Today is the day of the Mock Draft. Not long after Draft Express updated their board, ESPN’s Chad Ford has released his fourth Mock Draft, making moves that aren’t too different than Jonathan Givony’s.
One thing that is different — Ford is a much bigger fan of Jamal Murray. Ford has Murray slotted to go at #4 to the Boston Celtics. Here’s what he had to say about Murray after moving him up from #7.
“Murray’s positional versatility, jump shot (33-for-64 from 3 in his past seven games), ultra-competitiveness and high basketball IQ might give him the nod for Danny Ainge, who prizes all of those characteristics. He’s not an elite athlete, and his defense can still use work, but Murray’s strengths are heavily outweighing his weaknesses at the moment.”
Skal Labissiere hung around the top of Ford’s draft board a little longer, but now he’s out of the lottery. #9 on January 30, Skal dropped seven spots to #16. Ironically, he has both Wildcats going to the Celtics.
Danny Ainge isn’t afraid to gamble. This is the Celtics’ second pick of the draft, and they can afford to take a risk. On his play alone, Labissiere doesn’t deserve to be drafted in the first round, but scouts continue to see so much upside. His ability to both block shots and stretch the floor is intriguing.
I’m sure most fans agree with the premise of Ford’s statement, “On his play alone, Labissiere doesn’t deserve to be drafted in the first round,” but cannot wrap their heads around the second part of that statement.
The Complete Mock Draft, via ESPN Insider.