The Best Mock Draft
I'm telling you, there is no way Golden State is going another wing. Their either gonna take a big or trade the pick or trade down. A guy like Favors or Whiteside could go here. Don't sleep on Whiteside at all. He could easily go top 3 based on his vast potential and he fills a need for Golden State which is a mobile big that can rebound and block a ton of shots.
Wizards won't go big here simply because the fact that Blatche and McGee are their power forward and center of the future. A guy like Wes Johnson could go here. Every year, there seems to be a surprise pick in the lottery so there's a chance that a wing like Aminu could be chosen here. Just saying.
76ers will either go SG or PF/C. A guy like Henry or James Anderson could go here but bigs like Donatas, Monroe or Whiteside if he hasn't been picked yet could all go here.
Miami could go big or small with the 17th pick. There's a glaring need at the small foward spot for Miami so guys like Robinson, James or even Vesely could go here for Miami.
no internationals in the second round and Lee is not leaving
other than that pretty good
Yea, don't know really any international players outside of the 2 in the first round and Lee was supposed to leave UCLA. I do now see him returning, lol. thanks
How many times must this be said, Washington Wizards DO NOT need a big man. Atleast not one that they plan to start. Andray Blatche is becoming a pretty good player and JaVale McGee is one of the best shot blockers down low. Averages about 2 a game in about 15mpg.
Utah Jazz don't need another guard.. Kyle Korver, Sundiata Gaines, Wesley Matthews, C.J. Miles. This is the reason they got rid of Ronnie Brewer.. Too many guards.
I don't think Miami would take a PG. They have Carlos Arroyo and a very good and young defensive PG in Mario Chalmers. And they still have Rafer Alston
I love that Daniel Orton to the Thunder.. Hope it works out for them.. If it does, they'll be the team to beat for the next decade.
Turner and Bradley is scary good.
Aside from the 3 comments i made, i like this mock.
Miami needs a point guard of the future....obviously it's not chalmers cause they had/have arroyo and alston is gone.....bledsoe, armon johnson, willie warren, i'd take warren IMO but he's really not a pass first guy, they should give Chalmers another try but we'll see.
And the wizards....fine, then who do they take? cause they have way too many fowards....howard, thornton, mike miller, and guard play they have who...just foye, arenas, nick young, they probably need a long-term sg...but henry and anderson to be taken that high is just ridic. that's why I have the best available going there.
Utah.....needs a long-term SG...Henry is exactly that...imagine him and Deron in the backcourt, they also need more 3pt shooting, it's all on korver and occasionally okur/deron. That's why they should taken Henry....They got rid of Brewer...cause dude can't shoot, offensively he blew.
D3WadeisBetta is right. Henry isn't a Sloan type of player. Ronnie Brewer was a very talented offensive player, and he was a very good mid-range shooter. Also the Jazz are the best 3PT% shooting team in the NBA over the last few months.
Get cho facts straight, son.
Oh, and Wesley Matthews is on a tear, both offensively and defensively.
Indiana isn't likely to draft Whiteside either. The Jazz and the Pacers always take the high-character guys.
The day that Jan Vesely falls to 21, is the day I sing "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic to a random and recently dug up corpse at the cemetary.
Other than that your mock was pretty good.
lol cause korver is shooting almost 60 percent from 3. buddy.
I think they are in the market for trading down.....they really want a guard I believe because obviously Gilbert is going to be a constant question mark....otherwise if not....TAKE THE BEST AVAILABLE!!!!!!!!!!! Jevale McGee and Blatche are not the be all and end all....Favors or Cousins can't be passed up here if they are picking below 5.....whichever they have highest on their board.....reaching for need is not a good thing EVER....
If Aminu falls to the Clips, the Clips will be doing backflips.
If Aminu falls to the Clips, Aminu will drink Blake Griffin's Kool-Aid...
lol man...I want you to do a mock draft......w/ comments......since you know everything.
I don't know everything. I'm just a die-hard Jazz fan. The Pacers are my second-favorite team, and I've scouted Vesely. Most draft-sites consider him a bubble top-ten pick.
Aminu would be a perfect fit for the Clips and like I said I really liked your draft.
Anderson to the Grizz is interesting.
I've always liked Patterson to the Grizz, Udoh to the Rockets and Bledsoe to the Heat.
Daniel Orton to the Thunder is very likely.
You asked for comments and I gave them to you. The Jazz won't draft a shooting guard. I'm positive.
I appreciate it.....yea I understand...I am a die hard Knicks fan, lol....I know I know....who do you want the Jazz to pick? and the Pacers as well. They need a PG (The pacers). IMO. Patterson to the grizz...hmmm....yea I just don't see anderson dropping past like 12...he could...
when I redo my mock tonight you should read mine.....cuz I do know everything....
lol what are you going to label yours as? So I know its yours....and...I bette see descriptive &$#%#&@! since you know, everything. haha.
I meant Patterson to the Bucks. I think he and Jennings could develop plays together like Stockton and Malone (though not at that level, let's not get ahead of ourselves). But they could run pick and rolls, pick and pops, give and gos... Great situation for both of them.
I honestly that if the Jazz are picking at 9, they will take Cole Aldrich or Greg Monroe. Both are NBA ready, would fit the Utah Jazz system, and still have a great deal of upside. If neither are available I expect them to take long looks at Motie and Vesely, as they could stash them and save money to keep Booze (the Jazz don't like spending money if they don't have to). If they decide not to go international, Aldrich, Johnson, Favors and Monroe aren't available, and they aren't planning on resigning Booze, they will probably draft Patrick Patterson.
This is what their draft board should look like:
The Pacers are just outside of the best pool of talent. Unless somebody falls (or they get lucky in the lotto), they won't get one of the top 9 players.
If Turner, Wall, Johnson, Favors, Cousins, Aldrich, Davis, Monroe and Aminu are all gone, they will probably choose between Henry, Patterson, Udoh, Vesely, Motie, Whiteside and Bledsoe.
Their specific team-needs would suggest that they would take Bledsoe, but I think that is too much of a reach. Whiteside doesn't fit the team-culture that Larry Bird is trying to put together (nothing racist, just high-character guys). Honestly, I am not totally sure who they should take. It all depends on workouts, whether they want to keep Murphy and Dunleavy, and how they feel about Hansbrough, Hibbert and Rush.
If I were Larry Bird, i'd try and mold my nucleus around Granger, Hansbrough, Hibbert and Rush. I would probably draft Henry if he's there...or Whiteside, kid is a gamble but I think he can be really good. and for the Jazz...I believe they will sign Booz, I just do feel they need a great starting 2 guard to get them past that 1st round ya know? Deron is the best PG in the league, I like Miles, Matthews, Korver is consistent...not sold on Gaines....Price is good I think...Okur is good, but seems to get injured?
I really hope Orton goes to the Thunder (I'm a die-hard UK and Thunder fan). He's from OKC so I don't know if that's a good or bad thing for him lol
I really like Bledsoe with Wade.
I REALLY like Cousins with Evans.
And I really LOVE Wall.
Sac goes with either Cousins or Johnson. They love Landry at the 4.
In Washington Miller, Howard and Foye are all expiring, so don't rule out them drafting a 2 or 3.
Utah might have a bunch of guards, but none of them are very good. I watched Matthews the other night vs the thunder...I wasn't impressed, I'm not sure what all the rave on this site about this guy is.
Does anyone else think that Larry Bird is killing himself right now because no one on their range is going to fit their team? I hope he can pull of some sort of draft day deal, like taking Harris from NJ, if NJ wins the lottery, or if a team who already has a pg for the future wins the lottery trading picks + players for wall.
Why would Oklohoma take another project big after Taking Mullins, and Swift?
Cuz Swift sucks.
Swift was in '04, and he was a lottery pick, once you get to the 20s its usually two types of players: young, unpolished with upside, upperclassmen, polished, little upside. The latter is great if you have holes in your rotation, but OKC will have all 9 of their regular rotation players back, and 7 of those players the year after that. They are in a position where they can take projects and see if they pan out for the future.
And they also took Ibaka in the '08 draft...I think he's doing alright =).
Matthews is a very special player. He is a bulldog defensively, he backs down from nobody (see how he guarded Kobe) and he a great fit for the Jazz system.
What nobody seems to understand is that Jerry Sloan is in control of who plays and who doesn't. He does not like chuckers, in fact, he despises chuckers. Henry or Anderson would never see the light of day on the Jazz. With four wing players that deserve minutes the Jazz management is not going to spend money on a bench-warmer. They are not a money spending team...
wow one of the prettiest mocks out here imo.
love first for picks, Aminu to L.A., Henry next to Williams in Sloan's system!! also Bradley Turner Flynn looks really good and Warren in becoming scoring machine grizzlies team also looks like at steal in the draft.
Many people think that Henry will go to the Jazz, but they don't realize is that the Jazz already have a slew of SG's. They will be surprised when the Jazz select Johnson or Aminu, and then when the Jazz are in the second round playing Dallas, they will eat their words about what they said about Wes Matthews. The kid can play, and Sloan loves him.
I love you mock draft now that you've edited a few things. I'm glad that I was able to share my 3 cents.
I don't watch the Jazz as much as you butidonthavemoney, but I do watch Kansas and Oklahoma State play alot. And I can honestly say that Xavier Henry and James Anderson are NOT chuckers.
Anderson will benefit from the smaller role he'll get in the NBA, because he's not the ball-handler or athlete to create his own shots like a chucker can. He won't be asked to do as much as he was asked to do alot of the times at OK State in the NBA.
Henry is mostly a shooter who attacks in straight lines off the dribble, so he's not a guy that forces bad shots or even tries to create his own offense alot. He doesn't have the ball-handling ability to create for himself just yet. I think Henry is also a very good defender who is physically gifted to cut off driving lanes, so I could definitely see him playing for Sloan.
Utah took Morris Almond, who's a MUCH worse defender and on par ball-handler (which isn't a compliment) than Henry so I could see them selecting Henry. I could also see them taking Anderson.
OK you're a jazz fan and you might know it better but in my personal opinion i wouldn't they have good sg's while they are tittle contenders and still haven't a legit starter at this position.
So if Cousins were to go to Sac would they trade Landry, Thompson, or Hawes?
If Cousins were to go to Sac, they would most definitly trade Hawes. I think Landry is a keeper and Thompson has yet to really prove himself but there's a chance that he could also be traded.