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SOLID MOCK PROJECTIONS

JARED COWLEY / THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, JARED COWLEY / THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Warriors hold the No. 6 overall pick in the first round of today's NBA draft (4:30 p.m., ESPN). Rumors have the Warriors selecting Baylor power forward Ekpe Udoh or Georgetown center Greg Monroe if one of the top five players doesn't slide to the sixth pick.

The following, a mock draft, is sure to be wrong more than once. I'm pretty confident about the top pick and maybe the second selection, but after that, all bets are off. This draft seems like it could be one with a lot of movement (see: trades), so today's events might ruin a lot of mock drafts.

Here's this author's best guess at the top 14 selections in today's draft:

1. Wizards

John Wall, PG, Kentucky

This is a no-brainer. Wall is the best player in the draft, an

elite athlete who can break down any defense.

2. 76ers

Evan Turner, SG, Ohio State

Turner is a strange fit in Philadelphia, since he and Andre

Iguodala are so similar. But Turner is too good a prospect to pass

up.

3. Nets

Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech

The Nets are shopping this pick, but if they hold onto it, they'll

draft either Favors or Syracuse SF Wesley Johnson. Favors has the

slight edge right now.

4. Timberwolves

Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse

Versatile athlete and gifted scorer should be able to step in and

start right away. One of the most NBA-ready players in the draft.

5. Kings

DeMarcus Cousins, C, Kentucky

Cousins (above) would be the No. 1 pick in the draft if not for the

character issues and baggage that accompany him. Kings like him and

Monroe, but Cousins is too tempting to pass up.

6. Warriors

Ekpe Udoh, PF, Baylor

Udoh is an athletic, defensive-minded, rebounding big man. Reports

have the Warriors favoring Udoh over Monroe.

7. Pistons

Greg Monroe, C, Georgetown

Pistons will be happy if Monroe gets past Kings and Warriors.

Monroe impresses with his intelligence and scoring ability.

8. L.A. Clippers

Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest

Clippers lack a legitimate small forward and Aminu, though raw, is

one of the most athletic and talented players in the draft.

9. Jazz

Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina

Davis needs to add strength, but he is an athletic, shot-blocking

big man who will help lessen the sting of the loss of Carlos

Boozer.

10. Pacers

Paul George, SF, Fresno State

The Pacers have been shopping this pick aggressively. They liked

Udoh but might settle for George, a high-risk player with some of

the highest upside in the draft.

11. Hornets

Xavier Henry, SG, Kansas

New Orleans needs a sharp-shooting guard. Henry can play shooting

guard or small forward and is one of the best, if not the best,

shooter in the draft.

12. Grizzlies

Luke Babbitt, SF, Nevada

Babbitt played himself into the lottery with good workouts. He's

NBA-ready and can shoot the lights out.

13. Raptors

Gordon Hayward, SF, Butler

The Raptors are shopping this pick, so another team might be

picking here. Either way, Hayward has top-10 talent, so this is a

steal.

14. Rockets

Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas

Aldrich lacks athleticism, but he's a smart player, strong

rebounder and defender. Kentucky PG Eric Bledsoe is another option

here.

-- Jared Cowley, The Press Democrat