With just over a quarter of the NBA season in the books, we at The Farm Club decided to take a look and see how the NBA Draft would line up if the season ended today.
No International prospects are included in this mock because it is close to impossible to tell which ones, if any, will make the jump from overseas.
It is also important to remember that these standings are based on where teams would currently be slotted if the season ended today. We don’t necessarily think that the Lakers will have a top 10 pick when it is all said and done (wouldn’t that be scary next year).
There are also prior trades of draft picks to be considered (Hawks get Rockets pick this year but it is lottery protected) but those won’t be settled until the season is over.
1. Washington Wizards – Nerlens Noel (Kentucky) – Best center prospect in this draft. High ceiling and just beginning to scratch the surface offensively. Fits a need for the Wizards since Emeka Okafor isn’t in this team’s long term plan.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers – Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA) – Going through a less than stellar freshman campaign marked by a suspension and the fact that he is out of shape. Still he is an elite prospect. The Cavs have a real need at the 3 spot and Mohammad fits the bill.
3. New Orleans Hornets – Cody Zeller (Indiana) – The most talented out of the three Zeller brothers. Polished offensive game and improving footwork on defense. The potential duo with Anthony Davis should make Hornets fans salivate.
4. Toronto Raptors – Alex Len (Maryland) – Talented big men are few and far between and the skill set that Len possesses will be too much for a team in the lottery to pass up. The Raptors have been searching for a center for a while now to no avail.
5. Detroit Pistons – Alex Poythress (Kentucky) – Big wing prospect that can do a little of everything. He can slash, shoot and rebounds well for his position. The team has a logjam at the 3 but Poythress would be the best of the bunch even as a rookie..
6. Sacramento Kings – James McAdoo (North Carolina) – Very skilled offensive player but tends to fall in love with his jump shot. Very good pedigree and would be a great character guy for a team that is lacking in that area.
7. Charlotte Bobcats – Ben McLemore (Kansas) – Sat out last season due to eligibility issues but leads the Jayhawks in scoring this year. Good size for a two guard with a smooth shooting stroke. Ben Gordon is an amnesty candidate and McLemore could be a key rebuilding piece.
8. Phoenix Suns – Otto Porter (Georgetown) – Good athlete with a high basketball I.Q. Still needs to work on his jump shot but defends well and has good size. So many needs for the Suns but with Wes Johnson on his way out Porter makes the most sense.
9. Los Angeles Lakers – Trey Burke (Michigan) – None have improved their stock more than Burke early on. Lightening quick with a knack for scoring the ball. Might be a little high for Burke but fits a glaring need for the Lakers, not that they will actually pick this high.
10. Orlando Magic – Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) – Has the ability to play either guard spot. Mentality of a 2 but the size of a 1. Great motor and an improving jump shot. With Redick being shopped and Jameer Nelson a year away from free agency, Smart will fill a need.
11. Dallas Mavericks – Glenn Robinson Jr. (Michigan) – Tremendous athlete with great hops. Can score in a lot of different ways but takes possessions off at times. Mavs are old and slow on the wing. Great value here with a lot of upside.
12. Portland Trailblazers – Archie Goodwin (Kentucky) – Slashing wing that is really beginning to blossom under Calipari. Can get to the rim when he wants to but doesn’t have great size. Portland has zero depth at the one and two and Goodwin can play both.
13. Philadelphia 76ers – Mason Plumlee (Duke) – Great athlete, improving low post game and above average rebounder. Still needs to add some muscle but is hitting his stride at the right time. With Bynum already wearing out his welcome, the 76ers will be looking for a center again.
14. Houston Rockets – Tony Mitchell (North Texas) – Versatile forward with a lot of potential. Taken a step back this season that could lead to him staying for a third year. Rockets will likely trade this pick or take a foreign player but they could take Mitchell and let him develop in the D-League.
15. Utah Jazz – Le’Bryan Nash (Oklahoma State) – NBA ready body with an improving offensive game. Still needs to work on his jump shot (21.1% on 3′s) to be effective at the next level. Team needs a wing for the future as Marvin Williams is merely a stop gap.
16. Denver Nuggets – Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse) – Another versatile player for a team that loves them. Big point guard that has come into his own this season. Another team that doesn’t really need this pick and will likely find a trading partner or stash a player overseas.
17. Boston Celtics – Isaiah Cannon (Murray State) – Project point guard with range. Average size and athleticism but knows how to play the position. Rondo can’t continue to be counted on for 40 minutes a game. The Celtics need someone to come in and give him a blow.
18. Indiana Pacers – Patrick Young (Florida) – All the physical tools to be successful at the next level. Not a great low post scorer but solid defender and rebounder. Pacers will need someone to step in for David West after the season.
19. Milwaukee Bucks – DeShaun Thomas (Ohio State) – Tweener at the next level but has the ability to score in bunches. Not a great athlete or defender. Best player available at this point. Not a real need but could be a solid rotation guy.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves – Rodney Williams (Minnesota) – Freakishly athletic with an evolving offensive game. Solid defender with the ability to finish through contact. GM David Kahn takes the local product in hopes of keeping fans happy.
21. Brooklyn Nets – C.J. Leslie (NC State) – Another freak athlete with tremendous hops. Developing jump shot but still raw offensively. Attitude concerns have been an issue in the past. No glaring need other than young quality depth. Leslie is a great fit on a veteran team.
22. Chicago Bulls – C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) – Combo guard with no real position. Great scorer at Lehigh but will struggle to find a position at the next level. Insurance policy in the event that Rose gets injured again.
23. Atlanta Hawks – Lorenzo Brown (NC State) – Great size for a point guard but is careless with the ball. Can get to the rim at will but isn’t a perimeter threat. Solid backup for Jeff Teague going forward.
24. Golden State Warriors – Anthony Bennett (UNLV) – Good post game with the ability to step out and hit the three. Very good rebounder but could use another year in school. The potential is too much to pass up this far down.
25. Miami Heat – Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State) – Great athlete that has developed an all around game playing out of position in college although not a great shooter. Deepest team in the league just gets deeper.
26. Memphis Grizzlies – Jeff Withey (Kansas) – Can block shots with the best of them. Runs the floor well for his size but needs to get stronger. The Grizz need depth behind Gasol and Randolph. Hamed Hadaddi just isn’t cutting it.
27. San Antonio Spurs – Brandon Paul (Illinois) – Solid scorer at the two spot but is more of a chucker and needs to work on shot selection. The Spurs are known for finding draft gems and Paul could be another.
28. New York Knicks – Phil Pressey (Missouri) – Lightning quick point guard with good handles and a very good motor. Lacks size at just under six feet. Kidd isn’t getting any younger and Felton will need a back up.
29. Los Angeles Clippers – Doug McDermott (Creighton) – Smart player with a high basketball I.Q. By no means an elite athlete but a capable scorer. With Grant Hill and Matt Barnes on one year deals, McDermott makes sense as someone who can play the 3.
30. Oklahoma City Thunder – Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota) – Best rebounder in the class. An older player due to his injuries but has the game for the next level. After taking a flier on Perry Jones last season the Thunder could do it again and take a talented player with injury concerns.