While there is plenty of talent in the 2008, after the top two picks there's less "star power" than in recent years. It's still early in the process (the Orlando Pre-Draft Camp has just began and teams are still about a week away from scheduled individual workouts) but a number of teams are open to trading up, down or out of the draft altogether.
Whether the Chicago Bulls take Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley, the Miami HEAT are expected to take whoever drops to second. It gets murkier after two . . .
For instance the Minnesota Timberwolves may have interest in players like Brook Lopez, Kevin Love and O.J. Mayo. If they were able to move down to five, they'd all but be guaranteed a crack at one of the three.
Of course the Memphis Grizzlies would have to really fall in love with a player to pay the price to move up a couple of slots. The difference in talent 3-12 may not be great enough to make the climb. While a higher pick provides greater flexibility, it also comes with a corresponding higher price tag in player salary.
The Los Angeles Clippers may be drafting a little too low in the draft to get a guard like Jerryd Bayless or Mayo. They're too high at seven to take D.J. Augustin or Russell Westbrook. A scorer like Eric Gordon could fit the bill but there's still a decent chance L.A. keeps Corey Maggette and the hole at point guard is pretty significant (considering Shaun Livingston's uncertain future). They may very well keep their pick at seven, but moving up or down has its appeal.
Rumors surround teams like the New Jersey Nets, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards that their picks are available
Ultimately, until teams get a chance to work with players individually, mocking this early is at best a sketchy venture.