Ish Tov’s 2007 NBA Mock Draft
Posted by ishtov on June 27, 2007
I don’t know how many people in the community are NBA fans. But I know there are at least a few. With the NBA Draft just around the corner (Thursday at 4:30PM on ESPN), I thought I’d share my mock draft here. I do this each year, but I usually just send it out to a few friends. The only caveat I have is that there could be quite a few trades between now and the draft that might shake things up.
Okay here goes:
1. Portland – Greg Oden
2. Seattle – Kevin Durant
3. Atlanta – Al Horford – He can help right away. And Atlanta already has a bunch of thin, athetic types.
4. Memphis – Joakim Noah – He can provide some interior defense, length, and championship experience.
5. Boston – Jeff Green – If we don’t get a big name in a trade, we’ll probably have to trade Pierce. Jeff Green is a pretty good replacement, an offensive player with a unselfish, passing mentality.
6. Milwaukee – Mike Conley – With Mo Williams looking for a big contract, Conley makes sense as a cheap replacement.
7. Minnesota – Brandan Wright – It seems like KG will be traded. So getting a KG type player in Brandan Wright could work.
8. Charlotte – Corey Brewer – Gerald Wallace might be leaving in free agency. Corey Brewer would be a good replacement.
9. Chicago – Yi Jianlian – Chicago needs a long, offense oriented player to compliment Ben Wallace in the paint. And Yi’s group want him to go to a big market team.
10. Sacramento – Spencer Hawes – Assuming they don’t trade Bibby or Artest, a promising big would be the best fit.
11. Atlanta – Acie Law – Atlanta needs a point and Law helped his team win some games with his clutch shooting.
12. Philadelphia – Jason Smith – Did great at the NBA combine event. Measured out better athletically than Joakim Noah.
13. New Orleans – Nick Young – New Orleans biggest need is at the 2. Young is the best available at this point.
14. LA Clippers – Javaris Crittenton – With Sam Cassell getting older, and Livingston’s future uncertain because of his knee injury, the Clippers will probably take the best point guard available.
15. Detroit – Julian Wright – Julian Wright has been slipping because of bad workouts. He’d be a good value pick at this point. Tons of rumor mills have the Pistons taking Stuckey here, but about a month ago he was considered a borderline first rounder. So I don’t quite believe it.
16. Washington – Al Thornton – With Arenas and Jamison becoming free agents next summer, Washington needs someone with star potential.
17. New Jersey – Derrick Byars – If they can resign Vince Carter, the Nets might move Richard Jefferson for a big man, leaving an open spot on the wing.
18. Golden State – Tiago Splitter – Golden State needs an interior post defender to guard guys like Carlos Boozer. I don’t know if Splitter can, but he’s probably the best available tough big guy at this point, and Nelson likes to go after international guys.
19. LA Lakers – Daequan Cook – This is kind of a weird pick, with Daequan cook being a pure 2. I guess I’m going with the idea that the Lakers will look for insurance against Kobe holding out during the pre-season.
20. Miami – Rodney Stuckey – Miami needs a point guard almost as much as the Clippers. Stuckey is a combo guard, you can get away with that playing next to DeWayne Wade.
21. Philadelphia – Thaddeus Young – Philly needs a young player with star potential to replace AI, not in terms of position but in terms of selling tickets.
22. Charlotte – Josh McRoberts – McRoberts is a good multi-dimensional big man that Charlotte might be interested in.
23. NY Knicks – Marco Belinelli
24. Phoenix – Rudy Fernandez
25. Utah – Morris Almond
26. Houston – Sean Williams
27. Detroit – Gabe Pruitt
28. San Antonio – Alando Tucker
29. Phoenix – Kyrylo Fesenko
30. Philadelphia – Ramon Sessions
31. Seattle – Arron Aflalo
32. Boston – Marc Gasol