This will cover picks 17 through 30. I have to leave after the Blazers pick. I will have a writeup out tomorrow analyzing the Knicks draft and the rest of the NBA draft.
Trade Rumor: The Rockets and Wolves have agreed to trade J Flynn and Montiejunas to Houston for Brad Miller, 23rd pick and future 1sst, source says
Update #5 – The Blazers selects Nolan Smith from Duke. Kind of surprising but he gives the Blazers another scorer off the bench.
Update #4 – The Timberwolves select Donatas Motiejunas from Lithuania – David Kahn is trying to load up on 5 PF’s and 5 PG’s to make his team up.
Update #3 – The Charlotte Bobcats select Tobias Harris for the Milwaukee Bucks. Pretty good pick though I had him going a little later. I would have taken Jordan Hamilton.
Update #2: The Washington Wizards select Chris Singleton with their second pick. They got much better in this draft.
Trade Rumor #2: The Pacers will also send the 42nd pick in this draft to the Spurs as part of the package to get George Hill, source says.
Update #1: Your New York Knicks select Iman Shumpert, the dual PG/SG from Georgia Tech. I love this pick as it will give us defense and versatility off the bench.
Trade Rumor: The Spurs will send George Hill to the Pacers as part of the package, source says.
With the NBA Draft just one day away, I figured I would take a go at an NBA Mock Draft.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke: Kyrie Irving is the best prospect in this draft and has drawn comparisons to Chris Paul. While I don’t think he will be that good, he will give the Cavs a face of their franchise and a future All Star.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, SF/PF, Arizona: Derrick Williams is a versatile forward who could pair with Wesely Johnson, Kevin Love, and Michael Beasly to give them a very deep and young front-court.
3. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky: This is the popular pick right now and it makes sense. Knight is a phenomenal player with tons of potential and could replace Deron Williams.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Enes Kanter, PF/C, Kentucky: The Cavs are hoping that the Jazz pick Knight because that means that Kanter will be available here. He will give the Cavs a legitimate center to pair with J.J. Hickson.
5. Toronto Raptors: Jan Vesley, PF, Serbia: Vesley has an NBA body and his size would be a nice compliment to Bargaini in the front court. He could give the Raptors flexibility and skill in the front-court.
6. Washington Wizards: Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State: Leonard is a versatile SF that can provide defense and energy as well as a good mid-range game.
7. Sacramento Kings: Kemba Walker, PG, Connecticut: Walker is the best leader in this draft and can pair with Tyreke Evans to give the Kings a talented back-court.
8. Detroit Pistons: Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas: Thompson is a tenacious rebounder that can pair with Greg Monroe in the Pistons front-court.
9. Charlotte Bobcats: Chris Singleton, SF, Florida State: Singleton is the best defensive wing in this draft and could replace Gerald Wallace at the SF spot.
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Alex Burks, SG, Colorado: Burks has a great offensive skill set that will pair nicely with Brandon Jennings.
11. Golden State Warriors: Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State: Thompson can shoot the ball from anywhere and has a great game going to the basket. Defense is not his strength, but who says the Warriors play defense.
12. Utah Jazz: Marcus Morris, SF/PF, Kansas: Morris is a good faceup PF that can also play some SF. He has good range and is a decent rebounder/defender.
13. Phoenix Suns: Jimmer Fredette, PG/SG, BYU: Fredette can provide a nice scoring threat off the bench and will sell a lot of tickets while also being groomed as the PG of the future.
14. Houston Rockets: Jonas Valanciunas, PF/C, Lithuania: With the reports that Jonas will be able to come to the NBA in 2012, his stock could go back up but I think he lands in a good situation. The Rockets need to move on from Yao and Jonas has a great skill set, similar to Yao’s.
15. Indiana Pacers: Markeiff Morris, PF, Kansas: Morris is a versatile PF who can step out and knock down jumpers as well as play with his back to the basket. He rebounds well and can also block a shot or two.