1. Charlotte Bobcats | Anthony Davis
With Davis, the Bobcats have a post player who will be the man in the paint for them, especially defensively, for years to come. Drafting Davis could be compared to drafting Patrick Ewing, who at the time he was picked by the Knicks was the most sought after big man, especially because of his length. No wonder Davis and Ewing are eerily similar on the stat sheet.
2. Washington Wizards | Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
You want a guy with a great motor, who can shoot it, rebound, defend and has all the other tools, Gilchrist is your guy. The Wizards have nobody at the three or four spot capable of doing what Gilchrist could do for them. However, reports are that Gilchrist told reporters recently that he plans on graduating from Kentucky.
3. New Orleans Hornets | Thomas Robinson
The Hornets have a lot of people at power forward, but Robinson trumps all of them with his natural talent. He’s just a beast. What I like best is that Robinson is not shy when it comes to demanding the ball in the paint.
4. Portland Trail Blazers | Andre Drummond
Remember in the 80s when the Blazers took this big tall lengthy guy from Kentucky instead of this stud guard from North Carolina. Well in this case it’s a freaky long, NBA-built center instead of a sweet shooting guard from Florida. But, man, the Blazers just need this guy.
5. Toronto Raptors | Harrison Barnes
They could take some big, long, weak looking white kid from North Carolina instead of his teammate, but that would be a mistake. Barnes’ stock has dropped since being a guaranteed top 3 pick last year. Top five isn’t too shabby.
6. Sacramento Kings | Terrence Jones
Let us not put it passed this scrambled Kings front office to select another Calipari kid. First, Evans. Then, Cousins. Now, why not Jones? Besides the fact that it’s a reach here.
7. Detroit Pistons | Bradley Beal
Probably an unlikely fall in reality from potentially being picked at four to sliding to seven. Beal is really good, a big reason Florida went so far in the NCAA Tournament. As physical shooting guard, who can shoot the lights out of the gym.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers | Jeremy Lamb
It was between Lamb and James McAdoo. But they’ll go for the shooting guard. Lamb is an athletic guy, and maybe the best we saw of what he’s capable of is from last year’s NCAA Tournament.
9. Utah Jazz | Jared Sullinger
Has Derrick Favors really panned out like he was supposed to? Not really. Has Paul Millsap surprised us all? A little bit, yes. Go with the guy similar to Millsap. See what happens. Sullinger might be undersized but he’s one of the most natural post players in the draft and is a determined athlete.
10. Milwaukee Bucks | Perry Jones III
An inside out scorer, but the Bucks have a bad history with big men. Ekpe Udoh hasn’t really panned out. Larry Sanders is an average big man. But again Jones is more length inside.
11. Portland Trail Blazers | James Michael McAdoo
You’ll have the Blazers drafting two really long big men. Drummond is a true center and McAdoo is a athletic four, who runs the floor really well. McAdoo just keeps getting better and hasn’t really been able to show off all of his skills at North Carolina.
12. New Orleans Hornets | Damian Lillard
The top ranked small school kid. Tyler Zeller is an option here of course, but the Hornets need to get a new point guard in there after trading away Chris Paul this season. Unfortunately, no point guard in this draft is as good as Paul was right from the get-go, but Lillard might be a really good drive and dish guy like Paul.
13. Utah Jazz | Austin Rivers
No, Rivers wont be a Celtic. He’s a pure scorer and likes the spot light. The Jazz don’t have a high scoring shooting guard, unfortunately. They have a lot of other pieces but are looking at finding that other piece.
14. Phoenix Suns | Kendall Marshall
I really don’t think Steve Nash will be a Sun for much longer, especially when we get to the offseason. Marshall suffered a wrist injury in the NCAA Tournament, but he must be the guy here if the Suns get rid of Nash. However, if Nash is traded there might be another first round pick in the deal.
15. Houston Rockets | Cody Zeller
His brother Tyler may have had the better NCAA Tournament, but Cody is bound to have the better impressions on scouts. His youth will be an important part of his resume. He will need to fill out more, but the Rockets have been missing a big post presence since Yao Ming.
16. New Jersey Nets | Tyler Zeller
The Nets will be excited Tyler fell to them as they are in need to a player in the post who can do it both offensively and defensively. Zeller adds a 7-footer to the lineup, which is totally missing a power forward and could maybe play with two true centers instead.
17. Boston Celtics | John Henson
The Celtics need a lot, especially given that contracts like Kevin Garnett’s are ending soon. Henson has length and athletic ability. His offensive game isn’t as perfected as others in the draft, but from what we’ve seen it could be impressive.
18. Denver Nuggets | Meyers Leonard
Leonard has not been in the spotlight for long, but he did pretty well this year with what he had. He has a lot of improving to do. He’s often considered soft, but his size at 7-foot is what the Nuggets need.
19. Atlanta Hawks | Terrence Ross
If Jeff Teague is decided the answer at point guard, then Ross should be the pick here as the best available shooting guard. He’s a great athlete who can shoot and defend. He exploded onto the scene this year at Washington.
20. Philadelphia 76ers | Patric Young
You can’t just give up on Evan Turner and Jodie Meeks just yet for the draft picks you spent on them. Patric Young fits into their front line as a physical, high energy big man. Young is definitely a guy who can run the floor well.
21. Houston Rockets | Quincy Miller
Miller is the best available player and could’ve been a lottery pick. The Rockets don’t have an answer at small forward with Chandler Parsons or even the dunking Chase Budinger. Miller is a silent killer on offense.
22. Indiana Pacers | Royce White
They have Danny Granger, but not a solid back up. White is a guy who could play multiple positions, the three or four. He’s a solid ball handler and passer with good court vision.
23. Memphis Grizzlies | Dion Waiters
The Grizzlies have some shooting guard problems. Tony Allen is no super freak athlete, and OJ Mayo is not the greatest person to rely on nor may he stay in Memphis very long. Waiters is an athletic, raw two-guard.
24. Boston Celtics | Tony Wroten Jr.
Athletic and maybe the best available. A tall point guard in college he could certainly be a one or two in the NBA, which will benefit the Celtics. Getting a guy, like they did Henson earlier, who can play multiple positions.
25. Orlando Magic | C.J. Leslie
Leslie’s stock soared in the NCAA Tournament and he is certain to help this Magic squad. They don’t know what will happen with Dwight Howard although he’s on contract another year. Leslie is a prolific scorer as a power forward.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers | Jeff Taylor
One of two hot shooting players from Vandy in this draft. He or his teammate John Jenkins could be selected here based on what they do with their first pick. Taylor is said to be the better NBA potential, but Jenkins seems the streakier scorer.
27. Golden State Warriors | John Jenkins
And there he goes. Jenkins is probably the best shooter in this draft and without Montae Ellis in the lineup now, the Warrior will get Jenkins, who is certainly not as selfish or ball-hogish as Ellis.
28. Miami Heat | Mason Plumlee
The Heat just have a bunch of overweight and out of shape centers right now. Plumlee is a guy who can move well on the floor and will assert himself offensively when he thinks it’s necessary.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder | Fab Melo
Melo is just a huge seven-foot body in the paint and probably wont be back at Syracuse given all of his educational problems. The Thunder are bringing together and gang of heavy hitters down low.
30. Chicago Bulls | Arnett Moultrie
Sort of like Taj Gibson, Moultrie is another athletic power forward. Moultrie is going to offer them length and some defensive ability. Boozer has been slightly disappointing I’d say, and Moultrie brings another body to the Bulls’ depth.