May 28

It really is that time of year when all eyes are on the NBA draft. As many will do, I have conducted my own mock draft. Looking at the rosters and stats for each team with a first-round pick, I have predicted the order of picks in the draft, as well as a comment on each pick.

Criteria employed included a combination of player rankings, team needs and likely availability of players as the draft proceeds.

The NBA draft will be held at 4 p.m. pacific time, June 23 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. It will be televised on ESPN.

Kyrie Irving

1. Cleveland - Kyrie Irving, PG. The Cavaliers are pretty much starting from scratch; selecting a floor general is where they start.

2. Minnesota - Brandon Knight, PG. The T-Wolves will be tempted top pick a center to create twin towers, but decide Knight is a better pick for them.

3. Utah - Jan Vesley, SF. With two lottery picks, the Jazz opt to fill their thin spot at sf.

4. Cleveland - Jonas Valanciunas, C. The Cavaliers continue to build, this time going big.

5. Toronto - Derrick Williams, PF. The Raptors could try to fill a few positions, and Williams makes the most sense for them here.

6. Washington - Bismack Biyambo, PF. The Wizards pick a PF to compliment John Wall.

7. Sacramento - Tristan Thompson, PF. The Kings look to boost their front line by selecting Thompson.

8. Detroit - Kemba Walker, PG. The Pistons are tempted to take Jimmer Ferdette, but they choose  the national champion instead.

9. Charlotte - Enes Kanter, C. The Bobcats consider going with a SG, but they go big with Kanter instead.

10. Milwaukie - Kawhi Leonard, SF. The Bucks hope to fill their roster with a wingman here.

11. Golden State - Lucas Nogueria, C. The Warriors need help in the middle. They think the seven-footer will give them that.

12. Utah -Bojan Bogdanovic, SG. the Jazz picked a SF with the third pick and select Bogdanovic to compliment him on the other wing.

13. Phoenix - Jimmer Ferdette, PG. The suns tab Ferdette as the heir apparent to Steve Nash.

14. Houston - Marcus Morris, PF. The Rockets nab Morris to boost their rebounding.

15. Indiana - Markieff Morris, PF. Draft broadcasters chuckle when the Pacers take the second Morris brother directly after the first, but fill their biggest need.

16. Philadelphia - Justin Harper, PF. The 76ers decide to add depth and future to their front line.

17. New York - Kenneth Faried, PF. The Knicks decide to give Amar'e Stoudemire some help up front.

18. Washington - Tyler Honeycutt, SF. Making their second pick of the first round, the Wizards opt to go with Honeycutt.

19. Charlotte - Alec Burks, SG. The Bobcats took a center at number nine, and add Burks 10 spots later.

20. Minnesota - Davis Bertans, SF - The T-Wolves can't pass up on the 6'10" Bertans.

Donatas Motiejunas

21. Portland - Donatas Motiejunas, C. The Trail Blazers consider going small here, but opt for front-line depth with the seven-footer.

22. Denver - Klay Thompson, SG. The Nuggets add some firepower to their arsenal.

23. Houston - Jeremy Tyler, C. The Rockets add Tyler to take some relief on Yao Ming should he return.

24. Oklahoma City - Travis Leslie, SG. The thunder go for depth and future here.

25. Boston - Keith Bensen, PF. The Celtics desperately need a big and think Bensen is their guy.

26. Dallas - Jordan Hamilton, SF. Depth is the key factor in the Mavericks' selection of Hamilton.

27. New Jersey - JaJuan Johnson, PF. The Nets like Johnson when their selection comes up.

28. Chicago - Tobias Harris, SF. The Bulls are looking for help on the wings and take Harris with this selection.

29. San Antonio - Nikola Vucevic, PF. The Spurs hope the 6'10" Vucevic can take over for Tim Duncan one day.

30. Chicago - E'Twuan Moore, SG. Making their second selection in three picks, they close out the first round with Moore.

To view my official mock draft on this site, click here: Kassandra's Mock Draft. Obviously, some are going to disagree with certain selections. That's understandable. If you have any comments, please feel free to comment.

~ Kassandra

In Kassandra's Words will feature regular blogs throughout the off-season. Comments and questions are welcome and encouraged. Seasons begin and end, but our Blazers are forever. Please follow on twitter: @Kassandra227
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  1. Nice guesses

    by mbmurr1 on 5/29/2011 9:29 AM
  2. As stated before, since I am not a college brat, I will concede to your wisdom.

    Is Donatas Motiejunas a ready to go player or need a lots of grooming to make it in the NBA? How does he stack up against Chris Johnson and Jeff Pendergraph?
    If he is not available at 21, who would be your second choice? Would Jimmer have a chance of making it to the 21st pick?
    That is enough questions for now, I don't want to over-load your brain with finals coming up in a hurry.

    Peace my friend


    by Hg on 5/29/2011 11:16 AM
  3. Hg, i'm not sure how he stacks up against Johnson and we have to remember that, at this point, Pendergraph isn't automatically ours to resign. those are all questions for Chad, Paul and Nate. i can tell you that Motiejunas is 7', 225 lbs and he's a strong defender. also, i did not approach this from a "who i want" standpoint; i approached it from a "who will each team most likely select when it's turn comes up." therefore, i have no second "choice." i don't think Fredette will be available when our pick comes up. i spent about three hours on this, and i think he'll be taken by the suns at #13. that's the only way i can answer that.

    by Kassandra on 5/29/2011 2:46 PM
  4. Kasey: I know how much time you put into this. It was much more than just three hours. Then again, that's just you and your fanaticism! It's so cool to see a breakdown like this. Outstanding job, dormie!

    mbmurr1: As I alluded to above, Kasey's mock draft is made up of more than just guesses. There was a whole lot of research involved. That's what is involved in a real blog rather than just one or two sentences.

    by julianne on 5/29/2011 4:44 PM
  5. Miss Kassandra:

    I thank you kindly for your reply and your hard work. I am not about to second guess you, I just can't figure out how you can figure out the 20 picks above us, but then until it happens I guess it is just well educated speculations, since the GM of all the teams keeps it a secret as to who they want.

    Thank you my friend


    by Hg on 5/29/2011 5:12 PM
  6. it was basically a matter of looking at each team's needs and weighing them against the best player available. i went one pick at a time, but also took into account teams which had two picks (like chicago who has the 28th and 30th pick). it took a little time to see what some teams might need, but i think it came out fairly well.

    by Kassandra on 5/29/2011 10:56 PM
  7. Miss Kassandra: I just read up on Donatas Motiejunas, I hope you are right. He seems like a LMA type player and we can never get enough of LMA. Can you imagine two of those monsters? well of course you can. Put a little wt on his upper body along with Chis Johnson, get Greg back, and we will be good with our bigs.

    With you being our new GM you can get the job done.

    by Hg on 5/30/2011 5:36 AM
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