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2016 NBA Mock Draft: Consensus Ver 6.0

With the 2016 NBA Draft just eight days away, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts give their sixth mock draft.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2016 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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Alex’s Notebook: It’s no secret that Marquese Chriss is one of my favorite prospects in this draft class, as I wrote a glowing profile of him shortly after the NBA Draft Combine and talked up his star potential. Last month, the highest that any credible mock draft had Chriss was No. 9 to the Toronto Raptors – and that seemed somewhat optimistic at the time. At that point, our good friends at DraftExpress had him slotted at No. 11 to the Orlando Magic.

Well, to give you an idea of how much Chriss’ stock has soared over the last few weeks, consider the fact that DraftExpress now has Chriss going No. 3 overall to the Boston Celtics. Third!

That’s a big leap for the 18-year-old, but it makes a lot of sense given the success he had in college coupled with his seemingly unlimited potential. The 6’10 power forward averaged an efficient 13.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and .9 steals in just 24.9 minutes per game as a freshman at Washington, while shooting 53 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. Chriss scored in double figures 24 times last season and had multiple blocks in 15 contests.

That’s terrific production for so few minutes. His per-100-possession averages would be 28.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 1.9 steals.

At the NBA Draft Combine, he measured in at 6’10, with a 7’0.25 wingspan and 8’9 standing reach. He also recorded a 38.5-inch max vertical (which was ninth among all players at the Combine) and impressive agility time (11.93 seconds, eighth among all players at the Combine). He also came across as incredibly mature and intelligent for his age.

So let’s sum this up: One of the youngest players in the draft posted terrific stats when given the chance to play, displayed his ridiculous athleticism at the Combine, and impressed in meetings and interviews. If you were trying to create the perfect formula for a prospect to move up draft boards, that would likely be it.

Chriss has everything executives drool over – Potential! Production! Professionalism! – and it’s no surprise he’s now as high as No. 4 on my mock draft (as well as Steve’s).

Joel’s Notebook: It seems to me as though the international prospects are starting to get a lot more buzz than some of the middling American talents, which makes sense considering the rise we saw from Kristaps Porzingis around this time last year and how much damaging injury information seems to be leaking for a lot of these first-round bubble guys from the NCAA.

Dragan Bender, ironically, isn’t the guy generating all of the positive buzz, as he seems to be dropping in mocks more often than rising, but Ivica Zubac, Ante Zizic, Furkan Korkmaz, Timothe Luwawu and Juan Hernangomez all look like they could be middle-of-the-first-round guys, with one or two of them even knocking on the door of the lottery. In a year where there’s so much parity and very little established hierarchy after the top two picks, it makes sense that teams would roll the dice on some of the international kids with potentially higher ceilings.

Chicago’s interest in Kris Dunn just won’t go away despite the fact that they won’t come anywhere close to drafting him if they stay where they are. Wade Baldwin and Demetrius Jackson make sense for them if they’re dying to draft a point guard, but there could be other talented guys worth taking there outside of that position. Jakob Poeltl or Henry Ellenson dropping to No. 14, for example, would be a no-brainer for shoring up their frontcourt. Skal Labissiere would be a fascinating flier. Or, if they really want Dunn, they can always trade Jimmy Butler and move up to #3 or #5, though that doesn’t seem all that likely.

This year’s meteoric riser could be Marquese Chriss, who looked like a late lottery guy a few weeks ago and now suddenly is among the guys in consideration for the No. 3 overall pick. Teams love his athleticism, which is elite in this class, and once again, everything else being equal teams are going to reach for ceiling once Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are off the board. The mocks you see here are educated guesses, but chances are more likely that these picks are all over the place, and five guys who aren’t on any of our mocks ended up going in the first round.

In short, this is going to be a crazy (and crazy entertaining) draft to watch. There’s nothing but question marks so far outside of the top two picks.

Moke’s Notebook: My mock is mostly unchanged from last week. There continues to be mixed reviews on Dragan Bender, but the prevailing sentiment is that the Phoenix Suns will not let him slip by them at number four. If the Suns do opt to take a “safer” pick, the domino effect would far-reaching and would probably blow up my lottery selections.

From what I hear, the two prospects who seem to have helped their stock the most during this process are Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere. At this point, there are some who project each of these two in the top six. I don’t think that either goes that high, but the possibility of either dropping out of the top 10, at this point, is slight.

In terms of second rounders, Malachi Richardson’s name continues to be mentioned, which echoes comments made by Steve a tad earlier. I don’t have him in my first round, but I see him as potentially being another “round busting” pick.

I would also mention George Mason’s Shevon Thompson. Thompson is currently considered a second-round prospect, but has been in to work out with several teams over the past 10 days. Known as being a ferocious rebounder, scouts are impressed with his timing and rebounding instincts, despite the fact that he only began playing basketball during his junior year in high school.

At this point, most teams have already conducted their own mock drafts and have their own depth charts. Between now and the draft, we will see some high-picking teams call a player or two back for a secret workout here and there, so there will certainly be at least some drama before draft night. Until then, everyone is going to be trying to figure out what the Boston Celtics will do with their third pick and whether or not the Denver Nuggets will move either their 15th or 19th pick, as those moves can have sweeping ramifications.

Steve’s Notebook: Every year, there are picks that could be had, especially when you get this close to the NBA draft (which is just eight days away).

This year, there are some notable picks at the top of the draft as well as several picks in the middle of the first round that could change hands on draft day.

The belief around the NBA is that Boston would rather trade the third overall pick for a proven veteran rather than add one more 19-20-year-old to the roster. If the Celtics cannot find a deal, which at this point they do not seem to have, the Celtics are believed to be narrowing in on three guys: Kentucky’s Jamal Murray, Cal’s Jaylen Brown and Washington’s Marquese Chriss – and it’s believed to be in that order.

Typically once a team get down to this kind of list, there is internal debate before reaching a decision and that’s where things seem to stand with Boston.

The Celtics also hold the 16 and 23 picks in the first round and it’s believed one of those picks could be had in trade as well. If the Celtics cannot find a home for at least one of them, they are team pegged as having interest in a draft-and-stash situation. Watch for Croatian big man Ante Zizic with one of those picks, maybe even as high as 16.

The New Orleans Pelicans are also said to be willing to move the No. 6 pick in the draft. The Pels have been all over looking at players and there is a sense that New Orleans could be where Buddy Hield lands if the Pels can’t find a trade for a better player. The Pelicans are also the dark-horse team to grab Skal Labissiere, but may not keep him if they do; there is a sense that New Orleans could be the team that drafts the guy that falls to them and trades them later in the draft for other players and veterans.

The Utah Jazz are said to have the 12th pick on the trade market and may have a trade partner in the San Antonio Spurs if the right players start to fall into that range. When you factor in the friendly nature of the Spurs fraternity and the Jazz’s desire to add veterans, doing a deal with San Antonio becomes interesting – especially if it yields a decent roster player. The Jazz have worked out a few players, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they keep the pick if the Spurs’ wish list does not materialize. The 12 spot is believed to be Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis’ floor and could be the ceiling for Vanderbilt’s Wade Baldwin, although the Sacramento Kings just got Baldwin in for a workout so that could change.

In all, it’s believed that the 3, 6, 12, 15, 16, 19, 23, 24 and 26 picks could all be moved – with at least half of those picks being more than likely moved at some point during the draft.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 18 seasons. Alex Kennedy is the Managing Editor of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last nine years. Moke Hamilton is a Senior Writer for Basketball Insiders and has covered basketball for the last six years. Joel Brigham is a Senior NBA Writer and has covered the NBA for the last 11 years.


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2020 NBA Mock Draft – The Final 60-Pick Mock

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Final

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As for some of the notable teams:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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