By Ian Thomsen
June 25, 2008
Final Mock Draft
The top of the draft took shape less than two hours before the opening selection ...

 
1 PG Derrick Rose Memphis Fr. 6-3 196
The Bulls need the leadership that Rose showed in the NCAA tournament -- along with his speed, size and court vision.
2 PF Michael Beasley Kansas State Fr. 6-8 239
The Heat are investigating all trade possibilities, but it will take a major deal to dislodge Beasley.
3 G O.J. Mayo USC Fr. 6-4 200
The Wolves are intrigued by Kevin Love, but Mayo is the better fit and the better value -- and he may yet attract a significant trade offer from a team moving up for him.
4 G Russell Westbrook UCLA Soph. 6-3 192
The guess is that they choose Westbrook's defense and point-guard potential.
5 F/C Kevin Love UCLA Fr. 6-9 255
Hard-nosed player has the skills to score and the smarts to create offense for others.
6 SF Danilo Gallinari Armani Jeans Milan (Italy) -- 6-9 221
If the Knicks don't move this pick, then Gallinari gives them size, skills and leadership at forward.
7 SG Eric Gordon Indiana Fr. 6-3 222
Mike Dunleavy goes for an explosive scorer with ready-made NBA body.
8 SF Joe Alexander West Virginia Jr. 6-8 220
One of the draft's toughest guys, Alexander will plug a hole at small forward and excel for new coach Scott Skiles.
9 C Brook Lopez Stanford Soph. 7-0 258
The scoring center goes to a team that needs more help inside.
10 PG D.J. Augustin Texas Soph. 5-11 171
The bet here is they take Augustin and send him to Portland in exchange for No. 13.
 

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