Mock Draft: Cavaliers, Jazz, Wizards and Timberwolves Trade Picks
With little more than a week left before the annual NBA draft on June 23, phones will be ringing and GM's everywhere will be looking to move around in the pecking order of the draft in an attempt to better their teams.
Below is a possible draft order, assuming several trade rumors come to fruition:
2. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Timberwolves): Derrick Williams, SF/PF, Arizona
4. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Cavs): Jonas Valanciunas, C, Lithuania
5. Toronto Raptors: Kemba Walker, PG, UConn
6. Utah Jazz (via Wizards): Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky
7. Sacramento Kings: Jan Vesely, SF, Czech Republic
Will the Minnesota Timberwolves Trade the No.2 Pick?
8. Detroit Pistons: Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego
9. Charlotte Bobcats: Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Alec Burks, SG, Colorado State
11. Golden State Warriors: Donatas Motiejunas, PF/C, Lithuania
12. Utah Jazz: Jimmer Fredette, PG, Brigham Young
13. Phoenix Suns: Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State
14. Houston Rockets: Jordan Hamilton, SG/SF, Texas
15. Indiana Pacers: Tyler Honeycutt, SG, UCLA
16. Philadelphia 76ers: Marcus Morris, PF/SF, Kansas
17. New York Knicks: Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State
18. Utah Jazz: Marshon Brooks, SG, Providence
Cleveland Cavaliers trade Daniel Gibson, 4th overall pick, and a future pick for Minnesota's No. 2 overall pick.
Washington Wizards trade the sixth and 18th overall picks for Utah's third overall pick and cash considerations.
Reasoning & Analysis:
With the first and second overall picks, the debate is no longer valid whether the Cleveland Cavaliers should draft Kyrie Irving or Derrick Williams first; they end up with both.
With the third overall pick, Enes Kanter gets to play with his personal preference of the Washington Wizards and John Wall, giving the Wiz a nice presence to add with Javale McGee and giving Enes Kanter a reason to work hard to reach his potential.
At fourth overall, the Minnesota Timberwolves are placed in a rough situation. They could select a point guard in Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker, but after signing Ricky Rubio, I see the T'wolves signing a new center to replace Darko Milicic.
Fifth, the Toronto Raptors stay put and select their point guard of the future in NCAA Tournament champ, Kemba Walker.
The Utah Jazz trade down to sixth overall and, miraculously, still end up with an opportunity to draft Brandon Knight. It's a win-win situation for Utah, as they pull in another first-round draft pick for virtually nothing!
With the seventh pick, the Sacramento Kings have an opportunity to select foreign sensation Jan Vesely. There have been a lot of Jimmer Fredette rumors surrounding the Kings, but they won't pass up Jan Vesely for a potential bust.
Eight overall, the Detroit Pistons catch a break, as Kawhi Leonard is still on the board. Leonard would fit in Detroit very nicely and, with the possibility of Tayshaun Prince leaving, fill a void at small forward.
The Charlotte Bobcats retain their ninth overall pick and select promising, young forward Tristan Thompson to play alongside Kwame Brown, Stephen Jackson and D.J. Augustin.
At 10th overall, the Milwaukee Bucks, again, are projected to select Alec Burks. Although sources say that they are interested in Marshon Brooks and have scheduled a second workout for him, the Bucks can't pass up the near-sure-thing in Alec Burks
11th, the Golden State Warriors pick up a finesse post-player in Donatas Motiejunas to play alongside David Lee and Andris Biedrins.
With the 12th overall selection, the Utah Jazz pick up local hero Jimmer Fredette to sell some jerseys and bring in a bit more revenue. He might be able to bring up the Jazz's three-point percentage, also.
13th, the Phoenix Suns grab sharp-shooter Klay Thompson and add another piece to their run-and-gun system of play. Phoenix has a nice young core of players, and I can see them being a playoff team down the road.
Do the Jazz Trade to Get Three First-Round Picks?
At 14th overall, the Houston Rockets pick up Jordan Hamilton, who is a great all-around scorer with lots of potential.
With the 15th pick, the Indiana Pacers grab their desired shooting guard in Tyler Honeycutt. Somewhat surprising, but my guess is that he'll turn out to be a great player and a fit in Indiana.
16th overall, the Philadelphia 76ers select Marcus Morris in an effort to build a younger team and compete in the playoffs down the road.
With the 17th pick, the Knicks select Kenneth Faried, a player who provides them with much-needed rebounding and defense.
Finally, at 18th overall, the Utah Jazz select Marshon Brooks. Brooks provides a need at shooting guard for the Jazz and is a definite steal at 18th overall. Utah grabs three outstanding guards in the draft in an effort to build a backcourt that is as good as their frontcourt.
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