Who’s pumped for the draft ? I know I am ! This draft could be the turnaround for a number of teams in the league. So who goes where ?

  1. Philadelphia 76ers– Ben Simmons PF, LSU- I was a bigtime Brandon Ingram proponent and even wrote about it, but I’m swaying back towards Simmons. His game is just so rare and he could end up being a transcendent talent. And if you aren’t a Sixers fan, the thought of Simmons and Joel Embiid playing together for the next few years should be absolutely terrifying.
  2. Los Angeles Lakers– Brandon Ingram SF, Duke
  3. Boston Celtics– Dragan Bender PF, Croatia- Bender may not be well known since he didn’t play college basketball, but he’ll become commonly known to the casual fan. Bender has huge upside and has a style similar to Kristaps Porzingis. Boston may look at Kris Dunn here, but I can’t imagine them taking a point guard with Isiah Thomas and Marcus Smart on the team already. Bender it is.
  4. Phoenix Suns– Jaylen Brown SF, California
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves– Kris Dunn PG, Providence
  6. New Orleans Pelicans– Jamal Murray PG/SG, Kentucky
  7. Denver Nuggets– Buddy Hield SG, Oklahoma
  8. Sacramento Kings– Henry Ellenson PF, Marquette
  9. Toronto Raptors– Marquese Chriss SF/PF, Washington- Chriss is another name that has been building momentum. The Huskies didn’t have a very successful season, but Chriss impressed NBA scouts. Chriss is a 6’10 forward with great athletic ability and a knack for playing defense. Chriss may not have all the tools right now, but he has bigtime upside.
  10. Milwaukee Bucks– Jaokb Poeltl C, Utah
  11. Orlando Magic– Demetrius Jackson PG, Notre Dame
  12. Utah Jazz– Timothe Luwawu SF, France
  13. Phoenix Suns– Denzel Valentine SG/SF, Michigan State
  14. Chicago Bulls– Deyonta Davis PF, Michigan State
  15. Denver Nuggets– Furkan Korkmaz SG/SF, Turkey
  16. Boston Celtics-Domantas Sabonis PF/C, Gonzaga- Boston finally gets useful big men. Dragan Bender and Sabonis would give Boston some highly skilled frontcourt players. Sabonis is projected anywhere from 10-20, but he would be a perfect fit for the Celtics. Sabonis is mobile, loves to rebound, and is a great passer. Brad Stevens will love him.
  17. Memphis Grizzlies– Taurean Prince SF, Baylor
  18. Detroit Pistons– Tyler Ullis PG, Kentucky
  19. Denver Nuggets– Malik Beasley SG, Florida State
  20. Indiana Pacers– Wade Baldwin IV PG, Vanderbilt
  21. Atlanta Hawks– Stephen Zimmerman C, UNLV
  22. Charlottle Hornets– Skal Labissiere C, Kentucky
  23. Boston Celtics– Cheick Diallo PF/C, Kansas
  24. Philadelphia 76ers– DeAndre Bembry SF, St. Joe’s
  25. Los Angeles Clippers– Brice Johnson PF, North Carolina
  26. Philadelphia 76ers– Dejounte Murray PG/SG, Washington
  27. Toronto Raptors– Patrick McCaw SG, UNLV
  28. Phoenix Suns– Malachi Richardson SG/SF, Syracuse
  29. San Antonio Spurs– Thon Maker SF/PF, Orangeville Prep (HS)- The Spurs rarely go for the “sexy” pick, but Maker’s upside may be too high to pass up. The 7’1 native of Sudan posses a rare skill set for somebody his size. He scores like a shooting guard and has the body of a forward. His thin frame and quickness may not be at an NBA level yet, but he could be a nightmare if it all comes together. No better team to unleash potential than San Antonio.
  30. Golden State Warriors– Malcolm Brogdon SG, Virginia

 

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