Additionally, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors moved up to third and fourth place after entering the lottery with the fifth and seventh best odds, respectively.
Now that we know how the lottery teams fared, here’s a quick mockup specifically focused on the 14 lottery teams.
1. Detroit Pistons – Cade Cunningham, PG, Oklahoma State
The overall consensus No. 1 pick, Cunningham has sparked this kind of hype not only because of the solid season he’s had at OSU, but also because the six-foot-eight pointers who can shoot him and defending several positions do not come too often.
The Pistons will have a foundational element when they take on No.1 Cunningham overall on July 29.
2. Houston Rockets – Evan Mobley, C, USC
A seven foot monster from a prospect endowed with incredible natural shot blocking instincts and exceptionally quick feet that have kept him with some guards in college, Mobley is a game changer on the defensive side of the court. . Offensively, he has a versatile skill set and excellent form on his shot that could make him a deadly threat in the fifth row.
The Rockets have a similar player on their squad to Christian Wood, but Mobley is certainly the second-best player in this draft and could become the best player in this one when we get back to it in 5-10 years. They should take the best player available and figure out how to put the pieces together later.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers – Jalen Suggs, PG/SG, Gonzaga
Probably the best-known name on this list due to his legendary shot against UCLA in the NCAA tournament, Suggs will instantly provide a rebuilding Cavaliers team with much-needed tenacity, a winning pedigree, and perhaps even a some leadership as a rookie.
Like the Rockets with Woods, there is some overlap in position if Cleveland takes Suggs with Colin Sexton and Darius Garland already in their backcourt, but as talented as these players are, they don’t exactly shout the locker room leader like the made Suggs.
4. Raptors de Toronto – Jalen Green, SG, G League Ignite
An explosive athlete and, perhaps, the pure top scorer in this draft, in a good Raptors team with players who like to share the ball and are too selfless at times, adding a shooter like Green would likely be to the overall advantage of the team.
Of course, you can’t ignore the fact that the Raptors might be looking to use that pick as a commercial chip to eventually advance into the draft. Of all the perspectives, Mobley is probably the best match for the Raptors, but a “consolation prize” from Green certainly wouldn’t hurt either.
5. Orlando Magic – Jonathan Kuminga, SF/PF, G League Ignite
Kuminga is a great all-round winger who can defend multiple positions and, on offense, his combination of strength, athleticism and speed will allow him to chase shifts all over the floor.
6. Oklahoma City Thunder – Scottie Barnes, SF / PF, State of Florida
A bestial combo with a strong engine, a solid work ethic, and good gaming skills, Barnes has earned a few comparisons with Draymond Green for his jack-of-all-trades skills.
He has a long way to go with his jumper, but it’s not like the Thunder are in a rush to compete right now, so he should have plenty of opportunities to become a respectable shooter.
7. Golden State Warriors – Davion Mitchell, PG, Baylor
Best defenseman in the draft at any position, Mitchell is a good decision maker, a great shooter and has a championship pedigree that helped lead Baylor to the 2021 national title.
Green’s outburst in defense last season masked a lot of mistakes and as good as he is, he still needs help on this side of the pitch, something Mitchell could step in immediately and help out, especially because that he’s one of the draft’s oldest prospects. at 22 years. He will be ready to intervene immediately and to contribute.
8. Orlando Magic – Keon Johnson, SG/SF, Tennessee
The Magic are starting from scratch after their clearance sale at the trade deadline, and to help speed up the rebuilding process they need to find stars.
Johnson is one of the most raw prospects in the draft, but his cap is huge thanks to his bizarre athleticism, speed, intensity and desire he has already shown in defense. He is not yet an NBA player as his rider, to put it bluntly, is wobbly, but Orlando has to find a star and take a flyer about Johnson’s potential seems like a good idea to try pick up one.
9. Sacramento Kings – Franz Wagner, SF, Michigan
A good all-round offensive player who can shoot the ball well – especially in catch and shoot situations – will make good decisions when passing the ball and can put it on the bridge when it comes off the line.
Wagner isn’t exactly flashy, but it looks like he will grow into a reliable player who will benefit from a 10-year career in the NBA. Considering the general volatility that seems to follow Sacramento every season, going with a safe and boring choice might not be a bad idea.
10. New Orleans Pelicans – Moses Moody, SG, Arkansas
The Pelicans could be in deep turmoil and the reason is that, despite some top talent appealing to Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram on the roster, this is a team that still has glaring holes, especially in defense and with its exterior shot. .
For this reason, Moody is an attractive option for the Pelicans as a prototype 3 and D wing with some streak in his play. If he heats up he can bury away teams.
11. Charlotte Hornets – Jalen Johnson, SF/PF, duc
Another combo forward who at six-foot-nine has a set of guarding skills and advantages as a playmaker and versatility on defense.
Besides his natural talent, the Hornets might be interested in Johnson’s selection, as during his time at Duke he sometimes featured as a small ball five times. Charlotte was already playing small during the season, sometimes going with three guards and PJ Washington in the middle. The addition of Johnson could give the Hornets another five small-ball option.
12. San Antonio Spurs – James Bouknight, SG, Connecticut
Bouknight is a dynamic three-level scorer who can hit just about anyone from anywhere on the pitch.
Aside from DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio lacks a real scoring threat, which Bouknight would instantly correct.
Don’t expect the Raptors to use the No. 4 draft pick as a commercial chip
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13. Indiana Pacers – Josh Giddey, PG, Adelaide 36ers (NBL – Australia)
Another six-foot-eight point guard prospect, Giddey doesn’t exhibit the kind of natural athleticism, defensive edge, speed and strength that Cunningham does, but he’s an elite passer, can shoot the ball and just has a good feel for the game.
Still only 18 years old, Giddey is sort of a draft, but playing professionally in a good pro league in Australia should have him seasoned enough to jump in immediately and play some useful save minutes for Malcolm Brogdon.
14. Golden State Warriors – Corey Kispert, SG/SF, Gonzaga
Senior sniper Kispert will be drafted into the lottery for one and only one reason: he can shoot hell out of the ball.
His three-point prowess added to a Warriors squad that will hopefully have a perfectly healthy Klay Thompson reunited with Steph Curry could mean a third Splash Brother could be on the way to the Bay Area.