Eleven picks down, three to go go...The second round of the Kevin Durant Mock Draft is rolling. Enjoy.
4) Micah --
Tough call - as a Longhorn fan on the East coast, staying up to watch the late games can be brutal. On the other hand, the Sacramento Kings are probably the most likely franchise to move to Las Vegas given that their owners, the Maloofs, own the Palms.
Therefore, I choose Sacto. They have a history of putting together incredibly entertaining offensive clubs, and GM Geoff Petrie is one of the savviest personnel men in the league. I have full confidence that he'll be able to put together a roster around KD that will make them competitive for years to come, thus ensuring plenty of national TV appearances for Longhorn fans to enjoy.
Plus he'll be in Vegas.
Vegas baby, Vegas.
5) Greg -- L.A. Clippers
Kevin Durant loves the show Entourage. The Clippers love Kevin Durant's talent. The Clippers are so thrilled to get Kevin Durant that Ari Gold will be Durant's agent. The Clippers have big things for Durant. For starters, they are going to posters entitled "The Dynamic Duo" It will be a picture of Durant and Kaman. Kevin Durant also loved watching big time Clippers fan Malcolm from Malcolm in the Middle. Now, 34 years old, Malcom will be a huge influence in helping Kevin Durant land a chick his own age, namely Hillary Duff. Also, LA is in close vicinity to the USC campus, so any payback needed on Taj Gibson will be easy to come by.
6) Jeff -- Seattle
There is a reason that Seattle slipped all the way to the 13th pick. I've never been do the Pacific Northwest, but I understand the weather there is awful. I can't really think of any reason to like Seattle other than the fact that my new roommate is from there. I've never been there, however, and I hate to speak ill of places I've never visited...that's the kind of thing they do in Russia. But the SuperSonics aren't going to be in Seattle much longer. The team was recently bought by a group from Oklahoma City. We all know that Oklahoma sucks, but playing in OKC would put KD only 6 hours from Austin. That's the closest KD could be to The University without playing on one of the Texas teams. Kevin Durant to the OKC SuperSonics could be the steal of the draft.
7) Abram -- Charlotte
First and Formost, I must object to my esteemed colleague's comments about Seattle. I have recently visited there and it is a wonderful city. That said, here is why Charlotte would be a great place for KD to end up. Not only were the Bobcats the very last team available and I had the very last pick, but also...well, that's pretty much it. But there are some positives. Much like Cleveland and the Browns, it was very impressive the way the community rallied after losing their NBA team to New Orleans and got themselves a new franchise. Obviously, this is a basketball town where KD would be the fledgling team's first superstar. So he'd have that going for him, which is nice. Charlotte is the biggest city in a hoops-crazed state--take a look at Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest, and NC State if you don't believe me. It would actually be a great place for Durant to flourish, with low expectations and a loving fan base. And I hear the Panther cheerleaders have interesting ideas about what makes for a good night on the town.