NBA Draft-Pick em Pal’
The NBA Draft is Thursday night for all the troubled teams in the NBA.
It is full of promise, hope, intrigue, and gambles.
The top 3-picks look like locks, but after that you could see a flurry of trades. The rumor mill has worked overtime projecting that some teams like Sacramento and Portland will trade their high first round picks, to try and get ‘win now players’.
Other reports are that teams with multiples of first round picks, may package them and try to move high into the first round. See how active Houston and Denver get?
Will be a fun night, except for Lakers-Clippers fans, who don’t have #1 picks this year.
Here’s an updated NBA Mock Draft-courtesy of the LA Times: —————–
1. Orlando: Jabari Smith, 19, PF, 6-10, Auburn
Though young, his size, length and athletic ability are intriguing.
2. Oklahoma City: Chet Holmgren, 20, F/C, 7-0, Gonzaga
Agile for his size, he can shoot and has good ball-handling skills. His weight (195 pounds) is worrisome.
3. Houston: Paolo Banchero, 19, PF, 6-10, Duke
Considered to be NBA-ready. Can pass and score. But how much better can he be?
4. Sacramento: Jaden Ivey, 20, SG, 6-4, Purdue
He’s aggressive and explosive. It’s likely the Kings trade the pick to a team needing backcourt help.
Purdue guard Jaden Ivey is likely to be selected fourth in the NBA draft on Thursday, but will the Sacramento Kings be making the pick or will they trade it?
(Morry Gash / Associated Press)
5. Detroit: Shaedon Sharpe, 18, G, 6-6, Kentucky
Great fit next to point guard Cade Cunningham to give Pistons a backcourt of the future.
6. Indiana: Keegan Murray, 21, F, 6-8, Iowa
Nice mid-range game and can put ball on the floor to score off the drive.
7. Portland: Dyson Daniels, 19, G, 6-8, G League Ignite
Has really good point guard skills and is a really good defender, on and off ball.
8. New Orleans: Bennedict Mathurin, 19, G, 6-6, Arizona
Has good size for a shooting guard and is a good defender.
9. San Antonio: Ousmane Dieng, 19, F, 6-9, France
Has been impressive in workouts during draft process, moving him up.
10. Washington: Johnny Davis, 20, G, 6-5, Wisconsin
A slasher who is tough and can defend, but needs to improve three-point stroke.
Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis drives against Rutgers during a game last season.
(Adam Hunger / Associated Press)
11. New York: A.J. Griffin, 18, F, 6-6, Duke
Perhaps the best pure shooter in the draft, he’s a natural scorer.
12. Oklahoma City: Blake Wesley, 19, G, 6-5, Notre Dame
He is super explosive with plenty of athleticism and scoring ability.
13. Charlotte: Jeremy Sochan, 19, F, 6-9, Baylor
His seven-foot wingspan helps make him a good defender.
14. Cleveland: Malaki Branham, 19, F, 6-5, Ohio State
Has a strong work ethic and ability to score in a variety of ways.
15. Charlotte: Mark Williams, 20, C, 7-0, Duke
Was a top rim protector in the NCAA last season.
16. Atlanta: Jalen Duren, 18, C, 6-11, Memphis
Not a bad rim protector, but Hawks probably willing to move this pick.
Memphis center Jalen Duren blocks a shot by Tennessee Tech’s John Pettway during a game last season.
(Karen Pulfer Focht / Associated Press)
17. Houston: Ochai Agbaji, 22, G/F, 6-5, Kansas
He’s more of a small forward who needs to improve ball-handling skills.
18. Chicago: Tari Eason, 21, F, 6-8, Louisiana State
A defensive-minded player who is raw offensively.
19. Minnesota: TyTy Washington, 20, G, 6-3, Kentucky
Could add depth to Timberwolves’ talented backcourt.
20. San Antonio: Kennedy Chandler, 19, PG, 6-0, Tennessee
He’s super-fast and can score.
21.Denver: Jalen Williams, 21, G/F, 6-6, Santa Clara
His size and strength make him a good defender.
22. Memphis: MarJon Beauchamp, 21, F, 6-6, G League Ignite
Long and athletic, a driver and slasher.
23. Philadelphia: Jaden Hardy, 19, G, 6-4, G League Ignite
Is a talented scorer with handles who can shoot the three-pointer.
24. Milwaukee: Nikola Jovic, 18, F, 6-10, Serbia
Has really good ball skills and is athletic.
25. San Antonio: E.J. Liddell, 21, F, 6-7, Ohio State
Undersized power forward, but is strong and tough.
Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell works in the post against Michigan State’s Malik Hall during a game last season.
(Jay LaPrete / Associated Press)
26. Houston: Wendell Moore, 20, F, 6-5, Duke
Likes to drive to the basket.
27. Miami: Dalen Terry, 19, G, 6-7, Arizona
Good size for a point guard who looks to pass first.
28. Golden State: Walker Kessler, 20, C, 7-1, Auburn
Has size, but what does that matter to the NBA champions?
29. Memphis: Patrick Baldwin, 19, F, 6-9, Milwaukee
Has the skills to be a stretch-four.
30. Denver: John Butler, 19, F/C, 7-1, Florida State
Has good shooting range for his size and length.