2014 NBA Mock Drafts (5/21): Where PJ Hairston, Thanasis Antetokounmpo Fall
Now that the dust has settled from last week's NBA Draft Combine and Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery, the mixing and matching can begin. The order for June's Draft is now set and it's time to peg prospects with teams.
In other words, it's mock draft season.
|NBA Draft Picks|
from the NBA D-League
|Glen Rice Jr.||2013||No. 35|
|Chu Chu Maduabum||2011||No. 54|
|Latavious Williams||2009||No. 48|
|Mike Taylor||2008||No. 55|
Hairston's projection as a mid-first-rounder would also make him the minor league's highest-ever draft pick, surpassing Glen Rice Jr., who the Washington Wizards chose at No. 35 last year. Antetokounmpo appears to be a good bet to come off the board in the second round.
Here's a survey of mock drafts from around the web:
"Hairston finished his season with the Texas Legends at 21.8 points and 32.3 minutes in 26 games, reinforcing his standing as a first-rounder who can score from the perimeter or go hard to the rim. Teams will look hard at his background after being suspended by the NCAA, in part over some acquaintances."
ESPN.com ($): Hairston No. 17 to the Celtics
"After leaving the North Carolina program last December following an NCAA investigation into his use of rental cars, Hairston averaged 21.8 points in the D-League. Hairston has prototypical size for a shooting guard and his scoring and three-point shooting (35.8 percent with the Legends) would boost a Bulls lineup that struggled offensively without Rose."
"Outside shooting has long been a concern for Charlotte, one of the least prolific 3-point shooting teams in the NBA this season. Enter Hairston, who is a dynamite floor spacer with terrific range, who Charlotte is undoubtedly intimately familiar with already, having grown up in the area and playing at UNC."
"Scout's take: 'Big, physical two-guard who shoots the ball really well. Great athleticism. Character issues are the main concern.'"
"P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina: Fits really nicely here and Daryl Morey won't be afraid to draft from D-League. (Previous: 32)"
"Thanasis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece: A bigger body than a lot of their forwards, raw, but could be molded. (Previous: 52)"
"Memphis is always looking for more shooting, and the story won't be any different even with Courtney Lee in tow and Quincy Pondexter returning from injury. With Mike Miller set to become a free agent, Hairston seems like a logical selection. He could become a three-and-D wing with a certain amount of toughness the Grizzlies seem to love.
After jacking up nearly eight three-pointers per game in the D-League last season and making them at a 35.8 percent clip, there's no doubting Hairston's ability to fire from the perimeter."