By: Scott Partington
#30- Golden State Warriors: Evan Fournier, SG France
The Warriors franchise is amidst a rebuild phase, but have decided to go for the “quick success” route, as evidence by their moves at the past trade deadline. This puts the Warriors in the position to just grab the best possible talent available and overseas prospect Evan Fournier would be a great value for the Warriors at 30. Fournier can straight-up score the basketball and would be a nice fit in the backcourt playing besides with Stephen Curry.
#29- Chicago Bulls: Tryshawn Taylor, PG Kansas
With Derrick Rose out for the majority of the 2012-13 season, the Bulls are in need of a PG. At the 29th pick, the best available point guard is Tryshawn Taylor, who just so happens to be a perfect fit for Bulls’ coach Tom Thibodeau’s system. Taylor brings speed, toughness, and point guard experience to the table, also making him a solid backup for the post-injury Rose.
#28- Oklahoma City Thunder: Khris Middleton, SF Texas A&M
As Charles Barkley has probably informed you by now, the Oklahoma City Thunder are a jump shooting team. The problem is, at times Thabo Sefolosha, Daequan Cook, and Derek Fisher can’t exactly consistently sink long-range jumpers. Enter Khris Middleton. The 6-8 SF has excellent range, plus the length and athleticism to defend the Western Conference’s elite wings.
#27- Miami Heat: Doron Lamb, SG Kentucky
Despite what watching the Finals on TV might’ve shown you, Mike Miller and Shane Battier have not shot the three particularly well while playing in a Heat uniform. With Lebron and Wade (and Bosh, to a lesser extent) on the court, all the Heat really need is a player capable of consistently hitting the open three and playing defense. That makes Doron Lamb, the long-range sniper from Kentucky (48% FG3 for his college career), a perfect match for the reigning champs.
#26- Indiana Pacers: Will Barton, SG Memphis
Indiana is a solid team all around, but you would say their biggest need is depth at the wing positions. The Pacers will look to address this need on draft night and SG Will Barton would be a good pick for them at 26. Barton’s strong effort, high energy game is exactly what the Pacers lack when Danny Granger and Paul George are taken out of the game.
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