Indy Cornrows Mock 2.0: Does Alex Len or Nerlens Noel Go First?

Will Nerlens Noel and his really tall flat top really slip past Cleveland on draft night? - USA TODAY Sports

Our resident NBA Draft analyst/expert, Evan Sidery releases his second mock draft. After doing even more research and emailing around, he has possibly what most scouts and executives are thinking how the NBA Draft will shake out next week. This features a lot changes from 1.0, so enjoy!

1
Nerlens Noel Cleveland Cavaliers
COLLEGE: Kentucky
AGE: 18
HT: 7-0
WT: 206
POS: C

Analysis: Honestly, I do not buy the hype of Alex Len to Cleveland just yet. Right now, it seems very agent driven. Noel would give Cleveland a young shot blocker to build around in their frontcourt. Adding Noel alongside Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and Tristan Thompson makes it very appealing for a small forward like Andre Igouadala to join this Summer.

2
Victor Oladipo
COLLEGE: Indiana
AGE: 20
HT: 6-4
WT: 213
POS: SG

Analysis: In Mock 1.0, I moved Oladipo ahead of McLemore and it seems to be near consensus now from everyone else. Victor fits what Rob Henigan needs, an athletic guard who can also change the culture in Orlando. Oladipo reminds me of a more explosive version of Tony Allen.

3
Otto Porter
COLLEGE: Georgetown
AGE: 19
HT: 6-9
WT: 198
POS: SF

Analysis: Also in Mock Draft 1.0, I had Porter to the Wizards as well. This fit makes too much sense to me. Porter gives Washington a top-flight small forward who would be paired alongside John Wall and Bradley Beal. Anthony Bennett is also in play here, but Porter is a match made in Heaven for the Wizards.

4
COLLEGE: Maryland
AGE: 19
HT: 7-1
WT: 225
POS: C

Analysis: This is Alex Len's floor come draft night. I can not see him slipping past the Bobcats/Hornets with their pressing need for a big man. Len has the potential to become a 20/10 type of player if he develops right.

5
Ben McLemore
COLLEGE: Kansas
AGE: 20
HT: 6-5
WT: 189
POS: SG

Analysis: Oh look, it is my same top five from Mock 1.0! Ben McLemore has really slipped on a lot of teams boards, due to his lack of effort in workouts. He looked poor in Phoenix's workout as well, but I do not think they could pass on him here. C.J. McCollum is also majorly in play here, but I believe McLemore is higher on their board. Keep an eye on McLemore, he is slipping everyday down boards.

6
Trey Burke New Orleans Pelicans
COLLEGE: Michigan
AGE: 20
HT: 6-1
WT: 187
POS: PG

Analysis: The Pelicans were a tough choice for me to make in this mock draft. I love the Anthony Bennett fit for them, but it does not seem mutual from New Orleans. I went and asked one of my Pelicans' friends, Michael McNamara of Bourbon Street Shots (ESPN TrueHoop Network Blog) about what they should do. He told me that Bennett does not make much sense and if he was taken by the Pelicans, it would be in a trade scenario. Michael told me that if the draft falls this way, New Orleans would select Trey Burke. It makes sense to take Burke here, due to his high-scoring ability. The Pelicans need a leader and Burke fills that.

7
Shabazz Muhammad Sacramento Kings
COLLEGE: UCLA
AGE: 20
HT: 6-6
WT: 222
POS: SF

Analysis: From what I am hearing, Sacramento has their eyes set on Shabazz Muhammad, to the surprise of most. It makes sense, due to the Kings need of another wing on the edge. Muhammad would be alongside Tyreke Evans, if they match his contract in free agency. Adding Shabazz in makes Sacramento deadly at 1, 2, and 3. 'Bazz wowed the Kings in his workout last week, so he is very high on their board.

8
Anthony Bennett Detroit Pistons
COLLEGE: UNLV
AGE: 20
HT: 6-8
WT: 240
POS: SF/PF

Analysis: The Pistons have a lot of interest in grabbing a small forward and they get it here with Anthony Bennett's slide ending. Bennett fits what Detroit needs, a versatile bruiser on the wing and down low. Adding Bennett to a nucleus of Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond makes the future bright up in Motown.

9
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
COLLEGE: Georgia
AGE: 20
HT: 6-6
WT: 204
POS: SG

Analysis: Minnesota is desperately trying to add a wing through the draft. They like C.J. McCollum and especially Shabazz, but without him on the board they take Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Flip Saunders likes KCP and believes he is the best shooter in the entire draft class. With all of the positive energy about him in Minnesota's front office, this pick seems very likely to happen next week.

10
C.J. McCollum
COLLEGE: Lehigh
AGE: 21
HT: 6-3
WT: 197
POS: PG/SG

Analysis: Portland was desperately hoping Caldwell-Pope slipped past Minnesota, but it did not happen here. Now, the Blazers go to plan B in C.J. McCollum. The guard from Lehigh is a top-flight scorer who looks like he could mesh very well with Damian Lillard. McCollum can also play point guard, which seems like a key versatility piece for Portland as well.

11
Cody Zeller
COLLEGE: Indiana
AGE: 20
HT: 7-0
WT: 230
POS: C/PF

Analysis: Cody Zeller is not a center in the NBA, no chance. The thing is Zeller will be a power forward in this league. Philadelphia is high on Zeller and Steven Adams here. Zeller wins out here, due to his ability to shine in transition.

12
COLLEGE: Pittsburgh
AGE: 19
HT: 7-0
WT: 255
POS: C

Analysis: Oklahoma City's roster is pretty loaded, so they can take a raw project like Adams here. Adams is a bruiser down low, who loves to create contact. Steven can also hit the 15-foot jumper as well. Having an eventual replacement to Kendrick Perkins needs to happen soon. Adding Adams into the mix makes that a possibility for Thunder fans.

13
Giannis Anetokounmpo Dallas Mavericks
COUNTRY: Greece
AGE: 18
HT: 6-9
WT: 215
POS: SF

Analysis: Myself and all other draft analysts out there are in consensus that Dallas will trade this pick for future cap space. Since we can not make any trades until the final mock draft (Mock Draft 3.0), we slot an international player to him here. The "Greek Freak", Giannis Anetokounmpo, ends up rising once again to 13 and selected by Dallas. Anetokounmpo makes sense for Dallas to draft-and-stash for a few years to save cap space. Many do not expect Giannis to come over until the 2015-2016 season, that helps Dallas a lot.

14
Michael Carter-Williams Utah Jazz
COUNTRY: Syracuse
AGE: 21
HT: 6-6
WT: 184
POS: PG

Analysis: Utah has to be jumping around and high-fiving in their war room if Michael Carter-Williams is still on the board at 14. MCW needs to work on his shooting, but Utah is in massive need of a top point guard in this draft. The Syracuse point guard is a pass-first point guard, which helps out Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward a ton. Adding a 6-6 point guard to their already big lineup makes Utah more terrifying.

15
Shane Larkin
COLLEGE: Miami
AGE: 20
HT: 6-0
WT: 171
POS: PG

Analysis: It sounds more and more like Milwaukee will not match an offer sheet for Brandon Jennings this Summer. With that in mind, Shane Larkin makes a lot of sense here. Larkin reportedly 'wowed' at the Bucks draft workout. He vaulted over Dennis Schroeder on most teams boards after workouts. Larkin and Milwaukee seem like a great fit together.

16
Dennis Schroeder Boston Celtics
COUNTRY: Germany
AGE: 19
HT: 6-2
WT: 165
POS: PG

Analysis: With Shabazz Muhammad not slipping here or Giannis Anetokounmpo once again moving up, they have to go with Plan C. Boston is not in need of a starting point guard, but depth at it. Dennis Schroeder is now the pick here for the Celtics. The chaos involving Doc Rivers makes this pick cloudy, so maybe Rajon Rondo could be traded this Summer and they go into full rebuild mode. Schroeder makes sense for Boston to add depth at point guard, but also finding an eventual starter as well.

17
Mason Plumlee Atlanta Hawks
COLLEGE: Duke
AGE: 23
HT: 6-10
WT: 238
POS: PF/C

Analysis: Danny Ferry loves European players, but his main target is off the board for that. Mason Plumlee now becomes the pick, due to Atlanta's desperate need for size down low. Also, adding another athletic big alongside Al Horford needs to happen this offseason.

18
Jamaal Franklin
Atlanta Hawks via Houston Rockets
COLLEGE: San Diego St.
AGE: 21
HT: 6-5
WT: 191
POS: SG

Analysis: Franklin has been hurt with an ankle injury, but he is still impressing teams. Jamaal's stock has soared all the way into the late teens. Franklin reminds some veteran scouts of his former teammate, Kawhi Leonard. Atlanta needs another wing defender and Franklin would provide that.

19
Sergey Karasev
Cleveland Cavaliers via Los Angeles Lakers
COUNTRY: Russia
AGE: 19
HT: 6-7
WT: 197
POS: SF

Analysis: If the Cavs grab Noel at No. 1, look for them to add a small forward with the 19th pick. Sergey Karasev shut down his pre-draft workouts after one single workout in front of teams in Los Angeles. After Karasev did that, it seemed like a promise was made to him. Cleveland makes the most sense here due to their obvious need for a scorer on the perimeter. Adding Nerlens Noel and Sergey Karasev should make all Cavs fans smile.

20
Tim Hardaway Jr. Chicago Bulls
COLLEGE: Michigan
AGE: 21
HT: 6-6
WT: 199
POS: SG

Analysis: Tim Hardaway Jr.'s stock has skyrocketed since the NBA Combine. His range is anywhere from 7-26 on draft night. Chicago has a need for a backup to Joakim Noah, but they can not pass on the need for a scorer here. Hardaway Jr. is a specialist with shooting, so it makes sense to find Richard Hamilton's replacement with the 20th pick.

21
Lucas Nogueria Utah Jazz
COUNTRY: Brazil
AGE: 20
HT: 6-11
WT: 218
POS: C

Analysis: Utah is very high on Lucas Nogueria, according to Chad Ford himself. They are even considering taking Nogueria with the 14th pick. If Michael Carter-Williams is selected at 14, then Nogueria is likely the pick at 21. The big man has been called the Brazilian Nerlens Noel in this draft class. If they do take Nogueria, what does that say about Enes Kanter?

22
Gorgui Dieng Brooklyn Nets
COLLEGE: Louisville
AGE: 23
HT: 6-11
WT: 230
POS: C

Analysis: The Nets are in desperate need of a backup to Brook Lopez. Gorgui Dieng's slide once again ends in Brooklyn here. He has the potential to play power forward alongside Lopez, which could make for some problems for other teams on offense. Dieng can be a defensive anchor for Brooklyn, a key need for Jason Kidd to start off his coaching career.

23
Kelly Olynyk Indiana Pacers
COLLEGE: Gonzaga
AGE: 22
HT: 7-0
WT: 234
POS: PF/C

Analysis: I actually agree with Chad Ford in his Mock Draft 5.0 here. If Olynyk falls to Indiana, like he does here, then they will likely take him. The Pacers are high on Olynyk, as I was told. Also, the Pacers are high on Tony Mitchell and Isaiah Canaan as well. If the board falls this way, Olynyk has to be the pick. He fills a need down low and creates big-time mismatches. Olynyk can spread the floor with a nice touch from 15-20 feet. Also, Kelly can hit the three as well. No other big man in this draft class can do this well at all. Olynyk could become a big contributor off the bench for the Pacers, and even replace David West down the road. His jumpshot and overall offensive ability makes him a much more attractive choice then Mitchell or Canaan. If the draft falls this way, I expect Indiana to run the card up to David Stern.

Below are the positives and negatives on Olynyk from Chad Ford, also prospect videos on him from Draft Express as well.

Hollinger PER 36.57
Projection No. 23: Indiana Pacers
Positives
  • Big man with versatile game
  • Can score with his back to the basket
  • Solid perimeter game with 3-point range
  • Very efficient scorer
  • Good motor, especially on the offensive end
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength/toughness
  • Mediocre rebounder/shot-blocker
  • Can be turnover prone
24
Tony Mitchell New York Knicks
SCHOOL: North Texas
AGE: 21
HT: 6-8
WT: 220
POS: SF

Analysis: From what I have been told the Knicks love for Tony Mitchell is real. If it falls this way, New York will be running the card up. Mitchell is an athletic freak and has a ceiling of Paul George in the NBA. Having a versatile player who could play small forward or power forward would be big for the Knicks depth. This is a good fit for the Knicks, but can Tony Mitchell live up to his sky-high potential, like I believe he can?

25
Reggie Bullock Los Angeles Clippers
COLLEGE: North Carolina
AGE: 22
HT: 6-7
WT: 200
POS: SF

Analysis: The Clippers are in limbo right now with the whole Doc Rivers situation. Outside of that, Los Angeles is in need of a versatile wing defender. Who better to fill that role then Reggie Bullock? He would eventually supplant Caron Butler and gives the Clippers a lockdown defender on the perimeter.

26
Rudy Gobert Minnesota Timberwolves via Memphis Grizzlies
COUNTRY: France
AGE: 20
HT: 7-2
WT: 238
POS: C/PF

Analysis: Rudy Gobert has been slipping on teams board for a few weeks now, due to how raw he is. Gobert is a steal here with his potential to be a star on the defensive end, once he comes over from France. Adding Gobert alongside Kevin Love and possibly Nikola Pekovic would help Minnesota even more with size and ability on the defensive end.

27
Tony Snell Denver Nuggets
COLLEGE: New Mexico AGE: 21
HT: 6-7
WT: 198
POS: SG/SF

Analysis: Tony Snell will be in play in the early-mid 20's, but I could not find a good fit for him. Snell has the length and athleticism that could attract a team like Denver to take him. They will be in need of another wing while Danilo Gallinari recovers from his knee injury. Also, you can never go wrong with having enough guards/wings that can play both sides of the court well. This could turn out to be another steal for the Nuggets, if Snell pans out.

28
Isaiah Canaan San Antonio Spurs
COLLEGE: Murray State
AGE: 22
HT: 6-0
WT: 188
POS: PG

Analysis: As I did in my first mock draft, I once again have Isaiah Canaan slotted to San Antonio here. Over the past few weeks, Canaan has gained some steam for teams in the early 20's, and even teens. Canaan's stock is anywhere from 14-28 come draft night. After emailing some scouts, Canaan is higher on every team's board over Pierre Jackson. Even some have Canaan higher then Dennis Schroeder. Adding Canaan alongside Cory Joseph gives San Antonio a nice tandem at point guard, once Tony Parker decides to retire.

29
Ricky Ledo Oklahoma City Thunder
COLLEGE: Providence
AGE: 20
HT: 6-6
WT: 197
POS: PG/SG

Analysis: Once again, Oklahoma City can take a flyer on a player with how loaded they are on their roster. Ricky Ledo is generating some steam on many teams' boards, with how well he has been working out. Ledo did not play a game in college, due to an eligibility violation. He has massive untapped potential, and landing on a team like OKC could do wonders for Ledo down the road.

30
Jeff Withey Phoenix Suns
COLLEGE: Kansas
AGE: 23
HT: 7-0
WT: 222
POS: C

Analysis: To wrap-up my second mock draft, we have another Kansas Jayhawk going to Phoenix. After drafting Ben McLemore at 5, they will need a big man to help down low for extra depth. Adding in a defensive-oriented big man, like Withey, should help out Phoenix's putrid defense. Phoenix is slowly becoming Kansas University, 2.0 for their former players.

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