Mock Draft, Pt. 2: What will Wiz do in 2nd round?

Mock Draft, Pt. 2: What will Wiz do in 2nd round?
May 22, 2013, 10:45 am
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After mocking the lottery picks overnight and debating whether the Wizards should take UNLV's Anthony Bennett or Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. with the third overall selection, it's now time to look at the rest of the first round - and Washington's two second round picks.

That is, assuming the team keeps both round two selections, something coach Randy Wittman would rather not do. The Wizards could:

* draft a player to stash overseas, as they did last season with Tomas Satoransky

* trade the pick(s), as they did in 2009 for cash considerations

* package one or both of the picks with other assets to acquire an established NBA player or future selections

All potentially viable options, but for now we're keeping and using the picks after finishing off the first round...

15) Bucks - Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State. Depending on decisions made by all involved in free agency, Milwaukee could lose Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick. Adding a 6-foot-5 stat-stuffer who led the Aztecs in scoring, rebounding and assists can help fill any kind of backcourt void

16) Celtics - Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh. Though the New Zealand native needs more seasoning, Boston isn't realistically competing for a title next season and needs a future starting center. Adams is already blessed with an NBA-body, has a knack for rebounding knack and turned heads with his combine workout.

17) Hawks - Dario Saric, SF, Croatia. The 6-foot-7 Saric ranks high on Chad Ford's Big Board due to his high basketball IQ and expansive skill set. Atlanta's frontcourt could be in need of additional options since Josh Smith and Kyle Korver are free agents.

18) Hawks (from Rockets) - Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Duke. If Smith does sign elsewhere, Atlanta's best move could be to shift Al Horford back to his natural power forward position and target a center in the draft. The springy Plumlee showed the ability to score inside with the Blue Devils last season while averaging 17.1 points, 10 rebounds and shooting 59 percent from the field.

19) Cavaliers (from Lakers) - Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia. Cleveland could target Otto Porter Jr. with the No.1 overall pick because of its small forward needs. The 6-foot-7 Karasev shot 49 percent from 3-point range for his team during EuroCup.

20) Bulls - Rudy Gobert, C, France. Assuming Derrick Rose is ready and Chicago can avoid a plethora of injuries, there is enough depth on hand to justify taking a project with a 7-foot-9 wingspan.

21) Jazz - Shane Larkin, PG, Miami. Barry's son was arguably the top athlete at the combine and Utah figures to grab a point guard with one of its two first round picks.

22) Nets - Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville. The 6-foot-11 junior brings experience and a shot blocking presence to a team that often relied on Andray Blatche for minutes behind Brook Lopez.

23) Pacers - Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas. With David West entering free agency, the Pacers target a physical power forward. Mitchell likely ends up in the lottery if entered the draft last year.

24) Knicks - Jeff Withey, C, Kansas. In case you haven't heard, the Knicks are really, really old up front. Ideally New York adds a scoring threat, which Withey is not, but the 7-foot-1 center is legitimate shot blocker and defensive force inside.

25) Clippers - Glen Rice, Jr., SF, NBDL/Georgia Tech. After two up-and-down seasons at Georgia Tech, the 6-foot-6 wing spent the past season helping the Rio Grande Valley Vipers win the NBDL title, averaging 25 points and 9.5 rebounds. 

26) Timberwolves (from Grizzlies) - Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina. More 3-point shooting help for the Timberwolves, who ranked last in the NBA this past season.

27) Nuggets - Allen Crabbe, SG, California. The 6-foot-6 wing offers good size, perimeter shooting and depth should Corey Brewer leave Denver in free agency.

28) Spurs - Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan. Overshadowed by Trey Burke at Michigan, Hardaway is more capable and NBA-ready than some might think, making him exactly the kind of player San Antonio scoops up late in drafts.

29) Thunder - Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Greece. OKC can take a flyer with one of its two first-round picks and the 18-year-old is apparently impressing NBA scouts enough with his physical gifts and point-forward potential to warrant being one of the first 30 players selected.

30) Suns (from Heat) - Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky. Seems like some team is going to take a flyer on Goodwin in the first round. If the Suns take Victor Oladipo in the first round, they can afford to let the 18-year-old develop while retooling the overall roster.

Second round

31) Cavaliers (from Magic) - Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence

32) Thunder (from Bobcats) - Mouhammadou Jaiteh, C, Frrance

33) Cavaliers - Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil

34) Rockets (from Suns) - C.J. Leslie, PF, NC State

35) 76ers (from Pelicans) - Mike Muscala, C, Bucknell

36) Kings - Richard Howell, PF, NC State

37) Pistons - Tony Snell, SF, New Mexico

38) Wizards - Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State. Washington showed interest in the point-producing Canaan (22.4 ppg as a senior) at the combine. Not that such indications mean much come draft night, but the Wizards are currently without a backup point guard and are seeking more scoring pop off the bench.

54) Wizards - James Ennis, SF, Long Beach State. mocked the acrobatic 6-foot-7 Ennis in this spot and apparently, the four-year player is more than holding his own at Wednesday's combine. Unless the Wizards view Bennett as a small forward, there is still a need for long-term help. Then again, the current backup guard slot behind Bradley Beal is open.