Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Final Mock Draft

My Final Mock Draft with the projected trade

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2011/news/story?id=6697545

First Round

1. CLV-Kyrie Irving-PG Duke-Fr.
He's pretty much a lock as the top pick in the draft right now. A year or two learning under veteran baron Davis should be very good for his development. Now the question becomes, do the Cavs keep or trade the #4 pick?
2. MIN-Enes Kanter-C-Turkey-INT.
Until a trade is made I'm going with Kanter here over Wiliams.
3. Utah-Derrick Williams-SF-Arizona-So
I like Brandon Knight but it appears that if Williams is here he just might be too good to pass up. The fact that he's a combo forward will help him in Utah where he can back up both PF-Paul Millsap and SF-Gordon Hayward
4. CLV-Jonas Valanciunas-C-Lithuania-INT.
The Cavs will wait and see with the project from Europe. Hey you can't teach size and he's a legit 7 footer.
5. TOR-Brandon Knight-PG-Kentucky-Fr.
The Raptors get a pick and roll point guard that can shoot to pair with Andrea Bargnani
6. WAS-Jan Vesely-CF-Czech Republic-INT.
It's Vesely or Leonard here. I think they like Vesely a little. They still may trade up to get Kanter or Williams.
7. CHR-Tristan Thompson-PF-Texas-Fr.
The Bobcats move ahead of the Pistons to assure themselves that they get a the top
8. DET-Kemba Walker-PG-UConn-Jr.
Rumors have Kemba slipping and the Pistons taking a big like Bismack Biyombo. With Tristan off the board it's either Kemba or Kawhi GM Joe Dumars will make a big mistake if he passes on Kemba.
9. CHR-Klay Thompson-SG-WSU-Jr.
Klay gives the Bobcats exactly what they need, a quality shooter. He's easily the best shooter in the draft not named Jimmer. They should go big at 7 and guard at 9.
10. SAC-Jimmer Fredette-PG-BYU-Sr.
Jimmer is simply a better fit in Sacramento than Kemba. Jimmer's shooting ability would compliment Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins very well.

11. GS-Kawhi Leonard-SF-San Diego St.
Alec Burks is tempting but Kawhi is too good to pass up here.

12. Utah-Alec Burks-SG-Colorado-So.
The Jazz would be thrilled if Burks slips all the way to them. They have a good young core but have a major need at shooting guard. He's not as good of a shooter as klay but he's a better playmaker and slasher. Plus he's got prototypical size (6-6/193) to play the 2 in the NBA
13. PHO-Marcus Morris-PF-Kansas-Jr.
The Suns need help at PF. Morris can help fill some of the scoring void left by Amare.
14. HOU-Chris Singleton-SF-FSU-Jr.
The Rockets need a center but Singleton is too good to pass up here. He can fill the void on defense left since they got rid of Shane Battier. Sngleton should be get 25-30 minutes per game from day one.
15. IND-Bismack Biyombo-C-Congo-INT.
Project big man to backup Roy Hibbert and Psycho T
16. PHL-Markieff Morris-PF-Kansas-Jr.
Philly kid gets to play for the hometown team.
17. NY-Kenneth Faried-PF-Morehead-Sr.
The Knicks were 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-Marshon Brooks-SG-Providence-Sr.
If the Wizards go small forward at number 6 they could go shooting guard at number18. Brooks is a great scorer and shooter and would fit very nicely playing along side a playmaker like John Wall. He'd also be insurance in case Nick Young left via free agency.
19. Donatas Motiejunas-PF-Lithuania-INT. 7-0/224
The Bucks liked him at 10, they'll really like him at 19
20. MIN-Darius Morris-PG-Michigan-So.
Insurance, in case the Ricky Rubio experiment is not a success. Morris can play the point but is also big enough to defend shooting guards so if Minnesota takes him, he can play alongside Rubio as well.
21. POR-Tobias Harris-SF-Tennessee-Fr.
Point blank the best player on the board. Harris isn't flashy but has top 15 talent. He does all the little things well. Portland is a good young team with a very good core. Adding quality role players will be crucial to how far they go in the playoffs the next few years.
22. DEN-
Jordan Hamilton-SF-Texas-Jr.
Best player available, an absolute steal in the twenties
23. HOU-Nikola Vecevic-C-USC-Jr.

A slight reach. But Vucevic's standing reach (7-5) along with his wingspan (7-5) and size (7-0/265) make him a solid pickup for a team in desperate need of a starting center.
24. OKC-Iman Shumpert-CG-Georgia Tech-Sr.
A solid backup for Westbrook and Harden, he could also make Thabo expendable. Someone will take him in the first round, he's too big and athletic to slip
25. BOS-Tyler Honeycutt-SF-UCLA-So.

Jeff Green is a restricted free agent and may leave to get more playing time and money elsewhere. Honeycutt is undersized (6-8/187) and will need time to develop. Playing alongside and learning from future Hall of Famer's Ray Allen and Paul Pierce will do him well in the long run.
26. DAL-Reggie Jackson-CG-Boston Coll.-Jr.
Jason Kidd isn't getting any younger and I'm not sold on Rodrigues Beaubois and Nick Calathes. Jackson was a scorer in college. He'll need to improve his point guard skills to have success at the next level.
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.

The Bulls have tow first round picks and it's unlikely that they'll keep both of them. If they can't trade one then they'll draft a Euro like Mirotic and store him overseas for a year or two.
29. SA-
Davis Bertans-SF-Latvia-INT.
He's the best shooter in Europe. He's only 19 years old and will need time to develop

30. CHI-Shelvin Mack-CG-Butler-Jr.

Mack may be undersized but he can come off the bench and score from day one. The Bulls will try to get a shooting guard that can score via a trade this offseason. Mack can be a solid backup shooting guard as a rookie and can hopefully turn into a backup point guard as well


Second Round

31.
MIA-Nolan Smith-CG-Duke-Sr.
32. CLV-Justin Harper-PF-Richmond-Sr.
33. DET-Jeremy Tyler-C/F-USA-INT.
34. WAS-Trey Thompkins-PF-Georgia-Jr.
35. SAC-Jimmy Butler-SF-Marquette-Sr.
36. NJ-Malcolm Lee-SG-UCLA-Jr.
37. LAC-JuJuan Johnson-PF-Purdue-Sr.
38. HOU-Josh Selby-SG-Kansas-Fr.
39. CHR-Norris Cole-PG-Cleveland St.-Sr.
40. MIL-Jon Leuer-PF-Wisconsin-Sr.
41. LAL-Andrew Goudelock-SG-Coll. of Charleston-Sr.
42. IND-Charles Jenkins-CG-Hofstra-Sr.
43. CHI-Jordan Williams-PF-Maryland-So.
44. GS- Chandler Parsons-SF-Florida-Sr.
45. NO-David Lighty-SG-Ohio St.-Sr.
46. LAL-Jereme Richmond-SF-Illinois-Fr.
47. LAC-Keith Benson-C/F-Oakland-Sr.
48. ATL-Greg Smith-C-Fresno St.-So.
49. MEM-
Jamie Skeen-PF-VCU-Sr.
50. PHL-Brad Wannamaker-CG-Pittsburgh-Sr.
51. POR- Demetri McCamey-PG-Illinois-Sr.
52. DEN-E'Twuan Moore-SG-Purdue-Sr.
53. ORL-Ben Hansborough-PG-Notre Dame-Sr.
54. CLV-Malcolm Thomas-PF-San Diego St.-Sr.
55. BOS- Isiah Thomas-PG-Wshington-Sr.
56. LAL-Julyan Stone-PG-UTEP-Sr.
57. DAL-
Gary Flowers-SF-Southern Miss-Sr.
58. LAL-Travis Leslie-SG-Georgia-Jr.
59. SA-Matthew Bryan-Amaning-PF-Washington-Sr.
60. SAC-Rick Jackson-PF-Syracuse-Sr.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

NBA Draft: Position Breakdown-Big Men

This year's crop of big men have a lot of solid role players. There's a lot of youth in this group as my top 4 guys are all under 20 years old (there is speculation that Bismack Biyombo is actually 22 years old). Kanter is the top player but several guys should have an impact at the next level.

Here are my top big men rankings:


1. Enes Kanter-C-Turkey-INT. 6-11/259/9-2

NBA comparison: Marc Gasol/Al Horford
Like Gasol and Horford, Kanter has the body to bang inside but can also hit the 15 footer. Big men with his size and skill level are very rare.

Likely career role: starting center with star potential, possible 18 and 10 guy, a 2nd/3rd best player to compliment a superstar on a good team
2. Jonas Valanciunas-C-Lithuania-INT. 7-0/240
Last year's stats: 7.7ppg, 5.8rpg (Euroleague)
NBA comparison: Joakim Noah
A work in progress that can one day be the type of defender, rebounder and hustler that Noah is. He has the size to match Noah, if his heart can match Noah then he will be a very valuable player.

Likely career role: starting defensive center to pair alongside a star or scoring PF
3. Tristan Thompson-PF-Texas-Fr. 6-9/227/9-1
Last year's stats: 13.1ppg, 7.8rpg
NBA comparison: a stronger Tyrus Thomas
They have the same initials and both only spent one year in college. Tristan knows his role and does it well. He should be able to have a better career than Thomas because he's more mature.

Likely career role: starting PF and a team's top rebounder
4. Bismack Biyombo-C/F-Congo-INT. 6-9/243
NBA comparison: Ben Wallace/Joel Anthony
Like Wallace and Anthony, Biyombo has little to no offensive skill. Lukily for him he's HUGE. All the team that picks him will want him to do is rebound and block shots

Likely career role: role playing big that can eventually start
5. Markieff Morris-PF-Kansas-Jr. 6-9/241/8-11
Last year's stats: 13.6ppg, 8.3rpg
NBA comparison: Robin Lopez
Both players are slightly less skilled on the offensive end than their twin brothers. However both are a little tougher and like to do the dirty work.

Likely career role: starting PF on a bad/average team, backup on a playoff team
6. Kenneth Faried-PF-Morehead-Sr. 6-8/225/9-0
Last year's stats: 17.3ppg, 14.5rpg, 2.3bpg
NBA comparison: Udonis Haslem
You don't win championships without guys like Haslem and Faried. Comparing him to Dennis Rodman is a littel extreme right now. However there's no reason to believe he can't be the same type of role player that Haslem is for the Heat.
Likely career role: starting PF/specialty rebounder and defender
7. Nikola Vucevic-C-USC-Jr. 7-0/260/7-4
Last year's stats: 17.1ppg, 10.3rpg
NBA comparison: Mehmet Okur
Like Okur, Vucevic has a nice mid range game and is developing into a solid rebounded and defender. They both lack quickness and explosiveness, but when you're 7 feet with good bulk you don't need it
Likely career role: role playing starting center
8. Trey Thompkins-PF-Georgia-Jr. 6-10/239/9-0
Last year's stats: 16.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 48%-FG%
NBA comparison: Channing Frye
Like Frye, Thompkins has the size to bang inside but would rather hit open threes. The NBA always has a place for big man that can knock down open threes. Just ask Sam Perkins.

Likely career role: solid backup PF
9. Justin Harper-PF-Richmond-Sr. 6-9/228/8-10
Last year's stats: 17.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 48%-FG%
NBA comparison: poor man's David West
I could also compare Harper to Frye but he's a little tougher than Frye or Thompkins. I think he could eventually start at power forward but he would need a point guard like Chris Paul to make him look good. He ran a lot of pick and roll with Kevin Anderson at Richmond to he already has that skill. He's a very good sleeper in this draft.

Likely career role: solid backup PF
10. Jeremy Tyler-C/F-USA-INT. 6-11/262/9-3
Last year's stats: 9.9ppg, 6.4rpg (Japanese League)
NBA comparison: Kendrick Perkins/Jackie Butler
Butler was a talented high school player who was a stud in JUCO and had the size to play in the NBA. Perkins was a stud in high school who went straight to the NBA in 2004 and took time to develop. Perkins was the starting center on the 08 Celtics and is now the starting center on the Thunder. Bulter could never cut it in the NBA and who knows where he is now? Tyler will try to have a career like Perkins but may end up like Butler.

Likely career role: role playing big with boom/bust potential

Other possible 2nd round picks:

11. JuJuan Johnson-PF-Purdue-Sr. 6-10/220/9-0


12. Jon Leuer-PF-Wisconsin-Sr. 6-11/223/8-11


13. Jordan Williams-PF-Maryland-So. 6-9/247/8-11

14. Keith Benson-C/F-Oakland-Sr. 6-11/217/9-2


15. Malcolm Thomas-PF-San Diego St.-Sr. 6-9/223/9-0


16. Jamie Skeen-PF-VCU-Sr. 6-8/241/8-1

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7. Greg Smith-C-Fresno St.-So. 6-9/253/8-11

18. Rick Jackson-PF-Syracuse-Sr. 6-9/242/8-11


19. Matthew Bryan-Amaning-PF-Washington-Sr. 6-9/232


20. Willie Reed-PF-St. Louis-Jr. 6-9/220

21. Josh Harrelsom-C-Kentucky-Sr. 6-10/280

22. Vernon Macklin-C/F-Florida-Sr. 6-9/243

NBA Draft: Position Breakdown-Combo Forwards

This year's crop of combo forwards is particularly deep. Derrick Williams is the stud, but after that there are a ton of solid players. The difference between my number 2 prospect Kawhi Leonard and #7 prospect Jordan Hamilton is very minimal

Here are my combo forward rankings:


1. Derrick Williams-SF-Arizona-So. 6-9/248/9-0

Last year's stats: 19.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 59%-FG%
NBA comparison: Glenn Robinson
Like the 'Big Dog', Williams is a bit short to play the 4 but has the body to bang inside. He can shoot lights up like Robinson. Most people remember Robinson for having some injury problems and baggage but he was a 20 per night scorer for a good 5 years. Williams may end being the same type of star. Not quite a superstar but a very nice player like the 'Big Dog'

Likely career role: starting SF or PF with star potential, a possible 20 and 7 guy
2. Kawhi Leonard-SF-San Diego St-Jr. 6-7/227/8-3
Last year's stats: 15.5ppg, 10.6rpg
NBA comparison: Gerald Wallace/Scottie Pippen
When I compare him to Piipen, I am comparing him to Pippen in the 1987 Draft as a raw developing athlete out f Central Arkansas, not Pippen the Hall of Famer. Like Pippen and Wallace he does all the little thing right. He may never be quite as good as Pippen but at the very least he can have a Wallace/Shawn Marion impact on a team.
Likely c
areer role: starting SF and defensive stopper/rebounder with star potential
3. Jan Vesely-CF-Czech Republic-INT. 6-11/230

Last year's stats: 10.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 59%-FG% (Euroleague)

NBA comparison:
Andrei Kirilenko
Like AK 47, Vesely is a non traditional Euro player. He can shoot and play outside, but he'd rather dunk on you and play solid defense. That should translate well to the NBA
Likely career role:
starting SF/PF with ability to be a solid defender
4. Marcus Morris-CF-Kansas-Jr. 6-9/230/8-10

Last year's stats: 17.2ppg, 7.6rpg, 57%-FG%

NBA comparison:
Al Harrington
Like Harrington, Morris has the body of a 4 but can shoot outside and stretch the defense like a 3.
Both are solid role players but not stars. He should have a 10-15 year career because of his size and ability to shoot.
Likely career role:
starting combo forward, 4th/5th best player in a starting lineup
5. Tobias Harris-SF-Tennessee-Fr 6-8/223/8-8

Last year's stats:
15.3ppg, 7.3rpg
NBA comparison:
Luol Deng/Shane Battier
A jack of all trades, master of none type of player. Harris didn't go to Duke like Deng and Battier but he has the basketball IQ of one. Harris will be able to contribute and is probably the least risky player in the entire draft
Likely career role: starter/role playing 4th-6th man
6. Chris Singleton-CF-FSU-Jr. 6-9/230/8-8
Last year's stats: 13.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.0 spg
NBA comparison: James Posey
An extremely long lock down defender that can hit open shots

Likely career role: starter/role playing lock down defender
7. Donatas Motiejunas-F/C-Lithuania-INT. 7-0/224

Last year's stats: 10.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 50%-FG% (Eurocup)

NBA comparison: Toni Kukoc
A lefty that can shoot but doesn't like to bang inside despite being a 7 footer

Likely career role:
role playing specialty shooter best used off bench
8. Jordan Hamilton-SF-Texas-So. 6-9/228/8-8

Last year's stats: 18.6ppg, 7.7rpg

NBA comparison: Stephen Jackson

Likely career role: role playing combo forward, 2nd best scorer on a bad team, 4th/5th man on a playoff team

9. Tyler Honeycutt-SF-UCLA-So. 6-8/187/8-9

Last year's stats: 12.8ppg, 7.2rpg

NBA comparison: Tayshaun Prince/Austin Daye
Like Prince and Daye, Honeycutt has a nice all around game but he needs to spend more time in the weight room than on the court if he wants to ever have an impact in the NBA. 6-8/187 is way too skinny in this grown man's league.

Likely career role:
role playing/starting SF 5th-7th man in a rotation
10. Kyle Singler-SF-Duke-Sr. 6-9/228/8-10

Last year's stats: 16.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 43%-FG%

NBA comparison: Kyle Korver
Both can shoot and both are liabilities on defense. Like Korver, Singler will be best with a pint guard like Derrick Rose or Deron Williams.

Likely career role:
role playing specialty shooter best used off bench
11. Davis Bertans-SF-Latvia-INT. 6-10/211
NBA comparison: Peja Stojakovic
The kid can shoot lights out. He'll need time to develop but he could one day be on the Peja level
Likely career role: role playing specialty shooter best used off bench
12. Nikola Mirotic-PF-Montenegro-INT. 6-10/220
NBA comparison: Jason Kapono
I just didn't want to compare him to Peja. Mirotic and bertans have a nearly identical game only Bertans is two years younger and thus has slightly more upside.
Likely career role:
role playing specialty shooter best used off bench

Other possible 2nd round picks:

13. Jimmy Butler-SF-Marquette-Sr. 6-8/222/8-6


14. Jereme Richmond-SF-Illinois-Fr. 6-7/207/8-11

15. Chandler Parsons-SF-Florida-Sr. 6-10/221/8-9

16. Bojan Bodanovic-SF-Bosnia-INT. 6-7/216

17. Chris Wright-SF-Dayton-Sr. 6-8/217

18. Gary Flowers-SF-Southern Miss-Sr. 6-8/214



NBA Draft: Position Breakdown-Guards

It's amazing and almost scary how much this year's crop of guards resembles the group from the 2009 draft. I can almost make a very similar comparison between a guard taken in 2009 and a guard that will be taken early this year. In fact I will here it is:


2009 draft pick and number is listed first:
3. James Harden-Klay Thompson-both are incredible scorer who were the best player in the PAC 10
7. Stephen Curry-Jimmer Fredette-both are incredible shooters and were cult hero college players and both had questions on if they were big/athletic enough to make it in the NBA
10. Brandon Jennings-Kyrie Irving-both were high school stars with a ton of talent but have some mystery heading into the draft
12. Gerald Henderson-Alec Burks-both are great slashers and great athletes, but less than solid shooters
17. Jrue Holiday-Brandon Knight-both long point guards that are good shooters that spent only one year in college
18. Ty Lawson-Kemba Walker-both undersized but led their team to a national title

Several other starting guards were taken in the 2009 draft including
4. Tyreke Evans
9. Demar DeRozan
19. Jeff Teague
21. Darren Collison

This year's crop looks just as good

Here are my Guard rankings

1. Kyrie Irving-PG Duke-Fr. 6-3/191/8-3

Last year's stats: 17.5ppg, 4.3apg, 3.4rpg (played in only 11 games)
NBA comparison: Mike Conley/Brandon Jennings
Like Jennings two years ago their is still some mystery to what Irving can truly do. Like Conley and Jennings he has solid size and great quickness but isn't a Derrick Rose/Rajon Rondo/ Russell Westbrook type of athlete. The best thing about Irving is like Conley he is a true point guard that from day one will look to get others involved.

Likely career role: starting PG with star potential, a possible 17 and 8 guy
2. Brandon Knight-PG-Kentucky-Fr. 6-3/177/8-3
Last year's stats: 17.3ppg, 4.2apg, 4.0rpg
NBA comparison: Jrue Holiday/Chauncey Billups
Like Holiday, Knight was highly touted high school prospect who only played one year of college. Just like Holiday and Billups, Knight is a bigger guard that has a nice mid-range shot. It took Billups almost 5 years and about 3 teams to become a true point guard that makes others better. It has take Holiday a little time to adjust to being a true point guard and it will take a good 2-3 years before Knight becomes a true point guard that can create for other.
Likely career role: starting PG with star potential, a possible 18 & 6 guy.
3. Kemba Walker-PG-UConn-Jr. 6-1/184/7-8
Last year's stats: 23.5ppg, 4.5pg, 5.4rpg
NBA comparison: Jameer Nelson/Tim Hardaway
I could also compare him to Isiah Thomas but that seems a little too lofty right now. Like Hardaway and Nelson, Walker is an undersized point who can penetrate at will. He looks to score first right now but does have the ability to create for others.

Likely career role: a star on a bad team, a 3rd or 4th best player on a playoff team, however his size may one day limit him to a quality backup.
4. Alec Burks-SG-Colorado-So. 6-6/193/8-7
Last year's stats: 20.5ppg, 6.5rpg
NBA comparison: Brandon Roy
Like Roy, Burks has great slashing skills, a solid mid range game, and is an all around scorer. Neither player does any one thing great, but they do everything solid.

Likely career role: starting SG, 4th/5th best player on a playoff team
5. Klay Thompson-SG-WSU-Jr. 6-7/206/8-8
Last year's stats: 21.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.7apg, 39%-3 point shooter
NBA comparison: Kevin Martin
Like Martin, Thompson is a straight up lights out shooter. Whoever drafts Klay will expect him to make a lot of threes and score a lot of points He has better size than Martin already which is a plus.

Likely career role: starting SG/specialty shooter, could be a 20ppg scorer eventually
6. Jimmer Fredette-PG-BYU-Sr. 6-3/196/8-1
Last year's stats: 28.9ppg, 4.3apg, 39%-3 point shooter
NBA comparison: Gilbert Arenas/Mark Price
Had good slashing skills... Nice shot off the dribble... Can post up smaller guards... Able to score in many different ways... Able to hit impossible shots... Unlimited range... Can play the two spot... Takes some shots he should not take... Not the most accomplished defender. That is the hoopshype player description of Gilbert Arenas. http://hoopshype.com/players/gilbert_arenas.htm That describes Jimmer in almost every sense as well.
If you want to compare Jimmer to a white guy please don't compare him to JJ Reddick and please don't compare him to Steve Nash. Mark Price is the most accurate comparison.
Likely career role: specialty shooter/scorer off bench with starting PG potential
7. Darius Morris-PG-Michigan-So. 6-5/190/8-6
Last year's stats: 15.0ppg, 6.7apg, 4.0rpg
NBA comparison: Andre Miller's game with Jamal Crawford's body
Make no mistake, Morris is as true of a point guard as there is in this draft. Like Miller he's a tall creator who has great ball handling skills for someone over 6-4.

Likely career role: starting PG to pair with an undersized scoring SG a la Monta Ellis or Eric Gordon
8. Marshon Brooks-SG-Providence-Sr. 6-5/195/8-5
Last year's stats: 24.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 48%-FG%
NBA comparison: Nick Young
A long slender shooter and scorer just like Young. Like Young, he would be best used with a point guard that can create good scoring opportunities for him.

Likely career role: specialty scorer.shooter off the bench 5th/6th man in rotation
9. Reggie Jackson-CG-Boston Coll.-Jr. 6-3/208
Last year's stats: 18.2ppg, 4.5apg, 4.3rpg, 42%-3 point shooter
NBA comparison: George Hill
Like Hill, Jackson is an extremely long and athletic combo guard that can create both for himself and others. Also like Hill there are some questions if he can run a team.

Likely career role: backup combo guard on a solid or playoff team
10. Shelvin Mack-CG-Butler-Jr. 6-2/209/8-1
Last year's stats: 16.0ppg, 3.4apg, 4.5rpg, 35%-3 point shooter
NBA comparison: Bobby Jackson
Despite being a little short and too thick for the average 2 guard Jackson created a nice niche in Sacramento as an instant offense scorer and shooter for some very Sacramento team in the early 2000's. Mach will hope to do the same for the team that drafts him
Likely career role: backup combo guard/instant offense type of guy, 6-8th man in a rotation
11. Nolan Smith-CG-Duke-Sr. 6-4/188/8-3
Last year's stats: 20.6ppg, 5.1apg, 4.5rpg, 35%-3 point shooter
NBA comparison: bigger/better Chris Duhon
Both guys were standout point guards and more importantly winners at Duke. Like Duhon, Smith will be a quality backup from day one. Smith's ability and size to defend smaller NBA 2 guards will allow him to see a lot more minutes than Duhon.

Likely career role: backup combo guard, 6-8th man in a rotation
12. Malcolm Lee-SG-UCLA-Jr. 6-5/198/8-5
Last year's stats: 13.1ppg, 3.1rpg
NBA comparison: Aaron Affalo
They have very similar size and both played at UCLA. If Lee is going to have an impact in the NBA then he will need to create his niche as a lock down defender like Affalo

Likely career role: lock down defender with size, speed and length to defend both guard spots
13. Norris Cole-PG-Cleveland St.-Sr. 6-2/174/8-0
Last year's stats: 21.7ppg, 5.3apg, 5.8rpg
NBA comparison: Nick Van Exel
Similar body, game and hair cut in college. Like Van Exel, Cole is undersized and will likely be drafted early in the second round. Both guards are great shooters, at the very least Cole can be a solid backup on a good team

Likely career role: solid backup PG on a good team a get 10-15 minutes per game, a starter on a bad team
14. Iman Shumpert-SG-Georgia Tech-Jr. 6-6/222/8-4
Last year's stats: 17.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.5apg
NBA comparison: Antonio Daniels/Shannon Brown
Shumpert, Brown and Daniels are all built more like NFL wideouts than NBA 2 guards. All three have/had incredible athletic gifts and a good skill set. However if a franchise is banking on them to be a startin point guard they have another thing coming. Daniels had his best success as a backup 2 guard despite people thinking he can play the point. Shumpert could have some

Likely career role: lock down starting SG or solid backup SG on a good team
15. Josh Selby-SG-Kansas-Fr. 6-3/195/8-2
Last year's stats: 7.9ppg, 36%-3 point shooter
NBA comparison: Avery Bradley
Just like Bradley last year, Selby left college after his Freshman season where he never fit in. Neither guard is ready to become a NBA point guard so both will need to hope that a team sees some promise in them as a Jason Terry type of undersized 2 guard

Likely career role: backup combo guard with skill set to eventually become a very good player in the league but will need a good 3-5 years to develop
16. Charles Jenkins-CG-Hofstra-Sr. 6-3/216/8-1
Last year's stats: 22.6ppg, 4.8apg, 3.4rpg, 42%-3 point shooter
NBA comparison: Rodney Stuckey
Like Stuckey, Jenkins is too short to be a shooting guard yet is clearly more of a scorer than a tradiotional point man. Both came from small colleges where they had to do literally everything.

Likely career role: backup combo guard who could start in the right situation

Other possible 2nd round picks:

17. E'Twuan Moore-SG-Purdue-Sr. 6-4/191/8-4

18. David Lighty-SG-Ohio St.-Sr. 6-7/216/8-5

19. Andrew Goudelock-SG-Coll. of Charleston-Sr. 6-3/198/8-1

20. Ben Hansborough-PG-Notre Dame-Sr. 6-3/203

21. Brad Wannamaker-CG-Pittsburgh-Sr. 6-4/208/8-3

22. Isiah Thomas-PG-Wshington-Sr. 5-10/186/7-8

23. Travis Leslie-SG-Georgia-Jr. 6-4/205/8-7

24. Demetri McCamey-PG-Illinois-Sr. 6-3/204/8-4

25. Scottie Hopson-SG-Tennessee-Jr. 6-7/205/8-8

26. Jon Diebler-SG-Ohio St.-Sr. 6-7/197/8-3

27. Cory Joseph-CG-Texas-Fr. 6-3/186/8-3

28. Cam Long-SG-George Mason-Sr. 6-3/191

29. Ravern Johnson-SG-Miss. St.-Sr. 6-5/170

30. Malcolm Delaney-PG-Virginia Tech-Sr. 6-2/185

31. DeAndre Liggins-SG-Kentucky-Jr. 6-6/202/8-8

32. Gilbert Brown-SG-Pittsburgh-Sr. 6-6/215

33. Julyan Stone-PG-UTEP-Sr. 6-7/200

34. Jacob Pullen-SG-Kansas St.-Sr. 6-1/200

35. Jeremy Hazell-SG-Seton Hall-Sr. 6-6/185

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mock Draft-2.0

Jimmer and Jonas, Kemba and Kawhi. These four player will shape the entire NBA Draft on Thursday June 23rd. Jimmer Fredette has been rumored aas high as the Kings at 7 and as low as 15 to the Pacers. If the Knicks want to bring Jimmer to the big apple then they will need to trade up. Jonas Valanciunas has seen his stock rise as high as being rumored to be the number 4 pick but buyout issues may cause him to drop to Houston at 14. Kemba Walker has the talent to be picked 3 but may slip to Detroit at 8. Kawhi Leonard has been rising in many mock drafts and the Cavs may shock some people and take him at 4 if Enes Kanter and Derrick Williams are off the board. Kawhi could also slip out of the top 10 as teams may like similars players Jan Vesley and Chris Singletn more.

It's taken a few weeks but here's my Mock Draft. I will have a Final Mock Draft on Thursday.



1. CLV-Kyrie Irving-PG Duke-Fr.He's pretty much a lock as the top pick in the draft right now. A year or two learning under veteran baron Davis should be very good for his develpment. Now the question becomes, do the Cavs keep or trade the #4 pick?
2. MIN-Enes Kanter-C-Turkey-INT.Until a trade is made I'm going with Knater here over Wiliams.
3. Utah-Brandon Knight-PG-Kentucky-Fr.So if Williams is still on the board at #3, the Jazz have to take him? Wrong. The Jazz took Gordan Hayward last year and he ended the season on a scoring tear. If Hayward had stayed at Butler an extra season two things would have happened. Butler would have won the national title and Hayward would be the unquestioned number one pick. Hayward is simply better than Williams and the Jazz already have their frontcourt of the future in SF-Hayward, PF-Paul Millsap, and C-Al Jefferson. The Jazz will likely try to swing a deal to trade down a few spots with either Toronto or Washington (both are interested in Kanter and Williams and both have a need at center and small forward). If they stay they need a future franchise point guard so Brandon Knight would be the right decision.
4. CLV-Derrick Williams-SF-Arizona-So.The Cavs dream scenario. They get the best two players in the draft without having to trade up. If Williams or Kanter isn't here at 4, do the Cavs trade down or take a player Kawhi or Jonas here?
5. TOR-Jonas Valanciunas-C-Lithuania-INT.In 2006 GM Bryan Colangelo picked Andrea Bargnani over proven college players like LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy and Rudy Gay. I wouldn't be surprised if he did it again. Jonas is a project and he might not even play in the NBA next year but he would would be a decent fit allowing Barganani to move to power forward. 
6. WAS-Kawhi Leonard-SF-San Diego St.Kawhi, Jan Vesley and Chris Singleton all have very similar size, length and skill sets but I think Washington will go with Kawhi who has proven in workouts that he is a mich better shoter than people give him credit for.
7. SAC-Jimmer Fredette-PG-BYU-Sr.Jimmer is simply a better fit in Sacramento than Kemba. Jimmer's shooting ability would compliment Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins very well.
8. DET-Kemba Walker-PG-UConn-Jr.I've read thing about Bismack Biyombo becoming the next Ben Wallace, give me a break I think there's a better chance that Kemba becomes the next Isiah Thomas. Kemba did exactly what Zeke did twenty years ago. He led his team to a national title while proving he was the best college player in America. Pistons GM Joe Dumars would be very hapy if Kemba has a similar impact to his former teammate.
9. CHR-Klay Thompson-SG-WSU-Jr.There's a 100% chance that the Bobcats can get a solid foward at 19. There's no guarantee that a quality starting shooting guard like Klay, Alec Burks or amrshon Brooks wil be available at 19. Klay gives the Bobcats exactly what they need, a quality shooter. He's easily the best shooter in the draft not named Jimmer. The Bobcats have slashers in Stephen Jackson and Gerald Henderson. 
10. MIL-Donatas Motiejunas-F/C-Lithuania-INT. 7-0/224
Euro lefty who can shoot well from outside. His shooting ability would compliment Andrew Bogut very well. The question will be how long it will take him to adjust to the speed and physical play in the NBA.
11. GS-Jan Vesely-CF-Czech Republic-INT

Vesely slips a little bit here but the Warriors will lovk him up here. He can run the floor well and plays good defense. The Warriors need all the defendive help they can get after ranking 27th in points allowed (105. 7ppg)
12. Utah-Alec Burks-SG-Colorado-So.

The Jazz would be thrilled if Burks slips all the way to them. They have a good young core but have a major need at shooting guard. He's not as good of a shooter as klay but he's a better playmaker and slasher. Plus he's got prototypical size (6-6/193) to play the 2 in the NBA
13. PHO-Tristan Thompson-PF-Texas-Fr.

The Suns need yound athletic players on their frontline. Thompson is a workahlic on the glass right now. His offensive game needs refinement but he's still very young and has a lot of room for growth 
14. HOU-Chris Singleton-SF-FSU-Jr.
The Rockets need a center but Singleton is too good to pass up here. He can fill the void on defense left since they got rid of Shane Battier. Sngleton should be get 25-30 minutes per game from day one.
15. IND-Marcus Morris-PF-Kansas-Jr.A team that already has a solid starting 5 and decent depth should go with the best player available. Morris' versatility to play either forward spot is a good thing in Indiana.
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-Marshon Brooks-SG-Providence-Sr.If the Wizards go small forward at number 6 they could go shooting guard at number18. Brooks is a great scorer and shooter and would fit very nicely playing along side a playmaker like John Wall. He'd also be insurance in case Nick Young left via free agency.
19. CHR-Jordan Hamilton-CF-Texas-So.

The Bobcats like him a lot and may even consider taking him at number 9. I like his game but my concern is that he plays too much like current power forward Boris Diaw. But unlike Diaw, Hamilton can create his own shot and would get a lot of scoring opportunites playing in Charlotte.
20. MIN-Darius Morris-PG-Michigan-So.

Insurance in case the Ricky Rubio experiment is not a success. Morris can play the point but is also big enough to defend shooting guards so if Minnestoa takes him, he can play alongside Rubio as well.
21. POR-Tobias Harris-SF-Tennessee-Fr.Point blank the best player on the board. Harris isn't flashy but has top 15 talent. He does all the little things well. Portland is a good young team with a very good core. Adding quality role players will be crucial to how far they go in the playoffs the next few years.
22. DEN-Markieff Morris-PF-Kansas-Jr.

The 'other' Morris brother is more physical but slightly less skilled on offense. He can get quality minutes in Denver if Kenyon Martin leaves via free agency.
23. HOU-Nikola Vecevic-C-USC-Jr.

A slight reach. But Vucevic's standing reach (7-5) along with his wingspan (7-5) and size (7-0/265) make him a solid pickup for a team in desperate need of a starting center.
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-Tyler Honeycutt-SF-UCLA-So.

Jeff Green is a restricted free agent and may leave to get more playing time and money elsewhere. Honeycutt is undersized (6-8/187) and will need time to develop. Playing alongside and learning from future Hall of Famer's Ray Allen and Paul Pierce will do him well in the long run.
26. DAL-Reggie Jackson-CG-Boston Coll.-Jr.Jason Kidd isn't getting any younger and I'm not sold on Rodrigues Beaubois and Nick Calathes. Jackson was a scorer in college. He'll need to improve his point guard skills to have success at the next level.
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.

The Bulls have tow first round picks and it's unlikely that they'll keep both of them. If they can't trade one then they'll draft a Euro like Mirotic and store him overseas for a year or two.
29. SA-Justin Harper-PF-Richmond-Sr.
An experienced colleg player that can contribute right away is just what the Spurs need. The Spurs need to get more athletic and younger up front.
30. CHI-Shelvin Mack-CG-Butler-Jr.

Mack may be undersized but he can come off the bench and score from day one. The Bulls will try to get a shooting guard that can score via a trade this offseason. Mack can be a solid backup shooting guard as a rookie and can hopefully turn into a backup point guard as well

Enes Kant be worse than Darko

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YzbhAQGPqk




















A few youtube videos including the Nike Hoop Summit where Enes Kanter dominated against top American talent is all I need to see to know that he already is and will be much better than Darko Milicic.




What should the Minnesota Timberwolves do with the number 2 pick in the draft? Kyrie Irving looks to be a lock as the number one pick in Cleveland. The TWolves would love to trade the pick a get a star veteran. However if they are unable to make a big trade before draft day then what do they do?

Combo forward Derrick Williams may be the best player on the board but center Enes Kanter should be the pick. Minnesota already has a ton of solid options at both forward spots so drafting another one would make very little sense.

Let's look at the TWolves roster (I have the roster ranked from best player to the worst)

PF: Kevin Love
CF: Michael Beasley
PG: Luke Ridnour
SF: Wesley Johnson
CF: Anthony Randolph
SF: Martell Webster
C: Darko Milicic
SG: Wayne Ellington
PG: Jonny Flynn
F/C: Anthony Tolliver
C: Nikola Pekovic
add in PG Ricky Rubio coming over from Spain who the TWolves hope will be better than Ridnour.

Five of their six best players are forwards. Even if they make a trade and get rid of two of those forwards, Williams will still struggle for minutes. He also has no true position which I don't feel is a big deal but is bad thing in Minnesota. They already have 3 tweeners in Beasley, Randolph and Johnson.

Kanter is a true center who loves to bang inside but can also step outside and hit a 15 footer. He already has a NBA body (6-11/260) at only 19 years of age. I compare him to Al Horford and Marc Gasol. If the TWolves draft him they will have a young franchise center to pair up with star Kevin Love.

If the TWolves are to become successful in the Western Conference they should follow the model of the Memphis Grizzlies. Like the Grizzlies they are built around a star power forard. Minnesota has Love while Memphis has Zach Randolph. Beasley is simlar to Rudy Gay and they hope Ricky Rubio can have an impact similar to Memphis' point guard Mike Conley. Also like Memphis they have some solid depth at forward. Memphis has Shane Battier, Darrel Arthur and Sam Young, while Minnesota has Johnson, Randolph and Webster.

Unlike Memphis, Minnesota doesn't have a good center or shooting guard. Ellington is the best/only true shooting guard on the roster. Darko is the starting center. If Kanter can have a Gasol like impact (be a 15 and 8 guy who defends and hits open shots) then all Minnestoa would really need is a defensive shooting simliar to Tony Allen, Thabo Sefolosha or Aaron Affalo.

They would then have a very solid starting lineup
C-Kanter
PF-Love
SF-Beasley
PG-Rubio
SG-need defender

Bench:
F-Johnson
G-Ridnour
F-Randolph
F-Webster
G-Ellington
C-Milicic


So until a trade is made, Kanter should be the choice in Minnesota over Williams

Monday, June 13, 2011

Team Needs-Teams outside the lottery

Indiana Pacers
Picks: 15, 42
Have:
A solid starting 5-SF-Danny Granger, C-Roy Hibbert, PG-Darren Collison, PF-Tyler Hansborough, and SG-Paul George.
Need: Depth everywhere, backup PG,
Options: Best player available
Synopsis: The Pacers have a good team led by a very good player in Granger. However they lack any star power in a star driven league. No team has got better value with their recent 1st round picks than the Pacers. Granger and Hibbert were both the 17th pick in the 05 and 08 drafts respectively. Hansborough was the 13th pick in 09 and George was the 10th pick last year. Expect the Pacers once again to get a solid player here at 15.



Philadelphia 76ers
Picks: 16, 50
Have:
PF-Elton Brand, SF-Andre Iguodala (who happens to be on the trading block), PG-Jrue Holiday,
Need: Size and length, center,
Options: There will be plenty of solid forwards to pick from. Thaddeus Young is a restricted free agent so they might want a replacement for him. If they draft a wing, the iguodala for Chris Kaman deal makes a lot of sense.
Synopsis: New head coach Doug Collins brought in a winning attitude and new philosophy to Philly. In year one he led them to the playoffs behind a solid season that say Brand return to his old form and saw Holiday breakout into one of the top young floor generals in the league. Like the Pacers they lack a superstar but as long as they keep adding quality young pieces they should continue to make the playoffs.

New York Knicks

Picks:
17
Have:
Two stars-F/C-Amare Stoudemire and SF-Carmelo Anthony also have a good vet PG-Chauncey Billups and solid young SG-Landry Fields
Need:
Rebounding/defensive big, young PG, shooters and uptempo players
Options: Jimmer if he slips, Kenneth Faried, Darius Morris, Bismack Biyombo
Synopsis: The Knicks are trying to build a contender once again. They have two stars that can light it up and hope to get a floor general like Chris Paul or Deron Williams next summer. It's no guarantee that they will get either player so if Jimmer slips to them he would be to good pass up. Morris is an interesting option with his size and skill set at the point. However the smartest move may be to go with a rebounder/defender in Faried or Biyombo. Faried may not be as big as Biyombo, but he's more skilled and more NBA ready.

Portland Trail Blazers
Picks: 21, 51
Have:
A star PF-LaMarcus Aldridge, very good PG-Andre Miller and SF-Gerald Wallce plus two stud SG's-Wesley Matthews and Brandon Roy, they also have solid bench play from Roy, Nicolas Batum and Rudy Fernandez
Need:
A young center that can stay healthy, sorry Greg Oden.
Options:
Best player available, Euro prospect, trade out of 1st round
Synopsis: Portland has a very nice roster and is ready make the jump from solid playoff team to title contender. Injuries to Oden and Roy have hurt them but they've also opened the door for players like Matthews and Batum to step up. Aldridge is a star who keeps getting better and Wallace is his perfect compliment. Aldridge and Wallace are very similar to a young Dirk and Shawn Marion. The Blazers now just need a young center in the Tyson Chandler mode but there might not be anyone worth it at 21. Will they continue to have hope that Oden can one day contribute? They may have no other choice.

Denver Nuggets

Picks:
22, 52
Have:
A bunch of solid players but no stars
Need:
A go to guy and time to gel
Options:
Best player available-if a scorer like Marshon Brooks is there he would be nice, a solid SF like Tobias Harris, Jordan Hamilton or Tyler Honeycutt could be available
Synopsis: The Melo era is over so let the Nene era begin, I mean let the Danilo Gallinari era begin, I mean let the Ty Lawson er begin, or maybe the player who they pick at 22 era begin. That is the main problem in Denver. The Nuggets played very, very well once they traded Melo, but they now lack a true star. Even other teams that lack star power like the Pacers, 76ers, and Rockets at least have go to guys. Who is Denver's go to guy? Ray Felton loked great in New York but didn't fit in Denver, Nene is a solid player but not a scorer, Lawson was the best player in the playoffs, maybe Danilo is the future go to guy. Wilson Chandler, Aaron Affalo, JR Smith, and Kenyon Martin are all free agents and the Nuggets may only have enough cash to keep two of them. Big decisons to make in Denver this summer.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Picks:
24
Have:
Superstar SF-Kevin Durant, star PG-Russell Westbrook, stud SG/6th man James Harden, PF-Serge Ibaka and plenty of other solid role players
Need:
Scoring low post threat
Options:
Davis Bertans, trade out of 1st round, best player on the board
Synopsis: The Thunder have quickly become a title contender thanks to great drafting from 07-09. They drafted Durant #2 in 07, Westbrook #4 in 08 and Harden #3 in 09. They also got a solid value taking Ibaka #24 in 08. The Thunder also made smart trades to help them on defense bringing in Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins. The Thunder need some help scoring down low. But what they really need is for Westbrook to understand that Durant is the star and go to guy and for Durant to become more assertive. If Westbrook is unable to adapt then Harden could step in as the #2 guy and Westbrook could be used as trade bait to bring in a true pass first PG or a stud big man.

Boston Celtics

Picks:
25, 55
Have:
The best quartet in the league-PG-Rajon Rondo, SF-Paul Pierce, PF-Kevin Garnett, and SG-Ray Allen. Each player is equally important as they all bring different skills to the team
Need:
Center, youth and depth on the wings, back up PG
Options:
Local product-Reggoe Jackson, Bigs-Nikola Vucevic, Justin Harper, JaJuan Johnson and Jeremy Tyler (who has drawn some comparisons to Kendrick Perkins)
Synopsis: Rondo is now the piece they are building around for the future. Pierce will be 34 next year, KG is 35 and Ray will turn 36 next month. That's a combined 105 years old for the big 3. Aging isn't the only worry in Boston as forwards Glenn Davis and Jeff Green (who was aquired late in the season and never really fit in) are both free agents. Size is a major problem after trading Kendrick Perkins for Green. GM Danny Ainge has plenty of work to do this off season if the Celtics are to remain relevant in an Eastern Conference that has the Heat, Bulls, and Knicks all on the rise.

Dallas Mavericks

Picks:
26, 57
Have:
The most unstoppable scorer in the game in Dirk, stud CG/6th man-Jason Terry, stud vet PG-Jason Kidd, tud vet SF-Shawn Marion, solid vet C-Tyson Chandler, along with great supporting cast-JJ Berea, DeShawn Stevenson, Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler who didn't even play in the finals.
Need:
Nothing really, they won the NBA title, they have a superstar, depth and players who play together and understand their role
Options:
Best player available
Synopsis: The Mavs won the NBA title for a reason. It's not that LeBron or the big 3 choked, the reason is that they are really really good. They have a very good team and will return pretty much everybody except for maybe Berea and Stevenson (both free agents). The Lakers will be back to form, plus the Thunder and Blazers keep getting better. So the road in the West will once again be very tough. The Mavs better stay hungry if they want to repeat.

New Jersey Nets

Picks: 27, 36
Have:
Star PG-Deron Williams, good C-Brook Lopez two solid role players-PF-Kris Humphries and Anthony Morrow
Need: Starting SF, depth everywhere, athletes and shooters that will feed off of Williams
Options:
Best two players available, preferably players that can come in and contribute right away
Synopsis: The Nets will be moving to Brooklyn in the summer of 2012 and hope to have Williams on board for the move. He can opt out next summer but the Nets hope he will sign a long term deal and lead then back to prominence. The Nets will also have plenty of cap space to sign a stud forward like David West who is a great pick and roll player. Williams, West and Lopez would be a great trio. The Nets could try to convince the Magic to make a blockbuster deal for Dwight Howard. They have Lopez and some other young assets (Morrow, Jordan Farmar, and Travis Outlaw, which is more than the Lakers could offer)

Chicago Bulls

Picks:
28, 30, 43
Have:
Superstar PG-Derrick Rose, 3 others studs-SF-Luol Deng, PF-Carlos Boozer and C-Joakim Noah. Solid role players-F/C-Taj Gibson, guards-Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, Keith Bogans and CJ Watson
Need:
Upgrade at SG, depth up front
Options:
Best players on the board at those spots, most likely getting defensive minded players that fit head coach Tom Thibodeau's system
Synopsis:
Like most contenders, the Bulls don't need a lot of young talent. What they need is a solid starting SG that will compliment Derrick Rose in the backcourt. There have been many trade rumors for Monta Ellis. Orlando's JJ Reddick would is another player they could trade for without having to give up too much. The top free agent's are Denver's JR Smith and Aaron Affalo along with Orlando's Jason Richardson.


San Antonio Spurs

Picks: 29, 59
Have:
stars-SG-Manu Ginobili, PG-Tony Parker, C/F-Tim Duncan, solid role players-CG/6th man-George Hill, SF-Richard Jefferson, PF-DeJuan Blair and SG-Gary Neal
Need:
Depth and youth everywhere
Options:
Best player available-Jeremy Tyler, Nikola Vucevic, Davis Bertans
Synopsis:
The Spurs proved last year they still have a little in the tank. They finished with the best record in the West but then were upset by Memphis in the first round. Manu and Tony are still playing at an all-star level while Duncan has accepted that he's no longer a star but still contributes immensely. Hill has proved he more than capable of being the man at the point and may try to become a starter elsewhere when he's a restricted free agent next summer. The Spurs are still contenders, but for how much longer?


Miami Heat

Picks: 31
Have:
The big 3-SF-LeBron James, SG-Dwayne Wade, and PF-Chris Bosh, also have solid role players-F/C-Udonis Haslem, PG-Mario Chalmers, F/G-Mike Miller and F/G-James Jones
Need:
Long, athletic defensive center and a backup combo guard
Options: plenty of combo guards to choose from-Nolan Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Malcolm Lee

Synopsis:
The big 3 came up just 2 games short in their first season together. Now expectations will be even higher in south Florida. It's championship or bust for the Heat next year. Eric Spolstra's job, LeBron's legacy and Pat Riley's reputation will be on the the line next year. There's no need to panic this off season. The Heat simply need to address their lack of length up front through free agency (Samule Dalembert is the ideal fit) and get a combo guard at 31. If they do this, the sky is the limit for this insanely talented team.


Los Angeles Clippers
Picks: 37, 47
Have:
Young star PF-Blake Griffin, young stud SG-Eric Gordon, solid C-Chris Kaman, 3 very young prospects in PG-Eric Bledsoe, C-DeAndre Jordan and SF-Al Farouq Aminu
Need:
A star on the wing to compliment Blake
Options:
Best players available
Synopsis:
The Clippers traded their first round pick (which ended up turning into the number 1 pick) to the Cavs for Mo Williams and to move on from the Baron Davis era. The Clippers may have lost out on a chace to get more help for Blake but they get the TWolves first round pick next year. Plus they have Kaman and plenty young assets to trade to get a player like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Danny Granger or Andre Iguodala. Anything less than a trip to the playoffs next year will be a failure in LA


Los Angeles Lakers

Picks: 41, 46, 56, 58
Have:
Superstars SG-Kobe Bryant and F/C-Pau Gasol, solid stud-PF-Lamar Odom, solid C-Andrew Bynum, solid role players but very little depth
Need:
Depth everywhere, youth, athleticism and bodies
Options:
Get NBA ready players with the 4 picks
Synopsis: The 2 time defending champions looked old, tired and nonathletic when they were swept by the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks. They have 4 picks in the second round but the chances of landing an impact player may be pretty slim. Most people think they will try to make a blockbuster move this off-season to get a player like Chris Paul or Dwight Howard. If they do they should be back at the top of the West in no time. Change will need to happen sooner than later in LA as pretty much the whole core is over 30.

New Orleans Hornets

Picks: 45
Have: Superstar PG-Chris Paul, stud PF-David West, solid SF-Trevor Ariza, C-Emeka Okafor, and SG-Marco Belineli
Need:
Wing depth, a PF if West leaves via free agency
Options:
Best player available
Synopsis: The Hornets have some major things to deal with this off-season. West will perhaps be the top free agent on the market and superstar CP3 is set to become a free agent next year. Do they resign West? Do they trade CP3? My guess is a good as yours. If they lose both there's a good chance they will be picking in the top 5 of the 2012 NBA draft.

Atlanta Hawks

Picks: 48
Have:
A very solid quartet in PF-Josh Smith, SG-Joe Johnson, C/F-Al Horford, and CG/6th man Jamal Crawford, also have role players-SF-Marvin Williams, PG-Jeff Teague and PG-Kirk Hinrich
Need:
A true center
Options:
Resign Crawford
Synopsis: Priority one this off-season is to resign Crawford, then they need to think about maybe trading Smith for a true center like Chris Kaman. It has been obvious that Horford is playing out of position at center. If he can play next to a guy like Joakim Noah like he did at Florida, he can be even more affective. Smith might be the best all-around player on the Hawks but at times he doesn't seem to fit in. Smith also is an Atlanta native, so a change of scenery may be just what he needs.

Memphis Grizzlies

Picks: 49
Have: star PF-Zach Randolph, very good supporting cast around him-PG-Mike Conley, C-Marc Gasol, SF-Rudy Gay, SG-OJ Mayo, G/F-Tony Allen, SF-Shane Battier, PF-Darrel Arthur
Need: Upgrades backup C/F, to decide if there are enough shots to go around for Randolph, Mayo and Gay
Options: Trade Gay for a top top 10 pick, 2nd round-JaJuan Johnson, Jordan Williams, Keith Benson, Greg Smith
Synopsis: The Grizzlies took a major step making the playoffs as the 8 seed in the West. Then they upset the Spurs in the 1st round and took the Thunder to 7 games in the 2nd round. Zach Randolph proved he was a star and the supporting cast stepped it up big time in the playoffs. Gay was hurt in the playoffs bu the Grizz played better without him. This begs the question as to if they should trad him and get some more help inside for Randolph and Gasol.


Orlando Magic
Picks: 53
Have:
Superstar C-Dwight Howard, also SG-Jason Richardson, PG-Jameer Nelson, SF-Hedo Turkoglu, role players-PF-Ryan Anderson and SG-JJ Reddick
Need:
Upgrades pretty much everywhere, a star to keep Dwight in town, players that compliment Dwight
Options:
Hope Dwight really likes Disney World and will stay in town.
Synopsis: The Magic are in a less than ideal situation. They want to surround their superstar with the right talent to win now but they don't have the right pieces around him. They would love to somehow swing a deal to bring in a point guard like Chris Paul, Tony Parker, or Russell Westbrook to town. However there's a much better chance Dwight will leave next summer. There's a good chance Dwight gets traded next season if the Magic make no moves. The Magic must get something in return if they trade superman.