Last-minute NBA Mock Draft changes

Last-minute NBA Mock Draft changes

By: Heath Montgomery

1. Philadelphia 76ers Markelle Fultz, PG Fultz has been the consensus #1 pick for a while, it won’t change on draft day.
2. LA Lakers Lonzo Ball, PG With D’Angelo Russell being traded to the Nets, it looks as though the Lakers will be handing the offense to Ball. Congrats Lavar.
3. Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum, SF I think Tatum fits more of Celtics needs. They already have many defense-first type players, Tatum gives them a pure scorer.
4. Phoenix Suns Josh Jackson, SF Devin Booker can take the offense, while Jackson can take the defense. I like the Suns future with lots of young talent on the roster.
5. Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox, PG It would surprise me if Fox slipped past the Kings. They love him and were thinking about trading up for him a couple weeks ago.
6.Orlando Magic Dennis Smith Jr., PG Elfrid Payton is not the answer at PG, if I were the Magic I’d take a shot on Smith, who would surprise no one if he is the most talented player in this draft.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves Jonathan Isaac, SF I’m keeping Isaac here. I still think the fit is perfect with him next to Towns and makes a young Twolves team scary in the future.
8. New York Knicks Malik Monk, PG/SG I don’t see Monk slipping past the Knicks here, and it would be amazing to watch him light up MSG every night.
9. Dallas Mavericks Frank Ntilikina, PG Dallas needs a long PG who can defend and Frank can do just that. Hard to tell how his game will translate to NBA from Europe.
10. Sacramento Kings Lauri Markkanen, PF Another PF…ugh, just don’t know what else you would go with here instead of a big man. Markkanen can become a great talent for them but he must learn to defend and rebound better.
11. Charlotte Hornets Luke Kennard, SG I had the Hornets getting a frontvourt player but after their acquisition of Howard, Kennard would give them a lights out scorer for Kemba to play off of
12. Detroit Pistons Donovan Mitchell, SG Mitchell fits the Detroit vibe of a hard worker and grinder on defense. He could develop into a very good player.
13. Denver Nuggets John Collins, PF The Nuggets have a pretty good roster right now, but Collins would be a good addition to put beside Jokic.
14. Miami Heat Justin Jackson, SF I’m leaving Jackson here because I think the Heat need a SF who can shooter better than Winslow.
15. Portland Trailblazers Zach Collins, C The Trailblazers need a frontcourt badly, and Collins showed off his value in the Final Four. Hopefully he can continue that success in the pros.
16. Chicago Bulls Jarrett Allen, C He became a star for Texas at the end of the season. He could easily compete for the starting position against Robin Lopez.
17. Milwaukee Bucks Bam Adebayo, C The Bucks like their long, athletic players. Bam is that and already built like veteran. It would be exciting to watch him run the break with the Greek Freak.
18. Indiana Pacers O.G. Anunoby, SF/PF With PG13 wanting to leave they should probably go for depth at the SF position. O.G. could turn into a great player if he sharpens his offensive game.
19. Atlanta Hawks Harry Giles, PF With Howard being dealt to the Hornets and rumors that Millsap is on the trade block, why not try to hit a homerun with the former #1 recruit?
20. Portland Trailblazers T.J. Leaf, PF Keeping Leaf here. I think he will be very good. He’s athletic and can space the floor for Lillard,  he just had to get stronger.
21. OKC Thunder Justin Patton, C The Thunder need a consistent inside prescence. Patton may take a couple years to develop but with his athelticism, he can become special.
22. Brooklyn Nets Terrance Ferguson, SG I still think the Nets go with Ferguson here. I think his potential is high and they could do well with a Russell-Ferguson backcourt.
23. Toronto Raptors Frank Jackson, G With Kyle Lowry most likely going somewhere else, I think Toronto bites early on Jackson. He needs to develop his PG skills but I think he could become a great scorer in the league.
24. Utah Jazz D.J. Wilson, PF Wilson stays here. I think he will fit in well beside Gobert and gives Utah more space if he can hit jumpers.
25. Orlando Magic Semi Ojeleye, SF I still think this would a great pick for the Magic. He would be a steal for them this late, and he could turn into a very capable role player.
26. Portland Trailblazers Isaiah Hartenstein, PF/C The Blazers backcourt is set. They need to take as many big men as possible, and Hartenstein gives you a different tpe of big man.
27. LA Lakers Tyler Lyndon, SF/PF He can become a spot-up 4 for the Lakers. Don’t know how well his defensive abilities are as he was in the 2-3 zone at Syracuse.
28. LA Lakers Ivan Rabb, PF Can play the role of Julis Randle if he is moved for PG13.
29. San Antonio Spurs Derrick White, PG Very smart PG; I heard those workout well in SA. May be able to give them depth since lots of Spurs are reaching old age.
30. Utah Jazz Caleb Swanigan, PF/C Very good rebounder and a man in college basketball. He has questions with his defensive skills but Gobert may be able to help out on that side of the ball.

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