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By: John Morgan Francis

 

A few weeks ago I released my first mock draft of the summer. With four days to go until the Philadelphia 76ers are on the clock, I am releasing my fourth NBA Draft piece: my Mock Draft 2.0.

 

  1. Philadelphia 76ers
    1. Markelle Fultz, Washington
    2. Philly gave up the third pick and next year’s LA first round pick (with protections) for their point guard of the future.
  2. LA Lakers
    1. Lonzo Ball, UCLA
    2. Earlier I had Fox going here but with the Paul George/Lebron James rumors, I think LA has to go with a pass-first guy. D’Angelo Russell is now likely on the move.
  3. Sacramento Kings (Via Boston Celtics)
    1. De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
    2. Sacramento trades the fifth and tenth pick to the Celtics for the third pick to draft De’Aaron Fox, the point guard they hope can make their franchise relevant again.
  4. Phoenix Suns
    1. Josh Jackson, Kansas
    2. Phoenix takes the best available player, surprisingly slipping this far. Jackson gives the Suns a defensive force they haven’t seen in ages as the young lineup is now complete: Bledsoe, Booker, Jackson, Bender and Chriss.
  5. Boston Celtics (Via Kings)
    1. Jayson Tatum, Duke
    2. Again, the best available goes here. Tatum has drawn Paul Pierce comparisons and is likely the second most NBA-ready player in the draft. Boston could also package this pick with others to make a run at Anthony Davis.
  6. Orlando Magic
    1. Dennis Smith, N.C. State
    2. My pick remains the same here. Jonathan Isaac would have been a nice candidate if the Magic didn’t have 2/3 of their roster stocked with bigs. However, Orlando also needs offensive firepower at a position Elfrid Payton has failed to succeed at.
  7. Minnesota Timberwolves
    1. Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
    2. Again, the pick remains the same. Isaac is the perfect frontcourt partner for Karl-Anthony Towns. Kris Dunn, Zach Lavine, Andrew Wiggins, Isaac and Towns sound like the next super team brewing.
  8. New York Knicks
    1. Malik Monk, Kentucky
    2. The second Kentucky guard comes here. Phil Jackson begins his slow, unsure rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis and Monk as he attempts to part ways with Carmelo Anthony.
  9. Dallas Mavericks
    1. Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
    2. Markkanen is too much like Dirk, otherwise I’d have Donovan Mitchell here. But I think Mark Cuban goes for the sure big man scorer as Dirk fades into the sunset.
  10. Boston Celtics (Via Kings)
    1. Zach Collins, Gonzaga
    2. Collins fits Boston perfectly. They need inside scoring, rebounding, shot blocking and passing. Collins, though 19 years old, is a quality upgrade from Amir Johnson. He also has 3-point potential. Like the fifth pick, this pick could also be packaged for Davis.
  11. Charlotte Hornets
    1. Donovan Mitchell, Louisville
    2. Mitchell will fit perfectly beside Kemba Walker. If he can keep up his 3-point shooting, he’ll be a steal at 11. The two-way guard has drawn comparisons form Avery Bradley.
  12. Detroit Pistons
    1. Harry Giles, Duke
    2. This young man becomes the possible heir to Andre Drummond. If Giles pans out how most think he can, the Pistons can now seriously entertain the trade talks they’ve been rumored to have about Drummond.
  13. Denver Nuggets
    1. Luke Kennard, Duke
    2. The third Duke player selected in the top-15. The Nuggets will likely lose Danillo Gallinari this summer and Kennard could grow into the same player.
  14. Miami Heat
    1. TJ Leaf, UCLA
    2. Leaf is the perfect power forward to pair with Hassan Whiteside. He can stretch the floor, handle the ball and is an excellent passer.
  15. Portland Trail Blazers
    1. Justin Jackson, UNC
    2. Portland seems to have more young talent than anyone in the league. Here they add an NBA-ready, two-way wing.
  16. Chicago Bulls
    1. Frank Ntilikina, France
    2. The Bulls take their guard of the future. The Frenchmen is a steal at 16.
  17. Milwaukee Bucks
    1. Ike Anigbogu, UCLA
    2. This long, athletic, high leaping center will fit in nicely with Milwaukee’s roster.
  18. Indiana Pacers
    1. OG Anunoby, Indiana
    2. Hello, the potential heir to Paul George.
  19. Atlanta Hawks
    1. Jarrett Allen, Texas
    2. Dwight Howard’s situation in Atlanta is one of the NBA’s biggest mysteries. Allen becomes their beneficial backup plan.
  20. Brooklyn Nets (Via Portland Trail Blazers)
    1. John Collins, Wake Forest
    2. Brooklyn receives the 20th pick and Allen Crabbe for Trevor Booker.
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder
    1. Terrance Ferguson, Australia
    2. Shooting and athleticism for Russell Westbrook.
  22. Brooklyn Nets
    1. Justin Patton, Creighton
    2. Brook Lopez’s replacement.
  23. Toronto Raptors
    1. Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State
    2. Can he be the answer behind Kyle Lowry?
  24. Utah Jazz
    1. Tyler Lydon, Syracuse
    2. One of the best shooting big men to pair alongside Rudy Gobert.
  25. Orlando magic
    1. Frank Jackson, Duke
    2. The Magic continue to load up and possibly hit on a point guard.
  26. New Orleans Pelicans (Via Portland Trail Blazers)
    1. PJ Dozier, South Carolina
    2. New Orleans receives the 26th pick and Tim Frazier for Maurice Harkless.
  27. Brooklyn Nets
    1. Edrice Adebayo, Kentucky
    2. Bam may go earlier than here but this is probably the realistic spot.
  28. LA Lakers
    1. DJ Wilson, Michigan
    2. Great quality here late in the first round.
  29. San Antonio Spurs
    1. Kyle Kuzma, Utah
    2. This will be one of the steals of the draft. Just watch.
  30. Utah Jazz
    1. Josh Hart, Villanova
    2. Can the Jazz finally hit on a guard?

 

 

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