2013 SpreeGoogs NBA Mock Draft – Picks 15-21 (Plus Podcast)
**Editor’s Note – Let it be known that this podcast was recorded on Sunday night, before Brian Shaw was the Nuggets head coach. It’s going to come up. A couple of times.
If you missed part one or part two of this year’s mock draft, you can catch up with the links at the beginning of this sentence. If you’re ready for the next group of picks, listen to the podcast below while you read this post. Enjoy.
2013 SpreeGoogs NBA Mock Draft picks 8-14
15. Milwaukee Bucks – Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany
It’s really easy to forget that Milwaukee made the playoffs last year, but it really did happen. Heading into this offseason, the Bucks’ roster moves will be determined by what they do with Brandon Jennings and Monte Ellis in the backcourt. Those decisions would be a lot easier to make if they had a quality guard like Schroeder already on the team. He’s definitely not an immediate replacement, but if he sees the right minutes, the German cold end up as a long-term solution in Milwaukee. He’s been compared to Rajon Rondo pretty frequently, and who wouldn’t take a shot at that if it’s there at 15.
16. Boston Celtics – Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Greece
What is Boston doing? Are they blowing it up? Are they pushing forward with Rondo at the helm? Are they clearing cap space to make a move at some people this year? Next year? No one knows. Whatever they’re doing, they’re doing it without Doc Rivers. Whatever they do, it makes sense for the C’s to take a Euro player. They can stash him if it that’s what the plan is. They can develop him if that’s what they want. Adetokunbo might not fill the huge shoes that will be left when Paul Pierce goes, but he’s crazy athletic and ‘m sure they can use that.
17. Atlanta Hawks – Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Duke
So much of the Hawks plan going forward revolves around where they play Al Horford. Without Josh Smith, he definitely needs a frontcourt teammate that will take a little f the burden off his shoulders, but he’s probably more of a fit at power forward than center, where he played his whole career until now. Taking a big guy like Plumlee, who can flex into whatever position Horford doesn’t want, is a good way to make Big Al happy.
18. Atlanta Hawks – Rudy Gobert, C, France
Atlanta has made it pretty clear that one of their two back-to-back picks will be a European player that they can hold overseas for year or two while they try to sign some high=price free agents. It’s crazy to say that the Hawks picking Rudy (and not paying him immediately) might be the key to landing Dwight Howard, but it’s not that ridiculous. Gobert is the prototypical foreign raw 7-footer with a 5% chance of blowing up, but hey, it could happen.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers – Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
Adams is a mountain of a man who is going somewhere in the 10-12 rage of most mock drafts. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but he’s a big man without a lot of developed talent and more potential than anything else. Still, you can’t coach size and the Cavs aren’t taking a player to insert into the starting lineup at this point. In our draft (with Cleveland taking Porter first), they still get their project center, it’s just not Noel or Len. At least Adams is healthy.
20. Chicago Bulls – Glen Rice Jr., SG, NBA Developmental League
Glen Rice Jr.s is one of the most interesting players in this draft class. He’s a hell of a scorer, but does a lot of it with the ball in his hands. And oh yeah, he came from the D-League, which never happens. Ever. As good as the Bulls bench has been, they still have a pretty substantial need at the 2. Rice Jr. has a true NBA JAM pedigree, and should jump into the rotation immediately. Thibs will turn this kind into something, it’s inevitable.
21. Utah Jazz – Tony Snell, SF, New Mexico
After the Jazz lock down their point guard with the 14th pick, they need to aim to add wing talent. Snell is a balanced wing player who can defend and hit open shots. He doesn’t add much in playmaking, but that’s not really what the Jazz need. With all that talent down low, Snell can play the stereotypical Defense/Three-point SF and not be in anyone’s way. He won’t start, but he can start eating into Gordon Hayward’s minutes if he shows off that long-armed defense.
Come back tomorrow for the grand finale. Then you can watch the actual draft to see how right we were.