D-League Alumni Play Mock GM For ESPN Insider In Time For NBA Draft


ESPN Insider recently looked to a select few NBA players to see what they would do come NBA Draft night, if put in charge of their team's selection(s). A handful of D-League alumni also participated.

The NBA Draft is one of the most popular time for everyone who's everyone to speculate as to which promising players will go to what team.

Though such a practice is normal for fans and media alike, apparently current NBA players aren't excluded from participating in a little mock draft fun, either.

ESPN Insider polled player representatives from each respective NBA team to see who they would draft (subscription required), had they be given the choice.

As fate would have it, a handful of these players just happened to be NBA D-League.

To see who some notable NBADL alumni would like to see join their teams come Thursday night's NBA Draft, take a look below.

1. Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky Selected by: Alonzo Gee (For the Cavaliers)

"Noel can play great D, and can especially help us protect the rim," Gee says about the Wildcats frosh, who averaged over four blocks and almost 10 rebounds per game. "And he can run, too. He's got great potential."

3. C.J. McCollum, G, Lehigh Selected by: Trevor Booker (For the Wizards)

"You can never have enough scorers," Booker says about McCollum, who averaged 23.9 points per game, shot 51.6 percent from 3 and had a 34.7 PER last season. "I really like his scoring ability, and he could be a great complement to John Wall and Bradley Beal."

5. Alex Len, C, Maryland Selected by: Marcin Gortat (For the Suns)

"It's not easy to find bigs, and I believe that to win a championship, you need two true big men -- Dirk Nowitzki andTyson Chandler in Dallas, Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett in Boston -- and I think Alex can play the 4," Gortat says. "But I'd have him come off the bench for the first year or two while he's learning, just like I learned behindDwight Howard in Orlando. Every young guy has to go through hell in the NBA, learning how to practice three hours a day, and then play the next day, for 82 games."

19. Allen Crabbe, G, California Selected by: Alonzo Gee (For the Cavaliers)

"Crabbe's a pure shot-maker with NBA range," Gee says of Crabbe, who averaged 38 percent from 3 during his three years at Cal. "His ability to come off screens would be very beneficial for us."

24. Tony Mitchell, F, North Texas Selected by: Chris Copeland (For the Knicks)

"He's a great energy player -- good rebounder and great work ethic," Copeland says about the Mean Green forward, who averaged 13 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game last season. "Those are all things we need next season."

30. C.J. Leslie, F, North Carolina State Selected by: Marcin Gortat (For the Suns)

"Some say Leslie's an early second-rounder, but I'd give him a shot here. One thing we're missing is a 3 or 4 who can rebound, and I've seen his workouts. He reminds me of Hakim Warrick, but better," Gortat says of Leslie, who tallied 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last season. "That's what we need. We need a guy like him to attack the rim and play with energy."

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