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 Hornets – C 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.
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.
8. (R) Toronto Raptors – SG 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.
11. (B) Portland Trailblazers – SG 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.
14. (P) Houston Rockets – Tyler 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.
18. (P) Minnesota Timberwolves – SG/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.
28. (B) Oklahoma City Thunder – SG 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 Bulls – G 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.