The 76ers will pick him. Ben Simmons is the best player the in the draft today and he still will be 10 years from now.
Not much needs to be said here that I haven't already said about him in my previous mock. Even if he never figures out how to shoot the ball well, will it really matter? LeBron might be the greatest player ever, and he can't shoot.
Size and athleticism. Passing vision, especially in transition. Instincts on defense and on the boards. Interior scoring. "Has that something special."
Shooting. Work ethic.
Pro Comparison: Giannis Antetokounmpo/LeBron James
Reportedly Lakers have decided on Ingram already. With addition of another great young prospect like Ingram could we soon see the addition of players like DeRozan? Or Love? Or Westbrook next year?
Can pass, dribble, and shoot: versatility is perfect for modern NBA.
Length, speed, quickness. Versatility potential on both ends of the floor. Age.
Strength. Struggled in college against more elite defenses. Defensive consistency.
Pro Comparison: Kevin Durant
When Kris Dunn was seven years old his mom was incarcerated. For two years Kris, and his 14-year-old older brother, would hustle guys at the park for $20 in games of one-on-one. For two years in elementary school Kris made grocery money by being better than grown men at basketball. Kris says that the pressure at the NBA level won't bother him because it won't match the pressure he felt at eight years old when he would bet $20 he didn't have in order to buy food. Pick this kid third. Pick him. Do it.
Could be a lockdown defender that can guard 3 positions in NBA due to length, quickness, and instincts (avg 4.2 DR, 2.5 Stls, 0.6 Blks in 33 MPG). Can score from anywhere, especially dangerous as a PnR ball-handler. However, has never truly shown that he knows how to play team defense. "John Wall with B+ athleticism instead of A+."
Length and quickness. Defensive potential. Playmaking ability.
Played too much "hero ball" in college. Not polished offensively: settles for jumpers, a shot he inconsistently makes. Gambles too much defensively.
Pro Comparison: John Wall
Chriss going fourth to the Suns is the final pick that is supposedly set in stone. Suns fell in love with Chriss, and for good reason. Very raw prospect that will add to the organization's future core alongside Devin Booker.
Moves well, has quick feet and excellent timing as it relates to shot blocking and offensive rebounding. Has only played comptetively for roughly four years. High risk-high reward prospect.
Athleticism. Offensive rebounding. Three-point shooting ability and ability to create his own shot for his position. Potential/upside.
Basketball IQ. Size and frame. Consistency.
Pro Comparison: Derrick Williams/Tristan Thompson/Blake Griffin
Even though Bender is the far and away number three player in this draft, it looks more and more like he might not even go in the top six. If the Timberwolves are as good at drafting as everyone is saying they are, then they won't grab Buddy Hield here, they'll steal Bender.
7'1" with a 9'3" standing reach. Fluid mover, specifically for his size. Moves a lot like a big wing. Combination of size, length, and mobility gives him ability to guard all five positions. Can shoot, attack, post up, and finish. Second best passing big man in the draft only behind Simmons. Youngest player in the draft. But doesn't score at a high rate, and doesn't shoot the ball well consistently. Might have trouble doing what he would like to against NBA defenses. Not a great post defender or rim protector. Doesn't have the strength to contend in the NBA yet. More likely that he is a project than another Kristaps Porzingis.
Size, length, physical potential. Athleticism. Basketball IQ. Defensive potential. Offensive versatility. Age.
Scoring ability. Shooting consistency. Interior defense. NBA readiness.
Pro Comparison: Al Horford
Rumor has it that the Pels believe Murray is the third best prospect in the draft. Fortunately for them the odds are high that he will fall to them at six. I can see why they look at Murray as such a great fit, but Buddy Hield would be a good consolation prize for them at this spot as well.
Can take and make shots from anywhere, as well as get in the lane and finish at the rim or with a floater. Didn't get many assists at Kentucky, but seems to be a more than capable passer and creator. Is said to be a gym rat, and very mature and intelligent for his age. Doesn't quite have the quickness or length to defend well at the NBA level, but acknowledges his weaknesses defensively and tries to make up for them with effort. Had more turnovers than assists last year.
Scoring instincts. Court vision, ability to run the PnR. Gym rat. Confidence.
Quickness laterally, and with the ball in his hands. Length. Defensive upside. Decision making. "Hero ball."
Pro Comparison: C.J. McCollum
Jaylen Brown could be Iman Shumpert, or he could be Jimmy Butler, or anything in between. If Bender doesn't fall to Denver at seven, they will probably be picking Brown or Ellenson. The Denver frontcourt is already crowded, and Jaylen Brown feels like the better fit for the future in Denver.
7'0" wingspan, excellent for his position. Dynamic in transition, explosive player in space. Quick, powerful, and aggressive. Has the tools to guard 4 positions. Could be an All-Defensive Team player. Raw talent that could be a can't miss wing prospect. Shot isn't broken, but shot less than 30% from three last year. Can't create scoring for himself or teammates. Makes way too many dumb decisions. Inconsistent all over the floor.
Physical profile. Slashing ability. Defensive potential. Upside.
Perimeter shooting. Ball-handling. Feel for the game. Consistency.
Pro Comparison: Iman Shumpert
Buddy Hield WILL be a good NBA player. He has a high floor. His ceiling, however, is why he isn't ranked higher and why he won't be taken earlier. Hield isn't large enough or lengthy enough to ever be a true two-way, top end "Three and D" player. The Kings have been drooling at the opportunity to take Buddy at 8, and if the Timberwolves don't take him at number five, then I think that actually might happen for them.
Better finisher and slasher than most people realize. Seeing the picture of the basket he shot on as a child tells a lot about the perservence and work ethic he will have at the NBA level. His predictability offensively could hurt his slashing and passing game. Sometimes shutters in the face of physical defense. Might not be able to adequately guard larger wing players.
Shooting, range. Speed of his stroke, and the ability to shoot off the dribble. Slasher. Character and work ethic.
Predictability offensively. PnR initating ability. Tunnel vision. Versatility defensively.
Pro Comparison: J.J. Redick
I think Ellenson is the fourth best prospect in the draft. He will be one of the guys in the draft that we look back on in five years and say "how did he go that late?"He is a prototypical big man in the new NBA. He will fix his weaknesses once he fitures out the work ethic and effort it requires to be a successful NBA player. Look for Toronto to either trade out of the number nine spot or pick their best available player. Barring a complete shake-up in the top 8 Ellenson will be the pick at 9 if he is still there.
7'2" wingspan, 9'1" reach gives him the versatility to play the 5 sometimes. Offensively he is the ideal modern big man. Can shoot the three, handle the ball, and post up with major success. Physical and instinctive rebounder on both ends of the court. A bad defender, but has the potential to be good due to his athleticism and length. He never has shown much effort on the court, maybe due to his comfort in dominating solely on talent.
Size, length, athleticism. Offensive skill set. Rebounding.
Defense. Effort. Explosiveness.
Pro Comparison: Derrick Favors
Giannis Antetokounmpo is not the long term solution at point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks. Wade Baldwin might be. I'm personally really high on Baldwin, but this year is said to be a weak point guard class. It's probably more likely that the Bucks grab a big man at this spot.
A point guard with a 6'10" wingspan? Sounds like a player that the Milwaukee Bucks would like to have. Length obviously gives Baldwin raw potential defensively, but Baldwin has used it to be a great finisher at the rim. But Baldwin could still be a lockdown defender that grabs a lot of steals. Baldwin is a true two-way player that can shoot the ball, preferably off the catch but also off the bounce. Could be a Damian Lillard ;evel point guard (if Damian Lillard was good at defense). Baldwin, though, doesn't create offense and penetrate defenses at the level expected of an NBA point guard. Poor shot selection and risky pass selection. Has struggled with efficiency and consistency.
Length. Finishing. Defensive potential. Shooting ability. Passing.
Creating off the dribble. Decision making. Consistency.
Pro Comparison: George Hill
Murray is probably a late first round prospect for most teams, but the Magic shouldn't take chances. Orlando needs define their team better in order to make it more predictable who they might pick. I know they're not very high on Elfrid, so I wouldn't be surprised if they snagged a point guard here.
Combo guard that can serve as a true through-and-through point ball-handler. Can score from anywhere on the floor, but sometimes struggles from 3. Still young and unpolished.
Height and length. Scoring instincts. Playmaking potential. Upside
Finishing, especially in traffic. Perimeter shooting. Decision making.
Pro Comparison: Jordan Clarkson
Atlanta traded Jeff Teague the day before the draft in order to free up the point guard position for Dennis Schr?der to take over, and to acquire the twelfth pick. Word is that the Hawks are looking to acquire a big man at the spot. The names being thrown around are Poeltl, Skal Labissierre, and Deyonta Davis. Hawks have consistently been lacking a tall rim protector ever since the Budenholzer era began. Tiago Splitter isn't going to cut it. Poeltl, to me, is the presumptive pick here.
Can get up and down in transition. Especially quick for his size. Efficient scorer, specifically in the post. Can switch and defend on the perimeter because of his size and quick feet, as well as protect the rim. Will definitely have a role in the NBA, if at the very least being a talented rebounder off the bench. However, he is not a very physical player. Has been able to rely on his size and raw talent his entire career. Will never be a great defender, limited potential and versatility.
Size and mobility. Offensive skills. Sound defender. Rebounding ability.
Toughness, strength. Length. Versatility.
Pro Comparison: Marcin Gortat
Phoenix might be turning into the next Brooklyn. Trying to make the playoffs every year is not working out for them the same way it has been working for the Jazz. Phoenix probably won't take Valentine in order to help them compete, but I think Valentine will be picked early teens by somebody.
6'6" with a 6'10" wingspan. Can play on the ball or off the ball at a high level. Shoot or pass. Could turn into one of the better players from this draft if he is picked by the right team. Needs to get tougher and more sound defensively in order to get a lot of minutes at the next level. However, is probably ready to come in and help a team right away.
Length. Offensive versatility. Passing ability.
Defense. Creating offense. Finishing at the rim.
Pro Comparison: Evan Turner
Deyonta Davis won't fall out of the lottery. I don't see what everybody else sees in the kid, but he definitely has the potential to be a contributing NBA player. His role has yet to be defined.
A true athlete on both ends. Defensively can guard all five positions if he is forced to on switches. Can also protect the rim. Tip dunk threat. Soft hands, good touch, natural basketball player. However, has never really shown that he can do any of the things he's good at on a consitent basis. There was a reason that he didn't play all too much at Michigan State, and it may be a reason not to pick him all too high.
Size, length, frame, and athleticism. Defensive upside. Rebounding potential.
Polish and fundamentals. Consistency. Experience.
Pro Comparison: Markieff Morris
Nuggets are probably expecting to have Dragan Bender fall to them at number seven, but I think they will get unlucky. I think they'll gladly take Sabonis (or any of the other second tier big men in this draft) as a consolation.
Maximizes his 238 pound frame on the boards and on defense. Has quicker feet than guards expect when he gets switched onto them. Welcomes contact. Already an NBA level rebounder. Was the most prolific post scorer in the NCAA last year. It isn't clear if he could get at all close to replicating that in the NBA. Especially since the size of his competitors will be larger.
Rebounding. Scoring. Quickness and strength. Competitor.
Size, athleticism, and length. Defensive upside. NBA readiness.
Pro Comparison: Taj Gibson
Somebody will take a chance on Skal Labissierre. Bad teams hate gambling too much, and contenders want to draft players that can contribute sooner rather than later. Boston doesn't necessarily fall into either of those categories. I think they would be a good team to take a flyer on Skal. If Boston is in a spot to pick Labissierre in the late teens or early twenties I wouldn't be surprised if they pounced on the opportunity.
Good size and fluidity (7'2.5" wingspan). Smooth stroke, good balance, footwork, and touch. Excellent face-up player. Could be a very good defensive player, and great all-around player, but he is very raw. He was supposed to be the second best player in his high school class this past year, but frankly there isn't enough tape to say he could still be that player. We do know that he isn't very strong in any part of his game literally or figuratively. There was a reason he didn't get on the court much at Kentucky.
Physical tools. Smooth offensively. Potential.
Strength. Rebounding. Fundamentals and polish.
Pro Comparison: Channing Frye
In five years Ante Zizic could be the Kawhi Leonard or Draymond Green of this draft. The only sport personality I've heard recognize that is Russillo.
He's kind of like the Matthew Dellavedova of big men. Sort of like a combination between Tristan Thompson and Jusuf Nurkic. The Steven Adams comparison does him the best justice, though.
Size and length. Motor. Production.
Polish. Feel for the game. Upside?
Pro Comparison: Steven Adams
Detroit can't get enough of the stretch fours.
Hernangomez isn't going to be a great player and he knows it, which isn't good but also somehow a positive. He won't demand too much playing time and wont ask for too much money. He'll play that stretch-four-off-the-bench role with pride.
Physical profile. Offensive skill set. Rebounding. Role.
Pro Comparison: Jerami Grant
Demetrius at a couple points was projected as high as 10, but is now considered the third or fourth best point guard prospect in a weak point guard class. Denver needs better guard play. I can envision them taking Jackson here.
Isn't polished as a true point guard, but will definitely be a contributing guard for some years.
Strength and explosiveness. Scoring ability. Pesky defense. Passing.
Size. Point guard ability. Shooting. Consistency.
Pro Comparison: Raymond Felton
Don't see what every scout and NBA front office sees in Beasley, but the pure upside is there. I read a rumor that Larry Bird is keen on him. Could take him here.
Beasley could be a J.R. Smith type player on a contending team at some point in his career. Will probably be a project, but might be worth the investment.
Athleticism. Slashing. Shooting stroke. Energy and effort.
Defensive discipline. Size and length. Creating offense.
Pro Comparison: Dion Waiters
I'm personally alone in being as high on Luwawu as I am. I think that Luwawu will be a steal in the late teens or early twenties. Assuming Atlanta grabs the big man the want at 12, they'll have to grab a wing that can shoot with this pick. Might be Luwawu.
Could be a true 3-and-D player.
Length and athleticism. Defensive potential. Shooting. Offensive skill set.
Decision making. Ball handling. Defensive and offensive consistency.
Pro Comparison: Khris Middleton
How many times do I have to say it? Teams want more 3-and-D players, and they want stretch fours! Taurean Prince will be both.
How many times do I have to say it? Teams want more 3-and-D players, and they want stretch fours! Taurean Prince will be both.
Shooting. Defense. Size and length.
Consistency. Ball handling. Strength.
Pro Comparison: Al-Farouq Aminu
Jones is the perfect pick for a team looking for a contributing center. Jones could be anything from Thomas Robinson to Andre Drummond. Good player for a team like the Celtics to take a chance on.
Jones isn't a very defined prospect. Just a solid and true big man with a lot of potential.
Length. Raw Potential.
Rebounding. Defensive fundamentals. Consistency.
Pro Comparison: Mason Plumlee
Korkmaz will probably go mid to late teens, but if he falls this far the Sixers, Celtics, or Hawks are definitely going to snag him.
Already has over 70 professional games under his belt and isn't even 19.
Size and fluidity. Scoring. Age and experience.
Defense. Finishing vs. Size.
Pro Comparison: Nicolas Batum
Bembry shined at the combine. A competitve team will take him somewhere between picks 22 and 32.
Watching Bembry play in college was like watching Andrew Wiggins (if Andrew Wiggins could pass better).
Offensive versatility. Physical tools. Passing ability.
Shooting. Creating at NBA level. Laid back mentality.
Pro Comparison: Andrew Wiggins
Philly is basically my dream of where Ulis can go and we can find out sooner rather than later whether he is an NBA player or not. Someone will snag him late first.
If Tyler Ulis was 6'3" he would be a top 5 pick. But he isn't. If Tyler Ulis is one of the few little guys that can figure out how to finish vs NBA length then he should go in the lottery. But it's impossible to know that yet.
Court vision. Passing IQ. Scoring ability. Finishing ability. Pesky defender.
Size. Finishing ability. Defense.
Pro Comparison: Dennis Schr?der
Raptors might not be able to retain Bismack Biyombo, could look at a steal at the end of the first round to replace him.
Zubac is underrated. He definitely will be a solid center in this league, it's just a matter of time. Somebody will get a steal at the end of the first.
Size. Offensive upside. Productivity.
Injuries. Defensive fundamentals. Offensive polish.
Pro Comparison: Jonas Valanciunas
I'm not sure that teams are interested enough in Thon to take him in the first round, but internet mocks are convinced he will go somewhere before 30. Maybe there's something I don't know.
Thon Maker could be a good NBA player. But if he is, it won't be for three or four years.
Physical tools. Motor. Shooting. Potential.
Polish and feel for the game. Strength. Experience.
Pro Comparison: Myles Turner
Does it really matter who the Spurs take? They'll probably take somebody that makes everybody say "wtf, why did we let him fall to the Spurs."
Only chance he goes in the first is if the Spurs grab him (which they probably won't). Wanted to throw a small analysis of his strengths and weaknesses because I think he'll be the surprisingly successful second rounder this year.
Size and length. Defense. Scoring improvement. Intelligent player.
Creating at NBA level. Limited upside. Shooting translate?
Pro Comparison: Kent Bazemore
Warriors will definitely take a big man here, even if it's not Stephen Zimmerman.
You can tell this kid is 19. Very raw. I think he'll be a steal wherever he goes, but 30 is the highest we could possibly see him.
Rebounding. Size. Offensive upside.
Toughness. Off hand. Defensive fundamentals. NBA readiness.
Pro Comparison: Mason Plumlee