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Kentucky NBA Mock Draft Tracker: June 5

The 2018 NBA Draft is just over two weeks away, and now that the early entrant withdrawal deadline has passed, we can start taking mock drafts a little more seriously (and I do mean “little”).

Since deciding to stay in the draft, Jarred Vanderbilt now appears in all of the major mock drafts that include second rounds, ranging anywhere from No. 44 (Washington) to No. 55 (Charlotte). Consensus continues to be that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will go to the Los Angeles Clippers with the twelfth or thirteenth pick, but the latest Sporting News mock has him sneaking into the top ten, going eighth to Cleveland. Meanwhile, Kevin Knox is still on the edge of the lottery and Hamidou Diallo still trends as an early second round pick.

Shai Alexander Kevin Knox Hamidou Diallo Jarred Vanderbilt Wenyen Gabriel
ESPN Top 100 (Updated 5/30) 12 15 36 59
ESPN (Updated 5/30) 12. LA Clippers 15. Washington 35. Orlando 55. Charlotte
Sports Illustrated (Updated 6/5) 15. Washington 12. LA Clippers 40. Brooklyn 49. San Antonio
Sporting News* (Updated 5/28) 8. Cleveland 14. Denver 30. Atlanta
Gary Parrish* (Updated 5/24) 13. LA Clippers 14. Denver
Matt Norlander (Updated 6/5) 13. LA Clippers 15. Washington 37. Sacramento 50. Indiana
NBADraft.net (Updated 6/5) 12. LA Clippers 11. Charlotte 54. Dallas 44. Washington
Bleacher Report* (Updated 6/5) 12. LA Clippers 15. Washington
The Athletic (Updated 6/1) 12. LA Clippers 14. Denver 35. Orlando 44. Washington

* First Round Only

Late last week, John Calipari said Vanderbilt was receiving plenty of interest from teams despite his injury. The Athletic’s Michael Sotto spoke with an Eastern Conference executive who confirmed Vanderbilt’s versatility and talent are intriguing enough for a team to take a chance on him in the second round.

“I like him because he does a lot of winning things,” a second Eastern Conference executive told The Athletic. “He can do a little bit of everything. He can defend, rebound and score. I like him because he doesn’t do a lot of turnovers and make mistakes. He’s an energy guy who plays hard. He’s young and only going to get better.”

There you go.

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8 Comments for Kentucky NBA Mock Draft Tracker: June 5



  1. CatBlue in LR
    4:10 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    Score? Band I can score? Does this “Eastern Conference executive” know who you were asking about?



  2. CatBlue in LR
    4:16 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    Score? Band I can score? Did this “Eastern Conference executive” know about whom he was being asked?



    • UKNUTZ
      5:29 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      He’s not a great scorer generally speaking, but he can get offensive rebounds better than most and easy put backs count as scoring.



  3. Cincy Cayt
    9:08 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    As far as this draft goes, fewer things are more certain than Vanderbilt’s rebounding ability…maybe his injury risk?



  4. Swizzle
    12:46 am June 6, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s focus on our team.



  5. 8generationsblue
    9:14 am June 6, 2018 Permalink

    Tired of kids going to the draft who should be returning. This is the flaw of the one and done system.



    • Peas and Carrots
      11:27 am June 6, 2018 Permalink

      Why? They want to make money and have the opportunity to make several hundred thousand to millions of dollars here or overseas. It’d be weirder to sacrifice that for someone elses entertainment.