Thursday, June 23, 2011
Mock Draft 2.0
There are a lot of trade rumors involving solid veteran players, and coveted draft picks. There are also some promises being made by franchises to players who they will choose to draft, or choose to pass on. With all this going down within the last 24 hours, I decided to do a quick mock update.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving
Analysis: Irving stays at number one, still the best overall prospect in this draft. Has said his foot injury is completely healed, which makes him even more desirable than before.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams
Analysis: I think Minnesota is desperate to get rid of this pick for an established veteran player. There were a lot of reports about Minny dealing with the Lakers. Those deals, though very suspect, involved players such as Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom for some kind of package of either #2 pick, Kevin Love, or both. Obviously those were just very loose rumors.
3. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight
Analysis: I think this pick could be had as well for the right price. A report has it that the Jazz have made Devin Harris available, which means they need a PG, Brandon Knight is the only guy worth taking this early.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valanciunas
Analysis: Again, the Cavs are looking to deal this pick, but I doubt they will. There have been a lot of reports lately that the Cavs will take Euro prospect Jonas Valanciunas with this pick. Originally I had Kanter here who is ready to play now in the NBA. Valanciunas has at least two more years of development left overseas, and if the Cavs go in this direction, it doesn't make much sense to me.
5. Toronto Raptors: Enes Kanter
Analysis: In my first mock draft, I had the Raps' taking Bismack Biyombo, but Biyombo has some buyout issues that could cause him to slip. With the Cavs reportedly taking Valanciunas at #4, Kanter falls into Toronto's lap at #5.
6. Washington Wizards: Jan Vesely
Analysis: Vesely stays put at #6 to the Wiz.
7. Sacramento Kings: Kemba Walker
Analysis: The Kings have been rumored to want to deal this pick. They have flirted with San Antonio and a deal for Tony Parker, but the Spurs are trying to force Richard Jefferson into any deal they make. The Kings are not interested in taking back Jefferson.
8. Detroit Pistons: Bismack Biyombo
Analysis: The Pistons worked out Biyombo earlier in the week, and I think they like his athleticism and upside a lot. Biyombo was not invited to the green room when the invitee's were announced, but the NBA has since extended an invite to Biyombo to attend. This has me thinking Detroit is seriously considering Biyombo here.
9. Charlotte Bobcats: Kawhi Leonard
Analysis: I think Leonard is a great fit with Charlotte, and he stays put at #9.
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Klay Thompson
Analysis: I originally had Burks here, but it seems like Thompson has really impressed in Milwaukee.
11. Golden State Warriors: Tristan Thompson
Analysis: Golden State likes Thompson's size and and ability to run the floor. He has good character, size and length. Golden State hopes that Thompson turns out the be better than Brandan Wright.
12. Utah Jazz: Jimmer Fredette
Analysis: I just really want to see Utah rioting.
13. Phoenix Suns: Alec Burks
Analysis: Burks slipped a little bit, but the Suns are glad he did. Burks fits in perfectly in Phoenix.
14. Houston Rockets: Markieff Morris
A lot of teams are high on both Morris twins, I don't see it. I think they are overrated and have bad attitudes, kind of like the O'Bannon brothers.