NBA Mock Draft

1. Philadelphia 76ers: Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington Fultz, Simmons, Embiid, Saric… Need I say more?

2. LA Lakers: Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA: Although I feel that the Lakers should either trade their pick or draft Josh Jackson, I still feel like they wouldn’t pass up a talent like Ball despite the current, young point guard duo of D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson.

3. Boston Celtics: Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas Jackson would be a great addition as a defensive threat for the Celtics and let’s not forget his elite athleticism and offensive upside.

4. Phoenix Suns: Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke Although Fox would be a great pick for the future backcourt possibilities, Tatum would definitely be capable of filling the hole of uncertainty at the wing. His fluid, excellent scoring abilities, and physical tools would pair very well with Devin Booker creating a scoring duo of the future.

5. Sacramento Kings: De'Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky Although the Kings need everything, the point guard would be the best place to start, and De’Aaron Fox would be perfect if he’s available.

6. Orlando Magic: Malik Monk, SG/PG, Kentucky For a team that struggled to shoot threes (29th in the league), Monk would be the perfect fit for the Magic as he’s proven to be one of the top scorers/shooters in this draft class period.

7. Minnesota Timberwolves: Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona This was a coin toss between Markkanen and Isaac, but Lauri Markkanen would be a great place for the frontcourt of the future with Towns and Wiggins. His three-point shooting, mobility, and athleticism would create opportunities for Towns near the hoop as well as fill the Timberwolves power forward vacancy.

8. New York Knicks: Frank Ntilikina, PG, Strasbourg A big, physical two-way point guard who can run the offense, Ntilikina would be a great pick for the Knicks to input around Melo and Porzingis.

9. Dallas Mavericks: Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, Florida State With Jonathan Isaac, the Mavericks would be in a great place regarding their rebuilding after Dirk. He will bring a defensive tenacity, rebounding, length, and shooting potential that can be polished with time to create a great building era after the Nowitzki era.

10. Sacramento Kings: Zach Collins, PF/C, Gonzaga Now that they’d have drafted Fox, the Kings should go with Collins here to not only be a post/shooting threat, but a sharp defensive player to accompany Willy Cauley-Stein and help make up for his offensive holes.

11. Charlotte Hornets: Luke Kennard, SG, Duke The Hornets would put themselves in a great position by adding not just a shooter to spread the floor, but a scorer who can pair up with their only real scoring threat, Kemba Walker.

12. Detroit Pistons: Dennis Smith Jr., PG, NC State Although Donovan Mitchell would be a great pick for the Pistons, Smith Jr. would be the best available talent and based on whether Reggie Jackson is traded or not, would be either a great backup to add to a nonexistent bench or a point for the future.

13. Denver Nuggets: OG Anunoby, SF/PF, Indiana Despite some of his offensive woes, OG Anunoby would fill the role of a much-needed perimeter defender for the Denver Nuggets who were last in the league on defense. He can become an elite defender, and his athleticism and length would make him perfect for the Nuggets young, fast-paced offense.

14. Miami Heat: John Collins, PF, Wake Forest With no big man to any longer work alongside Hasaan Whiteside, Collins would be a great place to begin as he brings post offense, offensive rebounding, and sneaky athleticism that makes him a good potential defender.

12. Portland Trailblazers: Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina Justin Jackson would fill the role of a good two-way player with length and a reliable jumper to come off of the bench, or even start eventually.

13. Chicago Bulls: Justin Patton, C, Creighton For a team in desperate need for a big man, Justin Patton’s elite physical tools, athleticism, and an offensive game would be an easier to slide in Chicago, allowing him to reach his potential in a quicker, aggressive fashion.

14. Milwaukee Bucks: Jarett Allen, C, Texas Although the Bucks are probably the longest team in the NBA they still need a true rebounder and solid rim protector and at 6’11” with a 7’5” wingspan. Also, may I add, that he displayed an offensive potential that can be reached in a Jason Kidd ran a system that allows his bigs to thrive.

15. Indiana Pacers: Donovan Mitchell, SG/PG, Louisville Although I don’t like that he’s ended up so low, Donovan Mitchell would be a great piece for the future off of the bench for Indiana who displayed mediocre guard play this past season. His elite athleticism, pesky defense, and solid jumper make Mitchell a Legitimate threat. But don’t be surprised if he goes earlier.

16. Atlanta Hawks: TJ Leaf, PF, UCLA TJ Leaf was a well-rounded power forward who was also a great transition player for his size. Whether or not Millsap leaves, Leaf would be a great addition to help Dwight in the frontcourt on the offensive end.

17. Portland Trailblazers: Bam Adebayo, C, Kentucky Bam “Baby Dwight” Adebayo would fill in a great role for Portland adding rebounding, athleticism and a defensive upside that would work well with Portland’s up and down playstyle.

18. Oklahoma City Thunder: Semi Ojeleye, SF/PF, SMU With a smooth jumper, power, and solid rim-running, Semi Ojeleye would be a great piece to run with Russell Westbrook and score either in our out.

19. Brooklyn Nets: Derrick White, PG, Colorado Another team with multiple positional wholes, Derrick White would bring scoring versatility, physical upside, being a 6’4” point guard, and a pace and IQ that could make him a primary guard off the bench at least.

20. Toronto Raptors: Isaiah Hartenstein, PF/C, Zalgiris With this pick, the Raptors can address their three-point shooting and lack of depth at power forward. Hartenstein mainly dropped because of his reported attitude problem, but I consider this a low risk/high reward pick considering that he has a great skill set as a big man.

21. Utah Jazz: Jordan Bell, PF, Oregon Coming off of the bench with a focused nack for the defensive side of the ball and still a well-rounded game, Jordan Bell would provide a much needed presence for the Jazz’s second unit.

22. Orlando Magic: Anzejs Pasecniks, C, Gran Canaria Once again addressing their need of shooting, the Magic could once again fulfill that need with Anzejs Pasecniks who, along with his 7’2” frame, is a good three point shooter who could add defense in development.

23. Portland Trailblazers: Harry Giles, PF, Duke In terms of potential and upside, Giles would provide a great spark for the Blazers especially at power forward. His injuries, of course, are a big concern and hindered his draft stock.

24. Brooklyn Nets: Johnathan Motley III, PF/SF, Baylor In need of a big man, I believe Johnathan Motley III would be a great decision for the Nets. With a 7’4” wingspan at 6’9” and 230 lbs., Motley III is a tenacious rebounder, explosiveness, and rim-running player who could sneak up on you with a jumper as well.

25. LA Lakers: Tyler Lydon, PF, Syracuse With big men who are post and rebounding specialists, Tyler Lydon would be a good fit for the Lakers’ bench as he’d provide shooting and rebounding.

26. San Antonio Spurs: Ivan Rabb, PF, California All I can say is if you throw a player with the potential Ivan Rabb has, which has yet to be even scratched during his stint at Cal, Popovich can create a perfect backup for LaMarcus Aldridge.

27. Utah Jazz: Jawun Evans, PG, Oklahoma State With the possibility of losing George Hill, the Jazz should be safe and go with a scoring point guard, who averaged 19 points and 6.5 assists per game, who can create opportunities for others as well off of the bench. He also has the potential to provide a defensive presence with his 6’5” wingspan at about 6’ even averaging almost two steals per game last season.

28. LA Lakers: Tyler Lydon, PF, Syracuse With big men who are post and rebounding specialists, Tyler Lydon would be a good fit for the Lakers’ bench as he’d provide shooting and rebounding.

29. San Antonio Spurs: Ivan Rabb, PF, California All I can say is if you throw a player with the potential Ivan Rabb has, which has yet to be even scratched during his stint at Cal, Popovich can create a perfect backup for LaMarcus Aldridge.

30. Utah Jazz: Jawun Evans, PG, Oklahoma State With the possibility of losing George Hill, the Jazz should be safe and go with a scoring point guard, who averaged 19 points and 6.5 assists per game, who can create opportunities for others as well off of the bench. He also has the potential to provide a defensive presence with his 6’5” wingspan at about 6’ even averaging almost two steals per game last season.


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