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UPDATED: 6/23/11 (5:20 P.M.)
31. Miami (from MIN)- Josh Selby, G, Kansas, 6-3, Fr.
Since the point guard position remains an Achilles’ heel for the Heat, expect them to snag one here. Miami would go with talent over experience here and grab Josh Selby over a player like Shelvin Mack.
33. Detroit (from Tor)- Darius Morris, PG, Michigan, 6-5, Soph.
I cannot get a solid pulse on Darius Morris. He could go as high as the late-teens but falls in this scenario. Rodney Stuckey is a restricted free agent and probably not the long-term solution at the point so Morris would provide some depth.
34. Washington– Norris Cole, PG, Cleveland State, 6-2, Sr.
The Wizards don’t have a back-up for John Wall and Norris Cole would be a solid value here.
36. New Jersey- Justin Harper, PF, Richmond, 6-9, Sr.
Since I have the Nets grabbing a guard at 27, they look for power forward depth here.
37. L.A.Clippers (from Det)- Jeremy Tyler, PF, USA, 6-10, 1991
The Clippers do not have a true back-up for Blake Griffin and could use bodies inside in case DeAndre Jordan leaves via free agency.
41. L.A. Lakers– Bojan Bogdanovic, G/F, Croatia, 6-7, 1989
Since they have four second round picks, the Lakers can take a foreign talent like Bojan Bogdanovic.
42. Indiana– Andrew Goudelock, PG, Charleston, 6-3, Sr.
T.J. Ford is a free agent so the Pacers could look to add a back-up to Darren Collison and Andrew Goudelock’s ability to shoot the ball should find him a spot on a roster.
43. Chicago (from UTAH)- Trey Thompkins, PF, Georgia, 6-10, Jr.
Considering he could be taken in the late first round, Trey Thompkins would be a great value here and add even more depth up-front for Chicago.
46. L.A. Lakers (from NY)- E’Twaun Moore, SG, Purdue, 6-4, Sr.
Lakers add depth behind Kobe at the two which could especially be needed if Shannon Brown leaves via free agency.
48. Atlanta– Travis Leslie, SG, Georgia, 6-4, Jr.
With Jamal Crawford a free agent, the Hawks could use some depth on the wing. Travis Leslie is a terrific athlete but still working on his all-around game.
49. Memphis– Greg Smith, F/C, Fresno State, 6-9, So.
With Marc Gasol a restricted free agent, the Griz could use another body inside.
50. Philadelphia (from NO)- David Lighty, G/F, Ohio State, 6-6, Sr.
David Lighty would give the 76ers a versatile wing player who can defend in case Andre Iguodala gets traded.
51. Portland– Diante Garrett, PG, Iowa State, 6-4, Sr.
If the Blazers do not grab a point guard in the first round, they should look to do so here. Diante Garrett has emerged as a legit second round prospect due to his performance in recent workouts.
52. Detroit– Jereme Richmond, SF, Illinois, 6-7, Fr.
The Pistons can afford to roll the dice with their third pick of the draft. Jereme Richmond is incredibly athletic but still very raw.
Go here for an interview with Richmond from the NBA Draft Combine
53. Orlando– Willie Reed, PF, St. Louis, 6-9, Jr.
Willie Reed gives Orlando another option at power forward besides Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson.
54. Cleveland– Scotty Hopson, SG, Tennessee, 6-7, Jr.
Cavs grab more depth on the wing with their fourth pick of the draft.
55. Boston– DeAndre Liggins, G/F, Kentucky, 6-6, Jr.
The Celtics could use some depth on the wing behind Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.
56. L.A. Lakers– Ben Hansbrough, G, Notre Dame, 6-3, Sr.
Derek Fisher is not getting any younger and Ben Hansbrough could stick on a roster due to his hard work and three-point range.
57. Dallas- Michael Dunigan, C, USA, 6-10, 1989
The Mavs could use some insurance in the frontcourt in case Tyson Chandler leaves via free agency.
58. L.A. Lakers (from Mia)- Rick Jackson, PF, Syracuse, 6-9, Sr.
With Joe Smith and Theo Ratliff free agents and Andrew Bynum always banged up, Rick Jackson gives the Lakers a frontcourt option who can bang down low.
59. San Antonio– Malcolm Thomas, F, San Diego State, 6-9, Sr.
Malcolm Thomas is worth a late draft flyer to possibly serve as a back-up to Richard Jefferson.
60. Sacramento (from Mil via Chi)- Cory Joseph, PG, Texas, 6-3, Fr.
I know I have the Kings taking Kemba in the first round, but Cory Joseph is worth the risk with the final pick of the draft.
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