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Dime Mock Draft 3.0: Is Joel Embiid Still A Top-3 Pick?

Rodney Hood, C.J. Fair

Rodney Hood, C.J. Fair (Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports)

21. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas Mavericks) – Rodney Hood
6-8.5, 208 lbs. SF
Duke, So.

The Thunder need to embrace who they are and stop looking for a value big man in the draft. They have a few. Hood gives them more shooting, quality perimeter defense, and smart team player to fill in a role.

22. Memphis Grizzlies – Elfrid Payton
6-5, 230 lbs. SG
Kansas, Fr.

For the Grizzlies the play-making cupboard is oddly bare for a Conference Finals contender outside of Mike Conley Jr. With Team USA Payton embraced a support role where he was a secondary play-maker and primary defender, he will fit in well with Grit n’ Grind.

23. Utah Jazz (via Golden State Warriors) – T.J. Warren
6-8.25, 220 lbs. SF
N.C. State, So.

Point guard, check. Wing play-maker, check. Front court depth, check. Unique scorer that can get his own shot efficiently and is very unselfish? Enter in T.J. Warren.

24. Charlotte Bobcats (via Portland Trail Blazers) – P.J. Hairston
6-5.25, 228 lbs. SG
NBA Developmental League via North Carolina

With Kemba Walker and the aging Al Jefferson the Bobcats have very few offensive options, which limited them last year. Hairston is a former Carolina basketball prospect that has played well in the D-League and provides a big, strong scorer on the wing.

25. Houston Rockets – Russ Smith
6-0.75, 160 lbs. G
Louisville, Sr.

On ball defense and defense in general were not strong suits for the Rockets last year. While he isn’t the biggest guy on the court Smith is a high level full-court defender that can also be a Nate Robinson-type on offense. Lightning in a bottle.

26. Miami Heat – Isaiah Austin
7-0.5, 219 lbs. F/C
Baylor, So.

When you already have LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade the draft becomes about filling holes. Austin is a prospect with worlds of potential as a shooter (NBA three-point range), shot-blocker, and perimeter-oriented big man, but has struggled to fully maximize those gifts consistently.

27. Phoenix Suns (via Indiana Pacers) – Jusuf Nurkic
6-11, 280 lbs. C
Bosnia, 1994

Draft-and-Stash: With the third and final pick the Suns can look long-term at a big man that gives them a different look as a bruiser in the paint. Nurkic has a large, wide NBA frame with great touch and interior skill.

28. Los Angeles Clippers – Spencer Dinwiddie
6-6, 205 lbs. G
Colorado, Jr.

A big combo guard that can run the offense playing next to Chris Paul helps take pressure off of the All-Star and gives the offense a more dynamic look. Dinwiddie spent the last year on the mend with injury, but was never an explosive athlete. Should come back strong.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder – Kristaps Porzingis
6-11, 205 lbs. PF
Latvia, 1995

Draft-and-Stash: Porzingis has the size and perimeter scoring ability that NBA teams like out of their big men, but has a ways to go physically. After three trips to the Western Conference Finals the Thunder are not looking for an immediate impact player here.

30. San Antonio Spurs – Dwight Powell
6-11, 234 lbs. PF
Stanford, Sr.

The Spurs cannot ever have too many skilled players that have great size, length, and intangibles, can they? Powell is a hybrid-forward that excels at running the offense from the top of the key and is a very good passer.

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    Why is the analysis the same for both Bulls picks? Especially since they’re both PF but talk about nothing but guard play?