Thursday, June 26, 2008

Round 1 Mock with Explanations

1. Chicago- Derrick Rose
Rose is a given for the number one pick. He played high school basketball in Chicago, so he has ties to the city.

2. Miami- Michael Beasley
Beasley is the obvious pick, having one of the best freshman seasons in college basketball history. He could fill a need as well.

3. Minny- OJ Mayo
Minny likes Mayo and he can shoot from the perimeter for their squad.

4. LA Clips- Eric Gordon
After the Clips moved up in the draft, they decided to get their guy, Eric Gordon.

5. Memphis- Brook Lopez
The Grizzlies take the most impressive finesse big man to complement Marc Gasol.

6. NY- Kevin Love
Love falls to 6, and the NYK take the best talent available.

7. Seattle- Jerryd Bayless
The Sonics love Bayless, and they could use help at point guard.

8. Milwaukee- Joe Alexander
The Bucks need a small forward and Alexander seems to be their favorite player.

9. Charlotte- Russell Westbrook
Charlotte would like to acquire a player who can play some point in case Felton does not pan out next season.

10. New Jersey- Danilo Gallinari
The Nets trade Jefferson in order to select Gallinari to man their small forward slot.

11. Indiana- Roy Hibbert
Hibbert was dominant in predraft workouts, and this sleeper rises up the draft boards into the lottery.

12. Sacramento- DJ Augustin
The Kings select their favorite player and fill a huge void at point guard.

13. Portland- DeAndre Jordan
The Blazers will take Jordan and stash him as a backup next to Oden, or use him as trade bait.

14. Golden St.- Alexis Ajinca
Ajinca has been rising up the draft and seems to be perfect for their run and gun style. He also can shoot from the perimeter.

15. Phoenix- Brandon Rush
Rush is one of the most complete players in this draft and the Suns love his complete game.

16. Philadelphia- Anthony Randolph
He slipped and the Sixers bite for what they perceive to be the best talent available. They have a young team and Iggy could mentor him in the weightroom.

17. Toronto- Kosta Koufas
The Raps get one of the most underrated bigs in this draft. He is an excellent post presence who can stroke it from the perimeter. But, the bulk of his game will come inside.

18. Washington- Darrell Arthur
Arthur becomes the best purely inside player in this draft. Jamison can play some small forward now.

19. Cleveland- Marreese Speights
Speights offers a young athletic presence inside for an aging Cleveland front line.

20. Charlotte- Donte Greene
Greene is taken for potential and the Bobcats look to trade one of their small forwards in the offseason.

21. New Jersey- Robin Lopez
The Nets take a nice big man who slips a bit. Lopez provides a defensive and rebounding presence to add to an already talented lockdown frontcourt alongside Sean Williams.

22. Orlando- Courtney Lee
The Magic love Lee as a guy who can fill it up from the outside and put them over the top in the Eastern Conference.

23. Utah- JaVale McGee
McGee slips far in this draft, but the Jazz take him solely on potential. They could trade for the 30th to select Dragic as well.

24. Seattle- Chris Douglas Roberts
Douglas Roberts is a nice slashing weapon who can complement Durant through his dribble drive and kick.

25. Houston- DJ White
The Rockets look to take a backup PF to go alongside Scola. White is a beast inside and he may receive some starting time.

26. San Antonio- Nicolas Batum
The Spurs love Batum and would have a French connection with him and Tony Parker. He brings youth to their wing.

27. Portland- Jason Thompson
The Blazers select another big guy and trade him at some point. They are already loaded in their frontline, and Thompson is a nice tradable piece.

28. Memphis- JJ Hickson
Hickson is a beast inside and could be the biggest steal of the entire first round. His interior game is extremely advanced for his age. He would add a presence to the Grizzlies that has not yet been seen in Memphis.

29. Detroit- Kyle Weaver
Weaver is a defensive wing who the Pistons could utilize. He is a lock down defender, who could bring back the Pistons of old.

30. Boston- Goran Gragic
Boston goes with a point guard at 30 and possibly trades him to Utah. Or, they can stash him overseas until Cassell retires.

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