1. L.A. Clippers- Blake Griffin- No shock here, the Clippers need all the help they can get. I’ll be nice and leave it at that.
Weight: 245 pounds
2. Memphis Grizzlies- Hasheem Thabeet- Having a big man is becoming very important in this league and seems like a necessity for winning championships. Now Thabeet is certainly not polished on the offensive side of the ball, but his 7’3 frame and uncanny shot blocking ability can anchor a defense. With some work on the offensive side of the ball, Thabeet has the potential to become a force.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder- Ricky Rubio- Rubio may possibly be over-rated in my eyes, but who else can Oklahoma City take? If they are looking for a distributor to feed rising stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook then Rubio is the perfect fit. Now if the Grizzlies happen to take Rubio, which is a high possibility, then expect the Thunder to grab Thabeet.
4. Sacramento Kings- James Harden
School: Arizona State
5. Washington Wizards- Jordan Hill- Don’t really see them taking a guard like other mock drafts projected, simply not enough basketball’s to go around for Gilbert “Hibachi” Arenas. A big man is there strongest need, as I really don’t think Brendan Haywood is the answer. Seriously!
6. Minnesota Timberwolves- Tyreke Evans- With McHale finally out of the picture, picking up Evans would be a good idea, as I believe he can become a star 2 guard in this league.
7. Golden State Warriors- Stephen Curry- This may surprise some people, but I think Curry is the perfect fit for the Warriors run-and-shoot system. Enough said.
8. New York Knicks- Demar DeRozen- I’m personally not that high on DeRozen, seeing that he might have left School a little prematurely. But nonetheless, the Knick’s could sure use the star attraction of a young athlete, not to mention that DeRozen does have the potential to become a good player.
9. Toronto Raptors- Jrue Holiday
10. Milwaukee Bucks- Brandon Jennings- After spending a season in Europe, Jennings has definitely elevated his game from where it was in high school. I expect that playing in Europe made him a more mature ball player. The Bucks could definitely use his talent at the point guard position.
11. New Jersey Nets- Earl Clark
12. Charlotte Bobcats- James Johnson
School: Wake Forest
13. Indiana Pacers- Ty Lawson- Ok, don’t jump out your chair! Yes I have Ty Lawson going this high contrary to other mock drafts, who had him going in the early twenty’s. This guy was the best point guard in the nation, and won a National Championship, need I say more? Scouts always get caught up with height being an issue, which is ridiculous; just look at Jameer Nelson. Ty Lawson’s play on the court speaks for itself and I think he will be a solid point guard for the Indiana Pacers.
School: North Carolina
14. Phoenix Suns- Austin Daye