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1. Cleveland - Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
Knee concerns aside, Noel is still the choice at #1. Limited on the offensive end, he already has the ability to be a defensive presence. While they could add more offense with some other choices here, Kyrie Irving and company will all benefit from having Noel’s athleticism in the middle.
2. Orlando – Ben McLemore, G, Kansas
Put aside rumors of McLemore’s workouts and you have an athletic, talented scorer who you can build a team around. McLemore will draw attention right away for his shooting ability, but he is also a good defender. He should be the piece the Magic rebuild around.
3. Washington – Otto Porter, F, Georgetown
The Wizards backcourt for the foreseeable future is set with John Wall and Bradley Beal. Porter will provide them with a versatile forward who can contribute immediately in a number of areas. Most important, he doesn’t need to be the star to have an impact.
4. Charlotte – Alex Len, C, Maryland
The need for a big man seems to be a constant for the Bobcats, and they will have a shot at a potential game-changer in Len. Already skilled on the offensive end, Len has the upside to develop into a NBA level player on both ends. Also, with a lack of scoring on the team all around, Len should be able to get all the touches he needs to continue to develop.
5. Phoenix – Anthony Bennett, F, UNLV
Phoenix may be saddled by Michael Beasley for the near future, and there is a logjam at the power forward position, but the talent and upside of Bennett will be too much to pass up here. His ability to play on the perimeter or post should allow the Suns some flexibility with their rotations.
6. New Orleans – Trey Burke, G, Michigan
Austin Rivers was drafted last year to potentially be the Pelicans’ point guard of the future, but realistically, he may never become the distributor that the team will need. Enter Trey Burke. Already adept at running the pick-and-roll, look for the team to see an increased number of good looks based on Burke’s abilities.
7. Sacramento – Victor Oladipo, G, Indiana
Other than the center position, Sacramento has many needs, but I have a hard time believing the pass up a defender like Oladipo, who still has room to grow on the offensive side. Oladipo’s ability to stay in front of players looking to get into the lane should also help DeMarcus Cousins stay out of foul trouble.
8. Detroit – C.J. McCollum, G, Lehigh
Brandon Knight has had a chance to show that he can be the point guard Detroit needs, but he isn’t. The frontcourt is set with the duo of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, so look for the Pistons to find the guard who can not only run the offense, but score in a variety of ways. McCollum can do that, defend, and is a natural leader.
9. Minnesota – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G, Georgia
Minnesota expects Nikola Pekovic to re-sign with the team which shores up the frontline needs, and next on the list would be a perimeter threat. Caldwell-Pope didn’t have great shooting numbers, but he was also handling a heavy burden on a bad Georgia team. He is more than capable of knocking down shots as long as he doesn’t force them.
10. Portland – Cody Zeller, F, Indiana
Portland has gotten a lot out of LaMarcus Aldridge the past few seasons, but he needs help in the frontcourt. Meyers Leonard is still developing into the Blazers’ center of the future, but Zeller would fit right in as an athletic power forward who runs the floor, can score in a variety of ways, and is a good defender.
11. Philadelphia – Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
Adams certainly didn’t live up to his hype last season, but you can see the physical tools that may have led some people to do that. He is still pretty much a clean slate as far as being a basketball player, so Philadelphia should have a chance to mold them in to the type of big man they need.
12. Oklahoma City (from Toronto) – Shabazz Muhammad, F, UCLA
The top offense in basketball could look to add another scoring option in the talented, yet still developing, Muhammad. A situation like the Thunder, where Muhammad won’t have the pressure of being a Top 2 option may be the best thing that happens to him in the long-term.
13. Dallas – Michael Carter-Williams, G, Syracuse
While it’s still expected that Dallas will do all they can to free themselves of this pick, and eventual salary, to make sure they have all the space they need to be a contender for Dwight Howard’s services, there is little chance they would pass up Carter-Williams if they still have the pick. At 6’6, Carter has tremendous size for the point guard position to match his court vision. He’s not ready to take over a team yet, but he will be put in a position to learn all he needs.
14. Utah – Shane Larkin, G, Miami
Utah has some potentially strong young frontcourt pieces in Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, but there is a big void at the point guard position. Larkin made a big jump his sophomore year at Miami, and he showed he can run a pro-style offense. He will need some work on the defensive end, but he could be Utah’s answer at the position for many years.
15. Milwaukee – Sergey Karasev, F, Russia
While a guard spot may be a more pressing need, Karasev may be tough to pass up in this spot. Karasev is a skilled shooter, which all teams can use, but almost every part of his game needs work. Still there is some upside here and worth the risk at 15.
16. Boston – Dennis Schroeder, G, Germany
No matter how the potential deal with the Clippers turns out, the Celtics will need some help at the point guard position. Schroeder is still developing, but he has great speed and vision. He likely won’t provide any help this year, but he could be the Celtics’ point guard of the future.
17. Atlanta – Kelly Olynyk, F/C, Atlanta
Atlanta is another team that hopes to be a player for Dwight Howard this summer, but with a good chance they won’t get him they will need to fill a need at center. Olynyk’s ability to score from many places on the floor could provide some versatility on offense. He can knock down the mid-range jumper consistently and he runs the floor well for his size, though he has some defensive limitations.
18. Atlanta (from Houston) – Giannis Adetokunbo, F, Greece
With their second pick here, look for Atlanta to try and save some money by picking the very raw
Adetokunbo and letting him spend a few years in Europe refining his game.
19. Cleveland (from LA Lakers) – Jamaal Franklin, G, San Diego State
Indications are that Cleveland would like to move up from this spot, but if they stay here, Franklin will provide another good athletic perimeter player who will shore up team’s defense.
20. Chicago – Allen Crabbe, G, California
The Bulls are one of the many teams in need of perimeter shooting and they have a chance at one of the better ones in this draft in Crabbe. With great size at the shooting guard position, Crabbe will be able to find good looks, and should benefit from a healthy Derrick Rose.
21. Utah (from Golden State)- Mason Plumlee, C, Duke
Plumlee will provide the Jazz some needed depth in the frontcourt, as well as a god defensive presence. They may also look for another shooter here, but it will Plumlee will be a steal here.
22. Brooklyn – Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
Dieng will give the Nets some immediate help in the middle and make up for many of Brook Lopez’s weaknesses. The bonus is that I still believe that Dieng still has development room left and could be a valuable player for many years.
23. Indiana – Reggie Bullock, G/F, North Carolina
Indiana had a great run to the Eastern Conference Finals, and Paul George and Roy Hibbert have established themselves as two of the better players in the NBA. Bullock is a knockdown shooter who should help stretch the floor and give them more room to do what they do best.
24. New York – Tony Snell, G, New Mexico
Snell would give the Knicks an athletic wing who can defend on the perimeter and knock down jumpers. The Knicks could go in many directions here, but Snell may be their best bet.
25. Los Angeles Clippers – Tim Hardaway, Jr., G, Michigan
Re-signing Chris Paul is still the Clippers top priority, and a potential deal with the Celtics is still in the works. Either way, Hardaway will provide some depth in the backcourt and give the Clippers an athletic wing who has shown some good, though inconsistent, shooting ability.
26. Minnesota (from Memphis) – Tony Mitchell, F, North Texas
Having added some shooting earlier in the draft with Caldwell-Pope, the Timberwolves can focus on the frontcourt and add a talented, but still developing forward in Mitchell. He is coming off a disappointing sophomore season, and he has had on and off the court issues, but a strong veteran presence in Minnesota should help him.
27. Denver – Rudy Gobert, C, France
Denver has gone through some major changes during the off-season with both the General Manager and Coach gone, and Andre Iguodala looking to test free agency. Gobert is certainly a long-term project, but that should allow the team to bring him along at a good pace and let him be ready to step in in a few years.
28. San Antonio – Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil
Tim Duncan is winding down his career and Tiago Splitter has hardly shown that he can be the frontcourt force the team needs for their system. Noguiera is another raw center prospect, but he has the physical tools to develop well in the Spurs’ organization.
29. Oklahoma City- Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
Oklahoma City already took a scoring big man at 12 in Kelly Olynyk and now will look for another defensive presence in the paint. Withey doesn’t have much upside, but he is a tremendous shot-blocker and should be good insurance in case Serge Ibaka has any health issues.
30. Phoenix (from Miami) – Ricky Ledo, G, Providence
Another team with a second pick in Round 1, the Suns could add some backcourt depth and scoring with Ledo. Having missed last season, Ledo will need some time to get acclimated, but it may be worth locking him up for the future by using a 1st round pick.
31. Cleveland - Isaiah Canaan, G, Murray State
32. Oklahoma City – Pierre Jackson, G, Baylor
33. Cleveland – Alex Abrines, G, Spain
34. Houston – Erick Green, G, Virginia Tech
35. Philadelphia – Mike Muscala, F, Bucknell
36. Sacramento – Ray McCallum, G, Detroit
37. Detroit – Glen Rice Jr., F, Rio Grande Valley (D-League)
38. Washington – Nate Wolters, G, South Dakota State
39. Portland – Archie Goodwin, G, Kentucky
40. Portland – Livio Jean-Charles, F, France
41. Memphis – Erik Murphy, F, Florida
42. Philadelphia – Lorenzo Brown, G, North Carolina State
43. Milwaukee – Myck Kabongo, G, Texas
44. Dallas – Colton Iverson, C, Colorado State
45. Portland – Deshaun Thomas, F, Ohio State
46. Utah – C.J. Leslie, F, North Carolina State
47. Atlanta – Jackie Carmichael, F, Illinois State
48. LA Lakers – Zeke Marshall, C, Akron
49. Chicago – Trevor Mbakwe, F, Minnesota
50. Atlanta – Solomon Hill, F, Arizona
51. Orlando – Peyton Siva, G, Louisville
52. Minnesota – James Ennis, F, Long Beach State
53. Indiana – Ryan Kelly, F, Duke
54. Washington – Carrick Felix, G, Arizona State
55. Memphis – Phil Pressey, G, Missouri
56. Detroit – Vander Blue, G, Marquette
57. Phoenix – Robert Covington, F, Tennessee State
58. San Antonio – Nemanja Nedovic, G, Serbia
59. Minnesota – James Southerland, G, Syracuse
60. Memphis – Grant Jerrett, F, Arizona
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