So here we are in the friggin 17th inning and still deadlocked at one all. I have the Indians at +1.5 RL and all I can think is Murphy going to get me again in this situation, I lost by two runs with the Rangers two days ago UP 7 to 3 going to the bottom of the ninth and losing with TX +1.5 RL!! We will see.
Team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account with this mock draft.
Boston Celtics: Kelly Olynyk, 7-0, C, Gonzaga, Jr.
This pick is really up for grabs since the Celtics may or may not be blowing up their core soon with the reported Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn deal that's on the table. Either way, Kelly Olynyk provides Boston with a skilled, offensively versatile big man, which is something the team is lacking.
Atlanta Hawks: Giannas Antetokoumpo, SF, Greece, 6-9, 1994
The Hawks will be going through a major roster transition this offseason and will likely take the best available player at this option. Giannas Antetokoumpo is very raw, but loaded with potential and worth the roll of the dice here.
Atlanta Hawks: Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville, 6-11, Jr.
Gorgui Dieng has seen his stock slip some, but with the Hawks needing some size inside, his defensive presence and improving mid-range game could be a nice frontcourt fit next to Al Horford.
Atlanta owns the Rockets' pick (via Brooklyn/Terrence Williams trade) from the Joe Johnson trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2013 NBA Draft Trades.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Shabazz Muhammad, G/F, UCLA, 6-6, Fr.
Assuming the Cavaliers go big at No. 1, they could target a shooter like Reggie Bullock, Tim Hardaway, or Allen Crabbe here. However, Shabazz Muhammad is worth the risk with the team's second first-rounder. It is kind of crazy that Cleveland could get both Noel and Muhammad, who were considered the top two prospects in the 2012 class.
Cleveland owns the Lakers' pick (via the Miami/LeBron James trade.) Go here to see all of the outstanding 2013 NBA Draft Trades.
Chicago Bulls: Tim Hardaway, Jr., SG, Michigan, 6-6, Jr.
I think the Bulls either look for a shooting guard or depth inside and take the best available of those options. Tim Hardaway, Jr. has slowly risen up the draft and is more than capable of being a solid NBA role player.
Utah Jazz: Mason Plumlee, PF, Duke, 7-0, Sr.
Having address its point guard need at No. 14, the Jazz turn to a big here and Mason Plumlee could be a solid backup to Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors if both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap leave via free agency. If Utah goes with a big at No. 14, the team will look point guard here and Isaiah Canaan would probably be the pick if both Larkin and Schroeder are off the board.
Utah owns the Warriors' pick (via the Brooklyn/Marcus Williams trade) from the Deron Williams trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2013 NBA Draft Trades.
Brooklyn Nets: Reggie Bullock, G/F, North Carolina, 6-7, Jr.
With the Nets on the verge of a potential blockbuster trade with the Celtics, this pick is a crapshoot. I'll give Brooklyn the best available player in Reggie Bullock since he would add some needed offensive firepower to the team's bench.
Indiana Pacers: Allen Crabbe, SG, California, 6-6, Jr.
Drafting a power forward makes sense since David West is in the final year of his deal, but there is nobody really worth taking at this point. Instead, the Pacers add a versatile wing who should help add some punch off the bench, especially if they end up shopping Danny Granger this summer.
New York Knicks: Tony Mitchell, F, North Texas, 6-9, Soph.
Depth inside or a young point guard to help replace Jason Kidd would fit needs for the Knicks. New York reportedly really likes Tony Mitchell, and his athleticism would be a welcome addition to the team's frontcourt.
Los Angeles Clippers: Lucas Noguiera, C, Brazil, 7-0, 1992
Since the Clippers are shopping Caron Butler, Matt Barnes is a free agent, and Grant Hill has retired, L.A. could use some depth at small forward. A big body to play behind DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin would be another option and Lucas Noguiera could be a steal at this point.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Rudy Gobert, C, France, 7-2, 1992
Having gone with a wing in the lottery, the Timberwolves can either roll the dice here and take a young player with upside or add a big man in case restricted free agent Nikola Vucevic signs elsewhere. Rudy Gobert is a big loaded with upside who could fill both voids. He has lottery potential and would be a terrific value this late even though he might need a year or two before he is NBA ready.
Minnesota owns the Grizzlies' first-round pick (via the Rockets/Shane Battier trade) from the Donatas Motiejunas trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2013 NBA Draft Trades.
Denver Nuggets: Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State, 6-5, Jr.
With Andre Iguodala likely to opt out of his contract and Corey Brewer a free agent, the Nuggets should look to add some insurance on the wing. Jamaal Franklin is a jack of all trades-type shooting guard who could help fill the void if Iguodala does not return.
San Antonio Spurs: Erick Green, G, Virginia Tech, 6-3, Sr.
There has been some buzz today that the Spurs like Erick Green. They could use some size inside as well, but Green is a talented scoring guard though a bit of a reach in the first round.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Tony Snell, SF, New Mexico, 6-7, Jr.
The Thunder could be losing Kevin Martin in free agency and will need depth on the wing. There are some solid options available here, but Tony Snell seems to fit best in Oklahoma City.
Phoenix Suns: Ricky Ledo, G/F, Providence, 6-6, Fr.
The Suns add another wing player with plenty of potential. Because he was ineligible, Ledo didn't play a single game for the Friars this season, but he is athletic and has great size for his position. Ledo is reportedly climbing up draft boards as well.
Phoenix owns the Heat's pick (via Lakers/Steve Nash trade.) Go here to see all of the outstanding 2013 NBA Draft Trades.