Real Deal's 2011 Mock Draft
Posted June 23, 2011 - 03:00 PM
Also, no trades were considered, but they were talked about in the descriptions.
1) Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, Duke (PG)
NBA Comparison: Chris Paul
Some will argue that Derrick Williams is the best player in the draft, but the Cleveland Cavaliers need to take the guy with the most star potential, and that is Kyrie Irving. Baron Davis has two years left on his contract, but with the amount he's going to make (almost $29 million), he could be the primary target for Dan Gilbert if an amnesty clause is granted to the owners this upcoming season, and Ramon Sessions is no starting point guard for a rebuilding team. Irving has the goods to be a complete point guard. He's an exceptional facilitator, makes good decisions getting his teammates open looks and creating for himself, and he's a speed demon once he sets his eyes on the rim. If the Cavaliers pass on Kyrie, it will be due to his toe injury, which has led to a couple of draft experts calling him a high risk, high reward player.
2) Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, Arizona (PF)
NBA Comparison: Shareef Abdur-Rahim (with less post, more athleticism)
Like Shareef, Williams will make his way into the league not knowing if he'll be more effective at the three or four. Sticking him at the four could limit his range, or cause him to be turnover-prone, depending on how defenders play him. Defending some of the more-talented SF's in the pros will be tough for him as well. With rumors that the Wolves will trade this pick, for most any team selecting here, I still feel that Williams will be the next best choice. He's arguably the best player in the draft, the most NBA-ready (can't say this about Irving due to him being a point guard, and the transition will be a bit tougher), and if he can focus on the game and accept the challenges ahead, he can do what Michael Beasley was unable to do: find a position, play it well, and show the desire to improve and become a star in this league.
3) Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter, Turkey (Center)
NBA Comparison: Kosta Koufos (before the NBA)
The Koufos comparison isn't exactly sticking Kanter in the bust category, but there are many similarities there. A lot of talk has been promoting Kanter's offensive skills, but the truth is, he has yet to display them against legitimate competition over a significant period of time. Kanter's size is the main reason why he is in the lottery, and the fact that he (unlike many other big players) knows how to take advantage of it. On defense, he doesn't bend his knees in the paint, is caught multiple times with his hands down at his sides, and he rarely boxes out. Back on offense, he doesn't have the footwork Yao did when he came into the league, and most of his offense is produced by him just using his frame and size, which could get him in trouble. Kanter's ability to body his way to the rim against intimidated 17-18 year olds, and against 40-50 year old coaches, doesn't strike me as impressive, because all of us have seen it over and over again, with Kosta Koufos, Paulo Prestes, BJ Mullens, Nathan Jawai, Nick Fazekas, Kyrylo Fesenko, Kosta Perovic...even guys like Aaron Gray, Spencer Hawes, Robin Lopez...the list goes on and on, of guys that were overrated because of their size or physical play (or both). Utah has shown more interest in Kanter the last two days, though, and if he can polish his game even the slightest bit over the next 2-3 years, he can exceed expectations.
4) Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania (Center)
With Kanter gone, and Irving already being drafted by Cleveland (throwing Brandon Knight out of the picture), the Cavaliers will direct their attention to the big man they were interested in last week. It's possible that the only thing preventing Dan Gilbert from selecting Valanciunas with the fourth pick is talk that he won't be able to play his first year in the league next season, but with the lockout looming, is this a big deal for the Cavaliers? If we end up playing another 50-game season (similar to 1999), is it worth it to take the gamble on a player that many are starting to say is in better shape than reported, a summer or two away from being twice as strong as he is now, and a legitimate center who rebounds well and shoots at a high percentage? Zydrunas Ilgauskas represented Lithuania well in the league, and he wasn't a superstar by any means, but aside from LeBron James, Ilgauskas was a staple for the organization, the one player that held it all together when times were tough, even through a devastating injury that should've ended his career. It's possible that the Cavaliers are keeping this in mind, and looking at their depth chart and wondering who else will be productive at the center position in a few years.
5) Toronto Raptors: Brandon Knight, Kentucky (PG)
NBA Comparison: Jason Terry
Among the three intriguing PG's remainging (Knight, Kemba Walker, and Jimmer Fredette), Knight seems to be the one best fit to play the position. He's a taller point that has shown he can contribute many ways in a system, where Walker and Fredette were given the green light to play as the ruthless scoring guards that were more impressive breaking down the opposition in one-on-one situations. Word around the league is that the Raptors like both Jan Vesely and Bismack Biyombo. I just don't see a reason for them to shut the door on a point guard with so much potential, though. Jose Calderon isn't a veteran NBA player, by definition (just six seasons played), but he's also nearly 30 years old, and unfortunately, his play from last season was possibly the worst it has been since his first or second year in the league. The Raptors need a quick scoring point guard that can create out of penetrations, someone that will run with DeRozan, and that takes the offensive load off of Andrea Bargnani. Grabbing Knight and preparing for the future will also make it easier to deal Calderon next summer, when he is entering the final season of his contract, a beautiful $10.6 million expiring that many teams will salivate over. Plus, the difference between Knight and the other two points guards mentioned is defense, and after Dwayne Casey's hiring, one would get the feeling that the Raptors will start to look at their weaknesses on the defensive end, and it all starts at the point guard position.
6) Washington Wizards: Jan Vesely, Czech Republic (SF)
NBA Comparison: Andrei Kirilenko
It's no secret that the Wizards are looking at big men, and with Kanter off the board, it should be down to Vesely and Bismack Biyombo (hey, strikingly similar to the Raptors above). At that point, it comes to offense versus defense. Biyombo is a defensive-minded player (an excellent one) with limited offensive capabilities, and Vesely is an improving offensive-minded player that shows signs of being a decent defender, but struggles on the boards. I think Washington takes the player that has more potential and size, and one that may not interfere with the ongoing development of JaVale McGee. It helps that Vesely cuts to the basket better than most forwards in the draft, and when you have John Wall as the guy hitting those targets, you'll most likely see more time at the line and/or more points on the scoreboard.
7) Sacramento Kings: Kawhi Leonard, SDSU (SF)
NBA Comparison: Shawn Marion
Rumors point to the Maloofs wanting Jimmer Fredette for the draw, while the coaching staff is showing more interest in forward Kawhi Leonard, to fill a bigger need. Leonard doesn't have the range he'd like to have, taking more shots than necessary away from the rim, but he's still improving on the offensive end. The defense and rebounding are the turn-ons. Leonard resembles a young Shawn Marion, and his ability to contest shots and disrupt passing lanes could be the key to him being a top ten pick, as much as it was for San Diego State's surprising push this season. It's true that the Kings are looking at point guards, and Udrih is really the only point on the roster at this time (Tyreke Evans starts at two-guard, and eventually covers back-up point), but Leonard gives them what most bigs can, in a smaller, more versatile package, at a position of need as well. Word is that the Kings have a trade on the table, though, which will most definitely change the entire look of the first round, from this point on. I doubt many teams are cranking their gears to trade up for Leonard...this could be Fredette or Kemba Walker. If it's Charlotte that took the pick (as rumored), there's a chance it stays Leonard.
8) Detroit Pistons: Tristan Thompson, Texas (PF)
NBA Comparison: Tyrus Thomas
Detroit wants a big here, and with new reports of Bismack Biyombo having buyout issues and a lingering back injury, Thompson could be the pick here. There's a possibility that Detroit trades down, feeling that Thompson will still be on the board near the end of the lottery, and getting away from Rip Hamilton, while picking up another player and a pick (or multiple picks), could be in their best interest. Assuming they do keep the pick, Thompson does a lot of things well, including playing aggressive on the low block and fighting for boards, but he has a terrible jumpshot and is going to have to expand his game outside of the paint, even a little bit, due to the lack of height and weight at his position. He gets to the line better than any other big in the draft, shooting free throws over 25% of the time he goes up with the ball, which is outstanding, and an improved post game can only help not only him, but the Detroit Pistons as well.
9) Charlotte Bobcats: Marcus Morris, Kansas (PF)
NBA Comparison: David West
Morris gives the Cats what they've been looking for: a legitimate post player. He has a few post moves and jumpers that are efficient and hard to block, and he doesn't mind working near the rim all game long, if needed. He's an unselfish player that will do the dirty work. Marcus isn't the defensive player his twin, Markieff, has been throughout his years with Kansas, but he's no pushover on that end of the court, either. Morris can rebound the ball well due to excellent positioning, something the Bobcats would like to see more of. Marcus will need to hit the gym in order to defend other fours in the league, mostly to make up for his lack of size, but he's more likely to play the position than Chris Singleton, who is also said to be on Charlotte's list of wanted players.
10) Milwaukee Bucks: Alec Burks, Colorado (SG)
NBA Comparison: Jalen Rose
The Bucks are said to be high on three players in their range: Burks, Klay Thompson, and Jonas Valanciunas. After news of Jonas possibly not being able to play next season (and the fact that Cleveland could land him if Kanter is taken by Utah), and the fact that Thompson is a shooter, Burks fits the bill for Milwaukee. He's a slasher that likes to score the ball and look for teammates, and he'll be able to take the ball out of Jennings' hands every now and then, something the Bucks desperately need. Milwaukee also has to find help in the frontcourt, but talks with the Houston Rockets could cover that, even without the pick being traded. If Charlotte passes on Marcus Morris, I wouldn't be surprised if the Bucks consider him here. A Bogut-Morris duo would be great for Milwaukee on the glass, and both won't mind getting their hands dirty for a Milwaukee team that needs more physicality and toughness. If the rumors are true and Sacramento has acquired the 10th pick, this could be Leonard, Fredette, or even Kemba Walker.
11) Golden State Warriors: Klay Thompson, Washington State (SG)
NBA Comparison: Morris Almond
Jerry West should get his man. Klay may be a better player than Almond was once he made it to the pros (he spent just two seasons in the league, but 34 games total), yet the comparisons to the college version of Almond are spot-on. When he played for Rice, Almond was an excellent three-point shooter, an efficient player from all spots on the floor, and he utilized screens well. Thompson (the son of Mychal Thompson) is nearly a clone of Almond, with a higher ceiling. Maybe Jerry West sees a Richard Hamilton or a Reggie Miller, the same way he sniffed out Kobe Bryant's talent, but the truth is, Chris Singleton could still be available, and he may be a bigger help to the Warriors than Thompson, or anyone still sitting, for that matter.
12) Utah Jazz: Jimmer Fredette, BYU (PG)
NBA Comparison: "Downtown" Freddie Brown
Already considered a bust, Fredette can't seem to catch a break from NBA fans and analysts everywhere. In many mock drafts, "Jimmer Mania" will initiate after the lottery picks are selected, and there are some that wonder why he has a green room invite in the first place. The Utah Jazz don't necessarily need a starting point guard, with Devin Harris in the mix, but uncertainty lies in his future with the team and as a healthy player, and Reggie Jackson isn't going to hear his name this early. If he wants a starting role, his defense will need a lot of work, and he'll need to keep in mind that Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap (among others) are scoring options on the Jazz, so 30-foot three-point shots with 20 seconds left on the clock will be unnecessary. Utah's selection of Enes Kanter earlier in the round will give them an opportunity to grab at the fan favorite, or maybe even consider Chris Singleton, a guy that can step into the lineup and become instant help for a struggling defense.
13) Phoenix Suns: Markieff Morris, Kansas (PF)
NBA Comparison: Rasheed Wallace
Many are saying that Markieff is sitting higher on the Suns' list than his twin Marcus, and it's all due to his size and defense. Phoenix could also take a point guard here, especially with Kemba Walker still on the board, but who's to say they won't find their next PG in a trade? Selecting Markieff Morris gives them room to trade one of their big men, and there are teams in the NBA that would quickly deal a point to have a big (such as Minnesota and Jonny Flynn). With rumors circling players such as Tony Parker and Raymond Felton, it would come as no surprise if Phoenix went this route. Morris has to work more on his post play, developing more moves and better footwork down low against what will be more advanced defenders, but his work on the defensive end is what puts him in the lottery at the end of the night, and the Suns need frontcourt defense as much as any other team in the league.
14) Houston Rockets: Nikola Vucevic, USC (Center)
NBA Comparison: Mehmet Okur
The majority of draft analysts are calling Vucevic the next Mehmet Okur, so I have no choice but to compare him to the "soft, shooting big that plays little to no defense." The truth is, much like Okur, a big part of why Vucevic has trouble defending is because of his lack of athleticism and speed, but he makes up for this in rebounding (using his frame) and shooting the ball, having one of the better jumpshots among bigs in this particular draft class. The Rockets could go with Chris Singleton here, possibly even Bismack Biyombo, but Vucevic is the biggest player in the draft, doesn't have any red flags as of now, and fits the hole at the center position better than anyone else at the end of the lottery. The Rockets are exploring trades, possibly wanting to move up and take Jonas Valanciunas, as Houston would be willing to wait a year, but with Kanter going so early, and Cleveland showing interest in Valanciunas with that fourth pick, Houston may have to stand their ground and take the next best center in Vucevic.
15) Indiana Pacers: Marshon Brooks, Providence (SG)
NBA Comparison: Nick Young
Marshon is a player that shoots and scores in bulk, turns the ball over, and is a bit lazy on the defensive end. He's Jamal Crawford, Jordan Crawford, a young Kobe Bryant...so many comparisons, but the best one yet has been Nick Young, who was nearly a clone in his days at USC. The Pacers have had trouble finding a guard that can produce enough on either side of the ball to consider him a starter, but Marshon is arguably the best scorer in the draft. If Darren Collison wasn't on the roster, the Pacers would be forced to draft a point guard (and even with him there, they've shown interest in Fredette, another scorer that doesn't play defense), but I get the feeling that Brooks is the best they can do, with the Morris twins off the board, and the Pacers' favorites (Jimmer Fredette and Klay Thompson) already selected. It wouldn't surprise me to see Kemba Walker selected here, only because the Pacers were looking at Jimmer, but with Collison on board, I don't see why Indiana would be okay with making one of those selections a backup point guard, especially when Collison is a cheap player with a very generous team option two years from now.
16) Philadelphia 76ers: Bismack Biyombo, Congo (Center)
NBA Comparison: Serge Ibaka
A blocking machine, Biyombo has shot up the draft board very quickly over the last 3-4 weeks, but talks of red flags (back injury, buyout issues) may cause him to slide back down the ladder a bit. Philadelphia needs a defensive-minded big up front, and Biyombo could very well be the most qualified for the job. If the Sixers decline the Congo big man here, it's possible that he takes a huge tumble, ala Darrell Arthur. Even though he's a short 6-9, Biyombo will be able to hold his own as a center, and could play as a forward as well. The addition of a player that could act as a defensive anchor will only help guys like Louis Williams and Elton Brand, who sometimes have trouble on the defensive end of the court, and if an effective defensive system is put into play, the guards can finally reserve some of their energy for the offensive end once again. Rumors of an Odom/Iguodala swap really make this pick more relevant, as the Sixers will need all the help they can get on the defensive end, and there are those that will argue until they are blue in the face that Biyombo could be the best defensive big man in the draft.
17) New York Knicks: Kemba Walker, UConn (PG)
NBA Comparison: Tim Hardaway
Basically, the Knicks will be lucky to see Kemba here, but if this is possible, it's because of two picks made earlier: Utah's selection of Kanter (which gives Brandon Knight to the Raptors) and Sacramento taking anyone other than Kemba. In fact, Walker will make or break every mock draft created. The speedy guard can go anywhere from fifth (Toronto) to the Knicks' 17th pick, which is similar to what Jameer Nelson went through as he sat in the green room and watched multiple teams pass him up years ago. It's not that Walker is a bad player, but because in the lottery, teams have a chance to pick up a lot of talented big men, and with news that point guards such as Tony Parker and Raymond Felton, and possibly Steve Nash, are on the block, it's more likely some of these lotto teams will look the other way. Walker is going to be most dangerous in isolations, and coming off of screens to get to the rim, where few will be able to stay in front of the elusive guard. He has a nasty crossover and excellent handles, gets lazy on defense, and could use more work facilitating, but if he falls this far, there's a very slim chance the Knicks pass him up, especially considering their need for a point guard right now.
18) Washington Wizards: Chris Singleton, Florida State (SF)
NBA Comparison: Trevor Ariza (as a Laker)
I just can't see the best perimeter defender in the draft falling any further than this. Singleton will be able to do what Josh Howard was unable to accomplish for the Wizards, and that's defend the perimter. It's obviously anyone's guess as to how much muscle mass he will put on once he gets to the pros, but Singleton may be able to defend up to three positions on the court, even the smaller power forwards. Also, he has range out to the three-point line, which is only a good thing for the Wizards, who were 28th in three-point percentage last year, and the bottom three in offensive rating. Singleton's biggest problem is turnovers, but with John Wall handling the basketball, the Wizards won't need to worry too much about what he can't do on the court (dribbling, creating for others) and enjoy what he can provide to a team that needs a lot of work if they want to find their way back into the playoffs.
19) Charlotte Bobcats: Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech (PG)
NBA Comparison: Rajon Rondo (but stronger, less passing ability)
It wasn't long ago that Shumpert was considered a late-first, early-second round pick. Charlotte is very high on him, and I wouldn't drop my jaw if they decided to select him at nine, although there's a great chance he'll be waiting for them at 19, and the Bobcats really need help up front. Shumpert is the anti-Augustin. With Gerald Wallace in Portland, and Stephen Jackson showing more decline, the Bobcats need to remember what pushed them into the playoffs just one season ago: defense. In 2010, the Bobcats were ranked first in defensive rating, with a lot of credit going to Wallace, Jackson, Raymond Felton and even Tyson Chandler, but with three of those four gone, the team fell to 17th just last season. Shumpert can defend both guard positions, has a knack for picking off passes and ripping his defender, and he's super-athletic. Offensively, you won't see much from him, especially shooting jumpers, but as we've seen with other players in the past, that can be developed as time passes, and who knows, maybe drafting Shumpert will pay off dearly for Charlotte in 2-3 years. If the Bucks get this pick (as rumored), Alec Burks could still be available.
20) Minnesota Timberwolves: Jordan Hamilton, Texas (SG/SF)
NBA Comparison: older Tracy McGrady (with less passing ability)
It'll be interesting to see who Minnesota takes here. How well would a selfish Jordan Hamilton work with Ricky Rubio? Hamilton reminds me of the older McGrady, who took advantage of the shorter defensive players by using his height advantage to simply shoot over them. He has a three-point shot as well, but doesn't have the passing ability that T-Mac has displayed over the course of his career. Putting on more weight will turn him into a primary small forward, and could keep him from playing much two-guard in the league, but if he turns himself into a dynamic scorer on the pro level, I'm not sure if it'll matter much, and he could find success playing behind some of the better talent in Minnesota, including Derrick Williams (if he plays the small forward position) or Wesley Johnson, if Williams doesn't hurt his development.
21) Portland Trail Blazers: Kenneth Faried, Morehead State (PF)
NBA Comparison: Udonis Haslem
The Blazers wanted Faried last year, and there's no reason for them to ignore him in this year's draft. Portland can't pass up an opportunity to counter a LaMarcus Aldridge offense with a Kenneth Faried defense coming off the bench. Not only does he finish very well at the rim, he's an outstanding rebounder, holding the NCAA record for career records, surpassing Tim Duncan (good company). With Aldridge, Camby, Wallace (for a full season), Faried, Batum, and possibly Oden crashing the glass, how much more will the Blazers move up from their 27th rank in rebounds? If Faried isn't the man for Portland, I see them selecting Tobias Harris, who can play the same position and has a decent overall game.
22) Denver Nuggets: Tobias Harris, Tennessee (SF/PF)
NBA Comparison: Boris Diaw (with better defense)
Hitting the gym will do wonders for Harris. The Nuggets need a versatile player that can do a little bit of everything for them, and Harris has been on their radar for quite some time now. If he walks in and starts to produce right off the bat, he can rake in some time at the four, and give Kenyon Martin a little more rest (assuming he re-signs), and a reason for the Nuggets to keep Chris Andersen as a full-time center.
23) Houston Rockets: Donatas Motiejunas, Lithuania (Center)
NBA Comparison: a poor man's Dirk Nowitzki
If one big man doesn't work out, maybe the other will. Houston has the guard play, and youth at the three and four, so doing what they can to fill out the center position makes the most sense. Motiejunas has been a favorite among the Rockets fans for a while now, even in last year's draft (when he was projected to go in the lottery, at one point), so it would not surprise me to see this selection made. His game does resemble Bargnani's, and there's talk that he's going to be Lithuania's Dirk Nowitzki, although I seriously doubt it. Still, Motiejunas is a good pick here for a Rockets team that needs length.
24) Oklahoma City: Kyle Singler, Duke (SF)
NBA Comparison: Mike Dunleavy (with a higher IQ)
He won't be the best available when the Thunder pick, but word is that the Oklahoma City front office has been eyeing Singler for over a year, and with James Harden playing well off the bench as a two-guard, Singler would be the watered-down Kevin Durant (in terms of shooting)...playing behind Kevin Durant. The Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons thrived off of a shooter's off-the-ball play while on their championship runs, and while Singler isn't going to contribute like a Ray Allen or a Rip Hamilton, he'll be that spark off the bench when Oklahoma City needs to pull the opposing defense apart.
25) Boston Celtics: Jimmy Butler, Marquette (SG/SF)
NBA Comparison: Marquis Daniels
Like Kenneth Faried, Butler has it all, but not enough of anything, to be a lotto pick. If Boston passes on him, he could very well fall into the second round. The thing is, with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen aging, it only makes sense that the Celtics would look at a player who can give them more rest on the court. Butler isn't expected to jump into a starting role, and even as a bench player, his expectations aren't too high, so going to a team and learning from some of the best veterans of the game could be a remarkable opportunity for him, and something that could prove to be very valuable if he's ever given the opportunity to play for a starting role on a needy team.
26) Dallas Mavericks: Nikola Mirotic, Serbia (SF/PF)
NBA Comparison: Andrea Barnani
Dallas will be fine with leaving Mirotic across the ocean for two or three years, as he is only 20 years old and Dallas is coming off of a championship year. Mirotic is very efficient shooting jumpshots, and few coaches overseas know not to leave him open. He isn't as offensively-gifted as Motiejunas when closer to the rim, but when a big man can shoot as well as Nikola, it's hard for a team like Dallas (who has arguably the greatest shooting big of all-time in Dirk) to pass on him.
27) New Jersey Nets: Josh Selby, Kansas (PG)
NBA Comparison: Bobby Jackson
Once considered a lottery pick, Selby has fallen, just slightly, because of injuries (more about him not having less college experience than any other American-born player in the draft) and lacking true point guard play. He's an athlete that's very flexible scoring the ball, with NBA three-point range, but Selby has to work on his decisions both on the break and in a half-court set, showing a lot of indecision running the point and turning the ball over frequently in workouts. He's a two-guard in a point guard's body, but the Nets can't go wrong trying to find an explosive guard, especially if Jordan Farmar doesn't pan out, or Deron ends up leaving.
28) Chicago Bulls: Nolan Smith, Duke (PG/SG)
NBA Comparison: Tony Delk
Listening to what many have said about Nolan Smith, you'd think he would be a lottery pick, possibly up there with Kyrie Irving. Smith is a tempo-hog. With the ball in his hands, he dictates what happens on the floor as well as any other point guard in the draft, but doesn't have the level of play to actually throw him into the top 10 players list. Smith is a big point guard that will be able to play the two-guard position every now and then, which is something the Bulls can take advantage of when CJ Watson is on the floor, and Derrick Rose is sitting. Smith is a great teammate, putting out effort every minute of the game, and should be a solid selection for the Bulls at 28.
29) San Antonio Spurs: Reggie Jackson, Boston College (PG/SG)
NBA Comparison: George Hill
If Hill turned out to improve his game and be a good player for the Spurs, why not draft a backup that compares to him? Tony Parker may be on his way out, and it wouldn't surprise me if, for once, the Spurs decide to turn their head at some of the international talent in the draft and take a point guard that can play this season. There's talk that Jackson does have health issues, but this didn't stop the Spurs from taking DeJuan Blair, who proved to be a solid pick at the end of the day.
30) Chicago Bulls: Justin Harper, Richmond (PF)
NBA Comparison: Channing Frye
Harper will provide the Kyle Korver effect when he's in the game, giving Rose and Smith another scoring option when he's on the floor. Chicago was a very good defensive team that lacked the offensive output to hang with a team like the Miami Heat, and Harper is the opposite of Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson. If he works hard in the gym, he can also be a decent defensive player at the four, but that's what most were saying about Channing Frye, as well. Regardless, Chicago needs more variety on the offensive end, and Harper should be their target to conclude the first round.
Los Angeles Lakers' four second-round picks (not enough time to explain!)
41) Los Angeles Lakers: Chandler Parsons, Florida (SF)
46) Los Angeles Lakers: Bojan Bogdanovic, Croatia (SG/SF)
56) Los Angeles Lakers: Malcolm Thomas, SDSU (PF)
58) Los Angeles Lakers: Julyan Stone, UTEP (PG)
Posted June 23, 2011 - 03:43 PM
Yep, the draft is about to start in just under 2 mins
Pau Gasol is GONE
Posted June 23, 2011 - 03:44 PM
Also I don't understand the Kahwi Leonard hype. I wasn't really impressed with him in the NCAA tournament. He reminds me alot of Gerald Wallace minus the scoring ability. He's athletic, a good defender, and he crashes the boards real hard but his jumpshot is virtually nonexistant. He'll find himself outside the top 10.
Posted June 23, 2011 - 05:22 PM
Posted June 23, 2011 - 10:07 PM
I think the descriptions were more of a benefit than anything else, haha. I didn't do that great of a job making the selections. Thanks.
You've got a lot of them right. Props. Good read through all the descriptions too.
The three-team trade, and Cleveland taking Thompson, absolutely DESTROYED everything else.
It also didn't help that there were a few teams that decided to trade up to get their guy (ex. Portland with Faried, Houston with Motiejunas), instead of just picking them. Something tells me that they could've had their guy, and the opposing team wasn't going to consider selecting him, if there wasn't a trade in place to begin with.
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