NBA Mock Draft 2.0.
It’s been two weeks since my first and latest NBA mock draft and it’s now time for mock draft 2.0. A lot has changed and a lot of new news has emerged since my last mock. The NBA scouting combine has happened and draft prospects have been meeting with teams for interviews and individual workouts. The only thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that it’s pretty clear that Kentucky power forward, Anthony Davis, will be the number one overall pick to the New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets haven’t come out and clearly said it, but it’s the no brainer pick.
We also found out that several different teams doctors have red flagged Ohio State power forward Jared Sullinger because of a back injury. Some believe that the back injury could shorten his career. This information may cause many teams to avoid drafting Sullinger. It also may cause Sullinger to fall out of the lottery and maybe even the first round. I believe that there is no shot that he falls out of the first round, he has too much talent to pass up on. I’m still not entirely sure if he will fall out of the lottery though. I guess we’ll find out right now.
Now it’s time for my second NBA mock draft. You can see my first one here, https://scoreboardsteve.com/2012/06/08/nba-mock-draft-1-0/ . Lets get to it, here is my NBA Mock Draft 2.0.
1.New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky – There’s nothing to say, it’s the clear-cut choice.
2.Charlotte Bobcats: Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas – It sounds like it’s between Robinson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Harrison Barnes here, but Robinson to me is the best prospect and is starting to become the favorite from recent reports.
3.Washington Wizards: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky – The Wizards seem like they really want this guy and will no doubt take him if he’s available. Bradley Beal will get consideration as well though I believe.
4.Cleveland Cavaliers: Bradley Beal, SG, Florida – The Cavs seem like they’ll take either Beal or Barnes here. Beal is a terrific scorer and has great range, and that’s all that Cleveland needs.
5.Sacramento Kings: Harrison Barnes, SF, UNC – It’s between Barnes and Andre Drummond here, and with a young rising center in the fold already in Sacramento in DeMarcus Cousins, Barnes is the easier choice. He adds some much-needed scoring.
6.Portland Trail Blazers: Andre Drummond, C, UCONN – There is six clear-cut big time prospects in this draft and five are already gone. Portland needs a big man to pair with power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Drummond comes with risks and could become Greg Oden 2.0. but the Blazers need a big man and Drummond has so much upside.
7.Golden State Warriors: Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse – The Warriors need scoring and Waiters has been rising up draft boards and really broke out this year at Syracuse. Golden State needs a SG anyway after trading Monta Ellis to Milwaukee.
8.Toronto Raptors: Austin Rivers, SG, Duke – Another guy that has rose up draft boards, Rivers offers some scoring for Toronto who desperately needs it and has nobody on their team.
9.Detroit Pistons: John Henson, PF, UNC – I had Jared Sullinger here last time, but with the bad back, he moves out of this spot. Detroit needs to add size and pair someone with Greg Monroe. Henson is a defensive beast and can add some scoring. Henson and Monroe would be a solid young back court.
10.New Orleans Hornets: Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State – Luckily for the Hornets, they get the best player in the draft at number one and also get the best point guard also at number 10. Lillard scores a lot and isn’t your prototypical point guard but some people are giving him Derrick Rose comparisons.
11.Portland Trail Blazers: Jeremy Lamb, SG, UCONN – The Blazers would love Damian Lillard to fall to them but that’s not happening if they don’t take him at number six. Lamb helps in the back court and adds needed scoring.
12.Milwaukee Bucks: Myers Leonard, C, Illinois – The Bucks need size after trading away Andrew Bogut. Leonard is 7’1 and plays solid defense, but needs to work on his offensive game.
13.Phoenix Suns: Terrance Ross, SG, Washington – The Suns need a shooter badly and Ross sure can shoot. I was close to mocking Kendall Marshall here since Steve Nash might be gone, but I think the Suns would prefer a scorer here and wait on Nash’s possible replacement.
14.Houston Rockets: Tyler Zeller, C, UNC – The Rockets need size desperately and Zeller is a great defensive center who can add a little offense. He runs the floor well and would be a great welcome addition to the Rockets.
15.Philadelphia 76ers: Terrence Jones, PF, Kentucky – The 76ers have a tough choice between Jones and Arnett Moultrie here. Moultrie I believe is a better all around player. He can score, rebound, and play defense and is taller at 6’11. Jones is a leader, plays great defense, can score some, and is a winner, and that’s what this young 76ers team needs, a winner.
16.Houston Rockets: Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State – The Rockets add more size and get a solid scorer in Moultrie, who can rebound as well. Moultrie, Zeller, and Luis Scola would then become a great rebounding team and add good depth to the Houston front court.
17.Dallas Mavericks: Kendall Marshall, PG, UNC – The Mavs need a PG as I believe Jason Kidd is headed to New York in free agency to join the Knicks or return to the Nets. Plus, Kidd is too old now and can’t run the point anymore. Marshall would be a great replacement, as I think he can be another Rajon Rondo. A tremendous true point guard that sure can pass but not score too great.
18.Minnesota Timberwolves: Moe Harkless, SF, St.Johns – The T-Wolves biggest need is a SG, but there is no one worth taking here. Harkless can do a little of everything and has good basketball IQ. He can play defense very well and can score when needed.
19.Orlando Magic: Fab Melo, C, Syracuse – The Magic need a center to replace Dwight Howard when he leaves. Melo is very raw and needs at least two years to finish his development. Melo already plays solid defense but has no offensive game yet. Orlando will work on that with him.
20.Denver Nuggets: Tony Wroten Jr, PG, Washington – The Nuggets don’t necessarily have a position of need and can go best player available (BPA). Andre Miller is a free agent, so a PG to backup Ty Lawson would be smart, and Wroten Jr is a great passer and maybe a better passer then Lawson.
21.Boston Celtics: Perry Jones III, PF, Baylor – Jones ia a top 10 talent but the Celtics need to keep his motor running and keep him focused. I think this is a good situation in Boston for Jones and he adds needed size at 6’11.
22.Boston Celtics: Royce White, SF/PF, Iowa State – White is another top 10 talent falling. He’s falling because of an anxiety disorder when on planes. The Celtics are yet another good fit for him and if focused, White and Jones add needed size and talent to an aging Celtics team.
23.Atlanta Hawks: Scott Machodo, PG, Iona – The Hawks need a PG to feed Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, and Al Horford. Jeff Teague isn’t getting it done and Machodo is a good ball handler and can score.
24.Cleveland Cavaliers: Quincy Miller, SF, Baylor – The Cavaliers get arguably the steal of the draft in Miller. Quincy Miller is another top 10 talent that will fall. He’s falling because of a knee injury and people not knowing what position he will play. He’s big at 6’10 and can play both small forward and power forward. He can also score from inside and deep, can rebound, and is a beast on defense.
25.Memphis Grizzlies: Marquise Teague, PG, Kentucky – The Grizzlies need a PG behind Mike Conley. Teague is the best one available and adds depth to that back court.
26.Indiana Pacers: Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State – Sullinger’s back injury causes him to fall considerably and he lands in a place where he can learn behind David West for a year and then start. This seems like a solid fit and Indiana could use his size.
27.Miami Heat: Draymond Green, SF/PF, Michigan State – The Heat could take anyone but Green is a point forward who can do everything. ESPN has called him a better passing Udonis Haslem and that seems to fit perfectly for Green.
28.Oklahoma City Thunder: John Jenkins, SG, Vanderbilt – The Thunder can draft the BPA and a lot of people could fit that bill but I think some SG depth could help in the event the Thunder can’t lock up James Harden and need a replacement who can just straight stroke it and that’s what Jenkins can do.
29.Chicago Bulls: Jeff Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt – The Bulls could possibly trade Luol Deng, opening a hole at SF. Taylor, like his Vandy teammate Jenkins, can straight shoot and shoot from deep. The Bulls need a shooter in the absence of Derrick Rose’s gruesome ACL injury. Taylor can add some defense too. Whether they keep Deng or not, Taylor is a good pick for Chicago.
30.Golden State Warriors: Tyshawn Taylor, PG, Kansas – The Warriors need a backup PG behind Steph Curry badly and get one in Taylor. Taylor is more of a scoring PG but will help behind Curry. Taylor and Waiters will help the Golden State back court big time.