In the words of Public Enemy...Don't believe the hype..or do you?
Keep in mind, this mock is done on NEEDS and GMs these days hardly seem to draft for their needs.
1. Blake Griffin,
Forward, Washigton Wizards:
Now i whats been labeled
as weak draft, Blake has been on top of the list since day 1. Theres a few perks to his game but als a few flaws. First off
hes a physical beast almost on the lebron james level. Not nearly as fast as lebron but as a pound for pound muscular
athlete hes up there. The flaws, also like lebron, the majority of Griffins game is him being bigger and stronger than
guys he plays. His jumper and handle need work and people are already saying hes not the 6'10 hes listed at. That being said
he still has plenty of upside and has shown to be a hard worker who can improve and the wizards need ALL the help they can
get. With Agent Zero supposedly coming back, a core of Gil, Young, Caron, Griffin, McGee could do some damage if all
the young guys develop and Gil has some skill left in those legs.
Comparison: Best/Carlos Boozer Worst/Jason Maxiell
Thabeet, Center, Sacramento Kings:
Coaches always preach "you
can't teach height" and if theres one thing Thabeet can do, its be tall. Yes I know that sounds weird but at 7'3 thats easily
his strong point. He really has no offensive game to speak of outside of dunks and tip ins right under the basket but makes
up for it on the defensive end where he is a high level shot blocker because of his length. Upside is limited but again, hes
7'3. The kings have young forwards in Spencer Hawes and Jason Thompson and youth at every other position so Thabeet would
fit right in.
Comparison: Best/Dikembe Mutumbo Worst/Mouhamed Sene
Jordan Hill, Forward, Clippers:
This one could
go a few ways. The clippers are bums, plain and simple. So much so that even taletned guys like Gordon and Thorton look like
bums just by wearng the jersey. They need help at every position and management is known for bonehead draft picks. That being
said Jordan Hill MIGHT fit here. A lanky athlete who stepped up his game this year. The clips already have Zach Randolph but
if theres on thing hes not, itsa athlete. Chris Kaman hasn't been anyhing special in a few years and Marcus Camby would serve
as the perfect mentor to Hill. They could also take a PG like Brandon Jennings to get some youth behind Davis since livingston
Comparison: Best/Hakim Warrick Worst/Stromile Swift
4. James Harden,
Guard, OKC Thunder:
OKC has Kevin Durant,
Jeff Green, Russel Westbrook, about 4 crappy 7 footers and some kmart level point guards. Something has to go, and since
we already know its not Durant or Green or Westbrook, I'll assume its gonna be a wing. Right now the wing position is man'd
by Thefolosa and Kyle Weaver. Harden would give them a YOUNG but DEADLY core who could each give you 30 if they get in a zone.
Also they'd hav size with westbrook at 6'4, Harden at 6'5, Durant 6'7, Green 6'8 and Kristic or any other center. The youth
movement continues, take a note Sacarmento and Memphis.
Comparison: Best/Rip Hamilton Worst/Larry Hughes
Jennings, Point Guard, Memphis:
A hype machine
product from day one but showed talent as a passing and shooting pg.Completely broke the mold by going to play Pro ball
oveaseas instead of going to college like most high school students. He's gotten mixed reviews but people do say the fundamentals
and level of competition he has had to play over there would have him levels head of where he would be as a college freshmen.
Conley isn't the answer at point guard and with Jennings, Mayo and Gay the grizz could have an exciting team but still lose
a ton of games for awhile.
Comparison: Best/Rafer Alston Worst/Aaron Brooks
6. Gerald Henderson,
My guy randy foye has been
up and down all year, Corey Brewer tore his acl and Mike Miller is...Mike Miller. Due to Henderson college experience he could
probably get big minutes at SG. Once just another annoying duke guy, Gerald over the years has improved his game from just
a dunker to their best overall player. Too bad you can't say th same about greg paulus but thats another story. I don't see
much upside with him but he has potential to be a solid NBA player
Comparison: Best/Rodney Stuckey Worst/Dahntay Jones
Stephen Curry, Point Guard, Golden State:
Monta Ellis is probably
gone as soon as possible from the warriors. Who better to fill his spot than another speedy gunner like Curry. Not nearly
the athlete Monta is/was but much better shooter who can creat his own shot Inthe up and down donnie nelson style he
coud fitright in and not even have to worry abut plying defense.
Comparison: Best/Monta Ellis Worst/Earl Boykins
8. DeJuan Blair,
Forward, Toronot Raptors:
The raptors might be the
softest team in the NBA. Blair might be one of the toughest guys in college basketball. Sounds like a match right? He playsthe
same position as chris bosh and is undersized at the power forward spot but his muscle and grit would make him valuable
to the team from the start. Plus the way he handled thabeet shows hes not really scared of playing bigger guys.
Comparison: Best/Paul Milsap Worst/Leon Powe
Demar Derozan, Guard, New York Knicks:
This ones tough, first off
because the knicks are mostly focusing on 2010 and secondly because Demar isn't anywhere near NBA ready. Chances are he will
still come out and unless the knicks think Larry Huges is the answer, DeRozan would be a good guy to mold to possibly play
pippen to lebrons jordan the way their pressuring lebron to come to NYC. And if lebron doesn't come Demar woud at least be
a freak athlete wing who will fill seats just by a few dunks a game
Comparison: Best/Rudy Gay Worst/Gerald Green
10. Craig Brackins,
Forward, Indiana Pacers:
A prototype tweener who
can play both forward positions but isn't great at either one alone. Needs to get alittle more aggressive though, maybe dunk
it every now and then. Could work well along side dany granger since they both can play in and out.
Comparison: Best/Rashard Lewis Worst/Shawnee Williams
11. BJ Mullins,
Overrated but still with
alot of upside. kindof reminds me of spencer hawes. A tall semi athletic 7'0 footer who would prefer to be on the wing than
he would in the paint. Most teams would hate that but since the bobcats already have Okufor, Mullins would be able to roam
and draw defenders out while Emeka cleans up on the inside. Still has ways to go though before he deserves worthy minutes.
Luckily Larry Brown won't play him much as a rookie to begin with.
Comparison: Best/Mehmet Okur Worst/Brian Scalibrine
12. Chase Budinger,
Guard, New Jersey:
Captain Softy as he's become
known over the years, might actually help the nets. Although he hasn't turned into the college superstar peoplee xpected,
hes still suprisingly athletic and can shoot the ball. Won't create his own shot or lock anyone down but on the nets
he could learn how to use his athletic ability and gun from one of the best "I have hops but rather shoot" guys in the game
with Vince Carter. I don't ever see im being a star in the nba though.
Comparison: Best/ Young Brent Barry Worst/ Old Brent Barry
13. Jeff Teague,
Now I'm a fan of teague.
Hes had his flashes of brilliance and the Bucks need someone who can eventually take over the team once Redds body fails (any
day now). Teague is a smooth scorer and while might not be the legit PG that sessions is, Jeffs a better prospect overall.
He would instanlty be the #2 pg on the team from draft night, making Luke Ridnour expandable.
Comparison: Best/Randy Foye Worst/Marcus banks
14. Evan Turner,
Now I have a bias here since
I've known ET before he even went to ohio state. I actually met him through this very site (see I have a eye for talent) Now
most draft boards won't have him this high yet but if you watched any of the Ohio State games you see he would be valuable.
Kinda in the grant hill mold, Evan does alittle bit of everything. Hes 6'6 and can score, board andis the best passer on the
team. Now if the suns REALLY are trying to go back to the 7 seconds or less system, he would fit in as a jack of all trades
kind of like shawn marion did. He's going to have to bulk up more and refine his handle alittle more but he has legit upside
in the right system.
Comparison: Best/Josh Howard Worst/Antione Wright
Williams ,Forward, Chicago Bulls:
At this point I see the
bulls taking the best man avaliable. Rose is their PG of the future and they have tons of unproven bigs in Noah,Tyrus, and
Gray. An athletic SG to with Rose will help alot. Williams is a legit athlete at 6'6 and can help rose on the defensive end
instead of having anther small guard in kirk. Also while williams isn't an amazing scorer, he can get you points without really
running plays for him and has the motor to keep up with rose and tyrus thomas. Until they can get a dominant big man, they
need race horses.
Comparison: Best/Gerald wallace Worst/ Joey Graham