Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
New Mock Draft Has 5 Kentucky Players in 1st Round; Knicks & Nets Watching from Sidelines
A new Mock Draft from our friend Jason McIntyre at The Big Lead has five Kentucky players going in the first round and the Knicks and the Nets (predictably) watching from the sidelines.
None of the Kentucky first-rounders is named Aaron Harrison.
J-Mac has the Kentucky players thusly:
No. 2 – Julius Randle, Fr., PF, Milwaukee Bucks
No. 12 – James Young, Fr. SG, Denver Nuggets
No. 15 – Willie Cauley-Stein, So., C, Cleveland Cavaliers
No. 22 – Andrew Harrison, Fr., PG, Houston Rockets
No. 28 – Dakari Johnson, Fr., C, Phoenix Suns
One interesting storyline to contemplate is what happens if Andrew Harrison is projected as a first-rounder and Aaron Harrison is projected as a second-rounder (as is likely)?
Do they both come out, with Aaron taking his chances on a non-guaranteed future? Or do they both stay in an effort to improve their stock, thereby helping Kentucky’s chances greatly in 2014-15?
Meantime, this Mock Draft should give Knicks and Nets fans additional pause about what lies ahead next June.
Right now, the two New York teams are a combined a 7-22. The Knicks have lost seven straight.
While there’s a long ways to go in this NBA season, imagine if one or both teams lands in the loaded 2014 NBA Draft lottery without a pick?
Right now, The Big Lead has the Knicks’ pick going to the Orlando Magic at No. 17 in the form of Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson.
You don’t think the Knicks could use a young, energetic point guard the way Raymond Felton is banged up?
Meantime, J-Mac is optimistic that the Nets will turn it around and get into the playoffs.
The Celtics get that pick and choose Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie at No. 24? This assumes a big turnaround by the Nets.
But the bottom line is, Knicks and Nets fans won’t have much to cheer about in the 2014 Draft.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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