No. 1 - New Orleans
Power forward, Duke
One of the best prospects in NBA draft history, Williamson set records in his college season in terms of PER. He’s crazily athletic, but wildly skilled, too. The Pelicans’ post-AD era starts now.
No. 2 - Memphis
Point guard, Murray State
A highlight reel in the form of a point guard, Morant’s explosive plays and excellent passing vision made him the first player in NCAA history to average 20 points and 10 assists per game. He’s why Memphis was willing to trade Mike Conley.
No. 3 - New York
Small forward, Duke
A consensus first-team All-American as an 18-year-old who wasn’t the best player on his own team; it must be nice to support Duke. Barrett did well as a major playmaker in Duke’s offense, though needs to improve shooting and defense
No. 4 - New Orleans (via Los Angeles Lakers)
Point guard, Vanderbilt
It’s not clear that Garland will be a fit in New Orleans next to Jrue Holiday, and it appears that if the Pelicans keep the pick, they might go in a different direction. But they’re looking at re-trading No. 4, and Garland has the highest trade value.
No. 5 - Cleveland
Shooting guard, Texas Tech
The kind of secondary playmaker that could fit in nearly any system, Culver’s a neat fit next to more ball-dominant Collin Sexton. He also was a very good defender and figures to still be one at the NBA level.
No. 6 - Phoenix
Point guard, North Carolina
Phoenix, as it has for the last two years, needs a point guard. They’re said to like White, thanks to his speed and pull-up shooting ability. He’s not a great passer, but Devin Booker can fill some of those responsibilities.
No. 7 - Chicago
Small forward, Virginia
Just a winning player: A huge part of the title-winning Cavaliers, Hunter is known for his defensive strength and versatility while playing smart and knocking down shots on offense. He shot 48% from 3 last year.
No. 8 - Atlanta
Small forward, Duke
The Duke Disappointment. Reddish looks for all the world like he should be an efficient scoring type: His shooting mechanics look good, but he’s low %, he drives frequently, but messily, and doesn’t try defensively. Could figure it out. Might not.
No. 9 - Washington
Power forward, Limoges
The highly bouncy, thick Doumbouya has all of the athletic tools to be a valuable NBA player. The skills, though, he’ll need to work on: shooting, ball control, defensive IQ, all of that stuff. Luckily, he’s just 18.
No. 10 - Atlanta
He’s going to be one of those rim-running bigs in the league, it’s just whether he becomes Clint Capela, Jarrett Allen or Javale McGee. He’s a little skinny and inexperienced now, but you see why teams like him. I’d be surprised if Atlanta keeps both No. 8 and No. 10.
No. 11 - Minnesota
Small forward, North Carolina
A highly-regarded recruit, Little disappointed in his freshman year at UNC. That might be because they asked him to be a big man, though. In the NBA, he’ll be a classic 3-and-D wing ... if he can get that 3 to go down.
No. 12 - Charlotte
Power forward, Gonzaga
A shooting, scoring four from Japan who only recently learned English and exploded in his last year at Gonzaga. If he figures out defense, he’ll be an NBA starter, if not, he’s a classic bench contributor.
No. 13 - Miami
Power forward, Kentucky
6-foot-8 with a 7-foot-2 wingspan, P.J. Washington certainly has an excellent NBA body. He plays below the rim, but can shoot and score inside anyway. If he can do both at the NBA level despite the lack of vertical athleticism, he’ll be a great pick.
No. 14 - Boston
Shooting guard, Kentucky
A shooter: can catch-and-shoot, hit shots on the move, shots off screens, off dribbles. Weirdly, though, his percentages weren’t great: he looked better than he was. If he just dials in the accuracy a little bit, he could be a valuable offensive contributor.
No. 15 - Detroit
Small forward, Kentucky
He’s good but not great at everything: can finish in transition but he’s not crazy athletic, can shoot but not superbly, can drive but not well in traffic, can defend but not a lockdown guy. But at 19, you hope one of his 'B’ skills turns into an 'A' one.
No. 16 - Orlando
Shooting guard, Virginia Tech
A big guard who can playmake, knock down open shots, and defend, a prototypical role-playing guard in the NBA. He’s not going to be an All-Star, but he’ll be very helpful for whatever team takes him.
No. 17 - Atlanta
Power forward, Gonzaga
He blocked as many opponents’ shots as he had missed shots on the other end at Gonzaga. That gives you some idea of Clarke’s skillset: He’s all over the place (in a good way) defensively, and a player who scores efficiently, but picks his spots on offense.
No. 18 - Indiana
Shooting guard, Indiana
Perhaps a disappointment at Indiana as a freshman, Langford nevertheless possesses the scoring instincts that might make a team believe he can put up points at the NBA level.
No. 19 - San Antonio
Some say he’s the best center in the draft, he might also be the most NBA-ready one. He can roll to the rim and finish right away, and then use his size well on defense. Think about Jusuf Nurkic.
No. 20 - Boston
Center, Florida State
The nephew of Dikembe Mutombo, Kabengele shows off some of those same shot-blocking skills, but adds in a capable 3-point shot as well. He needs to learn how to do the other stuff: screening, ballhandling, perimeter defense.
No. 21 - Oklahoma City
Small forward, North Carolina
Can shoot the ball extremely well, at 45% last year from 3. He’s 6-foot-8. It’s just a question of whether he can do anything else for you, or stay on the floor against starters and bench types alike defensively.
No. 22 - Boston
A riser throughout the workout process, Claxton earned a late invite to the NBA’s Green Room late this week. That’s because the 7-footer moves very well for his size, can shoot, rebound and go, and even pass reasonably well.
No. 23 - Memphis (via Utah)
Kevin Porter Jr.
Shooting guard, USC
A scorer with mentality and fit questions, Porter Jr. didn’t get to finish his first and final year at USC. But he showed valuable scoring skills at times and might benefit from NBA spacing. He’s also very young.
No. 24 - Philadelphia
Small forward, Washington
Some of the best block and steal numbers we’ve ever seen at the collegiate level, Thybulle was a force in Washington’s zone. Can he keep it up in a man-to-man scheme? Can he shoot well enough to stay in the game offensively?
No. 25 - Portland
Small forward, Stanford
6-foot-9 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Okpala has the same frame as players like Jeff Green and Kyle Kuzma. He also showed some scoring ability on a bad Stanford team last year. He’ll need to tighten up his game to play NBA minutes, though.
No. 26 - Cleveland
Point guard, Virginia
One of the smartest players in college basketball, Jerome can shoot and pass as well as anyone around. It’s just a question of whether or not his athleticism will let him keep up in the NBA. Certainly seems like a solid NBA backup PG.
No. 27 - Brooklyn
Power forward, Tennessee
Draftniks love Williams thanks to his strength and smarts: knows how to make the right play on offense, and was a very strong defender across multiple positions. He’s a little-things guy that projects as a valuable role player.
No. 28 - Golden State
Small forward, Belmont
Averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds in his senior season at Belmont, while playing from the wing and shooting 43% from 3. That’s a pretty good resume. Reminds some of Joe Ingles, he’s a lefty, crafty scorer.
No. 29 - San Antonio
Power forward, Olimpija
Doesn’t have NBA strength yet, but does seem to handle the ball and finish well and has the potential to shoot from outside. At first, the NBA might be tough, but is just 19: his body and knowhow will improve.
No. 30 - Detroit (via Milwaukee)
This would be a slide for the son of Manute Bol, but it’s sometimes hard to find takers of players with injury red flags, motivational red flags, and even defensive red flags. But he’s really tall, and can really shoot.