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Chad Fords Mock Draft 4.0

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    Its out, can someone copy and paste it, please?

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    Re: Chad Fords Mock Draft 4.0

    To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
    "Danny Granger is one of the top players in the league. To move Danny, you better get a lot back." - Larry Bird

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      Re: Chad Fords Mock Draft 4.0

      Oops, I thought you were a different person, saying that it wasn't insider.
      "Danny Granger is one of the top players in the league. To move Danny, you better get a lot back." - Larry Bird

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        Re: Chad Fords Mock Draft 4.0

        I am new here but here is the mock draft.


        Despite the fact the draft is only two weeks away, there is still a lot of confusion about who is going where.

        "I know who is going [Nos.] 1 and 2," one lottery GM told ESPN.com. "After that, I don't have a clue."

        A number of GMs in the lottery are reporting the same thing, but teams are beginning to narrow down the list of who's going where.

        In this mock draft we'll not only make an educated guess as to who's going where, but we'll also give you a look at the other possible picks for each team. Here's our most informed take, after talking to numerous NBA team sources, on how the draft might play out.

        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Cleveland
        (via L.A. Clippers)


        Kyrie Irving
        Position: PG
        Height: 6-foot-4
        Weight: 191 pounds
        Age: 19
        School: Duke

        Analysis: Derrick Williams' camp is doing its best to cast doubt on the Cavs' coronation of Irving as the No. 1 pick. But with two weeks to go, all signs still point to Cleveland selecting Irving first. Williams is still in the picture here in part because the Cavs feel they could get a very good point guard (either Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker) at No. 4. But sources say it's Irving's to lose.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Minnesota


        Derrick Williams
        Position: PF
        Height: 6-9
        Weight: 249
        Age: 20
        School: Arizona

        Analysis: On Friday, I detailed the Timberwolves' draft strategies in the wake of signing Ricky Rubio to a contract. Here's the CliffsNotes version: Publicly, the team is claiming that they're likely to hang on to the pick. Privately, they're hoping that a team comes along and offers them an impact veteran -- someone such as Pau Gasol, Monta Ellis or even JaVale McGee -- for the pick.

        If they get a good deal, they'll be more than happy to dump the pick. Rubio is their rookie this season. If they do keep the pick, expect them to take either Williams or Enes Kanter. If they get Williams, Michael Beasley could be gone by the time the season starts.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Utah
        (via New Jersey)


        Brandon Knight
        Position: PG
        Height: 6-3
        Weight: 177
        Age: 19
        School: Kentucky

        Analysis: The Jazz have already had a number of workouts but the big one comes June 15 when Knight, Walker and Jimmer Fredette are all expected to work out for the team.

        While it's still possible the Jazz go big with this pick and select either Kanter, Jonas Valanciunas or even Jan Vesely -- they're likely to try to select a franchise point guard if either Knight or Walker blows them away. If Fredette wins the battle on June 15, that could push the Jazz to go for a big man here and try to nab Fredette with the 12th pick.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Cleveland



        Enes Kanter
        Position: C
        Height: 6-11
        Weight: 260
        Age: 19
        Country: Turkey

        Analysis: Kanter had just two workouts. Both were in Chicago and both had him playing against the proverbial chair. That changed on Tuesday when he went into Cleveland and worked out against Tristan Thompson and Marcus Morris.

        Kanter would love to land in Cleveland and understands it will be tough for the Cavs to justify the pick unless he gives them more than the Nike Hoop Summit, the Chicago combine and some grainy high school video. It's still too early to see whether the Cavs go Kanter, Valanciunas, Vesely or Kawhi Leonard, but those seem to be the four guys they're seriously looking at with the fourth pick.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Toronto


        Jan Vesely
        Position: PF
        Height: 6-11
        Weight: 240
        Age: 21
        Country: Czech Republic

        Analysis: Bryan Colangelo could go a number of ways here. He has strong interest in both Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker. If Knight's on the board, I don't think he gets passed on here. If Walker's here the question for Colangelo is what to do with Leandro Barbosa and Jerryd Bayless. Both players are similar to Walker.

        He could go with an international player, such as Valanciunas, Vesely or Bismack Biyombo. Of the three, sources say, Vesely is the highest on their board. He provides size and athleticism at the small forward position. The other dark horse here is Kawhi Leonard.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Washington


        Kawhi Leonard
        Position: SF
        Height: 6-7
        Weight: 228
        Age: 19
        School: San Diego State

        Analysis: The Wizards know they aren't taking a point guard -- not with John Wall in the fold. So the question becomes, "Who's the best player on the board?" The Wizards are very high on Vesely, but in this mock he's off the board.

        Valanciunas is an option. The Wizards could use more help in the middle -- but he's a bit more of a project. That leaves Leonard. He brings toughness, defense and versatility to a team that can use all three attributes.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Sacramento


        Kemba Walker
        Position: PG
        Height: 6-1
        Weight: 184
        Age: 21
        School: UConn

        Analysis: We continue to keep Walker planted here in Sacramento, though from what I can gather Geoff Petrie is considering a number of options, including trades. Petrie is in (and has been for two years) the same boat as Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld. His job isn't very secure and the past two years Petrie has opted for a "sure-thing" player who could produce in Year 1.

        Walker is that guy at this point in the draft and, as an added bonus, he doesn't have the same character issues that Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins had.

        Leonard would be another possibility if he's still available -- the Kings still need help at the small forward position. And don't count out Jimmer Fredette if Walker is off the board. Petrie loves shooters and Fredette would be a nice fit next to Evans.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Detroit


        Jonas Valanciunas
        Position: C
        Height: 6-10
        Weight: 230
        Age: 19
        Country: Lithuania

        Analysis: After changing up the Pistons' mock for three straight weeks, we're finally steadying the boat a bit. The Pistons are really looking at five players: Valanciunas, Knight, Vesely, Biyombo and Tristan Thompson.

        Biyombo and Thompson are the best fits of the group, but with new owner Tom Gores giving Joe Dumars some freedom to remake the Pistons don't be surprised to see the Pistons swing for the fences. Valanciunas is a risk, but his upside is high and he could be the long-term answer for the Pistons in the middle.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Charlotte


        Marcus Morris
        Position: PF
        Height: 6-9
        Weight: 230
        Age: 21
        School: Kansas

        Analysis: The Bobcats haven't been the greatest drafters the past few years. Michael Jordan is determined to change that. The thinking in Charlotte is to not take big risks -- to go with a proven product and swing for a double instead of a home run.

        Morris, with his versatility, toughness and Kansas pedigree is a very good option. Klay Thompson, Chris Singleton and Jordan Hamilton are all in the mix here as well.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Milwaukee


        Alec Burks
        Position: SG
        Height: 6-6
        Weight: 193
        Age: 19
        School: Colorado

        Analysis: Last summer the Bucks went out and tried to boost their scoring output by re-signing John Salmons and trading for Corey Maggette. It didn't go so well. Between injuries and chemistry issues the Bucks stumbled.

        Burks is one of the best scorers in the draft. His ability to get to the basket should give the Bucks a potent young backcourt.

        Jordan Hamilton, Klay Thompson, Tristan Thompson and Bismack Biyombo are other possibilities here.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Golden State


        Klay Thompson
        Position: PG
        Height: 6-7
        Weight: 206
        Age: 21
        School: Washington St.

        Analysis: The Warriors have a new owner, a new head coach and new management. Of the three, the most important addition might be Jerry West, who knows how to build winners and is far from a wallflower.

        The first shoe is already beginning to drop with word that the Warriors are open to moving Monta Ellis. His replacement? The sweet shooting Thompson, who has wowed in recent workouts. He has size, the pedigree and, most of all, the blessing of West. Marcus Morris and Alec Burks are other possibilities here.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Utah


        Chris Singleton
        Position: SF
        Height: 6-9
        Weight: 230
        Age: 21
        School: Florida State

        Analysis: With Andrei Kirilenko heading into free agency this summer, the Jazz are set to lose their most versatile defender. Enter Singleton. He's not the most polished offensive player in the world (sound familiar, AK-47 fans?), but his ability to guard multiple positions and his size for his position are intriguing for the Jazz.

        With Singleton rising on many draft boards, the question is: Will he still be here at No. 12? Teams with picks as high as the Raptors (No. 5) are looking at him. Tristan Thompson, Jimmer Fredette and Alec Burks are all possibilities here, too. Ditto for Bismack Biyombo.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Phoenix


        Tristan Thompson
        Position: PF
        Height: 6-9
        Weight: 228
        Age: 20
        School: Texas

        Analysis: The Suns are in that awkward spot between pushing for the playoffs and rebuilding. Lon Babby says the team will be emphasizing defense and Thompson takes them decidedly in that direction.

        He is a solid athlete, an excellent rebounder and gives the Suns some desperately needed toughness in the paint. Pair him in the frontcourt with Marcin Gortat and the Suns finally have some swagger. Burks, Fredette and Biyombo are all possibilities here as well.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Houston


        Bismack Biyombo
        Position: PF
        Height: 6-9
        Weight: 243
        Age: 18
        Country: Congo

        Analysis: Biyombo is in the conversation as high as No. 5, but the general lack of information about him may cause his stock to slip. He's got the physical abilities to be excellent in the league, but he's a wild card.

        The Raptors, Wizards, Pistons, Bucks and Jazz all will give him strong looks. I doubt he slips further than Houston. While small forward is a big need too (they like Marcus Morris, Jordan Hamilton and Tobias Harris there), at this point Biyombo is more reward than risk.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Indiana


        Jimmer Fredette
        Position: PG
        Height: 6-3
        Weight: 196
        Age: 22
        School: Brigham Young

        Analysis: Will Pacers fans finally get the real life version of Jimmy Chitwood? Fredette's ability to score the basketball is legendary and actually fits a need for the Pacers. In the fourth quarter of games this season, they really struggled to find a player who could hit the big shot.

        I'm not sure Fredette is the point guard of the future in Indiana. He may be more of a scoring fixture (a la Ben Gordon) coming off the bench. Either way, his ability to contribute right away should give the Pacers another bump as they try to take the next step. Tristan Thompson, Kenneth Faried and Markieff Morris are all options here as well.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Philadelphia


        Jordan Hamilton
        Position: SF
        Height: 6-9
        Weight: 229
        Age: 20
        School: Texas

        Analysis: The Sixers have been looking for a big man in the draft but the team could go in a different direction now that it appears Andre Iguodala is back on the block. The Sixers have also been hungry for shooters, and Hamilton is one of the most lethal scorers in the draft. Markieff Morris, Nikola Vucevic and Kenneth Faried are also possibilities here.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        New York


        Josh Selby
        Position: PG
        Height: 6-3
        Weight: 195
        Age: 20
        School: Kansas

        Analysis: GM Donnie Walsh has lost his job, but he's still calling the shots for the Knicks on draft night. Expect Walsh to go out with a bang. The Knicks are essentially looking at five players right now -- Klay Thompson, Fredette, Selby, Marshon Brooks and Kenneth Faried. Thompson and Fredette are off the board in our mock.

        The Knicks have been looking long and hard at Selby for a while. They think he'd thrive in Mike D'Antoni's system that allows guards much more freedom than they get at Kansas. Selby has lottery talent, but a shaky résumé. This may be a risk taking him this high, but there's a very high upside.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Washington
        (via Atlanta)


        Marshon Brooks
        Position: SG
        Height: 6-5
        Weight: 195
        Age: 22
        School: Providence

        Analysis: Nick Young is heading into free agency and, coincidentally, Brooks has been compared to Young. Both players are long, athletic and can score. Brooks may have a little more killer instinct, though, that could make him a star. Tobias Harris, Markieff Morris, Kenneth Faried and Donatas Motiejunas are other possibilities here as well.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Charlotte
        (via New Orleans)


        Markieff Morris
        Position: PF/C
        Height: 6-9
        Weight: 241
        Age: 21
        School: Kansas

        Analysis: A month ago I was in Florida with the Morris twins and big topic of discussion was the inevitability of the two brothers breaking up when they were drafted by different teams. We explored a number of options that could reunite them on the same team. This is really the only plausible one, and it's more plausible than you think.

        The Bobcats are one of those teams that thinks the twins can play together. If it happens, you'll see two very happy twins on draft night. Brooks, Faried and Reggie Jackson are other names who could land here.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Minnesota
        (via Memphis)


        Donatas Motiejunas
        Position: PF
        Height: 7-0
        Weight: 220
        Age: 19
        Country: Lithuania

        Analysis: The Wolves have the best group of international scouts in the NBA and if Motiejunas falls this far, I think they'd snap him up here. He's an aggressive scorer and has size -- two things the Wolves could use in the post. Brooks, Faried, Nikola Mirotic and Charles Jenkins are also possibilities here.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Portland


        Kenneth Faried
        Position: PF
        Height: 6-8
        Weight: 225
        Age: 21
        School: Morehead State

        Analysis: The Blazers fell in love with Faried last year before he withdrew from the draft. If they are fortunate enough to get a second chance at him this year, they'll grab him.

        His relentlessness on the boards is a nice complement to LaMarcus Aldridge's more offensive-minded style. Markieff Morris, Tobias Harris, Darius Morris, Reggie Jackson and Nikola Vucevic are other players to watch.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Denver


        Tobias Harris
        Position: PF
        Height: 6-8
        Weight: 223
        Age: 18
        School: Tennessee

        Analysis: Harris may be one of the more underrated players in the draft. He can play both the 3 and 4, and he has a very high basketball IQ and an NBA body. Harris doesn't do any one thing at an elite level, but he is one of the most well-rounded players in the draft. Nikola Vucevic, Charles Jenkins and Tyler Honeycutt are other possibilities here.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Houston
        (via Orlando)


        Nikola Vucevic
        Position: C
        Height: 7-0
        Weight: 260
        Age: 20
        School: USC

        Analysis: Even though we have the Rockets going big at No. 14, don't be surprised if they do it again here. Vucevic has helped himself as much as anyone in the workout process. He's got size, toughness and skill. He's not going to be a superstar thanks to a lack of explosive athleticism, but he'll be a very solid addition to the Rockets. Mirotic, Justin Harper and Darius Morris are other possibilities.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Oklahoma City


        Nikola Mirotic
        Position: SF
        Height: 6-10
        Weight: 226
        Age: 21
        Country: Serbia

        Analysis: Sam Presti is an opportunist, and he is patient. Mirotic, based on talent, is a lottery pick. But a massive buyout means he won't be playing in the NBA anytime soon. If he stays in the draft -- a big "if" at this point -- someone will gamble on him. If it's Presti, he could be getting a major steal down the road. If Mirotic is off the board, Bogan Bogdanovic and Lucas Nogueira are possibilities.


        PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


        Boston


        JaJuan Johnson
        Position: PF
        Height: 6-10
        Weight: 220
        Age: 22
        School: Purdue

        Analysis:The Celtics need size, and Johnson is an intriguing pick here. He is long and athletic and stretches the floor with his jump shot. He needs to add strength, but his production at Purdue is hard to ignore. Justin Harper, Nikola Vucevic, Jon Leuer and Jeremey Tyler are also possibilities.


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        Dallas


        Davis Bertans
        Position: SF
        Height: 6-10
        Weight: 210
        Age: 18
        Country: Latvia

        Analysis: It's unfair to compare any young European player to Dirk Nowitzki. But after watching Bertans shoot the lights out in practices at the Nike Hoop Summit, that's how some scouts were referring to him.

        Bertans doesn't have Nowitzki's size or strength and looks to be a pretty serious project. But long term, he could be a really nice addition. Jon Leuer, JaJuan Johnson, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Tyler could all be drafted here.


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        New Jersey
        (via L.A. Lakers)


        Reggie Jackson
        Position: PG
        Height: 6-3
        Weight: 208
        Age: 21
        School: Boston College

        Analysis: Yes, the Nets have Deron Williams. But he's not a sure thing to stay in New Jersey after next season. Even if he does, Jackson would be a terrific backup and a player who could play off the ball in certain situations.

        Had he not had a knee injury just as the draft evaluations began, he could've gone much higher. He's great value here. Justin Harper, Tyler Honeycutt, JaJuan Johnson and Jeremy Tyler are all options here, too.


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        Chicago
        (via Miami)


        Justin Harper
        Position: PF
        Height: 6-9
        Weight: 228
        Age: 21
        School: Richmond

        Analysis: Harper was one of the best stretch 4s in college basketball last season. He also has size and is a pretty good athlete. The Bulls need shooting, and Harper should be able to give them some from the perimeter. Charles Jenkins, Tyler Honeycutt and Jeremy Tyler are possibilities here.


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        San Antonio


        Jeremy Tyler
        Position: C
        Height: 6-11
        Weight: 263
        Age: 19
        Team: Tokyo Apache

        Analysis: The Spurs have done a good job over the years of finding young international players and stashing them overseas for a few years until they're ready. Tyler doesn't quite fit that model. He stashed himself overseas. But the point is he's got tremendous upside for a team willing to be patient with him. Given the strong reaction to Tyler at the pre-draft camp, I'm not sure he lasts this long on the draft board.


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        Chicago


        Charles Jenkins
        Position: PG
        Height: 6-3
        Weight: 217
        Age: 22
        School: Hofstra

        Analysis: The Bulls need scorers in their backcourt and ultimately need to find a backup for Derrick Rose at point guard. Jenkins' ability to play both backcourt positions is intriguing. He is big, strong, a very good shooter and one of the best pure scorers in the draft. He is a real sleeper. Tyler Honeycutt, Nolan Smith and Charles Goudelock are possibilities here as well.

        Next Five In: Tyler Honeycutt, G, UCLA; Nolan Smith, G, Duke; Darius Morris, PG, Michigan; Jordan Williams, F/C, Maryland; Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil

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          PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


          Cleveland
          (via L.A. Clippers)


          Kyrie Irving

          Position: PG
          Height: 6-foot-4
          Weight: 191 pounds
          Age: 19
          School: Duke
          Analysis: Derrick Williams' camp is doing its best to cast doubt on the Cavs' coronation of Irving as the No. 1 pick. But with two weeks to go, all signs still point to Cleveland selecting Irving first. Williams is still in the picture here in part because the Cavs feel they could get a very good point guard (either Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker) at No. 4. But sources say it's Irving's to lose.



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          Minnesota


          Derrick Williams

          Position: PF
          Height: 6-9
          Weight: 249
          Age: 20
          School: Arizona
          Analysis: On Friday, I detailed the Timberwolves' draft strategies in the wake of signing Ricky Rubio to a contract. Here's the CliffsNotes version: Publicly, the team is claiming that they're likely to hang on to the pick. Privately, they're hoping that a team comes along and offers them an impact veteran -- someone such as Pau Gasol, Monta Ellis or even JaVale McGee -- for the pick.

          If they get a good deal, they'll be more than happy to dump the pick. Rubio is their rookie this season. If they do keep the pick, expect them to take either Williams or Enes Kanter. If they get Williams, Michael Beasley could be gone by the time the season starts.



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          Utah
          (via New Jersey)


          Brandon Knight

          Position: PG
          Height: 6-3
          Weight: 177
          Age: 19
          School: Kentucky
          Analysis: The Jazz have already had a number of workouts but the big one comes June 15 when Knight, Walker and Jimmer Fredette are all expected to work out for the team.

          While it's still possible the Jazz go big with this pick and select either Kanter, Jonas Valanciunas or even Jan Vesely -- they're likely to try to select a franchise point guard if either Knight or Walker blows them away. If Fredette wins the battle on June 15, that could push the Jazz to go for a big man here and try to nab Fredette with the 12th pick.



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          Cleveland


          Enes Kanter

          Position: C
          Height: 6-11
          Weight: 260
          Age: 19
          Country: Turkey
          Analysis: Kanter had just two workouts. Both were in Chicago and both had him playing against the proverbial chair. That changed on Tuesday when he went into Cleveland and worked out against Tristan Thompson and Marcus Morris.

          Kanter would love to land in Cleveland and understands it will be tough for the Cavs to justify the pick unless he gives them more than the Nike Hoop Summit, the Chicago combine and some grainy high school video. It's still too early to see whether the Cavs go Kanter, Valanciunas, Vesely or Kawhi Leonard, but those seem to be the four guys they're seriously looking at with the fourth pick.



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          Toronto

          Jan Vesely

          Position: PF
          Height: 6-11
          Weight: 240
          Age: 21
          Country: Czech Republic
          Analysis: Bryan Colangelo could go a number of ways here. He has strong interest in both Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker. If Knight's on the board, I don't think he gets passed on here. If Walker's here the question for Colangelo is what to do with Leandro Barbosa and Jerryd Bayless. Both players are similar to Walker.

          He could go with an international player, such as Valanciunas, Vesely or Bismack Biyombo. Of the three, sources say, Vesely is the highest on their board. He provides size and athleticism at the small forward position. The other dark horse here is Kawhi Leonard.



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          Washington

          Kawhi Leonard

          Position: SF
          Height: 6-7
          Weight: 228
          Age: 19
          School: San Diego State
          Analysis: The Wizards know they aren't taking a point guard -- not with John Wall in the fold. So the question becomes, "Who's the best player on the board?" The Wizards are very high on Vesely, but in this mock he's off the board.

          Valanciunas is an option. The Wizards could use more help in the middle -- but he's a bit more of a project. That leaves Leonard. He brings toughness, defense and versatility to a team that can use all three attributes.



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          Sacramento

          Kemba Walker

          Position: PG
          Height: 6-1
          Weight: 184
          Age: 21
          School: UConn
          Analysis: We continue to keep Walker planted here in Sacramento, though from what I can gather Geoff Petrie is considering a number of options, including trades. Petrie is in (and has been for two years) the same boat as Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld. His job isn't very secure and the past two years Petrie has opted for a "sure-thing" player who could produce in Year 1.

          Walker is that guy at this point in the draft and, as an added bonus, he doesn't have the same character issues that Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins had.

          Leonard would be another possibility if he's still available -- the Kings still need help at the small forward position. And don't count out Jimmer Fredette if Walker is off the board. Petrie loves shooters and Fredette would be a nice fit next to Evans.



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          Detroit

          Jonas Valanciunas

          Position: C
          Height: 6-10
          Weight: 230
          Age: 19
          Country: Lithuania
          Analysis: After changing up the Pistons' mock for three straight weeks, we're finally steadying the boat a bit. The Pistons are really looking at five players: Valanciunas, Knight, Vesely, Biyombo and Tristan Thompson.

          Biyombo and Thompson are the best fits of the group, but with new owner Tom Gores giving Joe Dumars some freedom to remake the Pistons don't be surprised to see the Pistons swing for the fences. Valanciunas is a risk, but his upside is high and he could be the long-term answer for the Pistons in the middle.



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          Charlotte


          Marcus Morris

          Position: PF
          Height: 6-9
          Weight: 230
          Age: 21
          School: Kansas
          Analysis: The Bobcats haven't been the greatest drafters the past few years. Michael Jordan is determined to change that. The thinking in Charlotte is to not take big risks -- to go with a proven product and swing for a double instead of a home run.

          Morris, with his versatility, toughness and Kansas pedigree is a very good option. Klay Thompson, Chris Singleton and Jordan Hamilton are all in the mix here as well.



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          Milwaukee

          Alec Burks

          Position: SG
          Height: 6-6
          Weight: 193
          Age: 19
          School: Colorado
          Analysis: Last summer the Bucks went out and tried to boost their scoring output by re-signing John Salmons and trading for Corey Maggette. It didn't go so well. Between injuries and chemistry issues the Bucks stumbled.

          Burks is one of the best scorers in the draft. His ability to get to the basket should give the Bucks a potent young backcourt.

          Jordan Hamilton, Klay Thompson, Tristan Thompson and Bismack Biyombo are other possibilities here.



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          Golden State

          Klay Thompson

          Position: PG
          Height: 6-7
          Weight: 206
          Age: 21
          School: Washington St.
          Analysis: The Warriors have a new owner, a new head coach and new management. Of the three, the most important addition might be Jerry West, who knows how to build winners and is far from a wallflower.

          The first shoe is already beginning to drop with word that the Warriors are open to moving Monta Ellis. His replacement? The sweet shooting Thompson, who has wowed in recent workouts. He has size, the pedigree and, most of all, the blessing of West. Marcus Morris and Alec Burks are other possibilities here.



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          Utah

          Chris Singleton

          Position: SF
          Height: 6-9
          Weight: 230
          Age: 21
          School: Florida State
          Analysis: With Andrei Kirilenko heading into free agency this summer, the Jazz are set to lose their most versatile defender. Enter Singleton. He's not the most polished offensive player in the world (sound familiar, AK-47 fans?), but his ability to guard multiple positions and his size for his position are intriguing for the Jazz.

          With Singleton rising on many draft boards, the question is: Will he still be here at No. 12? Teams with picks as high as the Raptors (No. 5) are looking at him. Tristan Thompson, Jimmer Fredette and Alec Burks are all possibilities here, too. Ditto for Bismack Biyombo.



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          Phoenix

          Tristan Thompson

          Position: PF
          Height: 6-9
          Weight: 228
          Age: 20
          School: Texas
          Analysis: The Suns are in that awkward spot between pushing for the playoffs and rebuilding. Lon Babby says the team will be emphasizing defense and Thompson takes them decidedly in that direction.

          He is a solid athlete, an excellent rebounder and gives the Suns some desperately needed toughness in the paint. Pair him in the frontcourt with Marcin Gortat and the Suns finally have some swagger. Burks, Fredette and Biyombo are all possibilities here as well.



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          Houston

          Bismack Biyombo

          Position: PF
          Height: 6-9
          Weight: 243
          Age: 18
          Country: Congo
          Analysis: Biyombo is in the conversation as high as No. 5, but the general lack of information about him may cause his stock to slip. He's got the physical abilities to be excellent in the league, but he's a wild card.

          The Raptors, Wizards, Pistons, Bucks and Jazz all will give him strong looks. I doubt he slips further than Houston. While small forward is a big need too (they like Marcus Morris, Jordan Hamilton and Tobias Harris there), at this point Biyombo is more reward than risk.



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          Indiana


          Jimmer Fredette

          Position: PG
          Height: 6-3
          Weight: 196
          Age: 22
          School: Brigham Young
          Analysis: Will Pacers fans finally get the real life version of Jimmy Chitwood? Fredette's ability to score the basketball is legendary and actually fits a need for the Pacers. In the fourth quarter of games this season, they really struggled to find a player who could hit the big shot.

          I'm not sure Fredette is the point guard of the future in Indiana. He may be more of a scoring fixture (a la Ben Gordon) coming off the bench. Either way, his ability to contribute right away should give the Pacers another bump as they try to take the next step. Tristan Thompson, Kenneth Faried and Markieff Morris are all options here as well.



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          Philadelphia


          Jordan Hamilton

          Position: SF
          Height: 6-9
          Weight: 229
          Age: 20
          School: Texas
          Analysis: The Sixers have been looking for a big man in the draft but the team could go in a different direction now that it appears Andre Iguodala is back on the block. The Sixers have also been hungry for shooters, and Hamilton is one of the most lethal scorers in the draft. Markieff Morris, Nikola Vucevic and Kenneth Faried are also possibilities here.



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          New York


          Josh Selby

          Position: PG
          Height: 6-3
          Weight: 195
          Age: 20
          School: Kansas
          Analysis: GM Donnie Walsh has lost his job, but he's still calling the shots for the Knicks on draft night. Expect Walsh to go out with a bang. The Knicks are essentially looking at five players right now -- Klay Thompson, Fredette, Selby, Marshon Brooks and Kenneth Faried. Thompson and Fredette are off the board in our mock.

          The Knicks have been looking long and hard at Selby for a while. They think he'd thrive in Mike D'Antoni's system that allows guards much more freedom than they get at Kansas. Selby has lottery talent, but a shaky résumé. This may be a risk taking him this high, but there's a very high upside.



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          Washington
          (via Atlanta)


          Marshon Brooks

          Position: SG
          Height: 6-5
          Weight: 195
          Age: 22
          School: Providence
          Analysis: Nick Young is heading into free agency and, coincidentally, Brooks has been compared to Young. Both players are long, athletic and can score. Brooks may have a little more killer instinct, though, that could make him a star. Tobias Harris, Markieff Morris, Kenneth Faried and Donatas Motiejunas are other possibilities here as well.



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          Charlotte
          (via New Orleans)


          Markieff Morris

          Position: PF/C
          Height: 6-9
          Weight: 241
          Age: 21
          School: Kansas
          Analysis: A month ago I was in Florida with the Morris twins and big topic of discussion was the inevitability of the two brothers breaking up when they were drafted by different teams. We explored a number of options that could reunite them on the same team. This is really the only plausible one, and it's more plausible than you think.

          The Bobcats are one of those teams that thinks the twins can play together. If it happens, you'll see two very happy twins on draft night. Brooks, Faried and Reggie Jackson are other names who could land here.



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          Minnesota
          (via Memphis)


          Donatas Motiejunas

          Position: PF
          Height: 7-0
          Weight: 220
          Age: 19
          Country: Lithuania
          Analysis: The Wolves have the best group of international scouts in the NBA and if Motiejunas falls this far, I think they'd snap him up here. He's an aggressive scorer and has size -- two things the Wolves could use in the post. Brooks, Faried, Nikola Mirotic and Charles Jenkins are also possibilities here.



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          Portland


          Kenneth Faried

          Position: PF
          Height: 6-8
          Weight: 225
          Age: 21
          School: Morehead State
          Analysis: The Blazers fell in love with Faried last year before he withdrew from the draft. If they are fortunate enough to get a second chance at him this year, they'll grab him.

          His relentlessness on the boards is a nice complement to LaMarcus Aldridge's more offensive-minded style. Markieff Morris, Tobias Harris, Darius Morris, Reggie Jackson and Nikola Vucevic are other players to watch.



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          Denver


          Tobias Harris

          Position: PF
          Height: 6-8
          Weight: 223
          Age: 18
          School: Tennessee
          Analysis: Harris may be one of the more underrated players in the draft. He can play both the 3 and 4, and he has a very high basketball IQ and an NBA body. Harris doesn't do any one thing at an elite level, but he is one of the most well-rounded players in the draft. Nikola Vucevic, Charles Jenkins and Tyler Honeycutt are other possibilities here.



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          Houston
          (via Orlando)


          Nikola Vucevic

          Position: C
          Height: 7-0
          Weight: 260
          Age: 20
          School: USC
          Analysis: Even though we have the Rockets going big at No. 14, don't be surprised if they do it again here. Vucevic has helped himself as much as anyone in the workout process. He's got size, toughness and skill. He's not going to be a superstar thanks to a lack of explosive athleticism, but he'll be a very solid addition to the Rockets. Mirotic, Justin Harper and Darius Morris are other possibilities.



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          Oklahoma City


          Nikola Mirotic

          Position: SF
          Height: 6-10
          Weight: 226
          Age: 21
          Country: Serbia
          Analysis: Sam Presti is an opportunist, and he is patient. Mirotic, based on talent, is a lottery pick. But a massive buyout means he won't be playing in the NBA anytime soon. If he stays in the draft -- a big "if" at this point -- someone will gamble on him. If it's Presti, he could be getting a major steal down the road. If Mirotic is off the board, Bogan Bogdanovic and Lucas Nogueira are possibilities.



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          Boston


          JaJuan Johnson

          Position: PF
          Height: 6-10
          Weight: 220
          Age: 22
          School: Purdue
          Analysis:The Celtics need size, and Johnson is an intriguing pick here. He is long and athletic and stretches the floor with his jump shot. He needs to add strength, but his production at Purdue is hard to ignore. Justin Harper, Nikola Vucevic, Jon Leuer and Jeremey Tyler are also possibilities.



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          Dallas


          Davis Bertans

          Position: SF
          Height: 6-10
          Weight: 210
          Age: 18
          Country: Latvia
          Analysis: It's unfair to compare any young European player to Dirk Nowitzki. But after watching Bertans shoot the lights out in practices at the Nike Hoop Summit, that's how some scouts were referring to him.

          Bertans doesn't have Nowitzki's size or strength and looks to be a pretty serious project. But long term, he could be a really nice addition. Jon Leuer, JaJuan Johnson, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Tyler could all be drafted here.



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          New Jersey
          (via L.A. Lakers)


          Reggie Jackson

          Position: PG
          Height: 6-3
          Weight: 208
          Age: 21
          School: Boston College
          Analysis: Yes, the Nets have Deron Williams. But he's not a sure thing to stay in New Jersey after next season. Even if he does, Jackson would be a terrific backup and a player who could play off the ball in certain situations.

          Had he not had a knee injury just as the draft evaluations began, he could've gone much higher. He's great value here. Justin Harper, Tyler Honeycutt, JaJuan Johnson and Jeremy Tyler are all options here, too.



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          Chicago
          (via Miami)


          Justin Harper

          Position: PF
          Height: 6-9
          Weight: 228
          Age: 21
          School: Richmond
          Analysis: Harper was one of the best stretch 4s in college basketball last season. He also has size and is a pretty good athlete. The Bulls need shooting, and Harper should be able to give them some from the perimeter. Charles Jenkins, Tyler Honeycutt and Jeremy Tyler are possibilities here.



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          San Antonio


          Jeremy Tyler

          Position: C
          Height: 6-11
          Weight: 263
          Age: 19
          Team: Tokyo Apache
          Analysis: The Spurs have done a good job over the years of finding young international players and stashing them overseas for a few years until they're ready. Tyler doesn't quite fit that model. He stashed himself overseas. But the point is he's got tremendous upside for a team willing to be patient with him. Given the strong reaction to Tyler at the pre-draft camp, I'm not sure he lasts this long on the draft board.



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          Chicago


          Charles Jenkins

          Position: PG
          Height: 6-3
          Weight: 217
          Age: 22
          School: Hofstra
          Analysis: The Bulls need scorers in their backcourt and ultimately need to find a backup for Derrick Rose at point guard. Jenkins' ability to play both backcourt positions is intriguing. He is big, strong, a very good shooter and one of the best pure scorers in the draft. He is a real sleeper. Tyler Honeycutt, Nolan Smith and Charles Goudelock are possibilities here as well.

          Next Five In: Tyler Honeycutt, G, UCLA; Nolan Smith, G, Duke; Darius Morris, PG, Michigan; Jordan Williams, F/C, Maryland; Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil

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              Despite the fact the draft is only two weeks away, there is still a lot of confusion about who is going where.

              "I know who is going [Nos.] 1 and 2," one lottery GM told ESPN.com. "After that, I don't have a clue."

              A number of GMs in the lottery are reporting the same thing, but teams are beginning to narrow down the list of who's going where.

              In this mock draft we'll not only make an educated guess as to who's going where, but we'll also give you a look at the other possible picks for each team. Here's our most informed take, after talking to numerous NBA team sources, on how the draft might play out.




              1.) Cleveland
              (via L.A. Clippers)


              Kyrie Irving

              Position: PG
              Height: 6-foot-4
              Weight: 191 pounds
              Age: 19
              School: Duke
              Analysis: Derrick Williams' camp is doing its best to cast doubt on the Cavs' coronation of Irving as the No. 1 pick. But with two weeks to go, all signs still point to Cleveland selecting Irving first. Williams is still in the picture here in part because the Cavs feel they could get a very good point guard (either Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker) at No. 4. But sources say it's Irving's to lose.



              2.) Minnesota


              Derrick Williams

              Position: PF
              Height: 6-9
              Weight: 249
              Age: 20
              School: Arizona
              Analysis: On Friday, I detailed the Timberwolves' draft strategies in the wake of signing Ricky Rubio to a contract. Here's the CliffsNotes version: Publicly, the team is claiming that they're likely to hang on to the pick. Privately, they're hoping that a team comes along and offers them an impact veteran -- someone such as Pau Gasol, Monta Ellis or even JaVale McGee -- for the pick.

              If they get a good deal, they'll be more than happy to dump the pick. Rubio is their rookie this season. If they do keep the pick, expect them to take either Williams or Enes Kanter. If they get Williams, Michael Beasley could be gone by the time the season starts.


              3.) Utah
              (via New Jersey)


              Brandon Knight

              Position: PG
              Height: 6-3
              Weight: 177
              Age: 19
              School: Kentucky
              Analysis: The Jazz have already had a number of workouts but the big one comes June 15 when Knight, Walker and Jimmer Fredette are all expected to work out for the team.

              While it's still possible the Jazz go big with this pick and select either Kanter, Jonas Valanciunas or even Jan Vesely -- they're likely to try to select a franchise point guard if either Knight or Walker blows them away. If Fredette wins the battle on June 15, that could push the Jazz to go for a big man here and try to nab Fredette with the 12th pick.



              4.) Cleveland


              Enes Kanter

              Position: C
              Height: 6-11
              Weight: 260
              Age: 19
              Country: Turkey
              Analysis: Kanter had just two workouts. Both were in Chicago and both had him playing against the proverbial chair. That changed on Tuesday when he went into Cleveland and worked out against Tristan Thompson and Marcus Morris.

              Kanter would love to land in Cleveland and understands it will be tough for the Cavs to justify the pick unless he gives them more than the Nike Hoop Summit, the Chicago combine and some grainy high school video. It's still too early to see whether the Cavs go Kanter, Valanciunas, Vesely or Kawhi Leonard, but those seem to be the four guys they're seriously looking at with the fourth pick.



              5.) Toronto

              Jan Vesely

              Position: PF
              Height: 6-11
              Weight: 240
              Age: 21
              Country: Czech Republic
              Analysis: Bryan Colangelo could go a number of ways here. He has strong interest in both Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker. If Knight's on the board, I don't think he gets passed on here. If Walker's here the question for Colangelo is what to do with Leandro Barbosa and Jerryd Bayless. Both players are similar to Walker.

              He could go with an international player, such as Valanciunas, Vesely or Bismack Biyombo. Of the three, sources say, Vesely is the highest on their board. He provides size and athleticism at the small forward position. The other dark horse here is Kawhi Leonard.


              6.) Washington

              Kawhi Leonard

              Position: SF
              Height: 6-7
              Weight: 228
              Age: 19
              School: San Diego State
              Analysis: The Wizards know they aren't taking a point guard -- not with John Wall in the fold. So the question becomes, "Who's the best player on the board?" The Wizards are very high on Vesely, but in this mock he's off the board.

              Valanciunas is an option. The Wizards could use more help in the middle -- but he's a bit more of a project. That leaves Leonard. He brings toughness, defense and versatility to a team that can use all three attributes.


              7.) Sacramento

              Kemba Walker

              Position: PG
              Height: 6-1
              Weight: 184
              Age: 21
              School: UConn
              Analysis: We continue to keep Walker planted here in Sacramento, though from what I can gather Geoff Petrie is considering a number of options, including trades. Petrie is in (and has been for two years) the same boat as Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld. His job isn't very secure and the past two years Petrie has opted for a "sure-thing" player who could produce in Year 1.

              Walker is that guy at this point in the draft and, as an added bonus, he doesn't have the same character issues that Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins had.

              Leonard would be another possibility if he's still available -- the Kings still need help at the small forward position. And don't count out Jimmer Fredette if Walker is off the board. Petrie loves shooters and Fredette would be a nice fit next to Evans.



              8.) Detroit

              Jonas Valanciunas

              Position: C
              Height: 6-10
              Weight: 230
              Age: 19
              Country: Lithuania
              Analysis: After changing up the Pistons' mock for three straight weeks, we're finally steadying the boat a bit. The Pistons are really looking at five players: Valanciunas, Knight, Vesely, Biyombo and Tristan Thompson.

              Biyombo and Thompson are the best fits of the group, but with new owner Tom Gores giving Joe Dumars some freedom to remake the Pistons don't be surprised to see the Pistons swing for the fences. Valanciunas is a risk, but his upside is high and he could be the long-term answer for the Pistons in the middle.



              9.) Charlotte


              Marcus Morris

              Position: PF
              Height: 6-9
              Weight: 230
              Age: 21
              School: Kansas
              Analysis: The Bobcats haven't been the greatest drafters the past few years. Michael Jordan is determined to change that. The thinking in Charlotte is to not take big risks -- to go with a proven product and swing for a double instead of a home run.

              Morris, with his versatility, toughness and Kansas pedigree is a very good option. Klay Thompson, Chris Singleton and Jordan Hamilton are all in the mix here as well.


              10.) Milwaukee

              Alec Burks

              Position: SG
              Height: 6-6
              Weight: 193
              Age: 19
              School: Colorado
              Analysis: Last summer the Bucks went out and tried to boost their scoring output by re-signing John Salmons and trading for Corey Maggette. It didn't go so well. Between injuries and chemistry issues the Bucks stumbled.

              Burks is one of the best scorers in the draft. His ability to get to the basket should give the Bucks a potent young backcourt.

              Jordan Hamilton, Klay Thompson, Tristan Thompson and Bismack Biyombo are other possibilities here.



              11.) Golden State

              Klay Thompson

              Position: PG
              Height: 6-7
              Weight: 206
              Age: 21
              School: Washington St.
              Analysis: The Warriors have a new owner, a new head coach and new management. Of the three, the most important addition might be Jerry West, who knows how to build winners and is far from a wallflower.

              The first shoe is already beginning to drop with word that the Warriors are open to moving Monta Ellis. His replacement? The sweet shooting Thompson, who has wowed in recent workouts. He has size, the pedigree and, most of all, the blessing of West. Marcus Morris and Alec Burks are other possibilities here.


              12.) Utah

              Chris Singleton

              Position: SF
              Height: 6-9
              Weight: 230
              Age: 21
              School: Florida State
              Analysis: With Andrei Kirilenko heading into free agency this summer, the Jazz are set to lose their most versatile defender. Enter Singleton. He's not the most polished offensive player in the world (sound familiar, AK-47 fans?), but his ability to guard multiple positions and his size for his position are intriguing for the Jazz.

              With Singleton rising on many draft boards, the question is: Will he still be here at No. 12? Teams with picks as high as the Raptors (No. 5) are looking at him. Tristan Thompson, Jimmer Fredette and Alec Burks are all possibilities here, too. Ditto for Bismack Biyombo.


              13.) Phoenix

              Tristan Thompson

              Position: PF
              Height: 6-9
              Weight: 228
              Age: 20
              School: Texas
              Analysis: The Suns are in that awkward spot between pushing for the playoffs and rebuilding. Lon Babby says the team will be emphasizing defense and Thompson takes them decidedly in that direction.

              He is a solid athlete, an excellent rebounder and gives the Suns some desperately needed toughness in the paint. Pair him in the frontcourt with Marcin Gortat and the Suns finally have some swagger. Burks, Fredette and Biyombo are all possibilities here as well.


              14.) Houston

              Bismack Biyombo

              Position: PF
              Height: 6-9
              Weight: 243
              Age: 18
              Country: Congo
              Analysis: Biyombo is in the conversation as high as No. 5, but the general lack of information about him may cause his stock to slip. He's got the physical abilities to be excellent in the league, but he's a wild card.

              The Raptors, Wizards, Pistons, Bucks and Jazz all will give him strong looks. I doubt he slips further than Houston. While small forward is a big need too (they like Marcus Morris, Jordan Hamilton and Tobias Harris there), at this point Biyombo is more reward than risk.



              15.) Indiana


              Jimmer Fredette

              Position: PG
              Height: 6-3
              Weight: 196
              Age: 22
              School: Brigham Young
              Analysis: Will Pacers fans finally get the real life version of Jimmy Chitwood? Fredette's ability to score the basketball is legendary and actually fits a need for the Pacers. In the fourth quarter of games this season, they really struggled to find a player who could hit the big shot.

              I'm not sure Fredette is the point guard of the future in Indiana. He may be more of a scoring fixture (a la Ben Gordon) coming off the bench. Either way, his ability to contribute right away should give the Pacers another bump as they try to take the next step. Tristan Thompson, Kenneth Faried and Markieff Morris are all options here as well.


              16.) Philadelphia


              Jordan Hamilton

              Position: SF
              Height: 6-9
              Weight: 229
              Age: 20
              School: Texas
              Analysis: The Sixers have been looking for a big man in the draft but the team could go in a different direction now that it appears Andre Iguodala is back on the block. The Sixers have also been hungry for shooters, and Hamilton is one of the most lethal scorers in the draft. Markieff Morris, Nikola Vucevic and Kenneth Faried are also possibilities here.



              17.) New York


              Josh Selby

              Position: PG
              Height: 6-3
              Weight: 195
              Age: 20
              School: Kansas
              Analysis: GM Donnie Walsh has lost his job, but he's still calling the shots for the Knicks on draft night. Expect Walsh to go out with a bang. The Knicks are essentially looking at five players right now -- Klay Thompson, Fredette, Selby, Marshon Brooks and Kenneth Faried. Thompson and Fredette are off the board in our mock.

              The Knicks have been looking long and hard at Selby for a while. They think he'd thrive in Mike D'Antoni's system that allows guards much more freedom than they get at Kansas. Selby has lottery talent, but a shaky résumé. This may be a risk taking him this high, but there's a very high upside.



              18.) Washington
              (via Atlanta)


              Marshon Brooks

              Position: SG
              Height: 6-5
              Weight: 195
              Age: 22
              School: Providence
              Analysis: Nick Young is heading into free agency and, coincidentally, Brooks has been compared to Young. Both players are long, athletic and can score. Brooks may have a little more killer instinct, though, that could make him a star. Tobias Harris, Markieff Morris, Kenneth Faried and Donatas Motiejunas are other possibilities here as well.


              19.) Charlotte
              (via New Orleans)


              Markieff Morris

              Position: PF/C
              Height: 6-9
              Weight: 241
              Age: 21
              School: Kansas
              Analysis: A month ago I was in Florida with the Morris twins and big topic of discussion was the inevitability of the two brothers breaking up when they were drafted by different teams. We explored a number of options that could reunite them on the same team. This is really the only plausible one, and it's more plausible than you think.

              The Bobcats are one of those teams that thinks the twins can play together. If it happens, you'll see two very happy twins on draft night. Brooks, Faried and Reggie Jackson are other names who could land here.



              20.) Minnesota
              (via Memphis)


              Donatas Motiejunas

              Position: PF
              Height: 7-0
              Weight: 220
              Age: 19
              Country: Lithuania
              Analysis: The Wolves have the best group of international scouts in the NBA and if Motiejunas falls this far, I think they'd snap him up here. He's an aggressive scorer and has size -- two things the Wolves could use in the post. Brooks, Faried, Nikola Mirotic and Charles Jenkins are also possibilities here.


              21.) Portland


              Kenneth Faried

              Position: PF
              Height: 6-8
              Weight: 225
              Age: 21
              School: Morehead State
              Analysis: The Blazers fell in love with Faried last year before he withdrew from the draft. If they are fortunate enough to get a second chance at him this year, they'll grab him.

              His relentlessness on the boards is a nice complement to LaMarcus Aldridge's more offensive-minded style. Markieff Morris, Tobias Harris, Darius Morris, Reggie Jackson and Nikola Vucevic are other players to watch.



              22.) Denver


              Tobias Harris

              Position: PF
              Height: 6-8
              Weight: 223
              Age: 18
              School: Tennessee
              Analysis: Harris may be one of the more underrated players in the draft. He can play both the 3 and 4, and he has a very high basketball IQ and an NBA body. Harris doesn't do any one thing at an elite level, but he is one of the most well-rounded players in the draft. Nikola Vucevic, Charles Jenkins and Tyler Honeycutt are other possibilities here.


              23.) Houston
              (via Orlando)


              Nikola Vucevic

              Position: C
              Height: 7-0
              Weight: 260
              Age: 20
              School: USC
              Analysis: Even though we have the Rockets going big at No. 14, don't be surprised if they do it again here. Vucevic has helped himself as much as anyone in the workout process. He's got size, toughness and skill. He's not going to be a superstar thanks to a lack of explosive athleticism, but he'll be a very solid addition to the Rockets. Mirotic, Justin Harper and Darius Morris are other possibilities.


              24.) Oklahoma City


              Nikola Mirotic

              Position: SF
              Height: 6-10
              Weight: 226
              Age: 21
              Country: Serbia
              Analysis: Sam Presti is an opportunist, and he is patient. Mirotic, based on talent, is a lottery pick. But a massive buyout means he won't be playing in the NBA anytime soon. If he stays in the draft -- a big "if" at this point -- someone will gamble on him. If it's Presti, he could be getting a major steal down the road. If Mirotic is off the board, Bogan Bogdanovic and Lucas Nogueira are possibilities.



              25.) Boston


              JaJuan Johnson

              Position: PF
              Height: 6-10
              Weight: 220
              Age: 22
              School: Purdue
              Analysis:The Celtics need size, and Johnson is an intriguing pick here. He is long and athletic and stretches the floor with his jump shot. He needs to add strength, but his production at Purdue is hard to ignore. Justin Harper, Nikola Vucevic, Jon Leuer and Jeremey Tyler are also possibilities.


              26.) Dallas


              Davis Bertans

              Position: SF
              Height: 6-10
              Weight: 210
              Age: 18
              Country: Latvia
              Analysis: It's unfair to compare any young European player to Dirk Nowitzki. But after watching Bertans shoot the lights out in practices at the Nike Hoop Summit, that's how some scouts were referring to him.

              Bertans doesn't have Nowitzki's size or strength and looks to be a pretty serious project. But long term, he could be a really nice addition. Jon Leuer, JaJuan Johnson, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Tyler could all be drafted here.


              27.) New Jersey
              (via L.A. Lakers)


              Reggie Jackson

              Position: PG
              Height: 6-3
              Weight: 208
              Age: 21
              School: Boston College
              Analysis: Yes, the Nets have Deron Williams. But he's not a sure thing to stay in New Jersey after next season. Even if he does, Jackson would be a terrific backup and a player who could play off the ball in certain situations.

              Had he not had a knee injury just as the draft evaluations began, he could've gone much higher. He's great value here. Justin Harper, Tyler Honeycutt, JaJuan Johnson and Jeremy Tyler are all options here, too.


              28.) Chicago
              (via Miami)


              Justin Harper

              Position: PF
              Height: 6-9
              Weight: 228
              Age: 21
              School: Richmond
              Analysis: Harper was one of the best stretch 4s in college basketball last season. He also has size and is a pretty good athlete. The Bulls need shooting, and Harper should be able to give them some from the perimeter. Charles Jenkins, Tyler Honeycutt and Jeremy Tyler are possibilities here.


              29.) San Antonio


              Jeremy Tyler

              Position: C
              Height: 6-11
              Weight: 263
              Age: 19
              Team: Tokyo Apache
              Analysis: The Spurs have done a good job over the years of finding young international players and stashing them overseas for a few years until they're ready. Tyler doesn't quite fit that model. He stashed himself overseas. But the point is he's got tremendous upside for a team willing to be patient with him. Given the strong reaction to Tyler at the pre-draft camp, I'm not sure he lasts this long on the draft board.


              30.) Chicago


              Charles Jenkins

              Position: PG
              Height: 6-3
              Weight: 217
              Age: 22
              School: Hofstra
              Analysis: The Bulls need scorers in their backcourt and ultimately need to find a backup for Derrick Rose at point guard. Jenkins' ability to play both backcourt positions is intriguing. He is big, strong, a very good shooter and one of the best pure scorers in the draft. He is a real sleeper. Tyler Honeycutt, Nolan Smith and Charles Goudelock are possibilities here as well.

              Next Five In: Tyler Honeycutt, G, UCLA; Nolan Smith, G, Duke; Darius Morris, PG, Michigan; Jordan Williams, F/C, Maryland; Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil

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              • #8
                Re: Chad Fords Mock Draft 4.0

                For once, I hope Ford is right.

                It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

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                • #9
                  Re: Chad Fords Mock Draft 4.0

                  Originally posted by HickeyS2000 View Post
                  Sorry about the formatting I'm at work.
                  You just beat me to it. I formatted mine a little though

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                  • #10
                    Re: Chad Fords Mock Draft 4.0

                    Do we match up with Sacramento for a possible trade? I wouldn't mind shooting for Bismack.

                    I still like the idea of trading Rush for a late first round to pick up Reggie Jackson.
                    First time in a long time, I've been happy with the team that was constructed, and now they struggle. I blame the coach.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Chad Fords Mock Draft 4.0

                      Biyombo at 14 would be a bummer.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Chad Fords Mock Draft 4.0

                        Originally posted by Sparhawk View Post
                        Do we match up with Sacramento for a possible trade? I wouldn't mind shooting for Bismack.

                        I still like the idea of trading Rush for a late first round to pick up Reggie Jackson.
                        Sounds great to me, especially getting Reggie.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Chad Fords Mock Draft 4.0

                          Originally posted by CooperManning View Post
                          Biyombo at 14 would be a bummer.
                          I'm just not sure Bismack gets past the Pistons.
                          First time in a long time, I've been happy with the team that was constructed, and now they struggle. I blame the coach.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Chad Fords Mock Draft 4.0

                            The guy form Draft Express was asked on a podcast who he thought had the upside to be allstars down the road in this draft, he said Irving and Biyombo.

                            He also said Biyombo had zero offensive game. If he falls this far, its for sure worth the risk. I guess a bunch of NBA types are over watching him play this week.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Chad Fords Mock Draft 4.0

                              He's not playing anywhere. His European club gave him the boot after he skipped a game to play in the summit 2 months ago. Pretty spiteful thing to do, if you ask me.

                              For what it's worth, they got blasted out of the playoffs without him.
                              Last edited by Kstat; 06-08-2011, 03:18 PM.

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