Season’s over: First mock draft

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Dallas has won the NBA title. Let me just be the 17,679,331 person to congratulate him on winning his first title, and delivering the franchises’ first title, too. Also, congratulations because Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson have deemed you a Top 20 player all time.

Being at the end of the year, I believe a championship puts the Mavericks as the No. 1 power ranking team in the league. Still, they’ll have the 26th pick in the NBA draft, which I’ll get to later (of course). Or is Miami still No. 1? Because – wait – did they lose the series or did the Mavericks win it? Well, that’s what the sad ESPN analysts will get to decided from now until October.

From now until October, I am not an ESPN analysts. No, I’m a draft psychic of sorts. I’ll be bringing you multiple mock drafts (of different style) the next two weeks, before we get to the draft (set your clocks to June 23 at 7 p.m. for first pick… not 6:30 that night for all that repetitive analysis stuff).

So hopefully before ESPN starts unleashing the fury of draft talk, you’ll read this post… you know, so you “heard it here first.” But I can’t promise you I’m going to deliver identical picks to ESPN’s Chad Ford. I don’t want that. What I’m going to do is deliver you (in this mock draft) my prediction, followed by an unspecified number of “scenarios,” which could also occur with any given pick. In order to explain this, I should just stop rambling and let you read the rest of this post (getting to the important stuff). So I won’t explain anything further.

OH, and congrats Dirk… or wait, did I say that already?

1 | Cleveland Cavaliers | Kyrie Irving

It’s like I’ve been sworn in, and can’t begin to try to tell you the Cavs will take Derrick Williams, the hybrid forward from Arizona who became famous in the NCAA tournament. Although I’d really like to tell you why they should take Williams, I can’t do that either – or else you wouldn’t read any more of this post. So there! (Sticking my tongue out at YOU!)

Cavs fans be forewarned by this. Irving might be a one position player, knowing where he’s going to be playing at in the NBA (unlike Williams is… sort of a small power forward), but you will be drafting him based off of an 11 game career at Duke. Sure, his stats look good – 17.5 ppg/ 4.3 apg/ 3.4 rpg – but come on, that’s like being a baseball player who goes 17-for-33 in 11 games, calling it a career and believing he will go down in the books as the hitter with the best average of all time. No, no, Mr. Baseball Average that’s not how it works. There is a game limit to that statistic. You didn’t meet it.

Still, the Cavs are looking at that .515 batting average and thinking, “Oh my, this guy is the greatest player I’ve ever seen! There’s no way those stats are real!” Well they aren’t. Those stats are fake boobs – manufactured.

Irving’s stats are manufactured, too. Duke’s first 11 games, the two best teams they played were Butler and Kansas State. Yes, Butler was in the Final Four. But that wasn’t the Final Four team Dec. 4. Not yet, at least. In the first 11 games, Kansas State was definitely the best team Duke played – and the best NBA-type competition for Irving to show his stuff. That was Jacob Pullen, likely a 2nd round draft pick (belated Spoiler Alert). In the game, Irving had 17 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals. Pullen, on the other hand, was held to 1-for-12 shooting (like LeBron in the 4th quarter).

On this game alone, the Cavs will pick Irving.

• Scenario 2 | Derrick Williams — My heart lies with Williams, but my brain (as so adequately described above) is with Irving. If Williams is all he unleashed in the NCAA tournament this March, then he’s the consensus No. 1 pick. Williams showed a lot of his potential in Arizona’s four tournament games in March. In game 1, Williams scored 22 on Memphis, adding also 10 rebounds. In game 2, Williams scored 19 points and added 9 rebounds (also impressive was he got to the free throw line 15 times). Game 3 was against Duke (Irving didn’t play). Williams did. He dropped 32 on the Dukies, adding 13 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block (also impressive was he went 5-of-6 from the three point line). In the Duke game he faced probably some of his toughest competition in the tournament – the Plumlee brothers. In the Final Four game (which Arizona lost), Williams has his worst game of the tournament, dropping 20 points on Connecticut and adding 5 rebounds.

Williams averaged 19.5 ppg this season at Arizona, which was 4 points more than the previous season. He made magic happen in the tournament, like a fellow potential lottery pick – Kemba Walker. What I don’t like about Williams is what I don’t like about Kemba. They’re tournament players, not like golf. Their eyes light up when they see they’re in a tournament – preseason, conference or postseason. They do their best work when it’s win or go home, which worries me. There are 82 games in an NBA season, not to mention a maximum of 28 in the playoffs if you go all the way to game 7 of the NBA finals. Can either player do what he did in the NCAA tournament for 82, or 100 games, in the NBA?

That, to me, is the looming question… the reason the Cavs don’t take Williams – or Kemba for that matter.

2 | Minnesota Timberwolves | Derrick Williams

I’m not bold enough to predict a trade out of this pick for Minnesota. There is a lot of talk about that happening, but I’m just not that cocky to get to the 2nd pick in the draft and say, “Here comes a trade.” No, I can’t do that. Instead, I’ll couple the best available talent with the next team to pick… that being Williams-to-Minnesota.

Minnesota has a lot of questionable talent under contract, but one of those players with questionable talent, Michael Beasley, seems to have worked out rather well for the Timberwolves. By drafting Williams, you’re putting the Arizona prospect in a situation where he really can’t win. Williams is a mix of small forward and power forward, but should really be a David West-mold of power forward in the league. Beasley is a small forward. No problem there. Just a bigger problem at the power forward position.

Kevin Love had a huge season and has had multiple for Minnesota in his career. Man, Love has to be ready to cash in on all of his charity to Minnesota. I can’t see Love being with the team much longer – that is, after his contract expires. Maybe with that comes a loop hole for Williams. Love might be able to teach Williams something valuable; after all, the do have similar games in terms of rebounding ability and shooting range.

It’s a difficult situation for Williams, who believes the Cavs should draft him because he has the most “star power” and can replace LeBron James, but it’s one he will have to deal with after Minnesota takes him.

• Scenario 2 | Trade — I am ballsy enough, however, to predict the second most likely destination for this No. 2 pick to be traded. I also understand the draft enough to predict this. I also understand two of the major possibilities for this pick.

First, there is the ever-so-talked-about deal where the Cavs and Timberwolves would swap picks. The Cavs would get this pick, after having the No. 1 pick already in the books, and the Timberwolves would get the 4th pick, giving GM David Kahn and his front office a longer list of names to choose from, safely. The Cavs, then, would take Derrick Williams, who some people (namely, THIS GUY) believe should be taken first overall in the first place. But, no, that wouldn’t make sense because the Timberwolves would glady pick Irving if he fell to them.

Poor, poor Minnesota. They’ve never had a No. 1 overall pick, and this year it was sure they’d take Irving first overall, having the best odds to win the NBA draft lottery. Instead, the Cavs won it with a pick previously owned by the Los Angeles Clippers (the chances that pick would win the lottery were something less than 5%… Minnesota had a 25% chance to win it). The Cavs got the rights to the pick, previously slotted 7th in the draft, via the trade which brought Baron Davis to Cleveland. Now the Cavs are trying to replace Davis? How unfair, but ironic.

Second, the Los Angeles Lakers would make a deal with Minnesota, sending Andrew Bynum and Shannon Brown to Minnesota for the No. 2 pick in the draft, and a second round pick (which off the top of my head I can’t recall the exact spot). In turn, the Lakers would take Kemba Walker with the pick. Williams would slide.

• Scenario 3 | Enes Kanter — There are picks that should have gotten Kahn fired in the past. Many picks. In 2009, Ricky Rubio was the 5th pick in the draft to Minnesota. A point guard. Then, Kahn drafted another point guard with the 6th pick – they had back-to-backers. Fire him, they didn’t.

In 2007, the Timberwolves took Corey Brewer (no longer with the team). He was a bad pick. He’s now a bench warmer on the Dallas Mavericks roster; however, he has a ring – Kahn doesn’t. Whooooops.

Then there are the picks that turned into bad maneuvers. In 2006, they picked Brandon Roy 6th in the draft, then traded him to Portland where he is now an All-Star. In 2009, Ty Lawson was the 18th pick – and third point guard taken in the first round by Minnesota. Lawson, no Flynn or Rubio, turned out to be the best point guard of the three picks… and Kahn got rid of him. In 2008, Mario Chalmers was the 34th pick. He’s now a pretty darn good role player for the Miami Heat, and could’ve been their early answer at point guard before the 2009 debacle.

Picking Kanter here, at No. 2, is a pick that gets you fired. Finally. Kanter, like Irving, is unproven foundation on a house. He was ready to play at Kentucky this year, but was rule ineligible. He’s been watching SportsCenter in Turkey all year.

While this is a pick that gets Kahn fired, it’s also the 3rd scenario. See, Kahn’s not dumb. He doesn’t want to get fired, and he knows exactly what picks can get him axed.

3 | Utah Jazz | Brandon Knight

The most important player the Jazz lose this offseason is Andrei Kirilenko, but there has been a lot of discussion about the Jazz wanting to avoid a look-a-like prospect with the 3rd pick in this draft. Utah has the 12th pick in the draft, also, so there they can look for a replacement of sorts.

While the Lakers would have taken Kemba Walker 2nd overall (See: Timberwolves’ Scenario 2), that does not mean other teams would or should. Kemba should slide to a late lottery pick. I’m actually a much bigger fan of Knight than Kemba, or Irving for that matter. I believe if all the dominos fall in the right order Knight can be the all-star point guard of this group of point guards, who are going to get drafted early in this draft.

But I base that off of a lot of what I saw in the NCAA tournament, like Williams. Knight has the leadership qualities and intangibles I like to see in a point guard; however, he also developed his leadership and “clutchness” in March.

The most important thing I take from Knight’s performance in the tournament is his short term memory, the most underrated trait in good point guards in the NBA. In the first round, he scored 2 points against PRINCETON, of all other teams. In the second round, he played a much tougher West Virginia team and scored 30 points to lead Kentucky to a win. Against top seed Ohio State he only scored 9 points, but that didn’t faze him… he hit the game-winning shot, to lead the Wildcats over the Buckeyes, 62-60. Then a bounce-back game after that saw Knight score 22 points, and even grab 7 rebounds. In the loss to Connecticut, Knight wasn’t the reason Kentucky fell. Knight scored a team-high 17 points.

He has everything I love in a point guard. His short term memory, paired with his leadership, versatility and confidence make him my favorite point guard in this draft. Utah is going to like this youngster.

• Scenario 2 | Jan Vesely — Kirilenko would be replaced with this Czech Republic product; however, Vesely would be even more than Kirilenko was for Utah. The thing to like about Vesely is that he is more than just a single-threat European player, like many of them are. Vesely is both more athletic and more versatile than any other European prospect in this draft.

The question that rises with this choice is, “Why a small forward?” Utah has plenty of talent at the small forward and power forward positions on their roster, beginning with last year’s first round pick, Gordon Hayward. Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap are primarily power forwards, but they are the type of talented players who could hold their own at the small forward position, too.

By drafting Vesely, Utah would be questioning Hayward in a sort of full frontal assault. This could mean giving up on Hayward, or rather just providing him some more competition. Either way, I don’t know if Utah wants to make that move.

4 | Cleveland Cavaliers | Enes Kanter

We wont have an idea of what the Cavs will do with the 4th pick until they do something with the 1st pick, of course. Since I have them taking Irving, they’ll draft Kanter, who played fewer games than Irving did this season. Kanter is the best center this draft has, and a center is what Cleveland needs. Drafting a point guard and center with picks 1 and 4 is like drafting the bookends of the organization. Or so the Cavs hope.

Despite Kanter not having played this season, he wasn’t afraid to workout at the NBA combine in Chicago in May. That action alone is worth looking into Kanter. He also performed rather well at the combine. Kanter is a likable prospect in that he is a true center. He is talented at using his body to draw contact down low. He’ll try drawing fouls, and he’ll try getting to the line. Still, he lives in the paint area.

Now he is no Shaq, but he’s the best this draft has to offer at his position. He is also a good passer for his position. Often, you don’t see a lot of centers who are great passers. That isn’t the case with Kanter. If in 5 years Kanter is having a successful career, he’ll be known for his physicality and his passing ability.

• Scenario 2 | Kemba Walker — It only makes sense to match each “Scenario 2” with one another (both of the Cavs). In their first “Scenario 2,” the Cavs would be drafting Williams, which would mean they’d draft Walker right now.

There’s a lot to like about Walker, other than his charismatic personality. He’s a prolific scorer at the point guard position – more so than the two previously picked point guards. Walker played his way into the lottery by his play in the NCAA tournament, carrying his team to the NCAA title. He was unstoppable just about every single game. However, he is also one of those tournament only players. He was at his best in one-and-done situations, in tournaments. He was most impressive in the Big East tournament, where he led his lowly-ranked Huskies to the title.

Most exciting for him was drawing a lot of comparisons to Michael Jordan throughout the Big East and NCAA tournaments. Whether or not that fueled his rise up the draft is beyond me. There are some things, though, that make Kemba a bit of a risky pick.

He lacks ideal size as a point guard. He might be able to score a lot, but will he be able to do it against taller point guards in the NBA. I mean, Reggie Jackson is a prospect from Boston College (a point guard) and he’s in this draft with a 7-foot wingspan. I don’t know that Kemba can deal with that, if he were faced with it.

Of course, the other major concern is his consistency. As I’ve already developed, he was at his best in tournaments, but was not as sensational in regular season games. He’ll have to be more consistent in games which take place every other day in the NBA, if he wants to continue to be a success story.


5 | Toronto Raptors | Jonas Valanciunas

There is time to wait for one of the European players to be ready and Toronto has time to do that. It’s either Valanciunas or Jan Vesely right for this pick. The Raptors need the defense, which they wont make up for with this one pick, alone. Jonas is a power forward who will be put in place, eventually, to possibly replace Chris Bosh.

The Raptors don’t have an option to take a different power forward from Georgia Tech with great shooting range and length to replace Bosh. No, they’ll have to find a different way to do it. Valanciunas might be the answer. He’s a young prospect who will be able to stretch the floor, rebound, score and play good defense.

One point in Jonas’ flavor, he’ll probably play better defense than Vesely would.

• Scenario 2 | Jan Vesely — As previously stated, Vesely is one of the most skilled small forwards in this draft. He’d be a good fit on this team because they don’t really have a solid small forward. He could fit into that spot and he doesn’t need any more time to develop in Europe.

Last year he could’ve been a lottery pick, but decided to stay in Europe to develop his game even more. This year, he’s ready to be a lottery pick and NBA player.

• Scenario 3 | Trade — Unlike the Minnesota deals (See: Minnesota’s Scenario 2), I don’t know what would work out for this trade, but I know it’s plausible. The Raptors have been lacking two things – defense and experience. They might be able to get both by trading this pick and getting a good player, and later draft pick in return.

For your own entertainment, teams that don’t have a first round pick, but do have some experience and/or defense include: Hornets, Grizzlies, Clippers, Heat, and Magic.

6 | Washington Wizards | Kawhi Leonard

John Wall, Nick Young and Jordan Crawford have partnered up to make one of the most high scoring, talented backcourts in all of the NBA this past season. Crawford, especially, didn’t start many games for the Wizards, but averaged nearly 17 points per game when he did start. If I’m right, he’ll progress to prove me right from last year when I said he would be one of the best players to come from that draft.

And rightfully he is. John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Greg Monroe, and Jordan Crawford (the 27th pick, ending up in the hands of Atlanta). Those four are the best players so far from that draft.

Leonard is a no-brainer to add the final “Uhmf!!” to the backcourt. Leonard adds the crazy talented small forward player to back up players like Wall and Crawford. Leonard has shown people his worth in each workout he’s had, starting with May’s NBA draft combine in Chicago. There he showed his range shooting the ball, and natural power as a small forward. He wont be shutting down LeBron James, but he’ll be doing good work at the small forward position.

• Scenario 2 | Bismack Biyombo — The reason they don’t take Bismack is because I think they are pretty happy with JaVale McGee (famous from his double-dunk at the All-Star festivities this year). Even though they need Biyombo to add a different kind of big man to the line up, drafting Leonard instead is a much better investment.

An offensive big man is ideal for the Wizards – a perfect fit. But those are few and far between in this draft. There aren’t any. The list ends after Williams and Valanciunas. They should try to steal one in the second round, who might have potential.

7 | Sacramento Kings | Bismack Biyombo

They’ll be psyched Kemba Walker is still available, but when they really sit down and think about taking him they should realize adding someone of his skill set and resume isn’t a good idea for their franchise.

Biyombo on the other hand might be a little bit better fit. Who is going to take the ball out of the hands of Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins? Nobody right now, except one another. The Kings have to find the big man that will push Cousins into his rightful center position, yet make good decisions when he touches the ball. Evans and Cousins are pretty selfish players.

The Kings will hope Biyombo is a selfless player, who can contribute like Serge Ibaka of Oklahoma City – a fellow Spaniard.

• Scenario 2 | Kemba Walker — It is, however, awfully tempting. Kemba is a big time scorer, a big time star in the spotlight, and a big time leader. He steps up when he is needed, or whenever he feels like it. But he’d just be another player who needs the ball to do what he can do.

The Kings would turn into a much less talented Heat. Who can score and create without the ball? Evans? No. Cousins? No. Kemba? Nope. If there was a selfless point guard, like Kyrie Irving at this pick, it’d be a no-brainer. Instead, it’s a pick that will take some thought and discussion.

8 | Detroit Pistons | Kemba Walker

Word out of Detroit is that the Pistons love Brandon Knight, and the same goes for Knight to the Pistons. While Knight is unavailable at this pick, the Pistons will pull the trigger to get the other point guard, Kemba. Kemba brings a lot of what I’ve already mentioned in this post more than once.

He could be a very good fit in Detroit. He’s one of the older college players coming out of this draft and he’ll be playing with a number of veterans, including ones he can learn a lot from: Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Ben Wallace.

• Scenario 2 | Tristan Thompson — He’d be a great fit to learn from Ben Wallace. Thompson has a very limited offensive game at this early stage of his professional development, but then again so did Wallace – for his entire career.

Even so, Wallace will end his career with RINGS, and a potential Hall of Fame campaign for being an outstanding defensive player with his blocks and rebounds. Thompson, with his 7-foot-2 wingspan can do just that for the Pistons. He’d be a great fit to take over the role of Wallace and try to help the team get back to title town down the road.

• Scenario 3 | Trade — If Thompson is not the fit. Or if Kemba is not the guy (or even available), then a trade could be in the works. Even if Kemba is available and not the right guy in Detroit’s eyes, then he’ll be a hot name coming up on the phone lines in the “war room” where people will ask Detroit to swap picks so they can get Kemba, or even Jan Vesely for that matter.

Teams that might fit: Utah for Vesely. Utah has the 12th pick, already having taken Brandon Knight with the 3rd pick. They could easily swap pick No. 12 for No. 8 and they’d draft Vesely in a heart beat. New York has the 17th pick and would be drooling if they had a chance to draft Kemba, who would be local favorite (and we know that city will be chanting his name as he drops in the draft).

9 | Charlotte Bobcats | Tristan Thompson

If Thompson develops a solid offensive game, everything changes about him. He becomes oodles more versatile than he is right now. Right now he is already a great defensive player to draft at this part of the draft. Now if he can work on his offensive low-post game then he’ll be even better.

Charlotte could use a big man, especially as they lose two centers – Kwame Brown and Joel Pryzbilla – to free agency. They’ll need to replace those two with a player like Thompson, who might not be a starter now but down the line looks pretty good as a role player.

• Scenario 2 | Jan Vesely — At this point everybody is going to consider Vesely. The reason he’s not the pick is because Boris Diaw is a viable small forward for the Bobcats, so they don’t really have a huge need of one.

If they really feel like it, they can draft him based off of him being by far the best available at this point in the draft.


10 | Milwaukee Bucks | Alec Burks

Michael Redd and Chris Douglas-Roberts – two names the Bucks will miss this offseason. Both players are going to free agency, and you can expect that both could catch on with different teams. Milwaukee will have to do their best to replace those two at the 2 and 3 positions and they surely aren’t going to solve the problem in free agency.

Burks is the top rated shooting guard in this draft class, ahead of Jimmer Fredette, and the Bucks really like him, so I hear. He’s a young player from Colorado and showed a lot of potential. As young as he was, he was one of the most consistent players on that team.

• Scenario 2 | Jan Vesely — Figures the Bucks would consider him at this point too. It’s getting ridiculous how far I have Vesely falling, so expect him to be picked up soon (Spoiler Alert). The Bucks could take him, though. They’re missing that solid small forward. They have a lot of power forwards, but no small forwards.

That’s where Chris Douglas-Roberts came in, but now that he’s free to free agency, they’ll need to find another one. Even worse, Luc Mbah a Moute is also going to free agency – he was another option at small forward… not a great one, but an option none the less.

11 | Golden State Warriors | Jan Vesely

Rumors have been swirling about a possible Monta Ellis-for-Andre Igoudala deal between the Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers. If that’s the case, and it all goes down, this pick completely changes. With that trade, the Warriors’ starting five turns into: Stephen Curry, (insert shooting guard), Igoudala, David Lee, Andris Biedrins.

The scenario leaves a void at shooting guard and center. Biedrins is no answer at the center position, and it’s tough luck that the Warriors missed so terribly on Ekpe Udoh last season in the draft – another lottery pick. Udoh showed little promise to develop into a good NBA starter, no all-star.

Without that trade, the lineup has everything except a small forward, and Vesely would be a guy new-coach Mark Jackson would love to have on his team. Jackson wants his team to have fun, they’re going to be a fast paced offense, and solid defensively. That’s what Jackson will preach. Vesely will give a little bit of both. He’s very good offensively and he’ll be a good defensive small forward for most of the time.

• Scenario 2 | Klay Thompson — If the trade happens, then the Warriors will need a shooting guard and Klay Thompson is one of the best available at this time. He has sky rocketed up the draft from the end of the first round to the lottery section of this draft.

At his workouts, he has shown that he can make just about everything. He’s a great shooter. But does he fit the role of a defensive player also on this team? That’s questionable. But, really, who is the best defensive player in this draft? Well that’d be Chris Singleton from Florida State. But he probably wont be the pick here – it’s a little early to pick him at No. 11.

Klay, though, has shown he’s going to be a potent offensive player, and Coach Jackson should like that about him. But is it a bit frightening that he has sky rocketed so much up the board based off of his workouts? Sure, he had a great combine, but are people thinking too much of his workouts and not looking at his body of work at Washington State? There’s a chance he’s one of those gym rats that’s going to look good in workouts, but not be as good in the real game.

That’ll be something the Warriors would have to watch out for if they took Klay Thompson, but I have them taking Vesely because he’s available. If Vesely is not on the board, look for them to take the gym rat, Thompson, and hope he’s all he’s made out to be in the workouts.

Scenario 3 | Jordan Hamilton — Be careful with this one. Jordan Hamilton is a selfish player – so we think because he took so many shots so often this season at Texas. He took it upon himself to make all the plays and take all of the shots in each game with the Longhorns. In two Texas losses this season, Hamilton took a shot 24 and 21 times, respectively. Hamilton hardly ever took fewer than 10 shots – only once. He took between 17 and 24 shots 16 times this season. He averaged about 14-15 shots per game.

That screams of a player who demands the ball, needs the ball, and doesn’t always do the best thing with it. Hamilton is so talented that he needs to become more of a playmaker in the NBA instead of just a shooter. There are shooters, like Kyle Korver, for example (a guy who just shoots the ball). Well, actually, Hamilton is much more the Korver. He’s more of a create off the dribble player. He can create his own shot, which is one of the biggest reasons he’s drafted this high. However, he does take a lot of bad shots.

If he’s going to play for Mark Jackson, he’s going to have to turn into a much smarter player. His throw-it-up-and-hope-for-points attitude is the reason he’ll drop in this draft. He’s a great scorer. He’s a great athlete. He’s a guy who wants to make plays, but he has to learn how to make the right plays.

12 | Utah Jazz | Chris Singleton

The Jazz have been blessed in the past few years with early draft picks. The thing that helps them draft so well is that they don’t need as much as other teams do. They can afford to draft a great defensive small forward, Chris Singleton, with this pick.

Singleton has been widely talked about as the best defensive player in this draft. The Jazz will love him because he’ll be an anchor on their defense.

Scenario 2 | Jimmer Fredette — There is a lot of pressure in Utah for the Jazz to draft Fredette, being a local kid and superstar. The fans want a local kid to be picked here to draw some really big excitement to the franchise.

Fredette can be a good player as a spot up shooter especially. One reason the Jazz wont pick Fredette is because he’s starting to be seen as more of a point guard than a shooting guard. He’s been seen in workouts making a lot of good decisions passing and shooting the ball. The Jazz, especially having drafted Brandon Knight earlier don’t need a point guard.

13 | Phoenix Suns | Donatas Motiejunas

The Suns could use a lot more talent in the paint, playing defense, rebounding and scoring. Donatas cane give the Suns some of that. He’s a talented European player and should be able to give the Suns what they need.

The Suns aren’t going to find a star here, or even maybe a starter for that matter, but Donatas is definitely a guy who can come off of the bench and contribute.

14 | Houston Rockets | Marcus Morris

The Rockets, like the Suns need talent in the paint. Morris is one of the most talent big men – both offensively and defensively – at this point in the draft. He should be a good pick up for the Rockets.

Now that I’ve predicted the Lottery, we’ll go straight into what team is picking who.

15 | Indiana Pacers | Jimmer Fredette

16 | Philadelphia 76ers | Kenneth Faried

17 | New York Knicks | Marshon Brooks

18 | Washington Wizards | Markieff Morris

19 | Charlotte Bobcats | Jordan Williams

20 | Minnesota Timberwolves | Darius Morris


21 | Portland Trailblazers | Reggie Jackson

22 | Denver Nuggets | Tobias Harris

23 | Houston Rockets | Nikola Mirotic

24 | Oklahoma City | Davis Bertans

25 | Boston Celtics | Jeremy Tyler

26 | Dallas Mavericks | Josh Selby

27 | New Jersey Nets | Tyler Honeycutt

28 | Chicago Bulls | Charles Jenkins

29 | San Antonio Spurs | JaJuan Johnson

30 | Chicago Bulls | Malcolm Thomas

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