The NBA Draft is tonight, 7pm ET, but before that, here’s our mock draft.
1. New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson, Forward, Duke
The clear consensus here.
2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant, Guard, Murray State
After trading away Mike Conley, Morant is the obvious pick here.
3. New York Knicks: R.J. Barrett, Forward, Duke
Would rather De’Andre Hunter at this spot but there’s too much hype around Barrett for the Knicks not to take him.
4. New Orleans Pelicans: Cam Reddish, Guard/Forward, Duke
With Anthony Davis gone, New Orleans should want to keep their star prospect happy so might as well pair him with his former college teammate in Reddish who has just as much potential as Williamson and Barrett.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jarrett Culver, Guard, Texas Tech
Culver along with Collin Sexton would form a very dynamic backcourt.
6. Phoenix Suns: Darius Garland, Guard, Vanderbilt
The Suns fill their need at the point guard position with someone who’s viewed by many as the best point guard behind Morant, and Garland would pair great with Devin Booker.
7. Chicago Bulls: Sekou Doumbouya, Forward, France
There’s clutter at the one, two, and three position for the Bulls so the best option for them might be to let those young players play it out while Doumbouya takes his time to figure out if he’s a small forward or power forward in the NBA.
8. Atlanta Hawks: De’Andre Hunter, Forward, Virginia
Hunter is worth a top three pick but will likely slide because he’s an older prospect. The Hawks get a steal with this pick.
9. Washington Wizards: Coby White, Guard, North Carolina
It’s unclear how John Wall will come back after recovering from his Achilles injury or if Wall is even in Washington’s future plans. White is a safe pick and one of the best player’s available at this spot.
10. Atlanta Hawks: Jaxson Hayes, Center, Texas
In the up-tempo offense Atlanta runs, they need a center that can run the floor, and Hayes is someone who can do that very well and would pair up nice with John Collins in the frontcourt.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves: Nassir Little, Forward, North Carolina
The Timberwolves could definitely use a point guard at this spot, but it could be too much of a reach for one at this spot. Minnesota gets to have a solid wing group with Andrew Wiggins, and Robert Covington who could easily shift to the power forward position.
12. Charlotte Hornets: Rui Hachimura, Forward, Gonzaga
There’s a very good chance Kemba Walker could leave Charlotte in free agency, so Michael Jordan needs to draft someone who’s box office, and the future first ever Japanese-born first round pick is the closest thing to that at this point of the draft. Hachimura can score in multiple ways from multiple positions, and could end up being a lot better if he slims down as he bulked up to play power forward at Gonzaga.
13. Miami Heat: PJ Washington, Forward, Kentucky
Hassan Whiteside is in the last year of his contract and reportedly wants a trade. Whenever Whiteside is gone from Miami, they will likely slide Bam Adebayo to the starting center position and Washington could start at the four, providing defense, shooting, and scoring.
14. Boston Celtics: Brandon Clarke, Forward, Gonzaga
If the Celtics lose Al Horford in free agency, they would have a huge void for their defense in the post and overall. Clarke is still developing his perimeter shot but he’d be an upgrade defensively over Horford and would bring more mobility and explosiveness to an already young team.
15. Detroit Pistons: Tyler Herro, Guard/Forward, Kentucky
Being one of the first media outlets (if not the first) to have Herro as a top two wing prospect in this draft, it seems like everyone else is hopping on the bandwagon now, and the guard’s draft stock is constantly rising. Herro would be a great shooter and overall scorer for Detroit.
16. Orlando Magic: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Guard, Virginia Tech
Experience at the point guard and shooting guard position seems to be one of the biggest traits that has helped Alexander-Walker’s draft stock increase and could very well land him at this spot.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Goga Bitadze, Center, Georgia (country)
Eariler, a center was taken with Atlanta’s tenth pick, but Hayes is thin and does not have a three-point shot. Bitadze is the total opposite of that and the Hawks can use this last first round draft pick to develop the international player and use him to provide shooting off the bench.
18. Indiana Pacers: Romeo Langford, Guard, Indiana
A native of Indiana, Langford would probably love to play for the Pacers. It just depends if the Pacers value Langford enough to take him at this spot.
19. San Antonio Spurs: Luka Samanic, F, Croatia
When predicting draft picks for the Spurs, you can’t go wrong with an international prospect. Samanic has been linked to rumors of getting drafted at 21 by Oklahoma City, so Samanic wouldn’t be a reach here if that’s the case.
20. Boston Celtics: Bol Bol, Center, Oregon
With the first pick going towards a defensive-minded big man and two more first rounders to go, the Celtics might as well use this second first round pick to get a high risk-high reward player who can at least stretch the floor.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Nic Claxton, Forward/Center, Georgia
Once thought of as a second round prospect, Claxton has used the NBA Draft process to help skyrocket his draft stock, to the point where he’s ended workouts early. Claxton would help bolster OKC’s frontcourt.
22. Boston Celtics: Ty Jerome, Guard, Virginia
Even though he’s a lot more suited as a point guard, Jerome has the versatility on offense to play off the ball, and can also defend shooting guards. He’s a great pick towards the end of the first round, especially with Boston likely losing both Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier to free agency.
23. Memphis Grizzlies: Kelden Johnson, Guard, Kentucky
While Johnson could very well end up being drafted way before this pick, Morant paired with Johnson in the backcourt could be something very formidable for years to come in the league.
24. Philadelphia 76ers: Cameron Johnson, Guard/Forward, North Carolina
Not only should Philadelphia use this draft to acquire shooters, but the entire free agency period should be used for it as well because shooting is something they desperately lack. Selecting the best shooter in this draft class is a great way to start for the 76ers.
25. Portland Trail Blazers: Mfiondu Kabengele, Forward/Center, Florida State
A top five big man in the draft, Dikembe Mutombo’s nephew should be a top ten pick. But him not starting any games at Florida State hurts his draft stock. Portland needed an inside presence desperately when Jusuf Nurkic was out for the playoffs, and with Enes Kanter, Al-Farouq Aminu both free agents, they lose a great rebounder/post scorer and a great defender. Fortunately for the Trail Blazers, Kabengele can defend, rebound and spread the floor.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers: Bruno Fernando, Center/Forward, Maryland
Rated as our number one center in this draft class, Fernando is another player that should be a top ten pick. The former Maryland center was inconsistent at times, but when he shows up he shows out. Cleveland will likely not re-sign Tristan Thompson after he becomes a free agent after next season, so the Cavaliers get their center of the future.
27. Brooklyn Nets: Eric Paschall, Forward, Villanova
The New York native would fill the Nets’ need at the power forward position.
28. Golden State Warriors: Dylan Windler, Forward/Guard, Belmont
Whether Kevin Durant re-signs with the Warriors or not, he’s going to be out next season. Windler is a highly talented player who can provide shooting along with scoring, and would be a solid replacement for Durant.
29. San Antonio Spurs: Matisse Thybulle, Guard, Washington
Gregg Popovich would get the best defender he’s had on his team since Kawhi Leonard was traded. Thybulle is worth a top ten pick just from how good of a defender he is, but his poor three point shooting his senior season, and his age is what decreases his draft stock.
30. Detroit Pistons: Jontay Porter, Center, Missouri
After trading away Jon Leuer, the Pistons could use a center/power forward that can stretch the floor. Porter’s coming off a ACL tear, but he’s one of the best shooters in this draft class and isn’t as much of a risk with this last pick in the draft.