MOCK Drafts rarely nail every pick. Every year, no matter the sport, NFL, MLB or NBA the ‘experts’ are always shocked on draft night when one pick stuffs up their entire educated selections. This year though I’m gonna nail every pick. You’ll see.
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Pick #1 Boston Celtics – Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington
IT’S smart for the Celtics to take the best player on the board with the 1st pick and figure out any backcourt problems later.
Pick #2 Los Angeles Lakers – Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA
IF the Lakers don’t draft Ball, not only will the fans be stunned and riot, but Lavar Ball may very well murder Magic Johnson.
Pick #3 Philadelphia 76ers – De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
THE entire draft takes shape at pick three. There are plenty of paths Philly can take, and with a front court loaded of stars a guard is the right choice. Fox not only fills a position of need, he offers the most upside as well.
Pick #4 Phoenix Suns – Josh Jackson, SG/SF, Kansas
PHOENIX could be tempted to draft Danny Granger 2.0 in Tatum here instead. With Booker’s shooting and Bledsoe’s aggressive scorer at point guard adding a wing Jackson (who may just have the highest ceiling in the draft) gives them a scary dynamic trio.
Pick #5 Sacramento Kings – Dennis Smith Jr, PG, NC State
ONE of my favourite players in the draft is Dennis Smith Jr. Forget the fact that he can’t defend, like literally can’t defend, his offensive game benefits the Kings from day one.
Pick #6 Orlando Magic – Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke
Seeing Tatum slide to #6 would have the Magic rubbing their hands together. Does this mean that they will finally play Aaron Gordon at power forward?!
Pick #7 Minnesota Timberwolves – Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky
ZACH LAVINE, Malik Monk, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns with Rubio and Kris Dunn in the mix. Just let that sink.
Pick #8 New York Knicks – Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
I would really like to see Dennis Smith Jr slide to the Knicks here. It’s not gonna happen. They need a point guard and I think they should settle for the best prospect left in this spot.
Pick #9 Dallas Mavericks – Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, Florida State
WHEN it’s all said and done I expect Isaac to go much higher than pick No. 9. For now though Harrison Barnes gets a running mate in the frontcourt.
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Pick #10 Sacramento Kings – Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona
UNLIKE the other European’s and big men the Kings have drafted in the past, Lauri Markkanen can stroke it from outside. All of a sudden adding him alongside Smith at #5 and current youning’s Cauley-Stein, Labissiere and Buddy Hield gives the Sacramento something they have been chasing for years. Hope.
Pick #11 Charlotte Hornets – Zach Collins, C, Gonzaga
FOR some reason the Hornets draft another talented big white guy. I’m as shocked as you.
Pick #12 Detroit Pistons – Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina
JACKSON is one of the more NBA-ready wing guys and fits a need in Detroit. His energy, length and two way play gives the Pistons a legit prospect who can become a serious player (sorry Stanley Johnson and Henry Ellenson).
Pick #13 Denver Nuggets – OG Anunoby, SF/PF, Indiana
A wildcard in this draft, OG Anunoby’s biggest question mark revolves around the health of his recent knee coming off an ACL injury. If the Denver doc’s give him the thumbs up, look out.
Pick #14 Miami Heat – John Collins, C, Wake Forrest
JUST quietly John Collins is a seriously intriguing prospect in this draft. Rarely mentioned in the conversation for a top ten pick, Collins is coming off a dominant offensive season in a tough ACC conference. If he can stay out of foul trouble he may be a steal.
Pick #15 Portland Trailblazers – T.J. Leaf, PF, UCLA
T.J. Leaf lived in Lonzo Ball’s shadow for the entire season last year, and that may have worked out perfectly. He does a lot of things will with decent shooting range, passing and rebounding.
Pick #16 Chicago Bulls – Luke Kennard, SG, Duke
ON a team that had plenty of ‘names’ Kennard emerged as their most dependable scorer. The high upside guard/wing can be deployed in a number or ways and his outside shooting addresses a DESPERATE need for the Bulls.
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Pick #17 Milwaukee Bucks – Harry Giles, PF/C, Duke
ONCE you reach the end of the lottery there are a plethora of forwards available and the Bucks, we know, love length. Adding another stud based on potential alone isn’t a surprise based on their traack record.
Pick #18 Indiana Pacers – Terrance Ferguson, SG, Australia
WITH Paul George’s departure seeming more imminent day by day adding talented wings is a smart move for the Pacers.
Pick #19 Atlanta Hawks – Jarrett Allen, C, Texas
WHAT is surprising about Allen, despite his size, is his agility and his lateral movement. With Dwight Howard obviously not the answer in the long term, adding a big man in Allen is a smart move, even though they need more reliable guard play.
Pick #20 Portland Trailblazers – Justin Patton, C, Creighton
THE Trailblazers stuck gold in Jusuf Nurkic on the trade deadline last year. Adding another big man prospect isn’t a bad choice though, with their frontcourt clearly established
Pick #21 Oklahoma City Thunder – Donovan Mitchell, SG, Louisville
WITH a large portion of the high-upisde likely to be gone at this point adding some depth to the guards with Mitchell is the strong play for OKC. Forget his shortcomings with his deep shooting, he is a true competitor that Westbrook will fall in love with.
Pick #22 Brooklyn Nets – Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky
MAKING all the headlines at the Draft Combine was the unproven, unknown prospect Hamidou Diallo. Brooklyn has nothing to lose by taking a chance on him here and if he pans out it could be a master stroke.
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Pick #23 Toronto Raptors – Ivan Rabb, PF/C, California
THIS season the Raptors have plenty of expiring contracts, including veteran power forward Patrick Patterson. If they don’t re-sign Rabb is a perfect succession plan.
Pick #24 Utah Jazz – Jonathan Jeanne, C, France
PAIRING the Jazz’s star defensive French big man with another defensive French big man prospect is almost a match made in heaven.
Pick #25 Orlando Magic – PJ Dozier, PG/SG, South Carolina
IF Orlando does draft a forward with their 1st draft choice, expect them to add some depth to their point guard spot at #25. Uber athlete Dozier is a solid choice.
Pick #26 Portland Trailblazers – Dwayne Bacon, SG/SF, Florida State
THE backcourt is set, they have good frontcourt pieces, but it’s time to address some more wing play. The versatile, athletic Bacon may drop into round two, but he fits the Blazers needs.
Pick #27 Brooklyn Nets – Bam Adebayo, C, Kentucky
A high motor, size and athleticism are all great traits for a big man prospect. If the Nets can get Adebayo with pick #27 they can come away somewhat happy from the draft, considering the fact they should be picking 1st overall.
Pick #28 Los Angeles Lakers –Ike Anigbogu, C UCLA
ANIGBOGU has a long way to go if he wants to become a gun NBA player, but the tools are clearly there. Despite a limited role last year, he still possesses a shit load of upside.
Pick #29 San Antonio Spurs – Jordan Bell, PF/C, Oregon
PLENTY of scouts, fans and coaches are raving of the potential ceiling of Jordan Bell, with the Oregon forward being compared to Draymond Green. Expect Popovich to work his magic and Bell to be crashing the boards and emphatically blocking shots as soon as next playoffs.
Pick #30 Utah Jazz – Caleb Swanigan, PF, Purdue
A contendor for the national player of the year rounds out the top 30. That is if Swanigan decides to declare for the draft with the big man still rumoured to be on the fence.
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