NBA mock lottery draft sure to go wrong … as Bulls fall to No. 7 overall
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1. Suns: Deandre Ayton, 7-0, C, Arizona
The quickest way to jump-start a moribund franchise? Add a 7-footer who can protect the rim, run the floor and shoot from outside, and he’s already built like he’s ready for a man’s game.
2. Kings: Luka Doncic, 6-8, SG/PG, Slovenia
The Euro players who’ve shared the court with Doncic swear he’s the international version of LeBron James, and there’s no denying his versatility and playmaking on the offensive end. Kings vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac will embrace this kid.
3. Hawks: Marvin Bagley III, 6-11, PF, Duke
The Bulls and coach Fred Hoiberg would love to get their hands on Bagley, but they’re too far back in line for the Duke freshman. Versatile, high-motor offensive force would be paired with John Collins, last year’s first-rounder.
4. Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr., 6-11, PF, Michigan State
Another player who immediately would fit in Hoiberg’s offense. He’s versatile enough to play small forward or center in a small lineup. Jackson can spread the floor and, unlike Bagley, cares about the defensive side of the ball.
5. Mavericks: Trae Young, 6-2, PG, Oklahoma
The Western Conference is about shooting first and shooting from afar, and Young checks both of those boxes. His defense is a mess, but he already has added muscle and has been preparing his body for the NBA game.
6. Magic: Mo Bamba, 7-0, C, Texas
The Magic could use some help on the defensive end, and no player screams defense like the rim-protecting specialist. His offense is raw and needs a ton of work, but he would change how opposing teams attack the Magic.
7. BULLS: Michael Porter Jr., 6-10, SF, Missouri
Considered the top prospect in the class in October, back surgery derailed Porter’s 2017-18 season. Still, if the medicals are clean, he is the most accomplished scorer in the class and could be a steal at No. 7.
8. Cavaliers: Mikal Bridges, 6-7, SF, Villanova
A top two-way wing, especially defensively. The Bulls will continue taking a long look at Bridges, especially if they don’t like Porter’s medical reports.
9. Knicks: Wendell Carter Jr., 6-10, C, Duke
Carter showed he can play alongside another big man, living in Bagley’s shadow this season, and would bring some much-needed physicality to the Knicks.
10. 76ers: Miles Bridges, 6-6, SF, Michigan State
“The Process’’ needs some wing help, and Bridges is polished enough on both ends to step in immediately and help the up-and-coming 76ers.
11. Hornets: Collin Sexton, 6-2, PG/SG, Alabama
The Hornets were shopping Kemba Walker during the deadline, and Sexton would be the perfect guard of the future. He can attack the rim and has a nasty disposition on the defensive end.
12. Clippers: S. Gilgeous-Alexander, 6-6, PG/SG, Kentucky
His offense came quickly as the season went on, and he’s versatile enough to play either guard spot for the rebuilding Clippers.
13. Clippers: Lonnie Walker IV, 6-4, SG, Miami
And just like that, the backcourt of the future is in place for the other team in Hollywood.
14. Nuggets: Robert Williams, 6-10, PF/C, Texas A&M
Time to add some athleticism inside to go along with the stretch game of Nikola Jokic, and Williams would help on the defensive end against Clint Capela and Karl-Anthony Towns.