The NBA Draft Lottery is two weeks from today, and until then, most mock drafts are pretty meaningless; however, that’s not stopping NBA pundits from releasing their best guesses as to who will go where on June 23. Today, I’ve got two new mock drafts to share with you, along with a picture of Tyler, his dad, and his former trainer putting in some work at the Joe Craft Center.
This morning, Derek Bodner put out a mock draft for USA Today focusing on each team’s needs, and Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, and Tyler Ulis all are projected to go in the first round:
5. Minnesota Timberwoles: Jamal Murray
18. Detroit Pistons: Skal Labissiere
24. Philadelphia 76ers: Tyler Ulis
Murray teaming up with Karl Towns? Heck yes.
“Murray’s off-the-ball game would seemingly fit perfectly with Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Ricky Rubio,” Bodner writes. “Whether new head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau believes he can mold Murray into a plus defensive player will be the biggest question.”
Meanwhile, CBS Sports’ Sam Vecenie did his own lottery simulation, which has Tyler being drafted above Skal:
4. Philadelphia 76ers: Jamal Murray
14. Chicago Bulls: Tyler Ulis
17. Memphis Grizzlies: Skal Labissiere.
Right now, I think we can all agree that Ulis to the Bulls is just perfect.
“Ulis just fits Chicago at this point, and that’s even beyond it being his home town,” Vecenie writes. “He fits the roster, as he’d provide a steady hand with Derrick Rose. He fits the Fred Holberg offense, given his terrific play in the pick-and-roll and passing acumen. He fits the mentality of the roster, as a tough, hard-nosed kid who’s had to work for everything he’s ever gotten. Basically, this is just the right team at the right time for Ulis.”
Now let’s make it happen.