Some big news among the underclassmen has changed the lottery. Hibbert is out of the draft, he would have been a lottery pick. There could be more underclassmen and also international players who withdraw in the coming weeks. The NBA will also release the official measurements of the prospects and that might move players up or down in the draft.
Greg Oden C (7-0 245) Ohio StateThe reason: He’s the biggest and the best available. He would have been the top pick last year, and probably the year before that too. He is a once a decade franchise center.
Trades to consider: They are not trading this pick, but could move someone like Randolph or Przybilla and there is also the possibility that they trade to get another pick to take Conley.
Kevin Durant SF (6-10 190) Texas
The reason: Seattle just wait to see who Portland picks, and then they take Durant or Oden.
Trades to consider: They might want a sign-and-trade to get something for Rashard Lewis, but that will occur later in the offseason. Ray Allen doesn’t have a lot left, he could help a contender and Seattle could get a fresh start and build the team around Durant.
Mike Conley PG (6-0 170) Ohio State
The reason: The Hawks need a point guard, they have to figure out if they take one here or if they wait until pick 11.
Trades to consider: It might be time to trade Childress, and maybe one of the Williams forwards too.
Al Horford PF (6-9 235) Florida
The reason: They need to get Gasol some help inside, Horford would be a good fit.
Trades to consider: Stoudamire doesn’t really fit as they are rebuilding, they might be able to find a team that could use him.
Joakim Noah F/C (6-11 230) Florida
The reason: They missed on Oden but they still need a center, Jefferson can take the scoring load inside and Noah could take charge, and also take charges, on the defensive end.
Trades to consider: They might look to rebuild and their older players would not be part of that plan.
Corey Brewer G/F (6-8 185) Florida
The reason: Brewer can help at several positions and he plays hard at both ends of the floor. The Bucks only ended up in this part of the draft because of injuries so they will want to add another young star to Redd, Bogut and Villanueva as they won’t be picking this high for a long time.
Trades to consider: Bobby Simmons might be a player they try to move.
Brandan Wright PF (6-10 210) North Carolina
The reason: Brandan Wright could go at pick 3, so he is a very talented player and if he is still around at this spot it would be a good pick for Minnesota as they get some help inside for Garnett.
Trades to consider: They need to remove some of their guards, so James, Hudson and Jaric might be candidates for a trade.
Julian Wright SF (6-9 220) Kansas
The reason: He is an exciting player who can play two or three positions and as the Bobcats don’t have one real need to address they can take Wright who will help in several areas.
Trades to consider: Othella Harrington didn’t do a lot for the Bobcats, maybe they send the veteran to a new team.
Yi Jianlian PF (7-0 230) China
The reason: A bonus pick for a very strong Bulls team, they don’t have a big need so they can take who they think has the best potential. Depending on the picks before this spot, it could be Yi, Noah or one of the Wrights that the Bulls take. Yi has the height of a center but eventually he might play small forward, the position that he eventually plays will also be affected by what team drafts him. He could be a center for the Celtics, a small forward for Milwaukee, and if the Bulls do get him he could start his career as a backup to Tyrus Thomas at power forward.
Trades to consider: The Bulls could be looking to see what Nocioni would return in trade.
Spencer Hawes C (7-0 230) Washington
The reason: The Kings need to get younger. Hawes would give them a young center to build around.
Trades to consider: It seems they are looking to trade Artest, other veterans like Bibby and Abdur-Raheem could go too.
11 Atlanta (from Indiana)
Tiago Splitter PF (7-0 240) Brazil
The reason: If they go small earlier then they need a center here, Splitter might stay in Europe for another year but the Hawks can be patient.
Trades to consider: Everyone will be calling the Hawks to try to get pick 3, and pick 11 will also be a valuable asset for them.
Josh McRoberts PF (6-10 230) Duke
The reason: Power forward is the position they need to look at. McRoberts can do whatever the 76ers need, he is a very versatile player.
Trades to consider: The 76ers have plenty of other picks in this draft, they might be able to combine some of them with this pick and move up a few spots. A team like Minnesota or Memphis might want to exchange their higher pick for a couple the 76ers’ selections.
13 New Orleans
Jeff Green SF (6-8 225) Georgetown
The reason: Mason may not be back so Green could step right into the lineup.
Trades to consider: There is no need to keep both Hilton Armstrong and Cedric Simmons, either of those big-men could get the Hornets another first round pick in this draft.
14 LA Clippers
Acie Law PG (6-3 185) Texas A&M
The reason: Livingston will miss the year, Cassell is very old, a point guard prospect is the way to go. Law is a very good shooter, so when Livingston does return Law could play the shooting guard spot on offense with Livingston playing the point.
Trades to consider: There is often talk about Maggette being traded, Mobley might be another player they try to move.
15 Detroit (from Orlando)
Al Thornton F (6-7 210) Florida State
The reason: They do miss a scoring option off the bench, Thornton could play both forward spots and put up points quickly, just like Corliss Williamson used to do for the Pistons.
Trades to consider: Losing in the playoffs the way they did, and Billups’ free agency, could cause the Pistons to change things around. Rasheed Wallace might not be someone that Dumars wants to keep.
Thaddeus Young SF (6-8 210) Georgia Tech
The reason: The Wizards used to start Jared Jeffries alongside Jamison, Butler and Arenas. Thaddeus Young could also fill that role and he would bring a lot more scoring and better ball-handling than Jeffries ever did, and Young is also an athletic defender.
Trades to consider: Haywood is already gone. They should find a team eager to send them something useful for the big 7-footer.
17 New Jersey
Jason Smith PF (7-0 230) Colorado State
The reason: There is uncertainty over Krstic, Smith will give them another big body who can score and rebound.
Trades to consider: They might be listening to offers for Kidd, Jefferson or Carter. Carter is now a free agent so that would have to be a sign-and-trade.
18 Golden State
Javaris Crittenton PG (6-5 180) Georgia Tech
The reason: Crittenton could go anywhere from pick 11 to 27, and he would be a good fit next to Joe Johnson if Atlanta do take a point guard at 11, and a big at pick 3. The Warriors have a team of versatile, multiple-position players and if Crittenton is still available at this pick he would be a good fit with Davis and Ellis.
Trades to consider: It seems they are looking to trade Sarunas Jasikevicius. They would probably like to also move Adonal Foyle but there are not any takers for him, and his contract, at the moment.
19 LA Lakers
Aaron Gray C (7-0 270) Pittsburgh
The reason: If they do make a big trade, they will need to include Kwame Brown for salary-cap reasons. Mihm, who was injured, will be a free agent. So the Lakers might want to get another center. Gray would be a good backup for Bynum. Coach Jackson has always used a big body, like Cartwright or Longley, to fill up the paint and Gray can do that.
Trades to consider: It seems like there could be a blockbuster involving the Lakers, and they will try to get a big star like Jermaine O’Neal or Rashard Lewis.
Nick Young SG (6-6 200) USC
The reason: The Heat need to find more scoring, they might be able to start Wade, Young and Wright next season, with Haslem and O’Neal in the big spots. That lineup would give them three young and athletic scorers, and with Kapono off the bench they could put up big scores without relying on Shaq.
Trades to consider: The Heat don’t have a lot to offer, but they can get creative and might be able to work something involving Walker, Williams or Posey.
21 Philadelphia (from Denver)
Glen Davis PF (6-9 290) LSU
The reason: The 76ers need a strong inside player to crash the glass and score in the paint, “Big Baby” can do that.
Trades to consider: They have already tried to trade Hunter, maybe they should try again to see if they can move him.
22 Charlotte (from Toronto)
Gabe Pruitt PG (6-4 170) USC
The reason: Felton will need some help, Pruitt can begin as his backup at the point and there could also be times when Felton and Pruitt can play together in the backcourt.
Trades to consider: Plenty of teams will want to trade for a first round pick, the Bobcats might get a good offer for pick 22.
23 New York
Alando Tucker G/F (6-5 205) Wisconsin
The reason: The Knicks added defensive players last year, drafting Balkman and signing Jeffries, adding Tucker in the draft would give them a very good scorer.
Trades to consider: Marbury might need to go, as the Knicks build around Curry, Lee and Frye.
24 Phoenix (from Cleveland)
Ante Tomic C (7-2 240) Croatia
The reason: The Suns always need height, here is a big prospect who might interest them. Tomic could go much earlier, his individual workouts will be very important in determining his draft spot.
Trades to consider: The Suns are reportedly looking to move a big-salary player, possibly Diaw.
Rudy Fernandez SG (6-6 172) Spain
The reason: Shooting guard is still a problem for the Jazz, Fernandez might be the answer. While they did take Brewer last year, he is also an option at small forward while Fernandez might be able to play some occasional point guard.
Trades to consider: There has been talk about moving Kirilenko, he is a great defensive player but at his salary he doesn’t produce enough points.
Nick Fazekas PF (6-11 225) Nevada
The reason: A power forward with an outside shot can stop teams doubling on Yao. Fazekas stayed another year in college and showed extended range last season hitting 43% of his 3-pointers.
Trades to consider: Howard and Alston are inconsistent, the Rockets couldt look to trade them, it might depend on who they draft and sign as well as the readiness of someone like Head or Hayes to start now.
Marcus Williams SF (6-7 207) Arizona
The reason: A versatile player to backup Prince and Hamilton.
Trades to consider: If the Pistons get someone they really like with their earlier pick then they might want to trade this selection.
28 San Antonio
Marco Belinelli SG (6-6 200) Italy
The reason: The Spurs are always careful with their salary cap, if they draft an overseas player then they might leave them for a year or two before bringing them over.
Trades to consider: Jackie Butler played well when he had minutes with the Knicks, the Spurs might look to get a future pick for him if they are bringing over Scola.
Bobby Brown PG (6-1 170) CS Fullerton
The reason: Banks is not going to be the answer for a backup point guard role so Brown gives them another option.
Trades to consider: Their window closes when Nash gets too old, maybe they use this pick or both their picks to add another veteran for immediate help next season.
30 Philadelphia (from Dallas)
Morris Almond SG (6-6 215) Rice
The reason: The 76ers should have added players for specific needs with their earlier picks, with this one they can take a prospect that they think could be a steal and Almond might develop into a big scorer.
Trades to consider: This is their third pick of the first round, so they might trade it for a future first.
31 Seattle (from Memphis)
Rodney Stuckey SG (6-4 205) Eastern Washington
Seattle and Portland have plenty of second round picks, if Stuckey doesn’t go in the first round then one of those Pacific North-West teams will take him. A great scorer, he is the same size as Ray Allen but does not have his range.
Jared Dudley SF (6-7 220) Boston College
Dudley improved his game during his senior season, he increased his rebounding and scoring averages and more importantly he also shot much better from long range.
33 San Antonio (from Milwaukee)
Marc Gasol C (7-1 265) Spain
A big guy with international experience. The Spurs can leave him in Europe for a few years.
34 Dallas (from Atlanta)
Taurean Green PG (6-0 177) Florida
A smaller point guard but he has the championships to show he can play. He passed the ball a lot more in 2006, in the 2007 season he showed that he could shoot the ball at a much higher percentage.
Mustafa Shakur PG (6-3 183) Arizona
His four years in college produced very similar stats, that isn’t bad because he was good as a freshman with 4.5 assists per game and he also shot over 50% in his first year. He did push his assists per game to nearly 7 this season so that should be something scouts look at.
36 Golden State (from Minnesota)
Kyle Visser C (6-11 244) Wake Forest
He came out of nowhere with a big senior year after not doing a lot in previous seasons. Visser went from 5 points to 17 and from 4 rebounds to 7 per game. The Warriors often need help among their bigs and Visser might find a role there.
Derrick Byars SF (6-7 220) Vanderbilt
He brings some versatility with passing and getting steals, he is probably a small forward in the NBA but he might be able to play shooting guard too. He can put up points but his shot isn’t the most consistent.
38 Philadelphia (from New York)
Kyrylo Fesenko PF (7-0 240) Ukraine
A tall prospect who will be drafted this year or next year, he could still withdraw from this draft. He won’t be able to help a team right away so it could be a few years before he wears a uniform in the NBA.
39 Orlando (from Sacramento)
Trey Johnson SG (6-5 218) Jackson State
If Taurean Green lasts to this pick he might be someone Orlando really wants. The Magic did draft a shooter last year but there is room for another on the roster. Trey can hit the 3.
40 LA Lakers (from Charlotte)
Arron Afflalo SG (6-5 210) UCLA
It could be a popular pick, with the fans and also with Farmar. Afflalo was nearly in the draft last year, he will probably go in the same place as he would have then, as he hasn’t improved into a definite first rounder. His outside shot is still inconsistent and he didn’t improve many of his stats this season.
41 Minnesota (from Philadelphia)
Herbert Hill PF (6-10 240) Providence
He doubled a lot of his stats and nearly averaged a 20-10 in his senior season. Teams are always looking for size in the second round and he should be selected.
42 Portland (from Indiana)
Stanko Barac C (7-2 235) Bosnia
When they are this big it is certainly worth a second round pick. Drafting him would be a long-term investment.
43 New Orleans
Antanas Kavaliauskas F/C (6-10 250) Texas A&M
A solid offensive player with good skills, he could give them a different kind of center when compared to the shotblockers they have there now.
Mario Boggan PF (6-7 235) Oklahoma State
He can play taller than his listed height, although it is a big step from college to the NBA for a short power forward. He doesn’t have NBA 3-point range and he isn’t too quick so he might not be able to play small forward.
45 LA Clippers
Daequan Cook SG (6-5 210) Ohio State
He could go in the first round, his individual workouts will show whether he can play or if he produced because he was on a great college team. He can play and he did show that as he produced when Oden was out, his free throw numbers are a bit of a concern as he was only around 70%.
46 Golden State (from New Jersey)
Curtis Sumpter F (6-7 220) Villanova
He is a quality player, he defends and scores at a good percentage, but he might not have a position in the NBA. His range is getting better and he might be able to extend it to 3-point range.
JR Reynolds SG (6-3 197) Virginia
He will want to show NBA teams that he can play some point guard. Thanks to teams like the Wizards and Warriors, combo guards are coming back. One thing Reynolds can do is get to the free throw line, he takes and makes a lot of free throws.
48 LA Lakers
Demetris Nichols SF (6-8 210) Syracuse
He’s a scorer who increased his field goal percentage and 3-point percentage every year, he also shot his best free throw numbers in his senior season.
49 Chicago (from Golden State)
Jermareo Davidson PF (6-10 230) Alabama
He should find a team in the draft who want his rebounding and shotblocking.
50 Dallas (from Miami)
Reyshawn Terry SF (6-8 228) North Carolina
A solid scorer who can get his points all over the court.
51 Chicago (from Denver)
Lee Humphrey G (6-2 192) Florida
A shooter, NBA teams always need those. The Bulls’ GM knows the importance of having a great shooter on the floor. The “other guy” on the Florida teams, Humphrey shot plenty of his college 3-pointers from NBA range.
52 Portland (from Portland)
Aaron Brooks PG (5-11 160) Oregon
The Portland fans won’t need anything else after hearing that Oden is theirs, but a local product like Brooks would also be appreciated.
53 Portland (from Chicago)
Brad Newley SG (6-6 200) Australia
It is unlikely that Portland keep all of their second round picks, but if they don’t trade them they could also avoid crowding their roster if they take a few overseas prospects. Newley could find a spot on their bench, or be allowed to develop for a few years overseas.
54 Orlando (from Cleveland)
Carl Landry PF (6-7 250) Purdue
He put up plenty of points at a high percentage, but it won’t be easy for him in the NBA at his height.
Mike Nardi PG (6-0 175) Villanova
A solid player who knows how to run a team. While Utah have a great starting point guard, they will have to look at the backup spot with Fisher getting old and Dee Brown may not be a long-term answer.
56 Milwaukee (from Houston)
Dominic James PG (5-11 175) Marquette
It always makes a team popular when they take a local player in the draft. The Bucks might also need to find some more point guard depth, they have a couple of possible free agents at that position.
Ron Lewis SG (6-4 200) Ohio State
Florida should get at least four players drafted and Ohio State could also have four players going to the NBA if Lewis finds a team. His outside shooting can be streaky but he can also get to the free throw line and he hits his shots there.
58 San Antonio
Renaldas Seibutis SG (6-5 180) Lithuania
Another shooter for the Spurs. They can strike gold late in the draft, and the Spurs will have plenty of international prospects on their draft list.
Ivan Radenovic PF (6-10 225) Arizona
A tall guy with a shot. It doesn’t hurt that he went to Arizona.
Ali Traore PF (6-10 250) France
The Mavs could use another inside scoring option.
Have a look at the official NBA site for news on the prospects as well as a consensus mock draft.
NBA.COM draft page