1. Boston Celtics From Brooklyn)
Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington
Fultz is a 6’4″ point guard that can score at will. I know that two of those things are also traits of Isaiah Thomas, but I think the Celtics will trade IT, after getting swept by the Cavaliers, to acquire rebounding and defense to put along side a floor spacing Al Horford. Maybe if Chris Paul and Blake Griffin leave LA, the Clippers will rebuild and that makes DeAndre Jordan available. I think the Cs have enough contract flexibility, and they for sure have enough assets. Fultz has the skills to become just as potent as Thomas, but won’t be an absolute liability on the defensive end, which makes him an easy #1 overall pick.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA
This is like the most easy pick for marketing and brand purposes for LA as long as Lonzo turns out to be good, which he will. He’s a great passer, sees the floor at an All-Pro level, and he’s 6’6″. What’s not to like? His jump shot is weird, and I hate watching it, but he’s wet, so I also can’t really complain there. There’s no way Magic doesn’t draft him, and I can’t think of any situation where they wouldn’t pick him here, unless the Celtics grabbed him. It’s a no brainer from a basketball and business aspects of the Lakers, and it would be idiotic not to get him. I wonder how LaVar will sleep at night if Lonzo doesn’t go first overall even though he’s going to the Lakers. I imagine that is just destroying his mind right now.
3. Philadelphia 76ers (from Sacramento)
De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
Most people have them taking Josh Jackson out of Kansas, but I think the 76ers easily have enough big guys in Saric, Embiid, Holmes, Okafor, then Simmons on the wing. I think they take Fox, who I believe is going to be an elite perimeter and on-ball defender. He’s working on his shot and can handle, so I think the 76ers can put him at the 1 or 2 depending what they decide to do with Simmons. I also think Kyle Lowry is bad, so I think that whole rumor and situation should get thrown in the garbage as soon as possible. Get Fox, get rid of McConnell and Henderson, and go win some games.
4. Phoenix Suns
Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke
I feel like it’s 50/50 between Jackson and Tatum here. The Suns are set with their back court with Devin Booker, Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, and Tyler Ulis, so I think they go Tatum over Jackson because Tatum is more 3 to 4 where Jackson is 3 to 2. Tatum is the better fit. He still helps space the floor, and I like the way he took over games at Duke during the end of the year; he’s a special player. One of the only Duke players I like.
5. Sacramento Kings (from Philadelphia)
Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas
The Kings grabbing Jackson 5th would be stellar for them. He’s a 6’8″ wing that can shoot and defend. It would be a smart move by Vlade Divac to grab him, probably the only smart thing that he has ever done since running that team. They should really fire him. Anyway, the Kings are and always will be drafting best available.
6. Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac, SF, Florida State
I watched a few of Florida State’s tournament games, and Isaac looked scared, intimidated, and lost out there most of the time. I barely even noticed he was on the court most of the time. Having said that, he’s got great size, can space the floor, and can dribble. I kinda like him.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves
Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
Classic T-Wolves move of drafting a PG out of a European country in the top 10. They are actually drafting with the same pick, #7, that Golden State used to draft Stephen Curry right after they used the 5th and 6th picks to take Rubio and Jonny Flynn. I hope it works out better for them. For your information, Frank is 6’5″, is shooting 42% from 3 in Europe, is a good defender, and can supposedly play multiple positions.
8. New York Knicks
Dennis Smith Jr, PG, NC State
The Knicks may never be good again. They need to seriously consider rebuilidng, and that rebuild should start this years. So trade Melo, and get rid of the trash garbage veterans infested within that locker room. Smith Jr. is a great scorer, so just start there.
9. Dallas Mavericks
Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky
The Mavericks should be drafting best available. I think Monk is there guy. He’s a bit undersized, but he shoots lights out, and can be a game changer for them next year as a scorer. I also think is the last of the top tier players in the draft. The next picks get more tricky.
10. Sacramento Kings (From New Orleans)
Zach Collins, C, Gonzaga
A tall white guy, that can defend and shoot? He didn’t play at Wisconsin? What? Zach Collins played sparingly last year for Gonzaga until he broke out during the tournament as a clutch scorer and block machine. I think Sacramento will pick him to pair with Willy Cauley Stein after taking Jackson earlier.
More to come…