NBA Draft Preview: Three Hoosiers Hope To Hear Names Called

Stu Jackson, Staff Writer
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Three former Hoosiers - forward OG Anunoby, center Thomas Bryant, and guard James Blackmon Jr. - have professional aspirations ahead of tonight's NBA Draft, scheduled to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Ahead of the draft, here's a look at final projections for Anunoby, Bryant and Blackmon from various analysts and experts.

Considered the foremost authority on the draft, Draft Express has Anunoby going to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round at No. 20 overall in its mock draft for The Vertical covering the first round only.

In its full mock draft on its original site which was updated at 9:29 this morning, Draft Express has Anunoby going to the Toronto Raptors at No. 23 and Bryant to the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 37. Blackmon is not included among the selections in either mock draft.

As of 8:53 a.m., ESPN's Chad Ford has Anunoby going to the Denver Nuggets at No. 13 overall and Bryant to the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 48 overall. Blackmon is not included among Ford's projections.

Sport Illustrated's Jeremy Woo also expects the Denver Nuggets to select Anunoby in the first round at No. 13 overall. Woo projects Bryant to be chosen by the Phoenix Suns in the second round at No. 54 overall, but does not include Blackmon among his selections.

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, which is Bill Simmons’ new venture, compared Anunoby to Shane Battier, Trevor Ariza and Al-Farouq Aminu. He has Anunoby slotted for No. 13 to the Denver Nuggets, where he can develop behind forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari.

O'Connor compared Bryant to Anderson Varejao and Jamaal Magloire and has Bryant slotted for No. 50 to the Phoenix Suns. O'Connor does not include Blackmon in his projections. compiled a consensus mock draft with four different experts giving projections. All four expect Anunoby to get chosen by the Denver Nuggets in the first round at No. 13 overall, but have mostly varying opinions on where Bryant gets selected.

Joel Bingham and Michael Scotto expect Bryant to go the Boston Celtics in the second round at No. 37 overall, while Moke Hamilton has Bryant one spot lower at No. 38 overall to the Chicago Bulls. Steve Kyler projects Bryant going to the New York Knicks at No. 44 overall. None of the experts included Blackmon in their projections.

Seth Davis’ new NBA Draft venture, Seth’s Draft House, projects Anunoby to go No. 21 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He’d be the sixth forward taken.

Davis expects Bryant to get selected by the New Orleans Pelicans at No. 52 overall. expects Anunoby to be chosen by the Phoenix Suns in the second round at No. 32 overall. It does not project Bryant or Blackmon to get drafted.


Anunoby: Could go as high as No. 13 overall or as low as No. 32 overall based on the above projections. However, he will be in the NBA Draft green room, which means there's a strong chance he'll be a first round pick.

Bryant: Widely expected to be a second round pick, projected to be taken as high as No. 37 overall, the seventh pick in the second round; or as low as No. 54 overall, the seventh-to-last pick in the second round.

Blackmon: Not expected get drafted tonight. Draft Express ranks him the 83rd-best prospect available in its Top 100, while Ford has him at No. 84.


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