The NBA Draft is two weeks from tomorrow, which means rumors are flying left and right about whose stock is soaring and whose is falling. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix released his latest mock draft this morning and he’s got four Cats going in the lottery:
1. Karl Towns, Minnesota
8. Devin Booker, Detroit
12. Willie Cauley-Stein, Utah
14. Trey Lyles, Oklahoma City
Most mocks have Willie going in the top ten. Mannix attributes his low projection to opinions on Willie being “all over the map”:
Opinions on Cauley-Stein are all over the map. As limited as he is offensively–and no tweak to his shot is going to make him much more than a finisher and maybe a decent baseline/elbow jump shooter–his defensive upside is enormous. The Jazz could use another big (when was the last time we said that?) and Cauley-Stein can slide between both frontcourt positions.
Meanwhile Mannix says teams are “enamored” with Devin Booker’s shooting and he doesn’t think the Pistons will be able to pass Devin up with the eighth pick. If they do, there’s a great chance Booker will end up in Charlotte, which is where he worked out this morning.
What do the rest of the mocks say? Here’s a roundup: