June 21, 2018, 7:02 pm
Today is the day. We’ve studied the players, tried to measure athleticism even though we do not actually fully understand what on-court athleticism is, provided some takes hotter than the summer heat, made useless comparisons to current players, and for what? What do “ceiling” and “floor” actually mean? Can anyone actually predict what a player’s “upside” or “downside” is? Anyone in the draft can be the best player so how can one say that Player A has a higher ceiling or that Player B is safe? Markelle Fultz had a higher ceiling and floor than Donovan Mitchell, right? Are the differences between players really that different or is it mostly dependent on work ethic and the situation they went to? Hint, it’s the latter. We’ve all been playing enough NBA 2k to the point where the actual outcome of the lottery in the game is what happened in real life, or maybe that one is just me. Why is there such a big intro before getting into the actual picks? A lot of coffee and a little sleep is a pretty cool combination, kids. You guys are here just to see what the picks are and yell at me online for being an idiot. Bring it on.
Once Adam Silver comes to the podium for the first time nothing else matters except for what happens in front of us. Throw all the mock drafts out the window and as the old saying goes, “all bets are off.” Except for live NBA Draft betting, am I right fellow degenerates? The odds of the draft order staying the way it is, is less than LeBron James opting into his player option and Carmelo Anthony opting out of his. Is there a prop bet for number of draft night trades vs. number of times Dwight Howard will be traded in his career? It could end up being awfully close.
With that said, you’ve read the mocks, heard the “analysts” and “experts” make their picks, now it is time to give you the best predictions based on intel, team needs, and team thought processes to get the best prediction of what may happen. Enough reading long paragraphs about a player’s film, strengths, and weaknesses; it’s time to put players on teams so the over-optimistic, “no one is a bust, I love this guy’s upside” talk can get heightened.
For more in-depth breakdowns of each player as opposed to their fit, our older versions have you covered.
**Note: Throughout the day this mock draft will be updated based on new intel being released up until the time the draft starts.
***Note: As the draft goes the ability to predict gets harder and there will be more options for teams. Towards the end of the first round teams’ other options could be ten players long due to the unpredictability.
UPDATED AT 4:50 EST
1. Phoenix Suns
DeAndre Ayton | C/F | Arizona
Height: 7’0” | Weight: 243 lbs | Age: 19.9 | Wingspan: 7’5”
Ayton said it himself, “I know I’m going number one.” Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, and DeAndre Ayton could potentially be a dominant franchise big three.
Other options: Luka Doncic, if there had to be another option. The Suns have not said themselves that Ayton is going first so technically we do not know. Suns coach Igor Kokoskov, who has coached Doncic before when Doncic was just 18, has said Doncic does things that are unteachable.
2. Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley III | F/C | Duke
Height: 6’11” | Weight: 234 lbs | Age: 19.2 | Wingspan: 7’0″
The Kings seem to be closing in on selecting Bagley, the big man from Duke. The Kings were reportedly “torn” the past few days but now there is a clear edge to Bagley. Bagley should fit in well with the young guards and wings Sacramento has, but he drastically needs to improve his defense if he ever wants to play a small-ball five.
Other Options: Trading Down for Michael Porter Jr., Luka Doncic.
Original Pick: Luka Doncic | G/F | Real Madrid | Age: 19.3
The Kings may not know who they are taking yet, but taking Doncic seems like it is gaining steam as time goes on. This is a pick that will have the most news and weight on how the rest of the draft plays out.
Original Other Options: Marvin Bagley III, Michael Porter Jr., trading down.
3. Atlanta Hawks
Luka Doncic | G/F | Real Madrid
Height: 6’8” | Weight: 228 lbs | Age: 19.3 | Wingspan: N/A
With the Kings almost certainly selecting Marvin Bagley III with the second pick, Luka Doncic is the clear pick at three. The Hawks reportedly had Doncic near the top of their draft board and only wanted to trade out if he was not available.
Other Options: Trading down is still an option, but the Hawks are very in on Doncic and likely were only entertaining offers in case Doncic was not available.
Original Pick: Jaren Jackson Jr. | C/F | Michigan State | Age: 18.8
The Hawks were reportedly very in on Luka Doncic and the next day were then reportedly looking to trade down. Did they hear something about the Kings wanting Luka or are they just gathering offers in case Luka is gone? If he’s gone and they keep the pick, Jaren Jackson Jr. makes the most sense as Bagley plus John Collins in the front court projects to be horrible defensively.
Original Other options: Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, Mohamed Bamba, trading down.
4. Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. | C/F | Michigan State
Height: 6’11” | Weight: 236 lbs | Age: 18.8 | Wingspan: 7’5”
Jackson reportedly did not want to go to Memphis but if the pick is made by Memphis then he is the best available player. Jackson can play next to Gasol but fits better as a five, which could be a reason he does not like the landing spot. With Marvin Bagley III and Luka Doncic gone and other teams love for Jackson, the Grizzlies have a high chance of trading this pick in an effort to unload Chandler Parsons’ contract.
Other Options: Trading Down and unloading Chandler Parsons, Michael Porter Jr.
Original Pick: Marvin Bagley III | F/C | Duke | Age: 19.2
The Grizzlies are really trying to unload Chandler Parsons’ contract which would most likely require giving up the fourth pick and moving down. There have been reports of a few players not wanting to go to Memphis, Mo Bamba and Jaren Jackson Jr. specifically. It makes sense for those two because they are centers and Marc Gasol is still the guy in Memphis. Bagley fits in with the team for potentially winning now and developing for the future, plus Gasol will help mask some defensive issues.
Original Other options: Trading down and unloading Chandler Parsons, Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr., Mohamed Bamba, Michael Porter Jr.
5. Dallas Mavericks
Mohamed Bamba | C | Texas
Height: 7’0” | Weight: 226 lbs | Age: 20.1 | Wingspan: 7’10”
The top five of the draft seems set, unless Michael Porter Jr. is surprisingly taken ahead of his projection, but the order is what is hard to project. Bamba apparently does not want to go to Memphis but other teams are trying to trade up to for him so he may not fall to five unless we do not see any trades early. The Mavs also were reportedly not happy at five and wanted to move either up or down.
Other Options: Luka Doncic (yes there is a world where he falls here, do not ask me how because my head is already hurting thinking about it), Michael Porter Jr., Jaren Jackson Jr., Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr.
6. Orlando Magic
Trae Young | G | Oklahoma
Height: 6’1” | Weight: 183 lbs | Age: 19.8 | Wingspan: 6’3”
The Magic seem to be honing in on a point guard and it could be Trae Young or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The Magic badly need a point guard, but had not been showing their hand much until now. The latest reports have the Magic locked into a point guard it just depends which it will be. Young is an extreme playmaker and shooter which could help the entire Magic’s offense.
Other Options: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Collin Sexton, Wendell Carter Jr.
Original Pick: Wendell Carter Jr. | C/F | Duke | Age: 19.2
The Magic have been very quiet about their selection. Trae Young makes sense in terms of fit with the team and they are also reportedly looking at all three of the top point guards. Wendell Carter Jr. makes sense in terms of a modern-day big mixed with a high IQ on and off the court. If Marvin Bagley III didn’t reclassify, go to Duke, and take the spotlight away from Bagley would Carter be going in the top five? There’s a good chance.
Original Other Options: Trae Young, Collin Sexton, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Mohamed Bamba or Jaren Jackson Jr. if they fall. Trading down would make sense but it was reported that they probably keep the pick. It was also reported that they’ve considered trading up with Atlanta or Memphis.
7. Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. | C/F | Duke
Height: 6’10” | Weight: 251 lbs | Age: 19.2 | Wingspan: 7’4”
With the Magic taking a point guard the Bulls seem to be the fit for Carter. He is the type of player the Bulls are looking for as he has many great intangibles and will make an impact on offense and defense. His versatility and switch-ability is something that fits perfectly next to Lauri Markkanen. The Bulls were the only team to get a full physical from Michael Porter Jr. and now are reportedly out on taking him, which could be a major red flag for Porter.
Other Options: Trading up for Mohamed Bamba, Kevin Knox, Miles Bridges, Trae Young
Original Pick: Michael Porter Jr. | F | Missouri | Age: 19.9
Michael Porter Jr. is a player that we can knowingly pinpoint with a lower floor. Back surgery at 19 years old is not something to say he will be back after the timeline ends and he’s on the floor fine. A back injury can be very serious and it seems like it’s already giving him muscle spasms in his hip. If healthy, Porter could have been the top pick in the draft, he was that good in high school and projected to be in college. He’s said he likes Chicago and the Bulls were the first team to get full medicals so it seems like this could be the fit for MPJ.
Original Other Options: Trading up, Kevin Knox, Miles Bridges, Trae Young, Mikal Bridges.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Nets through Boston)
Michael Porter Jr. | F | Missouri
Height: 6’10” | Weight: 211 lbs | Age: 19.9 | Wingspan: 7’0″
Michael Porter Jr. seems to be sliding and the Cavaliers were one team that was interested in him. The Bulls were the only team to get the full physical on Porter and no longer have much interest in him which could be a red flag. There is no doubting Porter’s star potential if he is healthy, it is a big if, however.
Other Options: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, Miles Bridges,
Original Pick: Trae Young | G | Oklahoma | Age: 19.8
The Cavaliers are in an incredibly hard spot with LeBron James’ status up in the air. Young is someone that has incredible upside and is also someone James is a fan of. If LeBron goes Young can give the Cavs a playmaker and shooter in the backcourt. If LeBron stays, Young is a good secondary option to take some weight off LeBron’s shoulders on offense, but will LeBron keep Young on the court if he can’t play defense?
Original Other Options: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Mikal Bridges, Kevin Knox.
9. New York Knicks
Kevin Knox | F | Kentucky
Height: 6’9” | Weight: 213 lbs | Age: 18.9 | Wingspan: 6’11”
Knox has risen up draft boards since the college season has ended. He played a little out of position at Kentucky. He is a bit of a tweener forward that can score in a variety of ways. While Trae Young at Madison Square Garden has gained some steam in the past due an excitement factor, Young reportedly did not have a good workout with the Knicks. Knox can slide into the four spot and give the Knicks a good, modern frontcourt when Kristaps Porzingis returns.
Other Options: Wendell Carter Jr., Michael Porter Jr., Trae Young, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lonnie Walker IV
10. Philadelphia Sixers (via Lakers through Suns)
Mikal Bridges | F | Villanova
Height: 6’7” | Weight: 200 lbs | Age: 21.8 | Wingspan: 7’2”
Now that Bryan Colangelo is out in Philly, Brett Brown is the interim GM for the time being. He probably has not done the amount of research that other GMs have due to the obvious fact that he was a head coach. Bridges makes sense for Philly in many ways. Brown knows Villanova (located in Philadelphia) coach Jay Wright very well, Bridges is a two-way wing player that would fit great with Philly, he’s played home games at the same arena the Sixers play in, and he is a winner (won two National Championships at Villanova).
Other Options: Trading up (Trae Young has been reported as an interest for them), Miles Bridges, Lonnie Walker IV, Zhaire Smith
11. Charlotte Hornets
Collin Sexton | G | Alabama
Height: 6’1” | Weight: 183 lbs | Age: 19.5 | Wingspan: 6’7”
Charlotte seems like it’s ready to find their Kemba Walker replacement. He’s a free agent after 2018-19 and has a very tradeable contract, making many teams interested in the All-Star point guard. Sexton is an extremely hard worker that has a very similar profile to Walker when Walker came out of UConn.
Other Options: Miles Bridges, Kevin Knox, Trae Young, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Zhaire Smith, Trade.
12. LA Clippers (via Detroit)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander | G | Kentucky
Height: 6’6” | Weight: 180 lbs | Age: 19.9 | Wingspan: 6’11”
The Clippers are very hard to try and predict as they have the very rare two picks in a row. The consensus right now is that they will try to trade up using both picks, or use the latter pick to get an established player. Without predicting the trade spot on, because there’s no point in doing that, the Clippers take two of the highest risers in the draft here. SGA has gained a lot of hype of being potentially the best point guard to come out of this class, and rightfully so. The Clippers could start a potential rebuild very nicely with two players back-to-back here.
13. LA Clippers
Zhaire Smith | F/G | Texas Tech
Height: 6’4” | Weight: 195 lbs | Age: 19.0 | Wingspan: 6’9”
Smith is probably the best athlete in this class, along with also being very raw. He needs time to develop his skills but he has a hard working mentality that have made teams very confident in him. Athleticism is one thing that can help unlock upside and teams have fallen in love with his athleticism enough where it seems like he is going to be a lottery pick.
Other Options: Trade up, Trade down, Trade out, Miles Bridges, Robert Williams, Lonnie Walker IV
14. Denver Nuggets
Miles Bridges | F | Michigan State
Height: 6’6” | Weight: 220 lbs | Age: 20.3 | Wingspan: 6’9”
The Nuggets seemed like the first team that wanted to trade out of their pick in an effort to dump Kenneth Faried’s contract, but now it seems like they may stay put if a player they like falls to them. Bridges is the type of player that can fit in with the Nuggets’ young core as a three or a four. He’s most suited in the NBA as a four but played three in his sophomore year of college.
Other Options: Trade out to dump salary, Lonnie Walker, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Collin Sexton, Zhaire Smith, Troy Brown Jr.
15. Washington Wizards
Robert Williams | C/F | Texas A&M
Height: 6’9” | Weight: 237 lbs | Age: 20.7 | Wingspan: 7’5”
Williams has started to get reports of going in the lottery, but Washington is likely the lowest he falls. With one-through-three locked up for the future the Wizards could use an athletic, rim-running center to replace the aging Marcin Gortat.
Other Options: Zhaire Smith, Miles Bridges, Lonnie Walker IV, Jerome Robinson, Troy Brown Jr.
16. Phoenix Suns (via Heat)
Aaron Holiday | G | UCLA
Height: 6’0 | Weight: 187 lbs | Age: 21.7 | Wingspan: 6’7”
The Suns, along with many other teams, have been very high on Holiday through the draft process. Despite being just 6-flat, Holiday is a hard worker on defense that can shoot the lights out and has very tight ball handling. The Suns will probably miss out on the top-three point guards in the class which opens things up for Holiday to jump up to 16. He does have a green-room invite so expect him to be taken in the top 20.
Other Options: Trade, Troy Brown Jr., Lonnie Walker IV, Robert Williams, Jerome Robinson, Miles Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo,
17. Milwaukee Bucks
Jerome Robinson | G | Boston College
Height: 6’5” | Weight: 188 lbs | Age: 21.3 | Wingspan: 6’7”
The Bucks have a lot of wings that play both ways, but Robinson could give them a go-to scorer to take the weight of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton’s shoulders. Robinson is not much of a defender but he is a very high-IQ, scoring guard. His height and length would fit well with the Bucks and their defensive versatility could help mask Robinson on defense. He’s not a pure point guard but with Malcolm Brogdon, Giannis, and Eric Bledsoe (for the time being), he does not need to be a pure point for them. Robinson has shot up draft boards and we could even see him be a lottery selection.
Other Options: Trade, Robert Williams, Zhaire Smith, Elie Okobo, Lonnie Walker IV
18. San Antonio Spurs
Troy Brown Jr. | G/F | Oregon
Height: 6’6” | Weight: 208 lbs | Age: 18.8 | Wingspan: 6’10”
Brown really fits into what the Spurs want from their players. He’s a great team defender and is a very capable playmaker. His jumpshot needs to improve, but we have seen the Spurs develop players’ jumpers throughout the years. If Brown does go here the “next Kawhi Leonard” comparisons will probably be endless, although that’s obviously extremely unlikely. Whether Leonard is with the team or not, Brown should be able to fit right in with the Spurs culture.
Other Options: Robert Williams, Jerome Robinson, Kevin Huerter, Zhaire Smith, Elie Okobo, Donte DiVincenzo, Dzanan Musa
19. Atlanta Hawks (via Timberwolves)
Lonnie Walker IV | G/F | Miami(FL)
Height: 6’4” | Weight: 196 lbs | Age: 19.5 | Wingspan: 6’10”
Walker has seemed to be sliding down a few draft boards recently due to his attitude concerns. Walker himself said he will be much more focused in the NBA and people will see “a new Lonnie Walker.” While it’s nice to hear, no one says they are lazy and won’t change. He’s trying to say the right things. Plus with all the players shooting up draft boards, that means players will also be falling, it’s a zero-sum game.
Other Options: Trade up, Donte DiVincenzo, Elie Okobo, Dzanan Musa, Kevin Huerter, Troy Brown Jr., Robert Williams, Zhaire Smith
20. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Thunder)
Donte DiVincenzo | G | Villanova
Height: 6’4” | Weight: 200 lbs | Age: 21.4 | Wingspan: 6’6”
DiVincenzo now seems like a lock for the first round and has been given an invite to the draft’s green room. He’s a winner that does whatever you ask him to do and plays with extreme confidence. His wing scoring and playmaking also fit what the Timberwolves need. It is hard to imagine Tom Thibodeau passing on a confident, hard-working, winner.
Other Options: Kevin Huerter, Jerome Robinson, Troy Brown, Lonnie Walker, Aaron Holiday, Keita Bates-Diop, Josh Okogie, Chandler Hutchison, Elie Okobo
21. Utah Jazz
Kevin Huerter | G/F | Maryland
Height: 6’7” | Weight: 194 lbs | Age: 19.8 | Wingspan: 6’7”
Huerter was said to have been given a promise by a team that is believed to be the Jazz. However, that does not mean he will last this long. Huerter has gotten some buzz as high as the late lottery. Every team can use more high-IQ players and more shooters. Huerter did recently undergo surgery to repair ligaments in his right hand. He is expected to miss two months, but it is not expected to hurt his draft stock.
Other Options: Elie Okobo, Josh Okogie, Jerome Robinson, De’Anthony Melton
22. Chicago Bulls (via Pelicans)
Chandler Hutchison | G/F | Boise State
Height: 6’7” | Weight: 193 lbs | Age: 22.2 | Wingspan: N/A
Hutchison is another player that was reportedly offered a promise by a team and there is good reason to believe it was Chicago. Hutchison fits what the Bulls, and every other team, want. He’s long, aggressive, good at defense, and can shoot a little bit. He revamped his jumper his senior year of college which saw much improvement, but Fred Hoiberg has a history at improving players’ jump shots which would make Hutchison fit in very well in Chicago.
Other Options: This pick could be used in a package with seven to trade up, Dzanan Musa, Kevin Huerter, Lonnie Walker IV, Elie Okobo, De’Anthony Melton, Josh Okogie, Keita Bates-Diop, Melvin Frazier, Jacob Evans
23. Indiana Pacers
Elie Okobo | G | Pau-Orthez (France)
Height: 6’3” | Weight: 180 lbs | Age: 20.7 | Wingspan: N/A
The Pacers have not typically been fans of international prospects but after seeing the recent success of Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis, they could have a change of heart. Okobo is a big time playmaker and scorer that can play the one or the two, making him a good fit with Victor Oladipo. He also recently dropped 44 points in a playoff game in France. He’s a true combo guard that can score but also play a pick-and-roll.
Other Options: Aaron Holiday, Elie Okobo, Troy Brown Jr., De’Anthony Melton, Jacob Evans, Josh Okogie, Keita Bates-Diop,
24. Portland Trail Blazers
Khyri Thomas | G/F | Creighton
Height: 6’3” | Weight: 199 lbs | Age: 22.1 | Wingspan: 6’10”
Thomas took on a much bigger role on offense in his final year at Creighton which could allow him to have a complete NBA game. With rumors swirling around whether Portland will keep their dynamic backcourt together, Thomas provides extreme length and defense that Portland could use. He could also play alongside Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in a three guard set similar to what the Raptors ran a lot this past year.
Other Options: Anfernee Simons, Troy Brown, Elie Okobo, Chandler Hutchison, Grayson Allen, Dzanan Musa, De’Anthony Melton, Jacob Evans, Josh Okogie, Keita Bates-Diop, Melvin Frazier
25. Los Angeles Lakers (via Cavs)
Grayson Allen | G | Duke
Height: 6’4” | Weight: 198 | Age: 22.7 | Wingspan: 6’7”
Allen has shown his competitiveness, athleticism, and shooting ability to teams and has gained some steam lately. The Lakers are going to make a run at building a super team this offseason and Allen is a perfect role player to plug in with a team that wants to win. He could be the most competitive player in the class and can also shoot the lights out. He’s a player you hate if your team plays against him but you love if he’s on your team.
Other Options: Anfernee Simons, Mitchell Robinson, De’Anthony Melton, Jacob Evans, Josh Okogie, Keita Bates-Diop, Melvin Frazier, Gary Trent Jr.
26. Philadelphia Sixers
Dzanan Musa | F | Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height: 6’9” | Weight: 195 lbs | Age: 19.1 | Wingspan: 6’8”
It is unclear which teams are in on Musa but what is clear is that he can really score the basketball. While there are a number of “3-and-D role players” at this spot, Musa gives the Sixers a scorer that will shoot it from way downtown. With J.J. Redick, Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova all free agents this summer, Musa could give the Sixers scoring off the bench as well as space the floor and coexist with the starters. He’s got very short arms for his size but the Sixers’ extreme length and positionless style would help Musa out a lot.
Other Options: Trade up from the tenth pick which could require this pick as well, De’Anthony Melton, Jacob Evans, Keita Bates-Diop, Anfernee Simons, Melvin Frazier, Gary Trent Jr., Josh Okogie, Khyri Thomas, Grayson Allen
27. Boston Celtics
De’Anthony Melton | G | USC
Height: 6’3” | Weight: 193 | Age: 20.1 | Wingspan: 6’8”
Melton is a year removed from actually playing basketball to due him sitting out his sophomore year after the FBI ramped up their investigations into the NCAA. We could be looking back and seeing Melton as a steal in this draft and the only reason he would have fallen is due to getting shut down. He is a high-IQ combo guard that would help fill the role of Marcus Smart and/or Terry Rozier as it seems the Celtics will not keep both long term.
Other Options: Jacob Evans, Josh Okogie, Melvin Frazier, Gary Trent Jr., Mitchell Robinson, Keita Bates-Diop, Grayson Allen, Khyri Thomas
28. Golden State Warriors
Mitchell Robinson | C | Chalmette High School
Height: 6’11” | Weight: 215 lbs | Age: 20.2 | Wingspan: 7’4”
Robinson dropped out of Western Kentucky after being a highly recruited center out of high school. He has all the physical tools to be great, but his off-the-court concerns may push him out of the first round. The Warriors need an interior presence and their culture is one that would fit Robinson’s needs to develop and grow on and off the court. Robinson could be scary if he hits his upside in Golden State.
Other Options: Josh Okogie, Grayson Allen, Khyri Thomas, Landry Shamet, Jacob Evans, Melvin Frazier, Gray Trent Jr., Moritz Wagner, Jalen Brunson, Keita Bates-Diop, Dzanan Musa
29. Brooklyn Nets (via Raptors)
Anfernee Simons | G | IMG Academy
Height: 6’3” | Weight: 183 lbs | Age: 19 | Wingspan: 6’9”
The Nets have a big hole to dig out of thanks to Danny Ainge. They did not seemed thrilled with D’Angelo Russell’s attitude and could take a swing with Simons. He’s young, long, athletic, and can shoot the lights out but he’s only played at the high school level which makes it tough to project him into the NBA. The Nets are in a perfect position to take a chance on a raw athlete that needs a few years to develop.
Other Options: Grayson Allen, Gary Trent Jr., Josh Okogie, De’Anthony Melton, Dzanan Musa, Keita-Bates Diop, Jalen Brunson, Moritz Wagner, Melvin Frazier, Landry Shamet, Bruce Brown, Rodions Kurucs, Khyri Thomas, Shake Milton, Jacob Evans, Hamidou Diallo, Trade out for extra picks
30. Atlanta Hawks (via Rockets)
Jalen Brunson | G | Villanova
Height: 6’2” | Weight: 199 lbs | Age: 21.8 | Wingspan: 6’4”
The Hawks seem unlikely to keep all three of their picks as they may try to trade up from 19 or get more assets for future drafts. If they keep the pick then Brunson makes a lot of sense for them. Dennis Schroder is on the trading block and does not seem like they want to keep him long term. Brunson is able to keep things under control and be a good on-court coach. He has at every stop along the way to the NBA and it would be a good way to keep the rest of the young players under control. He may not end up on any All-Star teams, but he’s got 10-plus years in the league written all over him due to his demeanor and winning ways.
Other Options: Traded to move up from 19 or out of the pick, Anfernee Simons, Mitchell Robinson, Josh Okogie, Keita Bates-Diop, De’Anthony Melton, Grayson Allen, Dzanan Musa, Melvin Frazier, Moritz Wagner, Rodions Kurucs, Bruce Brown, Landry Shamet, Shake Milton, Khyri Thomas, Jacob Evans, Gary Trent Jr., Hamidou Diallo
February 17, 2020, 12:51 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
It's reportedly a "foregone conclusion" that the Pelicans offer Brandon Ingram a max contract this summer.
No surprises there, as Ingram has erased the health concerns that lingered this summer with a huge season. He's blossomed into an All-Star after missing the end of last year with DVT in his right arm and is averaging career-highs across the board. New Orleans is a great spot for fantasy value so this is a win for everyone involved, assuming pen does eventually meet paper.
Source: The Athletic
February 17, 2020, 12:47 pmJohn Beilein, Cleveland Cavaliers
John Beilein and the Cavs have discussed the possibility of Beilein stepping down from his head coaching job during the All-Star break, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Beilein's transition to the NBA has not gone well, but abandoning a five-year commitment so soon would be absolutely shocking. He has struggled to make the jump from the college game, altering his game plans and terminology in an effort to help get the Cavs on the same page, though he's had a few notable off-court missteps and has had trouble relating to his players. Even if he doesn't leave in the coming days, one has to imagine that Beilein won't be in Cleveland much longer.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
February 16, 2020, 11:54 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo could not will his team to the win against Team LeBron on Sunday in what was the most competitive All-Star Game we have seen in quite some time.
Antetokounmpo scored 25 points with 11 boards on 12-of-21 shooting. He had two clutch blocks on LeBron James to keep his team alive, but ultimately Team LeBron was able to overpower Team Giannis. Antetokounmpo's value is being dragged down by free-throw shooting and turnovers, but he remains a top-30 asset nonetheless.
February 16, 2020, 11:49 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis secured the win for Team LeBron on Sunday with a game-winning free throw.
Davis scored 19 points with nine boards on 9-of-16 shooting. Kyle Lowry pulled him to the ground to send him to the line with a chance to win the game and AD delivered. Davis remains the No. 1 player in 9-cat formats and should have no issue maintaining that spot.
February 16, 2020, 11:46 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard won the first Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP Award with 30 points as Team LeBron beat Team Giannis 157-155 on Sunday.
Leonard came out the gate hot as he knocked down eight triples prior to the extremely competitive fourth quarter. He turned it up with some clutch steals down the stretch and helped Team LeBron secure the win. Leonard is a lock for top-10 value as we shift our focus to the second half of the season.
February 15, 2020, 10:43 pmDerrick Jones Jr.SF, Miami Heat
Derrick Jones Jr. won the Dunk Contest on Saturday in an epic showdown with Aaron Gordon.
Jones and Gordon extended the Dunk Contest into overtime and treated us to some of the best dunks in recent memory. Jones put on a spectacular performance with one 360, between-the-legs dunk that was reminiscent of Vince Carter. Gordon dunked over Tacko Fall in his final dunk and put up dunks worthy of a trophy himself. Jones earned the nickname of Airplane Mode on Saturday and is an option at the end of your bench in 14-team leagues.
February 15, 2020, 9:33 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield beat Devin Booker and Davis Bertans with 27 points in the final round of the 3-Point Contest on Saturday.
Hield had to hit the final shot to beat Booker by one point and take home the 2020 3-Point Contest trophy. Hield is third in made 3-pointers this season with 207. He has been on a roll lately and is a top-30 player over the past month while averaging 21.1 points and 4.5 threes per game. Hield should have a top-50 finish to the season.
February 15, 2020, 8:38 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo beat Domantas Sabonis in the final round of the Skills Challenge to take home the victory on Saturday.
Adebayo beat Spencer Dinwiddie, Pascal Siakam and Domantas Sabonis on his way to winning the 2020 Skills Challenge. Adebayo was able to showcase his talents on Saturday and has been a top-40 player in 9-cat leagues this season. He will have early-round value moving forward.
February 15, 2020, 6:08 pmEvan TurnerSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Evan Turner is set to work out for the Clippers, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Turner is working on a buyout with the Wolves and Minnesota never had any intention of holding ET back from other work. He's only appeared in 19 games all season and would be at the end of LA's rotation, so there's minimal fantasy impact if Turner finds his way to the Clips.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
February 15, 2020, 12:10 amMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges took home the MVP Award of Team USA's 151-131 win over Team World in the Rising Stars game on Friday night, scoring 20 points, grabbing five boards, dishing out five assists and chipping in three steals.
He hit some big shots, including a couple of three of three pointers (3-of-7 3PT). The MVP winner was not immediately obvious after the game and Bridges was the beneficiary of a wide open field. He is clinging to value in standard 12-team leagues and has been a little better of late, averaging 20 points and seven rebounds over the past two weeks. If you have an open roster spot, Bridges offers consistently average production if you need a space-filler.