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Grizzly Bear Blues Mock Draft 1.0: Picks 15-30

The draft lottery has come and gone so it's time for our first mock draft.

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Editors note- Two things...one, if you missed part one of the mock draft, here it is.  Two, Jonah and Chip,both of the fabulous authors of this fantastic article, got jobs covering NCAA basketball for Upside and Motor, for which all of us at GBB are very proud.  While Chip is hanging around with us, this is Jonah's last piece for Grizzly Bear Blues.  Jonah and I came up here together at nearly the same time, and it has been an honor and a privilege to work with him.

Alright...enough sappiness.  Enjoy.  -matty b

15. Denver NuggetsDenzel Valentine, 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, Small Forward, Michigan State

Chip: The Nuggets grab their second wing of the draft in Valentine. He's a prolific jump-shooter who should have a long NBA career making threes. He's a liability on defense and struggles to create offensively, but he's a nice compliment to what Jaylen Brown brings to the table.

16. Boston Celtics - Furkan Korkmez, 6-foot-7, 185 pounds, Shooting Guard, Turkey

Jonah: I hope he stays in the draft. His $2 million buyout to come to the NBA next season is great for him and whichever team he ends up with. He is kind of similar to Luwawu. They're both long wings that can shoot. Korkmaz is a better shooter, but not as good of a defender. The Celtics need three-point shooting. He's young and Brad Stevens could mold him into something special.

17. Memphis Grizzlies - Wade Baldwin IV, 6-foot-4, 202 pounds, Vanderbilt

Chip: With no Luwawu, Valentine, Prince or Korkmaz on the board, the Grizz are forced to choose between Baldwin and Tyler Ulis. I have Baldwin as the 14th best prospect in the draft and slotted just ahead of Ulis, so the Grizz get great value by him falling to 17. For starters, Baldwin has a great build. He's 6-4, 202 with a ridiculous 6-11 wingspan and broad shoulders. He's capable of defending either guard position, allowing him to be on the court at the same time with Conley. Baldwin has the potential to be a high-level defender at the next level. When he's able to turn the corner, he's an explosive finisher at the rim or very capable of finding an open teammate. Something Grizz fans will love - he shot 42.2 percent from three on 199 attempts in two seasons at Vanderbilt.

18. Detroit Pistons - Tyler Ulis, 5-foot-10, 149 pounds, Point Guard, Kentucky

Jonah: I love this fit. Ulis is so small, he may need to gain some weight or he could get hurt. He's a great ball handler and distributor, though. He'll make threes and create destruction in the pick and roll with Andre Drummond off the bench.

19. Denver Nuggets - Damantas Sabonis, 6-foot-10, 231 pounds, Center, Gonzaga

Chip: The Nuggets went wing, wing with their first two picks and with Tyler Ulis going the pick before, they take the best available big in Sabonis.

20. Indiana Pacers - Demetrius Jackson, 6-foot-2, 194 pounds, Point Guard, Notre Dame

Jonah: Indiana takes Jackson here thinking the Notre Dame guard could be this year's Norman Powell. He's an uber athletic guard who I think will be able to do things from day one. He shot 33 percent from three, but I like his form. The Pacers do need a more reliable backup for George Hill.

21. Atlanta Hawks - Ante Zizic, 6-foot-11, 240 pounds, Center, Croatia

Chip: The Hawks are in a bit of limbo in regards to the long-term future of their bigs, so they grab the most productive young big in European basketball.

22. Charlotte Hornets - Damian Jones, 7-foot-0, 244 pounds, Center, Vanderbilt

Jonah: The Hornets are in an interesting position with their front court. Three of their biggest contributors from last season are free agents this offseason. They go for the highest upside center left on the board. Jones has all of the physical tools to be a good defensive center in the NBA.

23. Boston Celtics - Cheick Diallo, 6-foot-9, 219 pounds, Power Forward, Kansas

Chip: Diallo, much like Skal, saw his draft stock plummet after one disappointing season in college, but the talent is still there. Diallo helped himself by having a really good combine and securing his spot in the first round. The Celtics are in a position to swing for the fences with their third first-round pick, and that's exactly what they do here.

24. Philadelphia 76ers - Malik Beasley, 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, Shooting Guard, Florida State

Jonah: Beasley would step in and be Philadelphia's second best wing. He is a good three-point shooter who will step in and hit threes right away. He only has a 6-foot-7 wingspan, but is a good athlete. I like what Philly is doing.

25. Los Angeles Clippers - Deandre Bembry, 6-foot-6, 207 pounds, Small Forward, St. Joseph's

Chip: Clippers grab the highest player available on the board, and a player at a position of need. Who knows if Paul Pierce can give the Clippers anything next year (or if he even comes back for another season), and really, outside of J.J. Redick, there aren't too many sure bets on the wing for the Clippers. Dembry could step in and play a small role next season.

26. Philadelphia 76ers - Dejounte Murray, 6-foot-5, 170 pounds, Point Guard, Washington

Jonah: Murray is a big point guard that could blossom into a great play maker. The 76ers have holes in the back court. If they keep this pick Murray is a high upside pick.

27. Toronto Raptors - Ivica Zubac, 7-foot-1, 265 pounds, Center, Croatia

Chip: I think Jonah won't draft any of the foreign guys because he wants me to attempt to pronounce their names. The Raptors go with the massive center at 27 in the hopes of him coming over in a few years to backup Jonas V.

28. Phoenix Suns - Zhou Qi, 7-foot-2, 218 pounds, Center, China

Jonah: Listening to Chip pronounce these guys names was the highlight of my night. I had to make it up to him a bit. The Suns are having a fantastic draft with Hield and Davis. Qi is a bit of a project, he needs to get way stronger or extend his range out to the three-point line.I love this Suns draft so much.

29. San Antonio Spurs - Paul Zipser, 6-foot-8, 210 pounds, Small Forward, Germany

Chip: I had to do it, right? This is what the Spurs will do, right? Zipser has been on draft radars for several years now, and it appears that he'll finally stay in the 2016 Draft. The Spurs grab the 6-8, floor spacing German, and he'll probably turn into a six-time all-star.

30. Golden State Warriors - Malcolm Brogdon, 6-foot-6, 223 pounds, Shooting Guard, Virginia

Jonah: I've been saying the Warriors need more good three-point shooters. Brogdon is a big combo guard that the Warriors could develop into a good role player. Leandro Barbosa's horse medicine won't work forever. Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala are free agents in 2017. Building for the future is important even if you are one of the best teams ever.