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2014 NBA Mock Draft: Consensus Ver 2.0

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.

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Yannis’ Notebook: The Cleveland Cavaliers recently joined the growing list of teams that are going to be looking for a new head coach this summer. With Mike Brown out, their approach for the NBA Draft is going to change dramatically.

Brown preferred to play a slower pace and prioritized defense over everything. The recently promoted David Griffin reportedly plans to hire a coach that pushes the tempo more and puts a strong emphasis on the long ball.

Positioned to draft ninth if the lottery plays out as projected, Griffin has two positions of major need to address: small forward and center. With only $36 million in guaranteed contracts on the books for next season, Griffin can really go in either direction and feel comfortable with being able to address the other in free agency. He’ll also have the bird rights to Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes, two veterans who are very capable of starting at the three and five.

As far as centers go, the top prize – Joel Embiid – will be long gone barring an unforeseen drop. The only other center prospect worth drafting in that range is Jusuf Nurkic. However, for a team that is going to enter next season with playoff aspirations, he may be too far away from being a consistent contributor for the Cavaliers to invest in right now. The pressure to win immediately is extreme, too extreme to justify going with such a big project, especially considering that they already have a couple.

At the small forward position, their options are much more vast and intriguing. Doug McDermott could really fit in well into an attack based around the guard play of quality attackers like Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. He’s one of the best shooters college basketball has ever seen, and that’s generally a skill that translates well, especially for someone like McDermott who has a quick release and endless range. He does have his defensive deficiencies, though, and that remains a weakness of the Cavaliers. He’s also viewed as somewhat of a tweener and if he pans out being best suited to play the power forward position, he’s going to further muck up the log jam there created by Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett.

Dario Saric is a strong possibility for them. His stock is on the rise after a stellar campaign in the Adriatic League. He can score in a variety of ways and has really good size for a small forward, but there seems to be conflicting voices within his inner circle on whether he should come over right away. Stashing-and-dashing is not in the Cavaliers’ best interest with this pick. That’s a much more viable option for their high second-round pick.

In the end, James Young could be the guy who everyone in their war room agrees on because he meets so many of their needs. He’s young, but skilled and talented enough to contribute right away, especially offensively. He’s an impressive athlete who will thrive in transition and fit in nicely with the ball dominant Irving and Waiters as a serious spot-up shooting threat.

This is going to be Griffin’s first time being the head shot caller on draft night. He likely won’t have the benefit of landing the No. 1 pick as the Cavaliers have in two of the last three drafts, but with a class as deep as this one, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to walk away with a difference maker.


Joel’s Notebook: Attending the Draft Combine always helps put a little bit of perspective into these mock drafts because meeting these guys in person gives a sense of which players will see their stocks rise, simply because they’re bound to interview well. Charisma can go a long way in this process, and when combined with talent it can be hard to pass up on players who teams like on a personal level. Rodney Hood, Doug McDermott, Shabazz Napier and Dante Exum were all really good with the media on Thursday and are sure to dangle that charm in front of NBA execs looking to potentially hire them.

As for this week’s mock, Exum gets a boost to No. 2 for a couple of reasons: He and Philly head coach Brett Brown have history working together in Australia, and Exum said that some of the teams he spoke with are interested in running two point-guard sets for their offenses. Philadelphia was the first team that came to mind there (though an inevitable interview with Orlando will create the same possibility). Can you imagine how long that backcourt would be with Exum and Michael Carter-Williams? Exum on the Sixers is really intriguing, and a fit I’m really starting to like the more I think about it.

Tyler Ennis sees a boost this week, too, as his proclamation that he’s the best point guard in the draft shows a confidence that’s easy to buy into. Orlando, if they do end up with Parker, Wiggins or Embiid with their first pick, will hope against hope that Ennis drops to them at No. 12, but with a likely rise in interest coming for Ennis, they may have to settle for someone else there.

Doug McDermott is a heck of a scorer, but I think he drops out of the lottery. Chicago would be a great fit for him. Nik Stauskas in Toronto would make Raptors fans extremely happy, and anybody that has Shabazz Napier outside of the first round is crazy. He’s small, but has championship pedigree and can shoot the lights out. I like him as a late first-rounder.


Alex’s Notebook: Cleanthony Early is an intriguing player, who could move up draft boards once he gets in the workout setting. He’s currently being projected as a late first-round pick, but he could move into the late teens or early 20s if he handles his business during the pre-draft process.

Early is 23 years old, which makes him one of the oldest players in this draft class. That’s something that may hurt him through this process, since teams typically want to bring in younger players. However, Early is capable of helping a team right away and he still has room to grow as a player.

He was terrific in the NCAA Tournament, leading Wichita State and averaging 27 points and seven rebounds while shooting 65.6 percent from the field. Executives told Basketball Insiders that Early was one of the players who helped themselves the most during March Madness. He was initially being projected as a mid-second round pick, but climbed after shining on college basketball’s biggest stage.

One reason that Early may go higher than expected is that he hasn’t received the exposure that a lot of these other first-round prospects have gotten. One NBA executive said that he’s the least scouted college player who is currently projected to go in the first round, since he played at Wichita State and didn’t get as much national attention as other players. Once teams watch Early’s film and watch him in individual workouts, he could help himself.

Early was named to the Wooden All-American Team after averaging 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds and leading Wichita State to a perfect 34-0 regular season record.

Before the tournament, I spoke to Early and asked if him if he has what it takes to be a significant contributor in the NBA.

“I have played with a lot of professional basketball players that are in the NBA, guys that went to the NBA recently or are supposedly going to the NBA this year and I’ve always competed with them at a level to where I knew I was good and knew I could potentially make it there,” Early said. “It was just a matter of getting that exposure and being seen and just working my butt off. I just believed that I had to get so good that they can’t ignore [me], you know what I mean? I feel like my game can translate to the NBA because I always know that I’m going to work hard to improve on anything I need to improve on.”


Steve’s Notebook: After spending the last couple of days at the 2014 NBA Draft Combine talking about this draft class with NBA executives and scouts, there is one thing glaringly clear: Teams don’t have a lot of favorite players yet, at least not a consensus favorite anyway.

There are a few new scenarios playing out, some of it as a result of top overall prospects Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins opting not to attend the combine. Australian guard Dante Exum did well for himself. He met with a few teams who found him engaging, smart and humble and he showed strong athletic testing numbers, specifically those relating to speed and agility.

Julius Randle did well for himself too. The teams that met with him said he was everything advertised and a little more. The buzz around him is he may be the player most ready to contribute on the draft board and there is a real sense that he is in contention for the top overall pick depending on who lands it.

There is real concern about Joel Embiid and his back. A number of teams commented that if Embiid’s camp plays the “selective” interview and workout game, and limits him to visiting with just the top three teams, he may have a draft day tumble of Jared Sullinger proportions. Back injuries are no joke among NBA executives and the fact that this is the second back related injury in Embiid’s very short career, there is real concern.

By and large this draft class seems to be filled with genuinely good guys. One executive commented that after meeting with 18 players in this class, ranked all over the board that only one player came across as selfish and self-centered. The rest were largely really good guys and more importantly came across as really good teammates.

The love affair with Cleanthony Early continued, especially after teams that did not scout him heavily especially at the general manager and team president level were simply blown away with how he carries himself. He came across in meetings as a quiet and humble kid. Very unassuming. He backed up the personal component with a good showing on the floor in drills.

The NBA Draft Lottery will be held on May 20, so from there things will really start to take shape as teams can really narrow in on players in their pick range.

While the draft combine was a first look for a number of players, there will be a big group workout in Los Angeles hosted by the L.A. Clippers and members of all 30 teams. The players invited to this workout were mainly those fringe guys that did not get into the combine, although a number of the combine invites projected in the second round have committed to attend and compete, so in short order teams will get to see some real basketball action and that should start to change the landscape of the draft.


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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2018 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 4.0

Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts take a look at the draft class and weigh in on what they are seeing and hearing in the march up to the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2018 NBA Draft. Included is an updated mock draft that reflects how each writer sees the draft landscape based on the latest news, workouts, and information from the pre-draft process.

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Moke’s Notebook: One thing I can say for sure is that this is the most unpredictable draft I’ve seen in many years. The Kings and Hawks are each rumored to be open to moving the second and third pick in the draft, and I have a feeling that’s due to the intrigue surrounding Luka Dončić. At this point, the expectation is that the Suns will select DeAndre Ayton first, and I get the sense that there are many that believe that the risk of selecting Dončić is too great. Aside from that, Michael Porter, Jr. (whom I’ve been told is the “dream” scenario for the Knicks) and Mo Bamba each saw their stock rise pretty dramatically during the Combine in Chicago. I’ve seen some mocks having Porter as highly as third.

Aside from those two, there are a lot of questions about Trae Young. It was once thought that Stephen Curry and even Kevin Durant weren’t strong enough to make it in the NBA, and similar questions have been asked of Young. Between Dončić, Bamba, Porter and Young, we might be looking at four of the biggest risks that are consensus top seven picks in quite some time. Of the batch, I’d feel most comfortable selecting Bamba, whose maturity and outside shooting are both better than advertised, but again, with teams at the top willing to discuss dealing their picks and the appetite for risk playing a major role in how the draft shakes out, I only have confidence in my top seven, not necessarily where they’ll land.

As we get closer to the draft, I’d keep an eye on a few names: Aaron Holiday, Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo. Each of those guys have a shot to move up into the late teens, with Holiday, in particular, having lottery potential. Keita Bates-Diop and Jevon Carter are two second rounders who I wouldn’t be surprised to see sneak into the top 30, either.

Over the coming weeks, some guys will be called in for more individual workouts and as the weeks progress, our intel will get stronger.

Jesse’s Notebook: Though the NBA Lottery and Combine are behind us, there are still a lot of questions about how things will shake out on draft night. While Luka Dončić has been considered a consensus top-two pick for some time, some are now questioning whether he will drop a spot or two. I still believe that by draft night, Dončić will likely be picked either first or second, but that doesn’t seem to be a foregone conclusion anymore.

The mystery man of this year’s class continues to be Michael Porter Jr. Porter Jr. checks off all of the boxes for a top-tier draft prospect, but his injury history and long-term health are still major issues that teams need to consider. No one in the draft has a larger range of outcomes. Porter Jr. recently said at the Combine that he is the best player in the draft and it will only take one team with a top pick to agree with his assessment to roll the dice and take a shot on him. But if it looks like his athleticism or burst is limited because of his previous injuries, he could drop toward the end of the top-10.

As of now, there is a good sense of who will be picked with the top 15 picks or so. Once we get outside of that range, things become somewhat less clear. There is very little consensus on how teams will draft from 16-30, so I expect the upcoming workouts and other pre-draft processes to help add clarity on that front.

Benny’s Notebook: Since Basketball Insiders’ last set of Notebooks, much of the draft landscape has changed. From lottery leaps to combine crushers, we’re finally at the point in the process where things start to happen. I still believe Luka Dončić is this draft class’ best player — he literally won both the EuroLeague MVP and Final Four MVP this weekend — but we must deal with the reality that Phoenix (and perhaps others) may look elsewhere. Outside of swapping No. 1 and 2, most of my adjustments come in the lower half of the first round.

I’d banked high on Mitchell Robinson showing out at the Draft Combine and, instead, he pulled out of everything completely. Allegedly, this is because Robinson has earned a promise from the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 25, according to Aran Smith of NBADraft.net. So, with little else to go off of on Robinson, he slides for me. Additionally, after the strange week of Dennis Schröder news, it’s possible that the Atlanta Hawks could search for a future guard — and the stock-rising Aaron Holiday certainly fits the bill.

Lastly, I’ve begun to come around on Zhaire Smith, the 6-foot-5 prospect from Texas Tech that averaged 11.3 points and five rebounds per game. In the modern, positionless NBA, Smith can already guard multiple spots and his athletic abilities have been rated at the top of his class. He may need some G-League time next season, but he turns just 19 years old in early June. While he probably won’t rise much higher than I’ve had him in mocks thus far, he makes sense for plenty of rebuilding rosters.

Steve’s Notebook: With the official NBA Draft Combine in the books there has been a lot of draft chatter. While it’s important to state clearly that its still very very early in the process and lots of things can change, there is a sense at least in a few places where some teams seem to be heading and where some players might end up landing.

The Phoenix Suns did land the top overall pick, and there was almost no executive in Chicago who thought Arizona big man DeAndre Ayton wouldn’t be Phoenix’s pick. While there is real validity to the idea that new Suns head coach Igor Kokoškov has experience and a relationship with euro sensation Luka Dončić, the belief is the Suns will make their decision based on talent, not relationship.

There was also a buzz that both Sacramento and Atlanta seemed more interested in the domestic big men available at the top of the draft rather than Dončić. That could always change, but the thought process there was the risk that Dončić could opt to stay out of the draft if he didn’t like where he would land, and both teams seem to be higher on other players.

There were a few players who clearly had fans among NBA talent evaluators.

Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr, could go significantly higher than expected with Dallas being his likely ceiling. The Mavericks are far from locked in on anyone, but the belief is the Mavericks are looking at versatile bigs.

Kentucky’s Kevin Knox was something of a mystery in Chicago opting to do very little publicly and left town early. According to several teams, Knox could go as high as six to Orlando and has strong interest from the Bulls, Cavaliers, and Knicks.

UCLA’s Aaron Holiday is said to have a “soft” commitment in the late teens and has, at this point, turned away workouts with teams in the 20’s. There is a sense he could be gone before by the 19th pick.

Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison pulled out of the Combine with NBA Draft.net’s Aran Smith tweeting that he is believed to have gotten a commitment from the Chicago Bulls at 22. Smith also tweeted that Mitchell Robinson also got a promise from the Lakers at 25. One veteran executive labeled this draft class as being the most aggressive draft he can recall where agents were calling and pressing for commitments.

Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo wowed athletically during combine testing and several executives before the testing sessions not only nailed where he’d measure and perform, they also suggested he’d be gone in the 20’s.

Executives were especially critical of the two notable international prospects Dzanan Musa and Rodions Kurucs, suggesting that both could slide into the second round.

IMG Academy’s Anfernee Simons has several fans, but the word on him is that he’s a long-term project that would need time. There was a considerable amount of fact-finding by scouts on Simons. A team to watch could be Orlando if Simons is there is there when the Magic select at 35 or 41.

Tulane’s Melvin Frazier came away with mixed reviews, some love his length and athleticism and see him as a defensive presence, other teams saw him as lacking defined NBA skill sets.

Maryland’s Kevin Huerter has some fans. One executive offered a friendly wager that Huerter would be gone by 40.

West Virginia’s Jevon Carter looks like he has a real shot to be drafted in the first round, with several teams at the bottom of draft expressing real interest.

There are a couple of sleeper types that seemed to have turned some heads through the process in Chicago, namely Kansas’ Udoka Azubuike, Louisville’s Ray Spalding, Dayton’s Kostas Antetokounmpo and West Virginia’s Sagaba Konate. All of them could go significantly higher than currently projected.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 19 years. Moke Hamilton is a Deputy Editor and Columnist for Basketball Insiders and has covered basketball for the last eight years. Jesse Blancarte is a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last four years. Benny Nadeau is an NBA Writer and finished his first season covering the NBA for Basketball Insiders.

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NBA Daily: 2018 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft – 5/22/18

The final 2018 NBA Draft order is set and Basketball Insiders’ publisher Steve Kyler offers up his latest 60-pick NBA Mock Draft.

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Lots of Draft Movement

With the draft order now set for the 2018 NBA Draft, there is some sense of how the draft might play out.

The buzz coming out of the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago is that a number of picks could be had in trade include all three of the top selections. Word is the initial asking price is very high and more of an indication to the San Antonio Spurs that if they do want to part with disgruntled star Kawhi Leonard, they are open for business.

It’s also worth noting that there is a growing sense that both the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawk may be far higher on some of the domestic bigs in the draft more so than euro sensation Luka Dončić. Both teams are expected to take a long look at Dončić, so their views on him could change as we get closer to the draft, but for now, Dončić may go lower.

Here is the latest 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft, reflecting the final draft order and the latest buzz, rumors, and intel from in and around the NBA:

Dates To Know:

The NCAA requires all players wishing to maintain their college eligibility, without penalty, to withdraw from the NBA Draft by 11:59 pm on May 30. That is an NCAA mandated date, not related to anything involving the NBA, and that notice must be delivered in writing.

The NBA’s draft withdrawal date is June 11 by 5:00 pm ET. The NBA’s date allows a prospect to remain NBA draft eligible for future NBA drafts and is not related to any NCAA rule or date. There are ways for college players that did not accept benefits to return to college. However, they may be subject to NCAA penalties.

The 2018 NBA Draft is June 21.

The Pick Swaps:

The Cleveland Cavaliers are owed the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade this past summer. The Brooklyn Nets traded several unprotected picks to Boston as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trades in 2015.

The Philadelphia 76ers are owed the LA Lakers’ 2018 Draft pick, unprotected, as a result of the 2012 Steve Nash trade with the Suns. The Suns traded that pick to the 76ers as part of the Michael Carter-Williams three-team trade with the Milwaukee in 2015. The 76ers traded that pick to the Boston Celtics as part of the draft pick trade that became Markelle Fultz before the draft; it has 2 through 5 protections. This pick will convey.

The LA Clippers are owed the Detroit Pistons first-round pick in 2018 as a result of the Blake Griffin trade.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Miami HEAT’s first-round pick as part of the Goran Dragic trade in 2015, it is top-seven protected and would convey to Phoenix based on the final NBA standings.

The Phoenix Suns were owed the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick would only convey if the Bucks pick landed between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the final NBA standings did not convey. The Suns will now receive the Bucks 2019 first-round pick assuming it falls between the fourth and 16th pick.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round pick as part of the Adreian Payne trade in 2015. The pick was lottery protected and would convey to Atlanta based on the final NBA standings.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are owed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round pick as part of the Jazz/Wolves Ricky Rubio trade this past summer. The Jazz acquired the pick as part of the Thunder’s deal to obtain Enes Kanter in 2015. The pick was lottery protected and would convey based on the final NBA standings.

The Chicago Bulls are owed the New Orleans Pelicans first-round pick as a result of the Nikola Mirotic trade. The pick was top-five protected and based on the final NBA standings would convey

The LA Lakers are owed the Cleveland Cavaliers first-round pick as a result of Jordan Clarkson/Larry Nance Jr. trade. The pick was top-three protected and based on the final NBA standings would convey

The Brooklyn Nets are owed the Toronto Raptors’ first-round pick as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade this past summer. The pick was lottery protected and based on the final NBA standings would convey

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Houston Rockets’ first-round pick as part of a three-team deal with the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets involving Danilo Gallinari and taking back Jamal Crawford and Diamond Stone. The pick was top-three protected and based on the final NBA standings would convey

Check out the Basketball Insiders’ Top 100 NBA Draft Prospects – http://www.basketballinsiders.com/top-100-nba-draft-prospects/

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2018 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 3.0

Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts take a look at the draft class and weigh in on what they are seeing and hearing in the march up to the 2018 NBA Draft.

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2018 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 3.0

Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2018 NBA Draft. Included is an updated mock draft that reflects how each writer sees the draft landscape based on the latest news, workouts, and information from the pre-draft process.

With the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery final, here is how they see the field:

Version: 1.0 | 2.0

The weekly NBA Draft notebooks will resume next week following the NBA Draft Combine.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 19 years. Moke Hamilton is a Deputy Editor and Columnist for Basketball Insiders and has covered basketball for the last eight years. Jesse Blancarte is a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last four years. Benny Nadeau is an NBA Writer and his first season covering the NBA for Basketball Insiders.

More Twitter: Make sure you are following all of our guys on Twitter to ensure you are getting the very latest from our team: @stevekylerNBA, @LangGreene, @EricPincus, @joelbrigham, @TommyBeer, @MokeHamilton , @jblancartenba, @Ben_Dowsett, @SpinDavies, @JamesB_NBA, @DennisChambers_, @mike_yaffe, @MattJohnNBA, and @Ben__Nadeau .

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