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The NBA draft is getting closer and players have to make a choice to either enter the draft, or go back to school. Not only are we as fans waiting on those decisions, Luka Doncic is the focus of the basketball world. Word has it Doncic may not come to the NBA and stay put where he is depending on where he is drafted.
If he does decide to stay in the ACB League, it will definitely shake things up at the draft, making for a more interesting free agency. Teams will definitely have to make some tough choices on who they select in this upcoming draft. Here’s my first round Picks:
1. Phoenix Suns- Deandre Ayton, Center, Arizona, Freshman: Excellent defender, runs the floor well, rebounds on both ends of the court, tough competitor and a great work ethic.
2. Sacramento Kings- Marvin Bagley, Power Forward, Duke, Freshman- All-around player, tough in the paint, can put the ball on the floor, great athletic abilities and can face up or step behind the arc.
3. Atlanta Hawks- Luka Doncic. Guard/ Forward, International- Tough all-around player. Can create for himself and others, can play and guard 1-3. Franchise player ability.
4. Memphis Grizzlies- Jarren Jackson Jr., Forward, Michigan State Freshman-Solid on the boards grabbing rebounds that can space the floor, finishes with soft touch or authority around the basket with either hand.
5, Dallas Mavericks- Mohamed Bamba, Center, Power Forward, Texas, Freshman- The Texas seven-footer is great on the defensive end. Does a good job of facing up and getting by other bigs. Bamba could use some work on his shooting though.
6. Orlando Magic- Trae Young, Guard, Oklahoma, Freshman- Young is an excellent shooter and is an underrated passer. Young gives the Magic a reliable starting option at point guard. Orlando needs to add a solid two way shooting guard to maximize this pick.
7. Chicago Bulls- Wendell Carter, Center/Power Forward, Duke, Freshman- Tough rebounder, can also play either the 4 or 5, has a good frame at 6-10 250, and versatile offensively.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers- Michael Porter Jr, Forward, Missouri, Freshman: Porter has an elite skill set offensively. He also can play multiple positions. If he falls to 8 Porter is a steal for Cleveland.
9 New York Knicks- Collin Sexton, Point Guard, Alabama, Freshman- Sexton is a killer flat out. Very explosive, does a good job of getting to the rim fighting through contact, can shoot the mid-range, crafty ball, handler he has great speed.
10 Philadelphia 76ers Zhaire Smith, a FreshmanTexas Tech, Freshman- High energy athlete, does a really good job of finding open teammates,, excels at cutting and attacking the rim, has the ability to be a lock-down defender.
11 Charlotte Hornets- Mikal Bridges, Shooting Guard/ Small Forward, Villanova, Junior:-Complete player, has the ability to be a lockdown defender, can play 1-4 in certain lineups, Knockdown spot up shooter, plays his best when on the biggest stage, very coachable.
12 Los Angeles Clippers- Aaron Holiday, Point Guard, UCLA, Junior- True point guard, can shoot the ball, High IQ, crafty playmaker, Very good handle, can call his own number if needed to.
13 Los Angeles Clippers- Kevin Knox, Forward, Kentucky, Freshman- Can flat out score the basketball, solid basketball IQ, Knows how to use his 6’9 frame. Has NBA range along with solid shooting mechanics,
14 Denver Nuggets- Dzanan Musa, Forward, International- Versatile scorer, can play and guard multiple positions, not afraid of the big stage, sneaky good athlete, can create off the pick and roll.
15 Washington Wizards,- Robert Williams, Power Forward/ Center, Texas A&M, Sophomore: Excellent athlete, solid shot blocker, high energy rebounder, does a good job of creating scoring opportunities for himself,
16 Phoenix Suns- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Guard/Forward, Kentucky, Freshman- Alexander is a big long guard, crafty playmaker that likes to get to the rack, very explosive athlete and does well in the pick and roll.
17 Milwaukee Bucks- Troy Brown, Guard, Oregon, Freshman- Talented offensive player, solid defender as well. At 6-7 can guard multiple positions. Does a good job of finding open teammates.
18 SanAntonio Spurs- Brandon McCoy, Center, UNLV, Freshman- Has a ton of defensive upside, solid rebounder, runs the floor very well, has a developing offensive game. Could be a great fit in Spurs system.
19 Atlanta Hawks- Chumezie Metu, Power Forward/Center, USC, Junior- Talented face-up four with a quick first step. Solid rebounder and defender with room for improvement.
20 Minnesota Timberwolves- Lonnie Walker, Shooting Guard, Miami, Freshman- Very good athlete with a quick first step. can develop into a legit 3 and D player. A solid shooter can find his shot from various spots on the floor. Playmaking skills are solid.
21 Utah Jazz- Gary Trent Jr, Shooting Guard, Duke, Freshman- Great size at 6’6 for an NBA guard, Really good shooter. PLays with a high motor. Solid fundamentals.
22 Chicago Bulls- Khyri Thomas, Guard, Creighton, Junior- Tough two-way guard, can play either guard position, high basketball high IQ, very good shooter, crafty playmaker.
23 Indiana Pacers- Donte DiVincenzo, Shooting Guard/ Small Forward, Villanova, Sophomore- Three point shooter, able create his own shot, sneaky athleticism, can play 1-3.
24 Portland Trail Blazers- Omari Spellman, Forward, Villanova , Freshman- Can stretch the floor, solid rebounder, athletic, can protect the rim. Nice handle for a big, tough competitor.
25 Los Angeles Lakers- Mitchell Robinson, Center, USA- Rim Protector, ton of upside, runs the floor well, excellent athletic ability, can develop into one of the best rim protecting centers in the league
26 Philadelphia 76ers- Jontay Porter, Power Forward, Missouri, Freshman- Can stretch the floor, solid mid-range game. Decent size at 6’10 240 and uses it to create scoring opportunities. Nice handle for a big man, decent defender as well.
27 Boston Celtics- Moritz Wagner, Power Forward/ Center, Michigan, Junior- Face up big that can hit the three occasionally. Does well in the pick and roll game. Decent rebounder, has a quick first step and can blow past bigs to finish at the rim.
28 Golden State Warriors- Miles Bridges, Forward, Michigan State, Sophomore- Elite athlete, nice midrange, tough competitor, ability to grow into a tough defender.
29 Brooklyn Nets- Issac Bonga, Guard/Forward, Germany- Excellent passer, plays above the rim, can guard multiple positions, nice handle, legit point forward.
30 Atlanta Hawks- Anfernee Simmons, Guard, I.M..G Academy- 3-point shooter, nice handle, can play either guard position, can play with or without the ball. Does a great job getting and finishing at the rim. He has the ability to create his own shot.