Posted: 06/20/2012 by levcohen in Basketball

76. Miami Heat: First two picks: PG, C: 22 year old SG Gordon Hayward: After picking a PG and a C with their first two picks, the Heat realize they need swingmen so go with the young, talented SG Gordon Hayward.
N5Y: 14+ PPG, 4+ RPG, 4+ APG, 1 SPG

77. Milwaukee Bucks: First two picks: PF, SF: 25 year old C Roy Hibbert: The Bucks have got to be shocked that Hibbert fell this far, as plenty of teams were looking at him in the late first round. So obviously, Hibbert is a steal here. However, teams might have stayed away from Hibbert because he has a tendency to get in a funk offensively and then disappear on defense. He has to learn that the two things aren’t linked, but with Aldridge, Gallinari and now Hibbert, they have a big, young, talented team.
N5Y: 13+ PPG, 9 RPG, 2 APG, 2 BPG

78. Minnesota Timberwolves: First two picks: PG, C: 29 year old SF Gerald Wallace: This is a great pick for the T-Wolves, who already have their PG and C. The T-Wolves are probably going to have trouble scoring, but they are also going to limit opponents scoring. With a great steals guy (Rubio), blocks guy (Bogut), and now on ball defender who also gets a ton of steals (Wallace), they are going to force turnovers like nobody’s business. Look for them to draft a scorer next round.
N5Y: 15+ PPG, 6+ RPG, 2 APG, 1.5+ SPG

79. New Orleans Hornents: First two picks : PF, C: 21 year old PG Damian Lillard: This is the third player here who will be selected in this year’s draft. In this draft, Lillard is underrated, even though he will go top 10. He has all kinds of strengths: (from ESPN):

  • Scoring point guard
  • Excellent penetrator
  • Great perimeter game with deep range
  • Good athlete with good lateral quickness
  • Strong, physical player
  • Rarely makes mistakes
  • Super efficient for a player with his usage rate
  • Hard worker
  • High basketball IQ

According to ESPN, his only negative is he doesn’t have great floor vision. That only improves with time. He could be a Russell Westbrook type player.
N5Y: 17+ PPG, 4+ RPG, 4+ APG, 1+ SPG

80. New York Knicks: First two picks: PF, PG: 22 year old SG Klay Thompson: Thompson surprised a lot of people last year, and when injuries struck the Warriors (again), Thompson stepped up. After the allstar break, he scored 17 points per game, after scoring only 7.2 before the allstar break. I’m predicting more of the post-allstar game form for Thompson.
N5Y: 16+ PPG, 3+ RPG, 3+ APG, 1+ SPG

81. Oklahoma City Thunder: First two picks: SG, PF: 18 year old SF Michael-Kidd Gilchrist: The Thunder have Dirk and Kobe, so are a very old team, so they need some youth. Here they get the best of both worlds. They get an 18 year old player who is likely to be an allstar, but they also get one of the most NBA-ready draft prospects. Right away, he could start putting up Gerald Wallace type numbers, and he could eventually become a slightly better version of Andre Iguodala. Here are some of his strengths: He is a winner, and has a non stop motor. He is a good rebounder. He is a good defender. This is the type of player you want on your team.
N5Y: 13+ PPG, 7+ RPG, 3+ APG (eventually more), 1+ SPG, 1+ BPG

82. Orlando Magic: First two picks: PF, PG: 26 year old C Nikola Pekovic: The Magic want to pick a C before it is too late, so reach for (arguably) the best available. Pek is still young, and has played in just 2 NBA seasons after playing abroad. He surprised everyone last year, and looks to build on those numbers. Unfortunately, he isn’t a good passer or defender.
N5Y: 14+ PPG, 8+ RPG

83. Philadelphia 76ers: First two picks: PF, PG: 24 year old SG OJ Mayo: The Sixers are clearly just building the most talented team they can. This might be the biggest boom or bust team, with Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings, and now Mayo. Mayo’s first two years were great, as he started every game but one in those first two years after being drafted #3 overall. Since then, he has only started 17 games, and none last year. In the right place, he can become a superstar.
N5Y: 15+ PPG, 4 RPG, 3+ APG, 1+ SPG

84. Phoenix Suns: First two picks: PG, SF: 22 year old SG Kemba Walker: Kemba Walker is naturally a PG, but he can also play SG. He isn’t a very good shooter, as he shoot 37% from the field. However, that will improve as he gets older and he knows how to get to the line.
N5Y: 14+ PPG, 4+ RPG, 5+ APG, 1 SPG

85. Portland TrailBlazers: First two picks: SG, C: 26 year old PG Ramon Sessions: Just like in real life, until now the TrailBlazers were without a good PG. Here they pick one. Sessions has gone under the radar because he played in Cleveland, but when he was traded to LA he got quite a lot more press, and people started to realize how good he actually was. He is good at running offenses, and should work well with this team.
N5Y: 13+ PPG, 4 RPG, 6+ APG

86. Sacramento Kings: First two picks: PF,C: 23 year old SF Michael Beasley: In real life, Beasley is buried in a deep Minnesota depth chart. Here, he will get to shine in the starting lineup with the Kings.
N5Y: 16+ PPG, 6+ RPG, 2+ APG

87. San Antonio Spurs: First two picks: PG, SF: 21 year old SG Dion Waiters: Another player who will be drafted this year, Waiters is among the few players who can become a star. Here are some of his positives:
In only 24 minutes per game, he scored 12 points per game. In a starting lineup (around 35 minutes), that is around 18 points per game.
He has been compared to Dwyane Wade
He is a good defender
He is strong and athletic
He is a lethal scorer
He led all college SG’s with 3 steals per 40 minutes

Waiters loves driving to the hoop like Wade, and is successful at the rim. He also made nearly half his shots off of the dribble.
N5Y: 16+ PPG, 4+ RPG, 4+ APG, 2+ SPG

88. Toronto Raptors: First two picks: PF, SF: 25 year old PG Lou Williams: Lou Williams is a decent pick at this point. Among qualified players this year, he had the 14th best points per 48 minutes, at 27.3. He scored 15 PPG in 26 minutes per game. If he gets 35 minutes, he would also be able to put up 5 assists.
N5Y: 18+ PPG, 4+ RPG, 5+ APG, 1+ APG

89. Utah Jazz: First two picks: C, SG: 23 year old SF Thaddeus Young: Thad Young is another guy who could be a beast in the right situation with the right minutes. If he got 35 minutes, he would probably score 16 points with 8 rebounds, and that is very valuable.
N5Y: 15+ PPG, 7+ RPG, 2 APG, 1.5 SPG

90. Washington Wizards: First two picks: PG, C: 26 year old SG Rodney Stuckey: Stuckey is another guy who could be either a PG or SG, like Kemba and Williams. Stuckey is an underrated scorer, as he has scored at least 13 points per game for the last 4 years. He will get out of a dreadful situation in Detroit, and play well with the Wizards, who narrowly picked him over their current player Jordan Crawford.
N5Y: 15+ PPG, 3+ RPG, 5 APG, 1+ SPG

Third round pick by position:

PG: 5
SG: 9
SF: 5
PF: 5
C: 6

Overall picks by position:

PG: 22
SG: 17
SF: 15
PF: 19
C: 17


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