1 – Los Angeles Clippers – Blake Griffin
They are not dumb enough to screw this up.
2 – Memphis Grizzlies – Hasheem Thabeet
They are dumb enough to screw this up.
3 – Oklahoma City Thunder – James Harden
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Rubio is a great prospect but Russell Westbrook fits in well with that Thunder team, and there’s no need to move him off the ball.
4 – Sacramento Kings – Ricky Rubio
Beno Udrih is terrible, so Rubio dropping to 4 would be a godsend for the Kings.
5 – Washington Wizards – Jordan Hill
He would go nicely with Javale McGee and Andray Blatche. This would also allow them to trade Antawn Jamison this Summer.
6- Minnesota Timberwolves – Demar Derozan
Derozan is an incredible prospect who some scouts compare to Vince Carter when he came out of Chapel Hill. Carter didn’t have much of a jump shot either, but he developed one. Derozan is a two way player, who is a freakish athlete and has the ability to be a prototypical shooting guard for many years. Plus, he can play the 3, because the Corey Brewer pick has not panned out.
7 – Golden State Warriors – Brandon Jennings
It just seems right. Nellie can have Monta Ellis play off the ball, and Jennings has the quickness and passing ability to run that offense.
8 – New York Knicks – Jrue Holiday
I love Stephen Curry, but Jrue Holiday is going to be a star. Picking Holiday would require some patience, because he is still a prospect. The same patience that Walsh exhibited when selecting Danilo Gallinari over Jerryd Bayless and DJ Augustin.
9 –Toronto Raptors – Tyreke Evans
Evans is a long 6’6 shooting guard, who may be able to play the point. He has a good handle, some good passing abilities, great athleticism, questionable shot selection tendencies, and a suspect jump shot. He would be a nice replacement for Anthony Parker and Shawn Marion.
10 – Milwaukee Bucks – Jonny Flynn
Ramon Sessions will probably leave in free agency, and the Bucks need a replacement point guard. Stephen Curry might get a look here, but I think Flynn has more upside, and he plays with a lot of swagger.
11 – New Jersey Nets – Earl Clark
The Nets want a tough rebounding big here, and one would immediately think of James Johnson or Dejuan Blair. But I think that Earl Clark is a much better fit. Clark has been compared to Shawn Marion. He’s a great rebounder, and a very good shooter, with defensive abilities and a ton of versatility.
12 – Charlotte Bobcats – Gerald Henderson
A defensive minded shooting guard with a ton of upside who hustles and plays hard every night. If you look up a Larry Brown type of player in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of Gerald Henderson.
13 – Indiana Pacers – Stephen Curry
If the Knicks don’t take him, he’ll drop down to here. Jarret Jack is a free agent, so I can see Jim O’Brien splitting point guard minutes between TJ Ford and Curry.
14 – Phoenix Suns – Eric Maynor
The most NBA ready guard in the draft, Maynor will be a great replacement for Steve Nash when he gets traded to the Knicks this Summer…