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2008 NBA Mock Draft Prediction Contest

Will Minnesota Timberwolves Opt To Add Mayo To Their Mix?

by CriticalFanatic CriticalFanatic 6/23/08
2008 NBA Mock Draft Prediction Contest PhotoWho doesn't like kicking a little expert butt? Chad Ford has held his ground quite well in our two years of comparisons between the fans' mock drafts to the "professionals," but it's another year and another chance for one of you to mock the experts in a whole new light. 

Despite the aforementioned notion that Miami could opt for OJ Mayo at No. 2, I think we can still safely assume that Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley will be the first two players selected Thursday at the 2008 NBA Draft.

The No. 3 pick is where predictions are going to start getting a little messy. When Kevin McHale is in charge, anything is possible. He may opt for Mayo, a major talent but still unrefined, or perhaps it's one of the point guards: Russell Westbrook or Jerryd Bayless. If at first you don't succeed at drafting point guards, try, try again.

Or who knows, McHale may go with Kosta Koufos because he thought it was fun to say. We just don't know.

I've had my doubts about Mayo, but with Al Jefferson coming into his own in the post why not stick him with an exciting player that will draw larger crowds, like O.J. He comes with obvious risks, but I'm always a best player available kind of guy. Plus, he's capable of smiling while wearing a Knicks shirt, a skill set not currently found in the NBA.

I'll share my predictions Thursday afternoon, but for now, it's time to get your own mock draft swerve on. We'll be inputting all the experts predictions in the coming days and post the results on the blog Friday morning. Happy Mocking!

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Read the Article: 2008 NBA Mock Draft Prediction Contest

Think you can beat all the experts in predicting the 1st round results on the NBA Draft on Thursday? Place each player on the right into the position you believe he'll be drafted. We'll compare your predictions to each of the major experts final mock drafts this week and see who's the real NBA Draft Expert.

Draft Order
1. Chicago
2. Miami
3. Minnesota
4. Seattle
5. Memphis
6. New York
7. LA Clippers
8. Milwaukee
9. Charlotte
10. New Jersey
11. Indiana
12. Sacramento
13. Portland
14. Golden State
15. Phoenix
16. Philadelphia
17. Toronto
18. Washington
19. Cleveland
20. Denver
21. New Jersey
22. Orlando
23. Utah
24. Seattle
25. Houston
26. San Antonio
27. New Orleans
28. Memphis
29. Detroit
30. Boston
Featured by: CriticalFanatic at 6/23/08 4:32PM
Scored by CriticalFanatic on 06/26/08 at 11:41AM | Closed on 06/26/08 at 07:30PM
FanIQ Pts? 30 | NBA, *Draft | Prediction List

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Team Breakout:
RankCorrect Answer59 FansPts 21 ExpertsPts
1.Derrick Rose - PG, MemphisDerrick Rose - PG, Memphis2.9Derrick Rose - PG, Memphis2.9
2.Michael Beasley - SF/PF, Kansas StateMichael Beasley - SF/PF, Kansas State2.8Michael Beasley - SF/PF, Kansas State2.8
3.OJ Mayo - SG, USCOJ Mayo - SG, USC2.7OJ Mayo - SG, USC2.7
4.Russell Westbrook - PG, UCLAJerryd Bayless - SG, Arizona0.5Brook Lopez - C, Stanford0.5
5.Kevin Love - PF, UCLAKevin Love - PF, UCLA1.6Jerryd Bayless - SG, Arizona0.5
6.Danilo Gallinari - SF, ItalyEric Gordon - SG, Indiana1.3Kevin Love - PF, UCLA1.9
7.Eric Gordon - SG, IndianaRussell Westbrook - PG, UCLA0.9Eric Gordon - SG, Indiana1.3
8.Joe Alexander - SF, West VirginiaBrook Lopez - C, Stanford0.9Russell Westbrook - PG, UCLA0.8
9.DJ Augustin - PG, TexasDanilo Gallinari - SF, Italy1.3Danilo Gallinari - SF, Italy1.1
10.Brook Lopez - C, StanfordJoe Alexander - SF, West Virginia1.9Joe Alexander - SF, West Virginia2.1
11.Jerryd Bayless - SG, ArizonaDJ Augustin - PG, Texas0.7DJ Augustin - PG, Texas0.7
12.Jason Thompson - PF, RiderBrandon Rush - SF, Kansas1.3Anthony Randolph - SF, LSU0.5
13.Brandon Rush - SF, KansasAnthony Randolph - SF, LSU0.7Brandon Rush - SF, Kansas1.2
14.Anthony Randolph - SF, LSUKosta Koufos - C, Ohio State0.1DeAndre Jordan - C, Texas A&M0.0
15.Robin Lopez - C, StanfordMario Chalmers - PG, Kansas0.0Darrell Arthur - PF, Kansas0.0
16.Marreese Speights - PF, FloridaDarrell Arthur - PF, Kansas0.1Donte Greene - SF, Syracuse0.0
17.Roy Hibbert - C, GeorgetownDonte Greene - SF, Syracuse0.0Kosta Koufos - C, Ohio State0.2
18.JaVele McGee - C, NevadaRobin Lopez - C, Stanford0.5Marreese Speights - PF, Florida1.1
19.JJ Hickson - PF, NC StateRoy Hibbert - C, Georgetown0.7Robin Lopez - C, Stanford0.8
20.Alexis Ajinca - PF, FranceDeAndre Jordan - C, Texas A&M0.0Roy Hibbert - C, Georgetown0.5
21.Ryan Anderson - PF, CaliforniaAlexis Ajinca - PF, France0.5JaVele McGee - C, Nevada0.6
22.Courtney Lee - SG, Western KentuckyMarreese Speights - PF, Florida0.7Alexis Ajinca - PF, France0.7
23.Kosta Koufos - C, Ohio StateJaVele McGee - C, Nevada0.5Mario Chalmers - PG, Kansas0.0
24.Serge Ibaka - PF, CongoChris Douglas-Roberts - SG, Memphis0.0Jason Thompson - PF, Rider0.2
25.Nicolas Batum - SG, FranceJJ Hickson - PF, NC State0.4Chris Douglas-Roberts - SG, Memphis0.0
26.George Hill - PG, IUPUINicolas Batum - SG, France1.3Nicolas Batum - SG, France1.4
27.Darrell Arthur - PF, KansasJason Thompson - PF, Rider0.0JJ Hickson - PF, NC State0.3
28.Donte Greene - SF, SyracuseCourtney Lee - SG, Western Kentucky1.2Courtney Lee - SG, Western Kentucky1.6
29.DJ White - C, IndianaJoey Dorsey - PF, Memphis0.0Serge Ibaka - PF, Congo1.5
30.Other 1Serge Ibaka - PF, Congo1.6Ryan Anderson - PF, California0.0
Also receiving votes:DJ White - C, Indiana Other 1 
Bill Walker - SF, Kansas State Nathan Jawai - PF, Australia 
Ryan Anderson - PF, California Bill Walker - SF, Kansas State 
Other 1 Kyle Weaver - SG, Washington State 
Goran Dragic - PG, Slovenia DaVon Hardin - PF, California 
Davon Jefferson - SF, USC Davon Jefferson - SF, USC 
DaVon Hardin - PF, California Omer Asik - PF, Turkey 
Nathan Jawai - PF, Australia DJ White - C, Indiana 
Jamont Gordon - SG, Miss State Trent Plaisted - PF, BYU 
Kyle Weaver - SG, Washington State Joey Dorsey - PF, Memphis 
Omer Asik - PF, Turkey Nikola Pekovic - PF, Serbia 
Nikola Pekovic - PF, Serbia Semih Erden - C, Turkey 
Semih Erden - C, Turkey  
Other 2  
George Hill - PG, IUPUI  
Sonny Weems - SG, Arkansas  
Trent Plaisted - PF, BYU  
Other 3  
Gary Forbes - SG, UMass  

  
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#1 | 2319 days ago
RenegadeLG (+)

(Edited by RenegadeLG)
Other - Ante Tomic  #28 will belong to the Nuggets when all is said and done, if that affects anybodies pick.
1. Derrick Rose - PG, Memphis  2. Michael Beasley - SF/PF, Kansas State  3. OJ Mayo - SG, USC  4. Jerryd Bayless - SG, Arizona  5. Anthony Randolph - SF, LSU  6. Russell Westbrook - PG, UCLA  7. Eric Gordon - SG, Indiana  8. Danilo Gallinari - SF, Italy  9. Kevin Love - PF, UCLA  10. Brook Lopez - C, Stanford  11. DJ Augustin - PG, Texas  12. DeAndre Jordan - C, Texas A&M  13. Joe Alexander - SF, West Virginia  14. Brandon Rush - SF, Kansas  15. Darrell Arthur - PF, Kansas  16. JJ Hickson - PF, NC State  17. Alexis Ajinca - PF, France  18. Marreese Speights - PF, Florida  19. Kosta Koufos - C, Ohio State  20. Mario Chalmers - PG, Kansas  21. Donte Greene - SF, Syracuse  22. Courtney Lee - SG, Western Kentucky  23. Roy Hibbert - C, Georgetown  24. JaVele McGee - C, Nevada  25. Robin Lopez - C, Stanford  26. Nicolas Batum - SG, France  27. Chris Douglas-Roberts - SG, Memphis  28. Other 1  29. Bill Walker - SF, Kansas State  30. Serge Ibaka - PF, Congo  
#2 | 2319 days ago
RenegadeLG (+)

(Edited by RenegadeLG)
I'm curious as to how Rose is in second place compositely even though he has 17 first votes to Beasley's 2 - I guess two people leaving him completely off makes that big a difference.
1. Derrick Rose - PG, Memphis  2. Michael Beasley - SF/PF, Kansas State  3. OJ Mayo - SG, USC  4. Jerryd Bayless - SG, Arizona  5. Anthony Randolph - SF, LSU  6. Russell Westbrook - PG, UCLA  7. Eric Gordon - SG, Indiana  8. Danilo Gallinari - SF, Italy  9. Kevin Love - PF, UCLA  10. Brook Lopez - C, Stanford  11. DJ Augustin - PG, Texas  12. DeAndre Jordan - C, Texas A&M  13. Joe Alexander - SF, West Virginia  14. Brandon Rush - SF, Kansas  15. Darrell Arthur - PF, Kansas  16. JJ Hickson - PF, NC State  17. Alexis Ajinca - PF, France  18. Marreese Speights - PF, Florida  19. Kosta Koufos - C, Ohio State  20. Mario Chalmers - PG, Kansas  21. Donte Greene - SF, Syracuse  22. Courtney Lee - SG, Western Kentucky  23. Roy Hibbert - C, Georgetown  24. JaVele McGee - C, Nevada  25. Robin Lopez - C, Stanford  26. Nicolas Batum - SG, France  27. Chris Douglas-Roberts - SG, Memphis  28. Other 1  29. Bill Walker - SF, Kansas State  30. Serge Ibaka - PF, Congo  
#3 | 2319 days ago

AARRGGHHHH-- I got the Lopez's mixed up-- there goes my points

1. Derrick Rose - PG, Memphis  2. Michael Beasley - SF/PF, Kansas State  3. OJ Mayo - SG, USC  4. Jerryd Bayless - SG, Arizona  5. Kevin Love - PF, UCLA  6. Russell Westbrook - PG, UCLA  7. DJ Augustin - PG, Texas  8. Joe Alexander - SF, West Virginia  9. Robin Lopez - C, Stanford  10. Danilo Gallinari - SF, Italy  11. Eric Gordon - SG, Indiana  12. Roy Hibbert - C, Georgetown  13. Darrell Arthur - PF, Kansas  14. Brandon Rush - SF, Kansas  15. Anthony Randolph - SF, LSU  16. Kosta Koufos - C, Ohio State  17. DeAndre Jordan - C, Texas A&M  18. JaVele McGee - C, Nevada  19. Marreese Speights - PF, Florida  20. Donte Greene - SF, Syracuse  21. Brook Lopez - C, Stanford  22. Serge Ibaka - PF, Congo  23. Nathan Jawai - PF, Australia  24. Nicolas Batum - SG, France  25. Courtney Lee - SG, Western Kentucky  26. Mario Chalmers - PG, Kansas  27. Chris Douglas-Roberts - SG, Memphis  28. DJ White - C, Indiana  29. DaVon Hardin - PF, California  30. Other 1  
#4 | 2319 days ago
RenegadeLG (+)

Indydave wrote:

AARRGGHHHH-- I got the Lopez's mixed up-- there goes my points

Pretty sure you'll be able to edit your picks, we've been able to with all the other mocks.
1. Derrick Rose - PG, Memphis  2. Michael Beasley - SF/PF, Kansas State  3. OJ Mayo - SG, USC  4. Jerryd Bayless - SG, Arizona  5. Anthony Randolph - SF, LSU  6. Russell Westbrook - PG, UCLA  7. Eric Gordon - SG, Indiana  8. Danilo Gallinari - SF, Italy  9. Kevin Love - PF, UCLA  10. Brook Lopez - C, Stanford  11. DJ Augustin - PG, Texas  12. DeAndre Jordan - C, Texas A&M  13. Joe Alexander - SF, West Virginia  14. Brandon Rush - SF, Kansas  15. Darrell Arthur - PF, Kansas  16. JJ Hickson - PF, NC State  17. Alexis Ajinca - PF, France  18. Marreese Speights - PF, Florida  19. Kosta Koufos - C, Ohio State  20. Mario Chalmers - PG, Kansas  21. Donte Greene - SF, Syracuse  22. Courtney Lee - SG, Western Kentucky  23. Roy Hibbert - C, Georgetown  24. JaVele McGee - C, Nevada  25. Robin Lopez - C, Stanford  26. Nicolas Batum - SG, France  27. Chris Douglas-Roberts - SG, Memphis  28. Other 1  29. Bill Walker - SF, Kansas State  30. Serge Ibaka - PF, Congo  
#5 | 2317 days ago

I think Cleveland will grab Tomich at the #19 spot
#6 | 2317 days ago

This year's draft looks like the Big 12 vs the Pac 10
1. Derrick Rose - PG, Memphis  2. Michael Beasley - SF/PF, Kansas State  3. OJ Mayo - SG, USC  4. Jerryd Bayless - SG, Arizona  5. Kevin Love - PF, UCLA  6. Eric Gordon - SG, Indiana  7. Danilo Gallinari - SF, Italy  8. Brook Lopez - C, Stanford  9. Darrell Arthur - PF, Kansas  10. Chris Douglas-Roberts - SG, Memphis  11. Brandon Rush - SF, Kansas  12. DJ Augustin - PG, Texas  13. Bill Walker - SF, Kansas State  14. Joe Alexander - SF, West Virginia  15. Joey Dorsey - PF, Memphis  16. JaVele McGee - C, Nevada  17. Russell Westbrook - PG, UCLA  18. Donte Greene - SF, Syracuse  19. DaVon Hardin - PF, California  20. Anthony Randolph - SF, LSU  21. Alexis Ajinca - PF, France  22. Kosta Koufos - C, Ohio State  23. DJ White - C, Indiana  24. Mario Chalmers - PG, Kansas  25. Robin Lopez - C, Stanford  26. Roy Hibbert - C, Georgetown  27. Semih Erden - C, Turkey  28. Ryan Anderson - PF, California  29. Courtney Lee - SG, Western Kentucky  30. Other 1  
#7 | 2317 days ago

Others = Budinger and Tomic
1. Derrick Rose - PG, Memphis  2. Michael Beasley - SF/PF, Kansas State  3. OJ Mayo - SG, USC  4. Eric Gordon - SG, Indiana  5. Kevin Love - PF, UCLA  6. Russell Westbrook - PG, UCLA  7. Brook Lopez - C, Stanford  8. DJ Augustin - PG, Texas  9. Anthony Randolph - SF, LSU  10. Joe Alexander - SF, West Virginia  11. Kosta Koufos - C, Ohio State  12. Jerryd Bayless - SG, Arizona  13. Danilo Gallinari - SF, Italy  14. Robin Lopez - C, Stanford  15. Brandon Rush - SF, Kansas  16. Darrell Arthur - PF, Kansas  17. Marreese Speights - PF, Florida  18. DeAndre Jordan - C, Texas A&M  19. Roy Hibbert - C, Georgetown  20. Alexis Ajinca - PF, France  21. Ryan Anderson - PF, California  22. Courtney Lee - SG, Western Kentucky  23. JJ Hickson - PF, NC State  24. Other 1  25. Joey Dorsey - PF, Memphis  26. Nicolas Batum - SG, France  27. Other 2  28. Chris Douglas-Roberts - SG, Memphis  29. Jason Thompson - PF, Rider  30. Bill Walker - SF, Kansas State  
#8 | 2317 days ago
RenegadeLG (+)

Jahiegel wrote:
Others = Budinger and Tomic
Budinger's going back to school.
1. Derrick Rose - PG, Memphis  2. Michael Beasley - SF/PF, Kansas State  3. OJ Mayo - SG, USC  4. Jerryd Bayless - SG, Arizona  5. Anthony Randolph - SF, LSU  6. Russell Westbrook - PG, UCLA  7. Eric Gordon - SG, Indiana  8. Danilo Gallinari - SF, Italy  9. Kevin Love - PF, UCLA  10. Brook Lopez - C, Stanford  11. DJ Augustin - PG, Texas  12. DeAndre Jordan - C, Texas A&M  13. Joe Alexander - SF, West Virginia  14. Brandon Rush - SF, Kansas  15. Darrell Arthur - PF, Kansas  16. JJ Hickson - PF, NC State  17. Alexis Ajinca - PF, France  18. Marreese Speights - PF, Florida  19. Kosta Koufos - C, Ohio State  20. Mario Chalmers - PG, Kansas  21. Donte Greene - SF, Syracuse  22. Courtney Lee - SG, Western Kentucky  23. Roy Hibbert - C, Georgetown  24. JaVele McGee - C, Nevada  25. Robin Lopez - C, Stanford  26. Nicolas Batum - SG, France  27. Chris Douglas-Roberts - SG, Memphis  28. Other 1  29. Bill Walker - SF, Kansas State  30. Serge Ibaka - PF, Congo  
#9 | 2316 days ago

RenegadeLG wrote:
Budinger's going back to school.
I imagine that I knew that at some point, but he was in my pre-16 June mock draft and managed somehow from there to make it back on to my list yesterday as I scrambled to finalize my poll entry.  I probably should turn in my third-place medal.
1. Derrick Rose - PG, Memphis  2. Michael Beasley - SF/PF, Kansas State  3. OJ Mayo - SG, USC  4. Eric Gordon - SG, Indiana  5. Kevin Love - PF, UCLA  6. Russell Westbrook - PG, UCLA  7. Brook Lopez - C, Stanford  8. DJ Augustin - PG, Texas  9. Anthony Randolph - SF, LSU  10. Joe Alexander - SF, West Virginia  11. Kosta Koufos - C, Ohio State  12. Jerryd Bayless - SG, Arizona  13. Danilo Gallinari - SF, Italy  14. Robin Lopez - C, Stanford  15. Brandon Rush - SF, Kansas  16. Darrell Arthur - PF, Kansas  17. Marreese Speights - PF, Florida  18. DeAndre Jordan - C, Texas A&M  19. Roy Hibbert - C, Georgetown  20. Alexis Ajinca - PF, France  21. Ryan Anderson - PF, California  22. Courtney Lee - SG, Western Kentucky  23. JJ Hickson - PF, NC State  24. Other 1  25. Joey Dorsey - PF, Memphis  26. Nicolas Batum - SG, France  27. Other 2  28. Chris Douglas-Roberts - SG, Memphis  29. Jason Thompson - PF, Rider  30. Bill Walker - SF, Kansas State  
#10 | 2316 days ago

I'm just bummed there some best buy gift card or something for winning. I finally win one of these style polls and no cash prize. Just the satisfaction that I am the best mock drafter out of anyone who entered this poll.
1. Derrick Rose - PG, Memphis  2. Michael Beasley - SF/PF, Kansas State  3. OJ Mayo - SG, USC  4. Russell Westbrook - PG, UCLA  5. Eric Gordon - SG, Indiana  6. Danilo Gallinari - SF, Italy  7. Jerryd Bayless - SG, Arizona  8. Joe Alexander - SF, West Virginia  9. Kevin Love - PF, UCLA  10. Brook Lopez - C, Stanford  11. DJ Augustin - PG, Texas  12. Mario Chalmers - PG, Kansas  13. Anthony Randolph - SF, LSU  14. Donte Greene - SF, Syracuse  15. Brandon Rush - SF, Kansas  16. Alexis Ajinca - PF, France  17. Roy Hibbert - C, Georgetown  18. Darrell Arthur - PF, Kansas  19. Robin Lopez - C, Stanford  20. JJ Hickson - PF, NC State  21. Jason Thompson - PF, Rider  22. JaVele McGee - C, Nevada  23. Marreese Speights - PF, Florida  24. Kosta Koufos - C, Ohio State  25. Serge Ibaka - PF, Congo  26. Nicolas Batum - SG, France  27. Chris Douglas-Roberts - SG, Memphis  28. DeAndre Jordan - C, Texas A&M  29. Bill Walker - SF, Kansas State  30. Courtney Lee - SG, Western Kentucky  
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