11. Golden State Warriors – Klay Thompson SG Washington State 6-7 205
Analysis: From what I’ve heard, newly hired executive Jerry West loves Thompson and want to grab him here at #11. I haven’t seen Thompson play much but he does posses great height for a SG, and has performed very well at the combine and other workouts. A premier scorer in college ( 21.6 ppg) the warriors would be getting another threat from the perimeter. Rumor has it the Warriors are trying to shop Monta Ellis to the 76ers for Andre Iguodala and this would open up that SG spot for Thompson. If the Warriors draft Thompson here, look for some sort of trade coming from the Warriors. What concerns me is that his team at Washington State consistently underperformed and his character issues. Was also arrested while at Washington State for Marijuana possession.
12. Utah Jazz – Chris Singleton SF/PF Florida State 6-9 230
Analysis: May not be the perfect fit, but the Jazz could use a guy like Singleton. One of the best defenders in the draft, Singleton uses his length and athleticism to get blocks (1.5 bpg) and steals (2.0 spg). Could add a few pounds to avoid getting pushed around in the post, but has a body similar to other NBA forwards (Gerald Wallace, Rudy Gay). Although he hasn’t fully developed a steady offensive game, his jump shot has come along way, as well as his post moves during his senior season at Florida State. With Gordon Hayward and Singleton running the three spot for the Jazz, you have two experienced college stars that love to play the game.
13. Phoenix Suns – Tristan Thompson PF Texas 6-9 227
Analysis: Thompson is a undersized PF, but makes up for it with a solid 7-1 wingspan. Thompson has probably the strongest lower body of anyone in the draft, and uses it very effectively when establishing himself in the post. Is very mobile for guy his size, can get up and down the floor, while making great cuts towards the basket. One of the best offensive rebounders in the NCAA, has a very good motor and plays very hard. Will need to work on his footwork and post moves to be able to score in the post at the NBA level.
14. Houston Rockets – Dontas Motiejunas C Lithuania 7-0 224
Analysis: WIth Yao Ming’s foot and whole body in question every year, having another 7 footer would add great depth to the frontline who uses a 6-6 center in Chuck Hayes Once considered a lock in the lottery, his workouts have done nothing but hurt himself. He has shown he can’t shoot, and is still filling into his body. But you can’t overlook what he did this past season in Italy where he averaged almost 13 ppg while shooting 54% from the field. It will take Dontas a couple years to adjust to the NBA, but being a athletic 7 footer that can shoot off the bounce is a good player to have and let develop.
15. Indiana Pacers – Jimmer Fredette SG BYU 6-2 196
Analysis: Indiana drafting Jimmer would be about as perfect as it gets. The pacers would be drafting the best pure shooter since Stephen Curry, as well as one of the classiest and hardest workers. Jimmer has the ability to stretch the defense to well anywhere. He is a threat to shoot anywhere inside of half court literally. With no real option at the SG spot ( Lance Stephenson hasn’t developed at all) Jimmer could come in and be a contributor immediately. Has shown in workouts that he can guard people which was a concern coming into the draft, and is not backing away from 1 on 1 workouts with Kemba Walker and other premier guards. Going to be a “gym rat” and quality guy to have in the locker room.
16. Philadelphia 76ers – Markieff Morris PF Kansas 6-9 241
Analysis: One of my favorite players in the draft ( yea, I’m kinda biased) Morris is a true NBA power forward that can extend the defense all the way out to the three point line (42% 3pt). Developed very nicely under Coach Bill Self while at Kansas. Can shoot from the outside in a pick and pop situation, or finish around the rim with a variety of solid post moves. Has a good solid frame and rebounds the ball very well. Morris plays very aggressively and with a lot of passion. Would love to play with his hometown team and has stated he would feel blessed to play for the 76ers. With Elton Brand getting older and very injury prone, the 76ers could use a reliable backup for the time being until Morris fully adapts to the NBA game.
17. New York Knicks – Jordan Hamilton SG/SF Texas 6-8 228
Analysis: The Knicks really need some scoring help for Carmelo on the wing and who better at this spot in the draft then Hamilton. Hamilton was a lethal scorer for the Texas Longhorns last season (18.6 ppg). Already has NBA three point range, and can score off the dribble elevating over smaller defenders with his high release. Can get up and down the floor exceptionally well for his size and is very fluid in transition scoring the ball. (Knicks play uptempo) Measures well for a SG/SF (almost identical to Joe Johnson and DeMar DeRozan).
18. Washington Wizards – Tobias Harris SF Tennessee 6-8 223
Analysis: Wizards are in need of some SF help with aging Josh Howard and Rashard Lewis. Harris could come in a give Wizards a youth boost being only 18 years old with a lot of upside. Harris has a big body and uses it to his advantages by overpowering smaller defenders. Can create his own shot of the dribble with a surprisingly quick first step. Needs to develop a consistent outside shot and has no low post moves, but Harris is known by teammates as a “gym rat” and very hard worker. What also comes with Harris is a very high basketball IQ. He really understands the game and can adapt quickly.
19. Charlotte Bobcats – Bismack Biyombo PF Congo 6-9 243
Analysis: Talk about a roller coaster ride, Biyombo has gone from possible the 5th pick all the way to the #20. There is no doubt that Biyombo posses outstanding athletic ability and measures very well ( 7-6 wingspan & 9-3 standing reach) but there are so many concerns about him. The biggest problem has to be his offensive game where he has basically none. He had a beyond terrible Eurocamp workout where he shot 0/5 on turnaround jumpers, 2/10 on elbow jumpers, and 21/43 from the free throw line. The plus though for the Bobcats is they are getting a great defensive talent at #19 which can be very valuable. His presence in the paint will be felt immediately, and if he can develop like Serge Ibaka did the Bobcats could have a steal here.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves – Marshon Brooks SG Providence 6-5 195
Analysis: Definition of a “pure” scorer, Brooks is instant offense that could come help fill the SG hole the Timberwolves have. Brooks has decent height for a 2 guard, and can score in a variety of ways. The second leader scorer in the NCAA, Brooks can score inside or outside up to 30 feet. Has a very good and confident pull up jumper and has the reputation of making crazy shots. Will need to understand his role in the NBA and understand he isn’t “the man” anymore. A mediocre passer and defender, two things that he will have to work on in order to stay on the floor.
1) Kyrie Irving PG Duke 6-3 191
2. Derrick Williams SF/PF Arizona 6-8 250
3. Brandon Knight PG Kentucky 6-3 177
4. Enes Kanter PF Turkey 6-11 259
5. Jan Vesely SF Czech Republic 6-11 230
6. Kawhi Leonard SF San Diego State 6-7 227
7. Alec Burks SG Colorado 6-6 193
8. Marcus Morris SF Kansas 6-8 230
9. Kemba Walker PG UCONN 6-1 184
10. Jonas Valanciunas PF/C Lithuania 6-11 240
11. Tristan Thompson PF Texas 6-9 227
12. Jordan Hamilton SG/SF Texas 6-8 228
13. Jimmer Fredette SG BYU 6-2 196
14. Chris Singleton PF Florida State 6-9 230
15. Donatas Motiejunas PF/C Lithuania 7-0 224
16. Markieff Morris PF Kansas 6-9 241
17. Klay Thompson SG Washington State 6-7 206
18. Tobias Harris SF Tennessee 6-8 223
19. Marshon Brooks SG Providence 6-5 195
20. Bismack Biyombo PF Congo 6-9 243
21. Josh Selby PG/SG Kansas 6-3 195
22. Tyler Honeycutt SF UCLA 6-8 187
23. Nikola Vucevic PF/C USC 6-11 260
24. Darris Morris PG Michigan 6-4 190
25. Kenneth Faried PF Morehead State 6-7 225
26. Shelvin Mack PG Butler 6-2 205
27. Davis Bertans SF Latvia 6-10 215
28. Kyle Singler SF Duke 6-9 228
29. Charles Jenkins PG Hofstra 6-3 216
30. JaJuan Johnson PF Purdue 6-10 220
31. Iman Shumpert PG Georgia Tech 6-6 222
32. Justin Harper SF/PF Richmond 6-9 228
33. Nolan Smith PG/SG Duke 6-4 188
34. Trey Thompkins PF Georgia 6-10 239
35. Chandler Parsons SF Florida 6-10 221
36. Reggie Jackson PG Boston College 6-3 200
37. Jon Leuer PF/C Wisconsin 6-11 223
38. Jeremy Tyler PF USA 6-10 262
39. Norris Cole PG Cleveland State 6-2 175
40. Lucas Nogueira C Brazil 7-0 200
41. Malcolm Lee SG UCLA 6-6 198
42. Jimmy Butler SF Marquette 6-8 222
43. David Lightly SG Ohio State 6-6 215
44. Travis Leslie SG Georgia 6-4 205
45. Jordan Williams PF Maryland 6-9 247
46. Keith Benson C Oakland 6-11 217
47. Isaiah Thomas PG Washington 5-10 186
48. Corey Joseph PG Texas 6-3 189
49. Scotty Hopson SG Tennessee 6-7 205
50. Blake Hoffarber SG Minnesota 6-4 200