NBA mock drafts: Favors to Jersey, Lawal to Round 2?

Derrick Favors: From the high-falutin' ACC to the low-rent Nets? (AP photo)

Derrick Favors: From the high-falutin' ACC to the low-rent New Jersey Nets? (AP photo)

New Jersey is lovely in the winter. Or so Derrick Favors had better hope. Three mock drafts assembled in the wake of Tuesday’s NBA lottery all have the Georgia Tech one-and-done ticketed for the Garden State and the Nets, who just finished a 12-70 season and who have no coach, no general manager and a new Russian owner.

But wait. It could be worse. Favors could be Tech teammate Gani Lawal, who seems no lock to go in Round 1.

The three mocks in question — from NBAdraft.net, from Chad Ford of ESPN.com’s Insiders (link requires registration) and from Ian Thomsen of SI.com — are in concert on the first three picks. John Wall of Kentucky will go No. 1 to the Wizards, Evan Turner of Ohio State No. 2 to the Sixers, Favors No. 3 to the Nets. Then the three begin to differ.

Al-Farouq Aminu, of Wake Forest by way of Norcross High, will go fifth to the Kings (according to Thomsen) or sixth to the Warriors (according to NBAdraft.net) or seventh to the Pistons (according to Ford). Regarding Lawal, who was Aminu’s Norcross teammate, the consensus seems to be that he’s not a lottery pick and maybe not a first-rounder.

Thomsen has Lawal going 21st overall to Oklahoma City. NBAdraft.net has him going to Washington with the final selection in Round 1. Ford doesn’t have in the first round or in his list of the next five players apt to be taken.

And now you’re asking: What about the Hawks? Ford and NBAdraft.net, each presumably operating on the belief that Marvin Williams hasn’t rendered himself irreplaceable, has them taking a small forward with the 24th pick. Ford goes with Quincy Pondexter of Washington. NBAdraft.net opts for Damion James of Texas.  Perhaps foreseeing the loss of a certain big-name shooting guard in free agency, Thomsen goes with James Anderson of Oklahoma State instead.

About Anderson, nicknamed Big Game James: Wherever he lands in the league, he’d better hope it’s far away from Tech’s Iman Shumpert. Because the tenacious Jacket absolutely inhaled Big Game James in Round 1 of the NCAA tournament.

Anderson’s line: Eleven points (half his average) on 3-of-12 shooting (zero-for-6 on treys) with three turnovers. It was among the greatest one-on-one defensive games I’ve ever seen a collegian have.

44 comments Add your comment

Voice of Reason

May 20th, 2010
8:39 am

I know I won’t be first, but this is the first time I have even been this close. Probably typed too long to say that and lost my chance.

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

May 20th, 2010
8:43 am

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Mr. uGA Basketball coming to Athens!!!!

Trust me….. the fact Tech wastes so much energy hating UGA makes everyh time we wipe the floor with your teams SO SO Sweet!!!!

tHwgt!!!!!

You waste so much time hating us, that you forget to buy tickets to your Thursday Night football games.

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2010
8:54 am

Nope, Voice of Reason. You hit the sweet spot. Heartfelt kudos.

gtm

May 20th, 2010
8:58 am

After watching Lawal in college for years now, I don’t see him as an early/mid first rounder. End of the first or early second seems more appropriate. After three years he still wasn’t taking over the game. I saw more effort out of Peacock than Lawal in many games. It could be argued that the coaching was at fault, but I’m not sure that’s the reason. He’s still got the right size and potential, but he’s destined for a short NBA life on the bench unless he really steps up his game. 57% FT shooting and 2.1-2.5 TO/game isn’t going to help in the NBA, either.

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2010
9:01 am

I don’t think effort is an issue with Gani Lawal, gtm.

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Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 20th, 2010
9:17 am

No matter who the Hawks pick they will never contribute. Would love to see a poll percentage of picks between 20-30 who actually turn out to be solid, hopefully elite NBA players.

gtm

May 20th, 2010
9:19 am

Whatever it was, something bad was happening with his game. Go back and look at his stats throughout last season. Early on against the cheesecake teams he was dropping double-doubles and scoring in bunches. Mid season he was still playing well but his scoring started to drop. His attempts to the line went down, the number of off-games went up. Still had some awesome rebounding games. End of the year, scoring wasn’t great. Lots of off games in rebounds. Hardly getting to the line compared to earlier in the season. He wasn’t taking over and wasn’t stepping up when the pressure was on. I’m not saying he’s a bad player, but there’s enough to think about there to drop him down in the draft a bit. Given his experience and size, you would think he would show some leadership and set an example with his play. He showed neither down the stretch.

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2010
9:20 am

What about a percentage of guys picked No. 2 overall who don’t turn out to be elite?

DawginLex

May 20th, 2010
9:29 am

Lawal is going to be a good pro but Favors will be much better.

Cousins is the interesting pick in this draft. What kind of player will he be? What will his attitiude be? He potentially can sell tickets but is he what you really want on your team? The kid has changed 180 degrees in his one year in Lexington.

He openly talked about being the big dumb fat kid in high school who was teased and picked on. the UK folks have embraced him and he has shown his gratitude. Hopefully, he will do the same for whatever NBA team takes him.

jeff c.

May 20th, 2010
9:35 am

If the Hawks could land James Anderson that late in the 1st round it could be the steal of what is going to be a weak draft.

Doug

May 20th, 2010
9:41 am

PLayers 20-29 that are at least solid…let’s just take three years
2001: Geral Wallace-25, Samuel Dalembert-26, Tony Parker-28
2002-Tayshaun Prince-23, John Salmons-26
2003- Kendrick Perkins-27, Leandro Barbosa-28, Josh Howard-29
How bout David Lee at #30 in 2005…Aaron Brooks at #26 in 2007 or George Hill at #26 in 2008??? Yeah let’s just ignore the pick…no good players can be found!

CJ

May 20th, 2010
10:20 am

Yeah, after watching James Anderson against Tech, I would absolutely hate the pick if he ended up in Atlanta.

reddjonn68

May 20th, 2010
10:25 am

We can’t do any worse than the team that’s projected to pick Daniel Orton from Kentucky at 12th,or 13th ! His season stats 3.4 pts/pg, 3.3 reb/pg & 1.4 blks/pg. WTF lottery pick? Most of the experts, including Chris Broussard rates this as a deep draft, stating that a lot of the steals will come in free agency signings. We may not get big name at 24 but there will be something left, whether we choose him is another question all together. At least we won’t get shafted, like team that will get stuck with the ” Orton Project”

DOGTARDS

May 20th, 2010
10:28 am

HELP ME I WAS NUMBER ONE BUT SLIPPED AND FELL DOWN SOMEWHERE AROUND THE 45 to 42 YARD LINE AND I CANNOT GET UP…EVEN WITH TWO FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICES WHO ATTEMPTED…

FAVORS TO BE FIRST PICK IN DRAFT

JC

May 20th, 2010
10:28 am

I’m actually pretty excited not to hang the future of the Hawks on the draft this year – with limited $ and expectations, anything from a solid role-player up is a win. Also, can we please take a chance on a guy like Solomon Alabai (if he’s available)? I don’t care if he’s the poor man’s Thabeet, a 7-1 raw center is of much more utility than a solid college SF with a low ceiling like Damion Jones. At that price range, anyway.

JC

May 20th, 2010
10:29 am

Of more utility for the Hawks specifically, I mean.

reddjonn68

May 20th, 2010
10:40 am

One mock draft has the Hawks taking Terrico White (SG) Ole Miss. He’s an okay scorer & will rebound a little, but does’nt pass well, a role player at best. Most mock drafts I’ve seen has Alabi gone by 24.

TXDawg

May 20th, 2010
10:40 am

Dogtards is smoking some of that wacky-honey! He probably fell even further down somewhere near the 30 to 24 yard line.

JC

May 20th, 2010
10:59 am

And here’s some more, Doug!

1999: Kirelinko, 24
98: Al Harrington, 25
96: Ilgauskus, 20, Derek Fisher, 24
93: Sam Cassel, 24
89: Vlade Divac, 26
86: Dennis Rodman, 27

HawkKingBibby

May 20th, 2010
11:03 am

Mark write this name in STONE MOUNTAIN, JORDAN CRAWFORD FROM XAVIER. Watch his ncaa torney highlights and tell me we couldnt use this guy when either Joe or J.Craw leaves ( remember Craw is in his last year and if JJ comes back we wont be able to afford Crawford). Its also cool because this is the LEBRON DUNKED ON IN HIS FACE MISSING TAPE GUY.

HawkKingBibby

May 20th, 2010
11:05 am

Oh yeah and Mark now Calvin Murphy is confirming what Dejuan Wagner told me about Dwest and Lebrons mom. I told you that you should have gotten ahold of Wagner and blew this story wide open,.

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2010
11:09 am

I saw Jordan Crawford in the NCAA. (Xavier beat Pittsburgh in Milwaukee the day Georgia Tech lost to Ohio State.) Impressive.

Ron

May 20th, 2010
11:10 am

From a Tech fan- Lawal is a terrific young man, but now that he is a pro I will say that he will be the first NBAer to break a back board with a jump shot. I knew our main man Hansbrough would be a (literal) flop- Lawal will be in Europe or the developmental league within 2 years. I detest UGA but they are heading the way of Tech football- national prominence- kudos to the canines

Domonique

May 20th, 2010
11:30 am

Aye Mark do u think Andy Rautins would b a good pick for the Hawks i mean he can shoot and runs the floor well & with a lil development a great complement to hawks styl basketball

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2010
11:54 am

Don’t know if Rautins is a first-round talent, domonique. Wes Johnson of Syracuse is, but he’ll go in the lottery.

bad brad

May 20th, 2010
12:02 pm

Let’s say Trey Thompkins had gone pro…where would he be drafted?

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2010
12:19 pm

He’s rated a top 10 pick in next year’s draft, bad brad. I’m guessing that would have put Thompkins in Round 1 of this draft.

ntrigue

May 20th, 2010
12:30 pm

What about Hasaan Whiteside from Marshall he lead the nation in blocks and is exciting and athletic I think he would fit right in with us! He just needs to work on getting stronger! What do you think about him Mark and everybody?

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2010
12:42 pm

Not sure Whiteside will be around when the Hawks pick, ntrigue.

Marcus

May 20th, 2010
1:06 pm

MB,
Its messed up that NBA free agency comes after the draft. We wont know if we need a SG-for-the-future until after the draft. I guess if we assume JJ leaves and Jamal Crawford is basically gone after 2011, then drafting a SG becomes a necessity, regardless.

What exactly will be a position of need, come draft night?

Can we treat our 2nd round pick with value instead of being a “throw away”? Geesh.

for some reason, I like the C Omar Samhan, from St. Mary’s. Not sure if he is even rated as a 2nd rounder (don’t see him on many mocks). Nice pick up in 2nd round, if we get him.
Also, 1-2 other mocks (maybe shadier, less reputed than the ones you referenced) have us snagging the FR SG from Texas, Avery Bradley.

Dr. Warren

May 20th, 2010
1:09 pm

When does Childress have to make his decision? Getting him back would be better than any pick we could possibly make at 24.

feudfinder

May 20th, 2010
1:19 pm

Gani Lawal will be formidable at NBA. He is going to be trained by Hakeem Olajuwon.

Marcus

May 20th, 2010
1:36 pm

not sure where my comments went… I will make it quick:
1. Shame that FA is after the draft….but if JJ is a goner and Crawford is a short-timer (1 more year), we will need a SG-for-the-future regardless. Might as well get him this year.
2.I like Omar Samhan (C – St. Mary’s) as a 2nd round pick for Horfords back-up. Nice offense, not sure about D, but he has size :D
3. Texas SG Avery Bradley has been mentioned on a couple (maybe less ) mock drafts as the Hawks pick.
4. What exactly will be a position of need in our draft and can we get some value out of a 2nd round pick vs. some Euro player who may/may not opt to play for us?
5. Regardless of all the speculation, won’t the philosophy of the new coach (TBD) have a major influence?

Marcus

May 20th, 2010
1:37 pm

O'Brien

May 20th, 2010
1:53 pm

Mark,

You should put in a call to David stern, asking him to move the draft to after free agency, so teams can know what they need.

Assuming the hawks don’t work out a deal to bring chills back, SF is the position they need to address first in my opinion.

Darvis

May 20th, 2010
2:39 pm

There is some interesting news of late which I will not divulge since it is now rumor. But just a couple of tidbits- Jersey is very interested in a very tall Russian kid and it may surprise you where Favors ends up.

Dennis

May 20th, 2010
3:09 pm

Might have been the first draft lottery that wasn’t fixed. You might disagree, but the Knicks getting Ewing back in the day, Cav’s getting Lebron, etc. NBA is about marketing, David Stern said it himself when interviewed Tuesday night about Lebron potentially leaving Cleveland. Makes Donaghy’s comments about ref’s very interesting, and purely from viewing how some of the games are called, there seems to be some weight to it

Bryant

May 20th, 2010
4:20 pm

Mark,

You could look at draftexpress.net. Jon Givony runs probably the best pure NBA draft site year round and he’s been on NBATV in the past. also, i remember that he’s been right on the hawks pick for a couple years now. right now he has up picking up a Center from France named Kevin Seraphin. i did some research on him and he sounds legit. i like him alot better than the small forwards.

David Kowalski

May 20th, 2010
4:46 pm

About one pick per year makes it in 21-30. There have been no all-time greats but many have come awfully close from that group. The best over the years have included Tony Parker (28), Rajon Rondo, Dennis Rodman, Sam Cassell, Al Harrington, Michael Finley, Jon Barry, Latrell Sprewell, Tony Kukoc, Jayson Williams, P.J. Brown, Samiel Dalembert, Terry Porter, Vlade Divacs, Nate Robinson, Nate MacMillan, George McGinness, and Keith Erickson. There’s also some future coaches like Scott Skiles and Vinny DelNegro and Bobby Weiss.

The draft is certainly inexact. Michael Jordan went third. Red Auerbach snookered the world by taking Larry Bird in his draft class when Bird was a five year senior.

Steve

May 21st, 2010
12:41 am

Marcus, shooting guards are the most over-rated position in the NBA. They are a dime a dozen and are easy to find in free agency or via trade.

As for all those rattling off the 20-30 picks, you realize you have named roughly a dozen or so from the drafts from roughly two decades. That equals somewhere close to 1 in 20 players drafted from 20-30 end up being worth a crap. I might also add that most of the ones you picked were average NBA’ers at best. Most of them just did well because many of those teams simply had no one better and were forced to give players the minutes it takes to produce some stats. I think you guys have actually done more to PROVE the original posters point about the pick being next to useless than you have to prove it is worth something.

I would just as soon see the Hawks package the pick and a useless second rounder to move up a half dozen slots this year, or maybe a dozen or so next year. I certainly would take a risky big guy over yet another average guard or forward at that position in the draft. Any PG worth a crap is gone long before this pick, and the other positions are much easier to fill via trade and free agency than a C or PG.

Easiest positions to find above average players in FA. 2G and SF. Hardest players, above average PG and Centers.

True Hawks Fan

May 21st, 2010
9:51 am

Mark Bradley, I would like to see your mock draft. Or at least 1st and 2nd round Hawks picks/analysis. I liked your pick last year, Eric Maynor.

SCGTFan

May 21st, 2010
12:26 pm

That’s funny, TXDawg. Had to chuckle over that one even if you are from the dark side of the moon.

colddragon

May 21st, 2010
11:58 pm

what do u think about derrick caracter from utep or tim ohlbrect from germany possibly even jerome jordan out of tulsa. with the lack of true depth in our big man department a small forward is reasonable but not a cause for concern right away but if j.j. leaves we should look at swingman at the 2-3 position a guy like lance stephenson from cincy, quincy pondexter from washington or a longshot like lazar hayward from marquette though i hope paul george from fresno st would fall to us send me some feedback please