Thursday, June 28, 2007

2007 NBA Mock Draft Final

Draft night is here, there should be plenty of action.

1. Portland Greg Oden C Ohio State Not so obvious choice in my opinion, I think Durant is the better fit for this team right now.

2. Seattle Kevin Durant F Texas The best player in the draft falls right into Seattle's (for now) lap. I haven't seen a player with this type of offensive arsenal since Kobe. The only downside is his strength right now and the impact it will have on his defensive ability.

3. Atlanta Al Horford F Florida When its all said and done I think they end up with Mike Conley. Whether they take him here or not remains to be seen but I can see them taking Horford then putting him in a trade.

4. Memphis Corey Brewer G Florida Horford or Conley would be ideal but Brewer is one of new GM Chris Wallaces' favorites.

5. Boston Joakim Noah F Florida Boston needs players that can play now and Noah really impressed the C's during workouts. Hate this pick by the way.

6. Milwaukee Jeff Green F Georgetown Jeff Green, one of the most versatile players in this draft falls here. This pick will probably be traded at somepoint, I'm thinking to Golden State.

7. Minnesota Spencer Hawes C Washington The Wolves are desperate for a big man and Hawes is a perfect fit. Needs to get toughter on the defensive side but has the NBA ready offensive game to warrant the #7 pick. They like Jeff Green but he should be gone by now.

8. Charlotte Brendan Wright F UNC Huge upside pick here, I think they would love to take Noah as this team is already too young. Charlotte has #22 as well.

9. Chicago Mike Conley PG Ohio State Chicago stocks up a very valuable trade asset in Conley and could help facilitate a trade for a number of players including Kobe, Randolph, KG. If Conley sticks around Hinrich could play SG for stretches and make Ben Gordon expendable.

10. Sacramento Yi Jianlian F China Yi wants to play on the West Coast, he gets his wish with Sacramento. They have other needs but Yi at 10 is not quite the riskas say #5 going to the Celtics and with this pick they have a valuable trade asset.

11. Atlanta Acie Law PG Texas A&M Atlanta has guaranteed that if they still have this pick Law is their man.

12. Philadelphia Al Thornton F Florida State Thornton is sliding a bit due to height and age concerns but he can score and proved himself in a tough conference. Philly needs to take the best player available and Thornton is it. Bonus is he can play right away.

13. New Orleans Nick Young G USC Hole at SG filled for the Hornets. Young should be able to get major minutes immediately here. Thaddeus Young should get serious consideration as well but he is not NBA ready at this point.

14. LAC Javaris Crittendon PG Georgia Tech Point guard is the need with Livingston's future in doubt. Crittendon is a legit PG with good size and a huge upside but should have played one more season at GT.

15. Detroit Rodney Stuckey F E.Washington Stuckey is the pick here to Detroit. They need more athleticism and someone who can step in and score some points alongside Rip.

16. Washington Julian Wright F Kansas Washington needs help in the frontcourt so best Wright is the way to go here. Wright is an extremely talented kid who would've gone higher in a weaker draft..

17. New Jersey Jason Smith C Colorado I think Carter stays in NJ so a big man is the pick here. Smith is not a traditional big man as he is best outside the paint but NJ has Kristic coming back next season and Smith could open up some space for him.

18. Golden State Sean Williams C (formerly of Boston College) This may be a little high for a player with this type of track record but a center combo of Biedrins and Williams is outstanding and too hard to pass up.

19. LAL Thaddeus Young F Georgia Tech Best player available and could be used in many trade scenarios (Minnesota KG deal) as if Young stayed on more year at GT he would be top 5.

20. Miami Josh McRoberts F With Sean Williams off the board Miami needs more overall youth in the backcourt as well as in the frontcourt. The fans will hate this pick as McRoberts is widely viewed as an underachiever but he is extremely athletic and can do a lot things well. Just don't ask him to lead the team and score 20 a night.

21. Philadelphia Morris Almond G Rice With their second pick Philly takes a lights out scorer in Almond. If Morris is not the pick I could see Marco Belinelli or Rudy Fernandez going here instead.

22. Charlotte Rudy Fernandez SG Spain The best SG in Europe. Tremendous athlete as well, could play along Adam Morrison for some defensive mismatches.

23. New York Daequan Cook G Ohio State NY is rumored to have a promise in place here to either cook or Wilson Chandler. With a solid frontcourt, Cook could add immediate guard help to a weak team. If Sean Williams is on the board could go here and Channing Frye or David Lee moved.

24. Phoenix Marco Belinelli SG Italy Even with Barbosa, Belinnelli would be a great fit here for Phoenix. Belinelli is an open court, fast break type and may be able to play a little PG as well.

25. Utah Nick Fazekas F Nevada Utah could use a big man but none should be available worth taking here. Another shooter in Fazekas would improve an already excellent perimeter offense.

26. Houston Aaron Affalo SG UCLA Houston's G situation isn't great and Affalo hopefully will learn to play the PG as well. Houston is trying to move down and Luther Head is available, Affalo fills in right away.

27. Detroit Petteri Kopenen With Detroit's second pick Kopenen fills a potential need at PG. They could also go with Jared Dudley who is a player who can play both SG/SF. He carried Boston College all season long with his scoring, rebounding and intensity.

28. San Antonio Tiago Splitter F Brazil Splitter won't play in the NBA next season but should be pick in the first round regardless. He is a tough defensive minded center who can contribute right away. His offensive game is a work in progress.

29. Phoenix Derrick Byars F Vanderbilt Solid 4-year player who played SG/SF and even flashes at PG. Really stood out in the NCAA tourney during Vandy's run. He slips due to lack of upside GM's desperately covet more than actual proven talent.

30. Philadelphia Glen Davis F LSU Philly's third pick may turn out to be a steal in terms of value since he can match up against athletic PF's and even C's. Davis should be a serviceable big man right away due to his strength and decent offensive game but his weight needs to stay in control so there is risk involved. I could see Alondo Tucker fitting in here as well.

Second round projections (In order of projected draft position)

Wilson Chandler Depaul
Stanko Barac (Celtics have a rumored promise in place here)
Jared Dudley Boston College
DJ Strawberry G Maryland
Gabe Pruitt F USC
Marcus Williams F Arizona
Aaron Gray C Pitt
Alondo Tucker F Wisconsin
Brandon Heath SG San Diego St.
Taurean Green G Florida
Dominc McGuire F Fresno St.
Jared Jordan PG Marist
Bobby Brown G Cal-Fullerton
Ivan Radenovic PF Arizona
Ramon Sessions PG Nevada
Aaron Brooks G Oregon
Herbert Hill F Providence
Reyshawn Terry F UNC
Ron Lewis SG Ohio State
DaShaun Wood PG Wright State
Demetrius Nichols F Syracuse
Jamar Wilson G Albany

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