Now that the NBA Finals are over thought it was time for another mock draft...
#1 Cleveland Cavaliers - Kyrie Irving (PG, 6'3, Duke, Fr)
I am a believer that Kyrie Irving is the only player in play for the Cavaliers #1 pick.
#2 Minnesota Timberwolves - Derrick Williams (SF/PF, 6'9, Duke, So)
Whoever has this pick is picking Derrick Williams.
#3 Utah Jazz - Brandon Knight (PG, 6'3, Kentucky, Fr)
Enes Kanter is still in the mix but I believe that Utah will take Knight with this pick.
#4 Cleveland Cavaliers - Enes Kanter (PF/C, 6'11, Kentucky, Fr)
I don't think Cleveland can pass on Kanter at #4
#5 Toronto Raptors - Kemba Walker (PG, 6'1, UConn, Jr)
I believe Kemba is going here but it is likely that Jonas Valancuinas and Jan Vesely could go here. If I am the Toronto GM I am not drafting another Euro-Big to go with Bargnani - I'm just not.
#6 Washington Wizards - Jan Vesely (SF/PF, 6'11, Czech Republic)
Kahwi Leonard, Jonas Valancuinas and Tristan Thompson have been talked about as going #6 but I have to stick with Vesely for now. I think SF is a bigger need - Based on how the workouts are going Leonard could well boost his stock well enough to go before this super long european though.
#7 Sacramento Kings - Jimmer Fredette (PG, 6'2, BYU, Sr)
Reports have come in that Fredette has amazed the Kings in their workout with him and there was already chatter of the Kings taking a point guard with this pick. It is my personal opinion that this is a huge reach though.
#8 Detroit Pistons - Jonas Valancuinas (PF, 6'11, Lithuania)
Depending on whether it is confirmed that Valancuinas can get over to the States and sort out his contract I believe the Pistons will take Valancuinas ahead of Leonard, Thompson and Biyombo as of right now. Both Pistons fans on these boards and myself would say that this is a mistake though.
#9 Charlotte Bobcats - Kawhi Leonard (SF, 6'6, San Diego State, So)
Toss-up between Marcus Morris and Kahwi Leonard. It appears as though the Bobcats really like Morris but I believe that the Bobcats just couldn't pass up on Kahwi Leonard if he were still there - especially when they already have Boris Diaw and Tyrus Thomas at PF - which is Marcus Morris' position.
#10 Milwaukee Bucks - Alec Burks (SG, 6'6, Colarado, So)
Chatter is divided. The Bucks could draft him, or maybe the Pacers will grab him at #15 if the Bucks skip on him. I believe the Bucks will take him as a replacement for Redd. But Marcus Morris is also strongly in play at this pick - As well as Tristan Thompson.
#11 Golden State Warriors - Bismack Biyombo (PF, 6'9, Congo)
Biyombo brings the huge defence they need - I have no doubts that they will jump all over him if he is available at #9. Tristan Thompson, Marcus Morris and Klay Thompson are also strongly in play for this pick if they are available.
#12 Utah Jazz - Klay Thompson (SG, 6'7, Washington State, Jr)
They won't be drafting a PF with Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap on the roster. Klay Thompson and Jordan Hamilton are in play with this pick (assuming the players taken in this mock draft aren't available)
#13 Phoenix Suns - Tristan Thompson (PF, 6'9, Texas, Fr)
Word is that Phoenix loves Tristan Thompson and I believe no matter what they will take him at #13.
#14 Houston Rockets - Marcus Morris (PF, 6'9, Kansas, Jr)
Marcus Morris is a steal here - There is a clear top 15 (with Jordan Hamilton yet to be taken) and it is still hard to tell where players will be going from #5 to #15. I can't really see Marcus Morris going this low - But he is the best available - So I have Houston Rockets taking Marcus Morris.
#15 Indiana Pacers - Jordan Hamilton (SG, 6'8, Texas, So)
Jordan Hamilton is the next best available and he can fit there.
#16 Philadelphia 76ers - Markieff Morris (PF, 6'9, Kansas, Sr)
Markieff is the next best available and also who the 76ers covet. The Sixers want to draft a big, and that's what they will get with Markieff. Chris Singleton and Donatas Motiejunas are also in play for this pick. If Markieff doesn't go here - He will likely go at #18 to Washington.
#17 New York Knicks - Marshon Brooks (SG, 6'5, Providence, Sr)
The majority of mock drafts have the Knicks drafting a wing player - Marshon Brooks is the best available - Plus chatter is around that the Knicks really like him.
#18 Washington Wizards - Chris Singleton (PF, 6'9, Florida State, Jr)
I personally think the Wizards should draft Faried but he is only an outside chance of being taken here. Donatas Motiejunas and Tobias Harris are in play for this pick also but out of those players, if the draft was today, Chris Singleton is who the Wizards would take.
#19 Charlotte Bobcats - Donatas Motiejunas (PF/C, 7'0, Lithuania)
They draft Leonard at #9 and Motiejunas #19 - Tobias Harris and Kenneth Faried could be taken here also. It is amazing how much Motiejunas' stock has fallen - I think he will be a really good player if he is drafted by the right team (ie NOT the Timberwolves)
#20 Minnesota Timberwolves - Nikola Vucevic (C, 7'0, USC, Jr)
They have PGs, tweeners, SFs and PFs and enough players to fill the SG position - Nikola Vucevic fills a need at center if he can become a good player.
#21 Portland Trail Blazers - Darius Morris (PG, 6'5, Michigan, So)
Portland seem desperate for Vucevic and will be unlucky if Vucevic doesn't drop to them. Morris can be a backup for Miller at PG. Tobias Harris and Kenneth Faried remain the best players on the board.
#22 Denver Nuggets - Tobias Harris (PF, 6'8, Tennessee, Fr)
A couple of mock drafts I follow have Harris going to Denver at #22 - and why not. If he's here, I don't see any reason the Nuggets don't pick him.
#23 Houston Rockets - Tyler Honeycutt (SF, 6'8, UCLA, So)
A couple of Mocks have Honeycutt going to Houston at #23 and with Jordan Hill, Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson and Brad Miller locked up and Chuck Hayes and Yao likely to be re-signed - they are set at PF and C. Kevin Martin is their only player on the wing as Budinger, Courtney Lee and Terrence Williams are support players and bench players. Lowry and Dragic at their PGs after trading Brooks. Tyler Honeycutt give them another wing player to increase their depth there.
#24 Oklahoma City Thunder - Kenneth Faried (PF, 6'7, Morehead State, Sr)
There seems to be a clear top 24 and in this mock draft I have Faried going #24 - but I wouldn't count on him going this low. 19-21 might be more his range where he gets picked.
#25 Boston Celtics - Justin Harper (PF, 6'10, Richmond, Sr)
Youth coming in with Garnett, Shaq and Jermaine O'Neal coming out.
#26 Dallas Mavericks - Josh Selby (PG, 6'3, Kansas, Fr)
The majority of mocks that I'm following have Dallas drafting a point guard - I guess because of Kidd's age, and best available is Josh Selby or Darius Morris. I have them taking Selby though.
#27 New Jersey Nets - Davis Bertans (PF, 6'10, Latvia)
At this point in the draft the term "Best Player Available" is a matter of opinion. Add in the fact that the Nets could draft almost any position and I have no idea who they will take - but the consensus across the reliable mock drafts I follow have Davis Bertans as the next best player available - so there you go.
#28 Chicago Bulls - Reggie Jackson (PG, 6'3, Boston College, Jr)
The Bulls have all 10 of their core re-signed into next season (Kurt Thomas being #11 that isn't re-signed at the moment). They could draft anywhere but I feel a better bacup for Rose might be needed. Jackson might step up, he may not, I doubt Chicago will be fussed.
#29 San Antonio Spurs - JaJuan Johnson (PF, 6'10, Purdue, Sr)
I suspect the Spurs can't replace Duncan with the #29 pick but they are excellent drafters so I'm sure they will find some value here. JaJuan Johnson fits the bill of a player who after the college season finished was projected to go in the 20s but for one reason or another his stock has dropped, he has a good attitude and could do very well in the Spurs system. I think the Spurs identify him as a player who is undervalued with huge potential.
#30 Chicago Bulls - Jeremy Tyler (PF, 6'10, USA)
Drafting on potential that may or may not work.
Five on the Border
Kyle Singler (SF, 6'8/6'9, Duke, Sr)
Chandler Parsons (SF, 6'10, Florida, Sr)
Shelvin Mack (SG, 6'2, Butler, Jr)
Nolan Smith (SG, 6'3, Duke, Sr)
Nikola Mirotic (PF, 6'10, Montenegro)
Lucas Nogueira (C, 6'11/7'0, Brazil)
If he confirms his place in the draft and ability to play in the next season it looks like he will get drafted in the 20s, but there is some serious doubt about whether he will come or not it seems with a bunch of mocks dropping him from their mock drafts because of it.
There you have it. Until next time...
Harbour's 2011 NBA Mock Draft: Version 4
Posted on: June 14, 2011 5:15 am