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2014 NBA Mock Draft: Consensus Ver 3.0

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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Joel’s Notebook: There’s nothing quite so anticlimactic as the Cleveland Cavaliers earning the top overall selection in yet another draft (this one makes it three of the last four), but at least all those teams that purposefully tanked weren’t rewarded for their consistently and embarrassingly awful play this past season. Of course, Milwaukee and Philadelphia both ended up with top-three picks, which in this draft means they’ll probably end up with franchise-altering talents anyway, but the top selection went to a team that actually gave making the playoffs a solid effort. That’s good, at least, but Cleveland? They’ve gotten too creative with their lottery picks in the past. Let’s hope they make the right call this time around and take Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker.

The most disappointing lottery scenario of the night came at the hands of the Detroit Pistons, who needed to have their pick in the top eight to keep it, and since the No. 9 team leapfrogged them, their pick goes to Charlotte, who gets back into the lottery after having to fork over their own No. 16 pick to Chicago.

Fans of the Boston Celtics and L.A. Lakers can’t be happy with their picks, either, but in my mock draft they end up with pretty solid talents, anyway. Julius Randle and Marcus Smart will probably end up being two of the top four or five players in this draft, so if one or both falls to that six or seven range, L.A. and Boston won’t end up faring quite so badly.

As for why Dario Saric is a top-five pick this week, Utah at No. 5 makes a lot of sense if Wiggins, Parker, Dante Exum and Joel Embiid are the four that come off the board first, as expected. People don’t know much about Saric, but he’s a mature and versatile Euro prospect coming off a really good year overseas. He’s definitely a lottery talent, and having him go as high as No. 5 isn’t as crazy as it may sound.


Alex’s Notebook: With the Orlando Magic falling to the No. 4 pick, they may have an easy decision on draft night. If the first three picks are some combination of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid (as projected), they will have Dante Exum fall into their lap.

At No. 4, he would not only be the best player available, but he would also fill the biggest need for the Magic since they don’t have a long-term solution at point guard. If Orlando had won the lottery, they likely would’ve taken a serious look at Exum; now, they may be able to draft him without having to explain the move or risk passing on like Wiggins, Parker or Embiid.

Obviously, it’s possible that Exum could be one of the first three players off of the board, in which case the Magic would have to go in another direction. But if he’s there when Rob Hennigan and his staff are on the clock, he would be an excellent pick for this organization.

A backcourt of Exum and Victor Oladipo would be very interesting and scary for years to come as the duo develops. Remember, the Magic have been looking for their point guard of the future for awhile now. It was rumored that Orlando wanted to draft Marcus Smart with the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft before he decided to return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season.

Exum could be the star that the Magic have been looking for, as well as the facilitator who can get the most out of Orlando’s young pieces such as Oladipo, Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic and Maurice Harkless among others. The Magic also have the No. 12 pick in the draft, which would still allow them to draft a wing (I have them picking James Young) or the best player available.

This is an important draft for the Magic, but they shouldn’t have a tough choice to make if Wiggins, Parker and Embiid are gone, and Exum falls to them.


Yannis’ Notebook: Say what you want about Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie and how he went about last season with no intentions of winning, the team could not be in much of a better position than they are right now. With last year’s Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams and three lottery picks set to make their debut next year, they have gone from a team stuck in the middle to one with a young core that they can potentially build the next great 76ers team off of.

The big question is which direction does he go in on draft night? The third overall pick is not what he was hoping for, but because each of the top three prospects – Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins – declared, they’re going to end up with one of the guys they were going to consider with the top overall selection anyway.

At three, they’re basically going to have their decision made by what the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks do. Where things get interesting is at the 10th selection. There are going to be far more options to consider at that spot and with just about every position outside of point guard (and whatever position the No. 3 pick plays) being a justifiable need to address, anything is possible.

It’s important to note that the 76ers are going to have five second-round picks. With the small forward and power forward positions having a lot of depth, the 76ers could be inclined to look for a center or shooting guard at this spot. Last year’s No. 6 overall selection, Nerlens Noel, has been projected as a center by many, but power forward could end up being his more natural position.

Assuming Wiggins is off the board and they end up with either Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid at three, shooting guard seems the most likely. The 76ers will likely have their choice of James Young, Gary Harris, Nik Stauskas, Zach LaVine and P.J. Hairston – although the latter two would be somewhat of a reach if the 76ers took them at 10.

There’s always the possibility of the 76ers trading out of this spot as well. A team like the Phoenix Suns or Chicago Bulls with multiple first-round picks may want to try and flip those for the opportunity to move up.

No matter what happens, it’s hard to envision the 76ers not walking away as one of the winners of this draft just as they were last year. Winning immediately hasn’t been a priority for Hinkie and they may not be competitive for most of next season, but the wheels are in motion for them to end up being far better than they were when he took over.


Steve’s Notebook: It happens every year. The NBA scouts and draft pundits get excited about the potential of some of the players that will clearly go at the top of the draft, and tend to marginalize the college players that have achieved things.

There are a few players that got nothing but praise by the decision makers at the combine in Chicago, and there is a real sense that a couple of them could go significantly higher in the draft as a result.

Creighton’s Doug McDermott has a fan club. That’s really the only way to say it. Maybe it’s because he played for so long and has been thoroughly scouted or maybe it’s because he can just flat out score, but teams and executives seem enamored with him. There are a hundred things McDermott may not be able to do in the NBA, but the one thing everyone agrees he can do is score. McDermott is believed to be very much in the mold of a Ryan Anderson or Kyle Korver type in the NBA that can just flat out shoot the ball. The belief is when he plays with a real NBA point guard and gets the kind of space stretch-fours get in the NBA, there is almost a consensus that he could excel. That does not mean McDermott is climbing into the top 10, but when the playoff teams start drafting or the teams with a second pick in the draft come around, you can expect the McDermott is going to go considerably higher than most people think unless he simply craters in workouts.

Michigan State’s Adreian Payne drew similar rave reviews. Several teams that met with him during the combine said he was one of the more polished and poised guys they had seen and that his body of work makes him a sure fire first-rounder. The question becomes how high will he go? Some teams drafting in the late teens-twenties have said they doubted he’d be there when they picked, but if he was, they’d be hard pressed to pass on him. The draft is always a game of who falls to you, but with Payne, he might be the guy that jumps up and knocks a guy out of the teens portion of the draft; he has that kind of fanfare around him among NBA teams.

Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early also gets lumped into this category, largely because NBA GMs had not really seen him until the tournament. Early’s demeanor in meetings and his overall approach to the process won him a lot of fans in the interview process and, much like Andrew Nicholson was a few years ago, he seems to be the most commonly talked about name in terms of a late draft sleeper. Early has a full dance card of workouts and team meetings, mainly because as much as team like him, it seems they want to test him significantly in this process. He has some fans, but he’ll have to earn his draft selection in workouts.

As much as the NBA Draft has become about potential, there are still a large number of teams looking for players who can play or contribute right away and some of the more experienced guys in this draft that may not be superstars in five years are still drawing a lot of attention, especially from those just outside the lottery. Teams that need another player to bolster their playoff status for next season will seriously consider these guys.

Ready to play is not a curse, especially not in the mid-teens to twenties in this draft class.


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:

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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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