Here is the latest consensus mock draft from NBA.com.
In their draft preview, the folks over at Grantland described the draft this way…
There is no way to discuss this particular draft without stating the obvious — it is bombed out and depleted. Outside of Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams, the two players vying for the honor of joining the Dan Gilbert hate-train, this year’s class is a collection of low-ceiling college guys and complete unknowns. What’s worse, the teams in this year’s lottery are all at least two, and sometimes as many as five, quality guys away from winning a playoff series.
John Hollinger’s Draft Rater agrees that Irving and Williams are clearly the top two players in the draft (at this point), but believes there’s value to be had in Tristan Thompson (whom Hollinger ranks #3) and Jonas Valanciunas (#4). He also believes that Kawhi Leonard and Kemba Walker have a great chance to turn into at least solid rotation players because the Draft Rater does such a good job predicting the upside of wings (as opposed to big men, who are tougher to gauge).
Unless there is a trade, it appears that Irving will go #1 to the Cavs while Williams will go #2 to the Timberwolves. It’s not a perfect fit for Minny, but they’d be dumb to pass on Williams if they can’t trade down. If nothing else, it would give them a good trade chip down the road.
The Jazz are looking for a point guard, and apparently aren’t sold on Devin Harris. Brandon Knight could be the pick there — he is a high character guy who had a 4.3 weighted GPA in high school.
If the Cavs take Irving #1 (which they should), it makes sense to go big at #4. J.J. Hickson is a solid prospect at power forward, so if Cleveland can land their center of the future at #4 (perhaps Kanter or Valanciunas), they’d be in reasonably good shape with a core of Irving, Hickson and Kanter/Valanciunas. Then again, they do have Anderson Varejao, but he is very limited offensively. Kanter is the polar opposite. He can score, but hasn’t shown much of a commitment to defense.
Walker to the Raptors makes a lot of sense. Unless they are planning to build around Jerryd Bayless or Jose Calderon, they need a point guard and Walker would be the best one available at #5. The Wizards could go any number of directions as they need help everywhere outside of point guard, where John Wall is the future. The draft is very fluid from #4 on and even the Jazz could surprise at #3 and take someone like Jan Vesely to play small forward.
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