Posted: 06/18/2012 by levcohen in Basketball

Now the first half of the third round. At this point, guys could go pretty much anywhere without be surprising, just about team needs. It seems that there are a lot of quality big men left, and fewer PG types.

61. Atlanta Hawks: First two picks: SF, PF: 24 year old PG Jeff Teague: Teague had the best year of his career last year, scoring 13 points per game. The Hawks draft their own PG, and now have a talented team: Teague, Durant, Favors.
N5Y: 14 PPG, 3 RPG, 5 APG, 1.5 SPG

62. Boston Celtics: First two picks: C, PF: 34 year old SF Paul Pierce: Pierce is the second straight player to be drafted by his own team. While he is 34 years old, he has still fallen a surprising amount. This is a good pick, but the Celtics really need guards.
N5Y: 18 PPG, 5 RPG, 4 APG, 1 SPG

63. Brooklyn Nets: First two picks: SF, PG: 27 year old PF Paul Millsap: Great pick here by the Nets. Millsap has had back to back really solid years, and now has a great chance to do more paired with LeBron James and Kyle Lowry, two great passers. The Nets wanted to grab a PF before it was too late.
N5Y: 17 PPG, 8+ RPG, 2 APG, 1 SPG, 1 BPG

64. Charlotte Bobcats: First two picks: PG, C: 24 year old PF Ryan Anderson: With their first two picks, Charlotte grabbed extremely talented players in Chris Paul and JaVale McGee. With their third pick, they pick a guy who hit the most 3 pointers in the NBA. Anderson provides great outside shooting AND also rebounding. He is also 24 years old.
N5Y: 16+ PPG, 7+ RPG

65. Chicago Bulls: First two picks: PG, SG: 22 year old PF Kenneth Faried: Faried is extremely talented, as he showed in his first year. He will easily become a double double guy, and it’ll be fun seeing Derrick Rose feed him the basketball for the next 5 years.
N5Y: 12+ PPG, 9+ RPG, 1+ BPG

66. Cleveland Cavaliers: First two picks: PF, SG: 28 year old C Marcin Gortat: The Cavs have a great rebounding combo in Kevin Love and Gortat. Those guys will secure 25 rebounds per game just by themselves.
N5Y: 15+ PPG, 10+ RPG, 1.5 BPG

67. Dallas Mavericks: First two picks: PG, PF:  25 year old SG Wesley Matthews: Wes Matthews regressed last season, but still will put up good numbers.
N5Y: 15+ PPG, 3 RPG, 2 APG, 1.5 SPG

68. Denver Nuggets: First two picks: C, SG: 29 year old PF David Lee: David Lee is a very strong PF who scores a lot. After picking Andrew Bynum with the first pick, they went with the scoring Monta Ellis with pick #2. Now, they have 3 big scorers. Still looking for a PG though.
N5Y: 20 PPG, 10 RPG, 1 SPG

69. Detroit Pistons: First two picks: SG, SF: 29 year old C Tyson Chandler: After picking two wing players with their first two picks, the Pistons go with the underrated defensive stalwart Tyson Chandler. Chandler has been around for a while, but he is still just 29 years old. Pistons are another team still without a PG.
N5Y: 10+ PPG, 10 RPG, 1+ BPG, 1+ SPG

70. Golden State Warriors: First two picks: SF, PG: 29 year old C Nene: The Warriors pick Nene, after picking Melo and Nash with their first two picks. Here, they get a good low post scorer who usually has the best FG% in the NBA.
N5Y: 14 PPG, 8 RPG, 2 APG, 1 BPG, 1 SPG

71. Houston Rockets: First two picks: PG, SG: 26 year old C Andrea Bargnani: Bargnani is a poor man’s Dirk Nowitzki. He can hit 3’s and is a good shooter, but isn’t the prototypical PG. After picking George with the second pick, the Rockets are deciding to have a very good 3 point shooting team.
N5Y: 20 PPG, 5 RPG, 1+ APG

72. Indiana Pacers: First two picks: PG, SF: 21 year old PF Thomas Robinson: The second player in this coming draft to be picked, Thomas Robinson will make an immediate contribution to this Pacers team. This is shaping up to be a young, promising team, with John Wall and now T-Rob.
N5Y: 14++ PPG, 9+ RPG, 1 APG, 1 SPG

73. Los Angeles Clippers: First two picks: PG, PF: 23 year old SG Evan Turner: The Clippers pick someone with great potential in swingman Evan Turner. Turner could become the best rebounding guard in the NBA.
N5Y: 13+ PPG, 7+ RPG, 4+ APG

74. Los Angeles Lakers: First two picks: PF, PG: 25 year old SG Marcus Thornton: This is a very good pick at this point in the draft. Thornton is a good outside threat, he scores a lot, and he also starts a lot of fast breaks with his steals.
N5Y: 20 PPG, 3+ RPG, 2 APG, 1+ SPG

75. Memphis Grizzlies: First two picks: SF, C: 26 year old PG Goran Dragic: Another good pick. Dragic has been overshadowed by Kyle Lowry, but now will get a chance to shine like he did at the end of last season.
N5Y: 14+ PPG, 3 RPG, 6+ APG, 1+ SPG

  1. philabundant says:

    For their next pick, the Nuggets may want to draft an extra basketball.

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