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With only 3 days to go until the big night, Chad Ford of ESPN has released his latest mock draft; this update includes a projection of the 2nd round in addition to the common lottery or 1st round projections popular with most outlets.
While the top 2 spots are considered to be set with some combination of Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley, and Juice Deuce a strong contender for the 3rd pick, the real news at the top of the board is the steady rise of Russell Westbrook. Ford now has Westy being selected 4th overall by the Seattle Sonics.
The skinny: We've had Bayless at No. 4 since our first mock draft, but we've gathered enough information over the weekend to suggest that the Sonics may be leaning in another direction.
GM Sam Presti is notoriously tough to read, but sources say it appears that Westbrook, Lopez and Indiana's Eric Gordon are strongly in the mix at No. 4.
So why Westbrook? Two reasons: upside and defense. The Sonics have time to let players develop and Westbrook could turn into a better shooting version of Rajon Rondo down the road
While Westbrook's draft stock is taking a last minute jump, Kevin Love's status has remained steady. Ford has him going to Charlotte with the #9 pick.
The skinny: If the draft plays out this way, Charlotte will have a very difficult decision to make. The Bobcats have been looking for a big man so they can slide Emeka Okafor over to the 4 full-time, and Brook Lopez would be a great complement to Okafor up front.
But a lot of teams are questioning Lopez's upside ... That's where Love comes in. He's a Larry Brown type of player -- he knows how to "play the right way." Love would bring toughness, rebounding, basketball IQ and the ability to step in and contribute right now. While he doesn't have ideal size, he knows his way around the basket
The Lottery status of Love and Westbrook has not been subject to much doubt, particularly here, but the professional prospects of Luc Richard have been up for a lively debate. For Luc's sake, let us hope that Chad Ford's projection is correct.
37. Milwaukee Bucks
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute | SF | UCLA
The Bucks want to keep adding toughness and Mbah a Moute has the potential to be an exceptional defender. He's not going to score a lot, but he can guard just about anyone.