Now that the draft order is set, you can finally start taking all of these mock drafts seriously. There will be plenty out there, but the two I like to roll with are from Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and Chad Ford of ESPN. Without any movement in the lottery, it didn’t take them long to hit “Publish.”
6. Jamal Murray to the Pelicans
8. Skal Labissiere to the Kings
Sacramento has a glaring hole at the power forward position, and will likely give a long look at the highly skilled Labissiere, who looks like the perfect type of player to plug in alongside DeMarcus Cousins in terms of his style of play. He also has the added benefit of being able to play alongside Willie Cauley-Stein in other lineups, which is exactly the type of versatility the Kings could use in their frontcourt. While Skal, or any other player in this draft for that matter, won’t solve many of the myriad of issues the team has, he could be a nice building block for the team moving forward.
20. Tyler Ulis to the Pacers
Ulis will be close to the state of Kentucky, Skal will be playing with two other UK centers and Jamal Murray will be balling with Davis — three things I can get behind.
3. Jamal Murray to Boston
If it’s not traded, I think the pick will be between Murray, Kris Dunn and Buddy Hield. The Celtics really like Dunn, and he might eventually be better than the point guards they already have, but Murray’s shooting ability and versatility might make him a more valuable player (or trade chip) for the Celtics.
11. Skal Labissiere to the Orlando Magic
15. Tyler Ulis to the Nuggets
The Nuggets drafted a point guard last year in Emmanuel Mudiay, but he’s really more of a combo guard and could use some help.
Ulis may be the best pure passing PG in the draft. He’s little, but should be a great complement to Mudiay, even allowing him to swing over to the 2 at times.
Ford’s doesn’t feature as many fun UK matchups, but Murray could be the type of player to put the Celtics over the hump as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.