Now that we know the order for next month’s NBA draft (except for the bottom), it’s time for our first mock draft.
1) NO: PF Zion Williamson Duke
No surprise here.
2) MEM: PG Ja Morant Murray State
Morant might land in the perfect situation in Memphis. He can learn behind one of the best PGs in Mike Conley.
3) NYK: SG/SF RJ Barrett Duke
Knicks still get a really good player from Duke, just not Zion. New York can really turn things around this summer with the draft and free agency, but it all gets started on June 20.
4) LAL: SF De’Andre Hunter Virginia
5) CLE: SG/SF Jarrett Culver Texas Tech
6) PHX: PG Darius Garland Vanderbilt
7) CHI: PG Coby White North Carolina
It’s clear the biggest need for the Bulls this offseason is PG. Hopefully one of the top three guys can fall, and in this scenario, it’s North Carolina’s Coby White. Now fans can rejoice and start chanting “C-O-B-Y” every time he shoots the ball!
8) ATL: SG/SF Cam Reddish Duke
9) WSH: Center Jaxson Hayes Texas
10) ATL: SF/PF Sekou Doumbouya France
11) MIN: PF PJ Washington Kentucky
12) CHA: SF Nassir Little North Carolina
13) MIA: SG Romeo Langford Indiana
Romeo Langford will have some big shoes to fill replacing future Hall of Famer Dwayne Wade.
14) BOS: PG Nickeil Alexander-Walker Virginia Tech
15) DET: SG Keldon Johnson Kentucky
16) ORL: SG Kevin Porter Jr. USC
17) BKN: PF Rui Hachimura Gonzaga
18) IND: SG Tyler Herro Kentucky
19) SA: PF/C Brandon Clarke Gonzaga
20) BOS: Center Bol Bol Oregon
21) OKC: PF Grant Williams Tennessee
22) BOS: Center Goga Bitadze Georgia
23) UTAH: SF KZ Okpala Stanford
24) PHI: PG Carsen Edwards Purdue
The 76ers need another guard who can score and Edwards fits the bill. Go back and check out his NCAA Tournament games. He is an absolute scorer.
25) POR: PF/SF Chuma Okeke Auburn
26) CLE: Center Daniel Gafford Arkansas
27) BKN: SF Admiral Schofield Tennessee
28) GS: SF/PF Cameron Johnson North Carolina
29) SA: SF Talen Horton-Tucker Iowa State
30) MIL: PF/SF Isaiah Roby Nebraska
You might not find superstars in the backend of the first round, but Milwaukee is just looking for key role players to come off the bench. Isaiah Roby, the former star from nearby Dixon, brings that versatility and fits exactly what the Bucks look for in prospects: long athletic forwards.
— Jordan Goethe, Sportsfan 1330