cameroncrazies02
With the season on hiatus and beginning to look like a regular season isn't going to come back at all, there's a lot to look at in this draft.  This isn't one of the most elite drafts, but there is a lot of sneaky talent.  There's more foreign, small school and academy prospects combined projected for the 1st round I can remember in a long time.

On top of that, if the season ends with the rankings as is, there is some really close records that are going to define the lottery and ultimately, the final pick slots.  What's going to be interesting is, right now, some teams have played more games than others.  So if a team is 19-46 and another is 19-45, the 19-46 team gets a higher ranking because they have a lower win percentage.  A lot to work out for Adam Silver.  On top of all that, the draft may not be until late fall.  If the season ends today, the draft lottery would be as follows:

1-Golden State-15-50
2-Cleveland-19-46
3-Minnesota-19-45
4-Atlanta-20-47
5-Detroit-20-46
6-New York-21-45
7-Chicago-22-43
8-Charlotte-23-42
9-Washington-24-40
10-Phoenix-26-39
11-San Antonio-27-36
12a-Sacramento-28-36
12b-New Orleans-28-36
14-Portland-29-37

For the first time in eons, none of those picks would convey to another team via a trade.  Some of this is luck, some of it is the value of a lottery pick.  With the way the lottery was adjusted and the probability of moving up (like NOP did, moving from 7 to 1 to get Zion last year), teams are holding onto their lottery picks like gold.

A way too early, quick mock-
*I re-did this mock.  After doing some more scouting on the top 10 in particular, some things changed.

1-Golden State-C-James Wiseman-I have a hard time believing this will change.  Every prospect has his issues, Wiseman's is a lack of competitive game tape, but we have to come to terms with this soon as coming out of HS will come sooner than we realize.  Think of Wiseman as a high school prospect.  He has an absolutely massive frame-7 1/2', 245 lbs, he's built like Joel Embiid, but is a much more fluid athlete.  He can run the floor, and is always looking for a lob.  With his 7'5" wingspan and his leaping ability, he can block any shot in his range.  He has pretty good body control too, something that makes a huge difference between a top end athlete and Mitchell Robinson.  He showed off his shooting ability in HS, but his shot is a bit broken.  He should be able to develop that portion of his game.  He's nowhere near the production and prospect of Anthony Davis, but he has that kind of frame, athleticism and game.

2-Cleveland-SG-Anthony Edwards-CLE is in a tough spot, like they have been in years past.  They have two high picks, Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, at the guard spot with really high hopes for Garland.  They also have Kevin Porter Jr who had a strong year for a 30th pick.  Adding in another ball dominant guard who shoots too much is going to be a problem, but you take the best player you can in CLE's position and figure everything else out later.  Edwards struggles with shot selection and efficiency, but he can score with the best of them.

3-Minnesota-F-Deni Avdija-MIN is in a great position here, they picked up D'Angelo Russell to pair with Towns to give them something of a foundation.  Adding Adija would give them an entirely different aspect.  Deni is 6'9" with skills similar to Doncic.  He's more athletic than Doncic, and bigger, but is a supreme playmaker.  He is a nifty scorer, scoring on all three levels and uses his size and athleticism to get by guys and find open space.  Where he'll slot in the NBA is going to be the question.  He blocks shots pretty well even without length, he uses verticality to get his hands on balls, but he's not strong enough to guard PF's, but may struggle defending on the perimeter.

4-Atlanta-PF-Obi Toppin-ATL is flush with young talent so position isn't a need here.  I don't think they'd want to pair LaMelo Ball with Trae Young though, it'd create a weird dynamic in their backcourt.  There are questions about John Collins fit with Clint Capela who they acquired in a trade and Collins is coming up on an extension.  Toppin could be the heir-apparent at PF for them.  He can score on all 3 levels, shoots really well and can rock the rim.  His defense is suspect at best though, but Collins has the same issues.  They could bring in Toppin and look to shop Collins later as a cornerstone to a big trade.

5-Detroit-PG-LaMelo Ball-nabbing a high level name like Ball would do wonders for DET's re-build.  I wouldn't be shocked to see Ball go #1, so getting him at 5 would be a steal for Detroit.  They desperately need an initiator.  They have Derrick Rose, but he's in the final year of his contract and it'd shock me if they kept him going into next season.  DET has a lot of word to do on their roster, but a big name that could provide them stability at the most important position in the game would be helpful.  Ball isn't without his issues.  With all of his talent playmaking and scoring, especially shooting, he's a monster PG.  At 6'7", he's going to struggle mightily defensively which was already an issue for him overseas that'll be exasperated in the NBA.

6-New York-PG-Killian Hayes-if there's one huge sleeper in the draft this early, it's Hayes.  He's a lefty, 6'5" French PG with a 6'9" wingspan. He's going to do really well in workouts and give teams ahead of NY pause.  He's only 18 years old, but plays much more mature.  He's a fantastic passer, probably the best in this draft, even ahead of Ball and can score at will using his length and athleticism. NYK need a stable presence at PG and although Hayes is young, he could definitely play right away and develop.

7-Chicago-SF-Isaac Okoro-if there's one thing CHI needs, it's better depth on the perimeter.  Okoro can play right away, something CHI needs badly, strictly based on his defense and motor.  He is all over the court and has size for an NBA wing.  He definitely needs to work on his offensive game, his handle is weak and his outside shooting is suspect, but at the very least, he can play right away and be a junkyard dog on the perimeter and let his offensive game come along slowly.

8-Charlotte-C-Onyeka Okongwu-if there's one thing CHA needs, it's a stable presence on the interior.  They've been shuffling the deck for far too long at center.  Okongwu doesn't have much for an offensive game except for putbacks and dunks, but he's an elite defender out to the perimeter.  He projects somewhere in the Bam Adebayo mold defensively and that's extremely high praise.  

9-Washington-PG-Tyrese Haliburton-WAS was really strong this year considering what they put out and they should get John Wall back, finally healthy, after missing nearly two full seasons.  WAS needs better perimeter play alongside Bradley Beal, but there's nothing here available.  Hailburton is 6'5" with a 7' wingspan, crafty with the ball, a really good passer and exceptional defender nabbing nearly 2.5 steals per game in college.  If there's one thing that translates well, it's deflections and steals which is something Haliburton thrives on.  He can play both backcourt positions and while his shot is very odd, he shot over 52% from the field and 41% from 3 in college.  He'd a perfect third guard that can play both positions behind Wall and Beal.

10-Phoenix-G/F-Devin Vassel-PHX is in a tough spot here, after 9 there's a different tier of players.  PHX could use a young PG behind Rubio, but they have three prospects at PG already on their roster.  They could use a stable force at PF, but nothing really jumps out here unless they're willing to reach or wait on a young prospect.  PHX could trade this pick, but if they don't they likely target wing which is where this point in the draft ends up.  Kelly Oubre Jr was nearly traded at the deadline and could be moved this summer.  Vassel is a big wing at 6'7" and does everything pretty well on the court. He's a tenacious defender using his length to nab 1.2 blocks and 1.8 steals per game, and grabbed 7 rebounds a game.  He and Mikal Bridges would be a tough pairing together on the perimeter defensively.  He didn't shoot a lot of 3's, but got up a respectable amount and averaged 37% from 3, good enough that it should translate.

11-San Antonio-PF-Aleksej Pokusevski-little know prospect nicknamed Poke is a legitimate 7' big time prospect from Greece.  He's somewhere between Dragan Bender and Kristaps Porzingis, with the latter being a fair comp.  He's only 18 years old and rail thin at 200 lbs flat.  He needs a ton of development of his body, but his skills far surpass his size.  He absolutely fills up the box score, and has a similar game to Porzingis-primarily inside-out, but likes to fake and drive to mid-range and has a clean looking jumper.  He also blocks everything in sight.  SA loves their international prospects and has one of similar game and size in Luka Samanic who played absolutely zilch last season, but SA is headed for a re-build, so there's going to be no rush to get someone that can play right now.

12-Sacramento-F-Jaden McDaniels-having a read on the Kings draft room is the toughest of any.  While they have a solid foundation of young players, they're always hovering around 35-40 wins.  It seems they'll re-sign Bogdan Bogdanovic at any price and potentially trade Buddy Hield.  There's a lot of prospects here that are fits, but none of them that really stand out.  McDaniels has some of the highest potential, both top and bottom.  He's a 6'10" combo forward who likes to handle the ball, score from all over the court, and doesn't do anything overly well, but his size and athleticism make him an intriguing pick.  He's really sloppy though.  He turns the ball over a lot, is a bull in a china shop with the ball in his hands and is just raw all over.  SAC is stuck in a position where they don't need more role players, but could use top end potential.

13-New Orleans-SF-Saddiq Bey-NO has a good foundation of talent, but could use some depth on the wing, along with size and defense.  Bey projects as just that at 6'8" and burely, he projects similar to DeMarre Carroll as a combo forward who can defend bigger wings or smaller PF's.  He's a good shooter, uses his size to get by guys because he doesn't have much of a handle and finishes well around the rim.

14-Portland-SG-Tyrese Maxey-this seems low for Maxey, but fit will play a factor in earlier picks.  He's a 6'3" SG with shades of Marcus Smart tenacity, size and defense and uses his size and body control to score in the paint.  He's short, but has a longer wingspan to contain bigger guards.  He's a good scorer off a pick and pop big, but needs to work on his major inconsistencies as a jumpshooter.  POR has a plethora of guards-Lillard, McCollum, Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr, so this would create a logjam, but could also create a trade opportunity for POR to make a bigger move.

15-Orlando-SG-RJ Hampton-Hampton is a big bet on development.  He's young, but has tools as a 6'5" combo guard with his acceleration and quick first step.  He is a fancy finisher, but struggles with his jumpshot.  He's very similar in style to Markelle Fultz, so combining them together on the court may create an issue with outside shooting, but ORL needs another playmaker with the ball in their hands, they have too many reactive or off-ball guys and Hampton could flourish as a secondary ballhandler.

16-Minnesota (from BKN)-SF-Aaron Nesmith-a shooter, thru and thru.  With MIN taking Avdija with the #3 pick, Nesmith would just provide more depth for them on the perimeter.  This would be all in on guys who can shoot and score, a variance to their teams of the past.  They'd turn into a run and gun style team and having Nesmith on the weakside of a Russell/Towns pick and roll would be a luxury.

17-Boston (from MEM)-PG-Nico Mannion-it's no surprise BOS desperately needs depth at PG behind Kemba Walker and this is te perfect draft to bolster that depth.  They have a number of options here, but I like Mannion the best as a floor general.  He develops his players around him, always looking to pass first.  He doesn't have elite athleticism or a consistent jumpshot, but with the team around him, he wouldn't need to excel at taking jumpers, but finding other guys roaming the perimeter or in the pick and roll.

18-Dallas-F-Tyler Bey-physically, one of the most impressive players in the draft.  He's 6'7" with a 7' wingspan who averaged 11 rebounds and a game and nearly 1.5 blocks and steals per game.  He's a defense-first player and Dallas needs just that.  They could use a more versatile wing defender, but Bey can guard guys 3-5.  He'd compliment Porzingis and Kleber well in the front court and provide them depth there with the likely loss of Willie Cauley-Stein.

19-Milwaukee-PG-Tyrell Terry-you want a shooter?  Here he is.  First, the bad.  He's small and slender, almost and immediate no for a Bud PG.  He's 6'1", 160lbs.  He badly needs to get stronger and better as a defender.  He will die on screens.  The good?  He can shoot the absolute lights out.  He has Steph Curry-lite type perimeter game, finding open spots to get a shot off and drilling them.  He shot 40% from 3 on 5 attempts per game.  Milwaukee probably needs to start looking for their next PG, Hill will be in the final year of his contract unless they accept his 2021-2022 team option which gives Terry a redshirt year.  But will the Bucks be willing to take a guy who won't contribute next year much when they need to add depth on the perimeter?
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3-Minnesota-PF-Obi Toppin-color me in love with Obi.  At 6'9", an absolute physical freak, he reminds me a lot of Michael Porter Jr.  He's big, fluid and can score with his size and athletic ability.  His ball handling and footwork are a bit mechanical, but much like a very young Giannis, his size alone make him a difficult matchup on the perimeter.  His best attribute is his lob presence and would be a great fit next to KAT.  MIN might be enamored with the idea of pairing Russell with a playmaking PG like LaMelo Ball, but after the disaster of MIN's locker room the last few years, bringing in a Ball may be a write off.  Toppin is ready to play now, which is a huge notch for MIN who wants to get on track of winning.



Didn't really get to see Wiseman at all but I would take Toppin #1 overall. He'd be a great fit with GS. Can you imagine having to step out on Steph and Klay and then they start throwing lobs and post entry passes to a cutting Toppin.
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Didn't really get to see Wiseman at all but I would take Toppin #1 overall. He'd be a great fit with GS. Can you imagine having to step out on Steph and Klay and then they start throwing lobs and post entry passes to a cutting Toppin.


Toppin has his issues.  He's a siv on defense.  He is so well built, it makes him top heavy and slow footed on the perimeter and his effort isn't there.  He's going to have that knock without a real chance to prove otherwise, it's tough to overcome game tape of bad defense.  He certainly won't be top 2, maybe not even top 3.
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Toppin has his issues.  He's a siv on defense.  He is so well built, it makes him top heavy and slow footed on the perimeter and his effort isn't there.  He's going to have that knock without a real chance to prove otherwise, it's tough to overcome game tape of bad defense.  He certainly won't be top 2, maybe not even top 3.


Don't all of these guys have issues?

I like Toppin and would take him #1. He's a good enough athlete to improve his D, will he ever be all NBA D team? No. He's a pretty good offensive player with good touch and ability to score even from outside. He will have to expand his outside shot to NBA range. One thing that won't show up in the scouting reports, he likes to dunk and is good at it. That brings excitement and fans and highlight clips and young fans that buy jerseys and T-shirts.
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Mock Draft V1.2

An all 1st round mock utilizing current standings.  Much could change from the lottery to traded picks, but a pretty good analysis of rankings of players.

1-Golden State-C-James Wiseman-in a draft where there isn't a consensus #1, which there hasn't been in awhile, a top pick may come down to fit.  GS has plenty of scorers.  Of course, if they want a backcourt player for the future, Edwards may be it, but Wiseman provides GS the best opportunity to come in and impact the game right away.  They haven't had a surefire center to anchor them ever.  Wiseman and Green may be a bit of a clunky fit, but with GS's firepower, it could work.  Wiseman showed off a decent looking jumper in high school that should be a big tool for him if he can improve.  His ability to use his athleticism to block shots and grab rebounds early on in a system picture perfect for him should nab him the #1 pick.

2-Cleveland-SG-Anthony Edwards-CLE has routinely ended up in bad draft positions and there's almost no good spot for them here, but if they can grab Edwards, they have to regardless of fit.  Sexton, Garland and Porter Jr are their young, core guards at the moment, but nobody is safe on that team.  And with Drummond likely exercising his player option, Wiseman would sit behind him anyway.  Edwards is a bowling ball, built like Marcus Smart at 6'5", 225 lbs.  He has nifty footwork and an elite ability to drive and score at the rim.  His shot selection is poor at times, but his microwave scoring gives him a pass in that regard.  He's an average playmaker at the moment, but with more space and shooting around him, he could excel.  On the defensive end, he's built like a truck and with a 6'9" wingspan, he has a ton of potential as a lockdown defender.  He's only 18 years old, so he's going to need time to adjust to the NBA, but he could pay dividends, especially if CLE can build a formidable team around him, even if it means trading Sexton.

3-Minnesota-F-Deni Avdija-I'm higher than most on Avdija, some lament to his less than ideal athleticism and streaky shooting, but his size, ability to find space and playmaking, along his size, make him perfect for today's NBA.  At 6'9", he's going to struggle to find a perfect fit at either SF or PF, he'll need to work on his defense, but he showed flashes of some verticality that allowed him to block shots.  His playmaking is what sets him apart.  He's an excellent passer and next to Towns, they'd be a nightmare together.  MIN has a ton of work to do on their roster and they've capped their top-end abilities with Towns and Russell as their mainstays, but getting this pick right could turn their franchise around.

4-Atlanta-PF-Obi Toppin-ATL can go a few different ways here.  I wouldn't fault them picking Toppin, LaMelo or Hayes here, but at the moment, Toppin takes the cake.  They have the ability to disguise Toppin if he's not a good defender as a PF, but pairing Trae Young with a backcourt partner that's a siv defensively like LaMelo might be could be disastrous.  Toppin has elite athleticism and huge upside as a pick and pop big.  He's going to set nasty screens and can shoot from deep.  Every other part of his game-rebounding, shot blocking, passing is purely on instinct.  If he can harness his energy and athleticism and grow his IQ, he could be in the Amare Stoudemire category.

5-Detroit-PG-LaMelo Ball-there isn't a better fit after the #1 pick than Ball to the Pistons.  They are desperate for not only a franchise player with a big name, but somebody who can competently run the offense.  Bringing in Derrick Rose ended up being a relatively good move.  He anchored their PG position for the short term and has trade equity now.  Ball is going to struggle defensively in the NBA, he's nowhere near the defender Lonzo is, and he's taller.  At 6'7", there's going to have to be some figuring out what to do with who he defends night to night which means pairing him with a defensive backcourt partner, but his talent as a playmaker and floor general are top of the class.

6-New York-PG-Killian Hayes-if the Knicks can nab Hayes with the 6th pick, it'd be a win.  Hayes could go as high as #1 after workouts.  He's a 6'5", 190 lb PG thru and thru.  At just 18 years old, he's near the youngest in the class, but he has an elite ability to run the offense and make plays for others.  He'll need to work on his clunky, strange shooting form, but it's not broken and he's already mastered footwork on stepbacks.  Coming to the NBA at 18 from France, there's going to be some growing pains and adjustment, but his talent is undeniable and no better pick up than a top talent PG to give them some stability running their offense.

7-Chicago-SF-Isaac Okoro-with CHI's new management from top to bottom, they may play this pick a bit safe.  They're going to do some serious talent evaluations all year before they make wholesale changes.  Okoro is one of the safest picks in the top 10.  He doesn't have the highest ceiling-he's limited offensively as a simple straight line driver and slightly below average shooter, but his energy and defense are what's going to get him on the floor right away.  CHI needs depth and defense on the floor and he provides exactly that.

8-Charlotte-C-Onyeka Okungwu-CHA needs stability in their frontcourt.  They hit a double with PJ Washington in last years draft who showed well as a stretch 4, but their center spot leaves much to be desired.  With Graham and Rozier running the guard spots, they could use stable depth on the wing as Monk and Bridges have been if nothing else, inconsistent, which is where Tyrese Haliburton could be the pick here, but it may create a logjam at PG.  Okungwu is a relentless defender, using his size and athleticism to block every shot and rebound the heck out of the ball.  He's limited offensively to putbacks and screen and roll dunks, but with comps comparable to Bam Adebayo, giving the guards in front of him a safety net defensively, and a consistent lob threat is a good start.

9-Washington-PG-Tyrese Haliburton-Haliburton at 9 would be a steal, regardless of fit.  WAS has plenty of talent throughout most positions on their roster, what they need now is depth.  WAS relegated itself to Ish Smith as their starting PG last year.  With Wall coming back, Haliburton won't be burdened with the load right away.  He's 6'5", 180 lbs, with arms that can corral anyone and everyone.  He's a complete package PG.  He rebounds well, averaged 7 assists per game and 2.5 steals.  His knock is he's 20, old for this draft class, and played against lesser competition at Iowa State, but guards from small schools have exceled in the NBA.  Haliburton would be a great backup combo guard to Beal and Wall as he can play both positions, smother smaller guards and shot 41% from 3.  He's not the fastest guy on the court, but his footwork and length make him a nightmare to cover.

10-Phoenix-G-Tyrese Maxey-if there's one thing PHX needs, aside from a steady presence at PF, it's another scoring guard.  Booker shoulders so much of the scoring load, it has become a knock on him.  PHX has heavily relied on him for so long, they haven't bothered to provide a competent scorer alongside him.  Maxey could do just that.  He's 6'3", primarily a SG and comps well to CJ McCollum.  He's an excellent scorer driving to the basket and has a lightning first step.  His extremely streaky shooting are what causes concern.  He didn't shoot well from 3, but some of that has to do with bad shot attempts.  With a guy like Ayton anchoring the middle and more scoring around him, he could develop well.  He's an 86% FT shooter which usually translates to an improved shot from deep.

11-San Antonio-SF-Devin Vassel-Vassel is a 6'7" wing with a 6'10" wingspan that's all about defense.  He can lock down multiple positions and jumps passing lanes to perfection.  His offensive game is almost strictly reliant on catch and shoot 3's, which he hit at a 40% clip.  He's the quintessential 3&D wing in today's NBA and has the body to match.  SA has plenty of ball handlers-Murray, White and Lonnie Walker to anchor the guard spots.  They'll need to likely begin a re-build relatively soon and having a 3&D wing to anchor the wing spot is a good start.

12-Sacramento-G-RJ Hampton-Hampton was a consensus top 5 pick coming out of high school but chose to go to New Zealand to play professionally.  He had an injury that hampered him all year, along with sporatic playing time has lowered his stock, but he's still the same prospect a year ago that had scouts salivating over him as a future star.  It starts with his frame-he's 6'5" with a long wingspan, and one of the fastest first steps in the draft.  He has great body control and scores well around the rim using his frame and a really steady footwork game.  He struggled to shoot in NZ, but that is a very different game with limited spacing.  A faster game with better shooters should help.  Pairing Hampton with Fox would provide two guards that can blow past any defender and he'd be a good fit their too.  Having Fox, Hampton and Bogdanovic 1-3 would create playmakers at all ballhandler spots on the floor.

13-New Orleans-G/F-Aaron Nesmith-if the game is finding shooters to surround Zion, Nesmith is it.  He shot a sweltering 52% from 3 last year.  Some of it may have been flash in the pan, his freshman season, he shot 33% but was vocal about that not being the player he is.  He's a phenomenal shooter coming off screens, as a one dribble shooter and reminds me of Klay Thompson with his ability to find open spaces and make shots without taking a single dribble.  He's limited defensively, athletically and strictly as a straight line driver, but with Lonzo, Ingram and Zion, they don't need another ballhandler.

14-Portland-SF-Saddiq Bey-with a run on guards, Portland would benefit from picking from near the top of the crap of secondary wings.  Bey is a monster of a wing, at 6'8", 220 lbs, his profile projects as a versatile defender who can really shoot.  He may be a bit more of a combo forward than a wing, but has the ability to defend multiple positions.  He uses his size to bully his way into the lane, and while that's not his game, he's competent enough to do so.  He projects similarly to DeMarre Carroll and with Nassir Little likely benefitting from more playing time, they could have a very unique grouping of forwards with Bay and Little playing alongside Lillard, McCollum and Nurkic.

15-Orlando-SG-Josh Green-Green reminds me a lot of Pat Connaughton.  He's a ball of energy, is constantly looking for cutting opportunities and trying to throw it down on someone's head.  He's a streaky shooter, but his form is fine and his numbers are respectable enough to believe he could be a spot up shooter.  His defense is what he hangs his hat on.  He has quick feet and long arms always looking to pick the ball away.  He'd fit in well in ORL as they have a need for more wing depth.

16-Minnesota-F-Jaden McDaniels-with MIN taking Avdija with the #3 pick, and having multiple firsts, they can take a risk on a guy like McDaniels.  He's extremely raw.  He's an enigma as a 6'10" wannabe guard who, when he's right, can be really, really good and looks like a top prospect.  But when he's bad, he looks like he doesn't belong on the floor.  They can take McDaniels and stuff him away for a year in the G-League and allow him to find his place in the NBA.  He projects as a pick and pop big who can shoot, but also handle the ball.  He has all the intangibles to be a monster defensively at the 4 too, but needs to harness his energy into competent defense.

17-Boston-PF-Aleksej Pokusevski-BOS has multiple picks throughout the draft.  I wouldn't expect them to keep them all, but they'll be in a position to grab someone who can play sooner later.  Pokusevski is a legitimate 7' shooter/scorer.  At his peak, he looks like Kristaps Porzingis, but he's only 18 and barely cracks 200 lbs.  He's going to need a lot of work on his frame, but his pick and pop ability and his length and shot blocking make him a dream for scouts.  He projects low because of his age and frame, but he's been playing professionally for awhile and can handle the rigors of the NBA and its development course.  

18-Dallas-F-Tyler Bey-DAL has a lot of talent on their roster, but what they need is defense.  Bey has an incredibly unique game.  He's 6'7" with 7'1" wingspan.  He swallows up every rebound in his path and on length alone, is a nasty defender nabbing steals and blocking shots.  He finds great space as a pick and roll forward who can absolutely jump out of the gym.  He's an old junior at 22 years old, but should be able to play relatively quickly.  His ability as a screener in DAL system could be deadly.

19-Milwaukee-PF/C-Xavier Tillman-forgive me for reaching here, based on projections, Tillman is projected bottom of the 1st round, but his talent and abilities make him a great fit in Milwaukee.  He's a very bulky 6'9" PF who reminds me a bit of Draymond Green, if for no other reason than they both played at Michigan State.  He rebounds, defends and can pass.  His knack isn't scoring, but he's good around the rim and at least tries to shoot 3's, even if it's not a very respectable margin.  Tillman is old for his draft class, but should be NBA ready.  He's a cross between Green and Al Horford in his abilities and would be a great backup big alongside Giannis and Lopez.

20-Brooklyn-SG-Leandro Bolmaro-I'd be surprised to see BKN keep this pick considering they don't want to wait on a prospect, but this is about the range for Bolmaro.  A 6'7" SG, he plays a game similar to Manu Ginobili.  A good shooter, crafty ballhandler and passer and good defender, he plays for Barcelona, the big times in Spain, so he should be NBA ready pretty quickly.  BKN has a knack for picking foreign players-Musa and Kurucs their two previous picks and he'd be a good complimentary player to Kyrie and Durant if chosen.

To be continued...
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Hey Cameron - a couple of questions - you have the Bucks picking at #19 - is that coming from a previous trade??  I can't recall.  And, it sure feels like this years draft class is less than exciting.  How does this years draft class compare with the last couple??
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Hey Cameron - a couple of questions - you have the Bucks picking at #19 - is that coming from a previous trade??  I can't recall.  And, it sure feels like this years draft class is less than exciting.  How does this years draft class compare with the last couple??


-The Bucks own the Indiana Pacers 2020 1st round pick from the sign and trade of Malcolm Brogdon.  The Bucks received the Pacers 2020 1st and 2021 2nd in the deal.

-This draft certainly isn't as top heavy.  It doesn't have that one elite star, or even two or three guys with likely all-star appearances.  While I think it's a two-man draft (Wiseman and Edwards), it wouldn't shock me to see a team take LaMelo Ball, Killian Hayes or Deni Avdija #1.  As for its depth, I think it has a lot of role players with a few guys that are going to leave us wondering in the future how they slipped so far.  There are A LOT of international prospects-Deni Avdija-Israel, Killian Hayes-France, Theo Maledon-France, Aleksej Povusevski-Greece, Leandro Balmero-Spain, and HS players who went overseas instead of college-LaMelo Ball, RJ Hampton.  That's seven 1st round prospects who weren't locally scouted, more than I can remember in years past. 
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Mock Draft V1.3
*the early entrants eligibility date was a few days ago, there weren't any major surprises in the 1st round, but definitely a lot more foreign/no-name college players entered a little unexpectedly.  Many can still pull out of the draft without hiring an agent, but with more info like this came a lot more rumors and talk about prospective draft rankings.

1-Golden State-SG-Anthony Edwards-I go back and forth on Wiseman/Edwards a lot at #1.  In the fit category, Wiseman could step in right away and be impactful, but Edwards might give them a better long term foundation.  It's hard to build around a 7' center unless they're Joel Embiid or Nikola Jokic and while Wiseman has that type of physical talent, there's far more Nerlens Noels and Jahlil Okafors than Embiids in the early part of drafts.  While Edwards has shades of Dion Waiters in him, he projects much more like a Victor Oladipo.  GS has longed for another creator, both before and after the Durant stint and Edwards would give them another dynamic scoring option.

2-Cleveland-C-James Wiseman-CLE doesn't have a need for a guard or a center, especially if Drummond accepts his player option for next season, but anybody else here not a PG or a C would be a reach.  CLE is a likely candidate to trade out if they don't land Edwards, but if they stood pat, they could take Wiseman and give him somewhat of a redshirt year playing behind Drummond.  He'd be an excellent defensive and rim running fit alongside a bunch of lead guards in Sexton, Garland and Porter Jr.

3-Minnesota-PG-LaMelo Ball-MIN would love to have Edwards, he'd be a perfect fit next to Russell and Towns, but Ball is a solid consolation prize.  Russell can play off the ball and score in a variety of ways while Ball is an excellent lead ball handler.  Towns has never had a PG of his caliber-passing wise-and he would feast on the opportunities Ball would give him.  The question would be, how in the heck Ball and Russell would guard anyone on the perimeter.

4-Atlanta-F-Deni Avdija-ATL is flush with young talent at every position so fit and need aren't really an obstacle here.  Drafting Avdija would provide them a unique skill set as a ballhandler and playmaker.  There's a lot of ball watching and 1 on 1 in ATL's offense, so an additional creator would help out immensely.  Avdija has question marks-size, athleticism, positional weakness and defense, but he should be passable as a 3/4 on that end while his playmaking and scoring are his wheelhouse.

5-Detroit-C-Onyeka Okungwu-DET, after trading Drummond, has a massive hole to fill at center.  Wood and Maker are also free agents and while DET likely breaks the bank to re-sign Wood, Okungwu would provide better interior presence as a defender.  He has elite rim protection, length and strength to go along with good footwork on the perimeter to stay in front of guards and is an excellent roller to the rim on pick and rolls.

6-New York-PG-Cole Anthony-NY would shock a lot of teams here going after Anthony ahead of Killian Hayes and Tyrese Haliburton, but the Frank Ntilikina project left them with a bad taste in their mouth for large framed PG's.  Anthony is a lead scoring PG who is always going to look to score first.  He reminds me of Kyrie in the way he's a score first PG.  NY could certainly use that type of talent, but it seems questionable picking him this early, but NY ALWAYS surprises people with their picks and they are rumored to be in love with Anthony.

7-Chicago-SG/SF-Isaac Okoro-CHI is in need of a major upgrade at the wing and Okoro fits their roster perfectly...that is, if Okoro can fall to them. He's a tenacious defender that can pick pockets and block shots.  At 6'6", he can play both wing positions with his 6'9" wingspan.  His jumper needs work, it's not a threat yet, and while he did operate in pick and roll in college, he's an average driver, but when he does get to the rim, he's a fantastic finisher finishing 63% of shots at the rim, a really good percentage for a wing.

8-Charlotte-C-Precious Achiuwa-CHA is in desperate need of a more formidable center and they're going to reach to make it happen.  They will be holding their breath at DET's #5 pick whether they take Okungwu or not and if they don't, he'll fall to them.  Passing on everybody else is short sighted, but Achiuwa has a ton of raw talent.  He's short at 6'9", but makes up for it with his wingspan and frame.  He's almost a zero offensively, but does step out and shoot the 3 occasionally which is a good sign.

9-Washington-PG-Tyrese Haliburton-WAS would just go best player here and Haliburton comps quite nicely to Shai Gilgeous Alexander.  He's a 6'5" combo guard with elite passing skills, a really good defender and a shooter.  He's not the fastest guard out there, but uses his frame well.  He'd be a great pick up to play behind Wall and Beal and give them a building block if they are either able to trade Wall in the future or trade Beal in a huge package.

10-Phoenix-PG/SG-Killian Hayes-while Toppin would be hard to pass up, Hayes might be the better long term fit.  PHX needs to get younger at PG, Rubio is on the roster for another year which would give Hayes a much needed redshirt year.  He has great feel for the game at just 18 years old, very athletic, a really good passer and finisher.  His 3P shot is weak at this point, but better spacing in the NBA should help.

11-San Antonio-PF-Obi Toppin-Toppin is the anti-Poppovich pick, but SA is moving in a new direction and needs an upgrade in their frontcourt.  His highlight reel would make you think he's a surefire top 3 pick-excellent dunker, uber athletic, really good outside shot, big and thick, but his advanced numbers are troubling.  He's a stand-still on the perimeter, defensively, and he's 22 years old, old for his draft class, but an influx of athleticism and shooting to their front court would help.

12-Sacramento-SF--Devin Vassel-SAC would be in a good position here with the ability to pick from a number of guards/wings.  Vassel balances safe and upside.  He's 6'7", with a 6'10" wingspan, a 42% 3P shooter and a really good defender.  He is excellent laterally, able to smother smaller guards and wings, and long enough to contain bigger ones.  He gets his hands in passing lanes and is a really good weakside shot blocker.  His offense is almost purely from behind the arc right now, but he really developed from his freshman to sophomore year, the ability to drive and pull up.  He doesn't finish well around contact yet, but he went from shooting 1 jumpshot off the dribble his freshman year to 39 his sophomore year at a 50% FG clip.  He'd be a perfect wing alongside Hield, Bogdanovic and Barnes.

13-New Orleans-G/F-Aaron Nesmith-shooting will be the name of NO's future.  NO has Redick and Hart alongside Ingram right now, but Redick's in his final year next year, same with Hart.  Nesmith shot a scorching 52% from 3 before tearing his shoulder.  While those numbers aren't sustainable, he's a deadly threat all over the floor.  He's a bit shy athletically and defensively, but spacing the floor for Zion is more important at this stage.

14-Portland-RJ Hampton-it'd be a little surprising to see Hampton fall this far, but this is the waterfall effect of NY taking Cole Anthony at 6.  POR has a bunch of combo guards-McCollum, Gary Trent Jr and Anfernee Simons, so the fit isn't perfect, but they've done well drafting non-big school players in recent years.  Hampton has an elite first step, explosive athlete and can do it all with the ball.  His jumper is shaky right now, but should come along with better spacing in the NBA compared to the NBL in New Zealand where he chose to play professionally, bypassing college.  This would also give POR a safety net if they chose to trade McCollum.

15-Orlando-SG-Tyrese Maxey-another faller in the draft due to the Anthony pick, Maxey would be a perfect fit in ORL.  There's not a lot of 1 on 1 scoring in ORL and they could use his ability to score at all three levels.  He's small, but gets to his spots.  He's not an elite athlete, but a crafty ballhandler and quick enough in the mold of some cross between Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford.  He'd be a great 6th man for them playing alongside Fultz.

16-Minnesota-F-Patrick Williams-Williams is a very underrated player in this draft.  He's a complete team player.  He was the floor general, defensively, for Florida State, blocking shots and nabbing steals, he manned the literal center of the floor for them creating havoc.  He's fairly polished and stays within his lane offensively, cutting for open spots on the floor, shooting floaters and mid-rangers and uses his size and strength to get to the rim.  He's 6'8" and will likely settle in at PF in the NBA, a big need also for MIN.

17-Boston-PF/C-Paul Reed-Reed's draft stock is all over the board.  I've never seen him this high, but also as low as a late 2nd.  He's 6'9", 220 lbs with a 7' wingspan.  Everything says he's a quintessential combo big.  He's active off the ball, sets good screens, has a really nice in between game from mid-range on in and blocks a ton of shots.  He'd be an excellent fit in BOS as a small ball big.

18-Dallas-Saddiq Bey-DAL has a big need for defense and Bey can provide that.  He's a big 6'8", a large framed combo forward who is the quintessential 3&D big.  He doesn't have much for an offensive game aside from spotting up from 3, but in the West, DAL needs bigger wings to guard the Kawhis and Lebrons.

19-Milwaukee-PF/C-Jalen Smith-while Milwaukee has free agent issues on the wing with Connaughton, Brown and Korver free agents, front court might be a bigger need.  Smith is 6'10", shots from 3, blocks shots, athletic and is NBA ready at 20 years old.  Bud doesn't liken himself too much to rookies, but DJ Wilson could be on the outs this summer while they fill in the backup PF spot with a veteran, possibly re-signing Marvin Williams, and allow Smith to come along slowly.  If he pans out as a 3&D big, he'd be a great fit next to Giannis.

20-Brooklyn-SG-Josh Green-I don't love Green, but his skillset would be perfect for a star studded team.  He's 6'6", athletic and projects like a rich man's Pat Connaughton.  He has a ton of energy, one of the better perimeter defenders in the draft and can play a bit of offense, diving on sleeping defenders, spotting up in the corner and on straight line drives.  

21-Denver-PF/C-Isaiah Stewart-Stewart is going to have to find the exact right team to excel in the NBA and DEN could be that fit.  He's a little small to play center, he's 6'9", but plays below the rim.  Offensively, he strictly is a pick and roll big, diving to the rim.  He won't get up and jump over anyone, but he's powerful at 250 lbs.  Defensively, he blocks a ton of shots.  He has the length and strength to overpower guards driving to the lane.  He also is an excellent rebounder.  He's clunky on almost everything he does and uses strength and energy to bowl thru guys.  He may not be much of an NBA player and could slip to the 2nd round, but in DEN, where they need big men alongside Jokic, he'd compliment their offensive firepower well with a bit of nasty.

22-Philadelphia-PG-Theo Maledon-Maledon, a 6'4" French PG, playing in the highest divison of Euro basketball at ASVEL, has a lot of potential playing under the tutelage of Tony Parker.  He doesn't do any one thing well, but has really good feel as a pick and roll creator, a decent scorer at all levels and ideal size.  His steady play would compliment the gunning style of the rest of the team and their team-oriented style would make Maledon a good fit as a passer.  PHI has a need for a backup PG and Maledon played at the highest level and could help them right away off the bench.

23-Miami-F-Jaden McDaniels-this is a low risk-high reward pick.  McDaniels highlight reel makes you wonder why he isn't a top 5 pick, but digging into his tape, it makes you wonder how he's projected to the NBA.  First, the good-a 6'10" ballhandler who, when good, looks like Michael Porter.  A fluid athlete with the ability to score all over the court.  He's also a really good defender when locked in and can overwhelm opponents with his length and shot blocking.  The bad-he shot terribly in college, somewhere around under 40% from the field, 30% from 3.  He fancies himself a Kevin Durant clone a bit too much.  He also turns the ball over a lot.  He's a little out of control driving to the rim at times, but has the talent to do it.  MIA loves them outcasts and at 23, he's a high reward pick.

24-Utah-SG-Jahmi'us Ramsey-Ramsey could be a surprise pick at the end of the lottery, he can absolutely launch from all over and is a constant dunk threat driving to the rim.  He comps favorably to Malik Beasley and UTA has a massive need for better scoring and shooting on the perimeter.

25-Oklahoma City-SG-Leandro Balmero-Balmero, like Ramsey, is a threat to go much earlier.  He's an aggressive player all over the court, can score, isn't super athletic but his a crafty ballhandler at 6'7" and can play 3 positions.  OKC uses dynamic lineups with three guards and Balmero would fit right into their non-traditional system.

26-Boston-PG-Nico Mannion-Coach Stevens loves him proven college players and Mannion, out of AZ, was just that.  He has a low ceiling due to his lack of athleticism, but he's a pure floor general and point guard.  He'd be a massive upgrade at backup PG running the system for the second unit.  He flashes some serious scoring potential at times, and is a much better scorer than his numbers showed in college.

27-New York-PF-Aleksej Pokusevski-wouldn't this be a treat.  Early, NY selected Cole Anthony to shore up their PG hole.  Here, they go big and can take a risky selection with multiple 1sts.  Poku is nowhere near NBA ready, he's 7' and barely 200 lbs, he's rail thin and is going to struggle with the strength and size of the NBA, but whoever drafts him has to know he's a project.  At his best, he plays a lot like Kristaps Porzingis-3 point shooter, shot blocker, can handle the ball even for his size, but again, he's going to need a lot of seasoning.

28-Toronto-PG-Kira Lewis-with Fred VanVleet likely scoring big in free agency and Kyle Lowry in the final year of his extension next year, TOR needs to find a backup PG for the future.  Lewis is a lightning quick PG with a ridiculous first step and a flash in the open court.  For his size, he fills up the stat sheets well, and his percentages are fine as he can score from anywhere and has quick hands defensively.  

29-LA Lakers-PG-Tyrell Terry-one of the best kept secrets of the draft, he'd fit in perfectly in LA.  Terry is small, 6'1", 160 lbs, but can shoot the lights out.  He has a quick release and plays similarly to Steph, always hunting screens and a smidge of open space to launch.  LAL is in need of more production out of their PG's and if Terry can get on the court with Lebron and AD, he'd have all the space in the world.

30-Boston-SF-Tyler Bey-Bey seems more like a 2nd rounder than a 1st, he's going to need to find his spot in the NBA but his skillset and size is intriguing.  He's 6'7", with a 7'1" wingspan, an absolute monster dunker, a good screen setter and flys for rebounds.  He's like a combination of Larry Nance Jr and Derrick Jones Jr.  He's a monster defensively, averaging 1.5 steals and blocks per game and can step out and shoot the 3 which he doesn't do often, but at least put them up on occasion.
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The draft has long been much anticipated, much talked about and nearly all trade activity surrounds draft pick compensation.  With the change to the lottery system implementation last year where the curve of value of draft picks was evened out more, the lottery becomes that much more important.  The Pelicans moved up from 7 to 1 to draft Zion while the Lakers moved up from 11 to 4 to enable them to trade for Anthony Davis.  But are the higher picks really that much more valuable? 

This is a breakdown of drafts 2011-2015, the positioning and the result at each pick.  I broke down picks 1-5, 10-15, 20-25 and 30-32.  I wanted some separation between levels because this is value range.  1-5 is extraordinarily difficult to acquire, 10-15 is still a lottery pick and holds more value than non-lottery, 20-25 are often thrown into trades as they are teams not yet to the pinnacle of the standings, but always offering them up in trades to better their teams, and picks 30-35 (I went to 32) are highly valuable because of their flexibility when it comes to signing 2nd round picks.

Grading scale will be superstar, all-star, starters, reserve, out of the league

1st Pick-4/5 starter or above
2011-Kyrie Irving-superstar
2012-Anthony Davis-superstar
2013-Anthony Bennett-out of the league
2014-Andrew Wiggins-starter
2015-Karl Anthony-Towns-all star

2nd pick-3/5 starter or above
2011-Derrick Williams-out of the league
2012-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist-reserve
2013-Victor Oladipo-all star
2014-Jabari Parker-starter
2015-D'Angelo Russell-all star

3rd pick-3/5 starter or above
2011-Enes Kanter-reserve
2012-Bradley Beal-all star
2013-Otto Porter-starter
2014-Joel Embiid-superstar
2015-Jahlil Okafor-reserve

4th pick-4/5 starter or above
2011-Tristan Thompson-starter
2012-Dion Waiters-reserve
2013-Cody Zeller-starter
2014-Aaron Gordon-starter
2015-Kristaps Porzingis-all-star

5th pick-1/5 starter or above
2011-Jonas Valanciunas-starter
2012-Thomas Robinson-out of the league
2013-Alex Len-reserve
2014-Dante Exum-reserve
2015-Mario Hezonja-reserve

10th pick-1/5 starter or above
2011-Jimmer Fredette-out of the league
2012-Austin Rivers-reserve
2013-CJ McCollum-all-star
2014-Elfrid Payton-reserve
2015-Justise Winslow-reserve

11th pick-2/5 starter or above
2011-Klay Thompson-all star
2012-Meyers Leonard-reserve
2013-Michael Carter-Williams-reserve
2014-Doug McDermott-reserve
2015-Myles Turner-starter

12th pick-1/5 starter or above
2011-Alec Burks-reserve
2012-Jeremy Lamb-reserve
2013-Steven Adams-starter
2014-Dario Saric-reserve
2015-Trey Lyles-reserve

13th pick-2/5 starter or above
2011-Markieff Morris-reserve
2012-Kendall Marshall-out of the league
2013-Kelly Olynyk-reserve
2014-Zach LaVine-starter
2015-Devin Booker-all star

14th pick-1/5 starter or above
2011-Marcus Morris-reserve
2012-John Henson-reserve
2013-Shabazz Muhammed-out of the league
2014-TJ Warren-starter
2015-Cam Payne-out of the league

15th pick-3/5 starter or above
2011-Kawhi Leonard-superstar
2012-Mo Harkless-reserve
2013-Giannis Antetokounmpo-superstar
2014-Adriean Payne-out of the league
2015-Kelly Oubre Jr-starter

20th pick-1/5 starter or above
2011-Donatas Matiejunas-out of the league
2012-Evan Fournier-starter
2013-Tony Snell-reserve
2014-Bruno Cabocolo-reserve
2015-Delon Wright-reserve

21st pick-0/5 starter or above
2011-Nolan Smith-out of the league
2012-Jared Sullinger-out of the league
2013-Gorgui Dieng-reserve
2014-Mitch McGary-out of the league
2015-Justin Anderson-out of the league
 
22nd pick-0/5 starter or above
2011-Kenneth Faried-out of the league
2012-Fab Melo-out of the league (RIP)
2013-Mason Plumlee-reserve
2014-Jordan Adams-out of the league
2015-Bobby Portis-reserve

23rd pick-0/5 starter or above
2011-Nikola Mirotic-out of the league
2012-John Jenkins-out of the league
2013-Solomon Hill-reserve
2014-Rodney Hood-reserve
2015-Rondae Hollis-Jefferson-reserve

24th pick-1/5 starter or above
2011-Reggie Jackson-reserve
2012-Jared Cunningham-out of the league
2013-Tim Hardaway Jr-starter
2014-Shabazz Napier-reserve
2015-Tyus Jones-reserve

25th pick-1/5 starter or above
2011-Marshon Brooks-out of the league
2012-Tony Wroten-out of the league
2013-Reggie Bullock-reserve
2014-Clint Capela-starter
2015-Jarell Martin-out of the league

30th pick-1/5 starter or above
2011-Jimmy Butler-all star
2012-Festus Ezeli-out of the league
2013-Nemanja Nedovic-out of the league
2014-Kyle Anderson-reserve
2015-Kevon Looney-reserve

31st pick pick-2/5 starter or above
2011-Bojan Bogdanovic-starter
2012-Jeffery Taylor-out of the league
2013-Allen Crabbe-reserve
2014-Damien Inglis-out of the league
2015-Cedi Osman-starter

32nd pick pick-1/5 starter or above
2011-Justin Harper-out of the league
2012-Tomas Satoransky-reserve
2013-Alex Abrines-out of the league
2014-KJ McDaniels-out of the league
2015-Montrezl Harrell-starter

I wasn't going to do every single pick, but you can get the parameters. 

Breakdown-
Picks 1-5
-8/25 are all-stars or superstars
-7/25 are starters
-7/25 are reserves
-3/25 are out of the league
Obviously you have a much higher chance of becoming a much better player if you're drafted that high.  But you also have 10/25 players reserves or out of the league.  And some of those reserves-Kidd-Gilchrist, Okafor, Waiters, Exum, Hezonja-are barely hanging on.  It's fair to say picks 1-5 are boom or bust.

Picks 10-15
-5/30 are all stars or superstars
-4/30 are starters
-15/30 are reserves
-6/30 are out of the league
You have a 1/6 chance or drafting an all-star or superstar in this category, compared to a 1/3 chance in picks 1-5.  HALF are reserves, 21/30 are not at the level of starting.  Those odds, to me, are better than I anticipated.  You have nearly a 1/3 chance of drafing a starter or all-star/superstar in this range.

Picks 20-25
-0/30 are all stars or superstars
-3/30 are starters
-13/30 are reserves
-14/30 are out of the league
Incredibly awful value here.  A 10% chance of landing only a starter.  There are various levels of reserves here, some who are good, but none that are even bordering on starter status aside from maybe Bobby Portis.  Almost HALF here are out of th league.

Picks 30-32
-1/15 all-star
-3/15 are starters
-4/15 are reserves
-7/15 are out of the league
You have equal chance at drafting a player of the league in this range as you do as a pick in the 20-25 range.  It's no wonder GM's sold 1st round draft picks for so many years and now you can't even buy a high 2nd round pick.  Having 4/15 starters or all-stars is the biggest shock.  That's nearly a 25% rate, astonishing considering that same caliber is drafted at a 31% rate in picks 10-15.

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Mock V1.3

-The NBA announced its plans for a return and with it, how they plan to handle the draft lottery.  The standings as of March 11th, the day the league was suspended, will stand for purposes of the lottery.  That gives the Warriors, Cavaliers and Timberwolves equally a 14% chance at the #1 pick with incrementally reduced odds among the remaining 11 teams.  Since this is the standings, with the help of Tankathon's draft lottery simulator, I took one crack at the simulator and played out my mock based on that simulation.  Results:

1-Detroit (up 4)-PG-LaMelo Ball
Age-18
Physicals-6'7", 190 lbs, 6'9" wingspan
Position-PG
Overview-LaMelo Ball is a tantalizing prospect as a passer and floor general.  His elite vision and size create for a unique opportunity for any team in the mold of how Ben Simmons is an entirely different breed of player.  Ball has the size, athleticism, handle and creativity to be a top flight player.  His jumper is better than Lonzo's was at this stage of his career, yet still has a bit of qwerkiness to it, he's crafty getting to the basket and does a lot of little things on the floor.  His downside is his shot selection and defense.  Throughout his AAU career and time in New Zealand playing professionally, he took bad shots, most of which were barely inside the half court deep 3's.  He thinks way more of himself as a shooter than he actually is.  But he also hasn't played in great structure yet which may tamper those issues.  Defensively, he's not the most engaged.  And on top of that, for his size, he'll need a complimentary team around him defensively to ensure he doesn't get exploited night in and night out.  He's not going to be able to chase the Damian Lillard's of the world around the floor simply due to his height.  He could be a disruptor, but much in the same way Ben Simmons has good defenders around him, LaMelo will need that as well.  DET is desperate for a PG of the future.  They're very high on their young core of Sekou Doumbouya and Christian Wood, the latter of which will need to be re-signed this summer, and to a lesser extent, Bruce Brown and Luke Kennard.  That team seems like a not great fit for Ball, but Ball will certainly make them better, at least offensively.  DET winning the lottery would be the best thing for the franchise which is headed in a poor direction both roster-wise and financially, but LaMelo Ball could be a turning point for them.

2-Atlanta (up 1)-SG-Anthony Edwards
Age-18
Physicals-6'5", 225 lbs, 6'9" wingspan
Position-SG
Overview-Edwards is a pure scorer.  The question is, is he some hybrid of Victor Oladipo crossed with Zach LaVine, or is he Dion Waiters.  He's a bowling ball of a guard with the footwork of a ballerina and the handles and creativity far surpassing his age.  He can score at all three levels, and physically, he projects as a good defender.  But on paper, he's not a good basketball player.  His stats, both core stats and advanced stats, were bad at Georgia.  He shot 40% from the field and 29% from 3, his defensive numbers were bad (105 rating) and his assists to turnovers were 1:1, not great for a guy who will want the ball in his hands quite a bit.  But if he can wrap his head around being a secondary ballhandler and secondary scorer, fitting into a system like Atlanta would be crucial to his development as an NBA prospect.  He has the ability to be a 20 PPG scorer, but will have to settle with not being the best player on his team and doing a lot of little things to improve as a player and teammate.  ATL has a major need for a secondary ballhandler.  Aside from Trae Young, ATL trotted out DeAndre Bembry and Evan Turner as their backup PG's last year and Kevin Huerter, a sweet shooting 2-guard, took a major step back in his sophomore year.  Edwards fits almost immediately as a starting SG for ATL.

3-San Antonio (up 8)-C-James Wiseman
Age-19
Physicals-7'1", 240 lbs, 7'3" wingspan
Position-C
Overview-Wiseman is the best prospect in this draft to me.  He compares physically to Joel Embiid, but has the athleticism and fluidity of Anthony Davis.  He has the raw skills around the rim to be an elite shot blocker, roll man and 2-way player.  He's shown some ability as a post up player with some touch and ability to step out and take 3's.  The knock on him is his game tape.  He only played 3 collegiate games (which he dominated by the way) before getting suspended for the season.  So the unknown of him hurts him in this scenario.  If he played an entire college season, he would've been the consensus #1 pick in my opinion.  SA jumping up from 11 to #3 to nab James Wiseman would be a heist.  SA has a number of guards that are useful-DeJounte Murray, Derrick White, Lonnie Walker, and Keldon Johnson, the latter two who have a lot of potential yet.  They still have veterans Demar Derozan (if he opts in), LaMarcus Aldridge, Patty Mills and Rudy Gay under contract, but at some point, SA needs to turn the roster over entirely to their young core and acquiring the #3 pick and taking Wiseman would be that nudge in that direction.

4-Chicago (up 3)-PF-Obi Toppin
Age-22
Physicals-6'9", 220 lbs, 7'4" wingspan
Position-PF
Overview-Toppin is a walking bucket.  He's somewhere between Jabari Parker and Amare Stoudemire.  He shot 40% from 3, and 66% from the field last season at Arizona.  He can score in a variety of ways taking guys off the dribble, pulling up from 3, spotting up from the perimeter, or burying guys under the basket to explode at the rim.  He's the quintessential pick and roll/pop big man in today's NBA because he has such versatility as a scorer.  The question marks on him are his age (22) and ability to develop further, and his defense.  Scouts are torn on him as a defender.  In the pick and roll he wasn't good, he has a difficult time dissecting offenses and handling the pick and roll because although he has size and athleticism, he's not an elite shot blocker, but he was ok as a man to man defender.  Under entirely new management this summer, CHI could go in a number of different directions.  They have Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen entering the final years of their contract respectively, so decisions will have to made on their future sooner rather than later, tantalizing young prospects in Coby White and Wendell Carter Jr-White had a TERRIFIC second half of the season and was lights out at times nearly cementing him as a future cornerstone of the franchise thanks to his scoring ability and the jury is out on Carter, but he was so badly mismanaged by Jim Boylan its hard to tell what he actually is.  They also have a few veterans under contract for several season-Tomas Satoransky-a steady, veteran combo guard and Thad Young-an older, but useful forward.  Their major need is at wing, especially defensively, but there's nothing here to really cement that question so I think their new management takes who they feel is BPA.  Toppin could produce right away and although there doesn't seem to be a great fit for him right now on the roster, he could contribute immediately and probbaly more effectively than Markkanen or Thad Young at PF.

5-Golden State (down 4)-PG-Killian Hayes
Age-18
Physicals-6'5", 190 lbs, 6'9" wingspan
Position-PG
Overview-Hayes is the second best prospect to me in this draft.  He's young, but played professionally in France that tends to churn out good NBA players.  For his age, he's an extremely patient PG.  He's an elite passer, a really good defender and has a really nice handle and ability to create his own shot.  Where he falls short is his consistency on his jumper.  He shot just 29% from 3 last season, but his ability to create his own shot is a far greater attribute to have right now as his jumper should come along.  GS could go with Hayes here or big man Onyeka Okungwu.  GS has a decent frontcourt rotation of Draymond Green, Eric Paschall, Kevon Looney, Marquese Chriss and Alen Smailagic.  What GS doesn't have is depth at guard.  Hayes could immediately step in as a 3rd guard playing next to both Steph and Klay thanks to his versatility and size.

6-Cleveland (down 4)-SF-Deni Avdija
Age-19
Physicals-6'9", 215 lbs, 6'9" wingspan
Position-SF/PF
Overview-Avdija is one of the most controversial prospects in this draft.  His scouting reports range from Luka Doncic-lite to a worse Dario Saric.  I see him somewhere in the middle.  He's a creative ballhandler, a good attacker, excellent passer and pick and roll ballhandler and a good shooter, albeit streaky.  He doesn't have elite athleticism on paper, but he's much more athletic on the floor than he will be during the combine process.  He reminds me slightly of Khris Middleton with a better handle.  He can get to his spots, show off some burst at times and has good lateral quickness and verticality.  The concern is his shooting.  He was really streaky.  And to boot, he was a 52% FT shooter.  Combining those two together are usually a really bad sign that he won't progress as a shooter, but his form looks really good.  In CLE, they have a need at the wing.  They have Kevin Porter Jr and Cedi Osman, but Avdija is a different player than those two.  He's creative and would help with CLE's issues passing and making plays for others.

7-Minnesota (down 4)-PF/C-Onyeka Okungwu
Age-19
Physicals-6'9", 245 lbs, 7'1" wingspan
Position-C/PF
Overview-Okungwu could be the steal of the draft if he slips out of the top 5.  He's an elite defender at all phases.  He's strong, athletic and long.  He blocks a ton of shots, but also is adept at handling pick and roll switches.  He can defend the perimeter well.  He's excellent in space, a pretty good ballhandler and passer for his size and position, although he hasn't shown much ability to shoot yet.  Minnesota would love another guard to pair with D'Angelo Russell, but I don't think they can pass up on Okungwu.  With Towns ability as an outside scorer, it would give them a huge boost on the interior, especially defensively where MIN struggles the most.  Pairing two true big men usually isn't a recipe for success, but Towns abilities pairing with Okungwu's would match perfectly.

8-New York (down 2)-PG/SG-Tyrese Haliburton
Age-20
Physicals-6'5", 175 lbs, 7' wingspan
Position-PG/SG
Overview-Haliburton is the second most enigmatic prospect in this draft aside from Avdija.  In college, he was a weapon all around.  He can score, pass, defend, rebound and shoot.  He put up 15, 6, 6.5 and 2+ steals per game.  He seems to project more as a SG in the NBA than a pure point guard, but he's in the mold of Shai Gilgeous Alexander.  The downside of him is he doesn't have elite burst.  He has trouble getting by good defenders and when the paint is packed in, he settles for a lot of jumpers.  To make matter worse, his jumper is odd.  He pushes the ball from his chest moreso than a fluid shooting motion which causes concern for his ability to create his own shot and get it off successfully.  In college, when he was defended well, he settled for a lot of jumpers, but he shot 42% from 3, so he's doing something right.  New York badly wants a PG and could reach for one.  Haliburton shouldn't be relied upon as a #1 option and in NY, it could be a recipe for disaster considering he and RJ Barrett shouldn't be #1 options but will be asked to carry the load.  But he's toolsy and in the right system, should be successful.

9-Charlotte (down 1)-SF-Devin Vassel
Age-19
Physicals-6'7", 195 lbs, 6'10" wingspan
Position-SF/PF
Overview-Vassel is one of the most underrated prospects in this draft and his selection may surprise some people.  He's an excellent shooter and defender.  He shot 45% from 3 last year, he's long, rangy as a defender defending multiple positions, jumps passing lanes and can block shots.  He developed tremendously over his 2 years at Florida State, he went from being a stand still, spot up shooter to developing into a pick and roll ballhandler and creating off the dribble.  CHA would love a big man here.  But if they don't move up, it's unlikely they get Wiseman or Okungwu.  Their next best option is to shore up their wing depth.  Miles Bridges has been serviceable, but certainly not what many expected him to be.  PJ Washington had a good rookie season, but Vassel has a higher ceiling than both.

10-Washington (down 1)-SG/SF-Isaac Okoro
Age-19
Physicals-6'6", 225 lbs, 6'9" wingspan
Position-SG/SF
Overview-Okoro hangs his hat on defense.  He's a tremendous defender of multiple positions.  He has lateral quickness to guard smaller, faster players and the size to defend up a position or two.  He doesn't put up a lot of defensive stats which is disappointing considering his activity, nor does he shoot the ball well at all.  He's a bit of a low ceiling guy.  If he doesn't pan out, he projects as a barely in the NBA type of player.  At his ceiling, he's a solid starter as a defender and not much else.  One thing he really does have going for him was tremendous finishing at the rim.  He's quick off the dribble, but a straight line dribbler, so in the NBA, he may find it harder to get there, but when he does, he's extremely effective.  WAS needs wing defense and depth.  While a 3&D prospect like Vassel would fit far greater, they just need better defenders around Beal and Hachimura and Okoro could slot in pretty quickly in the rotation.

11-Phoenix (down 1)-PG-Cole Anthony
Age-20
Physicals-6'3", 185 lbs, 6'4" wingspan
Position-PG
Overview-Anthony is a tremendous scorer.  He has a scorer's mentality with average PG IQ.  He is quick, finishes well at the basket and can get very hot from the perimeter.  He's adept at creating his own shot and a competitive defender.  He has basic PG skills as a passer, he sees the basic offense and can find an open man, but won't make passes two steps ahead of the defense.  PHX has been searching for a PG of the future, even after they signed Ricky Rubio.  Rubio can feasibly play both backcourt positions and compliment Anthony well thanks to Anthony's scoring ability.  While PHX would love to land a PF like Obi Toppin here, it's not feasible unless they move up in the draft.  PHX does have a lot of prospect PG's on their roster-Ty Jerome, Elie Okobo, Jalen Lecque, so this pick doesn't make a ton of sense, but it seems PHX is targeting PG and Anthony is next on the board.

12-Sacramento-SG/PG-RJ Hampton
Age-19
Physicals-6'5", 190 lbs, 6'8" wingspan
Position-SG/PG
Overview-Hampton was one of the highest rated prospects coming out of high school.  He bypassed college and played professionally in the NBL in New Zealand, the same where LaMelo Ball played.  He disappointed a little, considering his hype, but the NBL plays a much different level of basketball.  It's much slower and more rugged than the NBA.  Hampton's game is predicated on speed and spacing.  He has an elite first step and ballhandling abilities.  He's a good, not great finisher, but can get by his man.  He is creative with the ball, a good passer and a developing jumper.  He's more of a SG than a PG, but can play both backcourt positions.  SAC has tried their hand at a number of combo guards over the years since they drafted DeAaron Fox (George Hill, Yogi Ferrell and Cory Joseph to name a few).  Hampton and Fox would create one of the fastest backcourts in the NBA and rounding out their backcourt rotation with Buddy Hield's shooting and Bogdan Bogdanovic's creative abilities and shot making would make for a rather nifty 1-4 at guard.

13-New Orleans-SG/SF-Aaron Nesmith
Age-20
Physicals-6'6", 220 lbs, 6'10" wingspan
Position-SG/SF
Overview-Nesmith is going to get a lot of hype in this draft, but it'll come down to his workouts to show he's more than just a shooter.  If he's just that, he's still a lottery pick.  He shot 52% (!!!!) from 3 last year on a scorching 23 PPG.  He's an excellent off ball movement wing, running off screens and finding openings in the defense to shoot from very deep.  He has the build to be a good defender and is developing his on ball skills.  The name of the game in New Orleans is to find shooting and defense around Zion, Ingram and Lonzo and Nesmith fits that mold perfectly.

14-Portland-PF/C-Jalen Smith
Age-20
Physicals-6'10", 225 lbs, 7'1" wingspan
Position-PF/C
Overview-Smith could sniff the late lottery.  His game is tailored made for today's NBA.  He's an excellent athlete with ideal size and length, he's a big time rim runner, a really good 3P shooter and an excellent shot blocker and rebounder.  I find him more to be a center in today's NBA than a PF, but his continued growth will depend on that.  He reminds me a lot of Christian Wood.  He has excellent activity and is a constant threat as a screening big because you don't know whether he'll pop out for 3, or roll to the rim for a ferocious dunk.  POR has a host of guards-Lillard, McCollum, Gary Trent Jr and Anfernee Simons.  There's a lot of guards available here, but POR has a much greater need in their front court alongside Jusuf Nurkic.  If POR has any belief that Zach Collins, former 10th overall pick, will develop at all, they'll likely go with a guard or wing here, but if not, Smith is a perfect pairing for Lillard.

15-Orlando-SG-Tyrese Maxey
Age-19
Physicals-6'3", 200 lbs, 6'6" wingspan
Position-SG
Overview-Maxey is a big time prospect as a microwave scorer and two-way defender.  He's electric with the ball, he's quick, can pass and score.  He's an adept finisher while also having the ability to get really hot from the outside, but can be very streaky.  He reminds me a bit of Lou Williams.  With a solid frame and decent length, he can defend too.  ORL has a need for another ballhandler and depth at SG.  Evan Fournier has a player option he probably accepts, but has been on the trade block a bunch.  Aside from that, ORL needs shooting as well alongside Markelle Fultz and Maxey could fill that role.

16-Minnesota-SG-Josh Green
Age-19
Physicals-6'6", 205 lbs, 6'11" wingspan
Position-SG/SF
Overview-Green reminds me a rich man's Pat Connaughton.  He's active, a very good defender, excellent off the ball, explosive at the rim, a good passer within the system, an above average rebounder and an ok shooter.  In the right system, Green could be successful.  He'll never be a top tier scoring option, but he has a ton of potential to continue to develop considering how toolsy he is.  MIN likely goes guard with their 1st pick early in the 1st round, then big man here considering how the draft likely plays out, but they took Okungwu early because they fell in the lottery and now they pick up Green.  Both would be perfect additions in Minnesota to provide much better defense that MIN currently doesn't have alongside Towns and Russell.

17-Boston-PF-Aleksej Pokusevski
Age-18
Physicals-7', 200 lbs, 7'3" wingspan
Position-PF/C
Overview-Pokusevski, nicknamed Poku, is an incredibly intriguing prospect.  He's a bit Kristaps Porzingis, however those comparisons over the years have netted far more Dragan Bender's than Porzingis's.  Poku is a good ballhandler for his size, an excellent shooter and strong shot blocker.  He's rail thin though.  He barely scratches 200 lbs and looks every bit of it.  He'll need to get a lot stronger to stick around in the NBA.  He played in Greece's second division, the same that Giannis came from, so his competition was weak.  He'll need a lot of tutelage but BOS has a good core and depth and three 1st round picks, so they take a big swing here and develop Pokusevski slowly.

18-Dallas-SF-Saddiq Bey
Age-21
Physicals-6'8", 220 lbs, 6'10" wingspan
Position-SF/PF
Overview-Bey is just solid.  He's a good shooter and defender, he's big bodied and strong.  He played at Villanova that churns out good, system-oriented players and Bey fits that bill.  He doesn't have great creation off the dribble, but he's a good passer.  In the West, you need as many big bodied defender as you can get and Dallas is desperate for wing defense alongside Luka.  

19-Milwaukee-SF/PF-Patrick Williams
Age-18
Physicals-6'8", 225 lbs, 6'11" wingspan
Position-PF/SF
Overview-Patrick Williams is going to be a high riser in the draft and it's going to be tough for him to fall to Milwaukee, especially with BOS and DAL in front of them both looking for big bodied defenders.  Williams is a project.  He's young and came off the bench at Florida State, but he has top end potential for this draft.  He's big, strong and versatile as a 2-way player.  He can handle the ball and use his size to bully his way into the lane and explodes at the rim.  He didn't put up huge stats since he came off the bench, but when he did, he was excellent as a rebounder and defender.  He's still working to find his jumper which has a slow hitch to it, but he was somewhat effective with it.  He reminds me of Kawhi in his activity on defense and his ability to prod defenses and bully his way to get to his spot.  He'll take some developing, but MIL has a solid core and a good path to a 10 man rotation next year.  They likely return Marvin Williams to fill the backup PF role behind Giannis but Williams could slot in behind them.

20-Brooklyn-F-Jaden McDaniels
Age-19
Physicals-6'10", 185 lbs, 7' wingspan
Position-PF/SF
Overview-If you were building an NBA prospect in a lab, you'd build McDaniels.  But the on paper was better than what was produced on the court.  McDaniels is a high level scorer with tantalizing raw abilities as a defender.  You look at his per game stats and see that he can do it all-16 PPG, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 steals, 1 block per game, but looking further and there's greater concern.  He shot 40% from the field and 33% from 3 along with 3.2 turnovers to 3 assists per game.  He's turnover prone and takes bad shots.  But he was a top 5 pick coming into this season before falling off over these same concerns.  With the right tutelage, he could be very good, but he'll need a lot of support physically and emotionally as he let himself get into his own head at times.  BKN doesn't have a lot of holes in their roster, they could probably use a backup PG, but they go high level prospect here in hopes McDaniels develops.

21-Denver-SG-Jahmi'us Ramsey
Age-19
Physicals-6'4", 195 lbs, 6'10" wingspan
Position-SG
Overview-Ramsey is an explosive scorer.  He shot 42% from 3, and can explode at the rim.  He's long and has the base to be an edgy defender, but he floats in interest on that end at times.  He also tended to take a lot of bad shots well out of the offense rhythm, but still managed to put up good percentages.  His advanced stats weren't all that great and he'll need to temper his own expectations of himself as he carried himself as the best player in the world at times at Texas Tech.  DEN has a need for backcourt depth.  They sit with only Gary Harris as a true SG right now and he's been oft-injured and in and out of trade rumors for awhile.  Ramsey provides them depth and explosive scoring off the bench.

22-Philadelphia-PG-Tyrell Terry
Age-19
Physicals-6'1", 160 lbs
Position-PG
Overview-Terry is an elite shooter.  He's quick and adept at getting off shots on the perimeter around anyone.  He's shifty and has a good handle, and a surprisingly competitive defender although he is relatively short and pretty skinny.  He can get to the basket and finish in college but could struggle more in the NBA around bigger bodies.  He's a decent passer, but hasn't shown the ability to think the offense through steps ahead.  His shooting is what will be his staple and in PHI, where they don't have much for backup PG behind Ben Simmons, Terry would slot in as an excellent floor spacer.

23-Miami-PG-Kira Lewis
Age-19
Physicals-6'3", 165 lbs, 6'5" wingspan
Position-PG
Overview-Lewis is a speedy, change of pace PG with an elite first step and a creative scorer.  He has a good handle and ability to shoot, but struggles a bit in traffic due to how skinny he is.  He's a decent defender thanks to his quickness, but could get abused by bigger PG's or on switches.  MIA has some questions at PG-Goran Dragic is a free agent and Kendrick Nunn was very good for them, but is much more of a scorer than a true point.  If MIA finds themselves PG-needy in the draft, Lewis would give them an edge of quickness, passing and shooting that would help their slow, plodding offense at times.

24-Utah-PF/C-Precious Achiuwa
Age-20
Physicals-6'9", 225 lbs, 7'2" wingspan
Position-PF/C
Overview-this would be a bit of a surprise pick for Utah.  Achiuwa is an excellent defender and rebounder.  He has a massive, long frame.  He excels in the open court and buries bodies underneath the basket to the tune of 12 rebounds per game while swatting any shot in his vicinity.  Offensively, he stepped out and started taking some 3's last year, but it certainly isn't his bread and butter yet.  He's turnover prone, doesn't assist at all and is a bit stiff offensively when the ball gets into his hands.  Utah has Rudy Gobert and he and Achiuwa probably can't play on the floor together, but Gobert could be on the trade block and is only under contract for 1 more season.  Utah could use better depth in their front court although they have Ed Davis and Tony Bradley under contract.  Achiuwa is a far better prospect than those two and this pick could suite Utah for the future beyond Gobert.

25-Oklahoma City-SG-Leandro Balmero
Age-19 
Physicals-6'7", 180 lbs
Position-SG
Overview-Balmero is a very different type of guard coming out of Barcelona. At 6'7", he's super athletic, a good defender and excellent passer.  He's a streaky shooter, but certainly isn't afraid of launching away.  He'll come into the NBA as a prospect, potentially staying overseas for another year which doesn't really fit OKC's run right now, but he's a high level prospect.  His creativity with the ball in his hands and as an active defender make him an enticing draft and stash player who will need to go in the 1st round to hold rights too.  OKC could use wing depth here and there are other options available, but OKC continues to hoard assets even at a time they were far more successful than many thought.

26-Boston-PG-Nico Mannion
Age-19
Physicals-6'3", 180 lbs, 6'2" wingspan
Position-PG
Overview-Mannion was a high level prospect coming out of college.  He didn't produce as expected in Arizona which drops him late into the 1st round, but in such a PG-heavy draft, someone is destined to drop.  Mannion has the ability to be a shot maker though.  He can stop on a dime, pull up from anywhere and bury it.  He just didn't do it consistently last year.  He's a creative passer and a steady floor general.  He doesn't have elite athleticism and is short-armed causing concern for his ability to defend quicker, bigger guards, but he still was competitive.  BOS is in big time need of a backup PG and Mannion would be a steady backup to Kemba running a second unit offense smoothly.

27-New York-PG-Grant Riller
Age-23
Physicals-6'3", 190 lbs
Position-PG
Overview-Grant Riller is a lesser known prospect.  Coming out of Charleston, a small D1 program, Riller was a human torch thrower.  He can score from anywhere on the court with elite ballhandling.  He has good size, good athleticism and the ability to score on anyone.  Now, of course competition is a big factor in that, but he consistently put up huge numbers and his game is very translateable to the NBA.  He's a below average passer and his turnovers are nearly equal to his assists, but his usage rate is incredibly high and he took on the bulk of the scoring for Charleston often resulting in burdening the load.  He's 23.5 years old, so his ceiling isn't as high, but he could be an effective scorer right off the bat.  NY goes guard heavy in this draft, first nabbing Tyrese Haliburton-a toolsy combo guard, and here, a lights out scorer in Riller to compliment Haliburton and RJ Barrett's more overall game.

28-Toronto-PF-Paul Reed
Age-21
Physicals-6'9", 220 lbs
Position-PF
Overview-Reed has to be a 1st round prospect.  His game is too good to be a 2nd rounder and he'd be a steal this late.  Reed is a tremendous defender and rebounder.  He projects more as a PF than a C, but doesn't have great shooting or shot mechanics.  What he does do will is his overall motor, his shot blocking and defensive activity.  He averaged nearly 4 blocks/steals per game at DePaul while pulling down 10 rebounds.  He can defend multiple positions due to his lateral quickness, length and size.  TOR has Ibaka, Gasol and Chris Boucher all entering free agency leaving their front court thin if they don't re-sign any of them.  Reed and Siakam would be a nightmare together defensively and athletically and only makes matters tougher on offenses when OG Anunoby is on the court together.

29-LA Lakers-C-Vernon Carey
Age-19
Physicals-6'10", 270 lbs, 7' wingspan
Position-C
Overview-Carey is a massive big, but you look at him and don't see 270 lbs.  He's nimble and fluid as an athlete.  He was absolutely dominant at Duke and frequently handled double teams on the block.  He can score out to the 3 point line, runs the break well and is a good shot blocker and dominant rebounder.  He reminds me a bit of early Brook Lopez with a little more fluidity to his athleticism.  He'll need the right system to be effective.  He'd benefit most from a drop defense system instead of trying to handle switches or any type of zone.  LA has often paired Anthony Davis with another center which is what made them so good defensively when they'd have Davis and McGee or Howard next to him.  Carey fits the mold, handling the bulk of the bullying in the paint while also being able to spread the floor.

30-Boston-SF/PF-Tyler Bey
Age-22
Physicals-6'7", 215 lbs, 7'1" wingspan
Position-SF/PF
Overview-Bey is another guy I'd love to see go in the first round.  He's a little Shawn Marion-ish.  He is an exceptional athlete, is extremely long and a phenomenal defender.  He averaged over 2 blocks and over 1 steal per game in college at Colorado.  He's not a dynamic scorer, but is a high level finisher and dunker.  He has proper shooting mechanics and while his percentages aren't great, they show promise as a stand still shooter.  He attacks the rim with reckless abandon and sets good screens to free himself moving into the lane.  BOS loves to play small, often playing some form of Tatum/Hayward/Brown as their big men to create havoc on both ends.  Bey fits that mold as a switchy, undersized defender who plays much bigger than his height.  BOS certainly could improve their size in this draft, but with Hayward entering free agency and Semi Ojeleye just not good enough consistently, Bey has a chance to be a contributor.

Best of the Rest-
SG-Desmond Bane-a 6'5" SG, he's a relentless scorer and shooter.  He has a little bit of Malcolm Brogdon to his game.  He's a big combo guard who can handle the ball, pass a little and run off screens.  He won't blow by defenders or set up entire offenses, but he can score.

C-Xavier Tillman-one of my favorite prospects in the draft, Tillman is a bit undersized at 6'9", he's primarily a center who plays below the rim, but is an exceptional team oriented player.  He's a good passer and excellent defender while also being able to stretch the floor.  He reminds me of a cross between Al Horford and Draymond Green.

SG-Isaiah Joe-a 6'5", lanky SG, Joe is a lights out shooter.  He shot 10 three's per game last year at Arkansas at over 36% from 3 and 90% from the FT line.  He'll be a second round pick, but could be a massive addition to any team looking to add pure shooting.

PG-Devon Dotson-Dotson has the ability to be a 1st round pick, but there's so many PG's in the 1st round someone will fall.  He's 6'2" with a negative height to wingspan discrepancy, but he's lightning quick, an excellent finisher at the rim and relentless defender.  

PG-Tre Jones-a solid overall PG.  He doesn't do any one thing really well, but he's a competitive defender, good passer and decent scorer.  He'll likely fall to the 2nd round but could have a long career as a steady PG in the mold of Austin Rivers.

PG/SG-Theo Maledon-I'm really torn on Maledon, I'm not as high on him but he probably goes in the 1st round.  He's a 6'4" combo guard with a smooth game that doesn't wow you about anything he does.  A good, not great finisher, has decent vision as a passer, but is a bad defender at this point.
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Mock V1.4-the NBA moved the lottery up to August 20th, two weeks away, so final mock pre-lottery.  Draft order via Tankathon's lottery simulator.

1-Washington (up 8)-C-James Wiseman-if the Wizards win the lottery, I'd fully expect them to package it for something bigger.  Their timeline doesn't fit bringing along a rookie.  Wall returns next season while Beal has a limited amount of time on his extension and the time is to win now.  They have a number of young players to include in a trade package to make it enticing as well.  But finding that right fit might be tough.  If they kept the pick, I think they'd take Wiseman.  A 7'1" center with a 7'6" wingspan and 240 lbs, Wiseman is physically imposing.  He's classified as a "run and jump," center and the league has devalued true centers in today's NBA unless they're elite.  Wiseman hasn't shown Anthony Davis or Joel Embiid level production, but he's being unfairly judged because of his small sample size.  It's true he'll take longer to come along than them because he played so sparringly over the last year and a half, but his physical tools alone should net him a top 5 pick.  His size combined with his skills around the rim on both ends of the floor are impressive.  And playing alongside two ball dominant guards in Wall and Beal would fast forward his development.

2-Cleveland-SF-Deni Avdija-Avdija is rising up draft boards and I could see him going as high as #2.  He'd leapfrog LaMelo Ball here, but it's purely based on fit and the fact that LaMelo may force his way to a situation that's not CLE.  CLE needs depth at SF and Avdija is a unique player to bring in and fill that hole.  He's a 6'9" ballhandler with an excellent stroke that's really come along, deceptively athletic, and a pick and roll ballhandling nightmare due to his size.  He's patient, has a high IQ and played in a very high Euro league proving he's ready to step into the NBA.  

3-New York (up 3)-PG-LaMelo Ball-Knicks jumping to 3 and Ball still being available is a dream scenario for NY.  They want him in the worst way and could trade future picks to get him.  But in this scenario, they don't have to sacrifice anything to do so.  Ball is a 6'7" PG with excellent passing and playmaking.  If he would've played in college, I think he would be the sure fire top pick, but he went to New Zealand, where no prospect has come out sparking with draft stock.  His size and playmaking combination is reminiscent of Ben Simmons.  Ball has a better jumper than Simmons, but is stll streaky thanks to a host of bad shots.  He's also not nearly the defender Simmons is and he needs to get far better in that department.  But Ball would massively improve the play of their young players.

4-Chicago (up 3)-PG/SG-Killian Hayes- a tough draw for CHI here, they'd be too high to probably take Isaac Okoro, a perfect fit, but not likely to receive any trade interest in moving up.  The pick here comes down to what the new front office wants.  Do they try to fit a player into what they already have and give this roster another run at it, or do they just take their guy and figure everything out later.  This is the best of both worlds.  Hayes, a 6'5" guard with elite passing and playmaking, fits with the Bulls as a third guard.  He'd compliment what LaVine and Coby White do well while also giving them an out on LaVine in the future.  Hayes, beyond his passing, is a high end ballhandler with ability to create his own shot, a very patient guard with a high IQ and defensive potential thanks to his size.

5-Golden State (down 4)-C-Onyeka Okungwu-the pick here would come down to Anthony Edwards and Okungwu.  While GS has always gotten by with replacement level centers, which is what they have now, I'd choose to take a proven commodity who could start right away ahead of Looney and Chriss.  Okungwu is a physical force at 6'9", 7'1" wingspan and 245 lbs.  He's an elite shot blocker and an excellent defender out to the perimeter for his size.  His offensive game is limited to bullying post ups and stick backs or lobs, but in GS those would be aplenty.  

6-Minnesota (down 3)-SG-Anthony Edwards-MIN drops 3 spots and still picks up potential #1 pick in Edwards.  I'm not high on Edwards.  He has the size and numbers to show he's deserving of a high pick but he has two glaring weaknesses.  His shot selection is awful and shot a low percentage at Georgia.  He's also NEVER been on a winning team dating back to high school.  Those are always huge red flags.  But at 6'5", 225 lbs with good footwork, ballhandling and scoring ability, he'd fit a role as a secondary scorer next to D'Angelo Russell and has the frame and size to be a good defender.

7-Atlanta (down 3)-SG/SF-Isaac Okoro-ATL has a need for defense and perimeter depth.  Young, Reddish and Huerter are all high level scorers, but none of them are good defenders.  Okoro is high energy and can guard positions 1-4 thanks to his 6'6", 225 frame.  While his outside shot is broken, he does possess good ballhandling and passing out of the pick and roll and is a really good finisher getting to the basket.  He's a straight line driver though and doesn't have a jumpshot.  Would his defense be enough to warrant a top pick?  In ATL, I'd say it does as he'd be surrounded by spacing and offensive weapons.

8-Detroit (down 3)-PG-Cole Anthony-a really high projection here for Anthony but DET wants a future PG with Derrick Rose not fitting their rebuld and their need for a young PG.  Anthony is a pure scorer, he can get to any spot he wants on the court, is a good finisher and can cook from outside, but is inconsistent.  At 6'3", he has good size and is a competitive defender.  He's also an excellent ballhandler and while his playmaking is average, he'd be asked to be more of a scorer than a facilitator in DET.

9-Charlotte (down 1)-SF-Devin Vassel-CHA really wants to improve it's center position but there's nothing here.  Instead, they go with bolstering their wing depth especially with Miles Bridges and Malik Monk flattening out.  Vassel is a high level 3&D wing.  He shot well into the 40's from 3, and is an excellent defender thanks to his 6'7", 6'10" wingspan frame.  He creates turnovers and can handle switches and be an interrupter on the perimeter.  He's developed himself into a well rounded offensive player flashing some ability to handle the ball and shoot off the dribble.  He reminds me of Paul George when he came out and CHA could really use a diamond in the rough.

10-Phoenix-PF-Obi Toppin-the pick here comes down to Toppin or Haliburton.  Haliburton would be a great fit, but Toppin fits a major need at PF and is NBA ready.  He put up massive numbers at Dayton and his tape shows why.  He's a nightmare as a screen setter because of his explosiveness to the rim and ability to step out and shoot from deep but spotting up and off the dribble.  Toppin's floor spacing would be key on the weakside of a Booker/Ayton pick and roll.  His defense isn't great though, he's slow laterally and gets crucified in the pick and roll which are the major concerns for him.

11-San Antonio-SG/SF-Aaron Nesmith-while SA would love to nab Cole Anthony, Haliburton is available but duplicates what they have.  Nesmith is a shooter.  He shot a sizzling 52% from 3 last year and is excellent roaming the perimeter for open looks.  Beyond his shooting, he's a bit pedestrian everywhere else.  He doesn't facilitate or rebound at a high level, but is 6'6" frame is good size as a potential defender.  SA badly needs floor spacing and Nesmith would give them exactly that.

12-Sacramento-PG/SG-Tyrese Haliburton-this is very low for Haliburton but he has some glaring weaknesses.  First the good-he's 6'5" with a 7' wingspan.  He's a good passer, defender and rebounder.  He, however, has a very slight frame at just 170 lbs so he may not be able to hold up against bigger guards.  He's also very slow off the dribble causing issues for him being able to create for himself.  His jumper is also an awkward push shot that creates difficulty getting it off on his own.  But in the right scenario, he'd be a good off ball, secondary guy as a spot up shooter, and creator.  SAC needs a guard like him to play off of Fox and spell him for times at backup PG.

13-New Orleans-SF-Saddiq Bey-Bey, a 6'8" forward from Villanova, is one of the best 3&D wings in the draft.  He shot 45% from 3 and handled every defensive assignment given to him.  He has good speed laterally to guard multiple positions while holding a solid frame to hold up against bigger wings or forwards.  NO needs that type of size and shooting alongside Ingram and Zion and would be a perfect fit.

14-Portland-F-Patrick Williams-POR is going to be targeting Bey, but Williams is a good second option.  He has a ton of potential, but needs some work.  A 6'8" combo forward, Williams is big, a really good defender and showed some ability to shoot and create off the dribble.  He's limited in his ballhandling, but his size allows him to overpower defenders going to the rim.  He's explosive there, but also has some ability to step back and shoot, but needs to work on mechanics.  POR wants to get back to multiple defenders around Lillard and McCollum and having Williams and last years 1st round pick Nassir Little would give them a force on the perimeter defensively.

15-Boston-PF-Aleksej Pokusevski-BOS's drafting calling card is accomplished collegiate players.  So Poku doesn't exactly fit their profile, but BOS has three 1st round picks.  With so few draft and stash candidates, Poku could get the nod with their early pick as the ultimate draft and stash.  Poku is a 7', 200 lb, rail thin big with guard skills handling the ball and shooting.  Stop me if you've heard this draft profile before.  He has all the skills you'd want in a big as an offensive player but he has some major weaknesses.  First, his frame.  At just 200 lbs, he's almost scary to look at how thin he is.  Look at guys like Thon Maker who get bullied in the middle.  Poku, at 7', is going to have to play PF, next to a big who can handle the rigors of the NBA big man.  Secondly, like mentioned is his positional fit.  Porzingis gets away with playing center because he's 7'3" and has put some bulk on his frame.  But Poku is at least an intriguing prospect.  He has incredible touch on his jumper and actual in game tape of him handling the ball off the dribble.  He's also a good rim protector.  He's a major project with a long way to go, but with BOS's multiple picks, he's worth a shot.

16-Orlando-SG-Tyrese Maxey-A 6'3" guard out of Kentucky, Maxey fits the profile of many Kentucky guards before him so he's a tough judge.  Is he a product of their system or does he really have combo guard skills?  He's a good, not great shooter, a good finisher, a good defender and facilitator.  He reminds me a bit of Jrue Holiday if he can put some bulk on his frame.  He can play both backcourt positions in a pinch, but primarily a SG.  He can definitely score, but was streaky throughout his career at Kentucky.  ORL needs another ballhandler, preferrably one that's more of a consistent shooter, but his ability to attack and distribute would be a blessing for ORL who's short on guards next seaosn.

17-Minnesota-PF/C-Precious Achiuwa-with MIN picking up Anthony Edwards early, they go big here to pair next to Towns.  Achiuwa's draft stock is all over the board.  He has some really good things he does and some things that look terrible.  First, he's an incredible athlete for having such a bulky frame.  He's a relentless rebounder and defender at the rim, runs the floor, is explosive and showed some ability to spot up.  But he's a terrible decision maker.  He turned the ball over 3x as many times as he assisted.  He's a black hole when he gets the ball in the paint and strictly tries to overpower guys on the way to the rim showing very little post awareness or moves.  But his activity and defense would be a huge plus on this team next to Towns.

18-Dallas-SG-Josh Green-Green is a 6'6" SG who is a hyperactive defender, excellent off the ball, an explosive athlete and a good finisher.  He needs to improve his shooting consistency and ability to score off the dribble, but DAL needs defenders.  Green could theoretically play both SG or SF, a major plus on a team that's a bit positionless.  His off ball movement, defense and energy would give DAL a spark considering how much space the floor and let Luka work they tend to settle into.

19-Brooklyn-PG/SG-RJ Hampton-BKN could package this pick along with others to acquire a third star.  But if they don't, they may look to bolster their guard depth.  Kyrie will return, Dinwiddie has 1 season left and LaVert is their starting SG, but getting a young guard with a lot of potential would be good for them moving forward, especially with Dinwiddie likely leaving in FA after next season.  Hampton is a project.  He was a projected top 10 pick and a highly touted high school player before choosing to play professionally in New Zealand.  He had a terrible year, but was on one of the worst teams in NZ.  Hampton is an explosive athlete with an elite first step.  He handles the pick and roll well and is a good finisher.  He needs to work on his perimeter jumper as it was shaky at best.  He's 6'5" and can play both backcourt positions, thanks to his length, he projects as a good defender.

20-Milwaukee-PG-Kira Lewis Jr-MIL has a conundrum with this pick.  They could trade it for a more NBA ready player that can play right now, but it'd behoove them to take a chance on a rookie considering the age of their roster.  PG isn't a position of need right now with Bledsoe and Hill on the roster, but Hill probably only has 1 year left in MIL.  Lewis is a speedy guard.  At 6'3", 165 lbs, he's rail thin, but can fly around the court.  He creates his own shot, a good passer and potentially a good defender thanks to his quick hands and athleticism but needs to put on some bulk.

21-Denver-PF-Jalen Smith-DEN has work to do in free agency especially in their front court.  Paul Millsap, Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee are all set to be free agents.  Smith is a 6'10", long big, projecting mainly as a PF with a perfect NBA combination of shot blocking and shooting.  He's a good shooter for his size and position.  He's an athlete that can rim run and protect the rim.  His athleticism and defense would be a perfect pairing next to Jokic.

22-Philadelphia-PG-Tyrell Terry-PHI has seen success moving Ben Simmons to PF and inserting another guard into their starting lineup, particularly one that can shoot.  Terry does just that.  He's a small PG at 6'1", 160 lbs, but his frame isn't far off from where Curry was when he came into the league.  He's an elite shooter with some basic passing skills and is a surprisingly competitive defender despite his size.  Shake Milton has had a career year especially when he gets starters minutes as a shooter and with PHI's need for shooting and lack of depth at PG, Terry would be a good fit.

23-Miami-PG/SG-Theo Maledon-MIA has some question marks in their backcourt.  Kendrick Nunn has 1 year left and Goran Dragic is a free agent.  Maledon is a 6'4" combo guard with really good pick and roll ballhandling skills.  He's a three level scorer, but isn't as explosive as you'd like.  He's a good defender and worked under the tutleage of Tony Parker in France.  He's a bit of a project, especially nailing down what position he'll be, but MIA plays a lot of positionless basketball.  His passing and pick and roll ability would give them another weapon.

24-Utah-PG-Nico Mannion-UTA really needs to find a future replacement for Mike Conley.  He had a down year and is in the final year of his contract.  Donovan Mitchell also needs a PG next to him that can run the offense.  Mannion had a down year at Arizona after high hopes for him, but everything on film looks good.  He's a really good passer, crafty ballhandler and can score off the dribble.  He's plauged by a lack of elite athleticism and short arms though which will cap his ceiling.  But his ability to run the offense, pass and play within a system would be a welcome addition to a team in need of another ballhandler.

25-Boston-PG-Grant Riller-little known Grant Riller, a PG out of Charleston, set tons of records.  He's very old for his draft class at 23, but he's an accomplished scorer.  That's his bread and butter.  He can absolutely cook on offense.  His usage was in the high 30's and still put up astronomical numbers.  He's a three level scorer that's a dangerous pick and roll ballhandler. 

26-Oklahoma City-SG-Jahmi'us Ramsey-this is a low projection for Ramsey but he reminds me of Kevin Porter Jr who slipped to 30 last year.  Ramsey is an unsconsious scorer.  He has never seen a 3P shot he doesn't like.  He'll pull up from anywhere.  At 6'4" with a 6'10" wingspan, he's an explosive athlete that can throw it down over anyone.  He reminds me of a cross between JR Smith and Malik Beasley.  He doesn't offer much else except shooting and scoring, but OKC needs better guard and wing depth, especially shooting.

27-New York-SF-Jaden McDaniels-with NY locking up a PG early, they take a swing at McDaniels here because they need to go big and hit a home run at some point.  McDaniels is a tantalizing prospect.  He is comparable to Michael Porter Jr.  At 6'10", he's a scorer who can handle the ball and shoot.  He's also a pesky defender thanks to his size and athleticism.  He shot absolutely horrid percentages in college though.  He took some really bad shots and turns the ball over quite a bit trying to do too much with the ball.  While another bust, a la Kevin Knox, would kill NY, especially with two 1st round picks, McDaniels is as big of a swing as they could get here.

28-Toronto-PF-Paul Reed-you think TOR's defense could get any better?  Insert Paul Reed.  Probably the best defensive big in this draft, Reed is a monster on that end.  He averaged 3 blocks and 2.5 steals per 36 last season and those numbers typically translate well.  At 6'9", he's more of a big forward than a PF/C combination.  He can lock down guys on switches and be a menace protecting the rim.  His offensive game is bad though.  Aside from rim running, he won't offer much.  He showed some ability to take mid rangers, but his jumper has a hitch to the release.  TOR needs depth on the interior with Ibaka, Gasol and Boucher all free agents and Reed could probably step in right away for rotational minutes.

29-LA Lakers-C-Vernon Carey Jr-LA could go guard here with their lack of depth, but Carey might be too good to pass up.  A 7', 275 lb center, Carey is huge.  But he plays with much greater fluidity than the numbers show.  He absolutely destroyed teams on his way to 25, 12 and 2.5 blocks per 36.  He's a post player, but has good footwork and touch around the rim with ability to rise up.  Anthony Davis prefers to play PF which will continue to force LA to play a center next to him.  With Dwight Howard a free agent, their lone center is JaVale McGee.  Carey would be an excellent option as a young, up and coming rotational center for them.

30-Boston-SF/PF-Tyler Bey-with BOS's third 1st round pick, they nab Tyler Bey, a 6'7" forward with a 7' wingspan.  Bey is Shawn Marion-lite.  He is a long, rangy defender with bounce and ability to create turnovers.  For his size, he's an incredible rebounder nabbing 11 rebounds per 36 last year at Colorado.  He's not overly explosive, but has the length to get to the rim.  His offense aside from that is nearly zilch as he's not a good shooter, but BOS plays small a lot and Bey would give them that third forward next to Tatum and Hayward they're looking for to handle defensive duties.

31-Dallas-C-Xavier Tillman-I love Tillman as a prospect and think he should be a 1st rounder.  A 6'9", 245 lb center, Tillman is a cross between Al Horford and Draymond Green.  He can shoot, defend, rebound and is a really, really good passer.  He's almost 22 so his ceiling is limited, but he's shown ability to play in any system and in DAL he'd be a perfect as a big who does the dirty work, moves the ball and swallows up rebounds on the interior.

32-Charlotte-SG-Leandro Balmero-CHA continues to transform their wing rotation after picking up Devin Vassel early.  Balmero is a unique player.  At 6'7", he can play three positions (1-3).  He's an excellent defender and good passer.  He's a really good athlete, but is not a good shooter.  He may be a stash candidate, but he might be best suited to come over and get reps both with the big club and in the G-League to find his spot in th NBA.  Charlotte needs guys who can defend and move the ball and that's exactly what Balmero offers.

33-Minnesota-PG-Devon Doston-MIN's third pick in the top 33 nabs them another guard.  Dotson fits exactly what MIN needs.  He's an elite athlete before he's an NBA player, but is a really good defender.  He can get to the rim, but is not a good shooter.  He could defend both backcourt positions and would benefit from a ball dominant guard next to him which is what MIN has in D'Angelo Russell.  Coming out of this draft with  Anthony Edwards, Precious Achiuwa and Devon Dotson would give them three really good defenders.
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This is the first post lottery mock draft from The Athletic.  There will probably be 10 more between now and the actual draft.  If you want all the comments that go with each pick, message me and I will send it to you.


1. Minnesota Timberwolves
Anthony Edwards | 6-5 guard | 19 years old, freshman | Georgia

2. Golden State Warriors
James Wiseman | 7-1 center | 19 years old, freshman | Memphis (sort of)

3. Charlotte Hornets
LaMelo Ball | 6-6 guard | 18 years old | Illawarra Hawks

4. Chicago Bulls
Isaac Okoro | 6-6 wing | 19 years old, freshman | Auburn

5. Cleveland Cavaliers
Deni Avdija | 6-9 forward | 19 years old | Maccabi Tel-Aviv

6. Atlanta Hawks
Tyrese Haliburton | 6-5 guard | 20 years old, sophomore | Iowa State

7. Detroit Pistons
Killian Hayes | 6-5 guard | 18 years old, freshman | Ulm

8. New York Knicks
Obi Toppin | 6-9 forward/center | 22 years old, sophomore | Dayton

9. Washington Wizards
Onyeka Okongwu | 6-9 center | 19 years old, freshman | USC

10. Phoenix Suns
Devin Vassell | 6-5 wing | 19 years old, sophomore | Florida State

11. San Antonio Spurs
Aaron Nesmith | 6-6 wing | 20 years old, sophomore | Vanderbilt

12. Sacramento Kings
Patrick Williams | 6-8 forward/wing | 18 years old, freshman | Florida State

13. New Orleans Pelicans
Saddiq Bey | 6-8 wing | 20 years old, sophomore | Villanova

14. Boston Celtics (via MEM)
Aleksej Pokusevski | 7-0 center | 18 years old | Olympicacos B

15. Orlando Magic
R.J. Hampton | 6-5 guard | 19 years old | New Zealand Breakers

16. Portland Trail Blazers
Precious Achiuwa | 6-9 forward/center | 20 years old, freshman | Memphis

17. Minnesota Timberwolves (via BKN)
Leandro Bolmaro | 6-8 forward | 19 years old, international | Barcelona B

18. Dallas Mavericks
Kira Lewis Jr. | 6-3 guard | 19 years old, sophomore | Alabama

19. Brooklyn Nets (via PHI)
Cole Anthony | 6-3 guard | 20 years old, freshman | North Carolina

20. Miami Heat
Tyrese Maxey | 6-3 guard | 19 years old, freshman | Kentucky

21. Philadelphia 76ers (via OKC)
Josh Green | 6-6 wing | 19 years old, freshman | Arizona

22. Denver Nuggets (via HOU)
Jalen Smith | 6-10 forward/center | 20 years old, sophomore | Maryland

23. Utah Jazz
Tre Jones | 6-2 guard | 20 years old, sophomore | Duke

24. Milwaukee Bucks (via IND)
Theo Maledon | 6-4 guard | 19 years old | ASVEL

25. Oklahoma City Thunder (via DEN)
Jaden McDaniels | 6-10 forward | 19 years old, freshman | Washington

26. Boston Celtics
Isaiah Stewart | 6-9 center | 19 years old, freshman | Washington

27. New York Knicks (via LAC)
Jahmi’us Ramsey | 6-4 guard | 19 years old, freshman | Texas Tech

28. Los Angeles Lakers
Cassius Winston | 6-1 guard | 22 years old, senior | Michigan State

29. Toronto Raptors
Zeke Nnaji | 6-10 forward/center | 19 years old, freshman | Arizona

30. Boston Celtics (via MIL)
Desmond Bane | 6-5 guard | 22 years old, senior | TCU

Round 2

31. Dallas Mavericks (via GSW)
Robert Woodard | 6-7 wing/forward | 20 years old, sophomore | Mississippi State

32. Charlotte Hornets (via CLE)
Elijah Hughes | 6-7 wing | 22 years old | Syracuse

33. Minnesota Timberwolves
Daniel Oturu | 6-10 center | 20 years old, sophomore | Minnesota

34. Philadelphia 76ers (via ATL)
Tyrell Terry | 6-1 guard | 19 years old, freshman | Stanford

35. Sacramento Kings (via DET)
Malachi Flynn | 6-1 guard | 22 years old, junior | San Diego State

36. Philadelphia 76ers (via NYK)
Skylar Mays | 6-4 guard | 22 years old, senior | LSU

37. Washington Wizards (via CHI)
Xavier Tillman | 6-9 center | 21 years old, junior | Michigan State

38. New York Knicks (via CHA)
Nico Mannion | 6-3 guard | 19 years old, freshman | Arizona

39. New Orleans Pelicans (via WAS)
Cassius Stanley | 6-6 wing | 20 years old, freshman | Duke

40. Memphis Grizzlies (via PHX)
Tyler Bey | 6-7 wing | 22 years old | Colorado

41. San Antonio Spurs
Udoka Azubuike | 7-0  center | 20 years old, senior | Kansas

42. New Orleans Pelicans
Immanuel Quickley | 6-2 guard | 20 years old, sophomore | Kentucky

43. Sacramento Kings
Devon Dotson | 6-2 guard | 20 years old, sophomore | Kansas

44. Chicago Bulls (via MEM)
Jordan Nwora | 6-7 wing/forward | 21 years old, junior | Louisville

45. Orlando Magic
Payton Pritchard | 6-2 guard | 22 years old, senior | Oregon

46. Portland Trail Blazers
Vernon Carey Jr.  | 6-10 center | 18 years old, freshman | Duke

47. Boston Celtics (via BKN)
Sam Merrill | 6-5 guard | 24 years old, senior | Utah State

48. Golden State Warriors (via DAL)
Grant Riller | 6-3 guard | 23 years old, senior | Charleston

49. Philadelphia 76ers
Isaiah Joe | 6-5 wing | 21 years old, sophomore | Arkansas

50. Atlanta Hawks (via MIA)
Killian Tillie | 6-10 forward | 22 years old, senior | Gonzaga

51. Golden State Warriors (via UTA)
Abdoulaye N’doye | 6-7 wing | 22 years old | Cholet

52. Sacramento (via HOU)
Paul Reed | 6-9 forward | 21 years old, junior | DePaul

53. Oklahoma City Thunder
Nick Richards | 7-0 center | 22 years old, junior | Kentucky

54. Indiana Pacers
Kenyon Martin Jr. | 6-7 forward | 20 years old, post-grad | IMG Academy

55. Brooklyn Nets (via DEN)
Mason Jones | 6-6 wing | 21 years old, junior | Arkansas

56. Charlotte Hornets (via BOS)
Reggie Perry | 6-10 forward/center | 20 years old, senior | Mississippi State

57. Los Angeles Clippers
Lamar Stevens | 6-7 forward | 22 years old, senior | Penn State

58. Philadelphia 76ers (via LAL)
Ty-Shon Alexander | 6-3 guard | 21 years old, junior | Creighton

59.Toronto Raptors
Paul Eboua | 6-8 forward | 19 years old | Pesaro

60. New Orleans Pelicans (via MIL)
Justinian Jessup | 6-7 wing | 22 years old, senior | Boise State

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yzerman1 wrote:

This is the first post lottery mock draft from The Athletic.  There will probably be 10 more between now and the actual draft.  If you want all the comments that go with each pick, message me and I will send it to you.


1. Minnesota Timberwolves
Anthony Edwards | 6-5 guard | 19 years old, freshman | Georgia

2. Golden State Warriors
James Wiseman | 7-1 center | 19 years old, freshman | Memphis (sort of)

3. Charlotte Hornets
LaMelo Ball | 6-6 guard | 18 years old | Illawarra Hawks

4. Chicago Bulls
Isaac Okoro | 6-6 wing | 19 years old, freshman | Auburn

5. Cleveland Cavaliers
Deni Avdija | 6-9 forward | 19 years old | Maccabi Tel-Aviv

6. Atlanta Hawks
Tyrese Haliburton | 6-5 guard | 20 years old, sophomore | Iowa State

7. Detroit Pistons
Killian Hayes | 6-5 guard | 18 years old, freshman | Ulm

8. New York Knicks
Obi Toppin | 6-9 forward/center | 22 years old, sophomore | Dayton

9. Washington Wizards
Onyeka Okongwu | 6-9 center | 19 years old, freshman | USC

10. Phoenix Suns
Devin Vassell | 6-5 wing | 19 years old, sophomore | Florida State

11. San Antonio Spurs
Aaron Nesmith | 6-6 wing | 20 years old, sophomore | Vanderbilt

12. Sacramento Kings
Patrick Williams | 6-8 forward/wing | 18 years old, freshman | Florida State

13. New Orleans Pelicans
Saddiq Bey | 6-8 wing | 20 years old, sophomore | Villanova

14. Boston Celtics (via MEM)
Aleksej Pokusevski | 7-0 center | 18 years old | Olympicacos B

15. Orlando Magic
R.J. Hampton | 6-5 guard | 19 years old | New Zealand Breakers

16. Portland Trail Blazers
Precious Achiuwa | 6-9 forward/center | 20 years old, freshman | Memphis

17. Minnesota Timberwolves (via BKN)
Leandro Bolmaro | 6-8 forward | 19 years old, international | Barcelona B

18. Dallas Mavericks
Kira Lewis Jr. | 6-3 guard | 19 years old, sophomore | Alabama

19. Brooklyn Nets (via PHI)
Cole Anthony | 6-3 guard | 20 years old, freshman | North Carolina

20. Miami Heat
Tyrese Maxey | 6-3 guard | 19 years old, freshman | Kentucky

21. Philadelphia 76ers (via OKC)
Josh Green | 6-6 wing | 19 years old, freshman | Arizona

22. Denver Nuggets (via HOU)
Jalen Smith | 6-10 forward/center | 20 years old, sophomore | Maryland

23. Utah Jazz
Tre Jones | 6-2 guard | 20 years old, sophomore | Duke

24. Milwaukee Bucks (via IND)
Theo Maledon | 6-4 guard | 19 years old | ASVEL

25. Oklahoma City Thunder (via DEN)
Jaden McDaniels | 6-10 forward | 19 years old, freshman | Washington

26. Boston Celtics
Isaiah Stewart | 6-9 center | 19 years old, freshman | Washington

27. New York Knicks (via LAC)
Jahmi’us Ramsey | 6-4 guard | 19 years old, freshman | Texas Tech

28. Los Angeles Lakers
Cassius Winston | 6-1 guard | 22 years old, senior | Michigan State

29. Toronto Raptors
Zeke Nnaji | 6-10 forward/center | 19 years old, freshman | Arizona

30. Boston Celtics (via MIL)
Desmond Bane | 6-5 guard | 22 years old, senior | TCU

Round 2

31. Dallas Mavericks (via GSW)
Robert Woodard | 6-7 wing/forward | 20 years old, sophomore | Mississippi State

32. Charlotte Hornets (via CLE)
Elijah Hughes | 6-7 wing | 22 years old | Syracuse

33. Minnesota Timberwolves
Daniel Oturu | 6-10 center | 20 years old, sophomore | Minnesota

34. Philadelphia 76ers (via ATL)
Tyrell Terry | 6-1 guard | 19 years old, freshman | Stanford

35. Sacramento Kings (via DET)
Malachi Flynn | 6-1 guard | 22 years old, junior | San Diego State

36. Philadelphia 76ers (via NYK)
Skylar Mays | 6-4 guard | 22 years old, senior | LSU

37. Washington Wizards (via CHI)
Xavier Tillman | 6-9 center | 21 years old, junior | Michigan State

38. New York Knicks (via CHA)
Nico Mannion | 6-3 guard | 19 years old, freshman | Arizona

39. New Orleans Pelicans (via WAS)
Cassius Stanley | 6-6 wing | 20 years old, freshman | Duke

40. Memphis Grizzlies (via PHX)
Tyler Bey | 6-7 wing | 22 years old | Colorado

41. San Antonio Spurs
Udoka Azubuike | 7-0  center | 20 years old, senior | Kansas

42. New Orleans Pelicans
Immanuel Quickley | 6-2 guard | 20 years old, sophomore | Kentucky

43. Sacramento Kings
Devon Dotson | 6-2 guard | 20 years old, sophomore | Kansas

44. Chicago Bulls (via MEM)
Jordan Nwora | 6-7 wing/forward | 21 years old, junior | Louisville

45. Orlando Magic
Payton Pritchard | 6-2 guard | 22 years old, senior | Oregon

46. Portland Trail Blazers
Vernon Carey Jr.  | 6-10 center | 18 years old, freshman | Duke

47. Boston Celtics (via BKN)
Sam Merrill | 6-5 guard | 24 years old, senior | Utah State

48. Golden State Warriors (via DAL)
Grant Riller | 6-3 guard | 23 years old, senior | Charleston

49. Philadelphia 76ers
Isaiah Joe | 6-5 wing | 21 years old, sophomore | Arkansas

50. Atlanta Hawks (via MIA)
Killian Tillie | 6-10 forward | 22 years old, senior | Gonzaga

51. Golden State Warriors (via UTA)
Abdoulaye N’doye | 6-7 wing | 22 years old | Cholet

52. Sacramento (via HOU)
Paul Reed | 6-9 forward | 21 years old, junior | DePaul

53. Oklahoma City Thunder
Nick Richards | 7-0 center | 22 years old, junior | Kentucky

54. Indiana Pacers
Kenyon Martin Jr. | 6-7 forward | 20 years old, post-grad | IMG Academy

55. Brooklyn Nets (via DEN)
Mason Jones | 6-6 wing | 21 years old, junior | Arkansas

56. Charlotte Hornets (via BOS)
Reggie Perry | 6-10 forward/center | 20 years old, senior | Mississippi State

57. Los Angeles Clippers
Lamar Stevens | 6-7 forward | 22 years old, senior | Penn State

58. Philadelphia 76ers (via LAL)
Ty-Shon Alexander | 6-3 guard | 21 years old, junior | Creighton

59.Toronto Raptors
Paul Eboua | 6-8 forward | 19 years old | Pesaro

60. New Orleans Pelicans (via MIL)
Justinian Jessup | 6-7 wing | 22 years old, senior | Boise State



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Mock V2.0

1-Minnesota-SG-Anthony Edwards-Edwards, a 6'5", 225 lb SG with an excellent handle, good footwork and a 3-level scorer is built for today's NBA.  His scoring potential is among the top in this class.  He can do it all on the offensive end and be a pseudo-primary ballhandler.  Where Edwards has long struggled is finding efficient shots.  He took a lot of bad ones at Georgia resulting in low percentages across the board.  That's a major concern, you don't often see a prospect average low 40's FG% and come into the NBA and suddenly become overly-efficient.  He also floats a lot on defense, saving his energy, when in reality, he has the build to be a good defender.  MIN won the lottery and certainly could use his pedigree as a secondary ballhandler and scorer opposite D'Angelo Russell.

2-Golden State-PG-LaMelo Ball-I have zero thought that GS takes LaMelo, but I think he goes #2.  GS is entering the late stages of their ability to get back to championship contention and a rookie isn't going to solve their problems, no matter how high the pick is, especially in this relatively weak draft at the top end.  GS has a $17M trade exception to use if they wish and can package that, with this pick to offer up in an enticing trade package to a team looking to unload salary and add a high level prospect.  I don't know exactly what that player looks like to them, but GS is the most likely trade up candidate and Ball would be the target for many of those teams.

3-Charlotte-C-James Wiseman-after suffering through a lot of mediocre talent in the draft the past few years, CHA moves way up in the lottery to draft one of the players with the highest potential while also adding a position of need.  Wiseman is physically gifted, a menace around the rim on both ends of the floor and is very young.  At 7'1", 245 lbs with a 7'6" wingspan, he has the size to dominate the paint in the NBA.  He is an excellent shot blocker and while he could certainly use better rebounding instincts, his size alone should make him a solid rebounder in the NBA.  He has some touch around the basket and even extending out to 3P range that he showed in high school.  He's knocked specifically because he didn't play much in college, but we should get use to this kind of prospect with the NBA re-opening the door to high schoolers in the near future.  CHA has one of the weakest front courts in the NBA and Wiseman could transform them on both ends of the court.

4-Chicago-SF-Deni Avdija-CHI ushers in a new front office and soon to be new head coach.  The team is very much in flux.  They have some intriguing young prospects in Coby White and Wendell Carter Jr who could be unlocked with the right coach, Zach LaVine is a scoring wizards but there's questions about his long term future in CHI and his potential as a top player on a winning team, then have some middling veteran talent in Otto porter Jr, Thad Young and Tomas Satoransky.  Their roster is relatively full of rotational players, so they won't be picking for need.  I think they go high potential with Avdija here.  A 6'9" ballhandler with excellent PnR skills, a rocket from the outside which showed massive improvements over the last few months at Maccabi Tel Aviv and good athleticism as a defender.  He's a unique player who uses his size and shiftiness well to create offense for himself and others.  He'd slot in perfectly as a combo forward alongside Porter Jr and Markkanen.

5-Cleveland-PG/SG-Killian Hayes-to pick three straight PG's in the top 10 in consecutive drafts would be criminal, but Sexton and Garland haven't shown the ability to be top notch PG's in today's NBA.  Hayes could compliment them both well and play off of them allowing for greater passing and playmaking.  Hayes is 6'5" with a 6'9" wingspan, athletic, an excellent handle and command of the offense.  He's one of the best passers in the draft and excels in the PnR.  He needs to improve his consistency as a shooter though.  But CLE is desperate for more playmaking as there's way too much 1 on 1 and ballwatching in their offense.

6-Atlanta-SG/SF-Isaac Okoro-Okoro, a 6'6", 225 lb wing, is a defensive stopper.  He can guard multiple positions and has the size to do so.  Offensively, he doesn't offer much shooting at all, but showed flashes as a ballhandler and had an incredible finishing rate around the rim.  The question will be can he get there without a jumpshot in the NBA when defenders will sag off of him.  And while he's a great defender, he doesn't create turnovers.  This is high for Okoro, especially as a specialist without a high ceiling, but ATL needs to nail down a multi-faceted defender next to Trae Young to hide him on the defensive end.

7-Detroit-C-Onyeka Okungwu-Okungwu is a 6'9", 245 lb center with a 7'1" wingspan and is even more massive than his measurables show.  He's an incredible rim defender while having the ability to handle defending the perimeter.  He's tailor made for today's NBA center.  While he's limited offensively, he's long and explosive as a pick and roll screener and putback artist.  DET's frontcourt is thin with only Blake Griffin and Sekou Doumbouya there with Christian Wood and Thon Maker free agents.  Wood is unrestricted so while DET would love to retain him, he wants to win and could bolt for less money in FA.  Okungwu projects as a long term starter, so while there may be higher end potential prospects available, DET needs to take Okungwu here and solidify their center position for the future.

8-New York-PF-Obi Toppin-while the joke last year was that NY had way too many PF's, drafting Toppin would just add to that.  But NY cut Marcus Morris and Julius Randle is potentially in the final year of his contract next season and NY has team options on Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson.  ALl that said to say they don't have a long term solution at PF and without a solid pick here at PG which is what NY is targeting, getting Toppin could provide them a much greater scoring punch in the front court.  Toppin is an explosive athlete with Jabari like footwork and rim attacking, but also shot 40%from 3 on high usage from there.  He's the quintessential PnR big who can roll to the rim or step out and hit 3's.  

9-Washington-SF-Devin Vassel-Vassel could be the steal of the draft.  A 6'7" forward with a 6'10" wingspan, he's a defensive force and sniper from deep.  He has quick hands and creates a lot of turnovers.  While he's thin, he can fill out into his long frame.  He wasn't seen as an NBA prospect after his freshman year, but really developed his sophomore year showing ability to handle the ball and shoot off the dribble.  WAS is in desperate need of improved defense and he could provide that while adding floor spacing around Beal and Wall.

10-Phoenix-PG/SG-Tyrese Haliburton-Haliburton is a mixed bag as a prospect.  His measurables are enticing-6'5", 7' wingspan, but is just 170 lbs rail thin.  He can do it all, filling up the stat sheet to the tune of 17, 7 and 7 with a couple steals to boot.  He's a good passer, rebounder for his position and gets his hands on steals.  What he lacks is a tight handle, and explosiveness off the dribble.  He's much more of a complimentary ballhandler than a lead one.  And while he shot 42% from 3, his release is unconventional and he struggles getting his jumper off against good defenders.  PHX has been searching for years at a secondary guard next to Booker and Haliburton could play off of him and Rubio.

11-San Antonio-SG/SF-Aaron Nesmith-Nesmith is a shooter.  At 6'6", 215 lbs with a 6'10" wingspan, he has ideal size, but isn't much other than a shooter.  He shot 52% from 3 last season before going down with an injury.  He's effective off the ball and does an excellent job creating space to find a sliver of an opening.  He isn't a passer or rebounder, but does have the frame to be a competitive defender.  SA badly needs floor spacing around their multitude of ballhandlers and mid range finishers.

12-Sacramento-PF/C-Precious Achiuwa-Achiuwa is a boom or bust pick.  At 6'9", 245 lbs, he's a hoss in the paint.  He's the best rebounder in the draft by a mile and is an intimidating rim protector.  He runs the floor well and can finish in the paint.  But in the halfcourt, he struggles mightily.  He turns the ball over a ton and can't pass when crowded.  He relied solely on his strength to beast defenders and is incredibly raw offensively.  SAC needs that type of punishing defender in the paint though next to Marvin Bagley and Nemanja Bjelica.

13-New Orleans-F-Patrick Williams-Williams is another potential big time steal.  A 6'8", 225 lb combo forward, Williams is tailor made for today's NBA as a defender.  He uses his large frame to be a disruptor, is explosive athletically and creates turnovers.  Offensively, he's a bit raw off the dribble, but for his size, has a good handle and can get to the rim and finish.  He showed some flashes of shooting as a spot up shooter, but needs to work on a quicker release.  At Florida State, he showed a little Kawhi-lite to his game using his strong frame to get through defenders and score.  NO needs that type of defense and size around Ingram and Zion who are bad defenders.

14-Boston-PF-Jalen Smith-Smith is a high riser in this draft.  A 6'10", lanky big, is a 3&D version of a big man.  He can protect the rim and shoot 3's.  He reminds me a bit of Christian Wood in his frame and ability.  BOS is small in their front court with Daniel Theis and Robert Williams but sub 6'9".  They often have to play small or insert Semi Ojeleye for defense.  Smith would be a perfect fit as a combo big for them in the Myles Turner type role.

15-Orlando-PG-Cole Anthony-Anthony is a pure scorer.  A 6'3" PG has a knack for putting the ball in the basket from any point on the court.  He's especially a good finisher and although streaky, is a good shooter when he gets going.  He's just a so-so creator with basic PG instincts, but his scoring punch would be a huge addition to an ORL team that gets stuck in mud offensively at times.  ORL has Augustin and Carter-Williams as FA's this off-season and Markelle Fultz is entering the final year of his rookie contract so grooming a PG, a scoring one at that, would be a good idea for their future.

16-Portland-SF-Saddiq Bey-POR sent Al Farouq-Aminu and Mo Harkless packing before realizing they needed their defensive versatility at forward.  They then traded for Trevor Ariza who was excellent for them the second half of the season, but he didn't travel to the bubble and they were exposed defensively.  Bey is a perfect fit in POR.  A 6'8" forward, Bey is a versatile defender who can guard positions 1-4.  He's super quick laterally, gets into a good stance and handles size well thanks to his 225 lb frame.  He's also an excellent shooter and has good touch around the rim.  He won't create shots for himself, but he won't need to around Lillard and McCollum.

17-Minnesota-PF-Aleksej Pokusevski-this is the perfect range for Poku.  MIN nabbed the #1 pick and took Anthony Edwards which allows them to swing for the fences here.  Poku is a 6'11" big but is just 200 lbs and absolutely razor thin.  He plays like a PG, he has a unique ability to handle the ball and has a sweet jumper and thanks to his length, is a good shot blocker.  He'll need a lot of work though.  He'll have to put on weight and adjust to the NBA from second divison in Greece where Giannis came from.  

18-Dallas-SG-Leandro Balmero-Balmero, a 6'7" athlete, can play multiple positions.  He is a very unique player.  He runs the point for Barcelona and does a really good job running the pick and roll.  He has that Luka/Harden slow play handling the ball, but has a really tight handle and is adept at getting to the rim.  He's an excellent passer for his size.  His top attribute though is his defense.  He has some incredible ability to mirror the opposing ballhandler, hounding them at all points of their possession.  He has quick hands and creates a lot of steals off of it.  He struggles to shoot from deep consistently though.  There's question about Balmero's eligibility though.  He has a massive buyout and the NBA season starting late will surely complicate his ability to come over next season.  He's probably a stash player for a year which is perfect for DAL who has cap space and this pick wouldn't tie up that cap room.  Balmero though, may pull out of the draft if he isn't taken high enough.

19-Brooklyn-SG-Tyrese Maxey-Maxey is a 6'3" undersized scoring guard.  He's quick, finishes around the rim and can create space for a jumper.  He isn't a pure PG, but more of a complimentary ballhandler, but is a really good passer for not being a PG.  BKN may look to package Dinwiddie and LaVert for a higher end 3rd star next to Kyrie and Durant which would leave them thin in the backcourt which Maxey could step into.

20-Miami-F-Jaden McDaniels-A 6'10" ballhandling forward with a serious knack for scoring, McDaniels was touted as a top 5 pick coming into the season.  He struggled mightily with his consistency and some questions about his attitude.  He shot really poorly throughout the year and turned the ball over a lot trying to do way too much.  But he has some Michael Porter Jr/Kevin Durant in him with his size and scoring ability.  MIA may look to address PG with Goran Dragic, 34, entering free agency and Kendrick Nunn being more of a bench scoring guard, but if they re-sign Dragic and are fine with their PG rotation, McDaniels would be a huge addition as a scoring forward.

21-Philadelphia-PG-Kira Lewis Jr-only the perfect situation could land PHI Lewis Jr.  He could go as high as #7 to DET, but falls after that with a lack of PG-needy teams.  Lewis is a speedster, he can absolutely fly up and down the court a la DeAaron Fox.  He's a good enough scorer and passer, and doesn't do any one thing really well, but is more of a full package PG.  His ability to run and get up and down the court would be a huge addition to PHI's slow, big, plodding roster.

22-Denver-PF-Paul Reed-Reed is being mocked as a 2nd rounder, but I have no idea how.  A 6'9" PF, Reed is a turnover creating machine.  He combined for nearly 6 blocks/steals per game.  He's a good rebounder and a big time athlete.  He doesn't offer much offensively and has an ugly jumper, but his defense is top notch.  DEN has Millsap, Plumlee and Jerami Grant entering free agency leaving a massive hole in their front court rotation.  Reed would shore up a lot of defensive concerns for them.

23-Utah-PG-Tyrell Terry-Terry is a knock down shooter.  He plays a lot like Steph Curry, roaming the perimeter, looking for an opening to launch from deep.  He's really small though, at 6'1", 160 lbs.  But Utah needs to find a backcourt partner for Donovan Mitchell.  A PG that can shoot and play off ball would be a much better fit than Mike Conley who's aging and in the final year of his contract.

24-Milwaukee-PG-Cassius Winston-Winston, a 6'1" PG, is a winner.  A four year player at Michigan State, Winston is a high character guy.  He is an excellent pick and roll scorer.  He can really shoot it from deep and has incredible passing instincts.  He's small and isn't overly athletic, but plays like Chris Paul getting to his spots and using the size he does have well enough to get by.  PG isn't a huge need for Milwaukee, especially with their wing depth depleted to FA and a lack of depth in the front court, but nailing down Winston who can play in big games, hit shots and run the pick and roll could be the PG of the future.

25-Oklahoma City-SG-Josh Green-Green is a 6'6" wing, a high energy, energetic defender and excellent off the ball.  He's strong, a good on ball defender and offensively, cuts to the rim well, is an explosive athlete and has improved his 3P jumper.  This is pretty late for Green, but he's purely a complimentary player.  If OKC plans to stick with their roster, adding depth, especially defensively, to their perimeter would be key.

26-Boston-PG/SG-RJ Hampton-BOS will address PG at some point in the 1st round.  They have a number of options here, but they go with an unconventional PG in Hampton.  Hampton was a high level prospect coming out of HS, projected as a top 5-10 pick before the year, but opted out of college and played professionally in NZ.  He struggled there, but NZ doesn't put out good NBA prospects.  He's purely an athlete at this point.  He's got the quickest first step in the draft and at 6'4", is a big PG.  He runs the pick and roll well, but doesnt shoot well enough from deep yet.  But he uses his size and speed to get to the rim.  He can play both with Kemba Walker and backing him up, and his athleticism would add even more versatility to their athletic lineup.

27-New York-SG-Desmond Bane-NY punts entirely on PG in the 1st round, instead turning to FA to target that position there.  What NY really lacks is outside shooting and Bane is one of the best shooters in the draft.  While he's excellent coming off screens and has a compact jumper to get it off quickly from deep, he can handle the ball a bit at 6'5" and while not overly athletic, he's a bit Malcolm Brogdon-ish with some sneaky athleticism.  Bane and Toppin would offer NY some much needed firepower to their offense.

28-LA Lakers-PG-Nico Mannion-the Lakers clearly need to improve their PG position.  Mannion is a bit of a low ceiling guy.  At 6'2" with a below average wingspan and athleticism, he won't wow you with athletic plays, but he's a savvy PG with excellent passing and although he shot low percentages, he's a much better scorer than he showed his freshman year at Arizona.  He's steady and is a good floor general, something they're severely lacking.

29-Toronto-PG-Grant Riller-Riller, a little known prospect out of Charleston, is a 6'3" PG who set tons of NCAA records.  He's 23.5 years old, very old for a rookie, but was a consistent scorer across all 4 years of college, averaging 22 PPG his final 2 years.  He shot 50% from the field his last 3 seasons and mid to upper 30's from 3 on nearly 6 attempts per game.  TOR will likely lose Fred Van Vleet to FA and often gets way more out of their prospects than you'd expect.  He'd be a perfect backup to Kyle Lowry.

30-Boston-PG-Theo Maledon-BOS has three 1st round picks and aren't likely to keep all 3.  Maledon is likely a 1st rounder and could potentially be a stash guy.  BOS could take him 30th, control him for 4 years under rookie contract and bring him over in a year.  A 6'4" PG, Maledon plays at a high level in France under Tony Parker.  He's known as a pick and roll ballhandler.  He's an average athlete and an average scorer, but is a really good passer.  I can't find a good comp for him, nor does he do any one thing all that well, but he's solid and could develop.

2nd round steals-
C-Xavier Tillman-one of my favorite prospects in the draft, Tillman is a 6'9" center who plays under the rim, but can shoot, finish around the rim, block shots and is an exceptional passer.  He can play a bit of that point-center look a la Bam Adebayo/Al Horford.  He's a really good fit for today's NBA but has some weight concerns.

SG-Jahmi'us Ramsey-probably a 1st rounder, Ramsey is a lights out scorer.  When he's not hunting out the deepest 3 he can find, he is flying to rim with reckless abandon trying to dunk on everybody in his way.  He puts on blinders though and dribbles the air out of the ball to find his own shot and offers very little else aside from scoring.  He's tantalizing prospect though at 6'4" with a 6'11" wingspan.

C-Veron Carey Jr-the 6'11", 275 lb massive center from Duke, Carey is a handful in the paint.  But even at that size, he has good touch and footwork.  He put up 25, 13 and 3 blocks per 36 at Duke.  There isn't much room for massive, paint centers in today's NBA which is why he's probably a 2nd rounder, but in the Enes Kanter/Boban/Jusuf Nurkic type role, he could be a steal.
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Trade Candidates-

1-Minnesota
What They're Offering-
 The #1 pick *could* be up for grabs, but it will depend entirely on what they could receive.  They have the #1 pick, along with expiring contract of James Johnson and young wing Jarrett Culver could put a decent package together for a big name, but MIN's depth is weary at best considering they also need to re-sign Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez this off-season.  If they were to make a trade, it'd probably be solely for the #1 pick and cap filler to keep a competitive bench.  They also the 17th pick where they could add a decent rookie as well.  Adding two rookies, especially ones that would likely be in their rotation, isn't exactly a recipe for a quick turnaround for the franchise.
What They're Targeting-
Defense.  Russell and Towns, on paper, sound fun, but defensively they're going to struggle and they don't have many counterparts on their team to make up for their defensive liability.  A more solidified starting wing would be the #1 priority considering they have Malik Beasley, Jarrett Culver and Josh Okogie, none of which are surefire starters.  A defensive big to pair with Towns would be 1b.
What A Deal Could Look Like-
#1, James Johnson to PHX for #10, Kelly Oubre Jr, 22' 2nd rd pick
-MIN would land a formidable wing in Kelly Oubre, an athletic, scoring SF who can put up points in bunches and play the athletic playmaker on the weakside to Russell and Towns.  They'd move down 9 spots in the draft while then holding the 10th and 17th picks, still plenty of ammo to make another move.  This could give them almost too much depth on the wings with Beasley, Oubre, Culver and Okogie, but it'd be a high variance of young wings.  At 10, they could target Precious Achiuwa, an athletic, defensive and rebounding PF/C while giving them options for a draft and stash at 17 in Aleksej Pokusevski or Leandro Balmero.  This deal would entirely hinge on what PHX thinks of the #1 pick.  Would they target LaMelo Ball or Deni Avdija and covet them so highly?  Oubre has been on the trade block for awhile and with the emergence of Mikal Bridges as a lock down defender, Oubre has become expendable.  

2-Golden State
What They're Offering-
GS has limited trade options, but some nonetheless.  The likeliest scenario is the #2 pick and a $17.5M trade exception acquired in the Andre Iguodala trade.  This would hinge on whether GS wants to pay a record setting luxury tax by bringing in a high salary player without sending out any salary.  They could also package the #2 pick with Andrew Wiggins, but it's far more likely they keep him and see how he operates in a more structured system.
What They're Targeting-
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what they'd go after here.  They have a solid starting/rotational group in Curry, Klay, Wiggins, Draymond with Paschall off the bench.  But center is a position of need and while they'd have options at #2 in Wiseman or Okungwu to address a need at center, they may be searching for a more ready player than bringing a rookie into their short championship window.  They also are rail thin at wing and guard.  Behind Curry, Klay and Thompson, they have Jordan Poole who had a horrific shooting rookie season who also looked lost defensively, and journeyman Damion Lee.
What A Trade Would Look Like-
Myles Turner, Doug McDermott to GS for #2, TPE-Turner is the perfect compliment to a Draymond/Paschall front court as a floor spacing big who protects the rim.  Turner has been stuck in a bad position next to Sabonis in IND and this system would be tailor made for his style.  McDermott would offer a sweet shooting forward to space the floor.  GS would be taking on a TON of salary, $25M+ to be exact and after all is said and done, they'd be paying 2.5x that in luxury tax bill.  As for IND, netting them the #2 pick doesn't offer them much.  They have a solid group who could use one more player to push them over the edge, but a rookie may not do that for them.  But LaMelo Ball would be a solid addition next to Brogdon, offering playmaking and passing.  It'd also give them a guard of the future when Oladipo almost surely leaves in FA next summer.

5-Cleveland
What They're Offering-while it's likely the Cavs keep this pick with the intention of building around a young core, the likes of Kevin Love are up for sale.  But their asking price for awhile has been an expiring, a young player and a 1st round pick, while teams may only offer contracts that match and ask for draft pick(s) from CLE to take on the 3 years remaining on Love's contract.  If they could get a top notch package for Love and #5, they may mull it over, but finding someone willing to off-load a top level talent while getting back Love and fitting their window seems highly unlikely.  
What They're Targeting-it's hard to say exactly what they're offering, but it seems reasonable they'd like to off-load the Love contract for less guaranteed years to open themselves up for cap space in the near future.  They're also in flux with Andre Drummond.  He'll likely pick up his $28M option this season and may try to extend him this summer, but paying someone of his caliber at center has become less and less effective over the years.
What A Trade Might Look Like-
CLE in-Caris LaVert, Kelly Oubre Jr, #19
CLE out-Kevin Love, #5
BKN in-Kevin Love, #5
BKN out-Caris LaVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, #19
PHX in-Spencer Dinwiddie
PHX out-Kelly Oubre Jr
For CLE-at #5, CLE could get a useful player, but there isn't a lot of wing options, aside from Avdija who may be gone at #5.  In this trade, they get LaVert, who has shown flashes of brilliance at times taking on massive scoring loads and looking every part of a top tier scorer, but he's battled inconsistency and injuries.  LaVert enters his extension next season so it'd give CLE control of him for 3 years.  Oubre Jr is in the final year of his deal, but he's an athletic scorer with some defensive prowess as a long, switchable wing.  They'd have to move back 14 spots from 5 to 19, but to add in two starting caliber wings and rid themselves of Love's contract, this is something they'd have to look long and hard at.
For BKN-a tough sell for BKN, they want a 3rd star with that LaVert, Dinwiddie, #19 package, but it's unlikely they can get many big names.  Love had a good relationship and talks highly of Kyrie.  He'd be a perfect compliment to Kyrie and Durant and fills a massive need at PF.  They'd be all in with this core though with Kyrie, Durant and Love's massive contracts.  For their troubles and trading away 2 of their biggest assets, they'd get the #5 pick which doesn't make a ton of sense for them considering they're window, but adding in Okoro or Vassel as long, defensive wings, would be a big addition to a team chock full of scoring.
For PHX-they're looking to trade Oubre and have been for awhile.  Mikal Bridges has developed well as a defensive force at the 3/4 position and trading Oubre for Dinwiddie gives them a guard they've been targeting, one who can play both back court positions and can score.  
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