DraftExpress.com released its first extended mock draft today with new first round predictions and pick-by-pick analysis. The popular mock draft website projects Randle avoiding Utah by falling to Boston at five, with James Young heading to Atlanta at No. 15.
Have a look:
1.) Andrew Wiggins, Milwaukee Bucks
2.) Jabari Parker, Philadelphia 76ers
3.) Joel Embiid, Orlando Magic
4.) Dante Exum, Utah Jazz
5.) Julius Randle, Boston Celtics
Boston has all kinds of needs to fill, and a starting power forward can surely be considered one of them. Randle is talented enough to get picked much higher than this in a normal draft, and at some point will be difficult to pass up.
15.) James Young, Atlanta Hawks
DeMarre Carroll was surprisingly adequate as Atlanta’s starting small forward for much of the season, but continuing to add depth on the wing is something the Hawks will look to address either in the draft or free agency. James Young has a long ways to go before becoming a consistent contributor, but as one of the youngest players in this draft class, time is on his side.