Blakely’s NBA Mock Draft 6.0: Intrigue remains
Blakely’s NBA Mock Draft 6.0: Intrigue remains
BOSTON – Since the NBA's lottery era (1985), the top overall pick has been traded away just twice.
Indications are now that the Boston Celtics will add to that list by trading away the top overall pick to Philadelphia, a deal that gained considerable steam on Friday and seemed to be all but a done deal according to several reports.
Regardless of who has the top overall pick, Washington's Markelle Fultz remains the prized target.
Here’s a look at CSNNE.com’s Mock Draft 6.0.
1. BOSTON – Markelle Fultz, G, Washington
The Celtics have a better sense of how coveted Fultz is after trade talks with Philly and to a lesser extent, the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s the top guy in this draft, easily.
2. LOS ANGELES LAKERS – Lonzo Ball, G, UCLA
The smoke screens that the Lakers will go in another direction will continue, but in the end Ball will be a Laker.
3. PHILADELPHIA – Josh Jackson, F, Kansas
The Sixers know he has his flaws in terms of shooting the ball. But his defense and high motor will help a Philly team with lots of needs.
4. PHOENIX – De’Aaron Fox, G, Kentucky
This pick will fuel speculation that the Suns will replace one Kentucky alum (Eric Bledsoe) with another in Fox.
5. SACRAMENTO – Jayson Tatum, F, Duke
They’ll give serious thought to reaching for point guard Dennis Smith here, but in the end they will take Tatum.
6. ORLANDO – Jonathan Isaac, F, Florida State
The idea of Isaac teaming up with Aaron Gordon could make the Magic fun to watch this season.
7. MINNESOTA – Lauri Markkanen, C, Arizona
A big man with stretch-the-floor skills, Markkanen can only help a Timberwolves team that ranked among the NBA’s worst from 3-point range.
8. NEW YORK – Dennis Smith, G, N.C. State
One of the best scoring guards in this draft, his instant-offense type of game will go over well in the Big Apple.
9. DALLAS – Frank Ntilikina, G, International
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle has an elite guard with tremendous two-way potential.
10. SACRAMENTO – T.J. Leaf, F/C, UCLA
Would love to add an elite wing here. Instead, take a bit of a reach by adding the best “stretch big” available.
11. CHARLOTTE – Malik Monk, G, Kentucky
He may be undersized, but for a team that struggled to score last season like the Hornets did, Monk at this point in the draft feels like a steal.
12. DETROIT – Luke Kennard, G, Duke
Defensive concerns aside, the Pistons desperately need to add shooting and do so with this selection.
13. DENVER - Jarrett Allen, C, Texas
The Nuggets were 29th last season in defensive rating, so adding a player like Allen who has a 7-5 ¼ wingspan and huge hands, makes a lot of sense.
14. MIAMI – Donovan Mitchell, G, Louisville
In case re-signing Dion Waiters becomes too pricey, Heat add a tough, gritty undersized shooting guard.
15. PORTLAND – O.G. Anunoby, F, Indiana
With their depth, the Blazers can afford to take a flier on a really talented player who may miss the entire 2017-18 season due to ACL injury suffered in January.
16. CHICAGO – Zach Collins, PF/C, Gonzaga
So much of his game is predicated off of playing with high energy, something the Bulls could use more of going forward.
17. MILWAUKEE – Harry Giles, F, Duke
With the growth of their already young core, rolling the dice on Giles and his surgically repaired knees is worth the gamble.
18. INDIANA – Bam Adebayo, F, Kentucky
They need an infusion of talent and toughness, getting a little bit of both with this pick.
19. ATLANTA – John Collins, PF, Wake Forest
Adding some size and versatility to the frontcourt is on the Hawks’ to-do list.
20. PORTLAND – Justin Patton, C, Creighton
Needs to add bulk to his frame, wouldn’t be a surprise if he spent most of his rookie season on Gatorade-League assignment.
21. OKLAHOMA CITY – Justin Jackson, F, North Carolina
Versatile defender who could help soften the blow if Thunder doesn’t re-sign Andre Roberson.
22. BROOKLYN – D.J. Wilson, F, Michigan
Good workouts have elevated him from a late-first, early second round prospect to a solid first-round pick who may continue to rise in the coming days.
23. TORONTO – Ivan Rabb, F/C, Cal
At this point in the draft, Rabb’s rim-running ability and potential makes him a nice addition.
24. UTAH – Semi Ojeleye, F, SMU
This might seem a bit high for Ojeleye, there’s a very good chance he won’t be around when the Jazz come back around with pick No. 30.
25. ORLANDO – Ike Anigbogu, C, UCLA
This is a nice “down the road” pick. Has great size, length and quick feet but a lack of experience likely to keep him mostly in the G-League as a rookie.
26. PORTLAND – Anzejs Pasecniks, C, International
With three first-round picks, the Blazers have to take at least one “draft-and-stash” guy.
27. BROOKLYN – Wesley Iwundu, G/F, Kansas State
Can defend multiple positions, his ball-handling and ability to attack the rim effectively are major strengths.
28. LOS ANGELES LAKERS – Kyle Kuzma, F, Utah
Shot the ball well at Chicago pre-draft combine last month, followed that up with solid workouts and interviews. Another on-the-rise prospect.
29. SAN ANTONIO – Isaiah Hartenstein, F/C, International
This 19-year-old lefty has great size and strength, but could use some work improving his shooting mechanics.
30. UTAH – Johnathan Motley, F, Baylor
Kind of fitting that the winner of the Karl Malone Award (given to college basketball’s top power forward) winds up being selected by the Jazz.