Mock Draft 1.0 (Picks 1-30)

21. Portland Trail Blazers: Darius Morris – PG – Michigan – Sophomore:

22. Denver Nuggets: Donatas Motiejunas – PF – Lithuania – 1990: He was projected as a no-brainer lottery pick last season, and is still in that area on some draft boards this year; however, Motiejunas fills a stereotype that GM’s are finally learning to stay away from. And that is, not all seven-footers from Europe, with a sweet jump shot, are going to be the next Dirk Nowitzki. Motiejunas has much more Andrea Bargnani in him than Dirk Nowitzki, and probably falls closer to Yi Jianlian more than anything.

23. Houston Rockets (from Magic): Reggie Jackson – PG – Boston College – Junior:

24. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tobias Harris – F – Tennessee – Freshman: Tobias Harris probably left school to early, but due to the weakness of this year’s draft pool, it won’t hurt him too much. At 6-feet-8-inches tall with great athleticism AND a jump shot, Harris has the potential to be a solid player in this league for years to come. If he is drafted by OKC, he will technically be the backup to Kevin Durant, however, given the two player’s versatility, pairing them on the floor together would never be an issue. Additionally, Harris is a capable defender, who could provide a tag-team defense along with Sefolosha, Perkins and Ibaka if the Thunder are looking to lock down their opponent.

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25. Boston Celtics: Jordan Williams – C – Maryland – Sophomore: With [Kendrick] Perkins gone and both O’Neal’s essentially done with their basketball careers, the Celtics need to find some more muscle up front – and fast. While there isn’t much of that anywhere in this draft, Williams is a big body who has been working tirelessly since the season ended. He has good post skills and his work-ethic will truly fit in with the direction the Celtics are moving in.

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