1. New Orleans Hornets – Anthony Davis, PF Kentucky
- Done deal.
2. * Cleveland Cavaliers – Bradley Beal, SG Florida Thomas Robinson, PF Kansas
- I’m predicting a trade here in which the Cavs deal their #4 and #24 to move up with Charlotte. Visions of an Irving-Beal backcourt are too damn sexy to resist.
3. Washington Wizards – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Kentucky
- MKG pairs great with John Wall’s up tempo style of play.
4. * Charlotte Bobcats – Harrison Barnes, SF North Carolina
- The Bobcats have almost nothing so from this draft they want multiple assets and a marketable face. This trade gives them both. The hometown kid, Barnes, should go over well.
5. Sacramento Kings – Thomas Robinson, PF Kansas
- Robinson and Cousins will make a very nice front court. Robinson with the fundamentals, high bball IQ, high motor, effort and character. Cousins with the sick talent, suspect conditioning, and childlike mood swings. All bases covered.
6. Portland Trailblazers – Damien Lillard, PG Weber State
- A bit of a stretch but the Blazers want a PG and Lilliard has been great in workouts.
7. ** Houston Rockets - Andre Drummond, C Connecticut - My second predicted trade. Rockets use two of their three 1st rounders to move up and take the big man they have been trying to get since their failed Pau Gasol trade last offseason.
8. Toronto Raptors – Dion Waiters, SG Syracuse - No easy pick for the Raptors here. Waiters is what they call a workout warrior and DeMar DeRozan is tiring in the eyes of a lot of folks in Toronto.
9. Detroit Pistons – Meyers Leonard, C Illinois - This allows Greg Monroe to shift down and dominate lesser PFs.
10. New Orleans Hornets – Tyler Zellers, C North Carolina - Emeka Okafor is gone, Chris Kaman will be shortly. Zellers and Davis round out their brand new rookie frontcourt.
11. Portland Trailblazers – Austin Rivers, SG Duke
- Jamal Crawford will either be traded on draft night or he’ll opt out of his deal. This leaves the Blazers backcourt wide open.
12. Milwaukee Bucks – John Henson, PF North Carolina
- The Bucks have to be tired of trying to pass Drew Gooden off as a legit PF. Henson gives them some shot blocking to replace what they’ll be missing in Bogut.
13. Phoenix Suns – Terrence Ross, SF Washington
- Ross has vaulted his stock through workouts. Even ahead of the next guy.
14. ** Golden State Warriors – Jeremy Lamb, SG Connecticut
- The Warriors feel comfortable in moving down from #7 because there is no one available there that they can’t get here. They’ll hope for Ross at this spot but settle on Lamb.
15. Philadelphia 76ers – Jared Sullinger, PF Ohio State
- He won’t fall any further. The 76ers and Doug Collins are in win-now mode. Sullinger can best contribute to that. Although, the Brand-Sullinger injury worries might be hard to ignore.
16. ** Golden State Warriors – Perry Jones, PF Baylor
- Jones fits the tall-athletic-project mold that GS always seems to make (ie. Anthony Randolph, Brandon Wright, etc…). At this point, Jones is a great homerun pick.
17. Dallas Mavericks – Terrence Jones, PF Kentucky
- Jones is extremely versatile and a super athlete. I think he’s a bust, but this seems like a logical spot.
18. Houston Rockets – Kendall Marshall, PG North Carolina
- This pick is totally based on the rumored rift between Kyle Lowry and Kevin McHale. With Goran Dragic in the fold I’m betting they’ll jettison Lowry before long.
19. Orlando Magic – Arnett Moultrie, PF Mississippi State
- Let the attempted filling of Dwight Howard’s shoes begin.
20. Denver Nuggets – Moe Harkless, SF St. Johns
- Denver’s needs are tough to assess but at this point I think they’ll take the most upside available. That’s Harkless. He can play either wing spot and will have time to develop in Denver.
21. Boston Celtics – Royce White, PF Iowa State
- The Celtics need almost everything. I could see Denver taking White one pick before. If so, then slot Harkless in here.
22. Boston Celtics – Fab Melo, C Syracuse
- Even if he does come back, Boston cannot start KG at center again.
23. Atlanta Hawks – Evan Fournier, SG France
- Without any glaring needs the Hawks take an upside pick who can potentially be stashed in Europe for another year.
24. * Charlotte Bobcats – Andrew Nicholson, PF St. Bonaventure
- Nicholson has potential and has a solid offensive game. They need that next to Bismack Biyombo, who has no offensive game.
25. Memphis Grizzlies – Will Barton, SG Memphis
- I think the Griz know OJ Mayo is gone so they take the hometown kid who can probably fill Mayo’s shoes surprisingly well.
26. Indiana Pacers – Marquis Teague, PG Duke
- George Hill is a RFA. There’s a good chance they’re going to need another PG next to Darren Collison, who has failed to take the step to the next level of PGs thus far.
27. Miami Heat – Festus Ezeli, C Vanderbilt
- Just like Boston, they need size.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder – Draymond Green, PF Michigan State
- 75% chance OKC either trades out of this spot or takes a Eurostash. If they do pick, Green seems like the kind of blue collar smash mouth big that would do well there. Their weakness in a Ibaka-Ken Perkins front court was exposed by the Heat.
29. Chicago Bulls – John Jenkins, SG Vanderbilt
- Good chance Kyle Korver is gone and Jenkins is the best 3 point shooter in the draft. Also, Rip Hamilton is old.
30. Golden State Warriors – Quincy Miller, SF Batylor
Almost no way to really predict this pick. Miller represents the most upside left on the board and also a potential need at SF for the Warriors.