Monday, June 21, 2010

Mock Draft 2.0-With Trades

First Round with comments:

1. WAS-John Wall-PG-Kentucky

Easy choice, Wall is the present and future in Washington. He'll try to have the same rookie success in the capital city as Stephen Strasburg is having in baseball with the Washington Nationals.
2. PHL-Evan Turner-G/F-Ohio St.
The best player in college last year will give Philly a new dimension to their offense. He can score, rebound and run an offense all from the small forward spot.
3. NJ-Derrick Favors-PF-Georgia Tech
Favors will take some time to develop, but he will be the perfect compliment to Brook Lopez
4. MIN-Wesley Johnson-SF-Syracuse
Johnson isn't quite Turner, but he's a pretty nice consolation prize. He should come in a start at small forward from day one.
5. DET (Trade A)-DeMarcus Cousins-C-Kentucky
The Pistons will do EVERYTHING in their power to move up to get Cousins. He is the perfect player for their system. Detroit needs a center to help get back in the playoffs and Cousins is the best center in the draft. They'll need to give up a future first rounder to get him though.
6. GS-Greg Monroe-C/F-Georgetown
Monroe can play both center and power forward. He is the best passing big man to enter the draft in years. The Warriors already have scorers with Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. Monroe can help them on the glass and his passing ability will compliment Curry and Ellis.
7. SAC (Trade A)-Al Farouq Aminu-SF-Wake Forest
The Kings have a great situation picking at the 5 spot. They can draft Cousins or Johnson (whoever falls to them) at 5 or they can trade down two spots and be guaranteed Monroe or Aminu and a future first round pick.
8. LAC-Gordon Hayward-SF-Butler
The Clippers need a small forward. With Aminu off the board, Hayward seems like an easy choice. His greatest appeal is his versatility. He's not a boom/bust prospect. The Clippers know what they are getting with Hayward.
9. Utah-Ed Davis-PF-UNC
I'm not a big Davis fan but he could become a good role player in Utah. He has the ability to backup both forward spots.
10. OKC (Trade B)-Cole Aldrich-C/F-Kansas
If Aldrich is still on the board at #10 the Pacers will be very happy. With many teams looking to trade up to get a center it would make perfect sense. The Thunder need a tough defensive center to compliment their incredibly talented young forwards. Fellow Kansas alum Nick Collison could mentor Aldrich in his first year in Oklahoma.
11. NO-Paul George-SF-Fresno St.
George would be a perfect fit in New Orleans. He could provide new coach Monty Williams the same thing Nicolas Batum provided in Portland where Williams was an assistant. THey'd have a great young 1-3 with CP3, Marcus Thornton and George.
12. MEM-Patrick Patterson-PF-Kentucky
Patterson is the anti-Zach Randolph. He's a high character role player who can come in a do all of the little things that the Grizz need. Randolph was one of the top power forwards in the league last season but with his off the court problems and the fact that he'll be a free agent next summer getting some insurance at power forward is important.
13. TOR-Avery Bradley-G-Texas
Is Bradley a point or is he a shooting guard? If the Raptors and others feel he has what it takes to run a team, he could go in the top half of the first round. Some people compare him to Monta Ellis. I think at the very best he could be a Jason Terry. A backup combo guard with a great stroke who plays better off the ball.
14. HOU-Ekpe Udoh-PF-Baylor
The Rockets need size and toughness on the interior. Yao has health issues and center Chuck Hayes is only 6-6. Udoh may not have the upside of other "project bigs like Hassan Whiteside or Daniel Orton, but the Rockets know exactly what they'll get with him. I think in the end they go with the best post player on the board in Udoh.
15. MIL-Xavier Henry-G/F-Kansas
The Bucks would love if Henry were to fall into their lap at #15. He can shoot the ball very well 42% from 3 point land. He also has a NBA body and can come in and contribute right away.
16. MIN-Larry Sanders-C/F-VCU
They get the length they need at the center position. Sanders is still raw but he'll have time to develop in Minnesota who are years from contending.
17. CHI-James Anderson-SG-Oklahoma St.
The Bulls need someone to come in and hit open shots. Anderson was the Big 12 player of the year and is NBA ready.
18. MIA-Luke Babbit-SF-Nevada
Miami's biggest need is at point guard. However, Babbit would be too good to pass up here. He's a small forward that can shoot lights out. He'd be a great fit with DWade. The Heat could trade out of the first round to save some money for free agency this summer.
19. NY (Trade C)-Dominique Jones-SG-USF
Could Boston make a deal with their hated division rivals the New York Knicks? Jones would be a perfect fit in D'Antoni's system. He's a big combo guard who can shoots lights out and score at will.
20. SA-Damion James-SF-Texas
Length, toughness, and versatility are three things that the Spurs could use and James provides all of them.
21. IND (Trade B)-Daniel Orton-C/F-Kentucky
They like Orton but not well enough to pick him at #10. He's a solid option here to provide depth and toughness up front in Indy.
22. POR-Hassan Whiteside-C-Marshall
I could see Whiteside slipping but he won't slip out of the first round. With Bradley and Jones off the board the Blazers get some insurance for often injured center Greg Oden.
23. MIN-Kevin Seraphin-PF-France
With 3 picks in the first round I think they use one on the Euro prospect and keep him overseas for a little bit.
24. ATL-Soloman Alabi-C-FSU
The Hawks could grab a shooting guard as insurance in case Joe Johnson leaves but they already drafted Jeff Teague last year and have the best 6th man in the league in Jamal Crawford who's also a 2 guard. With Jones gone, they take Alabi and hope the raw big man can develop into a starting center top and shot blocker in a few years. This could allow Al Horford to eventually move to power forward.
25. CHR (Trade D)-Craig Brackens-PF-Iowa St.
The Grizz have three picks in the first so there's a good chance they deal at least one of them. You can never underestimate the value of a power forward who can hit shots on the perimeter. The Bobcats are interested in moving into the draft and Brackens would fit in very well. He could give Larry Brown a big tthat can stretch a defense.
26. IND (Trade B)-Eric Bledsoe-PG-Kentucky
The Pacers need a point guard. Bledsoe is a decent option if they are able to trade down.
27. NJ-Armon Johnson-PG-Nevada
They go best guard available. The Nets are looking to the future and will need an eventual successor to Devin Harris.
28. MEM-Greivis Vasquez-PG-Maryland
A big packup point to help out Mike Conley. I think he'll end up in the first round.
29. ORL-Darrington Hobson-F/G-New Mexico
Insurance on the wings in case their free agents leave O-Town.
30. WAS-Gani Lawal-PF-Georgia Tech
You can never go wrong when you go best player available.

Trade A:
DET receives #5 pick
SAC receives #7 pick and future 1st round pick

Trade B:
OKC receives #10 pick
IND receives #21 pick, #26 pick and cash considerations

Trade C:
NY receives #19 pick
BOS receives NY's $2.4 million trade exception

Trade D:
CHR receives #25 pick
MEM receives CHR's $3 million trade exception

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