My final NBA Mock Draft for CSNmidatlantic.com includes those with local ties. At some point during the two rounds of Thursday's big event, though likely well beyond the lottery picks, some who played their college ball in the area will indeed be among the 60 prospects to hear their name called. When that happens or even if they get to choose from suitors as an undrafted free agent, some landing spots are better than others. Here's a look at good situations for five with DMV ties along with their current draft projections.
Malcolm Brogdon, SG, Virginia, 30-45
NBA team - Golden State. Two-way wing threat? Check. 3-point shooter? Based on his 39% from deep during his senior season, check. Smart and mature enough to join a possible back-to-back NBA Finalist. Yes Brogdon is all of that and the Warriors need more of that whether Harrison Barnes leaves in free agency or not.
Robert Carter, PG, Maryland, 40-50
NBA team - Dallas Mavericks. Nobody lists the Mavericks among the main Western Conference contenders and yet with good health, the Rick Carlisle-coached team is always a tough out. The roster is once again in transition, meaning immediate opportunities exist for an experienced rookie Carter especially if Chandler Parsons exits in free agency. There's also the chance of learning the stretch-4 ropes from the ultimate such player assuming Dirk Nowitzki stays with Dallas.
Patricio Garino, SG, George Washington, undrafted
NBA team - Washington Wizards. As you may recall, the Wizards labored defending wings beyond the 3-point arc last season. What you may not know is that the 6-foot-7 Garino was one of the Atlantic 10's top defenders from his freshman year on. He went from a limited 3-point shooter to leading the conference with a 44.2 percent clip during his senior season. Garino will also gain valuable experience playing for the Argentine national team in the Rio Olympics. The ball handling isn't a positive, but he's got the goods to make an NBA team.
Jake Layman, PF, Maryland, 45-60
NBA team - Boston Celtics. Always a favorite among pro scouts, the Massachusetts native showed improved toughness over his four seasons at College Park. Layman can rebound and sink the long ball, but he'll need an adjustment period, perhaps a full season, before acclimating to the NBA level. The Celtics won't need him immediately and getting tutored by head coach/Jedi Brad Stevens would help bring out the best Layman can offer.
Diamond Stone, C, Maryland, 25-35
NBA team - Los Angeles Clippers. The good stuff with the 19-year-old freshman comes offensively. As we saw during his somewhat trying freshman season, the defense and rebounding needs work. It's almost the exact opposite for first-team All-NBA center DeAndre Jordan, who will eat up most of the minutes in the middle for the Clippers. In time, if coach Doc Rivers is searching for some interior points, he'd have Stone available while the young big can learn from Jordan about those other facets. The Clippers own the 25th and 33rd picks.