Here is ESPN's draft guru Chad Ford's latest mock from earlier this week:
It's time for our first mock draft after the college season!
We are assuming every eligible prospect who has yet to state his intentions declares his availability for the draft.
The selections are based on team needs and conversations with NBA scouts and general managers.
1. Boston Celtics (via Nets)*
Markelle Fultz Washington
The Celtics are flush with talent -- with intriguing young players or prospects at all five positions. With a high draft pick, they are likely to just take the best player available. Based on conversations with NBA scouts, it looks like Markelle Fultz has a very slight edge on Lonzo Ball as the No. 1 choice for most teams. For the Celtics, Fultz's ability to play multiple positions has value given their stocked roster.
Odds of winning lottery (if Brooklyn finishes with the worst record): 25 percent (Boston owns the rights to swap picks with Brooklyn)
Projected record (Nets): 19-63
2. Phoenix Suns
Lonzo Ball UCLA
All indications are that Ball is dying to play for the Lakers, but right now the Suns have slightly better odds of getting the No. 2 pick in the draft. Would the Suns draft a point guard given that they already have several talented PGs on their roster? Absolutely. Ball is a better playmaker than Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight and would be able to get the most out of the rest of the Suns' young talent. And landing Ball would allow the Suns to use Bledsoe, Knight or both to land another significant piece this summer.
Odds of winning lottery: 19.9 percent
Projected record: 23-59
3. L.A. Lakers*
Josh Jackson Kansas
The Lakers currently have a 51.3 percent chance of landing a top-three pick in the draft, according to BPI. If they don't land in the top three, the Sixers will get the pick. Jackson certainly made his case for the No. 1 pick, especially over the last month of the season, so if the Lakers land here at third Jackson really isn't just a consolation prize. Jackson is the best two-way player in the draft and would bring an intensity, toughness and winning mentality that the Lakers desperately need.
Odds of winning lottery: 15.6 percent. (Sixers get the Lakers' pick if it falls outside the top three.)
Projected record: 23-59
4. Orlando Magic
Malik Monk Kentucky
The Magic are a mess and could undertake a major front-office and roster overhaul this summer. That makes it a bit difficult to project the team's needs. There would be several good options on the board for the Magic here. They could add another point guard to compete with Elfrid Payton or replace the dynamic scoring they lost last summer when they traded away Victor Oladipo. It's not an easy call, but Monk's 3-point shooting looks especially attractive.
Odds of winning lottery: 11.9 percent
Projected record: 29-53
5. Philadelphia 76ers
Dennis Smith NC State
I don't think anyone expected the Sixers to lose Ben Simmons for the full season and Joel Embiid for about half the season and still win 30 games -- but that's the pace they're on. Brett Brown might get as much from his players as any coach in the league. The downside is that the Sixers' chances of landing in the top two -- and grabbing one of those elite point guards -- has diminished to about 17 percent. The good news is that there will still be several elite guard prospects on the board. Scouts are split between Smith and De'Aaron Fox, but I don't think the Sixers would be. They need guards who can stretch the floor and Smith has proved to be a much better shooter as a freshman.
Odds of winning lottery: 8.8 percent
Projected record: 31-51
6. New York Knicks
Jayson Tatum Duke
The Knicks will take a close look at Smith and Fox, if available. But they might also need a Carmelo Anthony replacement plan, and that's what Jayson Tatum looks like. Melo seems checked out of the Knicks and might agree to waive his no-trade clause this summer. If he does, the Knicks could get a small forward here that some scouts believe is the best prospect in the draft.
Odds of winning lottery: 6.3 percent
Projected record: 31-51
7. Sacramento Kings*
De'Aaron Fox Kentucky
The Kings are still looking for a long-term solution at point guard, and Fox has a chance to be special. He's the fastest guard in the draft and plays with heart and toughness. He struggles as a shooter, but he does everything else very well. The Kings will be tempted if Tatum is still on the board. They also need a small forward (with Rudy Gay on the way out), and Tatum's advanced game has some scouts ranking him as high as No. 1. It could come down to Tatum or Fox if the Kings land at No. 6.
Odds of winning lottery: 4.3 percent. (If the Kings move ahead of Philadelphia in the lottery and are in the top 10, they swap spots with the Sixers. If Sacramento's pick falls outside the top 10, it will go to Chicago.)
Projected record: 32-50
8. Minnesota Timberwolves
Lauri Markkanen Arizona
Markkanen plays like the prototypical NBA 4. He's an elite shooter who can stretch the floor, make plays and still do work in the paint. His rebounding skills are a work in progress, but everything else about his game looks a little Dirk Nowitzki-like. He should be a great fit in Minnesota.
Odds of winning lottery: 2.8 percent
Projected record: 33-49
9. Dallas Mavericks*
Frank Ntilikina France
Age: 18 Guard
The Mavs have one of the best international scouting staffs in the league and will be stoked if Ntilikina is still on the board. In a draft less loaded with point guards, he could be a top-five pick. He's skilled, tough and a good shooter. He would have a great shot at being the Mavs' point guard of the future to run with young players like Harrison Barnes and Nerlens Noel.
Odds of winning lottery: 1.7 percent. (Philly will get this pick if it falls outside the top 18.)
Projected record: 34-48
10. Sacramento Kings (via Pelicans)*
Jonathan Isaac Florida State
One of the reasons the Kings might go ahead and take Fox with their earlier pick is that players like Isaac and Miles Bridges will likely still be on the board with this pick (assuming the pick doesn't land in the top three and stay with New Orleans). Isaac has more upside than Bridges. A long, athletic forward who can stretch the floor and block shots, he just needs to add a lot of strength.
Odds of winning lottery: 1.1 percent. (Sacramento will get New Orleans' pick if it falls outside the top three.)
Projected record (Pelicans): 35-47
11. Detroit Pistons
Zach Collins Gonzaga
Collins proved he's worthy of a lottery pick with a dominant 14-point, 13-rebound, six-block performance coming off the bench for the Zags in the Final Four versus South Carolina. He added another nine points, seven rebounds and three blocks in the title game vs. UNC, but played limited minutes because of foul trouble. And scouts look beyond the stat sheet -- though the advanced analytics are very bullish on him -- at what he did almost every time he stepped onto the court. He played above the rim, was bouncy and energetic, stretched the floor and competed with toughness.
Plus, he's used to playing with a more traditional center. In Detroit, he could make a very interesting pairing next to Andre Drummond.
Odds of winning lottery: 0.8 percent
Projected record: 37-45
12. Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges Michigan State
Bridges might be the most underrated of the elite prospects. He did it all for Michigan State -- scoring, shooting, rebounding, shot blocking, defense. He can be a bit wild on the court, but he has all of the tools to be effective at both the 3 and the 4. And his exciting style of play should be popular with fans.
Odds of winning lottery: 0.7 percent
Projected record: 38-44
13. Denver Nuggets
Harry Giles Duke
The Nuggets have done as good a job as any team in finding gems in the draft. Giles could be another. Based on sheer talent, he's one of the three best players in the draft. His slow recovery from an ACL tear in high school -- as well as another knee surgery last fall -- hampered his play for Duke. But if he checks out medically, Giles has a chance to be a monster player in a few years and would be a terrific fit on the front line next to Nikola Jokic.
Odds of winning lottery: 0.6 percent
Projected record: 39-43
14. Miami Heat
TJ Leaf UCLA
The Heat already have an elite shot-blocker in the middle, so drafting a skilled 4 like Leaf seems like a sound option -- especially after seeing how Luke Babbitt fits with the team. Leaf draws Babbitt comparisons because of his inside-outside skill set, but he's tougher and a better athlete. He would be a long-term upgrade for Miami.
Odds of winning lottery: 0.5 percent
Projected record: 39-43
15. Indiana Pacers
OG Anunoby Indiana
Anunoby is recovering from knee surgery and might not even be able to play as a rookie. But his talent level as a two-way player is off the charts and the Pacers could really use a player like him over the long term. Who knows, he may even be Paul George's replacement if George -- a free agent in 2018 -- departs then or Indiana is forced to trade him.
Projected record: 40-42
16. Atlanta Hawks
Terrance Ferguson Australia
Age: 19 Guard
Ferguson is one of the few elite shooters in this draft. His numbers didn't always show that in Australia, but given the dearth of guys who can let it fly -- and the Hawks' needs in this area with Kyle Korver gone -- he should be a strong fit in time.
Projected record: 41-41
17. Chicago Bulls
Jarrett Allen Texas
The Bulls have been a mess. There are strong rumblings there could be big changes to the front office and the roster. So trying to discern who would land here in the draft is a challenge. Allen is a project, but an intriguing one. His defense is ahead of his offense right now, but he made major offensive strides at the end of the season. He seems to be coming on at the right time and could be a nice backup to Robin Lopez for the next year or two while he adds strength and experience.
Projected record: 41-41
18. Portland Trail Blazers
Justin Patton Creighton
Patton is a major work in progress, but there is a high ceiling if a team can be patient with him -- and the Blazers can.
They wouldn't need him to start. They could bring him along slowly. Over time, he should be a strong contributor.
Projected record: 41-41
19. Milwaukee Bucks
Edrice Adebayo Kentucky
"Bam" played much better over the last month of the college season. When he plays with toughness as a rebounder and finisher at the rim, he looks the part of a lottery pick. The Bucks could use that toughness in the paint to balance all the skilled perimeter players they employ.
Projected record: 42-40
20. Portland Trail Blazers (via Grizzlies)
Isaiah Hartenstein Germany
Age: 18 Forward
This is the Blazers' second first-round pick, so don't be shocked if they go international. While Hartenstein might be the least ready of the 4s we've ranked, he has a high ceiling. There aren't many 7-footers with his combination of athleticism, elite skill level and motor. He can be a volatile player, but he should be worth a gamble at this stage of the draft.
Projected record (Grizzlies): 45-37. (Portland will get Memphis' first-round pick if it falls outside the top five.)
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
Justin Jackson North Carolina
Jackson has always had an elite midrange game, and his development as a 3-point shooter has increased his draft value this year. He was terrific vs. Oregon in the Final Four, scoring 22 points and hitting four 3s. However, his play against Gonzaga was spotty. He ended with 16 points but shot 0-for-9 from 3-point range. For the tournament he shot just 10-for-39 from deep, which may raise some eyebrows among scouts. He would be especially intriguing for the Thunder, a team still trying to figure out a long-term solution at the 3.
Projected record: 46-36
22. Brooklyn Nets (via Wizards)
Ivan Rabb California
Rabb was considered a likely lottery pick at the end of last season. He improved as a sophomore, but not as much as scouts would've liked. He's a good rebounder and he can score around the basket, though his emerging perimeter game has scouts questioning if playing in the paint will ever be a strength for him. Still, he's a good prospect at this point in the draft.
Projected record (Wizards): 49-33. (Brooklyn will get Washington's pick if it falls outside the lottery.)
23. Toronto Raptors (via Clippers)
Ike Anigbogu UCLA
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri loves toughness and Anigbogu brings it. He's a terrific rebounder and shot-blocker. Offensively he's very raw, but the Raptors would be able to have the patience to bring him along slowly.
Projected record (Clippers): 50-32. (Toronto will get the better pick between its own selection and the Clippers'.)
24. Orlando Magic (via Raptors)*
Rodions Kurucs Latvia
Age: 19 Forward
This is the second pick for the Magic and it would make sense for them to use it on a player they can stash overseas.
Kurucs is a major work in progress. He averaged 9.5 PPG and shot 32 percent from 3 this season for FC Barcelona II. He's an athletic wing with range. In a few years, he could end up being a steal at this point in the draft.
Projected record (Raptors): 50-32. (Toronto has the rights to its own first-rounder as well as the Clippers'. The Raptors will keep the better of the two picks and send the worse one to Orlando.)
25. Utah Jazz
Moritz Wagner Michigan
Wagner impressed a lot of NBA scouts down the stretch, especially in an NCAA tournament game against Louisville when he dropped 26 points. He's a very skilled big man who can stretch the floor and play in the post, and he's just six months older than Markkanen, a prospect with similar skills. He's really good value at this point in the draft.
Projected record: 50-32
26. Brooklyn Nets (via Celtics)*
Andrew Jones Texas
There are a lot of scouts who feel like Jones is a major sleeper. He's an elite athlete who plays above the rim and has shown the ability to knock down the 3. He really came along in Big 12 play. The Nets need to continue to swing for the fences with these late draft picks and hope they connect. Jones is a good bet down this low.
Projected record (Celtics): 53-29
27. Portland Trail Blazers (via Cavaliers)*
Kostja Mushidi Belgium
Age: 18 Guard
This is the third first-rounder for the Blazers, and I wouldn't be surprised if they went international. Mushidi is a raw prospect who needs to improve his shooting, but his athleticism and scoring talent make him an attractive option. He averaged 14.7 PPG for Germany in the FIBA Under-18 European Championships. His 8-for-42 shooting from 3 is the big reason he isn't higher on our board.
Projected record (Cavaliers): 53-29. (Portland owns Cleveland's first-round pick.)
28. L.A. Lakers (via Rockets)*
Tony Bradley North Carolina
Bradley played a small role for the Tar Heels, but his length, rebounding and advanced stats all point to a talent that just needs time. The Lakers have been happy with their 2016 second-round pick, Ivica Zubac, and bringing in another young big would give them some nice depth.
Projected record (Rockets): 56-26. (The Lakers own the Rockets' first-round pick.)
29. San Antonio Spurs
John Collins Wake Forest
Collins was one of the most efficient players in college basketball the past two years. He plays hard, scores in the paint and rebounds well. He still needs to develop more of a face-up game, but the raw tools are there.
Projected record: 63-19
30. Utah Jazz (via Warriors)*
Luke Kennard Duke
Elite shooting will always be a need, and Kennard has a claim to being the best shooter in the draft.
Projected record (Warriors): 68-14 (Utah owns Golden State's first-round pick.)