The top two picks have cemented themselves. DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic will go 1-2 in either order. After that is absolute chaos. After the Whistle’s first mock draft attempts to order the most loaded draft class in years.
The mock draft!
1. Phoenix—Luka Doncic, Real Madrid
2. Memphis—DeAndre Ayton, Arizona
3. Orlando—Marvin Bagley III, Duke
4. Atlanta—Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
5. Dallas—Trae Young, Oklahoma
6. Sacramento—Mohamed Bamba, Texas
7. Cleveland (via BRK)—Michael Porter, Missouri
8. Chicago—Mikal Bridges, Villanova
9. New York—Miles Bridges, Michigan State
10. Charlotte—Wendell Carter, Duke
11. Philadelphia (via LAL)—Collin Sexton, Alabama
12. LA Clippers (via DET)—Robert Williams, Texas A&M
13. LA Clippers—Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
14. Denver—Kevin Knox, Kentucky
15. Phoenix (via MIL)—Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
16. Phoenix (via MIA)—Daniel Gafford, Arkansas
17. Washington—Dzanan Musa, KK Cedevita
18. Utah—Jontay Porter, Missouri
19. Indiana—Troy Brown, Oregon
20. Atlanta (via MIN)—Shake Milton, SMU
21. Philadelphia—Anfernee Simons, IMG Academy
22. Chicago (via NOP)—Mitchell Robinson
23. San Antonio—Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
24. Minnesota (via OKC)—Chandler Hutchinson, Boise State
25. LA Lakers (via CLE)—Jacob Evans, Cincinnati
26. Portland—Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State
27. Boston—Khyri Thomas, Creighton
28. Brooklyn (via TOR)—Gary Trent Jr., Duke
29. Golden State—Jalen Brunson, Villanova
30. Atlanta (via HOU)—Landry Shamet, Wichita State
Although DeAndre Ayton remains a strong candidate for the first pick, Luka Doncic has been tearing up professional competition in Europe for Real Madrid. The rest of the draft class can’t match the Slovenian’s ball-handling and explosive shooting.
Zhaire Smith’s Rise
Behind the highlight reel dunks, the Texas Tech shooting guard has been a consistent scorer for one of college basketball’s best teams. Zhaire Smith also averages a steal and a block per game, providing versatility on top of his 11.3 points per game.
Draft Day Steal from Wichita
Landry Shamet isn’t the most heralded of prospects, but the 6’4″ point guard boasts incredible 3-point shooting (44% 3PT) and distributes 5.2 assists per game on a 20.7% usage rate.