Thursday, June 24, 2010

FINAL MOCK DRAFT

First Round:

1. WAS-John Wall-PG-Kentucky
No brainer #1.
2. PHL-Evan Turner-G/F-Ohio St.
No brainer #2
3. NJ-Derrick Favors-PF-Georgia Tech
It appears the Nets will take Favors over Wes Johnson here. I think Johnson is better, however Favors has more upside. The thinking was for the Nets to take Johnson as
4. MIN-Wes Johnson-SF-Syracuse
Minnesota gets a good player here without having to trade up. If Nets do in fact throw throw the first curve ball of the draft and take Johnson expect Minnesota to try to trade the pick and take either Favors or Cousins.
5. SAC-DeMarcus Cousins-C-Kentucky
COusins should be the pick here. The question is whether someone will make the Kings an offer they can't refuse. Oklahoma City has 3 first rounders and needs a top center. The Pistons and Spurs also have interest in Cousins. Either way it's a solid pick for Sacramento despite all the negative hype Cousins has received.
6. GS-Ekpe Udoh-PF-Baylor
In my first mock draft I thought that the Warriors and Udoh would be a great fit. Now it's looking like they'll take him over Greg Monroe who would also be a perfect fit. The Cory Maggette trade: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5316714 shows the Warriors are cutting salary and building for the future.
7. DET-Greg Monroe-C/F-Georgetown
If the Pistons take Ed Davis over Monroe, GM Joe Dumars should be fired on the spot. Monroe is better, bigger and can play center. Davis could be a solid player one day but Monroe can become their starting center next year. There's still the possibility of trading up for Cousins.
8. LAC-Al-Farouq Aminu-SF-Wake Forest
Aminu should be a great pick here. He's never going to be a superstar. But they already have Chris Kaman, Baron Davis, Eric Gordon,and last year's to pick Blake Griffin. All Aminu needs to do is to come in and contribute. Easy choice for me.
9. Utah-Ed Davis-PF-UNC
I'm not a big Davis fan but someone will take him in the top 10. With Carlos Boozer likely leaving via free agency Davis makes sense here.
10. IND-Luke Babbit-SF-Nevada
Larry Bird likes Babbit. He can become a weapon or valuable trade bait for the Pacers who are in big need of a point guard
11. NO-Paul George-SF-Fresno St.
He would be a great fit for new coach Monty Williams, however he could also be the target of many teams looking to trade up.
12. MEM-Xavier Henry-F/G-Kansas
Henry actually showed up for his workout with the Grizzlies unlike George and Hayward.
13. TOR-Gordon Hayward
Another team that could be looking to trade down. They need a true center, but in the end I think they like Hayward's talent too much.
14. HOU-Cole Aldrich-C/F-Kansas
Aldrich may slip a little but shouldn't slide by the Rockets here. He'll provide Houston length, toughness and defense, three things the Rockets need.
15. MIL-Patrick Patterson-PF-Kentucky
All of these pre-draft moves to get wings (Cory Maggette and Chris Douglas-Roberts) have me thinking the Bucks will go with a power forward here.
16. MIN-Larry Sanders-C/F-VCU
Kevin Love and Al Jefferson are very good but the TWolves need some length up front. Sanders will help out with his 9-4 standing reach and 7-6 wingspan.
17. WAS/CHI-Damion James-SF-Texas
It's all but official that the Bulls will trade out of the first round to save cap space just like Miami did last night. I thought when the Thunder traded up to #18 it was to go after James, who was Kevin Durant's teammate in college. Now it looks like the Wizards want him at here.
18. OKC-Avery Bradley-G-Texas
If they can't move up, they'll add depth here. Bradley can come off the bench a backup both guard spots. Plus he's got the Texas connection with Durant.
19. BOS-James Anderson-SG-Oklahoma St.
I think the Celtics will do exactly what the two teams ahead of them did, trade out of the first round. Anderson is the best player available and someone should move up to take him.
20. SA-Craig Brackins-PF-Iowa St.
Brackens can come off the bench and provide the shooting tough from the outside just like Robert Horry used to. He's moving up draft boards and could find himself here at 20.
21. OKC-Hassan Whiteside-C-Marshall
Whiteside's stock is slipping but the Thunder will take him here and hope he can develop into a top shot blocker.
22. POR-Soloman Alabi-C-FSU
Portland needs some insurance in case Greg Oden gets hurt again. Alabi is already a good shot blocker, imagine how much better he can get by spending a year or two with Marcus Camby.
23. MIN-Kevin Seraphin-PF-France
With 3 first round picks, expect the TWolves to either trade one of them or take a Euro prospect and keep him overseas for a year or two.
24. Dominique Jones-SG-USF
The Hawks add some scoring in the backcourt and get the best player available. Jones will help ease the pain of Joe Johnson leaving via free agency.
25. MEM-Gani Lawal-PF-Georgia Tech
A big man who does all the dirty work. Solid choice for a young team with 3 picks in the first.
26. OKC-Daniel Orton-C-Kentucky
I wouldn't be surprised if he slipped out of the first round, but he's a decent choice here
27. NJ-Terrico White-G-Ole Miss
They take the athletic guard to add some depth. White's best asset is his versatility as can play both guard spots and even small foward at times.
28. MEM-Eric Bledsoe-PG-Kentucky
He can give Conley some competition at the point and maybe take over if Conley keep under performing in Memphis.
29. ORL-Jordan Crawford-G-Xavier
We all know he dunked on LeBron before, maybe he'll get another chance in the playoffs.
30. WAS-Devin Ebanks-SF-West Virginia
Best wing available. Has good length and should fit in nicely with Wall and Arenas.

Second Round:

31. NJ-Tiny Gallon-PF-Oklahoma
32. MIA-Armon Johnson-PG-Nevada
33. SAC-Elliot Williams-SG-Memphis
34. POR-Tabor Pliess-C-Grmany
35. WAS-Quincy Pondexter-SF-Washington
36. DET-Greivis Vasquez-G-Maryland
37. MIL-Lazar Hayward-SF-Marquette
38. NY-Lance Stephenson-SG
39. NY-Brian Zoubek-C-Duke
40. IND-Trevor Booker-PF-Clemson
41. MIA-Darrington Hobson-SF-New Mexico
42. MIA-Dwayne Collins-PF-Miami
43. LAL-Mikhail Torrance-G-Alabama
44. MIL-Stanley Robinson-SF-UConn
45. MIN-Dexter Pittman-C-Texas
46. PHO-Jarvis Varnado-F/C-Mississippi St.
47. MIL-Derrick Caracter-PF-UTEP
48. MIA-Andy Rautins-SG-Syracuse
49. SA-Ryan Thompson-SG-Rider
50. DAL-Jerome Randle-PG-California
51. OKC-Matt Bouldin-G-Gonzaga
52. BOS-Da'Sean Butler-SF-West Virginia
53. ATL-Sherron Collins-PG-Kansas
54. LAC-Tyren Johnson-PF-Lou-Lafayette
55. Utah-Vladimir Dasic-SF-Montenegro-INT.
56. MIN-Latavious Williams-PF-Tulsa 66ers-DLeague
57. IND-Alexey Shved-PG-Russia-INT.
58. LAL-Manny Harris-SG-Michigan-Jr.
59. ORL-Charles Garcia-F-Seattle
60. PHO-Luke Harangody-PF-Notre Dame



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