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Mock Draft picks 1-10 with explanations



Okay, so this mock will have the expected picks and who I think the teams should pick: 

1: *Cleveland Cavaliers:  Will pick: Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke.   Should pick: Derrick Williams, PF, Arizona*

 

The consensus number one pick is Kyrie Irving, and he seems like a pretty safe pick.  The Cavs can't affor3d to make a mistake with this pick, which is why they will play it safe with Irving.  The Cavs also need to fill up their arena and get a guy who will be the team's star.  Derrick Williams is that guy.  I also don't see much CP3 in Irving, who wouldn't be any good with nobody to pass to.  The Cavs frontline of Williams, Hickson, and Varajeo would be young and promising, and the backcourt can be addressed with pick 4.

 

2: *Minnesota Timberwolves:  Will pick: Derrick Williams PF, Arizona.  Should pick: Enes Kanter, PF/C, Turkey*

 

The Wolves certainly aren't pleased about getting pick #2, and likely missing out on Kyrie Irving.  However, it will be a blessing in disguise.  Ricky Rubio is rumored to be coming over next year, and if the Wolves believe this, they shouldn't have 3 PGs taken in the top 10 picks.  That said, I think the Wolves go BPA.  Despite how good I think Williams will be, I'd go Kanter.  That would give Love some relief in the post, and it wouldn't take too much PT away from Wes Johnson, last year's #4 pick.  Kanter will be a solid Center, and as shown by the Perkins deal, aren't too easy to come by.

3: *Utah Jazz: Will pick: Jan Vesely, SF, Czech Republic.  Should pick: Jan Vesely, SF, Czech Republic*

 

The Jazz are lucky to be in the top 3, and they already have a wealth of bigs with Millsap, Jefferson, and Favors.  Kanter is a possible pick, but I don't think the Jazz want their frontcourt to get too jammed up.  That said, Vesely is a good pick, and reminds me of a more athletic Andrei Kirilenko.  He seems like a perfect fit with a lot of upside, and I think the Jazz recognize that

 

4: *Cleveland Cavaliers: Will pick: Enes Kanter, PF/C, Turkey.  Should pick: Enes Kanter, PF/C, Turkey*

 

It never hurts to get a quality big, and I think given that the Cavs already took Irving, they could use a good big.  The Cavs are still missing a ton of pieces, so getting 2 quality players and presumably a top-5 pick next year could put them on the upswing.  The Cavs would have a ton of yioung talent: Kanter, Irving, Hickson, Varejao, and Christian Eyenga.

 

5: *Toronto Raptors: Will Pick: Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky.  Should pick: Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky*

 

This is one of the best fits of the draft.  Knight could learn to play a pure PG behind Calderon for a year, and then take over a team that already has Bargnani and DeRozan.  The Raptors are still pretty far away, but Knight is a step in the right direction.

6: *Washington Wizards:  Will Pick: Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State.  Should pick: Tristian Thompson, PF, Texas*

 

The Wizards have John Wall, who will one day be the best PG in the NBA.  Jordan Crawford is another good young piece.  I don't think their front line of Andray Blatche and Javale McGee will cut it.  McGee seems to play well wtih Wall, so I think Blatche is the one that has to go.  Thompson would be an intriguing replacement, but the Wizards need of a SF will cause them to reach for Leonard.

 

7: *Sacramento Kings: Will Pick: Kemba Walker, PG, UConn.  Should pick: Kemba Walker, PG, UConn*

 

This is a no-brainer to me.  He can split PG duties with Tyreke Evans, and bring leadership to a team that has talent but no leadership.  Kemba will tear it up in Sac-Town, and as good as he made Jeremy Lamb and Alex Oriakhi look, imagine what he can do with DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans

 

8: *Detroit Pistons: Will Pick: Jonas Valanciunas, PF/C, Lithuania.  Should pick: Jonas Valanciunas, PF/C, Lithuania*

 

The Pistons are an organization that isn't quite sure what it's doing.  Rodney Stuckey is a good PG, but I'm not sure that they will re-sign him.  Austin Daye and Greg Monroe are great pieces along the frontline, and adding a high-ceiling guy in Valanciunas would give the Pistons a foundation for the future.  Alec Burks is another solid possibility, depending on the Rip Hamilton situation

9: *Charlotte Bobcats:  Will Pick: Bismack Biyombo, C, Congo.  Should pick: Tristian Thompson, PF, Texas*

 

The Bobcats need a lot of pieces.  Henderson and Augustin form a talented young backcourt, and Stephen Jackson is a very underrated player.  I'm not sold on Byombo, but the Bobcats are headed in the wrong direction, and they want a potential star with the pick.  I think Thompson is another high-ceiling player, but he has a higher floor than Biyombo.

 

10: *Milwaukee Bucks: Will Pick: Alec Burks, SG, Colorado.  Should pick: Alec Burks, SG, Colorado*

 

The Bucks are thrilled that the best SG in the class falls to them at 10.  He is a good fit, and gives Jennings and Bogut a good wing scoring option.  Burks is a very well-rounded player, and depending on the way the draft falls, he could jump into the top-5.  This pick would turn the Bucks back into the playoff team that they were in 2009-2010.

 

So, how did I do?  Please leave some feedback, I'm looking forward to hearing it!

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