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Ed Davis Selects Kendall Marshall for Raptors in ESPN Players Mock Draft

Ed Davis might not have a stranglehold on an on-court role for the Raptors next season, but he may have one off the court.

Davis played GM in an ESPN Magazine "NBA Players Mock Draft" and with the eighth pick in this Thursday's draft, he selected buddy Kendall Marshall from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina.

Here was his explanation of the pick:

"Kendall and I played on the same AAU team together," says fellow Tar Heel Davis about Marshall, who averaged 9.8 apg and had the third highest assist rate in the country last year. "He's a great leader and passes the ball well to the bigs."

Unfortunately it's an ESPN "Insider" piece so I won't link to it, but besides Davis pick, the highlight is probably JJ Redick's comment regarding the Magic's selection of Bradley Beal, who somehow falls to 19 in this mock scenario:

"He's the best player available, and he could be the shooting guard Magic fans have longed for, someone who can create his own shot," says Magic guard Redick about the Gators freshman, who averaged 14.6 ppg and 6.5 rpg. "All this is moot if he dropped this far because he has a life-threatening injury or a habit of punching his coaches that I don't know about."

Other highlights? How about some rampant homerism from other players, the best of which was Miami Heat and former Cleveland State guard Norris Cole choosing Cleveland State guard D'Aundray Brown.