2011 NBA Mock Draft

20 June 2011


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1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke
The Cavs have Baron Davis, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know he’s not the future. Irving is the best of a shallow draft class.
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2.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Derrick Williams, PF, Arizona
With Rubio agreeing to finally play for the Wolves missing out on the number one pick doesn’t sting as bad. They don’t need another four, but Williams is too good to pass up. Dealing the number two pick remains a strong likelihood.
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3.  Utah Jazz – Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky
Kemba Walker made noise in the NCAA tournament, but Knight has better size for the NBA game. Steph Curry is proving people wrong, but he’s more the exception than the rule. Devin Harris is an injury risk, but would allow Knight not to be rushed into too big of a role too soon.
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4.  Cleveland Cavaliers – Enes Kanter, PF/C, Kentucky
Talent out and talent in for Kentucky. After five first rounders last year, two go in the top four picks.  The Cavs added their point guard with the first pick, now they add a solid big.
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5.  Toronto Raptors – Kemba Walker, PG, UConn
The Raptors have Jose Calderon for two more years, and Jerryd Bayless looked solid at times. With shooting guard (DeMar DeRozan), center(Andrea Bargnani), and power forward (Ed Davis & Amir Johnson) situated, it’s a good time to add depth at point guard.
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6.  Washington Wizards – Jan Vesely, SF/PF, Czech Republic
Besides looking like the dude (Jesse Eisenberg) that played the dude (Mark Zuckerberg) that invented facebook, Vesely figures to be a solid small forward in the NBA. This year’s crop of players truly has an international feel.
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7.  Sacramento Kings – Bismack Biyombo, PF, Congo
Biyombo can help Cousins patrol the paint, allowing last year’s rookie sensation to focus more on his offensive game.
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8.  Detroit Pistons – Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State
The Pistons will have a void at small forward if Tayshaun Prince does not return. Leonard has the athleticism to play the three and is rugged enough to slide over to the four. Leonard averaged 14.1 points and 10.2 years in his two years at SDSU.
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9.  Charlotte Bobcats – Jonas Valanciunas, C, Lithuania
No offense to Kwame Brown, who played well at times last year, but the Bobcats need improvement in the middle. He is a bit of a project, but has great promise.
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10. Milwaukee Bucks – Alec Burks, SG, Colorado
The Bucks don’t have a particular hole to fill, but have their biggest need at the shooting guard position. Burks has ideal size and athleticism and a scoring touch, averaging 17.1 as a freshman and 20.5 as a sophomore.
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11.  Golden State Warriors – Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU
Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis both have injury concerns. Fredette would give them a scorer that can hit from anywhere on the floor.
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12.  Utah Jazz – Marcus Morris, SF/PF, Kansas
Morris has the ability to play either forward positions, but is more suited for small forward in the NBA. He joins Paul Milsap, Al Jefferson, and Derrick Favors to form a solid frontcourt.
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13.  Phoenix Suns – Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State
Mychal Thompson’s son averaged 22.1 points per game in his junior year. He has good size and a pure jump shot. With an $18 million option on Vince Carter and 38-year old Grant Hill entering free agency, the Suns have a void at the two-guard.
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14. Houston Rockets – Donatas Motiejunas, PF, Lithuania
The Rockets don’t have any glaring holes, but the could use some more size in the middle. At seven feet and lefty he could give Houston a nice scoring touch on the offensive side and an interior presence on the defensive side.
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15.  Indiana Pacers – Chris Singleton, SF, Florida State
There are some rumblings that Danny Granger could be moved in a draft day trade. Singleton could soften the blow and provide a defensive spark at small forward.
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16.  Philadelphia 76ers – Markieff Morris, PF/C, Kansas
The lesser of the Morris twins, but he would provide good frontcourt depth for a team short on quality bigs.
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17.  New York Knicks – Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas
Thompson gives the Knicks another banger inside to help A’mare.
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18.  Washington Wizards – Tyler Honeycutt, SF, UCLA
The Wizards have good young talent everywhere except for small forward. Vesely and Honeycutt would change that.
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19.  Charlotte Bobcats – Jordan Hamilton, SF, Texas
The Bobcats need to add depth at the swing position.
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20.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Marshon Brooks, SG, Providence
Wesley Johnson established himself as the starter, but Brooks would give Wayne Ellington some competition for backup minutes.
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21.  Portland Trail Blazers – Darius Morris, PG, Michigan
The Blazers really don’t have many holes, but they could use point guard depth.
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22.  Denver Nuggets – Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State
The Nuggets’ biggest weakness is at power forward and Faried is the best one available.
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23.  Houston Rockets – Reggie Jackson, PG/SG, Boston College
Having added a big man earlier in the draft, the Rockets grab an athletic combo guard.
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24.  Oklahoma City Thunder – Tobias Harris, SF/PF, Tennessee
Tobias is best available and fits a need as the Thunder don’t have much behind Durant or Ibaka at the three and the four.
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25.  Boston Celtics – Trey Thompkins, PF, Georgia
The Kendrick Perkins trade did not pay off and the Celtics need to add frontcourt depth.
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26.  Dallas Mavericks – Kyle Singler, SF, Duke
The champs can’t count on Shawn Marion forever so taking a decorated wing player makes sense.
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27.  New Jersey Nets – Josh Selby, PG, Kansas
Selby could push Jordan Farmar as D-Will’s backup. He could also see some time at the two.
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28.  Chicago Bulls – JaJuan Johnson, PF, Purdue
Gives the Bulls added length and athleticism.
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29.  San Antonio Spurs –  Davis Bertans, SF, Lativa
Bertans is a long small forward with great range. The Spurs are thin at the wing position and have success with international players.
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30.  Chicago Bulls – Iman Shumpert, PG/SG, Georgia Tech
Shumpert could cut his teeth backing up Rose, but should make his mark at the two.
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By Jeff P.
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Reports have said the Knicks are excelling interest in power forward/center Bismack Biyombo also known as the “B-Smack”.
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Biyombo will work out with the Knicks on Sunday following a workout in Toronto, and Detroit Monday. This means that the big-man center could land as early as 5th pick to the Raptors.
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Bismack Biyombo is a without a doubt is a strong,athletic,explosive beast as he is compared to a worse version of NBA center Dwight Howard. There was even some whispers that Biyombo was in the age group of 23-26, that’s how developed he really is.
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Bismack Biyombo is a beguiling prospect. So why would the Knicks seek interest in him?.
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Bismack Biyombo is a vicious, defensive, and energetic center. It sounds like the perfect fit for the Knicks. In the Spanish ACB league, Biyombo was a true star. Biyombo even set a record there recording 12 points 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. That’s right ten blocks in one game.
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Who will the Knicks be willing to deal for Bismack Biyombo?
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The Knicks will seek to trade their own draft pick and a player( no one was mentioned yet, though Landry Fields could be a possible name as he was in a deep struggle in the second half of the season). Toney Douglas coming out of his sophomore year, could be a possibility.
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What’s the Knicks plan how late can they get him?
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He will most likely be in the range of 5th pick to 11th pick, unless he completely messes up in workouts and brings himself down, out of the lottery. Though that is unlikely and if the Knicks are greatly considering the 6″9′ center it’s doubtful they would rely on a chance like that.
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What will be his role in the rotation?
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He will most likely be the starting center in the lineup, unless a change of his current status. He is an excellent ball-handler, shooter, and defender and could probably fill in an empty spot next to Amar’e Stoudemire.
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If the Knicks aren’t successful on receiving him and they traded up for the draft pick already what’s the deal?
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Tristan Thompson, and Donatas Motiejunas are always backup plans. Yes, they aren’t listed as centers but at their heights it is likely they can fit in as a center. Or there is a possibility the Knicks can go for a point guard possibly Kemba Walker can be an option.
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Knicks fans start becoming excited because B-Smack can soon be a Knickerbocker.
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You can follow Jeff @ http://twitter.com/#!/TheMLBNBAexpert.
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By: David Kay
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During his two years at Colorado, Alec Burks often shared the court with fellow shooting guard Cory Higgins.  The tandem served as the Buffaloes  dynamic duo accounting for nearly half of the team’s points last season.  It was because of that, that Burks built a relationship with Cory’s dad, former NBA player and current Charlotte Bobcats general manager, Rod Higgins.
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“I know his dad a lot because he came to a lot of games,” Burks said at the NBA Draft combine.  “I’ve got a great relationship with both of them.”
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Burks acknowledged that he had a meeting scheduled with the Bobcats during his stay in Chicago for the combine.  Having prior knowledge of Burks’ game and personality off the court might entice Higgins to use Charlotte’s ninth pick on the lengthy two guard who measured 6’6″ in shoes with a 6’10″ wingspan.  One source at the combine confirmed Charlotte’s interest in Burks, telling me that he heard Burks would not get past the Bobcats if he was still on the board when they were picking.
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Burks does not exactly fit a need for Charlotte who already has decent depth at the two with Stephen Jackson and Gerald Henderson.  Plus, the ‘Cats have a huge hole at small forward and center, though Burks could possibly play the three at the next level even though he thinks he is more of a combo guard.  So selecting Burks would certainly fit into the “best available player” theory rather than filling a need.  However, the Bobcats hold a second first round pick, 19th overall, and could look to fill a need with that selection if they landed Burks early on.
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Burks displayed his athleticism and versatility at CU, using ability to get to the rim and average a Big 12 best 20.5 points per game during his sophomore season.  The biggest knock on his games comes with his jump shot as he only connected on 29.2% of his attempts from three.
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“I feel like I was always a shooter,” Burks stated with confidence.  “I just went to the rack a lot more than I shot it.  I’m just showing people I can shoot it.”
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Playing at Colorado, Burks did not get the national exposure that most of the other prospects at the combine received.  “It didn’t really hurt me but it didn’t help me either.  I feel like if you’re talented enough, they’ll come find you and that happened in my case.”
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That has certainly been the situation for Burks who was not a major recruit coming out of high school.  Still, Burks has put himself in a great spot heading into the draft and admitted having a long list of teams wanting to meet with him at the combine.
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“Coming from two years ago, nobody knew me so it’s great to be in this position,” Burks said.  “Keeping that chip on my shoulder, staying hungry, wanting to get better, and prove to everybody that I can play at this level.”
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That type of attitude combined with his skill has a lot of people enamored with Burks’ potential at the NBA level.  With Bobcats GM Rod Higgins almost certainly part of that group, do not be surprised if Charlotte snags Burks with the ninth overall pick.
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David Kay is a senior feature NBA Draft, NBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank.  He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter Football.com and is a former contributor at The Washington Times Communities.
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke
Luck, yeah that’s what we’ll call it, was on the Cavs side as they brought home the number one pick. This trend of building a team around a dominant point guard continues. Irving and the fourth pick of the 2011 NBA draft will help the rebuilding process.
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2.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Derrick Williams, PF, Arizona
The Wolves get screwed again. Go figure. You can spin it any way you want, but there is no way a team has the futility that the Wolves have had in the NBA Lottery without some help. Not have they never improved their draft standing in the lottery, more often than not they lose ground. The Wolves have Kevin Love and Michael Beasley already, but Williams is to good to pass up. Hopefully Kahn can use him as a trade chip to at least improve the team.
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3.  Utah Jazz – Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky
Kemba Walker made noise in the NCAA tournament, but Knight has better size for the NBA game. Steph Curry is proving people wrong, but he’s more the exception than the rule. Devin Harris is an injury risk, but would allow Knight not to be rushed into too big of a role too soon.
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4.  Cleveland Cavaliers – Enes Kanter, PF, Kentucky
Talent out and talent in for Kentucky. After five first rounders last year, two go in the top four picks.  The Cavs added their point guard with the first pick, now they add a solid big.
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5.  Toronto Raptors – Kemba Walker, PG, UConn
The Raptors have Jose Calderon for two more years, and Jerryd Bayless looked solid at times. With shooting guard (DeMar DeRozan), center(Andrea Bargnani), and power forward (Ed Davis & Amir Johnson) situated, it’s a good time to add depth at point guard.
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6.  Washington Wizards – Jan Vesely, SF/PF, Czech Republic
Besides looking like the dude (Jesse Eisenberg) that played the dude (Mark Zuckerberg) that invented facebook, Vesely figures to be a solid small forward in the NBA. This year’s crop of players truly has an international feel.
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7.  Sacramento Kings – Bismack Biyombo, PF, Congo
Biyombo can help Cousins patrol the paint, allowing last year’s rookie sensation to focus more on his offensive game.
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8.  Detroit Pistons – Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State
The Pistons will have a void at small forward if Tayshaun Prince does not return. Leonard has the athleticism to play the three and is rugged enough to slide over to the four. Leonard averaged 14.1 points and 10.2 years in his two years at SDSU.
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9.  Charlotte Bobcats – Jonas Valanciunas, C, Lithuania
No offense to Kwame Brown, who played well at times last year, but the Bobcats need improvement in the middle. He is a bit of a project, but has great promise.
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10. Milwaukee Bucks – Alec Burks, SG, Colorado
The Bucks don’t have a particular hole to fill, but have their biggest need at the shooting guard position. Burks has ideal size and athleticism and a scoring touch, averaging 17.1 as a freshman and 20.5 as a sophomore.
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11.  Golden State Warriors – Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU
Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis both have injury concerns. Fredette would give them a scorer that can hit from anywhere on the floor.
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12.  Utah Jazz – Marcus Morris, SF/PF, Kansas
Morris has the ability to play either forward positions, but is more suited for small forward in the NBA. He joins Paul Milsap, Al Jefferson, and Derrick Favors to form a solid frontcourt.
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13.  Phoenix Suns – Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State
Mychal Thompson’s son averaged 22.1 points per game in his junior year. He has good size and a pure jump shot. With an $18 million option on Vince Carter and 38-year old Grant Hill entering free agency, the Suns have a void at the two-guard.
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14. Houston Rockets – Donatas Motiejunas, PF, Lithuania
The Rockets don’t have any glaring holes, but the could use some more size in the middle. At seven feet and lefty he could give Houston a nice scoring touch on the offensive side and an interior presence on the defensive side.
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I posted my lottery picks last month. Here’s a look at the whole first round.

1.Washington Wizards – John Wall, PG, Kentucky
Nothing has changed to move Wall out of the top spot.

2.  Philadelphia 76ers – Evan Turner, SG, Ohio State
Turner remains the Sixers’ best choice.

3.  New Jersey Nets – Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech
Favors remains the logical choice to bolster the Nets’ frontline.

4.  Minnesota Timberwolves – DeMarcus Cousins, C, Kentucky
While Wesley Johnson fills a need at the small forward position, they are easier to come by than true centers. Cousins gives the Wolves a force in the middle to pair with undersized Al Jefferson and/or Kevin Love.

5.  Sacramento Kings – Greg Monroe, C, Georgetown
With Cousins moving up a slot in this mock, the Kings go for Monroe instead to solidify the middle.

6.  Golden State Warriors – Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse
Johnson slips to Warriors, who gladly snatch him up. He is a great fit in their system as he can run the floor and stretch defenses with his three-point ability.

7.  Detroit Pistons – Ekpe Udoh, PF, Baylor
Udoh gives the Pistons a talented big man that can help out on both ends of the court. His shot blocking ability will be coveted.

8.  Los Angeles Clippers – Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest
The Clippers continue to put the pieces together as Aminu fills as need at small forward. With Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Aminu, Blake Griffin, and Chris Kaman, the Clippers have a talented, young nucleus.

9.  Utah Jazz – Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas
The Jazz were exposed for their lack of size against the Lakers. Aldrich gives them a better chance to advance.

10.   Indiana Pacers – Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina
Davis could end up one of the top 3-5 players in this draft. Getting him at ten, while filling a need, is a steal for the Pacers.

11.  New Orleans Hornets – Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky
What Patterson lacks in size, he makes up for it with ability. Chris Paul will fall in love with him.

12.  Memphis Grizzlies – Luke Babbitt, SF, Nevada
Babbitt won’t confuse anybody for a defensive stopper, but he is very talented offensively. He gives Memphis another shooter.

13.  Toronto Raptors – Hassan Whiteside, C, Marshall
Assuming Chris Bosh does not return to the Raptors, it’s rebuilding time. That affords them to take the raw Whiteside and allow him to develop. He should be a force immediately on defense and grow into an offensive player.

14.  Houston Rockets – Daniel Orton, C, Kentucky
Even if Yao Ming is healthy, they need insurance in case he is injured again. Orton needs some time to develop, which the Rockets can provide him as long as Yao is healthy.

15.  Milwaukee Bucks – Gordon Hayward, SF, Butler
Hayward made a name for himself in Butler’s impressive tourney run. He gives the Bucks another smart player that can knock down open shots.
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Here’s my first crack at a 2010 NBA Mock Draft. I’ll start with just the lottery picks. Click here for my updated 2010 NBA Mock Draft.

 

1.  Washington Wizards – John Wall, PG, Kentucky
Point Guards are the name of the game in this league it seems. Washington could consider Evan Turner since they have Arenas, but they can’t pass on the draft’s top prospect.

 

2.  Philadelphia 76ers – Evan Turner, SG, Ohio State
There is always a chance that they trade out of this slot, but I doubt it. Instead they’ll add Turner to their backup with Jrue Holiday and slide Iggy over to the 3.

 

3.  New Jersey Nets – Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech
The Nets were removed from the LeBron Sweepstakes when they failed to land the #1 pick. While it would have been nice to land Wall, they can plug in Favors, and athletic big man, to play alongside Brook Lopez.

 

4.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse
Back-to-back years the Wolves nab a top Syracuse player. Johnson gives the Wolves a talented wing player, a position of need. His three-point shooting can help stretch th floor. Of course, the Wolves make so many trades that it’s hard to predict what they’ll do.

 

5.  Sacramento Kings –  DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, Kentucky
If Cousins didn’t have baggage (maturity, weight issues, inconsistency) he would likely be the top big man selected in this draft. There is still time for him to move up, or slide down if he doesn’t impress. For now I’ll add him to the Kings’ frontcourt.

 

6.  Golden State Warriors – Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest
Aminu is very athletic and should thrive in the Warriors system. Gives them a boost in rebounding and defense.

 

7. Detroit Pistons – Greg Monroe, PF/C, Georgetown 
Monroe gives the Pistons length. He’s not a great rebounder or defender, but has the best passing skills of any big man in this draft.

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NBA Lottery Rant

19 May 2010

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I may sound like a broken record, but the way the NBA handles their draft infuriates me every year. I still can’t for the life of me understand while the media and general public does not call the NBA out for having a lottery system in the first place. They have so little trust that NBA teams won’t tank that they actually have to have measures to protect against that. Baseball gets ripped for the steroids, where it’s going on in every sport, but the NBA tries to sell of the excitement of the draft as a cover-up for a tanking concern.

 

In every other sport the worst team gets the first overall pick (which could actually be a detriment in the NFL, but the intentions are good and that’s a conversation for another day) in order to give them a chance to improve. Not so in the NBA. They devised a ridiculous formula that flat-out doesn’t work. You don’t have to be a math genius to figure out something’s rotten in Denmark. All too often the team with the best odds doesn’t get the number one pick. That goes against mathematical probabilities. Here’s a look at the teams that ended up with the #1 pick and the odds.

 

2010:  Washington Wizards got the #1 pick with the 5th best odds
2009:  LA Clippers got the #1 with the 3rd best odds
2008: Chicago got the #1 pick with the 9th best odds
2007: Portland got the #1 with the 7th best odds
2006: Toronto got #1 with 4th best odds
2005: Milwaukee got the #1 pick with the 6th best odds
2004: Orlando got the #1 pick with the 1st best odds
2003: Cleveland got the #1 pick with the 1st best odds
2005: Milwaukee got #1 with 6th best odds
2002: Houston got #1 with 5th best odds
2001: Washington got #1 with 3rd best odds (Michael Jordan’s first pick, hmm)
2000: New Jersey got #1 with 7th best odds (Former NBA exec Rod Thorn’s first year with NJ, hmm)
1999: Chicago got #1 with 3rd best odds
1998: LA Clippers got #1 with 3rd best odds
1997: San Antonio got #1 with 3rd best odds
1996: Philadelphia got #1 with 2nd best odds
1995: Golden State got #1 with 5th best odds
1994: Milwaukee got #1 with 4th best odds
1993: Orlando got #1 with 11th best odds (1 in 66 chances, hmm)
1992: Orlando got #1 with 2nd best odds
1991: Charlotte got #1 with 5th best odds

 

So why would the NBA want the Washington Bullets, I mean the Wizards to get the number one pick? Simple. Gilbert Arenas disgraced the city and gave the NBA a bad name. What better way to put that fiasco behind you than awarding them John Wall. People are talking about Wall now and how Arenas has to adjust his game. The gun scandal is an afterthought.

 

I’m going to continue to be skeptical about the draft until they actually show us the ping pong balls. There have been too many instances where the two teams with the best odds have failed to get the top pick. In the last 20 years the team with the best odds only landed the top pick twice. The number two team landed it twice. That’s four times in 20 years of 20 percent of the time. The problem is, that number should be twice as high. That’s the same as the team with the 5th best odds won. The team with the third best odds has won five times. It’s staggering that 55 percent of the time the #1 pick goes to the team with the 3rd, 4th, or 5th best odds.

The Orlando Magic didn’t take Cleveland’s Shaq acquisition lying down as they made a big splash of their own by landing Vince Carter from the New Jersey Nets.  ESPN is reporting that the Nets sent Carter and Ryan Anderson to the Magic for Rafer Alston, Tony Battie, and Courtney Lee. 

This marks yet another salary dump, which has been commonplace this week.  Milwaukee dumped Richard Jefferson and Phoenix dumped Shaq.  Clearly the economic climate is playing a major role in teams’ decision making.

Vince Carter’s fantasy value takes a  hit as he’ll have to share with Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Jameer Nelson, and possibly Hedo Turkoglu.  Courtney Lee appears to be the biggest gainer in fantasy value.

ESPN is reporting that the Cavs and Suns have agreed on a trade that send Shaq to the Cavs for Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, a second round pick in today’s NBA Draft, and some cash. 

The move is somewhat of a Band-Aid for the Cavs.  Sure Shaq helps, but I’m not sure he’s enough to put them over the top.  Odds are both Wallace and Pavlocic will never play a minute for the Suns as they are strong buyout candidates.

2009 NBA Mock Draft #4

24 June 2009
Here’s my fourth 2009 NBA Mock Draft. (Updated 6/25)

1.  Los Angeles Clippers – Blake Griffin
No doubt.
Previous pick:  Blake Griffin, Griffin, Griffin

2.  Mempis Grizzlies – Hasheem Thabeet
He’s slipping a little, but with such a short supply of big men, he’ll go #2 (maybe tot he Wolves) and learn to play Offense on the fly while he provides a defensive presence.
Previous Pick:  Jordan Hill, Hasheem Thabeet, Thabeet

3.  Oklahoma City – James Harden
Though he doesn’t fill an immediate need, Harden is a polished scorer who should take some pressure off of Durant.
Previous Pick:  Hasheem Thabeet, Jordan Hill, Hill

4.  Sacramento Kings – Ricky Rubio
The Wolves may trade up to get Rubio, but if he’s there at four, he’ll be a King.
Previous Pick:  Ricky Rubio, Rubio, Rubio

5. Minnesota Timberwolves – Tyreke Evans
If the Wolves hang onto this pick, I believe Evans will be the choice. After trading Foye and Miller, the Wolves have an opening at the 2.
Previous Pick:  James Harden, Harden, Harden

6.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Stephen Curry
New Wolves GM saw firsthand what a shooter like Reggie Miller brought to the table.  Curry can run the point for the Wolves and open things up inside with his outside touch. 
Previous Pick: Brandon Jennings, Brandon Jennings 

7.  Golden State Warriors – Ty Lawson
I am going back to Lawson here.  He’s looked good in workouts and his blazing speed will translate well in Nellie’s uptempo offense.
Previous Pick:  Ty Lawson, Jrue Holliday, Curry

8.  New York Knicks – Jordan Hill
I have gone PG with my earlier picks, but an athletic big man would be a nice fit in D’Antoni’s offense.
Previous Pick:  Jonny Flynn, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings

9.  Toronto Raptors – DeMar DeRozan
With Evans gone I go back to DeMar DeRozan.  He’ll throw down plenty of Jose Calderon’s lobs.
Previous Pick:  DeMar DeRozan, DeRozan, Tyreke Evans

10.  Milwaulkee Bucks – Brandon Jennings
Another team I’ve changed my mind on a few times.  Jennings has the most upside of the PGs.
Previous Pick:  Stephen Curry, Jonny Flynn, Jrue Holliday

11.  New Jersey Nets – Earl Clark
With Jefferson gone, the Nets could go for a wing player, but Clark’s size and athleticism make more sense here.
Previous Pick: DeJuan Blair, Blair, Earl Clark

12.  Charlotte Bobcats – Gerald Henderson
His Offense is great, but Larry Brown will love his Defense.
Previous Pick:  Wayne Ellington, Gerald Henderson, Henderson

13.  Indiana Pacers – Jrue Holliday
Holliday slides a bit, which makes the Pacers day.  Holliday will need to develop a bit, but his ceiling is high.
Previous Pick:  Eric Maynor, Maynor, Jonny Flynn

14.  Phoenix Suns – James Johnson
Poor man’s Shawn Marion.
Previous Pick:  Earl Clark,Clark, James Johnson

15.  Detroit Pistons –  Tyler Hansbrough
His energy and toughness should translate in the NBA.  Won’t be a star, but will do the little things.
Previous Pick:  Tyler Hansbrough, Hansbrough, Hansbrough

16. Chicago Bulls – DeJuan Blair
Blair gives the Bulls a big man that should be able to contribute right away.
Previous Pick:  Tyreke Evans, Evans, Blair

17.  Philadelphia 76ers – Johnny Flynn
Flynn gets to stay on the East Coast and gives the Sixers a PG that can run the offense and take the shot when needed to.
Previous Pick:  Jeff Teague, Ty Lawson, Lawson

18.  Minnesota Timberwolves – B.J. Mullens
Who knows what’s going to happen with this pick, but if the Wolves keep it they’ll take the big man here.
Previous Pick:  B.J. Mullens, Mullens, Mullens

19.  Atlanta Hawks – Eric Maynor
I still like Maynor in this spot.  A PG that should be able to play right away.  Ceiling isn’t high on him though.  Even if the Jamal Crawford deal goes down, they’ll still need a long term answer at Point.
Previous Pick: Patrick Mills, Jeff Teague, Eric Maynor

20.  Utah Jazz – Terence Williams
Jerry Sloan will love T-Will’s toughness on D.
Previous Pick:  Gerald Henderson, Terrence Williams, Chase Budinger

21.  New Orleans Hornets – Jeff Teague
Teague gives the Hornets a combo guard who could backup CP3 or play alongside him.
Previous Pick:  Chase Budinger, Budinger, Jeff Teague

22.  Portland Trailblazers – Omri Casspri
The Blazers covet Casspri, which is why they moved up two spots to get him.
Previous Pick: Jrue Holliday, Darren Collison, Collison

23.  Sacramento Kings – Austin Daye
Daye won’t start out of the gate, but is a nice backup to Jason Thompson.
Previous Pick:  James Johnson, Johnson, Austin Daye

24.  Dallas Mavericks – Darren Collison
The Mavs still get their guy at a lower price and pick up a couple second round picks.  Not bad.
Previous Pick:  Darren Collison, Austin Daye, DaJuan Summers

25.  Oklahoma City – Sam Young
Young can defend and score.  Not a lot of upside, but should contribute right away
Previous Pick:  Gani Lawal, Lawal, Sam Young

26.  Chicago Bulls – Chase Budinger
Bulls get the athletic wing with good range after Omri moves up to the Blazers.
Previous Pick: Derrick Brown, Omri Casspri, Casspri

27.  Memphis – Taj Gibson
The bottom of the draft is a crapshoot, but Gibson would give Memphis depth in the frontcourt.
Previous Selection:  Sam Young, Young, Taj Gibson

28.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Derrick Brown
The Wolves added Guards and a Center, so adding an athletic Wing is all that’s left.
Previous Pick:  Terrence Williams, DaJuan Summers, Patrick Mills

29.  New York Knicks – Patrick Mills
The Knicks will take their PG with the pick they bought from the Lakers.
Previous Pick:  Omri Casspri, Patrick Mills, Derrick Brown

30.  Cleveland Cavaliers – Wayne Ellington
Ellington can score, which should help take some pressure off LBJ.
Previous Pick:  DaJuan Summers, Nick Calathes, Wayne Ellington

Previous Mock Drafts
Mock Draft #1:  5/21/09
Mock Draft #2:  6/11/09
Mock Draft#3:  6/17/09


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