Its the NBA Draft, one final time for optimism and smiles before a potential ugly lockout. This draft has it all: physical specimens, foreign intrigue, head cases and relentless workers. Woe to the general manager who screws up his choice (or choices). So let's celebrate the potential that these youngsters will eventually be showcasing in the NBA.
A No. 1 overall pick for a player who only played 11 games last year? You’re darn right. Irving has star potential at the point guard position and the Cavs can’t pass that up.
Maybe the safest pick among the top five, his all around skills at forward would complement Kevin Love (assuming he’s still there)
A skilled center is worth his weight in gold. And Kanter fits the bill. The only knock against him might be his lack of shot blocking, but that’s a small nit to pick.
He could spend the next year playing in Lithuania, but the Cavs should be willing to wait. This youngster has a promising inside game and his potential is immense.
A good player as well as a good citizen, Knight could step in and play immediately for Toronto. Performed well under pressure at Kentucky.
6. Jan Vesely
Washignton needs a front court player
7. Kemba Walker
A great leader at point guard for the Kings.
8. Bismack Biyombo
A huge risk reward pick for this raw player.
9. Chris Singleton
A defensive dynamo could help Charlotte.
10. Alec Burkes
Milwaukee is looking for offense, and Burkes definitely can fill it up.
11. Klay Thompson
Another scorer for the Warriors, how can they pass that up?
12. Jimmer Fredette
A move from Provo to Salt Lake City provides the perfect beginning to Fredette’s NBA career
13. Kawhi Leonard
A ferocious competitor who Pheonix couldn’t pass up.
14. Tristan Thompson
This non-stop worker would fit in beautifully with Houston.
15. Marcus Morris
A solid Midwestern player equals Indiana Pacer.
16. Donatas Motiejunas
A very skilled offensive player with size and athleticism.
17. Jordan Hamilton
The potential to become a top scorer in New York.
18. MarShon Rooks
A shooter to accompany their earlier lottery pick.
19. Nikola Vucevic
A center whose draft stock is rising quickly.
20. Jeremy Tyler
This center will be trying to reclaim his major prospect level.
21. Darius Morris
A true playmaker at point guard.
22. Kenneth Faried
A tireless rebounder and defender.
23. Josh Selby
Has all the tools to become a serious offensive threat.
24. Kyle Singler
A great three-point shooting option for the Thunder.
25. Markieff Morris
A chance to become a dependable role player.
26. Shelvin Mack
A needed shot of youth in Dallas’ backcourt.
27. Trey Thompkins
Has good smarts and a skill set that is intriguing.
28. JaJuan Johnson
A fluid athlete and a good shot blocker.
29. Tyler Honeycutt
An all around game suited to the Spurs.
30. Reggie Jockson
Would provide depth for the Bulls in the backcourt.