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Updated: 6/23/13 8:09 pm

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Otto Porter

  1. Cleveland | Otto Porter | 6-9 | 200 | SF | Georgetown | 24

Porter simply just makes the most sense for Cleveland. Do I think he's the best prospect in the draft? No. But he really is a perfect fit for the Cavs. Their biggest hole is at SF. Porter doesn't need the ball in his hands to be effective, he can be a really good defender, really long wingspan, good rebounder, and knocks down open shots. Fits perfectly next to the go-to scorers Kyrie and Waiters. I think McLemore is the best prospect in the draft, but his best skill is scoring, something the Cavs do not need more of from their guards. None of the guys that I have ahead of Porter on my big board are so ahead of him that they should take this spot from him. I don't even have Len in front of him anyway. Noel is in front of him, but the Cavs really do not need a center right now. Varejao was playing like an all star before he got hurt and Zeller is a good enough backup for now. The Cavs want to make the playoffs next year. Porter can help them do that and Noel can't. Neither Noel nor Len would really get any playing time next year if they went to the Cavs.
Trey Burke

  2. *Orlando | Trey Burke | 6-1 | 190 | PG | Michigan | 25

Here's the link to the thread I posted a few days ago explaining why I think the Magic should take Burke: If the Magic can acquire Bledsoe, then McLemore is the pick. But until that happens I'm keeping Burke here. I think he is as sure a bet as anyone in the draft to be really good.
Anthony Bennett

  3. Washington | Anthony Bennett | 6-7 | 240 | SF/PF | UNLV | 25

The decision here is between Bennett and Noel. I think Noel has more potential, but like the Cavs, the Wizards want to make the playoffs now. John Wall said himself he wants to draft a pick and pop 4. You need to keep your best player happy. And plus Bennett is a great prospect in his own right.
Ben McLemore

  4. Charlotte | Ben McLemore | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Kansas | 25

The Bobcats have done the worst in the draft out of every team in the league the last few years. They need an exciting franchise player who can actually put the ball in the hole. McLemore is the guy. In my mind, they are getting a steal since he is #1 on my big board. People say that SG is the worst position in the league, but I see a wave of young SG talent coming into the leauge like Klay Thompson, Bradley Beal, and Dion Waiters. BMac enters this group and has the chance to eclipse all of them. In a league where great SGs aren't very common, he has the opportunity to be elite. Apparently he hasn't done that well in workouts, but then again I haven't witnessed those workouts, so I personally have no reason to drop him.
Nerlens Noel

  5. Phoenix | Nerlens Noel | 6-11 | 206 | PF/C | Kentucky | 24

Great pick. The Suns are known to have the best medical staff in the league, so they should be comfortable getting Noel healthy and ready to play. The Suns' biggest need is wing players, so if Noel is not here McLemore (if he's there) or Oladipo would be the pick. But Noel's potential is too much to pass up for Oladipo. As Gortat plays out the last year of his contract Noel can rehab. He can step in and be the starter at the start of the 2014-15 season, or he can start playing more when the deadline comes in February and the Suns try to get rid of Gortat. By then, they'll be long out of the playoff race, so they'll be able to afford Noel struggling as he gets game experience.
Alex Len

  6. *New Orleans | Alex Len | 7-1 | 255 | C | Maryland | 24

Biggest hole is at SF. If Porter somehow falls, he'd be just as perfect here as he would be in Cleveland. By the way, just goes to show how weird this draft is that I'm even considering the possibility of my top pick falling to 6. Anyway, if Len and Anthony Davis both can end up reaching their potentials the Pelicans will have a pretty damn dangerous frontcourt. And I think Len is the best player on the board here.
CJ McCollum

  7. *Sacramento | CJ McCollum | 6-3 | 197 | PG/SG | Lehigh | 26

The Kings changed ownership, cleaned house on all front office executives, and seem to be starting over as a franchise. The futures of their two best players, Cousins and Evans, are uncertain. I say draft the best player available, regardless of position. I keep changing my mind between McCollum, Oladipo, and Zeller, but at the moment I'm taking McCollum. He's a hard worker, he's a really good young man, and he has ROY potential. The Kings should be looking for high character guys. McCollum definitely is one. I considered putting Oladipo here just because I think McCollum would be perfect in Detroit (I"ll get to that soon), but that would have been dishonest of me. But in my mind it is that close that I would consider making that false switch. There is a good chance I will change my mind on this pick back and forth by draft day.
Victor Oladipo

  8. Detroit | Victor Oladipo | 6-4 | 213 | SG/SF | Indiana | 26

Monroe and Drummond have the potential to form the best big man duo in the league, but they need help all around their perimeter. Take the best perimeter player available, which in my opinion is Oladipo. I think the Tony Allen comparisons are spot on, except Oladipo will be scarier in transition. I think people are overrating his potential, but he likely won't be a bust. At the very least he will be a great defensive stopper. That alone warrants a top ten pick in this draft. The Pistons' top options should be Burke, Porter, then McCollum. McCollum very well may be here when they pick. If he is, pounce on him. I think the idea of two combo guards sharing ball handling responsibilities and feeding off of each other is really intriguing. I don't think Knight will ever be a true point, so they should go for someone who can be a primary ball handler. No PG on the board here is better than Oladipo, though.
Shabazz Muhammad

  9. *Utah | Shabazz Muhammad | 6-6 | 225 | SF | UCLA | 25

The pick is between Shabazz and KCP. The Wolves need a shooter to maximize Rubio's passing abilities, so KCP wouldn't be a bad pick at all. I just think Shabazz has more potential and fits well with the Wolves. He's a good spot up shooter. Shooting off the dribble is one of his biggest flaws, but he won't need to do that with Rubio dominating the ball. Also, people are overlooking their need for a 3. Kirilenko will likely opt in to the final year of his deal, but even if he does he's gone after next year. Shabazz can play both the 2 and 3 effectively. Plus, his defensive potential, if he stays focused on that end of the court, is immense when paired next to Rubio. KCP has the tools to be a really good defender too. The Wolves are going to get a great pick at 9 and shouldn't consider moving up.
Cody Zeller

  10. *Portland | Cody Zeller | 7-0 | 230 | PF/C | Indiana | 25

The Blazers have a playoff caliber starting 5, but their bench is just atrocious. They need help with depth at every position. Take the best player available, which I think is Zeller. Or try to move down, which would probably be a better option, considering the best value in this draft comes in the late first and early second round. 10th pick to the Cavs for 19 +31 or 33? Blazers would then have 4 second round picks,. Maybe they can package 2 or 3 of them to get another first round pick. If they stick with Zeller here, they get a player who can add depth at the 4 and 5 and help them make a playoff push.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

  11. *Philadelphia | Kentavious Caldwell-Pope | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Georgia | 25

People keep giving the 76ers a center here, but I guess they don't realize they have just 3 wings players under contract next year: Evan Turner, Jason Richardson, and Justin Holiday. Richardson is coming off of ACL surgery and Holiday is not proven at all. Plus, Moultrie, Hawes, and Lavoy Allen can all play the 5 in stretches, and Bynum more than likely will sign some sort of non-guaranteed contract with them. They need another wing player. KCP is the best on the board. If Shabazz is still left, take him.
Kelly Olynyk

  12. *Oklahoma Cty | Kelly Olynyk | 7-0 | 234 | C | Gonzaga | 27

Everyone knows their biggest need is at center. Perkins is garbage. For all of you putting Steven Adams here, remember the Thunder want to win a championship NOW. Adams is at least 2 years away from being a solid NBA player. Plus, the Thunder need more of a scoring center who can get up and down the floor in transition. I think Olynyk is a really nice fit. He may be more suited to play the 4, but the Thunder love going with small lineups in which Durant is the 4, so Olynyk will be just fine. He's also super efficient. He had the best PER in the entire country this season. Big difference between that and what the Thunder are currently getting out of their centers.
Dennis Schroder

  13. *Boston | Dennis Schroder | 6-2 | 168 | PG | Germany | 24

The Mavs aren't keeping whoever they take, and since we don't know who's going to end up with this pick, it's hard to place someone here. I put Schroeder here because I really like him and I think he's the best player available. If for some reason the Mavs do keep the pick, Schroeder can play overseas one more year. He's not entirely polished enough to be a starting NBA PG yet. For just about every other team he would be in the NBA next year, but in this unusual circumstance maybe he wouldn't.
Michael Carter-Williams

  14. *Minnesota | Michael Carter-Williams | 6-6 | 185 | PG | Syracuse | 26

The Jazz need their PG of the future. I don't think that MCW will ever be a top 15 PG to be honest, but I at least think he'll be a solid starter. I'm a huge Cuse fan and I've watched every game he's played the last two years. Coming into the year I thought he was a sure top 10 pick because although in limited minutes, he played great his Freshman year. Showed huge potential. The potential is still there, but after watching him lead the team for a whole year, I realized he doesn't have the balls to be great. He'll always be very talented, but a lot of times he plays scared. Nowhere near Burke or McCollum in my opinion. I'm a Cuse fan that gets overly attached, but I'm realistic. Last year I genuinely thought Waiters deserved being a top 5 pick, and I still do. I've watched a lot of MCW, and the conclusion I've made is that he can be very good but not great. Still good value here at 14 and there's no other PG in the draft worth making your starting PG.
Sergey Karasev

  15. Milwaukee | Sergey Karasev | 6-7 | 197 | SG/SF | Russia | 24

If I'm the Bucks, I keep Jennings and let Monta walk. Jennings is a top 15 PG and he's only 23. Especially when Monta leaves their going to need help on the wing. I really like Karasev and I think he's underrated. He's only 19 but he's already played really well at a very high level of basketball. Has a great basketball IQ, and is a great scorer and a good rebounder. He'll struggle on the defensive end because of his lack of lateral quickness. To make a good PG better and more comfortable, surround him with shooters. Karasev is an absolutely deadly sniper. If KCP and Shabazz both weren't there at 11, I would have picked Karasev for the 76ers. He'll be a very good NBA player, and he's ready to contribute now even at a young age.
Giannis Adetokoubo

  16. *Atlanta | Giannis Adetokoubo | 6-10 | 205 | SF | Greece | 23

I'm not as much on the Giannis bandwagon as much as some people on this site and I think this is a reach for him. That being said, if the Celtics are going into full rebuild mode, which I think they should do, he makes sense. Giannis doesn't turn 19 until December and would have been a senior in high school this year if he lived in America. I'm just as intrigued by his size and athletic ability as the next guy, but the competition he played against this year was similar to that of Division II or III, and he averaged under 10 PPG. I would like to see more from someone before I call them a lottery pick. Based on potential alone Giannis may be top 5 in this draft. I watched an interview in which he said he works on his game 5-7 hours every day. That is the kind of work ethic that helps someone reach their potential. He is at least 2 years, probably 3, away from being good in the NBA. Imagine making the transition from Greek basketball to the NBA. If the Celtics take him, they can let him mature and hopefully dominate in Greece. In 2015 the contracts of Rondo, KG, Bass, and Terry all end. That would be a good time to bring him in. If the Celtics want to start over and rebuild, picking Giannis makes sense. Could end up paying off huge.
Mason Plumlee

  17. Atlanta | Mason Plumlee | 6-11 | 238 | PF | Duke | 28

With only 6 players under contract next year, only 3 of them guaranteed, I think the Hawks should keep both picks and take the two best players available. Plumlee is likely a career backup but he has very low risk to bust. Since they are retooling it may make sense for them to take more of a risk with at least one of the picks and pick a guy like Gobert or Adams, but I'm just going with the two guys that are next on my big board. Both can contribute now.
Glen Rice Jr.

  18. *Dallas | Glen Rice Jr. | 6-6 | 211 | SG | USA | 27

Big time sleeper. I think people are really underrating him. He played in the D-League this year, filled with old college stars who are even better now, and dominated when he got into his groove. He has experience living as a pro and playing in a pro-style offense. Averaged over 20 PPG and almost 10 RPG in the D-League playoffs. Think about this: There were I think 10 first round picks from last year's draft, apparently a much better draft, that played at least a little bit in the D-Leage this season. Glen Rice Jr. outplayed all of them. He's going to be a good pro. Don't be surprised if he makes the All Rookie First Team.
Rudy Gobert

  19. *Cleveland | Rudy Gobert | 7-2 | 238 | C | France | 25

I doubt they keep all 4 picks, but if they do, they're not going to want to bring in four rookies. Picks 31 and 33 bring great value so I think this is the pick to stash someone. Gobert has huge defensive potential, which is what the Cavs need. He'll probably be ready to step in after 2 years when Varejao's contract expires, if Varejao isn't gone by then already.
Allen Crabbe

  20. Chicago | Allen Crabbe | 6-6 | 197 | SG | California | 26

I had a lot of trouble making this pick. I was picking between Crabbe, Withey, and Muscala, who I think people are underrating big time. The Bulls need wing depth and also a backup center, so any one of these three guys would be a good pick. In the end I just decided the wing depth was a more pressing issue. They'll be able to sign a cheap veteran to play 10-15 minutes a night to backup Joakim Noah. They already declined Rip Hamilton's team option and may lose Belinelli, a free agent, due to their financial restraints. First off, I think they should start giving Hinrich most of his minutes at the 2 and let Marquis Teague be Rose's primary backup. They'll still need another wing player. Enter Crabbe, the Pac 12 POY. His shooting abilities are going to be very valuable next to Rose. And he can be a solid defender.
Mike Muscala

  21. *Minnesota | Mike Muscala | 6-11 | 230 | PF/C | Bucknell | 26

After they get their man at point, I say just take the best player available. People are going to disagree with this pick, but I think Muscala will be a really good NBA player. The only other big in this draft that even comes close to him offensively is Zeller. Muscala can score in so many ways. He can post up, displaying an advanced set of moves, or he can take less athletic big men away from the hoop and shoot. He was the best shooter in the entire combine (I don't take shooting drills very seriously at the combine, but that's still impressive). I read that in one workout he made like 70 percent from the NBA 3 point line. That's insane for anyone, let alone a 7 footer. He's also a very good passer with a high basketball IQ. Good rebounder. Very good defender (2x Patriot League DPOY). Second highest PER in the entire country this year, behind Olynyk. He's just so polished for someone who's just 21. The Jazz already have Favors and Kanter, who I think are the west's version of Monroe/Drummond. Muscala can come off the bench and embarrass other second-string centers, who are typically either raw or old. He's going to end up being a starting caliber center in the league.
Reggie Bullock

  22. Brooklyn | Reggie Bullock | 6-7 | 200 | SG/SF | North Carolina | 27

The Nets' biggest need this season was a shooter off the bench to stretch the floor. This is a bit of a reach for Bullock, but that's fine. They don't have any other big needs. Watson is hitting the free agent market, but I still think Tyshawn Taylor can be a pretty good backup. Blatche may leave too, but he's said he wants to stay with the Nets. He'll probably be willing to sign for less money because the Wizards are still paying him. If Crabbe is here, I think he'd be a better pick, but Bullock is still a good fit for the Nets. 3 and D guys are valuable. Bullock is also a very good rebounder for his position.
Nate Wolters

  23. Indiana | Nate Wolters | 6-5 | 196 | PG | South Dakota St. | 27

With Augustin becoming a free agent, the Pacers need another PG. They might have even drafted another PG even if Augustin was staying. I love Wolters. Has great size for a PG, very good passer and a great rebounder for his position, doesn't make many mistakes, high basketball IQ. Was top 5 in the country in PER this season. Having a good backup PG also gives George Hill the opportunity to play more at SG, maybe his more natural position. For those thinking Larkin is the next best PG on the board: the Pacers are just looking for a backup, so go with the guy with less risk. I don't think Wolters is much of a risk at all to bust. On the other hand, I'm not sold on Larkin. He's much smaller than Wolters and isn't as good of a passer or rebounder. Also isn't as smart on the court. Larkin can be a good defender when he pressures the ball in space, but he generally is going to be taken advantage of by bigger guards.
Isaiah Canaan

  24. New York | Isaiah Canaan | 6-0 | 190 | PG | Murray St. | 27

With Kidd's retirement and Prigioni becoming a restricted free agent, the Knicks all of a sudden need another PG. To me, Canaan and Wolters are neck and neck, and both are going to be really good pros. This year you didn't hear about Canaan as much, but that's because his team was much worse. He had to carry too big of a load and therefore was less efficient. But bottom line is he is a great shooter, both off the dribble and spotting up. He also works well in the pick and roll. The Knicks love to have 2 PG's on the court at the same time and go with small lineups, which is perfect for Canaan. He may be better suited to play the 2 at times and will stretch the floor with his shot, giving Melo and JR Smith (if he returns) more room to work. No Larkin lovers, it's not his turn yet. Canaan fits great with the Knicks.
Jeff Withey

  25. LA Clippers | Jeff Withey | 7-0 | 222 | C | Kansas | 28

The Clippers had one of the best benches in the league this year, but Billups, Matt Barnes, Odom, and Ryan Hollins are all hitting unrestricted free agency. They need to retool their bench. Losing Odom and Hollins isn't a big deal, though. Neither of them were very good this season. The stellar bench play came from the trio of Bledsoe, Crawford, and Barnes. Bringing in Withey finally gives them a backup big to rely on. I think people are sleeping on Withey a little. He's probably going to be a career backup, but he'll be a good one. He's a great defender and elite shot blocker that rarely fouls. He also is a very good finisher. He gives slashing guards a reliable target to dump passes off to. Withey can contribute right away as a solid player.
Steven Adams

  26. *Oklahoma Cty | Steven Adams | 7-0 | 255 | C | Pittsburgh | 24

As you were probably able to tell by now, I'm not a big fan of Steven Adams. I watched him play several times this year, and he just looked like a deer in headlights. Big athletic guys that move well are always going to be valuable. I get that. But being a good athlete doesn't make you a good basketball player (I'm looking at you too DJ Stephens). It's much easier said than done to just teach someone how to play the game. Adams just has no feel for the game. In one game in particular I watched, he dropped three or four passes, all of which were dumpoffs that would have led to easy baskets for him. You don't teach someone to be ready for the ball and catch it. That's something that has to come naturally. Adams also has no post up game whatsoever. He might have shot well at the combine, but like I said already, I don't think much of that. Anyone can make shots with nobody guarding you. No team is going to want him to shoot jumpshots anyway. If you want a more accurate look at his shooting, look at his 44% from the line. He has bad mechanics on his shot and it takes him too long to get the ball out of his hands. With all of that being said, here at 26 the reward starts to outweigh the risk. The Wolves are going to retain Pekovic for about $10 mil per, but they're still going to need a defensive minded center. Adams projects to be a pretty good defender even if his offense never comes around (and it won't). They're not going to use him right away, but after a few years in the D-League he'll probably be able to step in as a backup. And for the record I was very wrong about Drummond last year, so anything is possible.
Tim Hardaway Jr

  27. Denver | Tim Hardaway Jr | 6-6 | 200 | SG | Michigan | 26

The Nuggets are going to need more help on the wing. Gallinari is going to be out for a while after his ACL surgery, and Iggy and Corey Brewer are free agents. If they lose both guys, they're screwed. They do already have good young wing players. Evan Fournier played really well for a rookie last year and Qunicy Miller is still only 19 and has plenty of potential. Jordan Hamilton looks like a bust at this point. But still, they have guys to start with. They need shooters in particular. They were a bad 3 point shooting team this year. Crabbe or Bullock would be the best fits, but they're gone, and Hardaway Jr. is a pretty good shooter. Not great, but good. I think Jamaal Franklin is a better prospect than Hardaway Jr. and would even be a great value pick here at 27, but he is not a very good shooter. Hardaway fills more of a need, so he is the pick.
Tony Mitchell

  28. San Antonio | Tony Mitchell | 6-9 | 236 | SF/PF | North Texas | 26

The Spurs could use a stretch forward. They don't have any on their roster right now. Mitchell has big potential, and the Spurs would be as good as any team at getting that potential out of him. He's a good rebounder and a physical player. There are character concerns but from what I saw in his interviews he seems like a well spoken young man. Nothing worries me there.
Livio Jean-Charles

  29. *Phoenix | Livio Jean-Charles | 6-9 | 217 | SF/PF | France | 24

If the Thunder bring in any other rookie that guy would simply just get no playing time at all. I don't think they're going to end up keeping all 3 picks. They'll probably package two of them to move up. But still look for them to stash someone. I think Jean-Charles is really underrated. He's long, is a very good rebounder, and has a great midrange game. Dominated the Nike Hoop Summit. He's only 19, so there's pretty of room to grow as well. I think he can make it in the NBA.
Jamaal Franklin

  30. *Golden St. | Jamaal Franklin | 6-5 | 191 | SG/SF | San Diego St. | 26

I think this is a steal. Like a said before their biggest need is on the wing. Franklin is in my opinion by far the best wing player available and best player available overall. He's a phenomenal rebounder for a guard. Even as a guard he's one of the best rebounders in the draft. Also a very good defender and a good scorer. He's a do-it-all guy, single handedly kept SDSU ranked this whole year. If he had a reliable jumpshot I would have picked him for the Bulls at 20 and possibly higher.
Shane Larkin

  31. *Cleveland | Shane Larkin | 5-11 | 171 | PG | Miami | 25

Did I tell you this is where the best value is? Larkin is a first round talent. In my opinion he just is not better than Wolters or Canaan and no team in the first round after the Knicks needs a PG. The Cavs could use a reliable backup PG, and they will be able to use the Kyrie-Larkin tandem for many years. I don't think they're going to keep all four picks, but I do see them keeping at least one of their second rounders in order to get really good value.
Lucas Nogueira

  32. *Oklahoma Cty | Lucas Nogueira | 7-0 | 220 | PF/C | Brazil | 25

Another draft and stash guy. Nogueira is really long and a very good athlete. I do think he's being overrated, though. This site has had him as a lottery pick for a good while now. At first I didn't think much of it because I thought that nobody else really felt the same but now I see more people putting him really high, sometimes even in the lottery. I just don't see it. There's nothing in his game that shows me he can be a better player than Muscala or Withey. He is clearly a better athlete than those two, but look at my Steven Adams description to know how I feel about "athletes." Still a nice pick here and he'll have time to develop.
Archie Goodwin

  33. Cleveland | Archie Goodwin | 6-5 | 189 | SG | Kentucky | 23

Goodwin could end up being the biggest steal of the draft. Like what happened to Jamaal Franklin, his lack up a reliable jump shot is really the only thing that kept him out of the first round. On my big board he is a better prospect than Tim Hardaway Jr. and Reggie Bullock. But when we get to the playoff teams you see teams start to draft more for need than value because they already have a good rotation. If Goodwin can develop the Cavs are going to have a really good rotation going with their guards. Remember he doesn't turn 19 until August. He very easily could have been a high school senior this year and he was averaging 14 PPG in the SEC. That is very impressive. Watch out for this guy.
Tony Snell

  34. *Houston | Tony Snell | 6-7 | 198 | SG/SF | New Mexico | 26

With Francisco Garcia and Carlos Delfino leaving, the Rockets need more wing depth. I'm not as high on Snell as some other people, but he's another 3 and D guy with good size. His numbers are too underwhelming for me to consider him a first rounder (12.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG). This is a need pick more than a value pick.
Erick Green

  35. *Philadelphia | Erick Green | 6-3 | 180 | PG/SG | Virginia Tech | 27

The 76ers also need a backup PG. They didn't have a good one at any point this season. Erick Green can end up being a good pro. The ACC POY can score in so many ways, he's super quick, and has a long 6'7 wingspan. Another great pick in the second round.
Gorgui Dieng

  36. Sacramento | Gorgui Dieng | 6-11 | 230 | C | Louisville | 28

The Kings are just going for the best players available. Dieng has been dropping lately, but this is another steal. Big East DPOY and a national champion. Good passer out of the post and has pretty good 12 footer. He's already 23 so there's not as much room to grow as some other guys but he hasn't been playing basketball that long so he still has much more to learn.
Ryan Kelly

  37. Detroit | Ryan Kelly | 6-11 | 230 | PF | Duke | 27

The Pistons do need a big off the bench. Kelly fits really well next to both Monroe and Drummond. Will space the floor really well and has range out to the NBA 3. Not a bad rebounder. He is going to struggle defensively.
Myck Kabongo

  38. *Milwaukee | Myck Kabongo | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Texas | 26

The Wizards have no guard depth. Kabongo comes in and gives the Wizards a decent backup for John Wall. I still like Kabongo even though he's been sliding. He's really fast and is a very good rebounder for a point guard.
James Southerland

  39. *Portland | James Southerland | 6-8 | 221 | SF/PF | Syracuse | 28

The Blazers probably aren't going to keep all 3 second rounders, but if they do they're going to get solid guys to add depth. They really need shooters to spread the floor and Southerland is one of the best snipers in the draft. He's also an underrated athlete and a pretty good rebounder. Also can let Batum rest every once in a while; he was one of the league leaders in minutes played this year.
Lorenzo Brown

  40. Portland | Lorenzo Brown | 6-5 | 189 | PG/SG | NC State | 27

Lillard too played a ton of minutes this year. Lorenzo Brown is excellent value at 40. Big for a point guard, can be a really good defender, great passer. With these picks the Blazers look like they might have a formidable bench.
Alex Abrines

  41. *Memphis | Alex Abrines | 6-6 | 190 | SG | Spain | 24

I like Abrines a lot. He's played really well in limited minutes for a very good Barcelona team. With one more year getting more playing time overseas, he can come in and be a good NBA player. With Bayless holding a player option and Tony Allen alrady hitting free agency, the Grizz are going to need more guards. Abrines is a solid pick and good value.
Ricardo Ledo

  42. *New Orleans | Ricardo Ledo | 6-6 | 197 | SG | Providence | 25

I've had a really tough time putting Ledo somewhere. He may be a really good player, I just wouldn't know. The only times I've seen him play are in high school highlight tapes, and everyone looks like a beast in those. I have nothing to base my opinion of him off of but the hype. I really wouldn't feel comfortable putting him in the first round. From what I hear he can really score and is a very good ball handler but will have trouble defensively. I have no idea if those are correct observations. But here in the mid second round I guess why not take a chance on him. The 76ers still need more wing players.
Pierre Jackson

  43. *Dallas | Pierre Jackson | 5-10 | 176 | PG | Baylor | 26

Even if they do retain Jennings they need another PG. Jackson had a great year and led his team to an NIT championship. Great scorer and a good passer. Nate Robinson's huge playoffs might have made teams a little too high on him. I think this is a good spot for him.
Jackie Carmichael

  44. *Atlanta | Jackie Carmichael | 6-9 | 240 | PF | Illinois State | 28

If the Mavs want to bring in Howard, Paul, or both, they're going to need to show them they can win now. Carmichael is ready to step in as a backup now. I really like him. He's a tough guy and a good rebounder. Underrated offensive skill set; he even has a nice little fadeaway from the post. He was a man among boys at the college level and he'll do well in the NBA.
DeShaun Thomas

  45. *Portland | DeShaun Thomas | 6-6 | 220 | SF/PF | Ohio State | 26

I doubt they bring in 4 rookies. I was going to put Nemanja Nedovic here because I think he is the next best international prospect on the board, but even if he plays another year or two overseas I don't see him coming in and being needed with Lorenzo Brown already picked as the backup. Deshaun Thomas is the best player available in my opinion. Just an elite scorer. Will struggle defensively since he is slow footed.
Seth Curry

  46. Utah | Seth Curry | 6-2 | 180 | PG/SG | Duke | 27

I think Curry is a bit of a sleeper. He's one of the best shooters in the draft and has a great basketball IQ. With the Jazz needing more players with 8 guys becoming free agents, Curry can definitely find a role on this team even as a rookie.
CJ Leslie

  47. *Denver | CJ Leslie | 6-9 | 209 | SF/PF | NC State | 26

Next best player on my big board. Some people think Leslie can be a first rounder, but I just don't see it. He's a tweener and is rail thin. One of my best friends is a big NC State fan and after every game he watched he complained to me about Leslie. Very similar to my problem with MCW as a Cuse fan. Leslie has immense talent but just doesn't have big enough balls. He's going to get pushed around in the NBA. But hey, it's number 47 so it's definitely worth a chance.
Carrick Felix

  48. LA Lakers | Carrick Felix | 6-6 | 203 | SG/SF | Arizona St. | 27

With Kobe hurt and MWP an amnesty candidate, look for them to bring in a wing who can contribute right away with this pick. Felix is a very good defender and rebounder for his position. Also a good shooter. Next best wing player on my big board.
Colton Iverson

  49. Chicago | Colton Iverson | 7-0 | 263 | PF/C | Colorado St. | 28

Here's the backup center they're looking for. Iverson can step in and play 10-15 minutes a night productively. Good athlete and rebounder.
Nemanja Nedovic

  50. *Miami | Nemanja Nedovic | 6-3 | 190 | PG/SG | Serbia | 26

There's no way the Hawks are going to bring in 4 rookies next year. Nedovic is the next best international prospect in my opinion. Great athlete; some people in Europe even call him the European Derrick Rose. That's definitely an exaggeration, but still great praise. He can score the ball really well.
BJ Young

  51. *Orlando | BJ Young | 6-3 | 179 | SG | Arkansas | 25

I have mixed feelings about Young. He is so fast and deadly in transition but his jump shot needs a lot of work and he isn't a great passer. There are also character concerns as he was benched in the middle of the season. He's only 20 so there's still a lot of potential.
Andre Roberson

  52. *Minnesota | Andre Roberson | 6-7 | 206 | SF/PF | Colorado | 26

People think it may suit Roberson better to make a full time transition to the 3, and the Wolves can try to do that with him, but he really is a 4. And that's fine. He's a tenacious rebounder and a really good defender too. They're probably going to resign Budinger and I have them draft Shabazz already so they don't need another 3 yet, but when Kirilenko's contract expires next year maybe Roberson will have made the transition by then. If not he might end up being Love's backup.
Brandon Davies

  53. Indiana | Brandon Davies | 6-10 | 242 | PF | BYU | 26

Davies has a very complete offensive game for a big man. Very advanced moves in the post. He can play the 4, which is good if they can't retain both West and Hansbrough, or the 5, which is good because Mahinmi is not very good. He dominated the PIT. Could be a steal.
James Ennis

  54. *Philadelphia | James Ennis | 6-7 | 200 | SG/SF | Long Beach State | 27

With Martell Webster becoming a free agent they're going to need another SF. Ennis can play the 3 and also the 2, and the Wizards need more guard depth as well. He's really athletic and long and a good 3 point shooter. He also hasn't been playing basketball very long so he has room to grow.
Ray McCallum

  55. Memphis | Ray McCallum | 6-1 | 190 | PG | Detroit | 26

Like I said before, Bayless might leave, and Tony Wroten although young didn't play like a first rounder this year. I never like Wroten as a prospect (I thought he should have gone in the second round), but it's still too early to give up on him. That being said, if he doesn't work out McCallum can be a very reliable backup and plus I think he's the best player available. He's a coach's son with a very high basketball IQ.
Solomon Hill

  56. *Detroit | Solomon Hill | 6-7 | 226 | SF | Arizona | 27

Hill could end up being a huge steal. He was able to play positions 1-4 for Arizona which is valuable because the Pistons need help all around their perimeter. Remember how Chandler Parsons was a senior who people thought didn't have much potential? I could see Hill having a similar impact early on.
Robert Covington

  57. *Phoenix | Robert Covington | 6-7 | 209 | SF | Tennessee State | 27

Covington is a big 6'9 (this site lists him at 6'7, but he's 6'9) forward. He's also a very good shooter. He led Tennesse State to the tournament, which is very impressive. He got better every year in college, so maybe he can continue that improvement to the NBA. He needs to get stronger. He adds another solid wing to the Suns' rotation if he can find playing time.
Richard Howell

  58. San Antonio | Richard Howell | 6-7 | 250 | PF/C | NC State | 27

Howell is a bully. I like that. One of the best rebounders in college this year. The problem is he's only 6'7 and doesn't really have a faceup game. He strictly played center in college. DeJuan Blair is leaving in free agency and Howell can bring the same kind of stuff to the table as Blair, but maybe Pop will actually like him.
Bojan Dubljevic

  59. *Minnesota | Bojan Dubljevic | 6-9 | 235 | PF/C | Montenegro | 26

They're not bringing in 4 rookies. Dubljevic has played really well against good competition. He's a great shooter for a big guy. The problem with him is that he's a terrible athlete and even looks awkward running down the court. He's the next best international prospect in my opinion.
Grant Jerrett

  60. *Memphis | Grant Jerrett | 6-10 | 232 | PF | Arizona | 24

They already have plenty of PF's, but Z-Bo's contract is almost up and Jerrett has lots of potential. One of the best shooters in the draft even as a big man. I just didn't see anything spectacular from him at all this year so I can't put him as high as some people have him. But definitely great value considering he's the last pick of the draft.