Happy 2008 NBA Draft Day!

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By David K.
Final Mock Draft 1st round scores:

www.draftexpress.com: 10 out of 30

My mock: 9 out of 30

ESPN’s Chad Ford: 9 out of 30

www.nbadraft.net: 7 out of 30

1. Chicago-Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis
My Prediction: Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis
My thought: Bulls GM John Paxson avoids causing a riot in the Chi tonight.  Let the Kirk Hinrich/Ben Gordon trade rumors roar.

2. Miami- Michael Beasley, PF, Kansas State
My Prediction: Michael Beasley, PF, Kansas State
My thought: Let’s see if he ends up wearing that Heat hat the rest of the night…

3. Minnesota- O.J. Mayo, G, USC
My Prediction: O.J. Mayo, G, USC
My thought: Text message from TSB.net writer and T-Wolves fan Peter Christian: “If he isn’t traded within an hour, I’m writing my resignation as a T-Wolves fan… Then I’ll jump off a cliff.”  Personally, I like the pick.

4. Seattle Russell Westbrook, PG, UCLA
My Prediction: Jerryd Bayless, PG, Arizona
My thought: Right position, wrong guy.  I think Bayless will be the better player down the line.

5. Memphis- Kevin Love, PF, UCLA
My Prediction: Kevin Love, PF, UCLA
My thought: This pick just makes sense as the Griz need a power forward.

6. New York- Danillo Gallinari, SF, Italy
My Prediction: Danillo Gallinari, SF, Italy (over Bayless)
My thought: Hopefully “boo” translates to “we love you” in Italian.  Poor kid.

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7. L.A. Clippers- Eric Gordon, SG, Indiana
My Prediction: Jerryd Bayless, PG, Arizona
My thought: Makes sense I guess, Clips NEED a guard.  2-1 odds he backs out of going to the Clippers and plays overseas.  I mean he is the Basketball Judas.

8. Milwaukee- Joe Alexander, F, West Virginia
My Prediction: Joe Alexander, F, West Virginia
My thought: Expected.  Just for the record, I love the Richard Jefferson trade.  Scott Skiles is getting two players perfect for his style of coaching.

9. Charlotte- D.J. Augustin, PG, Texas
My Prediction: Brook Lopez, C, Stanford
My thought: Interesting… Jay Bilas is about to go nuts because he LOVES Brook Lopez.  This means the Bobcats are going with a big at #20.

10. New Jersey- Brook Lopez, C, Stanford
My Prediction: Brook Lopez, C, Stanford
My thought:  When is the first Brook Lopez/Jay-z meeting and can I be there to witness it.  By the way, hearing his voice makes me want to stab my ear drums with an ice pick. 

11. Indiana (traded to Portland)- Jerryd Bayless, G, Arizona
My Prediction: Jerryd Bayless, G, Arizona
My thought: I’m surpsied he went this low.  Now with him and T.J. Ford, the backcourt in Indiana has dramatically improved. 

12. Sacramento- Jason Thompson, PF, Rider
My Prediction: Anthony Randolph, F, LSU
My thought: WOW… I heard his stock was rising, but this is ridiculous.  Anyone know where Rider is?

13. Portland (traded to Indiana)- Brandon Rush, G/F, Kansas
My Prediction: Brandon Rush, G/F, Kansas
My thought: Where are all the trades?  I expected a lot more movement than this.

14. Golden State- Anthony Randolph, F, LSU
My Prediction: Kosta Koufus, C, Ohio State
My thought: Immediately after making this pick, the Warriors purchased some HGH for Randolph.

15. Phoenix- Robin Lopez, C, Stanford
My Prediction: Kosta Koufus, C, Ohio State
My thought: Sideshow Bob will give Phoenix a back-up for when Shaq is wearing a suit on the bench for half the season.  In my opinion, Koufus’ offensive ability would have been a better fit in Phoenix.

16. Philadelphia- Marreese Speights, PF, Florida
My Prediction: Darrell Arthur, PF, Kansas
My thought: Right position, wrong guy.  PF is a glaring need in Philly.  Jay Bilas just gave the first “motor” reference I’ve heard so far.

17. Toronto (will be traded to Indiana)- Roy Hibbert, C, Georgetown
My Prediction: Kosta Koufus, C, Ohio State
My thought: Picked Hibbert in my final mock, should have stuck to my guns.

18. Washington- Javale McGee, C, Nevada
My Prediction: Darrell Arthur, PF, Kansas
My thought: Stu Scott just dropped some knowledge on us that his mom played in the WNBA.  Great job, Stu!

19. Cleveland- J.J. Hickson, PF, N.C. State
My Prediction: Donte Greene, SF, Syracuse
My thought: I’m not sure drafting a guy who needs time to develop is the answer to help LeBron now.

20. Charlotte (from Denver)- Alexis Ajinca, PF, France
My Prediction: Alexis Ajinca, PF, France
My thought: I heard Charlotte was hot for him.  Dammit, Chad Ford had this in his final mock.

21. New Jersey- Ryan Anderson, PF, California
My Prediction: Donte Greene, SF, Syracuse
My thought: Nets have to be making another trade, right?  They now have a glut of young post players with Yi, Lopez, Sean Williams, Josh Boone, and Anderson.

22. Orlando- Courtney Lee, SG, Western Kentucky
My Prediction: Darrell Arthur, PF, Kansas
My thought: Why is Arthur slipping so low?  Wouldn’t he have been a great compliment to Dwight Howard up-front?  I do like Lee though.  Dammit, Ford had this one too.

23. Utah- Kosta Koufus, C, Ohio State
My Prediction: Kosta Koufus, C, Ohio State
My thought: Okur and Koufus: two goofy white guys with similar game.  Sounds like a perfect fit in Utah.

24. Seattle- Serge Ibaka, PF, Congo
My Prediction: Darrell Arthur, PF, Kansas
My thought: I had Ibaka going to the Sonics with their 32nd overall pick in my final mock.  Drafting a foreign player who will need time to develop makes sense. 

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25. Houston- Nicolas Batum, SF, France
My Prediction: Darrell Arthur, PF, Kansas
My thought: Since I have nothing intelligent to say here, Chad Ford and I are even at 9 right picks for our final mock drafts.  I need to bring it home down the stretch.  And we just found out Arthur has an undisclosed kidney problem which explains his free fall.

26. San Antonio- George Hill, PG, IUPUI
My Prediction: Mario Chalmers, PG, Kansas
My thought: IUPUI… Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis.  Big-time reach.

27. Portland (from New Orelans)- Darrell Arhur, PF, Kansas
My Prediction: Ante Tomic, C, Croatia
My thought: Worth the risk at this point, kidney and all.  If I was New Orleans, I would tell Portland I had my fingers crossed about the whole trade thing.

28. Memphis- Donte Greene, SF, Syracuse
My Prediction: Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG, Memphis
My thought: Let me channel my inner Dickie V: “He should have stayed in school, baby!  What was he thinking?” 

29. Detroit- D.J. White, PF, Indiana
My Prediction: Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG, Memphis
My thought: CD-R would have been a great fit off Detroit’s bench.  White is a little too similar to Jason Maxiell in my opinion.

30. Boston- J.R. Giddens, SG, New Mexico
My Prediction: Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG, Memphis
My thought: YES!  CD-R was not the choice!!!! 

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Comments

  1. paulmbanks says

    Sorry I didtn get this up sooner. I really wanted to get this posted last night.

    anyways, great job tying Chad Ford. You are the shizz when it comes to this stuff

  2. what? no comment about the Basketball Judas jab????

    I should have Chad Ford’s job…

  3. paulmbanks says

    of course, I love the Judas knock because after all I-L-L…….I-N-I!

    He’s is the Nick Saban of basketball….or maybe the Tom Crean!

  4. paulmbanks says

    Here’s the two Draft stories they did last night at The Love of Sports.

    –NBA Draft Pick By Pick – http://theloveofsports.com/index.php/site/comments/nba_draft_coverage_live/
    –Draft Time Line – http://theloveofsports.com/index.php/site/comments/the_minute_by_minute_time_line/

  5. Peter Christian says

    Thanks for talking me off the ledge and thanks to Weise for letting me know about the trade before I went to sleep. I slept so much better knowing O.J. Mayo was not on his way to Minnesota.

  6. Cano's Cards says

    you know O.J. Mayo’s nickname is “Juice”

  7. David K. says

    Just when Pete thought he was through with Drew Neitzel, I just read he is playing on the T-Wolves summer league team… (I can hear Pete screaming a curse word right now)

  8. Bronzeville Cubs Fan says

    JUICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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