My Mock Draft.. Feedback Appreciated
Here's my Mock Draft as I see it right now. If you have some questions or criticisms of my picks please feel free to comment as this is my first mock draft and I'd love the advice. Obviously it's not perfect (I really struggled with some teams like the Pacers and the Timberwolves who must have had 20 picks) but this is what I came up with. I'll defend my picks but if you sway me enough I can definitely move some stuff around. I also assumed that Lebron, Wade, and Bosh stayed with their teams, Stoudemire went somewhere else, and Joe Johnson went to NY while Lee stayed in NY. A * next to the pick means I had difficulty with the selection and ** means A LOT of difficulty.
1 New Jersey- John Wall
2 Minnesota- Evan Turner
3 Golden St.- Demarcus Cousins
4 Washington- Wesley Johnson
5 Detroit- Derrick Favors
6 Sacramento- Cole Aldrich
7 Philadelphia- Greg Monroe
8 Utah- Donatas Motiejunas
9 Indiana- Al-Farouq Aminu**
10 LA Clippers- Xavier Henry
11 New Orleans- Jan Vesely*
12 Milwaukee- Patrick Patterson
13 Houston- Hassan Whiteside*
14 Memphis- Damion James
15 Miami- Devin Ebanks
16 Minnesota- Ekpe Udoh**
17 Miami- Eric Bledsoe
18 Chicago- James Anderson
19 San Antonio- Da'Sean Butler
20 Portland- Avery Bradley*
21 Oklahoma Cty- Paul George
22 Memphis- Gani Lawal
23 Oklahoma Cty- Larry Sanders
24 Boston- Dominique Jones*
25 Atlanta- Willie Warren
26 Minnesota- Luke Babbit*
27 New Jersey- Stanley Robinson
28 Orlando- Gordon Hayward
29 Memphis- LaceDarius Dunn
30 Washington- Greivis Vasquez
31 New Jersey- Daniel Orton
32 Minnesota- Jarvis Varnado*
33 Golden St.- Quincy Pondexter
34 Washington- Trevor Booker
35 Detroit- Kevin Seraphin
36 Sacramento- Jordan Crawford
37 Milwaukee- Lazar Hayward
38 New York- Alexey Shved
39 Indiana- Armon Johnson
40 New York- Craig Brackins
41 New Orleans- Darrington Hobson
42 Chicago- Dwayne Collins
43 Minnesota- Nemanja Bjelica*
44 LA Lakers- Sherron Collins
45 Toronto- Manny Harris
46 Charlotte- Paulao Prestes
47 Minnesota- Dexter Pittman
48 Milwaukee- Aubrey Coleman
49 San Antonio- Jerome Jordan
50 Dallas- Art Parakhouski
51 Oklahoma Cty- Herb Pope*
52 LA Clippers- Wayne Chism*
53 Charlotte- JP Prince
54 Boston- Luke Harangody
55 Atlanta- Charles Garcia
56 Utah- Matt Bouldin
57 Indiana- Omar Samhan
58 Orlando- Malcolm Lee
59 LA Lakers- Raymar Morgan
60 Phoenix- Tim Ohlbrecht
I would switch Aminu and Henry. Seeing as how Indiana already has Granger, and the Clips already have Gordon.
Don't see Portland drafting Bradley with Bayless already on the roster.
Would Golden State take Cousins? I have my doubts.
Malcolm Lee, Quincy Pondexter, Daniel Orton and Jordan Crawford seem like first rounders to me, but you never know. People slip all the time.
Other than that this is a very plausible mock. Good job.
I want comments, bare mock drafts are boooring=)
Hahaha touche Anton123... I just wanted some feedback on my picks and such because this is my first mock and I'm studying sports broadcasting. So I thought I'd throw it out there and see what I can do.
And butidonthavemoney yeah those are definitely things I thought about. But I thought that since Gordon is an undersized 2 and can handle the rock, they could possibly move him over to the 1 which would open up the 2 for Henry, but it's definitely a push, I just couldn't see a 1 who was worth picking there. In terms of Aminu, that pick is one I kinda hate, but he seems a little raw to me and could be a combo forward in my opinion with his length and athleticism. Plus, the Pacers have Brandon Rush (who I'm high on) at the 2 and I think he can be a solid player, plus Aminu can learn under Granger, while backing him up and possibly playing some 2 and 4. As far as the Cousins pick, it was between him and Wesley Johnson for me, I think that the Warriors could EASILY go with Johnson as he can light it up from deep (which we know Don Nelson loves) and is a long, athletic player. But with Biedrins hurt most of the year, their interior struggled, and with Brandan Wright and Anthony Randolph, they are set at the 4. And it just seems like a perfect match, dysfunction with dysfunction hahahaha. And finally with Bradley and Portland, he's definitely a project, and with Bayless learning, and Brandon Roy being a franchise cornerstone and Andre Miller being a bit older, I think that they can eventually part with Miller and have Bradley be the 3rd guard in the rotation being a defensive specialist and could grow into a great player. Plus, I just don't know where else they could really use depth except for maybe at the 3 with all the players coming back from injury next year
they wont draft a power forward
they already have Jonas Jerebko, Charlie Villanueva, Chris Wilcox, and Jason Maxiell
they will draft Cousins, Monroe, or Aldrich, in that order, unless they get the number 1 pick
I definitely forgot about some of the depth that Detroit had at the 4. But I thought Favors could be a guy who switches it up from the 4 and 5 and since Detroit is highly likely to try to deal Tayshaun Prince this season, they may have Austin Daye, but I see either Jerebko or Villanueva taking his place as the starting 3 and the other coming off the bench as a combo forward. Plus Favors will take some time to develop so it's okay if he isn't thrust right into a starting role. But Cousins will probably be gone by their pick, I don't think Monroe has that aggressiveness that Detroit wants, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if they went with Aldrich but I think they go Favors in the end because of his size, athleticism, and upside
Dont really make a whole lot of sense to me...Aldrich is a tooo similar player to Hawes for the kings to take him IMO... I could see them taking Motiejunas, or a good 2 guard to put next to evans, who is their starting sg now? I seriously cant remember, I think by next year Thompson will be on the bench so Landry can start, and they definitely need an upgrade at the 5, but Aldrich is too similar to hawes for me....
Washington has Thornton and Howard so I cant see them taking Johnson
I'm just going to tell you which picks you should trade.
Detroit NEEDS a center, Greg Monroe fits the system perfectly
Detroit NEEDS a center, Greg Monroe fits the system perfectly
Especially when it comes to the Kings, I could definitely see Motiejunas going to the Kings and they really need a solid 2 and upgrade at 5; but given where they are picking, Turner would be gone by then, and I think that's just too high to pick Xavier Henry, and there aren't many elite 2's in this draft. Plus they also have Donte Green who is getting better and a possible player at the 2, and Andres Nocioni is their 3 for maybe not even this whole year because of Omri Casspi (who everybody loves). So I see them addressing the issue of physicality and defense in the post. And Spencer Hawes and Aldrich may have similarities (both white, centers, tall, and decently developed post moves), but Hawes is a more polished post played like Brad Miller and can shoot the 3 which Aldrich can't do, but Cole is a much tougher, stronger, slightly more athletic, and a defensive minded center which is what they could really use so that's why I think they go Aldrich in the end as they want to be a tough team now.
With Johnson, Thorton and Howard are definitely solid 3's and I completely forgot Thorton was on the team. But Howard is in the final year of his contract and has had his share of off the court issues, which would probably freak out the Wizards organization after the gun debacle. But even if they DO bring him back, I think that he could be a player who plays the 2 or 3, letting them have Mike Miller come off the bench and just shoot 3's and have Foye play the 1. It also makes sense to me at this point because they have Andray Blatche coming around big time so the 4 is set and I am REALLY high on Javale McGee, and he's been doing pretty well since the trades and is still growing. So no other player really fits into their plans at that point and pick at the draft so Wesley Johnson makes the most sense in my opinion.
ps I don't even know who the starting SG is for the Kings either hahahaha... but I think that Beno Udrih has been filling the spot since Evans returned from his concussion because he played the point very well, but he's out of position and not the greatest player ever so the 2 definitely needs work.
I personally think Monroe WOULD be a great fit, he's a big guy, smart, he CAN be tough and assertive (which when he does makes him great), skilled, and can pass it. I just think Detroit needs a big man who's able to hold down the paint and bring back the old MoTown swagger and toughness that defines them. Aldrich would be the best fit RIGHT NOW, but I think Favors has the ability to do that and then some if he develops. And with the depth Detroit has right now they could develop Favors and help him become the best he can be.
The Kings wont draft Montiejunas.. At least they shouldn't. Their issue is a solid inside defensive presence... From what I hear Montiejunas doesn't have that.. Hawes-Thompson-Landry- And the 4th big guy in rotation needs to be someone tough.
Currently for Sacramento the SG is Tyreke Evans, as the PG is Beno Udrih.. Although Reke plays both at times...
I'm thinking the Kings draft board will be something like this:
Bulls will probably take Jerome Jordan in the second-round but other than that I agree.
We should do a group mock. Everybody want to diss my manz. Keep ballin D.
Greg Monroe 1st round Georgetown
Daniel Orton 2nd round Kentucky (can develop on the bench)
But think about it. What's the difference between Orton and Kwame Brown? Other than age. I don't think Detroit will select Orton at all to develop off the bench. He does nothing better than Kwame Brown.
Overall, pretty decent Mock Draft, couple points that I disagree with earlier in the draft. A relatively minor one would be switching Favors with Cousins. I think Favors would flourish in the run and gun Golden State system more than Cousins would. My second point is about Aldrich: I really do not like Aldrich, I think he is a pick 15-20 quality player, though he will be drafted earlier. He is completely incapable of manufacturing his own shot and and his shot form is completely broken. He excels on the defensive end and in rebounding, obviously. He should not be drafted by any tea looking for any sort of offensive production, absolute best case scenario for Aldrich is a Kendrick Perkins-type player, not sure that I see that. My last point is about Ekpe Udoh, I think he is an instant impact guy. Ridiculous shot blocking ability, extremely mobile, what's not to like? I would pick him over Donatas, maybe I'm just crazy though =P
Orton's a better passer than Brown. Other than that, you're probably right.
So you like Ekpe Udoh for the same things Aldrich is known to be good at, but you trash Aldrich?
Ekpe is much more athletic than Aldrich, and this is coming from a KU fan so... No anti-Aldrich bias or anything. He was great in college, but he just seems like a big stiff type of player, he can't do much point-wise but dunk on the college level, how is he going to get points in the pros? I know there is a bunch of hype around Aldrich, but I don't see him as more than a shot blocker/rebounder (Which is great, but I wouldn't want to spend a top 10 pick on a guy like that). Udoh will be able to score, especially after he puts on some weight, plus he averages more board and blocked shots than Aldrich in the same league
Edit: Aldrich and Udoh both average 9.8 boards. Basically in my mind Udoh = Aldrich + mobility + athleticism + a little bit of passing ability
Udoh is an overrated athlete. I think Aldrich is better.
In terms of defense, Udoh is the better shotblocker, but Aldrich is the better overall defender. He takes charges, hustles, boxes out, etc... Unlike Udoh he can play good man-to-man defense and block shots.
Udoh is not a better rebounder than Aldrich. Adrich averages 14.7 rebounds per 40, Udoh only 11.1...
Aldrich does have good footwork and I've seen him score in other ways besides dunking.
Aldrich has a good baby hook shot in the low post so that will be something he will key in on for whatever team he'll get drafted to.