NBA mock draft, version 2.0
The second of my four NBA mock drafts. Starting with this one, they’ll now consist of both rounds. The actual draft is June 26.
1. Cavaliers: Jabari Parker, 6-8, F, Duke. Considered the most NBA-ready of all the potential stars. Should be a career 20-point scorer. Couldn’t even defend a lot of rec-league types.
2. Bucks: Joel Embiid, 7-0, C, Kansas. Can change the course of your franchise with his size, athleticism and defense. But what about the lower back that couldn’t hold up for 20-some games in college? Can it sustain the pounding of 82?
3. 76ers: Andrew Wiggins, 6-8, SF/SG, Kansas. World-class athlete with plenty of basketball skills. Could go first. Can’t go left. Sometimes a little too casual.
4. Magic: Julius Randle, 6-9, PF, Kentucky. Strong underneath, athletic, skilled. Seems to be sliding as draft approaches. Can he defend on low blocks?
5. Jazz: Dante Exum, 6-6, PG/SG, Australia. A little bit of a mystery, which often helps more than it hurts. Good ball-handler, athletic, smooth. Considered soft.
6. Celtics: Noah Vonleh, 6-9, C/F, Indiana. Athletic energy guy with developing skills. Little bit of a risk here, but if nothing else, he’ll be a solid rim-protector.
7. Lakers: Marcus Smart, 6-3, PG, Oklahoma State. Would have been a top-three pick had he come out last summer. Little bit of a knucklehead. Strong for a guard, can run a team. Needs work on shot.
8. Kings: Doug McDermott, 6-8, F, Creighton. Very steady, crafty, can score in a number of ways. Not great in any other area. Should be role player at worst. Has star potential.
9. Hornets: James Young, 6-7, SF/SG, Kentucky. Athletic lefty who can fill it up. Inconsistent, but really good when on. A little bit of a reach here. Huge upside.
10. 76ers: Aaron Gordon, 6-9, PF, Arizona. Will give his body to the cause. Only wants to win. Strong, athletic, smart. Could use some time alone in gym.
11. Nuggets: Zach LaVine, 6-6, SG/PG, UCLA. All-around game, athleticism has him climbing. Uneven college season has scouts a little concerned. Worth the risk here.
12. Magic: Dario Saric, 6-10, F, Croatia. Big and skilled, can play on the perimeter. Another softie. Lousy defender.
13. Timberwolves: Gary Harris, 6-4, SG, Michigan State. Little undersized for his style of play/position. Not super athletic. Intelligent and can get off his shot. Winner.
14. Suns: Nik Stauskas, 6-6, SG, Michigan. No one in draft can shoot as well coming off a pick. May not offer much else. Underrated passer.
15. Hawks: Rodney Hood, 6-8, SF, Duke. Smooth operator. Can shoot the rock. Smart player who can still get better.
16. Bulls: Elfrid Payton, 6-4, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette. Best player on the board here. Could climb. Good athlete with strong point guard skills. Plays with passion.
17. Celtics: Shabazz Napier, 6-0, PG, Connecticut. One tough cookie. Can run a team. NBA-ready point guard skills. Smallish frame a concern.
18. Suns: Kyle Anderson, 6-9, SF, UCLA. Unique player with unique set of skills. Draws comparisons to Boris Diaw. Good passer, ball-handler. Softie. Casual. Talented.
19. Bulls: Cleanthony Early, 6-7, F, Wichita State. Can out-hustle opponents into submission. Underrated skills. Doesn’t really have a postion. Not a super duper athlete, but good enough.
20. Raptors: Adreian Payne, 6-10, PF, Michigan State. Explosive, big, nice range on jumper. Not going to create for anyone. Can be a hindrance defensively.
21. Thunder: Jerami Grant, 6-8, SF, Syracuse. Athletic wing. Runs floor and finishes with the best. Reminds some scouts of Sixers’ Thaddeus Young. Not there yet.
22. Grizzlies: Glen Robinson III, 6-7, SF, Michigan. Plays above the rim. Runs the floor, finishes with style. Lacks aggressiveness. Inconsistent focus.
23. Jazz: Clint Capela, 6-11, PF/C, Switzerland. Athletic with major upside. Often looks lost, lazy. Huge risk, perhaps huge reward. Sort of a Bismack Biyombo-type.
24. Hornets: Tyler Ennis, 6-2, PG, Syracuse. Gifted floor leader who looks to pass first. Can score when needed, never forces anything. Extremely steady. Nothing about him knocks socks off.
25. Rockets: T.J. Warren, 6-8, SF, NC State. Natural scorer. Finds ways to put ball in basket. Not athletic, not overly strong. Tweener in the truest sense.
26. Heat: C.J. Wilcox, 6-5, SG, Washington. Lethal perimeter shooter. Can get open, knock it down. Nothing else to his game.
27. Suns: Mitch McGary, 6-10, PF/C, Michigan. Tough, hustling-type. Athletic, strong. Back a major concern. Attitude, desire occasionally questioned.
28. Clippers: P.J. Hairston, 6-4, SG, North Carolina/D-League. Talented scorer with big upside. Intriguing, dynamic. Still, does nothing remarkably well.
29. Thunder: Markel Brown, 6-4, SG, Oklahoma State. Remarkable dunker. Major threat in transition. Can’t handle ball or shoot very well.
30. Spurs: Spencer Dinwiddie, 6-6, PG/SG, Colorado. Very smooth, very smart. Can handle ball, run offense, or score in key. Lacks consistency, aggressiveness.
31. Bucks: K.J. McDaniels, 6-6, SF, Clemson.
32. 76ers: Jusuf Nurkic, 6-11, C, Bosnia.
33. Cavaliers: Walter Tavares, 7-3, C, Spain.
34. Mavericks: Jordan Clarkson, 6-4, PG/SG, Missouri.
35. Jazz: DeAndre Daniels, 6-8, F, Connecticut.
36. Bucks: James McAdoo, 6-9, F, North Carolina.
37. Raptors: Jordan Adams, 6-5, SG, UCLA.
38. Pistons: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, 6-6, SF, Greece.
39. 76ers: Semaj Christon, 6-3, PG, Xavier.
40. Timberwolves: Cory Jefferson, 6-9, PF, Baylor.
41. Nuggets: Nick Johnson, 6-3, G, Arizona.
42. Rockets: Vasilje Micic, 6-5, PG, Serbia.
43. Hawks: Isaiah Austin, 7-1, C, Baylor.
44. Timberwolves: Jarnell Stokes, 6-8, PF, Tennessee.
45. Hornets: Andre Dawkins, 6-5, SG, Duke.
46. Wizards: Kristaps Porzingis, 7-0, C, Latvia.
47. 76ers: Dwight Powell, 6-11, PF, Stanford.
48. Bucks: Roy Devyn Marble, 6-6, SG, Iowa.
49. Bulls: C.J. Fair, 6-8, SF, Syracuse.
50. Suns: Melvin Ejim, 6-6, G/F, Iowa State.
51. Mavericks: Deonte Burton, 6-1, G, Nevada.
52. 76ers: Khem Birch, 6-9, PF, UNLV.
53. Timberwolves: Bogdan Bogdanovic, 6-6, SG, Serbia.
54. 76ers: Johnny O’Bryant, 6-8, PF, LSU.
55. Heat: Cameron Bairstow, 6-10, PF, New Mexico.
56. Nuggets: Sean Kilpatrick, 6-4, SG, Cincinnati.
57. Pacers: Jahii Carson, 5-11, PG, Arizona State.
58. Spurs: Joe Harris, 6-6, SF, Virginia.
59. Raptors: Russ Smith, 6-3, PG, Louisville.
60. Spurs: Ioannis Papapetrou, 6-8, SF, Greece.