I’ll use an NBA Lottery to determine the current draft order.
The 14th selection goes to the Houston Rockets who have the 14th worst record.
The 13th selection goes to the Phoenix Suns who have the 13th worst record.
The 12th selection goes to the Utah Jazz who have the 12th worst record.
The 11th selection goes to the Golden State Warriors who have the 11th worst record.
The 10th selection goes to the Milwaukee Bucks who have the 10th worst record.
The 9th selection goes to the Charlotte Bobcats who have the 9th worst record.
The 8th selection goes to the Detroit Pistons who have the 7th worst record meaning the Clippers draft pick that they traded to Cleveland is a top 3 pick now.
The 7th selection goes to the New Jersey Nets who have the 6th worst record. Utah owns this pick.
The 6th selection goes to the Washington Wizards who have the 4th worst record. which means the Sacremento Kings have a lottery pick now.
The 5th selection goes to the Toronto Raptors who have the 3rd worst record.
The 4th selection goes to the Minnesota Timberwolves who have the worst record.
The 3rd selection goes to the Sacremento Kings who have the 6th worst record.
The 2nd selection goes to the Cleveland Cavaliers who have the 2nd worst record.
Which means the Clippers win the lottery and pick first and Cleveland owns this pick.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers from Los Angeles Clippers Derrick Williams SF Arizona On February 24th 2011 I said that Derrick Williams should be the top pick int the draft. I was hesitant to mock him #1 overall at the time because I was afraid I’d receive some constructive criticism, in fact I got several posts in the comment page saying how foolish I was not to mock Williams and Barnes 1 and 2 in the draft if Cleveland has the first two picks. I picked Arizona to make the final 2 before losing to Kansas. Williams knocked off Duke and Arizona came the closest of all the teams to beating the eventual National Champion Connecticut Huskies. Cleveland drafts Derrick Williams #1 overall and makes a smart selection here.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers Harrison Barnes SG North Carolina Can’t you see it now Cleveland picking 1 and 2? David Stern has fixed every draft lottery since 1985. The Ewing draft with the envelopes in 85. The 1993 draft when the Magic took Chris Weber, the 2010 NBA Draft Lottery hoping the Wizards would get rid of Gilbert Arenas by putting the Wizards in a position where they would find it very difficult to pass on point guard John Wall, who was the top draft pick in NBA Mock Drafts before stepping on the Kentucky campus. Here is how I see a conversation going between David Stern and the NBA Draft Committee.
David Stern: Gentlemen, how can we fix this years NBA Draft? In 1985 we gave the Knicks Ewing. In 1993 we gave the Magic Chris Weber to pair up with Shaq. In 2010 we gave the Wizards the top pick hoping to get rid of Gilbert Arenas. What should we do this year?
NBA Draft Exectuive: Mr. Stern, the Cavaliers have Antwan Jamison if we let them pick first and second in this years draft with back to back picks picking #1 overall and #2 overall the Cavaliers can assemble their own big three and attempt to claim revenge on Lebron James for leaving Cleveland by assembling their own crappy big 3. It will create so much parody and entertainment for the fans in Cleveland. It will give some Cavs fans a glimmer of hope. Dan Gilbert will talk about how his big 3 is better than Miami’s big 3 with his two draft picks and Antwan Jamison even though Jamison is past his prime. Our midwest teams need to sell more tickets Mr. Stern. This way Cleveland can develop a big rivalry with the Heat and more tickets means more money.
Stern: Excellent idea we the NBA will make millions muhaha. We will make Cleveland a better team and create a legit Cavs VS Heat rivalry for the Cavs fans. Dan Gilbert will be pleased.
That’s why I believe Cleveland will pick 1 and 2 in this draft, plus they are that bad as a team without Lebron James posting a league worst 13-55 record after having the best record in the NBA 2 years running with James. If any team in NBA history needs the top two picks picking back to back it is this Cleveland Cavaliers team. Stern knows Cleveland needs these picks to put fans in the seats. No team in any sport has ever picked 1 and 2. Cleveland could be the first. The NBA Lottery had one team pick back to back #1 picks with the Magic in the early 90′s when the Magic took Shaq and Weber.
The Cavs will become the first team to pick 1 and 2 in my opinion because Stern is crazy enough to make it happen plus the Cavaliers need both the first and the second pick with the departure of Lebron James because so many pro athletes in basketball are leaving mid market teams like Cleveland, Denver, Phoenix, and Utah that they are the center of to play for big market teams like Miami, New York, and New Jersey where they can play a side role when contending for an NBA title rather than being the main attraction for a mid market team. The NBA is losing money off of this and they need to turn a mid market team into a major attraction. The NBA realizes they cannot turn every mid market team into a contender, but they can try to turn Cleveland into a powerhouse by fixing the draft in their favor. Lebron James did it by going to the Heat in free agency and Carmelo Anthony did this when going to the Knicks by trade. The NBA cannot make money unless a team has a big 3 like Miami to contend in the long run. The LA Clippers traded their first round pick to Cleveland. The NBA has a golden opportunity to give the Cavaliers a chance to be that team and I cannot see the NBA front office people passing up on that chance. So the NBA might fix the 2011 NBA Draft in Cleveland’s favor, that way if one of their players jumps ship they will still have someone else. Plus if Calipari wants to go to the NBA and knows Cleveland is picking 1 2 he can go with Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight and create a Kentucky dynasty for the ages in Cleveland. I doubt that happens, because the reality is Cleveland drafts Derrick Williams and Harrison Barnes 1 and 2 in this draft.
Plus with Williams, Barnes, and Jamison Cleveland has a new big 3 that Cavaliers fans can turn to for major production. Williams played like a top pick against Duke and Barnes had 20 or more points in every game prior to the Kentucky loss in the elite 8. Pairing up Williams and Barnes would be sick for Cavaliers fans.
Barnes was once the top recruit and projected #1 overall pick coming out of high school. Barnes fell off the map, but is now back in contention for the top pick and is certain to go in the top 5.
Haririson Barnes scored 40 points against Clemson during the ACC Tournament and recorded 24 points along with 16 rebounds against Long Island in the round of 64 in the NCAA Mens Tournament.
3. Sacremento Kings Kyrie Irving PG Duke Sacremento needs to build around shooting guard Tyrekee Evans and center DeMarcus Cousins and Kyrie Irving is considered the best player in the draft at this point so he is a good selection here.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves Kemba Walker PG Connecticut After Kemba Walker dominated the Big East Tournament and guiding Connecticut to a Championship in the NCAA Tournament Walker deserves to go in the top 5. Minnesota has no long term answer at point guard. Ridnour is getting up there in age. Jonny Flynn has potential as a 6th man at best and Ricky Rubio looks like a wasted pick. Minnesota takes a flyer on Walker.
5. Toronto Raptors Brandon Knight PG Kentucky Toronto has 2 needs at point guard and small forward. Brandon Knight emerged in the NCAA Tournament and was the #2 recruit in the country coming out of high school even though Knight got off to a sloppy start he really played well down the stretch.
6. Washington Wizards Enes Kanter PF Kentucky The Wizards need to build around John Wall and get the power forward who played in Turkey who got kicked off the Kentucky squad. Kanter is a top 5 talent, but will fall out of the top 5 due to the fact he got paid 30 grand in Europe.
7. Utah Jazz from New Jersey Nets Terrence Jones SF Kentucky The Jazz need a small forward and Terrence Jones can be that game changing small forward that can get you 10 rebounds and 10 points. The Jazz currently have supporting cast to compliment Jones with their starting 5. Plus Jones and Gordon Heyward can compete for the starting job while the other is used for depth to an incredibly deep Jazz lineup.
8. Detroit Pistons Perry Jones PF Baylor Perry Jones has a lot of upside and potential, but is very raw and unpolished. Jones did not get Baylor to the Big Dance in the NCAA Mens tournament so his draft stock takes a huge hit.
9. Charlotte Bobcats Jonas Valanciunas PF Lithuania Charlotte needs help at forward and there are two stud Lithuanian forwards who could be selected in the top 10. One of those forwards is Valanciunas a power forward who can also play center.
10. Milwaukee Bucks Donatas Mtiejunas SF Lithuania Mtiejunas plays small forward, but he is 7 foot so you could plug him into a power forward role also. The Bucks need to obtain some forwards so this is a good spot for Mtiejunas to get drafted.
11. Golden State Warriors Kawhi Leonard SF San Diego State The Warriors may opt for the hometown prospect in Leonard. There are two mountain west studs one is Leonard from San Diego State who has been the main reason for the success of the San Diego State Aztecs.
Leonard went 9/14 against Northern Colorado and Leonard got 16 points against Temple.
12. Utah Jazz Jimmy Freddette SG BYU Utah could use a shooting guard to compliment Raja Bell. Raja Bell is a solid player, but is more suited as a 6th man for depth because Bell is averaging 8 points a game. There were games in the NCAA Mens Tournament where Freddette exploded on the scene and posted 20 plus points. Freddette would be a major upgrade over Bell.
13. Phoenix Suns Alec Burks SG Colorado Phoenix needs a new shooting guard with Grant Hill, Vince Carter, and Mikael Pietrus about to enter free agency. Burks dominated the NIT Tournament and is worth taking a flyer on with a late lottery pick.
14. Houston Rockets Jordan Hamilton SF Texas Hamilton is a hometown prospect and a top ten talent so he would provide great value for the Houston Rockets at this point in the draft.
15. Indiana Pacers Jan Vesely PF Czech Republic Vesely was once a top 10 pick, but he has the athleticism to contribute to a team like the Pacers.
16. Philadelphia 76ers Tobias Harris SF Tennessee Philadelphia is stacked look at their starting 5.
Point Guard Jrue Holliday
Shooting Guard Jody Meeks
Small Forward Andre Iguodala
Power Forward Elton Brand
Center Spencer Hawes
Plus you look at their backups
6th man Evan Turner SG
7th man Thaddeus Young PF
8th man Andres Nocioni SF
I’m giving the 76ers Tobias Harris, but if you don’t like this pick feel free to call me out on this pick without verbally attacking me. The 76ers are not one of my favorite teams so this a pick I want to hear your take on in the comments pages so I can learn something about this team moving forward, because this a spot I’m really unsure on and some clarification from a die hard 76ers fan.
17. New York Knicks Nolan Smith SG Duke The Knicks would love to draft a player like Nolan Smith with this selection here. Smith was one of the supporting players around this Duke Blue Devils basketball team. William Bufford is returning to school so that is another thing to keep in mind.
18. Minnesota Timberwolves from Memphis Grizzlies Kenneth Faried PF Moreheand State Minnesota needs to move Kevin Love to center and get another big man to play power forward since this draft is so thin at center. Love is a two position player who can play power forward or center, but is better fit for the power forward mold. Kenneth Faried provides good value for Minnesota with this pick.
19. Washington Wizards from Atlanta Hawks Tyler Honeycutt SF UCLA Honeycutt could have been a lottery pick in 2012 had he returned, but decided to declare for the 2011 NBA Draft this year. Washington needs to build around John Wall by getting a small forward to compliment John Wall. I gave the Wizards Enes Kanter at #6 so getting a potential late lottery pick like Tyler Honeycutt at #19 is a steal for the Washington Wizards.
20. Charlotte Bobcats from New Orleans Hornets Josh Selby PG Kansas Charlotte should find a point guard for depth and Selby provides great value with this selection.
Selby got only 4 points in 15 mintues of play coming off the bench.
21. Portland Trailblazers Marcus Morris PF Kansas Portland needs to get a power forward like Marcus Morris with this selection here.
Marcus Morris recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds nearly getting a double double for the Jayhawks.
22. Denver Nuggets Markeiff Morris SF Kansas Denver needs to find a small forward to replace Anthony with. Morris may be that forward.
Markeiff Morris posted 15 points and 8 assists.
23. Phoenix Suns via Orlando Magic Keith Benson C Oakland The Suns needs a big man at center and Keith Benson would make a great addition tot the Suns allowing Phoenix to have a legit starting 5.
Keith Benson recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds racking up a double double against a battle tested Texas Longhorns college basketball squad. Oakland was not in a position to pull an upset, but Benson did enough to help his draft stock for now.
24. Oklahoma City Thunder Trey Thompkins PF Georgia Oklahoma City needs a starting power forward. They are already set at small forward with Kevin Durant.
Thompkins recorded 16.4 pooints per game along with 7.6 rebounds per game. He is a good addition to a Thunder team that is so close to making an NBA Finals run.
25. Dallas Mavericks Travis Leslie SG Georgia Dallas needs depth at shooting guard and Leslie averaged 14.4 points per game at Georgia.
26. Chicago Bulls from Toronto Raptors via Miami Heat Scotty Hopson SG Tennessee The Bulls have to add a shooting guard in this draft and Scotty Hopson is a border line first round pick. I think the Bulls would consider drafting Hopson at this point late in round 1.
27. Boston Celtics Darius Morris PG Michigan Darius Morris became the face of a Michigan team that came close to beating Duke. Morris should be selected here because Boston needs depth at point guard behind Rondo.
28. New Jersey Nets from Los Angeles Lakers JaJuan Johnson PF Purdue The Nets need a power forward and JaJuan Johnson is the top power forward available at this point.
29. Chicago Bulls Jeffery Taylor SF Vanderbilt Jeffery Taylor is an exceptional talent and would make a lot of sense for a Bulls team that could add some depth behind Deng and Kyle Korver.
30. San Antonio Spurs Jordan Williams C Maryland San Antonio brings in another big man who can play power forward or center and Jordan Williams should go in the late portion of round 1.
31. Miami Heat from the Minnesota Timberwolves Reggie Jackson PG Boston College Mike Bibby is not a long term point guard and Reggie Jackson of Boston College is a possible first round pick that is keeping his options open.
32. Cleveland Cavaliers Nikola Mirotic PF Montenegro If Cleveland cannot retain Antwan Jamison the Cavaliers will need a new power forward. Mirotic is a first to second round pick.
33. Detroit Pistons from Toronto Raptors Jereme Richmond SF Illinois The Detroit Pistons will need a small forward for depth and Richmond fits the bil here.
34. Washington Wizards Malcolm Lee SG UCLA Washington needs to get a shooting guard to compliment their lineup and Malcolm Lee is the best player available.
35. Sacremento Kings Jon Leuer PF Wisconsin Leuer is a top notch power forward and he should not make it out of the top 40;
36. New Jersey Nets Klay Thompson SG Washington State The Nets need to find a shooting guard for their lineup and Klay Thompson is the top guard available.
37. Los Angeles Clippers from Detroit Pistons Isaiah Thomas PG Washington Now that Baron Davis is gone the Clippers need a point guard and Thomas is a solid option at this point.
38. Houston Rockets picked Swapped with LA Clippers Xavier Silas SG Northern Illnois Silas needs to be more aggressive, but the Clippers need to build a roster around Griffin.
39. Charlotte Bobcats Bojan Bogdanovich SF Croatia Bogdanovich can play the small forward or the shooting guard positions.
4o. Sacremento Kings from Milwaukee Bucks Lawrence Bowers SF Missouri The Sacremento Kings need a small forward and if the Kings draft properly with these 3 draft picks the Kings will have their starting 5 in place.
41. Golden State Warriors Iman Shumpart PG Georgia Tech Golden State needs a point guard and Shumpart is a good selection at this point. Shumpart can also be a shooting guard.
42. Utah Jazz Jeremy Tyler PF USA The Jazz get a power forward that can play overseas for a while by Tyler.
43. Chicago Bulls from Phoenix Suns Norris Cole PG Cleveland State Chicago gets a point guard for depth behind Derrick Rose.
44. Houston Rockets Giorgi Shermandini C Georgia With Yao Ming’s career ending injury the Rockets need to get a new center. Shermandini makes a lot of sense here.
45. Indiana Pacers Chris Wright SF Dayton The Pacers need a small forward and depth at a lot of positions. Taking a stud from Dayton who has the strength and jumping ability to contest shots on defense could really help a team like the Pacers out.
46. Philadelphia 76ers Demetri McCamey PG Syracuse McCamey starts off well, but can he improve from a defensive standpoint and play well down the stretch. The 76ers need some depth at point guard behind Jrue Holliday.
47. Los Angeles Lakers from New York Knicks Rick Jackson PF Syracuse Jackson has a great defensive mentality because he is a low post perimeter player who can execute a lot of rebounds when shooting his shots.
48. Memphis Grizzlies David Light SF Ohio State Memphis has a lot of depth so in this case the Grizzlies take the best available player.
49. Atlanta Hawks Marshon Brooks SG Providence Freeman can make an impact, but he will not take over your game. Atlanta has a deadly starting 5 and just needs depth so I guess you take Freeman if your Atlanta here.
50. New Orleans Hornets Shelvin Mack PG Butler If Mack declares for the NBA Draft he is a top 50 pick.
51. Portland Trailblazers Dwight Hardy PG St. Johns Portland needs a point guard like Hardy for depth. Going to a team like Portland is a good fit for Hardy because he can become a better distributor.
52. Denver Nuggets LaceDarius Dunn SG Baylor Denver may want to add some depth at shooting guard with this pick.
53. Orlando Magic Chandler Parsons SF Florida Getting a small forward for depth to compliment the Magic is smart because Orlando is a team that likes to build around Dwight Howard and distribute the basketball to their other key players.
54. Oklahoma City Thunder via Miami Heat Anatoly Bose SF Nichols State Bose should help solidify the remaining holes in the Thunder depth chart plus it would not hurt to have a sub in when Durant is not on the floor.
55. Dallas Mavericks Michael Dunigan C USA Dallas could use another big man and Dunigan seems like the center that Mark Cuban would want on the Mavericks.
56. Los Angeles Lakers from Miami Heat E’Twaun Moore SG Purdue Kobe is a still a superstar, but it would not hurt to start grooming his successor. Steven Gray works a lot harder than former Gonzaga prospect Adam Morrison.
57. Boston Celtics Gary Flowers SF Southern Mississippi The Boston Celtics are Gary Flowers.
58. Los Angeles Lakers Ben Hansbourough PG Notre Dame The Lakers need a successor to Derek Fisher. Ben Hansbourough is a top notch point guard who can succeed Derek Fisher with the right development.
59. Milwaukee Bucks via Chicago Bulls Matthew Kalin Lucas PG Michigan State The Bucks need to find a second point guard in case Brandon Jennings gets injured again.
60. San Antonio Spurs Milan Macvan PF Croatia The Spurs are deep at most positions so they can take the best available player.