Bacardi & Pirozzi Mock the NBA Draft

Bacardi & Pirozzi Mock the NBA Draft

Well, not exactly. We thought that a mock of selecting players that fill a team’s biggest need would be more interesting that what we think will actually happen. Be warned, in real life if David Kahn had a 1st round pick, he’d probably try to take PG Kendal Marshall. So sit back & enjoy as Bacardi & Pirozzi mock the sh*t out of this draft.

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1. (Bacardi) New Orleans HornetsC Anthony Davis, Kentucky – As if there even was a second choice. New Orleans needs a new identity and a complete make over, they have only a few pieces to keep. Davis will enter the league as one of the best defensive rookie prospects ever. After originally being a guard in high school, his game has blossomed in pure coordination with his height, as he has the range of the prime Kevin Garnett. This would should be interesting to watch.

 2. (Pirozzi) Charlotte Bobcats - G Bradley Beal Florida - Originally, I went with Thomas Robinson at this pick but if we’re going based off need, Charlotte has to take Bradley Beal at #2. He would be the perfect teammate for Kemba Walker, both would be effective in the open court, and Beal’s outside shooting will space the floor for Kemba. Beal’s perimeter shooting is a rare commodity, he’ll be a top SG in the league within a few years.

 

3. (B) Washington WizardsSF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky – The lineup of Wall, Crawford, Gilchrist, Vesley & Nene will run all over the East… too bad they won’t play defense. Gilchrist is likely to go at 2, but he’s the perfect fit for Washington as they really need a 3 and probably aren’t too confident that Vesley can play that position.
4. (P) Cleveland CavaliersPF Thomas Robinson, Kansas – The Cavs will be very fortunate if Robinson falls to their pick at #4. Although Cavs already have some ‘high-motor’ bigs in Varejao and Tristan Thompson, Robinson would be another strong rebounder and more importantly, an offensive presence down low. Kyrie didn’t have anyone to really throw the ball down to last season, and adding someone who get score facing up and back-to-the-basket will be helpful as the team continues to grow with their youth.

5. (B) Sacramento Kings -  SF/PF Perry Jones, Baylor – It’s a shame that Robinson doesn’t make it to 5, he’d be a great fit next to Boogie Cousins. He’s probably a reach at this point, but the Kings really need a solid PF as Jason Thompson never became the All-Star many thought he would be. I don’t like Andre Drummond’s versatility, it’s important to not have 2 post guys on offense. Whoever plays next to Cousins must be able to hit a jumper.

 6. (R) Portland BlazersC Andre Drummond, UCONNDoes Portland take another chance on a big man, even after their history of failed big men? I say yes. Like pick #5, it’s a gamble but it’s too tough to pass on Drummond’s package (physical + skill). He’ll be a work in progress, but if they can motivate him and get him to focus, he’s the perfect fit next to PF LeMarcus Aldridge.

 

7. (B) Golden State WarriorsSF Harrison Barnes, North Carolina – Barnes slides in perfectly with the Warriors, as he instantly becomes their starting SF. Don’t sleep on the Warriors next season; if they remain healthy they will be able to start two lights out shooters and two high energy bigs, and if they add Barnes they will add a legit 2nd/3rd scorer to their mix.

8. (R) Toronto RaptorsSG Jeremy Lamb, UCONN - I love this pick for Toronto. They need someone who can fill up the stat sheet, especially on the scoring side. With guys like Bargs and DeRozan already on the squad, Lamb won’t have any pressure to be the main option immediately. The coaching staff will have some nice offense/attacking on the wings with Lamb and DeRozan. His outside shooting will clear the floor more for DeRozan to attack the basket, and he’s got some nice handles too.

9. (B) Detroit PistonsPF/C John Henson, North Carolina – Henderson would be a perfect match next to stud, young center Greg Monroe. He’s a high energy rebounder-shotblocker who shouldn’t look to take more than 7 shots a game, he should also perfectly develop next to the aforementioned Monroe as well as young PG Brandon Knight. If he develops, the Pistons could be scary in just a few seasons.

 

10. (R) New Orleans HornetsPG Damian Lillard, Weber State – His stock has been rising in the pre-draft workouts, but if NOLA can get him at #10, it’s absolutely the greatest of situations for Coach Monty Williams. They’ll have Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, and now, Lillard to run the point. Lillard can score, and I mean, score. Big-time shooter who has a high bball IQ too. Put Jarrett Jack at the back-up and the Hornets are all of a sudden looking at a very bright future.

11. (B) Portland TrailblazersSG Austin Rivers, Duke – He’s been a popular pick in mocks to the Trailblazers, and justifiably he’s a good fit for the squad. However, he’ll be hit or miss; his attitude will either make him a superstar or will get him out of the Association within 5 years. He’s brash, cocky, somewhat arrogant but can back it up with his shooting and drive ability. With Drummond now in the fold, the Blazers continue to add to their young core of Aldridge, Batum, Matthews & Nolan Smith.

 

12. (R) Milwaukee BucksC Meyers Leonard, Illinois – This “mock” draft is about need, right? Milwaukee’s back-court is set with studs like Jennings and Monta, and they desperately need some type of presence in the paint. I mean, come on, they had guys like Ilyasova and Drew Gooden playing the 5 at times last year. Coach Skiles got as much out of that as he could, but someone needs to fill the role Bogut once had. And no, not being injured half the time. With Leonard, they get a 7’0 athlete who can play the C position in the NBA. He’ll provide the length they need, and some scoring down low to lessen the pressure on BJ and Monta.

 

13. (B) Phoenix SunsPG Kendall Marshall, North Carolina – Just to shine light on this stat, more Tarheels have gone than former Wildcats at this point in the lottery. This pick will come down to a few things, will Phoenix lose Steve Nash in FA? Will they bring back PG Aaron Brooks from China? Maybe a SG as Shannon Brown failed to impress. Ultimately, I thought that regardless of whether they keep Nash or not, they need to invest in his replacement. I doubt Brooks will come back to the Suns, and that’s only if they lose Nash and desperately need competition. Marshall is a quick, pass first point which teammates will love to play with.

 

14. (P) Houston RocketsTyler Zeller, PF/C, North Carolina- I don’t think Zeller is worthy of the #14 pick, but he fills a need for the Rockets. He runs the court as well as any big man in the draft, and he can score down low. The Rockets only have the aging Scola in the paint, so adding someone like Zeller will help them out immediately. Maybe McHale can work with Zeller and teach him some moves.

 

15. (B) Philadelphia 76ersPF Terrence Jones, Kentucky – the 76ers have to add more size to their front court as Elton Brand has significantly slowed since signing with the team, and it’s not known if Spencer Hawes will return to the team next season as he’s a RFA. Jones was overshadowed while playing under Coach Cal, but he can be an instant contributor for Doug Collins and Co. Keep an eye out for a scoring guard as Lou Williams just opted out of his contract, and Philly might be forced to replace their team’s leading scorer for 2012-13.

 

16. (P) Houston RocketsSF Moe Harkless, St. John’s – Long, athletic, and even some bball IQ at the 3 spot. His shot needs to improve, but it’s not ‘bad’ either. Houston has plenty of wings, but no one has really made themselves stand out from the rest. And with Kevin Martin probably traded some point soon, and Budinger not getting much playing time, there’s room for Harkless. At his recent draft workout, he was compared to guys like Rudy Gay and Trevor Ariza. He’s supposedly a lot more mature than his peers and that seems to be the toughest thing to teach these days. Houston got some size/rebounding at #14, now they get tougher with this pick at #16. Houston usually plays it safe with their draft picks, and as a result, they don’t get a player with crazy upside. It’s time to change that.

 

17. (B) Dallas MavericksPF/C Jared Sullinger, Ohio State – The loss of Tyson Chandler really hurt the Mavs this past season, as they were unable to defend their 2011 title. Although Sullinger is an offensive minded center as opposed to the now Defensive Player of the Year Chandler, the Mavs need to add more size to allow Dirk to primarily stay outside to allow him those famous fade-aways. His draft stock has been all over the place, as he recently bombed his workout at the Draft Combine, but he was also invited to an individual workout for the Warriors. Maybe it’s just a smoke screen by Golden State, but still he could easily be gone by the early teens. I personally think he would be a great fit next to Anthony Davis in New Orleans, where his post presence would allow Davis to get open for jumpers. With that stated, I think the Mavs will most likely trade this pick to allow more cap space so they can make a run at Deron Williams this summer and then go after Dwight next.

 

18. (P) Minnesota TimberwolvesSG/SF, Terrence Ross, Washington- This might have been the easiest pick I’ve made so far. They need some shooting on the outside to help little Ricky and Kevin Love… Ross does just that. 6’7, athletic, and has a sweet stroke. They’ll get rid of Beasley soon enough, and Wesley Johnson hasn’t worked out yet. Ross fits perfectly with the team’s 2 stars, and most importantly, gives them an extra scoring punch they’ve been lacking. Great off-ball player too, which helps in Adelman’s offense. As if you weren’t watching the T-Wolves this past season, Ross will add a dimension that will lead to even more top-10 plays of the night.

 

19. (B) Orlando MagicPF Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State – Moultrie may be the best prospect available at this point, and would certainly provide versatility to Orlando as he’s an athletic big who has both inside and outside game. While Orlando could go after another guard to replace the pending departure of Jameer Nelson, the front office has to appease Dwight with every possibility they have, so by drafting the best player they’ll look to increase their win total in 2013. Whoever coaches Orlando next year should force Moultrie to stay on the post as he tends to drift out to the perimeter too much, that role is reserved for Ryan Anderson.

 

20. (P) Denver NuggetsPG Marquis Teague, Kentucky – Well, I was about to pick Moultrie until Bacardi took him for Orlando. Denver might be the deepest team in our league, and aren’t in desperate need of any position really. However, they could use a back-up PG, someone who might even compete for the starting spot at some point. Enter, Marquis Teague. Andre Miller is a free agent, so his future with the team is up in the air. Even if he comes back, Teague brings Lawson-like speed off the bench, and he’s more of a passer than scorer. That’s not to say Teague can’t score, and score often, but I think he’ll use his speed to get his teammates open looks, and he’s got a tough mentality that George Karl will like. If Miller does come back, use him selectively since he’s old anyway.

 

21 & 22. (B) Boston CelticsPF Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure – While the Celtics just drafted JaJuan Johnson last year (technically they drafted MarShon Brooks and traded him for Johnson), they should continue to take similar size prospects as they need to hit on a replacement for Kevin Garnett. Nicholson may be one of the best shooters in this draft, thus making him one of the elite big man shooters. Hopefully KG will influence him in rebounding, the biggest area of concern for Nicholson. Although he’s not a bad rebounder, he needs to be more consistent in grabbing boards.

 

G Tony Wroten Jr, Washington – The C’s need to add as much depth to their bench as possible. Ray Allen will likely depart this summer, leaving Avery Bradley as our starting SG. While I like Bradley, there will be a giant hole left for back up guard. Wroten is probably the best guard prospect available, and I like his versatility. While he’s 6’6″, he primarily played PG for the Huskies. Either way, the C’s need to add youth and Wroten seems like a safe pick at this point.

 

23. (P) Atlanta HawksC Fab Melo, Syracuse - The Hawks need a big man, and Melo is just that. He has limited offensive game, but does the job on defense in addition to his strength of rebounding. Honestly, anyone is better than Zaza, and Melo actually has some potential. They’ve had some issues with size in the past, Horford being an undersized C, and Atlanta has been horrendous with rebounding in the last few years in playoffs. The only issue for me here is that I don’t think the coaching staff in ATL will be able to develop Melo as well as some other personnel around the league. 7’0, 250 … traditional Center stuff, ATL needs that badly. Watch out of a PG as Jeff Teague is a bel0w-average starter.

 

24. (B) Cleveland CavaliersSF Quincy Miller, Baylor – The Cavs are in full rebuilding mold, and if they can trot out a starting lineup consisting of Irving, Miller, Robinson & Thompson, they will grow up fast. The Cavs would make tons of mistakes early, but I think the hard nose coaching of Byron Scott will keep them on the right path for Dan Gilbert. Miller looked like a potential top 10 pick before the NCAA season began, but was outshadowed by teammates while his flaws were exposed. He needs to improve his strength and work on his shot, but he has the chance to really grow with the rest of the young Cavs. I’m not saying he’ll be the next Durant by no means, but maybe he can be a similar style player to KD. A oversize, skinny SF.

 

25. (P) Memphis GrizzliesPF Royce White, Iowa State – This dude is special .. 6’8 Point Forward type player who can do a whole lot of things for the Grizzlies off the bench. He can handle/distribute the ball, play down low, run the wing, a complete package. His presence just makes everyone better, and Memphis needs someone to take charge off the bench. They’ve got a bunch of role players, but no one to really get the ball to them once Conley goes off the court.  I might have gone with Teague if he was still on the board.

 

26. (BIndiana PacersSF Jeff Taylor, Vanderbilt – The Pacers have no one behind Danny Granger (Dahntay Jones?), who was exposed in their 2nd round defeat to the Heat as not a crunch time player. I think the basketball community over-valued Granger based off his scoring averages on those bad Pacers teams, but now that he’s surrounded by talent he’s shown that he was a high volume shooter. Enter Taylor, known for being a hardworker and great teammate during his 4 seasons at Vandy. Taylor is a great defender with elite athleticism, but he wouldn’t be relied on to score… at least not right away. This would allow him to improve on his jump shot and his ball handling as he continues to grow with the rest of the young Pacers.

 

27. (P) Miami HeatC Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt – Miami needs a big man, and Ezeli provides a a strong body and some length down low. He doesn’t have much offensive upside but Miami doesn’t need that with LeBron, Wade, and Bosh. Ezeli is an impressive shot blocker, and will defend the paint extremely well for a team who has, in my opinion, the best perimeter defensive players in the league. I’ve heard some people compare Ezeli to Kendrick Perkins, and I have no issue with that. Both are good one-on-one defenders in the post, and both have very, very little offensive game. He’ll be more consistent that guys like Joel Anthony or Turiaf .. Miami will get an instant upgrade down low with Ezeli.

28. (B) Oklahoma City ThunderSG Evan Fournier, France – At this point, the Thunder probably wouldn’t be too impressed with any of the big men available. Why not draft an international player, let him play in Europe for a few more seasons, then bring him in when he’s at his peak instead of having him develop in the NBA and waste your cap space. Who knows, he might be the replacement for Harden in 2013-14 when Harden eventually leaves.

 

29. (P) Chicago BullsG Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas- The Bulls need to take someone for their backcourt at this pick with Rose being out for the season, and CJ Watson being average at best. Taylor can shoot, defend well (Thibs likey), and handles the rock well enough to get others open. He comes from a tough Kansas program, so he’ll mesh well with a guy like Thibs on the sideline. At 6’4, he can D up both 1s and 2s which will come in handy since there’s not too many options for Chicago in their backcourt. Taylor has a nice first step, nice floater, and a decent mid-range game. He’ll use his speed to find a gap, and has the ability to make the right pass at that point to get a teammate an easy bucket.

30. (B) Golden State WarriorsC Kyle O’Quinn, Northfolk State – The Warriors should look into adding size, as they have little depth behind starters David Lee & Andrew Bogut. Quinn would provide something Lee can’t, defense. O’Quinn is known for being a great shotblocker with strong rebounding ability. However, his motor is a question so I would suggest he improves on his conditioning. With the injury concerns of Steph Curry, Golden State could look at a PG or potentially a combo guard as more depth for Mark Jackson to play with.