Thursday, June 27, 2013

2013 NBA DRAFT: MY FINAL MOCK DRAFT

DRAFT DAY IS HERE!!!!!!!!

Thank you to Walter Football for adding my mock to their great NBA Mock Draft Database.
 http://walterfootball.com/nbadraftdata.php




1. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS-ALEX LEN-C-MARYLAND 
7-2/255 NBA COMPARISON: RICK SMITS 
In a division where you have the great frontcourts of Indiana (Roy Hibbert & David West), Chicago (Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson) and even the emerging Pistons (Greg Monroe & Andre Drummond), Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller just won't cut it.  I am buying the hype that the Cavs will draft Len #1.  It makes a lot more sense then drafting 206 pound Nerlens Noel.  Len is a work in progress but he's big and tough enough to survive in that division. The Cavs can get a solid wing player at #19, as plenty will be available.
When Len and Noel went head to UK barley beat Maryland by 3. Look at their stat line:
Len: 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks in 32 minutes
Noel: 4 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals in 26 minutes
Len also outplayed Mason Plumlee in 2 of the 3 games, both resulting in Maryland wins.


2. ORLANDO MAGIC-NERLENS NOEL-F/C-UK-FR. 
7-0/206 NBA COMPARISON: LARRY SANDERS
If the Cavs pass on Noel, the Magic may  roll the dice and take him at #2. At only 206 pounds, Noel needs to bulk up.  At the very most he may be able to get to 230 one day. That would give him a body similar to Chris Bosh.  Noel will be pushed around if he has to play the 5. Luckily the Magic already have a good young 5 in Nikola Vucevic. If they can somehow swing a trade for Eric Bledsoe, this is how their lineup could look in a few years:
PG-Eric Bledsoe
SG or SF-2014 top 3 pick (Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Teague, Jabari Parker or Glenn Robinson III)
SF-Tobias Harris
PF-Nerlens Noel
C-Nikola Vucevic
Just add a good shooting 2 guard and some depth up front and you have a young playoff team.
We'll see how they compare to my future Bobcats team.

3. WASHINGTON WIZARDS-OTTO PORTER-SF-GEORGETOWN-SO 
6-8/198 NBA COMPARISON: ELTON BRAND/PAUL MILLSAP 
Porter played his college ball in the DC area at Georgetown so the Wizards know exactly what they will get with him. His defense, length and shooting are exactly what the Wizards need. With John Wall, Bradley Beal and Porter the Wizards would instantly have one of the best young 1-3 combinations. Porter will make Wizards fans forget the mistake of drafting Jan Vesely two years ago.

4. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES-VICTOR OLADIPO-SG-INDIANA-JR. (projected trade with Charlotte for the #9 pick, #26 pick and CF-Derek Williams and PG Luke Ridnour)
6-4/213 NBA COMPARISON: TONY ALLEN/shorter Andre Iguodala 
Minnesota needs to try and package the #9 pick along with young asset Derrick Williams and the expiring contract of Luke Ridnour. This trade makes PERFECT sense for both teams. Williams would instantly become the second best player on the Bobcats behind Kemba Walker. The Bobcats only have one selection this year and have a ton of needs. As for Minnesota, they need to try and package the #9 pick along with young asset Derrick Williams and the expiring contract of Luke Ridnour. Oladipo would be the perfect complement player to Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. A move like this should put the TWolves back in the playoffs.
PS-CAN WE PLEASE STOP COMPARING OLADIPO TO DWADE!!!!!!

5.  PHOENIX SUNS-ANTHONY BENNETT-PF-UNLV 
6-7/242 NBA COMPARISON: ELTON BRAND/PAUL MILLSAP 
The Suns need a SG but Bennett may be too good to pass up. Reports were that McLemore had a bad workout with Phoenix and is slipping down draft boards similar to how Harrison Barnes slipped last year. Bennett would be a great fit in Phoenix where they have an ultra skilled past player like Luis Scola to teach him. The Suns are in a great spot here.

6. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS-BEN McLEMORE-SG-KANSAS-Red-shirt FR. 
6-5/189 NBA COMPARISON: JR SMITH/KLAY THOMPSON
Why does every mock draft have New Orleans taking Trey Burke? Does no one realize that PG Greivis Vasquez led the NBA in total assists with 704 and finished 3rd in assists per game with 9.0 (only Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul were better). The newly named Pelicans need players to complement last year's #1 pick Anthony Davis. Some may say the Pelicans already have the often injured Eric Gordon at the 2. I say look at the Pacers, they already had Danny Granger then they draft Paul George, that worked out pretty well for them.

7. SACRAMENTO KINGS-TREY BURKE-PG-MICHIGAN-SO. 
6-1/187 NBA COMPARISON: JAMEER NELSON/KEMBA WALKER 
I am not a big Burke fan but he would like be an upgrade over Isiaah Thomas. Plus he's a leader and high character guy and the Kings NEED that. At best he is another Jameer, which is not a bad thing but not what you usually want from a top 7 pick.

8. DETROIT PISTONS-MICHAEL CARTER WILLIAMS-PG-SYRACUSE-SO.
6-6/184 NBA COMPARISON: GREIVIS VASQUEZ/poor man's PENNY HARDAWAY
I feel that MCW will end up having the best career out of any prosepect. He is a pass first PG that is big and athletic enough to guard 2 guards. His offensive game is similar to Greivis Vasquez coming out of college, yet he is much more athletic. 6-6 PG's with MCW's passing ability come along once every decade. Drafting MCW would be a smart move for Detroit as this would allow young guard Brandon Knight to play off the ball. Knight has proved ineffective as a PG the past two seasons and would benefit from having a big PG that can guard the 2 spot.

9.  CHARLOTTE BOBCATS-CODY ZELLER-C/F-INDIANA-SO.  (projected trade down with Minnesota) 
7-0/230 NBA COMPARISON: DAVID LEE
Regardless of who they draft at #4 the Bobcats will struggle once again next year. They will hope to get a franchise player in the 2014 draft like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Glenn Robinson III or Marcus Teague.  It makes sense to trade down and get more players. Zeller really helped his stock at the draft combine measuring 7-0/230 and showing great athletic ability with a 37.5 inch max vert and putting up 17 reps on the bench. If Zeller can add some toughness and a consistent mid range game, he could end up being the best overall player in this draft. Zeller is an instant upgrade over BJ Mullens and Bismack Biyombo

10. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS-KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL POPE-SG-GEORGIA-SO.
6-66-3/197204 NBA COMPARISON: NICK YOUNG/
Portland is in a nice spot to draft the best player on the board regardless of position. I previously had McCollum here, but it appears KCP's stock has risen to the top 10. He's a true 2 guard and plays better off the ball than McCollum does. Porland may feel that McCollum is too similar to Damien Lillard. Both guys will be solid additions in Portland.


11. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS-CJ McCOLLUM-CG-LEHIGH-SR. 
6-3/197 NBA COMPARISON: BOBBY JACKSON
McCollum would be the perfect backup combo guard in Philly. The 76ers have a solid young core with Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young. They need a perimeter player like McCollum that can score and create offense. It would be a mistake to reach on a big here.

12. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER-STEVEN ADAMS-C-PITTSBURGH-FR. 
7-0/255 NBA COMPARISON: BJ MULLENS/ANDREW BOGUT 
The Thunder are the only team picking in the lottery that can have the patience to wait for the raw big man from New Zealand. Adams is 7-0/255 big man that could one day possibly provide the what Aussie big man Andrew Bogut provides the Warriors. The Thunder need an upgrade over Kendrick Perkins sooner rather than later.

13. ATLANTA HAWKS-SERGEY KARASEV-SF-RUSSIA-INT. (projected trade with Dallas for #18 and #47)
6-6/222 NBA COMPARISON:
With two back to back picks at 17 & 18 the Hawks can afford to trade up.  Muhammad was projected top five pick but his stock slipped after an average Freshman season at UCLA.  GM Danny Ferry needs a SF as both Josh Smith and Kyle Korver are free agents.

14. UTAH JAZZ-SHANE LARKIN-PG-MIAMI-SO. 
5-11/171 NBA COMPARISON: ERIC BLEDSOE/NATE ROBINSON
Larkin was the biggest winner of the NBA draft combine.  Larkin led everyone at the combine with an incredible 44 inch max vert. His size and athletic ability are similar to that of former slam dunk champion Nate Robinson. Larkin however has a much higher basketball IQ and is a lot better than Nate was coming out of Washington in 2005. The Jazz are going to be one of the youngest teams in the league if they let both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap leave in free agency. They have nice young role players with F/G Gordon Hayward, PF Derrick Favors and C Enes Kanter, adding a mature PG with a high basketball IQ and leadership abilities like Larkin would be the smart move. They may also try to trade up to get MCW or Burke.

15. MILWAUKEE BUCKS-JAMAL FRANKLIN-SG-SAN DIEGO ST.-JR. 
6-5/191 NBA COMPARISON: COREY BREWER/TONY ALLEN 
There's a good chance both Monta Ellis and JJ Redick leave via free agency this summer. The Bucks would be smart to draft the defensive minded, athletic Franklin to pair with 'Sir Chucks A Lot' Brandon Jennings.  Franklin's game is very similar and just a notch below Victor Oladipo. Like former San Diego St. product Kawhi Leonard, he could end up being a major steal at #15.

16. BOSTON CELTICS -KELLY OLYNYK-C/F-GONZAGA-SO. 
7-0/234 NBA COMPARISON: SPENCER HAWES/MATT BONNER
Olynyk is projected by some to be a lottery pick, but his athletic limitations and lack of intensity make him a prototypical back up. The good thing is that he has the size to back up at both the 4 and 5. The Celtics drafted two physical big men last year with Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo. Olynyk will provide the Celtics a big that can stretch the floor.

17. ATLANTA HAWKS-MASON PLUMLEE-C-DUKE-SR.  
7-0/238 NBA COMPARISON: ROBIN LOPEZ/CHRIS 'BIRDMAN' ANDERSEN 
Plumlee is a NBA ready big man that is has the size and athletic ability to be a starting center in the league.   At the very least, he can fill the backup role that free agent Zaza Pachulia had with the Hawks. The Hawks would like to find a true center so they can move stud big man Al Horford to PF,

18. DALLAS MAVERICKS-GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO-SF-GREECE-INT. (projected trade down with Atlanta)
6-9/205 NBA COMPARISON: NIC BATUM/MARVIN WILLIAMS
GA the Greek (that is what I will call him now, please someone come up with a nickname soon!!!) is an ultra long 3 that has a lot of potential. He is only 19 years old and has never played against top competition. He will need more time than any of the other foreign prospects to develop, but he also has the biggest upside.  The Mavs should trade down and then draft a Euro stash player. The Mavs have kept Nick Calathes in Greece forever, maybe they can bring Calathes and GA the Greek together in 2015.

19. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS-SHABAZZ MUHAMMED-SF-UCLA-FR.
6-6/222 NBA COMPARISON: CORY MAGGETTE
This is why you don't draft Oladipo or McLemore #1. The Cavs are in a great position to draft a solid wing player at #19. IF Muhammed slips they should take him here. He will instantly challenge Alonzo Gee for the starting SF spot

20. CHICAGO BULLS-DENNIS SCHROEDER-PG-GERMANY-INT. 
6-2/165 NBA COMPARISON: DARREN COLLISON
The Celtics need a backup PG to help superstar Derrick Rose. Schroeder is a raw, athlete that given the right environment can succeed at the NBA level. If he's thrown in the fire too early, he will be a bust. Going to a franchise like Chicago would be the best thing for him.

21. UTAH JAZZ-GLENN RICE JR.-SG/SF-NBADL
6-6/211 NBA COMPARISON: DORRELL WRIGHT 
He is the son of former all star and early Miami Heat legend Glenn Rice. Like his dad, he is a knock down shooter with size to play both the 2 and 3. Rice Jr. has some character concerns stemming from some incidents at Georgia Tech. He has revitalized his game and hopefully his maturity in the D-League this past year. In the D-League he was nearly unstoppable at times. The best thing for Rice would be to land in a small market like Utah or Indiana where he won't have as much opportunity to get into trouble off the court.

22. BROOKLYN NETS-GORGUI DIENG-C-LOUISVILLE-SR. 
7-0/222 NBA COMPARISON: ANDERSON VAREJAO 
.The Nets get a solid backup center that is NBA ready.  Dieng has little to no post game, but proved last year that he can hit the 15 footer with consistency. The Nets and new coach Jason Kidd will love that this guy comes from a winning college program.

23. SACRAMENTO KINGS -TONY SNELL-SF-NEW MEXICO-JR. (projected trade with Indiana, Indiana receives Jimmer Fredette and Sacramento also receives Gerald Green)
6-7/198 NBA COMPARISON: MARTELL WEBSTER
I hate crazy rumors that have teams trading superstars for top 5 picks, it just doesn't happen often.  I LOVE rumors that involve role players and that benefit both teams. I am buying the Jimmer to Indiana rumors. The Pacers need a backup PG that can shoot, Jimmer fits the bill and would be an upgrade over DJ Augustin. The Kings are said to be very interested in Snell. The Kings need shooters to take pressure off of DeMarcus Cousins and Snell also has the length to develop into a solid defender. A mutually beneficial trade for both teams.

24. NEW YORK KNICKS-TONY MITCHELL-CF-NORTH TEXAS-SO. 
6-9/236 NBA COMPARISON: THADDEUS YOUNG/ANTHONY MASON
Shot blocking centers Gorgui Dieng, Jeff Withey and Rudy Gobert would make a lot of sense as a backup to Tyson Chandler. However, Mitchell is too good to pass up here. He can bring the Knicks some physicality and athleticism they need. He can compliment Carmelo Anthony very well in that he can do the little things.  The Knicks can play Melo at the 4 and Mitchell at the 3 together or have Mitchell backup the 4. Mitchell's game is similar to that of former Knick Anthony Mason.

25. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS-ALLEN CRABBE-SG-CAL-JR.
6-6/197 NBA COMPARISON: FRANCISCO GARCIA/COURTNEY LEE
The Clippers need an offensive 2 guard for the future as Chauncey Billups is set to be a free agent and is 36 years old. Crabbe is a knock down shooter that is good at catch and shoot and coming off of screens. His dribbling is below average and he'll struggle to create his shot in the NBA. He won't need to create his shot if he is playing alongside Chris Paul.

26  CHARLOTTE BOBCATS-TIM HARDAWY JR.-SG-MICHIGAN-JR. (projected trade down with Minnesota)
6-6/199 NBA COMPARISON: DANNY GREEN/AARON AFFALO 
Unlike Glenn Rice Jr., Hardaway Jr. plays a game that is very different from his famous father.  Hardaway Sr. was a flashy PG and the king of the crossover. The younger Hardaway is a spot up shooter with a high basketball IQ. I made the Danny Green comparison because both players are similar in size and have the ability to hit clutch shots.
Look at how good the Bobcats roster could be in 2014-15, with the moves I have them making this draft.
PG-Kemba Walker
SG-Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF-2014 top 2 pick (Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker)
PF-Derek Williams
C-Cody Zeller
6th Man/defensive specialist-Michael Kidd Gilchrist
Too bad Jordan won't make any of these moves.  He'll probably trade the #4 pick for an injured vet like Eric Gordon or Danny Granger.  No Jordan front office move would surprise me.

27. DENVER NUGGETS-LUCAS NOGUIERA-C-BRAZIL-INT. 
7-0/220 NBA COMPARISON: SAMUEL DALEMBERT/EKPE UDOH 
The Nuggets will probably go with a developing big man to provide insurance in case  JaVale McGee gets out of line or goes insane (both very likely). The Nuggets would prefer to keep him overseas at least one more season.  Nogueira may one day be the type of role player that fellow Brazilian big men Anderson Varejao and Tiago Splitter are.

28. SAN ANTONIO SPURS-LIVIO JEAN CHARLES-SF-FRANCE-INT. 
6-9/217 NBA COMPARISON: GERALD WALLACE  
The French Connection (not just a classic crime movie) is what the Spurs have.  Tony Parker, Boris (I have man boobs) Diaw and Nando de Colo. It only makes sense for the Spurs to take Jean-Charles here. He is a long athletic defender that has been compared by some to Nic Batum. I don't know if he'll ever develop a jumper like Batum but that's OK because the Spurs already have great shooters on the wings with Danny Green, Gary Neal and Kawhi Leonard.

32. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER-REGGIE BULLOCK-SF-UNC-JR
6-7/200 NBA COMPARISON: ALAN ANDERSON 
You can never have enough shooters when you have a team with two guys that command double teams in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. I had the Thunder taking Snell in my previous mock draft, Bullock has a very similar skill set. Both are average athletes but good spot up shooters. Bullock knows what it is like playing in a winning culture after playing three years at UNC. He knows he will have to pay his dues before getting any playing time in OKC.

30. PHOENIX SUNS-RUDY GOBERT-C-FRANCE-INT 
7-2/238 NBA COMPARISON: SHAWN BRADLEY 
You can't teach Gobert's length. 7-2 with a 7-9 freakish wingspan and a 9-7 standing reach. He will need a lot of time to develop but the Suns are far away from contending any time soon.

Second Round

31. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS-ERICK GREEN-CG-VA TECH-SR. 
32. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER-RICKY LEDO-SG-PROVIDENCE-FR.
33. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS-DESHAUN THOMAS-SG/SF-OHIO ST-JR.
34. HOUSTON ROCKETS-JEFF WITHEY-C-KANSAS-SR,
35. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS-MIKE MUSCALA-C/F-BUCKNELL-SR. 
36 SACRAMENTO KINGS-JAMES SOUTHERLAND-CF/S4-SYRACUSE-SR.
37. DETROIT PISTONS-CJ LESLIE-CF-NC ST.-JR. 
38. WASHINGTON WIZARDS-PEYTON SIVA-PG-LOUISVILLE-SR. 
39. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS-ISIAH CANAAN-CG-MURRAY ST.-SR. 
40. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS-JACKIE CARMICHAEL-PF-ILLINOIS ST-SR. 
41. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES-NATE WOLTERS-CG-SOUTH DAKOTA ST.-SR
42. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS-ANDRE ROBERSON-SF-COLORADO-JR.
43. MILWAUKEE BUCKS-LORENZO BROWN-PG-NC ST-JR.
44. DALLAS MAVERICKS-MYCK KABONGO-PG-TEXAS-SO.
45. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS-BRANDON DAVIES-PF-BYU-SR
46.. UTAH JAZZ-COLTON IVERSON-C-COLORADO ST.-SR.
47. DALLAS MAVERICKS (projected Trade Down)-JAMES ENNIS-SF-LONG BEACH ST-SR.
48. LOS ANGELES LAKERS-PIERRE JACKSON-PG-BAYLOR-SR. 
49. CHICAGO BULLS-RYAN KELLY-PF/S4-DUKE-SR.
50. ATLANTA HAWKS-ARCHIE GOODWIN-SG-UK-FR
51. ORLANDO MAGIC-SETH CURRY-CG-DUKE-SR.
52. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES-ROBERT COVINGTON-SF-TENNESSEE ST.-SR.
53. INDIANA PACERS-VANDER BLUE-SG-MARQUETTE-JR.
54. WASHINGTON WIZARDS- ALEX ABRINES-SG-SPAIN-INT.
55. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES-GRANT JARRETT-PF-ARIZONA-FR
56. DETROIT PISTONS-RAY McCALLUM-PG-DETRIOT-JR.
57. PHOENIX SUNS-BRANDON PAUL-SG-ILLINOIS-SR. 
58. SAN ANTONIO SPURS-ERIC MURPHY-PF/S4-FLORIDA-SR. 
59. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES-RODNEY WILLIAMS-SF-MINNESOTA-SR
60. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES-BJ YOUNG-CG-ARKANSAS-SO.

NBA Draft 2014 Mock Draft:



It is never too early to look at the loaded 2014 NBA draft.

This draft is based upon my Summer of 2013 Free Agency Predictions:
Chris Paul-PG-LAC-Stays with LAC, thus making them my #2 in the West and #5 best record
Dwight Howard-C-LAL-signs with HOU, making them the #3 in the West and #6 best record
Josh Smith-PF-ATL-signs with DAL, DAL becomes #8 seed in the West
David West-PF-IND-stays with IND, making them #3 seed in East
Andre Iguodala-G/F-DEN-stay with DEN, however the Nuggets miss the playoffs without the leadership of coach of the Year George Karl
Al Jefferson-C-Utah-signs with PHL, making them #7 seed in a weak East.
Nikola Pekovic-C-MIN-\stays with MIN, TWolves get healthy seasons from Love and Rubio and make the playoffs as the #7 seed.
Monta Ellis-SG-MIL-also signs with DAL
Andrew Bynum-C-PHL-signs with ATL, allowing Horford to play the 4
Jeff Teague-PG-ATL-stays with ATL, Bynum, Horford and Teague are good enough to keep the Hawks as the #6 seed in the East
Finally up and coming WAS beats out aging BOS for the final playoff spot in the East as John Wall is and all star, while Bradley Beal and Rookie of the Year Otto Porter have the same impact on the wings that Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes had with the Warriors in 2012.

The Miami Heat 3 Peat as they beat the Thunder in games in the NBA Finals.

Here's the mock:

1.  CHARLOTTE BOBCATS-ANDREW WIGGINS-SF-KANSAS
6-7/196 NBA COMPARISON: PAUL GEORGE/ANDRE IGUODALA
The Bobcats bad luck finally runs out as they get the best prospect to come out of high school since Greg Oden/Kevin Durant. Wiggins isn't quite LeBron or Kobe but he should be a better version of Paul George.
2014-15 starting lineup

2. PHOENIX SUNS-JABARI PARKER-SF-DUKE
6-8/241 NBA COMPARISON: PAUL PIERCE/GRANT HILL 
The Suns get a guy that would be the clear cut #1 in any normal draft. Parker's skill set and basketball IQ are off the chart. His athletic ability is below Wiggins causing him to drop to #2.  The Suns will be a bad team regardless of who they draft this year

3. ORLANDO MAGIC-MARCUS SMART-PG-OK ST. 
6-4/225 NBA COMPARISON: CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 
The Magic get the PG they need to lead their young team. Smart is big enough to play both guard spots. Even if the Magic make a trade for Eric Bledsoe, Smart can complement him as he is a better facilitator while Bledsoe is a better scorer.

4. UTAH JAZZ-GLENN ROBINSON III-SF/SG-MICHIGAN 
6-6/220 NBA COMPARISON: MICHAEL FINLEY/PAUL GEORGE 
The Jazz are going to be one of the youngest teams in the league if they let Jefferson and MIllsap leave.  They will no doubt struggle with Gordon Hayward being their top scorer. However they picked the right year to struggle as they will be able to grab a young superstar in this draft. I feel that GR III will make the jump from good player to superstar on a Michigan team that lost Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. He is my pick to win the Naismith award.

5. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS-JULIUS RANDLE-PF-UK
6-9/248 NBA COMPARISON: more athletic ZACH RANDOLPH
The Cavs get an upgrade over Tristan Thompson and a complement to either Alex Len or Nerlens Noel. Randle is a lefty with and incredible post game and skill set for such a young player.

6. SACRAMENTO KINGS-WAYNE SELDEN-SG-KANSAS
6-5/229 NBA COMPARISON: OJ MAYO/LANCE STEPHENSON 
Selden has a NBA ready body and a developing skill set. His outside shot is improving, but his ball handling needs to become more consistent. The Kings need an upgrade at SG.

7. MILWAUKEE BUCKS-ANDREW HARRISON-CG-UK 
6-5/207 NBA COMPARISON: JOE JOHNSON 
Despite making the playoffs last year, the Bucks are a very below average team. I have trouble believing that Brandon Jennings will improve if they let Monta Ellis leave. It will just mean a higher volume of low percentage shots for Jennings. The Bucks are due for a let down. Luckily for them, they can get a guy like Harrison that is a great passer and ball handler for someone his size.

8. LOS ANGELES LAKERS-AARON GORDON-CF-ARIZONA 
6-9/212 NBA COMPARISON: GERALD WALLACE/smaller BLAKE GRIFFIN 
Speaking of let downs, after barely making the playoffs last year the Lakers have an even worse 2013-14 season. Kobe will be hurt most of the year while Nash, Pau and Metta World Peace are almost a combined 100 years old. The Lakers need all the youth they can get. Gordon is a nice start.

9. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS-JAMES YOUNG-G/F-UK 
6-6/204 NBA COMPARISON: MANU GINOBILI
The Pelicans improve, but not enough to make the playoffs. By this time next year, Eric Gordon will already be traded or he will be injured again. Austin Rivers may be the solution at the two, but what they Pelicans really need is a long, athletic wing that is also a two way player Young has the size and skill set to play both the 2 and 3 and man can he shoot.  

10. TORONTO RAPTORS-GARY HARRIS-SG-MICHIGAN ST. 
6-5/198 NBA COMPARISON: KLAY THOMPSON/MONTA ELLIS 
Did someone say shoot. Harris will be the best shooter in this draft and that is exactly what the Raptors need. They have good slashers with Rudy Gay and Demar DeRozan, plus a strong point with Kyle Lowry. They need someone like Harris to stretch the defense.

11. DETROIT PISTONS-MITCH McGARY-C-MICHIGAN 
6-10/263 NBA COMPARISON: BEN WALLACE/NIKOLA PEKOVIC 
He is just the perfect Pistons player. Tough, strong and physical. He will be a fan favorite from day one. Noah Vonleh has more potential but the Pistons are very close to being a playoff team. Vonleh will need 3-5 years to develop while McGary is pretty much what you see what you get.  

12. DENVER NUGGETS-NOAH VONLEH-CF-INDIANA
6-10/242 NBA COMPARISON: AL HARRINGTON 
Vonleh is very similar to former Nugget Al Harrington. Both have more of the skill set of a wing but have the size to play some 4. Vonleh would be a great developmental player in the Nuggets system and insurance for the often injured Danilo Galinari.

13. BOSTON CELTICS-MARIO HEZONJA-SG-INT.-CROATIA 
6-7/195 NBA COMPARISON: DRAZEN PETROVIC/MARCO BELINELI 
The Celtics  are becoming a rebuilding team. With Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green and Jered Sullinger, they have solid pieces. Hezonja would be the perfect 2 gaurd to pair with Rondo. He does everything that Rondo can't do, basically shoot the ball well. He is also a good passer and a good athlete compared to other Euro prospects.

14.  CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (via Portland from 2011 Gerald Wallace trade, top 12 protected in 2014)-WILLIE CAULEY STEIN-C-UK 
7-0/244 NBA COMPARISON: MARCIN GORTAT 
The Bobcats get the best player available and someone who can help on the glass.

15. WASHINGTON WIZARDS-KALEB TARCZEWSKI-C-ARIZONA
7-0/260 NBA COMPARISON: OMER ASIK/KOSTA KOUFOS 
The Wizards get some help up front to replace aging vets Emeka Okafor and Nene. You can't teach 7-0/260!

16. MIAMI HEAT (via Philly from 2012 draft day trade for Arnett Moultrie, lottery protected in 2014)-DARIO SARIC-CF-INT.-CROATIA 
6-10/230 NBA COMPARISON: CHANDLER PARSONS/MIKE MILLER
If the 76ers make the playoff next year then the Heat get their first rounder. GM Pat Riley will draft a good Euro prospect that he can keep overseas for a season or two thus saving the Heat any immediate financial costs. Saric was a projected lottery pick this year before withdrawing his name from the 2013 draft.

17. ATLANTA HAWKS-RASHEED SULAIMON-SG-DUKE
6-4/190 NBA COMPARISON: GERALD HENDERSON
The Hawks go with the safe pick and take the ultra skilled yet slightly undersized 2 guard.

18. DALLAS MAVERICKS-RODNEY HOOD-SF-DUKE
6-8/210 NBA COMPARISON: TAYSHAUN PRINCE/MARVIN WILLIAMS
The Mavs also go with a Duke player. Hood is a transfer from Mississippi St that may be the X-Factor for Duke's National Title hopes. Parker will get the hype, but Hood and Sulaimon will be just as important.

19. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES-SPENCER DINWIDDIE-CG-COLORADO
6-5/197 NBA COMPARISON: RANDY FOYE
Minnesota will need depth at guard. Dinwiddie is good value here. He can play both guard spots and will be more NBA ready than most. He will be 21 by next year's draft even though he looks like he's already 30 with that mustache


 Dinwiddie, Great Name, Great Game and what a stashe!

20. DENVER NUGGETS (via NY from the Carmelo Anthony trade)-JERIAN GRANT-PG-NOTRE DAME
6-5/202 NBA COMPARISON: MARIO CHALMERS/E'TWAUN MOORE
Andre Miller is damn near 40, they need a young back up PG. Like Miller, Grant is a big point with good passing ability. He held his own against Michael Carter Williams and Vander Blue this year yet struggled vs. Louisville in 2 of the 3 games they played.

21. BROOKLYN NETS-DAKARI JOHNSON-C/F-UK
6-11/260 NBA COMPARISON: AL JEFFERSON
Johnson is a developing big man with incredible size. The Nets need a backup for Brook Lopez. Johnson may end up being a top 5 pick in 2015.

22. MEMPHIS GRIZZLEIS: PJ HAIRSTON-G/F-UNC
6-4/220 NBA COMPARISON: ALAN ANDERSON/AARON AFFALO 
Hairston is a solid wing that can backup both the 2 and 3.

23. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS-DOUG McDERMOTT-SF-CREIGHTON
6-5/202 NBA COMPARISON: KYLE KORVER
Can you ever have enough shooters? I say no! Add McDermott to the splash brothers and have him back up his high school teammate Harrison Barnes. 

24. SAN ANTONIO SPURS-JAMES McADOO-CF-UNC
6-9/230 NBA COMPARISON: MARCUS MORRIS
The Spurs may drop a few spots in the west with everyone else getting better or younger. Adding a fundamentally sound player like McAdoo is the Spur way. Fellow UNC guy Danny Green can mentor the young player.

25. HOUSTON ROCKETS-KYLE ANDERSON-SF-UCLA
6-9/225 NBA COMPARISON: LANDRY FIELDS
Great passing wing will complement the slashing James Harden and Chandler Parsons. The Rockets will be a top 3 seed if they get Dwight Howard.

26. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS-SEMAJ CHRISTON-PG
6-3/187 NBA COMPARISON: MO WILLIAMS 
Eric Bledsoe will be traded, in case you haven't heard. The Clippers need a back up PG.

27. INDIANA PACERS-ISIAH AUSTIN-C-BAYLOR
7-1/205 NBA COMPARISON: JaVALE McGEE 
Ultra skinny and long backup center. Austin is a good shot blocker but has a ton of work to do on the offensive end and in the weight room

28. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER-AJ HAMMONS-C-PURDUE 
7-0/280 NBA COMPARISON: FESTUS EZELI/KENDRICK PERKINS 
The Thunder get a big man with incredible size. Kendrick Perkins will likely be traded by this time next year.

29. CHICAGO BULLS-PERRY ELLIS-CF-KANSAS 
6-8/225 NBA COMPARISON: SHANE BATTIER/EARL CLARK 
Good player that does all the little things. More of a 4 than a 3 right now. With Wiggins and Selden on the team next year, he won't be a primary scorer.  

30. MIAMI HEAT-DWIGHT POWELL-PF-STANFORD 
6-10/235 NBA COMPARISON: RYAN ANDERSON 
He can shoot and rebound, that is all the Champs need.



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2013 NBA DRAFT: MOCK DRAFT 2.0 (WITH PROJECTED TRADES

Thank you to Walter Football for adding my mock to their great NBA Mock Draft Database.
 http://walterfootball.com/nbadraftdata.php

1. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS-ALEX LEN-C-MARYLAND 
7-2/255 NBA COMPARISON: RICK SMITS 
In a division where you have the great frontcourts of Indiana (Roy Hibbert & David West), Chicago (Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson) and even the emerging Pistons (Greg Monroe & Andre Drummond), Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller just won't cut it.  I am buying the hype that the Cavs will draft Len #1.  It makes a lot more sense then drafting 206 pound Nerlens Noel.  Len is a work in progress but he's big and tough enough to survive in that division. The Cavs can get a solid wing player at #19, as plenty will be available.

2. ORLANDO MAGIC-NERLENS NOEL-F/C-UK-FR. 
7-0/206 NBA COMPARISON: LARRY SANDERS
If the Cavs pass on Noel, the Magic may  roll the dice and take him at #2. At only 206 pounds, Noel needs to bulk up.  At the very most he may be able to get to 230 one day. That would give him a body similar to Chris Bosh.  Noel will be pushed around if he has to play the 5. Luckily the Magic already have a good young 5 in Nikola Vucevic. If they can somehow swing a trade for Eric Bledsoe, this is how their lineup could look in a few years:
PG-Eric Bledsoe
SG or SF-2014 top 3 pick (Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Teague, Jabari Parker or Glenn Robinson III)
SF-Tobias Harris
PF-Nerlens Noel
C-Nikola Vucevic  
Just add a good shooting 2 guard and some depth up front and you have a young playoff team.
We'll see how they compare to my future Bobcats team.

3. WASHINGTON WIZARDS-OTTO PORTER-SF-GEORGETOWN-SO 
6-8/198 NBA COMPARISON: ELTON BRAND/PAUL MILLSAP 
Porter played his college ball in the DC area at Georgetown so the Wizards know exactly what they will get with him. His defense, length and shooting are exactly what the Wizards need. With John Wall, Bradley Beal and Porter the Wizards would instantly have one of the best young 1-3 combinations. Porter will make Wizards fans forget the mistake of drafting Jan Vesely two years ago.

4. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES-VICTOR OLADIPO-SG-INDIANA-JR. (projected trade with Charlotte for the #9 pick, #26 pick and CF-Derek Williams and PG Luke Ridnour)
6-4/213 NBA COMPARISON: TONY ALLEN/shorter Andre Iguodala 
Minnesota needs to try and package the #9 pick along with young asset Derrick Williams and the expiring contract of Luke Ridnour. This trade makes PERFECT sense for both teams. Williams would instantly become the second best player on the Bobcats behind Kemba Walker. The Bobcats only have one selection this year and have a ton of needs. As for Minnesota, they need to try and package the #9 pick along with young asset Derrick Williams and the expiring contract of Luke Ridnour. Oladipo would be the perfect complement player to Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. A move like this should put the TWolves back in the playoffs.
PS-CAN WE PLEASE STOP COMPARING OLADIPO TO DWADE!!!!!!

5.  PHOENIX SUNS-BEN McLEMORE-SG-KANSAS-FR.
6-5/189 NBA COMPARISON: JR SMITH/KLAY THOMPSON
The Suns will be ecstatic if McLemore or Oladipo falls to them here. The Suns want a SG that can score. Last year they signed Eric Gordon to a near max deal offer sheet only to have New Orleans match it.  McLemore may end up going as high as #1 but it would be a shock if the Suns pass on him. He gives them the scoring guard they need to help the PG duo of Goran Dragic and 2012 first rounder Kendall Marshall.

6. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS-STEVEN ADAMS-C-PITTSBURGH-FR. 
7-0/255 NBA COMPARISON: BJ MULLENS/ANDREW BOGUT
Why does every mock draft have New Orleans taking Trey Burke? Does no one realize that PG Greivis Vasquez led the NBA in total assists with 704 and finished 3rd in assists per game with 9.0 (only Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul were better). The newly named Pelicans need a true center to complement last year's #1 pick Anthony Davis. Adams isn't quite as good as Alex Len right now, but in 4-6 years he may end up being the better pro. I hate to see Anthony Bennett slip but the Pelicans already have Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson.

7. SACRAMENTO KINGS-ANTHONY BENNETT-PF-UNLV-FR. 
6-7/242 NBA COMPARISON: ELTON BRAND/PAUL MILLSAP
Drafting a guy like Bennett would be a smart move for a team like Sacramento.  Bennett is a strong PF that can also step outside and hit an open jumper.  He would take some pressure off of DeMarcus Cousins down low.  At #7 he is an absolute steal.

8. DETROIT PISTONS-MICHAEL CARTER WILLIAMS-PG-SYRACUSE-SO.
6-6/184 NBA COMPARISON: GREIVIS VASQUEZ/poor man's PENNY HARDAWAY
I feel that MCW will end up having the best career out of any prosepect. He is a pass first PG that is big and athletic enough to guard 2 guards. His offensive game is similar to Greivis Vasquez coming out of college, yet he is much more athletic. 6-6 PG's with MCW's passing ability come along once every decade. Drafting MCW would be a smart move for Detroit as this would allow young guard Brandon Knight to play off the ball. Knight has proved ineffective as a PG the past two seasons and would benefit from having a big PG that can guard the 2 spot.

9.  CHARLOTTE BOBCATS-CODY ZELLER-C/F-INDIANA-SO.  (projected trade down with Minnesota) 
7-0/230 NBA COMPARISON: DAVID LEE
Regardless of who they draft at #4 the Bobcats will struggle once again next year. They will hope to get a franchise player in the 2014 draft like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Glenn Robinson III or Marcus Teague.  It makes sense to trade down and get more players. Zeller really helped his stock at the draft combine measuring 7-0/230 and showing great athletic ability with a 37.5 inch max vert and putting up 17 reps on the bench. If Zeller can add some toughness and a consistent mid range game, he could end up being the best overall player in this draft. Zeller is an instant upgrade over BJ Mullens and Bismack Biyombo

10. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS-CJ McCOLLUM-CG-LEHIGH-SR. 
6-3/197 NBA COMPARISON: BOBBY JACKSON
Portland is in a nice spot to draft the best player on the board regardless of position. McCollum can play both guard positions which is exactly what Portland needs. Rookie of the Year Damien Lillard and 2 guard Wes Matthews both averaged over 34 minutes per night last year. Adding a scorer off the bench will help their starters a great deal.


11. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS-TREY BURKE-PG-MICHIGAN-SO.
6-1/187 NBA COMPARISON: JAMEER NELSON/KEMBA WALKER
A lot of people have Burke in the top 8.  I think his physical limitations make him a big risk in the top 8.  He would be a good fit in Philly to back up PG Jrue Holiday (who averaged nearly 40 minutes per game last year. At 6-4/205, Holiday is big enough to play the 2 guard, so Philly could use Burke and Holiday together in certain lineups. Burke has all the intangibles you look for in a floor general, but his height and lack of elite NBA level quickness may regulate him to a career back up.

12. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER-LUCAS NOGUIERA-C-BRAZIL-INT. 
7-0/220 NBA COMPARISON: SAMUEL DALEMBERT/EKPE UDOH 
The Thunder are the only team picking in the lottery that can have the patience to wait for the raw big man from Brazil. The Thunder will need an upgrade over Kendrick Perkins.  Nogueira may one day be the type of role player that fellow Brazilian big men Anderson Varejao and Tiago Splitter are.

13. ATLANTA HAWKS-SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD-SF-UCLA-FR. (projected trade with Dallas for #18 and #47)
6-6/222 NBA COMPARISON: CORY MAGGETTE
With two back to back picks at 17 & 18 the Hawks can afford to trade up.  Muhammad was projected top five pick but his stock slipped after an average Freshman season at UCLA.  GM Danny Ferry needs a SF as both Josh Smith and Kyle Korver are free agents.

14. UTAH JAZZ-SHANE LARKIN-PG-MIAMI-SO. 
5-11/171 NBA COMPARISON: ERIC BLEDSOE/NATE ROBINSON
Larkin was the biggest winner of the NBA draft combine.  Larkin led everyone at the combine with an incredible 44 inch max vert. His size and athletic ability are similar to that of former slam dunk champion Nate Robinson. Larkin however has a much higher basketball IQ and is a lot better than Nate was coming out of Washington in 2005. The Jazz are going to be one of the youngest teams in the league if they let both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap leave in free agency. They have nice young role players with F/G Gordon Hayward, PF Derrick Favors and C Enes Kanter, adding a mature PG with a high basketball IQ and leadership abilities like Larkin would be the smart move. They may also try to trade up to get MCW or Burke.

15. MILWAUKEE BUCKS-JAMAL FRANKLIN-SG-SAN DIEGO ST.-JR. 
6-5/191 NBA COMPARISON: COREY BREWER/TONY ALLEN 
There's a good chance both Monta Ellis and JJ Redick leave via free agency this summer. The Bucks would be smart to draft the defensive minded, athletic Franklin to pair with 'Sir Chucks A Lot' Brandon Jennings.  Franklin's game is very similar and just a notch below Victor Oladipo. Like former San Diego St. product Kawhi Leonard, he could end up being a major steal at #15.

16. BOSTON CELTICS-DENNIS SCHROEDER-PG-GERMANY-INT
6-2/165 NBA COMPARISON: DARREN COLLISON
The Celtics need a backup PG to complement/relieve star Rajon Rondo. Schroeder is a raw, athlete that given the right environment can succeed at the NBA level. If he's thrown in the fire too early, he will be a bust. Going to a franchise like Boston would be the best thing for him.

17. ATLANTA HAWKS-MASON PLUMLEE-C-DUKE-SR.  
7-0/238 NBA COMPARISON: ROBIN LOPEZ/CHRIS 'BIRDMAN' ANDERSEN 
Plumlee is a NBA ready big man that is has the size and athletic ability to be a starting center in the league.   At the very least, he can fill the backup role that free agent Zaza Pachulia had with the Hawks. The Hawks would like to find a true center so they can move stud big man Al Horford to PF,  

18. DALLAS MAVERICKS-GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO-SF-GREECE-INT. (projected trade down with Atlanta)
6-9/205 NBA COMPARISON: NIC BATUM/MARVIN WILLIAMS
GA the Greek (that is what I will call him now, please someone come up with a nickname soon!!!) is an ultra long 3 that has a lot of potential. He is only 19 years old and has never played against top competition. He will need more time than any of the other foreign prospects to develop, but he also has the biggest upside.  The Mavs should trade down and then draft a Euro stash player. The Mavs have kept Nick Calathes in Greece forever, maybe they can bring Calathes and GA the Greek together in 2015.

19. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS-KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL POPE-SG-GEORGIA-SO.
6-6/204 NBA COMPARISON: NICK YOUNG
This is why you don't draft Oladipo or McLemore #1. The Cavs are in a great position to draft a solid wing player at #19.  KCP, Sergey Karasev,Tim Hardaway Jr., Glen Rice Jr. and Allen Crabbe should all be available.  KCP is the best scorer out of all of them.  His stock is rising and he may go as high as #9 to Minnesota if the TWolves are unable to trade up.  Great value pick here for the Cavs.

20. CHICAGO BULLS-KELLY OLYNYK-C/F-GONZAGA-SO. 
7-0/234 NBA COMPARISON: SPENCER HAWES/MATT BONNER
Olynyk is projected by some to be a lottery pick, but his athletic limitations and lack of intensity make him a prototypical back up. The good thing is that he has the size to back up at both the 4 and 5. The Bulls already have enough tough big men with Noah, Boozer and Gibson. Adding a finesse big man that can stretch the defense will add another dimension to the Bulls already good team.

21. UTAH JAZZ-GLENN RICE JR.-SG/SF-NBADL
6-6/211 NBA COMPARISON: DORRELL WRIGHT 
He is the son of former all star and early Miami Heat legend Glenn Rice. Like his dad, he is a knock down shooter with size to play both the 2 and 3. Rice Jr. has some character concerns stemming from some incidents at Georgia Tech. He has revitalized his game and hopefully his maturity in the D-League this past year. In the D-League he was nearly unstoppable at times. The best thing for Rice would be to land in a small market like Utah or Indiana where he won't have as much opportunity to get into trouble off the court.

22. BROOKLYN NETS-SERGEY KARASEV-SF/SG-RUSSIA-INT. 
6-7/197 NBA COMPARISON: GORDON HAYWARD
The Nets and their Russian billionaire owner get the best Russian prospect since Andrei Kirilenko. Karasev is a young, developing wing with a great shooting stroke. He is also a good ball handler and passer for someone his size.

23. SACRAMENTO KINGS -TONY SNELL-SF-NEW MEXICO-JR. (projected trade with Indiana, Indiana receives Jimmer Fredette and Sacramento also receives Gerald Green)
6-7/198 NBA COMPARISON: MARTELL WEBSTER
I hate crazy rumors that have teams trading superstars for top 5 picks, it just doesn't happen often.  I LOVE rumors that involve role players and that benefit both teams. I am buying the Jimmer to Indiana rumors. The Pacers need a backup PG that can shoot, Jimmer fits the bill and would be an upgrade over DJ Augustin. The Kings are said to be very interested in Snell. The Kings need shooters to take pressure off of DeMarcus Cousins and Snell also has the length to develop into a solid defender. A mutually beneficial trade for both teams.

24. NEW YORK KNICKS-TONY MITCHELL-CF-NORTH TEXAS-SO. 
6-9/236 NBA COMPARISON: THADDEUS YOUNG/ANTHONY MASON
Shot blocking centers Gorgui Dieng, Jeff Withey and Rudy Gobert would make a lot of sense as a backup to Tyson Chandler. However, Mitchell is too good to pass up here. He can bring the Knicks some physicality and athleticism they need. He can compliment Carmelo Anthony very well in that he can do the little things.  The Knicks can play Melo at the 4 and Mitchell at the 3 together or have Mitchell backup the 4. Mitchell's game is similar to that of former Knick Anthony Mason.

25. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS-ALLEN CRABBE-SG-CAL-JR.
6-6/197 NBA COMPARISON: FRANCISCO GARCIA/COURTNEY LEE
The Clippers need an offensive 2 guard for the future as Chauncey Billups is set to be a free agent and is 36 years old. Crabbe is a knock down shooter that is good at catch and shoot and coming off of screens. His dribbling is below average and he'll struggle to create his shot in the NBA. He won't need to create his shot if he is playing alongside Chris Paul.

26  CHARLOTTE BOBCATS-TIM HARDAWY JR.-SG-MICHIGAN-JR. (projected trade down with Minnesota)
6-6/199 NBA COMPARISON: DANNY GREEN/AARON AFFALO 
Unlike Glenn Rice Jr., Hardaway Jr. plays a game that is very different from his famous father.  Hardaway Sr. was a flashy PG and the king of the crossover. The younger Hardaway is a spot up shooter with a high basketball IQ. I made the Danny Green comparison because both players are similar in size and have the ability to hit clutch shots.
Look at how good the Bobcats roster could be in 2014-15, with the moves I have them making this draft.
PG-Kemba Walker
SG-Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF-2014 top 2 pick (Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker)
PF-Derek Williams
C-Cody Zeller
6th Man/defensive specialist-Michael Kidd Gilchrist
Too bad Jordan won't make any of these moves.  He'll probably trade the #4 pick for an injured vet like Eric Gordon or Danny Granger.  No Jordan front office move would surprise me.

27. DENVER NUGGETS-RUDY GOBERT-C-FRANCE-INT.
7-2/238 NBA COMPARISON: SHAWN BRADLEY
You can't teach Gobert's length. He has a freakish 7-9 wingspan and a 9-7 standing reach. He can provide insurance of JaVale McGee gets out of line or goes insane (both very likely). The Nuggets would prefer to keep him overseas at least one more season.

28. SAN ANTONIO SPURS-LIVIO JEAN CHARLES-SF-FRANCE-INT. 
6-9/217 NBA COMPARISON: GERALD WALLACE  
The French Connection (not just a classic crime movie) is what the Spurs have.  Tony Parker, Boris (I have man boobs) Diaw and Nando de Colo. It only makes sense for the Spurs to take Jean-Charles here. He is a long athletic defender that has been compared by some to Nic Batum. I don't know if he'll ever develop a jumper like Batum but that's OK because the Spurs already have great shooters on the wings with Danny Green, Gary Neal and Kawhi Leonard.

29. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER-REGGIE BULLOCK-SF-UNC-JR.
6-7/200 NBA COMPARISON: ALAN ANDERSON 
You can never have enough shooters when you have a team with two guys that command double teams in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. I had the Thunder taking Snell in my previous mock draft, Bullock has a very similar skill set. Both are average athletes but good spot up shooters. Bullock knows what it is like playing in a winning culture after playing three years at UNC. He knows he will have to pay his dues before getting any playing time in OKC.

30. PHOENIX SUNS-GORGUI DIENG-C-LOUISVILLE-SR. 
7-0/222 NBA COMPARISON: ANDERSON VAREJAO
Dieng is a solid shot blocker that can be an instant backup at the 5 spot.  The Suns could use a solid backup for Marcin Gortat.  Dieng has little to no post game, but proved last year that he can hit the 15 footer with consistency.

2013 NBA DRAFT TEAM NEEDS: THE CONTENDERS

For this year's draft I decided to do my team needs based on the type of team they are.  In my opinion we have five different types of teams out there.
(5)THE CONTENDERS (pretty self explanatory): MIA, SA, OKC, CHI (with a healthy Derrick Rose) and IND
(5) THE GOOD BUT NOT GREAT PERENNIAL PLAYOFF TEAMS (good teams with veteran stars/core):  MEM, LAC (if CP3 leaves then they will be a transition team), DEN, NY, BRK
(5) THE  UP AND COMERS (young teams with young cores led by a star 27 or under, they should become contenders or perennial playoff teams soon): GS, HOU, POR, MIN, TOR
(7) TRANSITIONING TEAMS (these teams have MAJOR decisions this summer on whether to rebuild or try to make another playoff run with a veteran team, all of these teams best or second best player is a free agent this summer):  ATL, LAL, BOS, UTAH, MIL, DAL, PHL
(8) REBUILDING (self explanatory, all these teams have top 8 picks and have young cores, some like CLV, WAS and DET  have a stud to build around, others will look to this year's draft and the 2014 draft to get a star to build around


Notes: Projected 2013 Salary cap is 58.5 million, number next to position is the range the player ranks in the NBA in regards to starters at their position.

Oklahoma City Thunder 
Picks: 12, 29, 31
Have: 

Stars/Studs 
Superstar SF (#2) Kevin Durant
Superstar PG (top 5) Russell Westbrook
Role players:  
Defensive specialist SG (7-11) Thabo Sefolosha 
Very Good 6th Man SG-Kevin Martin 
PF (6-10) Serge Ibaka
C (17-24) Kendrick Perkins
C-Nick Collison
CG-Reggie Jackson
PG-Derrick Fisher 
2012 #12 pick SG-Jeremy Lamb
Need: 
Upgrade at  C, wings that can shoot 
Options: 
At #12-Steven Adams, Cody Zeller, Lucas Nogueira, at #30-Sergev Karasev, Tony Snell, Reggie Bullock 
Synopsis: The Thunder went from finals hopeful to second round exit due to Russell Westbrook's injury. Durant is a superstar but proved that he clearly needed Westbrook's help in the postseason. They traded James Harden to Houston for Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, Now Martin is a free agent and the team is unsure if Lamb is ready to step up. The Thunder may amnesty or trade overpaid big man Kendrick Perkins. Most mocks have the Thunder going big to find an eventual replacement for Perkins. 
Teams Stats: OPPG-3, ORTG-1, DPPG-9, DRTG-4, APG-21, RPG-6
2013 Cap $$$: 67.79 (9.29 over) 
Key Free Agents Martin 

Chicago Bulls 
Picks: 
20, 50
Have: 

Stars/studs: 
Superstar PG (top 5 when healthy) Derrick Rose
Great Defensive C (top 8) Joakim Noah 
Stud-SF (4-10) Luol Deng
Stud PF (11-13)-Carlos Boozer 
Great role players: 
PF-Taj Gibson
CG (24-30 as starting PG) Kirk Hinrich 
SF-Jimmy Butler
PG-Nate Robinson 
SG (24-30) Rip Hamilton 
SG-Marco Belineli 
 Need: Upgrade at SG, more scoring, backup C
Options: Kentavios Caldwell-Pope, Sergey Karasev,Tim Hardaway Jr., Tony Mitchel, Glen Rice Jr., Allen Crabbe, Mason Plumlee, Gorgui Dieng, Rudy Gobert 
Synopsis: The Bulls look scary if Rose can return to 100%. They have the size up front and length on the wings to give the Heat and Pacers fits in the playoffs. No the only worries are Noah's planter faciatis and finding a starting SG.      
Teams Stats: OPPG-29, ORTG-23, DPPG-3, DRTG-6, APG-8, RPG-8
2013 Cap $$$: 77.99 (19.49 over) 
Key Free Agents: Robinson, Belineli  

Indiana Pacers
Picks: 23, 53
Have:
 
Stars/Studs: 
Stud SF (#3) Paul George 
Stud C (Top 8) Roy Hibbert 
Good PF (Top 10) David West 
Role Players
Good PG (9-16) George Hill
Good/Solid SG (7-11) Lance Stephenson 
Good (when healthy) SF-Danny Granger
PG-DJ Augustin
PF-Tyler Hansborough
CF-Sam Young 
G/F-Gerald Green 
Need: Depth everywhere especially at PG and SG 
Options: Kentavios Caldwell-Pope, Sergey Karasev,Tim Hardaway Jr., Tony Mitchel, Glen Rice Jr., Allen Crabbe, Mason Plumlee, Gorgui Dieng, Rudy Gobert 
Synopsis: The Pacers and coach Frank Vogel continue to progress in the Eastern Conference. They took eventual NBA Champs the Miami Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Now the Pacers need to draft an instant impact guy and resign West to a 3 year deal at around 11 mill per season.      
Teams Stats: OPPG-13, ORTG-7, DPPG-10, DRTG-9, APG-29, RPG-4
2013 Cap $$$: 48.99 (9.51 under) 
Key Free Agents: West, Augustin, Hansbrough (restricted) 

San Antonio Spurs 
Picks: 28, 58
Have: 

Stars/Studs: 
Superstar PG (best in the league last season) Tony Parker
Aging star C/F (2-7) Tim Duncan (UFA)
Solid role players: 
2011 #15 pick Stud SF (4-10) Kawhi Leonard
6th man G/F-Manu Ginobili 
Good SG (7-11)Danny Green 
Solid C (17-24) Tiago Splitter 
SG-Gary Neal 
F/C-Matt Bonner
F/C-Boris Diaw 
Need: 
backup wings in case manu leaves 
Options:
 BPA
Synopsis: 
The Spurs let the NBA title slip out of their hands in game 6. But don't feel too sorry for a franchise that has won at least 50 games every year in the Tim Duncan era. The Spurs always get professional, talented guys that fit their system. Tony Parker is the best PG in the NBA and Kawhi Leonard looks like a star in the making (my Scottie Pippen comparison two years ago looks pretty accurate) http://mrmattssportsblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/nba-draft-position-breakdown-combo.html

Teams Stats: OPPG-4, ORTG-11, DPPG-7, DRTG-3, APG-1, RPG-21
2013 Cap $$$: 41.67 (16.83 under) 
Key Free Agents: Ginobili, Splitter

Miami Heat
Picks: none 
Have: 

The big three superstars: 
SF (#1, MVP of the league) LeBron James
SG (1-3) Dwayne Wade
PF/C (top 10) Chris Bosh
Very solid role players: 
PG (9-16) Mario Chalmers 
Sharpshooting SG-Ray Allen
Defensive specialist/sharpshooter CF-Shane Battier 
F/C (21-25)-Udonis Haslem
PG-Norris Cole 
F/G-Mike Miller 
C-Chris Andersen 
F/G-James Jones
C-Joel Anthony 
Need: Big Man Free Agent
Options: Big Man free agents
Synopsis: 
LeBron James and the big three went back to back for another NBA Title!!! Now expectations will continue to be high in sunny South Florida  If the Heat want to three-peat they may need to amnesty Mike Miler. The Heat sruggled against the size of  The Bulls and Pacers will only get better.  

Teams Stats: OPPG-5, ORTG-2, DPPG-5, DRTG-9, APG-7, RPG-30
2013 Cap $$$: 89.46 (27.96 over) 
Key Free Agents: Allen (PO), Andersen 


2013 NBA DRAFT TEAM NEEDS: THE GOOD BUT NOT GREAT PERENNIAL PLAYOFF TEAMS



For this year's draft I decided to do my team needs based on the type of team they are.  In my opinion we have five different types of teams out there.
(5)THE CONTENDERS (pretty self explanatory): MIA, SA, OKC, CHI (with a healthy Derrick Rose) and IND
(5) THE GOOD BUT NOT GREAT PERENNIAL PLAYOFF TEAMS (good teams with veteran stars/core):  MEM, LAC (if CP3 leaves then they will be a transition team), DEN, NY, BRK
(5) THE  UP AND COMERS (young teams with young cores led by a star 27 or under, they should become contenders or perennial playoff teams soon): GS, HOU, POR, MIN, TOR
(7) TRANSITIONING TEAMS (these teams have MAJOR decisions this summer on whether to rebuild or try to make another playoff run with a veteran team, all of these teams best or second best player is a free agent this summer):  ATL, LAL, BOS, UTAH, MIL, DAL, PHL
(8) REBUILDING (self explanatory, all these teams have top 8 picks and have young cores, some like CLV, WAS and DET  have a stud to build around, others will look to this year's draft and the 2014 draft to get a star to build around


Notes: Projected 2013 Salary cap is 58.5 million, number next to position is the range the player ranks in the NBA in regards to other starter at their position.

Brooklyn Nets
Picks: 22 
Have: 

Stars/Studs: 
Star PG (5-8)-Deron Williams
Good young C (Top 8)-Brook Lopez 
Good SG (4-6) Joe Johnson
Role Players: 
SF (11-17) Gerald Wallace 
PF (21-25) Reggie Evans
6th man F/C-Andray Blatche
CG-CJ Watson
PF-Kris Humphries
SG-MarShon Brooks 
Need: Shooting wings, backup C 
Options: 
Kentavios Caldwell-Pope, Sergey Karasev,Tim Hardaway Jr., Glen Rice Jr. and Allen Crabbe, Mason Plumlee, Gorgui Dieng, Rudy Gobert, Tony Mitchell  
Synopsis: The Nets move to Brooklyn was pretty successful. They mad a big trade for Joe Johnson last year which had mixed results. In Deron, Lopez and Johnson they Nets have a great scoring trio. They really can't do anything in free agency. It will be interesting to see if they even keep their 1st rounder.  
Teams Stats: OPPG-17, ORTG-8, DPPG-6, DRTG-17, APG-27, RPG-10

2012 Cap $$$: 86.34 (27.84 over, highest salary on the books for next year)  
Key Free Agents: Blatche

New York Knicks 
Picks: 
24
Have: 

Stars/Studs: 
Star CF (Top 3 as PF, 3-5 as SF) Carmelo Anthony 
Stud Defensive C (Top 10) Tyson Chandler
6th Man of the Year SG-JR Smith
Good PG (9-16) Raymond Felton 
Role Players: 
G/F defensive specialist (18-23 as both SF and SG) Iman Shumpert
Recently retired Jason Kidd was starting SG last season 
F/C-Amare Stoudamire
PF-Chris Copeland
CF-Steve Novak
PG-Pablo Prigioni 
C/F-Kenyon Martin
Need: SG, backup C 
Options: Kentavios Caldwell-Pope, Sergey Karasev,Tim Hardaway Jr., Tony Mitchel, Glen Rice Jr., Allen Crabbe, Mason Plumlee, Gorgui Dieng, Rudy Gobert 
Synopsis: The Knicks are interesting and relevant once again. Melo and Smith can score but they struggled in the playoffs.  I don't know if the Knicks will ever have enough physical players to handle playoff battles with the Heat, Pacers and Bulls.   
Teams Stats: OPPG-11, ORTG-3, DPPG-7, DRTG-18, APG-30, RPG-26
2012 Cap $$$: 75.67 (17.17 over) 
Key Free Agents: Smith, Copeland (restricted), Prigioni, Martin 


Los Angeles Clippers
Picks: 25
Have: 

Stars/Studs: 
Superstar PG (top 7) Chris Paul
Young star PF (top 10) Blake Griffin
Very good 6th man CG-Jamal Crawford 
Role Players: 
Solid C (17-24)-DeAndre Jordan
Solid SF (18-23) Caron Butler
SF-Matt Barnes 
CF-Lamar Odom 
Good Young PG-Eric Bledsoe
CG-Chauncey Billups
SG (worst starter in the league with PJ Tucker of PHO) Williw Green 
Recently retired Grant Hill was key rotation player 
Need: SG, backup C, younger SF  
Options: 
Kentavios Caldwell-Pope, Tony Mitchell Sergey Karasev,Tim Hardaway Jr., Glen Rice Jr., Allen Crabbe, Mason Plumlee, Gorgui Dieng, Rudy Gobert 
Synopsis: 
The Clippers will do everything in thier power to keep CP3. They are off to a good start by getting arguably the best head coach in the NBA Doc Rivers. They need a major upgrade at SG and could get a little young at SF as well. They had too many 30+ role players last season. It was evident in the Memphis series that they didn't have enough athletes on the wings. 

Teams Stats: OPPG-9, ORTG-4, DPPG-4, DRTG-8, APG-4, RPG-18
2012 Cap $$$: 47.63 (10.87 under) 
Key Free Agents: CP3, Odom, Barnes 

Denver Nuggets 
Picks: 
27
Have: 

Stars/Studs:  
Great Stud SG (4-6) Andre Iguodala 
Good young PG (8-13) Ty Lawson
Good SF (4-10 when healthy) Danilo Galinari
Role Players: 
2011 #22 pick PF (13-15) Kenneth Faried
Great backup PG-Andre Miller 
SF-Wilson Chandler
C (17-24) Kosta Koufos 
F/G and defensive specialist-Corey Brewer
C-JaVale McGee 
2012 #20 pick SG-Evan Fournier
Need: Euro Stash 
Options: 
Rudy Gobert, Sergey Karasev, GA the Greek, Livio Jean-Charles 
Synopsis: New head coach Brian Shaw inherits a talented and very deep team. They will continue to be an uptempo team with the talent on the roster. Shaw will be in charge of making the defense better. Andre Iguodala AKA Iggy will opt out but plans to sign an extension for about 11 mill per season. This unfortunately means they will have to let Brewer go via free agency.  
Teams Stats: OPPG-1, ORTG-5, DPPG-23, DRTG-11, APG-3, RPG-2

2012 Cap $$$: 52.53 with Iggy opting out (5.97 under) 
Key Free Agents: Iggy, Brewer 

Memphis Grizzlies
Picks: 41, 55, 60
Have:
Stars/Studs: 
C (was arguably the best center in the league last year)-Marc Gasol
PG (5-8)-Mike Conley
PF (top 10)-Zach Randolph
Role Players: 
Defensive specialist SG (7-11)-Tony Allen
SF (18-23) Tayshaun Prince
6th man CG-Jerryd Bayless
SF-Quincy Pondexter
PF-Darrell Arthur
Need: Scoring Wings 
Options: BPA, of course good defensive players that fit their system, may trade up into the 1st round for a SG or SF like Tony Snell or Tim Hardaway Jr.   
Synopsis: The Grizzlies went 
Teams Stats: OPPG-27, ORTG-17, DPPG-1, DRTG-2, APG-24, RPG-11
2012 Cap $$$: 59.68 if Bayless opts out (1.18 over) 
Key Free Agents: Allen, Baylees (PO) 

2013 NBA DRAFT TEAM NEEDS: THE UP AND COMING TEAMS



For this year's draft I decided to do my team needs based on the type of team they are.  In my opinion we have five different types of teams out there.
(5)THE CONTENDERS (pretty self explanatory): MIA, SA, OKC, CHI (with a healthy Derrick Rose) and IND
(5) THE GOOD BUT NOT GREAT PERENNIAL PLAYOFF TEAMS (good teams with veteran stars/core):  MEM, LAC (if CP3 leaves then they will be a transition team), DEN, NY, BRK
(5) THE  UP AND COMERS (young teams with young cores led by a star 27 or under, they should become contenders or perennial playoff teams soon): GS, HOU, POR, MIN, TOR
(7) TRANSITIONING TEAMS (these teams have MAJOR decisions this summer on whether to rebuild or try to make another playoff run with a veteran team, all of these teams best or second best player is a free agent this summer):  ATL, LAL, BOS, UTAH, MIL, DAL, PHL
(8) REBUILDING (self explanatory, all these teams have top 8 picks and have young cores, some like CLV, WAS and DET  have a stud to build around, others will look to this year's draft and the 2014 draft to get a star to build around

Notes: Projected 2013 Salary cap is 58.5 million, number next to position is the range the player ranks in the NBA in regards to his position.

Minnesota Timberwolves 
Picks: 
9, 26, 52, 58 
Have: 
Stars/Studs: 
Star PF (top 5) Kevin Love 
Good C (9-16) Nikola Pekovic
Good yet often injured PG (21-26, with 7-15 potential) Ricky Rubio 
Good SF (11-17) Andrei Kirilenko
Role Players: 
CF-Derrick Williams, 
CG-Luke Ridnour
PG-JJ Berea 
Need: SG that can take scoring pressure off of Love
Options: Trade up for Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore, at #9 CJ McCollum or Kentavious Caldwel Pope
Synopsis: Love is becoming a superstar. Pekovic was the breakout stud last year while Williams played well at PF when Love was hurt. Rubio is nice when healthy. The TWolves are a team on the rise that just needs one more piece to become a playoff team. They need an athletic SG that can score.  If they have to trade Williams to get him, it will be worth it. 
Teams Stats: OPPG-20, ORTG-25, DPPG-16, DRTG-13, APG-16, RPG-14
2013 Cap $$$: 47.89 or 45.19 if they waive Greg Stiemsma (13.31 under) 
Key Free Agents: Pekovic (restricted) 

Portland Trail Blazers
Picks: 10, 39, 40, 45
Have: 

Stars/Studs: 
Star PF (top 10)-LaMarcus Aldridge
Rookie of the Year PG (9-16) Damien Lillard  
Good SF (4-10) Nicolas Batum (RFA)
Solid SG (12-18) Wes Matthews
Role Players: 
F/C (17-24) JJ hickson
2012 #11 pick C-Myers Leonard 
PG-Eric Maynor
Need: Offensive big man, DEPTH everywhere
Options: 
Cody Zeller, CJ McCollum, Trey Burke, MCW, KCP 
Synopsis: Portland has one of the best young trios in the league with Aldridge, Batum and Lillard. All can score and create their own shot. The three also play very well together.  The problem is that they played too many minutes and were winded at the end of games. Portland had arguably the worst bench in the NBA last year. Whoever gets picked at #10 will be expected to make an immediate impact next season. Even the second round picks this year will have a very good chance to make the roster. 
Team Stats: OPPG-15, ORTG-15, DPPG-21, DRTG-26, APG-18, RPG-24
2013 Cap $$$: 44.64 (13.86 under) 
Key Free Agents: Hickson, Maynor (restricted), Luke Babbit 

Houston Rockets
Picks:
 34
Have:
 
Stars/Studs: 
Star SG (1-3) James Harden
Good young SF (4-10) Chandler Parsons
Good C (9-16) Omer Asik
Solid PG (17-20) Jeremy Lin 
Role Players: 
SF-Carlos Delfino
SG-Francisco Garcia
2012 #18 pick CF-Terrance Jones 
PG-Patrick Beverly 
Need: C/PF
Options: BPA
Synopsis: What a difference a year makes. The Rockets won 11 more games in 2013 than they won in 2012. They earned a trip to the playoffs and are one of the best young teams in the game. The additions of Harden, Lin and Asik were an incredible success. Parsons had a breakout season and has the best value of any contract in the NBA (925,500 next season for a top 12 SF!!!). The Rockets will go all in on Dwight Howard this summer. It should be very interesting 
Team Stats: OPPG-2, ORTG-6, DPPG-28, DRTG-16, APG-6, RPG-7
2013 Cap $$$: 38.06 (20.44 under) 
Key Free Agents:  Delfino, Garcia 

Golden State Warriors 
Picks:
 none
Have: 

Stars/Studs: 
An emerging star PG (5-8)-Stephen Curry
Good PF (6-10)-David Lee
Great young SG (7-11) Klay Thompson
Good C (11-20 when healthy)-Andrew Bogut
2012 #7 pick SF (already 11-17 with top 5 potential) Harrison Barnes 
Role Players: 
Top 5 6th man PG-Jarrett Jack 
PF-Carl Landry
2012 #35 pick CF-Draymond Green 
2012 #30 pick C-Festus Ezeli
Need:
 PG and PF in case Jack and Landry leave 
Options: 
No picks
Synopsis:  Coach Mark Jackson has succeeded in changing the culture in Cali. The Warriors went from being a soft team to a tough, defensive team that can hit a ton of open shots with the splash brothers' Curry and Thompson.  This team may need to trade David Lee for a better young PF (Kevin Love or LeMarcus Aldridge anyone!!!) to become a true title contender.  It will be nearly impossible to keep both Jack and Landry 
Team Stats: OPPG-7, ORTG-11, DPPG-11, DRTG-14, APG-4, RPG-3
2013 Cap $$$: 71.68 (13.18 over) 
Key Free Agents: Jack, Landry  

Toronto Raptors 
Picks:
 none
Have: 
Stars/Studs: 
Stud SF (4-10) Rudy Gay
Good PG (17-20) Kyle Lowry 
Solid PF (16-20) Amir Johnson 
Solid young SG (12-18) Demar DeRozan 
2011 #5 pick C (26-30) Jonas Valinciunas
F/C (11-15 when healthy) Andrea Bargnani 
Role Players: 
SG-Alan Anderson
G/F-Landry Fields 
2012 #8 pick SG-Terrence Ross 
Need: Depth everywhere 
Options: Trade Bargnani for a pick 
Synopsis: The Raptors are now a good young team with the addition of Rudy Gay.  In Gay they have wing that can average 20 per night.  Kyle Lowry played better once they traded Jose Calderon. They need a lot of improvement for Valinciunas and DeRozan to become a playoff team. They will try to trade Bargnani this summer (maybe on draft night for a late 1st rounder) 
Team Stats: OPPG-16, ORTG-13, DPPG-13, DRTG-22, APG-20, RPG-28
2013 Cap $$$: 65.88 (7.5 over) 
Key Free Agents:  none