With the NBA Draft set for July 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the mock draft frenzy is fully underway. For the most part, the top five have not moved a whole lot. The likely number one overall pick, which will be for the Detroit Pistons, seems to be Cade Cunningham out of Oklahoma State considering he has held the number one prospect spot for basically the last six months. There are bound to also be plenty of surprise trades and movement on the draft board when the draft begins but this year’s draft features plenty of talent to go around.
Here is the latest Border Fuel Top Ten mock draft for the upcoming NBA Draft.
1.) Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham- Guard, Oklahoma State
At 6-foot-8, 220 pounds, Cunningham is a point guard in a wing player’s build and fits today’s NBA game down to the last shoestring. This will be the Piston’s first time taking the number one overall pick since 1970 and Cunningham will definitely fit the Pistons well. Cunningham is going to a Detroit team that has seen better days as an NBA team as the only other big piece of scoring for Detroit would be Killian Hayes. Cunningham will bring a dynamic five-tool threat to the floor with a deadly shooting stroke from three-point range.
2.) Houston Rockets: Evan Mobley- Center, USC
Easily the second-best prospect in this draft class and Mobley is yet another example of the perfect NBA fit. A seven-foot big man out of USC brings elite-level offense and defense in the paint. Mobley also brings the speed and movement of a modern-day NBA wing and could have the biggest amount of potential outside of Cade Cunningham. Mobley is in a position that he could change the Rockets’ luck around if they give him the right opportunity.
3.) Cleveland Cavaliers: Jalen Green-Guard, G-League
Green comes into this year’s draft as one of two prospects to enter the G-League out of high school and then look forward to the draft. He is easily one of the best pure scoring prospects in this draft class and despite the extreme depth at guard for Cleveland, passing up on any kind of help on offense would be ill-advised. Green can jump out of the gym and play fast-paced basketball and the Cavs could definitely use him.
4.) Toronto Raptors: Jalen Suggs-Guard, Gonzaga
While most will put Jalen Suggs or Jalen Green in either this spot or the third pick, Toronto would be the better spot for the Gonzaga star guard. Suggs comes into this draft as one of the most highly touted freshman guards after his amazing season at Gonzaga. The thought of Suggs joining Fred VanVleet and running that backcourt makes Toronto seem like a fun team to watch again. Suggs also fits the role of what the Raptors tend to draft, a quick five-tool guard that can spread the floor. Suggs to Toronto would work great.
5.) Orlando Magic: Jonathan Kuminga-Forward, G-League
Here is the other G-League product in this year’s draft and he fits the Orlando Magic blueprint in every way. A tall, lanky, five-tool player that can create on both sides of the ball. However, he is still very raw and needs some tweaking to get him to the next level, and if Orlando is committed to helping him grow, then Kuminga is going to be in Orlando for sure. Kuminga is only 18, so his timeline can either be sped up or slowed down, and I think Orlando should take the leap and pick him up.
6.) Oklahoma City Thunder: Scottie Barnes-Forward, Florida State
The Thunder are yet another team that has a blueprint for players they want to draft, and with the number of picks OKC has over the next few years, they are going to get a good one in this draft. Barnes is an athletic guard that brings a solid defensive presence, point guard level quickness, and awareness. Barnes struggles to have a consistent jumper, but this is something that, if OKC is willing to work with him on, Barnes fits the OKC blueprint.
Physically, Barnes can run in the NBA just get his jumper squared up and OKC will have a good pick here.
7.) Golden State Warriors: Davion Mitchell-Guard, Baylor
Golden State is looking to reload to make another title run in the NBA next season. The Warriors need more guard depth to relieve the pressure on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and Mitchell brings just that. Mitchell is the ideal guard that can go get a bucket and also played solid defense.
The Warriors lacked depth, and that is ultimately why they are drafting the seventh pick, they avoided the top three picks by making their late run into the play-in tournament and landed at seventh. Mitchell will bring good guard skills that can be perfected by Steph Curry and Mitchell could easily thrive in Golden State.
8.) Orlando Magic: James Bouknight-Guard, UCONN
Bouknight’s sophomore season was cut short due to a few injuries, but this does not affect his draft stock even a little bit. A tough, athletic guard that can create space on the floor and finish at the basket better than most of this draft class will serve him well at the next level.
Orlando is going to pick up a solid forward in Kuminga, and then pick up even more depth in Bouknight, and that should help Orlando in the long run. Orlando has a shot to pick up two solid draft picks, and I think Bouknight could thrive by working with Markelle Fultz and developing his play overall.
9.) Sacramento Kings: Franz Wagner-Forward, Michigan
Franz, the younger brother of Wizards forward Moritz Wagner, is another three-and-D style-forward that in the NBA’s spaced-out style, would do well. Sacramento also looks to always improve their depth and bring in guys that can shoot the ball well from all over the floor and also go get a steal or a block to get more offensive possessions. His shot is not automatic like most three-and-D players, but this can be tweaked and improved upon to make Fritz thrive in Sacramento.
10.) New Orleans Pelicans: Moses Moody-Guard, Arkansas
New Orleans has made it abundantly clear that they want to build around Zion and the Pelicans taking Moody with the tenth pick would be ideal. Another three-and-D player that can spot up on the wing and be a knockdown shooter, as well as get back on defense, and help support the team on the glass, is what the Pelicans need.
Moody shot an impressive 36% from three and the NBA today welcomes high volume, efficient three-point shooters, and Moody can do that well in the NBA. If New Orleans wants to support Zion and lighten the burden on him, Moody can do it.
Other Notable Draft Picks In Rounds One And Two
- Corey Kispert- 15th pick to the Washington Wizards
- Sharife Cooper- 23rd pick to the Houston Rockets
- Jalen Johnson- 24th pick to the Houston Rockets
- Jared Butler- 28th pick to the Philadelphia 76ers
- Johnny Juzang- “possible” 30th pick to the Utah Jazz
- Luka Garza- 57th pick to the Charlotte Hornets
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