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NBA Mock Draft

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Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks
Zaccharie Risacher
Pick 1
G/F
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Risacher worked out for the Hawks last week and it’s all going to come down to whether the Hawks prefer a 7-2 center in Clingan to hold down the defense or the upside along the perimeter with Risacher. Similar to Bilal Coulibaly last year, Risacher had a strong performance in the LNB Pro A playoffs that showed scouts and executives his game and physicality will translate well to the NBA. Ultimately, there’s nothing that teams love more in a draft prospect than youth, length and upside — and Risacher has all three.
Washington
Washington
Wizards
Alex Sarr
Pick 2
C
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Sarr is as close to a lock at No. 2 as one can get. He worked out and met with the Wizards but refused to do the same for the Hawks. Sarr’s potential as an elite rim protector on defense and a pick-and-pop threat on offense, along with how well he runs the floor for his size, makes him an intriguing NBA prospect in the frontcourt who can also stretch to the wing.
Houston
Houston
Rockets
Reed Sheppard
Pick 3
G
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
In a draft with so much uncertainty, teams know exactly what they’re getting from Sheppard, who shot 52% from 3-point range off the bench as a freshman at Kentucky. He's a high IQ player who can be slotted alongside Amen Thompson and Jalen Green in Houston's backcourt right away.
San Antonio
San Antonio
Spurs
Stephon Castle
Pick 4
G
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
If Sheppard is off the board at No. 3, Castle is a great option for the Spurs. The UConn star defends the perimeter well, has great size at the guard position and continues to grow as an offensive threat. His 3-point jumper remains an area of improvement, but his feel for the game along with how well he complemented experienced players on a loaded UConn team is a good indication he can come in right away and contribute positive minutes to any team.
Detroit
Detroit
Pistons
Donovan Clingan
Pick 5
C
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
If the Hawks don’t take Clingan at No. 1, the Pistons could look to make moves in the frontcourt, bringing in the mobile center to add rim protection and seeking to trade Isaiah Stewart. The team also needs help along the perimeter and could be looking at Matas Buzelis or Cody Williams at No. 5, but it would be hard to pass up on Clingan as the best available player if he’s still there.
Charlotte
Charlotte
Hornets
Matas Buzelis
Pick 6
F
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Buzelis has great size and can play multiple positions with how well he can handle the ball and take players off the dribble. Many around the league believe Buzelis is a lock at No. 5 to the Pistons, but if he falls to No. 6, he would slide in nicely alongside Brandon Miller at the 4, adding some versatility to a 4-man-out offense and rim protection on defense.
Portland
Portland
Trail Blazers
Cody Williams
Pick 7
F
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
It doesn’t look like Williams will be there for the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 12 to play alongside his older brother, Jalen. While Williams didn’t have the year he wanted at Colorado and dealt with injuries all season long, he has tremendous potential (similar to Jaden McDaniels) for a team that can be patient with his development during a rebuild. On the Blazers, he would add some much-needed length on the wing alongside Shaedon Sharpe and Toumani Camara.
San Antonio
San Antonio
Spurs
Tidjane Salaun
Pick 8
G/F
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Salaun capped his season for Cholet on a high note, averaging 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in 25 minutes per game during the second round against Paris Basketball. He is one of the youngest players in the draft, turning 19 in August, and could be a good fit in San Antonio; it helps that he played with Victor Wembanyama in France and the two share the same agent. Salaun has met with teams in the 5-12 range and likely won’t fall outside of the lottery.
Memphis
Memphis
Grizzlies
Dalton Knecht
Pick 9
G
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
The Grizzlies will likely take the best player available at No. 9 and, depending on who is still on the board, Knecht is a great option. He's an older, experienced guard who was the best scorer in the SEC this season and can give solid minutes right away.
Utah
Utah
Jazz
Devin Carter
Pick 10
G
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Carter is one of the biggest risers heading into the draft. He backed up his strong season at Providence by being one of the most impressive players during the agility and shooting drills at the combine. He is one of the best two-way players in this draft and would be a fun pairing alongside Keyonte George.
Chicago
Chicago
Bulls
Ron Holland
Pick 11
G/F
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
The Bulls just added 21-year-old Josh Giddey, who will pair nicely with Coby White in the backcourt. Holland can add some much-needed size and length to Chicago's defense. And even though he was a little turnover prone playing in the G League, he’ll have a different role in the NBA and won’t need the ball in his hands as much on offense.
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
Thunder
Carlton Carrington
Pick 12
G
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
The Thunder traded Giddey to the Bulls for Alex Caruso, and even though Caruso will bring veteran experience at 30 years old, the Thunder could be targeting a guard with upside at 12. Carrington was a projected mid-to-late first-round pick all season and has catapulted into the lottery during workouts and team meetings. He has great size and can be productive offensively playing on or off the ball. His shot selection still needs some fine-tuning, but there are a lot of teams in the 10-20 range that love his upside.
Sacramento
Sacramento
Kings
Ja'Kobe Walter
Pick 13
G
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Walter's game translates better to the NBA than what scouts saw from him in college. He has good size at the guard position and elite shooting mechanics. With the spacing of the NBA game, it’ll free him more as a shooting threat with how well De’Aaron Fox plays with the ball in his hands.
Portland
Portland
Trail Blazers
Tristan da Silva
Pick 14
F
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
The Colorado forward was one of the best hybrid frontcourt players in the Pac-12 this year. Unlike Williams, who will need some extra time to develop, da Silva can be slotted into the lineup right away and help give some versatility and length to a young Trail Blazers team. Da Silva played well alongside a speedy guard in KJ Simpson, who loved to get downhill and facilitate, similar to Scoot Henderson.
Miami
Miami
Heat
Jared McCain
Pick 15
G
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
McCain shoots the ball extremely well from 3-point range and has a quick release that's difficult to defend, even though he's on the smaller side as an NBA point guard. He’s a great culture guy and has zero off-the-court issues. Last year the Heat drafted Jaime Jaquez Jr., who hunted competition during the offseason when he was at UCLA. McCain is a similarly competitive player. During the summers in high school, McCain was everywhere whether that was Nike Peach Jam, Steph Curry's camp, Chris Paul's point guard camp or Nike Skills Academy. He doesn't shy away from competition and a chance to get better.
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
76ers
Robert Dillingham
Pick 16
G
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Dillingham has been dealing with an ankle injury since the combine and will only be able to work out for a select number of teams leading up to the draft. Offensively he is one of the best players with the ball in his hands and has that dog mentality that teams love. But what's giving teams pause is his work on the defensive end, where he has average footwork and difficulty staying in front of players. If he falls to 16, the Sixers might look to pick him up as the best player available and someone who is used to playing alongside other ball-dominant guards after his one year at Kentucky.
LA Lakers
Los Angeles
Lakers
Kyshawn George
Pick 17
G/F
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
George averaged only 7.6 points during his one year at Miami, but shot 41% from 3-point range. Originally from Switzerland, the sharp-shooting wing shot up four inches two years ago and sees the floor like a point guard with how well he passes and how quick he makes decisions off the dribble.
Orlando
Orlando
Magic
Nikola Topic
Pick 18
G
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
The Magic would have the luxury of being patient with Topić's recovery after it was revealed he suffered a partial ACL tear late in the season. Orlando has one of the deepest backcourts in the league and might consider taking a swing on Topić if he falls, considering he was a projected top-five pick all year because of his size and playmaking ability.
Toronto
Toronto
Raptors
Zach Edey
Pick 19
C
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Edey showed every scout and executive at the combine that he can hit 3s at a pretty consistent rate during the shooting drills. What’s most attractive is his size and the way he can anchor a defense, but teams will be cautious taking him, with opponents likely hunting him in screens every time down the court and drawing favorable mismatches. Edey could go as high as 14 to Portland, with many around the league anticipating the Toronto native being off the board by 20.
Cleveland
Cleveland
Cavaliers
Isaiah Collier
Pick 20
G
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Depending on what happens with Donovan Mitchell in Cleveland, a backcourt of Collier and Darius Garland could be a fun pairing. Collier had a rough year at USC and didn't really get to showcase his upside, but NBA spacing will be much better for Collier, who has the ability to get downhill. He could end up being a steal at 20.
New Orleans
New Orleans
Pelicans
Yves Missi
Pick 21
C
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Missi's draft range is anywhere from 14-21 with his upside as a rim-running big who has a budding pick-and-pop game. He has great hands, runs the floor well and shows solid footwork in the paint. Missi could have a similar role for the Pelicans as Dereck Lively II does in Dallas.
Phoenix
Phoenix
Suns
Tyler Kolek
Pick 22
G
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
The general consensus is that the Suns are zeroing in on Kolek at 22 with his high IQ and ability to come in right away and give solid minutes. He plays bigger than his 6-3 frame, is smart with the ball and finishes well through contact.
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks
Kel'el Ware
Pick 23
C
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Ware is far from a finished product, but he made some huge strides at Indiana after his freshman year at Oregon. He’s so talented at his size and with his footwork in the paint, but some teams question his motor, leaving him as a possible steal in the 20s.
New York
New York
Knicks
Terrence Shannon
Pick 24
G
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Shannon was found not guilty in his court case that had loomed over him since January, and he could now be a first-round pick. He was incredibly impressive for Illinois at the end of the season. The lefty guard can score at all three levels and impact a team right away with how well he reads defenses.
New York
New York
Knicks
DaRon Holmes
Pick 25
F
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Holmes averaged 20.4 points and 8.5 rebounds and shot 39% from 3-point range in a limited perimeter role at Dayton. He is a floor spacer with size who can extend his game past the 3-point line and defend the post similar to Naz Reid’s role in Minnesota.
Washington
Washington
Wizards
Johnny Furphy
Pick 26
G/F
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Furphy elected to stay in this draft after reportedly turning down a lucrative NIL deal to return to Kansas, leading many to believe he left the combine with a promise in the first round. If the Wizards take Sarr with the No. 2 pick, Furphy is an excellent option here with how well he shoots the ball and his added size on the perimeter.
Minnesota
Minnesota
Timberwolves
Cam Christie
Pick 27
G
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Christie is a late riser and could sneak into the back half of the first round with how well he’s been performing in team workouts. He averaged 11.3 points and shot 39% from 3-point range during his freshman year at Minnesota.
Denver
Denver
Nuggets
Tyler Smith
Pick 28
F
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Smith improved significantly during his season with the Ignite and has great size at 6-11 with an inside-out game that translates to the NBA. He shot the 3-ball well all season and improved his motor.
Utah
Utah
Jazz
Kyle Filipowski
Pick 29
C
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Filipowski falling in the first round doesn’t necessarily reflect his body of work during his sophomore year at Duke, but that other players have higher ceilings and are rising after workouts and team meetings. The playoff teams in the Western Conference are largely successful with multiple 7-footers on the court who can space the floor and knock down 3s. Filipowski has the potential to be that kind of contributor in the NBA.
Boston
Boston
Celtics
Baylor Scheierman
Pick 30
G/F
Position
Yahoo Sports Commentary
Scheierman was one of the best shooters at the draft combine during the 5-on-5 scrimmages. His size and maturity to his game make him a perfect plug-and-play guy on a seasoned, championship team.