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FIRST MOCK (pre-lottery)!

Posted on: May 14, 2010 12:38 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2010 12:46 pm

In a few days David Stern will decide the draft order, I mean conduct the lottery. When that goes down this scenario will undoubtedly change almost completely. Until that time, here's how things will shake out according to me.

1. New Jersey
Nets - John Wall, PG Kentucky No brainer. Could be the kind of pick that would lures a big name free agent to town.

2. Minnesota Timberwolves - Evan Turner, SG Ohio State In some ways it would be better for the Wolves to land #2 instead of #1 - less drama. Turner is a perfect fit.

3. Sacramento Kings - DeMarcus Cousins, C Kentucky I’m banking on him overcoming attitude concerns in pre-draft interviews. On talent alone, he’s an easy top 3 pick.

4. Golden State Warriors - Derrick Favors, PF Georgia Tech He seems to fit their uptempo style and has as much upside as anyone in this draft.

5. Washington Wizards - Wesley Johnson, SF Syracuse The Wiz need everything and Johnson might be the most NBA ready player overall.

6. Philadelphia 76ers - Greg Monroe, PF Georgetown Stock started high this year, then dipped, now it’s back on the rise. The 76ers like Mareese Speights but he’s nothing to build around.

7. Detroit Pistons - Ekpe Udoh, PF Baylor They’ll go for Ben Wallace v2.0 here. Great intangibles and energy, plays with a noticeable fire.

8. Los Angeles Clippers - Al-Farouq Aminu, SF Wake Forest He could go as high as #5 but he’s probably 2 years away from contributing, that will make him fall. The Clips are a good fit.

9. Utah Jazz - Cole Aldrich, C Kansas Boozer is gone and Okur is fading. Aldrich fits the Utah mold and will be a good defensive match for the slightly undersized Paul Milsap.

10. Indiana Pacers - Gordon Heyward, SF Butler A big reach but so was Hansbrough (which I called weeks before the draft). Hometown kid who many compare to Larry Bird. The stars align.

11. New Orleans Hornets - Hassan Whiteside, C Marshall They’ll try to rekindle the Tyson Chandler Magic from a few years back. Enormous feast or famine type talent.

12. Memphis Grizzlies - Eric Bledsoe, PG Kentucky Another reach but the Griz are set everywhere except PG. If they intend to let Rudy Gay walk this could all change.

13. Toronto Raptors - Ed Davis PF North Carolina He falls further than he probably should but based on his play this year he deserves it. Makes sense to try and fill the inevitable Bosh void.

14. Houston Rockets - Patrick Patterson, PF Kentucky An undersized power forward who can shoot the 3? It’s as if the Rockets themselves crafted him in their own image.

15. Milwaukee Bucks - Xavier Henry, SG Kansas Michael Redd is gone and Henry, if nothing else, can shoot the 3.

16. Minnesota Timberwolves - James Anderson, SG Oklahoma State Wolves continue the backcourt overhaul. Anderson lacks elite athleticism but is an extremely skilled scorer nonetheless.

17. Chicago Bulls - Donatas Montiejunas, PF Europe No one available fills a major Bulls need so they take the kid with star potential. The Dirk Nowitzki comparisons are intriguing.

18. Miami Heat - Avery Bradley, SG  Texas He’s the perfect sort of PG to play with Wade. One who isn’t a particularly good distributor but can defend the perimeter and score with efficiency.

19. Boston Celtics - Damion James, SF Texas Celtics snag the best available talent. James is versatile, high energy and ready to contribute right away.

20. San Antonio Spurs - Dominique Jones, SG South Florida Like Avery Bradley, he’s a scoring two guard in a point guard’s body. He could thrive in a reserve roll with the Spurs. Who doesn’t?

21. Oklahoma City Thunder - Larry Sanders, PF VCU They need front court help. Enter Sanders. At this point in the draft a roleplayer is all you can hope for.

22. Portland Trailblazers - Willie Warren, PG Oklahoma Blazers have no glaring needs so they go with Warren, who will replace Jerryd Bayless on the depth chart.

23. Minnesota Timberwolves - Paul George, SF Fresno State Last year it was PGs, this year it’s wings for the Wolves. That’s okay, they need as much help as they can get there.

24. Atlanta Hawks - Daniel Orton, C Kentucky Amazingly, the 5th Kentucky player taken in the 1st round. The Magic fully exposed the Hawks’ lack of size in the playoffs this year.

25. Memphis Grizzlies - Elliot Williams, SG Memphis Added depth and hometown kid. In my opinion, a Chris Douglas-Roberts clone in every way.

26. Oklahoma City Thunder - Solomon Alabi, C Florida State He can’t be worse than Thabeet and considering he would be taken 24 spots later that probably makes him a super steal.

27. New Jersey Nets - Gani Lawal, PF Georgia Tech They’ll hope for a DeJuan Blair type return with Lawal. PF is their weakest spot, which is really saying something.

28. Memphis Grizzlies - Stanley Robinson, SF Connecticut Robinson is a decent talent who underachieved big time at UConn. Could protect them against Rudy Gay leaving.

29. Orlando Magic - Darrington Hobson, SF New Mexico I'm a huge fan of Hobson. Sort of an Evan Turner-light. He'll probably fall into the 2nd round but I think he's a 1st round talent.

30. Washington Wizards - Lance Stephenson, SG Cincinnati This guy has the talent to climb up to the late teens if his workouts go well.


Category: NBA
Tags: draft

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2010 10:13 am

My Officially Uneducated IN FIVE YEARS prediction

The best ten players in five years:

Potential All-Stars

1. Evan Turner
2. John Wall


3. Derrick Favors
4. Ed Davis

NBA Starters

5. Wesley Johnson
6. Greg Monroe
7. Demarcus Cousins
8. James Anderson
9. Hassan Whiteside
10. Al-Farouq Aminu

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2010 10:07 am

FIRST MOCK (pre-lottery)!

Michael Redd will be played just enough that he could be a role player for a team and then traded for his expiring contract, or just outright bought out. 
Jerryd Bayless's numbers do look good for the playoffs, but he's no great shakes. Portland would be best with a defensive sharpshooter at the PG that doesn't need to handle the ball all the time. Kirk Hinrich is still a perfect, perfect fit if anything could be worked out there, though I'd like the Bulls to keep him. Here's a name: Kyle Lowry. Cheap option, good defender, interesting fit next to Roy. He can't shoot but if they're going cheap it'd be a nice player. 

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2010 4:51 pm

FIRST MOCK (pre-lottery)!

I meant that the Bucks will do everything they can to deal Michael Redd, not that he would opt out.

Saying Warren will replace Bayless is more of a prognostication on my part. He's just better than Bayless and seems like a better compliment to Roy.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2010 12:45 pm

FIRST MOCK (pre-lottery)!

15. Milwaukee - Xavier Henry, SG Kansas is gone and Henry, if nothing else, can shoot the 3. Michael Redd isn't going anywhere, he can opt out this summer, but he won't unless he is a fool.

22. Portland Trailblazers - Willie Warren, PG Oklahoma Blazers have no glaring needs so they go with Warren, who will replace on the depth chart. I don't get why you think he would replace Bayless, he had a decent year and was good in the playoffs.

Other than that nice mock.

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