Mock Draft Results and Analysis: Dec. 15 (H2H, 9 Cats)

This guy caused me much grief during this mock draft. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

In the midst of all the NBA insanity lately, I cleared a couple hours last night to participate in my first mock draft of the season. Here were the settings:

  • 12 teams
  • 14 rounds/roster spots (1 PG, 1 SG, 1 G, 1 SF, 1 PF, 1 F, 2 C, 3 Util, 3 Bench)
  • Time per pick: 60 seconds
  • Assumptions: head-to-head, nine categories

We had 12 humans sign up for it, but two didn’t show and one got to the draft late. Regardless, I’m happy that so many readers were able to take part in this mock draft on such short notice.

Here’s a quick recap and analysis of the mock draft, with picks I liked in green and picks I didn’t like in red. (Auto-selected picks were not given color judgments — except for one.)

Round 1:

R1 P1

fBasketballBlog

Durant, Kevin

SF

OKC

4s

R1 P2

Brian Scalabrine

James, LeBron

SF

MIA

18s

R1 P3

STAT%Melo

Paul, Chris

PG

NO

25s

R1 P4

joeteezey

Curry, Stephen

PG

GS

AutoSelect

R1 P5

Peacock

Rose, Derrick

PG

CHI

7s

R1 P6

jeocon10

Westbrook, Russell

PG

OKC

AutoSelect

R1 P7

Rounders Block

Wade, Dwyane

PG

MIA

AutoSelect

R1 P8

Team Conklin

Williams, Deron

PG

NJ

36s

R1 P9

Mookie Tookie

Howard, Dwight

C

ORL

3s

R1 P10

sasquatch

Love, Kevin

PF

MIN

12s

R1 P11

David Stern

Nowitzki, Dirk

PF

DAL

35s

R1 P12

Tales of 9 Cats

Gasol, Pau

PF

LAL

4s

First-round comments: There was a brief discussion regarding taking KD or LBJ at No. 1. I consider it a coin flip in H2H. LeBron’s FT% and TOs are kind of a drag, but he gets you more rebounds, assists and steals. Durant doesn’t have any real weakness (though more assists would be great) and helps you more with threes and FT% — he’s a foundation for a more efficient team than LeBron is, which is just a matter of strategy in H2H. I also think KD’s ceiling isn’t as set as LBJ’s, which is what tips me to KD more times than not. Regardless, you can’t go wrong with either at No. 1. Westbrook at No. 6 overall is too high for my tastes, but I understand. Love at No. 10 seems like great value.

Round 2:

R2 P1

Tales of 9 Cats

Aldridge, LaMarcus

PF

POR

AutoSelect

R2 P2

David Stern

Stoudemire, Amar’e

PF

NY

30s

R2 P3

sasquatch

Smith, Josh

SF

ATL

37s

R2 P4

Mookie Tookie

Anthony, Carmelo

SF

NY

5s

R2 P5

Team Conklin

Jefferson, Al

PF

UTA

13s

R2 P6

Rounders Block

Evans, Tyreke

PG

SAC

AutoSelect

R2 P7

jeocon10

Granger, Danny

SF

IND

42s

R2 P8

Peacock

Bryant, Kobe

SG

LAL

11s

R2 P9

joeteezey

Horford, Al

PF

ATL

AutoSelect

R2 P10

STAT%Melo

Wall, John

PG

WAS

18s

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