Welcome back! This is part two of my mock draft with picks 11-20.
11.Charlotte Hornets Frank Ntilikina, Guard International There were a projected five point guards that could be selected in the lottery. Ntilikina is probably the one you’ve heard the least about but I have him going here at pick 11. He’s a big point guard standing at 6’5 with a seven foot wingspan! He has played in France this past season and has impressed scouts. This pick makes sense because after this season, Kemba Walker is the only point guard signed through next season. Steve Clifford loves defense and getting Frank will provide him with an active pest to help wreak havoc on that end. Ntilikina will also provide a spark on offense as he is aggressive at getting to the basket and able to finish because of his long wingspan. Nice pick for Hornets as Frank possesses a lot of upside.
Areas of improvement: Polish as a point guard, strength
12. Detroit Pistons Donovan Mitchell Guard Louisville Another guard with crazy wingspan goes here at 12 to The Pistons. Mitchell had a breakout year with The Cardinals and might find himself starting early if Caldwell-Pope leaves in free agency. Mitchell is a solid defender who showed that he can knock down the three. Mitchell is also great at getting to the basket and crafty with his finishes. Shows nice play making skills but is naturally at two guard. He’s undersized for a two guard but his 6’10 wingspan and athleticism should help make up for it.
Areas of improvement: Ball handling, shooting consistency
13. Denver Nuggets Jarret Allen Center Texas The Nuggets have some tough decisions to make this off season. Gallinari may test free agency along with Barton. Garry Harris is up for a new deal and Plumlee may also leave. Gallinari has been said to be the Nugget’s number one priority this season and resigning Harris is a must so Plumlee is the odd man out here. No worries though as they draft Jarret Allen out of Texas. Allen provided the Longhorns with solid production in his lone season in Austin. While still pretty raw, Allen displayed a nice feel for the game working in the post and occasionally out of the high post. Shows nice poise when operating away from the basket and solid decision making when doubled in the post. An area where he will contribute right away is on the defensive end and rebounding.
Areas of improvement: Offensive polish, consistent motor, strength
14. Miami Heat Justin Patton Center Creighton The last pick of the lottery is Justin Patton. The big man out of Creighton burst on the scene as The Blue Jays were a top 10 team for majority of last season. Patton was one of the key reasons why with his athleticism and defense. Miami showed a lot of promise down the stretch last year and adding Patton would help them spell Whiteside and also provide them with much needed depth in the front court.
Areas of improvement: Strength, help defense, offensive polish
15. Portland Trailblazers Zach Collins Center Gonzaga The Trailblazers need some to help to compliment Nurkic and Collins could be the answer. Collins had a nice year although he did not start for The Zags but he displayed a lot of upside with his ability to play inside and out. He’s a legit seven footer who is able to rebound at a high rate and is good enough on defense where he won’t be a liability on switches. Collins will be able to contribute right away as he does what is asked of him and shown that he’s a team first player.
Areas of improvement: Strength, Playing physical, composure
16. Chicago Bulls Terrance Ferguson Guard International Bulls get T-Ferg out of Adelaide in Australia. Ferguson’s numbers won’t blow you away but his film shows that he’s a talented ball player with a ton of upside. His strengths are his shooting and athletic ability, two things the Bulls desperately need. His shooting and effort on D will allow him to get minutes early but he has a way to go before he’ll get consistent minutes. He had the benefit of playing pro ball this year which will make his transition smoother than his counterparts who played in college. If his body improves and he tightens his handle, Ferguson could be one of the better players that this draft produced.
Areas of improvement: Strength, ball handling, basketball IQ
17. Milwaukee Bucks Jonathan Jeanne Center International The Bucks select Jeanne with the 17th pick He’s a bit of a project but he has great size standing at 7’2 and having a 7’6 wingspan. One of the longest players in this draft. He would fit right in with the Bucks and their lengthy army (get it..ARMY? haha no…. ok). He also flashes a nice skill set, being quick off of his feet and showing he could knock down a three point shot. Very thin so he will most definitely have to bulk up.
Areas of improvement: Strength, effort, offensive polish
18. Indiana Pacers Justin Jackson Forward North Carolina The pending departure of Paul George will leave a hole at the small forward position but fortunately for the Pacers, Justin Jackson falls to them at 18. Jackson won’t be the next Paul George but he can provide the Pacers with something they can build around as they move forward. Jackson was versatile for the Tar Heels providing scoring, playing making and defending. Jackson excels at moving without the ball and is becoming a strong spot up shooter. Not a great athlete but his IQ and feel for the game will help negate any concerns about his explosiveness.
Areas of improvement: Strength, ball handling, creating shot
19.Atlanta Hawks John Collins Forward Wake Forest Collins is the perfect fit for the Atlanta Hawks. They might lose Millsap in free agency so they would have a huge need at power forward. If they don’t lose Millsap, then they’ll have a nice addition to their team that will provide them with depth up front. His improvement from his freshman season to his sophomore campaign shows he has a strong work ethic that will translate to the pro level.Really productive scoring around the basket and shows a nice motor hustling on the defensive glass. Collins excels in pick and roll and presents a nice target for lobs and finishes with force, runs the floor very well. Will need to expand game out to perimeter more to take his game to the next level.
Areas of improvement: Defense, perimeter shooting, basketball IQ
20. Portland Trailblazers Harry Giles Center Duke The Trailblazers continue to add depth with the second of three picks in the first round by selecting Duke big Harry Giles. Giles is an intriguing prospect because of his notable injury history. It’s worth the risk considering many scouts had him projected to be the Number one overall pick when he was coming out of high school. Giles has really good instincts on defense and fights when defending in the post. He moves his feet really well and is comfortable defending on the perimeter. Really polished as a roll man and his length helps him finish well above the rim. Even with the multiple knee injuries, he still possesses a quick second jump which helps him attack the glass relentlessly. If Giles can bounce back from a down year at Duke, Blazer fans will be really pleased with the value he provides here at pick 20.
Areas of improvement: Strength, post game, offensive awareness