NBA Mock Draft: Vol. IV

NBA Mock Draft: Vol. IV

NBA Mock Draft

The Draft inches closer each day. With the NCAA Withdrawl deadline passing, we now have a better idea of what prospects will be hoping to hear their name on Draft night. Let's take another look at where we might see prospects end up.

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
POSITION
ANALYSIS
1 Nor Zion Williamson F In other news, water is still wet. 
2 mem Ja Morant G No this is not going to be a debate. Don't fall for the last minute smoke that the Grizzlies might go another direction here...It's Morant
3 nyk RJ Barrett G/F Remember folks, it's reaching peak rumor season. So no, I do not believe the Knicks are trying to trade out of this spot. Take the best player available and get ready for a big summer. 
4 lal Jarrett Culver SG Garland is going to be the common pick here, but for now, let's throw a bit of a curveball. If the Lakers decide to go in another direction, I think that Culver makes the most sense here. Reddish will be a close second, but for now let's go with Culver, who has intriguing length and defensive potential from the shooting guard position. 
5 cle De'Andre Hunter F De'Andre Hunter ending up in Cleveland might not be the sexiest pick for Cavaliers fans, but it's going to be a good one. Hunter and Sexton will set the tone defensively for this young team for years to come. By adding Hunter, you're also giving new Head Coach Josh Beilein some versatility on the defensive side of the ball. 
6 phx Darius Garland G This is where the draft could start to take a serious change. There are some rumblings about the Suns wanting to move this pick for an established veteran Point Guard. If Garland comes off the board early, don't be surprised to see someone make a move to jump up here. 
7 chi Coby White G RUMOR SEASON has the Bulls with a "Promise" to Coby White. I think Rumors are always comical, but the fit would make some sense. The Bulls need an upgrade from the Kris Dunn experience. Coby is lightning in a bottle and a nice fit moving forward for the Bulls organization. 
8 atl Cameron Reddish F I can't seem to talk myself out of how perfect of a fit Cameron Reddish would be in Atlanta. So don't be upset if you see him mocked here repeatedly. A curveball I'm starting to ponder is if the Lakers start to consider Reddish at 4.  
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Sekou Doumbouya F Some people might talk about the Lakers and Suns as being the "start of the draft" but I think Washington is the true wildcard of the lottery. The Wizards are still in the process of figuring out their Front Office, so it's hard to get a feeling of what they might do here. Sekou would be good value here but would require some patience in his raw development. 
10 atl Brandon Clarke F/C I'm a big believer in the Hawks adding Brandon Clarke here. A potential pairing of Clarke and John Collins would be exciting as long as this Hawks organization is comfortable with being a bit undersized in the 4/5 positions. Clarke would provide an immediate impact on the defensive side of the ball and his offense is on the way up. 
11 min Rui Hachimura F Another Rumor has the T'Wolves fascinated with Rui Hachimura of Gonzaga. I like the fit a lot for the Wolves as Hachimura has a great combination of Size and possesses the ability to become a promising weapon over time. He's going to take some time to "click" but this Wolves team can bring him along slowly. 
12 cha Jaxson Hayes C Charlotte is going to be another wildcard in this lottery like the Wizards. With Kemba Walker scheduled to become a Free Agent, don't be surprised if the Hornets try to go in a number of different directions here. Romeo Langford would be another name to consider here. For now, let's give the Hornets a raw shot blocking big. 
13 mia Nassir Little F Pat Riley would jump all over the once projected top 5 selection in Nassir Little. I think this would be a blessing in disguise for Little, who wouldn't be rushed into action and has the potential to become a star if the right organization gets his hand on him. 
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(via SAC)

Romeo Langford G I'm starting to seriously believe that Danny Ainge and company are going to be holding onto all of their picks this draft. Sorry Anthony Davis dreamers. While I think PJ Washington would be a perfect match for the Celtics, let's just entertain another idea here. Boston needs to add some scoring off of the bench and Langford would be an intriguing option here. Once considered a preseason top 5 selection, Langford has the potential to be a steal in the first round. The pre-draft process is going to be crucial for him. 
15 det Keldon Johnson F Detroit finds themselves needing to add a two-way wing in this draft. Some might argue that this is a bit early for Kentucky's Keldon Johnson, but if the draft falls this way, don't be surprised to see Detroit take a flier. Johnson has great size and has the desire to be an impactful player on the defensive side of the ball. 
16 orl Nickeil Alexander-Walker G I like what Orlando has done in terms of developing their frontcourt over the last several years. If the Magic are convinced that big man Nikola Vucevic is on his way out, they might look to add another option but I like the idea of adding Alexander-Walker here to their backcourt. 
17 brk Grant Williams F Brooklyn is going to have a nice opportunity to add two pieces to the puzzle in this year's first round. Grant Williams would be a great option off the bench for this team. While some mock drafts have Bol Bol here, I'm not seeing it happening.
18 ind Carsen Edwards G Call me crazy, it's okay. I like the idea of adding some firepower to Indiana's backcourt. Don't be surprised if the Pacers try to swing for the fences with this one. Edwards would create some serious offense off the bench for the Pacers.
19 sas Mfiondu Kabengele F/C I think that Kabengele is slowly starting to creep up some draft boards and you can see the intrigue when you turn on the film. Kabengele has a great frame and plays through the whistle. He'd be a great developmental asset for this Spurs organization. 
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(via LAC)

Goga Bitadze C If Boston is going to keep all of their picks, look for them to add a European prospect as well. While I don't think that Goga is going to be a "stash" candidate, I think the value here is too intriguing.  
21 okc Matisse Thybulle G/F Another rumor out there has the Thunder with a potential promise to Thybulle. While I'd prefer the Thunder to go after another shooting threat like Cameron Johnson or Tyler Herro, there's some serious intrigue with Thybulle's potential once his offensive game develops. 
22 bos Cameron Johnson  F Another bit of a wildcard here, but I could see the Celtics being intrigued with Johnson's versatility off the bench. Boston is going to need to give a "jolt" to their bench scoring this offseason. Johnson would give them an intriguing shooter from deep who can play multiple positions with good size.
23 uta Chuma Okeke F Utah is going to be in a position to add to their treasure chest of assets and I think it's time for them to add another versatile forward. Okeke was on the rise before an injury in the NCAA tournament and offers some serious defensive versatility. 
24 phi Tyler Herro G I like this fit a lot for Sixers fans and while the team will look to bring back JJ Reddick, I don't see the problem with adding another promising scorer like Herro. The smooth-shooting weapon from Kentucky would be too good of value here to pass up. 
25 por Talen Horton-Tucker SG THT is one of the most intriguing prospects in this class. He's listed at 6'4, 233 pounds but possesses an alien-like 7'1" wingspan. Horton-Tucker shows flashes of brilliance and has underrated vision especially when in transition. He has the potential to be a valuable threat on defense in switching situations.
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(via HOU)

Nic Claxton F/C It was a bit of a surprise to see the Georgia Bulldogs big man keep his name in the NBA draft and I don't see Claxton doing that unless he's pretty confident that he's going to end up as a first-round selection. Cleveland would be wise to jump all over his set of tools. Claxton had the potential to become a top 10 pick next year with another year of progress at Georgia. 
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(via DEN)

KZ Okpala G/F Brooklyn is no stranger to taking on some developmental projects and adding Okpala to the puzzle would be a nice get. KZ showed some serious progression in his Sophomore year at Stanford and is still trying to figure out how to use his added length. He's a good bet to spend some valuable time in the G-League but has the making of a terrific 3-and-D player. 
28 gsw Ty Jerome G I am really intrigued by this pick here and allow me to tell you why. At the end of this year, I'm expecting Warriors veteran Shaun Livingston to retire. It's going to be difficult for the Dubs to replace Livingston, but Ty Jerome might be a very interesting option. Jerome has good size at 6'6" and has a high basketball IQ. He also possesses something that Shaun Livingston never had...DEEP shooting range. 
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(via TOR)

Admiral Schofield G/F Call this one the "classic Spurs pick." While I can see why most people are projecting Schofield to be a second round pick, I think that an organization picking late in the first is going to take a chance on his immediate impact compared to his potential. Schofield is built like a bodybuilder and has a high basketball IQ. Sounds like a Spur to me. 
30 mil Daniel Gafford F/C Milwaukee could go a number of directions here, they could continue to surround Giannis with shooters which probably isn't a bad idea, or they could look to adding an athletic rim protecting big. Let's say they go with Gafford here. 
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