Same rules applies to first mock draft. Teams will select based on regular season standings. Players will be selected on team needs and fit.
Pick 1 – Boston Celtics – PG: Markelle Fultz – Washington
Fultz is still the best prospect in this draft scoring 23.2 points per game, grabbing 5.7 rebounds and dishing out 5.9 assists. He possesses elite size for the Point Guard position. The Celtics will grab the best player in the draft after clinching the Eastern Conference’s number one overall seed.
Pick 2 – Phoenix Suns – SF: Josh Jackson – Kansas
Josh Jackson is an elite wing ready to contribute immediately to any team that takes him. The Suns grab Jackson over Lonzo Ball due to the Suns already having Eric Bledsoe, Tyler Ullis and Devin Booker already in the back court. The Suns can use the 6’8 Jackson to fill the whole at the 3 spot and feature a dynamic wing duo for years to come with Booker alongside.
Pick 3 – Los Angeles Lakers – PG: Lonzo Ball – UCLA
Lavar Ball, the outspoken father, will get his wish and his son will be playing for the Lakers next season. Ball has drawn comparisons to Hall of Famer Jason Kidd with his elite court vision and ability to score when needed. Ball will shift former second overall pick, D’Angelo Russell to the 2 spot and the Lakers will feature a nice young core to build around.
Pick 4 – Philadelphia 76ers – SG: Malik Monk – Kentucky
Monk may be the best shooter in this years class with an very quick release and a tremendous ability to hit from well beyond the three point line. Using Monk as a floor spacer for Ben Simmons to throw passes too and for Embiid to kick out from the post will be a great lift for their offense. Toss in Robert Covington on the wing and the 76ers will feature a team with great length at every position.
Pick 5 – Orlando Magic – SF: Jayson Tatum – Duke
The Magic will take the best available player on the board as they are a roster seeking upgrades nearly everywhere. Tatum progressed really well down the stretch for Duke showing the ability to take a defender 1-on-1 and score in a big moment. Tatum has good size and should pair nicely with Aaron Gordon.
Pick 6 – Minnesota Timberwolves – Jonathon Isaac – Florida State
Isaac is a lengthy wing that should cause mismatches on both offense and defense with his 6’11 frame. Isaac has the capability of playing from the outside. Isaac needs to become more of a scorer as he has not shown a score first mentality. The falshes are there and he possess a good amount of upside. However, with Wiggins and Towns already having that ability, Isaac should fit as a combo wing to give good minutes to Tom Thibodeau as a 3-4.
Pick 7 – New York Knicks – PG: De’Aaron Fox – Kentucky
The Knicks need a point guard in the worst way especially to pair with the exciting new front court of Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hermangomez. Fox is lightening quick with the ball and can score in bunches completely outplaying Lonzo Ball in the sweet 16 match up scoring 39 points. Fox averaged 16.7 points, 4 rebounds and 4.7 assists in his lone season at Kentucky.
Pick 8 – Sacramento Kings – PG: Dennis Smith – NC State
Issues surrounding his motor and his drive to compete each game has caused Smith to fall down the draft boards. I do not necessarily buy those facts, I just think it was tough for a player to be in a situation where the team underachieved and the coach was fired mid-season. Smith showed his ability to dominate on the court with two triple-doubles on the year. The Kings need all the upside they can get and a back court of Smith and Buddy Hield is a good way to start the massive rebuild.
Pick 9 – Dallas Mavericks – Frank Ntilinkina – Belgium
The NBA drafts mystery prospect goes to the Mavericks which would be a perfect fit. After watching his highlight tape, its obvious this kid is a player. He has great size, a smooth jumper (can hit from 3) and great court vision. If he was playing stateside, he may be higher on the boards. He will still be 18 at the time of the draft making him one of the youngest players eligible. Playing for Rick Carlisle, who is known to get the most of his players, will be the perfect opportunity for him to develop.
Pick 10 – Sacramento Kings – PF/C – Zach Collins – Gonzaga
The freshman standout from Gonzaga was highly efficient in the limited minutes he received. Collins put up 10 points, 6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in just 17 minutes of action. He played a pivotal role in the NCAA tournament helping Gonzaga reach its first title game in school history. The Kings take a chance on upside here and hope Collins, Skal Labissiere, and Willy Cauley-Stein are the foundations of a future front court.
Pick 11 – Charlotte Hornets – PF – John Collins – Wake Forrest
The original mock had Collins going to the Hornets and I think it’ll remain the case here. The sophomore power forward has a great ability to score the basketball and Steve Clifford is the type of head coach that can hide his defensive deficiencies. Collins scored 19.2 points a game while grabbing 9.8 rebounds and was a first team all ACC selection. With Marvin Williams another year older and limited bench scoring, the Hornets grab their power forward of the future.
Pick 12 – Detroit Pistons – PF – Lauri Markkanen – Arizona
Markkanen is the toughest prospect to place n the draft. He may be the best shooting 7 footer to enter the draft but needs to work on his low post game and needs to add strength to hold his own against NBA bigs. Stan Van Gundy is looking for a strecth four to add next to Andre Drummond as last year’s draft pick Henry Elleson did not pan out and the team was starting Jon Leur for a majority of the season. This seems like a good landing spot.
Pick 13 – Denver Nuggets – PF: Isaiah Harenstein – Germany
Extremely versatile forward. Think James Johnson of the Miami Heat. Harenstein does a little of everything on the court and should fit well with the Nuggets. This well give the Nuggets three forwards that all have the ability to pass the ball well and keep the flow of the offense moving. This should create a ton of open shots for the young shooters Jamal Murray and Gary Harris.
Pick 14: Miami Heat – SF: O.G Anunoby – Indiana
The Miami Heat are in a position to take a flyer on Anunoby as he recovers from an ACL tear he sustained early in the season. Anunoby is a highly athletic wing capable of defending multiple positions. The Heat will be in no rush to play Anunboy as Winslow will returning from an injury. Anunoboy will provide terrific upside for the Heat if he is able to recover from his injury.
Pick 15: Portland Trailblazers – SF: Justin Jackson – North Carolina
Jackson raised his stock his junior year by setting the all time record for threes made in a season for North Carolina and by winning ACC player of the year. He was the best player on the best team in college basketball. Jackson is a 6’8 wing who has a tremendous ability to score the ball and is an above average defender. He would be a nice addition to a Trailblazers bench that struggles to manufacture points.
Pick 16: Chicago Bulls – C: Justin Patton – Creighton
The highly athletic center possess upsides the Bulls roster is in dire need of. The Bulls are a veteran roster that barely squeaked into the playoffs. The Bulls need young talent for future development and Patton could be the center of the future. At the very least, hes a capable backup behind Robin Lopez until hes ready to become a starter.
Pick 17: Milwaukee Bucks – C: Bam Adebayo – Kentucky
The Bucks have been known to draft players with immense athleticism and upside in recent drafts regardless if the pick was deemed a reach. Adebayo fits that billing for this season as current center Greg Monroe may opt out in the off season. That would leave Thon Maker and John Henson as the only two players capable of being a center on the roster for next season. Adebayo has a tremendous motor a good ability to crash the glass.
Pick 18: Indiana Pacers – PF- T. J Leaf – UCLA
The original mock had Leaf slated in this slot and its still the best fit for the Pacers. The Pacers are another veteran roster who desperately need a young player to help ease the inevitable Paul George free agency a year from now. Thaddeus Young is not getting young and his production dipped this year. Leaf will provide a nice asset to pair with Myles Turner in the front court for years to come.
Pick 19: Portland Trailblazers – C: Jarrett Allen – Texas
Allen fits a need for a team that needs depth in the front court off the bench. Meyers Leonard is the Blazers first big off the bench and Noah Vonleh has provided inconsistent results in his two year tenure. Allen is a skilled big who averaged over 13 points and 8 rebounds a game in his freshman season.
Pick 20: Atlanta Hawks – SG: Josh Hart – Villanova
Hart will provide immediate impact off the hawks bench and will fit the team concept approach the Hawks play with. Hart was a first team all american and should be able to step in and play immediate minutes off the bench. The Hawks depth at the wings are not their strong suit as they give heavy minutes to Kent Bazemore, Thabo Seflosha, and Taurean Prince.
Pick 21: Oklahoma City Thunder – SG: Luke Kennard – Duke
Luke Kennard make great strides his sophomore season becoming a focal point in the Duke offense. Kennard has the ability to score from anywhere on the court averaging 19.5 points per game. He also displayed a knack to be a good rebounder for his postion pulling in over 5 a game. The Thunder need a scoring option off the bench to help lessen the workload of Russell Westrbook. Kennard provides a terrific option for bench production.
Pick 22: Brooklyn Nets – PF: Ivan Rabb – California
The Nets are team seeking the best available talent. The team should have a decent back court with a healthy Jeremy Lin and Caris Lavert who has shown flashes of being a good player. The Nets do not have much talent in the front court. Enter Rabb who averaged a double-double in his sophomore year at Cal. Rabb was once projected to be a top 10 pick so the Netsa are getting good value for their selection.
Pick 23: Orlando Magic – PG: Jawun Evans – Oklahoma State
Starting PG Elfrid Payton played pretty well down the stretch for the Magic but has been inconsistent in his tenure with the team. Evans is a capable PG who is able to be a combo guard at times. Evans scored over 19 a game and dished out over 6 assists in his sophomore year. He should be a quality back up at the very least for a roster who needs as much talent as possible.
Pick 24: Utah Jazz – SG: Sindarius Thornwell – South Carolina
The Utah Jazz take Thornwell as insurance if Gordon Hayward decides to bolt as a free agent. Thornwell was the catalyst behind South Carolina’s run to the final four and is developed enough as a prospect to fill any role necessary. Thornwell is a terrific defender averaging over 2 steals a game which fits into the defense first mindset the Jazz have created. He has also developed as a scorer putting up 21.4 points per game his senior year.
Pick 25: Toronto Raptors – PF: Harry Giles – Duke
The former number one high school recruit is still trying to return to form following an acl tear on each knee. Giles played a limited role for Duke and looked tentative and confused when on the court. The Raptors are a good enough team to take a flyer and hope Giles can return to the player he once was.
Pick 26: Portland Trailblazers – PG: Monte Morris – Iowa State
With their third first round selection, the Blazers take Monte Morris to fill the back up point guard spot. Morris was first team all Big 12 and displayed a tremendous ability to score the ball and pass. Morris the all time leader in the NCAA in assist to turnover ratio.
Pick 27: Brooklyn Nets – SG: Donovan Mitchell – Louisville
With their second selection, the Nets take the 2 guard out of Louisville who is an above average defender (2 steals a game) and a three point threat (35.4% on 7 attempts per game). Mitchell is a bit undersized for a 2 guard which hurts his stock a bit but should be a good value pick this late in the draft.
Pick 28: Los Angeles Lakers: PF: Caleb Swanigan – Purdue
Swanigan is a bit undersized for his position and does not have elite lateral mobility but he does possess a terrific motor and an ability to rebound the ball. Swanigan averaged over 18 points and 12 rebounds his sophomore season. He has three point range as well and can stretch the floor when needed. He should be a good reserve big.
Pick 29: San Antonio Spurs: PF: Jordan Bell – Oregon
Bell made a name for himself in the NCAA tournament with his ability to rebound the ball and he a high level defender. Bell averaged over 2 blocks and 1 steal last year for the Ducks. His offense game is limited but with the proper training from the best coaching staff in the league, he may develop into a threat. His defensive skill is already NBA ready.
Pick 30: Utah Jazz: SF: Dillon Brooks – Oregon
More wing insurance if Hayward leaves. Brooks is a 6’7 wing who can score the basketball and is a good defender. Brooks displayed the ability to hit big shots throughout the season and should compete for minutes in the Jazz rotation.
-All statistics were used from ESPN.com and basketball reference.com.