Penultimate 2008 NBA Mock Draft

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By David K.

I feel like I’m taking crazy pills when trying to figure out this mock draft as of late.  This will be my second to last (hence the term “penultimate”) mock with the final version coming out Thursday morning.  For more of my thoughts on the draft, click on the link below:

http://thesportsbank.wpengine.com/2008/06/24/what-to-expect-from-the-2008-draft/

Early Wednesday, the first of what should be many trades was made when the Blazers acquired the Hornets 1st round pick (27th overall) for cash.  Portland now joins Seattle as having six total picks in the draft.
 

1. Chicago- Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis
I am now of the mind-set where I would genuinely be shocked if the Bulls take Beasley.  Chicago will draft a franchise changing guard in Rose and then look to trade Kirk Hinrich for an offensive-minded big.

2. Miami- Michael Beasley, PF, Kansas State
The O.J. Mayo to the Heat rumors continue to gain more and more steam.  I still maintain that Beasley will be the pick, but it will be by whichever team offers enough to move into this spot.

3. Minnesota- O.J. Mayo, G, USC
The T-Wolves could swap picks with Miami.  If another team moves into the two spot, Mayo will be the choice.  If the Heat do grab Mayo, the T-Wolves are ecstatic to land Beasley.

4. Seattle- Jerryd Bayless, PG, Arizona
If the Sonics stay at this spot, a point guard should be the pick since current Sonic PG’s Luke Ridnour and Earl Watson are not the answer.  Russell Westbrook would be a stretch, but a possibility as well.

5. Memphis- Kevin Love, PF, UCLA
Grizzlies are loaded with young guards and wing players, so they need a low post player with this pick.  If the Heat and Griz end up swapping picks, expect Miami to take Lopez here.

6. New York- Russell Westbrook, PG, UCLA
Mike D’Antoni wants a point guard to lead his up-tempo style of coaching.  Westbrook isn’t a true point, but has the athleticism and defensive abilities to be very effective on both ends of the floor.

7. L.A. Clippers- Danillo Gallinari, SF, Italy
A point forward like Gallinari is the pick over Gordon since Corey Maggette is likely to opt of out his contract.  Gallinari performed well in a talented Euro league so he should be able to contribute right away.  Clips could swing a deal with Miami involving Elton Brand to move up to #2 to grab Mayo.

8. Milwaukee- Joe Alexander, F, West Virginia
Alexander worked out for the Bucks for a second time Monday and seems to be one of the few players who actually wants to play in Milwaukee.  New head coach Scott Skiles seems to covet Alexander’s toughness.  If Gallinari falls, I think he would be the better pick.

9. Charlotte- Brook Lopez, C, Stanford
Lopez would provide some immediate help up-front for Emeka Okafor.  He potentially could go as high #3 to the T-Wolves and would be a solid value at this spot.

10. New Jersey- Anthony Randolph, F, LSU
A lengthy, athletic forward chosen on potential, Randolph will likely need a year or two to develop physically.  This pick makes more sense if the Nets are seriously shopping Richard Jefferson.

11. Indiana- D.J. Augustin, PG, Texas
Pacers need a better option at the point than Jamaal Tinsley.  This may be one of the few lottery picks that seems to be an obvious choice, even though people are concerned with the fact that Augustin is a bit undersized.

12. Sacramento- Eric Gordon, G, Indiana
I’m not sold on the basketball Judas.  He’s under-sized for the two and not skilled enough to run the point which is why I have him this low.  This would be a value pick over drafting a need, which is a point guard.  Unlike other mock drafts, I just cannot imagine Mario Chalmers (the next best PG) going this high.

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13. Portland- Brandon Rush, G/F. Kansas
The Blazers seem to be shopping this pick in hopes of landing a small forward to come in and contribute right away.  Rush is best option if a trade isn’t made because he is NBA ready and could add some shooting and defense on the wing.

14. Golden State- Alexis Ajinca, PF, France
The Warriors really need a point guard in case Baron Davis opts out and since Monta Ellis is a free agent.  Still, this is too high for Chalmers to go.  Ajinca is still a work in progress, but seems like the type of player Don Nelson would like to have.

15. Phoenix- Kosta Koufos, C, Ohio State
Foreign 7-footer who can hit from outside would be a nice fit in the Suns high scoring offense.  Phoenix could be very active on draft day with Leandro Barbosa and Boris Diaw being rumored in trades.

16. Philadelphia-Darrell Arthur, PF, Kansas
The Sixers need an offensive minded front court player to plug in at the four.  Arthur is solid with his back to the basket or facing the hoop.  In my opinion, this pick is the perfect match.

17. Toronto- Roy Hibbert, C, Georgetown
The Raptors don’t have anybody to protect the rim and the big bodied Hibbert would be perfect for that.  He is also one of the better passing bigs to come out of college in a long time.  This pick could go to Indiana as part of a trade for Jermaine O’Neal.

18. Washington- Jason Thompson, PF, Rider
Thompson is starting to make some noise in the middle of the draft.  Rumor has him going as high as #14 to the Warriors.  He would be nice insurance for the Wizards if Antwan Jamison leaves via free agency.

19. Cleveland- Chris Douglas-Roberts, G/F, Memphis
This is another pick that I think just makes sense.  LeBron needs some help on the wing and CD-R is ready to step in right away for the Cavs and take some of the load of the King.

20. Denver- Mario Chalmers, PG, Kansas
Nuggets need a reliable point guard to take some of the ball-handling responsibilities off AI.

21. New Jersey- DeAndre Jordan, C, Texas A&M
I haven’t been high on Jordan all year.  Besides, he barely cracked 20 minutes a game in his freshman season with the Aggies, but the Nets can afford to pick a young player based on potential with their second 1st round pick.

22. Orlando- Robin Lopez, C, Stanford
The other Lopez is a defensive-minded big who does the little things around the glass and would be a great role player alongside Dwight Howard.  Ryan Anderson is my sleeper pick for this spot.

23. Utah- Marreese Speights, PF, Florida
The Jazz could lose Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur to free agency after next season, so drafting a young post player seems to make sense.  Speights could be a great pick at this point.

24. Seattle- Donte Greene, SF, Syracuse
Greene should have stayed in school one more year and been a sure-fire lottery pick next season.  With their second 1st rounder why not add a poor man’s Kevin Durant who has the potential to be in the Rashard Lewis mold.  Based on potential, Greene could easily go in the late-lottery.

25. Houston- Javale McGee, C, Nevada
Yao Ming is coming off season-ending surgery and Dikembe Mutumbo cannot play forever making a big the best option.  McGee needs some seasoning before he becomes a contributor in the NBA.

26. San Antonio- Nicolas Batum, SF, France
It’s likely that he doesn’t contribute right away, but developing foreign talent is what the Spurs seem to do best.  Concerns over a rumored heart issue appear to be no more.

27. Portland (from New Orleans)- Ante Tomic, C, Croatia
The Blazers don’t need to add a player who can contribute right away.  Tomic can continue to develop overseas and potentially be a nice back-up for Greg Oden.

28. Memphis- Serge Ibaka, PF, Congo
With all the rumored Grizzlies trades, this pick could go a number of different ways.  For the time being, I’ll assume Memphis takes a young or foreign talent with their second 1st rounder.

29. Detroit- Bill Walker, G/F. Kansas State
A knee injury during work outs hurt his stock which at the time, was on the rise.  This late in the draft, Walker seems like a safe risk for the Pistons.

30. Boston- Courtney Lee, SG, Western Kentucky
Ray Allen came through big in the finals, but seemed to lose gas early in the playoffs.  A NBA ready two-guard to come off the bench seems like a wise choice for the Celtics.

Second Round
31. Minnesota- Jamont Gordon, G, Mississippi St.
32. Seattle- J.J. Hickson, F, N.C. State
33. Portland- D.J. White, PF, Indiana
34. Minnesota- DeVon Hardin, C, California
35. L.A. Clippers- Ryan Anderson, PF, California
36. Portland- Gary Forbes, G/F, UMass
37. Milwaukee- Kyle Weaver, SG, Washington St.
38. Charlotte- Goran Dragic, PG, Slovenia
39. Chicago- Trent Plaisted, C, BYU
40. New Jersey- Nikola Pekovic, PF, Serbia
41. Indiana- Richard Hendrix, PF, Alabama
42. Sacramento- Joey Dorsey, PF, Memphis
43. Sacramento- George Hill, PG, IUPUI
44. Utah- Nathan Jawai, PF, Australia
45. San Antonio- Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, SF, UCLA
46. Seattle- Sonny Weems, SG, Arkansas
47. Washington- Davon Jefferson, SF, USC
48. Phoenix- Chris Lofton, G, Tennessee
49. Golden State- Anton Ponkrashov, PG, Russia
50. Seattle- Omer Asik, C, Turkey
51. Dallas- Shan Foster, G/F, Vanderbilt
52. Miami- Pat Calathes, PF, St. Joseph’s
53. Utah- Sean Singletary, G, Virginia
54. Houston- Malik Hairston, SG, Oregon
55. Portland- Semih Erden, C, Turkey
56. Seattle- Mantas Kalnietis, PG, Lithuania
57. San Antonio- Joe Crawford, SG, Kentucky

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58. L.A. Lakers- Bryce Taylor, SG, Oregon
59. Detroit- Josh Duncan, PF, Xavier 
60. Boston- Othello Hunter, PF, Ohio State

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Sadly, Drew Neitzel did not make the cut, but on the plus side, mentioning this gives me another reason to post a picture of his hot sister Erin
 

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  1. paulmbanks says

    With all the Draft related content, I’ve had to post the same pictures over and over again. therefore, I felt it was time to post some different pics that are related to what is being discussed, just not as overt.

    I’ll try to make another Drew Neitzel reference just for Pete in the final mock.

  2. Peter Christian says

    You should include a picture of me stabbing my eyeballs with dull pencils. I was under the impression that I would never have to see that d-bag or his name ever again.

  3. David K. says

    no Neitzel in my mock though at least… love the Ashley Judd pic… she’s in my top 5 fo sho…

  4. paulmbanks says

    Oh, they’ll be another Judd pic in the final mock draft. and another Erin Neitzel picture too. as for Drew….After tommorrow, this is probably it for TSB pics of Neitzel, unless I decide to start writing about pro teams in Tel Aviv, Seville, or Ankara.

    Of course Pete, you may want to skip reading the Michigan State b-ball preview next November. that could have a Drew Tang Clan mention in there

  5. Jason Moe says

    Put a picture up of Bayless…That is my dogg..

    Picture of me would be tight also..

    Diddy Out!!!

  6. David K. says

    Moe, it’s looking like our boys could end up together if Miami trades down and takes Bayless… imagine a Bayless/Wade backcourt on south beach… filthy

  7. Peter Christian says

    Michigan State B-Ball preview??? I’ll make a mental note to skip that one but I’m pretty sure any reference to any Neitzel should stop… you don’t see me still gloating about the O’Bannon bros. and Tyus Edney right?

  8. paulmbanks says

    I think we could do a Bayless picture tommorrow. And the final Neitzel pic/reference EVER will be in tommorrow’s Mock Draft.

    which is a bittersweet day for TSB because during March, the phrase “Erin Neitzel” came up in the site stats, amongst the top terms search terms driving traffic to the site.

  9. paulmbanks says

    “Erin Andrews” is consistently in the top 5 every month.

    very nice! high-five!

  10. David K. says

    3 trades already… i’m giddy… make sure to check out tomorrow’s final mock!!!!!

    Merry Christmas Eve

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