Anthony Davis: PF, 19, 6-10, 222, Kentucky, Fresh.
While Davis continues to insist "nothing is set in stone" yet, the Hornets' front office has done little to hide that their mind was made up immediately upon learning they will select No. 1. Davis is far from a finished product, particularly on the offensive end, but he will be a strong Rookie of the Year contender thanks to his length, athleticism, intensity and instincts.
2. Charlotte Bobcats
Thomas Robinson: PF, 21, 6-9, 244, Kansas, Junior
Although the Bobcats and their fans were disappointed not to end up with Davis after the miserable season they endured, they should get over that quickly when they realize they are about to add an important piece to their roster who is arguably more ready to compete from Day 1 than Davis.
Robinson will bring a blend of strength, athleticism and competitiveness that the team sorely lacked this season inside the paint. He will pair well with 2011 draft pick Bismack Biyombo to form one of the longest and most explosive interior frontcourts - certainly defensively - in the NBA.
3. Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal: SG, 18, 6-5, 202, Florida, Fresh.
After adding two significant contracts to their books this week in a controversial trade, the Wizards' biggest position of need appears to be at shooting guard. Beal has the perfect skills and demeanor to complement the ultra-quick but mediocre perimeter shooting John Wall, which should make him an excellent fit on Washington's roster.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: SF: 18, 6-7, 233, Kentucky, Fresh.
The Cavs have virtually nothing on the wing going into next season and would be very happy to see Kyrie Irving's former high school teammate available right here. Kidd-Gilchrist could fill an immediate hole, bringing intensity and toughness that will improve Cleveland's shaky perimeter defense. He's one of the most competitive players in this draft. Still very much a work in progress offensively, he would form a formidable transition duo with Irving and hyper-athletic Tristan Thompson.
Some reports indicate that Harrison Barnes could be the pick here, but according to our sources that is not the case.
5. Sacramento Kings
Harrison Barnes: SF, 19, 6-8, 228, North Carolina, Soph.
Sacramento's front office and coaching staff are reportedly leaning toward the player who can help the most next season. They do not have the job security to wait on a prospect like Andre Drummond who could take two to three years to develop. With that in mind, Barnes is both the safest and most logical pick here considering how weak the Kings are at small forward, despite the fact that he refuses to work out for them (like everyone else in the top five).
Trading the pick to a team like Houston (or someone else) as part of a deal involving Kyle Lowry, Tyreke Evans and the Nos. 14 and 16 picks appears to be a real option according to numerous NBA executives, but Sacramento reportedly hopes to find a better alternative and has stalled on pulling the trigger. If Houston were to trade up, it appears that Drummond would be the target, which could cause Barnes to fall as far as Toronto's pick.
Portland Trail Blazers (via Brooklyn)6.
Damian Lillard: PG, 21, 6-3, 189, Weber State, Junior
A consensus has emerged the past few days amongst NBA teams regarding Neil Olshey's intentions with this pick. It once appeared that Lillard would be available with the Blazers' later lottery pick (No. 11). But the likes of Golden State, Toronto and New Orleans have fallen hard for the point guard. Lillard had one of those mythical one-on-zero workouts where he could not miss, causing Portland to decide that he is its pick here.
7. Golden State Warriors
Dion Waiters: SG, 20, 6-4, 221, Syracuse, Soph.
This has been one of the toughest picks to lock down over the last few weeks. As of late, Jerry West appears to have pushed this front office (and ownership) in the direction of Dion Waiters, despite the fact that he has refused to work out for the team and has not conducted a physical or even an interview with the Warriors. Surely this will set a bad precedent in coming years for how agents should conduct themselves during the draft process, which could cause some push-back from the league office, but for now, it looks fairly likely that Waiters is the pick here.
8. Toronto Raptors
Austin Rivers: SG, 19, 6-5, 203, Duke, Fresh.
After souring on initial long-time favorite Jeremy Lamb following an injury shortened workout, Toronto will be disappointed to see the new apples of their eye, Dion Waiters and Damian Lillard, get picked back to back right in front of them. Rivers is reportedly the pick for now, unless Toronto convinces Sacramento to trade down and hope Harrison Barnes is still available. Rivers can coexist with the likes of Jose Calderon and No. 1 free agent target Steve Nash harmoniously, both of which are hampering the Raptors from making significant moves until their situations clear up.
9. Detroit Pistons
Andre Drummond: C, 18, 7-0, 279, Connecticut, Fresh.
In a strange twist of fate, the Pistons see arguably the second most talented player in the draft, at their biggest position of need, fall right into their laps. Drummond brings the size, length, frame, athleticism and defensive prowess they lack next to the more offensively minded Greg Monroe, making this as easy a pick to call as we've seen since Anthony Davis went off the board.
New Orleans Hornets (via Minnesota)10.
Tyler Zeller: C, 22, 7-0, 247, North Carolina, Senior
New Orleans will be a little disappointed to see the likes of Lillard and Rivers come off the board earlier, causing them to look for a big man. Seven-footer Tyler Zeller has the size, polish and experience to step in and play significant minutes right away.
John Henson: PF, 21, 6-10, 216, North Carolina, Junior
The Trail Blazers have been looking for a strong interior option to pair with LaMarcus Aldridge for quite some time. Going into next season with only Kurt Thomas and Aldridge under contact, Henson appears to be an attractive option here. His terrific combination of size, length, athleticism give him as much upside as any big man in this draft outside of Davis and Drummond. Henson presents little risk at this stage of the draft and could be a home run pick with proper patience and development.
Meyers Leonard: C, 20, 7-1, 250, Illinois, Soph.
The Rockets are trying hard to move into the top five of the draft. After a trade with the Bucks, they now have No. 12 to package along with Nos. 16 and 18. If the Rockets do keep this pick, they could use some size. Leonard is a safe bet to come off the board around this stage. He's too big, talented and athletic to fall much further.
13. Phoenix Suns
Jeremy Lamb: SG, 19, 6-5, 179, Connecticut, Soph.
The Suns are in a serious transition phase, with many key roster pieces entering free agency, making it difficult to pinpoint just one area of need. Regardless of whether Steve Nash and Aaron Brooks return, their wing rotation could use a serious upgrade. Lamb could be the fit here.
14. Milwaukee Bucks
Terrence Ross: SG/SF, 21, 6-7, 197, Washington, Soph.
Ross' athleticism and shooting could make him a nice fit alongside Monta Ellis in the Bucks' backcourt.
Kendall Marshall, PG, 20, 6-4, 198, North Carolina, Soph.
The Sixers are in position to pick the best player that drops to them at 15, and Kendall Marshall is moving up draft boards late. Playmakers like Marshall are hard to find, and the Sixers could try to play Jrue Holiday more off the ball to make room for him.
Houston Rockets (via New York)16.
Perry Jones: PF, 20, 6-11, 234, Baylor, Soph.
Perry Jones III was once considered a top-five talent. He's now falling out of the lottery. He's versatile, but the Rockets will need to be patient with him.
17. Dallas Mavericks
Terrence Jones: PF, 20, 6-9, 252, Kentucky, Soph.
While almost certainly a top-10 talent, Jones (or one of his power forward counterparts) could pay the price for how deep this draft is at his position. Six power forwards have already come off the board at this point of the mock draft. The Mavericks have other needs, but could have a difficult time passing on a player like Jones, who can do a little bit of everything on the floor and looks ready to play from Day 1.
18. Houston Rockets (via Minnesota via Utah)
Moe Harkless: SF, 19, 6-9, 207, St. John's, Fresh.
Many NBA teams are pointing to Harkless as one of the fastest rising players in the draft at this late stage. He has reportedly done a terrific job in convincing executives of his potential with his work in the interview and workout process. Harkless passes the eye test on first glance, has been shooting better than expected, and is one of the youngest players in the draft, having just turned 19 last month.
19. Orlando Magic
Jared Sullinger: PF/C, 20, 6-9, 268, Ohio State, Soph.
Sullinger was likely to be selected in the top 10 until red flags uncovered in his NBA combine physical put a serious damper on his draft stock. Rumors are flying that Sullinger could require surgery that could sideline him for the entire year, which makes it virtually impossible to peg where he'll end up on draft night.
At this late stage in the draft, new GM Rob Hennigan can afford to take a flyer on a player who would be a huge steal if the concerns over his back end up being overblown, like most red-flagged prospects in the past.
20. Denver Nuggets
Arnett Moultrie: PF/C, 21, 6-11, 233, Mississippi St., Junior
The Nuggets have good depth at pretty much every position. This should allow them to draft the most talented player that falls to No. 20. Moultrie has the skills and athleticism to see minutes at power forward alongside Denver's bevy of centers, but is also big enough to see some time alongside the likes of Kenneth Faried and Al Harrington.
21. Boston Celtics
Royce White: PF, 21, 6-8, 261, Iowa State, Soph.
The Celtics are ushering in a new era, with a big chunk of their roster entering free agency and a great deal of cap room opening up. Danny Ainge has never had a problem swinging for the fences for a talented prospect with significant long-term upside, and Royce White fits that description as he would have been picked significantly higher had teams not been scared off by his fear of flying and anxiety disorder.
22. Boston Celtics (via LA Clippers)
Andrew Nicholson: PF/C, 22, 6-9, 234, St. Bonaventure, Senior
Nicholson has continued to move up several teams' draft boards. With Boston's entire frontcourt is entering free agency, the Celtics would benefit from adding Nicholson's versatility to their roster.
23. Atlanta Hawks
Evan Fournier: SG/SF, 19, 6-7, 204, Poitiers, International
General manager Danny Ferry is still unpacking his suitcases at this point, and won't have much time to get to work on the Hawks' draft. At only 19, Fournier is ready to step into an NBA rotation, and could give the Hawks another weapon at the 2/3. The Hawks also could leave him in Europe another year.
Cleveland Cavaliers (via LA Lakers)24.
Fab Melo: C, 21, 7-0, 255, Syracuse, Soph.
The Cavs seemingly need everything except a starting point guard at this stage, and adding some size to the frontcourt wouldn't be a bad idea. At 7 feet, Melo could provide that much.
25. Memphis Grizzlies
Marquis Teague, PG, 6-2, 180, Kentucky, Fresh.
The younger brother of Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, Marquis Teague helped his draft stock during Kentucky's run to the NCAA championship. He's quick and explosive and could help solidify the Grizzlies' point guard rotation behind Michael Conley. With O.J. Mayo entering free agency, the Grizzlies could always use another ball-handler.
26. Indiana Pacers
Draymond Green: PF, 22, 6-7, 236, Michigan State, Senior
With a couple of key pieces in George Hill and Roy Hibbert entering free agency, Indiana has some big decisions to make this summer. The team has solid depth at every position right now, and a player like Green fits their culture well with his winning mentality, toughness and unselfish play.
27. Miami Heat
Festus Ezeli: Center, 22, 6-11, 264, Vanderbilt, Senior
The Heat have had a hard time surrounding Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James with complementary rotation pieces, but have a chance to add another talented young player to the mix with this pick. Pat Riley has reportedly been looking hard at all of the big men in the draft, trying to see if he can add a center who can develop into a serviceable role player. Ezeli has the size, length and athleticism to warrant being picked here.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder
Jeff Taylor: SF, 23, 6-7, 213, Vanderbilt, Senior
The Thunder could trade out of this slot, as it will be difficult to find a player who can crack their deep rotation at this late stage. If not, Taylor is a player that could suit their style of play and culture off the court. He's big enough to guard multiple positions, can space the floor as a 40-plus percent outside shooter and he has the athleticism to make plays and get out in the open floor.
29. Chicago Bulls
Will Barton: SG/SF, 21, 6-6, 174, Memphis, Sophomore
With Derrick Rose out for the season, and C.J. Watson not expected to be retained, the Bulls are going into next season with zero ball-handlers. A tough and athletic wing like Will Barton could help provide some relief.
30. Golden State (via San Antonio)
Tony Wroten, PG/SG, 6-6, 203, Washington, Fresh.
With four draft picks at their disposal, the Warriors can afford to swing for the fences this late. Wroten has the size to play either guard position and is a skilled passer.
See DraftExpress.com (http://www.draftexpress.com) for in-depth scouting reports on all of the prospects and more.
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