cameroncrazies02
So with June 1st rolling around, the draft is only 22 days away and there have been a number of private and public workouts I've read up on, so this is my mock draft, version 2.0 of probably 4. One more coming in about a week and a half and another right before the draft.

1-LA Clippers-Blake Griffin-The rumors have calmed down about the Clippers trading the pick and it's looking more and more likely the Clippers will select Griffin #1 overall. They have a lot of work to do to make this work next season, but I think it will. Griffin also measured in at just over 6'10" in shoes at the pre-draft camp which is a sigh of relief for the Clippers as there were many rumors he was about 6'8".

2-Memphis Grizzlies-Hasheem Thabeet-
Surprisingly, the Grizzlies are being rumored to have a big interest in Thabeet as he may be more of a sure thing than Ricky Rubio. Rubio I guess has disappointed some lately not participating in some workouts and Chris Wallace is a notoriously bad GM so he could screw this up in some other way. Personally, I think they have their future center in Gasol. He isn't a PF by any means and having two guys at over 7' starting together would be a disaster, IMO. I think they could draft Rubio and trade Conley much easier than trying to work Thabeet in, but right now, this is rumored to be their pick.

3-Oklahoma City Thunder-Ricky Rubio-
This is a tough one. Many are saying Westbrook is now becoming more of a PG and having him and Rubio starting together would be difficult. I'd like to see them draft Rubio and Westbrook play more of a 2-guard role, I think they'd be an explosive combo together but neither has superior shooting skills. Rumors are that the Thunder could also take Hill, Harden or Curry here as well.

4-Sacramento Kings-Jrue Holliday- This is quite a reach for Holliday, but his workouts and measurements have been fantastic. He may not be the best player available, or even the best PG available, but this is where the draft falls off into talent that is steady through about 12. I think Holliday has the most upside and would work well with the Kings.

5-Washington Wizards-Tyreke Evans-This is a huge reach here for Evans, and the Wizards have other needs, but none could really be filled here. Personally, I think they need to select a 2-guard, and IMO Evans has the most potential and will be the best 2-guard to come out of this draft. Why not give the Arenas, Butler, Jamison combo another try? JaVale McGee came along well towards the end of the season, I think the Wizards could surprise a lot of people next year. As for Evans, he's a great finisher and suits well with Arenas and Butler as a 1-3.

6-Minnesota Timberwolves-James Harden-
If Harden falls to the Wolves, I think they'd be more than content taking him. He has a wide range of where he could be selected though and there is limited press as to how his, if he has had any, workouts have gone. The Wizards could snatch up Harden at 5, but if anything, I think the Wizards will trade the pick.

7-Golden State Warriors-Stephen Curry-Many are saying Curry is probably going to be the best PG coming out of this class, even ahead of Rubio. I like Curry in this system and alongside Ellis, they make a formidable backcourt. They compliment each other very well, and like many have argued, Curry has a lot more point guard in him than many believe.

8-New York Knicks-Johnny Flynn-
No matter who is picked before them, I think the Knicks are selecting a PG even if Rubio and Curry are gone. Flynn measured in taller than many expected and excelled in workouts, but I'm not completely sold on him. He came around late and I just think there are better prospects available. I think Brandon Jennings could go here as well, in fact I think Jennings would go a lot higher but he is reportedly refusing to workout. Bad move.

9-Toronto Raptors-Demar Derozan-This will be an interesting pick. The Raptors need some size up front off the bench, but nothing here to warrant it. They also need help at the 2, and if Derozan falls to them, they'll be hard pressed not to take him. This will be an interesting pick to follow though, I think we could see some surprises and see Bosh traded on draft day. It's probably in the best interest of the future of the Raptors. Build around Calderon and Bargnani.

10-Milwaukee Bucks-Jordan Hill-If Hill falls this far, the Bucks will be ecstatic. I don't see a whole lot of teams willing to jump on Hill before them either so it is very possible. The Wizards at 5 could, as well as the Knicks at 8 if they don't plan to re-sign Lee or even the Raptors at 9, but I think the Raptors have bigger concerns. Hill fits in nicely especially with this outburst of PG's being selected before the Bucks pick at 10. The next best PG is Jennings, which I wouldn't mind here either.

11-New Jersey Nets-Austin Daye-This is my sleeper of the draft. The Nets have been saying they're willing to take a PG if one becomes available as their next best prospect, but I just don't see that working. Harris is only effective with the ball in his hands, I wasn't a fan of him playing the 2 in Dallas either. I like Daye...a lot. 6'11" shooter. He fits right into the Nets as they have a huge hole at the 3 and although Daye's defensive struggles are well documented, this makes them an explosive, very long, athletic team. I like a lineup of Harris, Carter, Daye, Yi/Anderson, Lopez.

12-Charlotte Bobcats-Brandon Jennings-You think MJ can pass up this kid? Felton could be on his way out and I'm not sure Augustin is a starting PG in the NBA yet. He's too quick to shoot and too small to play solid defense. I'd like Blair here, but the Bobcats were so much better with Diaw at the 4 last year.

13-Indiana Pacers-Dejuan Blair-They need a true center with size and shot blocking ability. None in this draft though besides Thabeet. Blair gives them some much needed rebounding and toughness inside.

14-Phoenix Suns-Earl Clark-
Boy, just missing out on Blair and Jennings has to hurt, but getting Clark here isn't bad. He's in the Marion mold and can slide right into the 3 slot as Hill will probably sign elsewhere or retire and Barnes isn't a starting 3 in the NBA.

15-Detroit Pistons-BJ Mullens-
I have a hard time seeing the Pistons keeping this pick as their isn't much interest right around 15 for them, plus selling this pick might be their best option as they look to sign a big FA this summer. This would be a bit of a reach here at 15 for Mullens as there are so many mixed signals from Mullens. He's a good offensive weapon and has size, but looks for his shot too much and turns the ball over too much.

16-Chicago Bulls-James Johnson-
The jury is still out on this pick. Ty Thomas played very well last year and Luol Deng will be back from injury, but you can never have too much size especially when that's what the Bulls lack. Paxson has been rumored to be enamored with Hansbrough as well.

17-Philadelphia 76ers-Eric Maynor-New head coach Eddie Jordan said he'd love to have Andre Miller back, but if that's not looking as promising come draft day, the 76ers will be scrambling for a PG. Maynor is ready to step in right away and play.

18-Minnesota Timberwolves-Ty Lawson-Lawson has been falling hard on draft boards, but would be a solid pick here at 18 for the Wolves. They need a more conventional PG alongside Foye and could take some time to develop his game into the league.

19-Atlanta Hawks-Tyler Hansbrough-It will be interesting to see what happens with the Hawks PG situation as Bibby is a free agent this summer, but Hansbrough can help out right away. They need an energy guy in the frontcourt alongside Horford and can play right away. Jeff Teague is a possibility here as well, could that then spell the end for Acie Law in Atlanta?

20-Utah Jazz-DeJuan Summers-
There just isn't much here for the Jazz if Hansbrough is off the board. Summers is probably the next best big and the way it's looking, if Boozer's gone they'll need help up front.

21-New Orleans Hornets-Gerald Henderson-Boy, if Henderson falls this far, it could really hurt him, but with three other SG's projected ahead of him (Evans, Harden, Derozan) there isn't a huge need for SG's after 10ish. Henderson could step in right away as the Hornets have a huge hole at the 2. Having a PG like CP3 getting him the ball can only make him a better player though.

22-Dallas Mavericks-Jeff Teague-I'm not so sure about this pick. Again, Dallas is just missing out on some guys they could use, but with Kidd's legs really going quickly, they need someone to spell him some minutes. JJ Barea came into his own last year and they need size, but nothing warranted here.

23-Sacramento Kings-Sam Young-They could use more size behind Thompson and Hawes but Young fits in well here considering there was rumbling at the deadline that they could have traded Nocioni. I think Young could be a huge steal.

24-Portland Trailblazers-Darren Collison-
If there wasn't such a huge need for PG's in this draft, the Blazers could find theirs of the future, but Collison is only one to fall to them. I still like him here though. I don't think he'll ever be a starter, but he's tough for his size and could compliment Bayless well.

25-OKC Thunder-Terrance Williams-Again, size is an issue especially if they don't get Thabeet and if they draft Rubio at 3, I don't think they'll take Williams here, but he'd be a steal. He's falling because of his attitude and the way he jacks up shots, but reminded me a lot of JR Smith in his younger years. Might as well take a chance this late in such a weak draft.

26-Chicago Bulls-Toney Douglas-I like this pick if they plan to trade Hinrich. He was one of the best scorers in college basketball last year and is battle tested. Again, in such a late draft, go with the proven.

27-Memphis Grizzlies-Patrick Mills-Another pick that will depend on who they take at 2, but if they take Thabeet, Mills is a great, great pick up here. He's known next to nothing because he played at St. Mary's but those small school guys tend to pick up the game pretty well. Especially with them trading Lowry to Houston around the deadline in February, they need a PG to spell Conley.

28-Minnesota Timberwolves-Gani Lawal-They could really gamble with some size here since I don't have them taking any in either of their previous two picks. I don't know anything about Lawal but he's the next best big available apparently.

29-LA Lakers-Danny Green-This is very early for Green, but he could a good bench defender for somebody and with Vujacic's struggles shooting the ball lately, and the possibility of losing Ariza, the Lakers could use somebody like Green who's battle tested and ready to play.

30-Cleveland Cavaliers-Omri Cassipi-This guy came out of nowhere. He's a 6'9" prospect out of Israel and does all the dirty work. I like him coming off the bench for Lebron as they need a SF with some size badly.

Surprises-Maybe it's just my hate for him, but Chase Budinger not in the first round, 11 PG's picked in the first round! And it could have been 12 if Calathes hadn't signed overseas, only 3 real chances at solid big men in the first round.

Trade rumors-Wizards are hot on the trail to make some sort of trade possibly moving up to as far as 2 in the draft or trading completely out of it. Like #5 and Jamison for something. The Thunder could take every opportunity to trade the #3 if they get a solid big in return-something like JaVale McGee and the #5 for the #3 and the Thunder's 2009 2nd rounder. I like that. The Pistons could sell the pick and probably will-I like it going to Cleveland especially if James Johnson is still on the board, I doubt they trade in their division though.
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New mock draft after all the combine tests....please don't tell me the bucks are gonna draft tyreke evans..gross
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I never trust nbadraft.net. Their mock drafts are so ridiculous. Chase Budinger at 11? Jrue Holiday falls to 24? Tyler Smith even in the first round?
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cameroncrazies02 wrote:


The team that drafts him pays a very large portion of it. No matter what, I think Rubio's in the draft, this is probably the highest he'd ever get picked. He's also stated he doesn't want to play in Memphis but GM Chris Wallace went to Spain to have dinner with his parents.


I think SI said the team can only pay 500,000, which leaves Rubio with more of a gap than he can pay for.
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I'm pretty sure there are people in this forum who could compete with Austin Daye's combine numbers....


Vertical 25 inches
Bench Press (185) 0 times
3/4 NBA court sprint (roughly 70 feet) 3.55
Lane Agility (not sure how this works) 12.11 (2nd worst in draft)



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Terrorfan89 wrote:


I'm pretty sure there are people in this forum who could compete with Austin Daye's combine numbers....


Vertical 25 inches
Bench Press (185) 0 times
3/4 NBA court sprint (roughly 70 feet) 3.55
Lane Agility (not sure how this works) 12.11 (2nd worst in draft)


Wow lol can I get a link?
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I read that Rubio has a ridiculous buyout for his current contract and can't afford to pay it even if he gets 2nd pick money. What are the odds we don't see him in the NBA next year?
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The team that drafts him pays a very large portion of it. No matter what, I think Rubio's in the draft, this is probably the highest he'd ever get picked. He's also stated he doesn't want to play in Memphis but GM Chris Wallace went to Spain to have dinner with his parents.
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In regards to the combine results, here's my take....

Players who hurt themselves the most-

Austin Daye-As the two previously stated, Daye performed poorly in just about every category. I think the bench press is overrated as Durant couldn't get a single rep up and Harangody put up the most with 23, but he had a 28" vertical which hurts him as his length and size is one of his best attributes, but his low vert makes him seem like he won't be great finishing around the rim. He was also very slow in the 3/4 length court sprint and lane agility test meaning he may be pretty flat footed and have a tough time defending other 3's in the NBA.

Tyreke Evans-With his best attributes being his athleticism and defense, his vert was pretty low at 34" and his speed seemed questionable. This could really hurt him (and the Bucks, hoping he gets taken before 10 and someone else falling to him) and he could fall into the teens in the draft.

Tyler Hansbrough-His vert was pretty low meaning he won't be able to finish well against better shot blockers around the rim and with his shaky jumper already in tact, many teams may look at him as a very big offensive liability and lack of position. His one upside was that he tested taller than many expected and fits the mold of a 4 in the league when many thought he may be so undersized, he'd have to play the 3. I guess this doesn't hurt him a whole lot though because of the lack of big men in the draft, he'll still get taken in the 1st round, but with such a weak draft, many may just go with best available in the teens and early 20's over need where many of those teams need a big and Tyler could fall to the very end of the 1st round.

Players that helped themselves the most-

James Harden-By far, Harden helped himself the most boosting him to the point where the Thunder may be seriously looking at him at 3. He had many comparisons to Brandon Roy as far as lack of athleticism for a 2 guard, but he surpassed Roy in nearly every category in the combine.

Johnny Flynn-He posted the highest vert at 40" and measured at a solid 6' measuring him to Chris Paul's size where many thought he'd be around 5'10" and have a hard time matching up with other PG's in the NBA. I think this solidifes him in the top 3 as far as PG's go in the draft with Rubio and Curry mixed in.

Terrence Williams-There are tons of question marks surrounding Williams and he definitely needs a few years to mature to the league, but he, as expected, tested out as one of the most athletic players in the draft. With Harden and probably Derozan as the top two SG's in the draft, there is a wide mix of who will be the next best SG. Henderson, and Evans are the next two SG's projected to go in the draft ahead of Williams, but if his workouts turn out well, he could launch himself into the top 13.


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gerald henderson will be at top 13 pick.

nba teams can pay up to $500K for the buyout.

Rubio will make millions through endorsements. I would take him in a heart beat. He played real well against the US best in Paul, Williams, and Kidd.

As far as the kid from Isreal, Omri C., he did not come out of nowhere he has been projected in mock drafts to be a mid-to-late first round pick for a while now. You may have finally heard about him, but if you pay attention to the Euroleagues you would know about him. He is very similar to a Hedo Turk. Not as great of a shooter, but similar style of play.

As for the bucks...do not take jordan hill, he plays less defense than Charlie V. The Bucks need to decide keep CV or Ramon. If neither, than you need to look at the best PG or PF available. I would look at Flynn or the kid from UNC. Otherwise for PF i would hate to get Blair, i think he will be a bust. Earl Clark or Gerald Henderson would be my favorites to pick. Get them in to get ready for when either Redd or Jefferson leave town.

watcha thinking about that
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I don't know about Henderson. That's a strong statement to say he'd go top 13. I don't think he'd sniff the top 8, and at 9, the Raptors will take Derozan if he's there (there are rumors there has already been a promise made), and the way it's looking, at 7 and 8, PG's will go to the Warriors and Knicks respectively and the Bucks won't take him, they have bigger fish to fry, the Nets seem so interested in taking a PG, even Devin Harris said he'd love to have Johnny Flynn...I guess his first opportunity is to the Bobcats which is a strong possibility, but if a PG falls to Charlotte, I bet Jordan takes him because Felton may be gone. Then again, Henderson has many MJ characteristics, I could see him taking Henderson...

There's been a lot of talk over the last 2 days...
-Tyler Hansbrough is shooting up draft boards, even a lottery GM said they wouldn't be surprised if Hansbrough went in the lottery.
-DeJuan Blair failed the physical miserably because apparently he's got terrible knees
-Brandon Jennings refused to take part in the Reebok Eurocamp which was stupid on his part, but good for the Bucks if he slips to them. Jrue Holiday is moving up draft boards for no real reason other than significant comparisons to Russell Westbrook.
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