SPORTZ ASSASSIN'S CURRENT EARLY BIRD MOCK DRAFT:
1-Milwaukee: Andrew Bogut [C]-Utah. They need a front line guy that can dish to those perimeter guys. Redd should like that.
2-Atlanta: Marvin Williams [SF]-UNC. Apparantly, they feel that Williams is the best player in the draft and will select him regardless of need.
3-Portland: Gerald Green [SF]-HS. With Marvin gone...the Blazers will draft the blazing promise of Green. Expect the Blazers to trade down in the draft for a chance at a 2-guard [McCants]
4-New Orleans: Chris Paul [PG]-Wake Forest. The Hornets drafted JR Smith last year as their wing guy, so they may look to get a guy to run their team after dealing Baron.
5-Charlotte: Deron Williams [PG]-Illinois. They value Williams and Paul...and may trade up to get one of them. If they stick and stay, however, Williams may fall in their lap.
6-Utah: Raymond Felton [PG]-UNC. The Jazz really, really need a PG and Felton can make this team exciting again. He brings a nice shot along with his awesome leadership ability.
7-Toronto: Fran Vazquez [PF]-Spain. The Raptors need some inside help badly. Vazquez, though offensively raw, brings defensive intensity and a hard nose work ethic to a franchise that really needs it.
8-New York: Martell Webster [SG/SF]-HS. With Houston ailing, Penny's contract in it's final year anda ton of smallish PF, the Knicks may look to this HS phenom who can shoot the lights out.
9-Golden State: Martynas Andriuskevicius [c]-Lithuania. It may take a year or two, but this guy could pay off big time for the Warriors. That is if he stays in the draft.
10-LA Lakers: Channing Frye [C]-Arizona. The Lakers have Mihm, Grant, Divac and Medvedenko at their power spots. If Phil comes back, Frye's nice touch will be a nice addition.
11-Orlando: Tiago Splitter [PF]-Brazil. If the Magic feel that Howard can be a center...they Splitter may be picked up to be a shooting PF (think Gasol) to play alongside him
12-LA Clippers: Sean May [PF]-UNC. Not so much a need, but May adds an athletic power player if the team really decides on dealing Brand for shooting.
13-Charlotte: Antoine Wright [SG/SF]-Texas A&M. The Cats are really high on Wright's ability. And barring a surprise, he should fall into Charlotte's laps.
14-Minnesota: Chris Taft [PF]-Pittsburgh. His stock is dropping tremendously. But if he shapes up, he still could find his way into the lottery
15-New Jersey: Charlie Villenueva [PF]-UConn. A nice Big East low post guy who has a jumper and an excellent ball handler. Good pick for the Nets.
16-Toronto: Danny Granger [SF/PF]-New Mexico. A hard working guy who could really develop with Bosh and could be a steal in this draft.
17-Indiana: Rudy Fernandez [SG]-Spain. Reggie Miller's replacement. Will fill the role of long range gunner nicely.
18-Boston: Jarrett Jack [PG]-Georgia Tech. They really need to get a PG to take Payton's place. Jack's stock is rising, but hopefully will be around at this point. .
19-Memphis: Hakim Warrick [SF]-Syracuse. They'll lose Swift, so Warrick will fill the leaping freak role. He's also a solid defender and comes from winning backgroud. Grizz may go big here instead.
20-Denver: Rashad McCants [SG]-UNC. They have twopicks in here, and they need shooting guards badly. McCants is small for the SG, but he has awesome athletic ability and can handle the rock [just not a great distributor]. McCants is a guy that will slide up and down this draft.
21-Phoenix: Andrew Bynum [C]-HS. The Suns need big men badly. Doing that could move Amare to the PF and Marion to SF and make a really tough front line for stretches.
22-Denver: Johan Petro [C]-France. A project that could pan out like Nene did. And he could replace Nene down the line.
23-Sacramento: Wayne Simien [PF]-Kansas. With the trade of Webber to Philly, they could use Simien's power and finesse. Sound kinda like C-Webb, huh? Well, he does get injured a lot as well.
24-Houston: Monta Ellis [PG]-HS. A perfect pick for the Rockets. He's a "tweener" where he's short for SG but not the handle of a PG. But, with T-Mac there, the ballhanding shouldn't be as much of an issue. Dude can score!!
25-Seattle: Ike Diogu [PF]-Arizona State. This depends on Ray Allen's intentions, but if he stays then Seattle will work on getting some athletes inside.
26-Detroit: Joey Graham [SF]-Detroit. The Pistons need some wing depth and Graham provides that. He is the kind of guy the Pistons love. Hard worker who is smart and not flashy.
27-Utah: CJ Miles [SG]-HS. Utah really needs some shooters....and Miles can develop into a deadly NBA assassin. He looks and plays like Ray Allen.
28-San Antonio: Kennedy Winston [SG/SF]-Alabama. Winston can score a variety of ways. Good athlete that runs the break extremely well.
29-Miami: Randolph Morris [C]-Kentucky. Morris may be in over his head right now, but as Shaq's understudy, he could learn and develop his game aroundhis big body.
30-New York: Ronny Turiaf [PF]-Gonzaga. Turiaf is a hard nosed big man who works around the basket, has a decent jumper and gives the Knicks a legit PF.
MOVING UP: Fran Vazquez. He is the Euro getting the buzz this draft season because of his wicked defense and hard nose play...from a EURO!!! Rudy Fernandez's stellar shot make him attractive to many teams looking to fill that need.
MOVING DOWN: Chris Taft. He held an impromptu workout for lottery peeps while they were in New York and it went very, very badly. People are calling him lazy. Charlie Villenueva and his effort are being questioned as well.
JUNE 7-10: NBA Pre-Draft Camp
JUNE 21: Early Entree Withdrawl Deadline
JUNE 28: NBA Draft