Picks for mock draft are based on team needs/wants.
It might surprise some that I do not have Okafor going first. Most
see Okafor as the more NBA ready prospect. That assertion could not be
more wrong. Towns is a polished defender, better athlete, has great footwork
on offense, and will only get better.
2) Philadelphia 76ers: D' Angelo Russell, PG, Ohio State, 6-4, Fr.
The last time the Sixers tried taking a Point guard, MCW , they found
themselves in an odd predicament with a point guard that could not shoot.
In Russell they get a point guard that can shoot, score, and facilitate.
While i'm not as high on Okafor as I am on Towns, I do think Okafor has
all-star potential. He is definitely a great value pick for Minnesota, who can say
bye bye to Anthony Bennett and say hello pick and roll with Ricky Rubio and
Mudiay has the athletic ability, strength and body build to play from the get go as a
rookie. He has good form on his jump-shot, just needs to be a little more consistent with
it. But with last years lottery pick Julius Randle returning from injury next season, the
Lakers will have a nice future pair to build around.
Oubre showed his youth and rawness earlier in the college season, with inconsistent play,particularly on the offensive end. He reminds me of a more athletic Tashaun Prince, and will fit in perfectly with an already athletic back-court in Payton
Boy could the Nuggets really use any help they can get. With Johnson they'll
get a competitor, and good athlete.
Not really sold on this guy, but for all the buzz he's receiving he will go in the top ten.
He's a solid floor runner and good athlete. Reminds me of a raw and young Darko Milicic. The Kings have been trying to find a power forward to pair with DeMarcus cousins.
Stan Van Guandy won't hesitate to take this guy. He plays hard, is a tough leader, defends, rebounds and it's not guaranteed that Greg Monroe will be back after this season.
Alec Burks is a solid player, but he hasn't provided consistent production as the starting
two-guard for the Jazz. Here's one way to help that.
The Celtics could use some more scoring on the wing. Winslow can be a rotation player from day one that will defend well, and attack the basket on offense.
Lance Stephenson has struggled during his first season with the Hornets. The team could use a true shooting-guard that can stretch the floor for Al Jefferson, and open up more drives to the basket on offense for Kemba Walker. This would be a great fit.
Here the Pacers would get a great power-forward prospect whose still getting better, and can learn under David West. At the very least the Pacers get more rebounding, energy, and depth off their bench.
Turner is a terrific big man scorer who can score inside and out. He can play really good defense. Him and Anthony Davis can make a nice front court pairing. Turner does need to get a little stronger though.
Harrell will fit right in on a team filled with young athletic talent that plays with energy on both
ends of the floor. He'll add some more depth in the front court.
The Nets could use a shooting-guard behind Joe Johnson and take some of the heavy minutes off the aging star. LeVert is a player that is actually reminiscent to Joe Johnson. He can shoot, and take you off the dribble, or post you up.
Selden is an impressive player who I believe is one of the most underrated prospects in this draft and will have a better career than some of the players drafted ahead of him. If the Heat decide to take him with their pick it will be a great fit for Selden who can learn from one of the best to ever play his position in Dwayne Wade.
Jason Kidd in his short tenure so far with the Bucks has shown the ability to put players with untapped potential in position to produce and play their best. Alexander was suppose to be in the conversation for the number one pick earlier this season. I believe that distinction is much closer to his true potential and would be the steal of the draft at this point in the draft.
Memphis needs help on the wing. Anderson can stretch the floor and finish in traffic. He can be a spark-plug in the starting line-up or off the bench.
I believe the wizards will take a young athletic power forward that can run the floor and can finish on the fast break with John Wall. Lyles fits the mold.
Grant is a unique player that has the potential ability to play three different positions. On a championship contending team like the Cavs, at this point in the draft it wouldn't hurt to experiment, at the very least you get a great distributing point-guard with size that provides depth behind Kyrie Irving, or can play along side Irving.
Ellis fits the profile of a Spur. A player that is more than willing to do what it takes to win, is mature, and knows what hes good at and sticks to it. He'll be a solid role player off the bench for the Spurs.
With Rose being in and out of the line-up the last 3 seasons, it might be time to look for some backup in case Rose is not able to play at the level he once was or regresses. Wright is a similar player to Rose in some aspects such as finishing at the rim and creating of the dribble. Both are score first
point-guards, and Wright would fit in nicely with this team.
Amir Johnson isn't getting any younger, and the Raptors could use a young athletic power-forward of the future. For now though in the immediate future, Portis can provide energy, rebounding, and finishing at the rim, off the bench.
After the Rajon Rondo debacle with Rick Carlisle, it has been heavily speculated that it is unlikely that Rondo returns with the Mavs after this season. That is why I have them taking Jones here. He would fill a need, he's only 18 years old, he can play behind Devin Harris next season, who to be honest has run the Mavs offense much better than Rondo.
Kaminsky is a big man shooter that can stretch the floor, and hit free throws down the stretch in close games if the Clips are forced to sub out DeAndre Jordan.
Houston could use a true power-forward that can finish at the rim, and score down low next to Dwight Howard.
Dakari is a young raw prospect that is still developing. But with leaders like Aldridge, Kaman, and Lopez in the locker room there won't be a need for him to produce right away. The Blazers can take another big body for depth and develop him. Besides the Myers Leonard experiment hasn't exactly worked out.
The Warriors are already a deep enough team as it is, and it would be hard for any rookie taken this late in the draft, to see the floor much next season. However Dekker is a good athlete, with a streaky shooting stroke, that can continue to develop, and hopefully help this team in the future.
Vaughn would be a great fit with Atlanta. He can come off screens and shoot the lights out when he gets hot. He'll provide solid scoring off the bench behind Korver.
Rozier is a speedy energetic point-guard that can provide some young depth off the bench for the