2008 NBA Mock Draft

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By David K.

1. Chicago- Michael Beasley, PF, Kansas State
Bulls’ biggest need is a scoring big man making Beasley the pick over Rose.

2. Miami- Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis
Imagine a Rose/Wade backcourt in South Beach, if the Bulls pass on him.

3. Minnesota- O.J. Mayo, G, USC
Mayo gives Wolves potential franchise guard.  Love could be a reach pick.

4. Seattle- Jerryd Bayless, PG, Arizona
Current Sonic PG’s Ridnour and Watson are not the answer.

5. Memphis- Kevin Love, PF, UCLA
Has dropped 15 pounds, increasing his athleticism

6. New York- Eric Gordon, SG, Indiana
Gordon could be Mike D’Antoni’s Leandro Barbosa in NYC.

7. L.A. Clippers- *Russell Westbrook, PG, UCLA
The Bruin combo guard gives the Clips some much needed backcourt depth.

8. Milwaukee- Danillo Gallinari, SF, Italy
Gallinari provides a much needed boost to the Bucks SF spot.

9. Charlotte- Brook Lopez, C, Stanford
Lopez would provide some immediate help up-front with Emeka Okafor.

10. New Jersey- Anthony Randolph, F, LSU
A lengthy, athletic forward chosen on potential.

11. Indiana- D.J. Augustin, PG, Texas
Pacers need a better option at point than Jamaal Tinsley.

12. Sacramento- Donte Greene, SF, Syracuse
A young shooter in the Rashard Lewis mold provides Ron Artest insurance.
 
13. Portland- *Joe Alexander, F, West Virginia
A versatile forward adding to the Blazers’ young core.

14. Golden State- Nicolas Batum, SF, France
Will need time to develop his NBA game, but has the skills to do so.

15. Phoenix- Javale McGee, C, Nevada
An athletic seven-footer to back-up the oft-street clothes wearing Shaq.

16. Philadelphia-*Darrell Arthur, PF, Kansas
An offensive minded front court player fills a big need for the Sixers.

17. Toronto- Robin Lopez, C, Stanford
A defensive-minded big would be a great role player for the Raptors.

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18. Washington- DeAndre Jordan, C, Texas A&M
A project pick worth the risk at this point of the draft.

19. Cleveland- Brandon Rush, G/F. Kansas
An all-around wingman to help take the load off LeBron.

20. Denver- *Marreese Speights, PF, Florida
Doesn’t fill a need, but adds depth to an oft-injured front court.

21. New Jersey- *Chase Budinger, G/F, Arizona
Budinger adds some depth behind Carter and Jefferson on the wing.

22. Orlando- Kosta Koufos, C, Ohio State
Foreign 7-footer who can hit from outside and compliment Dwight Howard.

23. Utah- Roy Hibbert, C, Georgetown
Perfectly fits the Jazz half-court style offense and adds much needed size.

24. Seattle- Alexis Ajinca, PF, France
Seattle likely takes a foreign player with their 2nd first-rounder.

25. Houston- Serge Ibaka, PF, Congo
Likely stays overseas for a year or two, worth the risk at this point.

26. San Antonio- Chris Douglas-Roberts, G/F, Memphis
Ready to step in right away and contribute off the Spurs bench.

27. New Orleans- *Bill Walker, G/F. Kansas State
Seems to have ensured first round status with recent workouts.

28. Memphis- J.J. Hickson, F, N.C. State
Promising forward who can grow on Griz bench for a year or two.

29. Detroit- Jason Thompson, PF, Rider
Under the radar post player would be nice bench player for the Pistons.

30. Boston- Kyle Weaver, SG, Washington St.
Defensive-minded wing play fits Celtics M.O.

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Second Round
31. Minnesota-*Mario Chalmers, PG, Kansas
32. Seattle- Nathan Jawai, PF, Australia
33. Portland- Ty Lawson, PG, North Carolina
34. Minnesota- DeVon Hardin, C, California
35. L.A. Clippers- Gary Forbes, G/F, UMass
36. Portland- Nikola Pekovic, PF, Serbia
37. Milwaukee- Joey Dorsey, PF, Memphis
38. Charlotte- Jamont Gordon, G, Mississippi St.
39. Chicago- Rodrigue Beaubois, PG, France
40. New Jersey- Trent Plaisted, C, BYU
41. Indiana- *Richard Hendrix, PF, Alabama
42. Sacramento- Goran Dragic, PG, Slovenia
43. Sacramento- D.J. White, PF, Indiana
44. Utah- Davon Jefferson, SF, USC
45. San Antonio- Anton Ponkrashov, PG, Russia
46. Seattle- Courtney Lee, SG, Western Kentucky
47. Washington- Shan Foster, G/F, Vanderbilt
48. Phoenix- Chris Lofton, G, Tennessee
49. Golden State- Pat Calathes, F, St. Joseph’s
50. Seattle- Joe Ingles, SF, Australia
51. Dallas- Sonny Weems, SG, Arkansas
52. Miami- Josh Duncan, PF, Xavier
53. Utah- Sean Singletary, G, Virginia
54. Houston- John Riek, C, Sudan
55. Portland- Derrick Caracter, PF, Louisville
56. Seattle- Semih Erden, C, Turkey
57. San Antonio- Omer Asik, C, Turkey
58. L.A. Lakers- DeMarcus Nelson, SG, Duke
59. Detroit- Bryce Taylor, SG, Oregon
60. Boston- Hank Norel, PF, Netherlands

* indicates underclassman who has yet to sign an agent

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  1. No way the Bulls will pick Beasley with Del Negro as their coach. With a smaller post they will likely change the offensive style to a run and gun like the suns and Del Negro played when he was in the NBA. Rose fits that mold perfectly.

  2. You don’t think Hinrich could deal with becoming a 6th man? I see your point as well. I’m hoping the Bulls can show some forward progess as all would agree they took a giant step backwards last season. Good work—even for a Cubs fan. :)

  3. David K. says

    that’s a very valid point Soxman… but until the Bulls deal Hinrich, I’m sticking to my Beasley pick… something’s still got to give with a trade that will directly effect the #1 pick or vice versa…

  4. Do you know the kid who played his son in that movie killed himself? He was also in that sci fi show on NBC about with the dolphin who could talk.

    Under Del Negro you will see run n gun..I pretty much promise it.

  5. seymourpennants says

    It’s a whole new team if the Bulls can pull off D-Wade. It’s a whole new franchise. Hell, a D-Wade led team could win even if Pink Floyd were still coaching.

    Banks, TSB shoulda had a contest for Bulls coaching tryouts. I’m not a religious man, but if the Bulls don’t get D-Wade…let’s all clasp hands and pray for the Vinster.

  6. paulmbanks says

    We cant have another season with all guards and jumpshots. there arent enough balls to go around for that again.

    remember that scene in “Ladybugs” the early 90s movie where Rodney Dangerfield played a soccer coach? he packed up the van and says “all I know is, I got a lotta balls.” No?…well, it really wasnt that funny of a movie. or scene for that matter

  7. David K. says

    Truth be told, we really don’t know what to expect from Del Negro since he has zero coaching experience… I just don’t think you pay Hinrich $40 mil over the next 4 years to be a back-up point guard to a kid who would play 35-40 minutes a game… I guess with Gordon potentially being a free agent after this season, you could maybe run Hinrich and Rose together in the backcourt since Rose is about 6-4… either way, if Rose is drafted, they HAVE to trade Hinrich or Gordon…

  8. Jason Moe says

    First, Del Negro has a better shot of taking “The Lady Bugs” to the championship then the Bulls. I would want to know what is Pax thinking on that coaching move.
    Second, I think the Bulls are going to trade Hinrich, Gordan, or Hughes. I think they have to many guards without any Juice…
    Third, The Bulls will not get D-Wade, would I love it “YES SIR” but they wont…
    Fourth, The Bulls will take Beasley because of his lost post ability…He will score points and defend like a mad man…I think the Bulls should take Mario Chalmers in the second round…”IF HE IS THERE”
    Lastly, Bayless and Budinger should go back to school, so the ARIZONA WILDCATS can be 30-1 next year!!!!

  9. Greg Vandeventer says

    Great mock except I still think its Rose with the first pick!

  10. Hamburglar says

    Robble Robble

    Doesn’t matter who Bull pick.

    Coach BAD.

    Robble Robble

  11. paulmbanks says

    Moe, I agree that the Del Negro move wasnt the best.

  12. I’m not sure where you’re getting your info, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.

    Thanks for excellent info I was looking for this information for my mission.

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