There are great college basketball games on tonight and plenty of NBA talent is being featured in those games. There hasn’t been that many changes at the top of the draft, but plenty of players have risen or fallen due to their play in the NCAA tournament. This draft class has been hyped as one of the best ever and it will be interesting to see which players are able to contribute at the next level. Keep in mind that not all of these players have decided whether they are declaring to the draft or not.
#1. Boston Celtics: PG Markelle Fultz- Even though the Celtics have one of the best point guards in the league with Isaiah Thomas, they should be going best available. They have solid players at each position, and Fultz is a once in a generation talent. He has flown under the radar this year due to the fact that his Washington Huskies were unable to make the NCAA tournament. Another possibility is that the Celtics could trade this pick for a very nice return package. If the Celtics pick Fultz, Marcus Smart will likely be on the trade block.
#2. Los Angeles Lakers: PG Lonzo Ball- Even though he isn’t going first overall, Lavar Ball would be ecstatic if his oldest son were drafted by the Lakers. Lonzo Ball could be the player to bring the Lakers out of the abyss and back to the championship winning days of old. He draws a lot of comparisons to Jason Kidd for his length and overall game. If Ball is able to realize his full potential, he could end up having a career similar to that of Kidd’s.
#3. Phoenix Suns: SF Josh Jackson- His athleticism and all-around appeal is Jackson’s selling point to the Suns. Phoenix has a strong young core that they can build around, and Jackson would be a nice addition to that group.
#4. New York Knicks: SF Jayson Tatum- Tatum would pair nicely with Kristaps Porzingis to lead the Knicks in the post-Carmelo Anthony era. At Duke, Tatum showed his versatility on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. He has the potential to be a perennial 20 point per game scorer in the NBA.
#5. Philadelphia 76ers: SG Malik Monk- Monk was very quiet to start the game against North Carolina, but he made big shots down the stretch, even though Kentucky didn’t walk away with the win. The 76ers are desperately in need of a good shooting guard, and Monk would give them a premier perimeter shooting threat.
#6. Orlando Magic: SF/PF Jonathan Isaac- If Isaac were to be drafted by Orlando, he would likely be playing small forward. It would create a matchup nightmare as smaller teams would struggle to guard the athletic 6’11” Isaac.
#7. Sacramento Kings: PG Dennis Smith- After trading away Demarcus Cousins, the Kings are without a face of the franchise. Smith may be able to fill that role down the road as he is an athletic finisher at the rim who can shoot as well. Smith has the potential to be the best player in the class, but he comes with a bit of risk.
#8. Minnesota Timberwolves: PF Lauri Markkanen- If the Timberwolves were to draft Markkanen, they would have two seven footers capable of wandering outside the arc.
#9. Sacramento Kings: PF John Collins- Collins has shot up most draft boards and he would be an excellent pick for the Kings. He is unfazed in almost every situation that is thrown at him, a trait you see in very few sophomores. Collins is very gifted on the offensive side of the ball, with refined post skills and a solid mid-range jumper. He has the chance to be the best big man out of Wake Forest since Tim Duncan.
#10. Dallas Mavericks: PG De’Aaron Fox- His play was superb all tournament long and that certainly helped his draft stock. If the Mavericks were able to nab him with the tenth pick in the draft it would be considered a steal.
#11. Charlotte Hornets: SF Miles Bridges
#12. Detroit Pistons: PG FranK Ntilikina
#13. Chicago Bulls: C Jarrett Allen
#14. Denver Nuggets: PF Isaiah Hartenstein
#15. Miami Heat: SF OG Anunoby
#16. Portland Trail Blazers: PF/C Edrice Adebayo
#17. Atlanta Hawks: PF Ivan Rabb
#18. Milwaukee Bucks: C Justin Patton
#19. Indiana Pacers: PF TJ Leaf
#20. Portland Trail Blazers: SG Luke Kennard
#21. Oklahoma City Thunder: SF Justin Jackson
#22. Toronto Raptors: SG/SF Terrance Ferguson
#23. Utah Jazz: PF Harry Giles
#24. Orlando Magic: PG Jawun Evans
#25. Brooklyn Nets: PF Caleb Swanigan
#26. Brooklyn Nets: SG Donovan Mitchell
#27. Portland Trail Blazers: C Zach Collins
#28. Los Angeles Lakers: SF Semi Ojeleye
#29. San Antonio Spurs: SG Josh Hart
#30. Utah Jazz: PF Johnathan MotleyFollow @jackstatsblog