So with the Lottery now done the Draft Order is set. It’s Mock Draft time! Obviously, it is very early in the process and I am still familiarizing myself with the foreign players. So expect many revised versions in the coming weeks. One thing that is abundantly clear about this draft is that it is much deeper than people may realize. Light at the top perhaps, but deep. I also think there will be trades than usual come draft time, as multiple teams have multiple picks and a lot of cap space. And in a draft where the difference between 1 through 13 and 13 through 25 is small, I’d expect lots of movement.
So let’s get to it:
Stoda Mock Draft 1.0
1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Nerlens Noel, 6-11 206, PF/C, Kentucky Fr.
2. Orlando Magic- Ben McLemore, 6-5 195, SG, Kansas Fr.
3. Washington Wizards- Otto Porter, 6-8 205, SF, Georgetown So.
4. Charlotte Bobcats- Victor Oladipo, 6-4 215, SG, Indiana Jr.
5. Phoenix Suns- Anthony Bennett, 6-7 240, F, UNLV Fr.
6. New Orleans Pelicans- Dennis Schroeder, 6-2 168, PG, Braunschweig (Germany)
7. Sacramento Kings- CJ McCollum, 6-3 190, G, Lehigh Jr.
8. Detroit Pistons- Trey Burke, 6-0 190, PG, Michigan So.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves- Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6 225, SF, UCLA Fr.
10. Portland Trailblazers- Kelly Olynyk, 7-0 240, PF/C, Gonzaga Jr.
11. Philadelphia 76ers- Rudy Gobert, 7-1 218, C/PF, Cholet (France)
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from TOR)- Michael Carter-Williams, 6-6 185, PG, Syracuse So.
13. Dallas Mavericks- Cody Zeller, 6-11 240, PF/C, Indiana So.
14. Utah Jazz- Shane Larkin, 5-11 176, PG, Miami So.
15. Milwaukee Bucks- Tim Hardaway Jr, 6-6 205, SG, Michigan Jr.
16. Boston Celtics- Mason Plumlee, 6-11 240, PF, Duke Sr.
17. Atlanta Hawks- Dario Saric, 6-10 225, SF, Cibona (Croatia)
18. Atlanta Hawks (from HOU via BKN)- Jeff Withey, 7-0 235, C, Kansas Sr.
19. Cleveland Cavs (from LAL)- DeShaun Thomas, 6-7 225, SF, Ohio State Jr.
20. Chicago Bulls- Alex Len, 7-1 255, C, Maryland So.
21. Utah Jazz (from GS via BKN)- Tony Snell, 6-7 200, SG/SF, New Mexico Jr.
22. Brooklyn Nets- Sergey Karasev, 6-7 205, SF, BC Triumph (Russia)
23. Indiana Pacers- Allen Crabbe, 6-6 210, SG, California Jr.
24. New York Knicks- Giannis Adetokumbo, 6-9 200, G/F, Filathitikos (Greece)
25. L.A. Clippers- Steven Adams, 7-0 250, C, Pittsburgh Fr.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from MEM via HOU)- Gorgui Dieng, 6-10 245, C, Louisville Jr.
27. Denver Nuggets- CJ Leslie, 6-9 200, F, NC State Jr.
28. San Antonio Spurs- Lucas Nogueira, 6-11 220, PF/C, Estudiantes (Spain)
29. Oklahoma City Thunder- Tony Mitchell, 6-8 235, F, North Texas So.
30. Phoenix Suns (from MIA via LAL and CLE)- Erick Green, 6-3 185, G, Virginia Tech Sr.
There it is! What do you think? I’m actually quite comfortable with it. Going up and down my board and trying to plug team needs was interesting. It’s going to be a fun draft!
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