Posterize's Mock Draft and Analysis 2.0 (first 15)
1.Chicago-Derrick Rose(Just a pure game changer. Viewed as the next coming of Jason Kidd as just an all-around point guard. From Chicago and wants to play in Chicago. Bulls most likely notice the way Deron Williams and Chris Paul have changed the success of their franchises. Derrick Rose will be the first name called on Thursday night.)
2.Miami-Michael Beasley(Many think that OJ Mayoís name will be called at #2, but Iím not one of them. Udonis Haslemís name has appeared in trade rumors over the last week or so which would open up a spot at power forward. Add in the possibility of Shawn Marion opting out, and there is a gaping hole at the forward spot.
3.Minnesota-Brook Lopez(Guards Randy Roye and Rashad McCants can fill it up in a hurry in the Twolves backcourt. Their primary concern is having a big man to play alongside Big Al Jefferson. The only other real center on the Twolves is Michael Doleac. Think heís the future of that position? Twolves also ranked 29th in blocked shots last season. A 7 footer who averaged over 2 per game should help.
4.Seattle-OJ Mayo(Seattle will feel lucky to have Mayo fall to them at #4, as he very well could be the best overall player in this draft. A future of OJ Mayo, Kevin Durant, and Jeff Green will bring media attention to the midwest. The Sonics owner will be more than happy to start off the franchise in OKC with players like Mayo and Durant, who may become one of the best scoring duos in the NBA.)
5.Memphis-Kevin Love(The Grizzlies are in need of some size and power in the middle. Hakim Warrick and Darko Milicic are more face up type bigs and the team lacks a back to the basket bruiser like Love. Although 18th in rebounding last season, Memphis was 5th worst in the NBA in rebounding differential. Their opponents outrebounded them by an average of 2.9 rpg last season. A big body like Love who likes to grab the boards and averaged 10.6rpg will help out.)
6.New York- Jerryd Bayless (The first pick of the Donnie Walsch tenure will be Jerryd Bayless. Stephon Marbury is headed on his way out, or should be after this pick, and Nate Robinson is not a starting point guard in the league. This has to be the only team that has no real team need, yet at the same time needs something new at every position. Walsch doesnít necessarily have to draft for team need and can go with the best player available, which is Bayless.)
7.LAC- Russell Westbrook (A player who rivals.com didnít even have in its rankings 2 years ago has now turned himself into a lottery pick. The Clippers desperately need help at guard and drafting a player who has already been popular in Hollywood is a smart choice. Russell will be asked to play pg wherever he goes, but in LA can be groomed at both positions for the time being. Westbrook also grew up in California.)
8.Milwaukee- Joe Alexander (Am I the only one who feels Bobby Simmons has fallen off of the earth? Guy was Most Improved Player, signs a big deal with Mil., and I havenít heard of him since. The Bucks biggest problem is their small forward position. Yi Jianlian wasnít as great as expected and really tailed off down the season. Joe Alexander has reportedly said that he would like to play in Milwaukee, unlike Yi. A low market city like Milwaukee should help for a nice transition from WVU as he could have struggled under the pressure of NYC, LA, or New Jersey (Brooklyn).
9.Charlotte- DeAndre Jordan (Michael Jordan filled his sg spot last year with a trade for Jason Richardson, has already drafted a good pg in Raymond Felton, and has the forward positions locked up in Okafor and Wallace. The one position that needs an upgrade is center, as the Bobcats do not want Okafor as the man in that position. Nazr Muhammed is a role player if anything at the position. Larry Brown was very impressed with Jordanís athleticsim and potential at a recent workout of Jordan, Hibbert, and Ajinca.)
10.New Jersey- Danilo Gallinari (Last week it came out that Gallinari was considering pulling out of the draft if he wasnít given a guarentee in the top 10 of the draft. Chad Ford of ESPN believes this may have been the team. Gallinari impressed in a workout for both the Nets and Knicks last week and will be considered at this spot. Recent Richard Jefferson trade rumors also help the case. With no clear replacement on the roster at sf, it could be Gallinari.)
11.Indiana- Eric Gordon (The surprise in my draft. Many believe that the Pacers will chase a point guard like DJ Augustin to get rid of Jamaal Tinsley, but just how will they get rid of Tinsley? His recent legal troubles have made him unwanted by not only the Pacers, but the rest of the teams in the league. Indianaís sg spot is far from locked of by Marquis Daniels, Kareem rush and Flip Murray. Eric Gordon can immediately become the Antoine Walker of the Jim OíBrien offense, free to jack it up whenever open. Side Note: This pick also keeps him in Indiana.)
12.Sacramento- Darrell Arthur (The Kings are not set at any position except Kevin Martinís shooting guard spot. They havenít seen a good power forward come through Sacramento since Chris Webber left and would love to build around a combo of Martin and Arthur. Point guard is also a huge need of theirs, but I doubt Augustin is the answer to their woes. Arthur has seemingly flown under the radar in the draft workouts. Sacramento is the perfect spot for him to land at the back end of the lottery.)
13.Portland- DJ Augustin (Portlandís only need is at point guard as they are set at each of the other four positions. With Westbrook off the board, and Chalmers most likely going later in the draft, theyíll have to settle for the All-American. Augustin would most likely come off the bench behind Jarret Jack or Steve Blake to begin the season and would have to work his way into the starting lineup. Playing for a coach who once averaged over 9apg in the league should help his NBA learning curve.)
14.Golden State- Donte Greene (Donte Greene is perhaps the player in this draft who most fits into Golden Stateís style of play. This is the type of player Don Nelson covets. Greene is a gunner who could be free to take a lot of shots in this offense and not get put in the doghouse for it. Heís also a legit 6í9Ē and can get up and down the floor in Golden Stateís fast pace offense.)
15.Phoenix- Anthony Randolph (Phoenix is uncertain how much longer Grant Hill can be effective at the small forward spot and will need to start grooming his replacement. Randolph is an extremely athletic combo forward who could turn out to be in the mold of a Shawn Marion. Unlimited upside is what best describes him. Extremely long, heíll need to add some weight if he ever wants to play the power forward position. Phoenix would be happy to take him at 15, as he has enough potential to go as high as 5.)