1. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn Nets)-Markelle Fultz-Freshman-Point Guard-Washington
If the Boston Celtics do not trade this pick, they will be stumbling on some more talent for thier back court.
2. Los Angeles Lakers-Lonzo Ball-Freshman-Point Guard-UCLA
The Lakers are the only team that Lonzo Ball is working out for, and if he isn’t picked here, he will drop on the draft board.
3. Philadelphia 76ers (via Sacramento Kings)-De’Aron Fox-Freshman-Point Guard-Kentucky
If the Lakers mess things up for themselves with the second overall pick, it won’t take the Sixers that long to pick up the pieces.
4. Phoenix Suns-Josh Jackson-Freshman-Small Forward-Kansas
The Suns already have a young and exciting back court with point guard Eric Bledsoe and shooting guard Devin Booker; now it is time to get more players in the front court who can produce.
5.Sacramento Kings(via) Philadelphia 76ers Kings-Jayson Tatum-Freshman-Small Forward-Duke
A selection here of Jayson Tatum all but signals the end of small forward Rudy Gay’s run with the Kings.
6. Orlando Magic-Jonathan Isaac-Freshman-Small Forward-Florida State
The Magic could raise some eyebrows here by taking a youngster that has plenty of upside.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves-Lauri Markkanen-Freshman-Power Forward-Arizona
The Timberwolves continue to stockpile young talent and you have to wonder if some of it will be used in a trade to acquire a veteran player.
8. New York Knicks-Malik Monk-Freshman-Point Guard-Kentucky
Don’t look now but the selection of Malik Monk would be the best thing that the New York Knicks did at the NBA Draft in a very long time.
9. Dallas Mavericks-Zach Collins-Freshman-Center-Gonzaga
With an aging power forward in Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks need to have themselves a youth movement in their front court.
10. Sacramento (via New Orleans Pelicans) Kings-Dennis Smith Jr.-Freshman-Point Guard-North Carolina State
The Kings have the opportunity to do something that they have not done in years which is to select some talent.
11. Charlotte Hornets-Justin Jackson-Junior-Small Forward-North Carolina
The Hornets could go in several directions with this pick, but I don’t see Michael Jordan passing up on a fellow North Carolina Tar Heel.
12. Detroit Pistons-Frank Ntilikina-Point Guard-Belguim
The one thing that is holding the Pistons back from being a consistent playoff team is their lack of a true point guard.
13. Denver Nuggets-Justin Patton-Freshman-Center-Creighton
The Nuggets barely missed on making the NBA Playoffs this year, and they could get there next season as they are stockpiling solid big men.
14. Miami Heat-Harry Giles-Freshman-Power Forward-Duke
By putting Harry Giles alongside center Hassan Whiteside, the Heat could be building a young and formidable front court in the Eastern Conference.
15. Portland Trail Blazers–John Collins-Sophomore-Power Forward-Wake Forest
As the Blazers have three first-round picks, they could either move up, or focus on improving their front court.
16. Chicago Bulls-Luke Kennard-Sophomore-Shooting Guard-Duke
Dwyane Wade is still the Bulls starting shooting guard, but as he is 35-years of age, it is time to look towards the future.
17. Milwaukee Bucks-Jarrett Allen-Freshman-Center-Texas
The rich get richer here as the Bucks can develop another athletic big man.
18. Indiana Pacers-Terrance Ferguson-Small Forward-United States
If the Pacers want to retain the services of small forward Paul George they need to put some more talent around him.
19. Atlanta Hawks-Ike Anigbogu-Freshman-Power Forward-UCLA
With power forward Paul Millsap scheduled to become a free agent, the Hawks need to get themselves some insurance in the front court should they lose him.
20. Portland Trail Blazers (via Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, and Cleveland Cavaliers)-OG Anunoby-Sophomore-Small Forward-Indiana
The Trail Blazers focus for the NBA Draft must be focusing on upgrading their front court.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder-Bam Adebayo-Freshman-Center-Kentucky
For the Thunder it’s all about guys who can play off of point guard Russell Westbrook as Bam Adebayo is a player that can crash the boards.
22. Brooklyn Nets (via Washington Wizards)-Caleb Swanigan-Sophomore-Power Forward-Purdue
The Nets will have to wait until they can pick in the draft, but they’ll get the chance to draft a quality big man.
23. Toronto Raptors (via Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks)-Tyler Lydon-Sophomore-Small Forward-Syracuse
The Raptors are going to have their hands full as far as retaining the services of point guard Kyle Lowry this summer when he hits free agency. However they’ll at least find a solid shooter to play alongside shooting guard DeMar DeRozan.
24. Utah Jazz-Donovan Mitchell-Sophomore-Point Guard-Louisville
The Jazz need to upgrade the point guard position after George Hill led the team in assists last season with only 3.6 per game.
25. Orlando Magic (via Toronto Raptors)-T.J. Leaf-Freshman-Power Forward-UCLA
As the Magic only have one power forward currently on their roster in Aaron Gordon, they need more depth at the position.
26. Portland Trail Blazers (via Cleveland Cavaliers)-Ivan Rabb-Sophomore-Power Forward-California
If Ivan Rabb had left school last year he could have been a top-five pick. But Rabb’s loss could be the Trail Blazers gain.
27. Brooklyn Nets (via Boston Celtics)-Rodions Kurucs-Small Forward-Spain
For a team that didn’t have a ton of hope entering the draft, the Nets could emerge and save face.
28. Los Angeles Lakers (via Houston Rockets)-Josh Hart-Senior-Shooting Guard-Villanova
New Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has an eye for talent and Josh Hart is a leader that can fit into their ball movement offense.
29. San Antonio Spurs-Isaiah Hartenstein-Power Forward-United States
It wouldn’t be the Spurs if they didn’t draft a guy that has played overseas.
30. Utah Jazz (via Golden State Warriors)-Edmond Sumner-Sophomore-Point Guard-Xavier
I expect an open competition at point guard for the Jazz this summer.