Mock Draft with projected team finishes
1. New Jersey Nets – John Wall – PG – Kentucky (Favors probably fits more of a need, can a Devin Harris/John Wall backcourt work?
2. Minnesota Timberwolves – Derrick Favors – PF – Georgia Tech (Trade somewhere, they need everything but a PF, maybe Aldrich or Wes Johnson here too, I'd say Turner too, but they don't need another player that has to have the ball in his hands)
3. Utah Jazz (New York Knicks) – Cole Aldrich – C – Kansas (I thought Turner would work here too, maybe Wes Johnson too, but can they really continue to use Okur as their C in the West and expect to be competing for the finals? I think Okur is a really good player, but not a C in the West. Same with Brewer at SG and Kirilenko at SF. Just too many various parts, need to make some trades, getting rid of Boozer or Millsap for a legitimate SG might be the first step.)
4. Memphis Grizzlies – Wesley Johnson – SG/SF – Syracuse (I like Turner here too, but I think Mayo wants to have the ball in his hands and I believe Gay will be gone by next season. Remember Mayo said earlier in this season that he sees himself as the next Deron Williams)
5. Golden State Warriors – Donatas Motiejunas - PF – Lithuania (I think this is a little too high for him, but he just seems like a Don Nelson guy. Nelson will force himself to see Nowitzki in this guy)
6. Sacramento Kings – Willie Warren – PG – Oklahoma (I can see Ed Davis going here too if they think Thompson could be a SF, I just don't think Hawes or Thompson will ever really be able to hold a guy like Duncan down. Beno seems to be having a much better year so Davis could be a big possibility, but I don't see them passing on another franchise PG, this sets their backcourt up for the next ten years)
7. LA Clippers – Evan Turner – PG/SG/SF – Ohio State (I realize they have Baron and he's being paid a lot of money, but I just don't see them winning games consistently with him at the helm, besides the year where GS beat Dallas has he ever really been part of a winning team? I really like Turner here because it allows them to have Gordon guard 1s and Turner guard 2s, even though Gordon is a pretty good defender. EG is not only strong but very quick and PGs will have a really tough time establishing any kind of offense. Gordon, Turner, and Griffin are an extremely good starting 3 for the future. Ultimately Turner will probably go higher in this draft.)
8. Milwaukee Bucks – Ed Davis – PF – North Carolina (For the second year in a row the Bucks get the best player available at a need position. Along with Bogut they will make a very promising frontcourt. I think Skiles will like Davis a lot more than Charlie V. Ilyasova is not the long term answer at PF.)
9. Washington Wizards – Xavier Henry – SG/SF – Kansas (Nick Young just doesn't seem like he'll be anything more than instant O on the bench, and that’s with him being consistent, he has all the skill and athleticism in the world, but just never seems to really be able to put it all together consistently. I can't imagine Foye or Miller will be resigned either, hopefully they can get rid of Arenas or Jamison too.)
10. Toronto Raptors – Solomon Alabi – C – Florida State (I thought Aminu would work here too if they feel Derozan is their future SG, but they've had difficulties on the Defensive side of the ball for years now and really don't have anybody to protect the rim, sorry Bosh, you're not that guy, and unfortunately for Toronto you'll probably be gone by next season, a Turkoglu/Bargnani/Alabi frontcourt doesn't sound bad, does it?)
11. Indiana Pacers –Al-Farouq Aminu – SF – Wake Forest (I know Bird would really like to get an athletic rim protecting C here, but he'll have to stick with the improving Roy Hibbert for another year. I think this team’s drafting is hard to peg and I almost want to stick the best college Senior here, but I think Stanley Robinson might be a reach here, so I decide they go with the best player available, something I'm sure they won't do. I'm sure Monroe will go here, but I just want to go with basic logic here and have them take the best player available. Why would you take Monroe when you just took Psycho T last year and still have Troy Murphy making over $10 million a year? Larry Bird you’re play astounded us, but your decision making confuses us.)
12. Oklahoma City Thunder- Greg Monroe – PF – Georgetown (I originally had Aminu going to Toronto, Ebanks going to to Indiana, and Alabi going here, but I just don't think they need another project frontcourt player (Ibaka, Mullens). I like Monroe a lot, and I don't see what people see when they say he's not aggressive enough, they said the same things about Jeff Green, these Georgetown guys are just trying to be "team" guys and play their rolls, they know their NBA time will come, right now they're listening to their coach and trying to compete for an NCAA title. Could they go with one of the two elite swingmen left in Ebanks and George even though they have Durant and Green?)
13. Detroit Pistons – Larry Sanders – PF – Virginia Commonwealth (They took a plethora of SF/PFs in Summers, Daye, and Jerebko last year so I don't see them going for Ebanks or George, but I do believe they see a big time defensive stopper in Sanders, I don't believe Dumars sees the strength of Big Ben in him, but he does see that same kind of defensive game changer in Sanders, I just hopes he is able to develop some strength, otherwise the Pistons will have the skinniest future frontcourt in Daye and Sanders, can you imagine them being a WWE tag team... two near seven footers with a combined weight of 400lbs...)
14. New Orleans Hornets – Devin Ebanks – SF – West Virginia (Julian Wright is looking like a disaster of a draft pick, an athlete more than a basketball player, so they take Ebanks who looks much stronger this season, and much more aggressive, albeit in only one game. Can they really continue to pay Posey and play Wright at the SF spot and expect to be competing for a title? They need to start putting "real" talent around Paul, they also need to trade Okafor and hopefully get a starting SG or SF in return.)
15. Minnesota Timberwolves (Charlotte Bobcats) – Paul George – SF – Fresno State (Best player available that fits a need. This will also depend on what they decide to do with Favors, but honestly, as an embarrassed Wolves fan, they have by far the worst group of swingmen in the NBA. Gomes is far too slow to guard 3s and far too small to guard 4s, Brewer has to be the worst starter in the League, I can't believe some of you think he's a decent role player, trust me, he's not even that, please do me a favor, go onto one of the two Twin Cities newspapers (Star Tribune, Pioneer Press) and read what people think of him after they see him play. I can't tell you how many times this season he has come down the court, tried to do too much off the dribble, and either has lost the ball or had his shot blocked. His out of control offensive game is also coupled with his insistence to over play the man he's guarding to try to go for the steal on 9 out of 10 defensive trips down the court, then somebody has to step out to guard the guy Brewer was on opening their guy for an open shot or an easy basket if it’s Big Al or Ryan Hollins having to step out. This happens throughout their games, plus he can't make an open jump shot to save his life, but if there's one good thing about him, is that he has to be the quickest player in the league that's 6'8" or taller, great for track and field, but the problem for him is that he lacks any kind of basketball skill. I don't even want to think about Pavlovic or Ellington; neither of those guys belongs on NBA rosters. It will be imperative that the Wolves get starters at SG, SF, and C this next offseason, Aldrich may be their best bet at the #2 spot if they feel he can become a Brook Lopez type, plus there’s no real free agent Cs in next year’s vaunted offseason.)
i like your picks and insight...but i don't think monroe will be there past the 5th pick...cole aldrich & wesley johnson are so overrated...
Diablo I agree with you on Minnesota I think if they get the second pick they will trade down.An as a Kings fan I couldn't imagine them getting willie warren to be the PG of the future because thats what they drafted Tyreke Evans for. I'm feeling they go for either Evan Turner or Xavier Henry.
I was thinking about this the other day, would the nets or minnie take John Wall with Harris and Flynn already there? I mean Wall to to me is only a upgrade over Flynn who is putting up soild numbers, Harris and Wall are a wash with the edge going to Wall for upside. Do you use a draft pick on a position you are pretty much set at for years to come? But your picks are pretty soild, I really like Aminu going to the Kings or the Wiz before going to the Pacers.
I just do not see the Kings falling below eighth even if they start playing worse than they are right now. In my opinion they will probably end up about 9-12. (Right now they would be 13th, but that will change eventually.)
Also, they will definitely not put Thompson at the SF spot, he is more of a PF/C, and he definitely can play with guys like Duncan down low, maybe not be able to stop Duncan, but there are not many people capable of doing that. Though if you were to say that about Spencer Hawes, I would have to agree with you. He is much more of an offensive PF, not center, who is lacking in certain defensive capabilities. I do not think Hawes will ever pan out as a Center, which is why I think he should be traded when they find another good big man.
I like your pick though; the Kings need to be looking at either the Center or the PG position.
Thanks for reminding me my fellow kings fan. They do need a C because I can't sit here and lie Spencer Hawes is a bit soft. If they pick a C they should go for Solomon Alabi or if available Cole Aldrich.
I'm not really big on Aldrich, but I didn't like Lopez either, I think some seven footers just don't look fluid enough to do anything Offensively, like Pryzbilla, and that's what I thought of Lopez, but I was wrong, that hitch on Aldrich's shot would scare me to death if I was drafting him though, does he really have the time to get his shot off in the league if he were to go up against Oden or Duncan? Aldrich may not be fluid, but he has skill, and he's a 7 footer when you include his pteroactyl wingspan, and size is still big in the League, especially to slower teams like the Jazz. As for Johnson, he's hot right now, the problem I have with him is that he really hasn't faced another player that can matchup with him size for size, quickness for quickness, and skill for skill, but according to every major news service that talk to NBA scouts they say he's a legitimate Top 10 pick, I like him, and think he's got a hellvua shot to be a lottery pick and a very good player, but I want to see him when the times are tough and they lose, does he have enough confidence to be a true game changer? I still think with the path they're headed on it'll be tough for teams to pass up on him, with his package of size, quickness, range, and athleticism, he's looking like at worst the second prospect at the SG/SF spot, with Turner being at best number one. I think they're rating will go back and forth all year, but it may ultimately come down to NBA Scouts projecting what Turner would be able to do if he were to be off the ball more.
Aldrich, Hawes, Thompson, Greene, Casspi sounds like a pretty good young cast in the frontcourt, would you want the Kings to take Turner even though him and Reke' both haven't shown consistency from 3 yet? I just thought Warren could add a big dimension to the Kings Offense by not only being another big time athlete out there, but by being able to hit the 3 with consistency. I think that would be a tough backcourt, they're both so strong, and quick, I think both can go off the ball and on the ball too, I just haven't seen enough of Turner being able to hit shots off the catch and shoot, I know he can shoot from Mid Range, I just want to see him moving without the ball.
You have a good point. An they both do need the ball to be really effective. I'm just not feeling Willie Warren at PG because Tyreke is the franchise player at PG. You know what though I'll give it to you your right. I rather have Cole Aldrich.
i don't like like Wesley so high, Sacramento would love to pick versatility guy with some defense also so Aminu over Warren , he is the best combo is the draft but Tyreke is still way better, and they are similar enough. i think Pistons would like to pick big C like Cousins, they need height and strength also i think Monroe will go higher..
I like Wall and Favors and first two picks no matter what teams is there, also i like some love for Henry, and Ed Davis would be perfect fit in Milwaukee!!! He could rebound and block alot plus he can ran and he can catch and dunk offcourse so Jennings would make him very good rookie