Hey yo. Glad you guys decided to join me again this year for another go-round of my NBA Mock Draft.
Now, I don’t like to toot my own horn (OK, that’s ridiculous, I love tooting my own horn) but if you read my mock draft last year, you will remember how I NAILED the top of the draft. I also mentioned that it was a stupid idea for the Philadelphia 76ers to trade up and draft Markelle Fultz after he worked out for the Celtics and they said “Nah, we good”.
If a team with the #1 pick works out the guy who some believe should be the #1 pick and they look to trade out of the pick, something’s up guys and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. That’s why smart teams win in the league (Boston) and the dumb teams continue to tread water (Sacramento). Philly is just lucky they’ve sucked for so long and hit on the Ben Simmons & Joel Embiid picks otherwise that Fultz one would hurt a lot more than it currently does.
Jayson Tatum was my #1 player last year heading into the draft and when careers are all wrapped up in 10-15 years, I think he will end up as the best player in last year’s draft (sorry Donovan Mitchell).
Anyway, with all that junk said, it’s time to focus on this year’s draft. I have been DIVING DEEP into these highlights guys to try to figure this thing out. I’m talking 10+ hours a day neglecting my beautiful wife and kids so I can watch highlights of Luka Doncic. You guys don’t know passion for drafting until you’ve stayed up past your bed time watching Elie Okobo highlights on YouTube. That passion is going to be well on display during the following NBA MOCK DRAFT THAT WILL BE 100% CORRECT OR YOUR FUCKING MONEY BACK!
That’s a money back guarantee folks. Let’s see ESPN do that shit…..
1. Phoenix Suns – Deandre Ayton (Arizona, F/C)
It’s been kind of an uninspiring year at the top of the draft. There really hasn’t been any kind of drama like there was last year during the draft. It seems pretty set in stone that the Suns are going to draft Deandre Ayton with the #1 pick. Is he a generational talent that will put them over the top? I doubt it. However, I do think the Suns are turning the corner and the playoffs aren’t far out of reach. Devin Booker will be happy with this pick.
2. Sacramento Kings – Marvin Bagley III (Duke, F)
This is another one that seems pretty set in stone. The Sacramento Kings have been shitty since the days of Chris Webber, Mike “The Hulk” Bibby, & Peja Stojakovic. Everyone likes to make fun of them and for good reason. They are a stupid franchise that continues to make dumb mistakes. BUT, this is the year that changes folks. Marvin Bagley is the best player in the draft in my opinion and if the Kings get him….they will not suck as much as they have the past few seasons. With the Kings luck, Bagley will blossom into a sweet ass NBA player and they’ll trade him for a guy who they think is going to be the “next Donovan Mitchell” in 3 years. How’s that Buddy Hield guy working out anyway?
3. Atlanta Hawks – Luka Doncic (Europe, SG)
DONCIC FEVER IN ATLANTA! Do the Hawks have anything to cheer for in Atlanta? It sure doesn’t feel that way. A lot of NBA people are high on Luka Doncic and feel that he can contribute immediately in the league. Thanks to Kristaps Porzingis, the long-time dreaded fear of drafting a European guy high only to watch him fail (thanks a lot Nikoloz Tskitishvili) has been calmed for a bit. Doncic will likely be a good NBA player. Good enough to get the Hawks back into the playoffs? Well…..maybe in the Eastern Conference.
4. Memphis Grizzlies – Jaren Jackson (Michigan State, PF)
The Grizzlies could be the first team to pull off a trade here. If they stick with the #4 pick though, they’ll take Jackson. There seems to be a general consensus amongst NBA gurus that there are four “elite” type players in this draft. Three of those players have already been taken. Memphis taking the last one makes too much sense unless another team is intrigued and decides to move up, which would be the best thing for the Grizzlies in my opinion.
5. Dallas Mavericks – Mohamed Bamba (Texas, F/C)
Dirk Nowitzki is 56 years old and probably shouldn’t be playing basketball anymore. Nerlens Noel has been a big bowl of disappointment and the Mavs will likely move on from him. That leaves the Mavericks with a massive hole in the frontcourt. I love me some Mohamed Bamba personally and I think he’s going to be a stud. It will pain me to see Mark Cuban and the Mavericks get a player like Bamba, but I guess they kind of deserve it after being in NBA misery for the past few seasons. Bamba has the skills to be a fantastic player on both ends of the court and I would draft him in a heart beat.
6. Orlando Magic – Trae Young (Oklahoma, PG)
The most exciting player in college basketball last year goes to……the Orlando Magic. Not everything works out perfectly guys.
7. Chicago Bulls – Michael Porter (Missouri, SF)
This is an interesting pick for a number of reasons. First of all, Michael Porter was the best player coming out of his class in high school. He initially committed to the University of Washington, but de-commited after the University of Missouri went ahead and hired his dad as an assistant and Porter followed him. Unfortunately for Missouri fans, Porter suffered a back injury and missed all of last season. He’s now heading into the NBA with injury concerns, but the talent is still there. How much has the injury changed Porter? Can he even stay healthy long enough to be a successful NBA player? At this point, it’s worth the risk for the Bulls. I think Porter will be fine and will blossom into a good NBA player as long as he can stay healthy.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Kentucky, G)
Hey LeBron? Cleveland here. We know you are a free agent this off-season, but we really want you to stay. I know we don’t have a lot to work with right now, but we promise we will get you some better talent. You have earned it and it’s time to reward you with some decent teammates and no more J.R. Smith’s. How about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander huh? That do anything for you? I’m sure you can come up with a funny nickname for him or something and if you ask nice, we might even try to throw in a Kevin Love re-sign. Call us back, k.
9. New York Knicks – Kevin Knox (Kentucky, F)
Kentucky’s Kevin Knox kis kgoing kto kthe Knicks.
10. Philadelphia 76ers – Lonnie Walker (Miami, SG)
It still feels a little weird having an NBA Draft and not having the Philadelphia 76ers with a top 5 pick. The Sixers have been “Trusting the Process” for so long that I started to trust the damn process as well. The good news for Philly fans is, they have Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid and were relevant last year in the NBA. Hell, they were even one of the best teams in what was a dreadful Eastern Conference. That’s not saying a lot, but it’s saying something I guess? Philly is just a few pieces away from contending for the East’s big crown and if LeBron goes out West, it might be their turn. They need a shooting guard and Lonnie Walker is the best one on the board in this scenario.
11. Charlotte Hornets – Collin Sexton (Alabama, PG)
Quick. Name a player on the Charlotte Hornets not named Kemba Walker.
Yeah. That’s what I thought. Unfortunately for Hornets fans, Walker is likely not in the long-term plans anymore in Charlotte and will probably be traded sooner rather than later. You’re going to need a replacement and Collin Sexton is the guy would could eventually turn into that guy. Or not. I don’t know. This whole thing is just a guessing game anyway…..BUT PLEASE STICK AROUND AND READ MORE!
12. Los Angeles Clippers – Wendell Carter (Duke, C)
Much like everyone else, DeAndre Jordan wants out of Clipper Land. It’s time to not only hit the “re-build button” in Los Angeles, but it’s time to slam a damn hammer on that thing. Ship Jordan to the best bidder. If Portland’s willing to give you C.J. McCollum, do that in a heart beat. Draft a guy like Wendell Carter to replace DeAndre. Carter is a top 10 talent in this draft and is a nice first step towards the full-on re-build. He’s not a freaking miracle worker or anything so the Clippers will suck big dong next year, but baby steps guys. Baby steps.
13. Los Angeles Clippers – Jerome Robinson (Boston College, PG)
With back-to-back picks, the Clippers can’t mess this up….can they? They have to get at least ONE guy who’s going to be good-to-great.
14. Denver Nuggets – Mikal Bridges (Villanova, SF)
Denver needs a small forward. Mikal Bridges is the best one on the board at this point. Let’s just wrap this thing up so we can watch the freaking draft already. Got it?
And Here’s The Rest:
15. Washington Wizards – Robert Williams (Texas A&M, C)
16. Phoenix Suns – Miles Bridges (Michigan State, PF)
17. Milawaukee Bucks – Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech, SF)
18. San Antonio Spurs – Troy Brown (Oregon, SG)
19. Atlanta Hawks – Dzanan Musa (Europe, SF)
20. Minnesota Timberwolves – Kevin Huerter (Maryland, SG)
21. Utah Jazz – Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State, PF)
22. Chicago Bulls – Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech, SG)
23. Indiana Pacers – De’Anthony Melton (USC, G)
24. Portland Trail Blazers – Grayson Allen (Duke, SG)
25. Los Angeles Lakers – Mitchell Robinson (N/A, C)
26. Philadelphia 76ers – Chandler Hutchison (Boise State, G/F)
27. Boston Celtics – Jacob Evans (Cincinnati, G/F)
28. Golden State Warriors – Elie Okobo (Pau-Orthez, G)
29. Brooklyn Nets – Aaron Holiday (UCLA, PG)
30. Atlanta Hawks – Donte DiVincenzo (Villanova, PG)
THANKS FOR READING! ENJOY THE DRAFT TONIGHT! OR DON’T! EITHER WAY, DO YOU!