More commentary and updates to come as draft approaches. This mock predicts trades as well.
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Updated June 22nd, 4:30 PM
#1) Philadelphia 76ers – Markelle Fultz (G, Washington)
#2) Los Angeles Lakers – Lonzo Ball (G, UCLA)
All the talk of Jackon or Fox going here seems to have been a smokescreen to convince the Celtics to take Jackson #1. I still think Lonzo is the Lakers’ guy. The trading of Russell all but confirms it.
#3) *Sacramento Kings – Josh Jackson (F, Kansas)
*via trade with Boston. Teams swap 3 & 5, Celtics get additional future pick.
Whether the Kings want Jackson or Fox, they have to move ahead of Phoenix to guarantee it happens.
#4) Phoenix Suns – De’Aaron Fox (G, Kentucky)
The Eric Bledose era in Phoenix is coming to an end and Fox is the best player on the board.
#5) *Boston Celtics – Jayson Tatum (F, Duke)
Boston gets their guy at 5, picking up extra picks along the way.
#6) Orlando Magic – Dennis Smith Jr. (G, N.C. State)
DSJ is the most explosive guard in the class and should make for a fine Elfrid Payton replacement.
#7) *Dallas Mavericks – Frank Ntilikina (G, International)
*via trade with T’Wolves. Teams swap picks #7 & #9, T’Wolves receive additional future pick.
Both Dallas and New York love Ntilikina. Here, the Mavs leapfrog NY to ensure they get their guy. He’s a big guard still developing but reminds me of a longer George Hill.
#8) New York Knicks – Jonathan Isaac (F, Florida State)
The Knicks would have to be ecstatic to see Isaac on the board here. He’s a tantalizing and diverse defensive prospect, who also has great touch on his jumper and plays within himself offensively.
#9) *Minnesota Timberwolves – Lauri Markkanen (F, Arizona)
The Wolves grab the sweet shooting seven-footer they probably would’ve taken at 7, picking up a future pick in the process. A wise move.
#10) Sacramento Kings – Donovan Mitchell (G, Louisville)
Maybe Mitchell won’t develop the point guard skills the Kings would like with one of their two picks, but he’s going to be an elite defender capable of guarding 1-3.
#11) Charlotte Hornets – Malik Monk (G, Kentucky)
I really thought Charlotte might take a center here, but the trade for Dwight Howard would seemingly end that idea. Monk would make for a nice pick though and would elevate the Charlotte bench right away with his ability to score without being ball dominant.
#12) Detroit Pistons – Zach Collins (F/C, Gonzaga)
Whether or not they view Drummond as part of the team’s future, Collins is a nice pickup outside the top 10.
#13) *Phoenix Suns – O.G. Anunoby (F, Indiana)
*via trade with Nuggets. Phoenix sends Eric Bledsoe and a future 2nd rounder in exchange for #13 & Emmanuel Mudiay
Enter the polarizing O.G. Anunoby, who’s ready to be a plus defender right away and showed some nice strides offensively pre-injury. Phoenix lands him, after trading Bledsoe for this pick to clear minutes for Fox.
#14) *Los Angeles Lakers – Luke Kennard (G, Duke)
*via trade with Heat. Miami receives #27, #28, & a future pick swap rights in exchange for #14
The Lakers reportedly LOVE Kennard and want to move up to get him. A possible a Paul George trade package involving picks #27 & #28 complicates things a bit but if Kennard is still on the board in the 12-16 I wouldn’t be surprised to see L.A. pounce.
#15) Portland Trail Blazers – D.J. Wilson (F, Michigan)
An intriguing faceup 4 with a high skill level offensively and great measurables/athleticism defensively. He finally started to put it together this year and thus has risen up boards.
#16) Chicago Bulls – John Collins (PF, Wake Forest)
Best low-post scorer in the draft. By no means a position of need but Chicago is rebuilding soon and I think Collins is better than Portis.
#17) Milwaukee Bucks – Jordan Bell (F, Oregon)
Rising up boards because he can both protect the rim and move his feet. Has the makings of an elite defender.
#18) Indiana Pacers – Terrance Ferguson (G/F, International)
Not quite ready yet but oozes potential as a 3nD wing. High level athlete. would be a nice start to Pacers rebuild.
#19) Atlanta Hawks – Bam Adebayo (C, Kentucky)
Bam has reportedly impressed many teams in workouts. He didn’t always get to show it at Kentucky but he’s got a really high skill level for a guy who also protects the rim and mauls inside. Atlanta would be wise to start their frontcourt rebuild around him.
#20) Portland Trail Blazers – Harry Giles (C, Duke)
Apparently the medicals are promising. Portland has three picks this round and a full roster already, so it’d be a nice risk for them regardless.
#21) Oklahoma City Thunder – Justin Jackson (F, UNC)
I’m not sure how real Jackson’s improvement as a perimter shooter actually is, but he’s a player who keeps getting better and makes up for his thin frame/average athleticism with smart positioning on both ends.
#22) Brooklyn Nets – Justin Patton (C, Creighton)
Upside pick for Brooklyn. Patton probably isn’t ready to play major minutes yet but he moves really well for a seven-footer.
#23) Toronto Raptors – T.J. Leaf (F, UCLA)
Skilled big who projects as a nice offensive option off bench.
#24) Utah Jazz – Wesley Iwundu (G/F, Kansas State)
Skilled guy with point guard instincts who defends. Evan Turner but maybe a better athlete. One of my personal 15 favorite players in this draft.
#25) Orlando Magic – Jonah Bolden (F, International)
Fast riser, arguable lottery talent. He can move.
#26) Portland Trail Blazers – Anzejs Paseckniks (F/C, International)
With three picks this round, Portland probably needs to trade or draft-n-stash someone. Paseckniks has become a late riser and looks like a great bet to go in the first.
#27) *Miami Heat – Ike Anigobogu (C, UCLA)
A big, big man who should at the very least turn into a plus rebounder and rim protector.
#28) *Miami Heat – Dwayne Bacon (G, Florida State)
I think this bouncy bucket getter is higher on team’s boards than the media is giving him credit for. I know Miami has looked closely at him. He’s ready to play. My favorite sleeper this year.
#29) San Antonio Spurs – Jawun Evans (G, Oklahoma State)
Lottery pick if he’s 2″ taller. Creates his own shot, distributes, and defends. A complete backup PG prospect.
#30) Utah Jazz – Derrick White (G, Colorado)
Arguably the best senior in the draft, White is a very good offensive combo guard who could be this year’s Malcolm Brogdon
This round is a crapshoot. Half these picks will be traded. This is more of a stab at which guys will actually be taken rather than where they’ll go.
#31) Charlotte Hornets – Semi Ojeleye (F, SMU)
#32) Phoenix Suns – Ivan Rabb (F/C, California)
#33) Orlando Magic – Tyler Lydon (F, Syracuse)
#34) Sacramento Kings – Isaiah Hartenstein (F/C, International)
#35) Orlando Magic – Frank Jackson (G, Duke)
#36) Philadelphia 76ers – Jarrett Allen (C, Texas)
#37) Boston Celtics – Mathias Lessort (F/C, International)
#38) Chicago Bulls – Thomas Bryant (C, Indiana)
#39) Philadelphia 76ers – Devin Robinson (F, Florida)
#40) New Orleans Pelicans – P.J. Dozier (G, South Carolina)
#41) Atlanta Hawks – Kyle Kuzma (F, Utah)
#42) Utah Jazz – Sterling Brown (G, SMU)
#43) Houston Rockets – Caleb Swanigan (F, Purdue)
#44) New York Knicks – Johnathan Motley (F, Baylor)
#45) Houston Rockets – Vlatko Cancar (F, International)
#46) Philadelphia 76ers – Edmond Summer (G, Xavier)
#47) Indiana Pacers – Tony Bradley (C, UNC)
#48) Milwaukee Bucks – V.J. Beachem (F, Notre Dame)
#49) Denver Nuggets – Cameron Oliver (F, Nevada)
#50) Philadelphia 76ers – Aleksandar Vezenkov (F, International)
#51) Denver Nuggets – Sindarius Thornwell (G, South Carolina)
#52) New Orleans Pelicans – Josh Hart (G, Villanova)
#53) Boston Celtics – Rolands Smits (F, International)
#54) Phoenix Suns – Isaiah Briscoe (G, Kentucky)
#55) Utah Jazz – Kobi Simmons (G, Arizona)
#56) Boston Celtics – Alec Peters (F, Valparaiso)
#57) Brooklyn Nets – Damyean Dotson (G/F, Oregon)
#58) New Yorks Knicks – Jaron Blossomgame (F, Clemson)
#59) San Antonio Spurs – Frank Mason (G, Kansas)
#60) Atlanta Hawks – Davon Reed (G/F, Miami)