The NBA draft is this week, and below I’ve got my mock draft for lottery teams, as well as
some things to think about if your team drafts in the lottery. The Hornets snagged the first pick, and you
could bet your life that they have only one option at number one.
Orleans Hornets Anthony
is simple. Anthony Davis has been compared to Kevin Garnett and Marcus Camby.
Some consider him a combination of the two. It’s one of the biggest no brainers
in the draft in the last several years. There is no debate. Davis will be key
in New Orleans for years to come.
in the season, most thought that Davis’ former UK teammate Michael
Kidd-Gilchrist would be the consensus number two pick. However, after some
combine work and a closer look at what the Bobcats needs, Thomas Robinson has
been placed in this spot by most, and he gets my nod as well. Robinson’s upside
is greater than MKG’s, and the Bobcats are desperate for some energy on
defense. Robinson is coming into a perfect place for him to grow, and he can
replace the black hole that is Tyrus Thomas.
Wizards are making some bold moves this offseason, and they might be making
another bold one with picking Beal. Beal might just be a mega sleeper for
rookie of the year honors. He is coming into a young and talented team, and he
has been compared to Ray Allen. With John Wall breaking down defenses, Beal
will be wide open to shoot the rock, which happens to be his specialty.
where the decision between the aforementioned MKG and UNC’s Harrison Barnes
come into play, and I’m leaning to Barnes. MKG is a talented player, but he is
lacking the offensive talent to be the fourth overall pick. The Cavs
really need scoring, and Barnes is the superior shooter and scorer. There could
also be a possibility of the Cavs trading up with the Bobcats, but those rumors
have sizzled out a bit in the last few days.
player the Cavs decide on, the Kings will not be sad at all when the one who
didn’t get picked falls to them. Kidd-Glichrist would give the Kings a much
needed defensive presence. However, this is where the draft will start to get
interesting The Kings have reportedly been in talks with multiple teams about
trading this pick. The Kings are the youngest team in the NBA. They only have
one guy over the age of 30, and they could get a nice player in return for the
almost a unanimous consensus as well, because at this point in the draft, the
Blazers are in need of a center, and Drummond will be there. Drummond quite
possibly has the highest upside of any player in the draft, with the exception
of Davis. Drummond is 7’0" tall, and is still only 18. Even though he has some
questions, playing alongside one of the best power forwards in LaMarcus
Aldridge, he should be some of what Greg Oden might have been.
State Warriors Traded
Bay crew could also be looking to trade away their number seven pick, because
at this point in the draft, the potential of the players takes a slight
downgrade. If all goes as planned above, the Warriors would have a decision to
make. If this pick isn’t traded by draft day, I’ll be surprised.
Raptors could very well be the team that trades up to the Warriors’ number
seven slot to pick this guy. If they have a chance to get him, and only have to
give up a role player or a second round pick, they could. If they don’t and the
Warriors don’t trade their pick, then the Raptors might go with Damian Lillard.
They will most likely trade Jose Calderon, so point guard will be another area
of focus in Canada this offseason.
another consensus pick for you, and Henson would be a great fit alongside Greg
Monroe, and even though he has some muscle to build, Henson’s defense and shot
blocking will be good next to an offensive center.
pick could very well be Lillard, because the Hornets need a point guard, but Jarret
Jack will be in town for another year, so the Hornets could decide to punt the
point guard problem down the road for a year. They could also get a point guard
in a trade for the number ten pick. A name that might come into play here is
Kendall Marshall, but I think Lillard would be the pick if it stays in New
trade at ten has a lot to do with whether or not the few teams ahead of them
like the Kings and Warriors trade their pick, but if the scenario that both
California teams keep their pick, the odds of this pick being traded could come
running up into relevancy. The Hornets will already be selling Anthony Davis
Hornets jerseys by the time number ten rolls around. There will still be a few
teams willing to trade up to #10 especially if no picks are traded in the top
Blazers still have Wes Matthews in the two guard hole, but Lamb could provide
some spark off the bench as the first guard off the pine. Jamal Crawford gave
them absolutely nothing in that spot last season, so I’m sure the Blazers will
be looking for a nice combo guard, and Lamb is exactly that.
7’1 center from Illinois has been soaring up draft boards in the last month,
and it looks like he will slide into the Bucks’ front court quite nicely. They
just got rid of Andrew Bogut, and while Leonard won’t bring that kind of
impact, he is a talented offensive center, and has the athleticism to become a
good NBA center.
Doc Rivers’ son here in this spot, and I think he is just what the doctor will
order for the Suns. If Steve Nash does leave the Suns, Phoenix will need a guy
with Rivers’ skill set to fill the void. Rivers can shoot and handle the ball
well. The Suns will also need some star power if Nash does leave.
To round out the lottery, I have my final consensus pick with Zeller
going here at #14 to the Rockets. Houston needs some size, especially after
trading Jordan Hill to the Lakers. Zeller isn’t quite the talent that Leonard
is, but he will be a solid NBA center. He is a four year college player, and
that means something in today’s NBA to have a 22-year old rookie.