By Ian Thomsen
May 21, 2008
Mock Draft No. 1 (cont.)
21 PG Mario Chalmers Kansas Jr. 6-1 190
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.
22 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. The Magic will be looking for help at this position and Lee could contribute immediately.
23 C Roy Hibbert Georgetown Sr. 7-2 275
Hibbert fills Utah's need for size up front. He'll be a solid backup center and fit nicely in their half-court offense.
24 PF Serge Ibaka L'Hospitalet (Spain) -- 6-10 220
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.
25 C Alexis Ajinca Hyeres-Toulon (France) -- 7-1 240
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.
26 PF Jason Thompson Rider Sr. 6-11 250
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.
27 C Kosta Koufos Ohio State Fr. 7-0 265
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.
28 F/C Marreese Speights Florida Soph. 6-10 245
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.
29 PG Ty Lawson North Carolina Soph. 5-11 195
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.
30 SG J.R. Giddens New Mexico Sr. 6-5 205
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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