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2017 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 5.0

Four of our experts weigh in on what they’re hearing in the march up to the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2017 NBA Draft.

Here is this week’s Mock and the Draft notebooks from each writer.

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Joel’s Notebook:

This week’s mock draft was an experiment in thinking outside of the box. It’s easy to start thinking about certain players in certain ranges after you’ve been doing these things for four or five weeks, but the problem with that is there always are teams that end up throwing you for a loop. This week I tried to factor in some of the craziness that could occur, and it started with trying to see how far I thought Lonzo Ball could realistically drop if the Lakers do indeed pass on him with the #2 overall selection. I could see Philly and Phoenix maybe passing, too, but at the #5 selection and starved for elite talent, I can’t imagine Ball slipping past Sacramento. I think that’s probably his floor.

This also might be the first week that I’ve had Ike Anigbogu in the lottery. Things just really thin out after the top ten players, and his ceiling is as high as anybody’s. Detroit (or whichever team trades for Detroit’s #12 pick) would be lucky to have him. I also somehow ended up with Zack Collins and Donovan Mitchell getting drafted ahead of Dennis Smith in this version, too, which doesn’t seem particularly likely, but stranger things certainly have happened. Charlotte doesn’t need a point guard, but I can’t imagine that they’d pass on that value if it fell into their laps at #11.

OG Anunoby is an interesting case because he’d probably be a top-ten pick if he weren’t coming of that ACL injury, and there’s no guarantee he’ll even be ready for the start of the 2017-2018 season. A team like Chicago, who could either be in dire need of talent a year from now or still gripping onto the hope of a playoff appearance with white knuckles, seems as though they’re maybe in the best position to take that risk in the middle of the first round. The kid’s a stud, but whoever takes him will be waiting on him to get healthy.

Semi Ojeyele got a big jump this week. He’s growing on me, and I think he’s growing on teams drafting in the last third of the first round, too. Also, Tony Bradley sneaks into the first round because I’m starting to think that’s going to happen. And how much fun would it be if Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox ended up on the same NBA team? Especially if that team was the L.A. Lakers!

I know this mock is a little unconventional, but I’m toying around with a few ideas now that June is nigh. If you want to know what I really, truly think will happen, the last mock before the draft will reflect that. For now, it’s a work in progress.

Moke’s Notebook:

Over the past week, we have gotten the closest thing we will get to confirmation on where the Celtics and Lakers are leaning with their picks, and, of course, there are no surprises. Markelle Fultz will go first overall and will be followed by Lonzo Ball at number two. I’ve been told by someone in the know that the Lakers are “increasingly open-minded” about trading Jordan Clarkson and to not be surprised for him to end up being moved as soon as draft night. That’s conjecture at this point, as the Lakers need not rush to clear what may appear to be a logjam in the making.

Sources familiar with the Sixers’ thinking still have Malik Monk ranking quite highly on their depth chart. Considering the presence of Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons, it would be curious for the Sixers to draft another front court player. At the same time, drafting Monk at three (although he is the best fit) might be a bit of a reach. So one scenario that’s being mentioned as plausible is for the Sixers to engage the Kings on a trade that would end up with the teams swapping their number three and number five picks. The Sixers would presumably land Monk while the Kings, in moving up to three, would guarantee themselves Fox. For that reason, I stick with Monk and Fox going at three and five, though they could flip flop if the aforementioned trade does happen.

Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum will land with the Suns and Magic, while Dennis Smith likely lands in New York. I have been told that the Knicks are also high on Monk, but the Sixers could spoil those plans if they do indeed select him. If they go another way, it’s possible Monk could slip to the Knicks at eighth.

An interesting tidbit of information I got during the last week: the Nets are “sold” on Latvian Rodions Kurucs, who has joined Frank Ntilikina as the foreign prospect who’s been watched most. Heading into the draft process, Kurucs was thought to have a shot to slip to the Nets at No. 22, but I am hearing that he could go as early as No. 15 to Portland.

What I would say about this year’s draft, to be frank, is that there are a lot of moving pieces. Kurucs being available between 15 and 22 seems like a wide range, but it pales in comparison to Terrance Ferguson. I do know that Ferguson has gotten a lot of attention (he met with 13 teams at the Combine) and has been doing quite a few workouts. Previously dubbed a “mystery man,” I’m hearing he could go as high as 13th and as low as 25th.

Slowly but surely, we are piecing this thing together, but the one thing I would say is safe to bet on right now is that there will be at least two trades involving picks in the top 20s exchanging hands.

Michael’s Notebook:

The Orlando Magic made a splash with the hiring of Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations and John Hammond as general manager. The tandem could make another splash on draft night in three weeks.

Both men have made bold draft picks in the past. Hammond selected Thon Maker 10th overall at last year’s draft and Giannis Antetokounmpo 15th overall in 2013. Weltman was in Toronto when the organization selected Bruno Caboclo 20th overall in 2014.

With that in mind, you’ll notice Jonathan Isaac is projected to go sixth overall to Orlando as a forward with length and a high upside who can play next to Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic in the frontcourt.

Speaking of frontcourt pairings, Lauri Markkanen would be an ideal stretch-four fit next to Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota. Or, if Minnesota trades the pick for a veteran, Markkanen could become the long-term replacement for Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas.

While Isaac and Markkanen are two of the bigger names expected to come off the board early in the draft, don’t sleep on a couple of guys projected to go in the second round. For example, Richaun Holmes made a name for himself at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, followed by impressive pre-draft workouts, was selected 37th overall in the draft and is now a valued backup big man in the eyes of many league executives.

With that in mind, who else has seemingly come out of nowhere and put themselves in a position to get drafted higher than people expect? Damyean Dotson and Derrick White are two names that similarly fit the Holmes mold.

Dotson, 23, shot 44 percent from beyond the arc in his final collegiate season at the University of Houston. At 6-foot-5, Dotson has NBA size and can shoot off the catch or bounce, which makes him an intriguing prospect in a league emphasizing shooting more than ever.

White, 22, started as a Division II player, transferred to the University of Colorado, was named a First Team All Pac-12 member, earned an invite to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament and then an invite to the NBA Draft Combine. Now he’s a projected second-round pick.

Steve’s Notebook:

With reports surfacing that the LA Lakers and former UCLA guard Lonzo Ball have finalized the details of a workout and face to face meeting in LA next week, there is a growing sense that unless Lonzo absolutely blows the doors off, he may not be the Lakers’ guy.

The Lakers are weeks away from needing to make their final decision, but there are many that believe the Lakers could go after both Kansas forward Josh Jackson and Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox (who made my Mock at 2 this week) with the second overall pick. It’s become so real that Ball’s camp, which started the process saying he’d only meet with the Lakers, have expressed a willingness to meet with the Philadelphia 76ers and possibly the Sacramento Kings depending on how things go with the Lakers. Neither are expected to get a workout out of Ball, but both may get a chance for a face to face meeting.

Another player to watch in the draft process is Arizona big man Lauri Markkanen. For weeks, he’s been earmarked to the Timberwolves at seven, but there is a sense the Wolves may reach a little with their pick, moving Markkanen further down the board. Scouts label Markkanen as maybe the best pick and pop big in the draft, with many labeling him an underrated talent because of how badly he was used at Arizona.

A few other names to watch:

D.J. Wilson is believed to have gotten a first round guarantee, which drove his decision to stay in the draft class. There was speculation that the promise came from the Utah Jazz, however, Jazz executive Walt Perrin went on record flatly denying a promise was made. Brooklyn, Toronto, and the Lakers make sense for Wilson. It’s unclear who gave the commitment and how firm that commitment really was.

Frank Jackson opted to stay in the NBA draft, but he also had surgery on his right foot last week and will be shelved until July, based on reports. Jackson did show well at the NBA Draft combine, but his inability to go head to head with anyone might put him outside the first round looking in.

Teams still waver on how they view OG Anunoby, Alec Peters, and Edmond Sumner. All three are still recovering from injuries, with both Anunoby and Sumner not expected to play until January or February. Peters may be cleared before the draft with room to sneak in a few workouts.

All three have been very open and transparent about their injury status; the question is who takes them knowing they likely miss the off-season program, training camp and most of the NBA season.

NBA teams have started the Pro-Day circuit with several agencies getting started this week in California, then things move to Las Vegas and then Miami as agencies showcase their players before teams get serious about individual meetings and workouts.

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 seven years. Joel Brigham is a Senior NBA Writer and has covered the NBA for the last 12 years. Michael Scotto is a Senior NBA Writer for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last seven 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.

Steve Kyler



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.

Steve Kyler



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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