NBA Mock Draft: Pre-Lottery

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.

Top 100 Draft Prospects


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:

No. Team: Player: Pos: Year: From:
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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s