February 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins guard/forward Kyle Anderson (5) celebrates with forward Travis Wear (24) and guard Jordan Adams (3) after being fouled by the Colorado Buffaloes during the second half at Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA Bruins In The (Mock) NBA Draft

The NBA Draft is this Thursday and more than likely, three Bruins will be chosen in the first round. Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine all declared for the draft after a successful 2013-14 UCLA basketball season that saw an out-right Pac-12 Tournament Championship, the Bruin’s first Sweet Sixteen since the 2007-08 season (the Bruins went to the Final Four that year) and several All-Pac-12 accolades, all while doing it in head coach Steve Alford‘s first year.

Adams, Anderson and LaVine are all very talented and have the skills that could play an important role with a team that potentially selects them. Several websites and talking heads alike all seem certain that these Bruins will not only be selected, but are sure they will be drafted in the first round.

Here is just a small sample of where some of the more well known sports outlets have these three former Bruins landing:

NBA Mock Draft
Jordan Adams Kyle Anderson Zach LaVine
 CBS Draft Machine  N/A  19th, Chicago  22nd, Memphis
 Draft Express  23rd, Utah  25th, Houston  15th, Atlanta
 Chad Ford of ESPN  29th, Oklahoma City  30th, San Antonio  15th, Atlanta
 NBADraft.net  27th, Phoenix  17th Boston  9th, Charlotte
 Ed Isaacson of Rotoworld 28th, LA Clippers 21st, Oklahoma City  26th, Miami
 Yahoo! Sports  24th, Charlotte  17th, Boston  18th, Phoenix


Aside from the CBS Draft Machine, the majority of mock drafts have all three getting picked in the first round. No such luck for a lottery pick (except for NBADraft.net’s guess with LaVine) but still, being selected to play in the NBA is a dream these guys have had for a long time and to have the optimism from “experts” that this could be a reality is plenty reassuring.

At this point, it depends on the needs of the teams in the Association. Adams is a fantastic scorer, so who will best benefit from a developing sharp-shooter? Anderson is a 6’9″ point guard that also lead the Bruins in rebounds (why he is not higher on some boards is unclear) but is also projected to be a late first round pick, which means there might be an opportunity for some of the better NBA teams to select him. LaVine is incredibly athletic but also needs time to develop, so what team is willing to invest in him? Aside from the unknown of who will be available for their selection, these ideas and more are being pondered by executives in every professional basketball organization. Better them than us.

So far it looks good for this trio and no matter where they go, they will all undoubtedly be great gets for some lucky team. Good luck, Bruins!

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P.S. Good luck to Travis Wear And David Wear as well.

P.P.S. Enjoy…

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