NBA Mock Draft: Bulls move back to picks 10 and 17
1. New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
We'll keep this brief like we always do. Williamson is the best NBA prospect since Anthony Davis, ironically the player who he'll supplant as the face of the Pelicans franchise.
2. Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
No one's buying the Grizzlies wanting to bring in Duke's R.J. Barrett for a workout, and Morant's minor knee surgery won't scare off Memphis from drafting its point guard of the future.
3. New York Knicks
R.J. Barrett, SG, Duke
The Knicks brought in Texas Tech shooting guard Jarrett Culver for a workout on Thursday but Barrett is still the obvious choice at No. 3. He's a tough consolation prize for a franchise hoping to get Zion Williamson, but a prize nonetheless.
4. Los Angeles Lakers
Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
The Lakers simply need more talent, and LeBron James thrives next to point guards who can shoot. Garland provides talent and shooting and makes for a nice complement beside Lonzo Ball.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
He's the next best remaining talent in the draft, and that should be all the Cavaliers need to know when making this selection. Collin Sexton, Kevin Love and Culver could make for an underrated three-headed trio as Cleveland's rebuild continues.
6. Phoenix Suns
Coby White, PG, North Carolina
The Suns roster has five Lottery picks from the last five NBA Drafts, and none of them are point guards. Even if White is a reach at No. 6, he's a solid combo guard who can run in Phoenix, where the Suns have ranked 2nd, 2nd and 12th in pace the last three seasons.
7. Atlanta Hawks (via Chicago)
De'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia
After dealing Taurean Prince in the trade with the Nets, the Hawks get an upgraded version in Hunter. He's a prototype for a 3 and D wing built for both the modern NBA and the Hawks' high-flying offense.
8. Atlanta Hawks
Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
There isn't a better fit in the top-10 than pairing Hayes with the Hawks. He's a perfect complement to power forward John Collins and gives Trae Young another pick-and-roll option. Hayes is raw but oozing with potential as a Clint Capela-type rim runner.
9. Washington Wizards
Cam Reddish, SF, Duke
The Wizards are on the brink of a rebuild and should consider high-upside prospects at this slot. Reddish fits that bill as a former five-star prospect who showed flashes of brilliance but too often disappeared during his freshman season at Duke. But the upside is real.
10. Chicago Bulls (via Atlanta)
Nassir Little, SG, North Carolina
He had Cam Reddish levels of disappointment in his lone season with North Carolina but Little's stock has risen in the pre-draft process. He's an elite defender with great size and athleticism. His halfcourt game needs polishing but there's plenty to like about Little's game. He immediately makes the Bulls more athletic, better defensively and deeper in the backcourt. What's not to like about that?
11. Minnesota Timberwolves
Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga
Clarke should slot in perfectly next to Karl-Anthony Towns on both ends of the floor. This pairing feels like a match made in heaven. Clarke is an elite shot blocker and finishes well around the rim, complementing a player in Towns who struggles defensively and has expanded his offensive arsenal.
12. Charlotte Hornets
Sekou Doumbouya, SF, France
The Hornets may be entering a rebuild if Kemba Walker departs in free agency, so it makes sense that they'd swing for the fences on an international player who's more athlete than basketball player right now. He's got defensive tools to make it at the NBA level and will have time in Charlotte to develop an offensive game.
13. Miami Heat
P.J. Washington, PF, Kentucky
He's a perfect complement to Bam Adebayo, a player the Heat love and plan to build around moving forward. Washington had an outstanding sophomore season at Kentucky and is just scratching the surface of what he could become.
14. Boston Celtics (via Sacramento)
Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga
This one makes sense, too, as the Celtics use the first of three first-round picks on a player who should be able to step in right away and contribute. Hachimura makes Boston more versatile and adds a toughness on defense that Brad Stevens covets.
15. Detroit Pistons
Kevin Porter, SG, USC
Andre Drummond's and Blake Griffin's contracts mean the Pistons are playing to win right now, so a high-upside player like Kevin Porter makes sense here. He needs polishing, but he should be able to score from Day 1. The Pistons could use some more shot creators in the backcourt.
16. Orlando Magic
Romeo Langford, SG, USC
Langford is a flawed prospect but he can't fall much farther than this. The Magic have gone big in each of the last two drafts - Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba - so they opt for the best backcourt prospect left on the board.
17. Chicago Bulls (via Atlanta)
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech
The Bulls desperately need more versatility in their backcourt, and that's exactly what Alexander-Walker brings. A natural shooting guard, he saw plenty of time at the point while teammate Justin Robinson was out with a foot injury. Alexander-Walker needs to build his body but would be a perfect fit in Chicago.
18. Indiana Pacers
Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky
The Pacers have an unexpected opening in their backcourt with Tyreke Evans' suspension (he was a free agent) and Herro should provide a nice scoring punch to the second unit as the Pacers await the return of Victor Oladipo.
19. San Antonio Spurs
Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia
This one just feels right, doesn't it? Bitadze could certainly go higher on draft day but falls into the lap of the Spurs, who created a dynasty in large part because of hitting on international picks. Bitadze has an outstanding offensive game that should translate at the next level.
20. Boston Celtics (via LA Clippers)
Bol Bol, C, Oregon
He's too talented to fall much farther than this. There are concerns about how Bol will hold up at the next level but he's an incredibly unique prospect who could make a GM look very smart in a few years. Boston can roll the dice with three first-round picks and a deep frontcourt to let Bol develop on his own timeframe.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
Keldon Johnson, SF, Kentucky
Not sure if the Thunder can rely on a healthy Andre Roberson returning from that nasty knee injury that cost him all of last season. Johnson gives them insurance and a talented two-way player on the wing to go with Terrance Ferguson and Hamidou Diallo from the last two classes.
22. Boston Celtics
Cameron Johnson, SF, North Carolina
The Celtics could use this pick on an international stash, but for now we'll give them a talented wing in Johnson who should be able to contribute as a rookie with his perimeter shooting and defensive length.
23. Utah Jazz
Mfiondu Kabengele, C, Florida State
If there's one knock on the talented Utah frontcourt, it's that they don't have much spacing. That could change if they take a flier on Kabengele, the 6-foot-10 forward who shot 37.4% on 91 3-point attempts over two seasons at Florida State. His arrow is trending way, way up and he could be a Derrick Favors replacement.
24. Philadelphia 76ers
Jontay Porter, C, Missouri
He missed all of last season with a torn ACL but is a Lottery talent and gives the Sixers a much-needed option behind Joel Embiid.
25. Portland Trail Blazers
Matisse Thybulle, SF, Washington
The Blazers have their offense in place but could use another wing stopper, especially with Al-Farouq Aminu, Rodney Hood and Jake Layman entering free agency (and Evan Turner, Meyers Leonard and Mo Harkless having one year left). Taking college basketball's Defensive Player of the Year is a good place to start.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Houston)
Carson Edwards, PG, Purdue
John Beilein knows all about Edwards after coaching against him for four seasons. He provides a stable option behind Collin Sexton and someone whose 3-point shot will play at the next level despite his smaller frame.
27. Brooklyn Nets (via Denver)
Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland
It's been reported that the Nets would like a reliable option at center behind budding star Jarrett Allen. They get one in Fernando, a bruiser on the interior who will be a good fit on a second unit as a rim-runner for the 3-point-happy Nets.
28. Golden State Warriors
Ty Jerome, PG, Virginia
Excellent outside shooting, a great basketball IQ and a competitive nature? That checks all the boxes that the Warriors are looking for, and they may be looking for a Shaun Livingston replacement this offseason. Jerome would certainly fit the bill.
29. San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto)
Grant Williams, PF, Tennessee
The Spurs continue to revamp their frontcourt depth by adding a versatile bruiser in Williams who Gregg Popovich will undoubtedly turn into a role player and eventual steal this late in the first round.
30. Milwaukee Bucks
Daniel Gafford, C, Arkansas
The Bucks may want more 3-point shooting from the center position after what Brook Lopez did last season, but Gafford presents excellent value this late in the draft. He's got Clint Capela potential, which plays for what the Bucks want to do on offense.