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"Oooo...look at me! I am reading a blog. I am so cool cause I don't like newspapers or magazines, I am far too tech to read stuff written on paper. I want to see who my NBA team is going pick in the NBA Draft this year and I saw this tweet...on Twitter cause I am so tech remember...from STOB about a Mock Draft 1.0. Some guy named Ben is going to guess who each team is going to pick in the entire first round. I am just going to eat up his information and take offense if he makes a pick I don't like, then I am going to rip his mock draft and make fun of him in the comments section." - My impression of you.
You've been mocked, and you will be again in 3...2...
1. Charlotte Bobcats - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 6'7/SF/Kentucky
Before you call me an "idiot" or "crazy" just bear with me on this angle. While Anthony Davis has everyone else saying he is the number one prospect, in my eye's the guy who has the best chance of becoming a "superstar" and not an "all-star" in this draft is Kidd-Gilchrist. If any owner knows that just falling in love with a big man because he is a big man and passing up an uber-talented wing for said big man is a bad idea, it's Michael Jordan. Jordan goes with the best possibility of a star and the idea of Gilchrist #1 gets less and less crazy during team workouts and the NBA Combine.
2. Washington Wizards - Anthony Davis 6'10/PF/Kentucky
"Long, lanky and super athletic but dumb as a box of rocks." That is the description of the big man who the Wizards just dumped this past season in Javale McGee. Now they get long, lanky, super athletic and brain in Anthony Davis. Davis has all the hype coming off the Kentucky title, but to me he is Marcus Camby and nothing more. I've seen Kevin Garnett comparisons, but I don't personally hold the same beliefs. Looking at Davis, I see his numbers in the NBA mimicking that of Camby's rookie season offensively at best, 14.8 ppg, and then him battling it out with Dwight Howard for shot blocking titles, while pulling down a bit over 10 boards a game. Not bad, but not "superstar" either. I just don't see a guy with the body frame of Davis being able to ever be more than a defensive specialist, and offensively he'll never be dominant and that is why he isn't "superstar" material and why I have him going #2. Wall/Davis is a nice combination for the Wizards though, and fits for Davis to be "Robin" to Wall's "Batman".
3. Cleveland Cavaliers - Andre Drummond 6'11/PF-C/Connecticut
Drummond is a PF/C tweener likely, but the Cavs will look for him to be the center next to Tristan Thompson. The Cavs are in a great spot at 3 in this draft. They can't go wrong with whoever falls to them between Drummond and Gilchrist. Both players fill positions of need.
4. New Orleans Hornets - Thomas Robinson 6'9/PF/Kansas
Don't be, I repeat, do NOT be shocked if the Hornets get the #1 overall pick in this year's draft. They were league run when they traded away Chris Paul to the Clippers and even though the Hornets are now under new ownership, let's just say the league has a way of helping out teams that have just recently lost superstars (except the Wolves...dicks) with their behind closed doors "lottery".
5. Sacramento Kings - Harrison Barnes 6'8/SF/North Carolina
No need for Bradley Beal, unless they are making trades, and no need for Jared Sullinger, unless they are making trades, so they go with a SF in Barnes. Barnes never impressed me as much as I thought he would in college, but I think the NBA game maybe more suited to his game. The Kings are a bit of a mess to step into but they will be very talented with Barnes, Cousins and Evans. Whether the three "me" guys can all co-exist is Keith Smart's problem.
6. Portland Trailblazers - Bradley Beal 6'4/SG/Florida
Beal was supposed to be a sniper coming out of high school, being compared to Ray Allen. He never quite found that elite stroke though, shooting just 34% from downtown. Not saying he can't shoot, but Ray Allen he is not. He rebounded his position very well and has great athletic ability. He gets the nod from the Blazers and fits in even if they manage to keep Batum (restricted free agent) as Batum can play the SF position with Beal at SG.
7. Golden State Warriors - Perry Jones III 6'11/PF/Baylor
Tough to tell what Perry Jones will end up being in the NBA. His physical abilities are undeniable, but he seems to lack a motor. The Warriors need some athleticism and size in their stable and Jones offers that more than Sullinger, who would play much more like a current Warrior in David Lee.
8. Toronto Raptors - Kendall Marshall 6'4/PG/North Carolina
Ish...I hate this pick, I don't like Marshall's game translating to the NBA, but it is the pick the Raptors likely will make. After so many years of stacked PG classes in the last few NBA Drafts, this year the PG cupboard is a bit bare of star power. Marshall can play right away, but his ceiling isn't very high.
9. Detroit Pistons - Jared Sullinger 6'10/PF/Ohio State
A very nice get here for the Pistons. Much like Greg Monroe the Pistons get a talented big man later in the lottery with a bit less flair than other bigs, but just a good basketball player. Sullinger is a smart player that will continue to develop his jumper and pair nicely with Monroe.
10. New Orleans Hornets - Jeremy Lamb 6'5/SG/Connecticut
A lot will ride on the Hornets' confidence in re-signing and keeping Eric Gordon. If they cannot, they will definitely look to add a wing with their top two picks. Lamb was supposed to bust out in his sophomore campaign, it never happened as UConn failed to ever wake up from their National Title haze. Lamb is super talented though and will be a nice player. Some of the same questions surround Lamb as surrounded Rudy Gay (#8 overall 2006) when he came out after his sophomore year from UConn. The Hornets will hope for the same NBA blossoming from Lamb that Gay has had.
11. Portland Trail Blazers - Tyler Zeller 6'11/PF-C/North Carolina
Zeller, in my mind, is the most skilled big man in the draft. He already possesses the skills that the other bigs ahead of him are hoping to develop. I've always loved Zeller's game and felt he was under utilized at UNC (thankfully so, for me as a Duke fan). Zeller should be an instant impact player in the NBA with his skills, and will work well inside with Lamarcus Aldridge's more mid-range focused game.
12. Milwaukee Bucks - Meyers Leonard 7'0/C/Illinois
Lose a center, get a center. Bogut is gonzo, take a true center in Leonard here if I am the Bucks.
13. Phoenix Suns - Damian Lillard 6'2/PG/Weber State
Nash is possibly gone (Knicks?) and even if he isn't they need something to back up Nash more than Sebastian Telfair. Lillard isn't as well-known as Marquis Teague, but he is better.
14. Houston Rockets - Terrance Jones 6'8/SF/Kentucky
Not a perfect fit, but a more athletic wing for the Rockets that could also slide into the PF position next to Scola in some match ups.
15. Philadelphia 76ers - John Henson 6'10/PF/North Carolina
Elton Brand is aging, and the interior for the 76ers is their weakness. Henson won't bring too much offensively but will be an athletic big that can run the floor and block shots.
16. Houston Rockets - Austin Rivers 6'4/SG/Duke
Rivers has a ton of talent, his size maybe an issue. The Rockets get good value at 16 with Rivers and allows them to shop Kevin Martin to a team looking for either a wing scorer or expensive expiring contract after next year.
17. Dallas Mavericks - Dion Waiters 6'4/SG/Syracuse
Terrance Ross vs. Dion Waiters is the decision here for the Mavs. With past success with Jason Terry as a PG/SG tweener and aging PG Jason Kidd (look for Deron Williams to possibly land in Dallas) Waiters gives the Mavs good flexibility over Ross and that is the reason I go Waiters over Ross. If Rivers falls to 17, I think the Mavs snatch him up for the same reasons.
18. Minnesota Timberwolves - Terrance Ross 6'6/SG/Washington
Plain and simple Terrance, you are a lower pick but your skill set suggests you can be everything we'd hoped Wes Johnson would be in Minnesota. Do it (couldn't put "Just" in there because Nike would be pissed).
19. Orlando Magic - Marquis Teague 6'2/PG/Kentucky
Jameer Nelson your time here is done.
20. Denver Nuggets - Tony Wroten Jr. 6'5/PG-SG/Washington
Think "Tyreke Evans Light" when you think Wroten. Andre Miller is likely gone, replace him with another big physical PG to help out Ty Lawson on nights when the opposing team's PG attempts to post the lil' fella up all night.
21. Boston Celtics - Moe Harkless 6'8/SF/St. Johns
Paul Pierce backup.
22. Boston Celtics - Doron Lamb 6'4/SG/Kentucky
I see Boston trading these picks to move up and get more of an immediate impact player, but if not, they take Lamb to replace the possible departure of a sniper (on a whole other level obviously) in Ray Allen.
23. Atlanta Hawks - Royce White 6'8/SF/Iowa State
Hey remember when Marvin Williams was supposed be really good? Wah wuh.
24. Cleveland Cavaliers - Jeffery Taylor 6'7/SF/Vanderbilt
Taylor can come in and hopefully add something to the barren of talent wings of Cleveland.
25. Memphis Grizzlies - Arnette Moultrie 6'10/PF/Mississippi State
Yes, they have Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol but Moultrie has a nice versatile game that can go inside or out and be the back up to both Randoph and Gasol as, in most match ups, he can give you minutes at the center position as well as power forward.
26. Indiana Pacers - John Jenkins 6'4/SG/Vanderbilt
A true SG to come off the bench for the Pacers in Jenkins.
27. Miami Heat - Festus Ezeli 6'11/C/Vanderbilt
Yes, 3 players from Vanderbilt in 4 picks, in the NBA Draft. Probably a first there. Ezeli comes in and does his best Serge Ibaka impression for the Heat.
28. Oklahoma City - Quincy Miller 6'9/SF/Baylor
OKC doesn't "need" anything. Miller is a versatile, athletic piece that will fit in wherever they may "need" him from SG, SF to PF depending on match ups off the bench.
29. Chicago Bulls - William Buford 6'5/SG/Ohio State
Many have Buford in the second round, I think he fits in well with a winning team that needs a role player. Kid can shoot and surrounding Derrick Rose with shooters sounds like a good idea to me.
30. Golden State Warriors - Kris Joseph 6'7/SF/Syracuse
Warriors need some help at SF and for a senior, Joseph has a lot of untapped potential.
Version 1.0 is in the books, tell us what you think about the NBA Draft in the comments section.