Suns slip to fifth slot; What does this mean for their NBA Draft plans? A Post-Lottery Mock Draft, part IIIby Fabian Ardaya on May. 23, 2013, under Phoenix Suns
ROUND ONE, TWENTY-FIRST PICK: UTAH JAZZ (Via GOLDEN STATE)
BEST FIT: Tony Snell, SG/SF, New Mexico
WHO THEY WILL PICK: Tony Snell, SG/SF, New Mexico
Tony Snell is a tantalizing prospect due to his incredible athletic ability and solid outside shooting. With the current trend towards athletic perimeter wing players who can knock down shots from outside (see: Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler) and the Jazz’s lack of athleticism on the floor, this seems to be the perfect fit. With their only other need (point guard) being fulfilled earlier in the first round, look for the Jazz to take a bit of a risk on an athlete at the no. 21 spot.
ROUND ONE, TWENTY-SECOND PICK: BROOKLYN NETS
BEST FIT: Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia
WHO THEY WILL PICK: Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia
It was easy to see that Gerald Wallace’s first year on a new contract was far from a success. Despite finally gaining some of his old form back in the playoffs, Wallace’s outside shot was far too shaky for a Nets team in dire need of a spot-up shooter. Karasev is lights-out from deep, and combines it with a high basketball IQ and creative passing ability that could be a difference maker for Brooklyn this upcoming season. Plus, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has already had his eyes on Karasev for a while, as he plays in his native Russia.
ROUND ONE, TWENTY-THIRD PICK: INDIANA PACERS
BEST FIT: Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas
WHO THEY WILL PICK: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia
As was detailed in Part II, Saric is a tantalizing prospect for a team looking at a potential sleeper risk pick. Saric’s size and skill are rare, and (if he can get his act together) he could one day very well turn into a Peja Stojakovic/ Dirk Nowitzki-type player. Despite his talent, however, Saric likely won’t see any meaningful playing time until way down the line. For a Pacers team that expects to contend every year, I am not sure if this is the best fit. Under Frank Vogel, Mitchell would be able to maximize his production and be a high-flyer and defensive presence for a contending Pacer team. Saric, however, will likely be the pick because he has a slightly higher ceiling.
ROUND ONE, TWENTY-FOURTH PICK: NEW YORK KNICKS
BEST FIT: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
WHO THEY WILL PICK: Shane Larkin, PG, Miami
It’s no secret that the Knicks need younger, more athletic big men, as their youngest big man other than Earl Barron (who barely signed with the team before the playoffs and got limited minutes) is Tyson Chandler (30). Among the other options are Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby, both of which are over 36 years old. They also had the ageless Kurt Thomas (40) earlier this season up until his retirement. Withey would give them an injection of youth and rebounding prowess, and could develop well under the mentorship of either Martin, Camby, or Chandler. A similar route could be gone at point guard, as with Pablo Prigioni possibly returning to Europe and Jason Kidd possibly retiring, Shane Larkin could be an option. He tested extremely well amongst point guards, and his playmaking abilities could provide a spark off the bench for the aging squad.
ROUND ONE, TWENTY-FIFTH PICK: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
BEST FIT: Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas
WHO THEY WILL PICK: Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas
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So you want to give the Clippers ANOTHER athlete? WHY NOT! Lob City might just be getting another target in the draft in Tony Mitchell. Once considered a possible top-10 prospect due to his insane athletic ability, Mitchell has seen a decline in production against weaker competition and growing concern about his “tweener” status. Whoever the new head coach of the Clippers is, they are going to have to find a way to squeeze as much talent out of Mitchell as possible. Mitchell is likely the player with the most boom or bust potential in this draft.
ROUND ONE, TWENTY-SIXTH PICK: MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (via MEMPHIS)
BEST FIT: Giannis Adetokunbo, SF/PF, Greece
WHO THEY WILL PICK: Giannis Adetokunbo, SF/PF, Greece
An offensively versatile and skilled player, Adetokunbo projects as an unknown commodity due to the level of play (Greece 2nd Division) and amount of film he has. He has all the physical tools to succeed at the next level, but is definitely a risk. But after filling a need with their other first round selection, it is likely that they will take a risk with their second selection of the first round.
ROUND ONE, TWENTY-SEVENTH PICK: DENVER NUGGETS
BEST FIT: Allen Crabbe, SG, Cal
WHO THEY WILL PICK: Allen Crabbe, SG, Cal
With Danillo Gallinari expect to be out for at least the start of next season, the Nuggets are in dire need for a perimeter player who can be a knock-down shooter and take pressure off of Ty Lawson. Corey Brewer is more of an energy player, Evan Fournier is still developing, and while Chandler has shown flashes, he has not consistently carried this team. And while Glen Rice Jr. may be another option through the draft, Crabbe is the safer pick for off-the-court reasons. Also, Crabbe fits better into the Nuggets system, with his ability to stroke it off of screens and behind the arc.
ROUND ONE, TWENTY-EIGHTH PICK: SAN ANTONIO SPURS
BEST FIT: Glen Rice Jr., SG/SF, Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
WHO THEY WILL PICK: Glen Rice Jr., SG/SF, Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
The son of former Flint, MI, basketball legend Glen Rice, Glen Rice Jr. has had his issues off the court in the past, which led to his dismissal from the team at Georgia Tech. But under former Air Force veteran Greg Popovich, Rice Jr. should stay in line. On the court, Rice Jr. has performed well, especially against former NBA players and draft picks, leading the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the D-League title. He is an efficient scorer, as he combines his passing ability with a sweet stroke and an ability to get to the rim at will.
ROUND ONE, TWENTY-NINTH PICK: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
BEST FIT: C.J. Leslie, SF/PF, NC State
WHO THEY WILL PICK: Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State
After their early exit in the playoffs and the injury to Russell Westbrook, it is clearly that Reggie Jackson may be better off in a combo-guard role as opposed to a true backup point guard. Canaan has gained a lot of praise after he tested impressively in athletic drills. Canaan played in a pick-and-roll based system in college, and his shooting stroke may be the best of the point guards in this draft class. C.J. Leslie might be a better fit and has the potential to be a Jeff Green-like player for OKC, but he might still be available at no. 32 overall, when OKC picks again.
ROUND ONE, THIRTIETH PICK: PHOENIX SUNS (via MIAMI)
BEST FIT: Erick Green, PG/SG, Virginia Tech
WHO THEY WILL PICK: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
After an impressive showing in the NCAA tournament, Withey seems like he would fit well in Phoenix, whether as a backup to Marcin Gortat or Jermaine O’Neal, or as a starter himself should they depart.A skilled rebounder and defender, Withey is a safe pick for the Suns, who are making their second selection of the first round. A true guality player to round out the first round. While Erick Green could bring more firepower to a stagnant offense, there are concerns about playing time and his ability to defend point guards and two-guards.
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