NBA mock draft 5.0: Teams doing their due diligence
BOSTON – Danny Ainge, regardless of where he’s picking in the draft, tends to play things close to the vest.
So it’s not all that surprising that after Markelle Fultz was in town for his first workout with an NBA team, Ainge wasn’t tipping his hand as to how it went.
All indications are that it went well, and that Fultz didn’t do anything to hurt his draft stock in the eyes of the Celtics who own the top overall pick in the June 22 NBA draft.
But as we get closer to the draft, there will certainly be movement based in part on how workouts go and what needs do teams identify as being at the forefront of their to-do list.
There are conflicting reports out of Sacramento – by the same news outlet, no less – about Fultz possibly working out for the Kings who own the No. 5 and 10 picks in the draft.
The only way that makes sense is if Fultz’s camp is under the impression that the Kings will move up to take the number one pick, a proposition that might have been easier to imagine if the Kings still had DeMarcus Cousins, whom they traded away in February to New Orleans.
Sadly, there will be at least one player who was likely to be a first-round pick who won’t be drafted at all now.
According to Yahoo Sports!, Jonathan Jeanne, a 7-foot-2 center from France, has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome which is a potential career-ending health issue.
Former Baylor standout Isaiah Austin was diagnosed with the same disorder which affects the body’s connective tissues, in 2014.
So that means there will be at least one new face in this week’s Mock Draft.
However, the top of the draft board – as far as the Celtics are concerned – remains unchanged.
Here’s a look at CSNNE.com’s Mock Draft 5.0.
1. BOSTON – Markelle Fultz, G, Washington
The Celtics are doing their due diligence in working out a number of highly regarded draft prospects, but barring a blockbuster trade Fultz is still the man at the top of the draft board right now.
2. LOS ANGELES LAKERS – Lonzo Ball, G, UCLA
The Lakers have reason to pause and consider D’Aaron Fox based on how he outplayed Ball in March. But in the end, the Cali-born Ball will be the Lakers’ pick.
3. PHILADELPHIA – -- Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas
His athleticism and two-way talent make him a great addition to a Sixers team that needs well, everything.
4. PHOENIX -- Jayson Tatum, F, Duke
Seems a bit redundant when you consider they took Marquese Chriss last year, but Tatum’s versatility and basketball smarts will get him on the floor as a rookie.
5. SACRAMENTO – De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
He’s not a great shooter, but he has John Wall-like speed that will help smooth out his transition.
6. ORLANDO – Jonathan Isaac, F, Florida State
The Magic’s new front office loves players with length and athleticism which is exactly what Isaac brings to the table.
7. MINNESOTA – Lauri Markkanen, C, Arizona
A stretch big man who should help the Timberwolves improve on their league-low 21.0 3’s taken per game last season.
8. NEW YORK KNICKS – Malik Monk, G, Kentucky
Arguably the best pure shooter in the draft, he should help New York improve on their 8.6 made 3’s per game which ranked 24th in the league last season.
9. DALLAS – Dennis Smith, PG, N.C. State
Mavericks looking to upgrade the point guard position through the draft. Mission accomplished in selecting Smith.
10. SACRAMENTO – Frank Ntilikina, G, France
Young guard who has the size and versatility to play both guard positions, at both ends of the floor.
11. CHARLOTTE – Donovan Mitchell, G, Louisville
The Hornets ranked 26th in field goals made (37.7) last season, so the addition of Mitchell is a definite plus.
12. DETROIT – T.J. Leaf, F/C, UCLA
With Andre Drummond taking care of the dirty work around the rim, Leaf’s “stretch big” game should help with better spacing.
13. DENVER – Jarrett Allen, C, Texas
The Nuggets have some talented offensive players who can shoot, but their offense gets a nice jolt with the addition of a rim-runner and pick-and-roll finisher like Allen.
14. MIAMI – Justin Patton, C, Creighton
The Heat need to add some youth to their frontcourt. In Patton, they get one of the more athletic true centers in this draft.
15. PORTLAND – Zach Collins, PF/C, Gonzaga
High energy talent, a strong NCAA Tournament showing catapulted him into a borderline lottery (top-14) pick.
16. CHICAGO – Luke Kennard, SG, Duke
Adding Kennard can only help a Chicago team that shot an NBA-worst 29.8 percent on 3’s last season.
17. MILWAUKEE – Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina
He can score, but his calling card in the NBA will be his ability to defend multiple positions effectively.
18. INDIANA -- O.G. Anunoby, F, Indiana
The only thing that’s keeping him from being a sure-fire lottery (top-14) pick is the ACL injury he suffered in January.
19. ATLANTA – Harry Giles, F, Duke
The knee issues in Giles’ past makes every team nervous. But his workouts are easing that level of concern.
20. PORTLAND – Ike Anigbogu, C, UCLA
There’s a lot to love about Anigbogu who has great length, a strong frame and a quick first and second-jump around the basket.
21. OKLAHOMA CITY – Ivan Rabb, F/C, Cal
Rabb should be better in a more fast-paced system. It doesn’t get much more up-tempo than playing with Russell Westbrook.
22. BROOKLYN – D.J. Wilson, F, Michigan
At this point in the draft, the Nets go for the high-upside, versatile big man who can play multiple positions.
23. TORONTO – Terrance Ferguson, SG, Australia
Gets great elevation on jump-shot with a high – and very quick – release point. Could help fill the void left by the Terrence Ross trade last season.
24. UTAH – Rodions Kurucs, F, Latvia
Provides depth, but isn’t someone that has to be a contributor for the Jazz right away.
25. ORLANDO – Bam Adebayo, F, Kentucky
His tenacious brand of attacking the offensive glass can help a Magic team that needs help in several areas.
26. PORTLAND – John Collins, PF, Wake Forest
Does a lot of things you like, but nothing you’re in love with.
27. BROOKLYN – Tyler Lydon, F, Syracuse
Should benefit from being asked to be more of a role player now as opposed to carrying a team like he was expected to do at Syracuse.
28. LOS ANGELES LAKERS – P.J. Dozier, G, South Carolina
Can defend multiple positions, the Lakers need someone to play defense on the perimeter. Dozier may be that guy.
29. SAN ANTONIO – Anzejs Pasecniks, C, International
Played in the shadow of fellow Latvian 7-footer Kristaps Porzingis as teenagers, but Pasecniks has proven he’s a pretty good big man in his own right.
30. UTAH – Semi Ojeleye, F, SMU
Great strength and mobility, has a chance to a solid “power” forward in small-ball lineups.