Here is my final take at an NBA mock draft.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke – This pick is all but a lock. Unless the Cavs have a sudden change of heart, it will be Irving #1. In Irving, they get a player who can make his teammates better and also a player capable of taking games over.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, PF/SF, Arizona – This is not the ideal pick for the Wolves but Williams gives them more versatility in the front-court. If I was the Wolves GM, I would take Enes Kanter to pair with Kevin Love.
3. Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter, C, Kentucky – The Jazz are happy to take Canter and pair him with Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors, and Devin Harris to form a formidable four man group.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valancuinas, PF/C, Lithuania – Valancuinas is a versatile big who can pair with J.J. Hickson to have a very talented front-court for the Cavs.
5. Toronto Raptors: Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas – This is a pick that is gaining some steam. Thompson is from Toronto, is a great rebounder and defender and can also develop a decent offensive game over time.
6. Washington Wizards: Jan Vesley, PF, Czech Republic
7. Sacramento Kings: Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky – The Kings take advantage of the Jazz going big and draft a PG that can score the ball and pair with Tyreke Evans.
8. Detroit Pistons: Bismack Biyombo, PF/C, Congo
9. Charlotte Bobcats: Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Alec Burks, SG, Colorado
11. Golden State Warriors: Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State
12. Utah Jazz: Jimmer Fredette, PG/SG, BYU – The Jazz have to decide between Jimmer and Kemba and I think they will take Jimmer to sell some tickets.
13. Phoenix Suns: Chris Singleton, SF, Florida State
14. Houston Rockets: Marcus Morris, PF, Kansas
15. Indiana Pacers: Markieff Morris, PF, Kansas
16. Philadelphia 76ers: Donatas Motiejunas, PF/C, Lithuania
17. New York Knicks: Kemba Walker, PG/SG, Connecticut – It is not impossible to see this fall because if the Kings and Jazz pass on him, it makes sense for him to be available here and the Knicks would love to add the hometown kid to add a scoring punch off the bench.
18. Washington Wizards: Jordan Hamilton, SF, Texas
19. Charlotte Bobcats: Nikola Vucevic, PF/C, USC
20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Iman Shumpert, SG, Georgia Tech
21. Portland Blazers: Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State
22. Denver Nuggets: JuJuan Johnson, PF, Purdue
23. Houston Rockets: Nikola Mirotic, PF, Montenegro
24. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kyle Singler, SF, Duke
25. Boston Celtics: David Bertans, SF/PF, Latvia
26. Dallas Mavericks: Tobias Harris, SF, Tennessee
27. New Jersey Nets: Marshon Brooks, SG, Providence – Brooks takes a tumble due to Kemba Walkers tumble. However, the Nets are more than happy to add some scoring to their wing.
28. Chicago Bulls: Reggie Jackson, SG/PG, Boston College
29. San Antonio Spurs: Jeremy Tyler, PF/C, USA
30. Chicago Bulls: Jimmy Butler, SF, Marquette
Here are some predictions of mine for the NBA Draft.
- Enes Kanter will go #2 overall to the Timberwolves: Even though I have Derrick Williams mocked there, I think the Wolves are going to avoid the Michael Beasly type player in Williams and go after a true center to pair with Kevin Love to give them a very talented front court.
- The Cavs will trade the #4 pick: With Kanter off the board and the Europeans being to much of a risk, the Cavs will trade the 4th pick in the draft for a mid 1st round pick and a 2012 1st round pick, since that draft will be loaded.
- Six (6) teams will buy first round picks. That number is slightly higher than normal but with a ton of picks being available from 18 to 30, I think a lot of contenders are going to be looking to get back into the 1st round.
- Seven (7) Europeans will be selected in the first round. Kanter, Valanciunas, Vesley, Biyombo, Motiejunas, Bertans, and Mirotic.
- The first five picks in order will be Irving, Kanter, Knight, Thompson, and Leonard.
- The biggest bust in this draft will be Bismack Biyombo. He lacks any offensive game and is not that good of a defender. He is a shot blocker that gives away post position to often
- The biggest steal in this draft will be Alec Burks if he goes after 15. If he goes before 15 the biggest steal will be Iman Shumpert.
- Tony Parker, Andre Igoudala, and Lamar Odom will all be finding new homes after tomorrow’s draft.
- The Heat, Knicks, Cavs, Celtics, Lakers, and Suns will be the teams to buy first round picks.
That is all I got. Get ready for the NBA Draft, which is at 7PM tomorrow on ESPN. Friday and Monday I will recap the NBA Draft and then we will be back to football.
We are know 24 hours away from the start of the 2011 NBA draft and some rumors are starting to come out. The biggest rumor is that the Spurs are shopping Tony Parker to the Toronto Raptors for the 5th pick in the draft. The Raptors would use their trade exception acquired in the Chris Bosh to Miami trade. The Spurs are also talking to the Kings about the same trade for the 7th pick. Another big rumor is that the Knicks are possibly going to move Toney Douglas and the 17th pick for Omri Caspi of the Kings. I doubt that one happens as Donnie Walsh will be reluctant to give up one of their biggest trade pieces if they tried to get Chris Paul or Dwight Howard. A rumor starting to gain some movement is that the Timberwolves would be willing to move the 2nd pick in the draft for Pau Gasol if Derrick Williams is picked 1st overall. They might also move it even if Derrick Williams is available. Some other rumors are that Andre Igoudala is available for a mid lottery pick. The picks I think that are available for cash are the 18th, 19th, 20th, 23rd, 25th, 26th, 28th or 30th, and 29th. Teams that are interested in buying another 1st round pick are the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat. If I had to take a guess at when the 1st trade happens, I would say it is Tony Parker for the 5th pick in the draft.
This post will look at my opinions about Jeremy Hazell as an NBA player. I have seen him dominate the Big East for the last four years and know a lot about him. He is one of the top scorers in the draft class and his length and athleticism should make him a good defender. Whoever takes a chance on him in the 2nd round of this draft will be very pleased in the future.
1. His ability to score the ball: I was going to write his ability to shoot the ball but that is not the only way he scores. Before this season, he was considered only a shooter. But after this season, it is clear he can score in many ways. This year he showed us his ability to finish in the lane, force fouls, hit the mid range shot, and obviously hit the 3 ball. His ability to score the ball is simply unprecedented and will make him an offensive asset on any team.
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