|1) Philadelphia 76ers: Markelle Fultz- 6’4 190 PG Washington FR|
Fultz provides the 76ers with a much-needed scoring punch and secondary ball handler assuming Ben Simmons is the primary ball handler next season. Fultz is a natural scorer but has good play making ability. Fultz also has great size and good athleticism to be a good NBA defender.
NBA Comparison: Jamal Crawford
|2) Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball- 6’6 190 PG UCLA FR|
|No surprise here even though that had been rumors that the Lakers were thinking of going in a different direction. Lonzo Ball provides the Lakers with a much-needed player maker. In a similar mold of Magic Johnson, Ball is a big PG who is a pass first player and makes his teammates better. Ball also is a good 3pt shooter despite his funky shooting form which is key in today’s NBA. Ball hasn’t shown a lot defensively but has the tools to be a solid defender providing he puts forth the effort.
NBA Comparison: Jason Kidd
|3) Boston Celtics: Jonathan Isaac- 6’10 210 SF/PF Florida State FR|
|If this pick stays in Boston I expect them to swing for the fences. Isaac would provide the Celtics with some much-needed length and another potential scoring threat. Isaac is in the similar build to KD and more recently Brandon Ingram. Isaac has the ability to shoot it from anywhere on the floor and has good ball-handling skills to create his own shot. His length on the defensive end would be ideal trying to defend the elite SFs of today’s NBA. Kansas SG/SF Josh Jackson is in play at this pick as well but he would only give the Celtics another player similar to what they already have in Crowder and last years 1st round pick Jaylen Brown.
NBA Comparison: Jonathan Bender
|4) Phoenix Suns: Jayson Tatum- 6’8 205 SF/SG Duke FR|
|Tatum would provide the Suns with a true SF who is excellent in isolation. A very smooth player who is at his best as a mid-range shooter. He’s not a great 3pt shooter but is capable. Not the best athlete but can just flat out play. He’s a safe pick who should make an impact.
NBA Comparison: Paul Pierce sooner rather than later.
|5) Sacramento Kings: DeAaron Fox- 6’3 170 PG Kentucky FR|
|The Kings get a young PG to add to their young core of players. Fox is arguably the best on-ball defender in this draft. An elite athlete at 6’3 Fox has the measurable to be a solid PG in today’s NBA. Has great character and is a hard worker. Doesn’t shoot the ball very well and is very thin at only 170lbs but has the speed and quickness to get to the basket at will. Scored 39pts against Lonzo Ball in a victory over UCLA in the Elite 8 of the NCAA tourney. Fox gives the Kings a solid building block for the future.
NBA Comparison: Mike Conley/John Wall
|6) Orlando Magic: Josh Jackson- 6’8 205 SG/SF Kansas FR|
|Orlando possibly gets a franchise player they have been seeking since Dwight Howard said Goodbye. Jackson was arguably the best prospect coming into the college season last year. An elite athlete who is a menace on the defensive end. has great size to play either SG or SF. His jump shot is a work in progress but has potential to develop into a good shooter. A lot of GMs have him as a top 3 pick so if he falls to the Magic at 6 you might have the steal of the draft.
NBA Comparison: Andrew Wiggins/Kawhi Leonard
|7) Minnesota Timberwolves: Lauri Markkanen- 7’0 230 PF/C Arizona FR|
|Popular opinion has the Timberwolves taking a PG here but I don’t see them giving up on Chris Dunn that quickly and Rubio had a nice season so I got them taking a legit stretch big here. Now it is also rumored that Minnesota again has an interest in trading for Jimmy Butler. If Minnesota does that I can possibly see a PG go here. Markkanen, on the other hand, is a better athlete than given credit for and can finish at the rim along with his great shooting ability. Doesn’t rebound well for his size but adding a smooth shooting big alongside KAT could be deadly.
NBA Comparison: Andrea Bargnani
|8) New York Knicks: Frank Ntilikina- 6’5 190 PG France 1998|
|It’s hard to determine where the Knicks might go here with all the Melo-drama nd recent rumors that Phil Jackson is possibly shopping Kristaps Porzingis. If nothing happens between now and the time they’re up to pick I expect them to take a PG and Frank Ntilikina fits the Triangle style of play more than any PG left on the board. With a 7 foot wingspan, Ntilikina has the tools to be an elite NBA defender. His playmaking and shooting have improved within the last year.
NBA Comparison: Roddy Beaubois
|9) Dallas Mavericks: Dennis Smith- 6’2 195 PG North Carolina State FR|
|Possibly the most explosive athlete in the draft, Smith is an elite talent that seems to struggle with consistency. Smith showed flashed at NC State of being a dominant player as he did against Duke when he went for 32pts and 6ast in the upset. Smith finishes at the rim with authority and shot well from 3 this past season. Can he stay motivated is the only concern most scouts have.
NBA Comparison: Steve Francis
|10) Sacremento Kings: Malik Monk- 6’3 200 SG Kentucky FR|
|With their 2nd pick in the top 10, the Kings add another Kentucky product in Monk. The Kings ownership loves shooters and Monk is just that. One of the best shooters and scorers in the college game last season Monk gives the Kings instant offense and a potential deadly shooting tandem of Monk and Hield who the Kings acquired in that infamous Boogie Cousins trade. Monk is also an elite athlete who is sure to appear on his fair share of ESPN top 10 plays. A bit undersized at SG his shooting ability and athleticism will compensate for his lack of size.
NBA Comparison: Jr Smith
|11) Charlotte Hornets: Luke Kennard- 6’6 195 SG Duke SO|
|Kennard breaks the run of freshmen taken in the draft at 10. Charlotte will look to take the best player on the board if somebody doesn’t fall to them. Kennard is one of the better shooters in this draft and would give the Hornets a threat from the outside immediately. Kennard is also a very good passer and while not a great a athlete, an underrated one. He not great on the defensive end but will give effort. Kennard is a good ball handler and should be able to make plays for his teammates at the next level. Don’t be surprised if Charlotte goes with a big here if Kennard isn’t on the board or even if he is
NBA Comparison: Jeff Hornacek
|12) Detroit Pistons: Zach Collins- 6’11 230 C Gonzaga FR|
|Last year Detriot took Henry Ellenson in the 1st round and Collins is a similar player. Detriot is in search of shooting and Collins provides that. Collins came off the bench at Gonzaga but his numbers 10pts 6rbs per contest were still nice stats for his freshman season. Collins shot 65% from the floor, 75% from the line and 44% from 3 in 18 attempts. Look for Detriot to potentially put Andre Drummond on the trade market as he is a terrible shooter and is no good to close out games and move into the future with stretch bigs
NBA Comparison: Raef Lafrentz
|13) Denver Nuggets: OG Anunoby- 6’7 235 SF/PF Indiana SO|
|Anunoby saw his stock fall after suffering a season-ending injury in which he tore his ACL. Man scouts considered him a top 5-10 before the injury. At this point, he might be a reach but draft now starts to thin out. Anunoby has a solid frame and an impressive 7’2.5 wingspan. He figures to be a Defensive ace at the next level. Good finisher at the rim and has good speed and quickness for a guy his size. Not an elite athlete but a good one. Showed ability to knock down NBA 3. Would help Denver on the Defensive end immediately.
NBA Comparison: Jae Crowder
|14) Miami Heat: Harry Giles- 6’10 230 PF/C Duke FR|
|Giles was the top-rated high school prospect in the class of 2016 even after suffering 2 torn ACLs. Giles talent is undeniable. When healthy he runs the floor very well for a guy his size and is a great passer out the post. Has range on his jump shot and has good athleticism. Health is the main concern. Giles was once considered a #1 pick prospect but after struggling in limited minutes his lone season at Duke he’s a boom or bust pick at this portion of the draft.
NBA Comparison: Chris Webber (when healthy)
|15) Portland Trailblazers: John Collins- 6’9 225 PF/C Wake Forest SO|
|Collins is an aggressive player who likes to play above the rim. A good rebounder and has some touch on his jump shot. Doesn’t have a face-up game yet but it could come with time. Would be a nice compliment to Jusuf Nurkic in the post.
NBA Comparison: Tyrus Thomas
|16) Chicago Bulls: Donovan Mitchell- 6’2 210 SG Louisville SO|
|At just 6’2 he’s undersized at SG but with a 6’10 wingspan and great athleticism, he’s an intriguing prospect. Plays with toughness and has strong leadership qualities. Likes to attack the rim and jump shot has shown improvement. Would add athleticism to a team lacking in that category. Very good possibility Mitchell is gone by this pick
NBA Comparison: Avery Bradley
|17) Milwaukee Bucks: Kyle Kuzma- 6’9 225 PF Utah JR|
|Kuzma prior to the Combine was probably a 2nd round prospect. After the combine, Kuzma is now looked at by many as a lock for the 1st round. Kuzma is the 1st upperclassmen to be drafted. Kuzma shows the ability to step outside and be a stretch 4 for a team that lacks shooting from the outside. Milwaukee got a steal with upperclassmen Malcolm Brogdon in last year’s draft. I see them sticking to that same formula and addressing a need.
NBA Comparison: Channing Fyre
|18) Indiana Pacers: Justin Patton- 6’11 230 C Creighton FR|
|The Pacers currently have promised big Myles Turner playing Center right now with undersized Thaddeus Young playing PF. Taking Patton right here would allow the Pacers to potential move Turner to PF and add size to the front line with Patton at Center. Patton his a strong skillset on the offensive end and can be disruptive on defense. Lacks speed and not the most athletic player on the board at this point but can develop into a solid player.
NBA Comparison: Robin Lopez
|19) Atlanta Hawks: Bam Adebayo- 6’10 245 PF/C Kentucky FR|
|Adebayo has good size and athleticism for the PF position. With the NBA now transitioning to stretch bigs Adebayo’s value falls some due to him not being a great shooter. He will be a hand full on the block and has better shooting ability than given credit for. He will be tough to handle on the block and ATL can use some interior scoring and ATL would be pleased if Adebayo is available here.
NBA Comparison: Derrick Favors
|20) Portland Trailblazers: Jarrett Allen- 6’10 235 C Texas FR|
|Portland adds another young post to their roster. Allen is somewhat of a project as he could have used another season at Texas. Allen has good length and runs the floor well. Allen will likely spend some time in the D-League his rookie season but he’s a nice prospect to develop behind Nurkic.
NBA Comparison: Adrian Payne
|21) Oklahoma City Thunder: Terrance Ferguson- 6’7 185 SG/SF USA 1998|
|The Thunder have a huge weakness at the SF position. Andre Roberson is a solid defender but is a liability on offense, so much so that he is prone to be part of the hack a Shaq strategy at the end of games. Enter Ferguson. Ferguson was a McDonalds All-American who originally committed to Arizona but ended up changing his mind and playing pro in Australia. Though he struggled in Australia Ferguson remains an interesting prospect. He has the elite athletic ability and can knock down the 3 consistently. Ferguson has also shown the ability to be a good defender in the NBA. He’s a project but could be a huge upgrade over Roberson if developed properly.
NBA Comparison: Nick Young
|22) Brooklyn Nets: TJ Leaf- 6’10 225 PF UCLA FR|
|Brooklyn needs all the help they can get! Leaf would provide a solid PF prospect who is capable of knocking down perimeter jump shots. Leaf is an above average athlete and is a very competitive player which can help on a team that hasn’t won too many games the past few years. Leaf was consistent all year should be able to contribute sooner rather than later
NBA Comparison: Jon Leuer
|23) Toronto Raptors: Justin Jackson- 6’8 200 SF North Carolina JR|
|Jackson gives the Raptors a potential replacement for Demarre Carroll who has underperformed since signing with the Raptors a few years ago. Jackson is a consistent 3pt shooter (38%) in college and a solid prospect defensively. At 6’8 with a 7’0 wingspan, he can contribute right away off the bench and is a perfect 3 and D prospect.
NBA Comparison: Danny Green
|24) Utah Jazz: DJ Wilson- 6’10 235 PF Michigan SO|
|Wilson is another guy who is a winner from his combine performance. Has a nice feel for the game and size for the PF position. Has shown improved form on his jump shot but still is a bit of a work in progress. Landing in Utah can give Wilson the time to improve his game as they have a few young bigs. Teams are said to be high on his potential and could be taken much higher.
NBA Comparison: Taj Gibson
|25) Orlando Magic: Ivan Rabb- 6’10 220 PF/C California SO|
|Rabb has been a known name in a mock draft for the past 3 years. A Former McDonalds All-American Rabb was one of the top prospects entering College 2 years ago. Had Rabb entered the draft last season he likely would have gone higher. Rabb is a smart player with potential on the defensive end showing ability to defend the pick and roll. Offensively Rabb can knock down mid-range jump shots and could add depth to the Orlando Magic front court.
NBA Comparison: P.J. Brown
|26) Portland Trailblazers: Jawun Evans- 6’0 185 PG Oklahoma State SO|
|Extremely quick with the ball in his hands, Evans at 6’0 is undersized in today’s NBA but his explosiveness gives him a shot to be a productive player in the NBA. Evans would give the Blazers a nice backup option for Dame Dolla. Evans can score and distribute and could be brought along slowly.
NBA Comparison: Eric Bledsoe
|27) Los Angeles Lakers: Semi Ojeleye- 6’6 240 SF/PF SMU JR|
|Ojeleye is my personal sleeper of the draft. A Duke transfer, Ojeleye has the size, skill, and athleticism to be a productive NBA player. He can create his own shot and is a good spot up shooter as well as being able to shoot it on the move. I think he can have a Draymond Green type impact minus the playmaking.
NBA Comparison: Larry Johnson
|28) Los Angeles Lakers: Wesley Iwundo- 6’7 195 SF/SG Kansas State SR|
|Emerged as one of the better college players in the country his senior season at Kansas State. Has a solid all-around game with nice athleticism. Played some PG for K-State and is capable of making plays for others. The Lakers are in need of solid unselfish players and Iwundo fits the bill. The only senior in the 1st round you could see Iwundo make an immediate impact.
NBA Comparison: Dermarr Johnson
|29) San Antonio Spurs: Isaiah Hartenstein- 7’0 250 PF Germany 1998|
|Hartenstein is the perfect draft and stash prospect that the Spurs have come to love this late in the draft the past 15 seasons. They hit more often than not on these picks and Hartenstein should be no different. Hartenstein has been of scouts radars for a while now as he was born in the states and raised across the pond as his father is a former pro. He has lottery potential but has dealt with some injuries as of late. The Spurs can afford to stash this pick and wait for him to join the team once he’s ready
NBA Comparison: Jason Smith
|30) Utah Jazz: Frank Jackson- 6’3 200 PG/SG Duke FR|
|The Jazz PG situation is cloudy right now. Some team is probably going to overpay for George Hill and Dante Exum doesn’t seem to be ready just yet. Enter Jackson. The hometown kid returns. There have been rumors that Utah promised to draft him here at 30 and that’s why Jackson remained in the draft. Jackson had an up and down season at Duke but showed he has scoring ability and has good size and athleticism to play the PG at the next level. I think he prefers to play off the ball but at only 6’3 he’s somewhat of a tweener.
NBA Comparison: Jordan Farmer