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    1. New Orleans

    Anthony Davis
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-foot-11
    Weight: 222 pounds
    Age: 19
    School: Kentucky

    Analysis: The Hornets' big trade with the Wizards last week
    put their blueprint in sharp relief. This team is going
    young and will build around Davis. While they won't be great
    next season, they're building a rock-solid foundation. In
    addition to the No. 1 pick, they now have plenty of cap room
    to re-sign Eric Gordon and another significant free agent,
    plus the No. 10 pick.

    2. Charlotte

    Thomas Robinson
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-foot-9
    Weight: 244 pounds
    Age: 21
    School: Kansas

    Analysis: Robinson is a bit of a placeholder right now. The
    Bobcats have had all the major players in for workouts, but
    are in the process of seeing if they'd be better off trading
    this pick. As we've reported the past three weeks, they're
    looking for multiple young assets in return.

    The most likely scenario has the Bobcats swapping the No. 2
    pick with Cleveland for the No. 4 pick and either pick No.
    24 or picks Nos. 33 and 34. Obviously the Bobcats would
    prefer the 24th pick, but the Cavs would prefer to hold on
    to it. While the Cavs aren't the only team that's in play
    for the pick, they have the most realistic scenario right
    now and would likely take Bradley Beal at No. 2. But if the
    Bobcats keep the pick, it sounds like Robinson has a slight
    edge here.

    3. Washington

    Bradley Beal
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-foot-5
    Weight: 202 pounds
    Age: 18
    School: Florida

    Analysis: The Wizards made the first big trade of the
    offseason, sending Rashard Lewis and the 46th pick to New
    Orleans for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza. With the deal,
    the Wizards essentially upgraded their front court -- Okafor
    will likely be their starting 5, Nene their starting 4 and
    Ariza their starting 3.

    With John Wall running the point, that leaves them with one
    big hole at the 2. I think this makes Bradley Beal a
    no-brainer for the Wizards, who are lacking a lights-out
    perimeter shooter. He's a perfect fit for this new roster.
    And if the Wizards believe they are in danger of losing
    Beal, don't be surprised if they offer the Bobcats the No.
    32 pick to move up one spot. If Beal is off the board, it
    looks like Harrison Barnes is plan B.

    4. Cleveland

    Harrison Barnes
    Position: SF
    Height: 6-foot-8
    Weight: 228 pounds
    Age: 20
    School: North Carolina

    Analysis: Ideally, the Cavs would like to move up to the No.
    2 spot to grab Beal. But the price is high and they may
    decide to settle at No. 4. If they do, they have a tough
    choice between Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes.

    Over the past few days, it appears Barnes has moved ahead of
    Kidd-Gilchrist on the Cavs' board. The team needs shooters
    and feels like he's further along. They love Kidd-Gilchrist
    too, but it sounds like he's become a tougher sell thanks to
    his limited offensive repertoire.

    5. Sacramento

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    Position: SF
    Height: 6-foot-8
    Weight: 233 pounds
    Age: 18
    School: Kentucky

    Analysis: In a lot of ways, if Kidd-Gilchrist falls here,
    it's a godsend for Sacramento. The Kings are loaded with
    players who want to jack up 20 shots a game. Kidd-Gilchrist
    is the only guy in this range that can dramatically impact
    the game without the ball in his hands. He's also a
    high-character player who will add toughness and a winning
    attitude to the locker room.

    The Kings have also explored trading down in the draft (the
    Rockets seem to be the team with the most interest) and
    could look to add players such as John Henson (whom they've
    been high on all year) and Moe Harkless (who works out for
    them on Monday) if they swap No. 5 for Houston's Nos. 14 and
    16.

    6. Portland (via Nets)

    Damian Lillard
    Position: PG
    Height: 6-foot-3
    Weight: 189 pounds
    Age: 21
    School: Weber State

    Analysis: The Blazers need a point guard and a big man.
    They'll have to make a very tough choice here between
    Lillard and Andre Drummond. Lillard is a steady, athletic
    guard who can shoot the lights out and get to the rim.
    Drummond is a super athletic big man who can block shots.
    While teams usually opt for size, the fact that Drummond is
    two to three years away might tip the scale toward Lillard.
    The Blazers, remember, aren't rebuilding, they're retooling.
    Dion Waiters is the sleeper pick here.

    7. Golden State

    Andre Drummond
    Position: C
    Height: 7-foot-0
    Weight: 279 pounds
    Age: 18
    School: UConn

    Analysis: The Warriors are desperate to add an athletic big
    to their front line. So Drummond should be a no-brainer,
    right? Wrong. The front office and ownership also love
    players with a great motor, which Drummond lacks. But while
    he's not an ideal fit, I don't think the Warriors will be
    able to pass on Drummond if he slides this far. If they do
    pass on him, however, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller are in
    the mix.

    The dark-horse pick is Washington's Terrence Ross. Jerry
    West is a big fan and was the mastermind behind last year's
    Klay Thompson pick. Ross isn't a perfect fit either, but the
    Warriors will focus on collecting assets at this point.

    8. Toronto

    Dion Waiters
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-foot-4
    Weight: 221 pounds
    Age: 20
    School: Syracuse

    Analysis: I don't believe the Raptors promised to pick
    Waiters at No. 8; most signs point to the Suns making him
    that promise at No. 13. However, Toronto is the only team
    that has worked him out and really needs a guard who can get
    to the basket at will.

    Jeremy Lamb and Austin Rivers are also possibilities here,
    but from everything I can gather, Waiters is in the lead.

    9. Detroit

    Meyers Leonard
    Position: C
    Height: 7-foot-1
    Weight: 250 pounds
    Age: 20
    School: Illinois

    Analysis: The Pistons had a huge workout scheduled for
    Monday with Leonard, Tyler Zeller, Perry Jones, Terrence
    Jones, John Henson and Jared Sullinger. Going into the
    workout, it looked like Leonard and Henson had a slight edge
    over the rest of the group.

    The Pistons really want to move Greg Monroe back over to the
    4 and need a big, physical center to guard the paint.
    Leonard could be that guy. However, the team also sees
    Henson, with his elite shot-blocking ability, as a potential
    fit, and he could very well be the guy.

    10. New Orleans (via Wolves)

    Austin Rivers
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-foot-5
    Weight: 203 pounds
    Age: 19
    School: Duke

    Analysis: After the first nine picks, things start to break
    down a little bit. The Hornets can go in a lot of directions
    and are also exploring trades. Sources say they offered the
    Rockets the 10th pick for Nos. 14 and 16 but were turned
    down last week.

    If they keep the pick, they really need help at center,
    point guard and small forward. While Rivers doesn't fill any
    of those positions, I'm told the Hornets have been enamored
    with him. Tyler Zeller, Jeremy Lamb and Moe Harkless are
    other possibilities here.

    11. Portland

    Tyler Zeller
    Position: C
    Height: 7-foot-0
    Weight: 247 pounds
    Age: 22
    School: North Carolina

    Analysis: If the Blazers go with a guard at No. 6, don't be
    surprised if they go big with their other selection. Zeller
    isn't a sexy pick, but he is capable of playing right now,
    has solid size for his position and runs the floor well.
    Other possibilities here include Dion Waiters, Austin
    Rivers, Jeremy Lamb and Terrence Ross.

    12. Milwaukee

    Terrence Ross
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-foot-7
    Weight: 197 pounds
    Age: 21
    School: Washington

    Analysis: The Bucks really need a center, but with the top
    three big men off the board, I think they'll decide to
    reverse gears and fill a need in their backcourt. The Bucks
    are devoid of shooters and Ross has a very pretty stroke and
    good size for his position. Lamb and Harkless are other
    possibilities here.

    13. Phoenix

    Jeremy Lamb
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-foot-5
    Weight: 179 pounds
    Age: 20
    School: UConn

    Analysis: Lamb suffered a high ankle sprain in a workout in
    Toronto and has struggled to get well enough again to resume
    workouts. While GMs think he's talented, they have
    questioned his toughness. His inability to work out has hurt
    him a bit, too.

    However, Lamb went into Phoenix over the weekend and toughed
    out a workout on the bad ankle. A source in Phoenix told me
    they were actually impressed with his toughness and
    willingness to fight through the workout. His performance
    there could keep him in the lottery. If Lamb is gone,
    Terrence Ross, Dion Waiters and Austin Rivers are all
    possibilities here. So is Arnett Moultrie.

    14. Houston

    John Henson
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-foot-10
    Weight: 216 pounds
    Age: 21
    School: North Carolina

    Analysis: The Rockets have to be disappointed that all of
    the top wings and top centers are off the board at No. 14.
    They've been very active in trade calls and are looking at
    everything from moving up into the top five (I believe Andre
    Drummond is their target) to moving out of the draft.

    The name of the game for Houston now is all about collecting
    assets. Henson is both a terrific shot-blocker and
    rebounder. He lacks strength, but he's rangy. If he bulks
    up, he could be a force in the paint down the road.

    15. Philadelphia

    Perry Jones III
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-foot-11
    Weight: 234 pounds
    Age: 20
    School: Baylor

    Analysis: Jones may be the toughest player in the draft to
    project right now. Everyone is both scared to take him and
    scared not to take him. I heard the same assessment from a
    number of NBA GMs over the past few weeks.

    Whichever GM overcomes his fear first gets a 6-foot-11 super
    athletic forward who lacks the motor or toughness that
    teams usually look for in a big man. At some point the
    reward outweighs the risk and that calculation probably
    starts here. Terrence Ross, Arnett Moultrie, Moe Harkless
    and Jared Sullinger are other possibilities here.

    16. Houston (via Knicks)

    Moe Harkless
    Position: SF
    Height: 6-foot-9
    Weight: 207 pounds
    Age: 19
    School: St. John's

    Analysis: The Rockets are looking for assets as they try to
    package players to facilitate a trade. Adding Harkless to
    their stock of young players may be a smart move. Lots of
    teams have shown interest in him. He is athletic, has great
    upside and can defend multiple positions. He's sort of a
    young Trevor Ariza.

    17. Dallas

    Terrence Jones
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-foot-10
    Weight: 252 pounds
    Age: 20
    School: Kentucky

    Analysis: Rejoice, Mavs fans. After weeks and weeks of
    having Kendall Marshall going No. 17 to the Mavs, we have a
    new name for you. While I still believe the Mavs really like
    Marshall, it would be tough to pass on Jones here. His
    versatility, rebounding and shot-blocking would all be
    welcome in Big D. The Mavs are another team that has been
    actively exploring moving up in the draft the past few days.

    18. Wolves (via Jazz)

    Arnett Moultrie
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-foot-11
    Weight: 223 pounds
    Age: 21
    School: Mississippi State

    Analysis: The Wolves are really hoping that a sweet-shooting
    2-guard falls to them here. Alas, it looks like they'll all
    be taken in the lottery. That leaves them with three
    options: (1) They can go with an athletic big man, such as
    Moultrie, Fab Melo or a real dark horse like Miles Plumlee;
    (2) they can reach for the next best 2-guard, Will Barton;
    (3) they could try to use forward Derrick Williams as trade
    bait to move up in the draft.

    19. Orlando

    Jared Sullinger
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-foot-9
    Weight: 268 pounds
    Age: 20
    School: Ohio State

    Analysis: I'm not sure when the bleeding will end for
    Sullinger, whose stock is falling now that concerns about
    his back have every GM in the league a bit skittish.
    However, sources say the Suns and Sixers are still
    considering him in the mid-first round.

    The Magic could also use a real low-post scorer. Sullinger
    is the top talent left on the board and a player who could
    come in and immediately contribute.

    20. Denver

    Kendall Marshall
    Position: PG
    Height: 6-foot-4
    Weight: 198 pounds
    Age: 20
    School: North Carolina

    Analysis: Andre Miller's contract is up with the Nuggets
    this summer and, in most every way, Marshall is the perfect
    replacement. They have similar builds and games. While Ty
    Lawson is the clear starter in Denver, the Nuggets could
    really use depth at the position. Royce White and Andrew
    Nicholson are both options here as well.

    21. Boston

    Royce White
    Position: SF
    Height: 6-foot-8
    Weight: 261 pounds
    Age: 21
    School: Iowa State

    Analysis: According to sources, White pulled out of all his
    remaining workouts Thursday and has gone silent. He's not
    injured, and sources claim he's received a coveted
    first-round promise from a team. Promises are notoriously
    hard to pin down, but two sources are pointing in the
    direction of the Celtics.

    As long as coach Doc Rivers can buy into what White is (a
    ballhandling power forward) and figure out how to play him,
    he could be a steal at this point in the draft.

    22. Boston (via Clippers)

    Andrew Nicholson
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-foot-10
    Weight: 234 pounds
    Age: 22
    School: St. Bonaventure

    Analysis: Nicholson is another draft sleeper who might
    really rise with workouts. He's a big stretch 4 who has
    drawn some comparisons to David West. He would be another
    welcome addition to the Celtics' summer makeover.

    23. Atlanta

    Tony Wroten Jr.
    Position: PG
    Height: 6-foot-6
    Weight: 203 pounds
    Age: 18
    School: Washington

    Analysis: The Hawks don't have any depth behind point guard
    Jeff Teague. Sources say that over the past few weeks
    they've become enamored with Wroten. His shot is broken and
    he can be wild, but he has enormous upside as a big point
    guard who can see the floor and get to the basket.

    24. Cavs (via Lakers)

    Fab Melo
    Position: C
    Height: 7-foot
    Weight: 255 pounds
    Age: 22
    School: Syracuse

    Analysis: If the Cavs go small with their first pick, Melo
    could be a nice get with No. 24. He's big and athletic and
    he could end up being a terrific shot-blocker. The fact that
    they have fellow Brazilian Anderson Varejao to mentor him
    is a bonus.

    25. Memphis

    Marquis Teague
    Position: PG
    Height: 6-foot-2
    Weight: 180 pounds
    Age: 19
    School: Kentucky

    Analysis: The Grizzlies lack great depth at the point guard
    position behind Mike Conley (unless you're the guy who
    somehow voted Josh Selby to the all-rookie third team).
    Teague, had he stayed in school another year, would've been
    a likely top-10 pick in 2013. For a team like the Grizzlies,
    they can't afford to pass on his talent here.

    26. Indiana

    Draymond Green
    Position: SF
    Height: 6-foot-8
    Weight: 236 pounds
    Age: 22
    School: Michigan State

    Analysis: The Pacers have a big workout scheduled for
    Tuesday with Green, Will Barton, Kim English and Jeff Taylor
    which could decide the No. 26 pick. I'm hearing
    increasingly that the Pacers are very high on Green. He's a
    smart, tough player who can come in and fill a need
    immediately for Indiana. Larry Bird has made similar picks
    in years past and done OK with them. I don't think Green
    slides past here. If he's off the board, Barton could be the
    guy.


    27. Miami

    Jeff Taylor
    Position: SF
    Height: 6-foot-7
    Weight: 212 pounds
    Age: 23
    School: Vanderbilt

    Analysis: The Heat could use Taylor's elite athletic
    ability, lockdown defense and spot-up shooting. He can't
    create his own shot, but no one will ask him to in Miami,
    making this the perfect spot for him to land.

    28. Oklahoma City

    Evan Fournier
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-foot-7
    Weight: 206 pounds
    Age: 19
    Country: France

    Analysis: Fournier is the type of player that the Thunder
    can easily stash for a year or two in Europe. Or, given the
    high level he has played at in France, he might be able to
    come in and get minutes for them right away -- especially if
    the Thunder decide they can't afford to re-sign James
    Harden this summer.

    29. Chicago

    Will Barton
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-foot-6
    Weight: 174 pounds
    Age: 21
    School: Memphis

    Analysis:The Bulls are looking at a number of 2-guard
    options here, but over the past few weeks, Barton has
    separated himself from the pack. He could go as high as 18
    to the Wolves and I don't think he slides past Chicago here.

    30. Golden State (via Spurs)

    Quincy Miller
    Position: SF
    Height: 6-foot-10
    Weight: 219 pounds
    Age: 19
    School: Baylor

    Analysis: There are a lot of concerns about his knee and
    what position he'll play in the NBA. But his upside is so
    high that it might be worth taking a gamble this low in the
    first round. There's very little risk and a lot of potential
    reward here.


    31. Charlotte Bobcats

    Kim English | SG | Missouri

    If the Bobcats go big with their first pick, don't be
    surprised if they go with a shooter at No. 31. English's
    stock has risen through the roof the last month as he has
    wowed teams with his shooting ability in workouts. He's now
    getting serious consideration in the late first round. I
    don't think he slides out of the 30s on draft night.


    32. Washington Wizards

    Scott Machado | PG | Iona

    No one in Washington is totally sure whether John Wall is
    really a point guard. Machado, however, is the second-best
    pure point guard in the draft. He lacks Wall's athletic
    abilities, but some believe he sees the floor as well or
    better than Kendall Marshall. He'd be a very nice get for
    the Wizards at 32.


    33. Cleveland Cavaliers

    John Jenkins | SG | Vanderbilt

    The Cavs are hoping to load up on shooters and need help at
    the 2. Jenkins may be the best long-range sniper in the
    draft. He has a super-quick release and is aggressive
    hunting for his shot.


    34. Cleveland Cavaliers (via New Orleans)

    Kostas Papanikolaou | SF | Greece

    Papanikolaou really impressed a number of NBA GMs and scouts
    at the Euroleague Final Four this year with his lockdown
    defense on Andrei Kirilenko. Ironically, the player he's
    compared to the most is Omri Casspi, the Cavs' current
    starting small forward. Papanikolaou is a draft-and-stash
    prospect. He won't be in the NBA for at least one more
    season.


    35. Golden State Warriors (via Brooklyn)

    Kyle O'Quinn | C | Norfolk State

    The Warriors feel that O'Quinn is an underrated big who
    plays hard and has the length to be a 5 in the league. Yes,
    they took Andre Drummond at No. 7 in our mock, but in the
    NBA, you need all the bigs you can get.


    36. Sacramento Kings

    Miles Plumlee | PF | Duke

    Plumlee's stock has also risen dramatically over the course
    of the last month. Despite his pedestrian numbers at Duke,
    teams are intrigued with his elite athletic abilities and
    rebounding. Could be the next Jeff Foster.


    37. Toronto Raptors

    Jared Cunningham | SG | Oregon State

    Many scouts believe Cunningham could be the true sleeper of
    this draft. He's an elite athlete who flies up and down the
    floor. If he can make the transition to point guard, he
    could be a sort of poor man's Russell Westbrook.


    38. Denver Nuggets (via Golden State)

    Mike Scott | PF | Virginia

    Scott is another player who has been moving up draft boards
    with excellent workouts. Several teams said he has outplayed
    several higher-ranked prospects in their workouts, and it's
    clear Scott is getting some looks late in the first round.
    The Nuggets know all about drafting for production. It paid
    off with Kenneth Faried last year and could again this year.


    39. Detroit Pistons

    Festus Ezeli | C | Vanderbilt

    The Pistons have a dearth of big men in the middle, and if
    Ezeli slides this far, they'll snatch him right up. He's not
    flashy, but he could have a long career as a backup 5 in
    the league.


    40. Portland Trail Blazers (via Minnesota)

    Orlando Johnson | SG | UC-Santa Barbara

    Johnson was one of the best scorers in college basketball.
    His freakishly long wingspan, NBA body and shooting ability
    could all come in handy to provide depth for the Blazers.


    41. Portland Trail Blazers

    Tomas Satoransky | SG | Czech Republic

    Satoransky is a super-talented wing who excels with the ball
    in his hands. He's not a great shooter but plays with a
    great motor, like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and can affect the
    game without scoring. He would be a nice stash pick for the
    Blazers here.


    42. Milwaukee Bucks

    Furkan Aldemir | PF | Turkey

    The Turkish big man is an excellent rebounder. However, he
    lacks elite athleticism and ideal size for his position,
    dropping him into the second round.


    43. Atlanta Hawks (via Phoenix)

    Doron Lamb | SG | Kentucky

    The Hawks can always use guards who can really stroke the
    basketball. Lamb is in contention with John Jenkins for the
    best sniper in the draft.


    44. Detroit Pistons (via Houston)

    Kevin Murphy | SF | Tennessee Tech

    The Pistons could really use another shooter at the wings.
    Murphy was one of the best scorers in college basketball,
    shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc.


    45. Philadelphia 76ers

    Darius Miller | SF | Kentucky The Sixers are another team in
    desperate need of shooting, and Miller has both great size
    and a sweet shooting stroke. While he was just a sixth man
    at Kentucky, he's still a great pickup here.


    46. New Orleans Hornets (via Washington)

    Tyshawn Taylor | PG | Kansas

    This is a steal for the Hornets if they can get Taylor here.
    Several teams in the late first round are looking at him as
    a possible selection. I doubt he slides past here. The
    Hornets need a point guard, and Taylor's athletic ability
    and defensive prowess should make him well worth the pick.


    47. Utah Jazz

    Robbie Hummel | SF | Purdue

    Hummel is a Jazz player all the way. He's tough, has a
    terrific basketball IQ and can really shoot the basketball.
    The Jazz could use some help at the 3, and Hummel should be
    able to provide some immediate relief.


    48. New York Knicks

    Jae Crowder | SF | Marquette

    With Mike Woodson running the show instead of Mike D'Antoni,
    expect the Knicks to be looking for a different sort of
    player in the second round. Crowder doesn't really have a
    position in the NBA, but he's tough and physical, and he can
    rebound.


    49. Orlando Magic

    Chris Johnson | SG | Dayton

    Johnson came into OKC earlier in the draft process and
    impressed with his combination of shooting, length and
    athleticism. With OKC assistant GM Rob Hennigan now the GM
    in Orlando, don't be surprised if Johnson is one of the
    surprise late second-round picks.


    50. Denver Nuggets

    Bernard James | C | Florida State

    James is already 27 years old, but the Nuggets won't care.
    The Iraq war veteran has an NBA body and should be able to
    come in and play some defense right away.


    51. Boston Celtics

    Justin Hamilton | C | LSU

    The big guy out of LSU didn't put up huge numbers, but he's
    had tremendous workouts. The Celtics need size wherever they
    can get it.


    52. Golden State Warriors (via Atlanta)

    Quincy Acy | SF | Baylor

    Acy is a crazy athlete with a terrific motor. He's not
    particularly skilled, but could be a nice bench player at
    the next level.


    53. Los Angeles Clippers

    Darius Johnson-Odom | SF | Marquette

    Odom is undersized for his position, but he's strong and
    athletic and can really shoot the basketball. The Clippers
    need all the help they can get at the 2, and Johnson-Odom
    can come in and play right away.


    54. Philadelphia 76ers (via Memphis)

    Hollis Thompson | SF | Georgetown

    I keep loading up the Sixers with shooters because ... the
    Sixers could've really used some this past season. Thompson
    is a skilled wing who can play the 2 and the 3. He's a very
    good athlete with a very good 3-point stroke.


    55. Dallas Mavericks (via L.A. Lakers)

    Tornike Shengelia | SF | Rep. of Georgia

    With international scouting guru Tony Ronzone back in the
    fold in Dallas, you can expect the Mavs to get back to
    finding some hidden talent overseas. Shengelia is a tough,
    athletic forward with a great motor. He's not a great
    shooter, but scouts are really high on him as a prospect
    down the road.


    56. Toronto Raptors (via Indiana)

    Khris Middleton | SF | Texas A&M

    A year ago, Middleton would've been a potential first-round
    prospect. Injuries have set him back a bit, but he's
    actually been working out well over the past month. There's
    even an outside shot he gets drafted late in the first with
    the Bulls. But if he does slide, I doubt he slides further
    than this.


    57. Brooklyn Nets (via Miami)

    Drew Gordon | PF | New Mexico

    Gordon is an athletic rebounder who ran into problems at
    UCLA and had to transfer to New Mexico. His rebounding
    numbers the past two seasons have been fantastic.


    58. Minnesota Timberwolves (From Oklahoma City)

    Cameron Moore | PF | UAB

    Moore is an athletic rebounder/shot-blocker who would be 20
    spots higher if he added another 20 pounds to his frame.
    While the Wolves do have size, they really need athletes in
    their frontcourt.


    59. San Antonio Spurs

    Paul Lacombe | SG | France

    Lacombe impressed NBA teams at this year's Adidas Eurocamp.
    He's strong, gets to the rim and is a willing passer. He's
    not a great shooter and hasn't put up big numbers in Europe,
    but he's worthy of being stashed away in Europe.


    60. Los Angeles Lakers (Via Chicago)

    Kevin Jones | PF | West Virginia

    Jones is a versatile big man who can play inside and out.
    He's not a great athlete, but his length makes up for a lot.
    He had a super-productive senior year at West Virginia.

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    Another undersized power forward that can't guard the pick n roll? lol

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    I loved watching him play at Michigan State. Seems like a smart player and has solid skills all-around. A bit slow, though. I don't see his height as much of an issue, but the quickness and athleticism aren't quite enough to help that cause.


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    Give me Quincy Miller if the draft shakes out like this. Talent above all in the draft, even if Quincy only gives us a couple of highlight plays in Nov and Dec, he could be an interesting trade chip at the deadline this year.

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    Draymond Green has been one of my favorite college players in a long time. But I don't see his game translating.
    This X100

    this is like DJ White 2.0 for me loved the guy in college but I think there is no way Green is a good NBA player.


    if the board shakes out like this I would hope we get Machado, Barton, Miller in that order all 3 would be great picks IMO. Barton could score for us right away. Miller would be a bit of a project but he is a lottery talent if healthy and if he gets his body right. Much like Aminu dude was raw coming into the league but he is showing real improvement a think he will show even more this year.
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    This mock sucks. Who in the world would take Bradley Beal, Thomas Robinson, and Harrison Barnes over MKG?

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    A very thin player named Miller and the Pacers taken 25 years after that big eared Miller kid from UCLA is it an omen?

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    To me drafting Miller at 26 is basically getting a chance at a Jonathan Bender do over and we don't have to trade Antonio Davis to do it.

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    D Green is a Power Forward at the next level, right? When I watched him in college not once could I see him at the small forward, even in college let alone in the big boy league, maybe I'm missing something. Thanks for formatting the OP, btw.

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    Quincy Miller would have to be the pick.

    I think Quincy Miller is a SF in my mind. He certainly needs to prove that he's past the knee injury and put on some muscle.
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    I don't like the risk with Quincy Miller. I'd take him with a second rounder but not a first.

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    I mean I have no problem with Green the player because I think he will be a good role player, but this team needs defense and scoring from our bigs off the bench and he doesn't bring that. I would rather draft a Quincy Miller or Evan Fournier while getting a late second rounder to take a flier on Festus Ezeli for his DEFENSE.

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    I don't like the risk with Quincy Miller. I'd take him with a second rounder but not a first.
    We're picking 26th. What's the risk?
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    Quincy Miller would have to be the pick.

    I think Quincy Miller is a SF in my mind. He certainly needs to prove that he's past the knee injury and put on some muscle.
    He isnt skilled enough yet he reminds me in so many ways of Aminu. Who as a rookie really didn't have a position offensively due to lack of ball handling. I think Quincy plays like a stretch 4 currently and defensively is a SF. But the player development staff could really help and in a few years I could see him playing either spot depending on the offense we run.


    I just hope he gets his hops back cause watching this kids highlights pre ACL the dude was a monster.


    Green I dont think is anything he wont be able to guard 3,4 or 5s imo. Offensively he can play wherever but defensively I dont see him having a position.
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    Draymond Green has been one of my favorite college players in a long time. But I don't see his game translating.
    Not even as a role player?

    I wouldn't know either way; just asking.

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    We're picking 26th. What's the risk?
    The risk is that we pass up on someone that we know is going to be good. Take the best player available not the player with the most potential.

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    We're picking 26th. What's the risk?
    A guaranteed contract. Ideally we're picking someone here with potential to actually make the rotation, and not sit on the bench while he's on the team.

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    People are really sleeping on Will Barton his upside is greater than what a lot of people think his talent is on par with Quincy Miller. I think he has 20ppg talent very dynamic I hope Bird picks him but I wouldnt be mad with Miller or a numer of people who went in the 30s in this mock.

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    I still want Khris Middleton. He has just as much potential as Miller and he is already better.

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    A guaranteed contract. Ideally we're picking someone here with potential to actually make the rotation, and not sit on the bench while he's on the team.
    only about 1.7m dollars total 2 years guaranteed after that cut him if your ego allows for it.(many egos get in the way ala Hasheem Tabeeat (I think the Grizz were the only people in the world who though that he was a nba player)


    A team with a bad 800k contract for 2 years wont hurt them at all great investment regardless of the outcome.

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    I would think John Jenkins makes the most sense. You need bench scoring big time, something that is a killer shooter and doesn't need the ball to get his shot. Fits with your combo guard backup PG who likes to control for his own shot, replaces the driving Barbosa who's scoring was pretty streaky.

    I realize JJ is one dimensional, but his one dimension is 100% NBA capable. Sometimes guys in this range that kinda do everything end up losing every battle but a step or two.

    If you are going big then I can understand chasing the risk with Miller I suppose.

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    The risk is that we pass up on someone that we know is going to be good. Take the best player available not the player with the most potential.
    Ok, I'll bite then, you don't like Miller in this scenario, who do you pick?

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    I still want Khris Middleton. He has just as much potential as Miller and he is already better.
    The guy currently projected at what would have been our pick in the 2nd round? Seems a little masochistic to me.

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    Not even as a role player?

    I wouldn't know either way; just asking.
    Not really. I don't see a position that he can guard. His size and athleticism prevent him from defending either inside or on the perimeter. You can get by with a guy who looks like he's going to struggle to defend anybody if he has one skill that is excellent. Think J.J. Redick and his shooting (though surprisingly he's actually turned out to be at least an average defender) or Ricky Rubio and his floor vision. Green doesn't have one excellent skill. He's a good ball handler, passer, and shooter for a big. But he's not big. He's got a good inside game for a wing but he's slow and floor bound. Is he good enough to find a niche in the league as a role player? Maybe. He seems like a really smart player and tremendously hard worker but I don't want to use a first rounder on a guy whose ceiling appears to be as a 10th man. I've tried to think of an NBA comparison for him and have really struggled. In order to find one I had to start taking things away from guys. When that is the only way to compare him to other NBA players, it says to me he won't make it. The best I could come up with was Boris Diaw but 5" shorter.
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