For four years now, ESPN the Magazine has conducted a players' mock draft. They tap a player from each team that is selecting in the first round of the draft and have them make their team's selection. It is one of the more entertaining and wildly unpredictable versions of a mock draft each year - mainly because players aren't GMs for a reason.
Thomas selected Kansas' Thomas Robinson with the no. 5 pick and here's what he said:
"I love his physical style, the way he loves to bang. He's long and can run really well, which is good because we like to push it. With ‘Big Cous' [DeMarcus Cousins], that would give us one of the best young front lines in the league."
"We need to get bigger up front, and Tyler is somebody who could come in and give us depth. We like to play an inside/out game, so we need that inside presence to open up our shooters."
"I'm taking him for the same reason I took Tyler Zeller at no. 7, to add depth at the 4 and 5 spot and beef up our rebounding. As far as his skills, he moves well and has a lot of confidence in his 15-foot jump shot."
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