If there is one thing that I have learned while covering the NFL Draft over the last two years is that it doesn't matter how much, thought, research, and care that you put into a mock draft. Sure many get the first picks right, but nobody can truly anticipate trades, reaches, and falling stars in the mock draft. Here is my honest attempt at an NBA mock draft through the mind of an NFL wannabe scout. I hope to soon have some actual NBA, MLB, NHL, and other sports coverage from people
 with a passion in their sport, but until then here is my take on the NBA.

1) Cleveland Cavaliers: Derrick Williams, SF, Arizona

This pick is a major surprise to some, but you will find out my reason later in the 4th pick. In all reality it does seem like Williams is good enough to go first overall, and he could easily go here if my hunch is right.

2) Minnesota Timberwolves: Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke


If you were wondering if I was a T-Wolves fan, then you should know I'm not (I honestly don't know if anyone is). This is the best possible pick for the team though. Sure a center might fill a bigger need, but getting the likely best player in the draft is the best move for the team.

There is also a rumor that the Cavs want to trade for this pick which pretty much locks it down as Irving or Williams.

3) Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter, C, Kentucky

Sure this is becoming a lock of a pick, but it fits a fair need for the team and the talent is pretty good for Kanter.

4) Cleveland Cavaliers: Kemba Walker, PG, UConn

If the Cavs take Kyrie Irving with the first pick then they are essentially locking themselves into taking an unproven European with this pick. If the team takes the (at worst) 2nd best player in the draft with the first pick, then they lock themselves in to get either Kanter, Walker or Brandon Knight here. Irving is good, but he isn't THAT much better than Knight/Walker to the point that you have to take him.

5) Toronto Raptors: Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky

I don't see Knight falling past here. Knight adds a new dimension for the team and should compete instantly.


6) Washington Wizards: Jan Vesely, F, Czech Republic

For the record this is the earliest that I think a European goes this year. I hate being so down on them, but many of them are one or two years away from playing in the league, and many more never even see the American courts.

7) Sacramento Kings: Kawhi Leonard, F, San Diego State

There are some that believe Leonard could be a top-4 player when it is all said and done, and it honestly wouldn't surprise me. He has a ton of overall potential and is a double-double waiting to happen.

8) Detroit Pistons: Jonas Valanciunas, F/C, Lithuania

The Pistons desperately need a big man and many scouts are high on Valanciunas going much earlier than this.

9) Charlotte Bobcats: Chris Singleton, F, Florida State

There are three guys that I think we will remember 15 years down the road out of this class. Kemba Walker is one of them, and so is the defensively experienced Singleton. 

10) Milwaukee Bucks: Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State

Klay Thompson is the better shooting guard if you ask me to pick between Alex Burks and him. Thompson would be a great weapon plugged into the Brandon Jenkins pool.

11) Golden State Warriors: Marcus Morris, F, Kansas

Morris is a rising talent that shouldn't make it much farther than here.

12) Utah Jazz: Kenneth Faried, F, Morehead State

Remember how I said that I thought there were three potential studs from this class? Well Faried is one of them. The Jazz also finished 26th in the league in rebounding so getting the NCAA D1 rebound record holder could do a ton. Sure it is a little early, but I think some team will fall in love with him.

13) Pheonix Suns: Tristan Thomas, F, Texas

The Suns will likely go with the best player available that fills a need. Tristan Thomas could be that guy, but so could Alec Burks.

14) Houston Rockets: Jordan Hamilton, SF, Texas

Some people have the team reaching for a post, while others think the team will take another guard. I could see Hamilton come off the board early to fill a role.

15) Indiana Pacers: Bimack Biyombo, F/C, Spain/Congo

The Pacers don't have a lot of needs, but they also don't have many stars. If I were the front office I would try to trade up for some star power, but getting a versatile big man could help them too.

16) Philadelphia 76ers: Nikola Vucevic, C, USC

I completely expect some team to reach for a center like Vucevic somewhere in the 10-20 range. 

17) New York Knicks: Alec Burks, SG, Colorado

The Knicks need some guard support, and I completely expect them to take the best one available with the pick. Burks could wind up a top-5 pick, or he could slide given the other guard depth in the draft.

18) Washington Wizards: Markieff Morris, F, Kansas

The Wizards need help just about everywhere, and outside of PG this pick is pretty much open.

19)  Charlotte Bobcats: Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU


I truly don't believe that Jimmer will be a top-15 pick. I mentioned earlier that I think the league is getting sick of disappointing European draft picks. I also believe that they are getting sick of the great college players because they just don't translate that well. 

20) Minnesota Timberwolves: Marshon Brooks, SG, Providence

The team will end up with a ton of star power after their 2nd overall pick, and it would be fun to see what they could do with another one by taking the BPA here.

21) Portland Trailblazers: Tobias Harris, F, Tennessee

The team would love to get Kenneth Faried if he falls here, but I really think they will have to trade up to get him.

22) Denver Nuggets: Donatas Motiejunas, F, Lithuania

It's a good year to need a forward if you have a pick in the 20-30 range.

23) Houston Rockets: JaJuan Johnson, F, Purdue

Sure I had the Rockets taking a big forward with the last pick, but getting a potential threat here could be great. To be fair, both JuJuan and Hamilton play different forward spots, and they will both get looks on the post too.

24) Oklahoma City Thunder: Justin Harper, PF, Richmond

Just about every scouting service out there has this pick being a SF. One thing that I have learned in the NFL draft is that teams that are 'shoe ins' to take certain positions rarely do. I could see the team take someone like Harper that might get slotted in to train as Durant's backup, while also contributing some minutes at PF.

25) Boston Celtics: Jeremy Tyler, PF/C, Tokyo Apache

Each and every year there are guys in the NFL draft that you hear are really good, but there is so little tape on them. Jeremy Tyler is that guy in this draft.

26) Dallas Mavericks: Darius Morris, PG, Michigan

Sure the Mavs just won the title, but I'm not sold that they are one of the five best teams in the league. They are great defensively, but they can't rebound and they have very little star power. Darius Morris is too tall to play PG, but his size and presence might just be perfect for the Mavs.


27)  New Jersey Nets: Tyler Honeycutt, F, UCLA

The Nets are an intriguing young team that may need only a few more weapons until they can really compete.

28) Chicago Bulls: Nolan Smith, G, Duke


The Bulls have two of the last three picks in the first round. I wouldn't be shocked to see them trade one if not two of the picks, but for the sake of mocking I think a safe scorer like Nolan Smith is the type of depth the Bulls could use.

29) San Antonio Spurs: Nikola Mirotic, SF, Serbia

Many people think that Mirotic would go a lot sooner than this because of his talent, but I can't imagine many teams will want to wait the 2-4 years for him to get out of his European contract.

30) Chicago Bulls: Kyle Singler, F, Duke

Ok, so drafting two straight guys from Duke likely will never happen, but I do think that getting both of the Duke veterans would be perfect additions for the team. They will be able to add some great leadership abilities for some of the younger players going forward, and they would be able to step in off the bench and produce.