NBA Mock Draft 4.0: Change at No. 2 for Kings, Warriors take French PG
NBA Mock Draft 4.0
The NBA Draft is a little over a week away and we have slightly more information than we did before. Deandre Ayton continues to hold onto the top spot, but there are movers and shakers in this year’s draft class.
Age: 19 Height: 7-foot-1 Weight: 250
“I know I’m going number one,” Ayton announced after visiting the Phoenix Suns this week. It’s a bold statement, but probably accurate. The 19-year-old big has the body of David Robinson with a modern game. He can’t defend like the Admiral, but this is a potential franchise altering big.
Michael Porter Jr
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-10 Weight: 215
If you love him at No. 7, you can still love him at No. 2. If not for early season back surgery, Porter might be competing for the top overall selection. After measuring in at 6’-10.75” at the combine, teams are salivating at his size and potential. Sacramento’s brass plans to visit Porter in Chicago again on Friday, the second time in a week. If Porter can convince the Kings that his back is sound long term, he has a shot to go here with the second overall pick.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-11 Weight: 220
Bagley has been making the rounds. After working out for the Suns on Friday, the athletic big was in Sacramento on Monday and impressed. The Duke star is still in the conversation for a top 2 selection and he’s doing everything in his power to earn that result. Atlanta has a ton of holes to fill in their roster, but Bagley can play the four or the five in the modern NBA game. He’s a rebounding machine that can instantly improve a struggling franchise.
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-8 Weight: 225
Memphis couldn’t be happier with this outcome. Doncic is a proven winner in EuroLeague competition and can step in and produce on Day 1. He can play alongside Mike Conley Jr. in the backcourt or slide to the three in a smaller lineup. If the Grizzlies are still in win now mode, this is an easy selection.
Jaren Jackson Jr
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-10 Weight: 225
Jackson is too good to pass up on here at pick 5 and he might go a few picks higher. He’s a versatile big that can play the four or the five. He can also shoot the 3-ball and projects as one of the better two-way players in the draft. With Dirk aging, the Mavs frontline needs a boost.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 180
An electric scorer at the college level, Young fits both the team’s biggest need and he’s in the hunt for the best player available at this position. Orlando could add more length up front with Bamba, but they have plenty of bigs on the books long term.
Age: 19 Height: 7-foot Weight: 215
The Bulls were last in blocked shots last season and need someone to pair with Lauri Markkanen long term. Bamba needs to get stronger and develop on the offensive end, but he has the ability to change the game on the defensive end with his 7-foot-10 wingspan.
8. Cavs (via Nets)
Wendell Carter Jr
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-10 Weight: 260
The Cavs are in limbo. LeBron James will make or break the franchise this summer when he either bolts for greener pastures or sticks around for another few years. Cleveland might be active with this pick, but whomever is drafting at No. 8, Carter will get a long look. He has tremendous upside and great size. He’s also one of the youngest players in the draft.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 185
Scott Perry was part of the group that targeted De'Aaron Fox last summer in Sacramento. The Knicks gambled on Frank Ntilikina last season, but he’s looking more like a combo guard than a point at this point. Sexton plays with a flare that would play well at Madison Square Garden.
10. 76ers (via Lakers)
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 210
If Philly wants to be a contender, they need as many players as possible to match up with the Golden State Warriors. Bridges is a mature, 3-and-D wing with upside. He also won’t break the bank at the No. 10 while the 76ers pinch pennies for a run at a star.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 180
Gilgeous-Alexander has point guard skills, but the size to line up next to Kemba Walker in the backcourt. He also gives the Hornets a potential long-term replacement in case they revisit moving Walker.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 206
You have to like Walker’s confidence. After declaring that he is a franchise player, the 19-year-old shooting guard has a lot to live up to. Every team in the league is looking for the next Donovan Mitchell, whether Walker can be that guy or not has yet to be seen. Walker fits well on a team that loves to mix Hollywood drama and hoops.
13. Clippers (via Pistons)
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 230
Teams are likely going to regret letting Bridges slip this far. He plays with a passion and a force that makes a difference at the NBA level. There’s a good chance the Clippers try to package these two picks in an attempt to climb up the board, but a player like Bridges can fit on any roster.
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-9 Weight: 205
Giving Jokic more options on the perimeter should be priority No. 1 for Denver. They’ve done a nice job developing their young guards. Now they need another piece or two at the forward position to push them over the top.
15. Wizards (via Heat)
Age: 20 Height: 6-foot-9 Weight: 235
We’ve left Williams at No. 15 for a while. He’s a freak athlete with good size. His numbers weren’t great at A&M, but there is plenty of upside here for a team looking for youth on the frontline.
16. Suns (via Pistons)
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-5 Weight: 195
Smith is a wild card at the end of the lottery. He has incredible tools, but he’s raw. Phoenix has multiple picks, but they also have multiple holes to fill. Smith fits the Suns arc and he has incredible potential.
Age: 22 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 235
Bates-Diop tuned the corner in his final season at Ohio State, turning himself into one of the better 3-and-D options in the draft. He’s NBA ready and he blew teams away with his measurements at the combine. With Jabari Parker hitting free agency, the Bucks need depth at the three.
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 180
San Antonio has the unique ability to find diamonds in the rough. Simmons is a risk/reward pick, but his upside is there. He needs to land in a spot with a stable culture. The Spurs are a perfect match.
19. Hawks (via T-Wolves)
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-11 Weight: 215
Atlanta is a long ways away from being relevant. With three first round picks and so many holes to fill, Robinson is a gamble for the future. He won’t contribute much early, but with the right support, he might be a steal for two or three years from now.
20. T-Wolves (via Thunder)
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 210
Thibs made it very clear that the T-Wolves are on the hunt for more help at the wing. Brown is a physical freak with tons of upside, but he’s going to need some work. He’ll have plenty of time to learn from the bench watching Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins log 40 minutes a night in front of him.
Age: 22 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 197
Some players just fit with certain teams. Hutchinson is a mature player with four years of college experience. Teams are searching for the next late round steal after Kyle Kuzma’s breakout year. Hutchison likely won’t be that good, but he knows who and what he is a player, which is an asset in itself.
22. Bulls (via Pelicans)
Gary Trent Jr
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 215
Chicago has a few nice pieces to build around, but they also have a lot of holes to fill. Trent fits the arc of the team and he has plenty of room to improve. He has great size for the shooting guard spot and NBA pedigree.
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 187
Darren Collison is the plan right now, but the Pacers could use a point guard for the future. Holiday took huge strides in his final season at UCLA. Maybe he’ll get the opportunity to train under another former Bruin?
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 197
A veteran of the college game, Brunson is a winner that fits in and can immediately help support one of the better backcourts in the game. Portland might be better served trying to add this pick to a player to clear up some cap space, but if they draft here, expect a player that can help sooner, rather than later.
25. Lakers (via Cavs)
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-9 Weight: 195
Los Angeles is either going to have a great offseason or fall flat on their face. They have all kinds of money to spend, but they also need to consider cap flexibility. Musa is a draft and stash candidate that would help keep the Lakers from commiting cash and a roster space if they need it.
Age: 22 Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 195
After signing J.J. Redick to a huge one-year deal last year, Philly might look for a cheaper option while they chase big names in free agency. Allen was a workout warrior at the combine, turning heads with his speed, quickness and vertical. He has a few personality quirks, but this late in the draft, he’s probably worth the gamble.
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-4.5 Weight: 200
A fierce competitor, DiVincenzo has worked his way into the back end of the first round during the draft process. He can handle the ball, shoot it and has a knack for making the right play. Plus, he comes from a winning culture, which never hurts.
Age: 20 Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 180
Okobo is jumping up draft boards after a strong showing down the stretch in France. He has good size and length for the point guard position and shown nice shooting range, solid handles and a quick first step. As we saw at the end of last season, the Warriors roster spots have huge value.
29. Nets (via Raptors)
Age: 22 Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 200
The Nets need help for now and help for later. Thomas is a seasoned player that can step in and see minutes in year one. It will be another rough season or two in Brooklyn, but at least the Nets are finally out from underneath that horrible trade from 2013.
30. Hawks (via Rockets)
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 195
One of the late climbers during draft season, Huerter will miss the next two months after undergoing surgery on his hand. He’ll sit out plenty of summer action, but should be ready to roll for training camp. Huerter has good size for the two and can really shoot it from long range. For a team like Atlanta, this might be a solid late first round steal.