Detailed First Round Mock Draft, 6/20

Detailed First Round Mock Draft, 6/20
Jun 20, 2007, 11:48 pm
1 Trailblazers Greg Oden C
19 years old; 7'0"; 257 lbs.
Ohio State, Freshman

Even if Durant is a better fit in terms of pure need, the Blazers don’t want to risk passing up the next great NBA big man.

2 SuperSonics Kevin Durant SF/PF
18 years old; 6'10"; 215 lbs.
Texas, Freshman

Sam Presti’s start with the SuperSonics gets a huge shot in the arm by taking arguably the biggest talent in this draft.

3 Hawks Al Horford PF/C
21 years old; 6'10"; 246 lbs.
Florida, Junior

Billy Knight’s job is on the line, so he goes for the sure thing in selecting a rock-solid national champion who is ready to contribute immediately.

4 Grizzlies Mike Conley Jr PG
19 years old; 6'1"; 175 lbs.
Ohio State, Freshman

With Horford off the board, the Grizzlies look to solidify the most important position in basketball by selecting their point guard of the future.

5 Celtics Jeff Green SF/PF
20 years old; 6'10"; 228 lbs.
Georgetown, Junior

Doc Rivers gets his wish by adding a smart, versatile, experienced forward who can give him minutes right away.

6 Bucks Brandan Wright PF
19 years old; 6'10"; 200 lbs.
North Carolina, Freshman

The Bucks can’t believe their luck in seeing possibly the third most talented player in the draft fall to them at #6.

7 Timberwolves Spencer Hawes C
19 years old; 7'1"; 244 lbs.
Washington, Freshman

Kevin McHale gets the skilled big man he’s coveted for some time now to compliment KG.

8 Bobcats Corey Brewer SF
21 years old; 6'8"; 185 lbs.
Florida, Junior

The Bobcats get yet another big time college star with an NCAA championship underneath his belt, giving them depth at the swing positions and insurance should Gerald Wallace decide to bolt.

9 Bulls From Knicks Joakim Noah PF/C
22 years old; 7'0"; 223 lbs.
Florida, Junior

Noah falls to exactly the team that fits him best under Scott Skiles’ tough-nosed mentality, allowing him to continue to do what he does best-- help win games.

10 Kings Yi Jianlian PF/C
22 years old; 7'0"; 230 lbs.
Guangdong Tigers, International

Jianlian stays in California like his agent wants and the Kings get a very nice piece for their rebuilding effort.

11 Hawks From Pacers Acie Law PG
22 years old; 6'4"; 186 lbs.
Texas A&M, Senior

The Hawks finally draft a point guard and one-up themselves by taking someone who can play right away and has a big-time winning mentality to boot.

12 76ers Al Thornton SF/PF
23 years old; 6'7"; 221 lbs.
Florida State, Senior

More length and athleticism on the wing for a team that can afford to take the best player available at this spot, but needs someone with a go-to scoring mentality.

13 Hornets Nick Young SG/SF
22 years old; 6'7"; 206 lbs.
USC, Junior

The Hornets pick arguably the best shooting guard in this draft, satisfying their biggest need.

14 Clippers Javaris Crittenton PG
19 years old; 6'5"; 194 lbs.
Georgia Tech, Freshman

The Clippers are desperate for a point guard and Crittenton has the size and upside to help them forget about Shaun Livingston’s unfortunate injury.

15 Pistons From Magic Rodney Stuckey PG/SG
21 years old; 6'5"; 207 lbs.
Eastern Wash., Sophomore

The Pistons take an athletic and extremely talented combo guard to bring off the bench, fulfilling a need and staying true to their personal M.O.

16 Wizards Julian Wright SF/PF
20 years old; 6'9"; 211 lbs.
Kansas, Sophomore

The Wizards can’t believe their fortune when a player projected for most of the year as a top-5 pick falls right into their hands in the middle of the first round.

17 Nets Jason Smith PF/C
21 years old; 7'0"; 233 lbs.
Colorado State, Junior

New Jersey needs an athletic big man who can run the floor and fill the lane for Jason Kidd, and get exactly that here.

18 Warriors Tiago Splitter PF/C
22 years old; 7'0"; 245 lbs.
TAU Vitoria, International

Splitter probably won’t be able to come over this season, but picking him here will prove to be a prudent move for Chris Mullin down the road.

19 Lakers Josh McRoberts PF/C
20 years old; 6'10"; 240 lbs.
Duke, Sophomore

McRoberts’ skill-set was tailor made for Tex Winters’ triangle offense, and he gets to stay in Los Angeles where he is already based with his agent Arn Tellem.

20 Heat Thaddeus Young SF/PF
18 years old; 6'8"; 210 lbs.
Georgia Tech, Freshman

Miami covets an athletic small forward who can shoot the ball and Young fills that description to a T, along with possessing serious upside to groom alongside Dwyane Wade.

21 76ers From Nuggets Rudy Fernández SG
22 years old; 6'6"; 172 lbs.
DKV Joventut, International

With 3 first round picks, the 76ers can afford to pick a player with lottery talent who likely won’t be able to come over this year due to contractual obligations in Europe.

22 Bobcats From Raptors Morris Almond SG/SF
22 years old; 6'6"; 215 lbs.
Rice, Senior

The Bobcats get not only one of the best shooters in this draft, but also a guy with arguably the best intangibles.

23 Knicks From Bulls Daequan Cook SG
20 years old; 6'6"; 203 lbs.
Ohio State, Freshman

The Knicks have taken a liking to this freshman, who many feel may have developed into a lottery pick had he stayed another year at Ohio State. He also fills a need in terms of his outside shooting.

24 Suns From Cavaliers Marco Belinelli SG
21 years old; 6'5"; 192 lbs.
Climamio Bologna, International

The Suns need help at the swing positions and Mike D’Antoni loves all things Italian. Belinelli can also shoot with great range and no conscious, which is also a huge plus in this offense.

25 Jazz Sean Williams C
20 years old; 6'10"; 230 lbs.
Boston College, Junior

With a team stacked with young talent locked into long term contracts, the Jazz can afford to gamble on a player with lottery talent, but minor-league intangibles, who also happens to fill a need.

26 Rockets Nick Fazekas PF/C
22 years old; 6'11"; 225 lbs.
Nevada, Senior

Statistically, there is a case to be made for Fazekas to be considered the second best player in this draft. Moneyball disciple Daryl Morey values that as much as anyone, filling a great need in taking a power forward who can pass and shoot the ball as well as any big man in this draft.

27 Pistons Derrick Byars SG/SF
23 years old; 6'7"; 215 lbs.
Vanderbilt, Senior

After trading Carlos Delfino, the Pistons need a swingman who can contribute right away. Byars fits that description, and also has the added benefit of being a defensive oriented player from a structured college system who can pass and shoot the ball and understands his role.

28 Spurs Jared Dudley SF/PF
21 years old; 6'7"; 219 lbs.
Boston College, Senior

At the end of the first round, San Antonio gets an experienced role player with a “Spurs mentality” that can come in and play right away thanks to his perimeter shooting, passing, and rebounding skills.

29 Suns Petteri Koponen PG
19 years old; 6'5"; 194 lbs.
Honka Playboys,

The Suns need to start grooming a point guard to help ease the load on their aging superstar Steve Nash, and Koponen has the learning curve and the intangibles to soak up his lessons and even give Phoenix some help at the off-guard position as well.

30 76ers From Mavericks Taurean Green PG
21 years old; 6'1"; 173 lbs.
Florida, Junior

The Sixers are very shallow at the point guard position with Andre Miller entering the final year of his contract, and Taurean Green possesses the winning mentality that they sorely lack.

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