Final NBA Mock Draft

Thursday June 26th, 2008

Final Mock Draft
The top of the draft took shape less than two hours before the opening selection ...

1PGDerrick RoseMemphisFr.6-3196
The Bulls need the leadership that Rose showed in the NCAA tournament -- along with his speed, size and court vision.
2PFMichael BeasleyKansas StateFr.6-8239
The Heat are investigating all trade possibilities, but it will take a major deal to dislodge Beasley.
3GO.J. MayoUSCFr.6-4200
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.
4GRussell WestbrookUCLASoph.6-3192
The guess is that they choose Westbrook's defense and point-guard potential.
5F/CKevin LoveUCLAFr.6-9255
Hard-nosed player has the skills to score and the smarts to create offense for others.
6SFDanilo GallinariArmani Jeans Milan (Italy)--6-9221
If the Knicks don't move this pick, then Gallinari gives them size, skills and leadership at forward.
7SGEric GordonIndianaFr.6-3222
Mike Dunleavy goes for an explosive scorer with ready-made NBA body.
8SFJoe AlexanderWest VirginiaJr.6-8220
One of the draft's toughest guys, Alexander will plug a hole at small forward and excel for new coach Scott Skiles.
9CBrook LopezStanfordSoph.7-0258
The scoring center goes to a team that needs more help inside.
10PGD.J. AugustinTexasSoph.5-11171
The bet here is they take Augustin and send him to Portland in exchange for No. 13.

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