The New Orleans Hornets are on the clock after winning this year's NBA Draft lottery, and all signs show that Anthony Davis will don a Hornets jersey next season. Check out all of our NBA draft picks and predictions for the upcoming NBA draft.
Neither team has a pick
in the first round but that doesn't mean there won't be any curiosity about
this year's NBA draft from fans of the New York Knicks and the inaugural
Brooklyn Nets -
It was an all
or nothing bounce of the ping pong balls for the newest franchise in the NBA,
the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets swung a deal
with the Portland Trailblazers for Gerald Wallace at the trade deadline in
March, sending Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a 2012 conditional 1st
round draft pick. The condition is what
made this interesting.
The Nets had
a 7.5% of being awarded the number one pick and a 25% chance of getting into
the top three and winning their gamble. But alas, it was not to be as Brooklyn fell to the 6th spot
and surrendered their pick to Portland. So now the Nets, barring a trade, must scour the remnants of talent
after the first round and try to land a player who can help this team win.
without a 1st round pick isn't bad enough, the Nets dealt away their
2nd round pick to the Golden State Warriors (5th pick 2nd
round, 35th overall) in the Troy Murphy trade from February of
2011. However, all is not lost because
they will get to use the Miami Heat pick which they acquired in the Chris Quinn
trade back in January of '10.
So who will
the Nets pick and can anyone get excited over a player taken 57th
overall? Well, stranger things have
happened. Trying to gauge, with any
degree of accuracy, who the Nets will take this far down is a crapshoot at
best. Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace
may not be back next season as both are free agents. Can you imagine the punishment GM Billy King
will take if Wallace walks and the Nets have nothing to show for it? Two players and a first rounder for a two
month employee. Oh, and who do they
take? The best available player, that's
New York Knicks -
ever laughed at something, with a group of friends, so hard that you couldn't
catch your breath? You and your buddies have
tears streaming down your faces, slapping each other on the backs, falling down
and doing all the crazy stuff that happens when you are doubled over and can't
even speak. The laughter is infectious
and the more you try to stop, the harder you laugh. But eventually, everyone wipes the tears from
their faces and the laughter slowly but irrevocably dissipates. And finally someone exhales "Oh that was
good..." as a punctuation mark to signal that the joke is over and it's
time to move on. Kind of like the way we
now feel about Lin-sanity. The euphoria
has clearly left the building and now it's time to focus on bringing more
sanity into the organization. Perhaps
that starts on draft night.
like their new neighbors the Nets, do not have a first rounder in this year's
draft due to the Tracy McGrady deal from a few years ago. Thus they too must try and find a diamond in
the rough. Because this year's draft is
unusually deep, the Knicks could find themselves in a position to take a player
who, in thinner drafts, could be a first round candidate. Though accurately projecting the 48th
player chosen in the draft is a stretch to say the least, a possibility exists
with JaMychal Green of Alabama. He is a
6'9" power forward who is known as a character guy and that cannot be
underestimated in a day and age where trouble seems to find young
athletes. Green also plays a strong
brand of defensive basketball which is truly something the Knicks could use. JaMychal Green, you heard it here first.
NBA Draft Lottery recap and mock draft
though we didn’t see it televised live, the ping-pong balls fell in favor of
the New Orleans Hornets last night, and they will have the number one overall
pick in the draft. The pick will likely be Anthony Davis from Kentucky, but
even though Davis is most likely the only game changer in this draft, there is
still a wealth of good talent in this year’s draft. Let’s take a look at some
of the top picks in the draft, and I’ll give you my mock picks on who I think will
be drafted by who.
Orleans Hornets- Anthony
just a bit fishy that the NBA still technically owns the Hornets and they got
the first pick, but they were one of the top three teams in order of odds to
win it. While there are plenty of conspiracy theories, it isn’t that far out in the realm of possibility. Plus, they played
hard the whole season and didn’t tank.
will have an immediate impact on a team that is already very good defensively.
Along with a healthy Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza, Davis will be huge for a
Hornets team that really needs some star power after the departure of Chris
UK product will likely fall to the Bobcats, who could use all the help they can
get. Even though they didn’t get Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist will fit nicely
alongside the other very young players for the Bobcats.
He is a
good defender and great wing scorer. If he improves upon his shot a little, he
will be a good building block for Charlotte.
Kidd-Gilchrist could swap between 2-3, depending on the needs of the Wizards
and Bobcats come draft day, and I could see it going either way. For this article,
I think Beal fits in nicely next to John Wall. Beal can light it up from
anywhere, and he has an incredible deep shot. Either way, he has an NBA ready
body, and will be lighting it up from NBA range wherever he goes.
people disagree with me on this pick, but I don’t think Tristan Thompson is the
answer in Cleveland. However, Thomas Robinson alongside Anderson Varejao will
be a nice frontcourt. Obviously, this pick depends on Antawn Jamison and if he decides to leave the club, which I think he will. The Cavs could also use some help in the backcourt, but
that will only happen if MKG or Beal are not off the board. I think the Cavs
trade Thompson and role with Robinson as the fourth pick.
is one of my favorite players in the draft, and he would fit wonderfully with
the Kings if he falls this far. Tyreke Evans is not a small forward, and even
though it worked offensively for Sacramento, it did not work defensively. Barnes is a
versatile player and has great length for a small forward. He has a great mid
range game as well, which will be wonderful for the high pace Kings.
will be the first of many steps the Blazers take this offseason to “rearm,” as
they stated. Drummond will fill the void Greg Oden has left in Portland, and
alongside LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers frontcourt will be dangerously good
right away. Drummond is going to be a monster in Portland if it falls that way.
At this point, there are a lot of
things that can happen in between now and draft day, and trades are very
likely. Here is how I think the rest of the lottery picks will go down,
especially if the draft was today.
- Golden State
- New Orleans
- Phoenix Suns- Terrence Ross