Last Minute NBA Mock Draft
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Team: Toronto Raptors Pick: 1 Player: LaMarcus Aldridge (Texas) Pos: Center/Forward Notes: The Raptors love the thought of having Chris Bosh, Charlie Villanueva and Aldridge up front. Aldridge’s impressive workout for Toronto elevated him to No. 1.
Team: Chicago Bulls Pick: 2 Player: Tyrus Thomas (LSU) Pos: Forward Notes: Thomas is raw, but the Bulls would give him the opportunity to play right away. Chicago may also explore the possibility of moving this pick in a major trade.
Team: Charlotte Bobcats Pick: 3 Player: Adam Morrison (Gonzaga) Pos: Forward Notes: The Bobcats are hoping Morrison will fall to them. Charlotte needs scoring and the Gonzaga product should be able to provide it.
Team: Portland Trail Blazers Pick: 4 Player: Andrea Bargnani (Italy) Pos: Forward Notes: Portland cannot afford a mistake with this pick. The Trail Blazers hope they have drafted the next Dirk Nowitzki.
Team: Atlanta Hawks Pick: 5 Player: Shelden Williams (Duke) Pos: Center/Forward Notes: The Hawks need strength down low and a player who is not afraid to do the dirty work around the basket. Williams’ stock has risen tremendously, and he would be a nice fit in Atlanta.
Team: Minnesota Timberwolves Pick: 6 Player: Rudy Gay (Connecticut) Pos: Forward Notes: Gay is an athletic small forward and should be a nice complement to All-Star power forward Kevin Garnett. The Connecticut product will start right away.
Team: Boston Celtics Pick: 7 Player: Brandon Roy (Washington) Pos: Guard Notes: The 6-5 Roy is just the kind of help that All-Star Paul Pierce needs. Roy is a solid all-around player. Boston would be thrilled if Roy is there for the taking.
Team: Houston Rockets Pick: 8 Player: Randy Foye (Villanova) Pos: Guard Notes: Foye has good size for a point guard and would work well with All-Stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. An excellent pick for the Rockets.
Team: Golden State Warriors Pick: 9 Player: Patrick O’Bryant (Bradley) Pos: Center Notes: The upside of the Bradley product is too great for the Warriors to pass on. O’Bryant could develop in a decent low-post scorer, which is just what Golden State needs.
Team: Seattle SuperSonics Pick: 10 Player: Cedric Simmons (North Carolina State) Pos: Forward Notes: Simmons would help Seattle defensively in the interior, which is exactly what the SuperSonics need
Team: Orlando Magic Pick: 11 Player: J.J. Redick (Duke) Pos: Guard Notes: The Magic need a shooter for their backcourt. Redick would look very nice in a lineup with rising star Dwight Howard and point guard Jameer Nelson.
Team: New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets Pick: 12 Player: Rodney Carney (Memphis) Pos: Forward Notes: Hornets won’t pass on the athletic Carney if he is available at No. 12.
Team: Philadelphia 76ers Pick: 13 Player: Marcus Williams (Connecticut) Pos: Guard Notes: Williams is a pure point guard with decent size. Philadelphia needs to rebuild and this pick would be a step in the right direction.
Team: Utah Jazz Pick: 14 Player: Shannon Brown (Michigan State) Pos: Guard Notes: Brown is the athletic shooting guard that Utah needs. The Michigan State product will get minutes right away.
Team: New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets Pick: 15 Player: Saer Sene (Senegal) Pos: Center Notes: Hornets get some needed size down low with this pick. Sene is raw and still has a lot to learn.
Team: Chicago Bulls Pick: 16 Player: Shawne Williams (Memphis) Pos: Forward Notes: Chicago grabs a player who can score and play multiple positions. The 6-9 Williams, who can play both forward spots and shooting guard, played only one year at Memphis and will need some time to develop.
Team: Indiana Pacers Pick: 17 Player: Jordan Farmar (UCLA) Pos: Guard Notes: Farmar is the pure point guard that the Pacers need. He knows how to distribute the ball effectively and has great court vision.
Team: Washington Wizards Pick: 18 Player: Ronnie Brewer (Arkansas) Pos: Guard Notes: The 6-7 Brewer is a scorer and fills a void on the Washington roster.
Team: Sacramento Kings Pick: 19 Player: Maurice Ager (Michigan State) Pos: Guard Notes: Another athletic shooting guard from Michigan State is selected. The 6-4 Ager should see some action in Sacramento’s backcourt during his rookie campaign.
Team: New York Knicks Pick: 20 Player: Mardy Collins (Temple) Pos: Guard Notes: Collins has good size and can play both guard spots. His versatility is what the Knicks like.
Team: Phoenix Suns Pick: 21 Player: Oleksiy Pecherov (Ukraine) Pos: Forward Notes: Pecherov is a 6-10 power forward who can knock down the outside jumper. Not very physical, but should fit in with the free-wheeling Suns.
Team: New Jersey Nets Pick: 22 Player: Hilton Armstrong (Connecticut) Pos: Center Notes: Nets get some needed size by picking the 6-11 Armstrong.
Team: New Jersey Nets Pick: 23 Player: Josh Boone (Connecticut) Pos: Forward Notes: More size down low for New Jersey with this pick. Boone will help on the boards.
Team: Memphis Grizzlies Pick: 24 Player: Sergio Rodriguez (Spain) Pos: Guard Notes: The Grizzlies hope this Spaniard can be as successful as All-Star forward Pau Gasol has been for them.
Team: Cleveland Cavaliers Pick: 25 Player: Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) Pos: Guard Notes: Cleveland is thinking about the future by selecting this 6-2 point guard.
Team: Los Angeles Lakers Pick: 26 Player: Kevin Pittsnogle (West Virginia) Pos: Center/Forward Notes: A big man that can shoot from the outside is very appealing to the Lakers.
Team: Phoenix Suns Pick: 27 Player: Steve Novak (Marquette) Pos: Forward Notes: Novak is a 6-10 small forward who can drain threes. Another player who will benefit big time from playing with reigning MVP Steve Nash.
Team: Dallas Mavericks Pick: 28 Player: Kyle Lowry (Villanova) Pos: Guard Notes: The Mavs are looking for the best fit for their squad. The 6-0 Lowry is not afraid to go to the hoop and is an all-around hard-nosed player. Head coach Avery Johnson would welcome this selection with open arms.
Team: New York Knicks Pick: 29 Player: Louis Amundson (UNLV) Pos: Forward Notes: At 6-8, Amundson is a tough rebounder who would give the Knicks some more athleticism up front. However, he needs work on his offensive game.
Team: Portland Trail Blazers Pick: 30 Player: P.J. Tucker (Texas) Pos: Forward/Guard Notes: Tucker is a hard-nosed player with the attitude that Portland wants its players to have. Should be able to earn some playing time right away.
By Warren Blatt, NBA Editor