1. Cleveland Cavaliers: PG Kyrie Irving, 6’2″ Duke-
It’s a tough call for the Cavs, they can take the top PG, whom many believe is the top player or the star wing they desperately need. I think they will lean towards Irving even though that is a bit of a mistake. I think Williams is simply too good to pass up, and they can fill their need at PG later in this draft. Irving looks like the pick though so they will sink or swim with him.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves: SF Derrick Williams, 6’8″ Arizona-
If Irving is on the board here they are likely to trade this pick as it looks like Ricky Rubio will be making his way to the U.S. this season. With Irving off the board this comes down to Derrick Williams and Enes Kanter. I think the T-wolves end up dealing this selection, but I’ll put Williams here since I think that is who will be selected in this spot.
3. Utah Jazz : PG Brandon Knight, 6’3″ Kentucky –
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The Jazz could look to take Enes Kanter here, or trade this pick for an established player, but Knight is probably the best fit. I love his PG potential, and think he can quickly replace Deron Williams as Utah’s PG.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: PF-C Enes Kanter, 6’10” Turkey-
The Cavs luck out here as the 2nd player the covet is still on the board. Cleveland adds both a PG and C in this draft and should quickly enable their rebuild. There is some talk that they might be more interested in another European big, so don’t be shocked if they trade back. I’d personally go Kanter, but if they can pick up another 1st for moving back a few slots I can’t fault them.
5. Toronto Raptors: PF Donatas Motiejunas, 7’0″ Lithuania-
The Raptors will likely take one of the Euro players with this pick. I know Motiejunas isn’t rated as high, but I think he fits better. There also appear to be less questions involving his buyout, making him a safer pick for the Raptors.
6. Washington Wizards: F Jordan Hamilton, 6’7″ Texas-
This will be considered by some to be a bit of a reach pick by Washington, but I love Hamilton’s upside (and his ability to contribute this season). He fits a need for the Wizards and while he’s not the 6th ranked player right now, I’m willing to bet he’d be in this area when you look back at this draft 3-4 years from now.The team desperately wants either Williams or Kanter so they should be looking to move up, but if a deal doesn’t get done maybe they look to trade back.
7. Sacramento Kings: F Jan Vessely, 6’11” Czech Republic-
Vessely gives the Kings another quality big to play alongside Cousins in the Kings front court. He looks to be a solid two-way player and he has some serious upside.
8. Detroit Pistons: PG Kemba Walker, 6’0″ Connecticut-
The Pistons don’t really need a PG, but that’s alright because Walker isn’t a true PG. Walker is a competitor and a winner and is a great fit for a team like Detroit. He can help the Pistons move on from some of their veteran players, and get younger. If the Pistons end up dealing this selection Walker could be in for a free fall in this draft.
9. Charlotte Bobcats: SF Kawhi Leonard, 6’7″ San Diego St.-
Leonard isn’t a star, but he is a quality 3 and could fill Gerald Wallace‘s shoes quite nicely. He’s tough on the glass and is the ultimate competitor and complimentary player.
10. Milwaukee Bucks: SG Klay Thompson, 6’6″ Washington St.-
This could be a spot for Burks or a big man, but I like the idea of Thompson here. His range on his 3-pointer is unreal and he will give Milwaukee a great option beyond the arc. He should be the perfect compliment to Brandon Jennings and give the Bucks a good back court.
11. Golden St. Warriors: PG/SG Josh Selby, 6’3″ Kansas-
Selby is an extremely gifted athlete who I think will challenge for a lottery spot. He can back up both guard positions and he has the type of speed that the Warriors build their offense around. Put him as the 3rd guard to go along with Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry and the Warriors back court is now extremely dangerous.
12. Utah Jazz: PF Bismark Biyombo, 6’9″ Spain-
The Jazz should use their 2nd 1st rounder to add some size to their front court. Biyombo is a raw talent, but he looks to be an excellent rebounder and has plenty of upside.
13. Phoenix Suns: PG/SG Alec Burks, 6’6″ Colorado-
Burks isn’t a perfect fit in Phoenix as he is more of a slasher than a shooter, but he has excellent potential, is highly athletic and can play multiple positions. And with Vince Carter likely on his way out the door this pick makes some sense.
14. Houston Rockets: C Jonas Valanciunas, 7’0″ Lithuania-
Houston is a team to watch in moving up, but if they stay here this is a smart pick for them.Valanciunas might be the best European player, but his buyout will likely make him slide in this draft. He has excellent size though and would be a nice fit in Houston whenever they can bring him over.
15. Indiana Pacers: SG Jimmer Fredette, 6’2″ BYU-
Jimmer Fredette comes right out of the cast of Hoosiers so in some ways he was born to be a Pacer. He is a fantastic shooter, who uses heart and determination to overcome lack of athletic ability or size. While he is a pick that comes with a fair share of risks, I also believe that he can be a very valuable player in the long haul. He’s got a little Reggie Miller in him, in his fearless shooting ability so I don’t see him lasting past this pick.
16. Philadelphia 76ers: SF/PF Marcus Morris, 6’9″ Kansas-
The 76ers need some help to their front court and grabbing a Morris twin here makes sense. Marcus is the better offensive player and would be a nice fit in Philly.
17. New York Knicks: PG Reggie Jackson, 6’3″ Boston College-
The Knicks look to be looking for a young point guard and Jackson would be a good fit here. I know a lot of names are flying around here, but I really like Jackson for the Knicks. I think he is more refined than people give him credit for, and he will give good minutes as a rookie.
18. Washington Wizards: PF Kenneth Faried, 6’8″ Morehead St.-
Does Washington need another PF, no not by any means. But the Wizards shouldn’t pass up one of the most productive players in college basketball. Now Faried will need to at least have some semblance of a jumper to be a starter, but he should be an excellent role player for the Wizards. The Wizards could potentially use this pick to move up, but it looks like Minnesota wants a veteran to move the 2nd pick.
19. Charlotte Bobcats: G Marshon Brooks 6’5″ Providence-
With their two picks the Bobcats should look to add a G and a forward, with landing Leonard earlier the Bobcats will be quite happy to see Brooks still on the board. Brooks can be the point guard they are looking for or he can fill in at SG. He’s got great versatility and upside. He should be a at worst a 6th man as a rookie, and should provide Charlotte with a boost to their backcourt.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves: PF Tristian Thompson, 6’9″ Texas-
A lot could depend on what the Wolves do with their first pick, but regardless Thompson would represent excellent value here. He’s got front line potential and could be a good starter down the road. He’s a tough rebounder with an impressive offensive skill set.
21. Portland Trailblazers: PF/C Markieff Morris, 6’10” Kansas-
The Trailblazers could use another power forward here, and while Morris isn’t a great all-around player he fits here. He’s got excellent size and can play both the 4 and the 5, with a strong defensive game and an increasing offensive game. He can come in as a role player early and hopefully develop a defensive presence down the road.
22. Denver Nuggets: SF Chris Singleton, 6’8″ Florida St.-
Singleton is moving up draft boards, and he could help fill the large shoes of Carmelo in Denver. The Nuggets could look at more of a big man here, but I like Singleton’s upside.
23. Houston Rockets: PG/SG Nolan Smith, 6’3″ Duke-
This might be high for Nolan Smith, but I really like his game. I think he is a smart player who gets the most out of his abilities. He probably will peak as a 6th man type of guy, but he should offer the Rockets good depth at both guard positions.
24. Oklahoma City Thunder: F Tobias Harris, 6’8″ Tennessee-
Harris gives the Thunder additional front court help, and is a good value pick at this spot. Given their talented roster they are likely to move this selection for a future 1st rounder, but if they stay on the board than Harris makes sense. He should be able to give them solid play as a rookie off the bench. He’s got starting potential, and on a number of other teams would be relied upon as a 25 min guy as a rookie, so the skill set is there.
25. Boston Celtics: C Lucas Noguiera, 6’11” Brazil-
Boston needs to add some size, and whether they decide to keep Noguiera overseas or not this is a good value pick for them here.
26. Dallas Mavericks: G/F Tyler Honeycutt, 6’8″ UCLA-
The Mavericks don’t have one major position of need so I think they will look for the best player available. Honeycutt fits that bill, and he is the type of guy who can be a solid role player off the bench before developing into a potential starter.
27. New Jersey Nets: F/C Jordan Williams, 6’10” Maryland-
Williams seems to be moving up draft boards and its easy to see why. He is a legit big man who has the bulk to take on almost all 4’s and 5’s. While his game hasn’t reached his potential yet, his size alone will make him valuable. He would be a nice fit next to Lopez in the middle.
28. Chicago Bulls: PF Trey Tompkins, 6’10” Georgia-
While the Bulls have Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson, they could use some extra size in their front court, especially come playoff time. Tompkins is a guy who seems to get underrated in a lot of circles, but I really think he can play. He’s also more of a veteran player, so he will probably be more adaptable to a bench role than some younger guys who might not be as mature.
29. San Antonio Spurs: PF JaJuan Johnson, 6’10” Purdue-
The Spurs need to add some size here, while they are getting old all over, their inside game is extremely vulnerable when Duncan isn’t in there. Johnson is a nice safe addition here.
30. Chicago Bulls: G Charles Jenkins, 6’3″ Hofstra-
The Bulls need to improve their SG talent in this draft and while Jenkins is more of a combo guard, I think he is a great fit here. He’s an extremely good shooter, who is not afraid to drive to the basket. He’s a smart basketball player who can handle point for the 5-10 minutes that Derrick Rose will be on the bench.