Posted: Wednesday May 24, 2006 12:04PM; Updated: Wednesday May 24, 2006 5:02PM
SI.com's Mock NBA Draft (cont.) -- Round 1
North Carolina State
His 28-point explosion against Shelden Williams and Duke on Jan. 18 underlined his offensive potential. Simmons is raw but potentially a future answer to Chicago's yearning for low-post scoring.
He's got some quickness, and the physical strength will come, but it is Farmar's ability to deliver the ball to teammates that has NBA teams intrigued. The Pacers may finally be ready to bail on Jamaal Tinsley, and Sarunas Jasikevicius is not the long-term answer at the point.
Although somewhat raw, Williams is an upper-tier NBA-level athlete who has given indications that he can eventually be a go-to scorer and a dependable rebounder. In Washington, the Wizards' fans would be happy just to see someone come off the bench (other than Antonio Daniels) who might score a point.
Tau Ceramica (Spain)
The Kings waited on Peja Stojakovic when the teenager needed some more seasoning in Greece years ago, and they would wait a year or two for the 6-foot-10 Splitter, who has no buyout in his contract and might not be able to come to the NBA until 2008. Splitter can rebound and block shots, and his offensive game has made strides this season.
A mentally and physically tough player despite being only about 6 feet, Lowry has leadership qualities you can't teach. He'll have to continue to develop his jump shot to keep defenders honest, but he is a fearless penetrator and a physical, relentless on-ball defender. Unlike fan favorite Nate Robinson, Lowry is a true point guard.
An exceptional leaper, Ager has a frustrating habit of falling in love with the perimeter shot despite being nearly unstoppable off the dribble. Give Steve Nash an athlete like this, and he'll have him scoring in double figures before Christmas.
The son of a former NBA standout (Ron Brewer), this Brewer is an all-around player who can help a team without scoring a point. You hear a lot about his ugly shot, but he is a smart player who picks his spots to shoot the ball and is a two-way player. If the Nets intend to keep the Carter-Jefferson-Kidd troika, they'll need players who can be effective without the ball.
A fantastic athletic package, the inexperienced Sene is at least two or three years away from competing at the NBA level. His quickness at his size makes him a gamble worth taking. The Nets scored with a patient approach with Nenad Krstic and are now developing Mile Ilic overseas. They could nurture Sene in the same fashion.
The Grizzlies need someone who can learn from and eventually replace Eddie Jones. Once he gets his legs under him at the NBA level, Brown will become a scoring machine. Much stronger than most players his height, Brown uses that strength plus terrific leaping ability to finish at the rim.
He has lacked consistency, but Boone can be the same type of energetic frontcourt player that Anderson Varejao has become for Cleveland. Boone is long and with some time in the weight room should be a good post defender.
The Lakers would rather not rely on Lamar Odom to be the team's leading rebounder. Millsap led the nation in rebounding for three consecutive seasons, and Phil Jackson could use someone to fill that role while not expecting to do much more than set picks for Kobe on offense.
Newley is a scorer with good size for the small-forward position. A fine athlete, Newley would thrive in the perpetual motion machine that is the Suns' offense.
Adecco Estudiantes (Spain)
Rodriguez is a high-risk, high-reward point guard who likes to try the spectacular pass. As he matures, he'll be able to use his excellent floor vision and feel for the game to set up teammates. The Mavericks' international scouting department is well respected in NBA circles.
A low-post scorer who broke through with a solid junior season, Johnson started posting double doubles with regularity late in the season, showing the aggressiveness scouts had hoped for during his first two college seasons. Conditioning is a factor.
He's a terrific athlete, but Adams needs some work on his perimeter-shooting mechanics. The thing that excites coaches is that he should be able to defend a couple of positions.