By: Chuck Hilston
16. Houston: Festus Ezeli
I know, I know. This is definitely going out on a limb to take him at this point in time. However, the Rockets at their current position in the draft have the ability to take a little bit of a gamble. This is probably one of the top 3 athletes in this entire draft, and it was amazing to see the strides he made this year as he has only been playing basketball for 2-3 years before this.
17. Dallas: Tony Wroten
The Mavericks need is clear: Find a young guard who will be able to play with Dirk and get the franchise back into championship contention. In an ideal world, they would be able to take Jeremy Lamb here. Unfortunately though, the odds are against that. What Tony Wroten has going for him is that he is incredibly quick, can create, and is 6”5, a tremendous plus at that position. However, he definitely leaves something to be desired in regards to his shooting, with an absolutely atrocious 16 percent from behind the arc and 58 percent from the line. Still though, he is only 19, so it wouldn’t be a bad pick.
18. Minnesota: Terrence Ross
With Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio already in the mold, the Timberwolves look to be one piece away from truly being a good team (barring injuries, of course). Terrence Ross would seem to fit this billing just fine. A 6”7 shooting guard, not only is he a dead eye shooter from beyond the arc, but would potentially be able to play SF as well, and seeing him and Rubio running the floor could be a scary sight for many teams.
19. Orlando: Draymond Green
The Magic, appearing to be somewhat like the “Two and a Half Men” of the NBA, with Dwight Howard playing the role of Charlie Sheen really need some way to turn around their fortunes. I think the biggest thing that needs to be changed around the locker room is the culture. Who better to take as far as improving the team morale than Draymond Green? With his talent and leadership, he was able to lead a Michigan State team to overachieve beyond belief, getting a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. Also, any player the Magic could take right now would probably be an improvement to their starting five, and Big Baby/Draymond in the post would be a step in the right direction.
20. Denver: Fab Melo
Denver has definitely been a team who has been able to adapt to rough circumstances. After losing Carmelo Anthony midseason last year to a trade, the Nuggets have responded by making it to the playoffs these last two years anyways. Now, the Nuggets are facing the question of whether or not Javale McGee will leave to free agency (and whether or not it would be worth it to sign him). Regardless, it wouldn’t hurt to bring Melo back to Denver. Oh, the irony.