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Well after a rigged NBA Lottery last night, we though it'd be appropriate to bust out the ol' 2.0 version of the NBA Mock Draft. Here at STOB, we don't just list the players without any type of reason. No, instead of being lazy, we actually give you a reason for why we have each guy going where. Enjoy the 2.0 and be sure to stay close to STOB for possible future version prior the NBA Draft.
1. New Orleans Hornets - Anthony Davis 6'10/PF/Kentucky
I don't like it. I don't like it. I do not like it, sir. I don't like Anthony Davis enough that I think he should be #1 overall, I think he will never live up to what you expect from a #1 overall pick. I don't like that New Orleans got the pick for all the obvious reasons that it seems yet again the NBA Lottery was rigged. C'mon man, Cleveland gets the #1 pick after Lebron leaves. Now New Orleans get the #1 pick after Chris Paul is traded by the NBA itself since at the time they owned the teams, oh and technically still do own the team. Fishy. Back to Davis, he 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'd have him going #2 if I were New Orleans making the pick. I am not New Orleans, and they'll take Davis. I will fully admit if I am wrong, but I don't think I will be, Davis will be looked at as a bust in 10 years.
2. Charlotte Bobcats - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 6'7/SF/Kentucky
Is MJ dumb enough to take Harrison Barnes here? Probably. I am not going to predict it though. Reason being, I'd have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist going #1 overall if it weren't for the love for Anthony Davis everyone, including New Orleans, has. If Kawhi Leonard can make the type of offensive improvements in his game as he has in his rookie season, Gilchrist can do the same. Ten years from now people will look back and wonder why New Orleans fell in love with a big guy and passed up a talent like Gilchrist.
3. Washington Wizards - Thomas Robinson 6'9/PF/Kansas
Thomas Robinson is the most complete player in this draft. All of his skills are already honed to a point that he'll be able to contribute from day one. The Wizards need help yesterday, so it will be a good thing to grab T-Rob and plug him in instantly.
4. - Cleveland Cavaliers - Bradley Beal 6'4/SG/Florida
You got Kyrie, now you need a 2 guard to go next to him. Bradley Beal is the best 2 guard in the draft. Simple.
5. Sacramento Kings - Harrison Barnes 6'8/SF/North Carolina
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 - Andre Drummond 6'11/PF-C/Connecticut
Remember that Oden guy? Trailblazers fans wish they could forget, they nab Drummond in hopes he'll help them lose the memories of blown knees, street clothes and wiener shots.
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 - Damian Lillard 6'2/PG/Weber State
Calderon is average and their wings don't score well. Bring in a scoring PG like Damian Lillard and you may kill a couple of birds with a single pick. Scoring and better PG play.
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 - Kendall Marshall 6'4/PG/North Carolina
Portland passes on the point guards with their first pick to then grab one with the 11th pick. Marshall isn't going to be a star, but he will be solid and the Blazers have some other pieces.
12. Milwaukee Bucks - Tyler Zeller 6'11/PF-C/North Carolina
Personally, might be my favorite big man in the draft. Always felt he was underutilized at UNC. I am thinking he may really blossom in the NBA because he can do a bit of everything, and is much more fundamentally sound than many of the more "potential" laden big men.
13. Phoenix Suns -Austin Rivers 6'4/SG/Duke
The Suns would like to get a PG at this spot, but since Marshall and Lillard are off the board, they go for the best wing available in Rivers. Having watched a lot of Rivers, I am not entirely sure of how he'll be in the NBA. He needs to work on his jumper, but the kid has the scoring gene in him, and with that he could be a nice compliment to Nash, if Nash stays.
14. Houston Rockets - Terrance Ross 6'6/SG/Washington
Getting Terrance Ross allows Houston to shop the expiring contract of Kevin Martin. Ross is very athletic and has a nice shooting stroke. Maturity and consistency are the question marks for the Washington product.
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 - Meyers Leonard 7'0/C/Illinois
With Terrance Ross in the fold, Leonard fills a need for the Rockets at center. Leonard can add some weight, but will surprise some with his athletic ability.
17. Dallas Mavericks - Arnette Moultrie 6'10/PF/Mississippi State
Moultrie can play inside while Dirk does his thing. Moultrie's motor for rebounds will be a plus, but he'll have to improve his shot blocking as the Mavs look to find a replacement for Tyson Chandler from the championship year.
18. Minnesota Timberwolves - Moe Harkless 6'8/SF/St. Johns
Is Moe ready? Not sure the freshman will be but he has a ton of talent and if he can improve his jumper, he maybe a steal for the Wolves at 18.
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 - Terrance Jones 6'8/SF/Kentucky
A versatile player that, if the "Big 3" stay intact could be very useful off the bench playing SF or PF and adding some scoring punch.
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 - Dion Waiters 6'4/SG/Syracuse
OJ Mayo has been rumored to be gone for a while now. Even if he isn't the SG spot isn't a strength of the Grizz and Waiters could help not only at SG but also the much smaller in build Mike Conley in match ups against bigger PG's.
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 2.0 is in the books, tell us what you think about the NBA Draft in the comments section.