Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
Blog Entry

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft by Ben Golliver

Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:20 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 12:06 am
 
The NBA Lottery was held Tuesday night. The Cleveland Cavaliers landed the No.1 overall spot. Here's a first take mock draft reflecting the lottery results. This mock draft is by Ben Golliver, EOB Blogger.

kyrie-irving

1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Kyrie Irving: A mature, talented point guard with good size and a solid offensive game. He makes his teammates better, and that’s exactly what Cleveland needs.

2. Minnesota Timberwolves -- Derrick Williams: After failing to win more than 24 games in the last four seasons, star potential is at a premium. Williams’ ability to play on the perimeter should complement Kevin Love nicely.

3. Utah Jazz – Brandon Knight: The Jazz, like just about everyone, can use a point guard of the future. Knight, a scorer and playmaker with excellent upside, fits the bill.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers – Bismack Biyombo: This might raise some eyebrows, but the Cavaliers need a ready-right-now, physical specimen like Biyombo and can afford a bit of a risk with Irving already in hand.

5. Toronto Raptors – Enes Kanter: The Raptors know full well that Andrea Bargnani needs a wide-bodied low-post presence to play next to him, and Kanter is the best bet.

6. Washington Wizards -- Kawhi Leonard: The Wizards need help at positions 2-4 and Leonard’s energy and athleticism will fill the gaping lineup hole between franchise point guard John Wall and developing big man JaVale McGee.

7. Sacramento Kings – Kemba Walker: Tyreke Evans is probably better as a two long-term. The Kings would probably prefer Knight, but Walker is an excellent consolation prize and yet another exciting puzzle piece on a roster full of them.

8. Detroit Pistons – Jonas Valanciunas: Does Joe Dumars dare go dipping back into the European well? If so, Valanciunas could make a nice post pairing with All-Rookie snub Greg Monroe.

9. Charlotte Bobcats – Tristan Thompson: Thompson doesn’t have the inside-out versatility to replace Gerald Wallace but he does bring elite physicality and excellent defensive tools.

10. Milwaukee Bucks – Alec Burks: The Bucks need a floor-spacer to pair with Brandon Jennings and Burks fits that bill.

11. Golden State Warriors – Jan Vesely: Whether Vesely is truly a small forward remains an open question, but he’s long and has highlight film potential. If the Warriors stick with their push-the-pace mentality under a new coach, he could be a fit.

12. Utah Jazz – Donatas Motiejunas: If the Jazz opt for a guard with their top selection, they can do worse than Motiejunas, who once drew “poor man’s Dirk” comparisons. His ceiling has come down a bit, but he can score and has excellent vision.

13. Phoenix Suns – Marcus Morris: The Suns have a lot of mismatched pieces in the frontcourt, but Steve Nash can always use a power forward that can play both inside and out and has some offensive game.

14. Houston Rockets – Jordan Hamilton: There’s no Yao Ming at No. 1 this year, let alone No. 14, so the Rockets look to mine the undervalued asset route, snagging a wing scorer who has had a rocky road to the NBA.

15. Indiana Pacers – Klay Thompson: Paul George has been a revelation but another knockdown shooter in the backcourt wouldn’t hurt.

16. Philadelphia 76ers – Markieff Morris: When in doubt, add a talented big man to the frontcourt. The Sixers have some contract decisions to make after next season.

17. New York Knicks – Chris Singleton: The Knicks will look to address their hole in the middle via free agency but Singleton adds much needed defensive intensity to the wings.

18. Washington Wizards – Kenneth Faried: A bottom five rebounding team, Washington would do well to grab this group’s most obvious board-cleaning specialist.

19. Charlotte Bobcats – Nolan Smith: Best available ACC player on the board. Plus the Bobcats need a point guard.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves -- Jimmer Fredette: Maybe the most David Kahn pick of all time.

21. Portland Trail Blazers – Davis Bertans: The Blazers are at a roster crossroads and need to replenish their coffers after a bunch of consolidation trades. Bertans is a long, versatile forward, can shoot the rock and could be a nice future asset.

22. Denver Nuggets – Tobias Harris: With Carmelo Anthony gone, there’s a pothole at the three. Harris can’t fill it, not even close, but he can get buckets.

23. Houston Rockets – Lucas Nogueira: Daryl Morey has said that sometimes you need to swing for the fences in the draft. Nogueira is rail-thin but has such incredible height and length that he can nearly dunk while standing on his tiptoes.

24. Oklahoma City Thunder – Nikola Mirotic: With a beautifully constructed rotation, the Thunder have the luxury of snapping up the best available European without worrying about the contract situation that could keep him overseas for awhile.

25. Boston Celtics – Trey Thompkins: With Glen Davis likely headed out in free agency, Thompkins can plug the “needs to be in better shape, can surprise you every once in awhile” hole.

26. Dallas Mavericks – Josh Selby: The Mavericks need to add to their aging backcourt and the undersized scoring two guard has been a productive staple for Dallas for years. Could make an electric pair with Rodrigue Beaubois someday.

27. New Jersey Nets – Tyler Honeycutt: Travis Outlaw has been kind of a disaster and the Nets’ small forward was one of the worst positions in the entire NBA. Honeycutt probably isn’t a long-term answer but the pickings are slim.

28. Chicago Bulls – Travis Leslie: The Bulls really need a floor-spacing shooter at the two spot, but would settle for the remarkable athlete who would make the “Bench Mob” that much scarier.

29. San Antonio Spurs – Kyle Singler: Incredibly intelligent, competitive forward who would kill to have the opportunity to play for Gregg Popovich.

30. Chicago Bulls – Marshon Brooks: Another off-the-dribble threat for the Bulls. Maybe he can prove to be the shooter they need but, if not, there are other elements to his game.
Comments

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:50 am
 

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft by Ben Golliver

Reggie Jackson of Boston College, he plays point guard, can be also be considered as a solid mid round first pick.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:49 am
 

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft by Ben Golliver

Reggie Jackson of Boston College, he plays point guard, can be also be considered as a solid mid round first pick.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:46 am
 

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft by Ben Golliver

Reggie Jackson point guard of Boston College, should also be a probable first round option.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft by Ben Golliver

There are several guys that are going to crack the top 10 (Selby might be a reach) because of pure athleticism. Leonard, Biyombo and Faried could all go top 5. The NBA is all about talent and these guys are the best athletes after Williams and Irving. Markieff Morris will be a better NBA player than Marcus.

Kawhi Leonard
Bismack Biyombo
Kenneth Faried
Josh Selby




Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:54 am
 

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft by Ben Golliver

 I would guess the top ten now is Irving, williams, kanter, valucianas, vesely, Biyambo, and then maybe Kemba and Knight....unless tristan thompson rises. After that Leonard and Burks
Looking at this list, this is one crappy draft.  Every year people say it's a weak draft and I don't buy into it.  This could be historically bad.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:52 am
 

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft by Ben Golliver

Check back after the draft. Its totally possible he falls to six or seven. He's not a four and he cant guard threes. 
I disagree.  I think he can play the three in the NBA, even defensively.  A somewhat more athletic Michael Beasley is what comes to mind, with better agility and outside game.



Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:04 am
 

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft by Ben Golliver

I don't believe Khyrie Irving is ready. The Cavs better do their research. I hope they don't fall for all the hype surrounding this kid like the Hawks did when the drafted Marvin Williams instead of Chris Paul or Deron Williams. They better go for a proven player in Derrick Williams who has improved every year of his college career and fills a major void on their team. Point guard is really not a pressing need for them at the moment. They have Baron Davis amd Ramon Sessions. They need a scorer and Williams is that.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:33 am
 

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft by Ben Golliver

Once again, Ben proves he has no clue as to most of the things he post.

Teams do NOT draft based on who they MAY lose as a FA. They all expect to find a way to resign their FAs and add others if the price is right. Only when they KNOW they will not resign players do they draft a spot filler.

But much of your "team needs" stuff is so far out the Endeavour could not reach them. Such as: Why would Denver grab another 3 when they got a pair of SFs from the Knicks?

And why would Denver pass on Nogueira to play behind (and talk to about home)  their current center from Brazil? (Brasil) Denver is still 2 deep at every spot except the 5.

And why would Wizards grab 2 SFs without an outside shot between the pair?

And why would Bobcats take ANOTHER local guard? Can they only get backcourt players from their home state?

Why do you think the Suns are trying to built around Nash?

Why would the Blazers not take a PG? Did you not see Miller in the playoffs?

Why would Boston get a (your thoughts) Big Baby clone? Would not someone to play behind Ray Allen make more sense than what could be a third string 4 if they get to keep Big Baby.

Why would Dallas add ANOTHER pint sized scoring guard when they keep trying to get bigger at the 2 and 3?  And can't you see they have NOTHING behind Dirk?

Why would the Bulls take a pair of SGs when they have father time as a backup center?

And last of all, why do you have teams that have taken international players in the past the only ones to take them now?

I don't question how you rate the players. I question how you think teams pass up better talent to fill a hole on the bench?



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:43 am
 

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft by Ben Golliver

and as for the comment that Willaims is one of the two superstars.  Check back after the draft. Its totally possible he falls to six or seven. He's not a four and he cant guard threes.  He can play.......has talent.....but he is a classic tweener. The reason Biyambo is so loved, is because he is the best pure athlete is this entire draft. Watch the game against the US team.  Also, kenny Faried might well go top twelve or so. Genuine rebounders go higher than expected....and he is the new dennis rodman.



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:39 am
 

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft by Ben Golliver

Do any of you writers on this site do ANY homework?  First off, Knight is barely a top ten pick.  Second, Utah wants a space eating center...they've made that clear. Kanter is the guy, and if they dont like his knees, then its Valucianas. And either way, they go three and four. Im guess Biyambo is top six anyway. The guy has a 7 7" wingspan and is a freakish leaper. He wil go high. Vesely is top six too. For sure. The only knock on him Ive heard is smallish hands......but at 6 11 he is a small foward. ANd tristan thompson is a POWER FOWARD golliver.......nobody thinks he's a three. Kemba is top ten......barely. And knight too, barely. I would guess the top ten now is Irving, williams, kanter, valucianas, vesely, Biyambo, and then maybe Kemba and Knight....unless tristan thompson rises. After that Leonard and Burks.  But no way in the world is Mashon Brooks going in the first. He's bottom of the second probably. Where is Keith Benson? Where is Reggie Jackson?  Jackson is a top twnety almost for sure.  Jeez, you guys are terrible.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com