Tuesday, June 19, 2012
NBA MOCK DRAFT 2.0 WITH PROJECTED TRADES
1. NO-ANTHONY DAVIS-PF-UK-Fr.
He's a lock as the top pick in the draft. He has the potential to be KG/Tim Duncan but right now he's somewhere between Marcus Camby and Serge Ibaka. Now the question becomes what do the Hornets do at #10.
2. SAC (TRADE w/CHR)-MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST-SF-UK-FR.
The Kings worked out John Henson which means they are somehow seriously considering drafting him at #5. That means are looking at improving their defense up front. With my trade, the Kings get defensive help on the perimeter with MKG and defensive help up front Tyrus Thomas. The best part of the deal is that if Thomas stinks they can always amnesty his sorry behind.
3. WAS-BRADLEY BEAL-SG-FLORIDA-FR.
Beal would be the perfect fit next to John Wall. The best part about Beal's game is his shooting touch and how he plays off the ball. He has a high basketball IQ and lets the game come to him. The Wizards will consider Robinson (who is from DC) and MKG as well.
4. CLV-HARRISON BARNES-SF-UNC-SO.
Once again the Cavs are the winners in the draft. By getting the #4 pick, they are guaranteed Beal, MKG, Robinson or Barnes. Barnes is a great compliment to last year's #1 pick Kyrie Irving. Barnes and Irving are best friends off the court as well.
5. CHR (TRADE w/SAC)-THOMAS ROBINSON-PF-KANSAS-JR.
The Bobcats will reach a point where they must trade the #2 pick. Robinson and Tyreke Evans will be great pieces to build around. Robinson will be an instant starter. He's mentally tough and very mature due to the tragedy he's faced the past two years. Andre Drummond is too much of a risk for Michael Jordan AKA the greatest player of all time and maybe one of the worst front office men of all time (due to drafting Kwame Brown #1 in 2001).
6. POR-ANDRE DRUMMOND-C-UCONN-FR.
New Blazers GM Niel Olshey wasn't the GM when the Clippers drafted DeAndre Jordan but he's the man who gave Jordan a major contract last summer. Therefore Olshey understands the importance of an athletic big man to compliment his star players. The young, raw, athletic big man Drummond is a slight risk but at #6 I think it would be the smart choice. He will just need to get rebounds and block shot playing alongside Portland's current star LaMarcus Aldridge.
7. IND (TRADE w/GS)- JEREMY LAMB-SG-UCONN-SO.
The Warriors trade stud SF Danny Granger and move rising stud Paul George to his natural position of SF. Trading Granger will save money to resign big man Roy Hibbert. Lamb is a skinny lights out shooter whose game is similar to former Pacer legend Reggie Miller when he was coming out of college.
8. CHI (TRADE W/TOR)-AUSTIN RIVERS-SG-DUKE-FR.
The Bulls deal Deng to get a compliment scorer to Derrick Rose. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was an assistant under Austin's father Doc in Boston. Rivers and the Bulls would be a perfect match as the Bulls get a starting two guard that can hit open shots created by Rose. More importantly the Bulls would not have to pay the luxury tax next year if they deal Deng.
9. DET-ARNETT MOULTRIE-PF-MISSISSIPPI ST.-Jr.
The perfect compliment to center Greg Monroe. Myers Leonard, John Henson and Tyler Zeller could be options here too. However I'm sticking with Moultrie who is bigger than Henson and better offensively than Leonard, Henson and Zeller.
10. NO-DAMIAN LILLARD-CG-WEBER ST.-JR.
Lillard can back up incumbent PG Jarrett Jack and also play the two WHEN Eric Gordon gets hurt. He's a scoring point coming from a small school. The Hornets need as much scoring as they can get.
11. POR-ROYCE WHITE-CF-IOWA ST.-SO.
With Lillard off the board I think the Blazers throw a major curve ball and get a versatile passing three that has a power forwards body (6-8/261). White's ability to be a point forward compliments the talents of stretch four LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers can go small and play Aldridge at the five and Nic Batum at the four and not lose any rebounding advantages.
12. MIL-MYERS LEONARD-C-ILLINOIS-SO.
The Bucks need a big man to fill the loss of Andrew Bogut whom they traded this past season. Leonard is a work in progress who can develop slowly under current big man Drew Gooden.
13. PHO-DION WAITERS-SG-SYRACUSE-SO.
The Suns need young athletic players. The Steve Nash era is coming to an end and the Suns need good versatile athletes to rebuild the team around.
14. HOU-TYLER ZELLER-C-UNC-SR.
The Rockets are very excited to have a NBA ready big man that can come in a contribute right away. Zeller may not have the upside of Drummond and Leonard but he can help the Rockets this year.
15. LAC (TRADE w/PHL)- MOE HARKLESS-SF-ST. JOHN'S-FR.
Last year the Spurs traded up to #15 and took a long, athletic wing in Kawhi Leonard. Harkless' game is very similar to Kawhi and Paul George. The Clippers are a playoff team that needs a young athletic wing that can score to pair with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Plus the 76ers need to have as much cap room as possible to resign free agents Spencer Hawes and Louis Williams.
16. BRK (TRADE w/HOU) TERRENCE JONES-PF-UK-SO.
Jones is versatile lefty that can play both forward spots. If Deron Williams leaves via free agency this summer the Nets will need to build around young players like Brook Lopez and Marshon Brooks. Jones would be a perfect compliment to the current roster with his versatility and ability to do the dirty work. His game is very similar to Lamar Odom. There is no way the Rockets keep both picks.
17. DAL-KENDALL MARSHALL-PG-UNC-SO.
The Jason Kidd era is over in Dallas and there is no guarantee that they will get Deron Williams in free agency. Marshall is the best passing guard to come out in a long time.
18. MIN-TERRENCE ROSS-SG-WASHINGTON-SO.
Ross is true shooting guard that can give the TWolves exactly what they need, a compliment scorer to Kevin Love. Ross has a similar game to J.R. Smith and Nick Young. He would provide great value here at #17
19. ORL-PERRY JONES-CF-BAYLOR-SO.
He has been very inconsistent and soft but at #19 he's a steal. He has a very similar game to former Magic stud Rashard Lewis.
20. DEN-DRAYMOND GREEN-SF-MICHIGAN ST.-SR.
I love the way this dude just knows how to play basketball. Coach George Karl will find a place in the rotation for him the same way he found room for Kenneth Faried last year.
21. BOS-MARQUIS TEAGUE-PG-UK-FR.
The Celtics need a backup for Rajon Rondo. Teague will learn a lot playing under fellow UK product Mr. Rondo.
22. BOS-JARED SULLINGER-PF-OHIO ST.-SO.
Sullinger will slip due to his lack of athleticism and now possible back problems. But smart organizations like the Celtics make smart decisions on players with talent. He could become another Zach Randolph or Dejuan Blair.
23. ATL-JEFFERY TAYLOR-SF-VANDY-SR.
A soild player that can score, defend and has a NBA body. The best player available for the Hawks at #23.
24. CLV-MILES PLUMLEE-C-DUKE-SR.
I think that Plumlee vaulted himself into the first round with his great combine performance. In Cleveland he can backup incumbent center Anderson Varejao. The Cavs will have a nice young starting lineup for the future with Kyrie-PG, Alonzo Gee-SG, Barnes-SF, Tristan Thompson-PF and Plumlee-C
25. MEM-JAE CROWDER-SF/SG-MARQUETTE-SR.
In the NBA, Crowder will need to find a niche as an athletic lock down defender that can hit open shots. The guy that Crowder should model his game after is former Grizz and current Heat player Shane Battier. Crowder and Tony Allen should become best friends as they wreak havoc on opposing teams perimeters.
26. GS (TRADE w/-JOHN HENSON-PF-UNC-JR.
Henson probably won't drop this far but if he does the Warriors should take him. He would be a good defensive compliment to current PF and defensive liability David Lee. I am not a fan of 210 pound power forwards. If a team takes Henson in the top 10 or 15, they will be making a big mistake.
27. MIA-FESTUS EZELI-C-VANDY-SR.
He's a big and athletic man that can take up space, get boards and block shots. That's all the Heat will ask him to do.
28. OKC-EVAN FOURNIER-SG-FRANCE-INT.
A solid prospect that the Thunder can keep in Europe for a year or two and then bring him over in case James Harden leaves via free agency in 2013.
29. TOR (TRADE w/CHI)-ANDREW NICHOLSON-ST BONAVENTURE-SR.
A Raptors trade down and get the best value available with Nicholson who happens to be from just outside of Toronto.
30. GS-TOMAS SATORANSKY-CG-CZECH REPUBLIC-INT.
With two first round picks it would make sense for the Warriors to draft a Euro prospect. Satoransky stock is rising after a solid performances at Eurocamp 2011 and 2012. He could become a solid backup and change of pace PG to Stephen Curry.
MY TRADE EXPLANATIONS:
TRADE ONE: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=87gq92a
SAC RECEIVES: #2 pick and Tyrus Thomas
CHR RECEIVES: #5 pick, Tyreke Evans and Chuck Hayes
WHY IT WORKS: The Kings have enough scoring with DeMarcus Cousins, Marcus Thornton, Isiah Thomas and Jimmer coming off the bench. Tyreke Evans is a very good player but I don't think he fits with the Kings anymore. They need a ton of defensive help. This trade gives them exactly that. The Bobcats trade down and get two solid young players to build their franchise around. Both teams also relive themselves of two bad contracts with Thomas and Hayes.
TRADE TWO: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=7okbwyf
IND RECEIVES: #7 pick, Dorrell Wright and Andris Biedrins (who they then amnesty clause)
GS RECEIVES: #26 pick and Danny Granger
WHY IT WORKS: The Pacers save massive cap money and can move Paul George to the three. They then draft Lamb who along with Wright give them two good perimeter shooters. The Warriors get the stud SF they want and would now have a great solid starting five at full strength with Steph Curry-PG, Klay Thompson-SG, Granger-SF, David Lee-PF and Andrew Bogut-C. They are instantly playoff contenders.
TRADE THREE: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=6wvyyfo
CHI RECEIVES: #8 pick and Linas Kleiza
TOR RECEIVES: #29 pick and Luol Deng
WHY IT WORKS: Just like Granger, Deng seems to always be on the trade block. With this move the Bulls save over 15 million over the next two years. The Bulls draft a scorer/shooter in Rivers and Kleiza provides good toughness and versatility to play both forwards spots. The Raptors get a stud SF and great defender in Deng. WIth Deng, a healthy Bargnani and Demar DeRozan getting better the Raptors look like a playoff contender once again.
LAC RECEIVES: #15 pick
PHL RECEIVES: FUTURE FIRST ROUND PICK-LOTTERY PROTECTED
WHY IT WORKS: The Clippers need help at SF and Harkless is this year's Kawhi Leonard. Philly need to save money anyway they can to keep their free agents this summer.
BRK RECEIVES: #16 PICK
HOU RECEIVES: FUTURE FIRST ROUND PICK-LOTTERY PROTECTED
WHY IT WORKS: The Nets have no first round pick and need a contingency plan in case Deron and Gerald Wallace leave. The Rocket don't want to use and thus pay two rookies net year.