I've been watching a lot of film on players lately, so I'm going to put together a mock draft.
Let me know what you think.
1. Cleveland (From LA Clippers(Ha!)) - Kyrie Irving- Cleveland has a ton of holes, so getting the best player in the draft is a damn good start.
2. Minnesota - Derrick Williams- Wesley Johnson and Michael Beasely are decent players, but Williams is the BPA. Has the ability to play the 4, but the 3 is where he will probably be most comfortable.
3. Utah (From New Jersey) - Brandon Knight- This is a somewhat similar situation that Minnesota has. Devin Harris is a solid PG, but he didn't fit in with the Jazz. Knight gives them a dynamic player in the open court.
4. Cleveland - Enes Kanter- J.J. Hickson had a breakout year at the 4, so drafting Kanter will give Cleveland a very young, talented frontcourt.
5. Toronto - Kemba Walker- Jose Calderon has been good for the Raptors, but he's at the end of his career. Walker will pair with DeMar Derozan quite well. Both can play off the ball and both can create for themselves.
6. Washington - Kawhi Leonard- Washington has a giant hole at the 3, and Leonard gives them a potential lock down defender and multi-dimensional player. He should fit in with John Wall nicely, especially in the open court.
7. Sacramento - Jonas Valanciunas- This would be a great scenario for Sacramento. DeMarcus Cousins and Valanciunas could give the Kings the edge in the paint in a lot of games.
8. Detroit - Jan Vesely- This is exactly the type of player Detroit needs. Greg Monroe had an outstanding rookie season, and while they have nice players like Austin Daye and Rodney Stuckey, they need a guy like Vesely who can put points on the board.
9. Charlotte - Klay Thompson- This is the reach of the draft. Charlotte's defense has been good over the past few years, but their offense has been a disaster. Thompson's offensive skills and rising draft stock land him in Charlotte.
10. Milwaukee - Marcus Morris- This is another reach, but it's a necessary one. Like Charlotte, Milwaukee's defense has been good over the past few seasons, but their offense has been below average. Morris gives them versatility on the offensive end, and he's a good replacement for an aging Corey Maggette.
11. Golden State - Bismack Biyombo- Golden State reached with Ekpe Udoh last year, and missed out on Greg Monroe. It's quite the opposite this year. They get good value with Biyombo, and add another defensive presence in the paint.
12. Utah - Chris Singleton- Utah has holes at the 2 and the 3, and Singleton gives them a potential lockdown defender who can contribute immediately.
13. Phoenix - Tristan Thompson- Phoenix has depth at the 4 and the 5, but besides Marcin Gortat, they are all average at best players. Thompson gives them length and athleticism inside, something they lack outside of the very inconsistent Hakim Warrick.
14. Houston - Tobias Harris- Harris is the perfect fit for Houston. He's a versatile two-way player who can come in right away and contribute. On top of being pro-ready, he's only 19, and still has upside.
15. Indiana - Alec Burks- Brandon Rush has been nothing but inconsistent over the past few seasons, so it's time to get another 2.
16. Philadelphia - Markieff Morris- Philly had a good season last year, and put up a decent fight against the star-studded Heat. Elton Brand isn't getting any younger, and while Mareese Speights has shown improvement, Morris gives Philly a tough, defensve-minded power forward.
17. New York - Josh Selby- New York gets their guy. Chauncey Billups has a year or two left, and Toney Douglas is nothing more than a spark off the bench. Selby gives them a very talented, but very undisciplined player.
18. Washington (From Atlanta)- Kenneth Faried- Washington continues to add frontcourt players, and Faried is just what they need. A tough, defensive-minded player who will grab every rebound in his reach.
19. Charlotte (From New Orleans via Portland) - Jordan Hamilton- This is a dream scenario for Charlotte. They got their 2 guard in Thompson, and now they get their 3 in Jordan Hamilton.
20. Minnesota (From Memphis via Utah) - Donatas Motiejunas- This is another reach, considering Motiejunas may not even go in the top 20. However, David Kahn will be blinded by this guy's offensive ability.
21. Portland - Nikola Vucevic- Portland needs help at the 5. While Greg Oden is coming back, he'll likely be very limited. Vucevic is a risk, but a necessary one for Portland, whose playoff window is closing.
22. Denver - Justin Harper- This is probably the biggest reach thus far, but Harper fits Denver's needs at the 4.
23. Houston (From Orlando via Phoenix) - Darius Morris- Morris gives Houston more versatility alongside Courtney Lee. With bigger PGs in this league, it's a good time to stockpile guys who can guard them.
24. Oklahoma City - Kyle Singler- OKC has a hole at the 3. Outside of Durant, they have nobody else. Singler gives them a guy ready to contribute off the bench.
25. Boston - Lucas Nogueira- Boston needs another body at the PF/C position. While Nogueira is young and raw, they need to start thinking about the future.
26. Dallas - Davis Bertans- Shawn Marion isn't getting any younger, and that's one of the main reaons for this pick. Dallas has no successor to Marion, so Bertans fits in nicely.
27. New Jersey (from LA Lakers) - Charles Jenkins- New Jersey is a mess. They have two All-Star caliber players in Williams and Lopez, but their role players are worse than the Heat's role players. Jenkins gives them more versatility and depth.
28. Chicago (From Miami via Toronto) - Tyler Honeycutt- This is my bold prediction for the draft. Honeycutt will fall to Chicago, who desperately need a 2 guard.
29. San Antonio - Marshon Brooks- San Antonio needs more depth at the guard position with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili declining.
30. Chicago - Nolan Smith- Chicago needs a backup PG like Smith. Although Watson had a decent year, Smith gives them a two-way player. Smith is a great defender, and a decent scorer.
I spent an hour on this, so please don't rip it to fucking pieces. That means you, BD.