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Chad Ford's First Mock Draft

Based on current lottery odds.  I would think we'd take Anderson or Alabi over Hayward with Charlotte pick.

 

 

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New Jersey

John Wall

Position: PG
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 185 pounds
Age: 19
School: Kentucky

 

 

Analysis: This is a no-brainer for the Nets if they are lucky enough to land the No. 1 pick. Some look at starting point guard Devin Harris and wonder whether New Jersey should select Evan Turner instead.

 

 

The Nets don't.

 

 

Although they like Harris, they love Wall. The Kentucky freshman is the type of young potential superstar who could lure a big-time free agent to Jersey this summer.


 

 

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Minnesota

Evan Turner

Position: SG
Height: 6-7
Weight: 205
Age: 21
School: Ohio State

 

 

Analysis: Turner would be a terrific fit for the Wolves, who need a versatile swingman who can play multiple positions on the floor. Turner's ability to come in and contribute from day one could help Minnesota immensely next season.

 

 

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Sacramento

Derrick Favors

Position: PF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 215
Age: 18
College: Georgia Tech

 

Analysis: The Kings might be terrible at the moment, but a core of Tyreke Evans and Favors would make them very dangerous in the future. Favors didn't have a huge freshman season at Georgia Tech, but he has the potential to be the next Antonio McDyess.

 

 

While it's clear the Kings like both Carl Landry and Jason Thompson, neither has the upside of Favors.

 

 

 

 

 

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Golden State

DeMarcus Cousins

Position: C
Height: 6-11
Weight: 260
Age: 19
School: Kentucky

 

 

Analysis: It figures that Cousins would land in Golden State. The Warriors are filled with young talent, but they're also the most dysfunctional team in the league. Enter Cousins, who was the most talented big man in college basketball, but also the most unstable. It's a match made in heaven.


 

 

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Washington

Wesley Johnson

Position: SF
Height: 6-7
Weight: 198
Age: 22
School: Syracuse

 

 

Analysis: The Wizards aren't desperate for a small forward, but they are desperate for some star power after gutting the roster this winter. Johnson's versatility and upside would be too much to pass up here.

 

 

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Philadelphia

Cole Aldrich

Position: C
Height: 6-11
Weight: 245
Age: 21
School: Kansas

 

 

Analysis: Aldrich might never be a star, but he's a solid big man who rebounds, blocks shots, and scores from inside and out. With only one more season left on Samuel Dalembert's contract, Aldrich would provide some great insurance.


 

 

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Detroit

Ed Davis

Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 215
Age: 20
College: North Carolina

 

 

Analysis: The Pistons are high on Al-Farouq Aminu, but the last thing they need is another tweener after adding Austin Daye and Charlie Villanueva last summer. Davis didn't dominate as a sophomore, but he's an athletic big man who's active on the boards. The Pistons desperately need a player like that.


 

 

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Los Angeles Clippers

Al-Farouq Aminu

Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 205
Age: 19
School:Wake Forest

 

 

Analysis: Aminu is one of the best athletes in the draft. The question is, what position does he play? If he continues to refine his perimeter game, he'd be a great fit next to Blake Griffin in the Clippers' frontcourt.


 

 

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Utah
(via New York)

Greg Monroe

Position: PF
Height: 6-11
Weight: 250
Age: 19
School: Georgetown

 

 

Analysis: The Jazz are in a position to lose Carlos Boozer this summer via free agency, but Monroe would be a solid consolation prize. He's not super athletic, but he's the most skilled big guy in the draft and he would be a perfect fit in Jerry Sloan's half-court offense.


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Indiana

Ekpe Udoh

Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 240
Age: 22
School: Baylor

 

 

Analysis: Barring a lottery miracle, the Pacers are screwed. A month ago, they were looking at possibly drafting No. 4 and adding a building block next to Danny Granger. But a late-season run dropped them all the way to 10th and ended any realistic chance they'll get a star.

 

 

Udoh, however, would fit a need as an athletic shot-blocker who can run the floor.


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New Orleans

Daniel Orton

Position: C
Height: 6-10
Weight: 260
Age: 19
School: Kentucky

Analysis: Orton barely made a dent in the box score for Kentucky, but NBA scouts are convinced he could be a really good NBA center. He is strong and physical, and can dominate on the defensive end.

 

 

He needs to improve his offense, but if he does, he could be a star down the road. The Hornets were very thin up front all season. Orton also would give them some insurance in the event Emeka Okafor breaks down.

 

 

 

 

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Memphis

Patrick Patterson

Position: PF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 245
Age: 21
School: Kentucky

 

 

Analysis: The Grizzlies are trying to find a way to eke back into the playoffs. After he drafted a "future" guy in Hasheem Thabeet in 2009, expect GM Chris Wallace to go with a more veteran, proven college player this year.

 

 

Patterson doesn't wow you with anything he does, but he's solid in virtually every area. Most importantly for the Grizzlies, he would be ready to come in and contribute on day one.


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Toronto

Hassan Whiteside

Position: C
Height: 6-11
Weight: 225
Age: 20
School: Marshall

 

 

Analysis: Whiteside has as much upside as anyone in the draft not named Wall or Favors. He's a super-long, lanky shot-blocker who nearly had four triple-doubles this season in points, rebounds and blocked shots.

 

 

With the Raptors in danger of losing Chris Bosh this summer, expect Toronto to swing for the fences to help fans forget Bosh if he bolts.


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Houston

Donatas Motiejunas

Position: PF
Height: 7-0
Weight: 220
Age: 19
Country: Lithuania

 

 

Analysis: The Rockets have a habit of drafting value, and this low in the draft, Motiejunas would be a good get. He'll probably spend another year in Italy honing his skills and getting stronger, but when he does get to the NBA, he has the makings of a player.


 

 

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Milwaukee
(via Chicago)

Xavier Henry

Position: SG
Height: 6-7
Weight: 220
Age: 19
School: Kansas

 

 

Analysis: John Salmons might end up opting out of his contract, and the Bucks would love to put another blue-chip prospect in the backcourt with Brandon Jennings.

 

 

Henry already has an NBA body and can shoot the lights out. He's a little one-dimensional, but he could step in and immediately fill a role for Milwaukee.


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Minnesota
(via Charlotte)

Gordon Hayward

Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 200
Age: 20
School: Butler

 

 

Analysis: The Wolves could really use some consistent shooters who could stretch the defense. Adding Evan Turner won't help much in that regard, but Hayward could. While he struggled with his shot this past season, he's generally considered a lights-out shooter.

 

 

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Chicago
(via Milwaukee)

James Anderson

Position: SG
Height: 6-6
Weight: 195
Age: 21
School: Oklahoma State

 

 

Analysis: Anderson was one of the best scorers in college basketball and could be a very good fit in the Bulls' backcourt. His ability to stretch the defense and attack the basket should make him a nice complement to Derrick Rose.


 

 

 

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Miami

Eric Bledsoe

Position: PG
Height: 6-1
Weight: 190
Age: 20
School: Kentucky

 

 

Analysis: Bledsoe is a tough, Pat Riley type of player and could be a long-term upgrade from the Mario Chalmers-Carlos Arroyo duo at point guard.

 

 

Physically, he's ready for the NBA right now. But he still needs more game-time experience running the point. Long term, Bledsoe could pay off.

 

 

 

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Boston

Luke Babbitt

Position: SF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 220
Age: 20
School: Nevada

 

 

Analysis: The Grizzlies are hoping Babbitt falls a few more spots in the draft, but I think the Celtics will beat them to the punch. Babbitt is an excellent scorer both inside and out, and he'll rebound. Most importantly, he could step in right away for the Celtics.


 

 

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Oklahoma City

Solomon Alabi

Position: C
Height: 7-1
Weight: 245
Age: 22
School: Florida State

 

 

Analysis: The Thunder continue to lack a legitimate low-post threat. They drafted B.J. Mullens to be that guy last year, but he's still a work in progress. Alabi will be, too, but at this point in the draft, he has too much size and upside to pass on.


 

 

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San Antonio

Damion James

Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 224
Age: 22
School: Texas

 

 

Analysis: James might be one of the more underrated players in the draft. Very few players have his combination of athleticism and motor. He doesn't have a position on offense, but he's a Spurs type of player all the way.


 

 

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Portland

Kenneth Faried

Position: PF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 215
Age: 20
School:Morehead State

 

 

Analysis: If there's one stat that seems to translate from college to the pros, it's rebounding. Faried was the NCAA's leading rebounder this past season, pulling down 13 per game.

 

 

He is a bit undersized but makes up for it with toughness and explosive athleticism. He could be the draft's biggest sleeper.



 

 

 

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Minnesota
(via Utah)

Kevin Seraphin

Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 258
Age: 20
Country: France

 

 

Analysis: With their third pick of this draft, you can expect the Wolves to stash a player overseas. Seraphin hasn't really produced big numbers in France, but he's got Serge Ibaka-like physical upside.

 

 

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Atlanta

Quincy Pondexter

Position: SF
Height: 6-7
Weight: 220
Age: 22
School: Washington

 

 

Analysis: Pondexter was one of the best seniors in the country. He is an elite athlete and proved this season that he can really score. He's a jump shot away from being a star. Think the next Desmond Mason.


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Memphis
(via Denver)

Avery Bradley

Position: SG
Height: 6-3
Weight: 180
Age: 19
School: Texas

 

 

Analysis: Bradley is tough to peg. A few teams are looking at him in the late lottery. But if he slides a bit, don't expect him to slip much farther than here. Bradley's defensive abilities alone make him a lock for the pros. If he can find a position on offense, he could be a star.


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Oklahoma City
(via Phoenix)

Devin Ebanks

Position: SF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 205
Age: 20
School: West Virginia

 

 

Analysis: Ebanks has lottery talent. Defensively, he can do it all with his long wingspan and above-average mobility for his size. But until he develops a reliable jump shot, he remains a work in progress.


 

 

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New Jersey
(via Dallas)

Terrico White

Position: SG
Height: 6-5
Weight: 211
Age: 20
School: Mississippi

 

 

Analysis: White is an elite athlete who, when he's on, is one of the best guards in the country. The problem is, White has a tendency to disappear in games. If the Nets can get him to play with some consistency, he would be a steal here.

 

 

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Memphis
(via L.A. Lakers)

Paul George

Position: SF
Height: 6-7
Weight: 185
Age: 20
School: Fresno State

 

 

Analysis: George suffers from the same issues as White. Great athlete. Very versatile. Doesn't always play hard. With Rudy Gay possibly bolting via free agency, he could be a potential long-term replacement.


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Orlando

Willie Warren

Position: PG
Height: 6-4
Weight: 210
Age: 20
School: Oklahoma

 

 

Analysis: Warren was considered a potential top-10 pick at the beginning of the season. However, a poor season, combined with some injuries and some bad chemistry with his coach, really hurt his stock.

 

 

But Warren is a steal here and the type of versatile guard who could make an impact for the Magic.


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Washington
(via Cleveland)

Larry Sanders

Position: SF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 220
Age: 21
School: Va. Commonwealth

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