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Darnell Mayberry makes his NBA Draft predictions

By Darnell Mayberry Modified: June 26, 2008 at 1:06 am •  Published: June 26, 2008
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., SF/PF, LSU

Blazers continue stockpiling young talent.

14 Golden State Warriors: Donte Greene, 6-9, 220, Fr., SF, Syracuse

Greene's versatility and scoring ability fit perfectly in Golden State.

15 Phoenix Suns: Brandon Rush, 6-7, 210, Jr., SG/SF, Kansas

Suns get help for an aging Grant Hill.

16 Philadelphia 76ers: DeAndre Jordan, 6-11, 250, Fr., C, Texas A&M

Guard-oriented Sixers take a flyer on potential.

17 Toronto Raptors: Marreese Speights, 6-10, 245, So., C, Florida

This pick will likely go to Indiana in the reported Jermaine O'Neal trade.

18 Washington Wizards: Roy Hibbert, 7-2, 275, Sr., C, Georgetown

Interior defense is the most pressing need in D.C.

19 Cleveland Cavaliers: Kosta Koufos, 7-0, 250, Fr., C, Ohio St.

Cavs need a big man to eventually replace Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

20 Charlotte Bobcats: Robin Lopez, 7-0, 255, So., C, Stanford

Emeka Okafor finally can move to power forward.

21 New Jersey Nets: Nicolas Batum, 6-8, 210, SG/SF, France

Could be a nice backup behind or replacement for Richard Jefferson.

22 Orlando Magic: JaVale McGee, 7-0, 240, So., C, Nevada

Orlando needs a shooting guard, but Dwight Howard needs some help inside.

23 Utah Jazz: Mario Chalmers, 6-2, 180, Jr., PG, Kansas

Jason Hart and Ronnie Price have expiring contracts and Utah could use some depth behind Deron Williams.

24 Seattle Sonics: Ryan Anderson, 6-10, 235, So.

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