1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Anthony Bennett, UNLV
At 6’8 240, currently 260 pounds, Bennett is easily one of the most complete big man in the draft. He is arguably the best scoring big man in the draft, and should step right in alongside of Kyrie Irving and be a force. Sure draft experts will knock this pick because Bennett has had zero talk about being the number one pick in the last three months, but considering the injury risk of someone like Nerlen Noel, Bennett is actually somewhat of a safe pick.
2. Orlando Magic: Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Oladipo is a great energetic player, that is not a question, but his fit with that Magic is interesting. Tobias Harris was one of the biggest surprises last year along with Maurice Harkless. However, they are both shooting guard/small forward combos. Other than Nikola Vucevic the Magic don’t have much upfront, and could have used a big man to match with him. However, Oladipo is going to be a great fit as a shooting guard, and as a possible sixth man.
3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter, Georgetown
The writing was on the wall for the Wizards to take a small forward. With Bradley Beal, and John Wall already in tow he solidifies the Wizards at the three. He is a solid, complete player that is going to do a lot of things well, nothing spectacular, but there isn’t any wrong with that.
4. Charlotte Bobcats: Cody Zeller, Indiana
Wow. Zeller with both Noel and Len on the board is amazing. With that being said Zeller isn’t a terrible player, and now the Bobcats have a definitive center instead of tossing out Byron Mullens, and an undersized Bismack Biyombo out there.
5. Phoenix Suns: Alex Len
Quite simply with the severely declining Marcin Gortat and Luis Scola, the Suns had to get a big man. Ben McLemore could have been a fit too, but Len fixes one of the Suns biggest problems from last season.
6. New Orleans Pelicans: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky (For Philadelphia)
The Pelicans get arguably the best players from each of the past two drafts. Teaming Noel with Anthony Davis gives them one of the most athletic front courts in the entire NBA.
7. Sacramento Kings: Ben McLemore, Kentucky
Not much has to be said here. The Kings just sat there, and one of the top three players slid to them at seven. It will be interesting to see what happens with Tyreke Evans, but McLemore is a potent scorer, and is a nice start for a ‘new’ Kings team.
8. Detroit Pistons: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
Sure the Pistons needed a point guard and two were there, but they definitely need a shooting guard too. Pope was one of the most underrated players in the draft, and he is one of the better shooters. Sure this is a surprise, but he fits a need for the Pistons.
9. Minnesota T’Wolves: Trey Burke, Georgia (For Utah)
The Jazz simply couldn’t continue to trot out Jamaal Tinsley like last year. The Jazz have some interesting front court pieces, and Burke is a great replace from losing Deron Williams a few years ago.
10. Portland Trailblazers: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
Basically Damian Lillard 2.0, McCollum is one of the best scorers in the draft, but the Blazers already have Lillard in place. Regardless, where McCollum fits in he will be a great asset.
11. Philadelphia 76ers: Michael Carter-Williams
Well, since they traded Jrue Holiday in the Noel trade the 76ers had to pick a point guard. MCW isn’t the best of scorers, but he is the best point guard left in the draft.
12. OKC Thunder: Steven Adams, Pittsburgh
Sure there are more polished player available, but the Thunder are in a position to take a high-upside player. Kendrick Perkins isn’t going to be around much more so Adams could be their center of the future. However, surely a lot of people recall the Thunder/Sonics failing on Robert Swift and Saer Sene. Hopefully Adams turns out better.
13. Dallas Mavericks: Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga (For Celtics)
The Celtics probably could have waited until 16 to draft him, and possibly get someone like Shabazz Muhammad to replace a potentially traded Paul Pierce. Regardless, Olynyk is a solid replacement for Kevin Garnett.
14. Minnesota T’Wolves: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA (From Utah)
Once the number one high school recruit, Muhammad slides to the middle of the first round. This is a great pick for the Wolves, he can play either the two or three alongside of Ricky Rubio.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece
Has become a YouTube celebrity and even has been compared to Kevin Durant. The Bucks need a small forward, he fits the bill, but may not be ready to contribute right away
16. Boston Celtics: Lucas Nogueira, Brazil (For Hawks)
The Hawks may be about to rebuild especially since Josh Smith appears to be on his way out. Albeit unpolished, Nogueira is the prototypical shot-blocking no offense type of center at this point.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Dennis Schroeder, Germany
One of the rising prospects early, but fell a bit in the draft. Has drawn comparison to Rajon Rado, but that is obviously best case scenario.
18. Dallas Mavericks: Shane Larking, Miami
Larkin isn’t superb at any one thing, but Rick Carlson’s top priority was getting a point guard, and Larkin was the best one available.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Sergey Karasev, Greece
Early draft talk had him possibly sneaking into the top ten but he fell to 19. He may spend another year or two but will eventually slide into the three, and brings a adequate three point shot.
20. Chicago Bulls: Tony Snell, New Mexico
21. Minnesota T’Wolves: Gorgui Deng, Louisville
Pretty nice draft for the T’Wolves getting both Muhammad and Deng. Deng is an elite shot blocker, and should be an adequate replacemnt for Pekovic should he move on in free agency.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Mason Plumlee, Duke
In a sad turn of the events the Nets traded Reggie Evans to the Celtics in the mega deal, and without him the Nets will need a bench replacement. Plumlee is nowhere near as energetic, but is a big body, and can contribute right away
23. Indiana Pacers: Solomon Hill, Arizona
Hill is a prototypical leader at the college level and was a great player at Arizona, and was great for them in the NCAA tournament. He doesn’t offer elite potential, but there won’t be a night where he doesn’t give 100%.
24. NY Knicks: Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Hardaway got put in the shadow of Trey Burke and Mitch McGary during the NCAA tournament, but is still a complete guard. Considering the Knicks will likely lose J.R. Smith he can step in and fill the sixth man role.
25. LA Clippers: Reggie Bullock, UNC
26. GS Warrios: Andre Roberson, Colorado
If Roberson ever plays down the stretch teams will begin to ‘Hack-a-Roberson’ because he shot 55% from the free throw line last season. He is an undersize power forward and will only be relied on to rebound if anything.
27. Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert, France
Gobert was a popular lottery pick, but the Jazz take advantage of him sliding to 27. Chances are Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson will be off the team before long through free agency, and Gobert could fit in as the top big man off the bench.
28. San Antonio Spurs: Livio Jean-Charles, French Guiana
Expect Charles to spend about five years overseas then come out of nowhere to make an impact for the Spurs.
29. Phoenix Suns: Archie Goodwin, Kentucky
Probably would have been better off staying in college for another season but put up decent numbers as a freshman to fall this far. The Suns could use a shooting guard so he should fit in perfectly.
30. GS Warriors: Nemanja Nedovic, G, Serbia