By Ian Thomsen
May 21, 2008
Mock Draft No. 1 (cont.)
11 G Russell Westbrook UCLA Soph. 6-3 189
The Pacers need to replace point guard Jamaal Tinsley, and Westbrook is the best available option here. He's been a combo guard for the Bruins, and at the very least he'll help the Pacers off the bench.
12 C DeAndre Jordan Texas A&M Fr. 7-0 255
A project big man with huge athletic upside. If his skills develop, he could complement last year's first-round pick, big man Spencer Hawes, for years.
13 SF Chase Budinger Arizona Soph. 6-7 203
An athletic, skilled shooter and excellent blend-in player, he'll help spread the floor around the Blazers' young stars. A complementary scorer who provides more depth to a team that has loads of it already.
14 PF Anthony Randolph LSU Fr. 6-11 220
Terrific upside but is a couple of years away from producing. He appears to have a lot in common with current Warrior Brandan Wright, but Golden State won't be able to pass on his open-court talent -- though Randolph will have to separate himself from the disappointing legacy of fellow LSU big men Stromile Swift and Tyrus Thomas.
15 SF Nicolas Batum Le Mans (France) -- 6-8 210
The Suns will be looking for defenders and the 19-year-old Batum has the potential to be a stopper on the wing as well as a scorer in the open floor.
16 SF Joe Alexander West Virginia Jr. 6-8 230
Alexander improved his stock with a breakout year. He's an athletic shooter who needs to improve his ball skills, but he isn't afraid to work.
17 F Donte Greene Syracuse Fr. 6-11 226
A frontcourt tweener, Greene will fit into the Raptors' jump-shooting offense. They'll value his ability to create his own shot on the perimeter.
18 C Javale McGee Nevada Soph. 7-0 237
The Wizards may trade this pick. If not, they may go for this long, athletic frontcourt player who needs to get stronger and improve his fundamentals.
19 G/F Brandon Rush Kansas Jr. 6-6 210
A big guard who can defend, a Josh Howard-type with an improving jumper. The hope is that he'll help spread the floor for LeBron James.
20 G/F Chris Douglas-Roberts Memphis Jr. 6-7 200
A scorer through and through, though his perimeter shooting needs work. He could earn minutes if the Nuggets make major moves in the next year to unload payroll.

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