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Mock Draft: Version 6

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Here is Version 6 (and hopefully the final version) of my NBA Mock Draft, posted on Wednesday, June 23. The draft is tomorrow and the big news is that Wesley Johnson may very well be going at No. 3 to the Nets, as they think it will help them land Carlos Boozer since the two share the same agent. DeMarcus Cousins is the biggest question mark as a player in this draft, while the Timberwolves, and what they will do with their 27 or so draft picks, is the biggest team question mark, as no one knows what David Kahn might have up his sleeve, or should we say, in the toilet.

1. Washington Wizards – John Wall PG Kentucky

Two words: Done deal.

2. Philadelphia 76ers – Evan Turner SG Ohio State

The Derrick Favors rumors have been put to rest and Turner is nearly a lock to go at No. 2. Thankfully, I never wavered on keeping him here.

3. New Jersey Nets – Wesley Johnson SF Syracuse

Long story short: Johnson and Carlos Boozer share agent Rob Pelinka. The Nets think they can get Boozer if they hook Johnson/Pelinka up with a Top 3 selection. If they have Boozer, they don't need Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins. They could still easily take Favors here, but it does sound like they are leaning toward Johnson now.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves – Derrick Favors PF Georgia Tech

Favors is at least a year or two away from developing into a stud, while the same can be said for Ricky Rubio. Put the pair together in 2013 and you might have something special. The drafting of Favors or DeMarcus Cousins would also mean that Al Jefferson or Kevin Love will likely be moved this summer. And I still think the chances of the Wolves moving this pick are about 50 percent.

5. Sacramento Kings – DeMarcus Cousins C Kentucky

There were reports that Cousins didn't want to play for the Kings, but he has disputed them. There are a million questions out there about his work ethic and attitude, and his conditioning could easily become a concern if he slacks off at some point. But the size and talent are there, and if he falls past the Kings at No. 5, the Warriors will be taking him at No. 6. Either way, it's not likely he'll go later than No. 6 in this draft. The Kings probably have more of a need at small forward, so Al-Farouq Aminu makes a lot of sense, as does a shooter like Gordon Hayward. Number 5 sounds too high for Hayward, and Aminu might be off the board, so they could also be looking to trade down a bit if they don't want to take another big man.

6. Golden State Warriors – Al-Farouq Aminu SF Wake Forest

The Warriors were hoping to see Cousins here, but it should not happen. Greg Monroe then becomes an obvious choice, but the Warriors still have plenty of big men on their roster. With the trading of Corey Maggette on Tuesday, a wing player makes more sense than it did a couple days ago. They could easily take Monroe, but Aminu seems to be a slightly better fit with the Warriors. Flip a coin here, and if the Warriors don't draft Aminu, the rest of my mock is going to be a mess. In other words, this could be considered a reach, as Aminu is not the popular pick for the GSW.

7. Detroit Pistons – Greg Monroe PF Georgetown

I had Cole Aldrich going here, and still feel that way if Monroe and Cousins are both off the board. But something tells me the Pistons are finally going to get some good luck and Monroe will fall. If it doesn't happen, Aldrich or Ed Davis should be the pick.

8. Los Angeles Clippers – Gordon Hayward G/F Butler

Hayward, whose stock continues to rise, could be the pick, as it's been said that the Clips will take a shooter. Luke Babbitt is another possibility, while they would jump on Monroe if he slips. Hayward's hype is real, and for the first time I'm sending him somewhere other than the Pacers. And if the Clips go there, it's going to be quite a gamble.

9. Utah Jazz (from Knicks) – Luke Babbitt SF Nevada

The Jazz will likely need a replacement for free agent Kyle Korver, as well as some insurance for oft-injured Andrei Kirilenko. Babbitt is a sharp shooter whose stock has risen over the last couple weeks. Ed Davis is also a real possibility, as are any players listed above who slip through the cracks.

10. Indiana Pacers – Ed Davis F North Carolina

This is the first of six mocks where we haven't had Hayward landing in Indy. It's still very possible Larry Bird could draft the hometown hero, but he could easily be gone before they pick. If the Pacers don't trade the pick, which is a real possibility, Ed Davis can play both forward spots and the Pacers could use a rebounder – especially with Tyler Hansbrough still hurting. They took a Tar Heel last year, and might be ready to do so again this time around – if Davis is still on the board at No. 10.

11. New Orleans Hornets – Paul George G/F Fresno State

The Hornets are set at point guard with Chris Paul, have a promising young shooting guard in Marcus Thornton, David West at power forward and Emeka Okafor at center. Small forward is a serious need due to the age and injury history of Peja Stojakovic, and If Davis, Babbitt or Hayward falls this far, the Hornets are going to throw a party. If they're all gone, George is the guy who makes the most sense, and could end up being the steal of the draft.

12. Memphis Grizzlies – Ekpe Udoh PF Baylor

It sounds like the Grizzlies really fell in love with George, but the Hornets, or another team, could easily swoop in and steal him. Zach Randolph isn't going to be around forever and Darrell Arthur hasn't exactly knocked anyone's socks off. Udoh averaged 14 & 10 at Baylor, but will probably be more of a role player in the NBA. Patrick Patterson is also a real possibility here.

13. Toronto Raptors - Cole Aldrich C Kansas

Chris Bosh seems good as gone in Toronto, while Andrea Bargnani is a center only on paper. Additionally, Hedo Turkoglu wants out and the team is shopping Jose Calderon. Pick and position in Toronto, and there's likely a hole to fill. We had Daniel Orton going here for a minute, but his stock is falling faster than BP's. We also had Aldrich going much higher in the previous version, and while he could still land in Detroit, Toronto feels more likely to happen at this point.

14. Houston Rockets – Xavier Henry G Kansas

The Rockets have Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin, but also don't really need any more big men who aren't centers. Henry's draft position is up in the air and he could easily go 10 picks later than this, although we have a feeling his stock is rising.

15. Milwaukee Bucks (via Bulls) – Patrick Patterson PF Kentucky

Patterson reminds us of guys like Carl Landry, DeJuan Blair and Jason Thompson, and could end up being a double-double machine. The Bucks have needs at several positions, and could really go in any direction here. They are said to like Henry with this pick, but we've got him off the board to the Rockets. Patterson's stock has been all over the board, but it seems like he'd be a good fit with Scott Skiles and his overachieving squad of guys many casual fans have never heard of.

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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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