my very 1st mock draft
1. NJ- John Wall
why: he's a cant miss prospect with unlimited potential
2. MIN- Evan Turner
why: they need a franchise player in the brandon roy mold
3. GS- Wesley Johnson
why: another long and athletic forward for don nelson to play with
4. IND- DeMarcus Cousins
why: could be the center of the future for this team in desperate need of size
5. WAS- Derrick Favors
why: christmas comes early for the wizards as Favors falls to them at 5
6. PHI- Donatas Motiejunas
why: instead of choosing the guarantee with greg monroe, they gamble
7. DET- Hassan Whiteside
why: has the potential to be something special...in a few years
8. SAC- Al-Farouq Aminu
why: a versatile luol deng-esque forward can help right away on both ends of the court
9. UTA- Xavier Henry
why: the Jazz would be thrilled if he fell to them here...they finally address 2-guard need
10. LAC- Devin Ebanks
why: super-athletic but slightly unproductive forward who hasn't approached ceiling...hopefully
11. MIL- Greg Monroe
why: they won't expect monroe to be here, definitely the top player available at 11..they need PF help badly
12. NO- Stanley Robinson
why: big pre-season workout boosts his stock as new orleans finally says goodbye to the peja stojakovic days
13. MEM- Patrick Patterson
why: the grizzlies badly need some bang off the bench
14. HOU- Cole Aldrich
why: his sub-par season has his stock drop...houston needs some insurance for yao ming
15. MIA- Armon Johnson
why: the Heat needing a point guard is a drastic understatement
16. MIA- Damion James
why: the Heat needing a small forward is also an understatement
17. MIN- Jan Vesely
why: the Timberwolves love foreign players, this year is no different
18. CHI- James Anderson
why: perfectly fits into chicago's offense..also provides insurance in case chicago misses out on the d-wade sweepstakes
19. POR- Nemanja Bjelica
why: with all their players healthy, portland won't have room on their roster for another player
20. SA- Dominique Jones
why: keith bogans and roger mason have not cut in this season
21. OKC-Ekpe Udoh
why: too much upside to pass up at this spot
22. OKC- Larry Sanders
why: brings a lot of length and athleticism to a Thunder team in need of post help
23. BOS- Da'Sean Butler
why: the Celtics find Paul Pierce's heir apparent
24. ATL- Gani Lwal
why: combo forward can provide the Hawks with solid offense off the bench
25. MIN- Luke Babbitt
why: brings a solid scoring mentality to a team thats weak offensively
26. NJ- Jarvis Varnado
why: solid shot-blocker and can play both power forward or center
27. MEM- Sherron Collins
why: just another attempt to find Mike Conley's backup
28. ORL- Trevor Booker
why: rebounder can help assist dwight on the glass
29. MEM- Quincy Pondexter
why: they grab the experienced all-around solid wingman
30. WAS- Paul George
why: the wizards land a steal as a shaky season causes george to drop significantly
Don't understand the reasoning in drafting Wes Johnson if im the Warriors. A player like Favors will not come often the Warriors should draft him and pair him up with Biedrens and they will be an awesome rebouding team. Let's not forget, Favors is 4 years younger and has immense upside. Johnson is just an athletic shooter who can rebound.
Ebanks is vastly overrated and will fall into the late first round. I don't see where all this high ceiling crap is coming from cause he's not really that athletic and is to small to play the 4 and not skilled enough to play the 3. Mid-late 1st round for him.
Switch Butler and Pondexter. Celtics need an athletic wing who can defend the 3 and the 2. Butler is a liability defensively IMO and things won't change in the NBA.
Armon Johnson isn't ready yet. If he came out this year he would be a high 2nd round pick at best. Trust me.
Besides that...Pretty good man. Paul George's stock could go up...Like the James Anderson pick at 18. Love the Cole Aldrich pick to Houston. Really makes sense. Not sure if he slips that far though. They might need to trade up. The Piston's would be smart not to draft Whiteside. But that's just my opinion. Some team will end up loving him, drafting him too high and seeing him play limited minutes/being in the d-league ala Thabeet/Mullens.
We'd love Wes, we don't have a great perimeter defender he can become that and he gives us needed size. We'd like him cause Favors plays PF and AR is our future there and we still like Wright who's preseason was great and was called our best player in camp but got hurt. You also have to remember when making a mock leaving your personal opinion out of it is essential, you have to think like a GM so Ebanks going high is very plausible despite what your opinion is
Question, where is Avery Bradley? Also Paul George said he's probably coming out and I think his potential gets him in the top 23. Anyway this looks great
I'm not using my personal opinion. Ebanks is a mid-late first round pick on most mock drafts. Have you seen him play? He's not that impressive. Scouts really aren't that high on Ebanks (from what draftexpress has said).
GS front line if very thin. Yes, AR is going to be a very good player, and yes BR could live up to his potential, but GS lacks any bulk. Favors has an NBA ready body (only 18) and could contribute right away as a rebounder, defender and finisher. I just don't think that adding Wes will make a huge difference. He is a solid defender, but will he be in an up tempo offense? Doubt it.
Also yeah were thin and if we get a big it's going to be a center. If Favors measures in at 6'10 or above it could work like how Horford has especially since AR is 6'11 and may end up 7'. I'm not saying its a bad pick but Wes would be great, if Favors is 6'9 or lower I say no. Also Wes in our system would work well, an athletic guy who can shoot 3's? Oh hell ya Nellie thinks. Nellie would love the guy
The Warriors could use help in a lot of areas, but I think that they will draft Whiteside. He fills a need, is athletic, and has a good deal of potential. The Warriors are one of the few teams I see Whiteside being sucessful on...
Ebanks can do a lot well. He is a great passer and defender. He would fit very, very well in LA next to Eric Gordon. I see him as a lottery-mid first round pick but I think the Clips would be very smart to draft Ebanks.
Well if its a wing defender the Warriors need they are better off drafting me than Wes Johnson......and if Miami makes those 2 picks back to back he for sure has officially become old and senile.....and lol at the Clippers taking Ebanks right before Monroe...they would....
other than that I'm likin the looks of this one.....
The Pacers will not be drafting Cousins.
Cole Aldrich will not fall to 14.
Utah would take Monroe or Aldrich over Henry. They like their situation at the 2-guard position (note: Ronnie Brewer trade).
The Grizz would do backflips if they ended up with Patterson, but I think the Bucks snatch him up (if Monroe isn't on the board).
Overall good mock.
the pacers have a lot of needs: center, point guard...i think they need to send brandon rush to charlotte for dj augustin
Maybe the Pacers need Cousins, but they won't draft him. I am flat out telling you. Ever since the 2004 Brawl at the Palace, they have only been drafting high-character guys.
the Pacers should take Cousins wherever they pick....but you're right they won't and that's why they suck every year....if I'm hiring a shooting coach, Larry Bird is probably on my short list....if I'm trying to build a winning NBA team, he's somewhere around #3,854 barely edging out my mom...