1. Boston Celtics – Markelle Fultz – PG – Washington
This is the most obvious pick. Fultz and IT4 can coexist in Boston and it gives Boston that other true scorer that they lack. IT4 needs help.
2. Los Angeles Lakers – Lonzo Ball – PG – UCLA
Ball to Los Angeles is another pick that will not surprise me. I do not know how the Lakers will make this work with Russell and etc, but in Magic Johnson we trust right?
3. Philadelphia 76ers – Josh Jackson – SF/SG – Kansas
Jackson is a good pick here. The Sixers need more wing help. They could go with a point guard, but I think they sign a veteran point guard like Kyle Lowry to help put them over the top. Sixers have a nice young core and remember, trust the process! Jackson is also a good defender.
4. Phoenix Suns – Jayson Tatum – SF – Duke
A balanced player that will stuff the stat sheets. He will complement the young experienced guards and he will help Phoenix grow into a team to watch for the future with all of this young talent loading up in the west.
5. Sacramento Kings – Jonathan Issac – SF/PF – Florida State
The Kings get a long kid in Issac. He is one of the best wing defenders in the draft and they need help defensive at that position.
6. Orlando Magic – De’Aaron Fox – PG – Kentucky
The Magic have holes everywhere, but I think an explosive guard like Fox is the right move to change the direction the team is going in. Payton and Fox sounds like a good point guard duo.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves – Lauri Markkanen – PF – Arizona
The T-Wolves get help up front and get more versatile on offense with this youngster being able to stretch the floor. The next Dirk? Has similar traits.
8. New York Knicks – Dennis Smith Jr – PG – North Carolina State
Let Porzingis grow with a young point guard that has the talent to be a potential superstar in the NBA. Knicks need help all over the roster, but Rose is a free agent and Lee is not long term at the guard position. This North Carolina State product is a skilled floor general capable of scoring or being a distributor.
9. Dallas Mavericks – Frank Ntilikina – PG – France
Yogi and Barea are good, but this international product can put the Mavs back on the map in a few years. Might be able to play the two spot with one of the other point guards on the court at the same time. Great off the dribble.
10. Sacramento Kings – Anzejs Pasecniks – C – Latvia
The Kings get scoring help from the big man group. This kid is a stretch five and he will prove to be a valuable piece off the bench. Might be a stack and stash player, which is good to have for the future, or he could be a trade chip down the road.
11. Charlotte Hornets – Malik Monk – SG – Kentucky
Hornets add a deadly scoring threat in Monk. Walker gets more help and I think my Hornets buddy will approve of this pick. Looks like a Warrior player, as he shoots three’s for days.
12. Detroit Pistons – Justin Patton – C – Creighton
Raw kid, but with a superstar like Andre the Giant ahead of him, it will give him time to develop into a really good center and maybe one of the better backup centers in the league. Who knows, he might turn into a power forward on the court when lined up next to Andre.
13. Denver Nuggets – Harry Giles – PF/C – Kentucky
Giles is a top three talent, but missing time due to injury has hurt his stock. The Nuggets get the steal of the draft here at 13. Their future looks really bright with Giles and all of those young guards.
14. Miami Heat – Justin Jackson – SF – North Carolina
Solid shooter with plenty of experience in college. Will push Winslow at the small forward position. Overall, the Heat load up the team that could make them a contender to win their division again.
15. Portland Trail Blazers – Zach Collins – C – Gonzaga
Get more scoring depth at the big man group. Collins will help keep defenses honest.
16. Chicago Bulls – Terrance Ferguson – SG – Australia
Might be time to start grooming that next shooting guard in Chicago. Wade might leave, plus he is old and Jimmy Butler might be on his way out of the Windy City.
17. Milwaukee Bucks – Jarrett Allen – C – Texas
If Milwaukee can find that center that they lack, then they could be a team to watch every year. Will contribute to the team as soon as possible. Thon Maker’s backup, but overall these two look good on the depth chart.
18. Indiana Pacers – Donovan Mitchell – SG – Louisville
With a possible Paul George trade in the works, the Pacers need to find a kid that can find the bucket. Mitchell fits that bill and he is a solid two-way player.
19. Atlanta Hawks – Ivan Rabb – PF – California
Millsap is gone and the Hawks could re-sign the all-star, but if not, Ivan Rabb is a kid that can step in day one and own. He is a do it all guy. Smart pick by Atlanta.
20. Portland Trail Blazers – Rodions Kurucs – SF – Latvia
Kurucs adds a scoring touch from the wing and lookout for Portland with them potentially adding three good draft picks from the first round of this year’s draft.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Luke Kennard – SG/SF – Duke
Thunder get another scorer in Kennard. You cannot stop the Warriors, so you just try and beat them by outscoring them. This lefty is my favorite player in the draft.
22. Brooklyn Nets – John Collins – PF – Wake Forest
Collins is a nice pick. He might not be a starter in the NBA, but he will be a solid role player. You need solid role players in now. Old school type power forward.
23. Toronto Raptors – Bam Adebayo – PF/C – Kentucky
With Ibaka looking like he could leave and same with PP, the power forward position looks thin. Adebayo is a safe pick and a nice rebounder and defender that will help the Raptors defend the Atlantic division title again.
24. Utah Jazz – Wesley Iwundu – SG/SF – Kansas State
Could be Hayward’s potential replacement. Nice fluidity and athleticism. Good defender and he is a solid three-point shooter. Experience should help him contribute earlier in NBA career over others.
25. Orlando Magic – OG Anunoby – SG/SF – Indiana
Magic get the second best wing defender in the draft and a player that can become special if he can find his scoring touch.
26. Portland Trail Blazers – D.J. Wilson – PF – Michigan
Late bloomer and possesses great sleeper potential. Will need tons of time to develop. Portland is a loaded team, so this will only help Wilson in the long run. Versatile player at the four.
27. Brooklyn Nets – Dwayne Bacon – SG/SF – Florida State
Nets can just use any young talent at this point. Bacon knows how to score and this will be a value pick for them at 27.
28. Los Angeles Lakers – T.J. Leaf – PF – UCLA
Leaf is a face up four and this could expand the Lakers offense and he is a solid defender. Good depth pick. The UCLA boys both stay in Los Angeles except big Ike. Laker fans will like this pick.
29. San Antonio Spurs – P.J. Dozier – PG/SG – South Carolina
With Parker getting closer to retiring and Mills about to receive a big payday this off-season, the Spurs grab another guard and build for the future at the point with Murray and Dozier in the system.
30. Utah Jazz – Jordan Bell – PF/C – Oregon
The Jazz add more versatility and explosiveness at the four spot. Bell is a scrappy kid that can provide a punch off the bench. He lands in the first round as he was a big winner at the combine, exhibiting his freak explosiveness and speed, and high character in interviews. Good shot blocker.