Michael Reghi Mock Draft

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Matching his incisive knowledge as the Cavaliers Television Play-by-Play Announcer, Michael Reghi gives his expert analysis on the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery. In assessing each team's needs, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each player, Reghi deciphers the draft dominated with prep power and international men of mystery, and sprinkled with a sampling of college stars.

REGHI SAYS: "Because of the youth in the draft, which is unprecedented, you may see a lot of movement and possible trades for teams to move up or down, to get more picks, to trade their pick for a proven veteran. I think there's a strong possibility for that. Trying to project a mock draft is a very inexact science."

1. ORLANDO MAGIC
Emeka Okafor
Forward | 6-10 | Connecticut

I think it's a given they'll take Okafor. They haven't had that interior toughness since Ben Wallace left. And he's a kid who's ready to play in this league defensively--a rebounder and a shot blocker. His offense will come. Whether Tracy McGrady wants to go through a rebuilding process will determine might determine whether they'll take Okafor or not.

2. L.A. CLIPPERS

Shawn Livingston
Guard | 6-7 | Peoria Central High School

I don't think they're going to make this pick. I think they're going to trade this pick, possibly with Atlanta. If they make the selection, everyone thinks they'll take Dwight Howard. I think they'll take Livingston if they make the pick, which will leave Howard on the board.

3. CHICAGO BULLS

Dwight Howard
Forward/Center | 6-11 | SW Atlanta Christian High School

Howard's got great size and an NBA body. Not quite a LeBron James in terms of achievement in high school, but everyone feels right down the line he's going to make a fine NBA player.

4. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS

Luol Deng
Forward | 6-8 | Duke

Obvious choice. The right choice. Everyone in Carolina would love it since Deng played his one year of college ball at Duke.

5. WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Andris Biedrins
Forward | 6-10 | Latvia

Everyone seems to think he's the only European who can contribute right away. He could step into the league and give Washington some good minutes, while all the other kids could be projects. Plus, they need frontcourt help.

6. ATLANTA HAWKS

Ben Gordon
Guard | 6-3 | Connecticut

Atlanta really wants to move up to number two to take Dwight Howard. If they don't and Shaun Livingston were still on the board, I think they would take him. If not, they would take Ben Gordon, Okafor's teammate from UConn. Again, Atlanta really wants to trade up. Can they or can they not pull it off?

7. PHOENIX SUNS

Martynas Andriuskevicius
Center | 7-3 | Lithuania

They need size--a big presence in the middle. This pick is an uncertainty because Andriuskevicius may pull out of the draft because he wants to be a top five pick. Many people feel he is like Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

8. TORONTO RAPTORS

Pavel Podkolzine
Center | 7-5 | Russia

They have the same problem as Phoenix--size. They have to go big. Big body, close to 300 pounds. He could play some minutes for them next year.

9. PHILADELPHIA 76ers

Josh Childress
Forward | 6-8 | Stanford

They'll probably have some pressure to take Jameer Nelson, who played his college ball at St. Joseph's. That's not their biggest need, so I'll go with Childress. He might go higher, but if he's available, Philly needs a player like that who can defend and run the floor. He'd be a good fit for their club.

10. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Devin Harris
Guard | 6-3 | Wisconsin

I think Jim Paxson is going to move this pick, maybe trading out of the first round for a veteran. If they keep the pick, Harris, a combo guard and Big Ten Player of the Year, brings a lot of things to the Cavaliers. He could back up Jeff McInnis and give this team minutes in the backcourt. He's NBA ready and he can play.

11. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Jameer Nelson
Guard | 6-0 | St. Joseph's

I think Golden State may trade this pick for a veteran. If they keep it, however, they could take Nelson or Luke Jackson from Oregon.

12. SEATTLE SUPERSONICS

Kosta Perovic
Center | 7-3 | Serbia-Montenegro

They need size. These picks--the last three--are up in the air because I think teams will be wheeling and dealing. Perovic is a good fit here.

13. PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS

Kirk Snyder
Guard | 6-7 | Nevada

Snyder can really shoot the ball and he's an excellent passer. Portland's trying to restructure their team and he's a good possibility for them.

14. UTAH JAZZ

Sergey Monya
Forward | 6-8 | CSKA Moscow (Russia)

I compare him to Manu Ginobili of San Antonio. He's a very fluid player, instant energy, and a guy who can spark his team off the bench. He'd make a great fit with Andrei Kirilenko.