I am back with another mock draft today, my second of the day. I have made some drastic changes from all the things I have read. The Top 10 is the same, but after that it’s an absolute mess. Take a look! And I have a new poll question!
1. New Orleans Hornets – Anthony Davis: Do you really expect the Hornets to take any other player in this draft? I didn’t think so.
2. Charlotte Bobcats – Thomas Robinson: But I thought Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was going to be the second pick? Nope. Robinson is better than Kidd-Gilchrist and will help the Bobcats immediately. They can’t afford another bust (also why I wouldn’t touch Andre Drummond either).
3. Washington Wizards – Bradley Beal: If Beal is worth all the hype he received coming out of high school and is as good of a shooter as advertised, I think he and John Wall will have some fun in Washington.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: I don’t know about him. Chad Ford absolutely loves him; actually that’s a bit of an understatement, but I digress. He has little offensive skill but should bring some never-seen-before energy and hustle to Cleveland. I think he will help them improve, too.
5. Sacramento Kings – Harrison Barnes: He tested tremendously well at the NBA Combine. Though, I put very little stock into that, Barnes will join DeMarcus Cousins. I think it makes for a nice couple.
6. Portland Trail Blazers (from Bklyn) – Damian Lillard: I have tracked him since late December. The Trail Blazers need a point guard and he is the best one. He might be one of the better players in this draft when we look-back five years from now.
7. Golden State Warriors – Terrence Jones: Plain and simple. This team lacks toughness. Jones will certainly bring plenty of that.
8. Toronto Raptors – Perry Jones: One thing Toronto is lacking is a big 3/stretch 4. Jones will fill that void. Actually Toronto is lacking more than that.
9. Detroit Pistons – Andre Drummond: This would be a dream scenario for the Pistons. It’s hard to see Drummond slipping past Portland at no. 6, but anything is possible.
10. New Orleans Hornets (from LAC via MIN) – Austin Rivers: He would be an upgrade from an injury-riddled, probably gone Eric Gordon. He will be better in the pros than he was in college.
11. Portland Trail Blazers – Meyers Leonard: The Trail Blazers lack size up front. With the possibility that Leonard could be good, I think it’s a nice value pick for the Blazers.
12. Houston Rockets – Dion Waiters: With the possibility of the Rockets wanting to move Kevin Martin’s contract, I think Waiters will be a good fit. He could start right away, too!
13. Phoenix Suns – Kendall Marshall: I think it’s an easy choice. If Steve Nash doesn’t re-sign, they are done-in at point guard. That’s where Marshall comes into play.
14. Milwaukee Bucks – Tyler Zeller: The Bucks need size up front and Zeller has that. I think he might even start for the Bucks, even though they acquired Samuel Dalembert in a trade with the Houston Rockets.
15. Philadelphia 76ers – Jeremy Lamb: This is a stretch and I know it. That is why I am doing two more mock drafts before the actual draft. I think he would fit-in in Philly.
16. Houston Rockets (from NYN) – John Henson: Henson’s stock has dropped like the stock market since the Draft Combine. His durability is a big question. But then, he had a tremendous workout in Detroit.
17. Dallas Mavericks – Arnett Moultrie: I haven’t paid close attention to Moultrie. But I studied some of his numbers. He can rebound and might be a decent NBA scorer. I think he can be a nice player off the bench for the Mavericks.
18. Houston Rockets (from MIN via UTA) – Royce White: I think White is too good for the Celtics to pass on him. Although I think I’d like to see him go to a team that needs a play-maker, he will fit nicely in Beantown.
19. Orlando Magic – Terrence Ross: I am not Ross’ biggest fan, but that’s not why I have him this low. I don’t think he is that great of a player. He can certainly stroke the ball, but that’s not why I have him going to Magic either. Or is it?
20. Denver Nuggets – Moe Harkless: The Nuggets love high-energy players (JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried). Harkless might have some nice upside, too.
21. Boston Celtics – Jared Sullinger: The red flags are killing Sullinger’s draft stock. It’s gotten to the point where he wasn’t even invited to the NBA Draft in New York. Despite his back issues, I think think the Celtics can’t pass-up on Sullinger at 21.
22. Boston Celtics (from LAC) – John Jenkins: The Celtics go from one great shooter (Ray Allen) to a very promising three-point specialist (Jenkins).
23. Atlanta Hawks – Jeffery Taylor: The Hawks lack a small forward who has serious potential. Plus, Taylor will provide some “Highlight Factory” highlights.
24. Cleveland Cavaliers (from LAL) – Andrew Nicholson: I don’t think the Cavaliers are 100% sold on Tristan Thompson. That being said, I think Nicholson would be a nice fit and another piece to a rebuilding team.
25. Memphis Grizzlies – Marquis Teague: In my opinion, Teague is the third best point guard in the draft, maybe the fourth. His game isn’t as polished as it should be. But I think he could be a solid backup player for the Grizzlies.
26. Indiana Pacers – Doron Lamb: Lamb would be a good fit on a team that is already loaded. He can hit open three-pointers, too. It’s not hard to do when the defense is focused on stopping Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden.
27. Miami Heat – Draymond Green: This would be a tremendous pick for the Heat. Green was the leader of the Spartans the past few years, leading them in almost every single statistical category this season. The definition of a “team” player.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder – Quincy Miller: The Thunder has a lot of talent, but Quincy Miller has the potential to become a legitimate “sleeper” in this draft. He would fit in on the Thunder, too.
29. Chicago Bulls – Tony Wroten: I would be surprised to see Wroten on the board this late in the first round. Remember this: Rondo was drafted with the 21st pick. I think this one might play out the same way.
30. Golden State Warriors (from SAS) – Fab Melo: Melo’s potential is too good for the Bulls to pass on him this late in the draft, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the