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2014 NBA Mock Draft: Consensus Ver 1.0

Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the 2014 NBA Draft, including a revised Mock Draft based on the latest information.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes around the 2014 NBA Draft. Included is a revised Mock Draft that reflects how each writer sees the draft landscape based on the latest news, workouts and information from in and around the process.

Here is Consensus Ver 1.0:

NOTE: The 10th overall pick will belong to the Philadelphia 76ers, not the New Orleans Pelicans.

Yannis’ Notebook: It’s been clear for months now that Dante Exum wants to land with the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s represented by the same agent as Kobe Bryant and has already formed a relationship with him. He’s also stated how much he likes Los Angeles as a city, but the team that could get in the way of that potential pairing is the Orlando Magic.

Clearly point guard is a need for the Magic with Jameer Nelson’s time with the team coming to an inevitable close soon. They’ve experimented with Victor Oladipo at the point some and he certainly looks capable of playing the position, but having someone to help shoulder the playmaking load in the backcourt is still a necessity.

At 6’6 with the ability to also play off of the ball and be a major offensive threat, Exum could be the perfect match with Oladipo for many years to come. But, will Exum’s camp be open to the idea of playing in Orlando? Will they work out and interview with the Magic in order for them to get the necessary background info on him to feel comfortable making the investment? Only time will tell, but if they don’t in an attempt to try to leverage their way to Los Angeles, the Magic have a nice fallback plan in Marcus Smart.

Smart was likely going to be at the top of their draft board, even ahead of Oladipo, had he declared last year. Having them both next year would be an ideal situation for the Magic as they could complement each other in the backcourt just as well as Exum would. Smart may not have the same upside, but he’s ready to contribute now and the Magic need to make a serious jump as they enter the third year of the post-Dwight Howard era.

It’s going to be a difficult decision, but either way the Magic are positioned to land their point guard of the future. If they pass on both Smart and Exum, Tyler Ennis will almost certainly be there for their second lottery pick.

Joel’s Notebook: Joel Embiid scares me. While it’s true that as a two-way center with incredible length and athleticism he’s about as unique a big man prospect we’ve had in the draft in years, centers as young as him already facing back issues should be absolutely frightening to NBA general managers.

You know who Embiid is most often compared to? Greg Oden. That alone is more than enough for Portland to be glad they didn’t end up with a lottery pick this year.

Beyond just his injury history, though, Embiid is extremely unpolished. The talent is there, and as the old adage says, “You can’t teach seven-foot,” but he’s not the smartest basketball player just yet, and his instincts aren’t all that great yet. He’s foul prone, takes bad shots and plays out of control at times, and in a lot of ways he’s still adjusting to living in the United States. He can’t, for example, drive a car yet.

Taking all of that into consideration, it’s baffling to me that anyone would consider drafting him over the infinitely more polished Jabari Parker, or even Andrew Wiggins, who at least has spent his entire life playing basketball with the top talent in the game at every level. In the four to six range, I’d take Embiid in a heartbeat, but Parker and Wiggins are higher on my board, with Dante Exum arguably a more desirable prospect, as well.

Alex’s Notebook: While it’s still very early in the process and the lottery results could still change the landscape of the first round, I believe that Andrew Wiggins is still the most likely top overall pick.

While Wiggins may not have been as dominant at Kansas in his freshman year as some hoped, his seemingly unlimited potential is what sets him apart from some of the other top prospects in this class. Wiggins may not end up as this class’ Rookie of the Year, but five years from now, I believe he will emerge as the draft’s best player, if he is able to maximize his potential.

Joel Embiid, Wiggins’ teammate at Kansas, at one point seemed like a lock to be the No. 1 overall pick, but I believe his back injury is going to scare the team at the top of the draft.

Jabari Parker played very well at Duke and should have a long and successful career in the NBA, but I’ve talked to a number of NBA talent evaluators who don’t believe he has the same upside as Wiggins.

Dante Exum or Julius Randle could climb draft boards and go first overall, but I think it would take a surprise on lottery night, with the top pick going to a team that has a specific need at point guard or power forward.

With so many potential stars in this class, no team wants to be remembered for blowing the first pick and missing out on potential All-Star after All-Star. Wiggins showed glimpses of brilliance during his freshman year even if he wasn’t as consistently spectacular as expected. The reason Wiggins has been hyped up as the next big thing isn’t because of what he is today, but what he could become in a few years. That’s why I still have him rated as the top prospect and likely No. 1 overall pick.

Steve’s Notebook: The NBA Draft Lottery is set for Tuesday, May 20 and while a lot of eyes will be focused on who lands the top three overall draft picks, there are a few teams to watch regardless of where the lottery picks land. Those teams are on the ones with multiple picks, especially multiple picks in the top 20 – Orlando, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Phoenix all headline the list.

The odds that any of those team’s first picks will be on the move is extremely low, however the odds that those second picks will be available is fairly high especially if it can yield a solid veteran or a younger guy that is a little more established.

As much as the 2014 NBA Draft class is talked about, NBA executives and scouts wonder how good the middle of this draft is really going to be and with so many teams staring two top-20 picks dead in the eye, the belief among some teams is that more than a few of them could be had in exchange for second-round picks or picks in the 2015 NBA Draft.

This year’s NBA Draft Combine is several weeks earlier than usual and well in advance of the Draft Lottery, so teams will be meeting with players long before they know what pick they will have. Equally teams will get a chance to potentially meet with players that might be a little bit out of their expected range.

Most pick movement around the draft is the result of who is on the board at any given time, so a lot of the drama about draft picks won’t happen until draft night, although it’s never out of the question for a pick-related deal to drop prior to the draft.

This draft, more so than most, may see a greater than normal amount of pick swapping, simply because of so many teams having valued picks in a class that may bare a lot of fruit inside the top 20.

Who are these guys anyway?  Steve Kyler is the Managing Editor and Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 17 seasons. Alex Kennedy is a Senior NBA Writer and Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last six years. Yannis Koutroupis is a Senior Writer and Editor and also serves as the NCAA Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered basketball for the last eight years. Joel Brigham is a Senior NBA Writer and has covered the NBA for the last nine years.


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2020 NBA Mock Draft – The Final 60-Pick Mock

What a long and winding road the 20201 NBA Draft has been. While this draft cycle has seen its ups and down, the moment of truth if finally upon us.

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What a long and winding road the 20201 NBA Draft has been. While this draft cycle has seen its ups and down, the moment of truth if finally upon us.

Here is a final look at the 2020 Draft, and how it may play out in this final 60-pick Mock Draft of the 20202 NBA Draft process:


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2020 NBA Mock Draft – First Round – 08/21/2020

The 2020 NBA Draft order is now locked in, however, there are tons of additional questions to be answered in the coming weeks. Here is a look at the first round, in this Basketball Insiders Mock Draft.

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To say the 2020 NBA Draft has been chaotic is an understatement, however with last night’s NBA Draft Lottery out of the way, things are starting to at least trend in a positive direction.

That doesn’t mean there are not challenges ahead, namely when the actual NBA Draft will take place.

There is a growing sense that the NBA and the players are going to push back the start of the next cap year, which will likely impact when and how the NBA Draft plays out.

Typically, the Draft is a major transaction window for NBA teams, and with so much unknown surrounding how the salary cap will be set, and when trades and transactions typically consummated around the draft would become official, there is a lot of uncertainty, making the 2020 NBA draft wide open on many fronts.

The hope among teams is that some clarity on all of this will surface in the coming weeks, but for now most teams are operating in uncharted waters.

With all of that in mind, here is a look at the 2020 NBA Draft First round, which will be the first of many weekly Mock Drafts we’ll be dropping all the way up to the draft, whenever that finally gets set.

The Basketball Insiders Annual Consensus Mock Drafts will begin in September, as will full 60-pick mocks starting next week, so stay tuned.

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2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Final

For the last seven weeks, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers have been breaking down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2019 NBA Draft, here is their final look at all 60 picks.

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For the last seven weeks, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers have been breaking down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2019 NBA Draft. Each week they provided an updated mock draft that reflected how each writer saw the draft landscape based on the latest news, workouts and information from the pre-draft process as well as a notebook, outlining each writers’ thoughts, observations and reporting on the draft.

Keep in mind we are trying to find commonalities, which is why it is called the Consensus. The writers involved do not see each other’s selections until these are posted. It is done deliberately to make sure each writer is not influencing the others.

Here is the Final Consensus Mock for the 2019 NBA Draft:

*** The 30th pick in the first round was traded to the Detroit Pistons, and the picks made reflect that trade, which will not happen until after the player is selected

***The 32nd pick in the second round was traded to the Indiana Pacers, and the picks made reflect that trade, which will not happen until after the player is selected

***The 41st pick in the second round was traded to the Golden State Warriors, and the picks made reflect that trade, which will not happen until after the player is selected

Version: 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.0 | 4.0 | 5.0 | 6.0

Jesse’s Notebook Some recent trades, including the trades for Anthony Davis and Mike Conley, as well as a few other transactions have shifted the draft board yet again. First-round picks are being moved around after a period in which prying away a first-rounder from another team was basically a non-starter. With the way the last few days have unfolded, and with the Western Conference seemingly wide open, I am predicting there will be several major trades on draft night. Add in the uncertainty surrounding several star free agents, and it’s simply impossible to predict with much precision what will happen on Thursday. However, this is the sort of environment that excites fans almost as much as the actual playoffs and NBA Finals, and I am not one to complain.

What is interesting about this is the fact that this draft seemingly drops off a cliff (arguably) once we get to the ninth pick. It would be more understandable to anticipate major moves on draft night with a loaded class, but that simply isn’t the case this year. My draft board has moved around wildly throughout this process, and I am bracing myself to be off the mark on draft night. All it takes is one trade for things to get thrown off in a major way, and I am anticipating at least a few major moves.

Throughout this process, I was looking for a handful of players to grab my attention and never let it go. Last season, that player was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and I was very interested in seeing where Michael Porter Jr. would ultimately land given his talent and injury issues. That player never really emerged this year, however. I think Cameron Reddish is one of the more intriguing players in the class considering his talent and upside, but shaky college record.

I look forward to revisiting this draft a few years down the road. At least one general manager is going to get a steal somewhere in the middle or backend of the draft. Considering how comparable the talent is throughout the board once we get past the lottery, it’s hard to say who the steal of the draft may be. Again, I am fully prepared for draft night to go off script in a major way. I recommend all NBA fans do the same.

Drew’s Notebook After months of planning, the 2019 NBA Draft is finally upon us. And per the usual, the closer we get, the harder it is to differentiate between fact and fiction given the number of smokescreens generated by agents and teams.

The Grizzlies appear dead set on Ja Morant. And rightfully so considering they traded away Mike Conley. The Knicks have continued to do their due diligence having worked out Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland just yesterday – and those close to Garland say the interest is real. On the flip side of the Knicks’ decision, RJ Barrett claims to have made considerable improvements since we last saw him at Duke – take that with a grain of salt. But the Knicks still appear to be the first team with a real decision to make.

We also hear that Nassir Little could go as high as nine to Washington and that Sekou Doumbouya might have a guarantee from Orlando at 16. So watch out for those curveballs, too.

As far as teams looking to consolidate their picks are concerned, the Hawks have resisted the idea of packaging the eighth pick along with 10 and/or 17, which may prohibit them from moving up as high as they would prefer. Atlanta owned six picks coming into the draft process – 8, 10, 17, 35, 41 and 44. They’ve already dealt 41 to Golden State and 44 to Miami. We’ll see if they continue moving/consolidating picks in hopes of mitigating the number of rookies they bring into training camp.

We’ve also heard that the Celtics would like to package their picks to move up, but it seems as though they’ve struggled to gain any traction – probably because teams can’t accurately predict who will be available with their selections (the Celtics’ first selection is 14). Boston may have to wait for some names to come off the board before others decide if trading back for multiple selections is the right move.

Draft night will inevitably deliver a number of surprises to the Brooklyn crowd. I expect heavy trade activity tomorrow night in advance of another wild free agency period, beginning June 30.

Spencer’s Notebook The day is here, folks! Tonight marks the official date of the 2019 NBA Draft, which will begin potentially one of the most hectic summers the association has ever seen.

In past notebooks from different versions of our Consensus Mock, I surmised that much of the shakeout would depend on what happened with Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Well, that situation resolved itself this past week when the Los Angeles Lakers made a franchise-altering trade with the Pelicans to land “The Brow” in Hollywood.

New Orleans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin now holds significant draft capital, as the team has both the first and fourth pick in this upcoming class. He also swindled three more first-rounders along with The Big Easy’s new upstart talents in Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart. Due to the abundance of young guard/wing talent, and multiple teams vying to trade up using different packages, there’s a reason for the Pelicans to deal away No. 4.

And because of the uncertainty of what will happen at that slot, it’s difficult to predict how the draft will ultimately shake out. For example, if New Orleans decides to hang onto it, they could take Darius Garland, or RJ Barrett (if he falls) or whomever they deem fits their organization. However, if a team like the Atlanta Hawks jumps the Cleveland Cavaliers to draft Jarrett Culver or De’Andre Hunter, it could cause a domino effect that may completely alter everybody else’s plans.

Just in the past 48 hours, we learned about developments in New York. According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, the Knicks brass is seriously considering Garland at No. 3 and worked him out Wednesday. Whether this is actual interest or a way to drive up an asking price for their draft pick in order to make a deal of their own, we don’t actually know. The same thing could be said for Cleveland, who despite having Collin Sexton, is intrigued by the dynamic point guard.

At this point in the process, the real information could differ completely from what’s being leaked. Smoke is already filling up the room. It’s almost impossible to predict what will happen in this year’s draft, especially when most people around NBA circles believe that, at the tail end of the lottery, there could be draft picks moved every which way.

This is like throwing a dart blindfolded. As I tweeted last night, we might be burning our mock drafts at the rate we rip up brackets in the month of March.

The Utah Jazz and Milwaukee Bucks already moved their first-round picks in separate deals. That could only be the beginning. Who knows what the Hawks and Boston Celtics will do with three first-round selections in such a difficult class to differentiate player talent?

We won’t have to wait much longer to find out. Enjoy draft night, everyone!

Steve’s Notebook The 2019 NBA Draft is tonight in Brooklyn, New York, and while the suspense at the top of the draft board looks unchanged, there is a lot of potential for movement everywhere else.

As things stand today, Zion Williamson will be the top overall pick with almost no surprise there.

At number two, there continued to be talk last night that New Orleans was trying to pry the number two pick out of Memphis to grab Duke’s RJ Barrett, which would push Memphis back to the fourth spot and catching either Murray State’s Ja Morant or Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland, after the Knicks select at three. While these talks remain fluid, it does not appear at this point there will be a deal, but as is true with all trades, the right combination of assets changing hands can often turn a “No” into a “Yes.”

The New York Knicks have done their fair share of waffling on what to do at number three. While RJ Barrett remains the odds on favorite, the Knicks did take a long look at Garland on Wednesday in New York, as well as having surveyed executives from other teams for their views on Barrett, which is common due diligence, but also shows there may be some doubt on the long-term fit of Barrett.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have also been busy working on trade scenarios that could include in the fifth overall pick, the partially guaranteed cap clearing contract of JR Smith and their second pick at 26. The narrative around Cleveland is that they want to build around last year’s pick Collin Sexton, but the potential availability of Garland could test that commitment. Since the NBA Draft Combine, the Cavs have been linked to Duke’s Cam Reddish in trade down scenarios. There has been a belief that if Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver is there at five, the Cavs may grab him and flip him to the Atlanta Hawks for either of the eighth or tenth picks and the Hawks pick at 17 which they obtained from the Brooklyn Nets.

As for some of the notable teams:

The prevailing thought is the Chicago Bulls are grabbing either Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter or UNC’s Coby White at 7.

The Washington Wizards seemed to have three guys in their sights: White, UNC’s Nassir Little and Limoges CSP’s Sekou Doumbouya.

The Hawks seem to be where Mega Bemax’s Goga Bitadze is going to land, likely at the ten spot.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are said to be extremely high on Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura, although things could get interesting if Texas big man Jaxson Hayes is still on the board.

The Miami HEAT seem very open to trading their pick at 13, and there was talk in New York that Darius Bazley may be the HEAT’s guy, even as high as 13 if they keep the pick. The Pistons are also believed to be very high on Bazley.

The 2019 NBA draft is shaping up to be one of the turbulent drafts in recent years. A typical draft will have 15 to 18 transactions, most involving moving picks around. This year’s draft may double that when all the trade volume is done, so don’t get too attached to anyone your team may draft – they may not be there long.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 21 years. Jesse Blancarte is a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last five years. Spencer Davies is also a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last three years. Drew Maresca is an NBA Writer for Basketball Insiders and is finishing his first season covering the NBA.

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