Scout.com, Mock Draft II
1. Raptors, LaMarcus Aldridge (6-10,
Frank Says: We're still not convinced
Frank Says: Aldridge (if he isn't gone
already) and Brandon Roy are the two
other very viable options for
Frank Says: This, of course, is on the assumption that he will still be on the board – which isn't a lock.
4. Trail Blazers, Brandon Roy (6-5,
Frank Says: If it remains at No. 4,
Frank Says: This is where it gets
tough. Marcus Williams is also an option. In the end, the hunch is that
Frank Says: He is supposed to have a Top 10 "guarantee" – and this might be the spot.
7. Celtics, Marcus Williams (6-3,
Frank Says: He'd have plenty of scorers to get the ball to, that's for sure.
8. Rockets, Rudy Gay (6-7 ½,
Frank Says: Who, a year ago, would have imagined he'd still be for the taking in the eighth slot?
9. Warriors, Patrick O'Bryant (7-0, Bradley)
10. Sonics, Andrea Bargnani (6-11,
Frank Says: Some project him as the best prospect. People we trust tell us not to buy into that notion. They say he is a marvelous shooter but is next to a non-presence in the low post.
11. Magic, J.J. Redick (6-4, Duke)
12. Hornets, Hilton Armstrong (6-11,
Frank Says: The argument of those who like him over Patrick O'Bryant: Put Armstrong in the Missouri Valley Conference and O'Bryant in the Big East, and what would their numbers be?
13. 76ers, Rajon Rondo (6-1,
Frank Says: This is awfully early for a fellow who has never demonstrated he is more than a poor to midlands jump shooter at best. But he's the best "athlete" among the point guards, for sure.
14. Jazz, Ronnie Brewer (6-6,
Frank Says: After Brandon Roy, he's the most versatile "wing-type" in the draft pool.
15. Hornets, Marcus Vinicius (6-9,
Frank Says: His stock continues to climb as those who have seen him recently rave about his all-around offensive skills.
16. Bulls, Rodney Carney (6-7,
Frank Says: He is slipping a bit but this is about where the slippage would halt.
Frank Says: Some talent evaluators swear he's every bit the jump shooter that J.J. Redick is.
18. Wizards, Thabo Sefolosha (6-6,
Frank Says: He's another foreign
product whose stock is on the rise. He could be long gone before
19. Kings, Cedric Simmons (6-9,
Frank Says: His stock is barely behind that of Hilton Armstrong, another of the "one-season wonders" among the guys projected in first round.
20. Knicks, Shawne Williams (6-8,
Frank Says: There is an awful lot of untapped talent in that tank.
21. Suns, Sergio Rodriguez (6-3,
Frank Says: We could be low-balling him here. Some think he has more physical tools than any other "true" point guard prospect in this draft.
22. Nets, Kyle Lowry (6-0, Villanova)
Frank Says: Like Rodriguez, he could be chosen a little earlier if there is a team picking before this spot who feels it must nab a point guard.
23. Nets, Mouhamed Saer Sene (7-0,
Frank Says: He's not anything close to
Greg Oden as a prospect. But he's
the closest thing to next year's No. 1 overall pick (who will be one and done at
24. Grizzlies, Guillermo Diaz (6-2 ½,
25. Cavaliers, Shannon Brown (6-1 ½,
Frank Says: He's not yet a point guard, by any stretch. But he'd get the job done playing alongside his buddy, LeBron James.
26. Lakers, Maurice Ager (6-4 ½,
Frank Says: Some question his quickness off the dribble. But no one questions his ability to score, one way or another.
27. Suns, Olexsiy Pechrov (6-11,
Frank Says: He's another guy who supposedly has a first-round "promise" – and it might be with the Suns with either of their two first-round picks.
28. Mavericks, Paul Davis (6-9 ½,
Frank Says: He's the most offensively
skilled of the remaining frontcourt prospects and would likely flourish in
29. Knicks, Josh Boone (6-9,
Frank Says: If he ever refines his offensive skills and figures out how to play hard almost every night out, getting him here would eventually be considered a steal.
30. Trail Blazers, Alexander Johnson (6-9,
Other possible first-round picks: James Augustine (6-9, Illinois); Dee Brown (5-11, Illinois); Mardy Collins (6-5, Temple); Jordan Farmar (6-2, UCLA; could withdraw); Rudy Fernandez (6-5, Spain); Mike Gansey (6-4, West Virginia); Aaron Gray (7-0, Pittsburgh; could withdraw); Ryan Hollins (7-0, UCLA); Leon Powe (6-7, Cal); James White (6-7, Cincinnati).
Inducted into the USBWA Hall of
Fame in April, 2005, Frank Burlison is Scout.com's national basketball expert and is
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