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Top 15 Picks Prediction

The draft is a ways away, but this is just a mock draft I've put together with some limited research on teams and prospects, as well as my opinion. 

 
1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Kyrie Irving PG Duke.  6'3.5" 191

Irving missed most of his only collegiate season, but showed enough in limited time to make him a possibility to go #1.

 

2. Minnesota Timberwolves

Derrick Williams PF Arizona.  6'9" 248

The T'wolves are set for their backcourt, but they need someone to work inside with Kevin Love.  Williams is an inside-out player, but is at his best inside.

 

 

3. Utah Jazz

Brandon Knight PG/SG Kentucky.  6'3" 176

The Jazz don't have a single guard under 27 years old, so a young one is a must.  Knight can combo with Devin Harris to form a dynamic frontcourt.

 

 

 
4. Cleveland Cavaliers

Enes Kanter PF/C Kentucky. 6'11" 259

The Cavs take a slight gamble on a player who didn't play in college, but stared internationally as a young gun.  A turkish 19 year old, with elite size and loads of potential is what the Cavs would be getting.

 

5. Toronto Raptors

Jonas Valanciunas C Lithuania.  6'11" 240

The Raptors see an opportunity to get a true center, so Bargnani can play PF and somewhat on the perimeter where he's comfortable.

 

6. Washington Wizards

Jan Vesely F Czech.  6'11" 230

The Wizards have a PG in Wall, and a C in McGee.  They even have young 2-guards in Nick Young and Jordan Crawford, who both could emerge.  What they need is a forward, and Vesely is a talented combo forward with superb athleticism.

 

7. Sacramento Kings

Kemba Walker PG Uconn.  6'1" 184

The Kings' search for a Point guard to tandem with Tyreke Evans ends here.  Walker has rare quickness and the intangibles to be better than the rest.

 

8. Detroit Pistons

Jordan Hamilton SF Texas.  6'8.5" 228

The Pistons will be looking to rid themselves of "Rip", and Tayshaun Prince is no longer effective.  Getting younger on the wings will be a priority. 

 

9. Charlotte Bobcats

Alec Burks G Colorado.  6'6" 192

The Bobcats still like Gerald Henderson, but haven't seen enough from him to be ready to bank on him as their future scoring wing.  Burks is probably the better option, and could possibly play the point with Henderson.

 

10. Milwaukee Bucks

Klay Thompson SG Washington St.  6'7" 205

The Bucks were last in the league in scoring and FG%.  Thompson was one of the top scorers in the nation and has a rare ability to stroke it from 3-pt range.

 

11. Golden State Warriors

Bismack Biyombo PF/C Spain.  6'9" 240 lbs.

The Warriors will be looking to get bigger and stronger, and Biyombo brings both of those attributes.  He impressed at the Nike Hoop Summit with his dominating inside game and defensive presence.

 

12. Utah Jazz

Donatas Motiejunas PF/C Lithuania.  7'0" 215

The Jazz already got the young guard they need, now it's time to strengthen the frontcourt.  Motiejunas will need to add strength to his thin frame, but he already has the skills and talents.

 

13. Pheonix Suns

Kawhi Leonard SF/PF San Diego State.  6'7" 227

The Suns have a defensive-minded coach in Alvin Gentry, and Leonard is a strong defender and even better rebounder.

 

14. Houston Rockets

Markeiff Morris PF Kansas.  6'9.5" 240

The Rockets need a true center to replace Yao, but don't see the value here and instead go with an NBA-ready PF who could eat up some minutes at Center.

 

15. Indiana Pacers

Marcus Morris PF/SF Kansas.  6'9" 229

The Pacers will hope that Hansbrough continues to improve, but they need a forward who can help cure the team's scoring droughts.

 

Tell me what you think.

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