I finished up the lottery picks. I will group together picks until I’m finished with this mock draft.
15. Atlanta Hawks – Bobby Portis (PF – Arkansas)
The Hawks were a 60 win team that got swept in the Eastern Conference Finals. Paul Millsap will be an unrestricted free agent and may not return. If he does return the Hawks could use a good backup for Millsap as Mike Scott has underperformed.
Bobby Portis is a big man with a long wingspan, a motor and a mid-range shot. His ability to knock down shots is great for the Hawks as they like to spread the floor. He works hard on the offensive glass and that will get him minutes on this Hawks team.
16. Boston Celtics – Montrezl Harrell (PF – Louisville)
The Celtics have a lot of draft picks and they might package this pick for some veteran talent. Boston is stacked with guards and they still have Jae Crowder and James Young at the wing positions.
Boston can use some help on the defensive end. Montrezl Harrell does not have a lot of size at 6’8 but his wingspan of 7’4.25” allows him to play inside. He has an incredible motor on the defensive end. He’s a physical player who enjoys the contact on the inside. He runs the floor very well for a big man and should get energy baskets. He’s not great on the offensive end but his hard work on the glass will pay off.
17. Milwaukee Bucks – Frank Kaminsky (C – Wisconsin)
After trading away Ersan Ilyasova the Bucks need to fill that position. John Henson can start the season at center while Kaminsky learns the ropes. The Bucks need help scoring the basketball and Kaminsky can help in that regard.
His defense and strength will be in question. If he plays with Henson the Bucks can hide him at times. His greatest strength is his shooting. He moves well without the ball and he has a good pump fake which will allow him to get pass his defenders. If he can shoot it well enough from the three point line he can be a solid rotation player for an improved Bucks team.
18. Houston Rockets – Tyus Jones (PG – Duke)
James Harden said he wanted help handling the ball. Tyus Jones has great point guard skills and he showcased clutch shot making as he led Duke to the National Championship. In terms of size he is close to Mike Conley and Chris Paul although he lacks their quickness.
Jones can push the tempo and find open shooters which the Rockets live for. He can also make plays off the pick & roll, creating for others and knocking down shots. Duke’s run to the title showcased his confidence and his willingness to take a big shot. He won’t be asked to shoot much with the Rockets but when Harden is not on the floor he can score the ball.
19. Washington Wizards – Jerian Grant (PG – Notre Dame)
Although they may lose Paul Pierce to free agency and Nene’s performance dropped, the Wizards could use a backup point guard for John Wall. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wizards picked a power forward here but I like Jerian Grant.
He’s a point guard with size. He is a willing passer but can also create his own offense and he plays defense. With Wall out of the game Grant can step in and create plays for Bradley Beal and others. He’s not a consistent shooter but he can knock down three pointers. With his size the Wizards may be able to get away with a three guard lineup of Wall, Beal and Grant.
20. Toronto Raptors – Kevon Looney (PF – UCLA)
The Raptors need a few things in this draft. Sixth man of the year winner Lou Williams will be a free agent and probably get a nice pay day somewhere else. They also need some help on the inside at the power forward position. They can’t afford to start Amir Johnson and Tyler Hansbrough during the playoffs.
Looney is a 6’9 power forward with a 7’3.5” wing span. He is a hustle player that competes on the glass. He grabbed 3.4 offensive rebounds per game. He also has a nice touch which should spread the floor for Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.
On the defensive end Looney should have solid pick & roll defense. He needs to get stronger to play better post defense but his work ethic should get him on the floor.