Mock Drafts are pretty silly things ... they make about as much sense as preseason predictions. That said, we can't help ourselves here at BlazersBlog. Following is our prediction for how things go down tonight for the first ten lottery picks.
1. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Bogut, PF/C, Utah. They're rumored to be deciding between Bogut and Marv Williams, and they'll go with the bigger need and safer pick -- Bogut.
2. Atlanta Hawks: Marvin Williams, SF, North Carolina. Atlanta's put up the facade that they may select a point guard here, but I'm not buying it. Williams has got the biggest upside and they need to swing for the fences.
3. Utah Jazz: Derron Williams, PG, Illinois. This pick will certainly be either Paul or Derron Williams. We're leaning towards Derron as he's a slightly better fit for Jerry Sloan's offense.
4. New Orleans Hornets: Chris Paul, PG, Wake Forest. Either Williams or Paul would be a great fit in New Orleans, and they'll be happy to land either player.
5. Charlotte Bobcats: Danny Granger, SF, New Mexico State. This could be where we see our next trade. Charlotte wants a point guard, and they know that they can probably trade down and still get Raymond Felton. It wouldn't surprise me to see Toronto move up two spots to snag Granger.
6. Portland TrailBlazers: Gerald Green, SG, Gulf Shores Academy HS. This is where I expect another trade to go down. The LA Lakers have been rumored to be in love with Green, and Portland really wants Martell Webster, whom they can get later in the draft. The Knicks are also after Channing Frye, and they know that with Granger off the board, Toronto probably grabs Frye at #7. So if they want him, they'll need to move up. It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if Portland moved back to #8 in a deal with the Knicks or to #10 in a deal with the Lakers. If the Lakers acquire the pick, it's Green. If the Knicks acquire the pick, it's Frye. If Portland keeps the pick, it very well could be Martell Webster.
7. Toronto Raptors: Channing Frye, C, Arizona. Toronto got burned by a crappy center last year and they're rolling the dice on another one this year. Frye will be a decent pro, but my hunch is that because of his girth (or lack thereof) he'll spend more time on the perimeter than he will on the low blocks. Think: a poor-man's Rasheed Wallace. The other option is that Toronto's in heavy trade talks with New Orleans regarding Jamaal Magloire, and may deal the pick ... although it would still be Frye.
8. New York Knicks: Andrew Bynum, C, St Joseph HS. The Knicks need a center of the future (and of the present, if the Kurt Thomas deal goes through). Bynum is a project but everyone (including the Blazers) loves him. The alternative here would be Sean May.
9. Golden State Warriors: Hakim Warrick, PF, Syracuse. Bizarre choice, but this is who the Warriors claim they want. Why they'd need another forward with Dunleavy, Pietrus, Murphy, and Biedrins is beyond me -- perhaps this indicates a Dunleavy trade?
10. LA Lakers: Martell Webster, SG, Seattle Prep HS. If the Lakers are making this pick for themslves, it won't be Webster -- more likely PG Raymond Felton. However, I anticipate they'll find a way to move up, and Webster will be the choice of the team selecting here.