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|NO.||TEAM||PLAYER||POS||SCHOOL||YEAR||HT / WT|
|1||Hornets||Anthony Davis||PF||Kentucky||Fresh||6’10” / 220|
Analysis: Do I even need to say anything? If Davis were to somehow tear his ACL in the time between now and the draft, I still wouldn’t be surprised if the Hornets didn’t think twice to take him number 1
|2||Bobcats||Thomas Robinson||PF||Kansas||Junior||6’9″ / 244|
Analysis: Robinson is beginning to separate himself from the rest of the pack for the number 2 selection, however Bobcats owner Michael Jordan has been known to take a few risks on draft day. Assuming Charlotte does not move the pick, they will be deciding between Brad Beal, MKG, and Robinson. MKG does not offer elite scoring abilities and Robinson fills the team’s biggest need as an interior scorer who can stretch the floor.
|3||Wizards||Bradley Beal||SG||Florida||Fresh||6’5″ / 202|
Analysis: By recently acquiring Trevor Ariza, the Wizards now have a plethera of perimeter defense with Ariza and Chris Singleton and may choose to pair Brad Beal in the backcourt with John Wall. MKG remains a viable option, but Beal makes the most sense.
|4||Cavaliers||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||SF||Kentucky||Fresh||6’8″ / 232|
Analysis: The Cavs suddenly have their option between the two top SFs in the draft in MKG and Harrison Barnes. While Barnes may have the more polished offensive games, he cannot compare to MKG for his winner’s mentality and incredible motor. MKG would instantly boost Cleveland’s team defense and will be a solid piece moving forward.
|5||Kings||Harrison Barnes||SF||UNC||Soph||6’9″ / 225|
Analysis: Needing perimeter scoring, Barnes provides tremendous shooting along with great size and length. The Kings could also take a serious look at Andre Drummond, but he is a project. In order for Sacramento to keep their franchise, they are going to need to minimize risks and add pieces that can contribute right now. Damian Lillard could also get a look in this spot as Tyreke Evans is more of a swingman and Isiah Thomas may not be the long-term answer for the team at PG.
(via New Jersey)
|Damian Lillard||PG||Weber State||Junior||6’3″ / 195|
Analysis: Although Andre Drummond would fill the gaping hole at center, Damian Lillard could bring an immediate scoring punch and fill in their other huge need at point guard. The Trail Blazers could avoid having to go through total rebuilding by nailing this draft, and Lillard has a chance to be a similar scorer to Derrick Rose. If Portland does not move their selections, they will attempt to take a point guard and a center with both of their lottery picks.
|7||Warriors||Andre Drummond||C||Connecticut||Fresh||6’10” / 270|
Analysis: Needing interior defense, Drummond has the size, length, and athleticism to become a dominant post defender. With obvious questions concerning his concentration and commitment to the game, he could end up being a total bust and is a huge risk for this high in the draft. However, his payoff could be huge and he will undoubtedly get selected in the lottery. Playing in Golden State could be a great situation for him as he could play alongside big men David Lee and Andrew Bogut.
|8||Raptors||John Henson||PF||UNC||Junior||6’11” / 220|
Analysis: The Raptors are looking to move this pick in hopes of landing a veteran swingman, but reportedly have been very impressed with Henson at workouts. Henson possesses an absurd 9’5″ standing reach and if he fills in, he could be a dominant interior defensive force. The Raptors are close to getting their international star center Jonas Valuncianas to sign, and pairing him with Henson could create one of the top defensive tandems in the league. Look for Toronto to also consider adding a swingman such as Jeremy Lamb or point guard Damian Lillard if he is available.
|9||Pistons||Meyers Leonard||C||Illinois||Soph||7’1″ / 250|
Analysis: In need of a true center, Leonard would allow rising star Greg Monroe to move back to his more natural position of power forward while giving Detroit a defensive stopper in the interior. Leonard is a hyper-athletic true 7-footer and could grow into one of the top centers in the game given time. Detroit could also go with the more polished Tyler Zeller, although he does not have as high of a ceiling as Leonard.
|Terrence Jones||SF/PF||Kentucky||Soph||6’9″ / 252|
Analysis: The Hornets have very few players under salary and have a bevvy of needs, but teaming up Davis with his Wildcat teammate Terrence Jones could do a lot for the young team’s chemistry. Jones would add versatility and even more shot-blocking to the new-look Hornets and could end up being a very similar player to Josh Smith. If New Orleans is unwilling to match a large offer to restricted free agent Eric Gordon, they may look to add a shooting guard such as Austin Rivers, Jeremy Lamb, or Dion Waiters.
|11||Trail Blazers||Tyler Zeller||C||North Carolina||Senior||7’0″ / 250|
Analysis: The Blazers addressed their need for a point guard with their first pick and now add to their frontcourt by selecting Zeller. Zeller is a defensive big man who can run the floor and could end up being a solid center alongside Lamarcus Aldridge. If Meyers Leonard is available here, I think Portland would prefer his upside.
|12||Bucks||Perry Jones III||SF/PF||Baylor||Soph||6’11” / 235|
Analysis: The Bucks would ideally like to select Meyers Leonard, but if he is unavailable their other favorite pick would be Perry Jones. The Bucks desperately need help in their frontcourt and with Ersan Ilyasova likely gone in free agency, Jones could provide minutes at not only the 3 but also the 4. The Bucks system under Scott Skiles would also utilize his defensive ability, as he has the athleticism and size to become a very good defender.
|13||Suns||Dion Waiters||SG||Syracuse||Fresh||6’4″ / 215|
Analysis: The Suns have reportedly promised Waiters that they would select him if he is available at 13, and his ability to score would be a nice fit in Phoenix. While Steve Nash may not return, Waiters is a good ball-handler and has experience running an offense. Kendall Marshall would also be a nice fit here.
|14||Rockets||Jeremy Lamb||SG||Connecticut||Soph||6’5″ / 185|
Analysis: The Rockets may be looking to trade Kevin Martin and Courtney Lee is set to become a restricted free agent, meaning that Houston may suddenly have a need at shooting guard. Lamb would be a tremendous value here and he is long, athletic, and a dynamic scorer. The Rockets may decide to move one or both of their picks, but they would love to land Lamb at 14. Terrence Jones, Tyler Zeller, and Kendall Marshall are also viable options if available.
|15||76ers||Austin Rivers||SG||Duke||Fresh||6’4″ / 200|
Analysis: The 76ers may choose not to overpay to maintain the services of free agent Lou Williams, and adding Austin Rivers would give a similar scoring punch off of the bench. Rivers is a tremendous ball-handler and could assume a very similar role to the one Williams has had the past few seasons. However, if Terrence Jones is available, Philly will most likely pull the trigger. Also considered are Terrence Ross, Arnett Moultrie, and Tyler Zeller if available.
(via New York)
|Jared Sullinger||PF||Ohio State||Soph||6’9″ / 280|
Analysis: Jared Sullinger has fallen out of lottery contention due to his medical issues, but represents a good value for a team in the middle of the draft. Although he is not tremendously athletic, he is a great rebounder and low post scorer who could help out right away. Houston needs to add a big man whether it be in the draft or in free agency.
|17||Mavericks||Kendall Marshall||PG||UNC||Soph||6’4″ / 195|
Analysis: With Jason Kidd 39 and a free agent, the Mavs could add a Jason Kidd replica in Kendall Marshall. A big-bodied, pass-first point guard who can rebound, Marshall just needs to add a jump shot in order to become a more dynamic player. He does a great job of making his teammates better and would fit in very well in Dallas. Dallas will look to add the top player available at 17.
|Terrence Ross||SG||Washington||Soph||6’6″ / 190|
Analysis: Houston now has picks 14, 16, and 18, and it is unlikely that they will keep them all. They will look to create a package to chase Tyreke Evans, but if they do not move the pick Terrence Ross represents a tremendous value here. They have a need at shooting guard and small forward and Ross is versatile and athletic enough to play both positions, while filling the void left by Chase Budinger.
|19||Magic||Moe Harkless||SF||St. Johns||Fresh||6’9″ / 210|
Analysis: The Magic need a legitimate small forward and Harkless has the tools to develop into a Nic Batum type player. He is a great dribbler for his size and could even pass as a shooting guard if need be. He needs to fill in and could take a few years, but his jumper is developing and he looks like a solid mid first round selection. If Zeller or Leonard fall this far, the Magic may not have a choice but to choose one of the 2 centers.
|20||Nuggets||Arnett Moultrie||PF||Mississippi State||Junior||6’11” / 230|
Analysis: Kenneth Faried was a revelation during his rookie season, but his offensive game is undeveloped and he has a relatively low ceiling as a scorer. Adding Moultrie would give the Nuggets a scoring option on the low post to pair with their new hustle power forward. Denver may also consider Andrew Nicholson or swingmen Harkless and Jeffery Taylor.
|21||Celtics||Royce White||SF/PF||Iowa State||Soph||6’8″ / 260|
Analysis: Boston has apparently given White a promise to select him if he is available this late, and his passing and interior game could help fill in the potential void of Kevin Garnett’s possible retirement.
(via LA Clippers)
|Andrew Nicholson||PF||St. Bonaventure||Senior||6’9″ / 240|
Analysis: Brandon Bass is set to become a free agent and Boston may not be inclined to overpay to keep him. Adding Nicholson would provide a similar scoring punch on the low block, and Nicholson has a lot of room to grow as a scorer. Boston needs to get bigger, and Nicholson would be an immediate upgrade to the Celtics bench.
|23||Hawks||Marquis Teague||PG||Kentucky||Fresh||6’2″ / 189|
Analysis: What could be better than having Jeff Teague run the point in Atlanta? Having his hyper-talented younger brother back him up. Teague is a tremendous value this late in the draft and many believe him to be more talented than his successful older brother. The Teague brothers would make for added chemistry in Atlanta and could be the perfect spot for Marquis to grow and develop his NBA game.
(via LA Lakers)
|Jeffery Taylor||SF||Vanderbilt||Senior||6’7″ / 210|
Analysis: Although Cleveland will most likely select a small forward with their first pick, they may not be able to pass on Jeffery Taylor if he is available at 24. Taylor is very athletic and could develop into an impressive perimeter defender. The Cavs may also consider adding Fab Melo, Evan Fournier, or Andrew Nicholson if available.
|25||Grizzlies||Evan Fournier||SG||France||INT||6’7″ / 206|
Analysis: The Grizzlies are currently in salary cap hell and picking Fournier would allow them to keep Fournier developing overseas for a few years before having to pay him. Fournier is only 19 years old and is a very big 2-guard, and could develop into a very nice NBA player. OJ Mayo is likely to leave via free agency and the Griz may look to add a different shooting guard to fill Mayo’s void.
|26||Pacers||Tony Wroten||PG||Washington||Fresh||6’5″ / 205|
Analysis: Darren Collison was a bust this season and the Pacers need to add another point guard so that George Hill can play in his more natural position as a shooting guard. Tony Wroten is arguably the most talented point guard in the draft but is still very raw. Standing at 6-foot-6, he could end up being a Tyreke Evans type of combo guard. The Pacers could also go with the pass-first Scott Machado or even Teague if he is availble. They were also blown away by Fab Melo during his workout with the team.
|27||Heat||Fab Melo||C||Syracuse||Soph||7’0″ / 255|
Analysis: Coming off a championship, the Heat need to bolster their frontcourt and add a legitimate shot-blocker alongside Chris Bosh. Fab Melo was one of the top defenders in the NCAA last season and would instantly improve Miami’s interior defense. However, Melo has a long way to go with his offensive game. The Heat could also consider Draymond Green or a point guard here.
|28||Thunder||Draymond Green||SF/PF||Michigan State||Senior||6’7″ / 230|
Analysis: The Thunder’s inexperience on the big stage cost them in their Finals loss to Miami, and adding Draymond Green would give them a player who has proven to strive under intense pressure. Green is a team guy who makes the players around him better, and would add another layer of versatility to the tremendous Thunder roster. In situations where Kendrick Perkins is ineffective, Green could allow the team to play smaller without giving up interior defense.
|29||Bulls||John Jenkins||SG||Vanderbilt||Junior||6’4″ / 215|
Analysis: The Bulls 2-guard play has been atrocious the past few seasons and Jenkins is the top shooter in the draft. He is also good at penetrating the lane and finishing around the hoop, and could be a legitimate answer to Chicago’s woes at the position. With Derrick Rose likely out for much of the upcoming season, the Bulls could also look to add point guards Machado or Tyshawn Taylor.
(via San Antonio)
|Quincy Miller||SF||Baylor||Fresh||6’9″ / 210|
Analysis: The Warriors need help at small forward, and Quincy Miller is a great value this late in the draft. Although raw and inconsistent, he possesses ideal size, length, and athleticism and could be a very nice player down the road.
|NO.||TEAM||PLAYER||POS||SCHOOL||YEAR||HT / WT|
|31||Bobcats||Doron Lamb||SG||Kentucky||Soph||6’4″ / 210|
|32||Wizards||Fab Melo||C||Syracuse||Soph||7’0″ / 255|
(via New Orleans)
|Orlando Johnson||SG||UC Santa Barbara||Senior||6’5″ / 205|
|34||Cavaliers||Tyshawn Taylor||PG||Kansas||Senior||6’3″ / 185|
(via New Jersey)
|Jared Cunningham||SG||Oregon State||Junior||6’4″ / 194|
|36||Kings||Drew Gordon||PF||New Mexico||Senior||6’9″ / 245|
|37||Raptors||Kostas Papanikolaou||SF||Greece||INT||6’8″ / 230|
(via Golden State)
|Will Barton||SG||Memphis||Soph||6’6″ / 175|
|39||Pistons||Khris Middleton||SF||Texas A&M||Junior||6’7″ / 215|
|Henry Sims||C||Georgetown||Senior||6’10” / 245|
|41||Trail Blazers||Darius Johnson-Odom||SG||Marquette||Senior||6’2″ / 215|
|42||Bucks||Tomas Satoransky||PG/SG||Czech Republic||INT||6’7″ / 210|
|Kevin Jones||PF||West Virginia||Senior||6’8″ / 260|
|Tu Holloway||PG||Xavier||Senior||6’0″ / 190|
|45||76ers||William Buford||SG||Ohio State||Senior||6’6″ / 220|
|Tony Mitchell||SF||Alabama||Junior||6’6″ / 210|
|47||Jazz||Casper Ware||PG||Long Beach State||Senior||5’10” / 175|
|48||Knicks||Marcus Denmon||SG||Missouri||Senior||6’3″ / 185|
|49||Magic||Kyle O’Quinn||C||Norfolk State||Senior||6’10” / 240|
|50||Nuggets||Darius Miller||SF||Kentucky||Senior||6’8″ / 225|
|51||Celtics||JaMychal Green||PF||Alabama||Senior||6’8″ / 228|
|Maalik Wayns||PG||Villanova||Junior||6’2″ / 185|
|53||Clippers||Alex Young||SF||IUPUI||Senior||6’6″ / 212|
|Furkan Aldemir||PF||Turkey||INT||6’9″ / 220|
(via LA Lakers)
|Lucas Nogueira||C||Brazil||INT||7’0″ / 225|
|Kim English||SG||Missouri||Senior||6’6″ / 200|
|Kevin Murphy||SG/SF||Tennessee Tech||Senior||6’6″ / 185|
|Jordan Taylor||PG||Wisconsin||Senior||6’1″ / 195|
|59||San Antonio||Kris Joseph||SF||Syracuse||Senior||6’7″ / 215|
|Miles Plumlee||C||Duke||Senior||6’11” / 225|
Last Updated: June 26, 11:27 AM CST