Tuesday, May 24, 2011

MOCK DRAFT 1.0 PICKS 15-30

15. IND-Darius Morris-PG-Michigan-So
6-5 true point guards usually don't last past the lottery. Make no mistake Morris is a true point man not a shoot first guard like many others in this draft as he averaged almost 7 assists per game last year and help lead Michigan to the second round of the big dance. A few weeks ago he looked like he'd barely crack the 1st round but is now looking like a possible lottery pick.
16. PHL-Bismack Biyombo-C-Congo-INT.
The man is big and long (6-9/240 and growing with a 7-7 wingspan). He's as raw as they come but some see him going as high as #8 to the Pistons where he's drawn comparisons to Ben Wallace. If he's available at #16 the 76ers will not hesitate to take him as they need all the length and size they can get.
17. NY-Kenneth Faried-PF-Morehead-Sr.
The Knicks are sitting at home watching what Udonis Haslem gives the Heat (defense, rebounding and toughness). Like the Heat the Knicks have the stars, Amare, Melo and will look to get a top tier point like CP3, DWill or Tony Parker soon. Faried grew up near New York and like Udonis he can be the back bone for an already very talented team.
18. WAS-Tobias Harris-SF-Tennessee-Fr.
Solid not spectacular player that already has an NBA body and skill set despite being only 19 years old.
19. CHR-Chris Singleton-CF-FSU-Jr.
He's a low maintenance combo forward and lock down defender who can defend the 2-4. He was the ACC defensive player of the year in 2010. If he can improve his shooting he'll be a great contributor similar to James Posey and Shane Battier.
20. MIN-Marshon Brooks-SG-Providence-Sr.
The TWolves need a starting shooting guard and scoring. Brooks is a perfect fit here. The man can flat out shoot the rock and score in a variety of ways. The more video you watch of him the more you love. He averaged 24 points on 48% shooting in the toughest conference in the nation while being constantly double teamed. He's as NBA ready as any player out their.
21. POR-Markieff Morris-PF-Kansas-Jr.
The Blazers need a canter but their simply isn't anyone good enough here unless they reach for a guy. The "other" Morris brother is actually tougher and a better rebounder. He can't shoot as well as Marcus but the Blazers already have enough guys that can shoot. they need guys that can rebound as they were 27th in the league last year with 39.3 boards per game.
22. DEN-Tyler Honeycutt-SF-UCLA-So.
He will need to spend a lot of time in the weight room if he's going to have an impact at the next level. However what he lacks in strength he makes up for in length (insert sexual joke here). Honeycutt can help the Nuggets with depth at the wings with JR Smith, Wilson Chandler and Aaron Affalo all slated to become free agents this off season.
23. HOU-Jordan Hamilton-SF-Texas-So.
The best player on the board. With so many long forwards in this draft a guy with top 15 talent like Hamilton could drop. The Texas product gets to stay in state and give the Rockets depth at both forward spots.
24. OKC-Davis Bertans-SF-Latvia-INT.
He's the best shooter in Europe. He's only 19 years old and will need time to develop but he's more of a sure thing than the other projects the Thunder have drafted in the past (Serge Ibaka and B.J. Mullens). The Thunder already have their core so adding a young shooter will only help their future.
25. BOS-Reggie Jackson-CG-Boston Coll.-Jr.
Playing in the Celtics' back yard at BC they've seen plenty of him. When Rondo was injured in the playoffs it was clear that the Celts need a quality back up. He reminds me a lot of George Hill with his scoring ability and great length (6-3 with a 7 foot wingspan!). He can play both guard spots and be to the Celtics what Hill is to the Spurs.
26. DAL-Trey Thompkins-PF-Georgia-Jr.
Thompkins issort of a poor man's Dirk. OK more like a homeless man's Dirk. But he can shoot, rebound and has good size. His stock is slipping due to a lack of athleticism and questions about his drive but he's a steal this late for an already stacked team.
27. NJ-Kyle Singler-SF-Duke-Sr.
Can have the same effect that Kyle Korver has for the Bulls. The Nets already have a franchise point in Deron Williams and top tier center in Brook Lopez. They need more compliment pieces who can shoot and play smart. That's exactly what Singler will bring to whatever team drafts him.
28. CHI-Nikola Mirotic-PF-Montenegro-INT.
They can store him in Europe for a year or two and then when he's ready to come over and give the Bulls a shooter who can back up Boozer and battle for playing time with Omer Asik and Taj Gibson.
29. SA-Shelvin Mack-CG-Butler-Jr.
Just like Dejuan Blair, his measurables aren't great but like Blair the man can just play basketball. Mack's combine measurements will really hurt his stock (6-2/210 with barely an 8 foot standing reach) but once you turn on the game footage the truth comes out. Mack can play, he'll never be a star but there's a place for him in the league.
30. CHI-Josh Selby-SG-Kansas-Fr.
An undersized scorer who was a top player coming out of high school last year. He never fit in at Kansas averaging only 7.9ppg and 2.2apg only 20.4 minutes per game. If a team drafts him as a future starting point guard then they're making a mistake. He has value and can play in the NBA but more as a scorer off the bench than a true point man.

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