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NBA AM: A Detailed 2015 NBA Mock Draft

A detailed look at the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, with explanations for each pick.

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 1

 Karl-Anthony Towns – 7’0 248lbs PF/C

Towns is likely the best fit for the Wolves for a number of reasons. He fits with the existing personnel, they have a low-pressure situation because of their young players and he can play right away on both ends of the floor. While Jahlil Okafor might be the best overall talent, there’s almost no question Towns is the best fit.

 2

 Jahlil Okafor – 6’11 272lbs C

If Towns is off the board at one, that leaves Okafor at two for the Lakers and it’s an amazing fit. Not only is he a super skilled and talented player, he could be the future face of the franchise the Lakers have been searching for. Okafor could handle the pressure of the large media market and he is a hard worker who would embrace playing with Kobe Bryant. This could not be a more ideal fit for Okafor. If Minnesota takes Okafor at one, then Towns slides into number two and he’s equally a good fit.

 3

 D’Angelo Russell – 6’5 193lbs PG

D’Angelo Russell is the likely the pick here. The Philadelphia 76ers have a glaring need at point guard and Russell may be the safest pick on the board. The problem with Philadelphia is the wildcard factor, as they could go Emmanuel Mudiay, Kristaps Porzingis or even Mario Hezonja. The smart money says it’s Russell; however, when dealing with the Sixers, anything is possible.

 4

 

 Justise Winslow – 6’7 222lbs SF

The New York Knicks are a house divided; there does not seem to be a consensus within the Knicks at number four. They could go Willie Cauley-Stein, Justise Winslow or even Porzingis is an option.  Mudiay is the name linked to the Knicks most aggressively, but it does not seem he’s nearly as high on their board as some of the Mock Drafts have him. There is also a growing sense that the Knicks may trade this pick and move down and gain other assets or offload Jose Calderon. However, if they hang onto it, it sounds like Winslow is the leader in the clubhouse.

 5

 Kristaps Porzingis – 7’0 220lbs PF

At number five, the Magic are playing with house money. They have a roster filled with young talent and not a lot of glaring needs that can be immediately solved in the draft. The Magic have shown a history of swinging for the fences, which means Porzingis could be the front runner. The fit for Porzingis is good and he could, in time, be one of the better players in this draft class.

 6

 Emmanuel Mudiay – 6’5 200lbs PG

The Kings at number six may get the point guard they’ve coveted for some time in Emmanuel Mudiay. While this pick would represent a perceived dropping of his stock considering his hype, the long-term fit would be amazing. If Mudiay is off the board, the Kings could find themselves catching Winslow, Cauley-Stein or Porzingis.

 7

 Mario Hezonja – 6’8 200lbs SG

The Denver Nuggets at seven seem to be leaning toward Mario Hezonja, but if Winslow is still on the board or by some chance Mudiay, things could change for Denver fairly quickly. Denver has been exploring the trade market and could make a draft-day trade involving one or more of their veteran players, with Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried being the names most talked about in NBA circles.

 8

 

 Stanley Johnson – 6’7 242lbs SF

The Detroit Pistons could go a number of ways with the number eight pick, but Stanley Johnson seems to be the best fit for head coach Stan Van Gundy. However if Winslow, Cauley-Stein or Porzingis are still on the board, there’s a chance they could be the pick. A dark horse here could be Hezonja, as he has ties to new Pistons executive Arn Tellem.

 9

 

 Cameron Payne – 6’2 183lbs PG

With the trade of Lance Stephenson to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Charlotte Hornets now find themselves with a need for an off guard and have a long-running need for scoring. This could be the home for Cameron Payne. While Payne has a commitment from the Thunder at 14, jumping up to nine wouldn’t be out of the question especially for an offensive player like Payne.

 10

 Frank Kaminsky – 7’1 231lbs PF

The Miami Heat need talent and talent that can play right away, which has them looking at players like Frank Kaminsky or one of the Euros should they fall. The HEAT have always valued proven collegiate players and none is more proven in this class then Kaminsky. Jerian Grant, Bobby Portis, Trey Lyles and Devin Booker could all find a home in Miami if they look past Kaminsky.

 11

 Willie Cauley-Stein – 7’1 242lbs C

The Pacers have been looking at point guard and Jerian Grant could very well be their pick. However, if Cauley-Stein is still on the board at 11, it may be hard for Larry Bird and the Pacers to pass on a player that clearly fits their culture and style of play.

 12

 

 Devin Booker – 6’6 206lbs SG

Like the Magic, the Jazz are playing with house money. They don’t have any material needs that the draft can solve so they really could go best available player and let it all get worked out in training camp. The best option on the board might be Booker, the sharpshooter from Kentucky who not only could have tremendous upside but could help solve the Jazz’s immediate need for perimeter scoring.

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 Jerian Grant – 6’5 198lbs PG

The Suns have been all over the board looking at talent. Their biggest need is at backup point guard and this could be the home for Jerian Grant. There is also a sense that the Suns may look to move away from the Morris twins, who were involved in some nasty off-the-court issues. That could open the door for players like Myles Turner, Portis and Kevon Looney.

 14

 

 Myles Turner – 7’0 239lbs C

The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to work out players hoping to find the right talent that will fall to them at 14. Word is they have a draft promise to Cameron Payne but he may be off the board when the Thunder pick at 14. It’s also not out of the question that the Thunder trade up to ensure they get their guy. The Thunder have a history of doing it. If Payne is off the board, Turner may be the best upside player available.

 15

 

 Bobby Portis – 6’11 246lbs PF

The Atlanta Hawks need athleticism and defense and Bobby Portis may fit the bill on all accounts. There is a chance that the Hawks go Looney or Turner should he be available, but the smart money says this is where Portis lands.

 16

 Kelly Oubre – 6’7 203lbs SF

The Boston Celtics are loaded with draft picks and can afford to swing for the fences at 16. Kelly Oubre may be the best upside talent on the board and also solves a need at small forward. At this point in the draft, dozens of combinations become reasonable but if best talent on the board is the goal, Oubre is likely the guy.

 17

 

 Trey Lyles – 6’10 241lbs PF

Milwaukee is looking for size and versatility or outside shooting at 17. Trey Lyles may be too good to pass up. A number of teams higher up the board see Lyles as a potential starter with a lot of upside and that’s exactly what Milwaukee is looking for.

 18

 Sam Dekker – 6’9 219lbs SF

The Houston Rockets have been sniffing around the point guard crop, but if Sam Dekker is on the board at 18, that might be too much proven talent to pass on even though he may not have a huge role right away. The Rockets have a long history of drafting best talent, and Dekker would be exactly that.

 19

 Kevon Looney – 6’9 222lbs PF

The Wizards don’t have a lot of needs in the frontcourt, but in Kevon Looney the Wizards would get a promising young guy who needs a little time and that may fit better for the Wizards than trying to force a pick that would need minutes right out of the gate. Much like the Wizards did with Otto Porter, being patient with Looney could yield a really promising talent.

 20

 Jarell Martin – 6’9 239lbs PF

The word is that Jarell Martin has a mid-first round promise, and while it’s not clear if it’s the Raptors who made the commitment, he does fit in nicely with what Toronto is looking for in the draft. He is a little older, but also more equipped to contribute right away. After going with the unproven Bruno Caboclo last year, a Martin pick would be about improving the team next year.

 21

 Justin Anderson – 6’6 231lbs SF

The Mavericks are looking for an athletic talent, and Justin Anderson might be the best one on the board. Anderson has worked out very well in the draft process and has a number of potential suitors. Anderson has a bigger body of work and may be a safer pick for a Mavericks team that needs a talent infusion.

 22

 Terry Rozier – 6’2 190lbs PG

The Bulls could go a number of directions with this pick, but given the Bulls’ need for a solid reserve type point guard and that they have been all over Rozier throughout the draft process, he could be the pick. Rozier to the Bulls may seem high, but according to sources they have met with him three times (John Paxson was at his Pro Day) and may have him back in for a fourth before the draft.

 23

 Jonathan Holmes – 6’9 242lbs SF/PF

At 23, the draft is a crap shoot. There could be any number of combinations of player left in the pool, but in this case Jonathan Holmes represents the best talent on the board. The challenge with this pick is Holmes is 22, and analytics tends to punish older players. The Blazers have needs all over the place, but Holmes could contribute right away, especially if free agents start walking away.

 24

 R.J. Hunter – 6’6 185lbs SG

It is conceivable that R.J. Hunter goes as high at 17 to the Milwaukee Bucks, but in this case he’s the best talent on the board for a Cavaliers team that needs scoring and shooting. With how much cap space the Cavaliers look to have committed, there is a chance the Cavs trade this pick for a veteran player rather than pick up a young guy who may not see minutes on a contending team.

 25

 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – 6’7 211lbs SF

The Memphis Grizzlies need shooting and scoring, so it would seem counter intuitive to go Rondae Hollis-Jefferson here, but he fits the culture and character of the team and could be part of their future. The draft is just one place to address a need, and while a scorer is on the needs list, could anyone that the Grizzlies grab at 25 really be enough offensively to matter as a rookie? The odds are the Grizz grab a quality player at 25 and address scoring needs with a proven veteran in free agency.

 26

 Nikola Milutinov – 7’0 220lbs C

The Spurs want to preserve as much cap space as possible, so do not be surprised if the Spurs grab the best draft-and-stash option on the board and bring the pick over at some time in the future. Nikola Milutinov could be that guy. There are a lot of options here for the Spurs, but knowing they are making a run at a serious free agent in a few weeks, likely means they trade out of the pick or draft a future asset instead.

 27

 Tyus Jones – 6’2 185lbs PG

There are many interesting players available here but Tyus Jones might be the best talent on the board and given that this Mock has the Lakers with Okafor, why not reunite the duo that committed to Duke as a package deal and then won a national championship together? League sources say the Lakers are interested in trading this pick if only to avoid the guaranteed salary associated with it. There has also been talk of bundling this pick with other assets and moving up, so this selection is clearly in flux.

 28

 

 Montrezl Harrell – 6’8 253lbs PF

The Celtics do not have a lot of needs so with this pick, it’s simply the best talent on the board. There is a chance the Celtics look to move this pick for future consideration or bundle it with a player to open up a roster spot. Like the 27, the 28 could end up being used by someone else.

 29

 Christian Wood – 6’11 216lbs PF

Rumor has it the Nets were the floor for Terry Rozier, so if he still is around, this is likely where he lands. However, considering he’s long gone in this mock, Christian Wood is the pick based strictly on upside talent. Wood will need time to develop physically, but he has a knack for the game that may be too hard to pass on.

 30

 Michael Frazier – 6’5 199lbs SG

Believe it or not, the Warriors are looking for more outside shooting and Michael Frazier is the best pure shooter in the draft class. The Warriors could go a number of directions here, but with Frazier it’s all about upside and shooting and that makes him the selection.

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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

Version: 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.0 | 4.0 | 5.0 | 6.0

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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NBA Daily: 60-Pick Mock Draft – 6/18/2019

The 2019 NBA Draft is Thursday and things seem to be taking shape at the top of the draft board. However, the middle of the draft could be wildly unpredictable. Steve Kyler offers up another 60-pick Mock Draft.

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The NBA Draft is upon us, and while there still seems to be a lot of things in play in the middle of the draft, the top of the board seems to be settling in on a defined order.

Assuming the top 10 picks stay where they are, the draft could go pretty much as scripted. After the top 10, it seems this could be a wildly unpredictable draft, with what’s shaping up to be a lot of pick movement, especially as certain guys rise or fall.

Here are some of the situation to watch:

The New Orleans Pelicans, fresh off their agreed Anthony Davis trade with the LA Lakers, are still exploring moves that could involve the fourth overall pick. The prevailing thought is if New Orleans can flip the pick for a solid veteran they would, but there has also been recent talk that they would like to try and trade up to grab Duke forward RJ Barrett in front of the Knicks. It doesn’t seem likely that Memphis would do such a deal unless they were assured they would get Murray State’s Ja Morant at four. The Knicks have been pretty locked in on keeping the third pick and have made it clear to local media that they would be happy with either Barrett or Morant, likely killing any traction on a Memphis-Pelicans swap.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had been linked to the Atlanta Hawks in a deal for the fifth overall pick, but traction on that seems to have died off once the Pelicans got control of the fourth pick and seem to have zeroed in on Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver if they keep the pick. The Hawks have been exploring options on moving one of their middle first round picks, either the 10 or the 17, which they will receive from Brooklyn as part of the pending Allen Crabbe salary dump. League sources doubt the Hawks keep all of their picks, but it’s unclear where those moved picks would land as of today.

Speaking of moved picks, the Boston Celtics have been exploring options on their three first-round picks; it is believed the Celtics will ultimately deal the player they select with the 20th overall pick, although league sources say Boston is open to moving all of them if the return is right.

There could be some teams to watch in terms of trading into the draft; The Houston Rockets have explored deals that would get them into the late lottery, it does not seem like there is traction on anything as of today, but it’s a situation to watch.

The Denver Nuggets have also explored deals to get into the first round, mainly to obtain inexpensive bench players. The Nuggets could be one of the teams to watch for with one of the Celtics or Hawks picks.

With all of that in mind, here is the latest NBA Mock Draft. You can look for the Final Consensus Mock Draft tomorrow.

UPDATED: 6/18 - 4:00pm

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2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 6.0

With one week left, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts take a look at the draft class and weigh in on what they are seeing and hearing in the march up to the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2019 NBA Draft. With every new version, you’ll see 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 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.

As this process plays out, the mocks will evolve, so look for a new Consensus each Wednesday, all the way up to draft day on June 20th.

Here is this week’s Consensus Mock:

Version: 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.0 | 4.0 | 5.0

Jesse’s Notebook: My board remains relatively intact from Ver 5.0, but I now have Darius Garland going to the Lakers with the fourth overall pick. Steve Kyler has reported that Garland may have a promise from the Lakers, which makes sense considering the team’s roster construction and Garland’s skill set.

I still predict the Knicks selecting RJ Barret with the third overall pick, but Jarret Culver seems intent on pushing for that slot by hyping up his defensive impact. Where I think things will get interesting is the fifth pick. Of course, what the Cavaliers ultimately do with the fifth overall pick depends on what happens with picks 1-4, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Cleveland takes a chance on someone who isn’t necessarily on our radar at this point.

Atlanta is emerging as one of the teams I am particularly interested in. Their front office is smart and aggressive collectively, so I am eager to see what they do on draft night. Atlanta is building an intriguing core of young talent, so a strong draft could catapult them another step forward in their rebuild.

While we are quickly coming up on draft night, I still don’t have a clear picture of what will happen after the 10th pick. My board continues to shift on a day-to-day basis and I would not be shocked if the draft ends up in chaos, with at least a few players making big leaps up the board and others suffering big drops.

Spencer’s Notebook: In the most up to date version of this mock draft, things have changed a bit. We learned about the first big trade prior to June 20, with the Brooklyn Nets sending Allen Crabbe, their current 17th pick to the Atlanta and a protected 2020 first-rounder for Taurean Prince and a future second round pick. Brooklyn offloaded a heavy contract to free up cap space for the upcoming summer of free agency, while the Hawks gained a meaningful extra selection.

It doesn’t quite shake things up in the lottery much yet, but that could certainly change. With three picks in the top 17 range of this draft, it wouldn’t be surprising for the Hawks to package together some picks to move up the board. It also offers flexibility for Atlanta with the amount of assets they possess.

Who knows what the Los Angeles Lakers do with that fourth pick, but if it’s kept, it could come down between Darius Garland and Jarrett Culver. The latter worked out for the team recently and the returns were impressive.

On another player I haven’t discussed much yet to this point – Nassir Little is a prospect that, before the NBA Draft process began, was expected to go at No. 15 at the highest after one year at North Carolina. His defensive ability comes into question, as does his outside shooting. It was all-in-all an underwhelming showing for a five-star high school prospect who—despite playing his role well—ended up as the Tar Heels’ sixth man.

However, there is no denying the athleticism and pro-ready frame, which will be Little’s ace in the hole heading into the draft. At the NBA Combine, he took an opportunity to show those elements off and ran with it. Put the former McDonald’s All-American in the right situation and the team who takes him might be getting a player with top-ten potential.

Drew’s Notebook: This past week looked like it would be a quiet one, and then the Nets traded the 17th overall pick and Allen Crabbe to the Hawks for Taurean Prince and a protected 2020 pick. So gone is the idea that Brooklyn will be drafting a backup big man. Instead, the Nets appear poised to make a play for at least one max-level free agent (if not two) in the very near future.

But the Nets aren’t the only team well-positioned following their trade. The Hawks now have three first-round picks. They can consolidate them via trade or they can opt to use all three. Either way, the Hawks are primed to add at least one top-flight rookie. Be on the lookout for the Hawks to discuss packaging all three picks in a deal with the Cavs and Bulls.

I am also interested in monitoring the New York Knicks’ interest in Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver. Rumors have been circulating for the last week or so about their fascination with the 6’6″ shooting guard, which could indicate interest in trading down; Culver was projected between the fifth and ninth pick in last week’s Basketball Insiders’ 2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft — Version 5.0.

The Knicks represent an inflection point in this year’s draft. What they choose to do with the third pick sets the tone for at least picks four through eight. They can either select RJ Barrett, pick Culver or whomever else they feel best fits their team and philosophy, trade down for additional assets or package the pick with other assets in exchange for a superstar-caliber player. Their interest in a deal with the Hawks could be significant now considering the Hawks have a third 2019 first-round pick to trade.

Regardless of what the Knicks choose to do, all of the teams that pick after them must have a number of strategies fleshed out to ensure complete preparedness. And with the draft less than two weeks away, all of the teams picking in the lottery should be prepared for chaos.

Steve’s Notebook: If you have followed me in previous drafts (this is the 15th draft I have covered professionally), there is usually a point in which I lose faith in everything I think I know. Maybe it’s information overload after the Combine, the Pro Days and the workouts, but it seems every year I get to a point where I don’t trust what I am hearing.

Does Garland really have a promise to the Lakers? Jarrett Culver’s camp doesn’t think so.

Are the Cavaliers trading the 5th pick? Atlanta seems to think they have the inside track on a deal that would allow them to keep the 8th pick while picking up the 5th pick, but is that deal hinged on Cleveland landing Cam Reddish; who they have coveted since before the Draft Lottery?

Are the Bulls getting Lonzo Ball from the Lakers in exchange for the 7th pick? It seems they might if that additional pick nets the Lakers Anthony Davis from New Orleans, or will Chicago swoop and scoop all of the Davis suitors and land him in Chicago for themselves and keep the 7th pick?

The Celtics seem to be open to moving most of their first-round picks, but who is buying? Denver seems like they want into the first-round, so does Houston.

If the chatter around this draft is illustrating anything to me, it’s that the bulk of the picks currently being held in the 6 to 26 range could change hands, it seems that crazy at this point, but that may simply be a by-product of so many teams exploring what their draft options are.

If you are grading the draft process at home, please be kind, I am not sure how much I really know at this point, and sadly, that’s not uncommon.

Things usually take much firmer shape on the Tuesday before the draft, which thankfully is just a few days away.

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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