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NBA Mock Draft: CelticsBlog community mock draft: Pick 7

Time to start all over in Denver.

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With the 6th pick in the CelticsBlog community draft, the Sacramento Kings select...Willie Cauley-Stein.

The Sacramento Kings have had playoff aspirations for years, and they have the right core of DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.  Now all they need is the right supporting cast.  The past two drafts, the Kings went with shooting guards in Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas, the latter may turn out to be a disaster.  It is about time that the Kings go down a different path and pick Cauley-Stein: easily the most intriguing defensive prospect in the draft.  Cauley-Stein provides rim protection first and foremost, which is a need in Sacramento.  It has yet to be seen if this ex-Wildcat can be a consistent help on offense, however, his impact to the front court will change the whole dynamic of the team.  Picking Cauley-Stein also opens up the opportunity to move Cousins down to PF, where he says he would like to play

Up next is the Denver Nuggets, a team that plans on "resetting the deck" according to Chad Ford.  The Nuggets are testing the waters with Kenneth Faried, while preparing to pack up Ty Lawson.  This team saw a phenomenal season with George Karl, but then suffered a fall from grace and became a team in turmoil.  Denver will be looking to draft the best available at this point, and it seems that the player with the most upside is Kristaps Porzingis.

Other options include Mario Hezonja, who has quietly been climbing his way up big boards.  Hezonja is a young player from Croatia that offers endless potential on offense.  Stanley Johnson is an option as a mini-Justise Winslow with his eccentric styled offense and potential on defense.  Then again, Denver may go a different route and pick a role player in Devin Booker to be their 3-and-D specialist.

Who would you pick?

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