This is part two of a very special mock draft. The attempt here is to put the spotlight on players that don't fit the mode of the typical NBA player.
General managers of the NBA tend to look for players with the perfect height, the perfect weight, and the perfect vertical jump. Often times, teams get the perfect athlete but the imperfect player.
This is a list of players that I would like to see get drafted. These are the players that would make the NBA a better place.
Here is a review of the first seven picks:
1. Clippers—Stephen Curry
2. Grizzlies—Darren Collison
3. Thunder—John Bryant
4. Kings—Terrance Williams
5. Wizards—Dionte Christmas
6. Timberwolves—Ben Woodside
7. Warriors—Dominic James
PG Cal State Fullerton 5'11"/185 lbs.
Many people probably thought he stopped playing college basketball when he left Washington State. In his senior year, Akognon averaged 23.9 points and 1.6 assists.
At the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Akognon showed that he can dish the rock by averaging 6.7 assists in three games.
With improved point guard play, Akognon could become the next Speedy Claxton. He is one of the fastest players in the draft.
Akognon has a quick release and the ability to make baskets while offbalanced.
SG Central Florida 6'5"/207 lbs.
Jermaine Taylor would be a perfect fit for the Raptors. He played in obscurity at UCF, and no matter how well he would play for Toronto, nobody would know who he is.
Taylor led the Knights in scoring in 30 of the team's 31 games. He finished third in the nation in scoring at 26.2 points per game. Last season, he was named Conference USA Player of the Year.
Taylor is an athletic wing player who is able to stretch defenses with his outside shot. He is well-skilled coming off screens. His athleticism makes him extremely effective on the break.
PF Utah State 6'9"/240 lbs.
Wilkinson is a very skilled post player who can score with his back to the basket or on the perimeter. He averaged 17.1 pts and 6.8 rebounds in his senior year.
If drafted, Wilkinson would be a great human interest story for the NBA. He never played high school basketball and eventually dropped out of school, turning to drugs and alcohol.
The suicide of a friend caused him to change his life around. He became a Mormon, earned his GED, and went on a two-year mission to Alberta, Canada.
After two years at a community college, Wilkinson enrolled at Utah State and eventually became the WAC Player of the Year.
PF Washington 6'7"/260 lbs
He isn't tall, and he isn't athletic. He is built like a tank and plays like a bull inside the paint.
Nobody tries harder to get a rebound than Brockman. He showed off his rigorous work ethic by improving each year he was in college.
Perhaps with some further development, he will become the next Charles Barkley.
SG/SF North Carolina 6'6"/210 lbs.
Even for people who hate North Carolina, Green was easy to root for. He provided a spark off the bench and never complained about his playing time.
Green worked hard becoming a excellent catch-and-shoot player. Although he has improved his shot mechanics, Green is best known as a lock-down defender.
It would be perfect for another North Carolina player to get drafted by the Bobcats.
C Augusta State 6'11"/305 lbs.
What the NBA needs is more players from Division II. He has played organized basketball for only six years.
At the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Siler averaged 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Not only could the Pacers use his size and strength, they could also use his services before the start of the game. He is an accomplished vocalist and pianist.
PG/SG Boston College 6'0"/183 lbs.
Tyrese Rice is another player that is downgraded because of his lack of size. However, Rice is a baller.
He is an explosive scorer with a lightning-quick first step. Rice is an expert at shooting floaters in the paint.
He is good at stealing the ball and is a fine free throw shooter. At Boston College, Rice was never afraid to take the big shot at the end of the game.