This isn't going to be popular. I'm going to try to incorporate need with the picks also.
1. Wizards - Cody Zeller - I think he is the safest pick of any team at number 1. And let's be honest, the last thing the Wizards need is to miss out on a cornerstone player. Zeller would fit well with Beal and Wall. Could start beside Nene or Okafor. Versatile enough to play PF or C at a high level.
2. Cavs - Shabazz Muhammad - The Cavs should draft Bazz and promote him as their future SF to the public, but in private, they would be drafting him as a security measure for Waiters. Bazz is versatile enough to play the 2 and the 3 without problem. He should fit well with the Cavs. I can't see them taking a C/PF because Verajo has been great and I think Tyler Zeller is a starting caliber player. Also, they seem to love TT and he has been producing with Andy out.
3. Bobcats - Ben McLemore - I have been saying they need to replace their bigs for some time but if McLemore falls to them, you have to take him here.. His shooting alone is enough to make the Bobcats draft him. Playing along side Kemba and MKG would be amazing for this guy.
4. Hornets - Alex Len - Best full time center in the draft. He has great offensive instincts and he length makes him a solid defender. Len could go a long way in making the Hornets a complete team. He fits great beside Davis because they both have great reach. That would be a very tall duo for any post men to shoot over.
5. Suns - Marcus Smart - The Suns are a confusing team because they seem to have a lost identity. Format wants out and their roster is inconsistant and lacking star power. Honestly, I can see them trading this pick for a proven NBA player. However, if they do pick, I think they need to swing for a player that will be exciting for them. Smart could be that guy. He has the size the play the 1 and the 2 but the way the Suns play, you don't need a true PG. they like guys who can swing positions.
6. Magic - Trey Burke - Burke is going to move up and he is the best PG int the draft. This is not a reach. Orlando only has 1 pick and they seem to have some nice pieces in place at most every spot but PG. Nelson is old and will not resign when his contract is up, not that they would want him to. Burke can do it all from the 1 spot. He runs a team like a champion and he would solve the problem at PG for the next 15 years.
7. Pistons - Anthony Bennett - Bennett is a prototypical Piston. He has a wide body, high motor, and is extremely physical. He would be a brute and would form a brusing duo with Drummond. If he can prove that his skills translate to the SF spot, it would be a hand in glove fit but if not, he can provide some Paul Milsap type 6th mad production for the Pistons.
8. Mavs - Michael Carter-Williams - I don't know what the deal is with Collison and the Mavs but he doesn't seem to have a great handle of the system. When they signed DFish, Collison almost lost his spot. MCW would just take the spot. He is a very pure PG and is huge for the 1 spot. I think he can come in and be an instant contributer for a team looking to compete. Would he start day 1? No.. Would be start by his sophomore year? I think yes and the Mavs would be better for it..
9. Kings - Otto Porter - Porter seems like a no-nonsense player that just does his job, at a high level, and goes home. That is exactly the SF the Kings need. This team has way too many chiefs and not enough indians. Porter would fit right in, fill some huge needs, and stay out of the headlines for his off the court troubles. Also,,he is a great rebounder and seems to have transferred his game to the perrimiter. Last year I thought he was just a PF but now, he looks like a nice tweener.
10. Thunder - Mason Plumlee - The Thunder are winning now and want players that help them win now. Plumlee is just that player. He is Joakim Noah like in the way he roams the floor. He always seems to be working hard and is a very adapt passer. I don't think he makes Perkins or Ibaka expendable but he could over time.
11. 76ers - Nerlens Noel - A bit of a slip for Noel but I just can't see the teams above taking a chance. Noel is a gamble because he could be Marcus Camby or he could be Saer Sene.. I think he will be somewhere in tween those guys and the 76ers need more guys with length. Noel is a true big, meaning he isn't going to try to play on the perrimiter, which is what the 76ers need. Also, he should be a good weak side defender right away.
12. Suns - Willie Cauley-Stein - with Gortat showing he wants out and the lack of a true center behind him, the Suns take a bit of a gamble on a raw big man. WCS will take up space until he learns to play. He should be able to rebound and defend right away. With the body he has, he could become a Andrew Bynum type presence around the rim. He may never have Bynum's offensive game but if he can defend like that, he would be well worth the pick.
13. Jazz - Glenn Robinson III - Marvin Williams has done a nice job at the 3 but Utah needs someone who can be a star on this team. GR3 should be able to do that. Hayward prefers to pass the ball and the bigs are going to be moved or something soon. Robinson should be able to score in a variety of ways and be the first option once Utah completes their terribly slow rebuild.
14. Timberwolves - Isaiah Austin - With the trouble and controversy with Love, and the craziness of the Twolves, they will take a chance on Austin. I see him project as more of a PF than a Center but he still has a giant ceiling. The Wolves could give him plenty of time to progress and start playing him in Loves spot. Then, if he ends up growing out of the PF spot, he could be a mismatch C. Win, win?? No, not for the Wolves..
Cody Zeller will not go #1, the thunder need low post scoring and Mason doesn't bring that. I'm a big fan of trey Burke but you saying he will stick for 15 years is generous, no college player is a lock for the league.
im glad someone finally had the balls to put trey where he deserves honestly love him to be in the lottery dont see why that isnt plausible to some i cant foresee nerlens dropping out of the top ten by draft time but who knows would like wcs to go to thunder of plumlee overall i like your forecast and reasoning
I think you're an awesome poster 8th but I hate almost very pick after 5. I can see the Zeller thing happening but don't think it is likely.
Trey Burke to the Magic. I like Burke and he is very good but I really think he is a Jameer Nelson clone in the NBA. Do the Magic want another Jameer Nelson? In your draft I could see Noel here as the starting 4 next to Vucevic.
Anthony Bennett to the Pistons. You would be drafting him to he a bench player. Monroe and Drummond are the starters there. Bennett could play spots at the 3 but he is an undersized 4. They could use a real PG such as MCW. Or Otto Porter to replace Tayshaun.
Otto Porter to the Kings. He's a good player and will probably make any team he goes to better but I think the Kings could use a better shooter at the 3. I would be happy with Glenn Robinson III if they go with a SF.
Mason Plumlee to the Thunder. Not a terrible choice but Cauley Stein is available here. I think he can bring the same things as Plumlee in his 1st year in the league. The difference is I think he had a higher offensive ceiling than Plumlee.
After that it isn't that bad in my opinion. After all these are just opinions. These are mine. I enjoy these breakdowns of people's mocks. I think the check out my mock link is lazy unless it has comments.
Thanks man. You don't have to agree and I can see your points too. Orlando just drafted Nicholson and he has looked promising. I don't know if they will take a PF when they have a plethora of them.. Also, I almost put GR3 with the Kings but I think they go for a defensive guy over an offensive player. Good points!
I was thinking Anthony Bennet to Pistons will create a log jam in the front court - as the cornerstones are already in place with Monroe & Drummond. You do not want to draft a bench player with the 7th pick in the draft, esecially when a team has many other needs. I like Otto Porter idea or if any way Trey Burke is still around.
Btw, just caught this, on the Suns first draft, it says "Format wants out..." I was hit by the auto correct bug.. Should say "Gortat" instead of format..
First I like that mock draft,I think you have put at least the top 14 players right and overall good mock ,though I think Goodwin would be lottery pick
I would speak about the Mavs pick,for some reason in the last 5 years whenever there is a talking about Mavs pick people automatically mention PG as a need,and well it is true ,right?
that said in the last 4 drafts when you look at our picks
2009:Roddy B,Nick Calathes (has been doing amazing job overseas,defenitly wll be a Mavs next year) ,both are PGs
2010 :Dojo:he is combo guard whse best position in NBA proved to be PG
2011:traded for Koponen (PG)
2012:Jared Cunningham combo guard ,will probably try to make him PG again ,doubt he will be a Mavs for long
I just don't see us drafting another PG ,specially with Calathes and Koponen probably coming
the team severely lacks rebounding ,and with the team having just Dirlk/Marion and the rookies locked for next year ,we have our options wide open for the pick ,If Noel is available we have to pick him ,he fit a need immediately with his rebounding ,athleticism and has great potential down the road
CJ McCollum is better and should be picked ahead of any pg in this list.