The NBA Draft Lottery has been over for a week now and we’ve had some time to reflect on our original Mock Draft, which was released the day after the Celtics drew the top spot (from the Brooklyn Nets).
LaVar Ball is still insisting his son Lonzo will go to the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Philadelphia 76ers will pick No. 3 overall for the third time in four years, thanks to swapping with the Kings as payment on a Nik Stauskas trade – among others – from 2015. Philly should be sitting pretty next year, too since they’re still owed the Kings’ 2019 unprotected first-round pick in 2019.
Previously, Philadelphia took Joel Embiid in 2014 and Jahlil Okafor in 2015 third overall and throw in the 2016 No. 1 pick Ben Simmons with this year’s third overall and likely another lottery pick next year, the Sixers may soon be contenders once again.
But we still have them taking a guard, not a forward, even though that forward could easily end up being an NBA All-Star in no time.
Here’s our updated first-round mock for June’s Draft.
30. Utah Jazz (From Warriors) – Mortiz Wagner
Size: 6’11”, 231 Lbs.
Strengths: Good movement and agility for his size, good shooter, high basketball IQ
29. San Antonio Spurs – Jonathan Jeanne
Size: 7’2″, 207 Lbs.
Strengths: 9’6″ reach, versatile big man, skilled player, good shooter with three-point range, excellent shot-blocker, fluid for 7’2″, good ball-handler for his size
28. Los Angeles Lakers (from Rockets) – Ivan Rabb
Size: 6’10”, 220 Lbs.
Strengths: Athletic big man, excellent rebounder and shot-blocker, strong finisher at the rim
27. Brooklyn Nets (From Celtics) – Hamidou Diallo
Size: 6′-5″, 197 lbs
Strengths: Very athletic wing, huge wingspan, explosive leaper, relentlessly attacks the rim on offense
26. Portland Trail Blazers (From Cavaliers) – Isaiah Hartenstein
Size: 6′-11″, 225 lbs
Strengths: Athletic and skilled big man, good rebounder and shot-blocker, can score in the paint, from the perimeter, and off the bounce