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Posted: Sun May 23, 2010 4:12 am
Ok, here comes my first mock. I'll probably have another one with a few days left for the draft, but I don't expect many changes...
1.- Wizards: John Wall.- Easiest pick of the draft. If you have the chance to draft somebody special, you take him, not matter the needs on your roster. I'd do anything to keep Arenas from him, tho...
2.- Sixers: Evan Turner.- Another safe pick that adds a future all star and a building block for the Sixers franchise. Probably means Iggy's days in Philly are numbered, tho.
3.- Nets: Derrick Favors.- Enormous potential, and fits the Nets running style they want to have better than Cousins. Also, doesn't come with so many character issues.
4.- T'Wolves: Wes Johnson.- Cousins might go here, but moving Al Jefferson won't be easy and with him and Love, there's no room for another rookie big guy here. Also, they certainly can use a guy like Johnson that can do a bit of everything.
5.- Kings: Al-Farouq Aminu.- Cousins is an option as well, but they have a BIG need at SF and have the time to let Aminu develop. Also, seems like the Kings really like him and have him in the top 4 of the board. Not the pick I'd do, but everything it takes is one time to fall in love with the wrong player.
6.- Warriors: DeMarcus Cousins.- In this scenario, we can't do anything else than taking Cousins, with all his enourmous talent and potential and his enourmous red flags.
7.- Pistons: Hassan Whiteside.- A defensive stopper that ain't quite ready but may prove to be a smart pick down the road.
8.- Clippers: Patrick Patterson.- Typical guy that goes high because of good interviews, some talent and ability to play several positions. His shooting really helps him in that endeavor.
9.- Jazz: Greg Monroe.- With Boozer probably leaving and Okur a mild disappointment, the Jazz could do a lot worse than adding Monroe to their core.
10.- Pacers: Ekpe Udoh.- Has a lot of room to improve, and that potential helps him go higher than he probably should.
11.- Hornets: Cole Aldrich.- The Hornets need all the help they can get to win now, or CP might get anxious with so many defeats.
12.- Grizzlies: Ed Davis.- Davis is a guy that also has a lot of room to improve his game, and I can see him, in the future, as an Al Horford kind of player... He'll have the time to learn and develop coming from the bench in Memphis.
13.- Raptors: Daniel Orton.- I think Orton is gonna surprise a lot of people. He's not gonna be an all star, but I think he'll have a long career as a starter in this league. And taking him would free the Raps to slid Bargnani to PF as Bosh replacement.
14.- Rockets: Larry Sanders.- Needs to put a few more pounds of muscle, but Sanders has a lot of talent. Reminds me a bit of our Anthony Randolph. Can play the role Landry was playing for the Rockets before they traded him.
15.- Bucks: Xavier Henry.- Henry is a guy that can play both SG and SF and be productive at any of those spots. Considering Redd's career with the Bucks is basically done, they could do a lot worse than taking Henry here.
16.- T'Wolves: Donatas Motiejunas.- High risk, high reward pick. Although the risk at #16 is low enough to take him.
17.- Bulls: James Anderson.- I think Anderson can have a similar season to the one Marcus Thornton had for the Hornets last year.
18.- Heat: Stanley Robinson.- High potential pick here. Robinson is a great athlete that produces at both ends of the court and has room to improve his game even more.
19.- Celtics: Damion James.- Very coachable and plays hard, traits the Celtics love in their players. Should play a role from the bench right away for them.
20.- Spurs: Kevin Seraphin.- Yet another unknown euro pick for the Spurs. Seraphin is young and still looking to develop his game. But has potential, and the Spurs love taking those guys with late picks.
21.- Thunder: Luke Babbitt.- Highly skilled player with good range that should see lots of minutes as a rotational player from the get go.
22.- Blazers: Gordon Hayward.- Honestly, didn't know who to pick for the Blazers. But Hayward's potential is intriguing, and as it seems like Rudy won't be a Blazer next year, Hayward makes some sense here.
23.- T'Wolves: Gani Lawal.- They passed on Cousins before, but at this point, Lawal makes sense. They can keep him coming from the bench for one more year and learning for Jefferson and Love, and, if he develops properly, he'll see a ton of time by next year.
24.- Hawks: Willie Warren.- Good riddance, Joe Johnson...
25.- Grizzlies: Eric Bledsoe.- I don't think the Grizzlies are in love with Conley anymore, and Marcus Williams and Tinsley are not the answer. Drafting Bledsoe could push Conley's game into the next level, or if Bledsoe proves to be the better option, it may free them to trade Conley.
26.- Thunder: Solomon Alabi.- Big, intriguing guy that may not see the court much in his first season. But Krstic has a player option and, even if he stays, his contract runs out after next season. The Zombie Sonics could do a lot worse than adding a potential replacement this late in the first round.
27.- Nets: Elliott Williams.- Best player available. Elliott will have a chance to fight with Courtney Alexander, who's been a mild disappointment, for the starting SG spot.
28.- Grizzlies: Avery Bradley.- Rising fast in draft boards, this kis is only 19 and has a loot of room to improve. His workouts and interviews have been great, and that might be enough to get him into the late first round.
29.- Magic: Paul George.- Runs the floor well and has improved his game a lot during this season. He probably should go higher than this, but hey... the draft is not an exact science.
20.- Wizards: Miroslav Raduljica.- Quincy Pointdexter is another option here, but SF is easier to fill than C. Raduljica probably will need a season or two of... well, seasoning, but the Wizards can do worse than having him sitting behind McGee, just in case Javale can't get it done.