15. Philadelphia 76ers Terrence Jones (6’9″ PF, Kentucky, Sophomore)
Reasoning: Elton Brand is getting on in age and the Sixers need to look for a replacement. They’re set 1-3 and seem to like Hawes and Vucevic at the 5 so they can really afford to go for a guy like Jones. He seems to be in that dreaded tweener territory but is versatile enough to be serviceable. He doesn’t have many holes in his game and can eventually step in to replace Brand. Weakness: Has a tendency to disappear in big moments
16. Houston Rockets Moe Harkless (6’8″ SF, St. Johns, Freshman)
Reasoning: A long athlete with good scoring and rebounding ability. Played only one season at St. Johns and didn’t show good %’s as a shooter he does have a great natural shooting motion and his %’s should rise with repetition from the 3 point line. Will be a good “garbage man” in the NBA, will score without having many plays ran for him. Weakness: Creating his own shot off the dribble and shooting.
17. Dallas Mavericks Dion Waiters (6’4″ SG, Syracuse, Sophomore)
Reasoning: The Mavericks need to find an eventual replacement for Jason Kidd. Dion Waiters, while not a true PG, thrives with the ball in his hands. He can make plays for others and has the ability to score on his own. Joining Beaubois in the backcourt creates a highly athletic and dynamic tandem for the future. Weakness: Is he capable of staying effective without the ball in his hands?
18. Minnesota Timberwolves Austin Rivers (6’4″ SG, Duke, Freshman)
Reasoning: Maybe the most gifted natural scorer in the draft. Rivers with great ball handling and quickness can create a shot for himself almost at will. Rivers lasted this long in part due to his struggles fitting into the team concept at Duke. Rivers is a great talent but, doesn’t make his teammates better. Playing alongside such a talented PG in Rubio will ensure team chemistry isnt compromised. Weakness: Doesn’t have a true position at the NBA level too small to guard SG’s and is not a true PG.
19. Orlando Magic Terrence Ross (6’7″ SF, Washington, Sophomore)
Reasoning: On the verge of a massive rebuild, Orlando needs to gather as many assets as possible. Terrence Ross this late in late in the draft is great value and, while not a first option kind of guy, can do a lot of things well. He can be the eventual replacement for either Richardson or Turkoglu and is versatile enough to do it. Weakness: lacks the ability to consistently beat his man off the dribble.
20. Denver Nuggets Arnett Moultrie (6’11? PF/C, Mississippi State, Junior)
Reasoning: After getting one of the steals of the draft in Kenneth Faried last year, the Nuggets follow up with a simlar player. A player with a relentless motor and exceptional athletic ability. Moultrie is a better offensive player facing the basket than Faried but they will combine to create a nice frontcourt in Denver. Weakness: Not a true Post player and lacks a post game.
21. Boston Celtics Quincy Miller (6’9″ SF, Baylor, Freshman)
Reasoning: Boston is teetering on the edge of a total overhaul. They could bring Garnett and Allen back for a last hurrah, but are perhaps better suited trying to maximize their assets for the future. Quincy Miller is a safe choice this far down the draft because he is supremely talented. He doesn’t seem to have fully healed from his knee injuries, but when healthy, he was a top prospect. His size at the 3 will do well to cover for the relative lack of height in the backcourt. He can potentially be a lethal scorer. Weakness: Will he come back fully healthy from his injuries?
22. Boston Celtics Fab Melo (7’0″ C, Syracuse, Sophomore)
Reasoning: Size, Size, Size is exactly what the aging Celtics Roster needs. KG was forced into playing heavy minutes at Center this season and is also a free agent. Melo gives the Celtics a nice anchor in the post that is effective defensively and rebounding but, his offensive game leaves something to be desired. Weakness: Very, Very Raw
23. Atlanta Hawks Jeff Taylor (6’7″ SF, Vanderbilt, Senior)
Reasoning: The Marvin Williams experiment isn’t working out so well. They need a guy who can come in, play his role, and provide a little bit of everything. That fits Taylor to a T and he can immediately step in and play like he’s been on the team for years. Weakness: He will be 23 on draft night
24. Cleveland Cavaliers Royce White (6’8″ PF, Iowa State, Sophomore)
Reasoning: The definition of Point Forward. Reminds me of a more athletic Anthony Mason. Highly Skilled and can literally do it all. Has a big body but, still maintains good quickness and his passing and ball handling ability is that of a guard. Weakness: Has anxiety disorder and has trouble flying
25. Memphis Grizzlies Doron Lamb (6’4″ SG, Kentucky, Sophomore)
Reasoning: OJ Mayo isn’t working out in Memphis and they can let him go if they can find a capable replacement. They sorely need guys who can spread the floor and Lamb was one of the best shooters in college. Weakness: Not an elite athlete
26. Indiana Pacers Festus Ezeli (6’11″ C, Vanderbilt, Senior)
Reasoning: With Roy Hibbert becoming an Free Agent and lack of quality big men in the NBA, a desperate team could come in an make a max or near max offer that Indiana chooses not to match. Ezeli offers some protection against that scenarion happening. At 6’11 and sporting a 7’3” wingspan he has the body to bang in the NBA and is an adept shot blocker. Weakness: No post game and only an average rebounbder for his size.
27. Miami Heat Andrew Nicholson (6’9″ PF, St. Bonaventure, Senior)
Reasoning: Miami is desperate for size. Their younger guys haven’t quite worked out and their older guys aren’t anything to write home aabout. They would’ve liked to have Ezeli fall, but Nicholson can do a lot of things they could use off the bench. Weakness: not an elite athlete
28. Oklahoma City Thunder John Jenkins (6’4″ SG, Vanderbilt, Junior)
Reasoning: OKC doesn’t really have many weaknesses on their roster, with speculation that James Harden could receive a max offer somewhere next offseason it would be a good insurance policy to add the drafts best shooter to groom as a possible replacement ( I think they match any offer but, a knockdown shooter is valuable to any team). Jenkins in 3 years at Vandy shot around 700 3 pointers and an incredible clip(48%, 41%, 44%). Weakness: Slow footed defensively and only an average athlete.
29. Chicago Bulls Marquis Teague (6’2″ PG, Kentucky, Freshman)
Reasoning: Derrick Rose’s injury is cause for concern. Reports are abound that they’ll be targeting some veteran points to cover for him, but they would be more than glad to take a guy like Teague just in case Rose can’t come back 100% Weakness: he isn’t a true point and is too small to be a combo
30. Golden State Warriors Tony Wroten (6’5″ PG/SG, Washington, Freshman)
Reasoning: The perfect combo guard to play along Stephen Curry. Wroten in one season at Washington avg’d 16/5/4 as a 6’5’ 205 lb guard. Tony has the ball handing & passing ability to compliment one of the leagues most deadly shooting PG’s. Wroten can also play spot duty as PG and offer some insurance against Steph’s lingering ankle issues.
31. Charlotte Bobcats TyShawn Taylor (6’3″ PG, Kansas, Senior)
Reasoning: Taylor is a big, physical guard that can play either position. He developed into a nice scoring PG by his Senior year at Kansas and is a tough defender. Having already picked up Robinson, drafting his PG would be a great way to make him comfortable. Having a guy like Taylor would mean the end of the Higgins Jr. experiment, something we would all be glad to see. Weakness: Age