With the Anthony Davis trade going public on Saturday and the draft coming up on Thursday, several new mock drafts hit the interwebs this morning, a few boosting the stock of Kentucky’s three prospects, PJ Washington, Tyler Herro, and Keldon Johnson.
ESPN’s Jonathan Givony now has both PJ and Tyler going in the lottery, at No. 13 (Miami) and No. 14 (Boston), respectively, and Keldon Johnson going to the Indiana Pacers at No. 18, a five-spot jump from last week’s mock. Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo also has PJ and Tyler in the lottery, with Keldon just outside at No. 15 to Detroit.
Here’s a roundup of the latest mocks, with previous positions listed in parentheses.
|ESPN Top 100||16||18||19|
|ESPN (Updated 6/17)||13. Miami (13)||14. Boston (16)||18. Indiana (23)|
|The Athletic (Updated 6/15)||18. Indiana (18)||15. Detroit (15)||22. Boston (22)|
|Sports Illustrated (Updated 6/17)||12. Charlotte (13)||13. Miami (14)||15. Detroit (15)|
|Matt Norlander (Updated 6/17)||17. Atlanta (17)||14. Boston (14)||20. Boston (20)|
|Gary Parrish (Updated 6/15)||13. Miami (13)||15. Detroit (15)||19. San Antonio (19)|
|Kyle Boone (Updated 6/17)||17. Atlanta (11)||16. Orlando (16)||20. Boston (25)|
And a sampling of comments on each player…
“Washington seems to have enough fans that it’s easy to see him winding up anywhere in the late lottery, worst-case being a soft landing spot in the teens. He’s made strides skill-wise and profiles as a solid frontcourt piece, particularly if his jump shot continues to improve. Teams view him as a relatively safe bet to be a contributor, and he’s athletic and versatile enough to fit into different types of lineups. The Hornets stand to get younger up front, and this pick can present a pathway to that end.”
“The Celtics could lose quite a bit of firepower in the backcourt with Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier off to free agency and neither player being a lock to return. That makes drafting a combo guard such as Herro — who can play pick-and-roll, make shots while set or on the move and bring competitiveness and feel — appealing here. Herro has slowly moved up draft boards with strong workouts and interviews, given the dearth of shooting in a league that desperately covets dynamic players in his mold.”
“A huge chunk of the Pacers’ rotation is entering free agency this summer, including most of their wing depth, which could cause the team to look at adding a small forward via the draft. The Pacers have long valued toughness, versatility and 3-point shooting — all strengths for Johnson. Although his struggles creating offense off the dribble caused his stock to fall somewhat, Johnson won’t need to be much of a ball handler on this team in the short term.”