SI.com posted its NBA mock draft Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after the Washington Wizards won the lottery and will get the top pick in this summer’s draft.
Ian Thomsen has two Tech big men going in the top 21: Derrick Favors at No. 3 to the Nets, and Gani Lawal at No. 21 to Oklahoma City. If you remember, ESPN didn’t have Lawal going in the first round of its last mock draft.
Of Favors, Thomsen writes:
The presence of Brook Lopez at center compels the choice of Favors, an active big man with the energy and range to help defend the paint. The blend of low-post skill from Lopez and the explosive athleticism of Favors — together with their shared length — should provide New Jersey with one of the league’s most intimidating front lines.
It was easy to forget about Lawal as he was overshadowed by Favors this year, but the Thunder will appreciate his soft hands and potential to score in the post. Will he show the upside of their previous wise draft picks?
He said this of another Atlanta native, Al-Farouq Aminu, whom he has going fifth to Sacramento:
Sacramento could use an athletic wing and Aminu — a frontcourt tweener — will provide length and explosiveness. He’s raw but the rebuilding Kings are in no real hurry, and in the meantime he’ll rebound and defend.