3. Nets: Derrick Favors, 6-8¾, 246, Fr., Georgia Tech. Longer-armed Al Horford with more upside.
4. Timberwolves: Wesley Johnson, 6-6¼, 206, Jr., Syracuse. Athletic, skilled small-forward prospect.
5. Kings: DeMarcus Cousins, 6-9½, 292, Fr., Kentucky. Without head-case rep, would go
No. 3 or even No. 2.
6. Warriors: Greg Monroe, 6-9¾, 247, So., Georgetown. No athletic prodigy but measured bigger than expected. Best passing big man in draft by far.
7. Pistons: Ed Davis, 6-9, 227, So., North Carolina. Turned out to be bigger than expected, tested well as an athlete.
8. Clippers: Al-Farouq Aminu, 6-7¼, 216, So., Wake Forest. If he shoots well enough to play alongside Blake Griffin, they'll be the league's most athletic forward tandem.
9. Jazz: Ekpe Udoh, 6-8¾, 237, Jr., Baylor. Shot blocker with surprising passing ability. Admirers see a smaller Marcus Camby.
10. Pacers: Gordon Hayward, 6-6¾, 211, So., Butler. Might have to be a guard in the pros. Has plenty of game, but it'll depend on shooting ability.
11. Hornets: Cole Aldrich, 6-9, 236, Jr., Kansas. Measured smaller than expected, but he's plenty big for these rungs.
12. Grizzlies: Patrick Patterson, 6-8, 240, Jr., Kentucky. Warrior, physical. Big question is ability
to play small forward. Some think he's the sleeper outside the top five.
13. Raptors: Eric Bledsoe, 6-0¼, 192, Fr., Kentucky. Played shooting guard alongside Wall but was highly rated as a prep point.
14. Rockets: Xavier Henry, 6-5¼, 210, Fr., Kansas. Spot-up shooter to complement Yao Ming, Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin.
15. Bucks: Luke Babbitt, 6-7½, 218, So., Nevada. Almost-as-tough, better-shooting version of Matt Harpring who made 50 percent from field, 42 percent of threes, 92 percent of free throws.
16. Timberwolves: Larry Sanders, 6-9¼, 222, Jr., Virginia Commonwealth. Like Udoh on defense
but not as good on offense.
17. Bulls: Paul George, 6-7¾, 214, So., Fresno State. Great body and skills. Skeptics wonder about his motor.
18. Thunder: Kevin Seraphin, 6-9, 258, France. With pick acquired from Heat, a great opportunity for GM Sam Presti, who needs more big men.
19. Celtics: Solomon Alabi, 6-11½, 237, So., Florida State. Not a prodigy, but he is a shot blocker. Good pick for team in need of length again with Rasheed Wallace retiring.
20. Spurs: Damion James, 6-6¼, 227, Sr., Texas. Could become what Richard Jefferson was supposed to be. Longhorns coach Rick Barnes, who is close to Spurs GM R.C. Buford, loved him.
21. Thunder: Daniel Orton, 6-8¾, 269, Fr., Kentucky. Wildcats' backup center projected in lottery before being flagged medically, ballooning to 290 and looking bad in workouts.
22. Trail Blazers: Hassan Whiteside, 6-10½, 227, Fr., Marshall. Could be GM Kevin Pritchard's last first-round pick with team hiring headhunting firm to find his replacement. Dying for Seraphin, but this raw shot blocker is a nice consolation prize.
23. Timberwolves: James Anderson, 6-4¾, 208, Jr. Oklahoma State. Timberwolves' third choice of the round adds firepower to backcourt.
24. Hawks: Avery Bradley, 6-2, 160, Fr., Texas. Supposed to go in teens. Nice point prospect to get here.
25. Grizzlies: Elliot Williams, 6-3, 175, So., Memphis. After missing on Tigers' Tyreke Evans, might have standing orders to draft their best player every year.
26. Thunder: Tibor Pleiss, 6-10½, 220, Germany. Another Euro whom Presti can stash for a year,
even if he's no Serge Ibaka.
27. Nets: Jordan Crawford, 6-3, 198, So., Xavier. Athlete who can do more than dunk but threw one down on LeBron James last summer, prompting LeBron's peeps to confiscate video.
28. Grizzlies: Stanley Robinson, 6-6½, 213, Sr., Connecticut. GM Chris Wallace likes athletes with motors.
29. Magic: Terrico White, 6-3¾, 203, Soph., Mississippi. Looking for guards with possibility they'll lose Jason Williams, Anthony Johnson and J.J. Redick.
30. Wizards: Quincy Pondexter, 6-5, 220, Sr., Washington. Late bloomer who can defend as well as score.