NBA Draft Order 2011: With Order Set, What Are Each Team's Needs?

Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorMay 17, 2011

NBA Draft Order 2011: With Order Set, What Are Each Team's Needs?

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    With the Draft Lottery concluded and the order finally set, the only questions left to answer will be where Kyrie Irving and the other top potential picks will actually land.

    The age-old question is whether a franchise should draft based on need or simply the best player available.

    Of course, that depends on whether a team is trying to collect assets for the future or whether they're looking for the final piece to their already-constructed puzzle.

    B/R NBA Featured Columnist, Joel C. Cordes, has identified what each team needs from their First Round pick. 

    B/R Featured Columnist, Mike Schottey, will play the part of NBA General Manager, recommending the best way to address each franchise's needs.  Mike's selections will be listed in bold.

    This B/R Special Feature will walk you through the NBA Draft, based now on the latest post Draft-lottery information available...

     

    Note: These team needs and picks have been inspired by the Drafttek.com automated selection system, of which both Joel and Mike are contributors.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers have intriguing options in the front court with J.J. Hickson and Anderson Varejao, and they also have two usable, if overpaid, options at point guard in Baron Davis and Ramon Sessions.

    However, the Cavs need a wing with star power and scoring.  This quantity scorer will need an alpha personality that embraces the enormous expectations needed to rebuild this team from scratch.

    Kyrie Irving (PG Duke) is the assumed pick for the Cavs and would be an immediate long-term upgrade and is the best player available.

    However, with the glut of point guards in the draft, they could find themselves looking longingly at Derrick Williams (PF Arizona) as the most dynamic player in the draft.

2. Minnesota Timberwolves

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    The Minnesota Timberwolves need a swingman badly.  They lack outside spot-up shooting ability, as well as a player who can create his own shot.

    Their front line may lack superlative talent, but there are usable options around Kevin Love and Michael Beasley.

    The point-guard situation is somehow still in flux with Ricky Rubio still in limbo, Luke Ridnour obviously overmatched as a starter and Jonny Flynn having bombed out decisively.

    Derrick Williams (PF Arizona) should be the pick at number two if he is available.

    As an explosive offensive player who can shoot and finish at the rim, he will be the Yin to Kevin Love's Yang and could make an immediate impact right away for Minnesota.

3. Utah Jazz

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    The Utah Jazz have a glut of power forwards, but need to swap some of that depth for a starting center.

    Their point-guard situation will go as far as Devin Harris can take them, but the glaring area of need is at the wing spots.  With Andrei Kirilenko and C.J. Miles both possibly gone, the Jazz need scoring and athleticism more than ever before.

    Outside shooting would help, but a small forward or shooting guard who can attack the basket and create shots is an absolute must.

    Kemba Walker (PG UConn) is an interesting option at No. 3 but is easily the most NBA-ready player scorer on the board.

    Walker isn't a true point guard and lacks the size to be a two-guard, but he can shoot and get to the rim better than anyone else available.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Even if the Cleveland Cavaliers do get a quantity scorer with their first pick, their wing positions are so badly understaffed, that they'd be well served to bring in another.

    If star power has already been selected, then the second wing might need to be a more well-rounded supporting piece who can eventually become the team's lead defender and "glue guy." 

    Imagine a similar situation to the Oklahoma City Thunder initially building with Kevin Durant and Jeff Green.

    Depending on the pick at No. 1, Brandon Knight (PG Kentucky), Jan Vesely (SF Czech Republic) would be dynamic picks at No. 4.

    Knight is a true point guard, while Vesely is an explosive international prospect who is ready to play today in the NBA.

5. Toronto Raptors

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    The Toronto Raptors have plenty of jump shooting and even enough passable ball handling.  However, their front line is among the most overmatched in the league.

    The much-maligned Andrea Bargnani is actually a credible starter, but not at center. 

    Amir Johnson has potential, but should also be coming off the bench.  Other than that, the Raptors trotted out a scrap heap of big men last year.

    They need a low-block scorer who can also protect the rim and rebound.  It's a tall order, but one that's necessary to pair with Andrea Bargnani's shortcomings.

    A perfect big body for the Raptors would be Jonas Valanciunas (C Lithuania).

    The talented center's best abilities are blocking and rebounding, but many scouts believe his offensive game will mature nicely. He already finishes at the rim among the best in the class.

6. Washington Wizards

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    The Washington Wizards might feel like bolstering their front court with another big man, but instead, they should look to address the fact that, outside of the unknown Mustafa Shakur, they have no credible backup behind John Wall at the point guard. 

    Some may see Jordan Crawford as an option here, but he's more of a combo guard, and the Wizards should put at least one true distributor on the roster.

    If Brandon Knight (PG Kentucky) is available, he might be the most logical choice to back up Wall. The two would pair nicely together and could end up playing together as well as splitting minutes.

7. Sacramento Kings

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    The Sacramento Kings have a credible core in the making with Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton and DeMarcus Cousins.

    Their front line could use a little more depth, but they're also struggling at the small forward spot.  Omri Casspi and Francisco Garcia have both been auditioned in the past few years, but neither has generated much confidence for the long term.

    Kawhi Leonard (SF San Diego State) would be a reach as the only credible SF candidate. However, if the Kings go big, Bismack Biyombo (PF/C Congo) and Donatas Motiejunas (PF/C Lithuania) would both be great picks.

    Biyombo is a hustle player on defense and raw offensively...maybe too similar to what is already on the Kings' roster. Motiejunas is a Gasol-type scorer over in Italy and offensively could provide an immediate boost.

8. Detroit Pistons

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    Tayshaun Prince is potentially gone, but the Detroit Pistons do have a few other options with Austin Daye and Charlie Villaneuva potentially able to take over the spot.

    The Pistons have long lacked a true low-block scorer.  Greg Monroe might be filling that role, but he can't do it alone. 

    Detroit needs a lanky big man who can protect the basket and create energy plays.  If he can create his own shot, then that's all the better.

    If Kanter or Motiejunas are available, either could be the pick, even though both would immediately draw (unfair) comparisons to Darko Milicic from Pistons' faithful.

    The most likely pick is the aforementioned Bismack Biyombo (PF/C Congo), who profiles as a longer, more athletic Ben Wallace-type with extremely high upside at both ends of the court.

9. Charlotte Bobcats

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    One of the most under-talented teams in the league, the Charlotte Bobcats are lacking in wing athleticism and scoring.  D.J. Augustin simply doesn't have enough options to pass to.

    Steven Jackson should still be in the mix, but Gerald Henderson's maximum ceiling appears to be that of a basic rotation player. 

    The Bobcats have a lot of bodies in the front court, but don't have any floor stretchers around Tyrus Thomas and Boris Diaw.

    Early, the Bobcats should take a look at Alec Burks (SG Colorado), one of the college game's best scorers.

    Burks also distributes well for a two-guard, will pair well with Augustine and can run the pick and roll as well.

10. Milwaukee Bucks

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    The Milwaukee Bucks' back court is a little shallow, but they're really lacking front court help around Andrew Bogut. 

    Guys like Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Ersan Ilyasova are nice rotation players, but Milwaukee has trouble creating shots from the post.

    Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden may bounce back next season, but they sure flamed out last year as signings for the Milwaukee Bucks.  It's possible they become trade bait to cover other needs.

    Marcus Morris (PF Kansas) should be a no-brainer for the Bucks.

    He can stretch the floor a little from the four slot while still providing assistance on the block for Andrew Bogut. Defensively, he'll provide the punch this team currently lacks.

11. Golden State Warriors

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    Andris Biedrins once seemed like a sure thing for the Golden State Warriors.  However, he's turned in two nearly identical horrible seasons in a row after having signed a big contract.

    The Warriors can always scrounge up scoring wings around Monta Ellis and Steph Curry, but they had to play David Lee and Ekpe Udoh out of position at the center spot to cover for Biedrins last year.

    It's possible that the Warriors move Ellis or Curry and draft a point guard, but it seems like they'll give the dynamic combo guard pairing one more season to mesh.

    Unless someone falls, the Warriors won't find an elite center with their late lottery pick. Kawhi Leonard (SF San Diego State) would be an intriguing local pick and would fit in nicely with their offense.

    Picking this late in the lottery, the Warriors are likely to trade down to some team who needs a SF much more.

12. Utah Jazz

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    With Andrei Kirilenko most likely gone, the Utah Jazz lack a single shot blocker anywhere on their roster. 

    Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Mehmet Okur simply cannot play together in any combination, as they are all incapable of protecting the basket.

    Though the Jazz still need scoring and athleticism at the wings, they may need to add some length to the front court, while trading one of their power forwards for another scoring guard.

    At No. 12, the Jazz can hope Kawhi Leonard (SF San Diego State) falls to them. Leonard is a hybrid Shawn Marion-type who can shoot, create and play killer defense.

13. Phoenix Suns

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    The Phoenix Suns have a lot of depth all over the roster.  The problem is that it's spread out among redundant role players, with very little concentrated amongst star players anymore.

    A lot depends on whether Steve Nash really does want to end his career in Phoenix.  Aaron Brooks was brought in to audition as Nash's successor, but it's also unclear as to whether he'll re-sign or not.

    Phoenix may have to take the most talented player available.  That could include a point guard.

    Point guard could be slim pickings at this point with Jimmer Fredette (PG BYU) drawing an obvious Steve Nash comparison.

    More likely would be the highly athletic Markieff Morris (PF Kansas) or Tristan Thompson (SF Texas) who would both provide energy to an often-sluggish team.

14. Houston Rockets

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    The Houston Rockets are another team with nice depth across the roster.  Yet, they also lack star power.

    Even with very solid guys like Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Chuck Hayes and Kyle Lowry to build around, they're moving past Yao Ming and still need someone to help carry the offensive load.

    Even if Chase Budinger were capable of being a full-time starter (which he's not), the Rockets would especially need another legitimate option at the small forward spot.

    Tobias Harris (SF/PF Tennessee) is a nightmare mismatch for any NBA swingman, able to knock down perimeter shots and get to the basket as well.

    He's only a freshman, but he is considered a mature athlete, a team leader and a potential face of any franchise.

15. Indiana Pacers

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    Tyler Hansbrough showed a lot of promise down the stretch for the Indiana Pacers, but it's still unclear whether he and Josh McRoberts can hold down the power-forward spot together for the long term.

    With Darren Collison, Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert as this team's foundation, it's possible that they could also go after yet another shooting guard.   However, it's more likely that they give Paul George, Brandon Rush and Lance Stephenson another year to grow.

    With Jeff Foster clearly slowing down, the Pacers need front court help.  Getting a guy who could spot meaningful minutes at both the four and five spots would be especially helpful.

    At 6'8" 225, Kenneth Faried (PF Morehead State) doesn't quite have NBA size for a center prospect, but many scouts feel he could fill out as he transitions from a smaller school to the pros. His game translates well to the Pacers.

    He's a hard worker and strong rebounder whose offense has more to do with athleticism than skill...just like every other front court player the Pacers have even been remotely interested in drafting over the past five years.

    Tristan Thompson (PF Texas) or Bismack Biyambo (PF/C Congo) are other fine choices.

16. Philadelphia 76ers

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    The Philadelphia 76ers don't seem very comfortable with Spencer Hawes as their starting center.  He may be gone in Free Agency anyways.  Marreese Speights has never really grabbed the mantle yet, either.

    There's plenty of depth at the guard spots, though Andre Iguodala could use a stronger backup.

    Still, even if they're drafting an understudy to Elton Brand, the Sixers would be well served to bolster their front court with another big body.

    That big body could be one of the Morris twins from Kansas. If either Marcus (or more likely Markieff) is available, the Sixers would be foolish to pass.

    Marcus is taller, leaner and more offensively polished than his "big" brother. 

    Markieff is a little taller and more athletic than Marcus but tends to get his points around the basket or on the fast break. Either would be a tremendous understudy to Elton Brand.

17. New York Knicks

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    The New York Knicks are obviously set at their point guard and forward spots for now.

    However, Landry Fields wore down badly at the end of the season, and there's not a lot of depth at the shooting guard spot anyways.

    The Knicks are especially vulnerable up front.  Ronny Turiaf is injury-prone and overmatched as a full-time starter.  The depth behind him is nonexistent with an out-of-position Jared Jeffries and the ghost of Shelden Williams.

    Kyle Singler (SF/PF Duke) fits a lot of what Mike D'Antoni is looking for in a player. Singler has pedigree, size, and the ability to stretch a defense and hit from outside the arc.

    He lacks the athleticism to be a fast break threat in the NBA, but his tough defensive rebounding and outlet passing still fits the mold.

    The Knicks also could become tantalized with the dead-eye shooting of New York native, Jimmer Fredette (PG BYU).

18. Washington Wizards

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    Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee have been regarded as the future for awhile, but their inconsistency is getting a little old in Washington.

    The Wizards have plenty of options at the point and wings, but they need another potential starting big man to either push Blatche and McGee, or to wrest the starting job away from one of them.

    If they go big early, Enes Kanter (C Switzerland) has immediate pro potential.

    Later in the first, Lucas Nogueira (C Brazil) has as much upside as anyone and would look awfully good throwing down lobbed passes from Wall.

19. Charlotte Bobcats

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    The jury is still out as to whether D.J. Augustin is cut out to be a full-time NBA starter.  It's also still too early to say whether Shaun Livingston is no longer an injury risk.

    The Charlotte Bobcats could choose to bolster their point-guard position with their second First Round pick, or they may choose to select an athletic big man, if there is one still available.

    This is due to the fact that their power forwards (Boris Diaw and Tyrus Thomas) are undersized, while their centers (Joel Pryzbilla, DaSagana Diop and Kwame Brown) are all lacking in athleticism.

    Later, the Bobcats could get even more shooting from Jimmer Fredette (PG BYU) or grab one of the draft's most athletic big men in Lucas Nogueira (PF/C Brazil).

20. Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Martell Webster and Wesley Johnson actually should be in the Minnesota Timberwolves' future plans. The problem is that both of them are natural small forwards, not shooting guards.

    If the Wolves took another point guard with their earlier pick, they absolutely need to take a true two with this selection. 

    If their star wingman is already selected, then they would be wise to replace Jonny Flynn and/or Luke Ridnour, especially if Ricky Rubio still isn't coming.

    Later in the first, the Wolves can get a natural swingman talent in Chris Singleton (SF Florida State), an improving shooter who moves well without the ball.

21. Portland Trail Blazers

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    Marcus Camby can't possibly have another credible starting year left in him, but the Portland Trail Blazers seem convinced that Greg Oden will still be able to man the center spot one day.

    The Blazers need front line depth, but they're more vulnerable at the point guard spot.  Andre Miller seemed to work better with Wes Matthews than Brandon Roy, but he is also getting up there in age without a reliable backup being present.

    Maybe Patrick Mills will pan out, but the Blazers may need a starting point sooner than later.

    That guard could be Reggie Jackson (PG Boston College).

    At 6'3, 208 lbs, the talented junior offers more hustle and upside than immediate playing ability, but that's just fine for the Trail Blazers, who can let him learn from Andre Miller.

    Jackson has good basketball IQ and the wingspan to play great defense at the next level. On the offensive side of things, Jackson is a better passer than a scorer, but should be proficient at both once he develops.

22. Denver Nuggets

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    Kenyon Martin's massive contract is finally done, but he may still come back to the Denver Nuggets for a pay cut.

    Even if he does return, the Nuggets' only true roster weak point is at power forward.

    Denver may have other needs if J.R. Smith or Nene Hilario gets away, but they're able to replace the former and seem to feel pretty confident about retaining the latter.

    The Nuggets could fall in love with Tyler Honeycutt (SF UCLA). The sophomore left college early despite numerous calls from the peanut gallery for the opposite.

    Although he's not plug-and-play onto an NBA starting lineup, he has a tantalizing mix of length and basketball IQ and should be drafted higher than his current skill level would suggest.

    At worst, he's a poor man's Tayshaun Prince.  At best, the sky is the limit.

23. Houston Rockets

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    If Yao Ming leaves, the Houston Rockets may need to draft a big man here. 

    Yet, with Chuck Hayes, Luis Scola, Brad Miller, Hasheem Thabeet and Jordan Hill already in the front court, the Rockets may actually go back to stockpiling wings.

    Drafting another player capable of competing with Chase Budinger for the starting three spot would be nice.  At least, this pick should be quick enough to earn some minutes behind Kevin Martin and Courtney Lee at the shooting guard position too.

    An interesting option for the Rockets late in the first could be Kyle Singler (SF/PF Duke). He provides a similar skill set as Budinger but lacks the wild athleticism.

    Singler could get minutes at both the three and the four and eventually be a low-upside starter down the road.

24. Oklahoma City Thunder

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder have lots of options at nearly every portion of the roster.

    However, outside of Thabo Sefolosha and James Harden, the team is lacking another swingman capable of manning either wing spot when Kevin Durant is off the floor.

    Additional front line athleticism would be nice, but adding a lanky, high-flying wing would give the Thunder another scoring option for Russell Westbrook.

    Tyler Honeycutt (SF UCLA) and Kyle Singler (SF/PF Duke) could both find a role on the Thunder, but the best option for them should be Travis Leslie (SG/SF Georgia).

    Leslie epitomizes the electrifying, athletic future of the Thunder and could easily become a "Durant-lite" off the bench for Oklahoma City. 

    Leslie is 6'4" but somehow manages to play mostly above the rim, both scoring and rebounding.

25. Boston Celtics

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    Even though Delonte West and Jeff Green played respectably enough, the Boston Celtics were clearly lacking a spark from their bench combo guard and forward positions.

    The Boston Celtics need to add front line athleticism and a big man who can play above the rim, especially if Glen Davis is moving on this offseason.

    Adding an "X-factor" guy who could refuel either guard position from the bench would be nice too, even if Delonte West remains.

    A great X-factor with championship pedigree could be Nolan Smith (PG/SG Duke). Able to fill the bucket with the best of them, Smith's greatest attribute to an NBA team will be his versatility.

    He is a willing and capable passer with the ability to defend both guard positions. Justin Harper (PF Richmond) and Josh Selby (SG Kansas) would also be good fits.

26. Dallas Mavericks

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    The outcome of this pick is entirely conditional for the Dallas Mavericks.

    With Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler likely both re-signing, Dallas should look towards the post-Jason Kidd era by bringing in a ball handler to develop during the next season or two. 

    If Chandler or Butler actually leave, then the Mavs need to restock the center or small forward spot, respectively. 

    The best point guard prospects should be Darius Morris (PG Michigan) and Nolan Smith (PG/SG Duke), but the best fit for the Mavericks at the position should be Charles Jenkins (PG/SG Hofstra).

    Jenkins can immediately contribute as a combo guard off the bench, but has intriguing upside as a passer and a low-volume scorer.

27. New Jersey Nets

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    The New Jersey Nets struck out badly when overpaying Travis Outlaw last offseason.  He proved competent enough off the bench, but the Nets have a gaping hole at the small forward spot.

    If Kris Humphries is lured away during this offseason, then the Nets may have to compensate by drafting a front court player to pair with the suddenly soft Brook Lopez.

    The Nets may not have as many choices at their need positions as they would like. Justin Harper (PF Richmond) and JaJuan Johnson (PF Purdue) should be available.

    Less likely would be Tyler Honeycutt (SF UCLA). If the Nets really want to get big, they could reach for 6'11" Keith Benson (PF/C Oakland) who would pair well offensively with Lopez.

28. Chicago Bulls

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    Keith Bogans, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer have done an admirable job of holding down the shooting guard spot for the Chicago Bulls this season.

    However, Bogans is a situational defender, Korver's defensive limitations void him from certain matchups and Ronnie Brewer is more of a small forward by nature.

    The Chicago Bulls should look to add a complete two guard to the mix, unless Kurt Thomas retires, in which case they may need a depth forward to rotate in with Omer Asik and Taj Gibson.

    If they look to go overseas with one or both of their picks, Davis Bertans (SF Latvia) and Bojan Bogdanovic (SF Bosnia) would be nice assets.

29. San Antonio Spurs

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    There's simply no question about it, the San Antonio Spurs need to get more athletic up front.  They absolutely need to draft a big man with length who can play above the rim and protect the basket.

    The Spurs could look to bolster their small forward spot around the flailing Richard Jefferson, but that should only occur if all other credible forward/center options are already off the board.

    JaJuan Johnson (PF Purdue) may be a reach at the end of the first, but he would certainly provide that frontcount athleticism for the Spurs.

    In addition, his ability to shoot from range could allow Gregg Popovich some interesting matchup possibilities. At small forward, Jereme Richmond (SF Illinois) would be a great upside pick for the future. 

30. Chicago Bulls

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    It's not too often that a top-four team winds up with two First Round picks, even if they both are late in the order.

    As previously discussed, the Chicago Bulls will either need to bolster their shooting guard or front court spots.  Whatever they've addressed with their previous pick, they'll tackle the other need with this one.

    It might be nice to get another seven-footer, if one is available.  Outside of Joakim Noah and Omer Asik, the Bulls' front line is actually quite undersized.

    The Bulls can look to replace Kurt Thomas with Justin Harper (PF Richmond), a similar player with impressive range and shooting in a nice-sized frame.

BONUS COVERAGE: Teams That Don't Have a First Round Pick

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    We've just discussed those teams that have a pick in the First Round, but there are seven franchises without that luxury in the 2011 NBA Draft.

    Here are those teams that only have picks in the Second Round, their needs and who they might select on June 23.

31. Miami Heat

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    It's no secret that the Miami Heat badly need help at the point guard and center positions. 

    However, Mario Chalmers appears ready to be the starter again next year, and as they might squeeze one half-productive season out of Mike Bibby again as a backup.  Plus, no Second Round rookie point guard is going to beat out Mario Chalmers or Mike Bibby.

    So, center becomes the most important need.  Outside of Joel Anthony and Chris Bosh, the Heat's front line is decaying badly with age.  

    No second round center is going to beat out Joel Anthony or be a better prospect than Dexter Pittman either.

    But, with a high pick in the Second Round, the Heat would be wise to take a high-upside international player like Lucas Nogueira (C Brazil) or Jeremy Tyler (C Israel) and stash them overseas or develop them on low NBA minutes.

37 & 47. Los Angeles Clippers

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    Mo Williams is a capable placeholder, and Eric Bledsoe is probably the future at the Los Angeles Clippers' point guard position. 

    They could also use another small forward prospect to go along with Al Farouq-Aminu. 

    Chandler Parsons (SF Florida) would be an intriguing pick with size for the Clippers' small forward spot.

    It's also likely the Clippers look for the pass-first type of guy who could help Blake Griffin flourish even more.

    They can stock the position with Antoine Diot (PG France), a polished passer who also creates for himself. He'll spend a few years overseas, but could be a great asset down the road.

41, 46, 56 & 58. Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Lakers are an aging team with plenty of needs considering they are still armed to be a contender. 

    They've been loyally relying on Derek Fisher for too many minutes at the point, and their front line is surprisingly shallow behind Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

    Darius Morris (PG Michigan) could fall to them in the top of the second, as could Shelvin Mack (PG Butler).

    With one (or more) of their four second-round picks, they would be wise to go local with prospects like Nikola Vucevic (PF USC), Malcolm Thomas (SF San Diego State) and Greg Smith (C Fresno State) available.

45. New Orleans Hornets

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    The New Orleans Hornets have been patching things together for far too long at the wings.  Marco Belinelli and Willie Green both have value as rotation players, but neither one is complete enough to be full-season starters.

    Trevor Ariza is also solid enough, but he's rarely better than the fourth or fifth option in the starting lineup.

    However, as an NBA-owned team with financial difficulties, the Hornets are likely to not even make this pick.

    If any player is selected, it will be an "asset" like Jeremy Tyler (C Israel) or Michael Dunigan (C Israel)...two American kids who will need more time in the professional leagues overseas before they make an NBA impact. 

48. Atlanta Hawks

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    Jeff Teague appears ready to take over as the starting point guard, and Kirk Hinrich is actually better suited as a combo guard off the bench anyway.

    However, as Hinrich is and always will remain an injury risk, the Atlanta Hawks would be wise to bring on another prospect for insurance.

    Yes, they could also use another true center on the roster, but Norris Cole (PG Cleveland State) would be a huge high-upside pick for the Hawks.

    Cole is a floor general in every sense of the word and consistently makes everyone around him better. His athletic profile also fits what the Hawks are looking for, even if his below-average jumper doesn't.

49. Memphis Grizzlies

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    The Memphis Grizzlies certainly have enough quality wings to work with.  However, their front line could use another big body, especially if Marc Gasol surprisingly moves on.

    Yet, it may be difficult to find a quality, minute-ready big man with the 49th pick.  Instead, the Grizzlies might look to add another layer of depth behind Mike Conley and Greivis Vasquez, both of whom took major leaps forward late in this season.

    The Grizzlies would love if Shelvin Mack (PG Butler) falls to them as a sharpshooting backup and injury insurance.

    However, Ben Hansbrough (PG/SG Notre Dame) would be a fine consolation prize, as would Isaiah Thomas (PG Washington).

53. Orlando Magic

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    The Magic won't be picking until the end of the second round and could end up selling the pick as easily as anything else.

    However, they have a lot of major needs.  Their front line is dangerously shallow behind Dwight Howard.  In fact, there isn't another true center on the roster anywhere.

    If Jason Richardson moves on, (which seems likely, given his Playoff disappearing act), the Magic will need an additional athletic wing. 

    J.J. Redick might be ready to become a starter, but that would leave the bench awfully shallow at the two guard spot.

    If they stay pat, DeAndre Liggins (SF Kentucky) could be an immediate contributor on the defensive side of things or spend time in the D-league while he works on his shot.

    The safest pick in the draft would be David Lighty (SG Ohio State) if he fell to them.

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