David Moore's NBA mock draft
1. CHICAGO BULLS
Derrick Rose, Memphis, 6-1/190
Michael Beasley has more pure talent that Rose. Even Rose will tell you that. But if games were won strictly on talent, the Bulls wouldn't have this pick. They would have challenged for one of the top records in the East. Rose is the best player to pull this mess together.
2. MIAMI HEAT
Michael Beasley, Kansas State, 6-7/235
You've got to hand it to Pat Riley. He knows how to keep everyone guessing. Will the Heat take O.J. Mayo here? It doesn't make sense. Beasley has more value than anyone on the board. Why give that up? Miami could take Mayo, but only it traded picks.
3. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
O.J. Mayo, USC, 6-3/200 1/8an error occurred while processing this directive 3/8
The majority opinion on Mayo among personnel people: He should be a very good player in this league for a long time, but few project him to be a star. If that's true, why is he generating so much buzz? Name recognition. But he is arguably the best player on the board here.
4. SEATTLE SUPERSONICS
Brook Lopez, Stanford, 6-1 1/260
Don't discount the Sonics moving up. If GM Sam Presti can get Miami to bite, he would love to move to No. 2 and pair Beasley with Kevin Durant. PG Russell Westbrook receives strong consideration here. But Lopez is too big and too talented to pass.
5. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
Kevin Love, UCLA, 6-7/ 255
The Grizzlies appear willing to move this pick. The first option would be to move up for Beasley and unload Brian Cardinal's contractin the process. Charlotte is trying to exchange its two picks (Nos. 9 and 20) for the Grizzlies at Nos. 5 and 28.
6. NEW YORK KNICKS
Eric Gordon, Indiana, 6-2/215
The Knicks would like Mayo, but Gordon isn't a bad consolation prize. A significant number of teams have Gordon rated ahead of Mayo. New York has also discussed obtaining the No. 5 pick. If that happens, Danilo Gallinari could go here.
7. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Russell Westbrook, UCLA, 6-3/187
This seems high, but teams like how hard Westbrook competes on both ends. Besides, the Clippers want a guard. Of course, that guard may come if they trade Corey Maggette and this pick to Phoenix for Leandro Barbosa and No. 15. Jerryd Bayless is also an option.
8. MILWAUKEE BUCKS
Joe Alexander, West Virginia, 6-7/230
Two months ago he was a late first-round pick. Now he's a lock to go in the lottery. That shows you how much the perception of this draft has changed. Alexander is athletic and tough, but top 10? He will be the first small forward to go unless Gallinari beats him.
9. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS
D.J. Augustin, Texas, 5-10/180
Most people had him penciled in for Indiana. But with Brook Lopez and Kevin Love gone, it doesn't make sense for the Bobcats to go big here. Coach Larry Brown is willing to go with a smaller point guard if he knows how to run a team. Augustin can run a team.
10. NEW JERSEY NETS
Danilo Gallinari, Italy, 6-8/210
There's a good chance he goes higher. Why? Because he can shoot. New Jersey would be ecstatic if he's still available. It would also make it easier to move Richard Jefferson or Vince Carter to remake this team. Look for the Nets to be active this off-season.
11. INDIANA PACERS
Anthony Randolph, LSU, 6-9/205
Comparisons to Chris Bosh are unfair and premature. That became evident the more workouts he conducted. Let's just say he didn't blow anyone away. But some GMs believe Randolph is talented enough to be one of the top three or four players from this draft.
12. SACRAMENTO KINGS
Robin Lopez, Stanford, 6-1 1/255
The Kings hoped Randolph would fall here. The moment the Pacers traded Jermaine O'Neal and acquired point guard T.J. Ford, that option was eliminated. But it's not all bad news. Lopez doesn't have the upside that Randolph does, but he's a solid player.
13. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Jerryd Bayless, Arizona 6- 1/200
Any team willing to trade a strong veteran player for a pick will check here. The Blazers have plenty of young talent. What GM Kevin Pritchard wants to do is find the proper mix. It's hard to believe Bayless falls this far, but if he does, there will be a lot of interest.
14. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Jason Thompson, Rider, 6-1 1/250
This may be the first surprise of the draft. Thompson appeared to be a late first-round pick entering the month, but more teams have become enamored with him. The Warriors are one. He can play center or power forward, which fits Don Nelson's system.
15. PHOENIX SUNS (from Atlanta)
Brandon Rush, Kansas, 6-6/210
The Suns are trying to leverage this pick with either Leandro Barbosa or Boris Diaw to move up in the draft. It's hard to imagine they won't be able to find a taker. But if Phoenix stays put, Rush would be a good fit.
16. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
Donte Greene, Syracuse,6-8/226
Some believe he could be the next Rashard Lewis, which is why you hear his name late in the lottery. Houston would love to get him. The Rockets must move up to do so, because he won't last to the mid-20s.
17. INDIANA PACERS (from Toronto)
Alexis Ajinca, France, 7-0/220
His numbers with Pau-Orthez 5 points and 3.1 reboundsdon't warrant this sort of consideration. But Ajinca has been fabulous for every team that has worked him out, and some think he could go higher.
18. WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Darrell Arthur, Kansas, 6-7/225
Health concerns scare some teams, and that could cause him to drop. There is also the question of whether he's a smooth player or one who coasts. The interpretation there is in the eye of the beholder.
19. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
Mario Chalmers, Kansas, 6-1/190
There's a good chance Augustin goes into a free fall and lands here if Charlotte doesn't take him at No. 9. But the more likely option is Chalmers. He's an unselfish player who would look good next to LeBron James.
20. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (from Denver)
Kosta Koufos, Ohio State, 7-0/265
The Bobcats went small early, which means they will go big here. Koufus was impressive in individual workouts. He allows Charlotte to have a scoring presence at center and move Emeka Okafor to power forward.
21. NEW JERSEY NETS (from Dallas)
Mareese Speights, Florida, 6-10/245
If the Mavericks really want to move into the first round, why not pay the Nets $3 million to buy back their original pick? New Jersey would be happy to sell it to them. If the Nets do keep the pick, they will probably go big.
22. ORLANDO MAGIC
J.J. Hickson, North Carolina State, 6-9/242
Hickson, like many of the power forwards in this draft, is difficult to pin down. He could go late lottery or late first round. If Hickson winds up here, he would make a bruising tag-team with Dwight Howard inside.
23. UTAH JAZZ
Roy Hibbert, Georgetown, 7-2/278
The Jazz has taken centers that lack mobility and had success with them in coach Jerry Sloan's system. Hibbert fits the profile. If you want a big and lumbering player, he's your man. And he works hard.
24. SEATTLE SUPERSONICS (from Phoenix)
DeAndre Jordan, Texas A&M, 6-9/260
Jordan is a gamble that a team with two first-round picks can afford to take. There's not a more talented player on the board at this stage. Besides, the Sonics aren't going anywhere next seasonother than Oklahoma City.
25. HOUSTON ROCKETS
Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis, 6-7/200
The Rockets need to upgrade their offense. Since Donte Greene won't last this long, Douglas-Roberts is the best choice. He'll also give Houston an insurance policy for all of those games Tracy McGrady will miss.
26. SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Nicolas Batum, France, 6-8/190
California sharpshooter Ryan Anderson seems to be the hot name associated with San Antonio these days. When was the last time the Spurs took a player this deep in the draft everyone expected them to take?
27. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (from New Orleans)
Serge Ibaka, Spain, 6-10/220
It's unlikely Portland keeps this pick. If it does, it will be to stash someone in Europe and let him develop. Ibaka has impressed a lot of people and could have a future in the league. Again, the key word is future.
28. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (from Los Angeles Lakers)
JaVale McGee, Nevada, 6-1 1/237
McGee is another player who could be long gone by the time Memphis gets around to this pick. Actually, Memphis doesn't want this pick. The Grizzlies will gladly sell to the highest bidder.
29. DETROIT PISTONS
Bill Walker, Kansas State, 6-6/220
General manager Joe Dumars is in the mood to shake things up. A player taken here won't shake up much of anything, but it will give the Pistons another young, talented player for the bench.
30. BOSTON CELTICS
Courtney Lee, Western Kentucky, 6-5/200
Lee is a nice offensive player. When the Celtics struggled on their way to the championship, it was on offense. California center DeVon Hardin makes sense if Boston wants another big body.
Marcus Thompson's NBA mock draft
Not even the teams know what's going to go down in today's NBA draft. Only the Chicago Bulls can
possibly know what they're going to do, and they may not even be sure. With that said, here is exactly
how the first round is going to play out:
School/ Pick, Team Player Country Pos. HT/WT
1. Chicago Derrick Rose Memphis PG 6-3, 190
Anyone other than Rose (or Dwyane Wade) wouldn't make sense for Bulls
2. Miami Michael Beasley Kansas State PF 6-8, 235
President Pat Riley is reportedly down on Beasley. Another sign he's lost it
3. Minnesota Brook Lopez Stanford C 7-0, 260
T'wolves already have a scoring guard (Randy Foye). They need a big man
4. Seattle O.J. Mayo USC SG 6-5, 200
They covet Beasley, but Mayo provides the help Kevin Durant needs
5. Memphis Kevin Love UCLA PF 6-9, 255
Grizzlies in desperate need of frontcourt help after trading Pau Gasol to L.A.
6. New York Danilo Gallinari Italy SF 6-8, 210
Adding another PG would be like covering musty pits with cologne
7. L.A. Clippers Jerryd Bayless Arizona PG 6-3, 200
Even if the Clippers keep Shawn Livingston, Bayless can also play SG
8. Milwaukee Joe Alexander W. Virginia SF 6-8, 230
He would make Charlie Villanueva exendable
9. Charlotte Russell Westbrook UCLA PG 6-3, 187
Best player available, and Raymond Felton needs the competition
10. New Jersey Eric Gordon Indiana SG 6-4, 215
Gives them immediate bench help, could eventually replace Vince Carter
11. Indiana Anthony Randolph LSU PF 6-10, 197
After acquiring T.J. Ford from Toronto, the Pacers no longer need a PG
12. Sacramento D.J. Augustin Texas PG 6-0, 180
Just who the Kings wanted: Beno Udrih's replacement
13. Portland Robin Lopez Stanford C 7-0, 255
Who da thunk it? Joel Przybilla and Channing Frye are now trade bait
14. Golden State Donte Greene Syracuse SF 6-9, 220
If they can't trade down and scoop up Rider's Jason Thompson
15. Phoenix Brandon Rush Kansas SF 6-6, 210
Because Grant Hill can't possibly have much left in the tank
16. Philadelphia DeAndre Jordan Texas A&M C 7-0, 260
The clock starts ticking on the Samuel Dalembert project
17. Indiana Darrell Arthur Kansas PF 6-9, 255
Now they have two athletic big men for Jim O'Brien's up-tempo offense
18 Washington Roy Hibbert Georgetown C 7-2, 278
He has local ties and is a better defender than Brendan Haywood
19. Cleveland Chris Douglas-Roberts Memphis SG 6-7, 200
A reach, but he's a proven winner who can contribute immediately
20. Charlotte(*) Marreese Speights Florida PF 6-10, 245
Bobcats want Hibbert, but Speights is their Sean May do-over
21. New Jersey Javale McGee Nevada C 7-0, 237
A good deal this late, McGee gives Nets a big man project to work on
22. Orlando Courtney Lee W. Kentucky SG 6-5, 200
Bye-bye, J.J. Redick. The Magic needs a scorer, not just a shooter
23. Utah Jason Thompson Rider PF 6-10, 245
Experienced, hard-working, skilledperfect for Jerry Sloan
24. Seattle Kosta Koufas Ohio St. C 7-1, 265
How long can they wait on Robert Swift?
25. Houston Ryan Anderson Cal PF 6-10, 240
He's no Steve Novak; just the polished, versatile player Rockets need
26. San Antonio Mario Chalmers Kansas PG 6-1, 190
Seriously, Jacque Vaughn has been the Spurs backup PG
27. Portland** Nicolas Batum France SF 6-8, 190
With Travis Outlaw already in tow, the Blazers can bring him along slowly
28. Memphis Alexis Ajinca France C 7-0, 215
Combined with Love, the Grizzlies frontcourt looks much more promising
29. Detroit Bill Walker Kansas St. SF 6-6, 225
They need more perimeter talent and athleticism off the bench
30. Boston Serge Ibaka Congo PF 6-10, 228
Good thing he's not ready for NBA, because Celtics don't need him yet
Acquired from Toronto for Jermaine O'Neal
* Acquired from Denver for future, protected first-round pick
** Acquired from New Orleans for cash considerations