Just like NFL mock drafts, everyone and anyone puts out their own NBA mock draft because it's the thing to do while the NBA Playoffs finish and not everyone wants to see their conference rivals play for a championship. But NBA.com's David Aldridge writes what so many others believe: "I hate mock drafts."
That being said, Aldridge still puts one out since his employers want it. He makes no bold move with Colorado Buffaloes guard Alec Burks when he has him go 10th overall to the Milwaukee Bucks. He'll definitely be able to help the Bucks score, but he'll also need to become more of a shooter.
Aldridge would seem to favor the Nuggets trading the No. 22 overall selection to a team without a first-rounder because the team has restricted free agents to deal with, but should the Nuggets use the pick Georgia's Trey Thompkins, a power forward, would be Aldridge's choice right now. A 6-foot-9 or 6-foot-10 power forward who put up 16.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as a junior in the SEC is nothing to scoff at.
The Nuggets, recall, haven't made a first-round draft choice since 2005 when they selected Julius Hodge (out of the NBA) and Jarrett Jack (traded to Portland for Linas Kleiza on draft day).