This is my second mock draft focusing on players that have been trending up or down after the NCAA tournament. Many players have recently declared for the draft because of the new rule which allows players to “test the waters”. It will be interesting to see which players actually keep their name in the draft and which players head back to college.
Below is every first round pick projection based on team fit. Cheers and enjoy.
Team order as of April 6, 9:30 PM ET
1.Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons SF/PF (LSU Tigers)
2. Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram PF (Duke Blue Devils)
3. Phoenix Suns: Dragan Bender PF/C (Maccabi Tel Aviv| International)
4. Boston Celtics: Jamal Murray PG/SG (Kentucky Wildcats)
5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Buddy Hield SG (Oklahoma Sooners)
6. New Orleans Pelicans: Jaylen Brown SF (California Golden Bears)
7. Sacramento Kings: Kris Dunn PG (Providence Friars)
8. Denver Nuggets: Henry Ellenson PF (Marquette Golden Eagles)
9. Toronto Raptors: Jakob Poeltl C (Utah Utes)
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Skal Labissiere C (Kentucky Wildcats)
11. Orlando Magic: Timothe Luwawu SF (Mega Leks| International
12. Phoenix Suns: Marquese Chriss PF (Washington Huskies)
13. Houston Rockets: Tyler Ulis PG (Kentucky Wildcats)
14. Chicago Bulls: Demetrius Jackson PG (Notre Dame Fighting Irish)
15. Utah Jazz: Deyonta Davis PF/C (Michigan State Spartans)
16. Boston Celtics: Ivan Rabb PF (California Golden Bears)
17. Detroit Pistons: Denzel Valentine SG (Michigan State Spartans)
18. Denver Nuggets: Furkan Korkmaz SG (Anadolu Efes| International)
19. Indiana Pacers: Domantas Sabonis PF/C (Gonzaga Bulldogs)
20. Memphis Grizzlies: Wade Baldwin IV PG (Vanderbilt Commodores)
21. Charlotte Hornets: Diamond Stone C (Maryland Terrapins)
22. Philadelphia 76ers: Thon Maker (Athletic Institute| International)
23. Boston Celtics: Taurean Prince SF (Baylor Bears)
24. Atlanta Hawks: Ivica Zubac C (Mega Leks| International)
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Brice Johnson PF (North Carolina Tar Heels)
26. Toronto Raptors: Stephen Zimmerman C (UNLV Rebels)
27. Philadelphia 76ers: Grayson Allen SG (Duke Blue Devils)
28. Phoenix Suns: Isaia Cordinier SG (Denain| International)
29. San Antonio Spurs: Malik Beasley SG (Florida State Seminoles)
30. Golden State Warriors: Damian Jones C (Vanderbilt Commodores)
Ingram had a really impressive NCAA tournament. He showed that he can step out and make the deep ball pretty consistently and he showed that he was not afraid to attack the rim. He can basically score from anywhere on the court and he is super athletic. He needs to become a better finisher at the next level, which should happen when he puts on a little more weight.
Right now, there is no consensus No. 1overall pick, it would not surprise me if either Ben Simmons or Ingram went No. 1. Ingram certainly helped his stock during the tourney, while Simmons did not even get to play.
Man, Buddy put on a show for everyone during the NCAA tournament. He scored in a variety of ways throughout the tournament and his shooting was fantastic. Hield is definitely a top 10 pick, but now he might be a top five pick. He would be an intriguing fit on a team like the Minnesota Timberwolves or the Boston Celtics because both teams need a shooter that can help out right away at the fourth or fifth pick in the draft.
The big news this week came from Thon Maker, and how is going to declare for the 2016 NBA Draft. He might not be eligible because he is still in high school and you need to be out of high school for at least one year before you enter the draft. He is 19 though, so it will be interesting to see if the NBA lets him in.
Maker is very athletic and he can handle the ball like a floor general. He is a seven-footer, and he can take it coast to coast and finish around the rim, but he must improve his shooting and ability to dominate inside. Maker needs a couple years to mature his game and himself, which is why he would be a good pick for a playoff team between the 20-30 range. Maker could be a prime draft and stash pick.
Brice Johnson’s stock rose pretty high after this tournament because he showed time after time that he can take over a game in the frontcourt. He is super athletic and he has great touch around the rim. Johnson is also very good with his feet in the frontcourt, which is why he now looking like a late first round pick.
McCaw decided to declare for the NBA draft recently, which is why his stock has risen. If he decides to go through with playing in the NBA next season, McCaw is looking like a late first round pick. He is an ideal wing/shooting guard for the next level, who is freakishly athletic. He is a also a pretty good shooter and he has great length. Once he puts on a little more weight, he is going to be tough to stop.
Pac-12 Prospects Not Named Marquese Chriss
Jakob Poeltl, Jaylen Brown, and Ivan Rabb all disapointed in the NCCA tournament. Poeltl showed that he cannot keep up with power forwards at the next level, and Rabb and Brown showed us that they still have a long way to go before they starting making some noise on offense at the next level. Poeltl and Brown are likely still top 10 picks, but neither of them are looking like top five picks, while Rabb could go anywhere from 10-20.
Both Damian Jones and Wade Baldwin did not help out their draft stock at all against the Wichita State Shockers in the tournament. Jones should have dominated against a smaller team, but he struggled to assert himself in the paint. Baldwin played alright, but he showed that he still lacks control and good decision skills, which is something a point guard really needs.