Now that the order is set I wanted to put a mock out there before it gets to clouded by rumors.
1 T-Wolves, Edwards I think Minn and GS both work the market hard for a trade. Edwards is a nice fit in theory but in practice he could be Wiggins 2.0 (empty stats wing)
2 Warriors, Ball I predict Ball goes #2 but is then moved. A trade idea I like Ball + 2021 loto protected 1st to Bulls for #4 and Markkanen.
3 Hornets, Wiseman I have a lot of questions on how good he will be but the talent is real and he gets a chance to show it as he fits nicely into the Hornets roster
4 Bulls, Avdija with my proposed GS trade I can see Deni going to the Bulls or GS. He brings the versatility that teams need at the wing/swing to compete in the playoffs and will be more NBA ready then most.
5 Cavs, Okoro the Cavs have an odd mix of talent and adding a defense first wing could be a first step towards building a team rather then a mix of players
6 ATL, Hayes the Hawks desperatly need a 2nd creator to play along side and spell Young. Hayes fits that role nicely and gives them a player to defend opponents best guards.
7 Pistons, Hampton he is rumored to be falling in the draft but I think his ceiling will be to high for a talent starved team to pass on. I also like the idea of him playing along side and behind D Rose.
8 NYK, Vassel the gut reaction and likely Knicks move could be to grab any PG they can however I think the smart move is to grab Vassel who projects as a solid 2-way wing who Thibs should love.
9 Wizards, Okongwu this will seem like a slide but Okonwu is just a victim of lottery teams not needing a big. He fits nicely as a clear defensive upgrade from T Bryant. This is also a spot I can see the Celtics trying to trade up to to land Okongwu ( #14+R Williams+#26?)
10 Suns Haliburton, the Suns now feel like they can be a playoff team. Hali is a great "linking piece" on offense who should keep the ball moving with smart passes, hit open shots, and play solid D
11 Spurs P Williams, this pick has a little bit of a Kawhi feel to it. Williams is a perfect project for a team that needs to keep adding young talent. His willingness to play D will endear him to Pop while they try to mold his offense
12 Kings Toppin, I am not a Toppin fan as I think he will be a stats guy who cant play D. With the injury question marks to Bagley and Giles he seems like a fit who will get fans excited. He and Fox will at least be fun to watch.
13 Pelicans, Anthony adding another scorer and creator to this team could really open things up. I think his year at UNC was a disaster and he will have a lot to prove in the NBA.
14 Celtics, Maxey as I have said all over this forum Maxey checks the boxes for a Celtics draft pick. Plays hard, was high rank in HS, didn't shoot well in college, and can defend. His perimeter Defense will help him push for minutes as a rookie. The other player I gave consideration to at this point was Achiuwa [/b][/color]
15 Magic, Nesmith he can shoot at a really high level. I question what else he does but that should be enough to warrant the pick. Could have also gone S Bey
16 Blazers, S Bey they need wing depth and Bey provides that and floor spacing. I don't think he will stand a chance guarding quicker or elite wings but he will at least be better then Melo and is a better over all team defender.
17 T-Wolves, Achiuwa he could be a really nice fit next to KAT. Allows KAT to play center of D and perimeter on O while he acts as dive man and defends perimeter.
18 Mavs, Green potentialy an elite on ball defender who could compliment Luka really nicely
19 Nets, Bolmaro they can stash him while they enjoy figuring out what Irving and Durant are next season
20 Heat, Lewis I am admittedly lower on Lewis than most and suspect he could go higher then 20. For his sake landing in Miami could be a career maker. He is a great fit for their developmental staff.
21 76ers, Terry they have had a hole in their roster since Reddick left. Terry could be that good of a shooter is an excellent compliment to Simmons and Embiid.
22 Nuggets, McDaniels this picks keeps with their trend of going for elite upside
23 Jazz, Pokusevski this is another high upside gamble pick, he is years away from contributing on an NBA court but his skill set is elite for his size
24 Bucks, J Smith another prospect that I'm not as high on as most. His offensive potential fits with the Bucks my worry is his D.
25 OKC, Maledon they have had good luck playing a 3 guard lineup. Drafting and stashing Maledon gives them a potential 3rd guard for the post Paul era. His size and shooting should pair well with SGA
26 Celtics, Tillman given the Cs roster and cap situation I suspect either 26 or 30 is moved to get Porier off the roster. Likely a trade that nets the Celtics another mid 2nd round pick. I the late first Tillman is a great pick and a player who can contribute from day 1. [/b][/color]
27 NYK, Mannion after not taking a PG early Mannion makes a lot of sense as a player who can play right away and projects as a good future backup guard. His ability to play on and off ball makes him easy to fit into their future roster construction
28 Lakers, Bane they need win now players and Bane should be able to plug in and provide high end shooting and decent defense as a rookie. Despite being physically limited by his short wingspan he has a strong NBA ready frame.
29 Raptors, Reed he may be trapped in between positions. Not strong enough to be a true big or quick enough to be a full time perimeter defender but at this point he is worth the gamble and lands in a great spot for his development
30 Cs, Stewart as stated before I suspect this pick or #26 is moved with Porier. Funny but Memphis makes sense as a trade partner as they obviously do not have a 1st round pick. They could add Stewart as a young backup who could compliment JJJ in the future. (Trade would be #30+Porier for #40)
In the second round that would leave the Cs with #40 and #47