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Jamal Murray up to #3 in Chad Ford’s latest Mock Draft

© Kim Klement

© Kim Klement

© Kim Klement

The NBA Draft Lottery isn’t until May 17, but that hasn’t stopped ESPN NBA guru Chad Ford from churning out mock drafts on the reg. Ford’s latest has all three Kentucky players who have declared going in the top sixteen, with Jamal Murray sneaking into the top three behind Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram:

3. Boston Celtics: Jamal Murray

14. Chicago Bulls: Tyler Ulis

16. Boston Celtics: Skal Labissiere

Ford writes that the Celtics need to add a consistent shooter and, if their placement holds, could choose between Murray and Buddy Hield. Although Ford believes Hield is a better player now, “Murray is three years younger and can play point guard. And the good news is that he’s NBA ready from the get go.” Via traded picks, the Celtics could also pick up Skal at #16, which Ford says “seems like a really good fit” given Brad Stevens’ track record with stretch bigs and the proven success of the Celtics’ D-League franchise.

But really, would there be anything more perfect than Tyler Ulis going to the Bulls? Not only did Ulis play high school ball in Chicago, he’d be the backup to another Calipari great, Derrick Rose, who desperately, desperately needs a good backup.

Can we skip the actual draft and just go with this mock?



Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for Jamal Murray up to #3 in Chad Ford’s latest Mock Draft

  1. somerset bill
    5:09 pm April 18, 2016 Permalink

    i am glad for skal and would love to see him figure it out and turn it on in the nba, but i am also glad that tyler has moved ahead of him (in this projection, at least). it just seems a little less bizarro world.

  2. trey
    5:25 pm April 18, 2016 Permalink

    Love everything about this

  3. jonthes
    7:14 pm April 18, 2016 Permalink

    Tyler should be picked before Jamal. His height is obviously irrelevant at this point. He will also be box office, and leadership. New Orleans should take him, he and Davis would be unstoppable.

  4. Loother
    9:08 pm April 18, 2016 Permalink

    Highly doubt the Celtics will be gambling on 2 more Cats after having been burned by James Young…

    • kvltclassic
      10:30 am April 19, 2016 Permalink

      Belief around Boston isn’t that they were burned. He is still younger than most of the guys who came out of this last draft.

  5. Loother
    1:15 am April 19, 2016 Permalink

    If Cal could actually coach and develop these players, they may have some success in the league.