- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 26, 2008

2008 MOCK NBA DRAFT

1. Chicago Bulls - Derrick Rose (PG, Fr., 6-3, Memphis)

The draft gurus describe the Chicago native as a franchise-saving point guard with the quickness of New Orleans’ Chris Paul and the strength and defensive skills of Utah’s Deron Williams.

2. Miami Heat - Michael Beasley (F, Fr. 6-8, Kansas St.)

With Miami shopping the No. 2 pick, the team could change, but Beasley’s spot likely won’t.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves - O.J. Mayo (SG, Fr., 6-4, 200, USC)

If the T’Wolves don’t succeed in moving up to No. 2, they have said they will take Mayo.

4. Seattle SuperSonics - Jerryd Bayless (PG, Fr., 6-3, Arizona)

Often compared to Gilbert Arenas, Bayless has great athleticism, quickness and shooting ability.

5. Memphis Grizzlies — Kevin Love (C/F, Fr. 6-10, UCLA)

Swingman Mike Miller last season led the Grizzlies in rebounding. Love would give them the physical paint presence they lack.

6. New York Knicks — Russell Westbrook (PG, So., 6-4 UCLA)

A slashing combo guard with great ups, Westbrook also is a standout defender.

7. Los Angeles Clippers — Eric Gordon (SG, Fr., 6-3, Indiana)

Another combo guard with a deadly jump shot, Gordon has helped his stock in workouts.

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