June 1, 2016, 4:11 pm
This second edition of the Sill’s Mock Draft is now expanded to the entire first round, rather than just lottery picks seen in the last edition. The following is my current first round mock:
Pick Team Player Position School 1 76ers Ben Simmons PF/SF LSU 2 Lakers Brandon Ingram SF Duke 3 Celtics Dragan Bender PF NA – Croatia 4 Suns Jaylen Brown SF California 5 Wolves Buddy Hield SG Oklahoma 6 Pelicans Jakob Poeltl C Utah 7 Nuggets Jamal Murray PG/SG Kentucky 8 Kings Kris Dunn PG Providence 9 Raptors Henry Ellenson PF/C Marquette 10 Bucks Skal Labissiere PF/C Kentucky 11 Magic Deyonta Davis PF Michigan St. 12 Jazz Marquese Chriss PF Washington 13 Suns Domantas Sabonis PF Gonzaga 14 Bulls Timothy Luwawu SG/SF NA – Serbia 15 Nuggets Cheick Diallo PF Kansas 16 Celtics Denzel Valentine SG/SF Michigan St. 17 Grizzlies Wade Baldwin IV PG Vanderbilt 18 Pistons Furkan Korkmaz SG/SF NA – Turkey 19 Nuggets Brice Johnson PF North Carolina 20 Pacers Damian Jones C Vanderbilt 21 Hawks Diamond Stone C Maryland 22 Hornets Malik Beasley SG Florida St. 23 Celtics Stephen Zimmerman C UNLV 24 76ers Dejounte Murray PG/SG Washington 25 Clippers Taurean Prince SF Baylor 26 76ers Malachi Richardson SG Syracuse 27 Raptors DeAndre Bembry SG/SF St. Joseph’s 28 Suns Thon Maker PF/C NA – College prep school 29 Spurs Patrick McCaw SG/SF UNLV 30 Warriors Ante Zizic C NA – Croatia
If you took the time to read my last mock, you’ll notice I made some changes within the lottery. At the top, I have yet to switch Simmons and Ingram as many other mocks are starting to do. While I am starting to lean towards this change, I will wait until news breaks regarding the 76ers leaning towards either player before I make a change.
A noticeable pick I switched was Dragan Bender at three. As a Suns fan, I am hoping the Celtics skip over Bender so that the Suns can fill their biggest need with the top power forward prospect this year. However, Boston needs competent big men just as much and picking a guard doesn’t seem to make much sense. Therefore, I have the Suns taking Brown at four to address another area of need and waiting on a power forward later in the draft since they have three first round picks.
I made some other swaps in the lottery to address other areas of need for teams. Draft Combine stud Cheick Diallo is falling just outside the lottery in my mock as the Nuggets try to add depth at power forward with a long term project type player. I’m not crazy about my Wade Baldwin IV pick by the Grizzlies at 17, but they need to address point guard depth. I’ve seen him go anywhere from mid-first round to mid-second, so his projected spot is very cloudy at this point.
Make sure to check in next week for another draft update. I will look to add my second round picks by then and make any changes to the first round depending on news releases and rumors.
April 24, 2019, 8:26 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee) underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday night.
Griffin's knee obviously dogged him during the final stretch of the regular season and throughout the Pistons' brief playoff run. The Pistons said that he isn't expected to miss any off season training and should be good to go for the start of the 2019-2020 season.
Source: Mark Stein on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 6:54 pmClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
According to head coach Mike D'Antoni, Clint Capela (illness) is feeling much better ahead of Wednesday's matchup against the Jazz.
Clint Capela has been struggling ever since he came down with this virus. He seems to be close to 100% according to his head coach. If Capela can get close to his season averages of 16.6 points on 64.8% shooting while grabbing 12.7 rebounds and blocking 1.5 shots per game, then the Jazz will have an even tougher to task to take down the Rockets on Wednesday in order to force a Game 6 back in Utah.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 3:24 pmJaMychal Green - F - Los Angeles Clippers
JaMychal Green will remain in the starting lineup in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Green logged 22 minutes in the same role in Game 4, though it's not surprising that the Clippers will stick with the same group considering Ivica Zubac's tough fit in this matchup and Montrezl Harrell's fit in his current role.
Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 2:11 pmNate Tibbets - Team - Trail Blazers
The Suns have been given permission to interview Blazers assistants Nate Tibbets and David Vanterpool for their vacant head coaching position.
The Cavs have already been connected to the duo from Portland, and Tibbets interviewed for the Hawks' gig last summer. The Suns reportedly fired Igor Kokoskov so they could make Philadelphia assistant Monty Williams their top target before the Lakers got too deep into talks, but Phoenix will be looking at multiple candidates. It's a nice roster to work with but we can't imagine anyone will be too eager to work with the team's ownership group.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 2:00 pmDraymond Green - F - Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green admitted that his right wrist has been hurt for "a while."
Green added that he got hit there in Game 4 and "it pissed it off" and said that he's going to play through any pain in the postseason. It's not like teams weren't sagging off Green on the perimeter already, but if his wrist continues to hamper him in any way we may see opponents get very aggressive in their defensive efforts on Golden State's other players. Green is going to have lots of open jumpers presented to him for the rest of the postseason.
Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 1:57 pmJarrett Allen - C - Brooklyn Nets
Jarrett Allen will work on extending his range to the 3-point line this summer.
Him and every other big man. Allen went 6-for-45 on 3-pointers this season, so he's got some work to do. He's a quality young player who can protect the rim, but Allen isn't quite strong enough to crash and bang with the league's true behemoths and not quite gifted enough offensively to be anything more than a threat on the roll. It's a great base from which to work, however, and it's good to know that Allen is going to be putting in the work to make himself more of a weapon as the Nets look to build on a nice campaign.
Source: Bryan Fonseca on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 1:55 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
On Wednesday Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart (torn oblique) is "doing great."
That's nice, but it's not much of an update. Smart was able to do some light shooting and treadmill work yesterday but we're still not expecting to see him until the tail end of the second round at the earliest. His tenacity and perimeter defense will be missed dearly in Boston's matchup with the Bucks.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 1:48 pmKyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry suffered a dislocated finger on his right hand in the first half of Tuesday's Game 5 but was able to pop it back in and return to the game.
Lowry swiped at the ball and ended up hitting Evan Fournier's leg with his hand, which caused the injury The fact that he was able to return to the game, even in a blowout, bodes well for his status for the second round. It may affect his shooting to some degree but Lowry has been playing facilitator more often anyway, and we wouldn't expect his performance to suffer. After a scoreless Game 1, Lowry was all over the floor for the Raptors as they locked in and simply outclassed Orlando.
Source: The Athletic
April 24, 2019, 11:50 amJeff Hornacek - Team - Sacramento Kings
Sam Amick of the Athletic is reporting that former Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek had an interview with the Kings for the lead assistant coach job.
Sacramento has already hired Luke Walton to be their new coach but the news about the sexual assault allegations he faces might put his status in danger. Walton should be able to assemble his coaching staff once he is out of the woods but we should know more once the NBA concludes with their investigation of the matter.
Source: The Athletic
April 24, 2019, 11:11 amLuke Walton - Team - Sacramento Kings
Sam Amick of the Athletic is reporting that Luke Walton still has the Kings’ support, despite the sexual assault allegations the newly-hired coach is facing.
The Kings are working with the NBA to investigate allegations made against Walton by his former colleague at Time Warner Cable, Kelli Tennant. The report adds that the two sides are moving forward with their working relationship and there doesn’t appear to be any momentum toward firing Walton, who was hired earlier this month just three days after he parted ways with the Lakers. The Kings confirmed that they were not aware of the accusations until TMZ reported the news and that they will wait for the facts before making a decision on Walton’s future. The investigation has been delayed because all parties haven’t been able to access Tennant’s lawsuit so more information should merge soon.
Source: The Athletic