Update: Kassandra's Mock 2.0
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On June 8 I presented my Mock 1.0 for the NBA draft. Since then, some
things have changed. Namely, the Chicago combine and scores of draft
workouts have been conducted around the league. Players have been
ascended and descended in player rankings and mock drafts around the league.
There also have been a few trades and some solid trade rumors which make
it necessary to update my Mock 1.0. So now, the night prior to the
draft, here is my Mock 2.0:
1. New Orleans Hornets -- Anthony Davis
(6-10, Kentucky). No
change here (or on anyone else's blog either). Stick a fork in this
pick; it's done. The Unibrow is headed for New Orleans. Nice to know at
least one player in this draft is a certainty.
2. Charlotte Bobcats -- Thomas Robinson
(6-9, Kansas). The 'Cats
are shopping this pick, but I'm going to presume that they end up
keeping it. No change from my first mock here. Robinson is still headed
3. Washington Wizards -- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
(6-7. Kentucky). The Wizards might be tempted to move down a bit, but at number three, Kidd-Gilchrist is too good to pass up.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers -- Bradley Beal
(6-5, Florida). Cleveland
could very well move this pick, but as that hasn't happened yet, I've
still got Beal going there to team up in the backcourt with Kyrie
5. Sacramento Kings -- Andre Drummond
(6-11, Connecticut). This
is where the draft starts to get interesting. Honestly, I don't think
the Kings keep this pick. They trade it to Houston or Orlando as part of
a three-team deal which, among other things, sends Dwight Howard to the
Rockets and Drummond to the Magic.
6. Portland Trailblazers -- Perry Jones
(6-11, Baylor). I'm not
sure if people think the Blazers will take Damian Lillard or just hope
they do. They pull the trigger on the Baylor big man instead. If the
Blazers don't take a big here, look for them to nab Meyers Leonard or
Tyler Zeller at #11.
7. Golden State Warriors -- Harrison Barnes
Carolina). In all likelihood, Barnes would not fall this far, but here
he is ripe for the Warriors for the taking. He's available and they tab
him to go to the east bay.
8. Toronto Raptors -- Damian Lillard
(6-4, Weber St.). The Raptors tab the Weber St. pg right away, and latter this summer they amnesty Jose Calderon.
9. Detroit Pistons -- Jared Sulinger
(6-9, Ohio State). He's a
little undersized for a center, but they love his toughness inside and
figure his 280-pound frame can make up for his lack of height.
10. New Orleans Hornets -- Dion Waiters
(6-5, Syracuse). The
Hornets look to add some scoring punch to their arsenal, so they take a
stab at Waiters to round out the top 10.
11. Portland Trailblazers -- Kendall Marshall
Carolina). After considering several players here, the Blazers decide to
select Marshall to fill a need at the point, and are pleased with the
12. Houston Rockets -- Austin Rivers
(6-4, Duke). It's unlikely
Houston keeps this pick (including it in the Dwight Howard package) but
whether they do keep it, it goes to the Kings or the Magic, Rivers could
be a good piece for any of the teams. I once thought this was a high
position for Rivers, but it appears his stock has increased enough to
warrant him at 12.
13. Phoenix Suns -- Terrence Ross
(6-6, Washington). The Suns
would have loved for Lillard or Marshall to have dropped to their
selection, but in the end they go with the sg from Washington.
14. Milwaukee Bucks -- Tyler Zeller
(7-0, North Carolina). Though the Bucks have their eyes on Leonard, they tab Zeller as the departed Andrew Bogut's replacement.
15. Philadelphia 76ers -- Arnett Moultrie
State). Moultrie will be expected to one day step in for the aging Elton
Brand. I also had him going here in my first mock.
16. Houston Rockets -- John Henson
(6-11, North Carolina). I find
it also unlikely the Rockets keep this selection (for the same reasons
as pick 14), but like the pick two spots ahead, any of the three teams
could benefit from Henson in this spot.
17. Dallas Mavericks -- Meyers Leonard
(7-1, Illinois). In
another selection which hasn't changed from my first mock, I've got
Dallas taking Leonard here to help shore up their front line.
18. Houston Rockets -- Jeremy Lamb
(6-5, Connecticutt). As with
picks 12 and 16, this selection could also be used by the Rockets in an
attempt to land Howard. If Houston keeps this pick, look for them the
snag Moe Harkless here.
19. Orlando Magic -- Fab Melo
(7-0, Syracuse). With the future of
Dwight Howard looking bleak, Orlando thinks Melo could anchor their
middle if Howard should bolt, or back him up should he stay.
20. Denver Nuggets -- Moe Harkless
(6-8, St. John's). The Nuggets
can go in any of several directions here, but decide Harkless can
compliment Kenneth Faried in their front line.
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21. Boston Celtics -- Terrence Jones
(6-9, Kentucky). Boston's youth movement begins with Jones, who is capable of playing both forward positions.
22. Boston Celtics -- Tony Wroten
(6-5, Washington). The youth movement continues by selecting the combo guard with their second straight pick.
23. Atlanta Hawks -- Marquis Teague
(6-2, Kentucky). The Hawks are a bit surprised Teague is still on the board at this spot, so they grab him pretty quickly.
24. Cleveland Cavaliers -- Quincy Miller
(6-9, Baylor). The Cavs build on their draft success from last year by selecting the lanky Miller here.
25. Memphis Grizzlies -- Evan Fournier
(6-6, International). The
Grizzlies are shopping Rudy Gay and whether they trade him for a pick or
a player, they take Fournier as the best prospect and possible
26. Indiana Pacers -- Royce White
(6-8, Iowa State). Indiana goes with White over Andrew Nicholson and Jeff Taylor.
27. Miami Heat -- Tyshawn Taylor
(6-3, Kansas). The Heat, who
will have lost in the finals for the second time in two years, put aside
Taylor's off-court indiscretions to take him.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder -- Jeff Taylor
(6-7, Vanderbilt). The
Thunder feel they've struck gold with Taylor, who averaged 20.2 points
per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field, 42 percent from
three and 80 percent from the line last season.
29. Chicago Bulls -- Andrew Nicholson
(6-9, St. Bonaventure). The
Bulls are looking for help to get over the hump. They consider depth at
pg, but decided on the SF Nicholson instead.
30. Golden State Warriors -- Orlando Johnson
(6-5, UC Santa
Barbara). The first round ends with the Warriors selection of the
solid-shooting Johnson, who averaged nearly 20 points per game last year
as a senior.
Again, I know there will be agreement and disagreement, as well as
players you all hope we select. The question remains: Who do you see the
Blazers taking (if they keep the picks)?
To view my official mock draft on this site, and perhaps compare that to this, please click Kassandra's Mock Draft
: The criteria used in this mock draft included, but was not
limited to: Draft position, team need, best player available, and five
separate draft rankings. Also, There likely will be a number of
international players selected which may not be reflected here.
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