16. Houston Rockets (from Knicks) – Jeremy Lamb SG UConn (Version 3: Dion Waiters SG Syracuse)
If the Rockets get Zeller at No. 12, taking Lamb with No. 16 makes a lot of sense. Kevin McHale doesn’t love SG Kevin Martin and Lamb could be a real steal this late. The Rockets are doing everything they can to trade for Dwight Howard, but if they can’t pull it off, taking Lamb here looks like the way to go.
17. Dallas Mavericks – Arnett Moultrie PF/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. Houston Rockets (from Timberwolves, via Jazz) – Terrence Ross SG/SF Washington (Version 3: Terrence Jones PF Kentucky)
If the Rockets go with Zeller (center) and Lamb (shooting guard) with their first two picks, taking a wing that can play small forward (Ross) at No. 18 makes sense. The Rockets picked up another draft pick by trading Chase Budinger to the Wolves, and they could really go any direction here, but a SF to help back up Chandler Parsons makes perfect sense. As of now, Parsons is the only true SF they have. It’s also been reported that if the Rockets can’t get Dwight Howard, they’ll set their sights on Atlanta’s Josh Smith, or Memphis star Rudy Gay, but acquiring either one will be easier said than done.
19. Orlando Magic – Terrence Jones PF Kentucky (Version 3: Terrence Ross SG/SF Washington)
The Magic would like to get a point guard here, but the best ones should be gone before they pick. And given all the question marks in Orlando, they should take the best player available. And that could be one of the Terrence boys (Jones or Ross). The Magic are a mess, but would benefit from either player. And if it’s Jones, he would help back up Ryan Anderson and Glen Davis at PF.
20. Denver Nuggets – Moe Harkless F St. Johns
Kenneth Faried was a nice surprise for the Nuggets this season, but they could still use some depth down low. Add in the fact that Harkless can play either forward spot, and he makes a lot of sense for Denver, who will also take a close look at Andrew Nicholson out of St. Bonaventure.
21. Boston Celtics – Festus Ezeli C Vanderbilt (Version 2: Andrew Nicholson PF St. Bonaventure)
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 also have a big hole at center. Fab Melo could be taken with one of these two picks, but they may look to back up (or replace) Kevin Garnett at PF with St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson. He is also a solid shooter from the outside, which should boost his draft stock in the end. But the Celtics really need a center, and Ezeli looks like a good one, if the C’s pass on Melo.
22. Boston Celtics (from Clippers via Thunder) – John Jenkins SG Vanderbilt
Jenkins is a sleeper and it appears that Ray Allen will not be back with the Celtics next season. They’ve got Avery Bradley, but securing another shooting guard should be a priority for the Celtics. Jenkins is a great shooter and would give Boston a nice option as another 3-point shooter to help fill the hole left by Allen.
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. But the biggest question is whether or not he’ll still be available this late. If the Celtics take Melo instead of Festus Ezeli, the Hawks may be forced to take him.
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 – Jeff Taylor SF Vanderbilt
Rudy Gay has the small forward position locked down in Memphis, but his name keeps popping up in trade rumors. If they do move him, Taylor could be a serious target for the Grizzlies at No. 25.
26. Indiana Pacers – Tyshawn Taylor PG Kansas (Version 2: Draymond Green SF Michigan State)
The Pacers are deep and have all positions covered, so they’ll be looking for the best player available, although it’s tough to tell whether they’ll be able to keep both George Hill and Darren Collison in the future. Taylor has a lot of college experience and should be able to contribute right away. He’s also got good size and is a decent defender, which will help his stock.
27. Miami Heat – Marquis Teague PG Kentucky
Mario Chalmers caught the ire of LeBron James and several other teammates throughout the playoffs and 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 – Andrew Nicholson PF St. Bonaventure (Version 2: Quincy Miller SF Baylor)
As the playoffs have shown, the Thunder’s biggest need is a scoring big man, and if Nicholson falls this far, he should fit he need. He’s a solid shooter for a big, but may not still be around this late in the draft.
29. Chicago Bulls – Draymond Green SF Michigan State (Version 2: 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. There is also talk that the Bulls may try to move Luol Deng, making Green a real possibility for the Bulls here. 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) – Tony Wroten SG Washington (Version 2: 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. Wroten might end up being a combo-guard in the NBA, and might be the best bet for the Warriors with the final pick of Round 1.