Sports Illustrated’s NBA guru Chris Mannix just released his second mock draft.
With the No. 22 pick, Mannix has the Bulls taking Christian Wood, a 6-11, 220-pound forward from UNLV.
The rapidly developing Wood is a bit of a risk here—Justin Anderson or Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, two defensive-minded players, are safer picks—but the Bulls need frontcourt offense and Wood has terrific inside-out potential. He won’t play much in his first year, maybe two, but he has an enormous upside.
Here’s what DraftExpress says about Wood:
Considered somewhat of a project coming out of high school, after enrolling at UNLV at 17-years old and just 200 pounds, expectations weren’t particularly high for Christian Wood following a fairly quiet freshman season, where he played just 13 minutes per game. He exceeded them in a major way, developing into a second-team all-Mountain West player, despite the Running Rebels having a fairly disappointing campaign, going just 8-10 in conference play. Standing 6-11, with a 7-3 wingspan, Wood has excellent size and length for a NBA power forward.
Hmm, sounds a lot like Taj Gibson.
Mannix has Karl-Anthony Towns going No. 1 to the Timberwolves, Jahlil Okafor at No. 2 to the Lakers, Emmanuel Mudiay next to the 76ers and D’Angelo Russell going fourth to the Knicks.
In a surprise, Mannix has the Kings taking Frank Kaminsky at No. 6. Most draft boards have the College Player of the Year going 10 to 15.
Too high for Kaminsky? First you have to identify what his major flaws are. Kaminsky is a smooth shooting big who can score off the dribble and from beyond the three-point line. The Kings have a gaping hole at power forward, and Kaminsky could complement DeMarcus Cousins nicely. There are issues defensively, but few better scoring options for George Karl’s offense.
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