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Mock Draft, Version 1

Thursday, May 31, 2012


 

16. Houston Rockets (from Knicks) – Austin Rivers SG Duke

 

I’m not feeling too confident about Rivers making it through the lottery picks without being drafted, so look for him to climb in future mock drafts.  Kevin Martin was a bit of a disaster with Kevin McHale and injuries this season, while Courtney Lee appears to be an average SG, at best.  Rivers can score and would be a steal if the Rockets can get him this late. 

 

17. Dallas Mavericks – Arnett Moultrie C Mississippi State

 

Dirk Nowitzki isn’t going to be around forever and my guess is Moultrie can also play some center for a small lineup.  The Mavs have needs at both big men positions and Moultrie can fill those.  He can also score from the outside, and might end up being a nice transition player as Dirk’s career winds down.

 

18. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Jazz) – Tony Wroten SG Washington

 

The Wolves could really use a SG and Wroten might end up being a solid combo guard, able to also play the point. He’s another guy that could climb up this list with solid workouts, but he makes a lot of sense for the Wolves here, if he’s still available.  And given David Kahn’s love of drafting point guards, Wroten looks like an ideal pick here.

 

19. Orlando Magic – Kendall Marshall PG North Carolina

 

The Magic probably realize that they may not ever win a championship with Jameer Nelson at point guard, and while they could have several glaring holes if Dwight Howard is moved, PG seems like the most obvious one right now.  And Marshall has the potential to be a sleeper PG, just like Ty Lawson was.

 

20. Denver Nuggets – Andrew Nicholson PF St. Bonaventure

 

Kenneth Faried was a nice surprise for the Nuggets this season, but they could still use some depth down low.  Add in the fact Nicholson can also score from the outside, and my bet is that George Karl is going to target him here.

 

21. Boston Celtics – Jeffery Taylor SF Vanderbilt

 

It’s hard to know what the Celtics are going to do with Jeff Green hanging in the balance, along with the aging core of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.  And they have a big hole at center.  Fab Melo could be taken with one of these two picks, but Taylor could be a nice fit as the Celtics start to prepare for life after Pierce.

 

22. Boston Celtics (from Clippers via Thunder) – Moe Harkless F St. Johns

 

Harkness is a solid rebounder and can play both forward positions.  With Kevin Garnett’s career starting to wind down, Harkness is a logical pick for the Celtics, unless they decide to take a center instead.

 

23. Atlanta Hawks – Fab Melo C Syracuse

 

Given the fact that Al Horford is really a power forward and that Zaza Pachulia could be starting at center next season, the Hawks have a glaring need.  Melo should be a solid source of rebounds and blocks, and clearly fills a need.

 

24. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Lakers) – Royce White SF Iowa State

 

The Cavaliers have plenty of needs across the board, with small forward being one of the glaring ones.  White’s as versatile as they come and might be a steal this late.

 

25. Memphis Grizzlies – John Jenkins SG Vanderbilt

 

Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo have done a nice job of holding down the shooting guard spot in Memphis, but they are set at every other position.  Jenkins is a great shooter and would give Memphis another 3-point option off the bench as a rookie.

 

26. Indiana Pacers – Draymond Green SF Michigan State

 

The Pacers are deep and have all positions covered, so they’ll be looking for the best player available.  Whether or not Green qualifies as that remains to be seen, he’s got experience, can rebound and score.  He was a power forward in college but will have to learn to play small forward in the NBA.

 

27. Miami Heat – Marquis Teague PG Kentucky

 

Mario Chalmers was great in Game 2 on Wednesday night, but the Heat would love to add another point guard to the roster to challenge Chalmers and Norris Cole.  Teague is just that, and this looks like a perfect match.

 

28. Oklahoma City Thunder – Quincy Miller SF Baylor

 

As the playoffs have shown, the Thunder’s biggest need is a scoring big man, but I doubt they’ll find him this late in the draft.  They could also use someone to give Kevin Durant some minutes relief, and Miller, who will take some time to develop after knee surgery, could be a solid backup for Durant down the line.

 

29. Chicago Bulls – Terrence Ross SG Washington

 

Richard Hamilton was injured for much of the season and shooting guard is definitely a place the Bulls could use some help.  Ross can also play some minutes at small forward, backing up Luol Deng, and looks like an excellent choice for the Bulls.  Yes, Derrick Rose will miss most of next season, but C.J. Watson and John Lucas should be able to hold down the fort.

 

30. Golden State Warriors (from Spurs) – Festus Ezeli C Vanderbilt

 

With PG Stephen Curry and C Andrew Bogut both being huge injury risks, the Warriors could use healthy bodies at both positions.  Ezeli should crash the boards and block shots, but has limited upside as well as limited offensive potential.  But the Warriors don’t really need another scorer.  They need a defensive center who can fill in for Bogut when his back acts up again. 



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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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