NBA mock draft: part 2

5/31/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

In part 1, I gave my predictions for the first 15 picks.  In part 2, I'll finish round 1 with picks 16-30.

Mar 21, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Kelly Olynyk (13) drives to the basket in the first half of the game against the Southern University Jaguars during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports16. Boston Celtics - With Rondo coming back, the offense should improve.  The big question for the Celtics is whether or not the remnants of the big 3 will be shipped off.  If KG and Pierce remain, they will likely have a similar season, finishing in the middle of the playoff pack in the East and losing in one of the first few rounds.  If that's the plan, now would be a good time to find an heir apparent for one of the key players, who can sit and learn behind the vets and then be ready to contribute next year. The Pick: KELLY OLYNYK.  Once he adjusts to the size, speed, and athleticism of the NBA game, he should be able to put the ball in the hoop, something the C's desperately need.

17. Atlanta Hawks - Atlanta, more than any other team, has roster and salary flexibility this offseason.  With these back-to-back picks, they could definitely make an enticing package for a complementary starter if they're able to land D12 and/or CP3.  If they chose to keep the picks, they can go in any number of directions, including just taking the best player left on the board.  The Pick: CODY ZELLER. 

18. Atlanta Hawks - If Atlanta does, in fact, opt to keep the picks and they follow my advice and take Cody Zeller, then they're front court looks pretty nice.  But they'll still need to reconstruct some sort of a back court. If they are able to acquire Chris Paul, they should go after a wing shooter, but I'm assuming CP3 will stay put. The Pick: DENNIS SCHROEDER.

19. Cleveland Cavaliers - Like the above picks, this one could easily end up under the control of another team.  It is one of Cleveland's four picks out of the first 33 and they already have a bunch of young guys.  Depending on how the top of the draft goes, I could see them shipping this pick and maybe #31 to Boston for Paul Pierce in an attempt to make the playoffs next year.  If not... The Pick: SERGEY KARASEV.  They really need help at SF and if they go with Noel at #1, Karasev would fill that need and they have enough picks that they can take a flyer on a lesser known international prospect.

20. Chicago Bulls - If Chicago could draft a trainer here, they probably would.  Besides medical professionals, Chicago needs more scoring options.  We all know their defense is tremendous, but in the playoffs, their depth was tested and the theory that you can never have too much talent was proven correct.  The Pick: JAMAAL FRANKLIN.

 
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