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NBA Draft: Mock 3.0

The NBA Draft is now less than 24 hours away and we here at Every Month Should be March wanted to take one last stab at predicting this year’s outcome.

After two attempts to lock down this year’s draft class — taking an in depth look at teams needs, player ratings and scouts opinions — we have finally compiled all our thoughts into one Final Mock Draft.

Consensus #1 Overall, Kyrie Irving, leads us off but after that it’s about any bodies guess as who will be taken.

So, take a trip with us here at EMM and find out who our experts are predicting your team will select…


  1. Cleveland CavaliersKyrie Irving, PG, Duke: The rumors have already begun that the Cavs have committed to Kyrie Irving, confirming what the vast majority of draft pundits have suspected. Irving has a lot to prove after missing most of his only season at Duke. Still, most believe that he is one of two players in this draft with any potential to be consistent all-star selections. Irving wins out because the league is becoming a point guard dominated league. (Mayo) 

 2. Minnesota Timberwolves Derrick Williams, PF, Arizona: With Kyrie going 1 overall, it’s pretty much a sure thing that Williams goes to the Wolves here. Long, athletic and good upside he could be a great addition to Kevin Love in the front court. He would also make Beasley an expendable commodity. Any takers? (Luke)

Brandon Knight will be ecstatic if Utah calls his name at number 3.

  3. Utah Jazz – Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky: Everyone has Irving and Williams going 1-2. After that, no one is quite sure yet between Knight and Kanter. I have doubts whether the Devin Harris will actually be anything more than what he is (a starting point guard for a lottery team). Knight is the pick as they try and replace Deron Williams. (Giblin)

4. Cleveland Cavaliers – Enes Kanter, PF/C, Kentucky, C, Turkey: Kanter gets taken 4th overall but maybe won’t fall this far. Utah is strongly considering him with the 3rd pick. If that is the case, Tristan Thompson may be the pick here (a reach). But for now we are giving the Cavs Kanter. Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams are considered the only blue chip prospects in this draft, but Kanter is the top player of the next tier. This would be a coup for the Cavs.

5. Toronto Raptors – Kawhi Leonard, SF, SDSU: Some believe that the Raptors might go point guard with this pick, but I contend that they give Jerryd Bayless a shot at running the show. They have a big need for a swingman who can defend and provide some toughness to a team who definitely was lacking in that category last season. (Mayo)

6. Washington Wizards – Jan Vesely, PF, Czech Republic: The lengthy swingman is probably the most polished foreigner in this year’s draft class. If Leonard isn’t available here or unless the Wiz move up a few spots, Vesely is the best option and could be tossed into the starting lineup right away. (Luke)

7. Sacramento Kings – Kemba Walker, PG, Uconn: Rumor has it the Maloofs want Jimmer, but Kemba is the better player and can sell tickets too. With Walker running the point, Tyreke Evans can move to the 2 where he’s a better fit. (Giblin)

Long, athletic, everything teams are looking for in a 2-guard, right?

8. Detroit Pistons – Alec Burks, SG, Colorado: The Ben Gordon experiment (and his contract) has not exactly payed big dividends for the Pistons. With a solid foundation of Greg Monroe at the post, the Pistons need to look to get younger. Burks is a good start. (Dalton)

  9. Charlotte Bobcats – Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas: Thompson is one of the better all-around players in this draft. He can guard multiple positions, is a versatile scorer, and hits the boards on both ends. He doesn’t jump out of the gym, but he plays with a blue collar attitude. Charlotte might see higher upside elsewhere, but they can’t afford to whiff on these top-ten picks. Thompson doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses in his game and should provide some stability. (Mayo)

10. Milwaukee Bucks – Jonas Valanciunas, C, Lithuania: Sure, Valanciunas won’t be playing in the NBA next season, but come 2012-13 Andrew Bogut may also not be on the Bucks roster anymore. He may have the highest ceiling of any player in this draft. Look for a team to grab him in the top-10 regardless of contract issues. (Luke)

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NBA Mock Draft 2.0

Round two of our mock NBA Draft comes with the NBA less than ten days until the June 23rd draft. We changed the draft order up a bit and added Dalton to the mix. And to the shock of no one, it looks completely different than our first go at it.

After the first two picks, the Luke thinks the Jazz go big and the ripple effect changes everything after…Cavs up first with Giblin making the pick…

  1. Cleveland Cavs – Kyrie Irving, Duke: Dalton explained why he likes Kemba over Kyrie because of experience and production, but he forgot that NBA G.M.s don’t draft based off of your collegiate performances. Kyrie has the skills to be an elite point guard in the league. As talented as Derrick Williams is, Dan Gilbert and the Cavs get their floor general of the future. (Giblin)
  2. Minnesota Timberwolves – Derrick Williams, Arizona: This pick is a no-brainer. Although the Timberwolves seem to only have SFs and PFs (William’s natural positions), Williams is one of the precious few blue chip prospects in the draft. He’s a poor man’s Blake Griffin but, in this draft, that warrants immediate consideration at number two. They could also go PG here, but David Kahn wouldn’t dare try to bring in another first round PG after the Timberwolves have basically said it is a done deal Ricky Rubio is coming over. (Dalton)
  3. Utah Jazz –Enes Kanter, Turkey:  Kanter has been a hot name among Scouts and GM’s over the past few weeks and even with a logjam in the middle for the Jazz, Kanter’s potential is too good to pass up.  A year or two behind Big Al and Milsap and the Kanter/Favors combo could be a force to be reckoned with. (Luke)

    The Turks got some ups, but is it enough to get the Jazz attention at #3?

  4. Cleveland Cavs – Jan Vesely, Czech Republic: With Kanter off the board, the Cavs have to shuffle a bit, but Vesely is widely considered a top-5 pick and would give Cleveland a versatile wing with size to pair with Kyrie Irving in the rebuilding project. If there was any issue with Vesely’s buyout with his European team, the Cavs should be able to wait a year or two given that this team is very likely not going to be contending for a playoff spot for at least a few years. (Mayo)
  5. Toronto Raptors – Brandon Knight, Kentucky: Many people feel Toronto G.M. Bryan Colangelo wants to go international for this pick; but if Brandon Knight falls out of the first four picks, he won’t hesitate grabbing the gifted Wildcat. He’ll replace Jose Calderon in no time giving Raptors fans a legitimate one in a growing point-guard dominate league.  (Giblin)
  6. Washington Wizards – Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State: Leonard has been falling in many mock drafts, but he shouldn’t be. Leonard is extremely athletic and has the ability to be a Bruce Bowen like defender. I don’t want to continue to disparage this draft, but this year that warrants top ten considerations. Leonard will give the Wizards a tough, defensive presence that they have not had since Deshawn Stevenson left. The Wizards should focus on defense this year then get offensive firepower next year in a loaded 2012 draft. (Dalton)
  7. Sacramento Kings – Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania: Kemba seems to be the popular pick here, but with Tyreke Evans, Beno Udrih and a rising stud in Marcus Thornton all playing a combo-guard role already, taking a big here would be beneficial. Not to mention, the 6-10 Lithuanian teamed with 2010 #1, Demarcus Cousins, in the middle, should help the Kings add to the win column and fast.  (Luke)
  8. Detroit Pistons – Tristan Thompson, TexasThompson provides some toughness and versatility for the Pistons to pair with Greg Monroe in the front court. Thompson can add a low-post scoring threat that Monroe doesn’t quite bring on a consistent basis, and the two could do some great things together. (Mayo)
  9. Charlotte Bobcats – Jordan Hamilton, Texas: The Bobcats need a scoring star for their future. I have heard that Michael Jordan and company have talked about “drafting for doubles instead of home runs.” That doesn’t sound like MJ does it? Bobcats try and find a player that can develop into an elite scorer with improved shot selection. Alec Burks could be the pick here too.  (Giblin)
  10. Milwaukee Bucks – Marcus Morris, Kansas: Morris is a very athletic and skilled big man who should be able to contribute right away. He is not particularly tall, but he is young (doesn’t turn 22 until September), and would give the Bucks a solid front court pairing of Morris and Bogut. (Dalton) Continue reading


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Pro-or-No Episode 7, ACC Volume 2

Reggie Jackson, Boston College, Jr.- PG/SG

Overview: Jackson quietly had a break-out year in 2010-2011, averaging 18.2 ppg, 4.3 apg, and 4.5 rpg, and was the driving force behind a BC team who, quite frankly, overachieved by winning nine games in the ACC. Jackson is listed at 6’3″ but he plays much, much longer than that with a seven foot wingspan. I’ve seen people putting Jackson anywhere from the lottery to the mid-second round, which is a large product of people not seeing him play as BC flew under the radar for most of the year. The guy can really play, and as we move closer to the draft, expect Jackson to get some love as a sleeper.

Best Case: Jackson has the chance to be an above-average player at the next level because he is really the total package as a basketball player. He can handle the ball, he’s very athletic, he can shoot off the dribble because of his length, he can play without the ball,  and he demonstrated this year that he can shoot the three. I see an ideal situation being Jackson narrowly misses getting picked in the lottery but goes to the Knicks at number 17. The Knicks decide not to pick up Chauncey Billups’ big-money option because they believe in Jackson’s ability to play both guard positions, and he delivers and becomes option number three on a contending team playing at MSG.

Worst Case: Jackson can’t really handle the NBA point guard position and is handcuffed as strictly a tweener two-guard. He slides a bit in the draft and a team that doesn’t really need another guard takes him on value alone. He doesn’t get the minutes he needs early and loses focus. Think Joe Forte, here. People forget that Forte was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2000 and followed that up with an ACC Player of the Year award in 2001. He was a guy who was a 6’3″ shooting guard who proved that he couldn’t play both guard positions in the league, and that ended his career several years earlier than it could have gone.

Jackson is a different player than Forte was, though. He is much longer, for starters, and is a much better ball handler. Still, he needs to prove he can run the point at least for stretches of games at the next level. My ties to BC make this difficult to say, but I’d be absolutely shocked if he was back in Chestnut Hill next season. Not only is he already getting some love from the draft experts as a “sleeper”, but he doesn’t have a whole lot to come back to next season. He looked like he connected well enough with first-year head coach Steve Donahue, but don’t forget he came to BC for Al Skinner.

Chris Singleton, Florida State, Jr. – SF

Overview: Singleton is never going to be a team’s number one option on offense, but he brings a combination of size and athleticism that is coveted in the NBA. He has the potential to be one of the better defenders in the league if he brings the focus and passion of a professional. That intensity has been questioned with him before, though. Singleton really improved his shot this past season, but teams would probably like him to score inside more frequently. Still, a very good chance of being a first round pick, if not the lottery.

Best Case: Singleton wows teams in his workouts with his unbelievable athleticism and goes toward the end of the lottery to a team that has an established number one and two options on the offensive end. His coach understands how to motivate him and unleashes him on the defensive end and tells him not to worry about offense except for getting fast-break dunks and putbacks on the offensive boards, while he continues to work on his offensive game to at least become a reliable knockdown jump shooter. Singleton becomes a Durant-stopper because of his size and quickness, and his addition becomes a major reason that his team who was drafting in the lottery becomes a contender.

Worst Case: Singleton becomes the reincarnation of Al Thronton, who coincidentally also went to FSU as well. He doesn’t bring the same intensity every night and his basketball IQ doesn’t progress to an NBA level (much like Thornton). He isn’t a complete bust because teams give him a few too many chances hoping that he reaches his very high potential. His offensive game doesn’t improve like they hope it will, and his defensive game is slightly overhyped and can’t quite make up for his being lost on the offensive end. Singleton’s career will be an interesting one to follow.

Kyle Singler, Duke, Sr. – SF

Overview: Singler probably would have been drafted higher if he came out last year with his stock as high as it was ever going to get after Duke’s championship run. He had a solid senior season but his production was definitely cut into a bit with the arrival of Kyrie Irving, even though he only played a handful of games, and the emergence of Nolan Smith as a real offensive thought. At 6’8″ 230 pounds, Singler has pretty good size for an NBA swing man, but he’s not a great athlete. He’s right on the edge of not being quick enough to play the 3 but not big enough to play the 4.

Best Case: A veteran team recognizes Singler as an extremely smart and coachable player who will fit in well with their second unit because he plays hard and is an excellent mid-range shooter. He sneaks into the latter part of the first round and can play decent minutes right away because he can quickly pick up the offense and defensive principles. While he may never be a great on-ball defender, he plays good enough team defense that he can stay on the floor for 20-25 minutes per game when need be, and he carves out a nice little eight to ten year career and even wins a championship or two.

Worst Case: Singler draws too many Gordon Hayward-comparisons (Hayward was very underwhelming as a rookie) and slides down the draft board into the second round. He gets picked up by a young team and gets stuck behind younger, more athletic wing players with higher upsides. So often a guy’s career can be linked with what kind of fit he has with his team. Singler is going to be a guy who can be a productive player on the right team, but in the wrong situation we might not see him in the league for very long.


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