Most of the major mock drafts out there only have Karl Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein going in the lottery, but Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix thinks FOUR Cats will go in the first fourteen picks. Because the New York Knicks can’t do anything right, including “tanking for Towns,” they’re no longer the favorites to win the first pick, so Mannix has the Minnesota Timberwolves taking Karl first. Here’s where Mannix has the rest of the Cats going:
1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl Towns
11. Utah Jazz: Willie Cauley-Stein
13. Phoenix Suns: Trey Lyles
14. Oklahoma City Thunder: Devin Booker
(Mannix doesn’t have projections for the second round)
Mock drafts are especially useless before the draft lottery (May 20), but if Trey Lyles does end up going to the Suns, that would make it four Cats on the same roster (Brandon Knight, who sounds optimistic about returning to Phoenix; Eric Bledsoe, who has a max deal; and Archie Goodwin). That means we all have to buy Suns gear, right?