excited to see him start next year at SG.