With the NBA Draft just days away, here is King James Gospel’s third mock draft. Below you can also find the latest developments.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
2. Orlando Magic- Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
3. Washington Wizards- Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV
4. Charlotte Bobcats- Alex Len, C, Maryland
5. Phoenix Suns- Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
6. New Orleans Pelicans- Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
7. Sacramento Kings- Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
8. Detroit Pistons- CJ McCollum, G, Lehigh
9. Minnesota Timberwolves- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia
10. Portland Trail Blazers- Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana
11. Philadelphia 76ers- Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA
12. Oklahoma City Thunder- Rudy Gobert, C, Cholet
13. Dallas Mavericks- Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
14. Utah Jazz- Dennis Schroeder, PG, Braunschweig
15. Milwaukee Bucks- Sergey Karasev, SF, Triumph Moscow
16. Boston Celtics- Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga
17. Atlanta Hawks- Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
18. Atlanta Hawks- Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Filathlitikos
19. Cleveland Cavaliers- Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
20. Chicago Bulls- Reggie Bullock, SG, North Carolina
21. Utah Jazz- Allen Crabbe, SG, California
22. Brooklyn Nets- Mason Plumlee, C, Duke
23. Indiana Pacers- Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence
24. New York Knicks- Shane Larkin, PG, Miami
25. Los Angeles Clippers- Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego St.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves- Lucas Noguiera, C, Estudiantes
27. Denver Nuggets- Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas
28. San Antonio Spurs- Glen Rice Jr., SF, Rio Grande Vipers
29. Oklahoma City Thunder- Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan
30. Phoenix Suns- Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
The big shakeup since our last mock is obviously Alex Len, who is one of the most popular prospects these days. The Cavaliers are still considering Len with the #1 overall pick, since he’d likely pair with Tristan Thompson better than Noel would, though I still think Nerlens is a better long-term choice for the Cavs. All of the recent hype for Len almost certainly means he won’t fall out of the top ten, and could be picked by teams like Charlotte, Phoenix, and New Orleans.
While I said just yesterday that the Wizards should pick Otto Porter third overall, John Wall’s recent comments that he wants a pick-and-pop four could push the Wizards into selecting Bennett there, which could drop Porter multiple spots (though not out of the lottery or even the top ten.)
Another note is the absence of Croatian SF Dario Saric, widely projected to be a mid-first rounder or better. Saric withdrew from the draft about a week ago. Some suspect he was looking for a promise from a lottery team and withdrew when it became apparent he would get no such promise in such an unpredictable draft.
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