Chad Ford’s latest NBA Mock Draft is out and ESPN’s NBA guru predicts four Kentucky players will go in the first round:
2. Karl Towns: Detroit Pistons
9. Willie Cauley-Stein: Boston Celtics
22. Trey Lyles: Brooklyn Nets
24. Dakari Johnson: San Antonio Spurs
Ford’s top three are Jahlil Okafor, Towns, and Emmanuel Mudiay, who is currently playing overseas in China. During his weekly chat yesterday, Ford said that he believes that Towns may actually have more potential than Okafor.
“Okafor is the guy that appears to be the sure thing. Towns does have more upside because he’s a better athlete (which helps him defensively) and he’s a better perimeter shooter. But Okafor’s footwork and hands are just amazing for a freshman and there just aren’t that many back-to-the-basket scorers in the NBA these days. Right now, Okafor gets the edge, but I could see a bold GM taking Towns ahead of him projecting what each player will be in 5 years.“
It’s months away, but saying goodbye to Karl is going to suck.