My Mocking of a NBA Mock Draft: Picks 1 to 7
Despite the fact that I enjoy watching basketball, I have no clue how to measure the ability of a college player and translate that to the NBA. There is a reason why I am writing on Bleacher Report and I am not the general manager of the Dallas Mavericks.
I certainly know nothing about foreign players. When I first heard someone mention Ricky Rubio's name, I figured Rubio was a mafia kingpin or a male exotic dancer.
If I actually tried to do a "real" mock, all that I would be doing is researching what the experts think and copying their opinions with a few changes here and there.
I figured it would be better served if I just did a list of the players that I would like to see get drafted. I might as well give publicity to some players who might not be getting much a few months from now.
The Los Angeles Clippers Select at No. 1
PG/SG Davidson 6'3"/181 lbs
Stephen Curry is a great shooter with a quick release. He has the ability to create space for himself and score off the dribble.
Curry is great at stealing the ball and is very confident in his abilities as a player.
Last year, players from Rider, Western Kentucky, and IUPUI were taken in the first round. It would be great publicity for the NBA and college basketball if the first pick of the draft came from Davidson College.
The Memphis Grizzlies Select at No. 2
PG UCLA 6'2"/166 lbs
The predicted future of Darren Collison compared to that of Jrue Holiday is a great example of why I cannot figure out the NBA draft..
Collison led UCLA to three Final Four appearances. Holiday played a different position at UCLA, waiting for the point guard position to be his.
Holiday decided to leave college after one year, but is projected to be a better point guard than Collison. It makes no sense to me.
Darren Collison has already proven to be a tremendous leader. He is very quick and gets after it defensively.
The Oklahoma City Thunder Select at No. 3
C Santa Clara 6'11"/275 lbs
Last season, Hasheem Thabeet averaged 13.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 4.2 blocks.
During that same year, Bryant averaged 18.1 points, 14.2 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks.
After looking at those stats, I can clearly see why Thabeet is a top five selection and Bryant might not get drafted.
John Bryant lost 90 pounds after entering Santa Clara so we know he is a hard worker.
He is tough. He was stabbed three times at an off-campus house party and didn't even realize it at the time.
Despite the weight loss, Burger King would love to use him in commercials.
The Sacramento Kings Select at No. 4
SG Louisville 6'6''/213 lbs
I thought that Terrence Williams was one of the best five players in college basketball last season. Last season, he averaged 12.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 5.0 assists.
He can do a little bit of everything and his shooting improved as last season went along.
Scouts often complain that some players are not athletic enough for the NBA. The main negative on Williams is that he depends too much on athleticism.
I never realized that too much athleticism was a bad thing.
The Washington Wizards Select at No. 5
SG Temple 6'5"/211 lbs
Dionte Christmas is a smart player with a well-rounded offensive repertoire. It is difficult to block his shot due to his long arms.
He has four years of college experience to fall back on. The NBA will love his crossover move.
Most importantly, he would instantly be a fan favorite. What person wouldn't want to celebrate "Christmas" all season long?
The Minnesota Timberwolves Select at No. 6
PG North Dakota State 5'11"/185 lbs
Ben Woodside has a history of proving experts wrong. They said he couldn't turn the corner on Kansas, but he did it over and over again.
Woodside's 37 points against Kansas were the most scored in a individual NCAA tournament game. For the season, he averaged 23.2 points per game.
Woodside's jumper is equally effective from a standstill position or off the dribble.
The Golden State Warriors Select at No. 7
PG Marquette 5'11"/185 lbs
Dominic James is an ultra-quick point guard who can drive the ball to the rim whenever he wants to. He has the creativity to pass the ball under all circumstances.
James is a true leader. Marquette's season fell apart after he broke a bone in this foot.