If you are seeing this now, the draft is over. Here are all the selections (bottom to top) and trades that were made throughout the night, including Jimmy Butler being dealt to Minnesota. Check to see how my mock draft did.
#60: Atlanta Hawks select Alpha Kaba (C, Serbia)
#59: San Antonio Spurs select Jaron Blossomgame (F, Clemson)
#58: New York Knicks select Ognjen Jaramaz (G, Serbia)
#57: Brooklyn Nets select Alexander Vezenkov (F, Bulgaria)
#56: Boston Celtics select Jabari Bird (G, California)
#55: Utah Jazz select Nigel Williams-Godd (G, Gonzaga)
#54: Phoenix Suns select Alec Peters (F, Valspario)
#53: Boston Celtics select Kadem Allen (Arizona)
#52: New Orleans Pelicans select Edmond Sumner (G, Xavier)
#51: Denver Nuggets select Monte Morris (G, Iowa St.)
#49: Denver Nuggets select Vlatko Cancar (F, Slovenia)
#48: Milwaukee Bucks select Sindarius Thornwell (G, South Carolina)
#44: New York Knicks Select Damyean Dotson (G, Houston)
#43: Houston Rockets Select Isaiah Hartenstein (PF, Germany)
#42: Los Angeles Lakers Select Thomas Bryant (C, Indiana)
Philadelphia gives Orlando a 2020 first rounder for pick #25.
#41- Atlanta Hawks Select Tyler Dorsey (G, Oregon)
#40- Charlotte Hornets (VIA NOP) Select Dwayne Bacon (G, FSU)
#39- Philadelphia 76ers Select Jawun Evans (G, OKST)
Evans is an underrated guard. Although undersized, Evans can score in all facets of the game and could be another steal in the draft.
11:25 PM: Jordan Bell will be traded to GSW
#38- Chicago Bulls Select Jordan Bell (F, Oregon)
Bell could be the steal of this draft. He’s the block leader at Oregon and is an insane athlete. He will be headed to Golden State.
#37- Boston Celtics Select Semi Ojeleye (F, SMU)
Ojeleye was supposed to be gone in the first round, but he’s dropped all the way to Boston. He’s a steal due to his crazy athleticism and above average shooting.
#36: Philadephia 76ers Select Jonah Bolden (F/Australia)
#35: Memphis Grizzlies (VIA ORL) Select Ivan Rabb (F/C, Cal)
Rabb was projected as a first-round pick in many eyes, but he drops to Memphis at #35.
#34: Sacramento Kings Select Frank Mason (G, Kansas)
Mason is viewed by the media as a potential steal in the draft.
#33: Orlando Magic Select Wesley Iwundu (F, Kansas State)
#32: Phoenix Suns Select Davon Reed (SG, Miami)
Reed scored 15PPG for the Suns this year and can make an impact off the bench due to his experience in college.
#31: Charlotte Hornets Select Frank Jackson (G, Duke)
Frank Jackson adds to an already good backcourt and can help the Hornet’s backcourt depth with his 3-point shooting.
10:48 PM: And with that, after 2 hours and 18 minutes, the 1st round is over. Still plenty of talent left.
30. Los Angeles Lakers (VIA Utah) Select Josh Hart (G, Villanova)
The Lakers certainly got the better end of the deal (#30 and #42 for #28), and Josh Hart is a winning guard who can score (19 PPG).
29. San Antonio Spurs Select Derrick White (G, Colorado)
White is a big Point Guard who can slide over to SG if needed. His size helps him see over the defense and make good passes. His 6’7″ wingspan is great for defense.
28. Utah Jazz (VIA LA) Select Tony Bradley (C, UNC)
Bradley played behind Kennedy Meeks this year, but he’s shown flashes of being a NBA-caliber Center. This is the old LA pick that they traded to Utah.
10:34 PM: Utah acquires #28 overall pick for #30 and #42. They will draft Tony Bradley.
27. Los Angeles Lakers (VIA Nets) Select Kyle Kuzma (F, Utah)
Kuzma is a PF who can stretch the floor. He averaged 16 PPG last season at Utah. If the Lakers trade Julius Randle, Kuzma could see some good minutes for LA.
26. Portland Trail Blazers Select Caleb Swanigan (C, Purdue)
Swanigan is an intriguing prospect, as he has a big frame who can rebound, but he can also space the floor. He’ll provide instant depth at the Center position.
25. Philadelphia 76ers (VIA ORL) Select Andzejs Pasecniks (C, Latvia)
Pasecniks played with Kristaps Porzingis in Latvia, and he is also 7’2″. His speed at his height is what scouts like in him. He is also great at catching lobs and finishing around the basket.
10:18 PM: Magic trade 76ers #25 pick
24. Denver Nuggets (VIA UTAH) Select Tyler Lydon (F, Syracuse)
Lydon is an effective stretch-4 who can help the Nuggets space the floor. He’s also got pretty good athleticism and get replace Kenneth Faried if he leaves.
23. Toronto Raptors Select OG Anunoby (G/F, Indiana)
Although Anunoby tore his ACL last season at Indiana, his potential can not be passed up on. The Raptors can allow him time to heal and develop.
10:00 PM: Memphis has acquired the #35 overall pick from Orlando
22. Brooklyn Nets Select Jarrett Allen (C, Texas)
Allen has massive hands and a massive wingspan (7’6″). He’s got all the physical tools, but he’s still a little raw.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder Select Terrance Ferguson (G/F, Australia)
Ferguson was supposed to go to Arizona, but that fell through so he chose to play in Australia. Ferguson can come in and play right away due to the lack of depth in OKC. Ferguson is great at slashing to the basket and is solid at shooting the ball.
20. Sacramento Kings (VIA POR) Select Harry Giles (F/C, Duke)
Giles was one of the most sought after high school recruits since LeBron James, but ever since he tore his ACL he has not been the same player. NBA teams are still confident however that Giles can reach his potential and is worth taking in the first round.
19. Atlanta Hawks Select John Collins (F, Wake Forest)
Collins was an elite inside scorer and rebounder for Wake Forest last season. Collins is not an amazing outside scorer, but he can knock down the occasional mid range jump shot. If Collins can fill out his frame, he can be an amazing NBA player.
18. Indiana Pacers Select T.J. Leaf (F, UCLA)
Leaf is a very talented forward who is very explosive and can get above the rim. Leaf can also space the floor and will make a big impact for the Pacers.
17. Milwaukee Bucks Select D.J. Wilson (F, Michigan)
Wilson is an interesting prospect that was not expected to go this early. He’s 6’10”, but due to his late growing, he has many skills of guards including solid handles and a good shot.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves (VIA CHI) Select Justin Patton (C, Creighton)
Minnesota gets one of the most polished Centers in the draft in Justin Patton. Minnesota acquired this pick from Chicago in the Jimmy Butler deal.
15. Sacramento Kings (VIA POR) Select Justin Jackson (F, UNC)
This is a good pick for Sacramento to pair with De’Aaron Fox. Sacramento is relatively weak at wing, and Jackson is a safe pick who will step in right away for the Kings. Just a reminder that this pick is from the trade with Portland (#10 to POR, #15 and #20 to SAC).
14. Miami Heat Select Bam Adebayo (C, Kentucky)
The first raw Center is off the board. Adebayo has great size and athleticism, but is extremely raw and will take time to develop. He will have that opportunity behind Hassan Whiteside.
13. Utah Jazz (VIA Denver) Select Donovan Mitchell (G, Louisville)
Mitchell is an explosive guard. I think Utah won this trade, for Lyles wasn’t getting many minutes in Utah. He will get a better chance in Denver
8:55 PM: Utah acquires #13 pick from Denver for F Trey Lyles and #24. They will select Donovan Mitchell.
Lyles, a versatile forward, will head to Denver to improve their frontcourt depth.
12. Detroit Pistons Select Luke Kennard (G, Duke)
This is a surprising pick. Kennard’s low ceiling should’ve turned away lottery teams, but not the Pistons. With the possibility of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope leaving, Kennard can fill the hole at SG and make an immediate impact.
11. Charlotte Hornets Select Malik Monk (G, Kentucky)
Charlotte might have goten the steal of the draft. Monk has amazing upside, and plenty of skill. He fits perfectly in Charlotte as they need a SG, and he’s a good compliment to Kemba Walker.
10. Portland Trail Blazers (VIA SAC) Select Zach Collins (F/C, Gonzaga)
Portland uses the pick from SAC to draft the 7-footer. Collins is a great player who can play 4/5 and will play great with C Jusuf Nurkic. GREAT move by Portland.
8:33 PM: Portland Trail Blazers acquire #10 pick from Sacramento for #15 and #20 pick
9. Dallas Mavericks Select Dennis Smith Jr. (G, North Carolina State)
This is a surprise that Smith Jr. fell this down in the draft. The Mavericks got a steal and got lucky that Phil Jackson was picking before him. Every other GM picks DSJ over Ntilikina in my opinion.
8. New York Knicks Select Frank Ntilikina (G, France)
Phil Jackson picks another international player. Ntilikina can develop behind Derrick Rose. I thought they were going with Monk. Ntilikina has an insane ceiling, but no one really knows what he is going to end up being. I think Monk would’ve been a way better pick, but I’m not surprised knowing Phil Jackson is behind this. With Dennis Smith Jr. still available, why did they pass on him?
7. Chicago Bulls (Via MIN) Select Lauri Markkanen (F, Arizona)
The Timberwolves technically selected him, but he will head to Chicago
Markkanen is a great pick for the Bulls to go along with the guards they got in the trade.
8:12 PM: Jimmy Butler to Minnesota is Official.
Wolves receive Butler and #16, Bulls get Dunn, Lavine, and #7.
6. Orlando Magic Select Jonathan Isaac (F, Florida State)
This comes as a suprise. The Magic have a loaded frontcourt with Bismack Biyombo, Aaron Gordon, and Nikola Vucevic. I don’t get this pick because I don’t think Isaac is going to get any minutes. I surely thought Dennis Smith Jr. would be the pick.
5. Sacramento Kings Select De’Aaron Fox (G, Kentucky)
This pick is not a surprise at all. Fox arguably is the best PG in the draft (dropped 39 on Lonzo). His speed, defense, passing, and driving ability should make him a star in Sacramento.
4. Phoenix Suns Select Josh Jackson (G/F, Kansas)
Phoenix was going to get whoever Boston passed on. Jackson is very raw but he has the potential to become a star.
7:55 PM: Wolves will get Bulls #16 pick with Jimmy Butler.
The Bulls were desperate to trade Butler. I think they got fleeced.
3. Boston Celtics Select Jayson Tatum (F, Duke)
I suspected in my mock draft that Tatum would go to the Celtics. He’s a proven scorer who can step in right away for the Celtics.
7:50 PM: Butler to Timberwolves Almost Done
The Bulls are getting a good return for Jimmy Butler. Two potential star guards and another high draft pick (7). For the Wolves, they receive a star guard that helps their push in the Western Conference. He joins Wiggins and Towns in Minnesota
2. Los Angeles Lakers Select Lonzo Ball (G, UCLA)
Lavar Ball stands correct. He’s said all along that Ball will go to the Lakers, and he is right. He’s an elite passer with amazing vision.
7:45 PM: Twolves close to acquiring Jimmy Butler
It was only a matter of time before the Bulls shipped Jimmy Butler away. Dunn was the #5 overall pick last year and can step in at PG. Lavine is a proven scorer and can make a big impact.
1. Philadelphia 76ers Select Markelle Fultz (G, Washington)
This pick comes as no surprise. When the 76ers acquired the #1 pick, it was for Fultz, the future PG of the Philadelphia 76ers. Fultz joins Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid in Philly.