This will be my second NBA mock draft of the season. Each team will be looking to improve their future in this year’s draft, which is a stacked one and that teams will find steals that will make an immediate impact like the Utah Jazz and Toronto Raptors did in last year’s draft by selecting Donovan Mitchell and OG Anunoby.
1. Phoenix Suns – DeAndre Ayton – C – Arizona
Ayton is the clear pick and the Suns get that dominant big that they have been missing since Amar’e Stoudemire departed to the Knicks. The Suns get the next Shaq and Kobe duo.
2. Sacramento Kings – Marvin Bagley III – PF – Duke
The Kings really want Bagley and get him. Bagley is one of a kind and a steal for the Kings. I like the turnaround in Sacramento with Bagley, Fox, and Hield.
3. Atlanta Hawks – Luka Doncic – SG/PG – Real Madrid
The Hawks are in love with this kid’s talents. He is probably the most NBA-ready player in the draft. Solid playmaker and would love to see him and John Collins play at the same time.
4. Memphis Grizzlies – Michael Porter Jr. – SF – Missouri
I expect the Grizzlies to trade out of this spot, but if they stay put, I could see them gamble on Porter Jr and cross their fingers he can turn into the phenom that all analysis thinks he can be.
5. Dallas Mavericks – Mohamed Bamba – C – Texas
Bamba is an interesting prospect due to his length, athleticism, intelligence, and long-term upside. Forget trying to sign one of those big free agent centers and just draft the next big thing at the center position. His offensive game will continue to improve as his defensive game is near NBA ready.
6. Orlando Magic – Collin Sexton – PG – Alabama
Magic most likely wanted Bamba, but they go with a point guard that has Russell Westbrook style. He plays with an edge and pace in an athletic fashion while displaying the ability to finish at the rim. Great defender and could be worth the risk here.
7. Chicago Bulls – Jaren Jackson Jr. – PF/C – Michigan State
Jackson Jr can play next to Lauri Markkanen and form a nice duo. Jackson Jr has impressive defensive versatility and potential as an inside-out scorer. Scouts say he could end up being the best player in the draft.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers – Mikal Bridges – SF – Villanova
Cavs get an NBA-ready wing. He could be a nice player to help build around for the future since we do not know what LeBron James will do.
Solid knock down shooter from all over the field and can play in transition, plus can defend multiple positions.
9. New York Knicks – Kevin Knox – SF/PF – Kentucky
Knicks take a young potential star in the league. Knox, Hardaway Jr, and Porzingis makes a nice shooting trio. Good shooter that can stretch the court. Will play the lineup game with him either at the three or four spots.
10. Philadelphia 76ers – Wendell Carter – PF/C – Duke
Sizers add another big to the rotation. Carter is a high-IQ player that can contribute to both sides of the court. He has few holes in his game and he will reach his full potential.
11. Charlotte Hornets – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – PG – Kentucky
He showed rapid improvement over the past year and that has helped his stock go up, plus Shai being a tall and unselfish point guard will help him play in today’s game. His shooting touch is developing, but he can help the Hornets by moving the ball around and matching up against wing players. Also, we do not know the deal between Kemba Walker and the Hornets.
12. Los Angeles Clippers – Robert Williams – PF/C – Texas A&M
With DeAndre Jordan most likely going to walk, the team might as well take this intriguing prospect. He plays naturally above the rim and is a spark plug.
13. Los Angeles Clippers – Trae Young – PG – Oklahoma
The Clippers snatch Young at 13, which is a steal. Young is considered the most skillful player in the draft. He is the next Stephen Curry with his playmaking and three-point shot.
14. Denver Nuggets – Miles Bridges – SF – Michigan State
Nice versatile defender at the wing area. Despite being a “tweener”, he is a great rebounder and possesses a jump shot. He could be Will Barton’s replacement.
15. Washington Wizards – Lonnie Walker – SG – Miami (FL)
Lonnie is athletic and offers substantial scoring upside. Since the Wizards have Beal, Walker can develop and take his time into becoming a solid sixth man or starting two guard.
16. Phoenix Suns – Zhaire Smith – SG – Texas A&M
A big home run swing here in Smith. Great competitor on both sides of the ball. I think he will end up staying as a two guard in the NBA and going to Phoenix and playing behind Devin Booker will allow him to take as much time he needs to grow.
17. Milwaukee Bucks – Troy Brown – SG/SF – Oregon
Brown can play multiple positions. Can shoot the three, but needs to be more consistent. Will turn out to become an offensive force and a matchup problem on both sides of the ball.
18. San Antonio Spurs – Kevin Huerter – SG – Maryland
Spurs are high on the Maryland guard. A great shooter and will bring excellent size, feel, and passing ability as either a starter or rotational winger. Shoots the three ball well.
19. Atlanta Hawks – Mitchell Robinson – C – N/A
Big gamble here and the Hawks take him. Biggest question mark of the draft, but if he works out it will be a steal. He could be the center of their future.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves – Keita Bates-Diop – Ohio State
Wolves get Keita. He is not a great athlete, but he can shoot and display length on the court. Makes jumpers and rebounds while providing good defensive skills.
21. Utah Jazz – De’Anthony Melton – PG/SG – USC
The draft is lacking quality frontcourt help, which leads the Jazz to selecting Melton. He is an athletic and defensive-minded guard that offers the ability to play both guard spots. He is better off the ball, decent three-point shot, transition game is good, plus his long arms and active hands help him force mistakes against the opposition.
22. Chicago Bulls – Jerome Robinson – SG/PG – Boston College
Robinson has a knack for scoring while playing on or off the ball. He creates his own shot and can change speeds well.
23. Indiana Pacers – Aaron Holiday – PG – UCLA
Holiday will run the second team for many years, if the Pacers never find a better player in the future to run the point. Great using ball screens and spotting up.
24. Portland Trail Blazers – Josh Okogie – SG – Georgia Tech
Okogie is a defensive-minded perimeter player that specs the floor. I think he can contribute to the team right away, as he uses his elite athleticism, defensive matchup versatility, and three-point shot.
25. Los Angeles Lakers – Chandler Hutchison – SF – Boise State
He has excellent tools, shooting ability, and the capacity to play on or off the ball. Will contribute in a rotation right away.
26. Philadelphia 76ers – Donte DiVincenzo – SG – Villanova
He will give them energy off the bench and at each backcourt positions. He was lights out in the March Madness Tournament. Brings a winning degree to the Sixers.
27. Boston Celtics – Jalen Brunson – PG – Villanova
With the potential of losing Smart this year and Rozier and Irving next year, drafting Brunson makes sense. He has a strong feel for the game, which will have him play in the league for a while.
28. Golden State Warriors – Grayson Allen – SG – Duke
Allen could play in his rookie year behind Klay Thompson. He has good shooting touch, experience, and toughness that fits the Warriors system. Smart pick.
29. Brooklyn Nets – Dzanan Musa – SF – KK Cedevita
Musa will most likely come over from overseas. Nice wing scorer that brings intensity to the court. Nets add talent to the roster here.
30. Atlanta Hawks – Elie Okobo – PG – Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Athletic guard with size and a scoring touch with the ability to display range defensively. He is hiding how he feels about coming over, which will result in him being picked late.
Players who just missed the cut:
Anfernee Simons – G – IMG Academy
Bruce Brown – G – Miami (FL)
Moritz Wagner – PF/C – Michigan
Melvin Frazier – G/F – Tulane
Jacob Evans – G/F – Cincinnati
Hamidou Diallo – G – Kentucjy
Khyri Thomas – G – Creighton
Omari Spellman – PF/C – Villanova