Mock Draft 1st round only
I know I did this yesterday, but I had to make some changes.
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. Which is not a bad thing considering in return for Devin Harris you can get up to two quality players in exchange.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves- Wesley Johnson SF. Fits the team perfectly at the 3. Becomes an instant starter to the team who can do everything from well to great.
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 g alongside Danny Granger. Having a lineup only lacking a PG with Turner-Granger-Murphy can fit the Pacers well playing 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 inserted into the lineup immediately.
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.
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. Also, allows Millsap to play at the Power Forward position rather than Center.
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 would become an 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. Taking Cole Aldrich with their 1st round pick it gives them a lineup of DWill-Henry-AK47-Millsap-Okur with Aldrich, Brewer, Korver, and Price all off the bench. Or they can add a quality player in Free agency TBD.
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. Also, the Hornets lack front court depth so Patterson provides a quality bench spot for New Orleans.
15. Milwaukee Bucks- Willie Warren PG/SG. While this may not be the best player for the Bucks they do need to fill the SG position after what happened to Michael Redd.
16- Minnesota Timberwolves- James Anderson SG. The Timberwolves so far this season have yet to have proved they have a solid option at the 2 guard position. James Anderson is a big 2 guard at 6-6 and plays it well.
17. Miami Heat- Damion James SF/PF. James can play both the 3 and 4. More a 3 b/c he is undersized for the 4.
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- Dexter Pittman C. The Thunder lack front court depth with only Kristic and Ibaka. Mullens is a project in the making while Pittman can contribute in some capacity right away.
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- Lance Stephenson SG. 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 if they get John Wall and like someone else in this year’s draft. The Nets will have many options. Also, Lance being a local product and playing alongside John Wall could become deadly for years to come as a possibility.
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- Stanley Robinson SF. He is going to get taken in the first round maybe not this late a little higher, but for now I have him here.
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.
When I found out about Michael Redd yesterday I had to make some changes to the original. I don’t have Luke Babbitt listed in the first round, but I do see getting taken in the first round. It is just so hard to get 30 guys where you want them in a mock draft. Though, I want to add 2 guys not in my first round who I believe will get drafted in the first round because teams take risks and these are risks I see being taken.
Sheron Collins PG. This guy has been playing well all season and at times playing like he is possessed. Though his size can be a defensive liability he knows how to play the PG position well, and I believe if a team’s starting point guard goes down he can fill the void seamlessly.
Renardo Sidney PF. He has not played in a college game yet, and may never. Though, that will not stop GMs from being awed by his physical gifts and potential. I expect some scout to rave about him to the point where a GM wants to shoot him, and picks him simply because of how much that scout raved about him. Sounds crazy, I know, but as the NBA is Anything is Possible.
Where Is Jon Scheyer? And I don't see Sidney getting Drafted first round... look at Deandre Jordan.. he had crazy potential like sidney.. good frame.. got drafted second round...
Damion James of Texas is a 3, not an nba power forward or center.
I honestly think the blazers will just pick the best available player when its their pick. or trade the pick for something else.