Mock Draft 3.0-How To Place A Dragan?

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With the NBA Draft on Thursday Night, let’s take a look at where I see the 1st round going. Instead of putting comments on each player, I decided to leave a few notes and opinions on why I put a few players in certain spots. We will have one more Mock Draft on June 23rd and Yes that one will be very detailed.

1) Philadelphia 76ers: Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke
2) Los Angeles Lakers: Ben Simmons, SF/PF, LSU
3) Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn Nets): Buddy Hield, G, Oklahoma
4) Phoenix Suns: Marquiss Chriss, PF- Washington
5) Minnesota Timberwolves: Jamal Murray, G, Kentucky
6) New Orleans Pelicans: Kris Dunn- G- Providence
7) Denver Nuggets (via New York Knicks): Jalen Brown, SF, California
8) Sacramento Kings: Dragan Bender, F, Maccabi Tel Aviv
9) Toronto Raptors (via Denver Nuggets): Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette
10) Milwaukee Bucks: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah
11) Orlando Magic:  Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State
12) Utah Jazz: Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse
13) Phoenix Suns (via Washington Wizards): Domatas Sabonis, C, Gonzaga
14) Chicago Bulls: Skai Labassere, PF/C, Kentucky
15) Denver Nuggets (via Houston Rockets): Denzel Valentine, SG/SF, Michigan State
16) Boston Celtics (via Dallas Mavericks): Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey
17) Memphis Grizzlies: Wade Baldwin, PG, Vanderbilt
18) Detroit Pistons: Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame
19) Denver Nuggets (via Portland Trail Blazers): Dejounte Murray, PG/SG, Washington
20) Indiana Pacers: Brice Johnson, SF/PF, North Carolina
21) Atlanta Hawks: Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State
22) Charlotte Hornets: Thon Maker, PF/C, Australia
23) Boston Celtics: Ante Zinic, C, Croatia
24) Philadelphia 76ers (via Miami Heat): Timothe Luwawu, PG, France
25) L.A. Clippers: DeAndre Bembry, G, St. Joesphs
26) Philadelphia 76ers (via Oklahoma City Thunder: Diamond Stone, C, Maryland
27) Toronto Raptors: Juan Hergomez, PF, Spain
28) Phoenix Suns (via Cleveland Cavaliers): Ivica Zubac, C, Croatia
29) San Antonio Spurs: Cheick Diallo, PF/C, Kansas
30) Golden State Warriors: Guerschon Yabusele, PF, France

Notes:

  • It’s hard to place Dragon Bender in the lottery right now, he could go anywhere from the 3rd pick down the 8th pick. Teams are high on him because of the Porzingis affect on the league last year. But the fear is that he could be like a lot of European big man prospects that were drafted in similar spots.
  • Malachi Richardson has been flying up draft boards over the last couple of weeks after impressive workouts with teams in the middle of the 1st round.
  • Marquiess Chriss rise has taken him to the 4th overall pick, a lot of Chris Bosh similarities to his game has teams taken notice.
  • There could be more teams drafting and stashing players in the late part of the 1st round, especially if the Salary Cap number inflates higher than expected for teams this summer
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