My Mock Draft 1st round only
I am doing this based off who I feel fits best for each team, so don't jump down my throat if you see something you don't like.
1. New Jersey Nets- John Wall PG. Best talent in the draft can't pass him up. Worst comes to worst Nets have to figure out how to trade Devin Harris.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves- Wesley Johnson SF. Fits the team perfectly at the 3. With a starting 5 as Flynn-Brewer-Johnson-Love-Jefferson has the potential to be good for many years and a great way to keep building around.
3. Philadelphia 76ers- Donatas Motiejunas PF. 7-0 Lefties are hard to come by this would be tough for the 76ers to pass up.
4. Indiana Pacers- Evan Turner SG. Larry Bird does not like one and dones, and Evan Turner is a junior and can fit the Pacers well playing alongside Danny Granger. Having a lineup only lacking a PG with Turner-Granger-Murphy-Hibbert and Hansborough off the bench no complaints.
5. Golden State Warriors- Al-Farouq Aminu SF. Very fast who can play in Nelson's system and can be a starter instantly.
6. Detroit Pistons- Derrick Favors PF. This Pistons team needs to continue rebuilding whether or not Dumars likes it, they need to take a project, and Favors is the guy to take.
7. Washington Wizards- Greg Monore PF. The Wizards have been going through plenty as we all know. I think Monroe is the guy to take b/c he plays very smart and can turn into a true PF and the Wizards do have true Centers so Monroe won't have to play out of position.
8- Sacramento Kings- Devin Ebanks SF. The Kings have many different options with this pick. I think they should go Ebanks for his rebounding and scoring prowess. They can play him at the 3 and have Tyreke as the lead Guard while starting Kevin Martin, or even have Ebanks as the 6th man with Casspi starting.
I will continue this later. Takes a lot of thinking. Excited to hear everyone's thoughts.
9- Utah Jazz- Cole Aldrich C. Boozer likely to be gone, Okur at 30, Aldrich is a good player to play the Paul Millsap role for the first couple of years of his career.
10- Chicago Bulls- Ed Davis PF. Can either start or be first forward off the bench for the Bulls. Shoots a high FG% and a solid inside scorer. Can compliment Noah well.
11- LA Clippers- Avery Bradly PG. With Sebastian Telfair and Rasual Butler as the back up guards, Avery Bradley can be instant upgrade for the Clippers off the bench. I like Bradley more than a Forward because the Clippers are stacked with front court players, but need someone of quality to give Davis and Gordon rest.
12- Memphis Grizzlies- DeMarcus Cousins PF/C. Hasheem Thabeet is an offensive liability while Cousins can lessen that and give either ZBo or Gasol a rest on the bench and score in the same volume as both.
13- Utah Jazz- Xavier Henry SG. I do not see Brewer as the guy of the future for the Jazz. Xavier Henry is a great shooter from the perimeter and fits the SG mold to a tee.
14. New Orleans Hornets- Patrick Patterson PF. This is tough with the guys I have going before the Hornets pick it is hard to find someone to fit, but Patterson I see as the best fit.
Finished Lottery will do 2 more posts Picks 15-22 and 23-30.
"With a starting 5 as Flynn-Brewer-Johnson-Love-Jefferson has the potential to be good for many years and a great way to keep building around."
Are you thinking that Wes Johnson is LeBron or something, because I've seen four pieces out of five and it not only is bad but doesn't show a lot of potential for getting better. They need to move a big, probably the heavy-footed out-of-shape Love, and get themselves a shot blocker next to Jefferson. Brewer needs to be moved to the bench because he can't shoot.
"7-0 Lefties are hard to come by this would be tough for the 76ers to pass up."
If Evan Turner is on the board, it would be really easy.
"This Pistons team needs to continue rebuilding whether or not Dumars likes it, they need to take a project, and Favors is the guy to take."
Teams don't want to take projects. They take them reluctantly because they are hoping future upside outweighs less talented alternatives. I see Monroe, Aldrich, Davis, and Patterson. I'm not really down on Favors because I realize bigs almost never go move seemlessly from the prep ranks to the NCAAs, but if you think he is a project then I see other alternatives worth taking over him.
With the T'wolves I realized that about the SG, by having them take Willie Warren later in round 1.
I think the 76ers could take Turner it's a possibility.
15. Milwaukee Bucks- Stanley Robinson SF. The one position on the floor the Bucks need most. Mbah Moute is a great off the bench player, but Stanley Robinson is an instant starter for the Bucks.
16- Minnesota Timberwolves- Willie Warren PG/SG. I am not sure about Wayne Ellington being a successful pro in this league, and Corey Brewer does not shoot well for a SG or score enough. The Timberwolves have good front court depth with Ryan Gomes and Ryan Hollins, so SG is there biggest need. Willie Warren can score at will if the they're down.
17. Miami Heat- Damion James PF/C. With O'Neal's expiring contract the Heat need a big man to compliment Beasley, and James fits that mold.
18. Miami Heat- Armon Johnson PG. Mario Chalmers have proven that he is not NBA starting PG material, Arroyo is good off the bench, so it is best for the Heat to take Armon Johnson.
19. Oklahoma City Thunder- Gani Lawal PF. The Thunder are so young and deep it is almost unfair they will get such a great talent in Lawal, he can come off the bench and be a stud.
20. Houston Rockets- Larry Sanders PF/C. With Yao's health up in the air they need a big man. Sanders has great length and shot blocking abilities, so he fits the Rockets well.
21. Portland Trail Blazers- Jarvis Varnado PF. The Blazers have been riddled with injuries in the front court. Varnado provides shot blocking abilities and defense to compliment Aldridge's offensive abilties.
22. Oklahoma City Thunder- Luke Babbitt SF. The Thunder can do whatever they want with this pick, but Babbitt will provide a nice off the bench spark.
23. Memphis Grizzlies- Manny Harris SG. Provides depth for the Grizzlies. He can score well.
24. San Antonio Spurs- Craig Brackins PF. This team is not getting any younger they need to take a guy like Brackins because he can score well in the post and can play in the middle of games to save Duncan up towards the end of games when the Spurs will need him most.
25- Atlanta Hawks- Michael Washington PF. They need depth at big because Joe Smith is old and does not provide, and Marvin Williams is not that great.
26- New Jersey Nets- Dwayne Collins PF. I can see a team who really wants someone in the late first round that they won't be able to get in the 2nd round buying this pick from the Nets. Or the Nets can use this pick with Devin Harris to have a higher pick. The Nets will have many options.
27- Orlando Magic- Jan Vesely SF/PF. Provides a size advantage for the Magic against other teams. He can be used similar to Danilo Gallinari because of his size.
28- Boston Celtics- Lance Stephenson SG. I see him getting taken in the first round, likely will get taken before this, but this spot for now fits him.
29- Cleveland Cavaliers- Trevor Booker PF. I could see a team buying this pick from Cleveland.
30- Memphis Grizzlies- DaSean Butler SF. If Rudy Gay decides to leave they will need a Small Forward, and DaSean Butler is that guy. If Gay stays in Memphis then Butler will add great depth for the Grizzlies.
One of the better ones, the only thing is would a team look at Turners injury and pass him up?
I appreciate it. Considering Turner missed only a month when it was said to be up to 8 weeks, I don't think teams should be fearful of his injury. Rather see it as a misfortune.
I like your mock a lot. I think its pretty spot on, however; I think James Anderson is a first round pick. I think he will only up his stock as conference play continues. He scorched the once ranked Texas Tech for 28 points in a OSU blowout and I suspect he'll out play Willie Warren tonight. He really can do it all and is one of the most NBA ready guards in this years' draft although he may not have the highest ceiling in the world I think he reminds me a lot of Hersey Hawkins.
I appreciate it. I actually put thought into cause I did not want to get flamed for it. Yeah I think Anderson is a 1st round pick too, but with only 30 spots it was hard for me to get him in. I think if Lance Stephenson enters he will get taken in round 1 which may surprise some, but not me. I am excited to watch Anderson tonight. I personally think Willie Warren is overrated, but a 1st round pick anyways.
Ed Davis to Bulls... no. Xavier Henry is my guy, simply because he spreads the floor for Derrick Rose. Ed Davis will have the same skill-set as Bosh, hopefully.
Personally where I projected Henry to go is not where I see him going. I see him going higher because of how well he has been playing as a freshman. Though, I do agree with you he would also fit Chicago well because he can shoot the 3 well.
Nets - John wall...best talent in draft. future star
T-Wolves - Wesley johnson...can play both wing pos. can grow and develope with Flynn
76ers - Donatas Motiejunas...would fit well with the team because brand isnt working out
Pacers - Evan Turner...solid player that can help pacers
Warriors - Derrick Favors...would work well in their system..athletic can run the floor
Pistons - Cole Aldrich...kinda high for him but detroit needs to completely start over and aldrich can play a solid role
Wizards - al-forouq Aminu...Best player available
Kings - Avery Bradley...can really complement tyreke evans if they are going to move him to PG
Jazz - Ed davis...boozer leaving milsap cant fill void
Bulls - Xavier Henry...look like a very good fit with derrick rose...spread the floor, good size
Clippers - Devin Ebanks...can give the clipps a SF that can spread the floor
Grizzlies - Greg moroe...can be a zach randolph type of player in time
Utah - Willie Warren...Can give good miutes backing up D-Will and Brewer
Hornets - Demarcus Cousins... can give minutes backing up west and Okafor for now
Millsap can't fill the void, I am pretty sure he can because he has proven it when Boozer was hurt.
i was agreeing with you till the stanley robinson pick. hes not a instant starter. hes alot like t. williams with the nets. he has the potential to be very good but is sooooo inconsistant. he will come off the bench in the beginning os his career untill he becomes more consistant. i like the lance in boston pick although he might go higher. i must say this is the very first mock draft where i agree with 90percent of it. very well done
Thanks Quincey (can I still call you by your first name even though you changed your account). Yeah, this is really a rough draft for me it looks like a final, but I put a lot of time thinking about it. I agree with you on Lance though, I see him going higher, I just had to have him in my first round. Thanks again for all the input I appreciate it. I give you and every1 else who spoke well a point for good words on my mock.
lol..yeah..im changing my name bak in a lil bit. ment to do it yesterday