Another day, another mock draft. Today’s comes from Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Sharp, who has Jamal Murray, Tyler Ulis, and Skal Labissiere all going in the top 20 of this year’s draft. Top 16, in fact:
5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jamal Murray
15. Denver Nuggets: Tyler Ulis
16. Boston Celtics: Skal Labissiere
Sharp writes that the biggest question about Murray continues to be his athleticism, but if the Timberwolves are looking to win now, they should “swing for the fences” by taking him.
The biggest question for Murray is athleticism, right? Is he explosive enough to score in the NBA? That concern is real, but it should also be noted that similar concerns existed for Steph Curry, C.J. McCollum, Damian Lillard, James Harden, and this year’s breakout rookie guard, Devin Booker. If the Wolves are looking to win immediately–likely, now that Thibs is on board–they could definitely take Kris Dunn here, or maybe go for a stretch-four to play next to Towns. But if they’re looking to win now, doesn’t it also make sense to swing for the fences with this ride in the top five?
Meanwhile, Sharp has Ulis going to Denver to play alongside Emmanuel Mudiay in what would be a funny twist of fate and Skal headed to the Celtics. Thankfully, the Draft Lottery is coming up on May 17, so we’ll soon have a better understanding of who will go where.
Still crossing my fingers for Ulis to the Bulls.