CHICAGO — A week ago we brought you SheridanHoops’ Mock Draft 1.0, and there has been some movement amongmy projections after attending the NBA’s pre-draft camp in Chicago this week.
Of course, there is no movement at No. 1, where Anthony Davis may as well start meeting with real estate agents in New Orleans to find himself a nice five-year lease on a place with high ceilings. But there has been a lot of chatter around the Internet about teams being willing to either package their picks to move up to a higher spot, or to trade out of the first round entirely to avoid the two-year contractual commitment that comes with the rookie wage scale.
The draft is less than three weeks away, and we will be keeping you constantly updated with the players whose stock is rising and falling.
For more on the draft, I invite you to check out my Web site, ProBasketball Draft.com.
1. Hornets – Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky
Davis is the consensus #1 player in the draft and the type of talent that can help turn a franchise around. Davis will make his impact felt immediately on the boards and defensively.
2. Bobcats – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky
The Bobcats have made it known they are open to moving the pick for the right price. If they keep it, Kidd-Gilchrist gives them an instant impact on a team that is devoid of talent. His motor, attitude and work ethic are good building blocks for the Bobcats franchise.
3. Wizards – Bradley Beal, SG, Florida
Washington is looking to put talent around John Wall, and Beal compliments him very well. With his ability to score in a variety of ways, Beal and Wall have the chance to be one of the best backcourts in the NBA. After the NBA Combine, size concerns appear no longer relevant.
4. Cavs – Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina
The Cavs have liked Barnes since his freshman season, and he gives them the scoring they are looking for on the wing. Barnes will benefit playing off of Kyrie Irving and help form a 1-2 scoring punch the Cavs currently lack.
5. Kings – Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas
Robinson is the type of player the Kings are looking for with their #5 pick. He is mature, polished and a winner. Robinson will help stabilize a young, leaderless locker room. He should be able to have an instant impact in Sacramento.
6. Trail Blazers – Andre Drummond, C, Connecticut
The Blazers are looking to pair LaMarcus Aldridge with a big man to help take the pressure off of him on both ends. I have Drummond falling to them at #6, and if that happens Portland’s new GM, Neil Olshey, can grab a player who has one of the highest ceilings in the entire draft. Drummond has had an impressive combine with his measurements and interviews.
7. Warriors – Terence Jones, PF, Kentucky
The big mover in Mock 2.0. Jones is a unique talent with his versatile skill set, and going to Warriors could be the best fit for him. Jones would give the Warriors a very good piece to bring off the bench and help shore up the frontcourt. While Jones’ offensive talents are frequently talked about, he is also a good defensive player.
8. Raptors – Jeremy Lamb, SG, Connecticut
Lamb is a long, athletic, scoring guard that would do very well playing alongside DeMar DeRozan in Toronto. The Raptors need someone like Lamb who can provide an additional scoring option on the perimeter. The fact that Lamb is an aggressive defender will also make him more appealing in Toronto.
9. Pistons – John Henson, PF, North Carolina
Henson provides length, rebounding and shot-blocking, all things the Pistons are looking to pair alongside Greg Monroe. Henson and Monroe will the give the Pistons a very good frontcourt and help further continue the rebuilding effort in Detroit.
10. Hornets – Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State
Damian Lillard is the best point guard in this draft, a tremendous athlete and an able scorer from all over the court. Lillard will help create space for Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis.
11. Trail Blazers – Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina
Another big northward mover in Mock 2.0. After suffering through last season with Raymond Felton, the Blazers would greatly benefit from the improved point guard play that Marshall would bring. Marshall isn’t a great scoring threat at this point but can be a good facilitator and make the team around him better. Marshall has very good court awareness and is a very skilled passer.
12. Bucks – Perry Jones III, SF, Baylor
Jones is perhaps the biggest enigma in the draft. With prototypical physical attributes and good talent, Jones never played up to his potential in college. He will need to go to a team that will properly utilize his talents in order to reach his potential. Jones would give the Bucks a dimension that they currently lack on offense, as he is very skilled and comfortable facing the basket.
13. Suns – Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse
Waiters is one of the better scorers in the draft and for a team looking for someone to create their own shot, Waiters is a logical fit. Sources have said that Waiters has received a promise, and the Suns were the team making it.
14. Rockets – Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois
Leonard’s physical talents and potential warrant him being a lottery pick. His inconsistent play held him back but he is a skilled big man. The Rockets need an upgrade in the frontcourt which Leonard would provide.
15. Sixers – Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State
Sullinger falling to this point would be a great fit for the Sixers. One of their biggest weaknesses was frontcourt depth and scoring, which Sullinger would certainly upgrade. Sullinger would also be good future replacement for Elton Brand. He surprised many by measuring in at a legit 6’9” at the NBA Combine.
16. Rockets – Moe Harkless, SF, St. John’s
Harkless was one of the better freshmen in college last year with his versatile skill set and high motor. The Rockets need to continue adding talent to their core. Harkless will provide toughness, defense, rebounding and is improving offensively.
17. Mavericks – Austin Rivers, SG, Duke
The Mavericks need to infuse youthful talent on their aging roster. Rivers is one of the better players and scorers in this draft. Similar to the Spurs building a young core around their aging star players, the Mavericks need to do the same. Rivers is a mature, creative scorer who has a very smooth offensive game.
18. Timberwolves – Terrence Ross, SG, Washington
Minnesota has a very deep frontcourt and Ricky Rubio has helped solved the point guard problem. The T’Wolves need to continue to upgrade their wing positions. Ross is an athletic player who can contribute right away with his good defense and shooting range.
19. Magic – Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina
The Magic are in limbo with the current Dwight Howard situation. Regardless of what happens, they need to take the best player on the board. Zeller falling this far would benefit the Magic, which would give them a young, viable alternative to Howard. He brings a polished offensive game and is NBA ready.
20. Nuggets – Arnett Moultire, PF, Mississippi State
Moultrie is a talented and athletic big man who flew under the radar while playing at Mississippi State. Moultrie has an NBA body and can contribute right away. The Nuggets need to continue to upgrade their frontcourt and Moultrie could help from Day 1.
21. Celtics – Royce White, PF, Iowa State
White is a very interesting player with his unique game for his size and position. He has lottery talent but off-court concerns could drop him down in the 1st round. The Celtics would benefit from him falling as they need to add young talent to their aging roster. White has been among the most impressive prospects at the NBA Combine.
22. Celtics – Quincy Miller, SF, Baylor
Miller’s torn ACL has held him back so far from living up to the high expectations coming out of high school. His health will be very important for his draft stock as his talent level is very high. The Celtics would be getting a very good value pick here.
23. Hawks – Tony Wroten Jr., SG, Washington
The Hawks are one of the oldest teams in the league and need to improve their depth. Wroten is a very talented player who could fill multiple roles for the Hawks coming off the bench. While Wroten is far from a finished product, he has the athleticism to be able to contribute right away.
24. Cavs – Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt
Ezeli is a good defensive center who will block shots and rebound. Ezeli’s physical skills are intriguing and he began playing at a late age and has plenty of room to continue to develop. He gives the Cavs size up front, something they currently lack outside of Anderson Varejao.
25. Grizzlies – John Jenkins, SG, Vanderbilt
With the uncertainties regarding the futures of Rudy Gay and OJ Mayo, the Grizzlies would be wise to have insurance. Regardless of what happens, they still need depth and Jenkins would provide them with a shooting threat they need. Jenkins is one of the best shooters in the draft who is an underrated scorer and defender.
26. Pacers – Andrew Nicholson, PF, St. Bonaventure
Despite having two good players at PF, the Pacers still need depth upfront. Nicholson is a good value pick in the late 1st round. He can contribute on the boards and provide scoring off the bench. Nicholson also has very good range for a player his size.
27. Heat – Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky
While the Heat selected a point guard last draft, Teague’s athleticism and talent are too much to pass up here. He would instantly upgrade that position and can give the Heat the consistent point guard play that they have been lacking.
28. Thunder – Jeff Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt
The Thunder don’t have any glaring needs, so they’re in a position to take the best player available at their slot. Taylor is a polished, mature player who was very productive in the SEC. He can contribute on both ends and has good athleticism.
29. Bulls – Orlando Johnson, SG, UC Santa Barbara
Johnson was one of the best scorers in the NCAA last year with his good shooting touch and ability to get to the rim. Despite not being a household name, Johnson could be a very good fit on a Bulls team that needs scoring and a player who can create his own shot.
30. Warriors – Fab Melo, C, Syracuse
Continuing to beef up their frontcourt, the Warriors take a NBA ready big man in Melo. While Melo is raw offensively and lacks polish, he can step in and play good defense and rebound early on.
For a look back at SheridaHoops’ Mock Draft 1.0, click here.
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.