NBA Draft Watch: Shabazz Napier

Jamie Squire

After the combine and Draft Lottery, we take the pulse of Shabazz Napier's draft stock and potential landing spots for the UConn star

Mock Drafts

NBADraft.net: 19th Overall - Chicago Bulls

Draft Express: 28th Overall - LA Clippers

Peach Tree Hoops: 26th Overall - Miami Heat

Sports Illustrated: 26th Overall - Miami Heat

CBS Sports:

Gary Parrish - 22nd Overall - Memphis Grizzlies

Matt Moore - 26th Overall - Miami Heat

Zach Harper - 30th Overall - San Antonio Spurs

Yahoo! Sports: 26th Overall - Miami Heat

USA Today HoopsHype: 22nd Overall- Memphis Grizzlies

Interviews and Workouts

Brooklyn Nets (source): No 1st round pick, reportedly looking to trade into end of first round

San Antonio Spurs (source): 30th pick

Denver Nuggets: own 11th and 41st overall picks

Golden State Warriors: Do not own a draft pick

Rumors and Opinions

Rant Sports: Shabazz Napier is a Perfect Fit for Chicago Bulls

Roxbury Native Napier is Dreaming Green | Boston Celtics (Own Pick #6 and #17 Overall)

UConn’s Shabazz Napier all for a Charlotte reunion with Kemba Walker | CharlotteObserver.com (#9 and #24 Overall)

Shabazz Napier: Houston Rockets Will Look to Draft Former UConn Star (#25 Overall)

Phoenix Suns eyeing Shabazz Napier in NBA Draft (Pick #14, #18 and #27 Overall)

Outlook

Shabazz Napier has steadily seen his stock rise and seems to be settling in the mid-late first round according to various mocks and rankings lists. All it takes, though, to get drafted is for one team to fall in love with you and with Shabazz Napier (trying to be unbiased) there's a lot to love. I think he goes earlier than expected. He's a winner, has been surprising scouts with his athleticism, was a part of two national championship teams and led a major basketball program in points, rebounds and assists for most of the season. He'll do whatever it takes to win and for the back-up point guard role that he can step into immediately in the NBA, Napier has a lot to offer.

Being picked in the mid-late first round means that Napier will most likely end up on a pretty good team, which is a huge plus. He won't be asked to do too much and is more likely to enter a stable coaching situation and be surrounded by quality teammates. By this time next year we could be seeing Shabazz getting solid minutes for a contender deep in the NBA Playoffs. Awesome.

GO HUSKIES!!!

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