Blanco's Lottery Mock Draft with reasoning behind selections
NJ - Wall - The obvious choice
MN - Turner - The right choice. Wes Johnson also fills a giant need, but I still think Turner has a higher ceiling. I realize Turner doesn’t have the greatest shooting ability at this point, and that’s a big problem for the Wolves, but is Johnson that much better of a shooter? He’s more athletic, that’s guaranteed, but the Wolves lack that certain player, besides Al that can take over games, Turner fits that bill, I think that’s the one glaring weakness for scouts looking at Johnson, whether he has the mentality and skill to take over games in the League.
PHI - Favors - Could definitely see them taking Davis as well. This comes down to the Sixers deciding which player would best fit with Speights and if they would rather have a player that's more ready to contribute (Davis) or a player that has more potential to be a star (Favors), are they looking to compete right now? I believe the Sixers are in store for some big changes; do you trade Igoudala and start the rebuild? Who will take Brand and his contract off their hands? Is there any player on their roster that’s untouchable? Speights? Holiday?
IND - Davis - I know Bird just took Psycho T last year, but he's not a starting caliber PF, Murphy's contract also expires after next season. I'm not sure if I see Johnson as a 2, his ball handling skills are limited at this point, and he's already 22 years old. Just imagine their frontcourt D with Davis and Hibbert. Maybe Bradley here too if his stock continues to rise, but in reality there are four to five young PGs in this next FA class. Ray Felton? Will Bynum? Randy Foye? Nate Robinson? Kyle Lowry?
GS - Johnson - I really would like to put Donatas here, but GS fans on here keep insisting they need a wing. Doesn't Donatas seem like a Nelly guy though, a big that can shoot?
DET - Aldrich - I'm not sure if they would want another 3/4 tweener in Aminu because they drafted 3 last year in Daye, Jerebko, and Summers. I can't imagine they feel Charlie V is the long term solution at the 4 either. I think Donatas, Monroe, or Patterson would all fill a need, but will they really feel like they're big improvements over Villanueva and Maxiell? Maybe Henry would work here too, but I think they ultimately go with a rim protector like Aldrich.
WAS - Motiejunas - Aminu and Bradley work for me here too, but I still think Aminu's a year or two away from developing into anything that can produce on a consistent basis. Not that Motie can either, but I have to believe his shooting ability puts him in a better position to succeed right away. Also, will they retain Foye or Miller? Besides Nick Young do they have any guards under contract for next season? The good thing for the Wiz is that there are roughly 4 to 5 young PGs in this next FA class. I could see them resigning Foye, he's still only 26 and looked pretty dece' the past couple of games, but I think they still go with Motie here. He's young, and has a lot of potential, two things they're going to need to have more of if they ever expect to get back to playing competitive basketball. With all the problems Rubio caused the Wolves last off season, will teams shy away from Euro talents?
SAC - Henry - Again, I like Aminu here too, but do they really feel Casspi is destined to be a player off the bench? If so, Aminu is their guy, but if they are truthfully honest about Evans being a PG then they need a starting caliber SG. I love Beno, but honestly, he's not starting on any playoff team. They need a physical C too.
UTA (from NYK) - Aminu - BPA, probably wishing Henry was still here though, they need a starting SG like nobody's business, they'll take another position of need, SF, I can't believe Kirilenko's contract the next two season, they'll never be able to get rid of him.
CHI - Cousins - He's not mentally ready yet, but at 6'10" and 250 lbs he had already has an NBA body. He's definitely a cocky, but the Bulls have been missing that front court piece that's aggressive offensively and that can attract double teams. He's obviously not going to have that kind of effect immediately, but I think it helps going to a team with an already established post presence in Noah, mind you defensive presence, but still somebody that can kind of take Cousins under his wing, I'd be more scared to draft him if I was a younger team like the Wolves. I think Monroe would work here too, but I still think Cousins has much more long term potential than him.
LAC - Ebanks - Got to go with Ebanks here, a starting SF is a big need for them, otherwise Warren might work here too. After Davis and Gordon, what kind of back court depth do they have, Telfair? They need depth and a starting caliber SF.
MEM - Bradley - How long can they stick with Conley? I realize Bradley isn't close to being a full-time PG, but I have to believe a Bradley/Mayo back court has much more long term potential than a Conley/Mayo back court. I think from Day One they will be much more competitive with Bradley and Mayo starting. Otherwise I can see Patterson or Monroe going here too if they feel Arthur is a lost cause.
UTH - Warren - They get their SG, albeit an undersized one, but is Warren a Sloan guy? This I'm not sure of, also does a Williams/Warren back court work defensively? I'm going to use the Stockton/Hornacek comparison to defend this selection.
NO - Monroe - They need everything that's not a PG or PF, sounds a lot like the T-Wolves. They need to take the BPA, but the majority of the players that are on the board and warrant this high of a selection are all PFs. Take your pick, Patterson or Monroe? Or, do you reach for a player like Terrico White, who this season and last showed he has the potential to play both back court positions. Solomon Alabi would also be available here too, but with all the veterans they have I have to think that they want to compete right away and want players that can come in and compete for PT right away. I have to go with Monroe, but only because of his value. I have to assume with West and Okafor still on board that this pick will be traded for perimeter help.
But I think Monroe goes higher than Cousins but other than that very good
I think Johnson could be the perfect fit for the wolves since he has a fellow Orangemen playing for them in Flynn. Why wouldn't they work out? Love Turner here as well, but Johnson and Flynn has chemistry from last year even though Johnson only played during practices.
As a megalo Jazz fan, I can tell you that there is no chance that Utah drafts Willie Warren. In your mock, they should take Avery Bradley and Greg Monroe, two players that Utah would consider drafting.
You are just going to have to trust me here. Willie Warren and Jerry Sloan do NOT mix, and Jerry has a big say in who Utah drafts.
if philly trades iguodala they will never contend for a championship impo,
^ they've given igoudala a ton of pieces to help him and he's just not good enough to be the best player on a team...he's better as a 2nd weapon (a la josh howard to dirk)
"they've given igoudala a ton of pieces to help him and he's just not good enough to be the best player on a team"
they lost their defensive PG 6'2 andre miller
if they can get a standout defensive PG/SG its over
bcus Iguodala can play the 1-2-3
so you trade him for inferior talent and make a team that much better?
they need more defense guards
that's why they drafted Jrue Holiday
they get big leads and give those leads back they are one big move away
why rebuild now
Thaddeus Young and Iguodala (Lebron type point forward)are the best wings in the NBA
and Elton Brand is still an elite PF defender even though he doesnt have much fantasy value
they are one Chauncey Billups away, one Pau Gasol away etc.
if they trade Iguodala they wont be an elite running team impo
I like Monroe too, and I could see him going as high as Detroit at 6. I think his quickness is very underrated, but he definitely needs to put on some strength. I'm also worried about his assistance to sit out on the perimeter, is it a product of the Princeton system? I've seen some pretty nice post moves from him this year, but also a few where he has traveled.