NBA Draft: Predicting the First 14 Selections

Ian ZymarakisSenior Analyst IMay 22, 2008

With the Bulls shockingly winning the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, the question now is, who will the Bulls take, Michael Beasley or Derrick Rose?


1. Chicago Bulls - Michael Beasley (Kansas State)

This is basically a coin-flip pick, as either player would automatically help this team a lot. I still have faith in current Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich that he can lead this team deep into the playoffs. Beasley can play inside and shoot from the outside, a pair of qualities Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas lack.


2. Miami Heat - Derrick Rose (Memphis)

The Heat will be very happy with either player being available there at No. 2. This position is easier than the No. 1 pick, because the Heat can easily take whichever stud isn't taken first. Rose would be an instant impact player for a Heat team with point guard in Jason Williams who is on the downturn of his career. Rose gets taken here and instantly helps the Heat win more games.


3. Minnesota Timberwolves - Brook Lopez (Stanford)

The Timberwolves get an instant impact from Lopez, who will take off a lot of pressure from Al Jefferson. Lopez and Jefferson could instantly become a tough duo to deal with inside the post. Not to mention, these two could play volleyball with one another, which would equal a lot of easy dunks.


4. Seattle Sonics - Jerryd Bayless (Arizona)

Seattle takes the best player available and somebody who can also become their franchise point guard in the near future. Bayless brings an instant intensity to win and will be a huge help to Durant by creating plays for him. Durant had to create his own plays last season.


5. Memphis Grizzlies - DeAndre Jordan (Texas A&M)

Memphis drafts a young player who could develop into a pretty good center. Memphis needs a lot of help, but starting down in the post is definitely a good place to start. Jordan is good enough to have an instant impact.


6. New York Knicks - O.J. Mayo (Southern California)

The Knicks draft a player who many say is the most NBA-ready of any player in the draft. Mayo should shine in New York, especially under Mike D'Antoni's run and gun offense. Mayo most likely will not start but should see quality minutes . He will definitely be accepted by the bright lights of NYC and New York Knicks fans in general.


7. Los Angeles Clippers - Eric Gordon (Indiana)

The Clippers take the best player here, even though they want a point guard. I think Gordon would be a better fit on the Bucks, but the Clippers draft him and get a solid contribution.


8. Milwaukee Bucks - Kevin Love (UCLA)

Milwaukee is not very deep at all in the power forward position, and Love could add some solid depth to this team in that position.


9. Charlotte Bobcats - Roy Hibbert (Georgetown)

The Bobcats take a huge chance on Hibbert, who last year would've been a definite lottery pick. This year, he most likely won't be drafted in the lottery but I think this would be a smart pick for Charlotte. The Bobcats are looking to move Okafor from center to power forward. Hibbert brings a great IQ and the ability to play right away.


10. New Jersey - Danilo Gallinari (Italy)

New Jersey desperately needs another player who can shoot the ball, and Gallinari brings that. He could be a nice backup to Jefferson or Carter on the Nets. Many see Gallinari as a new version of Toni Kukoc, and that is never a bad comparison.


11. Indiana Pacers - D.J. Augustin (Texas)

Indiana gets the point guard they need and one with a great character, something the Pacers organization needs. Augustin is undersized, but what he lacks in size he makes up in heart. Indiana can do no wrong by selecting Augustin with the 11th pick.


12. Sacramento Kings - Anthony Randolph (LSU)

Randolph is long and very athletic, and he could help the Kings as a backup to Spencer Hawes or Mikki Moore. It wouldn't surprise me if Randolph were able to surpass Moore.


13. Portland Trail Blazers - Russell Westbrook (UCLA)

Westbrook would become the backup to Brandon Roy. Westbrook brings a great defensive mind with the ability to make plays as well. If anything were to happen to Roy, Westbrook could definitely be able to step in and produce.


14. Golden State Warriors - Kosta Koufos (Ohio State)

Golden State gets what they usually love in their centers, a tall versatile player who can shoot the ball from anywhere. Koufos could become a definite impact player under Don Nelson's system, which is a run-and-gun style. Koufos also adds the ability to rebound and block some shots, something the Warriors haven't always had.