With just over seven hours to go until tonight’s NBA Draft, analysts are turning in their final predictions. Both Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continue to surge, with Shai rising to sixth in Jonathan Givony’s latest mock draft for ESPN.
“Teams are getting mixed signals from the Magic about their intentions here,” he writes. “Some sources around the league say they are picking between guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Trae Young and Collin Sexton, while others feel like this will be more of a best-player-available situation, with Bamba and Carter strongly in the mix.”
Meanwhile, the consensus seems to be that Kevin Knox will go ninth to the New York Knicks.
“All signs point to Kevin Knox at No. 9, as it’s becoming widely assumed in NBA circles that he’s the top option for the Knicks given who will be available.”
Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo actually has Shai going ninth to the Knicks and Knox eleventh to the Charlotte Hornets. Here’s where all of Kentucky’s prospects stand in the major mock drafts heading into the final stretch:
|Kevin Knox||Shai Alexander||Hamidou Diallo||Jarred Vanderbilt||Wenyen Gabriel|
|ESPN Top 100 (Updated 6/8)||9||10||37||56||78|
|ESPN (Updated 6/21)||9. NY Knicks||6. Orlando||41. Orlando||46. Houston||—|
|Sam Vecenie (Updated 6/21)||9. NY Knicks||12. LA Clippers||40. Brooklyn||53. Ok. City||—|
|Sports Illustrated (Updated 6/21)||11. Charlotte||9. NY Knicks||37. Sacramento||40. Brooklyn||—|
|Sporting News (Updated 6/21)||9. NY Knicks||11. Charlotte||40. Brooklyn||52. Utah||—|
|Gary Parrish* (Updated 6/20)||11. Charlotte||13. LA Clippers||—||—||—|
|NBADraft.net (Updated 6/20)||9. NY Knicks||12. LA Clippers||48. Minnesota||46. Houston||—|
*First Round Only