With the NBA draft fast approaching I am curious to see what team will pick what player. Today I will be listing the teams in alphabetical order and stating what kind of player they will need in the draft. This is not a mock draft as you will soon find out. I will check back at this post after the draft is all said and done I will evaluate whether or not the teams picked a player to match its weaknesses.
Atlanta: (Picks: 48) Atlanta need a proper starting centre so they can move Al Horford into his natural power forwards spot.
Boston: (Picks: 25, 55) They definitely need to think about the future. The Celtics have two picks. Maybe they can bring in a centre to learn off Jermaine O’Neal and Kevin Garnett for a year or two. They could also use some depth at shooting guard behind Ray Allen.
Charlotte: (Picks: 9, 19, 39) Which three picks in this years draft Charlotte needs to capitalise as it does not have much in the way of tradeable assets. They need a presence the paint on defence, they need a secondary scorer to compliment Stephen Jackson who is a threat taking the ball to the basket and they need a shooter to stretch the defence……among other things.
Chicago: (Picks: 28, 30, 43) The one glaring weakness for this team in at the shooting guard position. They need a shooting guard who can be a scoring threat as well as a half decent defender. I say draft three shooting guards and if none of them work out then package them up and trade them for a shooting guard with about 3-7 years NBA experience. It sounds crazy I know but it just seems as though Chicago are only a quality shooting guard away from an NBA title.
Cleveland: (Picks: 1, 4, 32, 54) Yes, they have four picks in the upcoming draft, but I believe they should have gone after more. Cleveland need to have a big off season and start over. The only player I believe they should hang onto is JJ Hickson, a power forward. Cleveland should try to land itself a point guard, shooting guard, a small forward and a centre. Cleveland should trade away most of its current roster for younger more athletic players. This offseason could very well shape the Cleveland franchise for the next 10-15 years.
Dallas: (Picks: 26, 57) Dallas has quite a few of its rotational players as free agents this summer (well their rotation was pretty close to 12 deep anyway….) including Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, JJ Barea and DeShawn Stevenson. With the new bargaining agreement more likely to lower the salary cap than raise it, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to resign them all. So I think whoever Dallas cannot hang onto they need to find a draft replacement for.
Denver: (Picks: 22, 52) Denver are in a similar situation to Dallas where they have a lot of free agents this summer. They should look to draft a shooter and a big man and perhaps let JR Smith and Kenyon Martin walk.
Detroit: (Picks: 8, 33) Like Cleveland, I think the Pistons should look to start over. They need to scrap a lot of players and move them on. I think the pistons are in need of some inside help on both ends of the floor as well as a small forward.
Golden State: (Picks: 11, 44) Defence. Golden State needs someone who can play defence. Defence is the main thing the Warriors lack. They are a run and gun, up tempo offensive team. If they want to run and gun the playoffs they will need to draft someone who can play perimeter defence, and someone who can play defence inside. Have I mentioned that they should draft someone who can play defence?
Houston: (Picks: 14, 23, 38) They traded away Shane Battier during the season. Not a smart move. They need to draft a blue collar workhorse like him who plays hardnosed defence and can spot up and hit open shots. They may also need to find replacement for Yao Ming who has a habit of breaking something in his foot every year. They also need some depth behind Kevin Martin at shooting guard.
Indiana: (Picks: 15, 42) They need some help on the boards, a rebounding focused 4 or 5 man could really help them out. They could also use some depth behind Danny Granger.
LA Clippers: (Picks: 37, 47) They need a back up point guard. A back up point guard who can push the tempo and pass the ball. They also need some offense out on the wing to relieve some of the pressure from Blake Griffin who will very likely be seeing more double teams this year and Clippers have to make their opponents pay. A quality spot up shooter couldn’t hurt this team either.
LA Lakers: (Picks: 41, 46, 56, 58) The Lakers need a point guard. The Lakers need a back up point guard. The point guards they have are too old and too slow. They also need some perimeter offence to put into play when Kobe Bryant is on the bench. The Lakers should also look to draft a big and start looking building outwards to the future so they can extend their current championship window.
Memphis: (Picks: 49, 60) Memphis needs some front court help. If they are going to take steps forward this year they cannot afford to be out rebounded and outworked inside when their starting frontcourt of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph is on the bench. Memphis should also look to draft a long range shooter to stop the defence from collapsing or making them pay if they do.
Miami: (Picks: 31) Anything but a superstar or a spot up shooter. Miami have enough of those. They could use some help inside and on the glass. This will free James and Wade up so they can run the lanes.
Milwaukee: (Picks: 10, 40) Pretty much the opposite to Golden State. They need someone who can put the ball in the hoop. They need to pick up a scoring small forward and a scoring power forward.
Minnesota: (Picks: 2, 20) They have a young core which is starting to take place. Now that Kevin Love has found his groove, Michael Beasley is still developing and Ricky Rubio has arrived the wolves need to add in some pieces around their young core. I’m thinking they could use a centre with a reasonable amount of athleticism to contest shots at the rim and get up and down the court quicker than most centres. He would also make a good alley oop target. They could also use a shooting guard with good range and a solid defensive game.
New Jersey: (Picks: 27, 36) New Jersey needs someone to back them up in the front court. A running mate in the shooting guard position would be great too as it would give Deron Williams a target on the outside which would create more room for himself.
New Orleans: (Picks: 45) Chris Paul needs a back up. New Orleans may even need a replacement at the end of this season.
New York: (Picks: 17) New York needs a shooter to open the floor up so the Amare and Carmello have room to operate. If he can defend then it will only make the Knicks better as their depth has been cleared out by the Carmello Trade.
Oklahoma: (Picks: 24) They need a potent wing scorer who can do damage off the bench as James Harden almost has to become a starter next season for the Thunder to improve. Either that or some offence inside would help them a lot. They have 4 great interior defenders in Ibaka, Perkins, Collison and Mohammad but none of them are great offensive players.
Orlando: (Picks: 53) Whatever Dwight Howard wants…… Ask him because it seems as though he wants to see the roster overhauled (again) if he is to stay in Orlando.
Philadelphia: (Picks: 16, 50) Philly needs help on the glass. They should draft a physical defensive minded rebounder. They should also look to employ a slasher who can cut to the basket while Iguodala is on the bench.
Phoenix: (Picks: 13) The suns could use a wing player who is quick up and down the court and can finish at the rim. This will go well with Steve Nash and is something the suns have been lacking since the departure of Shaun Marion. They need someone very similar to a Shaun Marion, someone they do not need to run plays for and who still scores a good amount of points anyway.
Portland: (Picks: 21, 51) The Blazers should be looking to draft a centre and stop hoping and wishing the return of Greg Oden. Even if he does play he wont be able to jump like he did at Ohio State and he will be playing with so much caution that he will not be the aggressive player the Blazers are after. When I did watch him play when he was healthy he seemed to pick up more fouls than points. Having 15 year veteran Marcus Camby, who has had an injury plagued career himself, as both your primary and secondary option at centre while banking on yet another recovery from Greg Oden is dangerous business. They also need to find a back up for LaMarcus Aldridge just so that moving Gerald Wallace to the four spot isn’t the only real option when Aldridge is on the bench.
Sacramento: (Picks: 7, 35) They need a true point guard. They need to move Tyreke Evans over to the shooting guard spot. I think if this happens his game is going to take off. I believe he is better off playing off the ball. If Samuel Dalembert leaves, which he has hinted that he could, the Kings will look very thin up front and will need the rebounding and shot blocking that Dalembert brings.
San Antonio: (Picks: 29, 59) The Spurs have a thing for getting some great late round pick ups. I would be looking for them to add some players on the wings to eventually replace the aging Manu Ginobilli and the largely ineffective Richard Jefferson.
Toronto: (Picks: 5) Toronto needs help at every position. If Ed Davis can become that defensive anchor in the middle then Toronto should look to bring in some perimeter scoring. At least that way they will have a starting point and can slot in Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan.
Utah: (Picks: 3, 12,) With two very good picks Utah could turn themselves around very quickly especially if they can hold onto Derrick Favours and Devin Harris. They could bring in a defensive/ rebounding centre and some perimeter offense.
Washington: (Picks:6, 18, 34) With a young core in place the Wizards just need to add the next few pieces in around John Wall, JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Andray Blatche. They need to draft a small forward to complimet Nick Young on the wing. With a solid starting five in place they can then move onto drafting a backup player for the both the front court and the back court.