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.
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- New 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.
- Charlotte – 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.
- Washington – 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.
- Cleveland – 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.
- Sacramento – 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.
- Portland – 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.
- Golden 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.
- Toronto – 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.
- Detroit – 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.
- New 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.
- Portland – 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.
- Milwaukee – 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.
- Phoenix – 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.
- Houston – 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.
- Philadelphia – 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.
- Houston – 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.
- Dallas – 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.
- Minnesota – 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.
- Orlando – 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.
- Denver – 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.
- Boston – 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.
- Boston – 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.
- 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.
- Cleveland – 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.
- Memphis – 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.
- Indiana – 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.
- Miami – 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.
- Oklahoma 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.
- Chicago – 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.
- Warriors – 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.