This morning, Bleacher Report published what will most likely be the last mock draft before next week’s lottery. Bleacher Report has Jamal Murray going sixth to the Pelicans, Tyler Ulis at 18 to the Pistons, and Skal Labissiere to the Pacers at 20.
Friday was Sports Illustrated’s final mock before the lottery as well. They have moved Murray up to fifth to the Timberwolves. SI has Ulis at 15 to the Nuggets and Skal going 16 to the Celtics. Boston has several first round picks and a good young core, so they could take their time in developing Skal.
Murray is up to as high as fourth in mock drafts. CBS has the Sixers taking Murray at that spot.
“The Sixers are losers in this lottery simulation because they’re picking fourth despite owning the best odds to pick first. That’s a terrible outcome for the league’s biggest tankers. But Philadelphia can still get a prospect with All-Star potential, and the prospect with the highest ceiling available, at this point, is, I think, Murray. He’s a dynamic combo guard who can shoot from the perimeter. And there’s just no reason to believe he won’t be a nice scorer at the NBA level.” (CBS Sports)
After Murray, CBS has Skal at 11 to the Magic and Ulis at 14 to his hometown Bulls. The projection of Ulis to Chicago is fairly common, as ESPN has him there as well. Next week’s lottery will tell us a lot more about where the guys could land, along with this week’s combine. The Lottery will be at 8:30 ET on ESPN and the NBA Combine will be ESPN2 from May 11th through the 15th.