Yes! The draft is finally approaching. A date of October 16th is set and we could not be more excited for the day to come. For now, though, we can only wait and predict. For the preliminary mock, I won’t be trading any picks. I am also going off of what I think the teams should do, not what they will do. I will speculate trades in the future but for now, we won’t be doing that. So for now, welcome to Mock 1.0.
The Minnesota Timberwolves select: Anthony Edwards.
After jumping from pick number 2 to pick number one, the Timberwolves players and front office had to be full of just pure excitement. The Timberwolves should really want Edwards, and with the Warriors falling to 2, the Wolves have to draft Edwards. His big frame and average hight give him the tools to have a high defensive potential, especially so he can play with D-Lo and KAT. He also has the ability to play both on and off the ball, as he is an aggressive scorer as well as a lights out shooter. However, the Wolves can’t consider themselves safe just yet. Edwards struggled with lots of consistency issues over his time at Georgia, and despite his defense potential, still has work to do.
The Golden State Warriors Select: James Wiseman
Assuming the T-Wolves don’t pass up on Edwards with the first pick, Wiseman is the ideal pick for the Warriors if they want to contend. He fits right in at center and right into their scheme. He can set hard screens, rebound well, and even shoot a but for a big man. While I can’t see a world in which the Warriors make a selection at pick 2, Wiseman is the ideal pick for the Warriors. While he only played 3 college games and has not seen the floor in other professional settings, the Warriors have to loom past that.
The Charolette Hornets Select: Lamelo Ball
I don’t see a world in which Lamelo becomes Hornet, assuming there are no trades in the top 3 picks. I don’t see many places fitting for Lamelo within the top 3-4, so I expect.a trade, but if no trade is agreed upon, Lamelo would indeed become a Hornet. While hornets already have a loaded backcourt with Grahm, Rozier, and Monk, Ball is such a talented young player that you simply cannot pass up on if he slides down to 3. The only reason he hasn’t gone higher is due to possessional fit, and Lamelo Bals need to be a team’s primary ball-handler. Ball needs the ball, and he can’t get that in either Minnesota or Golden State.
The Chicago Bulls select: Deni Avdija
Deni is a combo wing coming out of Israel and fits in very well with Chicago. They are in need of defense and a good shooter, and it seems as though Deni fits that mold perfectly. He is a lights out shooter and an athletic defender. While I see very little potential in him as a player who can create for themselves on a consistent basis, he won’t need to do that while surrounded by Coby White and Zach Lavine.
The Cleveland Cavaliers select: Obi Toppin
Obi is perfect for the Cavs in many ways. He can act as the Kevin Love replacement, as Love is aging and will not be the best 4 for the future of the Cavs. One of his biggest turn-offs as a prospect is his age, but at 22 years old he is ready to win, and get Drummond to stay a Cavalier for the long term. Many people also criticize his poor defense, but Drummond can cover for him there
The Atlanta Hawks select: Issac Okoro
While it is still unclear who the Hawks future 2 guard will be, they can select Okoro here, and get on of the best pairs for Trae Young. Okoro is an amazing defender and a great shooter, and due to that a perfect match for Young. He has also shown flashes of inside scoring prowess at Auburn, but should not be deemed a threat from there by NBA defenses.
The Detroit Pistons Select: Onyeka Oungwu
The Pistons have no specific needs other than all-around talent, and with Okungwu being the best available, he would be the obvious pick, He can pair well with both Christan Wood and the aging Blake Griffen in the frontcourt, and set the Pistons up for some success.
The New York Knicks select: Aaron Nesmith
Nesmith has the potential to be an amazing shooter and a great wing scorer in the NBA. He was a 50%+ at Vanderbilt on over 5 attempts a night. The Knicks are in the market for risk-taking, and Nesmith is for sure the guy to jump on a few picks early and steal.
The Washington Wizards Select: Precious Achiuwa
Achiuwa is known to be one of the best defenders in this class and the Wizards were one of the worst defensive teams last year. Achiuwa can play almost any position and guard them too, and fit perfectly with Washingtons’ future plans.
The Pheonix Suns Select: R.J. Hampton
The Suns want a point guard to pair next to Booker, and I would love to see Hampton be that guy. He is a great playmaker and his athleticism and hustle give him a lot of defensive potentials. He does not have star written al over him, but he could be an issue for teems to defend on a nightly basis.
The San Antonio Spurs Select: Killian Hayes
The Sacramento Kings Select: Devin Vassell
The New Orleans Pelicans Select: Cole Anthony
The Boston Celtics Select: Patrick Williams
And that’s the end of my first mock draft! This is not going to be my final one, so players will jump and fall over time.