I posted my lottery picks last month. Here’s a look at the second half of the first round.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves – Paul George, SF, Fresno State
I’d be surprised if the Wolves didn’t move out of this slot. For the sake of the mock, I’ll have them select George, who gives them an athletic wing player with a nice shooting touch. He should be a nice upgrade over Ryan Gomes.
17. Chicago Bulls – Xavier Henry, SG, Kansas
Henry gives the Bulls a nice shooting guard to pair with Derrick Rose. Creating shots isn’t his thing, but with Rose, and possibly LeBron, he won’t need to.
18. Miami Heat – Damion James, SF, Texas
James gives the Heat a banger in the middle. He is a good rebounder and solid defender. He can get out and run the floor, which will please D-Wade (assuming he returns to South Beach).
19. Boston Celtics – Larry Sanders, PF, VCU
KG has clearly lost a step. Sanders can develop under KG and give them a boost on both ends of the court.
20. San Antonio Spurs – Solomon Alabi, C, Florida State
The Spurs have to start preparing for life after Tim Duncan. He should be able to develop with the Spurs offensively. He should help out immediately on defense.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Kevin Seraphin, PF, Cholet (France)
The Thunder also need to get bigger to compete with the Lakers. Seraphin plays a good team game and is a good rebounder and defender.
22. Portland Trail Blazers – Avery Bradley, PG/SG
Bradley is a combo guard that brings it defensively. He has some range, which will have to improve at this level. High intensity player.
23. Minnesota Timberwolves – James Anderson, SG, Oklahoma State
Will this pick actually take place? Hard to say. If the Wolves stay put, Anderson could be the pick. He’s one of the best shooters in the draft.
24. Atlanta Hawks – Stanley Robinson, SF, UConn
Robinson can play both the three and the four. Good rebounder with plenty of athleticism.
25. Memphis Grizzlies – Eric Bledsoe, PG, Kentucky
Gives the Grizzlies a capable backup PG with plenty of upside.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder – Elliot Williams, SG, Memphis
The Thunder grab Williams here to provide depth and a scoring punch off the bench.
27. New Jersey Nets – Dominique Jones, PG, South Florida
The Nets need to add a backup point guard. Jones fits the bill. He can also play at the two.
28. Memphis Grizzlies – Devin Ebanks, SF, West Virginia
Even if the Grizzlies bring back restricted free agent Rudy Gay, they could use some depth at the small forward position. He is a high energy that hits the glass and plays good defense.
29. Orlando Magic – Quincy Pondexter, SF, Washington
Pondexter is very athletic and versatile. He is good in the open court and can defend multiple positions.