It’s finally here… the 2014 NBA Draft is Thursday and after weeks of projecting and mocking, it’s time to unveil the final Consensus Mock Draft of the season.
Four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers have been breaking down the latest news and notes around the 2014 NBA Draft since the first week of May, including the latest news, workout rumors and information from in and around the process.
So this is finally how we see it:
Yannis’ Notebook: For just the third time since 1994, the Los Angeles Lakers will be drafting in the lottery on Thursday night, or at least that’s where they’re projected to pick as of right now.
Perhaps more so than any other team picking in the top 14, the Lakers are determined to make this another rare trip to the lottery – so don’t be surprised if their draft pick never actually makes it onto their roster.
The Lakers are going into free agency with the highest aspirations, hoping to try to lure LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to join forces with Kobe Bryant and immediately rise back to contention.
What they do on draft night could tip their hat over just how confident they are in that plan. If they end up moving the pick off for very little in return, perhaps to help rid themselves of Steve Nash’s $9 million expiring contract, then they’ve likely received at least some sort of indication that their game plan is feasible.
If they address two of their biggest positional needs, like power forward or point guard and hold onto them through the night, they’ll likely be a part of the foundation moving forward. The Lakers have long been in need of an influx of young talent, so this wouldn’t be the worst case scenario for them. Although they have a limited body of work in the lottery, they are 2-for-2 with Eddie Jones and Andrew Bynum, who both developed into major contributors, the latter serving as the center piece for two championships.
However, the preference for the Lakers has always been to re-tool their roster through trades and free agency rather than rebuild around high draft picks.
There has already been a couple of significant rumors involving them, including trading the pick as a part of a three-way deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors, in which they would acquire Klay Thompson. There was also a report that they could send it to the Philadelphia 76ers along with Steve Nash for Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young. Both rumors seem to have lost steam heading into draft night, but it’s clear that the Lakers are one of the more aggressive teams right now, both with their approach to the draft and free agency.
Alex’s Notebook: How far will Joel Embiid slip on draft night? That’s the big question that everyone is asking as the 2014 NBA Draft approaches.
If healthy, Embiid would likely be the first player off of the board because he’s one of the best big man prospects we’ve seen in recent years. He has made huge strides in his four years of playing organized basketball and he has so much potential.
But, of course, nobody is talking about Embiid’s on-court abilities these days. The narrative surrounding Embiid is his injured back and foot, which could severely limit him throughout the course of his NBA career.
So where will Embiid be selected when all is said and done? I can’t imagine him going in the top three, as it’s hard to pass on Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Dante Exum for damaged goods. If Embiid isn’t able to have an effective career and each member of that trio goes on to dominate, the general manager who selects Embiid will look horrible and nobody wants to have that on their resume.
So once you get outside of the top three, which situation makes sense for Embiid?
The Orlando Magic have avoided injured players during Rob Hennigan’s tenure as general manager, expressing zero interest in Nerlens Noel last year and passing on banged up big men like Brook Lopez and Andrew Bynum when they were trading Dwight Howard several summers ago. Not to mention, Orlando already has a center of the future in Nikola Vucevic, who has shown flashes of brilliance early in his career. The Magic have other needs and aren’t big on taking risks on injured players, so it’s hard to imagine them being the team that ultimately selects Embiid.
The spot that makes the most sense for Embiid may be the Utah Jazz. While there have been reports that the Jazz want to move up and select a perimeter player like Parker or Wiggins, if they end up stuck at No. 5, Embiid could be a great value pick for them.
Enes Kanter hasn’t exactly panned out as they hoped in recent years and the Jazz can be patient with Embiid – not only as he gets healthy but as he continues to develop. Because Utah isn’t a team that is going to be competitive anytime soon, they can ease Embiid into their program and give him all of the time in the world, much like the 76ers did last year with Noel.
Joel’s Notebook: The Chicago Bulls want to trade one or both of their picks ahead of tomorrow’s draft to preserve as much cap space as possible in their pursuit of Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James this summer, and while there are a number of ways they have explored trying to do that—packaging both for a single, higher selection, offering them in trades for veteran players, simply trading them for future first-rounders—so far, none of their overtures have panned out. That means there’s a good chance that Chicago makes two first-round picks that they don’t really want.
One way to keep their assets without having at least one of the picks count against the cap next year is to draft Dario Saric, the Croatian forward who signed a new contract with his European team just days before the 2014 NBA Draft. The new contract won’t let him come over to the NBA for two seasons, but that’s probably fine with Chicago, who not only needs the cap space but could also have a European rookie already coming over this season in Nikola Mirotic.
Taking Saric at No. 16 means they’d probably draft a true rookie at No. 19 (the less expensive of the draft selections), and there are several guys that could get a look from them there. Don’t expect them to draft a project, though, as Tom Thibodeau has little interest in projects and the Bulls need to milk production out of every player on the payroll, even the first-round pick. Shabazz Napier, Rodney Hood and Adreian Payne seem like the most logical picks there.
It’s possible they could draft-and-stash both picks, but taking someone like Walter Tavares or Bogdan Bogdanovic that high would be a waste of an asset when so many more highly-valued players are still available at No. 19. This is a player they could potentially trade later for Kevin Love or Anthony, so picking the right guy is still important, even if they’re not thrilled about having to make a pick there.
Of course, it’s not too late to make a trade, and Chicago will undoubtedly try to do so. If they’re stuck with the picks, though, this seems like the most reasonable course of action for them.
Steve’s Notebook: So all the hype, all the intrigue and all the guessing comes to end tomorrow. Fortunately, we still have today to speculate on what’s going to happen in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Here are some of the things we are hearing:
The Cavaliers are still more likely to keep the top pick than trade it. As one source close to the process stressed, the first order of business for any team in the draft is to identify the players they would take with a specific pick, then explore if they can do better in trade. There is a sense that the Cavs have some real offers for the top pick, which they are weighing, but equally with so much value being placed on the number one, that has the Cavs strongly considering keeping it. Historically, the Cavs have taken their draft day decisions down to the wire; this year may not be much difference.
It appears we have some commitments…
The Charlotte Hornets seem to have committed to Michigan big man Mitch McGary; he had one workout for them and shut down the process. Equally, his camp is apparently unwilling to share medical information with other teams.
The Chicago Bulls may have a commitment to Jordan Adams with the 19th pick, as he has been in to see them twice and their interest in him seems to be really high. It’s possible someone scoops him up before the Bulls get there, but Adams seems to be fairly locked in to the Bulls.
Creighton big man Doug McDermott’s floor seems to be the Charlotte Hornets at number nine. The Hornets have had McDermott locked in for most of the process. There is a sense that Sacramento could take McDermott at eight assuming their first few options are off the board, but should McDermott still be there at nine, it seems he’ll be a Hornet.
It appears we have some floors to talk about too…
Tennessee big man Jarnell Stokes may have a floor of No. 26 to the Miami HEAT. The HEAT have had Stokes in twice and are leaning in his direction. Stokes has drawn a lot of interest in the bottom of the first round with Memphis, Houston and Miami all said to be weighing him seriously with their first-round picks.
Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis seems to have a floor of No. 20 to the Toronto Raptors. Ennis has serious interest from several teams in front of the Raptors but it’s believed that Toronto would be as far as he goes, if Chicago does not grab him at No. 16, assuming they keep the pick.
Louisiana-Lafayette point guard Elfrid Payton seems to have a floor of No. 12 to the Orlando Magic, although his camp believes he’ll be off the board before the ninth pick with the Lakers and Kings having expressed the most interest in drafting him.
And finally… Joel Embiid’s floor looks to be No. 10 to the Philadelphia 76ers, although there is real consideration for Embiid at five to Utah, at six to Boston and at seven to the Lakers. League sources have said there is still enough interest in Embiid’s upside that his uncertain injury status may get overlooked, but the big hurdle is not going to be persuading the basketball guys of his talent, it’s going to be getting the medical staff and ownership to sign off on him and that appears to be a mixed bag from team to team.
Basketball Insiders will have instant reaction to all of the picks in the first round, so as the picks happen on Thursday look for commentary, quotes and insight on each selection.
We will also be recapping all of the trades and transactions, as well as offering initial draft grades.
To stay current with everything that’s going on, make sure to check out the 2014 NBA Draft Day Diary, which will be updated throughout the next two days with all the news rumors and notes – all in one place.
NBA AM: The First 2018 NBA Mock Draft
With College Basketball getting underway and things starting to get interesting in the standings of the NBA, what better time to drop a 2018 Mock Draft than on Thanksgiving.
The Thanksgiving 2018 NBA Mock Draft
With College Basketball getting underway and things starting to get interesting in the standings of the NBA, what better time to drop a 2018 Mock Draft than on Thanksgiving.
So with that in mind here is my first Mock Draft of the 2018 Season, look for more of these are we march on (and hopefully you like the new Mock Draft table design.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are owed the Brooklyn Nets first-round pick as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade this summer.
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 Minnesota Timberwolves are owed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round pick as part of the Ricky Rubio trade this summer. The pick is lottery 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 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.
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2017 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Final
The Basketball Insiders Mock Draft team gives their final look at the 2017 NBA draft with an all-60 pick mock draft.
For the last eight weeks, we have been dropping weekly Mock Drafts leading up to this point – the final Consensus. The goal of these Mocks is to look at the draft from four different perspectives as we try to get to a Consensus on each pick. Some times we get there, sometimes we get close, and in the case of this draft sometimes we just don’t see things the same way.
This week’s Consensus (our final of the season) we are rolling out a first for us in this format – the entire 60-picks of the 2017 NBA Draft, enjoy.[DISCLAIMER – at this point in the cycle lots of picks trade hands and in order for us to deliver this kind of look, we may not be able to account for every trade that happens between the time our writers file their picks and when this item is posted. So, this mock is reflective of the picks as of 6:00am on 6/21]
2017 NBA Consensus Mock Draft - Final
|Pick #||Team||Joel Brigham||Michael Scotto||Moke Hamilton||Steve Kyler|
|1||Markelle Fultz||Markelle Fultz||Markelle Fultz||Markelle Fultz|
|2||Lonzo Ball||Lonzo Ball||Lonzo Ball||Lonzo Ball|
|3||Jayson Tatum||Jayson Tatum||Jayson Tatum||Jayson Tatum|
|4||Josh Jackson||Josh Jackson||Josh Jackson||Jonathan Isaac|
|5||De'Aaron Fox||De'Aaron Fox||De'Aaron Fox||De'Aaron Fox|
|6||Dennis Smith||Jonathan Isaac||Jonathan Isaac||Josh Jackson|
|7||Jonathan Isaac||Lauri Markkanen||Lauri Markkanen||Dennis Smith|
|8||Malik Monk||Malik Monk||Malik Monk||Malik Monk|
|9||Frank Ntilikina||Dennis Smith||Dennis Smith||Lauri Markkanen|
|10||Lauri Markkanen||Justin Jackson||John Collins||Donovan Mitchell|
|11||Donovan Mitchell||Frank Ntilikina||Donovan Mitchell||Luke Kennard|
|12||Luke Kennard||Luke Kennard||Frank Ntilikina||Zach Collins|
|13||OG Anunoby||OG Anunoby||OG Anunoby||OG Anunoby|
|14||Zach Collins||Zach Collins||Justin Jackson||John Collins|
|15||Justin Patton||John Collins||Ike Anigbogu||Harry Giles|
|16||John Collins||Jarrett Allen||Luke Kennard||Jarrett Allen|
|17||Justin Jackson||Ike Anigbogu||Jarrett Allen||Ike Anigbogu|
|18||Semi Ojeleye||Terrance Ferguson||Zach Collins||T.J. Leaf|
|19||Derrick White||Justin Patton||Justin Patton||Justin Jackson|
|20||D.J. Wilson||Jawun Evans||Harry Giles||Frank Ntilikina|
|21||Ike Anigbogu||Semi Ojeleye||T.J. Leaf||Bam Adebayo|
|22||Jarrett Allen||Harry Giles||Terrance Ferguson||Semi Ojeleye|
|23||Harry Giles||T.J. Leaf||Semi Ojeleye||Kennedy Meeks|
|24||Tyler Lydon||Donovan Mitchell||Isaiah Hartenstein||D.J. Wilson|
|25||Bam Adebayo||Isaiah Hartenstein||Anzejs Pasecniks||Jawun Evans|
|26||Isaiah Hartenstein||Tyler Lydon||Tyler Lydon||Ivan Rabb|
|27||Terrance Ferguson||Bam Adebayo||Jawun Evans||Terrance Ferguson|
|28||Tony Bradley||Ivan Rabb||D.J. Wilson||Caleb Swanigan|
|29||Anzejs Pasecniks||Anzejs Pasecniks||Mathias Lessort||Vlatko Cancar|
|30||Ivan Rabb||D.J. Wilson||Derrick White||Anzejs Pasecniks|
|31||Caleb Swanigan||Derrick White||Ivan Rabb||Kyle Kuzma|
|32||T.J. Leaf||Tony Bradley||Bam Adebayo||Tyler Lydon|
|33||Josh Hart||Jordan Bell||Caleb Swanigan||Isaiah Hartenstein|
|34||Kyle Kuzma||Caleb Swanigan||Alec Peters||Frank Jackson|
|35||Jonah Bolden||Wesley Iwundu||Frank Jackson||Dillon Brooks|
|36||Alec Peters||Mathias Lessort||Jordan Bell||Alec Peters|
|37||Thomas Bryant||Thomas Bryant||L.J. Peak||Derrick White|
|38||Jordan Bell||Frank Mason||Thomas Bryant||Jordan Bell|
|39||L.J. Peak||Jonah Bolden||Jonah Bolden||Mathias Lessort|
|40||Jawun Evans||Johnathan Motley||Dillon Brooks||P.J. Dozier|
|41||P.J. Dozier||Kyle Kuzma||Frank Mason||Justin Patton|
|42||Frank Jackson||Jaron Blossomgame||Tony Bradley||Jonah Bolden|
|43||Frank Mason||Alec Peters||Johnathan Motley||Devin Robinson|
|44||Sindarius Thornwell||Dwayne Bacon||Jonathan Jeanne||Thomas Bryant|
|45||Dillon Brooks||Josh Hart||Jaron Blossomgame||Tony Bradley|
|46||Devin Robinson||Frank Jackson||Sindarius Thornwell||Jaron Blossomgame|
|47||Jaron Blossomgame||Edmond Sumner||Tyler Dorsey||Josh Hart|
|48||Mathias Lessort||Sindarius Thornwell||Devin Robinson||Wesley Iwundu|
|49||Cameron Oliver||Dillon Brooks||Josh Hart||Alberto Abalde|
|50||Tyler Dorsey||Tyler Dorsey||P.J. Dozier||Luke Kornet|
|51||Wesley Iwundu||Vlatko Cancar||Vlatko Cancar||Aleksandar Vezenkov|
|52||Johnathan Motley||Monte Morris||Isaiah Hicks||Edmond Sumner|
|53||Alpha Kaba||Devin Robinson||Wesley Iwundu||L.J. Peak|
|54||Kobi Simmons||P.J. Dozier||Edmond Sumner||Alpha Kaba|
|55||Nigel Williams-Goss||Cameron Oliver||Aleksandar Vezenkov||George De Paula|
|56||Aleksandar Vezenkov||Alpha Kaba||Isaiah Briscoe||Ognjen Jaramaz|
|57||Damyean Dotson||Peter Jok||Cameron Oliver||Johnathan Motley|
|58||Isaiah Briscoe||Damyean Dotson||Nigel Williams-Goss||Nigel Williams-Goss|
|59||Dwayne Bacon||Kennedy Meeks||Antonio Blakeney||Frank Mason|
|60||Peter Jok||Kobi Simmons||Malcolm Hill||Sindarius Thornwell|
Finally, Steve Kyler took the leash off of us this week and let us do a full 60-pick mock. This is what freedom tastes like.
It’s time to make some final decisions this week, though, and I can tell you that having done so many mocks in so many contexts, it’s all starting to bleed together. I know who I like where at this point, and the nuggets of draft information that leak out amid all the free agency and trade rumors are enough to help solidify some things. Lonzo Ball at pick number two is the inevitability it always has been, apparently. Jayson Tatum looks like the Celtics’ guy at number three (if they keep the pick). That would mean Josh Jackson falls into the hands of Phoenix, and Sacramento gets their man in Fox at pick number five.
Of course, knowing the draft as well as I do, it’s 100 percent likely that some team in the top five messes with that order. That top five is incredibly reasonable, which is why it can never be. One trade, and the whole thing goes kablooey.
As far as the second round goes, this year’s crop feels like its rife with players who actually could contribute, which is rare. Caleb Swanigan, T.J. Leaf, Juwan Evans, Jordan Bell, Sindarius Thornwell and Frank Jackson all in the second round is nuts. Any one of those guys could be a good player for a number of teams, and they’ll get snatched up at a value in round number two.
The back end of the second round was tough, though. There are probably going to be about 20 percent more international guys drafted there than what I have at the moment, but I wanted to sneak in guys I liked, such as Dwayne Bacon and Isaiah Briscoe. We’ll see how it shakes out, but this is what I’m going with for now. It’s been a heck of a mock drafting season, folks, and it’s only going to get crazier over the next two days.
Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball will form a great rivalry for years to come, with both expected to be off the board after the first two picks.
As The Vertical reported, the Lakers will trade D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn, which paves the way for Ball to bring “Showtime” back to Los Angeles and make his dad LaVar’s vision a reality. Boston’s Danny Ainge made a bold move trading down from the top overall pick and passing on Fultz. You can safely assume Fultz will circle every Celtics game on his calendar for the rest of his career.
At third overall, Ainge will choose between Jayson Tatum or Josh Jackson and the Suns will get the leftover player or De’Aaron Fox.
If Phoenix takes Fox, watch out for Eric Bledsoe to be traded on draft night. If Jackson is the pick, keep an eye on T.J. Warren to be dangled as trade bait.
Jonathan Isaac fits the prototype of Orlando Magic executives John Hammond and Jeff Weltman, who like long, athletic forwards and previously took big swings on Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bruno Caboclo.
The Timberwolves can dangle the seventh pick as part of a trade package for Jimmy Butler, a favorite of Tom Thibodeau.
The Knicks will likely choose from three guards: Dennis Smith, Malik Monk and Frank Ntilikina. The Mavericks will land one of those leftovers.
Afterward, more trade possibilities arise. Sacramento is open to moving the 10th pick. Detroit is looking for a veteran to help the team return to the playoffs and is open to moving the 12th pick. Portland has three first-round picks and will look to offload a bad contract with one of those picks. Utah is open to moving up using the 24th and 30th picks as trade bait. Orlando is in a similar position with the 25th, 33rd and 35th picks. Los Angeles is hoping to move the 27th and 28th pick as part of a trade package for Paul George according to reports.
In the second round, the Magic (2), Hawks (2), Knicks (2), Rockets (2), Nuggets (2), Suns (2), Jazz (2), Celtics (3) and 76ers (4) all have multiple picks. With that in mind, keep an eye on each of those teams to be involved in trade discussions or even sell some of those picks.
Remember, it only takes one blockbuster trade, an unexpected selection or medical red flag to change the entire draft landscape upside down.
This draft and upcoming free agency will be more exciting than the playoffs. The question is whether all the excitement will live up to the hype and produce another Finals contender besides the Cleveland Cavaliers to compete against the Golden State Warriors.
I have been covering the draft closely for the past four years and, without question, the 2017 draft is unique. The only thing that we know for sure at this point is that the Philadelphia 76ers are selecting Markelle Fultz and that the Los Angeles Lakers appear to have cleared the way to select Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick. As recently as Tuesday, there were some that were of the opinion that De’Aaron Fox was in play for them at number two, but considering the attention that they’ve given Ball and the lack of attention he’s given to other teams, it’s incredibly difficult to imagine a scenario where he’s not a Laker.
From there, the draft will only get more and more interesting.
Of all lottery-projected players, there seems to be the most mystery surrounding Frank Ntilikina. Some have projected him to go as early as eighth (to the New York Knicks), while some have opined that he could slip outside of the lottery, mainly because he’s a somewhat unknown quantity. And at the end of the day, “unknown” is a remarkably appropriate term. Alec Peters, Bam Adebayo and Devin Robinson are among the prospects who have had medical red flags attached to their names, so if any of those three slip, you’ll know why.
For me, that’s about all I have to say. My sources have been fairly consistent in what they’ve told me, and I believe my mock drafts have been fairly similar. At this point, I believe there will be one or two draft night trades, but the order in which players are picked, I believe, will not vary tremendously as a result. Scouts generally believe that there are five to eight potential future All-Stars in this crop, meaning that this draft should ultimately end up being one of the deepest in recent memory.
Keep your fingers crossed that your team gets one of those guys.
Oh boy, has this thing gotten interesting. The Lakers dumped the Timofey Mozgov contract and gave final closure to how the Magic Johnson Lakers viewed D’Angelo Russell in their deal to obtain Brook Lopez (and cap flexibility) and the 27th pick.
The Cavaliers have been active trying to add one more star to their roster. The Pacers have gotten serious in their quest to move Paul George, who is expected to be dealt by the end of the draft tomorrow.
The Atlanta Hawks moved on from Dwight Howard, and the Clippers have started kicking the tires on ways to improve in advance of free agency — and all that’s just what got done in the last 24 hours.
There is a lot of talk taking place, so keep in mind that NBA teams at this point in the cycle are talking daily and everyone is trying to decide what to do, not only in the draft but in the trade market surrounding it. Let’s dig into what’s floating around:
– The Knicks have opened the door on virtually everything. With pressure mounting in New York to turn the franchise around, Phil Jackson and his staff have entertained talks on the entire roster, including promising star Kristaps Porzingis. Before you get too far on this, league sources say the asking price on Porzingis is FOUR unprotected first round picks or a handful of unprotected picks and a proven star level player. It does not seem that the Knicks will get their price for Porzingis, but the Knicks have started down a dangerous path with their best building block. Word is this Porzingis camp was already sour on Phil Jackson and for him to actively shop him, it may destroy what little trust remained in the relationship.
– The Minnesota Timberwolves (seventh pick) and Detroit Pistons (12th pick) continue to be the teams mentioned most as likely to move their first-round picks. Both teams are believed to be looking for proven starting-caliber veterans rather than adding another young guy to the mix. The real value of those picks likely surfaces during the draft as players start to fall into place. Sources near both teams said they are absolutely prepared to select players with those picks, but they absolutely can be had in trade.
– Don’t expect the Jimmy Butler noise to die down anytime soon. The Bulls apparently decided over the weekend to actively listen on Butler trades, but sources near the situation say it will take a really good offer to get them to move Butler. The Cavaliers and Celtics have been mentioned most prominently in their pursuit of a Butler trade, but sources near the process say the Rockets and Wizards have logged interest in Butler and in Indiana’s Paul George. Depending on who you talk to in NBA circles, some believe Butler will be moved, while others doubt the Bulls get offered enough to do a deal by the end of the draft. The stance everyone takes is that Butler will be expensive to obtain in trade and the Bulls may not get enough to make a deal. The Bulls were also reportedly notified that Dwayne Wade will opt into his final contract year, which may influence what the Bulls ultimately do with Butler. Once Wade officially opts in, he too could be traded, but there is a sense the Bulls may take another run with this group and deal Butler next season, either at the deadline or after the 2017-18 season plays out.
Some players to watch as the draft plays out:
There are mixed reviews on Gonzaga bigman Zach Collins. While he is viewed as having a tremendous ceiling, several teams who saw him think he is too raw to be a rotation player as a rookie, meaning if he does not go early to a team that’s building and has minutes to groom him, he could slip in the draft.
There is increased talk that if Josh Jackson does not go number three to Boston, he could slide pretty hard. His camp has played the draft process very deliberately. He did not attend the NBA Draft Combine so teams have not seen medical on him. He has also declined workouts with a number of situations, which could make this a tough process if he does not go where his camp expects him to go.
Utah’s Kyle Kuzma continues to be a name some talk about a likely selection in the 20’s. Kuzma did very well in the draft workout process. The question is, where will he really land?
Looking for the reach of the draft? Could be Vlatko Cancar. There are lots of fun stories floating around about his abrupt departure from KK Mega Leks after just eight games. Some wonder if he got a promise early in the process and shut it down.
Basketball Insiders will be on the ground in New York through the entire 2017 NBA Draft process, so stay tuned for video from the media availabilities. Instant reaction to all the picks and our minute-by-minute Draft Day Diary – featuring all of the news, rumors and trades updated throughout the day. All of the draft news worth knowing in one easy to find place,
NBA AM: Final Mock Of The 2017 NBA Draft
Steve Kyler delivers his final 60-pick Mock Draft, as well as the latest news on the draft front.
The Final Mock Of The 2017 NBA Draft
So, it comes down to this. While there will surely be some changes between today and the actual draft on Thursday, here is my final Mock Draft of the 2017 NBA Draft season. It reflects all 60-picks and how I see it playing out based on the latest from around the NBA.
We are hearing from NBA teams that this draft class may have the most medical red-flags of any in recent history. Most of them are subjective, meaning teams have to come to grips with the risks involved, which may drive the perceived stock of a player down pretty dramatically.
A medical red-flag is something that surfaced during the physical that is of material concern. These often prompt teams to consider the situation more thoroughly and make a decision on the medium and long-term impact of the ailment. It does not immediately mean a player won’t be drafted, but does change the valuation of a player.
This draft could see a considerable amount of volatility, especially outside the top 1o selections. There is a sense that Detroit at seven, Minnesota at 12 and the Blazers at 15, 20 and 26 are all open to moving one or, in Portland’s case, more of their picks. The Pistons and Wolves are said to covet proven veterans more so that youth, although both are said to have plans to draft a player if they cannot find a deal.
The LA Lakers and New York Knicks are both said to be buyers on additional first round picks. The Cavaliers and the Rockets are also believed to be open to buying into the later part of this draft, which should make things interesting.
With so many picks in the second round belonging to the same group of teams – Denver, Philadelphia and Utah – there is a sense all of them would be open to packing together picks to move up or move out of some of them in the 2nd round.
Philadelphia has a bit of problem with their picks, as they have received in trade nearly the maximum amount of cash a team can receive in a single season. In other words, they won’t have the option of just selling picks for cash; they must make physical trades. This will get tough for them especially as they get in the mid-40s.
The Pre-Draft Basketball Insiders Podcast
Basketball Insiders publisher Steve Kyler and Senior NBA Writer Michael Scotto get into the 76ers and Celtics trade, the Lonzo Ball and Lakers situation, Paul George and the mess the Pacers find themselves in, the future of Gordon Hayward, some NBA draft sleepers, the guys whose draft stock could be falling, where certain players’ floor may be and who is and is not likely to be traded around the 2017 NBA Draft.
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