Nobody in this draft has seen their stock rise as quickly as Dion Waiters. The former Syracuse guard reportedly has a promise from Phoenix should he dip that low – but he won’t. There is some talk about him possibly going to Golden State at No. 7 so, even though the Raptors want him, they may end up not getting him. If Waiters is gone by this point, Toronto will take Austin Rivers.
PF, North Carolina
What a difference a few months can make. John Henson has basically gone from being an afterthought on this year’s loaded Tar Heels squad to being one of the most sought-after bigs in this draft. He has a solid post game and nice moves on the block, plus his wingspan is off the charts. He’ll provided some much needed big man depth for Detroit.
Previously we guessed that Austin Rivers got a promise from New Orleans; that may not be the case. Either way, though, after picking up a big with the first pick, this selection makes sense on multiple levels. One, it gives the Hornets a marketable young superstar-the-making. Two, it gives them some flexibility with Eric Gordon. And three, Rivers would be the best player available at this point anyway. Tyler Zeller has been rumored to go here, possibly to form a one-two punch with Anthony Davis – but we just don’t see it.
PG, Weber St.
Damian Lillard doesn’t fit into the “classic one-guard” mold and is more of a shooting guard in a one’s body than anything else, but that’s what constitutes as an NBA point guard these days. He’s a good ball handler, knows how to the score and has surprisingly good length. He can also D up with the best at his position. This is who Portland desperately wants, and if they feel the pressure on draft night, they may ultimately end up taking him with their first pick.
C, North Carolina
The Rockets want a center, and Tyler Zeller is seen (by some) as the best center option available not named Andre Drummond. Whereas there are questions about Drummond’s intensity and attitude, but none about his talent – it’s the complete opposite with Zeller. His motor and intensity are always on point, but it will be interesting to see how he fares against better, more athletic players at the next level. New Orleans is reportedly interested in him at No. 10, however, we just don’t see them pulling the trigger on that move.
PG, North Carolina
We’ve made our undying love and affection for Kendall Marshall no secret, but that hasn’t been enough to win over the masses. Damian Lillard appears to be the consensus No. 1 point guard in this draft, and that means Marshall will go anywhere from the low to high teens. Phoenix either needs a replacement for Steve Nash, or his heir apparent – either way, this pick makes sense for them. They want Dion Waiters, too, but he’s not falling this low.
We’ve been hyping Meyers Leonard up from the very beginning, and NBA scouts have finally taken notice. He knows how to play with his back to the basket, has good footwork and is great at making the best possible use of his size. Good pick for the Bucks.
By now, everyone knows what the deal with Perry Jones III is. He’s got good length, a solid shooting touch, nice hands and a very, very questionable “motor.” If he plays at the top of his game – he can be a huge asset to Philly. If not, then he’ll just be the latest playing-out-of-position ultra-talented prospect who doesn’t pan out in the big leagues.