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The Week of Mock Draft

The NBA Draft is less than a week away, with potential big trades coming. With free agency looking less exciting this year, this might be the best chance for teams to really change their teams this offseason.

1. Orlando Magic: Jabari Smith | Auburn | Forward | Freshman | 6’10, 220

Smith seems to possess the best mix of upside and fewest question marks. As in he’s not a 195lb 7 footer who you wonder can gain weight. He makes his 3’s, makes his FT’s. Just a lot to like in a switchable post player for the modern game. The only thing that seems to be lacking some in comparison to Holmgren is the shotblocking.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder: Chet Holmgren | Gonzaga | Forward/Center | Freshman | 7’0, 195

Poku and Chet on the same team would be amazing ectomorphs everywhere. Holmgren is an intriguing talent who may actually have the most upside. You just wonder how the body fills out.

3. Houston Rockets: Paolo Banchero | Duke | Forward | Freshman | 6’10, 250

It certainly feels like they moved Christian Wood knowing they were taking one of the bigs. Banchero seems the most likely to fall to them.

4. Sacramento Kings: Keegan Murray | Iowa | Forward | Sophomore | 6’8, 225

I would have Murray 2nd on my personal board, but I understand the age works against players. At almost 22 years old, it is hard to pass up on guys 2+ years younger that have those 2.5 years of improvement coming. Still Murray had one of the greatest statistical and efficient seasons ever. I don’t think he will fail, I see his floor as John Collins like, and that’s a good player. He’s got to be the most NBA ready and the Kings want to chase the 10th seed in perpetuity.

5. Detroit Pistons: Jaden Ivey | Purdue | Guard | Sophomore | 6’4, 195

Not ideal with Cunningham, but he’s the best talent available.

6. Indiana Pacers: A.J. Griffin | Duke | Forward | Freshman | 6’6, 220

7. Portland TrailBlazers: Bennedict Mathurin | Arizona | Guard/Forward | Sophomore | 6’7, 210

8. New Orleans Pelicans (via Lakers): Dyson Daniels | G League Ignite | Guard | 6’6, 170

9. San Antonio Spurs: Jalen Duren | Memphis | Center | Freshman | 6’11, 250

10. Sacramento Kings (via WAS): Shaedon Sharpe | Kentucky | Guard | Freshman | 6’6, 200

11. New York Knicks: TyTy Washington | Kentucky | Guard | Freshman | 6’3, 195

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Clippers): Ousmane Dieng | New Zealand | Forward | International | 6’9, 185

13. Charlotte Hornets: Mark Williams | Duke | Center | 7’2, 243

14. Cleveland Cavaliers: Malaki Branham | Ohio State | Guard | Freshman | 6’5, 180

15. Charlotte Hornets (via Pelicans): Jeremy Sochan | Baylor | Forward | Freshman | 6’9, 230

16. Atlanta Hawks: Nikola Jovic | Serbia | Forward | International | 6’10, 205

17. Houston Rockets: Ochai Agbaji | Kansas | Guard | Senior | 6’5, 215

18. Chicago Bulls: Jalen Williams | Santa Clara | Guard | Junior | 6’5, 209

19. Minnesota Timberwolves: New York Knicks: Johnny Davis | Wisconsin | Guard | Sophomore | 6’5, 195

20. San Antonio Spurs (via Raptors): Tari Eason | LSU | Forward | Sophomore | 6’8, 216

21. Denver Nuggets: MarJon Beauchamp | G League Ignite | Guard | 6’6, 197

22. Memphis Grizzlies (via Jazz): Kennedy Chandler | Tennessee | Guard | Freshman | 6’2, 175

23. Philadelphia 76ers: Blake Wesley | Notre Dame | Guard | Freshman | 6’4, 187

24. Milwaukee Bucks: Walker Kessler | Auburn | Center | Sophomore | 7’1, 245

25. San Antonio Spurs (via Celtics): Jake LaRavia | Wake Forest | Forward | Junior | 6’8, 227

26. Dallas Mavericks: Jaden Hardy | G-League | Guard | 6’4, 200

27. Miami Heat: Dalen Terry | Arizona | Guard | Sophomore | 6’7, 195

28. Golden State Warriors: Josh Minot | Memphis | Forward | Freshman | 6’8, 205

29. Memphis Grizzlies: Kendall Brown | Baylor | Forward | Freshman | 6’8, 205

30. Denver Nuggets (via Thunder): Christian Braun | Kansas | Guard | Junior | 6’6, 218

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