A different kind of mock draft
We've been running this blog since November. Since that time, we've dissected scores of prospects, produced dozens of lists and provided countless looks at what NBA teams are thinking.
But with a week to go before the draft, it's time for our team to put our collective money where our collective mouth is. It's time for a group mock draft.
So the four writers (Chad Ford, Fran Fraschilla, Ryen Russillo and David Thorpe) and the two editors (Jordan Brenner and Mike Hume) divided up the teams and took on the first round of the draft as if they were GMs.
The only guideline was to pick based on what each drafter would do, rather than what the actual team would probably do.
Here's how it turned out.1. Washington Wizards (Ford): John Wall, PG, Kentucky
The Explanation: Duh.
The Peanut Gallery: Fraschilla's "nice pick" is received by Ford with humor, who responds, "Thanks, I want the GM of the Year award now." Hume urges everyone onward: "Oedipus, who was blind and is dead could see that one coming. Let's move on."
To see the rest of the picks, the logic behind them, a couple of reaches and free-falls and some good-natured ribbing, you must be an ESPN Insider.