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Updated: 6/24/14 1:15 am

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Andrew Wiggins

  1. Cleveland | Andrew Wiggins | 6-8 | 200 | SF | Kansas | 19

MARVIN WILLIAMS/NICOLAS BATUM/PAUL GEORGE/TRACY MCGRADY - A great talent but raw and has maybe the most upside of the top freshman this year. Has the talent and skills to be great in the league for years to come. Good all around player, and plays both ends. Amazing athlete. High ceiling. Something about his IQ is missing with the "it" factor right now, but this could change as he grows. Cleveland would like Parker more if they believed Parker felt the same way. Wiggins is a great first pick nevertheless. He has a bright future ahead, and as for now will immediately help the Cavs some. ALTERNATIVE PICK - JABARI PARKER - actual pick - ANDREW WIGGINS - Looked like Jabari didn't have his heart set for Cleveland, and Wiggins is a rare talent. Cleveland still wins. DRAFT GRADE - A
Jabari Parker

  2. Milwaukee | Jabari Parker | 6-9 | 240 | SF/PF | Duke | 19

Young JOE JOHNSON on the perimeter with today's CARMELO ANTHONY's body - Very good athlete, but not elite. Can do it all, score, shoot, pass. Has skills to be a star, but not quite athletic enough to be likely the best in the league but a chance to be one of the best small forwards in the league but might be able to play stretches at shooting guard and for sure power forward. Might be the most NBA ready freshman coming out. Parker gets his wish and ends up in Milwaukee. The Bucks get perhaps the best player right now in the draft, and the future of the franchise. ALTERNATIVE PICK - ANDREW WIGGINS - actual pick JABARI PARKER - no surprise, best player in the draft imo. DRAFT GRADE - A+
Dante Exum

  3. *Philadelphia | Dante Exum | 6-6 | 196 | PG/SG | Australia | 18

DEREK ANDERSON/RON HARPER/LARRY HUGHES/JALEN ROSE. Tenacious defender, good height for a guard and has some nice charisma to his game. Could improve his left and his shot, has stylish passes and can drive. First instinct is to drive and finish, although he is capable of setting the offense up. Has played well against other prospects when he's had the chance to. I am not sure if Philly would trade this pick, trade Michael Carter-Williams, or try to have both the talented young guards try to figure it out together, but with the uncertainty of Embiid's health, Exum seems to be the player all the teams have googley eyes over. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - MARCUS SMART, JOEL EMBIID, JULIUS RANDLE, NOAH VONLEH - actual pick JOEL EMBIID - That's who I would have drafted if I were in Philly's shoes. Philly was smarter than I believe I gave them credit for, not that Exum is anything to sneeze at, but Embiid should be a solid pick for the short future of a rebuilding team. DRAFT GRADE - A
Marcus Smart

  4. Orlando | Marcus Smart | 6-3 | 227 | PG | Oklahoma State | 20

Somewhere in the mold of a higher IQ version of JOHN STARKS/ more athletic KYLE LOWRY. Can improve range some. Not necessarily a true point, but he's a good decision maker. Tough in your face defender with excellent, but not top notch athleticism. Physically imposing for a perimeter player, but like i said, should improve his long range shooting. Lots of trade rumors involving Orlando, ultimately though, they do have many picks in this draft, and I think Smart is their floor general of the future. The under appreciated Jameer Nelson did a fine job in Orlando, but it's time he's replaced. Smart would make a great back court mate with Olodipo potentially in the future. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - DANTE EXUM, JOEL EMBIID, JULIUS RANDLE, NOAH VONLEH - acual pick - AARON GORDON - whoa! Didn't see that one coming! I mean, if they didn't want to go PG, I thought Orlando would go with one of the other front court players before the upside of Aaron Gordon. Can't knock the pick though, Gordon may turn into an even more deadly and complete player than he already is. Hard to say how good he will be, but it's easy to imagine how great he can be. Only problem is that they have 2 promising young players on the roster at his position already. It's a crowd. DRAFT GRADE - B
Joel Embiid

  5. Utah | Joel Embiid | 7-0 | 250 | C | Kansas | 20

BRAD DAUGHERTY - Good running the floor and finishing around the basket. Has a nice skill set. Athletic, high ceiling. Although you can't teach size, biggest knock is the injury. Has all the tools for a prototypical 5 in today's game with his swift, fluent movement and raw talent. Nothing else makes sense to Utah besides taking the biggest reward possible at this point. Embiid is definitely a risk. If he busts, he busts. But if not, he can be a franchise changing player. It's either take the risk or trade down, and I don't see trading down making Utah a better team at this point. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - JULIUS RANDLE, NOAH VONLEH, AARON GORDON - actual pick - DANTE EXUM - Didn't expect Exum to "fall" to Utah and wouldn't necessarily expect them to pick him either, but a good pick nonetheless. A Trey Burke, Dante Exum back courte future looks bright. DRAFT GRADE - A-
Noah Vonleh

  6. *Boston | Noah Vonleh | 6-9 | 247 | PF | Indiana | 18

either JOHN WALLACE or JARED JEFFRIES on steroids maybe meshed with a little SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM - Streaky shooter with good range and ball handling for his size. Good scorer, but not an elite scorer, however demands the ball as if he's elite. Tries to do too much. Average rebounder for a Power Forward, but has the body and tools. Forces his way right at times. A descent defender, but if he focused his defense like he does his offense, he could potentially be an elite defender with his long frame. That would take the right coach though. A high risk, high reward pick. Has nice range for a big player. Celtics pick the talented Vonleh on his upside alone. He's got a nice game that can probably benefit Boston's new style. I'm uncertain if Boston will make a move, but if they do it may be any pick involved and possibly Rondo. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - DANTE EXUM, MARCUS SMART, JULIUS RANDLE, NOAH VONLEH, AARON GORDON, JOEL EMBIID - actual pick MARCUS SMART - Ok, Boston's back court defense which is already tough just got tougher. Smart will improve Boston's rebuilding chances with or without Rondo and will be scary playing D alongside Bradley. Another scorer is good to have too. DRAFT GRADE - A-
Julius Randle

  7. LA Lakers | Julius Randle | 6-9 | 250 | PF | Kentucky | 19

A cross between CHRIS WEBBER game with BLAKE GRIFFIN body - Uncanny athleticism and good all around player. Can play face up or with his back to the basket. Can defend both forward positions and post up or over power small forwards offensively and can blow by past power forwards. Can shoot the 3, sometimes to a fault. Has a lot of upside and a chance to be the best player in the draft in hind site few years down the road. Favors his left. The Lakers may or may not keep this selection, but in the end I believe they will, and will end up with a solid selection in Julius Randle, who will make an immediate impact. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - JOEL EMBIID, DANTE EXUM, MARCUS SMART, NOAH VONLEH, AARON GORDON - actual pick JULIUS RANDLE - right on the money here. Randle is something the Lakers can finally cheer about. They seem to have been jinxed since the Chris Paul veto. Randle has All-Star potential. Great pick! DRAFT GRADE - A+
Aaron Gordon

  8. Sacramento | Aaron Gordon | 6-9 | 220 | PF | Arizona | 18

DERRICK WILLIAMS/TAJ GIBSON/GERALD WALLACE/(younger)ANDRE IGUODALA/SHAUN MARION/TYRUS THOMAS - High flying dunker from ARI with good slashing moves. Lacks a good jumper, and may or may not have trouble guarding either of the very big type of paint players of the NBA that flourish in a half court game. Tough glue guy defender with nice strength and ups. With a great work ethic and tremendous upside, skies the limit for this prospect in a few years. Sacramento selects perhaps the most intriguing prospect in the draft. If anything, he's tough, athletic, competes, somehow wins, and is still very young to fill in his already strong body. ALTERNATIVE PICKS DANTE EXUM, MARCUS SMART, JOEL EMBIID, JULIUS RANDLE, NOAH VONLEH - actual pick - NIK STAUSKAS - I like Nik's game, but reallly? 8? Really? Eh, I get the pick, I say they should have traded down to get a shooter that can create his own shot with shooting range. That's just me. There is a slight drop in talent from Vonleh to Stauskas imo as prospects. DRAFT GRADE - B-
Cleanthony Early

  9. *Charlotte | Cleanthony Early | 6-7 | 210 | SF/PF | Wichita State | 23

RON ARTEST - Good high motor player who plays with big passion on both ends of the court. Has good inside and outside game. Tough player who plays with heart on defense. Has shown ability to be a closer. Has nice NBA ready body. Prototypical size for a wing, plays even bigger at times due to his physical defense. He has a true position, and if you go back and actually watch the film on this guy, he was a leader who carried a very tough Wichita State team a long way all year. Yeah, he's a 4 year player. So what!? Players can sign up to 6 years. I believe he's a 10-13 year player and will have some good value. Charlotte gets a solid 2 way player that is a proven winner. Not the biggest need, but nothing available was what they were looking for more than this. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - AARON GORDON, DOUG MCDERMITT, JAMES YOUNG, KYLE ANDERSON, RODNEY HOOD - actual pick - NOAH VONLEH - Never saw Vonleh just falling in Charlotte's lap. Maybe the best pick of the night. DRAFT GRADE - A-
Gary Harris

  10. *Orlando | Gary Harris | 6-4 | 205 | SG | Michigan St. | 19

BRADLEY BEAL/OJ MAYO - Not an elite ball handler and plays much better with a point guard to set him up. Has great range and underrated passing skills. Plays good defense and has deceiving athletic talent. Small for his position and not electric quick, but smooth. Ok, with Harris thrown into the mix here, Philly will either have the best young trio back court potentially in the next couple years, or someone is getting traded. Harris does compliment both the other player's styles more than MCW and Exum would of each other. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - AARON GORDON, CLEANTHONY EARLY, DOUG MCDERMOTT, ADREIAN PAYNE, KYLE ANDERSON, NIK STAUSKAS, ZACH LAVINE - actual pick - ELFRID PAYTON - Yeah, figured he could be picked here to, just expected them to take a PG first until the last couple days before the draft. DRAFT GRADE - B
Dario Saric

  11. *Chicago | Dario Saric | 6-10 | 225 | SF/PF | Croatia | 20

Better passing YI JIANLIAN or lower IQ (but not exactly low IQ) version of TONI KUKOC/more coordinated version of MIKE DUNLEAVY - Streaky shooter but descent for his size. Runs the floor well. Doesn't have great athleticism. Doesn't have the toughness for a NBA paint player or the quickness to defend an athletic wing, although he has good hands and good timing with blocking shots. Has a nice touch around the basket. Will play in Europe for a minimum of 2 more years. Denver really doesn't need any more players of the caliber at this pick. Their roster is pretty full and deep enough to take Saric and have him hopefully continue to expand his game the way he has in Europe for the next 2 years. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - AARON GORDON, GARY HARRIS, JAMES YOUNG, KYLE ANDERSON, ADREIAN PAYNE, NIK STAUSKAS, ZACH LAVINE, JUSUF NURKIC, CLINT CAPELA - actual pick DOUG MCDERMOTT - Well, the pick was way off because of the trade obviously, but McDermott should help stretch the Bulls offense very well, and Dougie buckets will play some underrated D for Thibs to, watch out! It did cost the Bulls a lot though. DRAFT GRADE - C (not because of the selection, but trade)
Adreian Payne

  12. *Philadelphia | Adreian Payne | 6-10 | 240 | PF | Michigan St. | 23

DREW GOODEN/TROY MURPHY - Solid paint player with a nice game and good range. Has potential to crack a starting lineup. Good with the pick and pop. Strong enough to not get pushed around. Will have trouble matching up against some of the best bigs on the next level like LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Anthony Davis, or Marc Gasol, but far from scrub status. With Marcus Smart already selected before, Orlando needs a banger. Tobias Harris is a good player, Nicholson is off and on, but Payne can help out with mixing it up down low with the bigger front court players. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - CLEANTHONY EARLY, GARY HARRIS, DOUG MCDERMOTT, KYLE ANDERSON, JAMES YOUNG, RODNEY HOOD, TYLER ENNIS, ELFRID PAYTON - actual pick - DARIO SARIC - Philly snagged Saric before his promise, and will slowly rebuild a raw, young team. Saric/Embiid/Noel could be a very nice rotation. DRAFT GRADE - B
Kyle Anderson

  13. *Minnesota | Kyle Anderson | 6-9 | 230 | SF | UCLA | 20

Somewhere between LUKE WALTON/LAMAR ODOM/(young)BORIS DIAW - Athletic enough, but not very athletic. Can pass as good as some point guards. A solid rebounder. Average shooter, but not the aggressive looks to score player. Questionable defense against NBA paint players and can improve quickness on defense against quick wings, but has good hands to make up for it. Has a very high IQ. Kevin Love out of the mix, it makes sense to draft a do it all type of player to surround whatever you are rebuilding with around. Anderson could immediately impact Minnesota in a many facets of the game. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - CLEANTHONY EARLY, GARY HARRIS, DOUG MCDERMOTT, JAMES YOUNG, RODNEY HOOD, NIK STAUSKAS, ADREIAN PAYNE - actual pick - ZACH LAVINE - I remember considering LaVine for this pick, and then telling myself "naw, Minnesota wouldn't be stupid enough to pick him here. They just don't have the right coaching for a player with this much upside that's this immature still. He would need a winning team to be able to succeed." Then they pick LaVine anyways, and it's exactly what the draft analyst says right after the pick. LaVine has great upside, but it will be a few years of fine tuning before and if he ever reaches his potential. Bad match here imo. DRAFT GRADE - C-
Nik Stauskas

  14. *Phoenix | Nik Stauskas | 6-6 | 207 | SG | Michigan | 20

EVAN FOURNIER/BRENT BARRY - Great range and can create his own shot. Questionable defense for the next level. Phoenix gets a cerebral, savvy, offensive weapon that will extend the floor. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - CLEANTHONY EARLY, GARY HARRIS, DOUG MCDERMOTT, JAMES YOUNG, RODNEY HOOD, ADREIAN PAYNE, ZACH LAVINE, TJ WARREN, JORDAN CLARKSON - actual pick - TJ WARREN - It's not what I would have done, but I can't knock the pick at all. Warren is a natural scorer, which Phoenix needs, and he's a positional need as well. I would have gone with someone with a little more range, but I like the pick. DRAFT GRADE - B
James Young

  15. *Atlanta | James Young | 6-6 | 215 | SG | Kentucky | 18

Somewhere in the mold of COREY BREWER/EDDIE JONES - Can play solid defense. Athletic, has nice range and instant offense. Does not need to be the first option, but has shown he can in spurts if needed. Atlanta will have Lou Williams healthy if they decide not to trade him. Teague had a fantastic year. Put James Young in that mix, and you have a complete back court. Otherwise, they can go small and put Young on the wing. Either way, I only see James Young adding another dimension to the Hawks, something they need. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - NIK STAUSKAS, GARY HARRIS, NUSUF JURIC, KYLE ANDERSON, CLEANTHONY EARLY, TYLER ENNIS, ELFRID PAYTON, ZACH LAVINE, CLINT CAPELA, DARIO SARIC, RODNEY HOOD, MARKEL BROWN - actual pick - ADREIAN PAYNE - I like this pick a lot because of Payne's pure skills, but I thought Atlanta could use someone who slashes lanes well or is huge. The fact that Payne can knock down that mid range and rebound makes this a solid pick. DRAFT GRADE - B
Doug McDermott

  16. *Denver | Doug McDermott | 6-7 | 220 | SF | Creighton | 22

WALLY SZCZERBIAK - Good flat out scorer who can stretch the floor and create his own shot. Aggressive offensive player. Can improve defensively, although deceivingly athletic. Douggie buckets gets drafted by the Bulls. It's a perfect fit really. He expands the floor on the offensive end in this scenario, allowing a hopefully healthy Derrick Rose to operate. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - GARY HARRIS, NIK STAUSKAS, DOUG MCDERMOTT, ADREIAN PAYNE, JAMES YOUNG, KYLE ANDERSON, RODNEY HOOD, ZACH LAVINE, CLEANTHONY EARLY, DARIO SARIC - actual pick - JUSUF NURKIC - well, a trade was involved here that ultimately would have changed the pick, but this is very nice for the Nuggets. They get a talented soft handed banger to stash away for now and use for when they are in more serious contention. DRAFT GRADE - A+ (more for the trade. selection wasn't bad tough either, since Saric was off the board.)
Tyler Ennis

  17. *Boston | Tyler Ennis | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Syracuse | 19

flashy version of ED COTA offensively, JUAN DIXON defensively/younger MIKE CONLEY - Great at setting up an offense at such a young age. True point guard who likes to set up his teammates. Can't shoot the rock from long range. Very good on ball and perimeter defender. I did mention that Rondo may get traded right? Well, this is the point guard of the future for the Celtics. Tyler Ennis I believe will be a good player in the league after a couple of years. Whether he starts right away and has a little growing pains, or learns for a year is the question. Solid pick either way. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - ELFRID PAYTON, CLEANTHONY EARLY, DOUG MCDERMOTT, KYLE ANDERSON, DARIO SARIC, JUSUF NURKIC, NIK STAUSKAS, GARY HARRIS, RODNEY HOOD, JAMES YOUNG, ZACH LAVINE, TJ WARREN, PJ HAIRSTON, JORDAN ADAMS - actual pick - JAMES YOUNG - Good pick here. He's a nice 2 way player that Boston can have in their future plans. Boston's talent level is on the rise. DRAFT GRADE - A-
Rodney Hood

  18. *Phoenix | Rodney Hood | 6-8 | 208 | SF | Duke | 21

RASHARD LEWIS/JAMES POSEY/LAMOND MURRAY - A true slasher, left hand dominant although he has game dunked with either hand. Can shoot the rock at times and has become the inside/outside threat. Good finisher. Rodney Hood just fits the system of the Phoenix Suns and he sits here and falls in their laps. Not my favorite pick, but I can see this going down. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - JUSUF NURKIC, CLINT CAPELA, KYLE ANDERSON, JAMES YOUNG, ZACH LAVINE, CLEANTHONY EARLY, DOUG MCDERMOTT, ADREIAN PAYNE, NIK STAUSKAS, TJ WARREN, GLENN ROBINSON III - actual pick - TYLER ENNIS - I really like Tyler Ennis, and I think he has a nice future down the line, but I don't like this fit for Phoenix. They seem to be crowded here at this position, and could have gone in other directions it seems. DRAFT GRADE - C+
Zach LaVine

  19. *Denver | Zach LaVine | 6-6 | 180 | PG/SG | UCLA | 19

Some type of cross between the styles of ALAN HOUSTON/RUDY FERNANDEZ/JAMAAL CRAWFORD molded as one player with a lower IQ. Nice drive, good speed and quickness, nice hops, nice jumper and has range. A true finisher and excellent at creating his own shot or demanding double teams and creating for others. Can be a deceivingly good defender, although he can add a little more toughness and often gets lost in the game. Tools are there. It's all a matter of him figuring it out, which may take a year or 2 longer than some players, as he wasn't starting every game for UCLA. At some point a player must get picked from his athletic ability/combine work out. Bulls draft LaVine, whom many believed could have been picked at least 10 spots higher. He's got elite talent and runs like a chicken with his head cut off. If anyone can teach talent how to play, Thibs has a great shot. This is a boom or bust pick. Well worth it at this point. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - ADREIAN PAYNE, KYLE ANDERSON, JAMES YOUNG, ELFRID PAYTON, TYLER ENNIS, CLEANTHONY EARLY, DOUG MCDERMOTT, RODNEY HOOD, JUSUF NURKIC, NIK STAUSKAS, DARIO SARIC, TJ WARREN, JORDAN CLARKSON, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, GLENN ROBINSON III - actual pick - GARY HARRIS - WTF!!! Seriously?! Could be the best value pick here yet. Of course, it goes to Denver. Denver may have not made the playoffs last year, but they were doing a lot of adjusting last year. They are still deep in talent at every position, so Harris will have some competition, but this is an obvious BPA pick, and a potential home run. Didn't expect Harris to drop this low. DRAFT GRADE - A++
Elfrid Payton

  20. Toronto | Elfrid Payton | 6-4 | 185 | PG | Louisiana Lafayette | 20

some type of a poor man's JOHN WALL or MICHEAL WILLIAMS. Solid defender, long for his position. Looks to set up his teammates. Has trouble with his shooting range. Yes, the hyped up Payton is picked at 20 to Toronto. There is no telling how long Lowry is going to stay, but for the long term, they can groom a pass first gritty defender into their point guard of the future. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - TYLER ENNIS, ZACH LAVINE, JORDAN CLARKSON, ELFRID PAYTON, JUSUF NURKIC, KYLE ANDERSON - actual pick - BRUNO CABOCLO - Umm... scratching my head here. He wasn't even on my radar. Toronto probably wasted this pick on purpose for salary cap reasons or something. There is just no other logic for this reach at this point in the draft. I think everyone is in disbelief with this pick even after it happened. DRAFT GRADE - F---
Jusuf Nurkic

  21. *Oklahoma Cty | Jusuf Nurkic | 6-11 | 280 | C | Bosnia & Herzegovina | 19

DWAYNE SCHINTZIUS - Big body player with the size and touch of a nice NBA big. Has tools to be a good player, but not the best athlete and can be erratic at times. Forces shots and plays at times, but if he proves to be a coachable player, this can improve in time. A bit slow footed on defense, sometimes being a liability. OKC realizes now that Steven Adams is as good as there starter, and Jusuf Nurkic is a much better option than Kendrick Perkins. They should have amnestied Perkins last year and went after a better big. Instead, this problem is being solved now through the draft. A big with a nice touch who can play with his back to the basket could have been helpful in the playoffs last year for OKC. Nurkic is worth a shot. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - ADREIAN PAYNE, KYLE ANDERSON, MITCH MCGARY, CLINT CAPELA, JARNELL STOKES - actual pick - MITCH MCGARY - It's a good fit here really. McGary gives OKC some post offense and hustle if anything, even if they pursue a big in free agency and amnesty Perkins. DRAFT GRADE - B+
Jordan Clarkson

  22. Memphis | Jordan Clarkson | 6-4 | 186 | PG/SG | Missouri | 22

shorter JAMAL CRAWFORD - Good all around perimeter player. Nice stroke, good handle and can pass the rock. Has the ability to create his own shot or set up others. Should make an immediate impact, ceiling is a "concern" to some due to the age label. Memphis' window is short and they are in the wild wild west. Tony Allen is an elite defender, but Clarkson could help relieve him for some offensive help when the duty calls. Clarkson should be able to help right away and be a nice rotational player. TYLER ENNIS, ELFRID PAYTON, ADREIAN PAYNE, KYLE ANDERSON, CLEANTHONY EARLY, DOUG MCDERMOTT, NIK STAUSKAS, TJ WARREN, GLENN ROBINSON III, RODNEY HOOD, JUSUF NURKIC, ZACH LAVINE, JAMES YOUNG, DARIO SARIC, VASILJE MICIC, SHABAZZ NAPIER, PJ HAIRSTON, JORDAN ADAMS - actual pick - JORDAN ADAMS - I thought this pick could happen, but I didn't expect Adams to go before Anderson. Adams could help Memphis at either wing position though and is a descent shooter and solid athlete. DRAFT GRADE - B-
TJ Warren

  23. *Utah | TJ Warren | 6-8 | 220 | SF | NC State | 20

JULIAN WRIGHT/RUDY GAY - A do it all type of player with a nice frame and a solid athlete. Has a good knack for scoring and can finish driving to the rim effortlessly with either hand. Has a good mid range game off the dribble. A streaky shooter from long range, better in the catch and shoot and must improve his free throw shooting. May benefit from having better players around him to take pressure off of him, or may try to do too much and not benefit from next level. One of the top pure scorers in college this year and did it against good competition. Since the Jazz went all in early with Embiid, they add some depth at the 3 position that's needed. Warren may not be the best prospect, but at this point he's worthy. Warren's also just what the Jazz may need. A player who has a knack for scoring. ALTERNATIVE PLAYERS - CLEANTHONY EARLY, DOUG MCDERMOTT, RODNEY HOOD, KYLE ANDERSON, JAMES YOUNG, ZACH LAVINE, JORDAN CLARKSON, JUSUF NURKIC, DARIO SARIC, ADREIAN PAYNE, SHABAZZ NAPIER, GLENN ROBINSON III, PJ HAIRSTON, MARKEL BROWN, JORDAN ADAMS - actual pick - RODNEY HOOD - This pick makes a lot of sense. Hood is inconsistent, but when he's on he's really on and gets elevated to a 2 way player. Nice pick. DRAFT GRADE - B
Vasilje Micic

  24. *Miami | Vasilje Micic | 6-6 | 202 | PG | Serbia | 20

SANI BECIROVIC - Good size and vision. Mature play maker and can knock down the long range jumper. Good at setting up the offense. Lacks athleticism and also defense. Charlotte could use some shooting range. Micic could play either guard position and it could be a 1 year or 2 year plan. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - MARKEL BROWN, JUSUF NURKIC, KYLE ANDERSON, ADREIAN PAYNE, TYLER ENNIS, ELFRID PAYTON, MITCH MCGARY, PATRIC YOUNG, AARON CRAFT, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, CLINT CAPELA, ALESSANDRO GENTILE - actual pick - SHABAZZ NAPIER - Ok, LeBron loves Napier and they got his "favorite player in the draft" It's a nice pick, but makes me wonder the future of the other back court mates. Norris Cole is already a small guard and Chalmers shoots. Napier can do both and I like him better than either of those guys anyways, but it makes me wonder. DRAFT PICK - A+ (only because it's what LeBron wants. Otherwise, B-)
Shabazz Napier

  25. Houston | Shabazz Napier | 6-0 | 175 | PG | UConn | 22

SPEEDY CLAXTON/TYRONN LUE (more consistent shooting version) - Good on ball defender. He can set up an offense and make big shots on the biggest of stages. Good leader. Quick first step and off the dribble. Might get pushed around in the next level more than he was before. Not sure he's a starter, but has a spot in the league. Napier would fill that void that Houston has when their perimeter players get burned off the dribble if anything. He might just be a perfect fit with them. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - MARKEL BROWN, RUSS SMITH, JAHII CARSON, SEMAJ CHRISTION, DEONTE BURTON, ADREIAN PAYNE, NUSUF JURKIC, TLYER ENNIS, ELFRID PAYTON - actual pick - CLINT CAPELA - Not my favorite pick here. Capela has great talent and is worth the value of this pick being where it's at, but I thought Houston should try to get somoene who will play a role at helping them win now. Capela isn't a now answer. Miami really screwed Houston on Napier. DRAFT GRADE - C+
Jordan Bachynski

  26. Charlotte | Jordan Bachynski | 7-2 | 248 | C | Arizona St. | 24

GREG OLSTERTAG/JEFF WITHEY?/NIKOLA VUCEVIC - Slow footed, but strong player with legit size. A true rim protector, he may be the best pure shot blocker in this draft class. He's a 4 year player that doesn't have the sexy upside look, but he has a needed specialty to a lot of teams in his defensive arsenal better than maybe anyone else in this draft. If Miami holds the team together some, a glaring need is rim protecting. Bachynski is the best pure rim protector in the draft, so they grab him. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - CLEANTHONY EARLY, DOUG MCDERMOTT, KYLE ANDERSON, ADREIAN PAYNE, JAMES YOUNG, SHABAZZ NAPIER, RUSS SMITH, TYLER ENNIS, ELFRID PAYTON, VASILJE MICIC, JUSUF NURKIC, MITCH MCGARY, PJ HAIRSTON, JORDAN ADAMS, JORDAN CLARKSON, RODNEY HOOD, JAHII CARSON, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, GLENN ROBINSON III, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, CLINT CAPELA, WALTER TAVARES - actual pick - PJ HAIRSTON - Not too surprised here. Hairston could potentially fit well with the Hornets. I am surprised my predicted pick here Bachynski with his defense as a specialty player didn't get selected. DRAFT GRADE - B-
Clint Capela

  27. *Phoenix | Clint Capela | 6-11 | 222 | PF/C | Switzerland | 20

NIKOLOZ TSKITISHVILI/SAER SENE - Lengthy, raw talented big man with nice natural shot blocking ability, rebounding and athleticism. I hear a lot of Ibaka comparisons, I just don't believe he's on that level, but I guess we will all find out. Phoenix gets a hustle guy that gets a lot of buzz they can maybe groom or stash. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - JUSUF NURKIC, MITCH MCGARY, PJ HAIRSTON, JORDAN ADAMS, JORDAN CLARKSON, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, GLENN ROBINSON III, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, WALTER TAVARES, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, CJ WATSON, VASILJE MICIC - actual pick - BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC - An excellent pick! Phoenix is going to love this guy once he gets into there lineup. Probably a couple years, but worth the wait and probably the right timing anyways. DRAFT GRADE - B+ (if he was right away it would be A-)
Mitch McGary

  28. LA Clippers | Mitch McGary | 6-10 | 266 | C | Michigan | 22

RONY SEIKALY - Good hustle guy. Banger with good shot selection, descent range and nice touch. Good with the pick and roll. Deceivingly athletic. Knows his limits. Strong player that gets good positioning rebounding the ball. Clippers draft McGary hoping he can shoot free throws better than DeAndre Jordan. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - JUSUF NURKIC, CLINT CAPELA, WALTER TAVARES, SHABAZZ NAPIER, DEANDRE KANE, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, AARON CRAFT, VASILJE MICIC - actual pick - CJ WILCOX - As much as I love the range of Wilcox, my only issue is I thought if the Clippers couldn't get a center who can play with his back to the basket and hit free throws to back up DeAndre Jordan, They should either just trade down, or get Collison insurance if they were going that direction or stash someone. Wilcox is good, but they are crowded at his positions for what he brings to the table. DRAFT GRADE - C+
Walter Tavares

  29. Oklahoma Cty | Walter Tavares | 7-3 | 260 | C | Spain | 22

Raw man of mystery who just got a ton of draft buzz. Haven't seen enough of him to make a true comparison, but if I'm taking a stab at it, I'll say somewhere in the mold of a better CONSTATINE POPA/taller, less agile and lower IQ version of THURL BAILEY type of player. Good natural shot blocker, very very raw but has done well against good young international competition as of late. Runs the floor very well. Lacks a good offensive game right now. OKC at this point drafts a project who has been playing better and better that they can slowly groom now or wait a couple years to play. It's also a sign that they have given up on Perkins, and he's not the answer. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - JUSUF NURKIC, MITCH MCGARY, JARNELL STOKES, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, CLINT CAPELA, CJ WATSON - actual pick - JOSH HUESTIS - Too early for this guy to be drafted. Solid player, but nothing great. Maybe OKC sees something I don't, but they had better options than Huestis imo. His size is a concern at this point. DRAFT GRADE - D+
Alessandro Gentile

  30. San Antonio | Alessandro Gentile | 6-7 | 230 | SG/SF | Italy | 21

Less athletic SHAUN MARION/more athletic JAE CROWDER with more of an attitude. Tough defender, passionate player about the game. Unorthodox shot that somehow works, at least on the pro level he has been playing against. Not an incredible athlete, but plays with a lot of heart and is more athletic than he looks. San Antonio could go point guard here, but there just isn't one that screams "fits San Antonio's system!" at this point. Spurs go foreign again. Gentile has been crushing Europe and the Spurs will find a nice way to use him now or later. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - SHABAZZ NAPIER, RUSS SMITH, JAHII CARSON, DEANDRE KANE, AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, XAVIER THAMES, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, MARKEL BROWN, PJ HAIRSTON, JORDAN ADAMS, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, GLENN ROBINSON III, VASILJE MICIC, JERAMI GRANT, PATRIC YOUNG - actual pick - KYLE ANDERSON - Can't believe Kyle Anderson actually fell this far. The Analysts agree with everyone on these draft sites with the Diaw comparisons. And now Anderson goes to Poppovich where he can really learn to utilize his skills. A great pick here, and a bright future for Kyle Anderson. DRAFT GRADE - A+
Patric Young

  31. Milwaukee | Patric Young | 6-10 | 247 | PF/C | Florida | 22

REGGIE EVANS - Little undersized for a paint player, but plays much bigger and tougher than his actual size. Feisty, hard nosed, high motor player who plays physical and aggressive and rebounds well. Terrible free throw shooter and doesn't have much shooting range. This pick is a little high for Young, but bigs are a little lacking in this draft and Young is so freakin' tough! He's the opposite of Henson. Adding a bully enforcer to the lineup could only help the Bucks. ALTERNATE PICKS - JORDAN BACHYNSKI, CLINT CAPELA, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, ALEC BROWN, JARNELL STOKES, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, CRISTIANO FELICIO - actual pick - DAMIEN INGLIS - A good stash player, however I question this pick's positional value. With Milwaukee's 2 promising wings that are projected to be stars on the rise, I thought Milwaukee could use some more size and girth. Maybe Inglis will be that in a few years though. DRAFT GRADE - B-
Bogdan Bogdanovic

  32. *Philadelphia | Bogdan Bogdanovic | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Serbia | 21

BRIAN SHAW style of player with attitude - Plays hard on defense, but just doesn't have the quickness to be a great defender. Smart perimeter player with nice range. Can play both off the ball or ball dominant. Makes the right play. Can be a little perimeter happy at times. I say Philly drafts a talented player they can stash. They just seem to have a few too many contracts going around and a 2 or 3 year plan anyways. Bogdanovic fits now or later. ALTERNATE PICKS - SHABAZZ NAPIER, JAHII CARSON, RUSS SMITH, AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, SEMAJ CHRISTON, DEANDRE KANE, XAVIER THAMES, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, MARKEL BROWN, PJ HAIRSTON, GLENN ROBINSON III, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, JERAMI GRANT, LAQUINTON ROSS, CJ FAIR, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, CLINT CAPELA, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO, JAMES MCADOO - actual pick - KJ MCDANIELS - Well, not very surprised. It could have gone many ways here, but Philly ends up with the athletic and defenisve specialist in KJ McDaniels. I see a trend here in Philly. It's defense. DRAFT GRADE - B-
Markel Brown

  33. *Cleveland | Markel Brown | 6-4 | 185 | SG | Oklahoma State | 22

NATE MCMILLAN/TONY ALLEN - Not the go to guy on offense which makes him underrated. Excellent defender. Solid passer. Can score, but doesn't have to or look to all the time. Can play on or off the ball offensively. Needs to improve shooting range. Markel would be the perfect off guard to compliment both Kyrie and Waiters if Cleveland were to keep both. Uncertain if that would happen, but I say they try. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, PJ HAIRSTON, GLENN ROBINSON III, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, JERAMI GRANT, LAQUINTON ROSS, CJ FAIR, NEMANJA DANGUBIC - actual pick - JOE HARRIS - I get that they need range, and he improved his stock, but I still felt he wouldn't be considered until the tail end of the draft more with imo better players available. DRAFT GRADE - C-
PJ Hairston

  34. *New York | PJ Hairston | 6-5 | 228 | SG | USA | 21

BRYANT STITH/VINCENT ASKEW - Strong for a guard but not exceptionally quick for one. Strong enough that can get away with playing Small Forward at times despite lack of height for that position. Good mid range jumper, average long range jumper. Knows his limits. Played very well against descent NBDL competition. NY drafts Hairston to add some younger fresh depth to the wing positions. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, GLENN ROBINSON III, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, JERAMI GRANT, LAQUINTON ROSS, CJ FAIR, NEMANJA DANGUBIC - actual pick - CLEANTHONY EARLY - The new pick of the draft. You saw where I had Cleanthony Early. He's the real deal! Melo has a better chance of staying in NY with Early on the team than without him. Early will instantly contribute on the Knicks and is exactly a Triangle type player. DRAFT GRADE - A+
Glenn Robinson III

  35. *Memphis | Glenn Robinson III | 6-7 | 211 | SF | Michigan | 20

Poor man's LATRELL SPREWELL - Great defender, descent but streaky shooter. Loves to create havoc and fits perfect in transition. High motor. Runs lanes off the ball as well as anyone. Good finisher. Jazz are creating a healthy competition in the draft at the 3 spot by drafting both Robinson and Warren. Warren is the smarter player, but Robinson has a higher ceiling. We'll see. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, PJ HAIRSTON, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, JERAMI GRANT, LAQUINTON ROSS, CJ FAIR, NEMANJA DANGUBIC - actual pick - JARNELL STOKES - Well, I didn't think Memphis would draft a front court player. I had them coined for a stash or a wing. Stokes brings nice young value for the Grizzlies here however, and even more toughness and rebounding than they already have. He could learn a lot the next couple seasons with Zach and Marc and be a very productive player. DRAFT GRADE - B
Jarnell Stokes

  36. *Milwaukee | Jarnell Stokes | 6-8 | 260 | PF | Tennessee | 20

DANNY FORTSON style of player - Big, strong, solid paint player who is a little short for his position, but makes up with his strength and knowing his limits around the game. Milwaukee adds more size and girth to add some needed toughness again with the uncertainty of Larry Sanders right now. Competition at the position arises. ALTERNATE PICKS - JORDAN BACHYNSKI, CLINT CAPELA, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, ALEC BROWN, PATRIC YOUNG, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, CRISTIANO FELICIO - actual pick - JOHNNY O'BRYANT - Not very surprised of this pick. Milwaukee needs some players up front. O'Bryant's not my favorite player though. A good need, but I wouldn't have even drafted this player. That's me though. DRAFT GRADE - D+
Spencer Dinwiddie

  37. *Toronto | Spencer Dinwiddie | 6-6 | 205 | PG/SG | Colorado | 21

SASHA VUJACIC - Can shoot and handle the rock. Has great slick passing skills and a cool demeanor. Not the greatest defender. At this point in the draft, Toronto drafts Dinwiddie for the guard rotation the next few years. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - SHABAZZ NAPIER, AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, DEANDRE KANE, KEITH APPLING, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, CLINT CAPELA, MITCH MCGARY, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, JAMES MCADOO, ALEC BROWN, CORY JEFFERSON, MELVIN EJIM, DWIGHT POWELL, JOHNNY O' BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO - actual pick - DEANDRE DANIELS - I don't like this fit as much as others do, but we'll see. Why is Toronto drafting wings? Hope their free agency is better. What a wasted draft. Daniels is a good glue guy, but c'mon! Even if Lowry comes back, there are still better options. DRAFT GRADE - C-
Jahii Carson

  38. Detroit | Jahii Carson | 5-11 | 180 | PG | Arizona St. | 21

PEYTON SIVA?/NATE ROBINSON/MICHAEL ADAMS/CALVIN MURPHY - Quick, great range, can take over a game with either scoring or running the offense with very good decisions for an explosive player. Under valued because of his size. Has potential to be a quality floor general at the next level. He possess great explosive quickness, as much as anyone out there. No, I'm not an Arizona State fan, but I like both of their prospects right now. Jahii Carson is short, but he's worth it imo. He can play as the scoring guard or the set up point guard, has the shooting range, speed/quickness, and athletic ability to make up for it. Pistons get a diamond in the rough. Brandon Jennings is hot or cold, but if he stays, Carson's pusing him. ALTERNATE PICKS - SHABAZZ NAPIER, RUSS SMITH, AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, SEMAJ CHRISTON, DEANDRE KANE, XAVIER THAMES, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, MARKEL BROWN - actual pick - SPENCER DINWIDDIE - No surprise here. Detroit could use some range and talent in their back court rotation. Dinwiddie got injured, but he's still better than his draft spot imo. Great pick for Detroit. Jahii Carson not getting drafted at all is very foolish of teams though. He will have a solid career somewhere. He's as good or better than some other guards in the league right now, and will make plenty of money over seas if nobody signs him. DRAFT GRADE - A-
Jerami Grant

  39. *Philadelphia | Jerami Grant | 6-8 | 214 | SF | Syracuse | 20

SCOTT BURRELL - Gritty defender, and has a nice mid range game. Can shoot from the baseline well and finish around the rim. Doesn't have to be the star. Lacks great shooting range. It's competition in Philly at this point. Maybe the mid range is the better way to go. ALTERNATE PICKS - SHABAZZ NAPIER, JAHII CARSON, RUSS SMITH, AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, SEMAJ CHRISTON, DEANDRE KANE, XAVIER THAMES, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, MARKEL BROWN, PJ HAIRSTON, GLENN ROBINSON III, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, JERAMI GRANT, LAQUINTON ROSS, CJ FAIR, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, CLINT CAPELA, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO, JAMES MCADOO - actual pick - JERAMI GRANT - And Philly gets another athletic wing to stock pile. Philly is long and young and defensive and raw, but look out if this team figures it out. I get this pick, but based on their earlier selections, I think they could use more range. DRAFT GRADE - B
DeAndre Daniels

  40. *Minnesota | DeAndre Daniels | 6-8 | 195 | SF | UConn | 22

DERMARR JOHNSON/KENNY WALKER - Athletic, wirey player but frail frame. High ceiling, good defender. True slasher. Can't shoot very well. At this point, Milwaukee is just adding depth on the wing where it is most needed. Minnesota finds an athletic winner in hopes of helping turning the attitude of the franchise around at a positional need. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - SEAN KILPATRICK, AARON CRAFT, DEANDRE KANE, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, PJ HAIRSTON, GLENN ROBINSON III, JERAMI GRANT, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, MITCH MCGARY, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, MELVIN EJIM, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO - actual pick - GLENN ROBINSON III - For this place in the draft, I really like this pick. Minny gets a wing they need and a player that can take the off the court pressures of the game from being around pro players from his father. They also get an athletic 2 way player that has proven he can play in either a big role on the offense or a smaller one. Great pick! DRAFT GRADE - B+
Viktor Gaddefors

  41. Denver | Viktor Gaddefors | 6-8 | 218 | SF | Sweden | 21

TAMAR SLAY - Good post up player, but lacks the strength to truly post up players at the NBA level. Good energy player with some nice defense. Turn over prone when the offense goes through him, and his handles have room for improvement still. Denver drafts this guy to stash him and tell him to hit the weights. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - WALTER TAVARES, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, ARTEM KLIMENKO, ISAIAH AUSTIN, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO, OJARS SILINS, LEO WESTERMANN, IOANNIS PAPAPETROU, DEANDRE DANIELS, KJ MCDANIELS, CORY JEFFERSON - actual pick - NIKOLA JOKIC - I had a feeling this pick would be a player from over seas. DRAFT GRADE - B-
Russ Smith

  42. *Houston | Russ Smith | 6-1 | 160 | PG/SG | Louisville | 23

a more quicker and more explosive LEE MAYBERRY - Solid defender, can run an offense or flat out shoot. Probably better suited in a rotation role, and no matter what gives you that energy/spark. Has proven he can win and be a factor on the big stage. Speedy as anybody, freakishly athletic more so on film than in the combine, solid defender. Has great toughness. Wow, can you imagine a practice that was Russdiculous vs Napier? I think Lin will probably be out or forgotten. Harden and Beverly complete that back court that would potentially be lethal. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - SHABAZZ NAPIER, JAHII CARSON, AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, SEMAJ CHRISTON, DEANDRE KANE, XAVIER THAMES, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, NICK JOHNSON, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, JUSTIN COBBS, BRYCE COTTON, IAN MILLER, JASON CALLISTE, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, LEO WESTERMANN, OJARS SILINS, IOANNIS PAPAPAETROU, WALTER TAVARES, ARTEM KLIMENKO, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, MITCH MCGARY, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, ALEC BROWN, MELVIN EJIM, DWIGHT POWELL, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ISAIAH AUSTIN, ALEX KIRK, CAMERON BAIRSTOW, JUVONTE REDDIC - actual pick - NICK JOHNSON - Not bad, he's got defense that Houston needs. Very limited offensively for a guard on the next level though. DRAFT GRADE - B-
CJ Wilcox

  43. Atlanta | CJ Wilcox | 6-5 | 201 | SG | Washington | 23

ED GRAY - Great shooter and flat out scorer. Often forgotten about nationally playing from the university of Washington, Wilcox is a deceivingly good team and underrated defender with a great variety of weapons in his game to score. He has size and the body to make the league. After James young, Atlanta gets another wing in Wilcox. More consistent shooter, but not as nasty. Atlanta would be tough to stop from all perimeter angles. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - SHABAZZ NAPIER, JAHII CARSON, RUSS SMITH, AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, SEMAJ CHRISTON, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, PJ HAIRSTON, GLENN ROBINSON III, MARKEL BROWN, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, LAQUINTON ROSS, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, ROY DEVYN MARBLE, JOE HARRIS, JOSH HUESTIS, JORDAN MCRAE, ANDRE DAWKINS, LEO WESTERMANN, RION BROWN, DE'MON BROOKS, CAMERON CLARK, DEVON COLLIER, OJARS SILINS, IOANNIS PAPAPAETROU, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ISAIAH AUSTIN, JERRELLE BENIMON, ALEX KIRK, ONDREJ BALVIN, SIM BHULLAR, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, CAMERON BAIRSTOW, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO, JUVONTE REDDIC - actual pick - WALTER TAVARES - Wasn't sure when this guy would be picked, but a great value here at 43. Atlanta needs a rim protector, and Tavares is HUGE! DRAFT GRADE - B+
Sean Kilpatrick

  44. *Brooklyn | Sean Kilpatrick | 6-4 | 220 | SG | Cincinnati | 24

FELIPE LOPEZ - Volume shooter who is excellent at creating his own shot and flat out score. Will benefit from having a poised point guard most likely, as his shooting percentages were not spectacular. When he gets hot though, he can take over the game in spurts. Minnesota takes a flyer on a guy that wants to score on every possession, which is probably what they need after Kevin Love gone. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - AARON CRAFT, DEANDRE KANE, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, PJ HAIRSTON, GLENN ROBINSON III, DEANDRE DANIELS, JERAMI GRANT, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, MITCH MCGARY, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, MELVIN EJIM, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO - actual pick - MARKEL BROWN - Brown should have never fell this far down. He's a great pick at this point of the draft and is an instant upgrade on defense. A little surprised that nobody needed the scoring ability of Sean Kilpatrick and he wasn't selected. DRAFT GRADE - A
Aaron Craft

  45. Charlotte | Aaron Craft | 6-2 | 192 | PG | Ohio State | 22

A cross between DANNY AINGE and AVERY BRADLEY - Uncanny on the ball defense, perhaps the best in college right now. (You could even make the case for the previous 2 seasons) A little sloppy handling the ball for a perimeter player but can get the job done. Descent range. Perfect role player. Winning track record. Charlotte drafts the guy purely on locker room leadership. He will add some definite hustle and toughness to the team. At this point in the draft, why not? ALTERNATIVE PICKS - SHABAZZ NAPIER, JAHII CARSON, RUSS SMITH, DEONTE BURTON, SEMAJ CHRISTON, DEANDRE KANE, XAVIER THAMES, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, MARKEL BROWN, PJ HAIRSTON, GLENN ROBINSON III, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, LAQUINTON ROSS, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, JAMES MCADOO, ALEC BROWN, CORY JEFFERSON, MELVIN EJIM, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH - actual pick - DWIGHT POWELL - Not surprised at all. This fills a toughness need here in Charlotte. Aaron Craft and his specialty in defense could have been a nice piece for a team imo, and he may make a roster as a specialty player later. Wasn't sure if he would get drafted, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt, as specialty players are good bench players. Those are the types of players you look for at this point. DRAFT GRADE - B
Deonte Burton

  46. *LA Lakers | Deonte Burton | 6-1 | 193 | PG/SG | Nevada | 22

ROBERT PACK/TROY BELL/DEE BROWN - Quick, athletic point guard who looks to score and beat his man off the dribble and set the tone of the game that way. Exceptional speed and quickness with a good jump. Plays pretty good defense and has nice strength for his size. Lacks the control to set the tempo consistently as a true point guard and struggles shooting long range from the perimeter. Great at creating his own shot and drawing fouls. Good pure score with range to throw in the mix for now or long term after Miller. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - SHABAZZ NAPIER, JAHII CARSON, RUSS SMITH, DEONTE AARON CRAFT, SEMAJ CHRISTON, DEANDRE KANE, XAVIER THAMES, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, MARKEL BROWN, PJ HAIRSTON, GLENN ROBINSON III, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, LAQUINTON ROSS, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, JAMES MCADOO, ALEC BROWN, CORY JEFFERSON, MELVIN EJIM, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH - actual pick - JORDAN CLARKSON - OMG! The Lakers got a very nice pick here this late! Clarkson can play. The Lakers are building a nice young foundation here surrounding Kobe. Can't believe Clarkson fell this far. Great pick! DRAFT GRADE - A
James McAdoo

  47. *New Orleans | James McAdoo | 6-9 | 230 | PF | North Carolina | 21

younger ANTHONY RANDOLPH - Solid around the basket. A true tweener in every sense of the term. Slotted at either forward spot but without a true identity, good player but this type of tweener by position seems to have the hardest track record of being successful particularly if you lack long range shooting. McAdoo has a chance though with his athletic ability and great touch to have a descent role. Philly drafts McAdoo to compete at the forward position, whether Thaddeus Young stays long term or goes. McAdoo's talented enough to be picked here. Amazing how he could have been a lottery pick a couple years ago. ALTERNATE PICKS - SHABAZZ NAPIER, JAHII CARSON, RUSS SMITH, AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, SEMAJ CHRISTON, DEANDRE KANE, XAVIER THAMES, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, MARKEL BROWN, PJ HAIRSTON, GLENN ROBINSON III, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, NICK JOHNSON, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, JERAMI GRANT, LAQUINTON ROSS, CJ FAIR, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, CLINT CAPELA, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO, yes ISAIAH AUSTIN, CHANE BEHANAN, JERRELLE BENIMON, ALEX KIRK, SIM BHULLAR, CAMERON BAIRSTOW, JUVONTE REDDIC - actual pick - RUSS SMITH - Russdiculous! Ends up in New Orleans! I love this pick here! It's a player who can play some serious defense and up the tempo. He will bring some good energy to the table. Poor James McAdoo should have went in the lottery 2 years ago when he had the chance. Who would have thought that? At one time he was getting the James Worthy comparisons. I understand him not being picked, although he might be good enough to still make a roster, it's obvious teams weren't buying the original hype that came with his game. DRAFT GRADE - B+
Alec Brown

  48. *Atlanta | Alec Brown | 7-1 | 231 | PF/C | Wisconsin Green Bay | 21

ERIC CHENOWITH - Legit 7 footer with a soft touch. Has trouble with rugged players that push him around. He sometimes plays smaller than his size against stronger competition. Nice IQ of the game. Has not faced good competition on a consistent basis at the college level. The Bucks draft a hometown favorite in Alec Brown to add some needed size and height on the front court. With Patric Young selected already as the enforcer, Brown can compliment his back up role on the team as the big with the soft touch. He's not the best prospect at this point, but there isn't many bigs in this draft that ooh at this point. ALTERNATE PICKS - JORDAN BACHYNSKI, CLINT CAPELA, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO, yes ISAIAH AUSTIN, CHANE BEHANAN, JERRELLE BENIMON, ALEX KIRK, SIM BHULLAR, CAMERON BAIRSTOW, JUVONTE REDDIC - actual pick - LAMAR PATTERSON - Eh, not my favorite pick for the fit, but at this point if that's the guy they liked, that's the guy they got. I would have stock piled size. I get the logic on the range though. DRAFT GRADE - B-
Semaj Christon

  49. Chicago | Semaj Christon | 6-3 | 186 | PG | Xavier | 21

SEBASTIAN TELFAIR/JAVARIS CRITTENTON (Without the head-case factor) - Good size and athleticism for a Point. Inconsistent shooter from long range. A bit flashy, plays some hero ball but he's not exactly a franchise player but may have some effectiveness being explosive at times. Marquise Teague didn't work, so Chicago takes on imo a better version of that player in Semaj Christon late in the draft. He slips this far and rightfully so. He has good qualities as a prospect, but lacks a specialty at this point and plays a similar flow as Derrick Rose if he were to go down again. Chicago would be a good learning fit anyways. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - SHABAZZ NAPIER, JAHII CARSON, RUSS SMITH, DEONTE BURTON, AARON CRAFT, DEANDRE KANE, XAVIER THAMES, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, MARKEL BROWN, PJ HAIRSTON, GLENN ROBINSON III, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, LAQUINTON ROSS, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, JAMES MCADOO, ALEC BROWN, CORY JEFFERSON, MELVIN EJIM, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH - actual pick - CAMERON BAIRSTOW - I didn't expect him to go quite this high, but it's not much of a reach. Thibs can coach so I get the pick to if that's who they were targeting. Bairstow is what they need to back up in the paint. DRAFT GRADE - B-
Jordan Adams

  50. Phoenix | Jordan Adams | 6-5 | 209 | SG | UCLA | 20

KAREEM RUSH - Solid shooter and a popular player on the collegiate level. Not the most athletic player, but athletic enough. Nice touch with the basketball. Jordan Adams slips this far to Phoenix. There are many wings and perimeter players in this draft that can do something. Adams might be more polished than Capela, the front court player they selected in this mock in the first. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, LAQUINTON ROSS, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, ROY DEVYN MARBLE, JOE HARRIS, JOSH HUESTIS, JORDAN MCRAE, LEO WESTERMANN, OJARS LILINS, IOANNIS PAPAPAETROU, JORAN BACHYNSKI, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, JAMES MCADOO, ALEC BROWN, CORY JEFFERSON, MELVIN EJIM, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ISAIAH AUSTIN, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO - actual pick - ALEC BROWN - I thought he would be picked around here. Brown has the size and touch to get picked this late. DRAFT GRADE - B
Jabari Brown

  51. *New York | Jabari Brown | 6-4 | 215 | SG | Missouri | 21

Poor man's VOSHON LENARD/JEFF SHEPPARD - Good stroke and pretty athletic, but hangs around the perimeter. Small for his position, but a surprisingly good rebounder at the college level for his size. Gets lost in the offense at times. Dallas drafts in their eyes the best player available at this point in Jabari Brown. He could add some depth, strength, and youth in the back court if he wins a roster spot. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, LAQUINTON ROSS, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, ROY DEVYN MARBLE, JOE HARRIS, JOSH HUESTIS, JORDAN MCRAE, ANDRE DAWKINS, LEO WESTERMANN, RION BROWN, DE'MON BROOKS, CAMERON CLARK, DEVON COLLIER, OJARS SILINS, IOANNIS PAPAPETROU, WALTER TAVARES, CORY JEFFERSON, JAMES MCADOO, ARTEM KLIMENKO, ISAIAH AUSTIN, CHANE BEHANAN, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO - actual pick - THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO - NY drafted this guy on pure talent. Why not at this point? NY could be exicting. A little surprised that someone with the range of Jabari Brown didn't get selected. DRAFT GRADE - B-
CJ Fair

  52. *Philadelphia | CJ Fair | 6-8 | 218 | SF | Syracuse | 22

DONALD ROYAL type player - Streaky shooter and lengthy, athletic player who can defend well. Philly drafts the best player available on the consensus draft boards with CJ Fair at the wing. His energy may win him a roster spot, and he's worth the pick this late.ALTERNATE PICKS - SHABAZZ NAPIER, JAHII CARSON, RUSS SMITH, AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, SEMAJ CHRISTON, DEANDRE KANE, XAVIER THAMES, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, MARKEL BROWN, PJ HAIRSTON, GLENN ROBINSON III, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, KJ MCDANIELS, NICK JOHNSON, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, JERAMI GRANT, LAQUINTON ROSS, CJ FAIR, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, CLINT CAPELA, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO, yes ISAIAH AUSTIN, CHANE BEHANAN, JERRELLE BENIMON, ALEX KIRK, SIM BHULLAR, CAMERON BAIRSTOW, JUVONTE REDDIC - actual pick - VASILJE MICIC - Nice pick here. I had him late in the first. DRAFT GRADE - A-
DeAndre Kane

  53. *Minnesota | DeAndre Kane | 6-4 | 200 | PG/SG | Iowa St. | 25

STEVE BLAKE - Sharp shooter and good decision maker. A true point guard who plays with guts and high IQ. Not very quick or athletic, but gets the job done efficiently nonetheless. Not the sexiest pick, but Minny gets a player that works hard, studies the game, can shoot and has in high percentages, and doesn't make bone head decisions. They can use a player like that no matter what the aftermath of Love manifests to. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - AARON CRAFT, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, PJ HAIRSTON, GLENN ROBINSON III, DEANDRE DANIELS, JERAMI GRANT, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, DEANDRE DANIELS, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, MITCH MCGARY, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, MELVIN EJIM, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO - actual pick - ALESSANDRO GENTILE - Wow! Gentile has no business being this far down! Theft! DRAFT GRADE - A
Nick Johnson

  54. *San Antonio | Nick Johnson | 6-3 | 198 | SG | Arizona | 21

FRED JONES - Short for a shooting guard, but very athletic. Streaky Shooter and tough defender. Has good speed and slashes well to the hoop. Philadelphia drafts the athletic Nick Johnson here, giving him a chance to make the roster at either guard position. Any player at this point will struggle to make the roster, but Johnson may have the best talent available. ALTERNATE PICKS - SHABAZZ NAPIER, JAHII CARSON, RUSS SMITH, AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, SEMAJ CHRISTON, DEANDRE KANE, XAVIER THAMES, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, MARKEL BROWN, PJ HAIRSTON, GLENN ROBINSON III, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, KJ MCDANIELS, NICK JOHNSON, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, JERAMI GRANT, LAQUINTON ROSS, CJ FAIR, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, CLINT CAPELA, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO, yes ISAIAH AUSTIN, CHANE BEHANAN, JERRELLE BENIMON, ALEX KIRK, SIM BHULLAR, CAMERON BAIRSTOW, JUVONTE REDDIC - actual pick - NEMANJA DANGUBIC - Not surprised. San Antonio drafts another talented Euro player for the future. I guess they are re signing Mills. DRAFT GRADE - B+
KJ McDaniels

  55. *Charlotte | KJ McDaniels | 6-6 | 196 | SF | Clemson | 21

CHRIS JEFFERSON - Classic slasher to the basket. Good wirey defender and takes it to the rim with authority. Good athlete. Somewhat panics at time on the offensive end, but runs the floor and cleans up very well on both ends. Lacks shooting range. Miami adds some young athletic depth at the wing that they need. McDaniels could add some defense here, and may get some spot minutes replacing the retiring Shane Battier if McDaniels makes the team. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - SEMAJ CHRISTON, JAHII CARSON, RUSS SMITH, DEONTE BURTON, AARON CRAFT, DEANDRE KANE, XAVIER THAMES, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, JERAMI GRANT, DEANDRE DANIELS, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CJ FAIR, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, LAQUINTON ROSS, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, MITCH MCGARY, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, JAMES MCADOO, ALEC BROWN, CORY JEFFERSON, MELVIN EJIM, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH - actual pick - SEMAJ CHRISTION - At one point, some considered Christion the best point guard prospect going into college last year. He wasn't that player, but a good pick here this late. DRAFT GRADE - B+
Cory Jefferson

  56. *Orlando | Cory Jefferson | 6-9 | 220 | PF | Baylor | 23

poor man's CHARLIE VILLANOVA (without the side of his brain that's still 2 years old)/JAN VESEY - Good athlete with all the tools to be a good player. On the college level was superior to most competition not as big or athletic, but questionable if he has enough moves in his arsenal to make a major impact in the league. Has some exciting dunks to watch. Runs well for a big man. Nice athlete. Still a bit raw, could become a good player with some work on his control on both ends of the floor and a touch around the basket. Denver drafts Cory Jefferson, as he can strangely fit on that squad with how he runs the floor. This is as good as any chance he has to make a team right now with his skill sets. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - WALTER TAVARES, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, ARTEM KLIMENKO, ISAIAH AUSTIN, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO, OJARS SILINS, LEO WESTERMANN, IOANNIS PAPAPETROU, DEANDRE DANIELS, KJ MCDANIELS - actual pick - ROY DEVYN MARBLE - Ok, I didn't count on trades, etc. ROY DEVYN MARBLE may turn out to be a descent pick here considering the moves. DRAFT GRADE - B-
Xavier Thames

  57. Indiana | Xavier Thames | 6-3 | 187 | PG/SG | San Diego St. | 23

Skinnier ERICK STRICKLAND - Nice flat out scorer. Can create his own shot and has nice range. Small for a shooting guard. Not a true point guard and doesn't set up the offense through anyone else enough for a point guard but demands to handle the ball. Plays better with another passer in the lineup to free him up with better looks, as he shoots in low FG % in volumes. Better outside shooter than inside shooter, has trouble finishing in traffic at times and will get out of control. Range has improved gradually every year. Very quick player with nice handle. Good leader and winner. Indiana selects Xavier Thames with their lone pick late in the draft. Luckily, Thames has a chance to make the team, as the draft is pretty deep at the point guard position-such a glaring weakness of Indiana's the last few years. Thames stands a chance to make the team. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - JAHII CARSON, RUSS SMITH, AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, SEMAJ CHRITON, DEANDRE KANE, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, JUSTIN COBBS, BRYCE COTTON, IAN MILLER, JASON CALLISTE, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, CJ WILCX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, WALTER TAVARES, ARTEM KLIMENKO, ISAIAH AUSTIN, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO - actual pick - LOUIS LABEYRIE - Indy needs some locker room unity and some help. They need a point to run the team which are available, or a stash guy. They drafted a stash guy, but I'm not in love with Labeyrie. There was more talent left on the board. DRAFT GRADE - C+
Casey Prather

  58. *Philadelphia | Casey Prather | 6-5 | 200 | SG | Florida | 23

ERIC PIATKOWSKI - Good off the ball prospect who can flat out shoot. Shoots a nice percentage and stretches the floor well. A team player. Spurs draft a system player specialized in their type of system. He's just a flat out shooter, and maybe the best pure shooter in the draft. Prather fits in San Antonio. Maybe they go point guard here, but I say they look at free agency their, because this pick is too much of a match. ALTERNATIVE PICKS - JAHII CARSON, RUSS SMITH, AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, SEMAJ CHRISTON, DEANDRE KANE, XAVIER THAMES, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, JUSTIN COBBS, BRYCE COTTON, IAN MILLER, JASON CALLISTE, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, LAQUINTON ROSS, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, ROY DEVYN MARBLE, JOE HARRIS, JOSH HEUSTIS, JORDAN MCRAE, ANDRE DAWKINS, LEO WESTERMANN, RION BROWN, DE'MON BROOKS, CAMERON CLARK, DEVON COLLIER, OJARS SILINS, IOANNIS PAPAPETROU, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, ALEC BROWN, MELVIN EJIM, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ISAIAH AUSTIN, CHANE BEHANANA, JERRELLE BENIMON, ALEX KIRK, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, CAMERON BAIRSTOW, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO, JUVONTE REDDIC - actual pick - JORDAN MCRAE - Trades again can throw things off, Prather would be a good specialty shooter for someone, but Philly goes with McRae to battle for time at the SG spot. DRAFT GRADE - B
Keith Appling

  59. *Brooklyn | Keith Appling | 6-1 | 180 | PG/SG | Michigan St. | 22

RAFER ALSTON/GOD SHAMMGOD - Streaky shooter, flashy player with a nice handle. Can run an offense and has the ability to make defenders look foolish with his playground moves. Descent defender but can improve. Has good energy. Can improve his decisions, although he has already immensely within the last year, which shows he's a player that true heartedly works to improve his game, which should speak volumes. Was injured during the season and even played through it some, declining his game towards the finish of the season, which may hurt his stock. The second he figured out the college game, he was rattled by injury. Toronto selects Appling reaching on that he finally plays as good as his potential. At this juncture in the draft, it's a risk worth taking. After taking the defensive, pass first Payton, the eratic Appling is a good polar extreme. . ALTERNATIVE PICKS - AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, DEANDRE KANE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, MITCH MCGARY, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, JAMES MCADOO, ALEC BROWN, CORY JEFFERSON, MELVIN EJIM, DWIGHT POWELL, JOHNNY O' BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO, JERRELLE BENIMON, ALEX KIRK, CAMERON BAIRSTOW, JUVONTE REDDIC - actual pick - XAVIER THAMES - Not a bad pick for the value, but Brooklyn needs more range. Thames isn't the best shooter. If that's their BPA, I see it though. DRAFT GRADE - B-
Melvin Ejim

  60. *Brooklyn | Melvin Ejim | 6-6 | 220 | SF/PF | Iowa St. | 23

somewhere in the mold of a JAE CROWDER/CALBERT CHANEY - Undersized forward with a lot of heart. Gets the job done through intangibles and knows his limits. Not a great athlete and will probably never make an all-star team, but definitely has a great toughness and leadership and high character and motor that is contagious and essential to a team's roster. San Antonio sticks with what they know and what they are with Ejim. Again, not a point guard to replace Mills, but Ejim fits San Antonio so well again. He can provide depth at the forward spot if he makes the team, and if anything has good character and energy to flow with the team like most of their players. I have never been so back and forth of who gets drafted and who doesn't from the mid forties to the final pick before. There are about 20-25 other players not in my mock that I would have to legitimately consider more than just saying a player is a good prospect, but rather a good useful prospect. ALTERNATIVE PROSPECTS - ALTERNATIVE PICKS - JAHII CARSON, RUSS SMITH, AARON CRAFT, DEONTE BURTON, SEMAJ CHRISTON, DEANDRE KANE, XAVIER THAMES, KEITH APPLING, SPENCER DINWIDDIE, ROBERTO NELSON, KENDALL WILLIAMS, JUSTIN COBBS, BRYCE COTTON, IAN MILLER, JASON CALLISTE, ALESSANDRO GENTILE, BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, VIKTOR GADDEFORS, CJ WILCOX, JORDAN ADAMS, JABARI BROWN, CASEY PRATHER, DAMIEN INGLIS, THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, LAQUINTON ROSS, NEMANJA DANGUBIC, ROY DEVYN MARBLE, JOE HARRIS, JOSH HEUSTIS, JORDAN MCRAE, ANDRE DAWKINS, LEO WESTERMANN, RION BROWN, DE'MON BROOKS, CAMERON CLARK, DEVON COLLIER, OJARS SILINS, IOANNIS PAPAPETROU, JORDAN BACHYNSKI, WALTER TAVARES, PATRIC YOUNG, JARNELL STOKES, ALEC BROWN, DWIGHT POWELL, ARTEM KLIMENKO, JOHNNY O'BRYANT, KHEM BIRCH, ISAIAH AUSTIN, CHANE BEHANANA, JERRELLE BENIMON, ALEX KIRK, ONDREJ BALVIN, RASMUS LARSEN, PHILLIPP NEUMANN, CAMERON BAIRSTOW, NIKOLA JOKIC, CRISTIANO FELICIO, JUVONTE REDDIC - actual pick - CORY JEFFERSON - Eh, I thought they could used BPA at this point and Jefferson's not bad, but not that guy. DRAFT GRADE - B-