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NBA Draft Day Needs

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Here's a quick look at what all 30 NBA teams might be looking for in this year's draft.

Atlanta – No 1st Round Pick – Every year the Hawks need a point guard, yet every year they choke at the draft. Famously passing on Chris Paul AND Deron Williams in order to get their hands on Marvin Williams in 2005 will go down as one of the worst draft-day decisions in history. But the tide could be turning, as young Jeff Teague actually hung with Derrick Rose in their playoff series, which the Hawks lost. And since the Hawks have resorted to starting one of the Collins twins (Jason - not that it matters) at center, that is now obviously their most glowing need. Unfortunately, they don't hold a first-round pick.

Boston – 25th Pick - The Celtics are old and have three centers that can generally be classified as useless (Jermaine & Shaquille O'Neal, Nenad Krstic). While it can safely be argued they need every position but point guard, center is the most glaring problem, while finding future replacements for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett is also a priority. And while everyone is down on Jeff Green, he should be a solid replacement for Paul Pierce when he shuts it down.

Charlotte – 9th & 19th Picks - The Cats relied on Kwame Brown at center this year, but appear to be in good shape at the other four positions. Stephen Jackson's future in Charlotte is still up in the air, but they're deep at power forward and young in the backcourt. Like many others, the team that passed on Brook Lopez in 2008 is still searching for a center.

Chicago 28th & 30th Picks - The Bulls aren't the youngest team around, but have a massive hole at shooting guard. Could you even pick Keith Bogans out of a lineup? Derrick Rose needs a running mate in the backcourt, or at least a defensive specialist in the mold of Thabo Sefolosha.

Cleveland – 1st & 4th Picks - What don't the Cavs need? They've got some solid big men and Ramon Sessions is interesting, but this team simply needs to grab the best players available with every pick.

Dallas – 26th Pick - The Mavs have a plethora of guards, a pair of solid centers in Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood, and solid forwards across the board. But Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler aren't going to be around forever, making scoring forwards their biggest draft-day need.

Denver – 22nd Pick - With both Ty Lawson and Raymond Felton around, the last thing the Nuggets need is a point guard. They also aren't going to immediately improve any other positions in this draft, despite not being dominant in any of them. They should ignore all point guards this year, and take the best player available left on the board.

Detroit – 8th Pick - We'll have to see what offseason moves are coming for the Pistons, but as of right now, it looks like they have needs across the board. Greg Monroe is the F/C of the future in Detroit, Austin Daye might eventually be turned loose as a small forward, but they're not thrilled with their guards. Shooting guard appears to be their most dire need, despite the fact Ben Gordon plays for them.

Golden State – 11th Pick - The Warriors are set at guard, solid at small forward and have gaping holes at the two big positions. Ekpe Udoh is possibly the future, but then again, so was Anthony Randolph. Look for the GSW to take another big man on draft day.

Houston – 14th & 23rd Picks - With Yao Ming's future still completely up in the air, center is a glaring need for the Rockets, although Chuck Hayes had a career season this year. Small forward is also a bit of a question mark, and we're guessing those will be the two positions targeted by Houston. Kyle Lowry, Kevin Martin and Luis Scola are all locked into most of the minutes available at the other three.

Indiana – 15th Pick - Shooting guard remains the biggest question mark for the Pacers, as they resorted to relying on Dahntay Jones in the playoffs this year. Maybe Paul George can play the 2, but I'm afraid he's going to have to wait for Danny Granger to move before getting a full time job. Either way, with Darren Collison, Granger, Tyler Hansbrough and Roy Hibbert around, this team needs help at SG.

L.A. Clippers – No 1st Round Pick - Mo Williams is not the point guard of the future for the Clippers, but Eric Bledsoe might be. Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan all look ready to take it to the next level in 2012, which means the Clippers simply need the best player/athlete they can get their hands on. However, they don't hold a first-round pick. And look out Los Angeles - there could be a new sheriff in town. If you're thinking about jumping on the Clippers' bandwagon, now's the time.

L.A. Lakers – No 1st Round Pick - After what we just witnessed, this is the biggest question out there. Will they blow up the team? Can they blow up the team? Is Dwight Howard coming? Will Pau Gasol be traded for Russell Westbrook? I have no idea what the answer is to any of those questions right now, but I do know that the last Laker draft pick to get any run was Andrew Bynum. But given the fact they don't even have a first-round pick, this is all irrelevant. At least one question has been answered, and that is that Mike Brown will coach the team next season, for better or worse.

Memphis – No 1st Round Pick - This team seemingly has it all, including enough tools to possibly win a championship this year. Mike Conley is an underrated point guard, they've got the luxury of having O.J. Mayo off the bench, while Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are all rock solid. Best player available, please, although they won't have a pick until Round 2.

Miami – No 1st Round Pick - If you have watched the Heat one time this season, you know as well as I do that they need a point guard. They could also use a center, but as we've seen, it may not really matter if they have a point guard or center anyway. It also doesn't matter what their needs are, as they don't hold a first-round pick.

Milwaukee – 10th Pick - Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut are locked and loaded at PG and C, but the Bucks would be wise to take the best player available at the other three positions. Yes, John Salmons appears to be a solid player for them, but I don't see him staying with the Bucks over the long haul.

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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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