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Round One:

1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia

This pick has been narrowed down to two players: Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball. Although LaMelo will sell tickets, Edwards is hands down the better fit alongside Karl Anthony-Towns and D’Angelo Russell. Edwards is a dynamic two-way player that can be a solid third option for the T-Wolves’s young core. Edwards brings much needed defense with very physical play. He is perfect for this squad.

2. Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman, C, Memphis

All of the successful Warriors teams have had a rim running defensive anchor at center from Andrew Bogut to JaVale McGee. Wiseman can be the next one. Wiseman is a pogostick as he might be the most athletic player in the draft. In the post, Wiseman seemed unstoppable in his three game span. Wiseman doesn’t need the ball to succeed which is exactly what the Warriors need if they are trying to go back to excellency.

3. Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawarra Hawks 

LaMelo Ball has the most boom or bust potential out of anyone we have seen in a while. LaMelo is by far the most hyped up player in the class, as he has been in the spotlight for years. Michael Jordan and Charlotte need a face of the franchise. LaMelo is by far the best playmaker in the draft and has the potential to be a dead-eye shooter. Defense is the main concern though, as he seems lazy and unmotivated on that end.

4. Chicago Bulls: Deni Avdija, SF, Israel

Avdija is exactly what the Bulls need: a NBA ready wing with a very high IQ. Chicago desperately needs a small forward with their other four positions already loaded up. Avdija brings physical defense which has been a concern in Chicago. On offense, Avdija plays very well off-ball and doesn’t need the ball in his hands to dominate. He’s able to find creative ways to score and pass the ball.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Obi Toppin, PF, Dayton

On offense, there is no better big in the draft than Toppin. Toppin is able to shoot, pass, and get to the rim like a pro. Toppin however struggles on the defensive side as he gets killed on pick and rolls. This is a problem that can easily be fixed though, with Toppin having amazing athleticism. 

6. Atlanta Hawks: Tyrese Haliburton, PG/SG, Iowa State

Before he got injured, Haliburton may have been the best player in college basketball. Haliburton is an incredible playmaker and defender, and he has proven to be able to play off-ball which is needed when you have Trae Young on your team. Shooting wise, Haliburton’s form is not the greatest and he doesn’t knock down his shots consistently. Overall, Haliburton would fit in great in the Hawk’s plethora of young talent.

7. Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes, PG, Germany

Detroit must take the best player available and that’s Killian Hayes. Hayes is a very talented prospect, but his confidence is constantly questioned. Hayes is a natural passer and scorer with average defense, and his ball handling isn’t great but should develop over time. Hayes gives Detroit a much needed cornerstone.

8. New York Knicks: Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn

It’s no secret the Knicks have struggled in developing their draftees. Why not get an NBA ready player in Isaac Okoro? Okoro is an elite defender. Although his offense isn’t looking too good, the defense outweighs his inability to shoot though. The Kevin Knox experiment didn’t work out, so replacing him with an established player is the right thing to do.

9. Washington Wizards: Onyeka Okongwu, C, USC

Washington wants to get back to the playoffs next year with a healthy John Wall and all-star Bradley Beal returning. In an Eastern Conference dominated by young bigs, Onyeka Okongwu seems to be the answer. Okongwu is an amazing defender who can switch onto every position on the floor. 

10. Phoenix Suns: Devin Vassell, SG/SF, Florida State

Phoenix retained the tenth pick despite trading for CP3, eliminating their need for a point guard. Adding 3&D guys is the next step in the Suns’ attempt to contend. Vassell’s draft stock has been all over the place with a leaked video of him changing his shooting form. Vassell has looked good in previous workouts, so him being a top ten pick is looking likely.

11. San Antonio Spurs: Patrick Williams, PF, Florida State

Patrick Williams’ draft stock has skyrocketed recently due to his versatility on both sides of the floor. Williams will be a long-term project, and with the Spurs entering a rebuild this is the perfect team for him. 

12. Sacramento Kings: Aaron Nesmith, SF, Vanderbilt

Buddy Hield is most likely gone this offseason and finding a shooter to replace him may be tough unless they draft one. Aaron Nesmith is that shooter. Nesmith is the best shooter in the draft, and he’s showed this season his incredible defensive potential.

13. New Orleans Pelicans: RJ Hampton, G, New Zealand 

Hampton has been an intriguing prospect since he reclassified and went to play in the NBL. Hampton’s stock has decreased only because other prospect’s have risen, but Hampton can provide ball handling to a Pelicans team that needs it after trading Jrue Holiday.

14. Boston Celtics (via Memphis): Saddiq Bey, SF, Villanova

Boston will use one of their three first round picks to select Saddiq Bey who was a top college player last season. Bey is one of the top shooters in the draft, and the Celtics need a deadeye like Bey off their bench as the team didn’t have a reliable shooter last year.

15. Orlando Magic: Kira Lewis Jr, PG, Alabama

16. Houston Rockets (via Portland): Tyrese Maxey, G, Kentucky

17. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Brooklyn): Jalen Smith, PF, Maryland

18. Dallas Mavericks: Aleksej Pokusevski, PF, Greece

19. Brooklyn Nets (via Philadelphia): Precious Achiuwa, PF/C, Memphis

20. Miami Heat: Tyrell Terry, PG, Stanford

21. Philadelphia 76ers (via Oklahoma City): Desmond Bane, PG, TCU

22. Denver Nuggets (via Houston): Xavier Tillman, PF, Michigan State

23. Utah Jazz: Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina

24. New Orleans Pelicans: Isaiah Stewert II, PF, Washington

25. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Denver): Jaden McDaniels, F, Washington

26. Boston Celtics: Zeke Nnaji, PF, Arizona

27.New York Knicks (via LA Clippers): Malachi Flynn, PG, San Diego State

28. Oklahoma City Thunder (via LA Lakers): Josh Green, SG, Arizona

29. Toronto Raptors: Leandro Bolmaro, SF, Spain

30. Boston Celtics (via Milwaukee): Tyler Bey, SF, Colorado 

Round Two:

31. Dallas Mavericks (via Golden State): Robert Woodard III, SF, Mississippi State

32. Charlotte Hornets (via Cleveland): Daniel Oturu, C, Minnesota

33. Minnesota Timberwolves: Tre Jones, PG, Duke

34. Philadelphia 76ers (via Atlanta): Theo Maledon, PG, France

35. Sacramento Kings (via Detroit): Grant Riller, PG, Charleston 

36. Philadelphia 76ers (via New York): Jahmi’us Ramsey, SG, Texas Tech

37. Washington Wizards (via Chicago): Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona 

38. New York Knicks (via Charlotte): Vernon Carey Jr, C, Duke

39. New Orleans Pelicans (via Washington): Cassius Stanley, SG, Duke

40. Memphis Grizzlies (via Phoenix): Isaiah Joe, SG, Arkansas 

41. San Antonio Spurs: Cassius Winston, PG, Michigan State

42. New Orleans Pelicans: Paul Reed Jr, PF, DePaul

43. Sacramento Kings: Yam Madar, PG, Israel 

44. Chicago Bulls (via Memphis): Payton Pritchard, PG, Oregon

45. Orlando Magic: Udoka Azubuike, C, Kansas

46. Portland Trail Blazers: Devon Dostson, PG, Kansas

47. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn): Elijah Hughes, SG, Syracuse 

48. Golden State Warriors (via Dallas): Jordan Nwora, SF, Louisville 

49. Philadelphia 76ers: Reggie Perry, SG, Mississippi State

50. Atlanta Hawks (via Miami): Killian Hayes, C, Gonzaga

51. Golden State Warriors (via Utah): Immanuel Quickley, PG, Kentucky

52. Sacramento Kings (via Houston): Skyler Mayes, SG/SF, LSU 

53. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kahil Whitney, F, Kentucky 

54. Indiana Pacers: Myles Powell, SG, Seton Hall

55. Brooklyn Nets (via Denver: Jayden Scrubb, SG, USA

56. Charlotte Hornets (via Boston): Markus Howard, PG, Marquette

57. Los Angeles Clippers: Sam Merrill, SG, Utah

58. Philadelphia 76ers (via LA Lakers): KJ Martin, F, IMG

59. Toronto Raptors: Paul Eboua, PF, Italy

60. New Orleans Pelicans (via Milwaukee): Nick Richards, C, Kentucky

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