2007 NBA Draft Review

Before I even dive into the actual draft, how about the New York Knicks actually completing a deal that makes sense! Zach Randolph, Dan Dickau (who I could have gone without) and Fred Jones for the AWFUL contract of Steve Francis (and I guess the player too) and Channing Frye, who I disliked from the moment the Knicks initially drafted him two years ago. I think this is just a fantastic move for the Knicks and makes the low-post presence even greater. With Randolph’s addition, Isiah Thomas does not have to pretend like Eddy Curry is the only low-post threat for the Knicks. Couple that with increased playing time for Randolph Morris and I think the Knicks are going to make some moves this year. Dare I say 41-41?

In addition, big news out of Seattle, with the SuperSonics trading away Ray Allen and the rights to the #35 pick, which ended up being Glen “Big Baby” Davis to the Boston Celtics for the #5 pick, who turned out to be Jeff Green, Deltone West and Wally Szczerbiak. I think this is a great move for Seattle, who will team Jeff Green with #2 pick Kevin Durant for the next number of years.

The last trade I’ll mention is an interesting one, with the Bobcats obtaining Jason Richardson from the Golden State Warriors for the draft rights to Brandan Wright. An interesting deal, I hope for Michael Jordan’s sake that Richardson can actually play enough for it to payoff.

With that said, let’s see how the LairdNYC Mock Draft did this year after getting five of the first six picks right and then not a single one correct again last year.

1. Portland Trail Blazers
Mock Draft: Greg Oden, Ohio State
Actual Pick: Greg Oden, Ohio State
(1 of 1)

2. Seattle SuperSonics
Mock Draft: Kevin Durant, University of Texas
Actual Pick: Kevin Durant, University of Texas
(2 of 2)

No surprises here, I am pretty sure my grandmother could have gotten these right. Now on to the good part.

3. Atlanta Hawks
Mock Draft: Al Horford, University of Florida
Actual Pick: Al Horford, University of Florida
(3 of 3)

4. Memphis Grizzlies
Mock Draft: Mike Conley, Jr., Ohio State
Actual Pick: Mike Conley, Jr., Ohio State
(4 of 4)

5. Boston Celtics
(rights to pick traded to the Seattle SuperSonics)
Mock Draft: Yi Jialian, China
Actual Pick: Jeff Green, Georgetown University
(4 of 5)

6. Milwaukee Bucks
Mock Draft: Jeff Green, Georgetown University
Actual Pick: Yi Jialian, China
(4 of 6)

7. Minnesota Timberwolves
Mock Draft: Joakim Noah, University of Florida
Actual Pick: Corey Brewer, University of Florida
(4 of 7)

8. Charlotte Bobcats
(rights to pick traded to the Golden State Warriors)
Mock Draft: Corey Brewer, University of Florida
Actual Pick: Brandan Wright, University of North Carolina
(4 of 8)

9. Chicago Bulls

Mock Draft: Spencer Hawes, University of Washington
Actual Pick: Joakim Noah, University of Florida
(4 of 9)

10. Sacramento Kings
Mock Draft: Brandan Wright, University of North Carolina
Actual Pick: Spencer Hawes, University of Washington
(4 of 10)

11. Atlanta Hawks
Mock Draft: Acie Law IV, Texas A&M
Actual Pick: Acie Law IV, Texas A&M
(5 of 11)

12. Philadelphia 76ers
Mock Draft: Julian Wright, Kansas University
Actual Pick: Thaddeus Young, Georgia Tech
(5 of 12)

13. New Orleans Hornets

Mock Draft: Nick Young, USC
Actual Pick: Julian Wright, Kansas University
(5 of 13)

14. Los Angeles Clippers
Mock Draft: Al Thornton, Florida State
Actual Pick: Al Thornton, Florida State
(6 of 14)

15. Detroit Pistons
Mock Draft: Rodney Stuckey, Eastern Washington
Actual Pick: Rodney Stuckey, Eastern Washington
(7 of 15)

16. Washington Wizards
Mock Draft: Thaddeus Young, Georgia Tech
Actual Pick: Nick Young, USC
(7 of 16)

17. New Jersey Nets
Mock Draft: Sean Williams, Boston College
Actual Pick: Sean Williams, Boston College
(8 of 17)

18. Golden State Warriors
Mock Draft: Jason Smith, Colorado State
Actual Pick: Marco Belinelli, Italy
(8 of 18)

19. Los Angeles Lakers
Mock Draft: Gabe Pruitt, USC
Actual Pick: Javaris Crittenton, Georgia Tech
(8 of 19)

20. Miami Heat
(rights to pick traded to the Philadelphia 76ers)
Mock Draft: Javaris Crittenton, Georgia Tech
Actual Pick: Jason Smith
(8 of 20)

21. Philadelphia 76ers
(rights to pick traded to the Miami Heat)
Mock Draft: Josh McRoberts, Duke University
Actual Pick: Daequan Cook, Ohio State
(8 of 21)

22. Charlotte Bobcats
Mock Draft: Rudy Fernandez, Spain
Actual Pick: Jared Dudley, Boston College
(8 of 22)

23. New York Knicks

Mock Draft: Daequan Cook, Ohio State
Actual Pick: Wilson Chandler, DePaul University
(8 of 23)

24. Phoenix Suns
Mock Draft: Tiago Splitter, Brazil
Actual Pick: Rudy Fernandez, Spain
(8 of 24)

25. Utah Jazz
Mock Draft: Derrick Byars, Vanderbilt University
Actual Pick: Morris Almond, Rice
(8 of 25)

26. Houston Rockets
Mock Draft: Nike Fazekas, Nevada
Actual Pick: Aaron Brooks, Oregon
(8 of 26)

27. Detroit Pistons
Mock Draft: Glen Davis, LSU
Actual Pick: Aaron Afflalo, UCLA
(8 of 27)

28. San Antonio Spurs
Mock Draft: Jared Dudley, Boston College
Actual Pick: Tiago Splitter, Brazil
(8 of 28)

29. Phoenix Suns
Mock Draft: Wilson Chandler, DePaul
Actual Pick: Alando Tucker, Wisconsin
(8 of 29)

30. Philadelphia 76ers
(rights to pick traded to the Portland Trail Blazers)
Mock Draft: Marco Belinelli, Italy
Actual Pick: Petteri Koponen
(8 of 30)

8 out of 30 right this year, which is better than last year I suppose…

Further updates later on draft specifics.

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