Wednesday June 11th, 2008

Mock Draft No. 2 (cont.)
11CDeAndre JordanTexas A&MFr.6-11250
They need a point guard, but D.J. Augustin may be too small. So they'll fill another looming need at center by going with this 20-year-old with lots of upside.
12SFJoe AlexanderWest VirginiaJr.6-8220
A versatile player who had one good year and can still improve, Alexander gives the Kings another player around whom to build as they look ahead to the post-Ron Artest era.
13G/FBrandon RushKansasJr.6-6210
Don't be surprised by anything the Blazers do here. They're so talent rich and have so much salary-cap space next year that they could trade up, trade back or use this pick on a long-term project like 18-year-old Serge Ibaka. For the meantime, figure them to go with a winner and a sure thing in Rush, who provides another scorer to space the floor around LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden.
14PGD.J. AugustinTexasSoph.5-11171
Augustin provides Baron Davis with a true backup as the Warriors try to extend his career by reducing his minutes. Augustin will be happy pushing the tempo for Don Nelson.
15SFNicolas BatumLe Mans (France)--6-8210
With Rush off the board, the Suns will provide Boris Diaw with a countryman in Batum, a flashy swingman who may be even more valuable for his perimeter defense.
16CKosta KoufosOhio StateFr.7-0265
Unless a better option emerges, why not go for a scorer with shooting range to complement Samuel Dalembert?
17FRobin LopezStanfordSoph.7-0245
His twin is the better scorer, but this Lopez will be a solid defender while helping to reduce Chris Bosh's minutes at center.
18PFDarrell ArthurKansasSoph.6-9216
Arthur enters the league with a feel for scoring in the paint as well as an emerging face-up game, and he can run the floor. He's raw but provides good mid-round value as the Wizards shore up their front line.
19SGCourtney LeeWestern KentuckySr.6-5200
An excellent shooter and smart player, but those who want a top-drawer athlete should look elsewhere. LeBron James needs teammates to space the floor and Lee could contribute immediately.
20PGTy Lawson North CarolinaSoph.5-11195
If the Nuggets don't trade the pick, they could fill their need at the point with Lawson, arguably the fastest player in the draft. He isn't a great shooter but he'll push tempo and could learn to cause problems for a few minutes per game defensively.

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