With Brandon coming back to school like we all knew he would (right...) the only Kansas player that even has a chance of being drafted is Julian Wright. I'm willing to go out on a limb and say yes, Julian will be taken sometime in the first round, most likely in the Top 10. I will update this every week or so to give you an idea of Julian's projected destination from as many outlets as I can find. I will link to the places as well as providing his pick # and team:
#10 -- Sacramento [NBA DRAFT.NET]
#8 -- Charlotte [HOOPS VIBE]
#6 -- Milwaukee [INSIDE HOOPS]
#8 -- Charlotte [DRAFT EXPRESS]
#12 -- Philadelphia [MYNBADRAFT.COM]
#8 -- Charlotte [ABOUT]
#8 -- Charlotte [COLLEGEHOOPSNET.COM]
#11 -- Atlanta [COMCAST]
Versatility, defense, rebounding and the ability to score off the dribble. Wright can play four positions. Coming from Kansas, he is also used to sharing the ball. He'll learn how to share real quick playing alongside Smith, Johnson and Williams.
Needs to work on
Range. Wright looks uncomfortable outside of 16 feet, and if he is going to play significant minutes at the two or three, an outside shot is a must.
NBA Comparison: Luol Deng
#6 -- Milwaukee [FANTAPEDIA]
#7 -- Minnesota [ARMCHAIR GM]
Are we sure that Kevin McHale didn't give this pick up in the Joe Smith debacle? Positive? Wright may have as much upside as any player in this draft not named Oden or Durant. Obviously, the bigger question for the Wolves is whether Kevin Garnett is ever going to be dealt while he still has some value. Knowing McHale, the Wolves are just going to continue on in their mediocrity until KG calls it a career.
#10 -- Sacramento [THE SPORTS FLOW]
#7 -- Minnesota [HOOPS ADDICT]
#7 -- Minnesota [PH SPORTS]
#13 -- New Orleans [FOX SPORTS]
He has gone everywhere from 6th to Milwaukee all the way down to New Orleans at #13. I think he will go somewhere in between, probably at #10 to Sacramento. Here are the tallies so far after this first flurry of mock drafts.
#6 Milwaukee - 2 times
#7 Minnesota - 3 times
#8 Charlotte - 4 times
#10 Sacramento - 2 times
#11 Atlanta - 1 time
#12 Philadelphia - 1 time
#13 New Orleans - 1 time
14 total mock drafts
Next time I'll update the above 14 and try to find some new sites to get an even better feel on Julian's stock.