The draft is just a few days away. Thought I would have a Sunday night update. Will probably have one more update Wednesday or Thursday. Analysis for the second round picks added.
1. New Orleans Hornets - PF Anthony Davis, Fr, Kentucky. 6'10, 222 lbs. The Hornets have already basically announced that Davis will be the pick. His shot blocking and rebounding is already NBA quality. He can run the floor, catch alley oops and is working on developing his offense. He has the chance to be a very special player and one that can lead the Hornets during the post-Chris Paul era.
2. Charlotte Bobcats - PF Thomas Robinson, Jr, Kansas. 6'9, 244. Charlotte is so bad that they really can't go wrong with Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson, Harrison Barnes or Bradley Beal. The Bobcats are rumored to be leaning towards Robinson. Robinson measured out at a very impressive 6'9, 250, silencing concerns that he would be too small to play power forward in the NBA. If you are a terrible team, it is never a bad idea to draft size. Robinson has a great all around game and would give the Bobcats some scoring punch down low. He would be part of a very intriguing big man trio with Bismack Biyombo and Byron Mullens. The Bobcats are also kicking around the idea of trading down to stockpile more assets. It would be a mistake to move down past number 5 and miss out on those four guys in the second tier.
31. Charlotte Bobcats - PG/SG Tony Wroten, Fr, Washington. Wroten is the perfect player to go very early in the second round. Good talent but major question marks.
32. Washington Wizards - SF Kostas Papanikolaou, Greece. The Wizards don't have room on their roster for another rookie, so they take the rising talented Greek small forward and stash him for a while.
33. Cleveland Cavaliers - SG Doron Lamb, So, Kentucky. The Cavaliers add another guy with offensive potential. A good spot up shooter who could start as a rookie.
34. Cleveland Cavaliers (from New Orleans Hornets) - PF/C Miles Plumlee, Sr, Duke. The Plumlee family might not be great basketball players, but boy are they athletic. Cleveland needs more front court depth.
35. Golden St. Warriors (from Brooklyn Nets) - PF/C Kyle O'Quinn, Sr, Norfolk St. Quinn is a raw but talented big man from a small school. He would make a good developmental big for the Warriors.
36. Sacramento Kings - SG Orlando Johnson, Sr, UC Santa Barbara. The Kings would like to add size here but in the second round you just have to go with best player available. Johnson is a guard with size who is a good defender.
37. Toronto Raptors - PG/SG Tyshawn Taylor, Sr, Kansas. Taylor is your classic combo guard that falls to the second round. Not enough point guard skills for the 1 but not enough size for the 2.
38. Denver Nuggets (from Golden St. Warriors) - SG Will Barton, So, Memphis. Barton is a big time scorer that doesn't have the strength to be a full time player. As part of a deep rotation like Denver has, he could contribute.
39. Detroit Pistons - SG Jared Cunningham, Jr, Oregon St. Cunningham was a good college scorer but is too undersized to be a 30 minute per game player in the NBA.
40. Portland Trail Blazers (from Minnesota Timberwolves) - PF Furkan Aldemir, Turkey. The Blazers have four of the first 41 picks, so they will probably use one on a stash guy.
41. Portland Trail Blazers - PG Scott Machado, Sr, Iona. Machado is a small school veteran, who lacks upside and will probably top out as a solid backup point guard.
42. Milwaukee Bucks - PF/C Henry Sims, Sr, Georgetown. Sims is the latest in a very long line of Georgetown centers. He is very skinny and will struggle to hold down bigger players, but he can score.
43. Atlanta Hawks (from Phoenix Suns) - SF Khris Middleton, Sr, Texas A&M. Middleton does have talent and should stick on an NBA roster. The Hawks really need to use all of their picks on guys who can contribute immediately, since they have absolutely no bench.
44. Detroit Pistons (from Houston Rockets) - SG/SF Tomas Satoransky, Czech Republic. The Pistons could have three rookies if Kyle Singler joins the team next year, so they could take a foreign guy to stash.
45. Philadelphia 76ers - SG William Buford, Sr, Ohio St. Buford is a productive, low upside guard who can really shoot the rock. The Sixers have way too many wing players who can't shoot.
46. New Orleans Hornets (from Dallas Mavericks) - SF Darius Miller, Sr, Kentucky. Miller knows how to be a role player. He was never a starter during his four years at Kentucky. He can shoot and play good defense.
47. Utah Jazz - SF Quincy Acy, Sr, Baylor. Acy is a tough, hard nosed forward that is simply way too small to be a full time power forward. He should carve out a role as a hustle player off the bench.
48. New York Knicks - PF Drew Gordon, Sr, New Mexico. Gordon is a good shot blocker and rebounder that relies on put backs for basically all of his offense. His hustle should earn him a spot on New York's shallow bench.
49. Orlando Magic - SF Hollis Thompson, Jr, Georgetown. Thompson has good length and can shoot the ball. He is not much of a ball handler though.
50. Denver Nuggets - SF Tornike Shengelia, Georgia (Country). The Nuggets don't have the room for three rookies. Shengelia is your classic Euro stretch four.
51. Boston Celtics - SF/PF Kevin Jones, Sr, West Virginia. Jones is a very good rebounder that doesn't have a true position. The Celtics don't have a bench, so he should find a spot.
52. Golden St. Warriors (from Atlanta Hawks) - PG Tu Holloway, Sr, Xavier. Holloway did not build upon his very impressive junior season. He is too small to be anything more then a deep bench player, but he can score the rock.
53. Los Angeles Clippers - PF Mike Scott, Sr, Virginia. Rebounding usually translates to the NBA, and Scott is a very good rebounder. The rest of his game is unremarkable but he could have a Reggie Evans like career.
54. Philadelphia 76ers (from Memphis Grizzlies) - PG/SG Terrell Stoglin, So, Maryland. Stoglin is a monster scorer who doesn't really have a position and was suspended from Maryland.
55. Dallas Mavericks (from Los Angeles Lakers) - SF Kris Joseph, Sr, Syracuse. Joseph is a good all around player without a trait to hang his hat on. His game is somewhat similar to current Maverick Shawn Marion.
56. Toronto Raptors (from Indiana Pacers) - SG/SF Alex Young, Sr, IUPUI. Young did everything for a very mid major team. He has some Andre Iguodala to his game.
57. Brooklyn Nets (from Miami Heat) - SG/SF Kevin Murphy, Sr, Tennessee Tech. Another do everytihng mid major player, Murphy dropped 50 points in a game this season.
58. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City Thunder) - SG Marcus Denmon, Sr, Missouri. A very undersized two guard who has deep range on his jump shot.
59. San Antonio Spurs - PG Josep Franch, Spain. A point guard with size. Since he was drafted by the Spurs, he will be a future All Star.
60. Los Angeles Lakers (from Chicago Bulls) - C Robert Sacre, Sr, Gonzaga. Sacre doesn't have a lot of ability, but he is 7 foot and that could be enough to get him drafted.
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