Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Final 2014 Mock Draft: Round 2

#31 - Milwaukee Bucks - C.J. Wilcox - SG - Washington, Sr. - 6'6, 185

Wilcox could serve as shooting off the bench behind Giannis Antetokounmpo if the Bucks don't go with a big man here.

#32 - Philadelphia 76ers - Jerami Grant - SF - Syracuse, So. - 6'8, 214

Long, athletic forward that may struggle to score in halfcourt sets.  Has great defensive potential thanks to 7'2 wingspan.

#33 - Cleveland Cavaliers - Walter Tavares - C - Cape Verde, 1992 - 7'2, 265

Incredible physical specimen  who picked up basketball within the last few years. 7'9 wingspan, solid shot blocker, offensively challenged.

#34 - New York Knicks - Damien Inglis - SF - France, 1995 - 6'8, 240

Young, athletic, long forward.  Shot the ball fairly well in French pro ball last season, although his shot translating to the NBA is a bit of a question mark.  Good gamble for the Knicks.

#35 - Utah Jazz - Glenn Robinson III - SF - Michigan, So. - 6'7, 220 

I have the Jazz taking Saric with the 23rd pick in the first round, but he won't come stateside for another two years.  That would be a nice trial period for GRIII to see if he can continue his chemistry with Trey Burke.

#36 - Milwaukee Bucks - Nikola Jokic - C - Serbia, 1995 - 6'11, 250

Jokic is likely to come to the NBA immediately if his time asks it of him.  The Bucks may want to bring the talented big man over for depth if they move Larry Sanders.

#37 - Toronto Raptors - Jabari Brown - SG - Missouri, Jr. - 6'4, 205

Brown is a sharpshooter with a little bit of dribble attack to his game.  Won't be a great defender or playmaker, but should be reliable.

#38 - Detroit Pistons - DeAndre Daniels - SF - UConn, Jr. - 6'8, 196

Underperformed at UConn, but the talent level, athleticism and frame are there.  Needs to add some strength and be more aggressive, but could be a steal in the 2nd round.

#39 - Philadelphia 76ers - Jordan Clarkson - G - Missouri, Jr. - 6'5, 186

Attacking combo guard that lacks the ability to hit from the perimeter.  Excellent athlete and is a good enough passer to play large chunks of time at PG.

#40 - Minnesota Timberwolves - Bogdan Bogdanovic - SG - Serbia, 1992 - 6'6, 205

Long SG with good ball skills who is still improving as a shooter.  Could come over and play immediately.

#41 - Denver Nuggets - Josh Huestis - SF - Stanford, Sr. - 6'8, 230

Has the potential to develop into a defensive stopper, if he can score enough to keep himself on the floor.

#42 - Houston Rockets - Johnny O'Bryant - F/C - LSU, Jr. - 6'9, 260

Need more depth in the frontcourt after a draft's eve trade sending Omer Asik to the Pelicans for a first round pick(!!!).

#43 - Atlanta Hawks - Joe Harris - SG - Virginia, Sr. - 6'6, 215

Harris adds shooting and size to the Hawks backcourt.

#44 - Minnesota Timberwolves - Nick Johnson - G - Arizona, Jr. 6'3, 198

Combo guard with great athleticism and a knack for scoring the ball.  Could fill a role right away in the Wolves' backcourt.

#45 - Charlotte Hornets - Thanasis Antetokounmpo - SF - D-League, 1992 - 6'7, 210

Long, athletic defensive-minded player who's still trying to develop an offensive game.  D-League experience is a plus.

#46 - Washington Wizards - Vasilije Micic - PG - Serbia, 1994 - 6'4, 190

Washington could really use some help behind Wall.  Semaj Christon, Jahii Carson and Deonte Burton could also be options.

#47 - Philadelphia 76ers - Artem Klimenko - C - Russia, 1994 - 7'1, 230

Unless they plan on drafting the starting five for their D-League team in the 2nd round, a stash prospect might not be a bad idea.

#48 - Milwaukee Bucks - Deonte Burton - PG - Nevada, Sr. - 6'1, 193

Explosive athlete with a 39.5" vertical.  Not a great shooter, but can get inside and finish.

#49 - Chicago Bulls - Semaj Christon - PG - Xavier, So. - 6'3, 185

Could be a steal if he figures out how to shoot.  Bulls can never have enough insurance for Derrick Rose.

#50 - Phoenix Suns - Jahii Carson - PG - Arizona St., So. - 5'11, 180

The hometown, diminutive PG could be an insurance policy in the case that Eric Bledsoe leaves town this summer.  If he does, Dragic will need a backup.

#51 - New York Knicks - Dwight Powell - PF - Stanford, Sr. - 6'10, 240

Solid athlete with a versatile game.  Played the high post in Stanford's triangle offense and would be hard to pass up for Phil Jackson if he's still around.

#52 - Philadelphia 76ers - Patric Young - F/C - Florida, Sr. - 6'10, 247

Was looked at as a lottery pick after his first few years at Florida.  Could be a good value pick late in the 2nd round.

#53 - Minnesota Timberwolves - Cory Jefferson - PF - Baylor, Sr. - 6'9, 220

Jefferson could offer a similar skillset to current Wolves frontcourt player Dante Cunningham, who has a hard time staying out of trouble.

#54 - Philadelphia 76ers - LaQuinton Ross - SF - Ohio State, Jr. - 6'8, 220

Talented player who never really put it all together at OSU.  Could be worth a gamble late in the 2nd.

#55 - Miami Heat - Jordan Bachynski - C - Arizona St., Sr. - 7'2, 265

Miami's struggles to defend the rim have been well-documented.  Bachynski blocked four shots per game as a senior.  Already 24 years old.

#56 - Denver Nuggets - James McAdoo - PF - North Carolina, Jr. - 6'9, 230

Athletic, NBA-ready body; doesn't appear to have the requisite skillset to live up to what was once thought to be his potential.

#57 - Indiana Pacers - Russ Smith - G - Louisville, Sr. - 6'0, 165

Small scoring guard who will have to learn how to run the point as well in the NBA.

#58 - San Antonio Spurs - Alec Brown- F/C - UW-Milwaukee, Sr. - 7'1, 235

Fits the Matt Bonner mold of a big man who is more of a shooter than a post presence or a rebounder.

#59 - Toronto Raptors - Khem Birch - F - 6'9, 220

Developed more of an outside game as his college career wore on.  Solid athlete and a great motor.

#60 - San Antonio Spurs - Markel Brown - SG - Oklahoma St., Sr. - 6'3, 184

Dynamic scorer and athlete, but lacks the size to play SG in the NBA.  6'8 wingspan and 43.5" vertical could pull him off the board before this pick.

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