We know PJ Washington’s headed to the draft, but what about Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson? Sports Illustrated’s latest mock draft has PJ going to the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 11, Tyler going to the Orlando Magic at No. 16, and Keldon to the Boston Celtics at No. 18.
“Orlando has a need for perimeter shooting, particularly with Terence Ross’s contract expiring, and Herro fits the bill well in this range of the draft,” SI’s Jeremy Woo writes. “He helped himself a good deal over the course of the season, and while there are still some physical limitations he’ll face at the next level, he’s proven he’s more than just a specialist and added value in other ways for Kentucky. Herro’s upside is tied to him refining his jumper and on-the-move shooting into an elite skill, but he’s on the right track. He wouldn’t be the typical, toolsy Magic draftee, but he would make sense.”
“While Johnson comes with some limitations, his competitive drive, offensive skill package and positional value give him a solid floor. Although it’s possible he falls a bit behind his teammates on draft night, teams still like his intangibles, and he certainly won’t have to be a star to justify being selected in this range. It’s worth noting that it seems unlikely the Celtics keep all of their picks.”
For what it’s worth, this is a two-round mock draft and does not include Ashton Hagans.