By Ian Thomsen
June 11, 2008
Mock Draft No. 2 (cont.)
11 C DeAndre Jordan Texas A&M Fr. 6-11 250
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.
12 SF Joe Alexander West Virginia Jr. 6-8 220
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.
13 G/F Brandon Rush Kansas Jr. 6-6 210
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.
14 PG D.J. Augustin Texas Soph. 5-11 171
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.
15 SF Nicolas Batum Le Mans (France) -- 6-8 210
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.
16 C Kosta Koufos Ohio State Fr. 7-0 265
Unless a better option emerges, why not go for a scorer with shooting range to complement Samuel Dalembert?
17 F Robin Lopez Stanford Soph. 7-0 245
His twin is the better scorer, but this Lopez will be a solid defender while helping to reduce Chris Bosh's minutes at center.
18 PF Darrell Arthur Kansas Soph. 6-9 216
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.
19 SG Courtney Lee Western Kentucky Sr. 6-5 200
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.
20 PG Ty Lawson North Carolina Soph. 5-11 195
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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