Dime Mock Draft 2.0: Dion Waiters Reportedly Gets A Promise In The Lottery

By: 06.08.12
Jeremy Lamb

Jeremy Lamb (photo. UConn)

11. Portland – Damian Lillard
6-2, 185 lbs. PG/SG
Weber St., Jr.
Portland has needs all over, and while Lillard isn’t a pure point guard, he’s a scoring machine. Another option here is Perry Jones III, who could turn this into a very intriguing frontcourt rotation. But, it’s not like the Blazers don’t have the talent. They need stabilizers.

12. Milwaukee – Perry Jones III
6-11, 235 lbs. PF/SF
Baylor, Soph.
Jones is perhaps the draft ultimate enigma. But the Bucks have had success with players like that in the past. Brandon Jennings comes to mind. Jones isn’t really a four man and isn’t really a three, but Milwaukee won’t care (check the way they asked their forwards to play). As long as Scott Skiles doesn’t pepper him with cajun sauce and lit up the grill, Jones could work here.

13. Phoenix – Jeremy Lamb
6-5, 185 lbs. SG
Connecticut, So.
Some are saying they’ve already promised Waiters, but if Syracuse’s finest is off the board, they could go with the next best thing: Jeremy Lamb. With or without Steve Nash, Lamb will have his hands full fitting in here.

14. Houston – Meyers Leonard
7-0, 240 lbs. C
Illinois, Soph.
Without a point guard available here – who knows what’s going to happen with Kyle Lowry – the Rockets might as well swing big. Leonard probably has the most potential of the remaining big men, and we believe, as is with almost every legit 7-footer, he’ll only rise as the draft nears.

15. Philadelphia – Tyler Zeller
7-0, 235 lbs. C
North Carolina, Sr.
Tyler Zeller can step in right away and have productive minutes at the center position for the 76ers, and while he’s not the strongest player in the world, Philly needs more size. Here’s where we insert the typical cliche description, “Zeller will never be an All-Star but most figure he’ll be a solid NBA big man.”

16. Houston (via New York) – Austin Rivers
6-4, 200 lbs. SG/PG
Duke, Fr.
There are reports saying basically every team with two selections is looking to make a move, so this pick could easily be shifted elsewhere. Rivers’ draft stock is all over the place, but he has to settle into the teens somewhere. He has NBA skills that should be more apparent in the league than they were at Duke.

17. Dallas – Terrence Jones
6-8, 245 lbs. PF/SF
Kentucky, So.
This could be considered a steep drop for Jones, but that’s what happens when there are questions about your attitude and what position you will play. When Jones is mentally involved, he’s a top-10 talent. Easily. The Mavs could throw him into Lamar Odom‘s old spot, and hope he can give them some young and athleticism on that frontline.

18. Minnesota (via Utah) – Terrence Ross
6-6, 190 lbs. SF/SG
Washington, So.
The Wolves haven’t had much luck with drafting wing players recently, and with a core revolving around Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, they need shooters more than ever. Ross is a great shooter and a solid athlete. As long as he doesn’t turn into Wes Johnson 2.0, this would be a great get.

19. Orlando – Fab Melo
7-0, 275 lbs., C
Syracuse, So.
Nobody knows how the Dwight Howard saga will turn out. Melo’s not NBA-ready whatsoever, but he will at least be a project to take on if Howard is traded.

20. Denver – Marquis Teague
6-2, 180 lbs. PG
Kentucky, Fr.
Going off of different mock drafts, this seems like almost a done deal. Everywhere you turn, reports are predicting the younger Teague ends up in Denver to backup Ty Lawson. Andre Miller is just as likely to leave as to stay, and everyone saw how much Teague improved throughout the season at Kentucky.

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