NBA Mock Draft 16-30

Posted: 06/25/2013 by levcohen in Basketball

Part Two of the first round.

16: Boston Celtics: Needs: Fresh Start. The pick: Kelly Olynyk, PF/C
Olynyk, out of Gonzaga, seems like the kind of player the Celtics will get. He was a productive player this year, and is very mature. The Celtics clearly are not title contenders right now, and Olynyk has already proved to be productive. I think he fits well on Boston, and can develop under Kevin Garnett.

17. Atlanta Hawks: Needs: SG, SF. The pick: Sergey Karasev, SF
Karasev could go earlier than this. He is a great shooter, can be stashed overseas, or can play right away. He has the size and skill to play in the NBA, and is also versatile. I think the Hawks are going to let the Josh Smith era end, so they need a guy like Karasev.

18. Atlanta Hawks: Needs: SG, SF. The pick: Lucas Nogueira, C
The Brazilian big man is not ready to play in the NBA. The Hawks can eurostash him, not have to pay him, and watch him develop before bringing him over to Atlanta. I have them taking two Europeans for two reasons. One is that they are the two best available in this draft. The second is that it will save them cap space and give them more flexibility to sign Dwight Howard or someone else.

19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Needs: SF. The pick: Giannis Adetokunbo, ?
Just check out the youtube clips for this guy (yes, you can copy and paste if you want). It’s amazing. The problem is, his competition is poor at best, and it has been likened to D-III talent. Adetokunbo thinks he is a point guard, but it will be hard for him to play that position at the next level. One thing is clear: He needs at least two years in Europe, as the 6-9 Greek specimen weighs just 196 pounds. He needs to add weight, and then maybe he can become the steal of the draft.

20. Chicago Bulls: Needs: SG, PF. The pick: Jamaal Franklin, SG
Franklin is somewhat of a value pick at this point in the draft, and it just so happens that he plays a position that the Bulls have a need for. He has been likened as a slightly smaller Kawhi Leonard, but I don’t like that comparison. They do have similar athleticism, but the real reason for the comparison is that they both went to San Diego State. I hate when people make comparisons between two players that went to the same school. I do have a soft spot for Kawhi Leonard, though.

21. Utah Jazz: Needs: PG (filled), big depth. The pick: Mason Plumlee, C
The Jazz looked stacked with big men right now, but Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are likely to leave in free agency. Plumlee is just the sort of athletic big who can be a third big man on a contending team. He would back up Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.

22. Brooklyn Nets: Needs: big depth. The pick: Gorgui Dieng, C
I think the Nets need another big to play Robin to Brook Lopez’s Batman. Reggie Evans did a little of that, but I think Dieng could also help a team that just needs depth.

23. Indiana Pacers: Needs: three point shooting. The pick: Ricky Ledo, SG
Ledo is a very talented shooter. He has some off the court problems, but a veteran, mature, successful team like the Pacers could really straighten him out. Ledo could quickly become the Pacers seventh man (I’m assuming Danny Granger returns and becomes the sixth man, or pushes Lance Stephenson into a sixth man role).

24. New York Knicks: Needs: Big depth. The pick: Glen Rice Jr, SF
Rice Jr. is a rare draft eligible player who played in the D-league last year. He played well, but he doesn’t have a huge upside. I don’t know why, but I just think the Knicks will take him.

25. Los Angeles Clippers. Needs: Best available. The pick: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG
The son of a great NBA player, Hardaway has great basketball I.Q. and athleticism. I think he is a good fit for the Clips at 25.

26. Minnesota Timberwolves. Needs: SF. The pick: Reggie Bullock, SF
Bullock is the second shooter the T-Wolves will draft in the first round, and it makes sense. They need three point shooters all around Ricky Rubio, and they can have that with Kevin Love, Shabazz Muhammad, and now Reggie Bullock.

27. Denver Nuggets. Needs: SG/SF (Andre Iguodala opted out). The pick: Allen Crabbe, SG
The Nuggets need to replace Andre Iguodala, and Allen Crabbe is a great value pick here. Another possibility could be Tony Snell.

28. San Antonio Spurs. Needs: C, SG. The pick: Rudy Gobert, PF/C
This is such a Spurs pick. They have never been afraid of international players, and they need size. Gobert is not very athletic, but he does have size. The man is seven feet, two inches tall.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder. Needs: best available. The pick: Isaiah Canaan, PG/SG
Canaan is sort of a poor man’s C.J. McCollum. He can flat out score, and scored a ton in college. The Thunder have no particular needs, so they just take who they think is the best available.

30. Phoenix Suns. Needs: best available. The pick: Tony Snell, SG
The Suns are the opposite of the Thunder. The Thunder need the best available because they have no needs. The Suns need the best available because they need everything. So I’ll give them Snell.

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