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NBA Mock Draft - Lottery Edition

With the draft lottery now complete, let's take a look at who I think each lottery team will select on June 23rd.

  1. Philadelphia 76ers
    • Ben Simmons, F, LSU
      • Simmons and Brandon Ingram will be discussed over the next month on who should be taken #1. Simmons has been hyped up for the past few years and he should be taken number one.
  2. Los Angeles Lakers
  3. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn Nets)
    • Jamal Murray, G, Kentucky
      • The Celtics were dying to get one of the top two picks as they could have been in position to make a trade for a superstar. Instead they'll settle for the third overall pick. Murray will prove the Celtics with a scoring guard other than Isaiah Thomas, if they decide to keep it.
  4. Phoenix Suns
    • Dragan Bender, F, Croatia
      • Bender is a good fit with the Suns as they desperately need a stretch 4. Bender who is just 18 is drawing comparison to Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis. It might take a few years for Bender to develop but the Suns are not ready to win yet and he'll be worth the wait as he is a potential star.
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Buddy Hield , G, Oklahoma
      • The T'Wolves are looking fill their biggest need and that's a scoring two guard. They'll get that if they take Heild with the number five pick as he's the best pure scorer in the entire draft. The future is bright in Minnesota with a ton of young talent in Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and now Buddy Hield.
  6. New Orleans Pelicans
    • Jaylen Brown, F, California
      • Brown provides NOLA with plenty of size (an inch of two shorter than Brandon Ingram but 35lbs heavier) and extreme athleticism that can play the 2,3 or 4 and will be a very good defender throughout his career. The Pelicans do not have a reliable small forward and Brown will fill that void.
  7. Denver Nuggets (via New York Knicks)
    • Henry Ellenson, F, Marquette
      • With no need to address the PG position as Emmanuel Mudiay is their future, Ellenson is a great pick here as he'll be a nice fit at power forward to play alongside either Jusuf Nurkic or Nikola Jokic. Ellenson is a great rebounder who can stretch the floor.
  8. Sacramento Kings
    • Kris Dunn, G, Providence
      • If the Kings can get Kris Dunn at number eight, then it's a steal. This kid is good and can be the Kings answer long term at the point guard position. Not only does Dunn bring offense but his long wingspan creates havoc on opposing players and he averaged 2.5 steals a game last year in the NCAA.
  9. Toronto Raptors (via Denver Nuggets)
    • Skal Labissiere, F/C, Kentucky
      • Labissiere struggled as a Freshman at Kentucky but he just turned 19 and still is learning the game. However he is 7 feet tall and will provide Toronto with a rim protector as he is a terrific shot blocker. He can stretch the floor but will work on becoming a better offensive player. Toronto isn't in desperate need for a rookie to come in and help right away, so they can afford to develop Labissiere over the next few seasons.
  10. Milwaukee Bucks
    • Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah
      • The only reason Poeltl is still available at number 10 is because no team in the top nine needed a center. Luckily for Milwaukee he's still here. The Bucks need a center in the worst way as they were embarrassed down low when Greg Monroe was playing center for the injured Zaza Pachulia.
  11. Orlando Magic
    • Marquese Chriss, F, Washington
      • Chriss might have the highest upside at this point in the draft despite only playing basketball for five years and being very raw. In just 24 minutes a game last season he did average 13 points and five rebounds. Chriss can shoot and is a good shot blocker. He'll only get better as he continues to learn the game.
  12. Utah Jazz
    • Furkan Korkmaz, G, Turkey
      • The Utah Jazz have a LOT of players so whoever they draft will struggle to find minutes. That's why Korkmaz makes a lot of sense here. He's only 18 and can stay in Turkey and continue to develop until the Jazz need him. When it's time for him to come and play in the NBA, he will provide Utah will an excellent shooter.
  13. Phoenix Suns (via Washington Wizards)
    • Denzel Valentine, G/F, Michigan State
      • Valentine is a guy who is ready to contribute immediately. He is a good fit for the Suns who grabbed Bender with the third overall pick, as he will be a better shooter and passer than both T.J. Warren and P.J. Tucker at the small forward position. 
  14. Chicago Bulls
    • Domantas Sabonis, F, Gonzaga
      • Sabonis would be a good fit with Chicago because his style of play is very similar to Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. Sabonis always plays at a high level of energy, plays tough and is a great rebounder. He is the type of player who drives opponents crazy and the fans absolutely love him. 
NBA Lottery Mock Draft