With the NBA draft coming up this Thursday, it seems as if The Sports Dish does not have its very own mock draft. The Sports Dish will be attempting to make it's first NBA mock draft in the websites history. Now without further ado, this is The Sports Dish NBA mock draft:
1)Washington Wizards: John Wall (PG, Kentucky, Freshman)- At this point, John Wall is a lock to be the first pick in the NBA Draft, he is one of the most athletic guards to come out of college in recent years, and will work well with Gilbert Arenas in the Wizards backcourt.
2) Philadelphia 76ers: Evan Turner (SG/SF, Ohio State, Junior)- This is also another pick that many will consider a "lock", Evan Turner provides the 76ers with options of playing anywhere on the floor. The NCAA Player of the Year last year, will be looking to help the 76ers at all levels in his game.
3) New Jersey Nets: Derrick Favors (PF, Georgia Tech, Freshman)- Favors is a player who new owner Mikhail Prokhorov is going to like over time. He provides the Nets with a combination of strength and speed that is looked for by the Nets.
4) Minnesota Timberwolves: Wesley Johnson (F, Syracuse, Junior)- With the Timberwolves in need of a Forward, who else but Wesley Johnson to fill the void. Johnson is an athletic, big guy, who has a great jump shot and is NBA ready at this point.
5) Sacramento Kings: Greg Monroe (F/C, Georgetown, Sophomore)- This pick will ultimately go down to who the Kings want more, the true big guy DeMarcus Cousins or the Point Guard in a Centers body, Greg Monroe. I think that the Kings will end up getting Greg Monroe just for the fact that Monroe will get the ball to Tyreke Evans a lot more.
6) Golden State Warriors: DeMarcus Cousins (PF, Kentucky, Freshman)- The Golden State Warriors will look to grab the best player left on the board and that will be DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is a big man with a set of skills that most big men dream of having. He will try to help the disappointing Warriors build up their young team.
7) Detroit Pistons: Ed Davis (PF, North Carolina, Junior)- The Pistons will be looking for either Cousins or Monroe to fall to them at the 7th pick, but with neither of them available, the Pistons will select another big man in Ed Davis. Davis is a solid defender and will help the Pistons by grabbing rebounds that the Pistons needed quite a lot last year.
8) Los Angeles Clippers: Al-Farouq Aminu (F, Wake Forest, Sophomore)- With Blake Griffin returning and an already amazing young nucleus, the Clippers will be looking to add on by selecting Wake Forest sensation Al-Farouq Aminu. He is an athletic forward and will contribute from day one to this team.
9) Utah Jazz (from NY): Ekpe Udoh (F/C, Baylor, Junior)- With Carlos Boozer likely to be leaving Utah this Summer, the Jazz will be looking to add another big man in Ekpe Udoh. Udoh had a good NCAA tournament and will look to bring the same presence that Boozer brought to the Jazz in recent years.
10) Indiana Pacers: Xavier Henry (SG, Kansas, Freshman)- The Pacers will be looking to give Danny Granger help and get another solid scorer on the floor with him and there is no other better shooter in the draft than Kansas Freshman, Xavier Henry. Henry can score from anywhere on the floor and will be a major threat to the Pacers from day one.
11) New Orleans Hornets: Gordon Hayward (SF, Butler, Sophomore)- The New Orleans Hornets, as well, will be looking to upgrade their guard/small forward position to someone who can provide them with a scoring threat. The Hornets will be looking to grab Butler scoring threat Gordon Hayward. Hayward is a lights out shooter, who can score from deep and will be the threat the Hornets will be looking to have on their team.
12) Memphis Grizzlies: Luke Babbitt (SF, Nevada, Sophomore)- With the Grizzlies looking to not resign Rudy Gay, this will leave a huge void at Small Forward for the Memphis Grizzlies. The one player that can help is 6-9 Small Forward Luke Babbitt. Babbitt is a player with great size and a great jump shot to go along with his already good athleticism.
13) Toronto Raptors: Cole Aldrich (C, Kansas, Junior)- With Chris Bosh expected to leave the Toronto Raptors, there will be a huge void at the Center position for the Raptors. Although, Andrea Bargnani is the Center, the Raptors would likely have him play Power Forward and pick up Kansas Center Cole Adrich to play Center for them.
14) Houston Rockets: Paul George (SF, Fresno State, Sophomore)- The Fresno State Forward will be an improvement off the bench for the Rockets. With concerns about scoring from off the bench the Rockets, the Rockets will look to draft George who could not only help with scoring but will go up and get rebounds for them as well.
15) Milwaukee Bucks (from Chi): Larry Sanders (PF, VCU, Junior)- With the Milwaukee Bucks being set at most positions, their draft pick will most likely be someone who could help them off the bench and Larry Sanders seems to be the most logical pick. Sanders will help the Bucks by providing them with someone who could help Luc Richard Mbah a Moute as another Forward.