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2014 NBA Mock Draft: Consensus Ver 6.0

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; here is Version 6.0

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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.

So here is how we see it:

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Yannis’ Notebook: My mock indicates the worst-case scenario for Julius Randle, stemming from the reports that he’s going to need foot surgery after the draft. Randle has disputed the claim and while nobody knows his body better than he does, let’s be real here: Adrian Wojnarowski is the most credible and informed reporter in the game. He wouldn’t have put it out there if he didn’t have it from multiple sources.

Going off of the assumption that he is indeed going to need post-draft surgery, it’s going to have an inevitable impact on his draft stock. The competition at the power forward position is fierce. There’s little that separates Randle from Noah Vonleh and Aaron Gordon. They are all fine prospects, but what did give Randle a little bit of an edge over them was his NBA readiness.

Randle is considered one of the most pro-ready prospects in the draft, but missing out on summer league is going to be a real detriment to his development. While everyone else is going to be working out, getting experience playing against professionals and becoming familiar with their system and coaching staff, Randle is going to be restricted to just rehabbing and spectating. He’s expected to be cleared by training camp, but he’s really going to be playing catch up at that point.

In the end, the team that picks Randle is drafting him more for what he’s going to do over the next three years than the 6-8 weeks after the draft. However, making a multi-million investment in someone who needs surgery is a risky move. There’s a lot more uncertainty surrounding Randle, and as a result the other players at his position are going to be given more thought by the teams that were considering drafting him.


Joel’s Notebook: If Julius Randle does have to get foot surgery, as suggested by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday, I don’t think it will affect his draft stock all that much, especially since he was probably already going to fall in the five-to-nine range, anyway. That’s where I still see him, though Marcus Smart, Aaron Gordon and Noah Vonleh may now get snatched up before him.

Last year, three of the top six picks were injured when they were selected, as teams threw caution to the wind in using their top selections on banged-up guys. That didn’t turn out all that well, though, as both Alex Len and Anthony Bennett had unbelievably disappointing rookie seasons and Nerlens Noel never even got on the floor. Let’s hope Randle has a better time getting rehabbed and back to real NBA action, both for his sake and the sake of the team that selects him.

Otherwise, this week feels pretty standard, though I think it’s the first time I’ve ever had Nik Stauskas and Kyle Anderson in the lottery, as well as the first time I’ve had Jusuf Nurkic fall out of it. Nurkic recently signed a four-year contract with his European team, which was a weird thing for him to do considering his draft stock had been so high, but that uncertainty is probably enough to push him out of the lottery. He’s the second-best center prospect in a year where there aren’t many of those, so someone’s going to reach on him. Just not sure it will be a lottery team.


Alex’s Notebook: One of the interesting things about submitting this mock draft every week is hearing what NBA executives think of my picks. Recently, I keep hearing the same thing: “You have Elfrid Payton too low.”

Last week, I had Payton falling to the end of the first round. However, more and more league sources have said it’s unlikely Payton will be on the board that long. Payton is drawing interest from several teams in the teens, and he is even getting serious looks from lottery teams.

The 6’3 point guard has been dominating workouts, which has really helped his draft stock. Initially, there were some questions about how he would fare against NBA-level competition, since he played at Louisiana-Lafayette and didn’t face the toughest opposition. However, after several impressive workouts, that no longer seems to be a concern. Executives who have watched Payton work out have raved about him.

Last season, Payton averaged 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals while leading ULL to the NCAA Tournament. He emerged as one of the best players in the nation, ranking 11th in the country in field goals (237), 11th in assists (208), ninth in steals (80) and sixth in points produced (732). His lockdown defense earned him the Lefty Driesell Award, which is given to college basketball’s top defensive player.

Payton filled the stat sheet in college and should be able to do the same in the NBA with his versatility. He had a 34-point, 11-assist, 11-rebound, five-steal game against Louisiana-Monroe in January; a 31-point, 13-rebound, three-assist outing against Western Kentucky in March; and in the NCAA Tournament against three-seeded Creighton he had 24 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Don’t be surprised if Payton continues to gain momentum and climb draft boards in the coming weeks. He may not have the name recognition of other point guard prospects like Tyler Ennis and Shabazz Napier, but he’s killing it in workouts and becoming a favorite of many executives around the league.


Steve’s Notebook: Things are starting to take shape on the NBA draft front, with a number of players sort of finding their floor.

There are a couple of phrases to keep in mind. A player’s floor is the lowest pick they feel they may go based on what teams are telling them during feedback sessions, while the ceiling is the pick that could be the highest.

There are a couple of players who feel like they have commitments, which means they will start to jockey those lower level commitments into potentially a higher overall draft positions. Some may take the bird in the hand and shut things down on the work out front too.

Here are a few names to watch:

– Doug McDermott seems locked in at the Charlotte Hornets with the ninth pick. There is a chance they go in a different direction especially with Julius Randle poised to tumble a little amid reports of a badly healed foot that may require corrective surgery. But McDermott may have found his floor at number nine.

– There is considerable chatter that Kristaps Porzingis is locked in to the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 21. That wouldn’t stop a team above them from grabbing him, but the 18-year-old Porzingis may have found his floor with a team that’s more than willing to be patient with his progress. Porzingis is said to have an NBA out in his current contract estimated at 1.2 million EUR (roughly $1.6 million US), with his drafting team able to contribute $600,000 of that. Going higher surely makes eating the buyout a little more appealing, however having the threat of not coming over does help influence where he may end up.

– Elfrid Payton seems to have done well for himself in the workout process so far, with a number of people claiming he may have a commitment from the Boston Celtics at No. 17. The problem is the Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic all seem to be fairly high on him as well. Payton is also a strong possibility for the Sacramento Kings if they trade down from their current eighth pick. Payton may have found his floor, but on draft night it might not matter.

– Nike Stauskas has done really well for himself, almost assuring a green room invite and a top 15 selection. The question for Stauskas is can he knock someone out of the top 10? There is a sense he might.

– Don’t write Dante Exum out of the picture in Orlando just yet, but this week’s mock does put Marcus Smart in Orlando at the number four spot. The Magic are very high on Smart, mainly because he is a ready to play player they feel can really shore up their defense. Exum is scheduled to meet with the Magic next week and that may change the thinking. The Magic have had Smart in for two visits already, with some saying there were unanswered questions from the first visit, hence the second visit.

Exum has scheduled just three workouts at this point – Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Orlando. He is not expected to work out for any team outside the top four.

Smart seems to be the front runner at this point, only because Orlando has not seen Exum up close yet. It’s far from decided at number four, with sources saying Exum would not have come in to Orlando if they had not assured him he was a viable candidate at number four, but Smart gets the nod this week.

I will be holding down the NBA Saturday tomorrow, which will feature a pick by pick breakdown of each of my selections and the logic behind each one. So stay tuned for that.


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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NBA Daily: 2018 NBA 60-Pick Mock Draft – 4/10/18

With the floodgates open and college players entering the draft class left and right, Steve Kyler offers up another 60-pick NBA Mock Draft.

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With the NBA regular season coming to a close, there are some draft ramifications to watch.

Should the Milwaukee Bucks stay where they are today, they would not convey their pick to the Phoenix Suns as that pick is protected in such a way that it only conveys if it lands between the 11 and 16th pick.

Equally, the dead heat that exists in the Western Conference playoff race, could shift several teams around the draft board based on how the season actually finishes.

There are also some key dates to keep in mind this draft season:

College players can request information from the NBA Draft Advisory panel on where they might fall in the draft; they must request this information by April 13. The Advisory panel is comprised of well-respected draft talent evaluators that offer would-be draft prospects a draft range valuation based on a survey of NBA executives. Historically their range projections have been pretty accurate, and it’s a way for a college player to understand how the NBA views them as a draft prospect. It’s not a guarantee by any means, simply an informed survey of how NBA teams value them in terms of where they might get drafted, if at all.

The NBA’s Early Entry deadline is April 22. All underclassmen that wish to be included for draft consideration must declare in writing to the NBA, by that date.

The NBA Draft Lottery will be held in Chicago on May 15. The annual NBA Draft Combine will get underway on May 16, also in Chicago. In any given draft year, roughly 70 percent of players invited to the Combine end up being drafted into the NBA, so a Combine invite is a significant milestone.

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.

Here is this week’s 2018 NBA Mock Draft, based on the standings of games played through 4/09/18:

Here are some of the pick swaps and how they landed where they are currently projected:

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 and based on the standings today would convey to Philadelphia.

The LA Clippers are owed the Detroit Pistons first-round pick in 2018 as a result of the Blake Griffin trade. The pick is top four protected and based on the current standings would convey.

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 current standings.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick only conveys if the Bucks pick lands between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the standings today would convey.

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

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

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 is lottery protected and based on the current 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 is top-three protected and based on the current 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 is lottery protected and based on the current 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 is top-three protected and based on the current 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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NBA Daily: 2018 NBA 60-Pick Mock Draft – 3/27/18

With the Final Four set in college basketball, and a handful of prospects declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft, here is a Mock Draft looking at all 60 picks.

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With the Final Four in NCAA Basketball set to get underway in San Antonio on Saturday, things are starting to get real for the 2018 NBA Draft Class. Most of the top tier draft prospects have been eliminated from tournament play, and many have already declared their intentions to enter the draft.

There are a couple of bubble watch players, with the most notable being Kentucky big man Kevin Knox. His father has told reporters that Knox may opt to remain at Kentucky for one more year, although Kentucky Coach John Calipari said recently that he plans to meet with his players and help them make their draft decision, so that’s far from decided.

Early entry players have until April 22, to declare for inclusion in the 2018 NBA Draft, so there is a little under a month for them to ultimately decide.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the entire 60-pick field, and where things stand based on the draft lottery holding true to the current NBA standings.

Here are some of the pick swaps and how they landed where they are currently projected:

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 and based on the standings today would convey to Philadelphia.

The LA Clippers are owed the Detroit Pistons first-round pick in 2018 as a result of the Blake Griffin trade. The pick is top four protected and based on the current standings would convey.

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 current standings.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick only conveys if the Bucks pick lands between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the standings today would convey.

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

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

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 is lottery protected and based on the current 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 is top-three protected and based on the current 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 is lottery protected and based on the current 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 is top-three protected and based on the current standings would convey.

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

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, @BuddyGrizzard, @JamesB_NBA, @DennisChambers_@mike_yaffe@MattJohnNBA, and @Ben__Nadeau .

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