PF. Anthony Davis - 6'10, 220 - Kentucky
The Hornets won the Lottery and with out a doubt will take Anthony Davis who is the best player in the draft. The pick will also feel a need for the Hornets as they needed a upgrade at PF because Carl Landry isn't really a starting PF to me. He has some talent but he's just too small and doesn't defend. Okefor didn't live up to the hype but he's still a good defender at C and pairing up Davis and Okefor will make for quite a solid defensive front.
The Bobcats don't have a single player on their roster who's top 15 at their position maybe even top 20 for that matter. One could argue that the 2nd best overall prospect in the class is Kidd-Gilchrist and I'd agree but I think Beal might be the better fit for the Bobcats. The fact of the matter is the Bobcats don't have a single explosive scorer on their roster and even though Gilchrist has the potential to get there eventually he's not there yet. Beal is the best pure offensive player in the draft in my opinion and I think thats what they need in Charlotte. They need a player that can create his own offense and hit big shots and that's not what Gilchrist is gonna be able to do in rookie season but Beal might be able to. Plus Kidd is a better fit at the 3 and the Bobcats are probably stuck with Maggette for another year and all he can play is the 3 so if they drafted Gilchrist he'd have to start at SG his rookie season and that would be terrible for floor spacing for the Bobcats.
Thomas Robinson has the potential to be a beast on the low block in the NBA. He already has solid footwork, strength, athleticism, and a NBA body to go with it. He should be a really solid offensive PF. Unfortunately because of his lack of length I don't think he'll ever be a great defender but with the right coaching because of his athleticism and physical ability he could become a good one. Some might say the Wizards should take Gilchrist with this pick but they picked 2 SFs in last years draft and I don't like the idea of Gilchrist at the 2 in the NBA so he wouldn't be that great of a fit to me. Especially when I feel Chris Singelton is gonna be a solid starting SF in the league one day. Their current starting PF is Andray Blatche who frankly his time is about up in D.C. Robinson would be a welcomed replacement over Blatche.
The Cavs have had a hole at the 3 since Lebron left and Kidd-Gilchrist could be the long term solution to fixing that issue. Kidd-Gilchrist is gonna be one of the elite perimeter defenders in the NBA one day and if he can develop an elite offensive game to go with that he could develop into a superstar. His offensive game and how it'll transition into the NBA is the big question mark about him right now though. In college he was a streaky jump shooter from mid range and lived mostly with his ability to get to the rim which isn't something you can live by alone at the NBA level. He's got to develop his jump shot more from mid range and then extend his range out to the NBA 3 point line. If he can fully develop as an offensive player he could be the 2nd best prospect in the class.
C. Andre Drummond - 6'11, 275 - Uconn
Drummond isn't ready to play yet but he could be the next Andrew Bynum. Bynum had great size and showed flashes of potential but it took him 7 years to really put it all together. I think Drummond could be that way as well. However Drummond could also be the next Kwame Brown so you have to be careful when picking Drummond. In my opinion the Kings are the perfect team to pick Drummond. For 1 thing they already have a potential dominant post player in Cousins so there wouldn't be any pressure for him to step in and start and have to be dominant right away. He could develop at his own pace in Sacremento. The Kings are also a good fit because he feels a need. With Jason Thompson's contract expiring the only 2 quality bigs they have on the entire team are Cousins and Chuck Hayes. You might say their are other players you could take over Drummond but they all play either PG, SG, or SF and the Kings don't need any more players at any of those 3 positions. ESPECIALLY at guard. If the Kings draft another guard I might just throw my remote while watching the draft. They need depth on the frontline and if Drummond devlops into a quality big they could potentially have what the Lakers had this past year with Gasol and Bynum. Another good thing about Cousins is he can play the 4 and the 5 because of his athleticism and ability to shoot the mid range jumper. So by Drafting Drummond you could potentially have him and Cousins dominating together in a few years and that could be scary.
6. (From the Nets)
PG. Damien Lillard - 6'2, 185 - Webber State
If Drummond isn't taken by the Kings he's definitely going here because they might not even have a Center on the roster on draft day. But if he's the Blazers have to pick a Center or a PG. Their gonna get Batum back and they have Matthws and Crawford and of course one of the best PFs in the league in Aldridge so their set at SG,SF, and PF. Their not gonna bring Felton back so their options at PG coming into the draft are gonna be Jonny Flynn and Nolan Smith which just isn't good enough. Because they have pick 11 I think they should go with Damian Lillard here. He's the best PG prospect in the class and he won't make it to them at 11 were as Zeller who's the best C left will most likely be available at 11. Harrison Barnes is the best player left in the draft at this point but I just don't think the pick really feels a need at all.
SF/SG. Harrison Barnes - 6'8 - 210 - North Carolina
Harrison Barnes stock has been all over the place as he's in a weird place where he could go as high as maybe 3 or fall all the way down to 10. I think if he's available at 7 there's no way the Warriors can pass. The Warriors are set at PF and C with David Lee and Bogut so drafting Henson, Zeller, or Sullinger doesn't make much sense to me. Their also set at PG with Curry. Klay Thompson was also a good pick and can play either position on the wing SG or SF which means the Warriors will most likely go with the best SG or SF available with this pick and if the draft plays out this way that'll be Barnes.
SG. Austin Rivers - 6'4, 200 - Duke
This might be a little bit of a reach or maybe even wishful thinking on my part but I feel that Rivers would be a better fit than Jeremy Lamb for the Raptors. Lamb might be the better overall prospect but the Raptors simply need a guy that can score. Derozan is a good slasher and Dunker, Calderon is a solid traditional PG that can shoot and set up the offense, and Bargnani is a stretch 4. But they need a scorer. A guy that can get his own shot 1 on 1 and make something happen and we all know Rivers can do that. He's undersized, can't defend and very reckless but I see some Jamal Crawford in him with his dribbling ability and willingness to take big shots and the Raptors need that. Also they don't need a big. If you remember they picked Jonas Valancinuas in last years draft 4th overall who is a C and reports are that he's began negotiating his buyout with his Eruo team so that he can join the Raptors for the upcoming season.
PF. Jared Sullinger - 6'9, 280 - Ohio State
Sullinger looked like he may have regressed to some last year and if we were talking about taking him in the top 5 you'd be right to start bringing up all the red flags. But the fact of the matter is when you look at all his positives picking him at number 9 is relatively low risk. We know that the Pistons wanna pair Monroe with another quality big. They took their PG last year and have plenty of SGs. Their options for this pick are Sullinger, Henson, Zeller, or Perry Jones who I think they'd take if they don't go with Sullinger. Regardless of how you feel about Sullinger he's a big physical player and has some low post game and could be a guy you could go throw down low one day if he properly develops and it's hard to turn those guys down.
10. (From the T-Wolves)
SF/PF - Perry Jones - 6'11, 235 - Baylor
I'd imagine the Hornets would want Lillard with this pick and if he's there they'd take him but if he's not then their looking at Kendall Marshall who's the next best prospect at PG. If your the Hornets all SGs and PFs are out of the question because your 2 franchise players play those positions. Also their stuck with Okefor for another 2 years and for what their paying him I'd have to imagine you'd wanna start him. I also doubt they'd be able to trade him. So if they didn't wanna go PG then they'd have to go SF. So basically I'd say their debating between Marshall and Perry Jones for the most part. For me I think the pick should be Perry Jones. He's 6'11 and can play SF. Can you imagine how good the Hornets could be if Perry Jones develops into a true SF with a jump shot at 6'11 along side Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon. Plus Grevius Vazquez played well last year and I'm not so sure the Hornets are high enough on Marshall to feel he's a significant upgrade over Vazquez as Jones would be over Ariza who shot the ball terribly last season. You could get 30% shooting from the field in Perry Jones with alot more athleticism and height.
C. Tyler Zeller - 7'0, 235 - North Carolina
I said earlier the Blazers had 2 positions to address and they addressed PG with the 6th pick so that leaves C. Most believe Henson is a better prospect than Zeller and maybe their right but Henson is 210 pounds no way he's playing Center in the NBA with that frame.
SG. Jeremy Lamb - 6'5, 185 - Uconn
Bucks biggest need is SF but Quincy Miller is the best one available at this point and would be a reach here. They'd love if Zeller were here at 12 but if he's not Their better off just going with the best player available which is Lamb in my opinion. He's a SG and since Monta only has 1 year left they could use the insurance policy. If they feel Moultrie can play C he would be a good pick here too but with them getting Epe Udoh and having Larry Sanders I really don't feel like they need any more PF's trying to play C.
PG. Kendall Marshall - 6'4, 188 - North Carolina
Marshall is considered the best passing PG in the draft and this would be a great fit for him. The Suns run a pick and roll heavy offense that's high tempo which is perfect for Marshall. If Nash stays he has one of the best mentors he could ever ask for if he leaves the Suns have their new starting PG.
PF/C. Arnett Moultrie - 6'11, 225 - Mississippi State University
Moultrie is best suited for the 4 but could play some C and would have to if he got picked by Houston. The Rockets need a quality big with some length and Moultrie potentially gives them that.
PF. John Henson - 6'10, 210 - North Carolina
Henson is a terrific shot blocker and with his ability to knock down mid range jumpers and move laterally he reminds me somewhat of Serge Ibaka. But Henson needs to get stronger and gain some weight. It's SGs in the league bigger than him for crying out loud.
16. (From the Knicks)
SG. Dion Watters - 6'4, 215 - Syracuse
Dion is a combo guard and would fill 2 needs for the Rockets. Their gonna lose their backup PG Goran Dragic and their backup SG Courtney Lee. Because Watters can play both guard spots if they aren't able to resign either player which is a possibility this kid could play both spots off the bench. Also Kevin Martin is in the last year of his deal and will most likely leave after next season so you have your future starting SG potentially as well.
SF/PF. Terrance Jones - 6'9, 244 - Kentucky
The Mavs are gonna be almost starting over from scratch. I fully expect them to amnesty Brendan Haywood which would leave Dirk, Marion, Roddy, and Jones as the only signed players left on the team as they try and use most of their cap space on Deron Williams. Regardless Jones is a top 10 talent and a team like the Mavs have absolutely nothing to lose getting him at 17. I think he should start his career coming off the bench as a combo forward and that's exactly what he'd do in Dallas. Also who better to learn from than Shawn Marion on how to be a combo forward. Also I feel like he's gonna ultimately end up being a PF and he could really learn how to develop offensively as a face up 4 from Dirk.
18. (From the Jazz)
SG. Terrance Ross - 6'6, 197 - Washington
T-Wolves desperately need a true SG. They spent all season last year playing either PGs Luke Ridnour or J.J. Barea as SGs or Wesley Johnson who's a SF at SG.
PG/SG. Tony Wrotten - 6'5, 205 - Washington
Wrotten is a huge PG and the best available talent left in the draft in this point. He can score and drive but the reason he's gonna fall is he's a terrible jump shooter. Still a player as explosive as him would be welcome in Orlando especially with Nelson in the last year of his deal.
PG. Marquis Teague - 6'2, 180 - Kentucky
Nuggets don't have any needs that can be addressed in the draft. Their set at every position. They need a Superstar and I'm sorry but you don't get those at pick 20. Other than that Andre Millers contract is expiring so they could use another back up PG and Teague has a whole lot of potential.
C. Myers Leonard - 7'1, 240 - Illinois
Celtics will be in a transition period after this season. Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett's contracts expire and both will most likely be looking to play elsewhere. The Celtics really need a C and just to add some size and it doesn't get much bigger than 7'1.
22. (From the Clippers)
SF. Quincy Miller - 6'9, 210 - Baylor
At this point of the draft you draft for potential and nobody left has more than Quincy Miller.
SF. Moe Harkless - 6'8,190 - St. Johns
SF and C are 2 positions the Hawks could use help at. I fully expect the Hawks to try and trade Smith. This team needs change and they've wanted to move Horford to PF for years now. SF has better players available than the C position does at this point so I say ATL goes with Moe Harkless.
24. (From the Lakers)
C. Fab Mello - 7'0, 255 - Syracuse
The Cavs could use a SG but I think they need a starting SG which can better be addressed in Free agency. Their gonna lose Jamison which means they only have 2 reliable bigs. They need to add depth on the front line and what better way to do it than to add a 7 footer.
SG. John Jenkins - 6'4, 205 - Vanderbilt
John Jenkins is one of the best shooters in the draft and Memphis is gonna lose O.J. Mayo who brought scoring off the bench so Jenkins could be a nice replacement.
SG. Evan Fournier - 6'7, 205 - France
I don't know much about Fournier but he's the best foreign guard prospect in the draft and the best SG left. He might not be able to come from overseas next year which wouldn't hurt the Pacers anyway so it's a good pick for them.
C. Festus Ezeli - 6'11, 255 - Vanderbilt
The Heat can't really fill any real needs at this point in the draft but they do need some size and 6'11 is size.
PF/SF. Andrew Nicholson - 6'9, 222 - St. Bonaventure
Nicholson is a long combo forward with a lot of potential and could be a great sleeper pick when we look back at this draft a couple years from now. If your OKC you take whoever you feel can develop into the best player a couple years from now with this pick.
SF. Jeff Taylor - 6'7, 225 - Vanderbilt
He's a really good defender and can shoot which would make him a great addition to the Bulls Bench for the future.
PF. Kevin Jones - 6'8, 248 - West Virginia
Kevin Jones has a big body but he's undersized at 6'8. Still he's the best big left and the Warriors need to add depth on the frontline off the bench.