My Mock Draft - A Lesson in Research
By Kassandra Posted in: Blazers, Bobcats, Bucks, Bulls, Cavaliers, Celtics, Jazz, Kings, Knicks, Magic, Mavericks, Nets, Nuggets, Pacers, Pistons, Raptors, Rockets, Sixers, Spurs, Suns, Thunder, Timberwolves, Warriors, Wizards
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, PG. The Cavaliers are pretty much starting from scratch; selecting a floor general is where they start.
- 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.
- Jan Vesley, SF. With two lottery picks, the Jazz opt to fill their thin spot at sf.
- Jonas Valanciunas, C. The Cavaliers continue to build, this time going big.
- Derrick Williams, PF. The Raptors could try to fill a few positions, and Williams makes the most sense for them here.
- Bismack Biyambo, PF. The Wizards pick a PF to compliment John Wall.
- Tristan Thompson, PF. The Kings look to boost their front line by selecting Thompson.
- Kemba Walker, PG. The Pistons are tempted to take Jimmer Ferdette, but they choose the national champion instead.
- Enes Kanter, C. The Bobcats consider going with a SG, but they go big with Kanter instead.
- 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.
-Bojan Bogdanovic, SG. the Jazz picked a SF with the third pick and select Bogdanovic to compliment him on the other wing.
- Jimmer Ferdette, PG. The suns tab Ferdette as the heir apparent to Steve Nash.
- Marcus Morris, PF. The Rockets nab Morris to boost their rebounding.
- Markieff Morris, PF. Draft broadcasters chuckle when the Pacers take the second Morris brother directly after the first, but fill their biggest need.
- 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.
- Tyler Honeycutt, SF. Making their second pick of the first round, the Wizards opt to go with Honeycutt.
- Alec Burks, SG. The Bobcats took a center at number nine, and add Burks 10 spots later.
- Davis Bertans, SF - The T-Wolves can't pass up on the 6'10" Bertans.
- Donatas Motiejunas, C. The Trail Blazers consider going small here, but opt for front-line depth with the seven-footer.
- Klay Thompson, SG. The Nuggets add some firepower to their arsenal.
- 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.
- Keith Bensen, PF. The Celtics desperately need a big and think Bensen is their guy.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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