If the draft order was set based on the current lottery chances, this is how I would expect the draft to play out. This mock draft includes all of the players who have declared, including those with the option to withdraw by the end of the month.
Other Players Who Should Get a Look:
Bruno Fernando (Fr. PF Maryland) – Fernando is a man-child that is only going to get better. NBA teams love his powerful frame and aggression on both ends. This will be a tough decision, as he is just the type of rim-to-rim big man that makes a lot of money in the league.
Melvin Frazier (Jr. SG Tulane) – There is no doubt that Frazier will be one of the top performers at the combine in athletic testing and in the measurements. I’m not sold on his jumper yet, but he has what it takes to be a defensive stopper that finishes in transition.
D.J. Hogg (Jr. SF Texas A&M) – Hogg was billed a shooter and his form finally matched production this year. At 6’8, he can be somewhat disruptive on defense as well.
Kevin Huerter – (So. SG Maryland) – I’ve already put up an article about how much I think Huerter’s stock could rise. He has in-the-gym range, solid passing instincts, and is one of the bigger two-guards in to declare. Defense and strength are his issues right now, which is why I think another year at Maryland would put him in the first-round conversation next year.
Yante Maten – (Sr. PF Georgia) – Maten was the best post player in the SEC last year, but was often overlooked nationally due to a lack of exposure. He kind of reminds me of JaMychal Green with the way his gritty style of play and developing outside shot. Even if Maten goes undrafted, he will have a guaranteed contract by this time next year.
Malik Newman (So. G Kansas) – Newman was electric in the NCAA Tournament with his shot-making. He’s got a swagger about him that should help him transition to the league. Lacking size as an off-guard, Newman will be best suited as a spark plug off the bench. Heading into his second NBA combine, I would expect Newman to be ready to prove he can be just as dynamic as a point guard.
P.J. Washington (Fr. PF Kentucky) – It never really came together for Washington, who showed flashes with his combination of physicality and finesse on occasion. Returning to a Wildcat team devoid of frontcourt depth will give him all the time to show his talent.
Kris Wilkes (Fr. SF UCLA) – Wilkes’ potential jumps off the screen with great size, bounce, and a sound shooting stroke. Another year at UCLA would allow him to fine tune his shot-creating and consistency.
Mock Draft Summary:
|1||Phoenix Suns||Luka Doncic||SG||1999||Slovenia|
|2||Memphis Grizzlies||Marvin Bagley||PF||FR||Duke|
|3||Dallas Mavericks||DeAndre Ayton||C||FR||Arizona|
|4||Atlanta Hawks||Jaren Jackson||PF||FR||Michigan State|
|5||Orlando Magic||Mo Bamba||PF/C||FR||Texas|
|6||Chicago Bulls||Michael Porter||SF||FR||Missouri|
|7||Sacramento Kings||Mikal Bridges||SG||JR||Villanova|
|8||Cleveland Cavaliers (via Nets)||Collin Sexton||PG/SG||FR||Alabama|
|9||New York Knicks||Trae Young||PG||FR||Oklahoma|
|10||Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers)||Wendell Carter Jr.||PF||FR||Duke|
|11||Charlotte Hornets||Kevin Knox||SF||FR||Kentucky|
|12||Los Angeles Clippers (via Pistons)||Robert Williams||PF||SO||Texas A&M|
|13||Los Angeles Clippers||Gary Trent||SG||FR||Duke|
|14||Denver Nuggets||Miles Bridges||SF||SO||Michigan State|
|15||Washington Wizards||Chimezie Metu||PF/C||JR||USC|
|16||Phoenix Suns (via Heat)||Shai Gilgeous-Alexander||PG||FR||Kentucky|
|17||Milwaukee Bucks||Mitchell Robinson||C||FR||N/A|
|18||San Antonio Spurs||Zhaire Smith||SG||FR||Texas Tech|
|19||Atlanta Hawks (via Timberwolves)||Bruce Brown||SG||SO||Miami|
|20||Minnesota Timberwolves (via Thunder)||Keita Bates-Diop||SF/PF||JR||Ohio State|
|21||Utah Jazz||Dzanan Musa||SF||1999||Bosnia|
|22||Chicago Bulls (via Pelicans)||Lonnie Walker||SG||FR||Miami|
|23||Indian Pacers||Chandler Hutchison||SG/SF||SR||Boise State|
|24||Portland Trail Blazers||Troy Brown Jr.||SF||FR||Oregon|
|25||Los Angeles Lakers (via Cavaliers)||Brandon McCoy||C||FR||UNLV|
|26||Philadelphia 76ers||Rodions Kurucs||SF||1998||Latvia|
|27||Boston Celtics||Rawle Alkins||SG/SF||SO||Arizona|
|28||Golden State Warriors||Jerome Robinson||PG/SG||JR||Boston College|
|29||Brooklyn Nets||Anfernee Simons||SG/PG||HS||IMG Academy|
|30||Houston Rockets||Jalen Brunson||PG||JR||Villanova|
|31||Phoenix Suns||Goga Bitadze||C||1999||Georgia|
|32||Memphis Grizzlies||Trevon Duval||PG||FR||Duke|
|33||Atlanta Hawks||Elie Okobo||PG||1997||France|
|34||Dallas Mavericks||Khyri Thomas||SG||JR||Creighton|
|35||Orlando Magic||Grayson Allen||SG||SR||Duke|
|36||Sacramento Kings||Moritz Wagner||PF/C||JR||Michigan|
|37||New York Knicks (via Bulls)||Raymond Spalding||PF||JR||Louisville|
|38||Philadelphia 76ers (via Nets)||Donte DiVincenzo||SG||SO||Villanova|
|39||Philadelphia 76ers (via Knicks)||Austin Wiley||C||SO||Auburn|
|40||Brooklyn Nets (via Lakers)||Isaac Bonga||SF||1999||Germany|
|41||Orlando Magic (via Hornets)||Shake Milton||PG||JR||SMU|
|42||Detroit Pistons||Hamidou Diallo||SG||FR||Kentucky|
|43||Denver Nuggets (via Clippers)||Aaron Holiday||PG/SG||JR||UCLA|
|44||Washington Wizards||Tyus Battle||SF||SO||Syracuse|
|45||Brooklyn Nets (via Bucks)||Omari Spellman||PF/C||FR||Villanova|
|46||Houston Rockets (via Heat)||Jontay Porter||PF||FR||Missouri|
|47||Los Angeles Lakers (via Nuggets)||Josh Okogie||SG||SO||Georgia Tech|
|48||Minnesota Timberwolves||Jacob Evans||SG||JR||Cincinnati|
|49||San Antonio Spurs||Alize Johnson||PF||SR||Missouri State|
|50||Indiana Pacers||Landry Shamet||PG||SO||Wichita State|
|51||New Orleans Pelicans||Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk||SG/SF||SR||Kansas|
|52||Utah Jazz||Bonzie Colson||PF||SR||Notre Dame|
|53||Oklahoma City Thunder||Allonzo Trier||SG||JR||Arizona|
|54||Dallas Mavericks (via Trail Blazers)||DeVonte’ Graham||PG||SR||Kansas|
|55||Charlotte Hornets (via Cavaliers)||Joel Berry||PG||SR||North Carolina|
|56||Philadelphia 76ers||Arnoldas Kulboka||SF||1998||Lithuania|
|57||Oklahoma City Thunder (via Celtics)||Jarred Vanderbilt||PF||FR||Kentucky|
|58||Denver Nuggets (via Warriors)||Vanja Marinkovic||SG||1997||Serbia|
|59||Phoenix Suns (via Raptors)||Caleb Martin||SF||JR||Nevada|
|60||Philadelphia 76ers (via Rockets)||Kevin Hervey||SF||SR||UT Arlington|