Happy NBA Draft week! It is crunch time. Be sure to check back with The Sports Bank as I’ll be updating my mock draft several times over the next couple days. We will also be live chatting during the draft Thursday night and providing live draft grades so join us during the festivities as well. Click on the players name for a full scouting report and click on the team’s name for a full list of off-season needs. You can also check out my 2011 NBA Mock Draft.
By: David Kay
31. New Jersey-Willie Warren, G, Oklahoma, 6-4, So.
Warren was once a lottery prospect but struggled with his shot and injuries this past season causing his stock to plummet. New Jersey needs a back-up for Devin Harris and Warren could be a steal this low.
32. Oklahoma City (from MIN)- Tibor Pleiss, C, Germany, 7-0, 1989
With four picks, the Thunder could use a couple on a foreign player to let develop overseas and OKC is rumored to be high on Pleiss.
33. Sacramento- Elliot Williams, G, Memphis, 6-4, So.
The Kings could use some depth in their backcourt and Williams has first round potential but falls into the second because of his combo guard status.
34. Portland (from GS)- Darington Hobson, G/F, New Mexico, 6-7, Jr.
The Blazers traded up ten spots but why? They must like a player this high. Maybe it’s Hobson who could bring his versatility to Portland.
35. Washington- Gani Lawal, PF, Georgia Tech, 6-9, Jr.
Lawal would bring some muscle and energy to the Wizards bench.
36. Detroit– Devin Ebanks, SF, West Virginia, 6-8, So.
With Tayshaun Prince in the final year of his deal, Ebanks would be a good value and possible long-term replacement.
37. Milwaukee (from PHI)- Da’Sean Butler, G/F, West Virginia, 6-7, Sr.
With his incredible basketball IQ and ability to shoot the basketball, he could be a nice addition for the Bucks who need to add some depth on the wing.
For a feature profile/interview of Butler go here
38. New York (from LAC)- Tiny Gallon, PF, Oklahoma, 6-10, Fr.
With back-to-back second round picks, the Knicks probably take the top available players. Gallon is a load inside and still has plenty of room to grow making him worth the risk at this point.
39. New York- Terrico White, SG, Mississippi, 6-5, So.
Sticking with the best available player theory, White is loaded with talent but has not been able to put it all together.
40. Indiana- Greivis Vasquez, G, Maryland, 6-7, Sr.
Pacers are a mess at the point and Vasquez would give them another option.
41. Miami (from NO)- Stanley Robinson, SF, UConn, 6-9, Sr.
Heat have three second round picks and probably load up on the best available talent hoping one or two of them can stick on the roster.
42. Miami (from Tor)- Ryan Richards, F/C, England, 7-0, 1989
He turned heads at the NBA Draft Combine and the Heat are in need of some size.
43. L.A. Lakers (from MEM)- Sherron Collins, PG, Kansas, 6-0, Sr.
Derek Fisher is getting up their in age and Jordan Farmar is not the answer. Collins would bring some experience and history of winning.
44. Golden State (from POR)- Jarvis Varnado, PF, Mississippi State, 6-9, Sr.
Varnado is college basketball’s all-time leading shot blocker and we all know how badly the Warriors need to become more defensive.
45. Minnesota (from HOU)- Nemanja Bjelica, F, Serbia, 6-10, 1988
The T-Wolves are not going to keep all five of their picks, but stashing a foreign player overseas is the best option.
46. Phoenix (from CHA)-Trevor Booker, PF, Clemson, 6-8, Sr.
The Suns need some options in case Amare bolts this summer and Booker brings an effective inside/outside game.
47. Milwaukee– Luke Harangody, PF, Notre Dame, 6-8, Sr.
He is not the most athletic player, but plays hard and can knock down open shots.
Click here to read an interview/profile of Harangody
48. Miami- Lazar Hayward, SF, Marquette, 6-6, Sr.
Hayward’s combination of experience, unselfishness, and outside shooting would be a good fit in Miami who will need role players after free agency plays itself out.
49. San Antonio- Artsiom Parakhouski, C, Radford, 6-11, Sr.
Spurs could use a big body inside to help take some of the beating away from Tim Duncan.
50. Dallas (from OKC)- Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa, 7-0, Sr.
Mavs need some options down low since Brendan Haywood is a free agent, and Erick Dampier and Dirk Nowitzki could be gone as well.
51. Oklahoma City (from POR)– Miroslav Raduljica, C, Serbia, 7-1, 1988
Raduljica reportedly blew off a workout for a bunch of NBA teams which hurts his stock. But with four picks, the Thunder can take a late flyer on him.
52. Boston- Mikhail Torrance, G, Alabama, 6-5, Sr.
Rajon Rondo is the only guard the Celtics have under contract for next season so they could use some depth.
53. Atlanta– Dexter Pittman, C, Texas, 6-11, Sr.
Hawks need to add some size and Pittman is a load inside.
54. L.A. Clippers (from DEN)- Derrick Caracter, PF, UTEP, 6-9, Jr.
Caracter is a good value this low for a Clipper team in need of a back-up for Blake Griffin.
55. Utah- Mac Koshwal, PF, DePaul, 6-10, Jr.
The Jazz need some depth at power forward due to Carlos Boozer’s pending free agency. I think Koshwal could be a sleeper second round steal.
For a feature profile on Koshwal go here
56. Minnesota (from PHX)- Jon Scheyer, G, Duke, 6-5, Sr.
Scheyer could be a three-point sharp shooter off the T-Wolves bench.
Click here for an exclusive interview/profile of Scheyer
57. Indiana (from DAL)- Paulo Prestes, C, Spain, 6-11, 1988
A foreign prospect who can continue to develop overseas and possibly help the Pacers out in the future.
58. L.A. Lakers- Omar Samhan, C, St. Mary’s, 6-11, Sr.
Lake Show could use some depth up-front especially with Andrew Bynum’s injury concerns.
59. Orlando– Manny Harris, G, Michigan, 6-5, Jr.
Magic go best available and Harris is a good value this low.
60. Phoenix (from CLE)- Charles Garcia, F, Seattle U, 6-10, Jr.
The Suns need to have options in case Amare bolts this summer.
Click here for David’s first round.
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