NBA Mock Lottery 1.0
The NBA Draft is just days away and I haven’t posted a single Mock Lottery, so here it is. Some pretty wild stuff happens on Draft Day so trying to pick a correct Draft Lottery is like…well, winning the lottery.
1.) LA Clippers – Blake Griffin, Soph, Oklahoma : Do we really need to explain? Hands down, the best player in college basketball last year.
2.) Memphis Grizzlies – Hasheem Thabeet, Junior, UConn: Thabeet seems a little ‘iffy’ to me, personally. But you can’t teach 7’2 and a young team like the Grizzlies could always use some defense.
3.) OKC Thunder – James Harden, Soph, ASU : Harden paired with Westbrook makes for a scary backcourt in the future.
4.) Sacramento Kings – Ricky Rubio, INTL., Spain: As much as I want Rubio to drop to number five, he won’t. The Maloofs will scoop up this kid pretty quick. They have their big guys and now they’re getting their floor general. (I like this kid…:…see ViDeO CLIP:::…)
5.) Washington Wizards – Tyreke Evans, Freshman, Memphis : The Wiz are pretty much up in the air at this point but I think they should target a point guard before a big man like Jordan Hill. Tyreke Evans may be more of a natural SG but the Wiz shouldn’t shy away from a combo guard with tons of potential.
6.) Minnesota T’Wolves – Ty Lawson, Junior, UNC : I honestly have no idea who the Wolves will go with at the number six spot, so I’m going with a guy who I think is extremely underrated in most Mock Drafts and who had an impressive workout with the team. Lawson can do a little bit of everything.
7.) Golden State Warriors – Jonny Flynn, Soph, Syracuse : Flynn really fits with the Warrior’s style. He’s quick, explosive, and I like his intensity. His size on the other hand? That may be an issue (6′).
8.) New York Knicks – Brandon Jennings, INTL. : Jennings has New York written all over him and Spike Lee will probably approve. The Knicks need a general for the future and Jennings can bring the tempo.
9.) Toronto Raptors – Jordan Hill, Junior, Arizona : Here is where the anticipated drop of Jordan Hill occurs. Chris Bosh is obviously on his way out of Toronto so why not draft his future replacement? Jordan Hill has a lot of talent and may end up being a steal at #9.
10.) Milwaukee Bucks – Stephen Curry, Junior, Davidson: I’m not particularly high on the guy but some teams are, like the Bucks. Ramon Sessions will likely split from the Bucks and they’ll need a PG. Steph Curry is waiting at #10.
11.) New Jersey Nets – DeMar Derozan, Freshman, USC : With Vince Carter on the trading block every other day and the Nets doing their best to lure King James in 2010, Derozan could help add explosiveness to the backcourt.
12.) Charlotte Bobcats – Tyler Hansbrough, Senior, UNC : If anyone knows how to draft like a complete idiot, it’s Michael Jordan. Someone has to take Hansbrough, why not fellow UNC Alum MJ? It’s a huge reach right here but I could see it happening.
13.) Indiana Pacers – Gerald Henderson, Junior, Duke : They could use a swingman and Henderson brings the ability to make his own path to the basket. I’m not too high on the Dukie but he shot up the big board pretty quick.
14.) Phoenix Suns – Earl Clark, Junior, Louisville : A pretty good talent to grab at #14 and he has the length and athleticism that the Suns seem to target. He really made a name for himself in the tourney.