Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NBA Mock Draft

Conference Tournaments are happening and March Madness is right around the corner.  That means the NBA draft is starting to take shape!  We all know the Philadelphia 76ers are the worst team in the NBA, but will they win the lottery?  Is Andrew Wiggins still the concenssu number one pick or has Jabari Parker taken over?  You could argue a healthy Joel Embiid for top bidding as well!  This is the best time of the year, when everyone loves basketball and the MLB is about to throw out its first pitch of the new season!



1.) Philadelphia 76ers Jabari Parker  SF/PF Duke, Fr
  • Everyone assumed this pick would be Wiggins, regardless of who landed the pick
2.) Milwaukee Bucks Andrew Wiggins  SF Kansas, 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
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
4.) 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 come out and the Celtics can draft him, they should
5.) Los Angeles Lakers Dante Exum  PG/SG Australian Institute of Sport, Intl
6.) Sacramento Kings Julius Randle  PF Kentucky, Fr
7.) Utah Jazz Nik Stauskas  SG Michigan, Soph
8.) Denver Nuggets (via New York Knicks) Noah Vonleh  PF/C Indiana, Fr
  • The Nuggets are locked into almost all of their current contracts.  They should take the best player available
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.) Charlotte Bobcats 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
11.) Philadelphia 76ers Aaron Gordon  PF Arizona, Fr
12.) Orlando Magic Rodney Hood  SF Duke, Soph
  • The Magic need to find a partner for Nikola Vucevic in the front court, but Rodney Hood is the best player available
13.) 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
14.) Phoenix Suns Dario Saric  SF/PF Cibona Zagreb, Intl
  • 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
15.) Atlanta Hawks Jerami Grant  SF Syracuse, Soph
16.) 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
17.) Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn Nets) Zach LaVine  SG UCLA, Fr
  • Rajon Rondo or no Rajon Rondo, the Celtics have little guard depth
18.) Phoenix Suns (via Washington Wizards) Glenn Robinson  SF Michigan, Soph
  • Crowded front and back courts, a wing player is a need for the Suns
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.) Toronto Raptors Willie Cauley-Stein  C Kentucky, Soph
  • They will be lucky if Cauley-Stein falls this far, but sometimes these things happen
21.) Memphis Grizzlies James Young  SG/SF Kentucky, Fr
  • They need help at the SG/SF position
22.) Dallas Mavericks Adreian Payne  PF Michigan State, Sr
  • The Dallas Mavericks need a big body
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.) Los Angeles Clippers Jusuf Nurkic  C Cedevita, Intl
26.) Houston Rockets C.J. Fair SF, Syracuse
  • The Rockets bench has a gaping hole at the SF position
27.) Miami Heat T.J. Warren  SF/PF N.C. State, Soph
  • Miami might be starting from scratch this offseason
28.) Phoenix Suns (via Indiana Pacers) Bogdan Bogdanovic  SG Partizan, Intl
  • A full roster they will need to draft a player who they can store overseas
29.) Oklahoma City Thunder Wayne Selden  SG Kansas, Fr
30.) San Antonio Spurs Clint Capela  PF Chalon, Intl
  • Doing what the Spurs do best
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