The NBA draft is on June 21st, a mere few weeks away. We are so close to one of the best NBA moments of the year. We will find out who is the next superstar, and who is the next major bust. Where will players like DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic land? Who will be the next late round steal? Let’s get into this full, two round mock.
1. Phoenix Suns: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
DeAndre Ayton has made it blatantly clear that he wants to and expects to be the number one pick in this draft. Phoenix has a big hole at center and Ayton is one of the best players in the class. Keeping Ayton in Arizona seems like a perfect fit. He is a hybrid of the old and new center: he shoots the three and has great mobility and can bang down low with the best of them. Ayton has superstar upside and paired with Devin Booker, could once again help form a playoff team in Phoenix.
2. Sacramento Kings: Luka Doncic, G, Real Madrid (Spain)
Luka Doncic is the best player in this draft, and if Vlade Divac passes on him, he is a fool. Many mocks have seen Doncic fall out of the top four but I just can’t rationalize that. Sure he isn’t a great defender or overly athletic but his passing, shooting, scoring, and overall creative offensive ability make him a can’t miss prospect. Not to mention, he is playing better competition than anyone in this class in the Euroleague and is the MVP in a league of seasoned veterans where 19-year-olds like Doncic typically don’t get significant minutes. Vlade Divac, please, for the sake of your franchise, draft Luka Doncic.
3. Atlanta Hawks: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas
Bamba is an absolute freak. A center with an NBA best 7’10” wingspan and a developing three-point shot. He is a unicorn in every way and could be the best defensive center in the NBA in a season or two. Think Rudy Gobert with a jump shot. He is still very raw but Atlanta has a very solid coaching staff and player development program. Pairing Bamba with John Collins could form one of the most formidable big man duos in the NBA.
4. Memphis Grizzlies: Marvin Bagley III, F, Duke
Marvin Bagley III is more than just an incredible athlete. He is an elite rebounder on both sides of the floor, has a lethal left-handed hook shot, and has shown flashes of a three-point shot. There are questions about his defense and he is still raw but Bagley’s upside makes him a no-brainer top-five pick. He fits Memphis’ culture like a glove: a tough, gritty player. He has potential to be a superstar big man and can play next to Marc Gasol. If Bagley develops quick enough, the Grizzlies could once again be in playoff contention.
5. Dallas Mavericks: Jaren Jackson Jr., C, Mighican State
Jackson is a very high upside prospect. He is long, athletic, a great rim protector, and has shown flashes of a three-point shot. Dallas is in dire need of a defensive presence at center and a second star next to Dennis Smith Jr. Jackson could be that defensive player early in his career and through some development, become the second star that every team needs.
6. Orlando Magic: Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma
Trae Young and the Orlando Magic are a match made in heaven. Sure he has problems with his shot selection and defense but he has reportedly gained quite a bit of muscle. Either way, his elite shooting, passing, and ball handling will make him a deadly offensive player in the NBA. The Magic are desperately lacking a point guard; Young would be able to be the focal point of the offense for a Magic team with little identity or direction. If they are able to retain Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac is to develop, the dark cloud lingering over Orlando may finally float away.
7. Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr., PF, Duke
Carter was overshadowed by Marvin Bagley III for most of his freshman season but Carter is an excellent prospect in his own right. He is a three-point shooter, has a developed post game, and is a great rebounder. He projects as a center in the. Carter may never be a star but could be an integral piece in a championship team, like Al Horford. He and Lauri Markkanen form an excellent frontcourt with great spacing, scoring, rebounding, and defense.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Michael Porter Jr., F, Missouri
Michael Porter Jr. is a monumental risk at this point, in my eyes. We still haven’t seen any evidence that Porter has regained his explosiveness in any capacity and back injured at this age can be detrimental. If he does turn out to be just as good as talented as he was in high school, this would be a massive steal. At his best, Porter can score from all over the field and is an uber-athlete. Cleveland will be doing everything they can to keep LeBron James home, and taking a risk on a potential superstar may be their only option.
9. New York Knicks: Mikal Bridges, F, Villanova
Bridges is a prototypical modern NBA wing: an elite three-point shooter, a long, elite defender, a fluid athlete, and a developing scorer. His skill set will make him a player that almost every team will have on their radars. New York has a gaping hole at small forward; Bridges will start day one for them there. Mikal Bridges is the perfect glue guy on a championship team and if he can develop into a reliable scorer, he could become a top player in the NBA.
10. Philadelphia 76ers: Lonnie Walker IV, G, Miami
The Philadelphia 76ers have some of their wing players like J.J. Redick and Marco Bellineli entering free agency. They, like Walker, are great floor spacers, but Walker has the potential to be an offensive star. He is a super athlete with an excellent three-point shot, great finishing ability due to his body control, and the mentality and tools to be a very solid defender. Walker doesn’t need the ball in his hands to score and can allow Ben Simmons to run the show. When asked, however, he can get his own shot and has shown flashes of playmaking ability.
11. Charlotte Hornets: Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama
Sexton is a quick-twitch athlete with a lightning first step. He is adept at driving to the rim and has a lethal pull up jumper. Most importantly, he has an unmatched competitive fire, passion, heart, and drive. He scored 40 playing three on five and willed his Alabama team to the NCAA tournament. With their new coaching staff, nobody on the Hornets is safe, including Kemba Walker. If they draft Sexton, they will be able to trade Walker for more assets.
12. Los Angeles Clippers: Shai-Gilgeous Alexander, G, Kentucky
Alexander was generally off NBA radars at the beginning of the season but turned into Kentucky’s most important player by the end of the year. He isn’t the most athletic, has a slim frame, and is not a volume shooter, but his defense and creative ability on offense make him very valuable. Milos Teodosic and Patrick Beverly both have their roles but neither is a star. Gilgeous-Alexander could be the star point guard that the Clippers have missed since Chris Paul left town.
13. Los Angeles Clippers: Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State
Bridges is a strong, athletic wing with a developing game. He is a great rebounder, an explosive leaper, and has a developing offensive game. The Clippers could use someone like Bridges to play the small-ball four position. He has a solid handle but would be an excellent 3-D player right away with the chance to become a star in the future.
14. Denver Nuggets: Kevin Knox, F, Kentucky
Knox is a smooth and fluid athlete who can create his own shot. He has the potential to be a knockdown three-point shooter in the NBA. Denver has Will Barton entering agency and an aging Wilson Chandler holding up the small forward position. Knox slides in as a day one starter and could provide a significant offensive spark for one of the best offensive teams in the NBA.
15. Washington Wizards: Mitchell Robinson, C, USA
Robinson decided to leave Western Kentucky early to prepare for the NBA draft. He was regarded as one of the top centers coming out of high school in 2017, along with DeAndre Ayton and Mo Bamba. He is very athletic, mobile, and a great rebounder. However, his offensive game is limited to dunks and putbacks and there are questions about his defense. The fact that he hasn’t played any top-level competition hurts his stock. The Wizards have one of the worst constructed rosters in the NBA and are in need of a high upside big like Robinson.
16. Phoenix Suns: Zhaire Smith, G, Texas Tech
Zhaire Smith wasn’t a top 100 recruit to begin the season but injuries saw him become a vital cog in the Texas Tech machine that made a deep run in the NCAA tourney. He has a very unique skill set: he is super athletic, an excellent shot blocker and rebounder for a guard, and a solid shooter. Smith is still raw offensively but his energy, athleticism, and defense make him an excellent pick here. He will be a valuable defender and floor spacer for Phoenix early with potential for more later in his career.
17. Milwaukee Bucks: Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M
Robert Williams’ athleticism, rebounding ability, and defensive upside makes him a great modern center with the upside of a guy like Clint Capela or DeAndre Jordan. However, his offensive game is very limited to putbacks and dunks. Will he ever be a floor spacer or be able to get his own shot? The Bucks still don’t have a center of the future and love drafting long and athletic players. His inability to space the floor may be an issue paired with Giannis Antetokounmpo but his athleticism and defense make him great value outside of the lottery.
18. San Antonio Spurs: Troy Brown Jr., G, Oregon
Brown isn’t an explosive athlete or a great distance shooter but he is a mature player for an 18-year-old. He has a mature and varied offensive game. with a cornucopia of pull-ups, fadeaways, and driving to the rim. Brown is a capable playmaker, rebounder, and defender, making him a very valuable role player in San Antonio’s system. Gregg Popovich would love to get his hands on a versatile, hard-working wing like Brown
19. Atlanta Hawks: Chandler Hutchison, F, Boise State
Hutchison is a versatile forward without a true weakness. He is a good shooter, a solid ball handler and passer, a good rebounder, and a good defender. Hutchison was able to dominate at times at Boise State, like his school-record 44 point game against San Diego State. Atlanta could use all of the versatile 3-D wings they can get and Hutchison is a great bet at 19.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Huerter, F, Maryland
Huerter has flown up draft boards during this pre-draft process and most recently dominated the NBA combine. He is more than just a knockdown shooter. Huerter is a versatile scorer who can get his own shot off of the dribble and has also shown some defensive potential. The Timberwolves have one of the worst benches in the NBA and are one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the NBA. They attempted the least amount of threes per game of any team last year. Hurter provides valuable depth and floor spacing for a Minnesota team on the brink of playoff success.
21. Utah Jazz: Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA
The Utah Jazz are in need of another guard, especially with Dante Exum potentially leaving in free agency. They lack depth at point guard and who knows if Ricky Rubio can keep up his great play. Holiday’s athleticism or physical tools won’t blow you away but he is a smart, tough player. Holiday is a great shooter, ball handler, and playmaker. He can get his own shots and make plays for his teammates. Many have touted him to be better than his brothers Jrue and Justin; he could see starter minutes in his rookie season in Utah.
22. Chicago Bulls: Melvin Frazier Jr., F, Tulane
Frazier massively improved his game in his junior season at Tulane. He showed that he can lead the offense, play lockdown defense, and increased his three-point percentage by a whopping 12%. Frazier is an elite athlete, a good three-point shooter, and an excellent perimeter defender who can guard multiple positions. His skill set is tailor-made for the modern NBA. He fills the void at small forward in Chicago and could be starting day one.
23. Indiana Pacers: Donte DiVincenzo, G, Villanova
DiVincenzo burst onto the scene in the NCAA championship game, capping off his magical tournament run with a 31 point outburst. He put his full skill set on display: the shooting, the versatile offense, the defense, and the athleticism. At the NBA combine, he dominated the competition. DiVincenzo is a versatile 6’5″ guard with an excellent three-point shot, great athleticism, and is a willing defender. He should be a valuable wing off of the bench and could earn starter’s minutes if he plays well enough.
24. Portland Trail Blazers: Anfernee Simons, G, IMG (HS)
Simons has decided to forgo the NCAA, coming into the draft as a fifth-year high school senior. This definitely provides some questions about his game. At 6’3″, he is undersized for the two but isn’t a true point guard. However, he is a good shooter and a smooth scorer, giving him solid upside. Portland could be drafting for the highest upside here in lieu of their playoff meltdown.
25. Los Angeles Lakers: Omari Spellman, C, Villanova
Spellman showed us what he can do in Villanova’s championship run. He is a floor spacer, an active defender, a good rebounder, and a high energy player. He isn’t super athletic or a great offensive player but should be a good backup big man for the Lakers who are looking to add a superstar or two in free agency.
26. Philadelphia 76ers: Dzanan Musa, F, Cedevita (Croatia)
Musa projects as a potential 20+ points per game scorer at the next level. He is a fluid athlete, creative scorer, and good shooter. His defense, frame, and overall quickness are definitely issues but Philly may be his best situation. Acting as a scorer off the bench along with playing with Ben Simmons may be best for his development.
27. Boston Celtics: Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova
The Celtics could be having point guard issues in the near future. Marcus Smart could be out this offseason, Terry Rozier is a restricted free agent and could demand more than the Celtics will pay him, and Kyrie Irving may even leave at some point. Adding Brunson should be a no-brainer here. He is not the most athletic guard but Brunson is an excellent shooter, ball handler, and creator with championship pedigree.
28. Golden State Warriors: Jerome Robinson, G, Boston College
Robinson is a dynamic scorer with shades of Devin Booker in his game; he averaged 24.3 points per game last year in ACC play. He is an excellent three-point shooter and a creative scorer. Robinson uses all manner of ball handling moves, footwork, and gets to his spot with ease to scorer. The rich get richer here, as the NBA champions add another valuable shooter and scorer off of the bench.
29. Brooklyn Nets: Keita Bates-Diop, F, Ohio State
Diop broke out in his senior season, averaging 19.8 points per game en route to a Big-10 player of the year season. He is a great shooter and a very versatile scorer who is adept at getting to the rim. He should be able to step in day one for the Nets and provide an offensive spark. With some development, he could be making plays for his teammates and playing solid defense as well.
30. Atlanta Hawks: Trevon Duval, PG, Duke
Many mocks have Duval falling well out of the first round but I believe he should be considered higher than him. I have questions about his three-point shot and overall consistency but he is very athletic, a good playmaker, and a potential solid defender. Adding a three-point shot could see him becoming an excellent all-around player on the next level and a steal at the back of the first.
31. Phoenix Suns: Elie Okobo, G, Pau-Orthez (France)
The 20-year-old Frenchman is a very intriguing foreign prospect. The 6’3″ combo guard is a smooth athlete, a versatile scorer, and a great shooter. Phoenix’s need for a point guard could see him playing early in his rookie year.
32. Memphis Grizzlies: Khyri Thomas, G, Creighton
Thomas was a star at Creighton and projects to be a valuable 3-D player in the NBA. He is a good shooter, a decent creator, and a very good perimeter defender.
33. Dallas Mavericks: Jacob Evans, G/F, Cincinnati
Evans is a jack of all trades; he is a gritty defender and an excellent three-point shooter. He should be a valuable role player for the Mavs who desperately need defensive help.
34. Atlanta Hawks: Josh Okogie, G, Georgia Tech
Okogie showed out at the NBA combine, putting his skill set on display. He is a great scorer, a good shooter, a great athlete, and a very good defender. He projects as a valuable 3-D wing in the NBA.
35. Orlando Magic: Moritz Wagner, C, Michigan
Wagner isn’t the most mobile or best defensive prospect but Michigan’s run to the NCAA championship displayed his strengths. He is a smooth offensive player with a great three-point shot, a good handle for a big, and capable passing ability. His offensive upside alone makes him worth a look at the back end of the first round.
36. New York Knicks: De’Anthony Melton, G, USC
Melton’s sophomore season ended before it started due to FBI investigations, having Melton withdraw from USC. From what we saw in his freshman year, he is a big guard with the ability to flat out get buckets. He also has significant defensive potential and could become a star if things fall into place.
37. Sacramento Kings: Bonzie Colson, F, Notre Dame
Colson is this draft’s potential Draymond Green. He is very versatile; a solid defender, a great rebounder, a good inside scorer, and a potential solid floor spacer. He projects as a solid bench player and potentially more if his jumper improves.
38. Philadelphia 76ers: Jarred Vanderbilt, F, Kentucky
Vanderbilt was regarded as a top prospect before the season but his stock has dropped after a poor freshman year. Still, he is athletic and a plus rebounder, making him a good gamble here for the Nets.
39. Philadelphia 76ers: Gary Trent Jr., G, Duke
Trent is an excellent three-point shooter, a crafty scorer, and a decent defender with his stiff 6’6″ build. He projects as a valuable floor spacer and eventual scorer at some point.
40. Brooklyn Nets: Shake Milton, G, SMU
The 6’7″ point guard lead the SMU offense, making plays for his teammates and hitting on catch and shoot threes. He has issues with his defense and polish but is an intriguing prospect with quite a bit of upside.
41. Orlando Magic: Bruce Brown, G, Miami
Brown’s sophomore season was hampered with injuries and he shot poorly from three. However, he is a good rim attacker and tough defensively.
42. Detroit Pistons: Landry Shamet, G, Wichita State
Shamet is a lethal three-point shooter with a long frame and good defensive upside. He could take over the starting point guard job in Detroit if everything goes to plan.
43. Denver Nuggets: Jevon Carter, G, West Virginia
Carter is a tough, gritty, and competitive senior point guard. He has a good three-point shot and is a capable playmaker, making him an ideal backup point guard.
44. Washington Wizards: Kevin Hervey, F, Texas-Arlington
Kevin Hervey projects as a versatile defensive wing in the NBA. The 6’8″ mid-major star has injury concerns but his potential as a three and D wing makes him very valuable.
45. Brooklyn Nets: Grayson Allen, G, Duke
Allen tested well at the combine, showing off his athleticism. His career is marred with character issues but his potential as a scorer off the bench makes him a potential buy.
46. Houston Rockets: Hamidou Diallo, G, Kentucky
Houston uses their only pick of this draft on Diallo, a very raw guard with solid potential. He is lackadaisical on defense and very inconsistent offensively but has the potential jumper and excellent athleticism to become a solid bench player.
47. Los Angeles Lakers: Alize Johnson, F, Missouri State
Johnson is a very unique prospect, a forward with an ability to handle the ball and shoot the long ball. His lack of defense and rebounding will hurt him as a forward but his offensive potential is intriguing.
48. Minnesota Timberwolves: Isaac Bonga, PG/F, Fraport Skyliners (Germany)
Bonga is a very interesting prospect; a 6’8″ guy with the body of a wing who plays like a point guard. His playmaking and size making him an intriguing draft and stash prospect at this point.
49. San Antonio Spurs: Chimezie Metu, PF, USC
Metu is a high energy big man who has shown flashes of a three-point shot and some advanced offensive moves. San Antonio always seems to find gems late in the draft and with them being thin at big, Metu could find his way into the rotation.
50. Indiana Pacers: Tony Carr, G, Penn State
Carr is a big, 6’5″ point guard with a good three-point stroke, good athleticism, and a polished offensive game. Learning under veterans Darren Collison and Cory Joseph will help his development.
51. New Orleans Pelicans: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, G/F, Kansas
Svi Mykhailiuk is a versatile wing with a knockdown three-point shot, an ability to create off of the dribble, and a capable defender. He is only 21 but has the benefit of four years of NCAA experience.
52. Utah Jazz: Kenrich Williams, F, TCU
Williams is a bit of a tweener at 6’7″, lacking great athleticism. However, he is a plus defender, a great rebounder, and a solid floor spacer, making him worth a look in the second round.
53. Oklahoma City Thunder: Malik Newman, G, Kansas
Newman is a scoring wing with a great three-point shot (41.5%). He is a smooth athlete and can create his own shot. He provides invaluable floor spacing on a team with the most ball dominant player in the NBA.
54. Dallas Mavericks: Rodions Kurucs, F, FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain)
Kurucs is a scoring wing with good size and some defensive potential. The 76ers could stash him until they need to bring him over.
55. Charlotte Hornets: Rawle Alkins, G, Arizona
Alkins’ foot injury decreased his athleticism and defensive ability, which were one of his calling cards. Yet, if he can recover and improve, he could be a solid bench 3-D wing off of the bench.
56. Philadelphia 76ers: Justin Jackson, F, Maryland
Jackson had his season ended early in December with a torn labrum, decreasing his stock massively. He is still a smooth offensive minded versatile wing, making him a solid value late in the draft.
57. Oklahoma City Thunder: Devon Hall, G, Virginia
Hall is a smooth wing with a lights-out three-point shot (43.2%). He could act as another floor off of the bench for a Thunder team that desperately needs room for Westbrook.
58. Denver Nuggets: Brandon McCoy, C, UNLV
The Nuggets snag an old school, back to the basket center with a developed post game. He attacks the glass well and defends well down low. McCoy scored 33 and grabbed 10 boards against DeAndre Ayton.
59. Phoenix Suns: Devonte’ Graham, PG, Kansas
Late in the draft, Phoenix comes away with a savvy veteran point guard. Graham isn’t the most athletic or has the highest upside but his shooting and overall offensive polish could see him becoming a starter for this Suns team in the future.
60. Philadelphia 76ers: Tyler Hall, SG, Montana
The mid-major guard is an excellent three point shooter and a crafty scorer. He could provide an offensive spark off of the bench.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.