By: Robert Weihofen
It’s almost go time! Here is my final mock draft.
- Phoenix Suns: Deandre Ayton
The Suns need a center, and what better center to get then the consensus number one pick?
2. Sacramento Kings: Luka Doncic
Probably the best Euro prospect to date is ready for make a splash in the NBA. The Kings would be unwise to pass up someone who could be star.
3. Atlanta Hawks: Mo Bamba
The big man has been skyrocketing in the latest drafts, and the Hawks have a chance to get who many consider to be the second best big-man in the draft now.
4. Memphis Grizzles: Jaren Jackson Jr.
After just missing out on Bamba here, the Grizzles can turn to the youngest player in the draft to guide their team for years. Either way they get a talented big with this pick.
5. Dallas Mavericks: Marvin Bagley III
Dirk is Dirk, nobody can replace him, but Bagley III is someone who can make the transition to a post Dirk era much easier on the team. They could find their next franchise big–man with this pick.
6. Orlando Magic: Michael Porter Jr.
Back issues aside, he is still looking like one of the top prospects in the draft. After trading away a young guard the Magic can fill a need once again with this pick.
7. Chicago Bulls: Wendall Carter Jr.
The Bulls need a young Center and with the other two options gone at this point, he fits a need, and gives them who many look at to be the most well rounded player in this draft at the pick. Great pick for them.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Trae Young
Wether LeBron is there or not, Young is someone who can be just as electric on the offensive end of the floor. Needing some work on the other end of the floor is his only concern at this point in the draft.
9. New York Knicks: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Probably the most well rounded guard in this draft class, he gives the Knicks instant help in their rebuild. He is someone who can be a team leader, and give them production at both ends of the floor.
10. Philadelphia 76ers: Mikal Bridges
He will fit in perfectly with “The Process”. He can guard multiple positions, stretch the floor, and gives them a championship caliber player who can make that impact felt from day one.
11. Charlotte Hornets: Collin Sexton
Sexton has the ability to create shots, but lacks in other developed areas with the prospects ahead of him. He is going to be the best pick for the Hornets at draft night,
12. L.A. Clippers: Robert Williams
He is another DeAndre Jordan, which is scary to think about. With back-to-back picks the Clippers can hit a home run here.
13. L.A. Clippers: Lonnie Walker IV
They need someone to lob those passes to Williams, who better then an explosive guard?
14. Denver Nuggets: Miles Bridges
He is a player who is do well in today’s NBA. He will not have to create as much as he did at MSU, and should see more catch and shoot opportunity with the Nuggets.
15. Washington Wizards: Kevin Knox
One of the younger players in the draft, Knox has the ability to guard any position on the floor and create offense when needed.
16. Phoenix Suns: Zhaire Smith
One of the most underrated prospects in the draft, he is going to give you 110% every night. The Suns get another good piece of the rebuild right here.
17. Milwaukee Bucks: Mitchell Robinson
Without college or international experience at a high level, teams don’t have much to go on. But, what he showed on lower tiers is promising. Give the Bucks credit for going out on a limb for someone who could thrive with their other guys.
18. San Antonio Spurs: Dzanan Musa
Another young bucket getter, he is someone who could fit well into the “Pop” mold. He will need some work on the defensive end of the court, but that will come in time.
19. Atlanta Hawks: Elie Okobo
The Hawks have a chance to do what the Suns are doing a nab two top rebuild prospects in the draft. Okobo might be on the lower tiers for first round guards, but don’t sleep on him come draft night.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Aaron Holiday
He might not be the biggest prospect, but he makes up for that with his ability and work ethic. He could play well with their second unit up in Minnesota, and eventually find some quality minutes with the likes of Jimmy Butler.
21. Utah Jazz: Kevin Hunter
Hunter could have gone back to strengthen his draft stock at Maryland, but he is a solid first round pick now. Great shot, super athlete, someone who could help Jazz fans forget Heyward left just a short time ago.
22. Chicago Bulls: Troy Brown
He could fit the Hoiberg system well, finally giving their coach a good group of guys to work with. Young and athletic, he will need some polishing on both ends of the floor.
23. Indiana Pacers: Donte Divincenzo
One of the toughest working players, and just plain tough players of the draft could do well for Indiana. They are adding a proven winner with a great attitude.
24. Portland Trail Blazers: Jacob Evans
Evans is a great wing man, maybe even so off the court, but on the court he can stretch the floor for teams. A great pickup for any team drafting here in the 20’s.
25. L.A. Lakers: Josh Okogie
In a deep guard draft, Okogie is another solid pick up for a team looking to add guard depth. He can play on and off the ball, creating space when he needs to.
26. Philadelphia 76ers: Jerome Robinson
Another team with multiple picks in the first round, “The Process” is going to get stronger here. One of the more polished guards in his class, he might fall due to not having what is considered as much “Star Potential” but don’t let that make you think he won’t produce in the NBA.
27. Boston Celtics: Gary Trent Jr.
A one dimensional player who lucks out because everyone wants to put up points in the NBA right now. Trent Jr. gives an already deep Celtics team just another weapon when they need to score.
28. Golden State Warriors: De’Anthony Melton
He had to sit out almost an entire season, but he still shows he can produce stats in every category. He might not create shots like others, but when you have Curry and Durant you are not going to have to create many shots for yourself.
29. Brooklyn Nets: Keita Bates-Diop
A stretch big-man who can also play above the rim. A good steal late in the first round.
30. Atlana Hawks: Khyri THomas
A defensive monster, the Hawks fill out what could be a future starting 3 of 5 on draft night here in the first round. When was the last time that happened for a team?