By: Chuck Hilston
11. Portland Trailblazers: Kendall Marshall
After potentially selecting a big man with their first pick, Portland looks to continue the trend towards taking pass first point guards. Overall, having these two together will do wonders, as Kendall should be able to make Drummond better by setting up potential scoring options. All of this should be able to help put the Blazers back into the playoffs.
12. Milwaukee Bucks: Arnett Moultrie
With Arnett, you have an underrated power forward prospect. He’s been skyrocketing up the draft charts in recent months, and averaging a double-double in his first full season of production has something to do with that. He’s athletic, big and is an effective mid-range shooter, something the Bucks crave desperately.
13. Phoenix Suns : Jared Sullinger
Sullinger isn’t someone I’d consider to be one of the best athletes at his position. Then again, I wouldn’t say Kevin Love is either. The reasons that they’d draft Jared here are twofold: for one, they want someone who is fully developed and would likely be able to contribute some right away. Also, he has taken a lot of flak for being undersized, but the main reason for this is he hasn’t been playing his natural position (center instead of power forward). Being a pretty decent shooter and a monster on the boards means that he has potential to be effective.
14. Houston Rockets: Terrence Jones
While he was criticized for at times looking uninterested or pouting during certain games, this is still clearly one of the best athletes in the draft. He is physical, has a 7”2 wingspan, and is able to attack off the dribble, so teams can rotate him around positions throughout the game. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see him be taken with this pick.
15. Philadelphia Sixers: Austin Rivers
Philly, just off their surprise playoff run, would be well suited to take Austin Rivers at number 15. While there have been many busts that have come through Duke, the intangibles here are undeniable. His never quit attitude was clear when he single handedly led the Blue Devils back to stun Roy Williams and the Heels in the Dean Dome. He’s intelligent, appears grounded, and has a high basketball IQ (how could he not?).