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NBA AM: Post-Deadline 2015 NBA Mock Draft

With March Madness around the corner and trades out of the way, here’s a look at the 2015 NBA Draft and how things could play out.

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First Mock Draft Post-Trade Deadline:  Yannis Koutroupis has filed several Mock Drafts so far this season, but for the most part I have stayed out of the Mock game. This will be my first round Mock Draft of the season.

I will post some thoughts and comments on each pick after the chart, so without further ado, here is my 2015 NBA Mock Draft – Post Deadline edition.

*** Draft order is based on games played through 2/22/14 - for a complete listing of traded draft picks check out the NBA Draft Pick Debt page.

1 – New York Knicks – Jahlil Okafor C 19 years old; 6’11”; 272 lbs.

Regardless of which team ends up with the top overall pick, Jahlil Okafor is arguably the selection. The only variable here is the 76ers, who are loaded with young bigs. Okafor is arguably the best pure low-post players the NBA has seen coming out of college in a generation and while he may not become much on the defensive end, his upside and potential trumps almost everyone in the field. The Knicks landing Okafor puts them in a great position to jump start the rebuild.

2 – Philadelphia 76ers – D’Angelo Russell PG/SG 18 years old; 6’5″; 175 lbs.

This one could have gone one of two ways – Russell or Mudiay, but opting for Russell was more about a proven body of work and more versatility. The 76ers just traded out of guard Michael Carter-Williams and this is likely why. Russell should be a ready-to-play, impact player for the 76ers and his ceiling may be slightly higher than Mudiay’s.

3 – Minnesota Timberwolves – Karl Towns PF/C 19 years old; 7’0″; 248 lbs.

This one is about potential and chemistry. Towns and Wolves forward Andrew Wiggins have a relationship that spans back to the Hoops Summit in 2013. Towns is arguably one of the better upside players in the class. The Wolves have bigs that can allow Towns to grow into his NBA game slowly and with Kevin Garnett being brought in at the trade deadline and likely extended beyond this season, there is veteran leadership to help Towns grow. Kristaps Porzingis and Justise Winslow could be options here, but the dare-to-be-great pick might be Towns.

4 – Los Angeles Lakers – Emmanuel Mudiay PG 18 years old; 6’5″; 200 lbs.

If Towns and Russell are off the board, then the Lakers have two real options – Mudiay or Justise Winslow. Mudiay offers more immediate bang for the buck and could be a franchise-level point guard. Given that the Lakers have Julius Randle returning next season, having a one-two punch of Mudiay and Randle is a nice starting spot on the rebuild. The only wrinkle here is the Lakers have been linked to both Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo and newly acquired HEAT guard Goran Dragic as free agent targets, so if the Lakers get the sense they can land one of them, they may spend this pick elsewhere.

5 – Orlando Magic – Myles Turner C 18 years old; 6’11”; 242 lbs.

The Magic’s most pressing need is a power forward type that can do the dirty work Nik Vucevic just doesn’t do, and the best option on the board might be Turner. He is long, athletic and very cerebral as a player. He is aggressive on both ends and could be that guy, especially with last year’s pick Aaron Gordon maybe being more of a three in the NBA. The wrinkle here is the future of Tobias Harris. If the Magic are going to match contract offers on Harris, they become extremely bloated in swing players at the three and four. Turner might be the best long-term fit, but players like Kansas’ Cliff Alexander, international big man Kristaps Porzingis and Arizona swingman Stanley Johnson should be looks at this spot. The Magic have a history of drafting the best upside player so this pick could go a lot of ways.

6 – Sacramento Kings – Kristaps Porzingis PF 19 years old; 7’0″; 220 lbs.

Porzingis could be the next big thing from the international field and with the Kings and George Karl, the appeal of Porzingis’ skill set might be too much to pass on. When you get to this part in the draft, a lot of things will be about what’s on the board and Porzingis might be the best option available. There are a few wrinkles here. If either Mudiay or Russell is within striking distance by trade, the Kings could move up and solidify their point guard spot. They may also look seriously at Alexander and Turner as the complement piece to Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins.

7 – Denver Nuggets – Stanley Johnson SF 18 years old; 6’8″; 243 lbs.

Johnson might be the best all-around player in the draft and his skill set looks to be suited for the NBA game. The Nuggets need players and when you think about what the Nuggets already have on the roster in Jusuf Nurkic, Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson, Johnson could plug in nicely into that situation. International shooter Mario Hezonja is also a fit, as would be Justise Winslow. Kentucky shooter Devin Booker could be the long shot here too. The Nuggets have a lot to work with so they can be a little choosey here.

8 – Utah Jazz – Mario Hezonja SG 19 years old; 6’8″; 200 lbs.

This one is tough. I went Hezonja here as best talent on the board, but the Jazz could easily go Willie Cauley-Stein, Justise Winslow or Devin Booker. The fit here is about being a little further along developmentally, being someone that can absolutely score from the perimeter and likely doesn’t push back on being in Utah and that’s always a factor to consider. The Jazz are in a tough spot with this pick, because this is where the talent level sort of starts to taper off and it’s an eye of the beholder pick. With Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors really coming around, do you bring in players that need minutes at their spot? I opted for filling a need versus duplication.

9 – Boston Celtics – Justise Winslow SF 18 years old; 6’7″; 229 lbs.

Winslow could easily go four spots higher, but when we get to Boston at nine, this is a great fit for both Winslow and the Celtics. He can play right away, he should fit in nicely with the guards and bigs already on the roster and he’ll plug right into the Jeff Green role. This is a solid fit for both involved. The wrinkle is that Winslow could easily go higher, which means guys like Johnson or Hezonja could be here and that changes things dramatically. A dark horse here is Porzingis if he falls, even though he is awfully similar as a player to C’s big man Kelly Olynyk.

10 – Charlotte Hornets – Devin Booker SG 18 years old; 6’5″; 186 lbs.

Charlotte gets their shooter. No. 10 might be a bit high for Booker, but given the Hornets’ need for shooting and how many gaps they have filled already, this is a best talent, best fit scenario. Willie Cauley-Stein might be tempting for the Hornets especially with Al Jefferson having the option to walk away this summer. This could also be Porzingis’ floor.

11 – Detroit Pistons – Cliff Alexander PF/C 19 years old; 6’9″; 254 lbs.

The assumption with this pick is that Greg Monroe is leaving via free agency, which means Alexander plugs in next to Andre Drummond and the Pistons have a monster front line. Alexander is a Van Gundy kind of player, very tenacious and aggressive. He could be off the board higher, but if he’s there, this one might be hard to pass on. A couple names also fit here: Winslow or Johnson if either falls; this could also be where Kelly Oubre jumps up. Oubre is a draft enigma because of how he’s played at Kansas, but he could be someone a team gambles on, especially if a team believes in its development process. Sam Dekker could be an interesting pick here too.

12 – Indiana Pacers – Willie Cauley-Stein C 21 years old; 7’0″; 244 lbs.

The Pacers could lose Roy Hibbert to free agency, but regardless Cauley-Stein at 12 might be too much to wish for. It’s very possible he is long gone before 12, but if he’s there he fits in right away, is a better long-term building block for the Pacers and can do many things Hibbert can’t do. Some other options here are Jerian Grant, Kevon Looney and Winslow if he takes a tumble.

13 – New Orleans Pelicans – Frank Kaminsky PF 21 years old; 7’0″; 242 lbs.

This pick is the assumption that Omer Asik walks as a free agent. Kaminsky is not nearly the rebounder Asik is, but he is a big body that can score, play in a system and complement Anthony Davis. Fundamentally disciplined is a great way to think of Kaminsky. A couple of wrinkles here, who is making the pick? There is a real chance if the Pelicans do not make the postseason that there is change either at head coach or possibly even the front office. This pick assumes status quo. Cauley-Stein would be excellent here as would Alexander. A dark horse here could be Trey Lyles.

14 – Phoenix Suns – Caris LeVert PG/SG 20 years old; 6’7″; 200 lbs.

This one absolutely is best talent on the board. The problem here is he is coming off a major foot injury so he will have to go through a lengthy medical evaluation and teams will have to decide if the risk is worth it. Given where the Suns are talent wise now, their medical staff and the fact they can be patient makes LeVert an interesting option. This could also be where Oubre, Dekker, Looney and even Brazilian point guard George Lucas lands.

15 – Atlanta Hawks – Kelly Oubre SF 19 years old; 6’6″; 204 lbs.

This one absolutely is again best talent on the board. Oubre could be a nice talent infusion for the Hawks. The challenge here is they may go safe at 15. This pick is the result of the Joe Johnson trade in which Atlanta got the right to swap picks with Brooklyn, so this is house money so to speak. The safe pick here might be Dekker, Alexander if he falls, Looney or even Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. The Hawks have a lot of options here, but given where they are they can also afford a little risk hence the Oubre pick.

16 – Philadelphia 76ers – Sam Dekker SF 20 years old; 6’9″; 229 lbs.

This one could go a lot of ways. We have seen the 76ers make some bold moves when they have a second pick on the board, but this pick was about getting a solid contributor that can score. But how often have the 76ers shown traditional wisdom? So with that in mind, here are the swing-for-the-fence moves – Oubre, Lucas and Lyles. A dark horse here could be UNLV’s Christian Wood; he may be too similar in style to Nerlens Noel, but he might be that special talent the Sixers have been looking for.

17 – Oklahoma City Thunder – Jerian Grant PG 22 years old; 6’5″; 204 lbs.

This one is about replacing Reggie Jackson and could have gone a couple of ways. Grant is further along and a little older and more established, but another option here could be Lucas or Kris Dunn. Keep in mind, the Thunder have Josh Huestis stashed in the D-League and he’ll get a roster spot, so they may look to defer this pick a little with an international prospect or another stash in the D-League type guy. The Thunder lose this pick if it falls outside the top 18, so in this scenario they have it, but if they keep winning it goes to Cleveland.

18 – Milwaukee Bucks – Jakob Poeltl C 19 years old; 7’0″; 235 lbs.

There wasn’t much here that helps the Bucks, so this one was best big man on the board to fill in the gaps created by the Larry Sanders buy out. With Carter-Williams, Khris Middleton, a returning Jabari Parker, an evolving Giannis Antetokounmpo and John Henson, the only real need is a starting big man. The Bucks may pursue that in free agency or they may swing for a big in the draft. This could also be where you start to see UNLV’s Christian Wood get real consideration.

19 – Washington Wizards – Montrezl Harrell PF 21 years old; 6’8″; 230 lbs.

This one was tough because the Wizards do not have many needs, so this was a talent grab more than anything. Harrell is so tough to project because of his height. He is a monster physically, but undersized for the NBA front court. The Wizards could go a lot of places here: Looney, Bobby Portis, Lyles or even Dakari Johnson. A dark horse here could be Duke guard Tyus Jones, Cal’s Ty Wallace or even Louisville’s Terry Rozier.

20 – Chicago Bulls – Justin Anderson SF 21 years old; 6’6″; 222 lbs.

This one is tough because there isn’t a pure need to be filled outside of maybe a two guard, but with Jimmy Butler being so interchangeable, isn’t the biggest need perimeter scoring? Anderson is currently knocking in 48.4 percent of his threes and can score. This one is about fit, but also about best fitting talent on the board. The Bulls could try to back fill a few more spots here, but Anderson seems like the best long-term solution.

21 – San Antonio Spurs – Kevon Looney PF 19 years old; 6’9″; 220 lbs.

Looney could go significantly higher than 21, but if he is here, boy is he intriguing for the Spurs. He has crazy length and size. Looney is a monster rebounder and a fairly decent shot challenger and blocker. You have seen Looney listed all the way up to 12, so this would be something of a tumble considering what he brings to the table, but the fit would be stellar. This is also where Hollis-Jefferson, Portis, Woods and Lyles get long looks.

22 – Cleveland Cavaliers – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 20 years old; 6’6″; 212 lbs.

This one is a best on the board scenario. Hollis-Jefferson isn’t much of a perimeter scorer, but he is an energy guy that gets after it. In Cleveland, he likely plays limited minutes so his skill set could fit in nicely. It’s hard to gauge what the Cavs would truly want at this point in the season, so Hollis-Jefferson is best on the board. One thing to consider is that the Cavs may have to make a choice on Tristian Thompson and even though it seems a forgone conclusion the Cavs match free agent offers for Thompson to keep LeBron and his agents happy, Christian Wood would be a tremendous fit here.

23 – Dallas Mavericks – George Lucas PG 18 years old; 6’5″; 196 lbs.

No, it’s not the Star Wars guy, but he is an interesting draft prospect. Lucas’ full name is George Lucas Alves De Paula, so you may hear him referred to as George De Paula. Lucas has a monster 7’1 wingspan and enormous hands for a point guard. He has a stout frame and a very NBA-ready body. Word is he will begin draft preparation in the US as early as late April and could be a real sleeper in the draft process. The Mavericks could have a need at guard depending on what Rajon Rondo does in free agency and Lucas could be the kind of player the Mavericks roll the dice on, assuming the Thunder don’t poach him considerably higher. Considering how well Dennis Schroder is coming along, Lucas could get more attention in the process.

24 – Portland Trail Blazers – Bobby Portis PF 20 years old; 6’10”; 235 lbs.

Portis has some interesting attributes – he’s big and long but isn’t a blow you away athlete or leaper. This one was a tough pick; this might be best talent on the board, which shows the lack of impact at the bottom of the projected class. The Blazers could go a lot of other places here including Lyles, Woods, Tyus Jones or Ty Wallace. Dakari Johnson could be a reach at 24, but might be a solid fit too considering the uncertainty of Robin Lopez in free agency.

25 – Boston Celtics – R.J. Hunter SG 21 years old; 6’5″; 180 lbs.

This might be a reach for Hunter. He is a junior so this would be buying on what you know, not what you think he could be down the road. The Celtics have a history of drafting guys they understand, and Hunter has been around for a while. The problem with drafting a guard is the Celtics are loaded with guards, including James Young who they drafted last year and haven’t found much time for. A smarter play here might be a swing man or another small forward or a deferred pick. Something else to consider is this is where Boston starts to sell off a pick for a second-rounder or future assets. With all the picks the Celtics have amassed, at some point they are going to have too many young guys, which is why drafting a somewhat established player like Hunter might make sense. There’s a lower ceiling, but a smaller learning curve too.

26 – Toronto Raptors – Christian Wood PF 19 years old; 6’11”; 220 lbs.

This might be really low for Wood. He has crazy length and size and has posted solid numbers at UNLV. He’s 19, 6’11, has 7’2 wingspan and is posting 2.9 blocks per game (one of the top shot blockers in the nation). Wood has a solid handle for a big man and is pretty solid off the bounce. If there is a real dark-horse in this process, it might be Woods. However, as this mock played out, Woods is there for the Raptors, which would be a steal for them. He’d be the perfect complement to Jonas Valanciunas and could play right away for the Raptors. This one might be a stretch because the odds that he’s here at 26 are slim.

27 – Los Angeles Lakers – Trey Lyles PF 19 years old; 6’10”; 250 lbs.

The Lakers might be able to do better than Lyles, but this would be a best-upside pick. Lyles clocks in at 6’10 with a 7’3 wingspan, so as they say, you can’t teach length. Lyles could be a very nice complementary player to fellow UK alum Julius Randle. Not sure I am in love with this pick, but that’s how it played out. Other options that make sense here are Utah’s Delon Wright, Ty Wallace or even Vandy sophomore Damian Jones if he opts to declare.

28 – Cleveland Cavaliers – Kris Dunn PG 20 years old; 6’4″; 205 lbs.

This one is best upside and fit on the board. The Cavs have to make a decision on potential restricted free agent Iman Shumpert and Dunn would give them a solid, ready-to-play backup point guard that can be a real playmaker from the bench. He is big and strong and a little more physically mature than some of the other options. This one could really go a lot of ways, but given the Cavs’ situation, adding a ready-to-play, versatile guard with length makes the most sense. The Cavs could also start collecting size here with Johnson, Upshaw or even Gonzaga big man Domantas Sabonis.

29 – Brooklyn Nets – Dakari Johnson C 19 years old; 6’11”; 263 lbs.

This one is best talent on the board. Johnson could go substantially higher, but if he’s here, he is a solid pick up for the Nets who may lose Brook Lopez to free agency. This is where things get massively unpredictable in the draft because the talent available from 25 to 45 is about equal.

30 – Golden State Warriors – Robert Upshaw C 21 years old; 7’0″; 264 lbs.

The only spot the Warriors really need anything at is center, so Upshaw represents the best talent at the center spot on the board. Clearly the Warriors could trade out of the guaranteed salary associated with this pick or trade the pick entirely for a second rounder (who wouldn’t be guaranteed). Not sure there is a lot on the board that other teams would trade for, but this is also where draft and stash comes into play in a major way.

So there you have it… 30 picks and my logic behind all of them. If you want to toss in your thoughts in the comment section below, fire away.

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Steve Kyler is the Editor and Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA and basketball for the last 17 seasons.

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NBA Daily: 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft – 3/19/19

With the field of teams set for the 2019 NCAA March Madness tournament, things should get noisy over the next few weeks on the NBA Draft front. Steve Kyler offers up another 60-pick Mock Draft before all the zaniness begins.

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Let the Madness begin.

The basketball world will shift its attention to college basketball’s biggest stage over the next few weeks, especially this weekend’s opening round of 64.

While the tournament doesn’t necessarily make or break a player’s draft stock, this will be the first time some notable draft prospects will face elite talent and, more importantly, the pressure of the big stage. You can check out march madness predictions 2019 here.

Expect things in the draft world to start to percolate, not just because of the magnitude of the games, but also because a lot of NBA scouts will be in the same places, which is where the draft chatter originates.

Equally, a lot of NBA teams will watch games together in the conference rooms this week, so more group discussion on players will happen inside NBA teams’ front offices, and that could lead to new preference information flowing into the NBA Draft information bubble.

Here is this week’s 60-Pick Mock Draft, based on NBA games played through 3/18/19:

Here are the first-round picks that are owed and how those picks landed where they are.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyle Korver trade in 2017, which is top-10 protected. But based on the standings, it will not be conveyed.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the Memphis Grizzlies first-round pick as a result of the three-team Jeff Green trade in 2015; the pick is top-eight protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Dallas Mavericks first-round pick as a result of the Luka Dončić – Trae Young swap on draft night in 2018. The pick is top-five protected and, based on the standings, would convey.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the more favorable of either the Sacramento Kings or Philadelphia 76ers first-round picks as part of the Markelle Fultz pre-draft trade in 2017. Based on the current standings, the Kings pick is the more favorable and would convey to Boston.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the LA Clippers first-round pick as a result of the Deyonta Davis draft day trade with Memphis in 2016. The Grizzlies got the pick in their Jeff Green/Lance Stephenson deal at the deadline in 2016. The pick is lottery protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are to receive the Houston Rockets first-round pick as a result of the three-team deadline deal that sent out Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss.

The Brooklyn Nets are to receive the Denver Nuggets first-round pick as a result of the Kenneth Faried – Darrell Arthur trade in July 2018. The pick is top-12 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The San Antonio Spurs are to receive the Toronto Raptors first-round pick as a result of the Kawhi Leonard – DeMar DeRozan trade in July 2018. The pick is top-20 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are to receive the Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick as a result of the Eric Bledsoe trade in 2017. The pick has top 3 and 17-30 protections, designed to yield a lottery-level pick to Phoenix. Based on the current standings this pick would not convey. If the debt is not settled this year, the pick in 2020 would be top-7 protected.

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NBA Daily: 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft – 3/12/19

The annual March Madness tournament gets underway next week, and draft hype will really start to rev up. Steve Kyler offers up another 2019 60-pick mock draft.

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Things are starting to heat up on the NBA Draft front specifically for those teams already eliminated or facing playoff elimination this week.

The 2019 March Madness Tournament kicks off next Tuesday with the “First Four,” and the major teams and players take the floor on March 21st and 22nd, which will ramp up draft talk and ranking speculation.

It’s important to state that while the NCAA Tournament brings a ton of visibility to players, it isn’t nearly the deciding factor some like to make it out to be. Most NBA teams have a good grasp on their top 100 players and have thoroughly scouted and investigated those players. The tournament stage often helps answer questions and assumptions, but usually, teams already have an idea of what players are going to be at the next level.

That’s not to say a bubble guy can’t push himself one way or the other with a strong or weak performance, but usually, the idea that the tournament can catapult a guy way up or way down typically is not the case. Most insiders will say a good tournament can help win over scouts and executives, but that a bad showing doesn’t necessarily hurt as much as you’d think, unless its an utter collapse. So be careful about tournament exuberance – the hype is never as real as you think, any more than the idea of draft stock declines.

There is some truth to this idea, a lot of NBA general managers – especially ones running winning teams – don’t spend as much time scouting as say teams looking at the lottery, so there is a chance for a player to catch a GM’s eye, especially players on non-major teams. The draft is littered with mid-major guys jumping into the discussion, but usually, it means more draft workouts.

Donte DiVincenzo helped himself tremendously last year, but it was his draft workouts that really sealed the deal for him. No one is drafting a guy on his tournament play. It’s way too big a decision for one weekend to make or break a player at the next level.

Here is this week’s Mock Draft:

Here are the first-round picks that are owed and how those picks landed where they are.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyle Korver trade in 2017, which is top-10 protected. But based on the standings, it will not be conveyed.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Dallas Mavericks first-round pick as a result of the Luka Dončić – Trae Young swap on draft night in 2018. The pick is top-five protected and, based on the standings, would convey.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the Memphis Grizzlies first-round pick as a result of the three-team Jeff Green trade in 2015; the pick is top-eight protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the more favorable of either the Sacramento Kings or Philadelphia 76ers first-round picks as part of the Markelle Fultz pre-draft trade in 2017. Based on the current standings, the Kings pick is the more favorable and would convey to Boston.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the LA Clippers first-round pick as a result of the Deyonta Davis draft day trade with Memphis in 2016. The Grizzlies got the pick in their Jeff Green/Lance Stephenson deal at the deadline in 2016. The pick is lottery protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are to receive the Houston Rockets first-round pick as a result of the three-team deadline deal that sent out Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss.

The Brooklyn Nets are to receive the Denver Nuggets first-round pick as a result of the Kenneth Faried – Darrell Arthur trade in July 2018. The pick is top-12 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The San Antonio Spurs are to receive the Toronto Raptors first-round pick as a result of the Kawhi Leonard – DeMar DeRozan trade in July 2018. The pick is top-20 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are to receive the Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick as a result of the Eric Bledsoe trade in 2017. The pick has top 3 and 17-30 protections, designed to yield a lottery-level pick to Phoenix. Based on the current standings this pick would not convey. If the debt is not settled this year, the pick in 2020 would be top-7 protected.

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NBA Daily: 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft 3/5/19

With the college basketball season starting to wind down, the NBA Draft will play a bigger part of the NBA conversation, Steve Kyler offers up another 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft.

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As the college basketball regular season starts to wind down, and the March Madness Tournament starts to rev up, the 2019 NBA Draft will play a bigger and bigger role in the NBA conversation, especially with NBA teams already eliminated from the postseason (sorry Phoenix).

The Basketball Insiders Top 100 has had its biggest update of the season (http://www.basketballinsiders.com/top-100-nba-draft-prospects/), which means this week’s Mock Draft reflects some of the biggest moves so far.

It’s important to note that the Mock Draft process is not meant to be a direct reflection of the Top 100 prospects. While the top of every draft reflects the top guys, as the draft plays out, many teams – especially those with multiple picks will start to use those picks for the future – meaning draft and stash scenarios come into play.

Also, keep in mind some picks are safer bets than others, even safer than betting on the Final Four.

With that in mind, here is how this week’s Mock Draft played out:

There are a number of first-round picks that are owed. Here is how those picks landed where they are.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyle Korver trade in 2017, which is top-10 protected. But based on the standings, it will not be conveyed.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the Memphis Grizzlies first-round pick as a result of the three-team Jeff Green trade in 2015; the pick is top-eight protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Dallas Mavericks first-round pick as a result of the Luka Dončić – Trae Young swap on draft night in 2018. The pick is top-five protected and, based on the standings, would convey.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the more favorable of either the Sacramento Kings or Philadelphia 76ers first-round picks as part of the Markelle Fultz pre-draft trade in 2017. Based on the current standings, the Kings pick is the more favorable and would convey to Boston.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the LA Clippers first-round pick as a result of the Deyonta Davis draft day trade with Memphis in 2016. The Grizzlies got the pick in their Jeff Green/Lance Stephenson deal at the deadline in 2016. The pick is lottery protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are to receive the Houston Rockets first-round pick as a result of the three-team deadline deal that sent out Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss.

The Brooklyn Nets are to receive the Denver Nuggets first-round pick as a result of the Kenneth Faried – Darrell Arthur trade in July 2018. The pick is top-12 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The San Antonio Spurs are to receive the Toronto Raptors first-round pick as a result of the Kawhi Leonard – DeMar DeRozan trade in July 2018. The pick is top-20 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are to receive the Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick as a result of the Eric Bledsoe trade in 2017. The pick has top 3 and 17-30 protections, designed to yield a lottery-level pick to Phoenix. Based on the current standings this pick would not convey. If the debt is not settled this year, the pick in 2020 would be top-7 protected.

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