Kevin Martin is a goner, and if Houston keeps their picks, they’re going to take a two-guard with one of them. Jeremy Lamb has a good first step and solid ball-handling skills. There are some questions about whether he’ll be able to be as efficient with his shooting at the next level against big league defenders, but that’s the case with most shooting guards that make the leap.
PF, Mississippi State
We’ll just repeat what we said last time because our pick remains the same: Arnett Moultrie makes a lot of sense for a Dallas team that’s either going to go point guard or power forward. In terms of physical tools, Moultrie has everything you need for NBA success. He’s athletic, fast and can finish around the basket in a ton of ways. He’s at his best when he’s utilizing his speed and athleticism, and he’s surprisingly good at drawing contact from opposing bigs. His moves in the post are still raw and need development, but they’re pretty in line with what you would expect from players fresh out of college. His defense was solid against subpar competition, but there are legitimate questions about how it will translate at the next level. Seeing as the Mavs will likely try to address their point guard void with Deron Williams, Moultrie makes the most amount of sense here.
SF, St. John’s
Moe Harkless has good size and great length, and knows how to utilize both effectively on the basketball court. Despite the fact that he isn’t the greatest shooter in the world, he knows how to do a little bit of everything – including scoring. Presuming Houston doesn’t move this pick, this is who they’re going to take.
C, Ohio State
Everyone knows that Jared Sullinger has plummeted out of the lottery over the past couple of weeks, but it’s unlikely that he’ll fall out of the top 20. He’s just too skilled. Orlando will need to replace their current center in the not-so-distant future, and Sullinger could be a great value pick here.
The Nuggets are going to be looking for best player available here, and Terrence Ross will fit the bill. Ideally Denver would take a big, but they won’t pass up on a guy as talented (although somewhat streaky) as Ross if he falls to this spot. (Which he probably will thanks to Minnesota moving its pick to Houston.)
PF, Iowa State
Presuming the Celtics are okay with easing up slightly on their defense-first philosophy, Royce White can be a great value pick here. Offensively, there is very little that he can’t do. Defensively, he needs work. Plus, he’s scared to fly. Make of that what you will.
PF, St. Bonaventure
Andrew Nicholson is a talented big that can score (both in the post and on the perimeter), rebound well and take up space in the post. Defensively, he admittedly leaves a lot to be desired. The Celtics could lose Kevin Garnett to a rival squad this summer, so shoring up the power forward position would make a lot of sense.
The Hawks need a long-term solution to their point guard dilemma, and Marquis Teague could prove to be that solution. He was admittedly reckless at certain points of his freshman year, but he really came into his own during the NCAA Tournament. He’s a project; however, he could pay out dividends to whoever selects him when it’s all said and done.