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DMVSN NBA Mock Draft

 No. 1 — Zion Williamson, F (Duke)

Zion Williamson is the consensus best player in this draft class and by a mile. He will add to a promising young nucleus that contains Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Jahlil Okafor, and veteran Jrue Holiday. Many compare him to LeBron James and it’s easy to see why. He’s super athletic, big, and strong. He needs work on his shooting if he wants teams to take him seriously at the next level, but this is the safe pick for New Orleans. – Brendan Smith

No. 2 — Ja Morant, PG (Murray St.)

After yesterday’s trade of Mike Conley to the Jazz, it is a guarantee that Ja Morant will be the Grizzlies selection at #2. Morant will immediately become the face of the franchise, and an intriguing young duo of himself along with Jaren Jackson Jr. will take place. Morant is a complete point guard and has garnished comparisons to John Wall and Derrick Rose, which is exactly the type of player Memphis needs to excite the fan base. -Hunter Rooney

No. 3 — R.J. Barrett, G/F (Duke)

The Knicks might have missed out on the Zion sweepstakes, but landing his sidekick R.J. Barrett is a solid consolation prize. New York desperately needs star appeal and offensive production, both of which Barrett brings to the table. Barrett can slot in alongside Dennis Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox to give the Knicks an athletic, versatile perimeter trio. His playmaking and ball-handling skills should also mesh well with Mitchell Robinson, as the two could form a dynamic P&R tandem. – Frank J. Platko 

No. 4 — Darius Garland, PG (Vanderbilt)

Assuming the  Pelicans keep this pick, they could go in many directions. Their starting 5 is mostly set post-AD with Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson locked in. They’re able to go BPA and it’s Garland who should be at the top of everyone’s board at this spot. Despite the lack of college experience, he’s the best shooter in the draft and his ball-handling is second-to-none. – Dom LaNave

No. 5 — Coby White, G (North Carolina)

Coby White is a legit scorer and will be electrifying at the next level. Some compare him to Jamal Murray and even Gilbert Arenas. White will need to work on his handle and defense at the next level, but he’s a legit 6’5″ and will bring some scoring next to Collin Sexton. He very well has a chance to be the best player from this draft class. There are a few wings on the board here still, but Cleveland needs to take the best player available, and if the board fell this way, it would be White. – Brendan Smith

 

No. 6 — Jarrett Culver, G/F (Texas Tech)

This scenario did not go well for the Suns as their biggest need is definitely at point guard. With Morant, White, and Garland off the board, there are no other point guards worth taking here. So instead, the decision is between Culver and Hunter, and let’s go with Culver due to the fact that he probably has a slightly higher ceiling, and fits the Suns play style slightly better. Culver is a phenomenal defender, just like Hunter, but he has more athleticism and a more complete offensive game than Hunter. -Hunter Rooney

No. 7 — Cam Reddish, F (Duke)

Missing out on both Garland and White here has to sting for the Bulls, as the point guard position is there biggest area of need. Drafting any of the other ones available would be a signifcant reach, so let’s say Chicago goes for upside and takes Cam Reddish, the talented wing from Duke. Reddish had a bit of a rocky freshman season but possesses the tools to be a productive 3&D player with star potential. In Chicago, he could thrive in a rotational scoring role behind Otto Porter Jr. – Frank J. Platko 

No. 8 —  De’Andre Hunter, F (Virginia)

This is a dream scenario for the Hawks, seeing one of the most NBA-ready prospects in the draft fall to this their first of three first-rounders. Hunter serves as the perfect compliment to Trae Young, able to play off-ball on offense and able to defend multiple positions on defense. A great shooter and improving passer, Hunter will spark some energy and flow into the Hawks’ starting five. – Dom LaNave

No. 9 — Sekou Doumbouya, F (France)

Yes, the pick we’ve all been waiting for! I would love for Washington to trade back and dump a contract or nab another first rounder, but Sekou Doumbouya is perhaps the most intriguing prospect in this class and he may not be available if the Wiz decide to trade back. He’s more of a PF in the modern NBA but could probably play some SF or even C if needed. He’s a freak athlete with a decent handle, jumpshot, and physical tools. Only question is, can Washington develop him? It’s worth the risk at #9. – Brendan 

 

No. 10 — Jaxson Hayes, C (Texas)

With the Hawks selecting De’Andre Hunter two picks ago, there isn’t an obvious need for Atlanta. So the Hawks will likely pick the guy with the most potential, which in this case happens to be Jaxson Hayes. Hayes didn’t have a timid production during his lone season at Texas, but the athleticism and natural traits he has showed flashes of excellence and the unique type of player he could be in the NBA. Hayes probably wouldn’t start immediately, but in the long term could be a great compliment next to rising star John Collins. -Hunter Rooney

No. 11 – Romeo Langford, G (Indiana)

I haven’t seen Romeo Langford mocked to the Timberwolves often, if at all. However, I actually think this makes a lot of sense. Minnesota really needs a guard who can create with the ball. With Derrick Rose hitting the free agent market, Langford could replicate many of the same skills and bring high upside. He needs to become a better shooter and decision-maker, but Langford is a gifted isolation scorer and shot creator. The Timberwolves don’t have many players who fit this profile. – Frank J. Platko

No. 12 — Brandon Clarke, F (Gonzaga)

Clarke has been shooting up draft boards since the combine and makes for a great pick for Charlotte. He has one of the best motors out of anyone available, being one of the top shot-blockers and rebounders in the nation last year with a wingspan of just 6’8″. He can play multiple positions and will ignite a Hornets team that desperately needs energy and defense. – Dom LaNave

No. 13 — Kevin Porter Jr, G (USC)

Splash! I’m sure not many people have Kevin Porter coming off the board this early, but I like Porter’s potential. He has a beautiful scoring ability and a lot of potential in the right situation. They do have Josh Richardson under contract, but why not take a chance on Porter here? Bol Bol is still on the board and I did heavily consider him here for Miami, but I like what Porter could potentially bring to the table.  – Brendan Smith

N0. 14 — Bol Bol, C/F (Oregon)

This selection has a lot of risk in it for the Boston Celtics, but would be a needed splash for a team expected to lose both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford to free agency. Bol Bol has many question marks with character, work ethic, and how his game will transfer to the NBA. However, if he realizes even 75% of the potential he has, the dynamic of the Celtics offense will be changed completely. -Hunter Rooney

No. 15 — Nickeil Alexander-Walker, G/F (Virginia Tech)

Nickeil Alexander-Walker would bring some much-needed versatility and consistency to the Pistons rotation, which lacks just that. Alexander-Walker is capable of playing 1-3 on the offensive end and guarding those same positions on the other side of the ball. He’s a good outside shooter and attacks closeouts well with an underrated off-the-dribble game. He showcased some nice playmaking ability at Virginia Tech, too, despite ceding lead guard duties to Justin Robinson. – Frank J. Platko

No. 16 — Tyler Herro, G (Kentuky)

The Magic have lacked shooting and strong guard play for years. It’s an imbalanced roster, stacked with bigs and few pure scorers. That’s Herro’s biggest strength, an elite shot-creator who can spread the floor and knock it down from deep, mid-range, and the free-throw line. He’s not great defensively but they can hide him a bit on that side. He fits as the perfect 6th man for Orlando, and can play in small lineups next to Evan Fournier. – Dom LaNave

No. 17 — Keldon Johnson, G (Kentucky)

The Atlanta Hawks need some talented wings. They do have former Maryland G Kevin Huerter but Johnson can play the SG and SF at the next level. He has a smooth stroke but needs to work on his outside game and pick and roll. He’s a long athlete that should fit will next to Trae Young. – Brendan Smith

No. 18 — Rui Hachimura, F (Gonzaga)

Look for Indiana’s selection to be focused on the present more so than the future, mainly due to the fact that they are picking higher than they should due to last year’s injuries. Hachimura could very easily go in the lottery, but if he falls this far, the Pacers would be dumb to not choose him. Hachimura is a menace inside 15 feet and is one of the more polished offensive players in the draft, and could step into a large role immediately. -Hunter Rooney

No. 19 — Cameron Johnson, F (North Carolina)

The Spurs need some help on the perimeter and Cameron Johnson is a nice fit here at #19. Johnson can play both forward spots and has a nice outside stroke. He’s one of the best three-point shooters in this class and at 6’10”, his floor-spacing ability is valuable. Given he’s already 23 years old, it’s fair to question how much upside he has. However, Johnson is experienced and has a high basketball IQ, making him a perfect fit for Greg Popovich in San Antonio. – Frank J. Platko

No. 20 — Ty Jerome, G (Virginia)

The Celtics backcourt is in shambles, with the departure of Kyrie Irving looming. Terry Rozier has never been able to take the next step, Marcus Smart is good mostly just off the bench, and Jaylen Brown is miscast as a guard. Jerome fits in as a potential starter or sixth man. He’s an efficient scorer and a smart, experienced player that can play in multiple different lineups. – Dom LaNave

N0. 21 — P.J. Washington, F (Kentucky)

Washington is an odd tweener in the sense he doesn’t really have a true defined position at the next level. Size would suggest he’s a SF but he doesn’t have the skills necessary to play that position at the next level. I could see the Thunder taking a chance on him here as they may need another PF if they decide to move on from Jerami Grant. In any event, I’m sure he could find some minutes his rookie year. They’ll have to be really careful in monitoring his development. – Brendan Smith

No. 22 — Nassir Little, F (North Carolina)

Nassir Little did not fall in this draft due to his lack of talent. Little, Who was the second ranked player in the country coming out of high school, had. It’s difficult time adjusting at North Carolina. However, with supreme athleticism and improvement he showed as the season went on, this would be a good selection for Boston who needs players with star potential. -Hunter Rooney

No. 23 — Grant Williams, F (Tennessee)

It’s hard to pin down exactly what the Jazz’s biggest roster need is, but Grant Williams strikes me as the prototypical Utah player. What I mean by that is he’s tough, gritty, and plays a hard-nosed style of basketball. Williams brings a lot of versatility to the table on both sides of the ball and figures to present some mismatch problems as a small-ball PF in the NBA. – Frank J. Platko

No. 24 — Chuma Okeke, F/C (Auburn)

It was a torn ACL in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament that kept Okeke from possibly being a top-15 pick. He was a workhorse for the Tigers in his sophomore season, starting every game. He did it all- pass, block, rebound, even took it beyond the arc plenty. For the Sixers, Okeke serves as more forward/wing depth, which will especially be key in case both Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris depart in July. – Dom LaNave

No. 25 — KZ Okpala, F (Stanford)

This is a perfect fit for both the Blazers and Okpala. Okpala has size, can score the basketball, and plays a position of need. If Okpala is there at #25, this is almost a no-brainer for Portland. He will need to work on defense, especially against quicker guards or bigger wings, but he has enough potential to justify the pick. – Brendan Smith

No. 26 — Mfiondu Kabengele, F (Florida St.)

The Cavs have a lots of them needs so they will go best available here with this selection and pick Kabengele at #26. Although Kabengele mainly came off the bench at Florida State, he looks to have the skill set that will transfer to the NBA and could possibly one day become a starter for Cleveland. With high basketball IQ and a good motor, he should at the least be an immediate energy player off the bench. -Hunter Rooney

No. 27 — Bruno Fernando, C (Maryland)

With Ed Davis hitting free agency, the Brooklyn Nets really only have one big on the roster: Jarett Allen. I personally think Fernando has the potential to be a starter in the NBA but backing up Allen is a nice role for him in Year 1. Whereas Allen is an athletic, defensive-minded center, Fernando would complement him with a more refined post-up game. The Nets have a lot of guards and wings so taking Fernando here makes a lot of sense. – Frank J. Platko

No. 28 — Carson Edwards, G (Purdue)

Edwards does one thing well: score. He made headlines in the NCAA Tournament especially with his performances against Villanova, Tennessee and Virginia, with scoring totals of 42, 29 and 42 points respectively. He slides in seamlessly off the bench and could even start for the Warriors in the wake of the Klay Thompson injury. He has that bulldog mentality and has the potential to take over games. – Dom LaNave

No. 29 — Luka Samanic, F (Croatia)

Death, taxes, and the Spurs taking international players. In all seriousness, Samanic has the potential to be a really solid stretch four at the next level, but he needs all-around work. He’s very light on his feet for his size and that could lead to plenty mismatches. – Brendan Smith

No. 30 — Daniel Gafford, C (Arkansas)

The Pistons don’t really have any quality big men off the bench, and Gafford could quickly step in and fill this role. Gafford is intriguing due to his shooting ability, and could be a great pick and pop player. Detroit would be getting great value with Gafford at the end of the first round. -Hunter Rooney

 

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