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The Final NBA Mock Draft

Thursday, June 23, 2011

16. Sixers – Nikola Vucevic PF/C USC

The Sixers and Knicks both reportedly want this kid, the biggest player in the draft, and while I'm not completely sold that it's happening, I'm putting him in Philly. He averaged 17 points, 10 boards and 1.3 blocks for USC last season, and is one of the true wild cards in this draft.

17. Knicks – Marshon Brooks SG Providence

Brooks' stock is rising and he's 22 years old after averaging 24.6 points, seven rebounds and 2.5 assists, while finishing seventh in the nation in scoring at Providence. He's a silky smooth scorer and given the fact the Knicks are said to be looking for an alternative starting SG to Landry Fields, Brooks could be the answer. They're also going to be looking at a big man here.

18. Wizards (via Hawks) – Jordan Hamilton SF Texas

Like Alec Burks, Hamilton is a smooth scorer and plays best when he's the main cog in a team's offense. That means it could take him a while to get going in the pros, but he might be the best pure shooter in the draft, and his quick release will be a key to his success in the pros. The Wizards really struggled at small forward last season and could use another option besides Rashard Lewis and Josh Howard. Having said that, most other mocks have Hamilton going much higher, so it might be a little surprising to see him available this late.

19. Bobcats (via Hornets) – Markieff Morris PF Kansas

Morris will be an undersized power forward, but can shoot it well enough that he might be able to play some small forward in the NBA. He's also been killing it in workouts and may not be around at No. 19. The Bobcats really need a center, but aren't likely to find one at 19.

20. Timberwolves (via Grizzlies) – Chris Singleton SF Florida State

Singleton has the potential to be another Josh Smith or Gerald Wallace, which I'm pretty sure, would make David Kahn happy. I think he's another potential steal for such a late pick in this draft, although with Kevin Love and Michael Beasley around, the Wolves aren't exactly hurting at forward. If Kahn has come to the realization that Darko Milicic is not actually "manna from heaven," Donatas Motiejunas could easily be the pick here.

21. Trail Blazers – Kenneth Faried PF Morehead State

Faried has a great nose for the ball, is one of the best rebounders in college history and will dive for loose balls without hesitation. Hustle is a word that best describes him and with all the Blazers problems with big men and their knees, Faried looks like the pick if he's still available.

22. Nuggets – Donatas Motiejunas F/C Lithuania

Motiejunas surprisingly pulled out of last year's draft and then tore it up in the Italian league this season. He's a great shooter, both from the floor and beyond the arc, and appears to be one of the more NBA-ready players in the draft. He's had some good and some bad workouts lately, and is another wildcard in this draft. He could go much earlier than No. 21, but for now, that's where I'm slotting him. And with the Blazers running a continuous knee operation clinic for their centers, getting a healthy big man is probably a good idea.

23. Rockets (via Magic) – JaJuan Johnson, F/C Purdue

Johnson was the best scorer in the Big Ten and was named the Big Ten Player of the Year. He averaged 20.5 points, 8.6 boards and 2.3 blocks per game and the Rockets could use another skilled big man to back up Luis Scola. They had good luck with Carl Landry out of Purdue a few years ago, and might go back to the Boilermakers for Johnson.

24. Thunder – Nikola Mirotic PF Spain

This 6-10 big man can score, rebound, block shots and steal the ball, but the Thunder already have that guy with Serge Ibaka. However, Chad Ford believes the Thunder have already made a promise to him and they could certainly use more big bodies, which is good enough for me.

25. Celtics – Reggie Jackson PG Boston College

Jackson showed an improved jumper last season and would make for a nice-sized point guard at 6-3. He has shown playmaking skills and is unselfish, while also able to play off the ball. The Celtics have many needs as one of the oldest teams in the league, but getting another guard who could play both spots makes sense. And it doesn't hurt that he played at BC, and there are rumors that the Celtics want him with this pick.

26. Mavericks – Tobias Harris F Tennessee

The Mavs don't need guards or centers, nor do they really need forwards, either. Harris could easily go closer to No. 20, but would also be a potential steal this late. This seems like it would be a safe move for the champs. And with Chase Budinger not exactly a lock to start at small forward next season for the Rockets, they will also be giving him a close look at No. 23.

27. Nets (via Lakers) – Kyle Singler F Duke

Singler is another guy who suddenly looks destined for the first round after a solid career at Duke. He's a bit of a tweener at the forward position, but the Nets could use a solid catch-and-shoot scorer. Whether Singler is one of those in the NBA remains to be seen, but Damion James and Travis Outlaw aren't exactly all-star small forwards for the Nets.

28. Bulls (via Heat) – Josh Selby SG Kansas

Selby has all kinds of potential but hasn't really lived up to the hype as of yet. The Bulls could use another shooting guard, although Selby's stock appears to be falling. The Bulls are set at most other positions, so taking Selby with this pick seems like a good fit, if they believe he's the best shooting guard left on the board.

29. Spurs - Davis Bertans F/C Latvia

Bertans has size, athleticism and is just 18 years old. He can run the court and has a nice jumper, clocking in at 6-10, 210 pounds. Chad Ford thinks the Spurs have made a promise to take him here, and while that may not make the most sense with Tiago Splitter and DeJuan Blair wasting away on the bench, it would not be at all surprising.

30. Bulls - Darius Morris PG Michigan

This is a name that seems to be climbing up draft boards as a potential first-round sleeper. He averaged 15 points and nearly seven dimes at Michigan as a sophomore and would have time to figure things out while helping to back up Derrick Rose in Chicago.

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