Inaugural Aaron Zimmerman NBA Mock Draft

I don’t know anyone who is more enthusiastic about college basketball and the NBA draft more than my good friend Aaron Zimmerman.  Last year, he came to me with the idea of guest blogging his mock NBA draft.  He submitted it to me, but I dropped the ball.  This year I present to you  the first of hopefully many AZ NBA mock draft.  With no further ado:

1- Andrew Wiggins, Shooting Guard, Kansas- Cleveland

–          Most potential out of anyone in the draft outside of a healthy Joel Embiid. Should be a lock at #1

2- Jabari Parker, Small Forward, Duke- Milwaukee

–          Parker should help Milwaukee immediately. No brainer after Wiggins goes #1

3- Dante Exum, Point Guard, Australia- Philly

–          Philly was extremely high on Exum before the lottery came out, with Embiid going down, this opened the door for new CEO Scott O’Neil to draft his boy Dante.

4- Joel Embiid, Center, Kansas- Orlando

– Orlando is going to take a few years to rebuild; Embiid may be too good to pass on. Vonleh and Smart are also options here.

5- Noah Vonleh, Power Forward, Indiana- Utah

-If Utah can’t move into the top 2 to pick Parker they will go with potential and Vonleh has tons of it.

6- Aaron Gordon, Power Forward, Arizona – Boston

– Ainge has something up his sleeve, I have a feeling this pick is going somewhere else, like Minnesota!

7- Marcus Smart, Point Guard, OK State- LA Lakers

– Lakers haven’t had a dominate point guard since Nick Van Exel. Look for Smart to get taken here if he’s still on the board. He would complement Kobe well.

8- TJ Warren, Small Forward, NC State- – Sacramento Kings

– Could be a reach but Warren is a scorer and he has impressed many teams as of late. Wouldn’t shock me for the Kings to make a splashy pick like this.

9- Julius Randle, Power Forward, Kentucky- Charlotte

–          With Josh McRoberts starting at PF the Hornets need an upgrade. MJ would be thrilled if Randle drops here. Other options here at LaVine and McBuckets.

10- Nik Stauskas, Shooting Guard, Michigan- Philly

– Stauskas is a shooter and Philly needs shooting badly.

11- Zach LaVine, Point Guard, UCLA- Denver

– LaVine killed it in the comb-ine and I am not sold on Gary Harris.

12- Doug McDermott, Small Forward, Creighton- Orlando

– McBuckets!

13- James Young, Shooting Guard, Kentucky- Minnesota

– Arguably the third best player in the NCAA Championship Game wouldn’t be surprised if he is an all-rookie team player in year 1.

14- Shabazz Napier, Point Guard, Connecticut- Phoenix

– Best college basketball player hands down, homer pick, but he fits phoenix too well.

15- Adreian Payne, Power Forward, Michigan State- Atlanta

16- Elfrid Payton, Point Guard, Louisiana Lafayette- Chicago

17- Gary Harris, Shooting Guard, Michigan State- Boston

18- Kyle Anderson, Point Guard, UCLA- Phoenix

19- Rodney Hood, Shooting Guard, Duke- Chicago

20- Tyler Ennis, Point Guard, Cuse- Toronto

21- Jusuf Nurkic, Center, Bosnia- Oklahoma City

22- Clint Capela, Power Forward Switzerland- Memphis

23- Jordan Clarkson, Point Guard, Missouri-Utah

24- CJ Wilcox, Shooting Guard, Washington- Charlotte

25- Cleanthony Early- Small Forward, Wichita State- Houston

26- Jerami Grant, Small Forward/Power Forward, Syracuse- Miami

27- Mitch McGary, Power Forward, Michigan- Phoenix

28- Jordan Adams, Shooting Guard, UCLA- LA Clippers

29- Glenn Robinson III, Small Forward, Michigan- Oklahoma City

30- Spencer Dinwiddie, Point Guard, Colorado- San Antonio


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