A lot can happen in this draft. So many teams NEED to trade, and I’m sure every teams wants to in some way. I promise you though, that unless something changes, or is different in any way, this is absolutely what will happen!
1. 76ers – G Markelle Fultz, Washington
This is the obvious pick. Markelle Fultz is not a man of great strengths, but he is a man of little to no weaknesses. High ceiling, very low floor. Hopefully he, Simmons, and Embiid can become a trio that is not only successful, but that can stay on the floor.
2. Lakers – G Lonzo Ball, UCLA
I’ve actually wondered how people would view him without Lavar. The answer? The exact same. He has some shooting flaws. He could still be so very good.
3. Celtics – F Jayson Tatum, Duke
Jayson Tatum is very polished. He has a lot more Jabari Parker in him than Paul Pierce, but that alone is good enough. He has a wide frame, great footwork, and is easily the best iso and low post scorer in this draft. He’s not the biggest fit for this Celtics team, especially if they sign Hayward, but he’s still very good, and could be great.
4. Suns – F Josh Jackson, Kansas
A freak athlete, Josh Jackson is going to be a fantastic defensive player. His shot is hideous, but it goes in (except from the FT line.) He has a lot of Andrew Wiggins in his body, and they put up very similar stats at the same college. The Suns would and should love to have a player of his caliber right here.
5. Kings – G De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
De’Aaron Fox could be as good as Elfrid Payton in a few years. He could also be as good as John Wall. His personality is the best in the draft, and GMs as well as coaches are in love with him. He shoots like Rondo from 3, but it did get a lot better as the season went on. This could be a reach, or the best pick in the draft. Fox handled Ball twice in college, so why should the NBA be any different?
6. Magic – G Dennis Smith Jr, NC State
So much Damian Lillard in Dennis Smith Jr. He is such a fun player to watch. The Magic need to give up on the Elf project and start the Dennis project. It looks like it could go pretty well.
7. Timberwolves – F Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
Every draft has the “Freak Reach,” as I like to call it. The guy who wasn’t a college superstar but has the most ridiculous body type and skills. Think Giannis Antetokounmpo, or Kristaps Porzingis when you think of best case scenario for the Freak Reach. You can also think of Dragan Bender or Andrea Bargnani. So yeah, it goes both ways. I’d say Thon Maker is the middle ground. Timberwolves have a great, young core. They need to take the risk.
8. Knicks – G Donavan Mitchell, Louisville
Hahahahaha, is this not the most Phil Jackson thing that could happen? Not to slight Mitchell, but this is a reach, and from what the Knicks are saying, they’re kind of in love with this guy.
9. Mavericks – G Frank Ntilikina, France
A whole lot of teams are digging French Frank, including the Mavs. He has fun highlights, loads of potential, and not many stats to back it up.
10. Kings – G Malik Monk, Kentucky
The Kings just traded Boogie Cousins for a 2 guard, but could you possibly pass this up? Monk falling to 10 and joining fellow Kentucky mate Fox in Sacramento would be really fun. I’m all for this. If Sacramento is really that high on Buddy, they should just trade this pick (YO HEY LA CLIPPERS GIMME DEANDRE) Somebody will want Monk, that’s for sure.
11. Hornets – G Luke Kennard, Duke
The most Michael Jordan and Hornets thing is to overvalue college studs. Kennard was a college stud. Glad that’s settled.
12. Pistons – F Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
I don’t know much about Markkanen, but the Pistons like foreign players, and Lauri is from Finland. The Pistons need a forward. Glad that’s settled as well.
13. Nuggets – F OG Anunoby, Indiana
The Nuggets are GREAT at finding good value in the draft lately. OG Anunoby is the best value at this point of the draft. With a Faried trade imminent and Danilo and Chandler on the outs, this would be a great pick.
14. Heat – C Zach Collins, Gonzaga or F/C John Collins, Wake Forest
15. Trailblazers – C Zach Collins, Gonzaga or F/C John Collins, Wake Forest
Both of these guys are pretty decent, and could be good rotation pieces. Both teams are going to draft one of them. I can feel it.
16. Bulls – F Justin Jackson, North Carolina
Speaking of Michael Jordan overvaluing college studs, his old team the Chicago Bulls has been doing the same thing lately. Enter Justin Jackson, a college stud.