Second and final cut for us, here’s Mock Draft 2.0:
1.Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel (6-11, C, Kentucky)
We STILL think that player is Nerlens Noel. Yeah, he’s coming off surgery for a torn ACL and he may struggle on the offensive end in the NBA. However, he’s a hell of a talent and the Cavs can’t afford to not take a chance on Noel. Yeah, all he did was dunk and block a tonne of shots as a result of the freak athleticism… but he averaged over 2 steals a game, nearly 10 boards… oh and 4.4 blocks a game. Also, think about Kyrie Irving… what do you think he’s asking for as the next piece to the puzzle? We think it’s Noel.
2.Orlando Magic: Ben McLemore (6-5, SG, Kansas)
McLemore is a talent. Great jump-shot, great athleticism, great potential. Very coachable kid. He’s not had very good draft workouts thus far. Didn’t have a good NCAA Tournament, hasn’t wowed GMs. That being said, the guy is being hailed as the next Ray Allen. He’s a good person and a good player. The Magic already have a log-jam at the 3 & 4 spots. Alex Len is a possibility but we’ll roll with McLemore.
3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter (6-8, SF, Georgetown)
WE like Otto Porter at number 1. He’d be great on the Cavs but they won’t pass up Noel. Otto Porter is NBA-ready, he can score, defend, shoot the three, coachable. Porter shot the three at 42% and averaged 16 points a game. The kid can ball on both ends (1.8 steals a game, 0.9 blocks) and is a real hard worker. The Wiz would love for him to be available at three.
4. Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Bennett (6-7, PF, UNLV)
Charlotte just won 28 games in the past 2 years. They need some help and Bennett would be the business. Great athleticism, a 7-1 wingspan, a good post-game, can knock down the three, rebounder, shot-blocker… He’ll get the opportunity to play in Charlotte too.
5. Phoenix Suns: Victor Oladipo (6-5, G/F, Indiana)
The Suns really need this pick. They haven’t had a top 10 pick (they’ve kept) since drafting Amare Stoudamire in 2002 (pick 9). Oladipo showed great improvement over the last season in Indiana. He’s one hell of an athlete, great defender (2.2 steals a game + 0.8 blocks a game), great at filling the lanes on the break but also nailed 44% of his threes. His athleticism gives the Suns a legitimate defender to throw at Kobe, KD, Harden and others. He’s a bit of a sleeper in the draft and it’s possible we’ve overshot it having him this high, but we dig him. They gotta take the best player available, everyone else be damned! Could be the medicine this terrible Suns team needs.
6. New Orleans Hornets: Alex Len (7-1, C, Maryland)
There’s a lot of fuss about a guy who’s not worked out. Len is being talked about anywhere from 1-10. We don’t see the excitement but we could be wrong.
7. Sacramento Kings: Shabazz Muhammad (6-6, SF, UCLA)
Shabazz can ball; and the best part is that most of the time it’s within the flow of the offense. You have a guy who averaged 18 a game and only 6% of his buckets were in isolation plays. There’s a lot of talk about him being drafted anywhere between pick 10 and 20, but realistically we think he’s worth a selection by the Kings.
8. Detroit Pistons: Trey Burke (6-0, PG, Michigan)
Trey Burke! There was possibly no other player in college basketball who improved more than Burke over the past 12 months. Great ball-handler with the ability to create for himself and others. Probably the best in the draft at running the pick-and-roll. He could slot in rather nicely in the back court with Brandon Knight.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves: Cody Zeller (6-11, F/C, Indiana)
If Pekovic leaves, that leaves the Timberwolves with only Stiemsma (who probably isn’t the answer as a back-up centre either). Zeller is apparently a great athlete – some say better than Len.
10. Portland Trailblazers: CJ McCollom (6-3, PG/SG, Lehigh)
11. Philadelphia 76ers: Steven Adams (7-0, C, Pitt)
Big, athletic, strong Kiwi. It’s exciting to see him run, dunk and grow into a great NBA centre. Collins gone, Andrew Bynum still a question-mark and only 8 players under contract. The Sixers need help and need to draft a decent big-man.
12. OKC Thunder: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6-6, SG, Georgia)
This could be the guy we are all talking about in 3-4 years time. He’s ready to go, he can shoot, he’s got a tonne of potential, he’s got enough athleticism and can do enough of everything well.
13. Dallas Mavericks: Michael Carter-Williams (6-5, PG, Syracuse)
We can see Dallas taking a guard and Michael Carter-Williams is it. Great size at the point, a suspect shooter, but on the bright side… 7.3 assists and 2.8 steals a game his final year in orange.
14. Utah Jazz: Shane Larkin (5-11, PG, Miami)
Someone white? hahaha… sorry, please excuse our casual racism. But seriously, Mo Williams is 31 years old and Jamaal Tinsley is barely cutting it as an NBA point guard. Went Williams went down injured during the season, the Jazz struggled. Larkin is a legit NBA-style of point guard. Not a great athlete, but a tough guy who makes the big play when it counts.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: Dennis Schroeder (5-11, PG, Germany)
We still have a feeling that the Bucks will take a PG with the expected departure of some of their backcourt.
16. Boston Celtics: Lucas Nogueira (7-0, C, Brazil)
Scouts and GMs are losing their minds a little over big Lucas. He’s 7-0 with a 7-4 wingspan, has great hands and brilliant footwork. Lacks understanding of the game but this guy could really pay off.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Tim Hardaway Jr (6-6, SG, Michigan)
18. Atlanta Hawks: Kelly Olynyk (7-0, C, Gonzaga)
19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Giannis Adetokoubo (6-9, F, Greece)
20. Chicago Bulls: Glen Rice Jr (SG, 6-6, USA)
Rumor has Chicago are shopping this pick to Houston for Thomas Robinson.
21. Utah Jazz: Mason Plumlee (6-11, C, Duke)
22. Brooklyn Nets: Gorgui Dieng (6-11, C, Louisville)
23. Indiana Pacers: Rudy Gobert (7-2, C, France)
Look for the Pacers to trade this pick. After such a great 2012-13 season, they need someone who can contribute now and there’s plenty of teams looking to buy a first round pick. One rumour has Gerald Green and 23rd pick to Sacramento for Jimmer Fredette.
24: New York Knicks: Allen Crabbe (6-6, SG, California)
25: LA Clippers: Erick Green (6-3, PG/SG,Virginia Tech)
26: Minnesota Timberwolves: Reggie Bullock (6-7, SF, North Carolina)
27: Denver Nuggets: Tony Mitchell (6-9, F, North Texas)
28: San Antonio Spurs: Sergey Karasev (6-7, F, Russia)
29: OKC Thunder: Isaiah Canaan (6-0, PG, Murray St)
30. Phoenix Suns: Nate Wolters (6-5, PG, South Dakota)