I'm bored as hell right now, and with the draft in a week, I'll go ahead and do another mock draft.
1. CLE- Kyrie Irving - Irving is probably the best player in the draft, and combined with Cleveland's need at PG, he's a no-brainer.
2. MIN- Derrick Williams - With this pick also seen as a no-brainer, David Kahn will be furiously shopping either Wes Johnson or Michael Beasely, and he may have to settle for an uneven trade in the process.
4. CLE - Enes Kanter - Valanciunas is another possibility here, but I have a hard time seeing Dan Gilbert and his staff pass on Kanter, who impressed teams at the combine.
5. TOR- Kawhi Leonard - Bryan Colangelo would love for Knight to fall, but it's not likely. Toronto's defense was pathetic last year. They've publicly voiced that their defense needs to improve, and Leonard gives them a potential lockdown defender and great rebounder.
6. WASH- Jonas Valanciunas - JaVale McGee looks like a defensive monster in the making, and adding Valanciunas alongside him gives the Wizards a legit low post presence, something they've lacked for quite some time.
7. SAC- Jan Vesely - Sacramento has lacked a consistent SF ever since Crazy Pills left. Enter Vesely. He gives them a legit two way player with a high ceiling who can contribute right away
8. DET - Bismack Biyombo - Detroit has a potential offensive stud in Greg Monroe, now they need a defensive player to pair with him, and the sky is the limit for Biyombo's defensive abilities.
9. CHA- Kemba Walker - Charlotte has D.J. Augustin, but he's been nothing but inconsistent throughout his career. Charlotte's offense has been horrible over the past few years, so drafting a terrific offensive player like Walker makes sense.
10. MIL- Klay Thompson - This is a tough pick to predict. The Bucks need offense, but Scott Skiles doesn't seem interested in it. Thompson is the best offensive player on the board at this point in the draft.
11. GSW- Tristan Thompson - Golden State needs another big man. Udoh was a start last year, and while he had a pretty good year, they need more depth. Thompson gives them energy and defense off of the bench.
12. UTAH- Chris Singleton - Hayward is probably more of a 2 than a 3, so Singleton fits in right away.
13. PHO- Marcus Morris - Morris gives them offensive versatility, and while they need help on the defensive end, he's the BPA.
14. HOU- Jordan Hamilton - I'm not a big fan of Hamilton, but at 6-9 230 he possesses unique physical tools for a 3. He has the ability to be a lockdown defender, and while he has good offensive skills, his shot selection is downright horrible.
15. IND- Alec Burks - This is the best case scenario for Indiana. Burks can come in right away and contribute.
16. PHI- Markieff Morris - Philly needs a replacement for the aging Elton Brand. Spencer Hawes looks like a solid low post player, but they lack a defensive stopper at the PF/C spot. That's where Morris fits in.
17. NYK- Josh Selby - I'm still convinced New York is going to draft Selby. Even though he had a bad year at KU, I think his talent and high ceiling will ultimately blind the Knicks. Not saying it's a bad pick, but I think there are better options.
18. WASH- Tobias Harris - This is the steal of the draft. Washington fill their holes at the 3 and the 4 by adding Harris and Valanciunas.
19. CHA- Jimmer Fredette - Charlotte continues to add offense by drafting Jimmer.
20. MIN- Donatas Motiejunas - Minnesota needs depth at the 4 and the 5, and Motiejunas gives them a good project player behind Love and Darko.
21. POR- Darius Morris - Morris would be a lottery pick, but his poor shooting skills let him fall to Portland, who need a PG like him.
22. DEN- Kenneth Faried - Faried gives them a tough, defensive-minded PF who will try to grab every rebound.
23. HOU- Nikola Vucevic - Vucevic would be a great pick for Houston at 23. He's a legit 7 footer with an NBA body, and while he lacks athleticism, he has a polished post game, and can step out and hit the 16 footer. He also averaged 1.4 blocks last year.
24. OKC- Kyle Singler - This is a no-brainer for OKC. While Singler may not be worth a first round pick, OKC needs a 3 off the bench who can contribute on both offense and defense.
25. BOS- Jeremy Tyler - Boston has poor depth at center, and while Tyler is a risky pick, Boston has to start rebuilding their frontline for the future.
26. DAL- Davis Bertans - Dallas has no SF besides Shawn Marion, and Bertans gives them a guy who can come off the bench at first, and then eventually replace Marion.
27. NJ- Charles Jenkins - New Jersey lacks depth at both PG and SG, and Jenkins has the physical tools to play both if necessary.
28. CHI- Tyler Honeycutt - Chicago significantly improves their team with Honeycutt, considering they've had to settle with Keith Bogans at the 2. He's a good, if not great defender, and can be a fairly decent scorer.
29. SAS- Reggie Jackson - With Manu and Parker on the way out, the Spurs need to start adding depth at both the 1 and the 2.
30. CHI- Justin Harper - Chicago needs a guy like Harper who can stretch the floor and play the 4 at the same time.
I really like this draft for the Rockets. I think Vucevic is one of the more underrated players in the draft, and while Hamilton's shot selection is poor, I think it will improve with age.
I'll probably do one more mock before next Thursday's draft, so stay tuned, I guess.
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