Wednesday May 21st, 2008

Mock Draft No. 1 (cont.)
21PGMario ChalmersKansasJr.6-1190
Chalmers is on his way to developing NBA playmaking skills. He's a smart defender who could overtake Marcus Williams as the Nets' backup point guard.
22SGCourtney LeeWestern KentuckySr.6-5200
An excellent shooter and smart player, but those who want a top-drawer athlete should look elsewhere. The Magic will be looking for help at this position and Lee could contribute immediately.
23CRoy HibbertGeorgetownSr.7-2275
Hibbert fills Utah's need for size up front. He'll be a solid backup center and fit nicely in their half-court offense.
24PFSerge IbakaL'Hospitalet (Spain)--6-10220
A long-term investment who will need a couple of more years in Europe or in the D-League as he has been playing organized basketball for a short time. The rebuilding Sonics can afford to let the 18-year-old from Congo develop.
25CAlexis AjincaHyeres-Toulon (France)--7-1240
The 20-year-old showed big improvement this year. He's long and nimble with perimeter shooting skills, but he needs to keep building his strength.
26PFJason ThompsonRiderSr.6-11250
A long, unselfish big man who might be able to help the Spurs off the bench as a scorer and rebounder in a year or two. He needs to get stronger, but he's skilled.
27CKosta KoufosOhio StateFr.7-0265
A versatile center who could affect the Hornets' rotation as a rookie. He can score inside and from the perimeter, but he'll never be an elite athlete.
28F/CMarreese SpeightsFloridaSoph.6-10245
A big man with abundant physical tools and soft touch around the basket, but he has a lot to learn. Fortunately for him, coach Marc Iavaroni takes pride in developing big men.
29PGTy LawsonNorth CarolinaSoph.5-11195
A small point guard but arguably the fastest player in the draft. Lawson isn't a great shooter but he'll push tempo and could learn to cause problems for a few minutes per game defensively in the mode of Lindsey Hunter.
30SGJ.R. GiddensNew MexicoSr.6-5205
An athletic guard with size and range to the three-point line. He could provide bench help within a couple of years.

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