NBA Mock Draft v2, By Bryce Olds (@ItsBrizz)
So, in my last NBA Mock, I did a simulation where I also tried to predict the order as well and I didn’t perfectly predict that, but if you’re interested in seeing how that went, you can view it here. For this mock, I’m gonna try and predict the whole First Round. I’m not sure if this will be the last version, but for now, enjoy my updated Mock Draft.
Pick #1: Zion Williamson, PF, New Orleans Pelicans.
I think this one is just painfully obvious, so I won’t take too much of your time on this one, but with all the AD rumors I’m not sure what will happen with this pick. Maybe someone else is making this pick, I have no idea, all I know is that this pick will be Zion Williamson.
Pick #2: Ja Morant, PG, Memphis Grizzlies
This one is also pretty obvious to me, and it’s saddening. It sucks that such an exciting player and great talent is being forced to play in Memphis. I wish him the best and I think he’ll do well but the poor kid is gonna have a hard time getting his name out.
Pick #3: R.J. Barrett, SG/SF, New York Knicks
I don’t know what is going to happen to this pick or who’s going to make it, but I’m confident that R.J. will be the third pick in the draft. If he does end up with the Knicks, I’ll be very happy with it. I know it isn’t Zion but this kid can play and loves the spotlight, two things you need to have if you’re gonna play in the city of New York.
Pick #4: Cam Reddish, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers
Again, I can see this pick being moved as well. But, if the Lakers make this pick, I think they go with Cam Reddish. Interestingly enough, I had the Lakers taking Reddish in my original mock as well, just at 10th overall and not fourth. But hey, Cam is a great talent and I can see them selecting him at fourth.
Pick 5#: Jarrett Culver, SG/SF/PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
I think Culver is going to be a really solid player on both sides of the ball in the NBA, so the Cavs pairing him with the young Sexton will really help the Cavs start to reform their team after the end of the LeBron era. Culver won’t be the LeBron replacement, but he could be a solid piece on an upcoming team.
Pick #6: Darius Garland, PG, Phoenix Suns
I think the Suns make the move they have to here, they have messed up on so many draft picks that they need to take one that works, and I think Garland is their guy. I think he is for sure the second-best point guard in this draft behind Morant, and the Suns should keep this pick and take him. I’ve seen rumors that the Suns want to move this pick for a veteran guy, and I think that is an incredibly stupid idea and they should just take who they get at six and continue the rebuild.
Pick #7: De’Andre Hunter, SF/PF, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls got it rough this draft, like the Suns. Being the third worst team in the NBA and getting the seventh pick is a nightmare, but getting Hunter is not a bad consolation prize. Hunter is kind of like Culver, but a little less offensively skilled. I think he’ll fit the gritty nature of the Bulls and help them be a bit more competitive next season.
Pick #8: Jaxson Hayes, C, Atlanta Hawks
I know the Hawks have a young center in Dedmon, but you can’t pass up on having a trio of Trae Young, John Collins, and Jaxson Hayes if you’re the Hawks. That young trio is just exciting to even think about, think of all the fancy assists and lobs Trae could throw to Hayes and Collins. I think this is the move the Hawks have to make if it’s possible.
Pick #9: Sekou Doumbouya, PF, Washington Wizards
The Wizards need something to go their way, between the Wall injury, Beal being the center of like 45 different trade scenarios, they need something of their own. I think Doumbouya is something the Wizards can be happy with as they try to build their future after the mess of contracts they have on their roster.
Pick #10: Nassir Little, SF, Atlanta Hawks
I think the Hawks making a lineup of Trae, Huerter, Little, Collins, and Hayes is what they absolutely need to do if it’s possible. That is such a powerful, young lineup that I would be very interested in seeing grow in the future.
Pick #11: Coby White, SG/PG, Minnesota Timberwolves
I don’t think D Rose and Jeff Teague are the answer at PG for the Timberwolves, so I think they take the last first-round worthy PG left. White is a fun player, and I think pairing him with KAT will be a deadly duo and can help Minnesota start being a more competitive team again.
Pick #12: Brandon Clarke, PF, Charlotte Hornets
Clarke is a solid player and is going to help out any team he gets drafted by. Now if the Hornets lose Kemba it’s going to be a sad, hurting offseason for them, but getting a solid draft pick in Clarke would help ease that pain and give Hornets fans a reason to be optimistic about the future.
Pick #13: Romeo Langford, SG/SF, Miami Heat
With D Wade retiring, and the having only three other true guards on the roster, the Heat are in desperate need of a guard. Langford would be a good fit in Miami, I think he has the attitude and flare Miami fans love and they’ll come to like him in South Beach.
Pick #14: Bol Bol, C, Boston Celtics
This is going to be an interesting offseason for the Celtics, they could end up with anything from a Kyrie and AD pairing to a team led by Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. But based on the team right now, they need a new center to come off the bench and maybe even replace Horford once he’s done. With Hayes off the board, I think letting Bol recover and get healthy for the future would be their best option.
Pick #15: Keldon Johnson, SG/SF, Detroit Pistons
This was probably the hardest pick to map out, the Pistons need a PG to replace Jackson, but all the good first round guards are off the board. So, with that in mind, I think they take Keldon. Keldon is honestly a great fit for the Pistons, he is a gritty guy who can get a bucket when you need him to and plays great defense, so I think the motor city will come to like him if he ends up there.
Pick #16: Kevin Porter Jr. SG, Orlando Magic
Porter Jr. I think is an underrated player in this draft, and he would be a great piece for the Magic. I know that they need a PG but Porter Jr. is better than any PG available at this point and with Fournier aging, it’s time to get a new look at the SG spot.
Pick #17: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Atlanta Hawks
So while I was writing this, this pick got traded from Brooklyn to Atlanta. In that deal was also Taurean Prince, so the Nassir Little pick makes even more sense. Originally I had Rui Hachimura going at this pick to Brooklyn, but because this is now Atlanta’s pick, they go a different route and select Walker. Walker is a great scoring SG and could maybe even be a depth piece for them as they have a solid lineup already.
Pick #18: Rui Hachimura, PF, Indiana Pacers
Instead of Brooklyn taking him, the Pacers decide to take the best available player in the draft in Hachimura. They don’t really need a PF per se, but I think if Rui did slip this far it would be impossible to pass up on him.
Pick #19: PJ Washington, PF, San Antonio Spurs
Washington is a solid player and will be for a long time in the NBA. With Pop’s guidance, he can really help PJ turn into a massive threat in this league and be the next great Spur.
Pick #20: KZ Okpala, SF, Boston Celtics
The Celtics are in need of some help off the bench since it looks like Morris will be leaving, so KZ makes a lot of sense for them. KZ is a tough player and a good talent and should be able to get some solid production for the C’s off the bench.
Pick #21: Tyler Herro, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder need help, it’s pretty obvious. I think a guy like Herro can come in and really help take the pressure off of Westbrook and PG when it comes to scoring, even if they wouldn’t want to start him he would be great off the bench and would provide a nice spark.
Pick #22: Ty Jerome, PG/SG, Boston Celtics
The Celtics may be losing Kyrie and Rozier this offseason, so if they don’t take a player that can play the PG spot in this draft I’d be stunned. At Pick 22, it may be a little bit of a stretch but Jerome can be a nice piece to have and can start if needed.
Pick #23: Carsen Edwards, PG, Utah Jazz
I know that is maybe a stretch, but hear me out. Edwards lit up the NCAA Tourney out of nowhere this March and I think a lot of teams slid him up on their boards because of this. Utah needs it’s next PG, as Rubio seems to be out, it makes sense for both sides.
Pick #24: Cameron Johnson, PF, Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers as of right now are pretty stacked in their starting five, so adding the best available player in the draft to their rotation can only help things. Johnson is capable of adding a lot to this team whether he’s starting or coming in as a rotation player.
Pick #25: Darius Bazley, SF, Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers need a new SF, there’s no question about it, and I think Bazley is their guy. He’s a solid prospect that has been impressing while being independent. The Blazers like the hard nose, blue-collar guys and Bazley fits the bill perfectly.
Pick #26: Mfiondu Kabengele, C, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs need a lot of things, and a new center that can actually score and is not eating up cap space like its a meal would be nice. Kabengele is a great addition to the Cavs and is probably a steal at 26 overall.
Pick #27: Luka Samanic, PF, Brooklyn Nets
Samanic is a big man from Croatia that does have a lot of skill and can make an impact at the NBA level. The Nets could have a hidden gem here if he falls to 28.
Pick #28: Luguentz Dort, SG, Golden State Warriors
Dort is a bit of an interesting pick, especially for Golden State, It looks more and more like Finals MVP Iguodala and Shaun Livingston are retiring soon, so the Warriors will need new guards to help fill the rotation, and Dort is a solid pick for that.
Pick #29: Goga Bitadze, C, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are known for turning picks into something with almost magic, and I can see Goga being one of those picks. He’s a good raw talent and with the work of Pop, he can become a great player in this league.
Pick #30: Grant Williams, PF, Milwaukee Bucks
I can see the Bucks doing a lot with this pick, but Willaims makes the most sense to me. He can come off the bench and be a spark or you can move him into the SF or PF spot and play him alongside Giannis, which is both hard to guard and hard to score on.
So that wraps up the second edition of my mock, if you enjoyed it you can check out more of my stuff on my twitter @ItsBrizz, or you can complain about something I said people like to do that too.