With a heavy dose of trades expected, I'll be happy if I get eight of these picks right. But here's my best attempt at predicting what will happen in tonight's first round.
1Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose, 6-3, 200, Fr., PG, Memphis
Kirk Hinrich might be a good fit in a Sonics uniform.
2 Miami Heat: Michael Beasley, 6-8, 240, Fr., PF, Kansas State
Beasley would look better in a Sonics uniform. Will a trade take shape?
3 Minnesota Timberwolves: O.J. Mayo, 6-4, 200, Fr., PG/SG, USC
Only way Wolves pass on Mayo is if they trade down.
4 Seattle Sonics: Jerryd Bayless, 6-3, 205, Fr., PG, Arizona
Might not be a pass-first point, but he can score with the best of them.
5 Memphis Grizzlies: Kevin Love, 6-9, 255, Fr., PF, UCLA
Rumblings about this pick being shipped to New York for David Lee.
6 New York Knicks: Russell Westbrook, 6-3, 190, So., PG, UCLA
Don't think Donnie Walsh is afraid to take a chance on D.J. Augustin here.
7 Los Angeles Clippers: Eric Gordon, 6-3, 220, Fr., SG, Indiana
Clippers have an old (Cuttino Mobley) and injury-prone (Shaun Livingston) backcourt.
8 Milwaukee Bucks: Joe Alexander, 6-8, 220, SF, West Virginia
Toss up between Alexander and Danilo Gallinari.
9 Charlotte Bobcats: Darrell Arthur, 6-9, 215, So., PF, Kansas
A little high for Arthur, but the Bobcats need his athleticism in the frontcourt.
10 New Jersey Nets: Brook Lopez, 7-0, 260, So., C, Stanford
If Lopez falls this far the Nets will pounce.
11 Indiana Pacers: D.J. Augustin, 5-11, 170, So., PG, Texas
All bets are off if Toronto trades them T.J. Ford.
12 Sacramento Kings: Danilo Gallinari, 6-9, 210, SF, Italy
Ron Artest will be gone soon, and this year's best international is a good replacement.
13 Portland Trail Blazers: Anthony Randolph, 6-10, 195, Fr.