Mock Draft 1.0: Who goes where after Hornets take Anthony Davis?

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The draft lottery is over. The pecking order has been established.

We all know that the New Orleans Hornets will do with the No. 1 pick.

But then what?

The draft is a month away, and the stock of certain players will rise and fall. You can bet your bottom dollar there will be trades, and there might even be some team making a pick on behalf of the Orlando Magic if it is going to ultimately land them Dwight Howard in a trade. As Chris Sheridan has reported, both sides want a divorce.

Here is my first Mock Draft for SheridanHoops.com. I invite you to visit my site, www.probasketballdraft.com, for further insight.

  1. Hornets small logoNew Orleans – Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky. The consensus number one prospect.  Davis is an exceptional weakside shot blocker and a very good rebounder.  Possesses unique perimeter skills for a player his size with a promising offensive arsenal.
  2. bobcats small logoCharlotte – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky. MKG may be the rookie most ready to impact the NBA because he is a tenacious defender and a great rebounder.  Excellent in transition, Kidd-Gilchrist can get to rim and finish.  Great attitude and character are a plus.
  3. wizards small logoWashington – Bradley Beal, SG, Florida. Beal is great shooter with plenty of range, who can create off the dribble.  Biggest question mark is his size but that shouldn’t be a deterrent as he has a strong frame.  Would be a great fit with John Wall.
  4. cavs small logoCleveland – Andre Drummond, C, Connecticut. Drummond may be the riskiest pick in the lottery.  Blessed with great size and length, Drummond is a freakish athlete that could be an All Star center.  His offensive skills are unique.  Questions about his motor and maturity need to be answered.  On the high end could be somewhere between Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard.
  5. kings small logoSacramento - Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas. Robinson is a winner and very mature, two things in very short supply in Sacramento.  A very good rebounder and good athlete, Robinson can be a matchup problem for opposing defenses.  Needs to continue to develop a jumper.
  6. blazers small logoPortland – Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina. Barnes is NBA-ready and should be able to score instantly.  A great shooter and creative scorer, who struggles with his ball handling.  Could be insurance with Nicolas Batum heading into restricted free agency.
  7. warriors small logoGolden State – Perry Jones, SF, Baylor. Jones is one of the most enigmatic prospects in the draft.  6’11” forwards that can handle, pass, and shoot like him are hard to find but he seems to lose focus at times and is too easily outmuscled by opponents.
  8. raptors small logoToronto – Jeremy Lamb, SG, Connecticut. Lamb is a smooth scoring guard with a great jumper.  Lamb is a very good defender as well, something that the Raptors are trying to get better at.
  9. pistons small logoDetroit – John Henson, PF, North Carolina. The Pistons need a big man to pair alongside Greg Monroe, someone who can block shots and help crash the boards.  Those traits and his lockdown defense of multiple positions are Henson’s calling cards.
  10. Hornets small logoNew Orleans – Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State. Lillard is the best PG in this draft and a very capable scorer.  Lillard’s ability to shoot could be a tremendous asset to help space the court for Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon.
  11. blazers small logoPortland – Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina. Zeller is a very solid center that can score in the post or pick and pop.  Zeller moves well for player his size but is not an elite rebounder or shot blocker.  Portland needs more size.
  12. bucks small logoMilwaukee – Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State. As a prospect Sullinger has been dissected so much that he is a bit underrated.  Not many prospects enter the NBA with a post game as advanced as Sullinger’s.  His physical and athletic shortcomings are well documented but could help a team right away.
  13. suns small logoPhoenix – Austin Rivers, SG, Duke. Rivers has great court awareness and high-IQ.  Really can score.  His ability to take and make big shots will impress NBA teams.  Phoenix is in need of backcourt scoring.
  14. Meyers Leonardrockets small logoHouston – Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois. Leonard is a big center and very athletic.  Has the ability to be dominant on the boards and defense but is still raw.  Houston is in need of a center and this could be a home run if Leonard reaches his potential.
  15. sixers small logoPhiladelphia – Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State. Moultrie is an extremely athletic big that can run the court and finish around the rim.  Gets into trouble when he floats away from the basket.  Very good rebounder and shot blocker.
  16. rockets small logoHouston – Terrence Ross, SG, Washington. Intriguing guard with a good length and athleticism but his ability to shoot is what has scouts raving.  Can play some at SF as well enhancing his value.
  17. Dion Waitersmavs small logoDallas – Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse. Arguably the best scorer in the draft.  Waiters can get to the basket at will and has a scorer’s mentality.  Probably winds up in the lottery when all is said and done.
  18. wolves small logoMinnesota – Moe Harkless, SF, St. John’s. Talented and athletic, Harkless seems to be improving as a shooter.  Good size for a SF and can really rebound.
  19. magic small logoOrlando – Terrence Jones, PF, Kentucky. Jones has lottery talent but there were questions about his position and attitude.  He seems to have put to rest attitude concerns but seems like a tweener.
  20. nuggets small logoDenver – Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina. Marshall is very good facilitator with great size.  Needs to work on his shot but Marshall’s best trait is his great court vision and would be a great compliment to Ty Lawson.
  21. celtics small logoBoston – Jeff Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt. Taylor is a very athletic SF, who is capable of being a very good defender of multiple positions.  On offense, Taylor has very good range on his jumper.
  22. celtics small logoBoston - Andrew Nicholson, PF, St. Bonaventure. Nicholson is extremely long and skilled.  Can score in the post or facing up and if he gets stronger could be a great shot blocker.
  23. Atlanta – Tony Wroten, PG, Washington. Wroten is big, athletic PG who can slash to the basket and finish but is a poor jump shooter.  Could give Atlanta minutes at both PG and SG.
  24. cavs small logoCleveland - Evan Fournier, SG, Poiters (France). With four picks in the first 34, the Cavs will take at least one international player to stash for a year.  Fournier is a crafty SG that can get to the basket and score.  Great size too.
  25. grizzlies small logoMemphis – Quincy Miller, SF, Baylor. Miller is a talented forward, who has top-10 ability, capable of scoring insider or out.  Miller suffered an ACL injury in high school and it seemed to linger while at Baylor.  Could be a steal.
  26. pacers small logoIndiana – Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt. Ezeli is a very good defensive center that can block shots and help on the boards.  Ezeli struggles with athletic bigs but could be a great backup to Roy Hibbert.
  27. heat small logoMiami – Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky. Teague has a lightning quick first step and is able to get to the basket and score when he wants.  Would be an upgrade over Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole.
  28. thunder small logoOklahoma City – Royce White, PF, Iowa State. White has lottery talent and can run the fast break and face the basket very well for a player his size.  White has anxiety order and fear of flying, which are red flags but could be a steal here.
  29. bulls small logoChicago – Orlando Johnson, SG, UC Santa Barbara. Johnson is solid all around, capable of scoring from outside or finishing at the rim.  Good athlete with ideal size.  Could continue to rise up draft boards with good workouts.
  30. warriors small logoWarriors – Fab Melo, C, Syracuse – Melo is ready to help on the boards and block shots right away but is light years away on offense.  Despite having great size, Melo has had conditioning issues.

Joe Kotosh is the Editor-in-chief of Pro Basketball Draft, a leading scouting service in the world of professional basketball.  Before Joe created PBD he served as an NBPA & FIBA certified agent and scouted players all across the world. Born and raised in Cleveland, Joe also contributes to Fox Sports Ohio and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. You can follow Joe on Twitter @Probballdraft.

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  1. those picks are awful for portland. need a pg and a guy who can create his own shot…marshall and beal/lamb/rivers. bigs can be signed through fa

  2. 4 picks in the first 34 for Cleveland?! That’s insane. They already have Irving and Thompson. Now if you add a Beal/Barnes/Robinson/Kidd-Gilchrist, plus another three guys, they’re looking GREAT for the long term. Cleveland MIGHT be back in the playoffs as early as next year and have a title contender in a few years.

    As far as the Hornets are concerned, things are already looking up for them. They have the #1 and #10 picks. They’ll have Anthony Davis and a point guard HAS to be taken at #10, whether its Lillard or Marshall. Now you’ll have Davis, a new PG, and Eric Gordon. Those are good building blocks for the future. Then in 2013 you get a scoring SF/wing player or a big time center. I don’t think Davis will be as good as people are hyping him up to be , I think Robinson will be better then Davis. But if Davis is as good as people say he will be and you add that PG at #10, then you’re looking at a pretty good future.

    Thoughts?

    • I like any of those four with Irving (especially Robinson), but I’m not sure the other three will be that big. Late picks in the NBA draft have little to no relative value. Hornets are definitely in a great spot with #1 and #10. With a couple of good front office decisions over the next few years they can become a contender.

  3. The Bulls should go for a point guard–not a shooting guard. Jimmy Butler will be able to contribute more and they can’t go into a season without Rose with a bunch of under 6 foot point guards.

    It’s also clear how much of a drop off there is from 1 to 2 because every mock draft has the next 10 picks all over the map.

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