2021 NBA Draft Thread - Detroit Picks #1

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  1. SuperCam

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    Sharife being held out of practice and games by the NCAA for no reason had nothing to do with the self imposed postseason ban. He got punished because his dad is an NBA agent.

    He didn't practice with the team prior to his first game, and was immediately averaging close to 20/10 a game. A normal year and he would have cleaned up on individual awards in the SEC. He deserves to be a lottery pick
     
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  4. Mister Me Too

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    It’s the NBA draft, there’s always rumors flying around, Houston is probably floating this rumor to try to entice Cleveland or Toronto to trade up to the #2 spot.
     
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  5. DetroitNole

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    At least they are done pushing the Pistons trading down with rockets narrative.

    I really like Green, think he is going to be really good too. I like Suggs too. I think 1-4 all have chances to be all star or better level players
     
  6. devine

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    Seems like Memphis, LAC, and LAL really like my guy miles McBride

    I’d be happy with any of those 3 tbh
     
  7. High Cotton

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    Eh, he's nearly Spud Webb height which can keep him out of the lottery. Incredible ball handler but needs a lot of work on his shot with the low starting point.

    Sister is engaged to Dwight Howard which is slightly humorous.
     
  8. ShuPoor

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    Last two mocks I've seen have mentioned Bouknight to OKC at 6 as a real possibility. Didn't expect Kuminga to start sliding like this
     
  9. Detlef Schrempf

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    How sure are we that Bouknight is good?
    He shot 31% from three for his career at uconn. I get that he shot the lights out in a workout, but those are designed for you to do that, and there’s not, you know people guarding you…
     
  10. ShuPoor

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    Gonna go with "not at all"
     
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    I’m fine with either, tbh. I just hate the idea of trading up for Cade.
     
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  12. MG2

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    I'm confused by a lot of the internet gurus out there on so many things in the lottery. I like Chad Ford, but he talks about Cade like he's a shit athlete every time every time he talks or writes about him. People seem to be all in on Scottie Barnes and just gloss over the fact that he can't shoot and never has been able to do so. Everyone seems in on Jalen Green because of what he did in the G League against better comp, but no one seems to be giving Kuminga a pass for struggling against the same comp. Davion MItchell and/or Keon Johnson in the top 10 makes no sense to me. And I've seen Jalen Johnson ranked anywhere from 8 to 25.
     
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  13. Detlef Schrempf

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    I get Kuminga getting dinged, he’s a great athlete with a questionable work ethic/mentality reportedly from the ignite coaches, while Green is raves about by those guys. Would agree on the rest though.
     
  14. MG2

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    I'm not that high on Kuminga, personally. Just kind of seems weird that he went from being a top 5 lock (and some suggested maybe #1 overall coming into the year) to now everyone just kind of seems off him. He's one of the youngest players in the draft, and up until the G League bubble it seemed like the consensus was he would go ahead of Green.
     
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    I don't get Mitchell going top 10 at all.. he shoots around 40% from 3 but only around 65% from the line. Makes no sense
     
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    Shot 27% on catch and shoot opportunities. That's the 11th percentile
     
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  17. Mister Me Too

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    Barnes is about to get the Giannis bump and end up going higher than he probably should.
     
  18. ShuPoor

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    Kuminga and Barnes have freaky enough physical tools that taking a home run swing at them is defensible. Bouknight with one of them still on the board, idk. Guy seems destined to be an inefficient bench gunner who can't defend anything.
     
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  19. MG2

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    He was getting this bump before Giannis started really dominating.

    Barnes playing PG last year at FSU has created this weird scenario where, because everyone wants to like him so much, I think people are convincing themselves he can a primary ball-handler/shot creator in the league. I don't think that's ultimately going to be his role, and I'm not sure how the shooting issues will ultimately factor in if he's playing off the ball most of the time. I like him as a player and don't have a problem with him going top 5, but it kind of seems like people are trying to convince themselves both he and Suggs are different from what I think they are.
     
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    The thing that confuses me about Scottie Barnes, who I've probably watched all his college games, is how basketball youtubers and Twitter all love him, when the same people all hate on Ben Simmons. To me Scottie Barnes ceiling is a Ben Simmons type player who maybe isn't scared to shoot
     
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  21. ShuPoor

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    That type of player is an all-NBA player and potential hall of famer
     
  22. Fran Tarkenton

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    is there really some wide variance of opinions on what people think Jalen Suggs is?
     
  23. MG2

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    I think most people have Suggs somewhere between 3-5 on the board, so not really. I think it's kind of crazy to take him ahead of Mobley or Green, though, and some people have him ranked that way. That's what I was referring to.
     
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    The more I look at this draft the more i think it’s 3.5 guys based on your opinion of Suggs, and then a very good second tier.

    cade, green and Mobley all seem a step stronger than everyone else, but I think you will see really good players taken down to 10.
     
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  25. Manny

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    All I know is that Scottie Barnes got absolutely punked by Franz Wagner.
     
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  26. DetroitNole

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    That's his absolute ceiling. I don't think he has the ball handling and playmaker of Simmons. I think he is worth a gamble once you get past top guys, but I think it's funny the same people who hate Simmons love him
     
  27. Handcuffed

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    which team has given Duarte a promise? does that stuff leak before the draft?
     
  28. Lip

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    Franz Warner will be out of the league in three years. That guy is trash.

    #WordDocMe
     
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  29. Manny

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    Doc'd there won't be a Franz Warner in the NBA in 3 years.
     
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  30. Kuminga, to me, is a surefire bust. Absolutely no offensive skill. Just a guy who can run and jump.
     
  31. ShuPoor

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    We'll know for sure if Orlando takes him at 5
     
  32. MG2

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    I'll just warn people now that I love Franz Wagner and I'll be annoying to whatever fan base drafts him because I'll be blaming all his problems on everyone else on your team. Apologies in advance.
     
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    Bouknight's 1.8 assists to 2.8 turnovers scares me more than the 3pt percentage.
     
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    He doesn't fit since we are picking a guy at his position at 5, but I would be happy with him at 8
     
  35. spagett

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    Always remember being underwhelmed at his production in HS while following Curbelo
     
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    He’s also not an athletic player who can’t shoot so odds are that the Magic will pass on him if he’s available at 8.
     
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    Moody going one spot before OKC picks again would be difficult for me. Third mock this week that mentions Bouknight to OKC smoke. I don't care for it
     
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  39. MG2

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    He also has you getting Sengun at 18. I get more confused about where he's going to end up by the day. Hollinger thinks he should be in the mix for the #1 pick.
     
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    I can't fathom thinking an earthbound traditional center of decent but not incredible size should be in that discussion
     
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  41. MG2

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    I like Hollinger more now that he's been in a front office and thinks beyond just the PER stuff, but the Sengun stuff from him is crazy.

    I think you can argue him as high as 6 because the draft gets weird after Cade/Mobley/Green/Suggs/Barnes go. Everyone after that top 5 has significant questions. But taking him ahead of any of those guys seems like an absurd risk to take.
     
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    If Moody goes to the Wiz to play with Gafford and I have to form a bond with Gunners he’s going to be highly upset
     
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    If the Warriors keep their picks I think he’ll be gone before the Wizards
     
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    Would love him on GSW
     
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  46. Sanjuro

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    The world is getting back to normal, but Finch’s world is still out of sorts. Next Thursday is the NBA Draft — his biggest night of the year — and yet it has only been nine months, instead of the usual 12, since the last draft night. Normally the draft happens in late June, but this year it’s happening in late July. And instead of spending last winter jetting around the country, driving countless rental cars and staying in reasonably priced hotels, Finch spent most of his time sitting in front of his flat screen, hovering over his computer, and working the phones in an effort to give the best advice to the folks in his organization who will make the final calls.

    So it was a different kind of road to get here … but here we are. And Finch is ready.

    For those of you who are uninitiated on the concept of Finch, allow me to initiate you. Over the last two weeks, I asked five NBA scouts their opinions on 50 of the top prospects who will be considered for selection on July 29. In exchange for their candor — brutal, in many cases, as you’ll see — I granted my quintet of sources full anonymity. Then I condensed their opinions into a paragraph as if they were uttered by a single person named Finch. That nom de guerre was invented by my former Sports Illustrated colleague Alex Wolff, who chose it because Finch is the surname of the protagonist Scout from “To Kill A Mockingbird,” the greatest novel ever written.

    It was a huge detriment for Finch to be unable to attend college games for most of last season. It robbed him of the chance to eyeball players from courtside, and then chat up coaches, trainers, reporters and other bird dogs to get a sense for how a player acts away from the games. “You can get a lot of information just by showing up early and hanging around the court before a game,” Finch told me. “I only went to a couple of games this season, and they wouldn’t let me on the floor.”

    So yeah, it’s been different, but a welcome sense of familiarity will return next Thursday. Before we unveil the Finch 50, some hoop thoughts on what follows:

    • Since college basketball is my bailiwick, I once again did not include the top international players on my list, although I did ask Finch about three of the 19-year-olds who played for the NBA G League’s Ignite team.
    • There were, of course, differences of opinions amongst the five scouts, but the quotes below represent the best possible consensus. If a scout proffered an opinion that felt like an outlier, I did not include it.
    • In some years, there is a modicum of dissent as to who the number one pick should be. This year there is no modicum. None of my scouts remotely suggested that anyone but Cade Cunningham should be selected first.
    • Drafts usually feature a top tier of players, followed by a considerable dropoff. Some years that tier consists of just one player. Some years it’s two or three. This year it’s five. Cunningham will go first, and the next four players are set (in whatever order): Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Evan Mobley and Jalen Suggs.
    • The most dangerous place to pick — and be picked — is the second half of the lottery. The top four or five players every year are pretty close to can’t miss, and if they don’t pan out it’s usually the player, not the team, who gets blamed. But that label of being a “lottery pick” can be an albatross, much like being a “McDonald’s All-American” can ruin a kid when he gets to college. Better to be selected at the end of the first round, develop under the radar, and then get labeled a “sleeper” if things go well.
    • Assets that Finch values most, in order: 1. Efficient 3-point shooting 2. Elite athleticism 3. Defensive versatility
    • In Finch’s parlance, young is good, old is bad. And only in an NBA draft is 24 considered “old.”

    And now, on to Finch’s 50, in alphabetical order: (A list of who’s included.)

    Joel Ayayi, 6-5 junior guard, Gonzaga. “Swiss Army knife, does a lot of things well, but I don’t think he processes the game like a point guard. I don’t see him running a team. Physically he’s a little weak. He’s been around for a while, and his game isn’t very different from what it was when he came in. Downhill attacker. He was able to blend in with good players at Gonzaga, which is mostly a good thing. But you wonder if he’s capable of being a front line guy, or will he just be a career backup? I’m not convinced he can gain the weight he needs. He’ll be a good second-round pick for somebody.”

    Scottie Barnes, 6-9 freshman forward, Florida State. “Love Scottie. Freak body. Defensively he can guard one through five. If he can become a shooter he’ll be an all-star. But if he can’t then it’s a problem because no one will guard him. A kid who works that hard at everything else, I don’t doubt that’s going to come around. He can’t shoot like Draymond Green yet, but everything else he does reminds me of Draymond. He’s shown he’s willing to be a good complementary player.”


    Charles Bassey, 6-11 junior center, Western Kentucky. “He’s not an elite athlete but he’s big, he’s strong, he rebounds, he can make a free throw. Kind of knows who he is. He could be a capable backup center. It was good to finally see him healthy. His skill set is not great. Not much of a playmaker at his position. I don’t know how much his outside shooting improved. He didn’t have anyone at Western Kentucky who could get him the ball. He fights pretty hard on the boards. His rebounding is going to translate.”

    Brandon Boston Jr., 6-7 freshman guard, Kentucky. “I don’t know what he’s doing sometimes. I was expecting a lot more from him this year, but he’s got some offensive potential. His strength and feel are a problem. He couldn’t finish at the rim. Good size and length, gets to his spots, just didn’t make shots for whatever reason. I know he’s saying he hurt his finger. He looks the part, but he doesn’t engage. Definitely not a high-motor kid. He’s not an explosive, high twitch guy. He has more functional athleticism. He seemed like a decent kid in his interview.”

    James Bouknight, 6-5 sophomore guard, UConn. “He killed it at his pro day, made every shot, but I’m not buying him as a shooter. He could be a good scorer like Jordan Clarkson. Shot the hell out of it at the Chicago pre-draft camp. He’s going to be a pretty good rebounder. You can’t make it in our league if you can’t create your own shot. He didn’t shoot it well from 3 in college and was really turnover-prone, but I think he knows what the hell he’s doing. His stroke’s not broken. Nice kid.”

    Chaundee Brown, 6-5 senior guard, Michigan. “He’s an end-of-bench rotation guy, maybe. Glue guy who plays hard. Strong shooting guard, has the skills of an undersized power forward. His midrange shot is OK, but when he gets deep his mechanics start to really fluctuate. You see a couple of flashes, but you don’t have a lot of consistency. He wants to float around the perimeter. He’s a tease. Probably a late second-round guy and you put him on a two-way contract and see if he can develop.”

    Greg Brown, 6-9 freshman forward, Texas. “He’s sexy, but I just can’t tell you what he does. He shoots 3s or dunks, that’s it. No skill, no feel for the game. His interview was very disappointing. If he buys into being defensive-minded and using his athleticism as a shot-blocker, he could wind up having a place in our league. He gets too caught up in being a wing. He rebounds a little bit. I’m guessing he goes second round but there’s a lot of buyer beware with him. You’ve got to have a really strong assistant or player development guy to work with him.”

    Jared Butler, 6-3 junior guard, Baylor. “Oh man, what an unbelievable kid. He was so impressive in our interview. He’s really small. Not a super quick athlete. A winner and big-time shot-maker. He could be in the 20s without that medical issue. This kid could run for president. He checks all the boxes in terms of culture.”

    Josh Christopher, 6-5 freshman guard, Arizona State. “I give him credit for playing at the combine. A lot of top guys didn’t. He’s got a motor, he competes, he’s a downhill attacker. He’s a little undersized at the wing. Didn’t play up to his expectations in college. He got hurt and then basically never played again. It’s not like he tore his ACL. He’s a big, strong kid. He’s not going to move the ball, he’s more of a score-first guy. Raw but competitive. He’s really talented. Early second round, I’d say.”

    Sharife Cooper, 6-1 freshman guard Auburn. “Wow, what a great kid. He’s bigger than I thought. Really knows how to change speeds to get in the paint. The poor shooting is really hard to overcome, but he’ll be in the first round because he’s just so elite at getting to spots and making plays. Also at that size, who’s he gonna guard? I don’t think he defends worth a shit. If he was a 35 percent 3-point shooter he’d be at the top of the lottery. He’s got that ball on a string. In our league you have to be able to shoot it. He plays hard and he loves basketball.”

    Cade Cunningham, 6-8 freshman guard, Oklahoma State. “Clear No. 1 pick. He’s not a really good athlete and doesn’t have the quickest first step, but he’s got a chance to be a high-level two-way player because of his versatility at both ends. He doesn’t have to dominate the ball. He’s the ultimate leader, he’s the best teammate, he’s a responsible kid.Smaller point guards can get up under him. The only thing I would question maybe a little bit is I’m not sure he’ll be able to defend point guards. He’ll have to adapt. He’s not some electric, dynamic athlete but neither is Luka Doncic. He has a smart athleticism.”

    Ayo Dosunmu, 6-5 junior guard, Illinois. “I’m not as high on Ayo as some others. He’s got great size, but I worry about his playmaking, I worry about his shooting. He’s probably a third guard or a backup. He loves watching film, he’s a junkie. He’s a good piece. His body looked terrific in Chicago. Aggressive downhill attacker. Just needs to get more consistent with his shooting. He wants to guard, which is impressive. I don’t trust him as a shooter. I hate his mechanics.”

    Chris Duarte, 6-6 senior guard, Oregon. “That’s my man crush right there. He’s not what you think of when you think of a juco kid. He plays the right way, he plays really hard. Tough, physical kid. He’s just a basketball player. I know he’s 24, but whoever drafts him is getting someone who can play right away. He can dribble, pass, shoot, he guards, got a good feel. Just doesn’t have a lot of weaknesses.”

    Luka Garza, 6-11 senior center, Iowa. “He’s a non-athlete and he knows it. Maybe the greatest interview I’ve ever had. He lost 30 pounds. Does that change his ability to rebound and push people off the block? He needs to be a lights-out shooter because all that shit he got away with in the Big Ten will be hard for him to do in our league. He did some workouts in Chicago and he shot the ball very well. All he does is produce. I can’t count him out. He’s not going to get the same usage in the NBA as he did in college, so his ability to do some of the high-motor stuff is going to be important. He has physical limitations defending pick-and-rolls.”

    RaiQuan Gray, 6-8 junior forward, Florida State. “He measured the highest body fat (17.3 percent) at the combine. His shooting is inconsistent, but he’s capable. He has a chance because he’s got size, he handles the ball very well, very smart basketball player. Anytime you’re a captain on a Leonard Hamilton team, you’re about the right stuff. Moves his feet extremely well for a big kid. Not ideal size for his position. Probably a mid- to late second-round pick. Maybe a G League candidate.”

    Jalen Green, 6-6 guard, NBA G League. “I could see him leading the league in scoring in a couple of years. He’s a highlight tape waiting to happen. His playmaking for others has to improve. He’s not a point guard who can facilitate — he’s more of a wing. He’s in the gym, he wants to get better. The sky’s the limit for this kid. My biggest question is how quickly can he get to a point where he understands how to play? He needs to learn to harness that athletic ability. He’s got that Zach LaVine, Bradley Beal stuff in his game. He’s thin now but he’ll get stronger.”

    Quentin Grimes, 6-5 junior guard, Houston. “He was the best player at the combine. He showed a little more off the dribble than people thought he had. Had an awesome year at Houston. He’s not the best athlete, he’s not the best ballhandler, but he can make shots. I could see him going late first round. He’s been very well-coached. At the end of the day I’m not sure he does anything special enough. He has a definitive NBA skill, and that’s shooting. He has a good level of mental toughness. He’s not a great defender, but he’s not a liability.”

    Sam Hauser, 6-8 senior forward, Virginia. “He’s not the quickest guy, but he really makes shots at a high level. Could he be like Dean Wade? Could he be Matt Bonner? He can be Georges Niang. He’s tougher than you think. His shooting disappointed me in Chicago, but because of his size and his shooting ability people will take a chance on him. He’ll be a mid-second-round pick because he does one thing very well, and that one thing is pretty important. I don’t think he’s going to be switchable defensively. He can’t run, he can’t jump, but he can stay in that corner and make shots.”

    Aaron Henry, 6-6 junior forward, Michigan State. “I feel like there’s 10 of him in the G League. I want to like him, I just don’t know if he can make enough shots. He’s physical, but I don’t think there’s much there yet, skill-wise. He’s a pretty good passer, got a little midrange to him. He could get too big if he doesn’t manage his weight. Michigan State needed him to be really good, and he didn’t elevate them. He’s a versatile guy at both ends. He’s going to guard multiple positions. Early to mid-second round, I think.”

    Nah’Shon Hyland, 6-3 sophomore guard, VCU. “Helped himself in Chicago. He’s skinny, and I don’t think he’ll gain a lot of weight, but he can really score. He’s going to have to learn to pass more. He’s not a vertical athlete, but he’s twitchy, and he’s clever. He’s a scorer much more than a shooter. That’s one area he needs to improve, but I think he will because he’s a gym rat. Full of personality. Worst case he goes in the mid-30s and gets some guaranteed money.”

    Matthew Hurt, 6-9 sophomore forward, Duke. “Should have gone back to Duke. Defensively he’s got to improve. Really needs to add strength to improve his lateral movement. I’m not going to say he can’t make it in the NBA, but if he doesn’t he can go overseas and make a lot of money. He struggled shooting the ball in Chicago. I’m not sure he has the mentality to overcome a lot of his stuff. He makes things more difficult than they have to be. He was disappointing with his body fat at the combine (15.2 percent). He’s a non-athlete. I don’t know who he guards.”

    Isaiah Jackson, 6-10 freshman forward, Kentucky. “Long, lean, has elite defensive potential. Can really block shots. But his offense needs to catch up. He’s going to be more of a rim runner, catch-and-finish guy. He has to get so much stronger. I think he can be in the Daniel Gafford mold. I’m not sure I see his passing coming along. He’ll wind up being a terrific defender and rebounder in our league. You worry about him being able to pick up weight and maintain it. He’s an undersized center, really thin, has limited skill. Running and jumping isn’t a skill.”

    David Johnson, 6-5 sophomore guard, Louisville. “Big-bodied, strong guard. Probably more of a combo. I don’t know if you want him running your team. He’s gotta improve his shooting. He didn’t shoot it well at the combine. I like his size. I like his potential. He has a lack of confidence. He’s not a takeover guy. You watch him, and you want to say, ‘Come on, man, you’re good, let’s go.’ I don’t think this year was great for him playing more off the ball. He’s got legit size. His offense isn’t broken, he just needs more reps.”

    Jalen Johnson, 6-9 freshman forward, Duke. “When you meet him, he’s got tremendous size. An impressive looking player and athlete. Lotta question marks, though. Why did he choose so many high schools? Why did he quit Duke? It just seems like he runs away from adversity. I don’t trust his shooting right now. My question is, when the game grinds to halfcourt, is he the same athlete? You’re talking about a guy with a lot of physical upside. He’s going to be a first-round pick, but I wouldn’t feel good about taking him. In our league, he’s going to have to become a better shooter. I don’t think he’s malicious. He’s not a bad kid. He’s got top 10 talent, but I think he falls to the 20s.”

    Keon Johnson, 6-5 freshman guard, Tennessee. “Freaky, freaky athlete. Not very polished offensively. Doesn’t shoot it great, not sure about his decision-making. If that clicks, with his size and athleticism, you’re going to have a really good player. In today’s world of positionless basketball, he can play and defend three positions. He needs to establish more variety to get his shots. If he learns to make better plays for others he’ll wind up being a star in our league. He got exposed at Tennessee because he couldn’t make a shot. His shot isn’t broken, he just needs reps. Off-the-charts unbelievable kid.”

    Carlik Jones, 6-1 senior guard, Louisville. “He’s got some challenges in front of him, but he’s a tough shit. He can score that ball. Makes plays for others, and he’s a winner. His size and athleticism holds him back. Plays really well in ball screens. He’s more of a scorer than a passer. Not a tremendous defender, but he’s good enough, and he’s extremely competitive. I wouldn’t be surprised if he winds up sticking in the league like Jordan McLaughlin. He didn’t have high assist numbers, but he hit guys in areas for them to score. I don’t know if he gets drafted.”

    Herbert Jones, 6-8 senior forward, Alabama. “Talk about a guy with elite toughness. He played his junior year with a broken hand. He can guard one through five, he’s a playmaker with the ball. The shooting piece really needs to improve. I know his shooting percentages improved, but he still has a funky looking shot. He could have a Torrey Craig kind of impact on a playoff team. He does a lot of little things. You have to have the right coach who understands what you have with this guy.”

    Kai Jones, 6-11 sophomore forward, Texas. “People have him in the lottery, but I don’t see it. I don’t think he knows how good he is. He could go to the Olympics as a track athlete. He’s shown enough flashes with his perimeter game that you feel like you could take a chance on him. You just have to be patient. You see the physical potential, but you gotta get more done, man. There’s a lot to work with there. He’s a ball of energy at both ends of the floor. He’ll thrive in transition in our league. He’s always around the ball. I don’t think he’s a great low post player because he’s too small.”

    Corey Kispert, 6-7 senior guard, Gonzaga. “He can make shots at a high level. He’s gotten better off the bounce and finishing at the rim. He’s got legit size at 6-7. He got exposed defensively in that Baylor game. He hasn’t shown he can guard big-time athletes, and that’s all he’s going to see in the NBA. I’d say he’s a streaky shooter more than an excellent shooter. He’s a fluid runner in the fullcourt but not as good of a mover in the halfcourt. His shot can be flat at times, but you can’t argue with the results. He’s a finished product.”

    Jonathan Kuminga, 6-8 forward, NBA G League. “He’s a freak. Clearly the most gifted athlete in the draft. Can guard one through four. He can make a shot, but he’s not the greatest decision-maker. But he’s not even 19 and he’s got loads of potential. I’m not sure how committed he is. I thought he was great at the beginning of the bubble, but then he faded. I think his motor runs inconsistently, but when it’s running high he’s special. He’s pretty explosive for his size. He’s Pascal Siakam.”

    Isaiah Livers, 6-7 senior forward, Michigan. “He’s had a rough couple of years with his injuries. He’s pretty limited with the ball in his hands. Defensively he’s just okay. It wouldn’t shock me if he goes undrafted but eventually makes his way. He’s a good shooter, not elite. The problem is, who does he guard? A four man will post him up, and he certainly can’t guard a wing. His lateral quickness is a problem. He’s a good kid, he’ll be coachable. Pretty marginal athlete, but his ability to shoot and make the right reads will help. I’d say he’s mid-second round.”

    Tre Mann, 6-5 sophomore guard, Florida. “I’m a big Tre Mann guy. In high school he reminded me of Stephen Curry. He’s going to have some challenges athletically. Really good size. High-level scoring combo guard. His body’s got to improve, and he’s gotta get better defensively. He’s done a great job adding muscle to his body. I don’t think he’s a point guard, I think he’s more of a two. He wants nothing to do with physical activity. He shies away from contact.”

    Miles McBride, 6-2 sophomore guard, West Virginia. “He really helped himself in Chicago. If I were an agent of another player, I wouldn’t want him going into a workout with this guy. His competitiveness is elite. He’s not a true point guard. I wouldn’t have him run your team. Big time on-ball defender and clutch shot-maker. He’s not big but, he’s got those long arms. He’s got a really nice little elbow pullup game. I look at him as an emotional leader. I think he can sneak into the first round. There’s a lot to like about him.”

    Davion Mitchell, 6-2 senior guard Baylor. “He’s small, not as long as you think. But he’s a high-level competitor and winner, and he’s gotten better each year at playmaking for others. Just an incredible will to compete, and from what I understand he’s a great teammate. Safe pick. I wonder how good his point guard skills are. He’s made himself into a good shooter where you can’t go underneath ball screens on him.”


    Evan Mobley, 7-0 freshman forward, USC. “His impact on that USC team was incredible. He’s got to get a lot stronger to be able to handle the physicality of playing the five in our league. He can knock down a 17-footer now, but he has to be able to move it back a few feet. Chris Boshgot there, why couldn’t he? I used to think he was too nice but not anymore. Not a great rim protector but he’s big enough to deter people. My main concern is stability in his base and whether he can pick up weight. You wonder if he loves the game. Will he get into the weight room and change his body?”

    Moses Moody, 6-6 freshman guard, Arkansas. “One of the safer picks in the draft. He’ll be a classic 3-and-D guy. I’d like to see more nasty in him. He played the right way as a freshman. The Arkansas staff speaks the world of him. He’s average sized for a shooting guard, but he’s a strong physical kid. He’s not selfish, and he’s a pretty willing defender. His athleticism isn’t dynamic. I don’t know how well he changes directions one on one. He’s not a great shooter, but he’s got a little wiggle to him.”

    Trey Murphy III, 6-9 junior forward, Virginia. “He’s a lot bigger than I thought. Big-time athlete. He’s 6-9 and he can shoot and guard. Those guys don’t grow on trees. I’ve been surprised at how well he moves defensively. He’ll probably go in the first round because people see potential for him to defend on the perimeter against smaller guys. He can actually defend a four. Nice kid, very happy go lucky. For a guy with all that length and athleticism, he didn’t rebound it well in college. He needs to be a better finisher. He needs to be a tougher, more hard-nosed player. If you let him jump off two feet he will rock your world. He doesn’t have a great handle but he can do what Cam Johnson does.”

    Daishen Nix, 6-5 guard, NBA G League. “He’s got good size and can really pass, but his shooting is atrocious. That’s a problem if you’re a point guard. He’s got to get his body right. Can get in the paint, but he really struggles to finish at the rim. I know he had COVID-19. and he gained a lot of weight during the season. He lost a lot of the weight but did not play particularly well in Chicago. Kind of reminds me of Andre Miller, a stocky strong point guard. The work ethic goes up and down, but he’s a gamer. Someone will take a swing at him in the second round.”

    Joshua Primo, 6-6 freshman guard, Alabama. “He’s 18, the youngest kid in the draft. Whoever drafts him is getting a top 15 talent a year early. His shooting is not great, but he’s got some defensive versatility. You look at his face, it doesn’t look like a razor has ever touched it. But he does have a body that I could see developing. He’s got good overall core strength. By all accounts he has an incredible work ethic. A lot of people peg him as being just a shooter, but he’s better off the dribble than people thought. I could see a team with multiple picks taking him.”

    Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, 6-9 sophomore forward, Villanova. “I love Villanova guys. They’re all about the right stuff. The only thing holding him back is his shooting. He might be one of the highest IQ guys in the draft. He could be like a Georges Niang, but Georges is a 43 percent 3-point shooter. He’s a little below average athletically, but his mind is so good it makes up for it. He needs to be a poor man’s Al Horford. He’s not the most physical kid, but I think he’ll do enough rebounding wise. He doesn’t have a lot of vertical pop. His shooting mechanics are not flawed, but he needs to develop consistency there.”

    Day’Ron Sharpe, 6-11 freshman forward, North Carolina. “He’s not the quickest guy, but he’s got pretty decent feet. He’s not much of a scorer but he’s an underrated facilitator. You can run offense through him a little bit. He’s a really good prospect in today’s NBA. He’s a rim-roller dunker, he can switch a ball screen. He’s a Clint Capela, Rudy Gobert type of player in terms of their offense. The concern is he’s a little bit of a dinosaur offensively. He doesn’t really excel at anything at the moment. He’ll add tremendous value if he can become a pick-and-pop guy. From what I hear he’s gotten into terrific shape. He’s got a decent skill set.”

    Jericho Sims, 6-10 senior forward, Texas. “Nobody helped himself more at the combine than Jericho. He’s freaky bouncy, he plays hard. Not very skilled, he’s more of a dunker, rim runner, lob finisher. His feel is not very good. I wouldn’t call him a great rebounder. Lateral movement is a question. Will he be able to switch off a screen? He only does one or two things well, but he does those really well. Moves his feet better than I’ve seen in a big in a long time. I don’t think he makes smart decisions. I don’t want the ball in his hands. He needs to show consistent energy. You can’t throw it to him on the block. He can’t make a free throw.”

    Jaden Springer, 6-4 freshman guard, Tennessee. “I don’t see it with him. He’s not a point guard, he’s not an elite athlete, he doesn’t shoot it. He looks like a G League guy to me. All I heard coming into last season was what a great athlete he was. I know he played with a bad ankle so I’ll give him a pass for not showing it. I don’t quite understand where the upside is with him. He’s an OK shooter, not a terrific shooter. There’s some upside on the defensive side. I don’t think he has an identity. Is he a scorer or a point guard?”

    Jalen Suggs, 6-4 freshman guard, Gonzaga. “He’s not the most talented player in the draft skill-wise, but he’s gonna rip your heart out to win a drill. The only thing I would question is his shooting. He will impact your organization and help you win games. I’ve heard his workouts have been great, but people are surprised how much work his passing needs. He’s got unbelievable confidence and swagger. He’s in the Jamal Murray model. If there’s a weakness, he’s got average size for his position. In our league he’s not gonna get to the basket like he did in college. He can be a little turnover prone.”

    Cameron Thomas, 6-4 freshman guard, LSU. “He just wakes up and gets you 20. He’s not the biggest dude. He’s not a good athlete, he doesn’t put pressure on the rim, he doesn’t play any defense. Clearly one of the most confident players in this draft. There’s no shot he doesn’t like, so he has to rein that in and be more efficient. He was allowed to do a lot of things at LSU that I just don’t see him being allowed to do as a rookie in the NBA. He’s a hard worker and his teammates trust him to make shots. Doesn’t really do much outside of scoring. I’d say late first round, but it has to be a niche for him. He drew a shit ton of fouls, but a rookie is not going to get those calls.”

    Franz Wagner, 6-9 sophomore forward, Michigan. “He’s big, he’s versatile. Doesn’t do anything great but gives you a little bit of everything. It’s weird because he’s got good shooting form; it just doesn’t go in. I don’t feel good when it leaves his hands. He’s not confident enough in himself. Excellent passer for his size, good defender. The major question is his shooting and lateral athleticism. Super intriguing. Really good size and skill. Not the toughest kid. I’d say 10 to late teens.”

    Joe Wieskamp, 6-6 junior guard, Iowa. “He could be a smaller Duncan Robinson. He can really shoot it. He’s longer than you think. He’s a second-round pick, and I think he makes a rotation because he makes shots. Defensively he’s going to struggle. He’s not the toughest kid. Helped himself a lot in Chicago. Shot the ball well, tested well. Got a 6-11 wing span. I would take a chance on him. You wonder if he’s too mild-mannered.”

    Aaron Wiggins, 6-6 junior guard, Maryland. “He’s a little bit of a dime a dozen. Average size, average athlete, good shooter but not elite. He’s shown flashes in college. He’s got a good midrange game. I just don’t trust him as a shooter. He’s a good athlete, plays hard, he’ll help you rebound. He’ll be able to help teams defensively right away. Three-and-D guy. Shooting is the biggest missing ingredient.”

    Ziaire Williams, 6-8 freshman forward, Stanford. “Loads of potential, but he had a very disappointing season. I know he had COVID issues and other things going on. He’s a 6-8 shot maker so there’s potential there. Other than Jalen Johnson, I think Ziaire has the biggest potential to drop. He gets bumped off his line a lot. I don’t think he’s the toughest kid physically. I’ve heard complaints from his coaches at every level about his work habits. There’s a lot to like there, as a 3-point shooting hybrid forward. He’s really smart, so much that I wonder if he really loves basketball, or if has so many other interests.”

    McKinley Wright IV, 6-0 senior guard, Colorado. “Just a pit bull winner. He’s gonna make a roster at some point even if he goes undrafted. He’s got elite speed in the open court. He had a very good few days in Chicago. Size is a concern, but he’s got good quickness, he can score. Really good speed and burst. Not quite as good a vertical athlete. Cannot shoot at all. An Ish Smith type. When we interviewed guys from the Pac-12 and asked who was the toughest guy in the league to guard, his name came up a lot.”
     
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    1. Detroit Pistons
    [​IMG]Cade Cunningham
    Oklahoma State
    PG
    Age: 19.8


    Cunningham visited the Pistons on Monday and Tuesday, taking in a Tigers game and conducting a very light shooting workout that likely didn't provide lot of insight. Still, Cunningham's standing in Detroit has strengthened throughout the pre-draft process to the point that it would be extremely surprising if the Pistons did anything but pick him No. 1. Ownership and the front office are on the same page, while the fact that Evan Mobley -- a favorite of GM Troy Weaver -- has been unable to visit for a workout, might be an indication of which way things are heading in Detroit.

    2. Houston Rockets
    [​IMG]Jalen Green
    G League Ignite
    SG
    Age: 19.4


    Green has a strong desire to be the No. 1 pick, sources say, hosting the Pistons for a workout in Southern California and then traveling to Detroit for a follow-up visit. He'd be happy to go second, though, if that doesn't materialize, and most NBA teams expect that to be the case -- with some going as far as to describe that as being close to a lock. It doesn't help that the Rockets have been stonewalled in their attempts to bring in Evan Mobley and Jalen Suggs for private workouts. Houston is casting a wide net in an attempt to capture as much player data for future transactions as possible, something that has been met with a mixed reaction in the industry.

    3. Cleveland Cavaliers
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    Evan Mobley
    USC
    C
    Age: 20.0


    The Cavs are one of the most active teams in the league on the trade-talk front, rumored to be making overtures to acquire a second pick in the top 10 while pondering the viability of offering a rich contract extension for leading scorer Collin Sexton. It appears unlikely they'll be moving out of the No. 3 slot, with Mobley looking like the overwhelming favorite to be picked, provided Sexton isn't moved. Mobley's mobility, perimeter skill and defensive versatility could very well make him both the most intriguing long-term prospect on the board as well as a strong fit to build around Cleveland's existing roster long term. He can coexist in supersized lineups with big man Jarrett Allen, while shouldering backup center minutes as his body continues to fill out.

    4. Toronto Raptors

    [​IMG]Jalen Suggs
    Gonzaga
    PG/SG
    Age: 20.1


    Toronto doesn't appear to subscribe to the idea that this is a four-player draft, as it has taken hard looks at both Jonathan Kuminga and Scottie Barnes, as well as other players in the top 10 such as Franz Wagner and James Bouknight. This is one team that hasn't had any issues getting players into its building, as it is widely viewed as the most attractive destination in the top-10, along with Golden State. Still, the league overwhelmingly expects the Raptors to end up with Suggs, who is an ideal fit for their roster and could easily be considered to have the highest upside of any player available. The defensive versatility, competitiveness and transition scoring prowess he brings would fit in very well with what Toronto already has in place on the court, giving the Raptors a potential star to build around in the backcourt as the Kyle Lowry era likely comes to an end.

    5. Orlando Magic
    [​IMG]Scottie Barnes
    Florida State
    SF/PF
    Age: 19.9


    With two picks in the top eight, and the freedom to take a long-term view on a rebuilding process that just started at last year's trade deadline, the Magic could go in several different directions on draft night. With that said, the league has largely locked into the idea that the Magic will start their draft night by selecting Barnes, who represents the type of culture-setter the franchise needs to help elevate all of its young players, including those yet to be acquired. Barnes' winning spirit, toughness, work ethic, defensive versatility and playmaking ability would make him a seamless fit alongside the many parts already in place, along with his ability to play multiple positions.

    6. Oklahoma City Thunder
    [​IMG]James Bouknight
    UConn
    SG
    Age: 20.8


    Bouknight has helped himself as much as any prospect in the pre-draft process, shooting the lights out at his pro day in Chicago, measuring well, and proceeding to continue his strong momentum in private workouts. The Thunder have long been high on Bouknight, going as far as to inquire about the possibility of him entering last year's draft, something he elected against. Every NBA team is looking for the type of versatile scoring backcourt player Bouknight's ceiling suggests he can become if he reaches his full potential, and his fit alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander appears to be strong.

    Jonathan Kuminga also is a strong candidate here, and the Thunder have reportedly visited him twice in Miami to watch him work out and conduct a battery of testing. It is believed that the Thunder have been active in conversations looking to potentially move up in the draft, with Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley rumored to be the prospects they are highest on. OKC has significant ammunition to try and get virtually anywhere it wants -- the question is whether the Thunder will be willing to pay a sky-high asking price to get into the top-3.

    7. Golden State Warriors (from Minnesota)
    [​IMG]Jonathan Kuminga
    G League Ignite
    SF/PF

    Age: 18.7

    Once considered a candidate at No. 1 after a scintillating start in the G League Bubble, Kuminga has plateaued as question marks regarding his offensive efficiency and approach have crept into the conversation and allowed other prospects to surpass him. For the moment, it's unclear exactly what his floor might be on draft night. The Warriors traveled to Miami to work out and interview him this weekend, which may have eased some of the concerns. While the fit might not be ideal in terms of his ball-stopping tendencies, streaky shooting and defensive lapses, it would likely be difficult to pass on the scoring instincts, physical ability and upside Kuminga possesses at this stage of the draft.

    8. Orlando Magic (from Chicago)
    [​IMG]Moses Moody
    Arkansas
    SG
    Age: 19.1


    The Magic will likely consider all the best wings available at this slot, including Franz Wagner, Ziaire Williams, Corey Kispert and others. Moody seems to have plenty of fans around the NBA, with his draft range appearing to start around Golden State at 7 and likely falling no further than the Warriors' second pick at the end of the lottery. He's one of the youngest players in the draft, fits the long-armed, sweet-shooting "3 and D" profile every team is looking for, and is coming off a productive freshman season in the SEC. Moody's positional fit on Orlando's roster is strong, especially if the Magic elect to go with Barnes and his streaky jumper with their first pick.

    9. Sacramento Kings
    [​IMG]Franz Wagner
    Michigan
    SF
    Age: 19.8


    Wagner's name has gained traction in Sacramento despite a mysterious pre-draft process that included no NBA combine and few individual workouts. His fit with the Kings appears to be strong as the team attempts to surround its talented young backcourt nucleus of De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton with more perimeter options, 3-point threats and versatile defenders at every position. The Kings are being extremely aggressive in trade talks and there is a good chance they won't be making this pick, as well as their second-round pick at No. 39.

    10. New Orleans Pelicans
    [​IMG]Josh Giddey
    Adelaide
    PG
    Age: 18.7


    New Orleans' pick appears to be the most available via trade in the top-10, with significant urgency building to surround Zion Williamson with the type of pieces needed to make the playoffs and be competitive. Regardless of who is making this pick, Giddey seems likely to go off the board right around this range (and possibly even earlier to Golden State), thanks in part to an impressive showing with the Australian national team in an exhibition game against Nigeria in Las Vegas -- under the watchful eye of countless NBA decision-makers. Giddey is one of the best passers in the draft and offers outstanding versatility as a 6-foot-9 guard who can operate on or off the ball, and should improve as a shooter and defender eventually as his frame fills out and he gains experience.

    11. Charlotte Hornets
    [​IMG]
    Corey Kispert
    Gonzaga
    SF
    Age: 22.3


    Charlotte's lack of wing depth was exposed over the course of the season by injuries to Gordon Hayward and others. Enter Kispert, one of the best shooters in the draft, who looks ready to make an immediate impact with his size, skill and experience. Surrounding LaMelo Ball with a plus-sized wing, an elite shooting stroke and enough chops as a passer, slasher and defender to hold his own early in the NBA, makes plenty of sense.

    12. San Antonio Spurs
    [​IMG]
    Alperen Sengun
    Besiktas
    PF/C
    Age: 18.9


    The Spurs will likely be in the market for a starting-caliber big man to build around long-term, and Sengun's status as one of the most prolific and efficient teenagers in European basketball history will likely be attractive to several teams drafting in this range, and possibly higher. He's had strong workouts in front of Sacramento, Charlotte, Golden State and Oklahoma City and looks likely to come off the board in this range.

    13. Indiana Pacers
    [​IMG]
    Davion Mitchell
    Baylor
    PG
    Age: 22.8


    Mitchell's momentum has cooled somewhat, as the memories from his national championship run have faded and been replaced by one-on-zero workout performances conducted by younger, more attractive prospects deemed to have higher upside. Still, with Malcolm Brogdon entering the final year of his contract, and a clear mandate to win dictated by several coaching changes in the past year, Mitchell's strong playmaking, shot-making instincts and defensive versatility will likely be attractive to Rick Carlisle and Indiana.

    14. Golden State Warriors
    [​IMG]
    Chris Duarte
    Oregon
    SG
    Age: 24.1


    The Warriors have a delicate timeline dictated by an aging roster and Steph Curry's expiring contract next summer, which might make it difficult to add another teenager to the roster, especially after possibly selecting one at No. 7. Adding a ready-made contributor like Duarte who can make shots, play off the ball and be competent defensively likely makes the most sense. He is one of the oldest players projected to be drafted and looks like a plug-and-play fit thanks to his strong perimeter shooting, passing and defensive playmaking instincts.

    15. Washington Wizards
    [​IMG]
    Trey Murphy III
    Virginia
    SG/SF
    Age: 21.0


    The 6-foot-9 Murphy's stock has been skyrocketing in the pre-draft process as teams have gotten a close look at his combination of outstanding size, length and shooting prowess, which saw him convert 43% of his 3-pointers at Virginia. He is the one name teams identified as being the biggest snub from this week's Green Room invites, in terms of where they expect him to be picked. The Wizards will likely be attracted to the fact that he's a 21-year old junior who doesn't need the ball and fits their timetable better than most of the teenagers projected to be drafted in this range.

    16. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Boston)
    [​IMG]
    Keon Johnson
    Tennessee
    SG
    Age: 19.3


    Johnson has one of the wider ranges of any prospect in the draft, as he brings neither the immediate readiness nor the type of role-playing or sweet-shooting projection that other wings in this class do, which could cause him to slide somewhat on draft night. The Thunder are in no rush to win and can afford to be patient with his development, giving him the reps needed to tap into the flashes of playmaking and two-way versatility he demonstrates, which are very hard to find.

    17. Memphis Grizzlies
    [​IMG]
    Jalen Johnson
    Duke
    SF/PF
    Age: 19.5


    One of the deepest teams in the NBA and one with an already strong young core, the Grizzlies can go several different directions with this pick -- including trading into the lottery, which they are reportedly looking at with potential trade partners including New Orleans or Sacramento. Taking a home run swing on a high-upside prospect like Johnson, who brings the type of playmaking and defensive versatility that is very hard to find from a 6-foot-9 forward with guard skills, makes plenty of sense if they keep the pick.

    18. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Miami)
    [​IMG]
    Usman Garuba
    Real Madrid
    PF
    Age: 19.3


    Garuba is one of the most intense and versatile defenders in this draft class and capable of playing either big man spot, making him a strong fit with OKC. He did not look out of place in an exhibition game against Team USA last week, helping his cause among teams in the late lottery and teens. The Thunder are in no rush to win and can afford to be patient with his development, giving Garuba the reps needed to develop his shooting and playmaking ability, things that are key to reaching his long-term potential.

    19. New York Knicks
    [​IMG]
    Ziaire Williams
    Stanford
    SG/SF
    Age: 19.8


    It remains to be seen how much of an appetite the Knicks will have for adding two first-round picks to their already crowded rotation -- many expect them to either look to package Nos. 19 and 21 and move up to the late lottery or mid-first, or trade one or both picks for more ready-made contributors. If they keep the pick, a tall, shot-making small forward such as Williams could prove useful. He started the season projected much higher than this and still has plenty of upside to tap into, making him an interesting option to consider in the late teens. Williams is reportedly in play as early as No. 7, as he's gained significant traction in recent weeks following several strong competitive individual workouts in which he showcased his elite size (over 6-10 in shoes) and scintillating off-the-dribble shooting ability.

    20. Atlanta Hawks
    [​IMG]
    Cameron Thomas
    LSU
    SG
    Age: 19.7


    The Hawks exceeded expectations with a playoff run that showcased the star power of Trae Young alongside several outstanding complementary pieces. Adding another shooter/scorer to their backcourt could make sense, especially someone like Thomas, one of the best scorers in the draft who will likely need very little time to acclimate himself offensively thanks to the instincts he brings on that end of the floor. The Hawks may look to restart the cycle by moving one of their rookie scale contract players, such as Cam Reddish, for a first round pick, as it's unlikely that they'll be able to pay all of their young players.

    21. New York Knicks (from Dallas)
    [​IMG]
    Kai Jones
    Texas
    PF
    Age: 20.5


    As mentioned, it remains to be seen how much of an appetite the Knicks will have for adding two first-round picks to their already crowded rotation. Many expect them to either look to package Nos. 19 and 21 and move up to the late lottery or middle first, or trade one or both picks for more ready-made contributors. Jones is likely too talented to fall much further as a versatile defender who showed some promise as a floor-spacer to complement his rim-running, offensive rebounding and finishing prowess, giving him plenty of upside to grow into a long-term contributor.

    22. Los Angeles Lakers
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    Jared Butler
    Baylor
    PG/SG
    Age: 20.9


    The Lakers will be on the lookout for ready-made contributors if they decide to keep this pick, with much of their backcourt about to enter free agency. Enter Butler, who can play on or off the ball and whose readiness could be very attractive at this stage of the draft. He is a capable ball handler, shooter and defender and showed he already knows how to play an efficient role alongside other good players en route to winning a national championship while earning Most Outstanding Player honors in the NCAA tournament.

    23. Houston Rockets (from Portland)
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    Sharife Cooper
    Auburn
    PG
    Age: 20.1


    With little in the way of long-term options committed to their roster, the Rockets can afford to take a swing on whichever prospect they deem to have the highest constant upside regardless of positional fit. There's a strong case to be made for Cooper as the most talented player available at No. 23. He's an elite ball handler and passer who is an absolute wizard operating out of pick-and-roll thanks to his terrific burst, creativity and feel for the game.

    24. Houston Rockets (from Milwaukee)
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    Isaiah Jackson
    Kentucky
    PF/C
    Age: 19.5


    This is a little bit of a slide from previous projections for Jackson, whose lack of bulk, propensity for fouling and unpolished game could cause playoff teams to look more towards more ready-made contributors. The Rockets are in an early stage of their rebuilding process and can afford to swing for the fences for a prospect like Jackson, one of the most explosive players in the draft and an elite shot-blocker who dropped strong glimpses of offensive potential, which gives him significant upside.

    25. LA Clippers
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    Day'Ron Sharpe
    North Carolina
    C
    Age: 19.7


    The Clippers might look to add depth at center with a player they can develop into a meaningful contributor in the long haul. Sharpe has helped himself in the pre-draft process, shedding weight, showcasing much better floor-spacing potential than previously advertised, and impressing in private interviews with his boisterous personality.

    26. Denver Nuggets
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    Joshua Primo
    Alabama
    SG
    Age: 18.5


    Adding depth on the wing will likely be a priority for the Nuggets, who are slated to be without Jamal Murray for all or most of next season and will see several rotation players enter free agency. Primo, the youngest player in the draft, might be a distance from becoming a consistent contributor, but he's helped himself with a strong pre-draft process. Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly has never been afraid to take a high-upside prospect and be patient with his development, and Primo has everything NBA teams look for at his position long term.

    27. Brooklyn Nets
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    Tre Mann
    Florida
    PG
    Age: 20.4


    The Nets' timetable could very well cause them to explore trading out of the first round -- as they have in each of the past two years -- as it's difficult to project anyone in this range helping them compete for a championship next season. Mann is a promising pick-and-roll ball handler whose size, fluidity and 40% 3-point shooting should allow him to play in a variety of lineup configurations, and whose upside will likely be attractive at this stage of the first round.

    28. Philadelphia 76ers
    [​IMG]Quentin Grimes
    Houston
    SG
    Age: 21.2


    The Sixers will be looking to surround their core with as much 3-point shooting as possible after a disappointing playoff exit. Enter Grimes, one of the best shooters in the college game, who showed a lot more versatility as a passer than he had previously gotten credit for in what was an outstanding week of play at the NBA combine. Grimes looks physically ready to help a team after playing a major role taking one of the best defensive teams in college basketball to the NCAA Final Four.

    29. Phoenix Suns
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    Bones Hyland
    VCU
    PG
    Age: 20.8


    After a memorable playoff run to the NBA Finals, the Suns' timetable could cause them to go in several different directions on draft night as their window of contention is clearly right now. Hyland's deep shooting range could be attractive here, along with his ability to play both on or off the ball in different lineup configurations. He had a strong showing at the NBA combine, boosting his stock firmly into first-round territory.

    30. Utah Jazz
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    Jaden Springer
    Tennessee
    PG/SG
    Age: 18.8


    Coming off a phenomenal regular season, the Jazz might look to add backcourt depth after coming up short in the playoffs, partially due to injuries. Springer could be the type of prospect a team opts to select in this range, as he's one of the youngest prospects in the draft and possesses significant upside thanks to the defensive intensity he displays, along with his outstanding scoring instincts. The Jazz reportedly have some luxury tax concerns they may look to address on draft night, potentially by dangling one of the veterans, such as Joe Ingles, for a draft pick.

    Second round
    31. Bucks (from Rockets)


    Miles McBride | West Virginia | PG | Age: 20.6

    32. Knicks (from Pistons)

    Ayo Dosunmu | Illinois | SG | Age: 21.5

    33. Magic

    JT Thor | Auburn | PF | Age: 18.9

    34. Thunder

    Josh Christopher | Arizona St | SG | Age: 19.6

    35. Pelicans (from Cavaliers)

    Isaiah Todd | G-League Ignite | PF | Age: 19.7

    36. Thunder (from Timberwolves)

    B.J. Boston | Kentucky | SG | Age: 19.6

    37. Pistons (from Raptors)

    Joel Ayayi | Gonzaga | PG/SG | Age: 21.3

    38. Bulls (from Pelicans)

    Kessler Edwards | Pepperdine | SF/PF | Age: 20.9

    39. Kings

    Charles Bassey | Western Kentucky | C | Age: 20.7

    40. Pelicans (from Bulls)

    Juhann Begarin | Paris | SG | Age: 18.9

    41. Spurs

    David Johnson | Louisville | PG | Age: 20.3

    42. Pistons (from Hornets)

    Filip Petrusev | Mega Bemax | PF/C | Age: 21.2

    43. Pelicans (from Wizards)

    Jason Preston | Ohio | PG | Age: 21.9

    44. Nets (from Pacers)

    Rokas Jokubaitis | Zalgiris | PG | Age: 20.6

    45. Celtics

    Austin Reaves | Oklahoma | PG/SG | Age: 23.1

    46. Raptors (from Grizzlies)

    Herb Jones | Alabama | SF | Age: 22.7

    47. Raptors (from Warriors)

    Aaron Wiggins | Maryland | SG/SF | Age: 22.5

    48. Hawks (from Heat)

    Jericho Sims | Texas | PF | Age: 22.7

    49. Nets (from Hawks)

    Aaron Henry | Michigan St | SG | Age: 21.8

    50. 76ers (from Knicks)

    Isaiah Livers | Michigan | SF/PF | Age: 22.9

    51. Grizzlies (from Trail Blazers)

    Greg Brown | Texas | PF | Age: 19.8

    52. Pistons (from Lakers)

    Vrenz Bleijenbergh | Antwerp | SF/PF | Age: 20/7

    53. Pelicans (from Mavericks)


    Joe Wieskamp | Iowa | SF | Age: 21.9

    54. Pacers (from Bucks)

    Luka Garza | Iowa | C | Age: 22.5

    55. Thunder (from Nuggets)

    Santi Aldama | Loyola MD | PF | Age: 20.5

    56. Hornets (from Clippers)

    Daishen Nix | G-League Ignite | PG/SG | Age: 19.4

    57. Hornets (from Nets)

    McKinley Wright IV | Colorado | PG | Age: 22.7

    58. Knicks (from 76ers)

    Jeremiah Robinson-Earl | Villanova | PF | Age: 20.7

    59. Nets (from Suns)

    Sandro Mamukelashvili | PF/C | Seton Hall | Age: 22.1

    60. Pacers (from Jazz)

    Neemias Queta | Utah State | C | Age: 22.0
     
  50. spagett

    spagett Got ya, spooked ya
    Donor

    I think I like Davion Mitchell more than 99% of NBA scouts
     
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