My Mocking of a NBA Mock Draft: Picks 15 to 22
This is part three of the series taking a unique look at the NBA draft. If you want an expert opinion, there are a million websites you can look at.
This mock draft exams players flying under the radar. These individuals don't fit the mode of a typical NBA player.
In some cases, these players have a special story to tell that would gain more exposure being tied in with the NBA.
Here is a review of my lottery picks:
1. Clippers---Stephen Curry
2. Grizzlies---Darren Collison
3.. Thunder---John Bryant
4. Kings---Terrence Williams
5. Wizards---Dionte Christmas
6. Timberwolves---Ben Woodside
7. Warriors---Dominic James
8. Knicks---Josh Akognon
9. Raptors---Jermaine Taylor
10. Bucks---Gary Wilkinson
11. Nets---Jon Brockman
12. Bobcats---Danny Green
13. Pacers---Garret Siler
14. Suns---Tyrese Rice
The Detroit Pistons Select at No. 15
SF/PF Missouri 6'8"/225 lbs
Carroll's saga clearly represents the hypocrisy of the NBA draft. His stock is falling in the draft because of a liver ailment, but teams year after year select players with no heart.
The "Junkyard Dog" was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last year. Last season, he averaged 16.6 points and 7.2 boards. Carroll plays hard and will scrap with anybody.
The Chicago Bulls Select at No. 16
PF Arizona State 6'9"/230 lbs
Pendergraph averaged 14.5 points and 8.2 rebounds last season while posting 11 double-doubles.
He is a tough player willing to sacrifice his body for the benefit of the team. Pendergraph is a high percentage shooter who knows his way inside.
The Philadelphia 76ers Select at No. 17
PG Saint Mary's(CA) 6'0"/175 lbs
Mills' current status in the draft is a huge mystery. He is able to succeed playing in the Olympics against older players and tough competition, but he is not regarded as one of the best 30 players in the draft.
Mills has a deadly mid-range game and a strong pull-up jumper. Because of his hesitation moves, Patrick Mills is hard to guard. Mills loves to play the up-tempo game.
You have to be rooting for Patrick Mills. You can never have enough Australians in the NBA.
The Minnesota Timberwolves Select at No. 18
C Utah 7'1"/250 lbs
The mysteries of the NBA draft continue to surface.
B.J. Mullens was a disappointment at Ohio State, but he will get drafted in the first round. Nevill is about the same size and had better numbers but may not get drafted at all.
Nevill runs the floor well for a player his size. He is also an excellent finisher at the rim.
Most importantly, it would be interesting to have Australians picked back-to-back in the first round.
The Atlanta Hawks Select at No. 19
PG/SG Tennessee-Martin 6'3"/190 lbs
Anybody that gets a quadruple-double in college should automatically be selected in the first round.
He is dangerous off the dribble, yet can get to the basket and consistently finish. Hudson was second in Division I in scoring by averaging 27.5 points per game.
Hudon plays guard but rebounds like a forward.
He would certainly inspire loads of children if he the made the NBA as an individual who went from being a high school dropout to a college basketball star.
The Utah Jazz Select at No. 20
PF Villanova 6'8"/227 lbs
Dante Cunningham improved his point production by an average of almost six points a game from his junior to senior seasons.
He is a versatile forward who can play inside and out. He has quick post moves and a nice fade-away jumper.
Cunningham is an intelligent player who gives maximum effort.
The New Orleans Select at No. 21
PF Missouri 6'9"/235 lbs
Leo Lyons is an extremely versatile player, capable of scoring inside and out in a variety of ways. He can attack with either hand while driving to the basket.
Lyons averaged 13.7 points and 7.7 boards at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
Lyons moves will without the ball and is tenacious in attacking the rim.
The Dallas Mavericks Select at No. 22
PG/SG Texas 5'11"/155 lbs
The NBA scouts love shooters unless they are short in stature.
The fact is that this little guy can shoot. He possesses a quick release on his jumper and has unlimited range.
Abrams is an excellent free-throw shooter. At Texas, he always put the team ahead of his own interests.
Give Abrams time and he could become the next Earl Boykins.