By Justin Taylor
Over the next month there will be hundreds if not thousands of Mock Drafts done by every sports website, magazine and news publication. The reason is that people like me (and you apparently) cannot wait for the actual draft to happen. Some of them mimic the draft process and others make a mockery of it. I plan to land somewhere in the middle with the First Annual Trapped in Golden State Mock Mock Draft.
Sometimes I wonder if some of these sites are pulling names out of a hat, rigging the draft to get their team a good pick or having a 4 year old fill the form out in crayon; then they update it over and over until the page is just a big colorful mess. I plan on doing a follow up scorecard after the draft so I can clearly document just how much time I’ve wasted following what these draft “experts” are saying. I just want ESPN.com, Nbadraft.net, draftexpress.com, Yahoo Sports the Mercury News and the Chronicle to be warned, someone is scoring your garbage this year. I also plan on having a contest (for the most awesome Trapped in Golden State T-shirt anyone has ever given you) for the reader who comes closest to the cup in projecting the lottery so look for that later in the week.
Lets see if my first shot at it can stand up to the “professionals” without taking the process too seriously or rigging it for the Warriors too badly.
Has an eye brow (literally one eyebrow) ever received so much attention?
1. New Orleans Hornets: Unibrow / PF / Kentucky / Freshman
You heard it hear first, I called it…stone cold lock. No one saw that coming. I considered putting another name here just to see how much hate mail I could generate. This draft slot should put all the NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy theories right to bed, no? If it were allowed the Hornets would have signed him up on stage at the draft lottery. The only questions left is whether he’ll wear a god-awful suit and will he split the “brow” for draft night? Maybe I’m the only one who was paying attention but I feel like that thing got bigger and more defined since Kentucky won the NCAA tounament. Has anyone told him this isn’t like growing your first beard or mustache? I think I need to move on.
2. Charlotte Bobcats: Harrison Barnes / SF / North Carolina / Sophomore
The Bobcats proved that tanking harder then anyone in the history of the game does not get you an extra ping pong ball. Since the whole thing is rigged any way I wonder if this is just a subtle middle finger back at Michael Jordan for that season he played minor league baseball. They do need a Small Forward but I’m pretty sure not even GM Rich Cho thinks (as if his opinion matters) that Harrison Barnes is the best player on the board. But the team is going to suck anyway so you might as well take a kid from one of the real pro teams in the state (the Tar Heels and Duke were both better then the Bobcats this year) so you could sell some tickets. The thing that turned me off on Barnes was the fact he was talking about his “brand” before he even arrived at North Carolina. Maybe Jordan can help him sell shoes but we all know he blows when it comes to scouting and cultivating talent.
3. Washington Wizards: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist / SF / Kentucky / Freshman
I think MKG will go second but if he lands here it will be the first good influence the Wizards have put next to John Wall since he got there. This kid has got more work ethic then JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Andray Blatche combined and squared.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andre Drummond / C / UCONN / Freshman
5. Sacramento Kings: Bradley Beal / SG/ Florida / Freshman
6. Portland Trailblazers / Damian Lillard / PG / Weber State / Junior
7. Golden State Warriors / Thomas Robinson / PF / Kansas / Junior
Here are my top ten hopes for the thought process behind this pick:
1. Thomas Robinson or Bradley Beal fall into our laps
3. Dion Waiters
5. Harrison Barnes
7. Andre Drummond
10. Terrance Jones or Jared Sullinger
We hear over and over how Small Forward is the priority and Jones or Sullinger are good fits but where is the value in those guys? I trust the Logo to do as he sees fit but until he tells me otherwise I’d like to see the pick(s) traded for an immediate consistent help if these are our choices.
8. Toronto Raptors: Dion Waiters / SG / Syracuse / Sophomore
9. Detroit Pistons: Perry Jones / SF-PF / Baylor / Sophomore
10. New Orleans Hornets: Kendall Marshall / PG / North Carolina / Sophomore
This is what happens every time the Blazers spend a high pick on a big man
11. Portland Trailblazers: Tyler Zeller / C / North Carolina / Senior
12. Milwaukee Bucks: Myers Leonard / C / Illinois / Sophomore
13. Phoenix Suns: Jared Sullinger / PF / Ohio St. / Sophomore
14. Houston Rockets: Jeremy Lamb / SG / UCONN / Sophomore
15. Philadelphia 76ers: Arnett Moultrie / PF / Mississippi State / Junior
16. Houston Rockets: Terrance Jones / PF / Kentucky / Sophomore
Considering 00 played for Creighton I've got a feeling John Henson has a lot of this in his future
17. Dallas Mavericks: John Henson / PF /North Carolina / Junior
18. Minnesota Timberwolves: Terrance Ross / SG / Washington / Sophomore
19. Orlando Magic: Moe Harkless / SF / St. Johns / Freshman
20. Denver Nuggets: Royce White / SF / Iowa St. / Sophomore
21. Boston Celtics: Austin Rivers / SG / Duke/ Freshman
22. Boston Celtics: Fab Melo / C / Syracuse / Sophomore
23. Atlanta Hawks: Tony Wroten Jr. / PG / Washington / Freshman
24. Cleveland Cavaliers: Doron Lamb / SG / Kentucky / Sophomore
25. Memphis Grizzlies: Quincy Miller / SF / Baylor / Freshman
26. Indiana Pacers: John Jenkins / SG / Vanderbilt / Junior
27. Miami Heat: Draymond Green / SF / Michigan St. / Senior
28: Oklahoma City Thunder: Andrew Nicholson / PF / St. Bonaventure / Senior
29. Chicago Bulls: Evan Fournier / SG / France
Why draft Sullinger when you can have this guy 20 picks later? Bob Huggins has probably been paying him for years so it's almost like he already has pro experience.
30. Golden State Warriors: Kevin Jones / PF / West Virginia / Senior
It’s been said that this is a deep draft (only for rotation players in my mind) but it strikes me as odd that I’m more excited for guys late in the first round then I am about those projected to go in the late lottery. I won't be opposed to the age limit increase because I'm tired of having no idea what these guys will become in the league and I don't plan on being in the lottery next year (since the Jazz will have our pick) or for years after that.