Post-Lottery Mock Draft

Published: May 30, 2012

Now that we finally know where the Hornets will be picking, and we’ve had a chance to talk to Dell, let’s take an early look at how this draft might play out on June 28th.

1. New Orleans Hornets- Anthony Davis

Uh, anybody outside of Da Throne want to debate this? Look, as I’ve said all year, this draft was Anthony Davis or bust and thanks to the lucky combo 4967, we got him. Instant difference maker. Won’t waste much space on him here because we will have dozens of posts coming over the next month.

2. Charlotte Bobcats- Andre Drummond

MJ is going to see the ghost of Kwame Brown, but he has to take the risk on the guy who could max out at Dwight Howard. MKG and Beal are nice players, but they aren’t turning that franchise around. Take and develop Drummond and be bad enough next year to take Shabazz.

3. Washington Wizards- Bradley Beal

It wil come down to Beal and Thomas Robinson, but I think Beal wins out as the Wizards find a backcourt mate for John Wall. Add that to Nene and some young guys who showed flashes last year (Vesely, Singleton, etc) and you can have a more talented version of the 76ers in 2-3 years.

4. Cleveland Cavs- Michael Kidd- Gilchrist

MKG is a nice consolation prize for the Cavs who now have a nice young trio to build around. Still a hole at SG, however, which means they could throw the max at Mr. Gordon.

5. Sacramento Kings- Harrison Barnes

Robinson is the better player but Barnes fills the bigger need. And for those hoping Barnes could fall to the Hornets at #10- if he doesn’t go here, he will go seven to Golden State.

6. Portland Trailblazers- Thomas Robinson

With two lottery picks, the Blazers can take the best guy on the board, and that guy is Thomas Robinson. Put his energy next to Aldridge, who can play center when the Blazers go small and you have a dangerous front court if they keep Batum.

7. Golden State Warriors- Perry Jones III

Warriors need a small forward and Perry Jones thinks he is a small forward. Just seems like a Warriors pick, doesn’t it?

8. Toronto Raptors- Damian Lillard

Toronto would love for Barnes to fall to them, but they will take Lillard here and pair him with their young, foreign front court.

9. Detroit Pistons- Tyler Zeller

Monroe is talented, but lacks some toughness and doesn’t do the dirty work. Enter Tyler Zeller, who will compliment him perfectly.

10. New Orleans Hornets- Austin Rivers

Now I know 99% of you will like someone else here, but as I have said before, I think Rivers is the perfect fit for the Hornets in this situation. He is a gambler on the defensive end, and Davis can cover up the times he misses, and he has that exact type of irrational confidence that great sixth men have in this league. And although he will start on the bench, he will be on the court at the end of games, just like Harden, Manu, and Terry.

Other options-

Kendall Marshall- Davis is going to need easy buckets his first year or two and Marshall would be perfect in that area. Also, his biggest weakness (defense) is negated by Davis.

Terrance Jones- What beter way to make Davis feel at home than to bring along one of his buddies?

Jared Sullinger- Perhaps the most talented guy left on the board. Can they play the 4 and 5 together?

Picks 11-60:

Who Cares?!!!! We got Unibrow baby!!!

Put your thoughts below



  1. cloud520

    May 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Guess I’m in the 1% since I’ve been wanting Austin Rivers in Creole Blue as well.

  2. Joel

    May 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I’m not gunna lie, kinda love Rivers, i mean the kid got heart.

  3. Ruca

    May 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Did you see the same lottery as i did?! The Wizards are not picking second.

  4. Jordan J.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    We now have an nba cornerstone and a good 2nd banana (Gordon), which IS THE HARDEST THING TO DO. It reminds me alot of the year San Antonio drafted Duncan. They didn’t suck that year, they were just really injured. Now if you add a good third wheel (Iggy, Gay, Granger) we could have a contender!!!

  5. thechosenuno

    May 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Who cares about 10!?!?!!?!?!??

  6. Jack

    May 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Let’s just ask UNI who he wants

  7. rjktan

    May 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I can see Rivers and Gordon playing in the backcourt together for long stretches. (Rivers coming off the bench of course but playing the Harden/Manu role)

    I’m not sold on either Lillard or Marshall as being anything more than backup PGs anyway.

    Only sad part about this draft is we won’t be seeing one of Ayon/Landry/Okafor on our roster next year. Landry seems to be the guy most likely to be going based on what it will cost to keep him money wise. Okafor still has value as a Center next to Davis and I don’t think it is worth using Amesty on him. Ayon is worth keeping around as a low cost bench player.

  8. Ron

    May 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I would love a Davis/ Rivers draft class. I think Rivers could develop into a NBA PG

  9. Chuck

    May 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Love Rivers. Completely disagree with rjktan on Rivers and Gordon playing together, they both are slightly undersized combo guards who need the ball in their hands. I say if we get Rivers, we try to trade Gordon. But that’s just my opinion. Also not really sold on Marshall, but if Lillard is around I would grab him.

    I’d also like Perry Jones or (less likely) Harrison Barnes at 10, if they’re available

    • jmbell

      May 30, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      I agree. and River’s biggest question is his defense. Remember the last undersized scoring guard the Hornets had? Yeah, he got run out of town by Monty, so I think Rivers at #10 isn’t very likely, unless they plan to trade him. I’m sure some team below the Hornets is just in love with him, that might have add some value.

  10. Jordan J.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I really just wanna trade the 10th pick AND WIN NOW

  11. NOS-3RD GEN

    May 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Whhhhhhhhooooooooooo New Orleans number pick in the draft Anthony Davis Come on down. YOUR NEXT one to become a Hornet!!!!!! I’m so excited

  12. Jordy

    May 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I’m with JJ. Use the 10th pick to unload Okafor and get another role player. Maybe Houston would bite and send us Lowry. With that thought in mind, RESIGN CHEWBACCA!!!!

  13. mojart

    May 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    hoping dwill check our team dis offseason…..convince him dell demps dat the opportunity to win and contend is hir in big easy!a dwill and eg backcourt would be sick…pair dem wid davis and we have a championship caliber team in d making….draft rivers and we have r own version of harden

  14. Zombian

    May 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I like Austin Rivers but I have read that he may be uncoachable, and have a bad attitude. Guys like that scare me. And before you say “but he’ll be paired alongside AD” see OKC and Westbrook. Admittedly I haven’t even watched the kid play so please prove me wrong because the prospect sounds awesome.

  15. Lanative

    May 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I like D. Lillard at 10.

  16. sweetpea

    May 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Man the idea of trading the 10 pick must be very enticing to Dell, as the other posters have noted. To me that’s starting to get to hit-and-miss prospects. That said, if we decide to keep the pick, how about the kid Moultrie from Mississippi State? He’s got raw talent big time, and like I said a lot of our options at that point would be pretty much gambles anyway.

  17. 504ever

    May 30, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the players you have in the top 9, go on the top 9 in some order. But I don’t see Rivers going to the Hornets; among other things he is too one dimensional offensively (only can consistently drive in college) and is a poor defender. Rivers is a crafty college player; that’s not good enough to ever be more than a back-up in the NBA. Plus Rivers is basically Vasquez #2: too tall/too average an athlete to guard a starting PG and not a good enough scorer to be a SG.

    I do see the Hornet’s drafting Marshall, or making a trade where we get back a PG or a pick we can use on a PG. (I still see a quality starting PG as the Hornet’s biggest need.) If not, I see Jones or Sullinger being a Hornet before Rivers. Any of them likely have a better NBA future than Rivers; let alone a better future with the Hornets.

    Maybe the Hornets are blowing smoke about Rivers to get teams interested in their 10th pick.

    • Jordan J.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      I agree that starting PG is our biggest need. I’ve said before, Lowry is a great target. Shot above average from deep this year (.375), plays great D, and is just entering his prime.

      • 504ever

        May 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm

        I am fine with that, Jordan J.

        Chad Ford at ESPN just tweeted this: “Hornets at 10: Lillard v Marshall. This one seems like a PG for sure to go with Anthony Davis.” Just say’in…

        (I hope we have that PG choice at 10!)

  18. notoriousBEE

    May 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I know we all still have our biases from the CP3 days, but what do y’all think about making a play for D. Will this off season?

    • jmbell

      May 31, 2012 at 1:00 am

      I don’t want him. And I’m sure he doesn’t want us. I think regardless we need to draft a PG because free agency is after the draft so we have to take advantage of the opportunity to draft a PG rather than hoping one will sign with us.

  19. Lucas Ottoni

    May 30, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    We could involve the pick #10 in any trade. What do you think?

  20. saZam

    May 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I trust D Demps to use the 10th pick wisely, either by trade or using it.

  21. Noah

    May 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I thought Austin Rivers was a SG, but I say we draft Austin Rivers for some bench power. I think we should keep Omeka and not amnesty him, I mean he is overpaid but he is still a good center. I also want to know if there is a way that we could pick up Derron Williams, I know its unlickly but Im just curious. I think if we stay away from injurys this year the Hornets could be pretty good!

  22. cmac2009

    May 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    We got unibrow!!! Release the pigeons!!! Oh and Chris Paul???Who Dat???? LOL!!!!!

  23. Jayy_

    May 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I hope we make a trade for dj augustin or eric bledsoe…

  24. MichaelCRL

    May 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Any of the crew from Hornets247 scheduled to be on tv (fox8) or radio to discuss the draft? Just curious…Caught Joe by chance on Fox8 once…thought they may have you back with the draft coming up soon.

    • Jason Calmes

      May 30, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      Joe will be on Thursday, I think.

      (A calendar for these things is on the to do list).

      Also, Joe will be on the Swarm Saturday (WGSO 990 AM) 12-2 (CDT). I just may call in from the select a seat . . .

      What do you mean you don’t care if I call in?!!?!?

      Well FINE!!!

      • jmbell

        May 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm

        Yay! finally the calendar.

      • Jason Calmes

        May 31, 2012 at 12:12 am

        Then we’ll have the task of getting Joe to fill the thing out, but we’ll cross that bridge when it is before us.

      • MichaelCRL

        May 31, 2012 at 8:59 am

        Thanks! I’ll be looking for that calendar.

  25. Mason Ginsberg

    May 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    FWIW – Jarrett Jack posted on his twitter that he likes John Henson at #10.

    • Jordan J.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      I know wtf?

  26. Tim

    May 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Terrance Jones all the way. Without question. Unless we can unload J.J….then we pull the best point available.

  27. nikkoewan

    May 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I’ll go out on a limb and say draft Perry Jones. Length and Euro style right? well, Perry Jones can do a lot of things. He just needs a good push 🙂

  28. Jo D

    May 30, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Going against your mock here:
    But I want Davis and Zeller…
    Zeller isn’t the sexy pick, but he is a solid and athletic big man..
    Davis, Zeller,.Smith, and Ayon is a formidable group of Bigs… Extremely cost effective also

    This also allows you to amnesty Mek, clearing up cap room to use on building for the future of this team…

    I also wouldn’t mind seeing Jack traded… Possibly for a late first round early second pick?? Scott Machado from Iona..

    • jmbell

      May 30, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      I like Zeller too. And I would like a late first round pick. But I don’t like the idea of getting rid of all of our veteran players and just having a young team. The guys touched on it briefly with Thorpe, about the Hornets having so many young players. It could be disastrous. I think you have to keep at least 2, preferably 3 people out of Ariza, Kaman, Jack, Mek, and Landry. They’re pros and know to how to play in the NBA, which young guys need to learn how to do.

      • rjktan

        May 30, 2012 at 11:42 pm

        You don’t want to become the next KINGS or WIZARDS by having all young guys and crappy Vets

      • jmbell

        May 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm

        agree completely. and bobcats

      • Jo D

        May 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

        I’m all for keeping either mek or kaman… Just not at 10+ mil a year… If kaman wants to come back at a lower salary than he had, I would love him back, this allows you to amnesty mek…
        Landry is likely out no matter what… I love the guy… He plays hard.. But we currently have Smith, Ayon, and the incoming Davis at the 4 spot… Don’t see room for him, esp at 7-9 mil a year…
        a lineup of
        Would be nice…
        Esp with guys like Smith coming off the bench…

        I think we are all getting ahead of ourselves with excitement tho…
        Who knows what opportunities we will have to improve and change our roster…
        I’m sure dealer dell is targeting other vets as we speak….

        I can’t wait til training camp to see what the make up of this team looks like…
        A lot hinges on that #10 pick
        Pg? Sf? C? Trade?

  29. Noah

    May 31, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Is there any way the Hornets could sign D Will or Steve Nash?

  30. TrinchMan

    May 31, 2012 at 3:10 am

    No way Drummond goes number 2 overall. But with the 10th pick the Hornets need to take Damian Lillard. Check out his highlights, the guy is amazing.

  31. NoJoke

    May 31, 2012 at 7:54 am

    If or when the Hornets draft Davis, they should give him a mentor (maybe Karl Malone since he’s from Louisiana) to develop his already improving offense.

    • jmbell

      May 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      And to teach him the ways of the Stockton-Malone pick & roll. Gordon, if I recall correctly, is one of the most efficient players in the pick and roll according to one of the guys here. Gordon and Davis would be amazing.

      • NoJoke

        June 1, 2012 at 9:17 am

        Crescent City Connection 2.0!

  32. David

    May 31, 2012 at 9:30 am



    not a bad place to start! I say with the addition of Davis, we are officially in WIN NOW MODE. We can afford to keep Okafor, bc our best player is playing on a rookie contract now. What would I love to see??

    Re-sign Eric Gordon.

    Try to sign JaVale McGee from Denver.

    10th pick and Ariza to Philly for Iguadala.


    Winna winna, chicken gumbo dinna

    • jmbell

      May 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Monty wouldn’t be able to put up with Mcgee’s antics. LOL. Sure he hustles as hard as the next guy, but his basketball IQ just isn’t up to par. And Philly needs another scorer, and they already have Turner and Young so they probably don’t have much interest in Ariza. I goess they might like Rivers to be another scorer, but now they have Holiday, Turner, Lou Williams and Austin Rivers. Talk about a crowded backcourt. I don’t think they take that trade.

  33. Andres

    May 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I say we use our 10th pick and some of our other pieces, to make a deal for Rondo, I am not a big fan of any of the PGs in the draft.

  34. Scott

    May 31, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Davis needs a big guy next to him. Now I love the guy, but we really need to amnesty Okafor. He’s just not worth his current price tag and can’y compete on the boards with the really big guys (2010 playoffs anyone?). I would really like Kamen back for cheaper next year but thats unlikely so hopefully we can sign someone like Omer Asik or Louis Amundson.

    Also it would be great to trade for a PG upgrade like Lowry or Augestine. Maybe put together a deal with some combination of Jack, Ayon, 10th pick, and Vasquez/Aminu/Henry.

    • rjktan

      May 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Things I’d like to see:

      – I’d resign Kaman for less money, and if not able just let him go
      – Sadly Landry can’t be resigned. No minutes for him and he’ll cost too much
      – I say give Okafor + Davis a year together. Not worth using Amesty on Okafor when Davis will be on a rookie contract anyway. Only reason we give up Okafor is in a trade at this stage
      – Seriously explore trades for any package of the 10th pick + Rondo. If not try to use other pieces to get a Lowry lvl player
      – Stay away from McGee
      – Henry/Aminu/Ayon getting a proper pre-season with Monty
      – Ariza to stay on the team

      • rjktan

        May 31, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        Sorry I meant the 10th pick + players FOR Rondo heh

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