Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NBA Mock Draft - Sweet 16 Edition

If there is anything that the NCAA tournament has shown us, it is that Andrew Wiggins is not NBA ready.  Sure against Eastern Kentucky he lead the Jayhawks with 19 points with 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.  But against a much tougher Stanford opponent, the Freshman was just 1-6 from the field for just 4 points and missed two 3s that Stanford let him shoot.  It is not his fault Kansas is out of the tournament, but an NBA ready player would have taken over the game.  There is no doubt in my mind that he enters the NBA draft, but he, nor we, should be surprised if he doesn't get selected 1st overall.  Don't worry Kansas fans, Jabari Parker did little to prove he was ready either, shooting 4-14 in Duke's first round exit to Mercer.  Have no fear, this NBA draft class is sure to be better than this seasons awful rookie performances.

Should Embiid even enter the draft?


Andrew  Wiggins NBA Draft
One game should never determine if a player is good or bad,
but a playoff game in the national spotlight isn't a bad place to start.

1.) Milwaukee Bucks Jabari Parker  SF/PF Duke, Fr
  • The last thing the Bucks need is another big.  With Larry Sanders, John Henson and Ersan Ilyasova on board, they need to focus on finding some depth at the guard position.  However, Jabari Parker could play along side any combo of those three
2.) Philadelphia 76ers Andrew Wiggins  SF Kansas, Fr
3.) Orlando Magic Marcus Smart  PG Oklahoma State, Soph
  • Orlando has been tied to Smart since last draft, and with Jameer Nelson on the way out, Smart and Oladipo give the Magic their backcourt of the future.  Smart was the first player to record 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals in a tournament game
4.) Utah Jazz Dante Exum  PG/SG Australian Institute of Sport, Intl
  • We had the Jazz drafting Nik Stauskas in the last mock, but it is way to early to grab him here.  Exum jumps up 2 spots.  The Jazz have done a nice job drafting in recent years, adding Trey Burke, Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward. However, they have very little depth at the guard position
5.) Boston Celtics Joel Embiid  C Kansas, Fr
  • As much as I like Kelly Olynyk, there is little doubt he will be a starting C in the NBA.  Injured or not, if Embiid comes out and the Celtics can draft him, they should
6.) Los Angeles Lakers Julius Randle  PF Kentucky, Fr
  • The Lakers have run Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Kendall Marshall at the PG position this season.  They were not the teams problems, but unless they believe in Marshall, none of them are the future either.  Unfortunately, there are no PGs to draft after Smart and Exum so the Lakers go after the BPA
7.) Sacramento Kings Noah Vonleh  PF/C Indiana, Fr
  • The Kings continue to clog up their front court adding players like Rudy Gay and Derrick Williams, but none of them can actually play the 4.  Vonleh moves up one spot
8.) Charlotte Bobcats (via Detroit Pistons) Gary Harris  SG Michigan State, Soph
  • The "Hornets" have surprised everyone this season.  They clearly need help in the backcourt as they traded for Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal at the trade deadline.  Harris moves up 2 spots
9.) Cleveland Cavaliers Doug McDermott  SF Creighton, Sr
  • With Luol Deng and C.J. Miles both heading toward free agency, Doug McDermott could start next season as the Cavaliers starting SF and a much needed floor spacer
10.) Denver Nuggets (via New York Knicks)  Aaron Gordon  PF Arizona, Fr
  • The Nuggets are locked into almost all of their current contracts.  They should take the best player available.  Gordon moves up a spot
11.) Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans Pelicans) Nik Stauskas  SG Michigan, Soph
  • Tony Wroten is a good scorer...off the bench.  Nik Stauskas can give the Sixers a quality all around guard.  Stauskas moves down 4 spots
12.) Atlanta Hawks Rodney Hood  SF Duke, Soph
13.) Orlando Magic (via Denver Nuggets) Adreian Payne  PF Michigan State, Sr
  • The Magic need to find a partner for Nikola Vucevic in the front court.  Is there a more NBA ready player than Payne?  Payne moves up 9 spots 
14.) Chicago Bulls (via Charlotte Bobcats) Kyle Anderson  SF UCLA, Soph
  • Derrick Rose will be back, eventually.  D.J. Augustin has probably played himself into a new contract from the Bulls front office.  SF is a weak spot on this roster.  Anderson moves up 2 spots
15.) Minnesota Timberwolves Tyler Ennis  PG Syracuse, Fr
  • I don't think Ricky Rubio or Kevin Love will re-sign with Minnesota.  The Timberwolves need to start drafting for that day
16.) Phoenix Suns (via Washington Wizards) T.J. Warren  SF/PF N.C. State, Soph
  • If you thought the Bobcats surprised people, how about the Suns!?  Trading Luis Scola for Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and a late 1st round pick was the best move last offseason.  Now they need to find another piece.  Warren jumps up 11 spots
17.) Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn Nets) Zach LaVine  SG UCLA, Fr
  • Rajon Rondo or no Rajon Rondo, the Celtics have little guard depth
18.) Toronto Raptors Willie Cauley-Stein  C Kentucky, Soph
  • They will be lucky if Cauley-Stein falls this far, but sometimes these things happen.  Cauley-Stein moves up 2 spots
19.) Chicago Bulls Montrezl Harrell  PF Louisville, Soph
  • Even if the Bulls can't move Carlos Boozer and his expiring contract in the offseason, they will need to replace Taj Gibson on the bench the following season
20.) Phoenix Suns James Young  SG/SF Kentucky, Fr
  • Crowded front and back courts, a wing player is a need for the Suns. Young slides up a spot
21.) Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas Mavericks) Dwight Powell PF Stanford Sr
  • The Thunder just keep on getting better.  Powell wasn't on my previous mock, but after watching him this tourney, he is a 1st round NBA pick for sure
22.) Memphis Grizzlies Glenn Robinson  SF Michigan, Soph
  • They need help at the SG/SF position.  Robinson falls 4 spots
23.) Utah Jazz (via Golden State Warriors) Deonte Burton  PG Nevada, Sr
  • Utah struggled without leadership at the PG position to start the season.  Trey Burke will need a trusty backup
24.) Charlotte Bobcats (via Portland Trailblazers) Semaj Christon  PG Xavier, Soph
  • They need to continue to strengthen their weakness.  Kemba plays most minutes, but they have no protection in case of injury
25.) Houston Rockets Jerami Grant  SF Syracuse, Soph
  • The Rockets bench has a gaping hole at the SF position.  Grant falls 10 spots
26.) Miami Heat K.J. McDaniels SF Clemson, Jr
  • What happens if LeBron walks?  McDaniels was not a part of the last mock
27.) Los Angeles Clippers Jusuf Nurkic  C Cedevita, Intl
28.) Phoenix Suns (via Indiana Pacers)  Clint Capela  PF Chalon, Intl
  • A full roster they will need to draft a player who they can store overseas.  Capela jumps two spots
29.) Oklahoma City Thunder Bogdan Bogdanovic  SG Partizan, Intl
  • Someone is going to have to replace James Harden eventually.  Jeremy Lamb has hit a wall after a nice start.  Bogdanovic falls one spot
30.) San Antonio Spurs Dario Saric  SF/PF Cibona Zagreb, Intl
  • Doing what the Spurs do best.  Saric falls 16 spots

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