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One Man’s Mock-Up Of The NBA’s First-Round Picks

Gene Wang of The Washington Post has put together his own predictions for the first 15 picks of this week’s NBA draft.  Ex-SEC players make up more than 25% of his picks and exactly one-third of his selections are ex-Kentucky Wildcats.

No surprise.

But what might surprise some is the fact that Wang doesn’t have ex-SEC’ers landing in the top three slots as many other mockers of drafts do:

 

1.  Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky — New Orleans

3.  Bradley Beal, SG, Florida — Washington

5.  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky — Sacramento

15.  Terrence Jones, PF, Kentucky — Philadelphia

 

Now, do we trust Mr. Wang’s knowledge of drafts or his prognostication skills?  Not, really.  I couldn’t tell you a thing about the man.  Other than the fact that he — and his story — were posted on this site for the simple reason that it gave me a chance to post this clip… which still makes me laugh:

 

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With The Lottery Complete, At Least 8 SEC Players Expected To Be NBA First-Rounders

The NBA held its draft lottery last night and a gaggle of sites have posted mock drafts today as a result.  We’ll not bother you with all of them, but to give you a basic idea of the SEC’s prospects, here’s how Sean Deveney of The Sporting News sees things playing out:

 

1.  New Orleans Hornets — Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky

3.  Washington Wizards — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky

6.  Portland Trail Blazers — Bradley Beal, SG, Florida

16.  Houston Rockets — Terrence Jones, SF, Kentucky

18.  Minnesota Timberwolves — Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State

22.  Boston Celtics — Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt

25.  Memphis Grizzlies — Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky

28.  Oklahoma City Thunder — Jeff Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt

 

That’s four first-rounders for Kentucky — less than the six John Calipari is hoping for — and two for Vanderbilt.  A player apiece from Florida and Mississippi State bring the SEC’s total number of projected first-rounders to eight.  Not bad for a football league.

And by official MrSEC.com estimations, at his current rate of production with one-and-doners, Calipari will have each NBA roster made up completely of ex-Wildcats by the year 2023.  (First, that’s a joke, math heads.  Second, that’s a compliment, Kentucky fans.  Third, it’s a shame that I have to clarify things like that.)

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Now 5 SEC’ers Projected In NBA 1st Round

Tonight, tonight.  It’s coming tonight!  Tonight, tonight, tonight.  Hot damn, tonight! 

(Click the above link for a little Christmas in June.)

The NBA Draft takes place this evening and the draft stock for several ex-SEC’ers is rising.  Just a few weeks ago — despite a number of SEC stars departing (many early) — the conference was projected to have just three first-round picks.  And one of those was Enes Kanter who went to Kentucky but never played for Kentucky.

Now the folks at DraftExpress.com are predicting five ex-SEC players will be nabbed in the first 30 picks:


3.  Enes Kanter, C, Kentucky to the Utah Jazz
5.  Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky to the Toronto Raptors
22.  Tobias Harris, SF/PF, Tennessee to the Denver Nuggets
27.  Chandler Parsons, SF, Florida to the New Jersey Nets
30.  Travis Leslie, SF, Georgia to the Chicago Bulls


The site also sees the following players being picked in Round Two:


42.  Trey Thompkins, PF, Georgia to the Indiana Pacers
57.  Scotty Hopson, SG/SF, Tennessee to the Dallas Mavericks

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SEC Projected To Have 4 1st Rounders In NBA Draft

The website DraftExpress.com has posted their latest mock draft following last night’s NBA lottery.  Their analysts expect to see eight SEC players taken overall in June with four of those players going in the first round.

Here’s where they see the ex-SEC stars going:


FIRST ROUND

3.  Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky — Utah Jazz

8.  Enes Kanter, C, Kentucky — Detroit Pistons (hard to count Kanter as an SEC’er since he never stepped on an SEC court)

14.  Tobias Harris, SF/PF, Tennessee — Houston Rockets

25.  Travis Leslie, SF, Georgia — Boston Celtics


SECOND ROUND

4. (34 overall) Trey Thompkins, PF, Georgia — Washington Wizards

24.  (54 overall) DeAndre Liggins, SG/SF, Kentucky — Cleveland Cavaliers

25.  (55 overall) Scotty Hopson, SG/SF, Tennessee — Boston Celtics

26.  (56 overall) Chandler Parsons, SF, Florida — Los Angeles Lakers

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