- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 26, 2008


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.

8. Milwaukee Bucks — Joe Alexander (SF, Jr., 6-8, West Virginia)

Word is the Bucks love Alexander’s toughness and athleticism and would love to begin the Scott Skiles era with this versatile scorer.

9. Charlotte Bobcats — Brook Lopez (C, So., 7-0, Stanford)

The Bobcats supposedly want a center so they can move Emeka Okafor to power forward.

10. New Jersey Nets - Danilo Gallinari (SF, 6-9, Italy)

He’s being compared to Toni Kukoc and called a better prospect than Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani.

11. Indiana Pacers — D.J. Augustin (PG, So., 6-0, Texas)

With newly acquired point guard T.J. Ford’s injury-riddled history, Augustin — a quick, athletic point guard with strong leadership skills — could be a good insurance policy.

12. Sacramento Kings — Anthony Randolph (PF, Fr., 6-10, LSU)

Randolph can play with his back to the basket or knock down the midrange jumper.

13. Portland Trail Blazers — Mario Chalmers (PG, Jr., 6-2, 170, Kansas)

Portland may trade the pick. If they don’t, they could use a solid young point guard, with Steve Blake and Jarrett Jack not exactly convincing management they are the answers.

14. Golden State Warriors — Kosta Koufos (C, Fr., 7-1, 265, Ohio St.)

He has impressed in workouts and further proved his case over the summer while playing for the Greek national team. He’s more offensively geared, which makes him a complimentary piece to the defensive-oriented Andris Biedrins.

15. Phoenix Suns — Brandon Rush (SG, Sr., 6-7, Kansas)

Rush can play shooting guard or small forward, and the Suns believe he can compliment their stars by hitting open shots and playing defense.

16. Philadelphia 76ers — DeAndre Jordan (C, Fr., 6-11, Texas A&M)

Scouts call him a big-time athlete and love his body but worry about how he disappears in stretches.

17. Indiana Pacers (from Toronto) — Robin Lopez (C, So. 7-0, Stanford)

Not the scorer his twin brother is, but Lopez can help fill the absence of Jermaine O’Neal.

18. Washington Wizards — Darrell Arthur (PF, So. 6-9, Kansas)

The Wizards could trade this pick, but if they don’t they will take the best available player.

19. Cleveland Cavaliers — Roy Hibbert (C, Sr., 7-2, Georgetown)

With Ilgauskas aging, Hibbert would give the Cavaliers the inside help they’re looking for.

20. Charlotte Bobcats (from Denver) — JaVale McGee (PF, So. 7-0, Nevada)

McGee, a tremendous athlete, is still raw. The Bobcats could give him time to develop.

21. New Jersey Nets — J.J. Hickson (PF, Fr., 6-9 N.C. State)

Hickson brings toughness and the ability to score both in the paint and along the perimeter.

22. Orlando Magic — Courtney Lee (SG, Sr., 6-5, Western Kentucky)

The Magic could use a sharp-shooting guard like Lee.

23. Utah Jazz — Alexis Ajinca (PF, 7-1, France)

A long, wiry forward with good athleticism, Ajinca would be a project for the Jazz.

24. Seattle SuperSonics — Chris Douglas-Roberts (G/F, Jr., 6-7, Memphis)

Roberts is a scorer but needs to work on his perimeter shooting.

25. Houston Rockets — Marreese Speights (C, So., 6-10, Florida)

The Rockets could use a center as an insurance policy for Yao Ming, and Speights has a big body, great athleticism and strength.

26. San Antonio Spurs — Ante Tomic (C, 7-2, Croatia)

The Spurs would like to move up in the draft to take Robin Lopez, but if they fail, they could take Tomic, who is described as a young Pau Gasol.

27. Portland Trail Blazers (from New Orleans) — Bill Walker (SG, So., 6-6, Kansas State)

If it weren’t for his knee injuries, Walker could have been a top-10 pick. He still might be worth a first-round pick.

28. Memphis Grizzlies — J.R. Giddens (SG, Sr., 6-5, New Mexico)

Memphis’ brass loves Gidden’s toughness, rebounding and lockdown defender skills.

29. Detroit Pistons — D.J. White (PF, Sr., 6-9, Indiana)

With Rasheed Wallace likely out in Detroit, White could be a good prospect at power forward.

30. Boston Celtics — DeVon Hardin (C, Sr., 6-11, California)

Boston could look to develop a true center with Perkins’ shoulder raising concerns.

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