NBA Mock Draft: Entire Draft (2.0)
The Draft Lottery wrapped up last night with a ton of surprises. The Lakers, originally slated to draft 11th, ended up with the No. 4 pick. The Grizzlies ended up at No. 2 after a projected No. 7 pick. The biggest storyline of the night was of course the New Orleans Pelicans, who won the Zion Williamson sweepstakes. The Pelicans now have options. They can trade Anthony Davis for a big return and draft Zion Williamson, or they can use the allure of playing with Williamson to convince AD to stay.
The Phoenix Suns fell out of the top-3 after finishing tied with Knicks for the worst record in basketball. The Knicks were the biggest losers of the night, and fans had to be distraught when New York was announced with the No. 3 pick. Knicks’ faithful have got to be praying for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to sign with the team in the off-season.
There will be plenty of storylines that develop over the next six weeks before the actual NBA Draft on June 20, but for now, I’ve updated my mock draft to reflect the Draft order. With the order set, we can more accurately project where players will be selected. I’ve made some adjustments to my original mock based on players who were on the fence and declared for the draft and players who were expected to declare and chose to stay in school. Team need played a part in some of these picks too, as did stock watch.
I’ll post a final mock the week of the NBA Draft, after the Rookie Combine. That draft will include a final guess at where all of the top college prospects will land as well as projected trades. With all that said, let’s dive into 60 picks of NBA goodness. Here we go!
- New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson (PF/C – Duke) – The Knicks lost out on the top pick once again, as Williamson will almost assuredly head to the Pelicans with the first overall pick. This is the perfect shot for New Orleans to retain disgruntled PF/C Anthony Davis who would pair incredibly well with Zion in the frontcourt. The Pelicans hit the big time here, landing the most talented player in the draft in years.
- Memphis Grizzlies: R.J. Barrett (SG – Duke) – With Mike Conley still on the roster, Memphis passes on Ja Morant to get the best pure scorer in the draft in Barrett while possibly retaining their veteran point guard. The Griz will get one of the fiercest competitors in Barrett, a natural scorer. Memphis is in full rebuild mode, and they need a guy who can get a basket when called upon. Barrett is that guy. He’ll be the Grizzlies’ leading scorer for years to come, playing alongside a promising core comprised of Jaren Jackson, Delon Wright, and Jonas Valanciunas.
- New York Knicks: Ja Morant (PG – Murray State) – With hopes of Zion Williamson slamming it home in the Garden dashed by the Draft Lottery, the Knicks will settle for the second-best player in the draft in Ja Morant. He was one of the best scorers and facilitators in the NCAA this season, averaging 24.6 points and 10.0 assists per game for the Racers, leading them to an NCAA tourney bid and a first-round upset over Marquette. Morant became just the fourth freshman in the last 36 years to lead the country in assists, and he was the only D-1 player to hand out at least 10.0 dimes in 2019. Dennis Smith Jr. is the starting PG for now, but Morant is the starter of the future.
- Los Angeles Lakers: Cam Reddish (SG/SF – Duke) – Reddish cooled off at the end of the year, but he’s still an incredible shooter who can knock down the three ball at will. LeBron James has played his best when surrounded by quality shooters, so the pick here makes a lot of sense. Reddish finishes as the third Blue Devil selected in the top-5 in a historic draft class.
- Cleveland Cavaliers: Jarrett Culver (SG – Texas Tech) – The Cavs missed out on a top-3 pick, but they won’t go home empty handed. Culver possesses a unique skill-set on both ends of the floor that make him NBA-ready right now. He’s strong and quick and can get to the basket with ease and can make a variety of shots on the floor. He scored nearly 20 points per game last year. He’s an excellent defender (probably the best in the lottery) and led a Texas Tech team that boasted the NCAA’s best defensive rating while stifling opponents all season long.
- Phoenix Suns: De’Andre Hunter (SF/PF – Virginia) – Hunter led Virginia to a number-one seed in the NCAA tournament behind his 15.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game on 57.0 percent shooting from the floor and 46.0 percent from three. He’s 6’7 with a long reach and should immediately aid the Suns’ team defense. Hunter is a reliable scorer who can get to the paint and isn’t afraid to take contact when doing so. He’s a much-needed scoring option to pair with Devin Booker.
- Chicago Bulls: Rui Hachimura (SF/PF – Gonzaga) – Hachimura can shoot from anywhere on the floor and should provide another scoring punch for the Bulls. He provides physicality with his quickness in the post and ability to shoot through contact. Hachimura has a nose for the ball and should fit well with a team that needs help on the defensive end of the floor. He’ll slide into the starting lineup quickly alongside Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen.
- Atlanta Hawks: Coby White (PG/SG – North Carolina) – He’s an extremely fast guard who excels in transition passing and scoring. He can use his speed to get a head of steam and finish with tough shots at the rim or pull up and hit an elbow jumper. He’s got a quick release and has a nice range. White is a player who can build momentum easily when he gets hot. The young backcourt of he and Trae Young should be thrilling for fans to watch next season.
- Washington Wizards: Nassir Little (SF – UNC) – Little stands 6’6, but he has incredible hops and plays above the rim. He’s a fiery competitor and super-athletic forward who will make a lot of highlight plays in the NBA. The Wizards desperately need a guy who can get a bucket outside of Bradley Beal. Little fits the bill here.
- Atlanta Hawks: Jaxson Hayes (PF/C – Texas) – Hayes is a long and athletic big who can play the four or the five. He doesn’t have much of a scoring repertoire outside of the paint, but he hustles on defense, switching well on pick-and-rolls and going after loose balls. He’s a great shot blocker, too. He’s the perfect complement to John Collins who plays the role of stretch forward. This will be a nasty frontcourt.
- Minnesota Timberwolves: Brandon Clarke (PF/C – Gonzaga) – Clarke spent two productive years at San Jose State before transferring to Gonzaga where he sat a year and then exploded onto the scene in 2019. He not only averaged better than 17 points and eight rebounds but blocked over three shots per game for the Zags. His two-way skills will be valuable in the NBA where he’ll add some depth to an aging and lackluster frontcourt behind Karl-Anthony Towns.
- Charlotte Hornets: Darius Garland (PG – Vanderbilt) – Garland is exceptionally fast, can turn the corner quickly and can get to the hole. He’s not an elite passer, but he can be a quality scoring option at guard. Scoring in the backcourt will be a serious need if Kemba Walker leaves in the offseason.
- Miami Heat: Sekou Doumbouya (SF/PF – Guinea) – Doumbouya is long and athletic with excellent rebounding abilities and a quick step. His reach and speed give him excellent tools to be a good defender at the NBA level. He can play guard or forward and defend multiple positions as well. He has a lot of room to improve, especially with his decision making, but he has a sky-high ceiling.
- Boston Celtics: Romeo Langford (SG – Indiana) – Langford will make a solid NBA scoring option at the two-guard, and he’s a competent defender as well. He’s far from an elite three-point shooter, but he can get to the basket and finish strong in traffic and has a reliable mid-range jumper.
- Detroit Pistons: Keldon Johnson (SG/SF – Kentucky) – Johnson will be a quality outside scoring option who should get plenty of good looks on kick-outs from Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. He’s a long, athletic wing who shoots 39.0 percent from three and 46.8 percent overall from the floor.
- Orlando Magic: Cameron Johnson (SF – North Carolina) – He’s a fifth-year senior who will bring professionalism and maturity to the NBA. He’s improved his scoring and rebounding every year of his college career, and he’s a sharp-shooter extraordinaire. Johnson has shot 46.5 percent from three on 187 attempts this season.
- Brooklyn Nets: P.J. Washington (SF/PF – Kentucky) – Washington is an excellent two-way player. He plays big in the post with a range of scoring skills down low, but he can hit an outside shot if needed. He’s a great rebounder and can defend multiple positions. Washington is a difference maker on defense.
- Indiana Pacers: Tyler Herro (SG – Kentucky) – Herro is a lanky guard with long reach that serves him well on defense and when grabbing rebounds. He’s a willing defender who can contribute on both ends of the court. He has a great first step and excellent touch around the rim. His movements are fluid when getting to the basket, and he moves well without the ball.
- San Antonio Spurs: Bruno Fernando (PF/C – Maryland) – Fernando comes in as a 6’10/240 lb. with a solid frame. He plays mostly power forward, but he’s more than capable of playing center if needed. He’s a quality passer and scorer from the post and an adept shot-blocker. The Spurs need help at the five, and Fernando should fit in well with Gregg Popovich’s system.
- Boston Celtics: Goga Bitadze (C – Rep. of Georgia) – Bitadze is a raw talent who compares physically to Marc Gasol. He’s an excellent shot blocker and rebounder. Though he’s not a stretch-five with shooting range, he offers solid post offense and is great in pick and roll situations. There’s plenty of room for development for the 19-year old big man.
- Oklahoma City Thunder: Bol Bol (C – Oregon) – The big man from Oregon is a very interesting prospect at center. He’s tall at 7’2, but his 235-lb. frame makes him a little too slender and lanky to be a consistent presence under the basket playing against much bigger NBA centers. The good news is that he can be a stretch-five with his 52.0 percent three-point shooting.
- Boston Celtics: Nickeil Alexander-Walker (SG – Virginia Tech) – He’s excellent on catch-and-shoot opportunities, especially on spot-up threes, and he shot 38.3 percent from downtown in two years in college. Alexander-Walker is a great passer with good court vision.
- Utah Jazz: KZ Okpala (SG/SF – Stanford) – He has great handles and an uncanny ability to get to the basket. He’s always in attack mode, looking to get into the paint and draw contact, rarely settling for a jump shot.
- Philadelphia 76ers: Kyle Guy (PG/SG – Virginia) – This year’s Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Guy decided to forgo his senior season at Virginia and enter the draft where he’ll bring some needed shooting to the City of Brotherly Love.
- Portland Trail Blazers: Kevin Porter (SG – USC) – Porter is a big guard who can play against much bigger opponents and get to the rim with ease. He shot 41.3 percent from three in 2018, making him a gifted scorer and outside shooter. He won’t make it into the lottery due to some off-the-court incidents and injury history, but he’s a lottery talent and could make an immediate impact in the NBA if he stays healthy and out of trouble. The Blazers have enough talent on the roster to take a chance on Porter here.
- Cleveland Cavaliers: Charles Bassey (C – Western Kentucky) – The Cavs go ahead and grab a bigtime center with this pick after snagging Jarrett Culver with the No. 5 pick. Bassey has great size at 6’11/245. He finishes strong at the rim and has a quick step getting to the basket. He can pass effectively from the post and has a great mid-range jumper. He can also handle the ball well and shoot off the dribble.
- Brooklyn Nets: Matisse Thybulle (SG – Washington) – Thybulle was one of the best defenders in the country in 2018 and earned Pac 12 All-Defensive honors two years in a row. He’s only 6’5 but sports a 7’1 wingspan and can defend multiple positions. He led the nation in steals with 3.5 per game, ranked 18th in blocks (2.3), and was the first player in two decades to sport 100 steals and 70 blocks in the same season.
- Golden State Warriors: Daniel Gafford (PF/C – Arkansas) – Gafford is an imposing figure in the paint, and he should fill the Warriors’ need for a center should DeMarcus Cousins leave in free agency. Gafford doesn’t have an outside shot, having never attempted a three in college, and he’s a limited scorer outside of the paint. Still, he can block shots with authority and has a powerful finish at the rim, highlighted by some unbelievable dunks at Arkansas.
- San Antonio Spurs: Chuma Okeke (SF/PF – Auburn) – Okeke is strong and explosive. He has a reliable jump shot and can knock down threes. He’s an excellent two-way player, with the ability to locate the ball and make the steal. He’s a respectable blocker, too. He falls in the draft a little bit because of his Sweet 16 ankle injury, but he’s a lottery talent.
- Milwaukee Bucks: Ty Jerome (PG – Virginia) – Jerome is a grinder, a leader, and a team player – all traits that will fit excellently in Mike Budenholzer’s scheme. Jerome is an experienced guard with three years under his belt at Virginia. He improved his shooting, scoring, rebounding, and assists every year in college. He’s a sharp-shooter from three and a great passer. He was the catalyst for the Cavaliers’ Final Four run in the NCAA tournament this year, facilitating the offense and making shots when the team needed them.
- Brooklyn Nets: Admiral Schofield (SG/SF – Tennessee) – He’s big and physical and can back down defenders in the post. He has an NBA-ready body and shouldn’t have problems using his physicality at the next level. He shot 38.7 percent from three in four years at Tennessee, giving him a reliable shot from beyond the arc.
- Phoenix Suns: Carsen Edwards (PG – Purdue) – The Suns grab a PG here after missing on Ja Morant in the first round. Edwards averaged 23.6 points in his final season with the Boilermakers, leading them to a third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance. He’s a gifted scorer with a serviceable three-point shot (averaging 34.6 percent in 2018 on 10.2 attempts per game), but he’s one of the best at heating up quickly and staying hot a lá Klay Thompson.
- Philadelphia 76ers: Dylan Windler (SG/SF – Belmont) – Windler was a 20-and-10 player in his final season at Belmont, where he spent four years. He can play small forward or shooting guard, and he could fit with a team nicely as a 3-and-D wing because of his shooting and defense. He’ll provide instant offense off the bench with his range of scoring skills.
- Philadelphia 76ers: Jalen McDaniels (PF/C – San Diego State) – McDaniels has surprisingly good ball-handling skills for a 6’10 player. He can take the ball from the top of the key or the high post, face up with a defender, and get to the basket. He’s a solid rebounder, too and will be a great addition to the Sixers’ second unit.
- Atlanta Hawks: Grant Williams (PF – Tennessee) – Williams is a tough defender who can chase down the ball on defense and swat shots in the lane. He’s a sound rebounder too. He’s not a three-point shooter, having averaged just 29.7 percent from downtown on only one attempted three per game in his career, but he can score elsewhere. Williams averaged double-digit points in all three seasons with the Vols, culminating in 18.8 per game in 2018. He’s a two-time SEC Player of the Year.
- Charlotte Hornets: Naz Reid (C – LSU) – Another big goes off the board here with the Hornets grabbing an athletic big in Reid who can step out and make a three or take the ball from the top of the key and get to the basket. Charlotte hasn’t had a difference-maker in the frontcourt in years, so this pick makes sense.
- Dallas Mavericks: Luguentz Dort (SG – Arizona State) – Dort is a powerful guard who uses his bulky frame to muscle his way to the basket. He doesn’t shy away from drawing contact and almost seems to seek it when getting into the paint. He’s excellent in transition when grabbing a rebound and pushing the ball upcourt or running ahead for an outlet pass or lob dunk. He’s great without the ball and can make sharp cuts to the basket.
- Chicago Bulls: Shamorie Ponds (PG – St. John’s) – Ponds is super-athletic with his speed and strength. He is great at creating his own shot and shoots well off the dribble. Size is a concern for him, but he has a motor as relentless as Russell Westbrook and an ultra-competitive edge.
- New Orleans Pelicans: Eric Paschall (SF/PF – Villanova) – Paschall is an NCAA champion with four years’ experience, who brings a championship mentality to a rebuilding team. He’s good on both ends of the floor and plays a physical style of basketball. He’s an excellent passer.
- Sacramento Kings: Dedric Lawson (SG/SF – Kansas) – Lawson spent two years at Memphis before transferring to Kansas and playing one incredible season. He earned All-American honors with 19.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game last season. He’s a swingman who can play the four but is a bit undersized for the position in the NBA. He does a lot of dirty work in the paint and always seems to outwork opponents when going for the ball. The Kings need help rebounding, and the pick makes sense.
- Atlanta Hawks: Talen Horton-Tucker (SG – Iowa State) – Horton-Tucker is a guard with a solid frame and some strength to him. He’s an elite scorer given his ability to make a variety of shots all over the floor. He has impressive ball-handling skills and shoots well off the dribble. THT has an excellent step-back shot that’s tough to defend.
- Philadelphia 76ers: Darius Bazley (SF/PF – United States) – Bazley never attended college, forgoing what would have been his freshman season to instead train on his own to prepare for the NBA Draft. He doesn’t have any playing time beyond the high school level. He’s 6’9, 200 with a nearly 7’0 wingspan making him a versatile defender. Bazley is a good shooter, and he has a lot of untapped potential, especially considering he’ll have just turned 19 by the time the draft rolls around. This is a guy who feels like someone the Sixers would take a chance on.
- Minnesota Timberwolves: Jaylen Nowell (SG – Washington) – Nowell is Minnesota’s replacement for Jimmy Butler. He can do it all on both ends of the floor with his passing, rebounding, and defense. He’s a natural scorer with a great outside shot, he finishes with ferocious power when he gets in the paint. He’s a fierce competitor.
- Atlanta Hawks: Kris Wilkes (SG/SF – UCLA) – Wilkes is a long 6’8 at the two-guard, and he uses that length to make a variety of shots in the paint. He has a well-rounded offensive skill-set, and he’s able to make shots on catch-and-shoot opportunities, off the dribble, and in transition.
- Detroit Pistons: Sagaba Konate (PF – West Virginia) – Konate provides a huge presence in the paint with his large frame (6’8/250 lb) and excellent defense. Over his final two seasons at WVU, he averaged better than 10 points and seven rebounds each season, swatting three shots per game. He fits well with Detroit’s hard-nose attitude and tough defense.
- Orlando Magic: Nicolas Claxton (PF – Georgia) – Claxton is a long and lanky forward (6’11/215 lbs) who has decent handles and can shoot outside of the paint. His length and reach make him a great rebounder and blocker. He needs to bulk up and work on his post game, but the raw talent and size make him an interesting prospect.
- Sacramento Kings: Luka Samanic (PF – Croatia) – Samanic is a big with surprising athleticism and quickness who can handle the ball. He runs the floor on fast breaks, cuts to the basket well, and has a solid post game. He’s not an excellent shooter, but that can be developed. He has the physical tools to succeed in the NBA. Sacramento has got to be thrilled to land him here.
- Los Angeles Clippers: Jordan Nwora (SF/PF – Louisville) – Nwora has a natural ability to get to the basket using his quick first step, and he finishes strong even with contact. He’s a respectable three-point shooter and he can crash the glass using his huge leaping and long frame. Nwora is a willing defender and will fit well with the Clippers.
- San Antonio Spurs: Deividas Srvyidas (SF – Lithuania) – The Spurs have a history of developing international talent, so they go with the promising Lithuanian forward here. Servydis is a very interesting international prospect. He’s only 18 years old with a lot of room to grow. He’s long and lanky and needs to bulk up a bit, but he’s got a very quick first step and good acceleration. He’s a good shooter and can take the ball to the basket using either hand. There’s a lot of potential for this young forward.
- Indiana Pacers: Terance Mann (SG – Florida State) – Mann led the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 in his senior season after four years with Florida State. He’s long and powerful and can get rebounds when needed. He’s hard-working and a team player who will do well with the Pacers’ blue-collar attitude.
- Boston Celtics: Aric Holman (PF/C – Mississippi State) – Holman has good size for an NBA big, and he’s an excellent defender. He has a decent post game and can step outside to make a three. He drained 43.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc over his final two seasons at Mississippi State.
- Charlotte Hornets: Robert Franks (SF/PF – Washington State) – He’s a strong forward who can play under the basket and get rebounds, but he also has range. Franks shot 39.9 percent from deep on seven attempts per game and finished his career shooting over 80.0 percent from the foul line. He brings valuable size and shooting to the NBA.
- Utah Jazz: Jontay Porter (C – Missouri) – At 6’10/236, Porter is long and lanky. He’s a great passer and rebounder and has the quickness and shot-making ability to play the role of stretch-five in the NBA.
- Philadelphia 76ers: Ty Bowman (PG – Boston College) – Bowman is a quick guard with great handles and elite speed. He’s got major ups and isn’t afraid to get into the paint and is a great scorer in transition. Bowman is a tough guy who isn’t afraid to go up for a rebound.
- New York Knicks: Markus Howard (PG – Marquette) – Howard scored 25.0 points per game at only 19 years old. He’s an elite three-point shooter and all-around scorer. There are concerns about his size and defense, but such a prolific scorer will fit in well with one of 2018’s worst offenses.
- Los Angeles Clippers: Tacko Fall (C – Central Florida) – Fall was the tallest player in college basketball in 2018 who famously claimed he wouldn’t let Zion Williamson jam on him during the NCAA tournament matchup between Duke and UCF. He lives in the paint on offense and has a tendency to foul too much. Still, at 7’6/295, his presence alone can force opposing shooters to alter their shot or stay out of the lane altogether. His size is a clear advantage in rebounding and blocking shots.
- New Orleans Pelicans: Miye Oni (SG – Yale) – The Ivy League Player of the Year averaged 17.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 2018 at Yale. He has a decent three-point shot and natural scoring ability with his ability to get to the basket and back down defenders in the post.
- Golden State Warriors: Kerwin Roach II (SG – Texas) – Roach boosted his stock by leading Texas to an NIT championship. He has the ability to get to his spot and knock down mid-range jumpers. He can improve his three-point shooting but usually hits his open looks, which he’ll get plenty of in Golden State. He is very athletic and hustles on every play.
- Toronto Raptors: Ignas Brazdeikis (SF – Michigan) – He’s a big-bodied forward with a great three-point shot and the ability to create his own shot. He’s a natural scorer and will help a Raptors’ second unit that struggled down the stretch.
- Sacramento Kings: Aubrey Dawkins (SG/SF – Central Florida) – Dawkins is an excellent three-point shooter, who drained over 40% of his attempts from beyond the arc in three years at UCF. He can also get to the rim and is a reliable free throw shooter.