Chad Ford released his latest Mock Draft this morning, and Karl Towns remains at the top, going first to the Minnesota Timberwolves:
1. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns is the No. 1 ranked player on my Big Board. However, virtually all the signals from sources inside the Wolves point to Okafor being Flip Saunders favorite right now. That obviously can change as we get closer to the draft. Workouts and interviews and lobbying from staff (I hear most of the rest of the staff favors Towns) could push Towns back atop. And after watching Towns workout on Monday, I believe that the Wolves will figure this out in favor of Towns. Towns has tremendous upside, no glaring weaknesses and he’s a better fit in Minnesota, in my opinion, than Okafor. He has the highest ceiling of any player in the draft and I think his impact will come sooner rather than later. And do not totally discount D’Angelo Russell here either. I am told Saunders is also a big fan and might be willing to move Ricky Rubio for the right deal.
Ford has three more Cats going in the first round, two also in the lottery:
6. Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings
9. Devin Booker, Charlotte Hornets
16. Trey Lyles, Boston Celtics
I’ll have a full Mock Draft roundup for you later today. In the meantime, go read the rest of Ford’s comments about Willie, Devin, and Trey.