Monday, May 19, 2008

2008 NBA Mock Drafts

On June 26th 2008, all those NBA teams who didn't get themselves into the playoffs are officially lottery-bound. Their hopes for successful team building and playoff opportunities rest on the way the ping pong balls bounce. One team will get the honor of pick #1, which could become a franchise player. Several websites offer NBA Mock Draft speculation. The Miami Heat, Seattle (or Oklahoma City) Sonics, and Minnesota Timberwolves are amongst one of the teams vying for the top pick, as they suffered a disappointing 2007-08 season.

NBA Mock Draft

1) Chicago Bulls: Michael Beasley (PF 6-9 235 Kansas State)

2) Miami Heat: Derrick Rose (PG 6-4 195 Memphis)

3) Minnesota Timberwolves: Jerryd Bayless (PG 6-3 190 Arizona)

4) Seattle Supersonics: Brook Lopez (C 7-0 245 Stanford)

5) Memphis Grizzlies: O.J. Mayo (G 6-4 195 USC)

6) New York Knicks: Eric Gordon (SG 6-5 205 Indiana)

7) LA Clippers: Danilo Gallinari (SF 6-9 210 Italy)

8) Milwaukee Bucks: Kevin Love (PF/C 6-9 260 UCLA)

9) Charlotte Bobcats: DeAndre Jordan (C 7-0 240 Texas A&M)

10) New Jersey Nets: D.J. Augustin (PG 5-11 180 Texas)

11) Indiana Pacers: Russell Westbrook (PG 6-3 190 UCLA)

12) Sacramento Kings: Darrell Arthur (F 6-10 215 Kansas)

13) Portland Trail Blazers: Kosta Koufos (C 7-0 Ohio State)

14) Golden State Warriors: Donte Green (F 6-11 Syracuse)

Of course this speculation can change as the weeks go by before the pro basketball draft. The Bulls get top pick and it will be either Rose or Beasley. Chicago may decide to make some trades as well, so stay tuned. Some sites speculate the Heat will take Derrick Rose at #2, point guard from Memphis. Point guards are definitely in demand in the NBA after seeing the performances of Derron Williams in Utah and Chris Paul in New Orleans. It's hard to understand why a point guard would be the top choice of Miami, as size may really be what they need most. Shaq's gone, Mourning is not playing and they already have the very capable Dwyane Wade to really run the show. They may want to move D-Wade to shooting guard exclusively, so Rose could work. Various sites also differ on whether standout guard OJ Mayo of USC will land in the top 5, so it's really going to be interesting this June 2008 at the NBA Draft.

Also of note, the 2008-09 Rookie of the year may not even be drafted in the 2008 draft, as Portland Trailblazer Greg Oden is expected to play his first full season. Interestingly enough, Portland had a decent season in 2007-08 without him in their lineup and now have a shot at another top pick to add to what could be the team to beat for years to come.

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The 2008 NBA Draft will be held June 26th 2008, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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At 6/22/2008 12:47 PM, Blogger Sports Appeal said...

Arthur before Rush??


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