1. Minnesota Timberwolves – Lamelo Ball, 6’7” 190lbs Point Guard from Lithuania
One of the most hyped and scrutinized players we have seen in a while. Lamelo Ball has been a celebrity since he was 15 playing along side his older brother. He has grown a lot and may have more potential than Lonzo. He is an oversized point guard that can shoot from anywhere on the court and would fit perfectly alongside De’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns. His defense needs some work and some people might question him playing oversees as opposed to college, but he has the build and talent to be the number one pick in the NBA draft.
2. Golden State Warriors – James Wiseman, 7’1” 240lbs Center from Memphis
Wiseman makes perfect sense here for the Warriors, he is the best big man in the draft. With Curry and Thompson coming back from their injuries and newly acquired small forward Andrew Wiggins, a center is the only piece that Golden State needs to be a top team in the west once again. Wiseman only played three games at Memphis before being suspended the rest of the season for a booster donation incident. His talent is obvious, and he showed it in his limited time at Memphis putting up 20 points 10 rebounds and 3 blocks a game.
3. Charlotte Hornets – Anthony Edwards, 6’3” 225lbs Shooting Guard from Georgia
The Hornets need help pretty much everywhere, Edwards is great two-way prospect to pair alongside Devante Graham. He was the fourth overall player in his high school class and has elite shooting abilities. If Edwards can work on his ball control and develop his defense that has shown flashes of brilliance, he will be a very good player in the league. Georgia did not end the year with a great record, but Edwards can be a winner in the right situation and should help Charlotte’s young core next year.
4. Chicago Bulls – Obi Toppin, 6’9” 220lbs Power Forward from Dayton
Toppin is one of the most proven prospects in the lottery and will fit right into a rebuilding Bulls team. He led Dayton to a 29-2 record last year and is one of the players that I believe would have flourished and raised his draft stock if the NCAA Tournament was not cancelled. I do not expect Otto Porter Jr. to be the permanent solution for the Bulls at Small Forward and with newly signed head coach Billy Donovan Chicago is in win now mode. Toppin is a great all-around player averaging 20 points 7.5 rebounds 2 assists 1 block and 1 steal last year in college.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers – Deni Avdija, 6’9” 210lbs Small Forward from Israel
Every year there is a foreign prospect projected to go in the top ten that I have never heard of in my life. I have done my research on Deni and he has star and bust potential. He is a long kid out of Israel that can shoot and run the floor and would fit perfectly with the Cavs roster. He led his under 20 team to a Gold medal in 2020 but also struggled to find playing time in the pro league. I am not certain about his talent, but he is young raw player with breakout potential. Will he be the next Luka Doncic or the next Dragan Bender?
6. New York Knicks (via Atlanta Hawks) – Killian Hayes, 6’4” 216lbs Point Guard from France
I am projecting the New York Knicks to trade up here from the 8th pick. They had a very unfortunate lottery and ended up with a lower pick than they expected but moving up two spots in the draft to select Killian Hayes is the right move. Hayes is a 19-year-old point guard that plays in France, he has great size and passing ability that would translate well into the NBA. Watching him play, he reminds me of a mixture between Shaun Livingston and Chris Paul. Hopefully, his ceiling reaches that, but he has the tools to be a great player in this league and he would fit in perfectly with the Knicks playing alongside RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson.
7. Detroit Pistons – Isaac Okoro, 6’6” 225lbs Small Forward from Auburn
The Pistons need wing depth badly and Okoro can help their team a lot. He is a strong defensive forward out of Auburn that would fit in perfectly next to Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, and promising sophomore Christian Wood. He would most likely be the teams’ best defender which is something Detroit desperately lacks. He can get to the basket with ease and is very strong around the rim, Okoro led Auburn to a phenomenal season last year which he hopes can carry over into a successful NBA career.
8. Atlanta Hawks (via New York Knicks) – Devin Vassell, 6’6” 180lbs Shooting Guard from FSU
I have the Atlanta Hawks moving down and they will still be able to select the perfect complimentary piece for Trae Young. Vassell is a long defensive-minded guard out of Florida State who shot 41% from 3 last season. His stats do not jump off the page, but he passes the eye test, you can tell from watching him he will be a great defender and an efficient shooter. He is the ideal three and D player and even though the Hawks do have other young guards Vassell will be that guy to bring them to the next level in the East.
9. Washington Wizards – Onyeka Okongwu, 6’9” 245lbs Center from USC
Okongwu is a crazy athletic big man that protects the basket and can jump out of the gym. He went to Chino Hills high school will Lamelo Ball and has been improving drastically ever since getting to college. He plays like a more under control JaVale McGee, which is a scary sight. He averaged 16 points 8.6 rebounds and 3 blocks a game in college and can run the floor like a guard. He will fit perfectly alongside Rui Hachimura and if John Wall can stay healthy and they do not trade Bradley Beal the Wizards will have a lot to look forward to in the next few years.
10. Phoenix Suns – Cole Anthony, 6’3” 190lbs Point Guard from UNC
The Suns just acquired Chris Paul in a trade from the Thunder and he is the perfect mentor to teach Anthony how to be a professional. Cole Anthony committed to North Carolina as the second overall player in his class and had a lot of hype around his name and he did not disappoint, recording 18.5 points, 6 rebounds 4 assists and 1 steal per game his freshman season. An all-around successful freshman season expect that his team underperformed going 14-19 on the year. Anthony is a very special talent, but he is shoot first point guard that may not sound ideal in the Suns system next to Devin Booker. I believe that his ability
to score will help take the defensive pressure off Booker.