Picks 16-30

Posted: 06/14/2012 by levcohen in Basketball

16. Miami Heat: 27 year old PG Deron Williams. The Heat got a steal at pick 16 with point guard Deron Williams. Williams is in his prime, and is a great cornerstone. He would loving playing in South Beach.
N5Y: 20+ PPG, 3+ RPG, 9+ APG

17. Milwaukee Bucks:  26 year old PF LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge is a great PF, and is still young.
N5Y: 22+ PPG, 8+ RPG, 2+ APG

18. Minnesota Timberwolves: 21 year old PG Ricky Rubio. The T-Wolves pick their own point guard, flashy Ricky Rubio. Rubio is a great decision maker and passer, and will become a double double guy.
N5Y: 12+ PPG, 5+ RPG, 9+ APG

19. New Orleans Hornets: 27 year old C Marc Gasol. Marc Gasol is a young and talented center. He has played for only 4 years and is still improving. He is also a great team player.
N5Y: 15+ PPG, 8+ RPG, 3+ APG

20. New York Knicks: 31 year old PF Pau Gasol. Marc’s brother gets picked right after him. Pau is a double double guy, who is just past his prime. The only bad thing about this pick is that Pau might not like the NY media.
N5Y: 18+ PPG, 10+ RPG, 3+ APG

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: 33 year old SG Kobe Bryant. Kobe is the oldest guy on the list so far, but I think he will still be playing very well for at least the next 3 years. He is worth the pick.
N3Y: 25+ PPG, 5+ RPG, 4+ APG.

22. Orlando Magic: 29 year old PF Amare Stoudemire. Amare had a bad year last year, but in 7 of the past 8 years before that he scored at least 20 points per game. Maybe that would continue in a new place.
N5Y: 19+ PPG, 8+ RPG,  1+ APG

23. Philadelphia 76ers: 26 year old PF Josh Smith. Josh Smith is one of the most talented players in the NBA. He is a headcase, but maybe that would be better in Philly.
N5Y: 18+ PPG, 9+ RPG, 4+ APG, 1.5+ BPG, 1.5+ SPG

24. Phoenix Suns: 24 year old PG Stephen Curry. This is a gutsy pick. Curry is a great shooter, and he is still very young. The problem is, he is always injured. Maybe that’ll change.
N5Y: 18+ PPG, 4+ RPG, 6+ APG, 2+ SPG

25. Portland Trailblazers: 23 year old SG Eric Gordon. The second straight young injury prone player to be picked, Gordon could win scoring championships if he is healthy. I and the Trailblazers both think he will be.
N5Y: 24+ PPG, 3+ RPG, 4+ APG

26. Sacramento Kings: 28 year old PF Chris Bosh. When on the Raptors, Chris Bosh was one of the top 10 players in the NBA. As the #1 option again, he has a chance to be that guy again.
N5Y: 19+ PPG,  9+ RPG, 2+ APG

27. San Antonio Spurs: 22 year old PG Tyreke Evans. 2 years ago, Tyreke Evans might have gone top 5 after a record breaking rookie year. However, since then he has declined, and become a headcase. The Spurs are drafting him for the potential.
N5Y: 20+ PPG, 5+ RPG, 5+ APG, 1.5+ SPG

28. Toronto Raptors: 21 year old PF DeMarcus Cousins. Back to back current Kings headcases with a ton of potential picked. I believe that Cousins has even more potential than Evans, but he is even more of a headcase. If he does like I think he will, he will most definitely become one of the steals in this draft. The Raptors are looking like early favorites.
N5Y: 20+ PPG, 10+ RPG, 1+ BPG, 1.5+ SPG

29.  Utah Jazz: 27 year old C Al Jefferson. The Jazz pick their own center, Al Jefferson. Jefferson is everything you want in a center. He scores, rebounds and blocks shots. He is also a good free throw shooter.
N5Y: 20+ PPG, 10+ RPG, 2+ APG, 1.5+ BPG

30. Washington Wizards: 30 year old PG Tony Parker. Tony Parker is a fast point guard who is also very good at running an offense. He had a great year this past year, and should continue to do the same stuff.
N5Y: 17+ PPG, 3+ RPG, 8+ APG, 1+ SPG

Picks by position in round one:

PG: 11
SG: 3
SF: 4
PF: 8
C: 4

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Comments
  1. philabundant says:

    Interested to see if any of this year’s draft makes the list. Anthony Davis, I assume, but who else?

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