New year, new NBA Mock Drafts.
The league’s top draft aficionados have dusted off their keyboards to compile a fresh batch of mock drafts at the midway point of the college basketball season. Kentucky Wildcats do not fill up their boards, but you better believe there’s at least one in the lottery.
The No. 1 NBA Draft source is ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Right now he’s buying stock in Tyrese Maxey. Givony foresees Maxey as the sixth-overall pick by the Wizards in the 2020 NBA Draft. At the end of the first round you’ll find Ashton Hagans at 29th overall to the Lakers.
Sam Vecenie of The Athletic puts similar stock into Kentucky’s top two NBA Draft options. Hagans is just outside of the first round to Sacramento at No. 37 overall, while Maxey comes in at No. 8 overall to Chicago. A snippet of Vecenie’s complimentary evaluation of Maxey:
Maxey has been simultaneously really good, and also has raised some question marks. On the plus side, he is the go-to scorer for a Kentucky team, and he’s largely been successful in that role. His floater game is superb, he has great strength and good handle to get to the basket, and he’s a really smart mover away from the ball. He’s also an elite-level on-ball defender in a way that I can see Chicago’s current coaching staff and front office really appreciating.
If you check out the latest SB Nation Mock Draft, you will find Maxey at No. 6 overall. The only top-notch draft analyst that isn’t currently projecting Maxey into the top ten is Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo, who currently has Maxey falling to the Timberwolves at No. 12 overall.