The top pick is set and Minnesota is leaning towards taking Derrick Williams at 2. We’re hearing that Utah will take Enes Kanter at 3 and look to grab Jimmer Fredette at 12. Cleveland will likely take Valanciunas at 4 allowing Toronto to get the PG they covet at 5 in Brandon Knight.
6-3 191 PG
The Cavs have decided on their guy, making it known that they will select Irving with the top pick. Kyrie has a chance to be an all star level guard when he reaches his prime, but the expectations on him will be considerable as the top overall pick. He lacks superstar athleticism and the Chris Paul comparisons may be raising expectations too high. The hope for Cleveland is that he can make his teammates better, and therefore impact a team more than an athlete like Williams.
6-8 248 SF/PF
|Williams worked out for Minnesota on the 17th and was described as "a monster" by their scouting staff. The T-Wolves best play would be to move Beasley. It’s unclear if B-Easy has much trade value considering most teams are skeptical that you can win with him. Williams, who measured and tested extremely well at the combine has proven that he’s a winner. Minnesota is said to be shopping the pick, but in reality they should grab onto Williams and see what he can become for them. As of Wednesday afternoon, the T-Wolves are still taking a hard look at Kanter here according to team brass.|
6-11 259 C
|We’re hearing that Kanter is going to be the Jazz pick at 3. He gives them a legitimate bigman for the future. He’s missed 2 years of development, but has kept himself in great shape and got a chance to practice every day with a Final Four team. Kanter gives then a lot more flexibility with their 12th pick to find a "pairing", which will likely end up being "Jimmer".|
7-0 240 C
|The Cavs have long coveted Jonas Valanciunas and Dan Gilbert feels confident that he can get his buyout worked out. The consensus among European scouts is that Valanciunas is worthy of a top 5 pick and many feel he has even more potential than Enes Kanter. The Cavs are likely one of those teams, but apparently the decision has been made for them by Utah. If not Valanciunas, Tristan Thompson was a player that worked out extremely well for them and is the probable pick.|
6-3 177 PG
Knight is the guy that Bryan Colangelo wants here and with Utah taking Kanter at 3, Knight falls to them at 5. For a young rebuilding team, Knight will have time to develop without too much expected of him right away. He’s one of the most clutch and mentally tough freshmen that you will find.
6-11 230 SF/PF
Czech Republic 1990
|The Wizards have long been high on Vesely and his transition game would work extremely well with John Wall. Vesely finished the season strong with some nice playoff performances including a season high point total. He shoots free throws about as well as Shaq, but his outside shot isn’t so terrible, so there’s hope he can improve upon it with work. Vesely is not a great defender but his length and athleticism gives him a chance to develop. Tristan Thompson is another player Washington is high on.|
6-7 227 SF
San Diego St. So.
|Leonard’s poor combine athleticism results might be attributed to the fact that he didn’t warm up ahead of time. His lack of shooting ability is a concern, although he has shown some improvement after the season ended. The Kings could always opt for a PG here (but Tyreke would not be happy playing off the ball), but they appear to be leaning towards Leonard and could potentially find a sleeper like Norris Cole at 35.|
6-9 227 PF
|Tristan plays the same position as last year’s first rounder Greg Monroe but his skill set is completely different allowing the two to coexist. Tristan has worked out extremely well and is showing tremendous hunger and will get consideration before this pick. His forte is defense and energy, while his offensive game remains raw. One of the real boom or bust picks for this year’s draft. Despite his buyout situation, Jonas Valanciunas could tempt a team to move up for him (or even Detroit to take him) here and leave him overseas next year.|
6-8 230 PF
|Charlotte could use a versatile forward with scoring ability and toughness. Tyrus Thomas is more athletic but doesn’t have the same skill set nor the ability to play the 3. Morris was one of the most productive players in the country last year and has the versatility to play either forward position. There is speculation that Biyombo could go here after a strong workout yesterday for them.|
6-7 206 SG
Washington St. Jr.
|Klay has become a hot commodity in the 9-10-11 range as he’s seen as a low risk pick that should be able to contribute immediately. The Warriors would gobble him up at 11, and there’s a chance a team will trade in at 10 for him or Milwaukee will draft him. Unlike many players in this year’s draft, Klay instantly has an NBA skill with his ability to shoot the ball. Lacks elite level athleticism but his length helps to make up for his lack of speed and leaping ability. His marijuana charge at the end of the season isn’t considered to be a huge detriment to his stock.|
6-6 193 PG/SG
|Burks has struggled some in workouts as his strength needs to improve allowing players to muscle him. He was one of the top performers in college basketball all season and is our top rated SG prospect. His versatility and ability to fill in at the point adds to his intrigue. Burks never worked out for the Warriors but then again neither did Stephen Curry. Golden State took Ekpe Udoh over Greg Monroe last year, one of the worst draft day decisions. Drafting a one dimensional player like Biyombo would be taking a very similar player. Klay Thompson is also a possibility and would work extremely well with their personnel.|
6-2 196 PG/SG
|Taking Kanter at 3 allows Utah to grab a player with a built in fan base in Jimmer Fredette. There are question marks over whether Jimmer can make it as a full time PG, but even if he can’t he’s certain to make it in the role of a Ben Gordon, Eddie House, instant offense scorer.|
6-9 241 PF
|The Morris Twins have built a reputation for bringing intensity and toughness every time out. Some envision Markieff becoming the better pro (over Marcus) due to his size and better ability to fit a position (PF). Phoenix can use some toughness in the paint and Markief has skills to boot.|
6-9 230 SF/PF
Florida St. Jr.
|The Rockets lost a lot of defense when they traded away Shane Battier. Singleton is seen as one of the few potential lock down defenders in this year’s draft. Houston has a lot of assets and odds are they will make some deals on draft night.|
6-1 184 PG
|With Utah taking Enes, Kemba could slide all the way into the teens. He would be a great value at 15 and could compete with Darren Collison for the starting PG position. Despite his incredible season, there are some concerns over whether he is a true point guard and big enough. His fearlessness, leadership, and character cannot be questioned, however.|
6-9 243 C
|The Sixers would like to add a beast inside to do the dirty work and Biyombo fits the bill. Bismack’s lack of offensive skills were readily apparent in his workout in Treviso. How much offensive game he can develop is debatable as is his true age. A tremendous shot blocker using his quick reflexes, length (7’7 wingspan) and explosiveness to protect the rim. Nikola Vucevic and Markieff Morris are possibilities here too. If the team indeed decides to move Iguodala, forwards such as Hamilton or Singleton are possibilities.|
6-11 260 C
|The Knicks would love to add an eventual PG replacement for Chauncey Billups. They feel that Jimmer Fredette would be a great fit within the D’Antoni system and are looking to move up to 13 to grab him. If not, Nikola Vucevic is a real possibility here. Vucevic had a great season for USC and shows the ability to knock down shots from the center position. He lacks great speed and athleticism but his length helps him considerably on the boards. Singleton is another player the Knicks are said to be targeting. Darius Morris had two very strong workouts for them and is in the mix as well.|
7-0 224 SF/PF
|Despite projecting a big Euro forward to Washington at 6, Motie and Vesely bring very different skill sets and would work together as a combination because of that. The Wizards have Motiejunas scheduled to come in for a late workout. Despite receiving a lot of criticism for his perceived lack of intensity, Motiejunas had a very solid season. He would be an excellent value in the 18-25 range. He’s a finesse forward and despite lacking great toughness and rebounding, he could develop into a poor man’s Dirk.|
6-5 210 PG/SG
Georgia Tech So.
|Rumors continue to swirl around Iman Shumpert landing within the teens somewhere. He’s a top notch ball handler, defender and athlete in the mold of Houston’s Terrence Williams. Unfortunately he has some of the same red flags as Williams surrounding his attitude. After moving Gerald Wallace, the Bobcats could be coveting Shumpert’s defensive ability and athleticism.|
6-8 228 SG/SF
|The T-Wolves need to add a SG and would jump all over Hamilton if he slips this far. Minnesota could use Hamilton’s scoring ability and readiness to contribute. He’s one of the draft’s top shooters and measured very well at a legit 6’8. Hamilton has a bit of a short temper and had some minor run ins with Coach Barnes during his tenure at Texas, but nothing that concerns teams too heavily. With a real need for a 2-guard, Marshon Brooks is a possibility here as well.|
6-7 225 PF
Morehead St. Sr.
|Portland has long been tied to Faried and he would give them a specialty rebounder coming off the bench. Despite lacking much in the way of offensive skills, Faried’s freakish athleticism and relentless approach to rebounding is intriguing. Due to being so one dimensional, some teams have soured on Faried. Regardless, many scouts love his strength, demeanor and passion for the game and see him as a potential top 20 pick despite his shortcomings.|
6-8 223 SF/PF
|Denver has Harris on their short list of players. After moving Melo, this is a team in the process of rebuilding and Harris is the youngest American player in the entire draft. Tobias can do a little of everything with good vision, passing and ball handling abilities. He also gets good extension at the rim. His lateral speed isn’t ideal. But he is a bright kid with has a professional demeanor.|
6-5 195 SG
|Brooks has some interest from teams in the lottery after some strong workouts and there are rumors he could go as high as 9. He proved to be a deadly scorer this year at Providence and a handful to guard with the ball in his hands. He may remind some of Jordan Crawford with his unorthodox style and aggressive nature. His length (7-foot-1 wingspan) allows him to play a few inches bigger than his 6’5 height.|
6-3 200 PG/SG
Boston College Jr.
|With Jackson sitting out the NBA predraft combine and workouts, there has been a lot of speculation that he has a promise in place and we’ve received word that OKC could be the team. The Thunder are said to be shopping backup point guard Eric Maynor and that could be to clear room for Jackson. Reggie lacks great point guard skills but has a huge (7-foot) wingspan and is a quality isolation player. OKC will hope he can become something in the mold of a Russell Westbrook. He’s one of the draft’s high risk/reward picks and would provide a more streamline backup in terms of style to Westbrook.|
6-10 239 PF
|Danny Ainge will likely look to bolster the team’s aging and depleted frontcourt. After receiving heavy criticism for his high body fat and perceived laziness, Thompkins could end up falling into the second round. He’s easily the most polished offensive bigman available. The big question is whether he will stay motivated. A player who entered the season as a projected lottery pick has not gotten great reviews and finds himself fighting to stay in the first round. Thompkins is a highly skilled offensive player with range out to college three. He doesn’t wow you with athleticism, but his skill level is that of an NBA vet. Needs to cut out the fast food. Questionable motor, toughness, and work ethic (15% body fat) have him sliding. If Jeremy Tyler doesn’t set off major red flags in psychological testing, he’s also a possibility here.|
6-10 225 SF/PF
|Mirotic recently signed a new deal and is unlikely to be available to play for 3 years. He’s one of the elite level shooting prospects in Europe with combo forward skills. Mirotic allows the Mavs to stash him overseas and have more money to go after free agents to defend their title.|
6-9 211 SF
|Bertans is said to have a promise in the 20s somewhere. There’s also a chance that a team will trade into this range to acquire a pick to select him. Bertans is possibly the top shooter in the entire draft and although he’s a few years away, he could be a very intriguing option to stash overseas with the uncertainty regarding next year’s season. Bertans impressed scouts with his feel for the game and desire on top of his tremendous shooting ability at the 2011 Hoop Summit.|
6-9 228 SF
|With a contending team, Chicago could use Singler’s all around feel for the game and NBA readiness. While Singler’s combine athleticism numbers (30 inch vertical) didn’t help his cause, his feel for the game, skill level and toughness should make him a mainstay in the NBA for years to come. Playing the SF position, his lack of athleticism won’t be as big a factor as it might at other positions, and look for his shooting numbers to end up being better than what he showed this season.|
6-8 187 SF
|If the Spurs are looking for an upside pick, Tyler is about as "boom or bust" as it gets as he’s got considerable upside and risk. Tyler’s 33 point breakout performance opened some eyes as scoring 20+ is never easy in Ben Howland’s methodical offense. He cooled off the second half of the year, but showed enough potential to land in the first round. He has surprising vision and passing skills for a SF and also possesses some ability to knock down shots off the dribble. Despite being slight of frame and having a perceived lack of toughness, Honeycutt crashes the boards hard.|
6-1 175 PG
Cleveland St. Sr.
|After some strong workouts, Cole is getting looks in the late first round. He’s a quick and athletic point who has been fighting an uphill battle due to playing in a smaller conference. CJ Watson recently signed an extension, but Cole could add depth and eventually push him for the back up position.|