Final 2015 NBA Mock Draft

posted Jun 25, 2015, 2:59 PM by Aj Sheridan

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves- Karl-Anthony Towns- PF/C (Kentucky)

Some members of the Timberwolves really aren’t sold on Towns, so I imagine that they’ll see how much the Lakers want him. If they offer enough, there could be a trade in the works. If not, Kevin Garnett will groom Towns into the second coming of the Big Ticket.

  1. Los Angeles Lakers- Jahlil Okafor- PF/C (Duke)

Unless something crazy happens, it’ll be Towns and Okafor 1-2 in one order or another. I’m all-in on a Lakers-Wolves trade at the top though. Minnesota could acquire the 27th pick from LA, then use that pick, packaged with Minny’s 31st and 36th picks to move back up in the first round.

  1. Philadelphia 76ers- De’Angelo Russell- G (Ohio State)

Chad Ford thinks that the 76ers are after Kristaps Porzingis but I’m not buying it. Russell is easily the best guard in the draft and Philly’s biggest need is on the perimeter.

  1. New York Knicks- Justise Winslow- G/F (Duke)

It’s been reported that the Knicks will look to move this pick if the first three picks play out this way. That’s surprising given the upsides of Mudiay and Porzingis, but I’ve thought for a while that someone would fall in love with Justise Winslow and move up to get him. I think the Pistons could be the team and this could be the spot.

  1. Orlando Magic- Kristaps Porzingis- PF (Latvia)

Porzingis is likened by some to Dirk Nowitzki, but I’m worried that he’s closer to Andrea Bargnani. If he’s close to Dirk, the Magic win big in this spot, but it’s a big gamble. I haven’t seen enough of him to feel comfortable with that risk, but somebody will. He scored 11 points per game last year in the Spanish league.

  1. Sacramento Kings- Emmanuel Mudiay- PG (Guangdong)

This would be a huge get for the Kings. Mudiay has big time potential, and could easily sneak into the top 3.

  1. Denver Nuggets- Willie Cauley-Stein- C (Kentucky)

Cauley-Stein has great size and will be able to contribute right away. I see him being a Tyson-Chandler type at the next level.

  1. Detroit Pistons- Stanley Johnson- SF (Arizona)

Johnson is another freshman with huge potential. He showed flashes of absolutely brillance at Arizona, and a team will be thrilled to grab him in the late top-10, whether it’s the Pistons or the Lakers.

  1. Charlotte Hornets- Mario Hezonja- G/F (Croatia)

Hezonja is a swingman with a good-looking jump shot and a lot of physical potential. He had a pretty unremarkable year in the Spanish league, averaging 5.6 points per game.

  1. Miami Heat- Devin Booker- SG (Kentucky)

Booker has the most potential as a pure shooter as anyone in the last three or four drafts. He has NBA range and a lightning-quick release.

  1. Indiana Pacers- Frank Kaminsky- C (Wisconsin)

Frank the Tank could get a look as high as #4 with the Knicks, but when the cards are on the table, no one gets that excited about a 22-year old center with limited athletic ability. Indiana has some work to do with both David West and Roy Hibbert. Kaminsky gives them some flexibility if one or both fail to return.

  1. Utah Jazz- Trey Lyles- F (Kentucky)

Trey Lyles is one of the more versatile players in the draft. Like Karl-Anthony Towns, his true talent didn’t shine last year because of Kentucky’s depth, but this is a good pick and solid value for Utah.

  1. Phoenix Suns- Myles Turner- C (Texas)

This is a swing for the fences for the Suns. Turner has good size and athleticism, but he is a bit of a project.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder- Kelly Oubre- SF (Kansas)

Oubre has the kind of upside and hype that Perry Jones had in his time at Baylor. Jones hasn’t panned out, so the Thunder will try to develop Oubre. Cameron Payne is an option here too, but the Luke Ridnour trade makes it seem unlikely.

  1. Atlanta Hawks- Bobby Portis- PF (Arkansas)

Portis reminds me a little bit of Mike Scott, whom the Hawks drafted out of VIrginia in 2012. Scott averaged 8 ppg last year, but Portis could compete for minutes and give some added depth to the Hawks frontcourt.

  1. Boston Celtics- Cameron Payne- PG (Murray State)

I like Payne much more than this, but if he gets past Indiana at #11, I think this is his landing spot. I think he’s a Lou Williams-type of player at the next level, and could be a nice compliment to Marcus Smart.

  1. Milwaukee Bucks- RJ Hunter- SG (Georgia State)

I’ve been on this pick for a couple of months now, and I still like it. Milwaukee is set with MCW, Giannis, and Jabari Parker, but they need an upgrade at the 2 and the 5. Hunter is a big time scorer, but he can do a little bit of everything else, too.

  1. Houston Rockets- Sam Dekker- SF (Wisconsin)

Dekker takes a serious slide to #18, but Houston is always looking to make a trade, and someone will want to move up to get him.

  1. Washington Wizards- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson- G/F (Arizona)

I like the fit here a lot for Washington. They need insurance in case Paul PIerce leaves in free agency, and they already have plenty of scorers. The big need for Washington right now is a defensive stopper. RHJ also puts some pressure on Otto Porter to show his true colors.

  1. Toronto Raptors- Montrezl Harrell- PF (Louisville)

Toronto could use an upgrade at the 4, as well as a player ready to produce right away. If Harrell’s mindset is right, he checks both boxes. He has a lot of potential for a guy being drafted in the early 20’s.

  1. Dallas Mavericks- Tyus Jones- PG (Duke)

This is the steal of the draft to me. There isn’t a ton of need at point guard around the league right now, but the Mavericks have a huge hole there, assuming Rajon Rondo finds a new address. Jones is undersized and not super-athletic, but he’s a competitor and a proven winner.

  1. Chicago Bulls- Jarell Martin- PF (LSU)

I’ve said for 3 or 4 years that the Bulls really need a knock-down shooter. They FINALLY drafted one last year in Doug McDermott, but he was a non-factor. This means that they still need a shooter, but they’ll probably go a different way just to spite me. Martin is a physical big man who gives Chicago good depth down low.

  1. Portland Trail Blazers- Kevon Looney- PF (UCLA)

Portland seems prepared to lose their franchise cornerstone, so they should try to swing for the fences, and Looney does just that. He’s got great size and upside but he is a huge project.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Jerian Grant- G (Notre Dame)

Cleveland has been reported to be trying to move this pick. They may or may not, but I think this is the right range for Grant in either case. He has good size and intangibles and can play either guard spot.

  1. Memphis Grizzlies- Rashad Vaughn- SG (UNLV)

Memphis needs to do something to get over the hump in the Western Conference. Vaughn probably won’t help them do it next year, but he might in a year or two. He tore his meniscus in February, but was on a lottery-trajectory before the injury. This could be a steal down the line for Memphis.

  1. San Antonio Spurs- Justin Anderson- G/F (Virginia)

Anderson is just a Spurs-type player for me. He does it with defense and he plays the right way. He could be a good fit with Kawhi Leonard on the perimeter as the Spurs move into their new era.

  1. Los Angeles Lakers- Cedi Osman- SF (Turkey)

If the Lakers keep this pick, they’ll probably look to draft-and-stash, and Osman is as good a candidate as any. He has good size and a fluid jumpshot, and a great head of hair.

  1. Boston Celtics- Brandon Ashley- PF (Arizona)

There’s always a pick in the late 20’s that no one saw coming. I think this could be it. The Celtics are still a young team looking for an identity. Ashley is a versatile player and his stock is lower than I think it deserves to be.

  1. Brooklyn Nets- Christian Wood- PF (UNLV)

Wood is a talented young player with a lot of upside. Late in the first round, he fits a need for the Nets, and gives them something to hope for.

  1. Golden State Warriors- Guillermo Hernangomez- C (Spain)

Golden State’s payroll is already out of control and it’ll get even worse once they pay Draymond Green. They need to draft a player to stash, and Hernangomez is widely considered the third best international prospect in this class.

2014 Final Four Mock Draft (April 6, 2014)

posted Apr 6, 2014, 12:37 PM by Aj Sheridan

  1. Milwaukee Bucks- Joel Embid- C (Kansas)

  2. Philadelphia 76ers- Andrew Wiggins- SF (Kansas)

  3. Orlando Magic- Jabari Parker- SF (Duke)

  4. Boston Celtics- Julius Randle- PF (Kentucky)

  5. Utah Jazz- Dante Exum- PG (Australia)

  6. LA Lakers- Marcus Smart- PG (Oklahoma State)

  7. Sacramento Kings- Noah Vonleh- F/C (Indiana)

  8. Detroit Pistons- Gary Harris- SG (Michigan State)

  9. Cleveland Cavaliers- Aaron Gordon- PF (Arizona)

  10. Philadelphia 76ers (from NOP)- Rodney Hood- SG (Duke)

  11. Atlanta Hawks- Tyler Ennis- PG (Syracuse)

  12. Denver Nuggets (from NYK)- Kyle Anderson- SF (UCLA)

  13. Minnesota Timberwolves- Nik Stauskas- SG (Michigan)

  14. Phoenix Suns- Doug McDermott- SF (Creighton)

  15. Orlando Magic (from DEN)- Adreian Payne- F (Michigan State)

  16. Chicago Bulls (from CHA)- Montrezl Harrell- PF (Louisville)

  17. Phoenix Suns (from WAS)- James Young- G/F (Kentucky)

  18. Boston Celtics (from BKN)- Shabazz Napier- PG (UCONN)

  19. Chicago Bulls- Jerami Grant- SF (Syracuse)

  20. Toronto Raptors- Willie Cauley-Stein- C (Kentucky)

  21. Memphis Grizzlies- Zach LaVine- G (UCLA)

  22. Oklahoma City Thunder (from DAL)- Andrew Harrison- PG (Kentucky)

  23. Utah Jazz (from GSW)- Cleanthony Early- F (VCU)

  24. Charlotte Bobcats (from POR)- TJ Warren- SF (NC State)

  25. Houston Rockets- PJ Hairston- G/F (NBDL)

  26. Phoenix Suns (from IND)- Jusuf Nurkic- C (B & H)

  27. Miami Heat- Aaron Harrison- SG (Kentucky)

  28. LA Clippers- Clint Capela- PF (Switzerland)

  29. Oklahoma City Thunder- Patric Young- PF (Florida)

  30. San Antonio Spurs- Vasilje Micic- G (Serbia)

2014 "Way Too Early" NBA Mock Draft

posted Jul 12, 2013, 3:29 PM by Aj Sheridan   [ updated Jul 12, 2013, 3:32 PM ]

1)    Sacramento Kings- Andrew Wiggins- SF (Kansas)

2)    Orlando Magic- Julius Randle- PF (Kentucky)

3)    Phoenix Suns- Marcus Smart- PG (Oklahoma State)

4)    Charlotte Bobcats- Aaron Gordon- PF (Arizona)

5)    New Orleans Pelicans- Jabari Parker- SF (Duke)

6)    Detroit Pistons- Andrew Harrison- PG (Kentucky)

7)    Philadelphia 76ers- Dario Saric- SF (Croatia)

8)    Toronto Raptors- Mario Hezonja- SG (Croatia)

9)    Utah Jazz- Dante Exum- PG (Australia)

10) Minnesota Timberwolves- Joel Embid- C (Kansas)

11) Washington Wizards- Willie Cauley-Stein- C (Kentucky)

12) Milwaukee Bucks- Glen Robinson III- SF (Michigan)

13) Dallas Mavericks- Gary Harris- SG (Michigan State)

14) Los Angeles Lakers- Dakari Johnson- C (Kentucky)

15) Atlanta Hawks- James Young- SF (Kentucky)

16) Boston Celtics- Rasheed Sulaimon- SG (Duke)

17) Portland Trail Blazers- Mitch McGary- PF (Michigan)

18) Cleveland Cavaliers- Aaron Harrison- SG (Kentucky)

19) Denver Nuggets- Isaiah Austin- PF (Baylor)

20) Memphis Grizzlies- Alex Poythress- SF (Kentucky)

21) Orlando Magic (from NYK)- Wayne Selden- SF (Kansas)

22) Golden State Warriors- James Michael McAdoo- PF (North Carolina)

23) Houston Rockets- Chris Walker- PF (Florida)

24) Indiana Pacers- Montrezl Harrell- PF (Louisville)

25) Chicago Bulls- Guillermo Hernangomez- C (Spain)

26) San Antonio Spurs- Vasilije Micic- PG (Serbia)

27) Brooklyn Nets- Kyle Anderson- SF (UCLA)

28) Los Angeles Clippers- Kaleb Tarczewski- C (Arizona)

29) Miami Heat- Semaj Christon- PG (Xavier)

30) Oklahoma City Thunder- Adriean Payne- PF (Michigan State)

Final 2013 NBA Mock Draft

posted Jun 27, 2013, 12:59 PM by Aj Sheridan

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Alex Len- C (Maryland)

Sure it seems crazy that the Cavs would take the leap on a 7-footer with a history of foot injuries, but it also makes a little bit of sense. Len is a long, skilled big man who can step away from the basket and stretch a defense. He should form a good fit with Tristan Thompson, the young power forward the Cavs reportedly attempted to package in a deal for another stretch big man, Kevin Love.

  1. Orlando Magic- Nerlens Noel- F/C (Kentucky)

Noel is widely considered the top prospect in this class, although he is by no means a sure thing. He is extremely athletic and a great shot blocker, but he weighed only 206 pounds at the Combine and has a very limited offensive game at this point. Still, Orlando has needs at several positions, and this pick would appear to position them well for the Andrew Wiggins Sweepstakes to take place a year from now.

  1. Washington Wizards- Otto Porter- SF (Georgetown)

In my opinion, Porter is the best player in this draft. His defense is a definite skill that will translate immediately, and he has the ability to do other things to help his team, as well. An adequate scorer in his time with the Hoyas, Porter should see his offensive game blossom in a more up-tempo system (think Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green, or Greg Monroe). He is also the perfect fit for a team like Washington, who has several proven ball hogs already on the roster.

  1. Charlotte Bobcats- Anthony Bennett- PF (UNLV)

This is almost certainly the point where the draft will get a little crazy. No one is quite sure which direction the Bobcats are heading, and with Bennett and Ben McLemore both on the board, Charlotte could go either of those directions if not another. Word is that McLemore has had several underwhelming workouts after being a contender for the top pick. Bennett, on the other hand, is seen as having similar upside with slightly less risk.

  1. Phoenix Suns- Victor Oladipo- SG (Indiana)

The Suns would be thrilled with this scenario. They are reportedly very high on both Oladipo and Ben McLemore, and would love to have their choice between the two. Like Orlando, Phoenix is far from contending, and should choose Oladipo because of his defensive prowess, leadership, and fit with a prospective elite player like Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker to be acquired in the 2014 Draft.

  1. New Orleans Pelicans- Ben McLemore- G/F (Kansas)

New Orleans is said to be very high on Len, as well as Indiana center Cody Zeller. However, with Len gone and McLemore available, this pick screams Best Player Available. On top of his value at this spot, McLemore provides a nice fit for a Pelicans team in need of a go-to offensive option.

  1. Sacramento Kings- CJ McCollum- PG (Lehigh)

Sacramento is another team in transition. No one knows who will and won’t be on the Kings’ roster on Opening Night, but what is certain is that today’s NBA is a point guard oriented league. And, with that in mind, it should be noted that the Kings don’t have one. Especially with their choice of the top three lead guards in this draft, this seems to be the prudent strategy for Sacto. McCollum is bigger than Trey Burke and is a better shooter than Michael Carter-Williams, so he’s the pick here.

  1. Detroit Pistons- Trey Burke- PG (Michigan)

Detroit has been the beneficiary of some lottery slides in the past few draft (Monroe, Knight, Drummond), and they’re in good position for the same thing to happen again in 2013. Management has reportedly decided to move Brandon Knight off the ball, and Michigan product Trey Burke would be just the player to make that happen.

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope- SG (Georgia)

Word out of Minnesota is that the Wolves are very high on KCP, as well as Shabazz Muhammad. As a Wolves fan, I would love to see the team trade down for Muhammad, the player with the higher upside, and then use their second first rounder as insurance. However, most of the experts seem convinced that Minny will hang tight and draft the Georgia product in hopes that he’ll develop into the team’s sharpshooter of the future.

  1. Portland Trail Blazers- Cody Zeller- F/C (Indiana)

Zeller is a tough player to project. He could land as high as number four to the Bobcats, or he could slip to the late lottery. Portland is reportedly in the market for a shooter, but with McCollum and Caldwell-Pope off the board, they may have to opt for BPA. Based on his performance at the Combine, it appears that Zeller may be poised for a move to power forward, but along with LeMarcus Aldridge, he would form one of the league’s most versatile front lines.

  1. Philadelphia 76ers- Steven Adams- C (Pittsburgh)

Adams has helped himself immensely since the end of the season, and should find a home in the late lottery. Philadelphia has the option of re-signing Andrew Bynum this summer, but drafting Adams would give them both bargaining leverage and a high upside second option.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder- Michael Carter-Williams- PG (Syracuse)

I can’t help but believe that Carter-Williams’ mid-range difficulties will ultimately hurt his draft stock. With that said, he falls into a fantastic situation with OKC, where he could play with or in place of Russell Westbrook (who is coming off a meniscus tear). Like the Pistons, the Thunder are in a great position to take the BPA if someone the covet falls to them.

  1. Dallas Mavericks- Dennis Schroeder- PG (Germany)

It’s been highly reported that Dallas is interested in moving this pick to save cap space. If so, it could be for either of two players- Shabazz Muhammad or Schroeder. GMs are down on Muhammad, but it only takes one. Many GMs, on the other hand, covet Schroeder. He would even be a pretty good fit for a team like Dallas looking to rebuild in a point guard-centric NBA.

  1. Utah Jazz- Lucas Nogueira- F/C (Brazil)

Utah has several decisions to make this off-season with Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap due new contracts. While both are productive players, having both has not gotten Utah over the hump. With that said, signing either to a lucrative long-term deal seems unnecessary. Instead, Utah should sign a wing player like Andre Iguodala or OJ Mayo, draft a big man like Nogueira to back up Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, and call it a day.

  1. Milwaukee Bucks- Shane Larkin- PG (Miami)

Larkin shut down his workouts early surrounded by speculation that he had received a promise from a team drafting in the teens. The Bucks, with rampant uncertainty surrounding their backcourt, seem as likely a suitor as anyone.

  1. Boston Celtics- Shabazz Muhammad- G/F (UCLA)

I still believe Muhammad will be one of the 5 or 6 best players in this draft, but he’ll come at a rock bottom price. Boston already has Jeff Green at small forward, but these two should be able to play together, and Muhammad will be a suitable replacement for Paul Pierce whenever his Celtics days come to a close.

  1. Atlanta Hawks- Giannis Antetokounmpo- SF (Greece)

  2. Atlanta Hawks- Tony Snell- SF (New Mexico)

Two small forwards may seem like a strange strategy for Atlanta, but Snell is rising up draft boards quickly and Antetokounmpo may be too intriguing for the Hawks to pass up. Especially with Josh Smith potentially bolting via free agency, Atlanta needs to hedge the bets at their forward spots.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Reggie Bullock- SF (North Carolina)

With Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, and Alex Len, the Cavs are on their way to rebuilding, but they still need a small forward and a shooter to stretch the floor. Enter Reggie Bullock. He may be a one trick pony, but the game is won by scoring points, and Bullock can help your team do it.

  1. Chicago Bulls- Sergey Karasev- SG (Russia)

Karasev is considered the best shooter in the draft, and that fits a huge need for the Bulls. Derrick Rose projects to be back in ’13-’14, and he’ll need a floor spacer. Karasev may have limited upside, but he’s NBA ready, and he’ll create the space that D Rose desperately needs.

  1. Utah Jazz- Isaiah Canaan- PG (Murray State)

Utah does the right thing at #14 by drafting Nogueira and staying young up front. They also do the right thing at #21 by taking Canaan, perhaps the draft’s most underrated prospect. Wise beyond his years, Canaan will have a long career and be productive in the Andre Miller mold.

  1. Brooklyn Nets- Gorgui Dieng- C (Louisville)

Brooklyn has approached the Celtics about a trade for Kevin Garnett. They have a huge need for a defensive and physical presence, and Dieng would fill that need nicely. Word is also that the Nets and Timberwolves have discussed a Marshon Brooks for #26 swap. This seems to imply that there are two players in this range that the Nets strongly covet. Who are they? We’ll know soon enough.

  1. Indiana Pacers- Jeff Withey- C (Kansas)

Withey has proven his ability as a shot blocker, and although he has limited upside, he could provide excellent depth behind Roy Hibbert for a team on the verge of reaching elite status in the Easter Conference.

  1. New York Knicks- Ricky Ledo- G (Providence)

Ledo has lottery talent, but big time character questions. With that said, New York needs an infusion of youth in the backcourt, and Ledo has the attitude of an old school Knick.

  1. Los Angeles Clippers- Rudy Gobert- C (France)

The Clippers rolled the dice on a long, athletic center named DeAndre Jordan, and it worked out pretty nicely. I still think there’s a chance they move Jordan for Kevin Garnett before the start of the season, so Gobert would be a nice long-term replacement.

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves- Tim Hardaway Jr.- G/F (Michigan)

Minnesota needs some depth up front, but with Dieng, Withey, and Gobert off the board, Kelly Olynyk is the best option at center, and his fit alongside Kevin Love is questionable at best. Instead, Minnesota should hedge the bets with another shooter, or draft an international prospect like Alex Abrines.

  1. Denver Nuggets- Jamal Franklin- G/F (San Diego State)

Andre Iguodala is a free agent this summer, and there will be plenty of suitors. For a team with great depth like the Nuggets, re-signing him doesn’t make much sense. Instead, the Nuggets should draft Franklin, another versatile swingman with a much more manageable price tag.

  1. San Antonio Spurs- Kelly Olynyk- C (Gonzaga)

Something tells me that Olynyk will suffer a slide on Thursday night. He doesn’t play a physical enough style to stick as an NBA center. He does approach the game the right way, and that’s exactly what the Spurs are looking for.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder- Alex Abrines- SG (Spain)

This is an interesting spot for the Thunder because they have a pick early in the second round, as well (#32). I would expect them to take their top international player here and their top domestic player later to provide some added roster flexibility.

  1. Phoenix Suns- Tony Mitchell- F (North Texas)

Mitchell has huge potential, but questions linger about his character and the quality of competition he faced at North Texas. With that said, he is a first round talent, and he provides a good fit for the Suns.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Mike Muscala- F/C (Bucknell)

  2. Oklahoma City Thunder- Mason Plumlee- PF (Duke)

  3. Cleveland Cavaliers- Allen Crabbe- SG (California)

  4. Houston Rockets- Glen Rice Jr.- G/F (NBADL)

  5. Philadelphia 76ers- Pierre Jackson- PG (Baylor)

  6. Sacramento Kings- Grant Jerrett- PF (Arizona)

  7. Detroit Pistons- Andre Roberson- G/F (Colorado)

  8. Washington Wizards- Erick Green- PG (Virginia Tech)

  9. Portland Trail Blazers- Archie Goodwin- SG (Kentucky)

  10. Portland Trail Blazers- Livio Jean-Charles- PF (France)

  11. Memphis Grizzlies- CJ Leslie- SF (North Carolina State)

  12. Philadelphia 76ers- Marko Todorovic- SF (Serbia)

  13. Milwaukee Bucks- Ray McCallum- PG (Detroit)

  14. Dallas Mavericks- Nemanja Nedovic- SG (Serbia)

  15. Portland Trail Blazers- Nate Wolters- PG (South Dakota State)

  16. Utah Jazz- Erik Murphy- SF (Florida)

  17. Atlanta Hawks- Jackie Carmichael- PF (Illinois State)

  18. Los Angeles Lakers- Lorenzo Brown- PG (North Carolina State)

  19. Chicago Bulls- Oleksandr Lypovyy- SF (Ukraine)

  20. Atlanta Hawks- Phil Pressey- PG (Missouri)

  21. Orlando Magic- Myck Kabongo- PG (Texas)

  22. Minnesota Timberwolves- Vitalis Chikoko- C (Germany)

  23. Indiana Pacers- Angelo Sharpless- SG (Elizabeth City)

  24. Washington Wizards- Augusto Lima- PF (Brazil)

  25. Memphis Grizzlies- DeShaun Thomas- SF (Ohio State)

  26. Detroit Pistons- James Ennis- SF (Long Beach State)

  27. Phoenix Suns- Colton Iverson- C (Colorado State)

  28. San Antonio Spurs- Peyton Siva- PG (Louisville)

  29. Minnesota Timberwolves- Trevor Mbakwe- F (Minnesota)

  30. Memphis Grizzlies- Raul Neto- PG (Brazil)

2013 NBA Mock Draft (v6)

posted Jun 7, 2013, 5:54 PM by Aj Sheridan

1)    Cleveland Cavaliers- Nerlens Noel- F/C (Kentucky)

2)    Orlando Magic- Otto Porter Jr- SF (Georgetown)

3)    Washington Wizards- Ben McLemore- SF (Kansas)

4)    Charlotte Bobcats- Anthony Bennett- PF (UNLV)

5)    Phoenix Suns- Victor Oladipo- SG (Indiana)

6)    New Orleans Pelicans- Alex Len- C (Maryland)

7)    Sacramento Kings- CJ McCollum- PG (Lehigh)

8)    Detroit Pistons- Trey Burke- PG (Michigan)

9)    Minnesota Timberwolves- Shabazz Muhammad- SF (UCLA)

10) Portland Trail Blazers- Steven Adams- C (Pittsburgh)

11) Philadelphia 76ers- Cody Zeller- C (Indiana)

12) Oklahoma City Thunder (from TOR)- Michael Carter-Williams- PG (Syracuse)

13) Dallas Mavericks- Dennis Schroeder- PG (Germany)

14) Utah Jazz- Shane Larkin- PG (Miami)

15) Milwaukee Bucks- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope- SG (Georgia)

16) Boston Celtics- Jamaal Franklin- G/F (San Diego State)

17) Atlanta Hawks- Rudy Gobert- F/C (France)

18) Atlanta Hawks (from HOU)- Mason Plumlee- PF (Duke)

19) Cleveland Cavaliers (from LAL)- Sergey Karasev- SG (Russia)

20) Chicago Bulls- Kelly Olynyk- C (Gonzaga)

21) Utah Jazz- Gorgui Dieng- C (Louisville)

22) Brooklyn Nets- Tony Snell- G/F (New Mexico)

23) Indiana Pacers- Giannis Antetokounmpo- SF (Greece)

24) New York Knicks- Allen Crabbe- SG (California)

25) Los Angeles Clippers- Ricky Ledo- SG (Providence)

26) Minnesota Timberwolves (from MEM)- Jeff Withey- C (Kansas)

27) Denver Nuggets- Lucas Noguiera- F/C (Brazil)

28) San Antonio Spurs- Glen Rice Jr- G/F (Georgia Tech/NBADL)

29) Oklahoma City Thunder- Tim Hardaway Jr- G/F (Michigan)

30) Pheonix Suns (from MIA)- Pierre Jackson- PG (Baylor)

2013 NBA Mock Draft (v5)

posted May 18, 2013, 4:02 PM by Aj Sheridan

2013 NBA Mock Draft (v5: May 18, 2013)

Mock Lottery Results:

1st Combination: {2,5,11,13} (Charlotte)

2nd Combination: {1,2,8,12} (Orlando)

3rd Combination: {4,6,8,14} (Phoenix)

(For more information on this process, please read here.)

  1. Charlotte Bobcats- Ben McLemore- G/F (Kansas)

  2. Orlando Magic- Trey Burke- PG (Michigan)

  3. Phoenix Suns- Nerlens Noel- PF (Kentucky)

  4. Cleveland Cavaliers- Otto Porter- SF (Georgetown)

  5. New Orleans Pelicans- Alex Len- C (Maryland)

  6. Sacramento Kings- Anthony Bennett- PF (UNLV)

  7. Detroit Pistons- CJ McCollum- PG (Lehigh)

  8. Washington Wizards- Dario Saric- F (Croatia)

  9. Minnesota Timberwolves- Victor Oladipo- SG (Indiana)

  10. Portland Trail Blazers- Cody Zeller- C (Indiana)

  11. Philadelphia 76ers- Shabazz Muhammad- SF (UCLA)

  12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from TOR)- Rudy Gobert- C (France)

  13. Dallas Mavericks- Michael Carter-Williams- PG (Syracuse)

  14. Utah Jazz- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope- SG (Georgia)

  15. Milwaukee Bucks- Sergey Karasev- G/F (Russia)

  16. Boston Celtics- Gorgui Dieng- C (Louisville)

  17. Atlanta Hawks- Giannis Anteokounmpo- SF (Greece)

  18. Atlanta Hawks (from HOU)- Glen Rice Jr.- G/F (Rio Grande Vipers- NBDL)

  19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from LAL)- Miles Plumlee- PF (Duke)

  20. Chicago Bulls- Allen Crabbe- SG (California)

  21. Utah Jazz (from GSW)- Dennis Schroeder- PG (Germany)

  22. Brooklyn Nets- Tony Snell- G/F (New Mexico)

  23. Indiana Pacers- Steven Adams- C (Pittsburgh)

  24. New York Knicks- CJ Leslie- F (North Carolina State)

  25. Los Angeles Clippers- Shane Larkin- PG (Miami)

  26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from MEM)- Tim Hardaway Jr.- G/F (Michigan)

  27. Denver Nuggets- Lucas Noguiera- F/C (Brazil)

  28. San Antonio Spurs- Jeff Withey- C (Kansas)

  29. Oklahoma City Thunder- Erick Green- G (Virginia Tech)

  30. Phoenix Suns (from MIA via LAL)- Jamaal Franklin- G/F (San Diego State)

2013 NBA Mock Draft (v4)

posted May 9, 2013, 11:42 AM by Aj Sheridan

2013 NBA Mock Draft (v4: May 9, 2013)

Mock Lottery Results:

Combo #1: {2, 8, 9, 11} Cleveland

Combo #2: {5, 6, 9, 11} New Orleans

Combo #3: {7, 8, 10, 13} Washington

(For more information on this process, please read here.)

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Nerlens Noel- PF (Kentucky)

  2. New Orleans Pelicans- Ben McLemore- G/F (Kansas)

  3. Washington Wizards- Otto Porter- SF (Georgetown)

  4. Orlando Magic- Trey Burke- PG (Michigan)

  5. Charlotte Bobcats- Victor Oladipo- SG (Indiana)

  6. Phoenix Suns- CJ McCollum- G (Lehigh)

  7. Sacramento Kings- Anthony Bennett- PF (UNLV)

  8. Detroit Pistons- Shabazz Muhammad- G/F (UCLA)

  9. Minnesota Timberwolves- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope- SG (Georgia)

  10. Portland Trail Blazers- Alex Len- C (Maryland)

  11. Philadelphia 76ers- Cody Zeller- C (Indiana)

  12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from TOR)- Dario Saric- SF (Croatia)

  13. Dallas Mavericks- Michael Carter-Williams- PG (Syracuse)

  14. Utah Jazz- Rudy Gobert- PF (France)

  15. Milwaukee Bucks- Jamaal Franklin- SG (San Diego State)

  16. Boston Celtics- Gorgui Dieng- C (Louisville)

  17. Atlanta Hawks- Giannis Antetokounmpo- SF (Greece)

  18. Atlanta Hawks (from HOU)- Mason Plumlee- PF (Duke)

  19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from LAL)- Glen Rice Jr.- G/F (Rio Grande Vipers- NBADL)

  20. Chicago Bulls- Sergey Karasev- SF (Russia)

  21. Utah Jazz (from GSW)- Isaiah Canaan- PG (Murray State)

  22. Brooklyn Nets- Allen Crabbe- SG (California)

  23. Indiana Pacers- Dennis Schroeder- PG (Germany)

  24. New York Knicks- Kelly Olynyk- C (Gonzaga)

  25. Los Angeles Clippers- Shane Larkin- PG (Miami)

  26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from MEM)- Steven Adams- C (Pittsburgh)

  27. Denver Nuggets- Lucas Nogueira- PF (Brazil)

  28. San Antonio Spurs- Jeff Withey- C (Kansas)

  29. Oklahoma City Thunder- CJ Leslie- PF (North Carolina State)

  30. Phoenix Suns (from MIA via LAL)- Tony Mitchell- F (North Texas)

2013 NBA Mock Draft (v3)

posted Mar 2, 2013, 3:01 PM by Aj Sheridan

2013 NBA Mock Draft (v3: March 2, 2013)

  1. Charlotte Bobcats- Nerlens Noel- F/C (Kentucky)

Team Needs: SG, PF

  1. Orlando Magic- Ben McLemore- G/F (Kansas)

Team Needs: PG, SG, SF

  1. Washington Wizards- Otto Porter Jr.- SF (Georgetown)

Team Needs: SF, C

  1. Sacramento Kings- Anthony Bennett- PF (UNLV)

Team Needs: SF, PF

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Alex Len- C (Maryland)

Team Needs: SF, PF, C

  1. Phoenix Suns- Marcus Smart- G (Oklahoma State)

Team Needs: SG, SF

  1. New Orleans Hornets- Shabazz Muhammad- G/F (UCLA)

Team Needs: PG, SF, C

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves- Victor Oladipo- SG (Indiana)

Team Needs: SG, SF

  1. Detroit Pistons- Michael Carter-Williams- PG (Syracuse)

Team Needs: PG, SF

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder (from TOR via HOU)- Cody Zeller- C (Indiana)

Team Needs: C, Depth

  1. Philadelphia 76ers- Mason Plumlee- PF (Duke)

Team Needs: SG, PF

  1. Dallas Mavericks- Isaiah Austin- F/C (Baylor)

Team Needs: C, Depth

  1. Charlotte Bobcats (from POR)- Gary Harris- SG (Michigan State)

Team Needs: SG

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers (from LAL via MIA)- Alex Poythress- SF (Kentucky)

Team Needs: SF, PF

  1. Milwaukee Bucks- CJ McCollum- G (Lehigh)

Team Needs: SF, PF, Backcourt Depth

  1. Atlanta Hawks (from HOU via BRK)- Willie Cauley-Stein- C (Kentucky)

Team Needs: SG, PF

  1. Boston Celtics- Jamaal Franklin- SG (San Diego State)

Team Needs: SG, C

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves (from UTA)- Rudy Gobert- F/C (France)

Team Needs: SF, Frontcourt Depth

  1. Utah Jazz (from GSW)- Trey Burke- PG (Michigan)

Team Needs: PG, SF

  1. Chicago Bulls- Archie Goodwin- SG (Kentucky)

Team Needs: SG, Depth

  1. Brooklyn Nets- James Michael McAdoo- PF (North Carolina)

Team Needs: PF, Depth

  1. Atlanta Hawks- Dario Saric- SF (Croatia)

Team Needs: SG, PF

  1. Indiana Pacers- Jeff Withey- C (Kansas)

Team Needs: PG, Depth

  1. Denver Nuggets- Kelly Olynyk- C (Gonzaga)

Team Needs: C, Frontcourt Depth, Star Power

  1. New York Knicks- Allen Crabbe- SG (California)

Team Needs: PG, SG

  1. Phoenix Suns (from MEM via MIN)- Tony Mitchell- F (North Texas)

Team Needs: SF

  1. Los Angeles Clippers- Steven Adams- C (Pittsburgh)

Team Needs: SG, Backup C

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder- Glen Robinson III- SF (Michigan)

Team Needs: Depth, Upside

  1. Phoenix Suns (from MIA via CLE, LAL, and NOH)- CJ Leslie- SF (North Carolina State)

Team Needs: Depth, International Player to Stash

  1. San Antonio Spurs- Patric Young- F/C (Florida)

Team Needs: C, Depth

2013 NBA Mock Draft (v2: January 14, 2013)

posted Jan 14, 2013, 1:44 PM by Aj Sheridan

2013 NBA Mock Draft (v2: January 14, 2013)

  1. Washington Wizards- Nerlens Noel- PF (Kentucky)

Not sure Noel will be the first pick, but the upside is there and the Wizard need a defensive-minded big man to pair with John Wall.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Ben McLemore- G/F (Kansas)

This guy is shooting up draft boards and could be just what Cleveland needs to take some of the scoring load off of Kyrie Irving.

  1. Charlotte Bobcats- Shabazz Muhammad- SG (UCLA)

I still think Cody Zeller is a better pick, but the fit for Muhammad in Charlotte is phenomenal. I would love to see Shabazz and MKG together on the Bobcats' perimeter for years to come.

  1. New Orleans Rougarou- Cody Zeller- C (Indiana)

I don't think New Orleans would consider this on draft night, but I think they should. Zeller and Anthony Davis are both defensive-minded and ultra athletic and they'd be fun to watch together.

  1. Phoenix Suns- Anthony Bennett- PF (UNLV)

Bennett has huge upside and could wind up being the best player from this draft. The Suns have needs all over, so they're thrilled to get him as the BPA at number five.

  1. Sacramento Kings- Michael Carter-Williams- PG (Syracuse)

The Kings have weapons on the floor, but no one to get them involved. Isaiah Thomas has been good, but the Kings need a lead guard, and Carter-Williams is every bit of that.

  1. Orlando Magic- Otto Porter- SG (Georgetown)

Porter is a bit of a reach, but he's versatile and would be a good fit next to Aaron Afflalo.

  1. Detroit Pistons- Archie Goodwin- SG (Kentucky)

I could see the Pistons falling in love with McLemore and trying to move up to get him. If they're unable to do so, they'll likely look for a wing who can shoot. Goodwin looks like he's that guy.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder (from TOR via HOU)- Alex Len- C (Maryland)

Len could be the first pick, or he could slid if teams feel comfortable with their big men (Sacramento and Detroit for example). Personally, I see Len as the sixth best player available behind the top five above (in some order or another). If Len does slide, he won't get past the Thunder. He almost immediately makes Kendrick Perkins expendable (if anyone's interested in his crazy ass) and gives OKC a totally new dimension down low offensively.

  1. Dallas Mavericks- Isaiah Austin- C (Baylor)

Dallas isn't used to drafting this high, so they really need to get a player here. It comes down to Austin and Gobert, I think, and Austin is slightly closer to being ready for the NBA.

  1. Philadelphia 76ers- Mason Plumlee- PF (Duke)

The 76ers could use a little more athleticism in their front line and Plumlee will give them just that. He's been a steady performer and he's improved from the free throw line, which should be enough to get him in the first round, maybe even in the lottery.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers (from LAL via MIA)- Rudy Gobert- C (France)

Cleveland is in a really strong position in this draft, and after taking arguably the most NBA-ready prospect (McLemore), Cleveland takes on a bit of a project in Gobert. The Frenchmen will measure close to 7'2” in shoes with a 7'9” wingspan and boy can he jump. The only problem is, that's about all he can do. He's blocking some shots and shooting 77% from the floor, but that's good and bad. He definitely has some upside, but scouts think he is nowhere near ready for the NBA.

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves- Marcus Smart- G (Oklahoma State)

  2. Minnesota Timberwolves (from UTA)- Jeff Withey- C (Kansas)

With back-to-back picks to end the lottery, look for Minnesota to be active in the trade market. If they hold the two picks, they'll likely look for a guard and a big. Smart has the most upside on the board and Withey is the most NBA-ready big man available.

  1. Milwaukee Bucks- CJ McCollum- G (Lehigh)

Milwaukee would love Smart to fall to them, as they appear ready to cut ties with Monta Ellis. McCollum is a serviceable second choice. His college career may be over due to a broken foot, but McCollum has shown more than enough to warrant a first round choice. He is a smart player who can score, which would be a good fit next to a flamboyant playmaker like Brandon Jennings.

  1. Boston Celtics- Alex Poythress- SF (Kentucky)

Poythress has really seen his stock slide as of late, but he is still a big time prospect and the Celtics would love to get him at number 16.

  1. Charlotte Bobcats (from POR)- James Michael McAdoo- PF (North Carolina)

McAdoo is another guy who has seen his stock plummet, but who will likely land in the top 20, especially with former Tar Heel Michael Jordan picking there. McAdoo has great physical tools, but he hasn't put together the whole package yet.

  1. Atlanta Hawks (from HOU)- Jamaal Franklin- SG (San Diego State)

Franklin is a guy who has gone under the radar for much of his time with the Aztecs, but he is a spectacular player. I'm higher than most on him right now, but I think his stock will rise during pre-draft testing. Don't believe me? Watch this.

  1. Chicago Bulls- Tony Mitchell- F (North Texas)

Mitchell is a bit of an enigma, but he's extremely talented. Chicago's roster doesn't have a ton of versatility or explosiveness (outside of Derrick Rose, of course), and Mitchell would be a good cure for both.

  1. Atlanta Hawks- Patric Young- F/C (Florida)

Patric Young gets overshadowed by the Gators talented guards, but he's been a very good player for several years. He doesn't have a ton of upside, but Young is a physical big man who can step in and help Atlanta win right away.

  1. Denver Nuggets- Gorgui Dieng- F/C (Louisville)

Dieng recently returned from a wrist injury and all he's done in four wins is average 11 points, 12 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and shoot 61% from the floor and 85% from the line. Not bad.

  1. Brooklyn Nets- CJ Leslie- SF (North Carolina State)

Leslie has leadership qualities and knows how to score the basketball. He is also a very tough cover due to his length and athleticism. He could be a very good value late in the first round.

  1. Indiana Pacers- Victor Oladipo- G (Indiana)

Indiana takes and Indiana kid. Oladipo has great intangibles, which is usually a bad thing. He works hard, has a high basketball IQ, and a high motor, which will make any coach happy. He is also shooting 68.3% from the field. As a guard.

  1. Utah Jazz (from GSW)- Trey Burke- PG (Michigan)

Utah makes it back-to-back Big 10 guards with Burke, who could be the conference's best player by season's end. Michigan's unbeaten streak ended on Sunday and Burke struggled against Aaron Craft, but Burke is a great ball-handler, a proven scorer and distributor, and has an incredible assist-to-turnover ratio. His stock will drop because of lack of size, but Burke is a heck of a basketball player.

  1. New York Knicks- Phil Pressey- PG (Missouri)

Pressey has been fantastic for Mizzou, averaging over 13 points and 7 assists, including a 19-point, 19-assist performance against UCLA. Pressey has probably snuck into the first round conversation, and the Knicks could use some youth at the point guard.

  1. Phoenix Suns (from MIA via LAL & CLE)- Dario Saric- F (Croatia)

  2. Phoenix Suns (from MEM via MIN)- Doug McDermott- SF (Creighton)

After picking up Bennett earlier, Phoenix may look to trade one of these picks or use it on a European player like Saric, who is still a major project at this point. McDermott could be a nice fit. He can shoot and score and he plays the game the right way. I think he could have a nice career in the Wally Szczerbiak mold.

  1. San Antonio Spurs- Isaiah Canaan- PG (Murray State)

Canaan just seems like a Spurs type of player. He works hard and seems like he really loves the game. He doesn't have great size or physical tools, but he's a proven scorer, averaging nearly 22 per game for a Racers team in search of another NCAA tournament bid.

  1. Los Angeles Clippers- Le'Bryan Nash- SF (Oklahoma State)

What the Clippers really need is a physical, back-to-the-basket big man, but they're not going to find it at this point in the draft. Steven Adams, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Kaleb Tarczewski would all be options here, but they should all return for their sophomore years.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder- BJ Young- G (Arkansas)

After landing Len earlier, the Thunder will look for a combo guard to add depth. They may also look at an international player like Alex Abrines, but Young has great value at the end of the first round.

2013 NBA Mock Draft (v1)

posted Dec 3, 2012, 4:08 PM by Aj Sheridan

2013 NBA Mock Draft (v1: December 3, 2012)

  1. Washington Wizards- Cody Zeller- C (Indiana)

  2. Cleveland Cavaliers- Nerlens Noel- PF (Kentucky)

  3. Toronto Raptors- Shabazz Muhammad- SG (UCLA)

  4. Sacramento Kings- Alex Poythress- SF (Kentucky)

  5. New Orleans Hornets- Alex Len- C (Maryland)

  6. Detroit Pistons- Otto Porter- G/F (Georgetown)

  7. Orlando Magic- Isaiah Austin- C (Baylor)

  8. Phoenix Suns- James Michael McAdoo- PF (North Carolina)

  9. Portland Trail Blazers- Rudy Gobert- C (France)

  10. Charlotte Bobcats- Marcus Smart- SG (Oklahoma State)

  11. Minnesota Timberwolves- Archie Goodwin- SG (Kentucky)

  12. Los Angeles Lakers- Mason Plumlee- PF (Duke)

  13. Indiana Pacers- Tony Mitchell- F (North Texas)

  14. Dallas Mavericks- Dario Saric- F (Croatia)

  15. Denver Nuggets- CJ McCollum- SG (Lehigh)

  16. Minnesota Timberwolves (from UTA)- Anthony Bennett- PF (UNLV)

  17. Atlanta Hawks (from HOU)- BJ Young- G (Arkansas)

  18. Boston Celtics- Le'Bryan Nash- SF (Oklahoma State)

  19. Milwaukee Bucks- Jiff Withey- C (Kansas)

  20. Chicago Bulls- Steven Adams- C (Pittsburgh)

  21. Philadelphia 76ers- Patric Young- F/C (Florida)

  22. Golden State Warriors- CJ Leslie- SF (North Carolina State)

  23. Los Angeles Clippers- Trey Burke- PG (Michigan)

  24. Atlanta Hawks- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope- SG (Georgia)

  25. Brooklyn Nets- Glen Robinson III- SF (Michigan)

  26. New York Knicks- Andre Roberson- SG (Colorado)

  27. Oklahoma City Thunder- Tim Hardaway Jr.- SG (Michigan)

  28. San Antonio Spurs- Isaiah Canaan- PG (Murray State)

  29. Cleveland Cavaliers (from MIA)- Adonis Thomas- SF (Memphis)

  30. Minnesota Timberwolves (from MEM)- Michael Carter-Williams- SG (Syracuse)

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