Sam Amico's mock NBA Draft
Draft order based on final
standings. Lottery to be held May 17.
1. Minnesota: Derrick Williams, 6-8,
Super athletic, fairly strong and
agile with a large wingspan. Comfortable mixing it up underneath or shooting
from the perimeter. Needs to improve ball-handling to play small forward at NBA
level, but possesses the type of skills to change the course of your franchise.
2. Cleveland: Kyrie Irving, 6-2, PG,
Speedy. A strong outside shooter who
excels at any pace. True point guard who is always in control. Very intelligent
and a strong passer, having drawn comparisons to Steve Nash. Very well could be third point
guard in the past four years to go No. 1 overall (joining Derrick Rose and John
3. Toronto Raptors: Enes Kanter,
6-11, PF/C, Kentucky
Didn’t play a game after being ruled
ineligible by the NCAA, making him the draft’s biggest guess. Knees may be a
concern, but he is big, fairly athletic and skilled. Lots of NBA folks have
compared him to Al Horford.
4. Washington: Jan Vesely, 6-11, PF,
Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
You can’t be a tall international
prospect without drawing comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki, despite the fact few
have lived up to those expectations. Either way, scouts say Vesely has soft
hands, a nice shooting touch and probably falls between Nowitzki and Andrea
5. Sacramento: Kemba Walker, 6-1,
Ultra quick with a lethal release on
his jumper. Stock rose after leading Huskies to national title. Plays with tons
of passion and some improved ball-handling could lead to a Tim Hardaway-like
career. Scouts worry a little about Walker’s size, as he’s probably closer to
6. Utah (from New Jersey): Jonas
Valanciunas, 6-11, PF, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
True center who has a nice touch near
the basket and decent range. Young (18) and a little soft, but most scouts feel
he can offer immediate help to a team in need of an offensively skilled big
7. Detroit: Brandon Knight, 6-3, PG,
Athletic with a decent handle and
shot, can play either guard position fairly well. Strong defender who reminds
scouts of Rodney Stuckey. Others have compared him to an upgraded version of
8. Cleveland (from L.A. Clippers):
Terrence Jones, 6-8, F, Kentucky
Inconsistent during freshman season,
but when he was good, man, was he ever good. Runs floor and finishes extremely
well, and capable of swatting shots into fourth row. Weird looking shot, but it
usually goes in.
9. Charlotte: Jimmer Fredette, 6-2,
Strong for a guard, and quicker than
you think. Leave him open from anywhere and you’re toast. Doesn’t yet possess
ball-handling skills of an NBA point guard, but is an exceptional passer.
Defense a concern.
10. Milwaukee: Alec Burks, 6-6, SG,
Quiet guy with little flash to his
game. Strong mid-range shooter who reminds some of Richard Hamilton. Heady and
finds ways to get open. Defense a concern here, too.
11. Golden State: Donatas
Motiejunas, 7-0, C, Benetton Treviso (Italy)
Good shooter who possess solid
footwork near the basket. Not real strong, but can blow past slower big men.
Still needs plenty of polish, but a risk worth taking lower in lottery.
12. Utah: Kawhi Leonard, 6-8, SF,
San Diego State
Scouts intrigued by his athleticism
and willingness to do dirty work. Crashes boards, finishes near the rim and
throws his body to floor in chase of loose balls. Needless to say, compared to
13. Phoenix: Jordan Hamilton, 6-7,
Not real quick, but the kid can
really shoot. Run him off a pick and it’s two (or three) points. Isn’t going to
lock down anyone on defense (far from it), but could make others miserable
trying to guard him. Good individual workouts could make stock rise a little.
14. Houston: Marcus Morris, 6-9, PF,
Fairly versatile with pretty good
range. Can score inside, as well. Does a little of everything well. Has drawn
comparisons to Al Harrington.
15. Indiana: Nolan Smith, 6-2, G,
Heady guard who possesses all the
intangibles. Not a true point guard but can certainly play the position. Sort
of a Derek Fisher-type.
16. Philadelphia: Markieff Morris,
6-10, PF, Kansas
Doesn’t own the polish of twin
brother Marcus, but a little more athletic. Plays with tons of determination.
Think Robin Lopez.
17. New York: Tristan Thompson, 6-9,
Explosive and intimidating
underneath on defense. Offensive game needs work, but is big, strong and
18. Washington (from Atlanta):
Bismack Biyombo, 6-9, PF, Fuenlabrada (Spain)
Super athletic, super raw, super big
risk. But with the wingspan of someone who stands 7-7 and ability to jump out
of gym, scouts feel it’s a risk worth taking. Could do for your team what a
young Ben Wallace once did for Detroit.
19. Charlotte (from New Orleans via
Portland): Trey Thompkins, 6-10, PF, Georgia
All-around offensive game. Plays
with little pizzazz, but very refined. Good shooter who needs to toughen up
near the rim.
20. Minnesota (from Memphis): Jeff
Taylor, SF, 6-7, Vanderbilt
Very athletic and improved his
outside shot. Runs floor well and uses strength to finish. Solid defender. Has
been compared to Raja Bell.
21. Portland: Tyler Honyecutt, 6-8,
Pretty thin, but passing and ability
to shoot off dribble help overcome smallish frame. Scouts often compare him to
22. Denver: Chris Singleton, 6-9,
SF, Florida State
Outstanding defender who doesn’t get
enough credit for his offense. Was having outstanding season before breaking
foot. Wasn’t same after returning, but could be a steal if he slips in draft.
23. Houston (from Orlando): Shelvin
Mack, 6-3, PG, Butler
Not a true point guard, but a bull
of shooter who rings up memories of Vinnie “Microwave” Johnson. Very smart,
dedicated and clutch. Another Fisher-type.
24. Oklahoma City: JaJuan Johnson, 6-10,
Very fluid and runs floor pretty
well. Needs to get stronger to play in post. Could be a nice addition for an
up-tempo, athletic team.
25. Boston: Kyle Singler, 6-8, F,
Not a standout in any one area, but
does everything fairly well. Possesses nice perimeter touch and finds ways to
score inside. Won’t be nearly the defender, but reminds some of Shane Battier.
26. Dallas: Tobias Harris, 6-8, F,
Very intelligent and likely could
have scored more in college, but never forced a thing. Polished with a big
upside offensively. Lacks lateral quickness on defense.
27. New Jersey (from L.A. Lakers):
Klay Thompson, 6-6, SG/SF, Washington State
Not a great shooter, but finds ways
to score. Talented but lack of consistency made NBA types shy away a little.
28. Chicago (from Miami via
Toronto): Jon Leuer, 6-10, PF, Wisconsin
Long and athletic with good hands.
Finishes well near the rim, but needs to get stronger. Pretty solid perimeter
29. San Antonio: Norris Cole, 6-2,
PG, Cleveland State
Originally planned to attend NAIA
Walsh University to play football before Cleveland State became lone Division I
school to offer him a basketball scholarship. Has improved point guard skills
immensely. Compared to Ramon Sessions, but with more of a conscience.
30. Chicago: Kenneth Faried, 6-8,
PF, Morehead State
Explosive athlete who is relentless
near the rim. Lacks polish but is a determined rebounder.
31. Miami (from Minnesota): Reggie Jackson, 6-3, PG, Boston College
32. Cleveland: Iman Shumpert, 6-5, G, Georgia Tech
33. Detroit (from Toronto): Justin Harper, 6-10, PF, Richmond
34. Washington: Josh Selby, 6-2, G, Kansas
* 35. New Jersey: Travis Leslie, 6-4, SG/SF, Georgia
* 36. Sacramento: Jeremy Tyler, 6-11, C, Tokyo Apache (Japan)
37. L.A. Clippers (from Detroit): Jimmy Butler, 6-7, F, Marquette
38. Houston (from L.A. Clippers): Jordan Williams, 6-10, PF, Maryland
39. Charlotte: Nikola Vucevic, 6-10, PF, USC
40. Milwaukee: Malcolm Lee, 6-5, G, UCLA
41. L.A. Lakers (from Golden State
via New Jersey): Keith Benson, 6-11, C, Oakland
42. Indiana: Matt Howard, 6-8, F, Butler
43. Golden State: Vernon Macklin, 6-10, PF, Florida
44. Chicago (from Phoenix): Jamie Skeen, 6-9, PF, Virginia Commonwealth
45. New Orleans (from Philadelphia):
David Lighty, 6-5, SG, Ohio State
46. L.A. Lakers (from New York): E’Twaun Moore, 6-4, G, Purdue
47. L.A. Clippers (from Houston): Chris Wright, 6-8, SF, Dayton
48. Atlanta: Brad Wanamaker, 6-4, G, Pittsburgh
49. Memphis: Andrew Goudelock, 6-2, G, College of Charleston
50. Philadelphia (from New Orleans): Charles Jenkins, 6-3, PG/SG, Hofstra
51. Portland (this pick may be
conveyed to Detroit via Denver): Gilbert Brown, 6-6, SG/SF, Pittsburgh
52. Denver (this pick may be conveyed
to Portland or to Detroit): Greg
Smith, 6-10, PF/C, Fresno State
53. Orlando: Scotty Hopson, 6-6, SG/SF, Tennessee
54. Cleveland (from Oklahoma City
via Miami): Marshon Brooks, 6-5, SG, Providence
55. Boston: LaceDarius Dunn, 6-4, G, Baylor
56. L.A. Lakers: Gary Flowers, 6-8, SF, Southern Mississippi
57. Dallas: Ben Hansbrough, 6-3, PG, Notre Dame
58. L.A. Lakers (from Miami): DeAndre Liggins, 6-6, SG, Kentucky
59. San Antonio: Jon Diebler, 6-6, SG, Ohio State
60. Sacramento (from Chicago via
Milwaukee): Casey Mitchell, 6-4, G, West Virginia
* — Order subject to change based on
results of draft lottery.