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ESPN Mock Draft (9/23)
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Luka moves to #1, Bagley falls to 3. This draft has the Sixers keeping the Lakers pick at #9.

1. Chicago Bulls

Luka Doncic
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Age: 18

Doncic rockets up to the top spot on our board after a tremendous showing at Eurobasket, as detailed by Mike Schmitz. He was named to the All-Tournament team after holding his own, and then some, against numerous NBA players, setting the bar extremely high for the other NCAA-based candidates at No. 1.

Doncic will play a featured role for Real Madrid with the injury suffered by their star combo guard Sergio Llull, and will be scrutinized heavily for how effectively he's able to carry the scoring load in a go-to role.

2. Atlanta Hawks

Michael Porter

Porter's size, shot-creation skill and scoring instincts will make him a coveted prospect next June. He's a playmaker on both ends of the floor who is just starting to figure out how to put his talent to full use. NBA scouts will want to see him lead Missouri to the NCAA tournament while playing efficient basketball on both ends of the floor.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Nets)

Marvin Bagley

Bagley is a fluid athlete with a natural feel for scoring, rebounding and blocking shots, which helps him post elite numbers at the high school and AAU level. He's a terror in the open court and very difficult for opposing big men to stay in front of in one-on-one situations, getting him to the free throw line at an excellent rate. NBA teams will want to see how easily he'll be able to make the transition to the intensity level of the college game and get a better gauge for his defense and outside shooting potential.

4. Sacramento Kings

DeAndre Ayton

Ayton has elite physical tools, standing 7 feet tall with a 7-foot-5.5 wingspan and an excellent frame. He also is fairly skilled offensively, showing potential as a finisher and jump-shooter. NBA scouts question his motor and defensive awareness, things they'll be monitoring closely at Arizona.

5. Phoenix Suns

Mohamed Bamba

Bamba has a 7-foot-9 wingspan that would be the longest of any player currently in the NBA. He's a solid basketball player as well, with good hands, impressive timing as a shot-blocker and rebounder and more offensive ability than you might expect. Bamba doesn't always operate at maximum intensity, and there are some question marks about his toughness.

Some NBA scouts feel Bamba is a sleeper to keep an eye on at No. 1, as he has one of the most unique profiles of any prospect in this draft. The glimpses he showed on Texas' tour of Australia last month were impressive.

6. New York Knicks

Miles Bridges
Michigan State

Bridges is arguably the best athlete in this draft and plays a coveted position as a two-way forward who can guard all over the floor. He converted 39 percent of his 3-pointers as a freshman and is making strides with his ball-handling and playmaking abilities as well. After passing up the chance to be a lottery pick in last year's draft, Bridges will be expected to show significant improvement while leading Michigan State on a deep NCAA tournament run.

7. Indiana Pacers

Robert Williams
Texas A&M

Williams is a physical specimen with an NBA body, 7-foot-4 wingspan and tremendous athleticism. He has impressive potential as a rim-protector and pick-and-roll finisher but also shows some ability to pass the ball and even make perimeter jumpers. As a late bloomer, Williams' polish, feel for the game and consistent productivity are still catching up to his potential and tools.

8. Orlando Magic

Collin Sexton

Sexton is a scoring machine who produced a point per minute in both the Nike EYBL and FIBA competition with USA Basketball. He's an exceptional athlete with a 6-foot-7 wingspan and the type of aggressiveness and nasty streak you want to see in a lead guard. His decision-making, court vision and leadership skills need refinement and are the things NBA scouts will be monitoring at Alabama under head coach Avery Johnson.

9. Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers)

Jaren Jackson
Michigan State

A big man with elite physical tools in terms of size, frame, wingspan and athleticism, Jackson has budding skills with his ability to shoot 3-pointers, protect the rim and even create his own shot on occasion. He's still putting it all together on a consistent basis. His toughness and feel for the game are a work in progress.

10. Dallas Mavericks

Wendell Carter

Carter is a physically mature big man with a 257-pound frame and a 7-foot-3 wingspan, which allows him to play the center position with ease. He's a polished player with excellent hands and touch around the basket who has relied heavily on his strength until this point in his career. Can he continue to score and rebound at a high rate against older players as well?

11. Detroit Pistons

Trevon Duval

The Duke freshman is a quick-twitch athlete with great size, a strong frame and a 6-foot-9.5 wingspan, allowing him to defend either guard position. He's explosive in transition and capable of playing at different speeds in the half court, though he's extremely limited as a shooter and needs to work on his decision-making skills as well.

12. Memphis Grizzlies

Bruce Brown

Brown is a hard-working combo guard with long arms and good athleticism, playing the game in attack mode on both ends of the floor. He's also a lockdown defender and a capable shooter, but does he score enough to project as a starter in the NBA? One knock on Brown: The sophomore is the same age (21) as some seniors.

13. New Orleans Pelicans

Lonnie Walker

A long-armed shooting guard with a strong frame and impressive athleticism, Walker has strong 3-and-D attributes but has shown flashes of being able to do more. He needs to improve his ballhandling and shot creation. His assertiveness and effort also come and go at times.

14. Charlotte Hornets

Justin Jackson

The Maryland sophomore is a versatile combo forward who can even play some small-ball center, thanks to his strong frame and 7-foot-3 wingspan. Jack has made steady improvement defensively and as a 3-point shooter, making him easy to project to today's NBA game. He needs to continue to improve his feel for the game and ball-handling ability.

15. Utah Jazz

Dzanan Musa
Age: 18

A precocious European wing with tremendous size and scoring instincts, Musa is already putting up big numbers at a very high level of competition. He's an aggressive player who can put up points from anywhere on the floor and plays with a level of confidence and swagger that will make his transition to the NBA game easier. He lacks length, negating his size to a certain degree and limiting his defensive potential. Plus, he's a just OK athlete who lets his emotions get the best of him at times.

16. Phoenix Suns (via Heat)

Troy Brown

Thanks to his strong frame and 6-foot-11 wingspan, Brown is a Swiss-army knife who can play anywhere from 1-4. He's a good passer, ball handler and defender with a competitive streak and good feel for the game. He lacks elite athleticism and is a very streaky shooter.

17. Philadelphia 76ers

Hamidou Diallo

Diallo is an athletic shooting guard with a massive, 6-foot-11 wingspan who is highly explosive in the open court. He also brings significant potential defensively, though he's a very poor shooter and just a rudimentary ball-handler in the half court.

18. Portland Trail Blazers

Mikal Bridges

Bridges is a prototypical 3-and-D wing with good size, a 7-foot-1 wingspan and an improving frame. He's a highly efficient player on both ends of the floor and a multipositional defender. However, his skill level is still a work in progress, in terms of shot creation and ability to shoot off the dribble.

19. LA Clippers

Chimezie Metu

The USC junior is a mobile big man with a strong frame and high-level athleticism. He has shown flashes offensively both facing and with his back to the basket. His soft hands and touch help him knock down an occasional midrange jumper, though he doesn't always play hard enough, considering his projected role and that his defensive toughness and intensity come and go. He also doesn't rebound at a great clip. Metu has upside but will need to translate that into more consistent production this season.

20. Denver Nuggets

Mitchell Robinson
College: None

Robinson is a freakishly athletic 7-footer with a big wingspan and an impressive frame who plays quick off his feet with solid hands and touch. However, his on-court awareness and feel for the game are very underdeveloped. He left Western Kentucky in early August after a handful of practices, then returned a few weeks later, and now again decided to depart, this time likely for good.

All the controversy around Robinson will undoubtedly affect his NBA draft stock, as he's a raw prospect who certainly could have used at least a year of experience in some type of organized setting to prepare him for professional basketball. The question now: Did NBA scouts see enough on the all-star circuit to draft him in the top 20? Will workouts change their minds?

He could certainly continue to slide depending on how he handles himself over the next nine months, especially once new prospects start to emerge in college and around the globe.

21. Milwaukee Bucks

Rodions Kurucs
Age: 19

The big wing/combo forward has a nice frame and an intriguing skill set. He's a capable shooter with a fluid stroke off the catch. Kurucs can create his own shot from the perimeter and is a solid passer, but his defensive intensity wavers, and his jumper is prone to streakiness. Will he see enough minutes in the ACB this season to prove he's worth a first-round selection?

22. Washington Wizards

Nick Richards

A 7-footer with a tremendous frame and a 7-foot-4 wingspan, Richards is quick off his feet and fluid in the open floor. He shows flashes with his footwork and touch in the post and has timing as a shot-blocker. His motor runs hot and cold, though, and he isn't very polished on either end of the floor.

23. Brooklyn Nets (via Raptors)

Shake Milton

The big point guard has the size, length and frame to defend both backcourt positions with his 7-foot wingspan. He's a career 3-point shooter at the college level and very versatile with his ability to shoot, pass and guard, but he has somewhat of a vanilla approach to the game. His defensive intensity tends to waver.

24. Atlanta Hawks (via Timberwolves)

Grayson Allen

Allen is a high-level shot maker coming off a down year at Duke, partially due to injuries and a variety distractions. He has deep range on his jumper and can make shots off the bounce from well beyond NBA range. The senior is a vertically explosive leaper but doesn't have much side-to-side wiggle and struggles to guard anyone, even at the college level, due to his poor size, length and lateral quickness.

25. Cleveland Cavaliers

Isaac Bonga
Age: 17

A 6-foot-9 point guard with a 7-foot wingspan and an excellent feel for the game, Bonga uses his size to see over the top of the defense and find teammates with creativity. He has great instincts and versatility defensively, perhaps his biggest value at the NBA level. He also plays hard and has toughness. However, he is limited by his lack of quickness and almost complete inability to shoot from the perimeter. He needs the ball in his hands but struggles to get by better defenders.

26. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Thunder)

De'Anthony Melton

Melton is a tough-minded combo guard who fills up the stat sheet and guards at a high level. The high-IQ passer keeps the offense flowing and is instinctual on the glass and getting in the passing lanes. He has also shown flashes as a shooter, though he struggles to utilize his athleticism due to his extremely poor ball-handling skills and plays at just one speed. Can he take the next step in his development offensively and shoulder a bigger role?

27. Boston Celtics

Austin Wiley

Wiley stands 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-5 wingspan, a 9-foot-1 standing reach and a chiseled 250-pound frame. He has improved his motor, feel for the game and conditioning dramatically. He's an outstanding offensive rebounder with soft hands and touch. But he plays below the rim and struggles to step out onto the perimeter, protect the rim, pass out of double teams or score outside of the paint, which makes him a very old-fashioned big man, the type that isn't really en vogue in today's NBA.

28. San Antonio Spurs

Tyus Battle

A solid-sized wing with a frame that will fill out nicely in time, Battle has some untapped potential athletically. He made 37 percent of his 3s as a freshman, but he struggles to create his own shot in the half court. He also doesn't have great awareness defensively.

29. Atlanta Hawks (via Rockets)

Brandon McCoy

McCoy is a 7-footer with a massive 250-pound frame and a big standing reach. He can operate with his back to the basket using footwork, touch and body control. He's also aggressive on the offensive glass. Still, McCoy needs to improve his on-court decision-making, and he's somewhat of a black hole offensively. He also really struggles to make his presence felt defensively, especially stepping outside the paint.

30. Golden State Warriors

Andrew Jones

The physically talented guard stands 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-6.5 wingspan. He's a good athlete, especially in the open court, who shows some nice versatility with his ability to handle, pass, guard multiple positions and make an occasional open 3-pointer. However, he didn't do anything consistently as a freshman and needs to improve his decision-making skills and off the dribble shooting ability to take on more ball-handling responsibilities.

Round 2

31. New York Knicks (via Bulls)

Abdoulaye N'doye, PG, Age: 19, Chalon

32. Atlanta Hawks

Tadas Sedekerskis, SF, Age: 19.5, Baskonia

33. Philadelphia 76ers (via Nets)

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SG, Sr., Kansas

34. Sacramento Kings

V.J. King, SF, So., Louisville

35. Phoenix Suns

Arnoldas Kulboka, SF, Age: 19, Bamberg

36. Philadelphia 76ers (via Knicks)

Devonte' Graham, PG, Sr., Kansas

37. Brooklyn Nets (via Pacers)

Allonzo Trier, SG, Jr., Arizona

38. Orlando Magic

Ray Spalding, PF, Jr., Louisville

39. Brooklyn Nets (via Lakers)

Ethan Happ, PF, Jr., Wisconsin

40. Dallas Mavericks

Tryggvi Hlinason, C, Age: 19, Valencia

41. Detroit Pistons

Vince Edwards, SF/PF, Sr., Purdue

42. Memphis Grizzlies

Jacob Evans, SF, Jr., Cincinnati

43. New Orleans Pelicans

Bonzie Colson, PF, Sr., Notre Dame

44. Phoenix Suns (via Hornets)

Moritz Wagner, C, Jr., Michigan

45. Utah Jazz

Kostja Mushidi, SF, Age: 19, Mega Bemax

46. Houston Rockets (via Heat)

Alize Johnson, PF, Sr., Missouri State

47. Philadelphia 76ers

Donta Hall, PF/C, Jr., Alabama

48. Denver Nuggets (via Blazers)

Aaron Holiday, PG, Jr., UCLA

49. New York Knicks (via Clippers)

Rawle Alkins, SG, So., Arizona

50. Los Angeles Lakers (via Nuggets)

Anas Mahmoud, C, Sr., Louisville

51. Milwaukee Bucks

Malik Pope, PF, Sr., San Diego State

52. Washington Wizards

Chandler Hutchison, SG, Sr., Boise State

53. Phoenix Suns (via Raptors)

Drew Eubanks, C, Jr., Oregon State

54. Minnesota Timberwolves

Felipe Dos Anjos, C, Age: 19, Real Madrid

55. Charlotte Hornets (via Cavaliers)

Isaac Haas, C, Sr., Purdue

56. Oklahoma City Thunder

Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Sr., Ohio State

57. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Celtics)

Jeffrey Carroll, SF, Sr., Oklahoma State

58. San Antonio Spurs

Vasilis Charalampopoulos, SF/PF, Age: 20, PAOK

59. Philadelphia 76ers (via Rockets)

Johnathan Williams, PF/C, Sr., Gonzaga

60. Denver Nuggets (via Warriors)

Karim Jallow, SF, Age: 20, Bayern Munich
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Re: ESPN Mock Draft (9/23)
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2017, 02:36:14 PM »

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Thanks for posting that.  If the Lakers pick does drop to 9, I'm glad the pick rolls to next year.

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those fools, we're getting that Laker pick even if I personally have to go to LA to pull a Tonya Harding on Lopez ;)

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Thanks for posting that.  If the Lakers pick does drop to 9, I'm glad the pick rolls to next year.

Yeah, I would be happy with that.

What I wouldn't be happy with is the Cavs getting Marvin Bagley. I mean, I was in favor of the trade, but that one would hurt.

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Hard to see LA at 9 in that brutal Western Conference. And they are reeeaaallllyyy overrating Indy, who is right up there with Atlanta and Chicago for worst in the league.
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Lakers Pick #9.

In a loaded west?

ESPN is basically assuming all the projected bad East teams will finish worse than LAL. Maybe LAL is 3rd worst in the West but overall I see them 4th or 5th worst, but no way they are a fringe playoff team the way this looks...  ???
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Eh, who cares.  We got rid of that loser, Isaiah Thomas.  More important than landing Bagley, imo. 
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This is a silly order of teams picking for sure, but I am only really interested in Doncic or Bagley.  Yeah, the big men look good, but they're not absolute locks and they won't be starter ready for like 3 years or so.  I hope we get Doncic or Bagley or the pick rolls to the next year's King's pick.  I don't think Ayton for instance is going to have a lot of on court value for us next season if we were to draft him, although granted his trade value and future prospects would be/are pretty good.

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This is a silly order of teams picking for sure, but I am only really interested in Doncic or Bagley.  Yeah, the big men look good, but they're not absolute locks and they won't be starter ready for like 3 years or so.  I hope we get Doncic or Bagley or the pick rolls to the next year's King's pick.  I don't think Ayton for instance is going to have a lot of on court value for us next season if we were to draft him, although granted his trade value and future prospects would be/are pretty good.
Porter will certainly be starter ready in 3 years.
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Cool to see doncic at 1.

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Hard to see LA at 9 in that brutal Western Conference. And they are reeeaaallllyyy overrating Indy, who is right up there with Atlanta and Chicago for worst in the league.

Don't forget the Knickerbockers. They are going to reek.

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The order of those teams is just... Terrible.

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I like all the top 5 prospects but Bamba's size and skill combo is incredibly intriguing.

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In some ways i'd be happy to see Sacramento at 4 and Memphis at 12, that makes those teams picks the following year potentially very valuable. Of course I'd rather just get the Lakers pick this year.