Couldn't agree more. Berman is one of the top 10 (wait...let's double check ESPN's roster...), top 5 talents ESPN has. In fact, I propose a White House petition to bring back, back, back, back, back the Berman/Jackson NFL Primetime.
Team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account with this mock draft.
Chicago Bulls: Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut, 6-1, Sr.
Since the Bulls dealt Marquis Teague, and both Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin are free agents, Chicago could use some depth at the point guard position. Shabazz Napier is a proven winner and would be a great option behind Derrick Rose.
Boston Celtics: Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA, 6-5, Fr.
Despite his recent ridiculous vertical, LaVine is nowhere near NBA ready, and I'm not sold on him at all. With that being said, he is an intriguing prospect due to his athleticism. A team like the Celtics that has two first-rounders can take a chance on him in the late lottery or mid-first round and hope they hit the jackpot in a couple of years.
Boston owns the Hawks' pick (via Brooklyn) from the Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2014 NBA Draft Trades.
Phoenix Suns: Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State, 6-10, Sr.
Adreian Payne is an inside/outside threat and would be a potential replacement in Phoenix for free agent Channing Frye.
Phoenix owns the Wizards' pick from the Joe Johnson trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2014 NBA Draft Trades.
Chicago Bulls: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke, 6-8, Soph.
The Bulls sorely need some scoring help on the wing, and Rodney Hood has a smooth outside shot and is also athletic at the rim. I think people are sleeping on him in this draft class.
Chicago owns the Hornets' pick from the Tyrus Thomas trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2014 NBA Draft Trades.
Toronto Raptors: Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse, 6-2, Fr.
Kyle Lowry is an unrestricted free agent, and Greivis Vasquez is a restricted free agent, so the Raptors could use another point guard option. Tyler Ennis could be a big dropper on draft night, but is a good value here for Toronto.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland, 6-10, 1994
With a pair of first-round picks, the Thunder likely take at least one draft-and-stash option. The Swiss native looks the part, but he needs grooming in most areas of his game and must add physicality.
Oklahoma City owns the Mavericks' pick (via Houston, via L.A. Lakers) from the James Harden trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2014 NBA Draft Trades.
Memphis Grizzlies: T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State, 6-8, Soph.
There is talk of the Toronto Raptors trading into this pick with hopes of selecting Capela. If the Grizzlies keep this pick, they need a small forward since Tayshaun Prince is nowhere near what he used to be and Mike Miller is a free agent. T.J. Warren is a very efficient scorer who is at his best when attacking the basket.
Utah Jazz: P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina, 6-5, Jr.
Since the Jazz went big with its lottery pick, the team needs to find some depth in its backcourt. P.J. Hairston has solid size and strength to be an NBA off guard, yet also displays a pretty stroke from the perimeter.
Utah owns the Warriors' pick from the Richard Jefferson/Andris Biedrins trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2014 NBA Draft Trades.
Charlotte Hornets: Jordan Clarkson, G, Missouri, 6-5, Jr.
With the majority of their team becoming free agents, the Heat are searching for depth all across their roster. Jordan Clarkson is a versatile combo guard who should be able to play either guard position at the next level.
Charlotte owns the Trail Blazers' pick from the Gerald Wallace trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2014 NBA Draft Trades.
Houston Rockets: Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State, 6-8, Sr.
Cleanthony Early is a physical, athletic small forward who can step out and knock down perimeter shots. He could step in right away and become a role player off a Rockets bench that didn't have a whole lot of depth this past season.
Miami Heat: Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia, 7-0, 1994
A wide body in the paint (280 pounds), the Bosnian is a developing low post presence and could go as high as the late lottery. The Heat need a big body down low, and Nurkic would be a great value here since he could go as high as the late lottery.
Phoenix Suns: Bogdan Bogdanovic, G/F, Serbia, 6-6, 1992
A versatile threat, the Serbian can play the one, two, or three and does a little bit of everything to help his team. The Suns could use him as a draft-and-stash option with their third and final first-round pick.
Phoenix owns the Pacers' pick from the Luis Scola trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2014 NBA Draft Trades.
Los Angeles Clippers: Mitch McGary, C, Michigan, 6-10, Soph.
The Clippers don't have much depth up front behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Mitch McGary missed most of this past season with a back injury, but he is an aggressive, physical player who has a non-stop motor.
Oklahoma City Thunder: K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson, 6-6, Jr.
With Thabo Sefolosha a free agent, the Thunder could use a perimeter defender on the wing. K.J. McDaniels is extremely athletic and terrific on the defensive end.
San Antonio Spurs: Damien Inglis, SF, France, 6-9, 1995
Damien Inglis has the prototypical size for a NBA small forward and could sneak into the late first round. The Spurs do a tremendous job of evaluating and developing talent, and Inglis will need some grooming before he is ready to contribute at the next level.