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2024 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Post March Madness

Stephon Castle and Donovan Clingan are two top prospects in the upcoming NBA draft.

NBA mock drafts are always fun to produce because of their volatility and reliance on projection. The 2024 NBA Draft class has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride. It’s been almost universally considered one of the weaker draft classes we’ve seen in recent memory. Even still though, there are certainly impact players to be found for fans’ favorite teams.

With March Madness complete and the NBA regular season one game away from completion, scouts should have a better feel for prospects. A lot can still change over the coming months of course, and this will be true for the draft order of teams as well. This mock is based on the final NBA standings.

2024 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Post March Madness

1) Detroit Pistons: Zaccharie Risacher

With the first pick of our NBA mock draft, the Pistons select Zaccharie Risacher. Risacher is a six-foot-nine French wing with a lot of upside. Risacher’s stock has been consistently high as of late due to his high percentage three-point shooting.

He’s also shown great value as a secondary playmaker to go along with his ‘3-and-D’ wing archetype. This archetype makes his floor somewhat safe, and there’s still a lot of untapped potential in his athleticism and physical growth. For the Pistons, Risacher fits their biggest need being a wing who can shoot the ball from the perimeter.

2) Washington Wizards: Alexandre Sarr

Alexandre Sarr is extremely mobile for his size, standing at a lanky seven-foot-one with a seven-foot-five wingspan. He’s already NBA-ready on the defensive end blocking shots and using his length and mobility on the perimeter. This easily projected defensive skill set puts him in number one conversations in a draft class with many uncertainties.

There’s still a ton of upside for teams to be excited about as well though. This is especially true on the offensive end where he’s flashed intriguing face-up game and perimeter shooting.

3) Charlotte Hornets: Ron Holland

Ron Holland is a six-foot-eight wing who played with the G-league ignite. Due to the Ignite’s awful season and inconsistent scoring numbers, many cooled on Holland as a top prospect. While he didn’t have the most consistent performance, Holland still can impact the game on both ends. His NBA-ready size and athleticism at six-foot-eight should translate well to filling different roles for any NBA team.

This is why the Hornets take him at three in this NBA mock draft given the departure of PJ Washington. If the ball handling and shooting can start to better trend upward, he’s one of the few in this class with the possibility of star potential.

4) Portland Trailblazers: Matas Buzelis

The Trailblazers have a stockpile of young talent at the point and shooting guard positions. They also have another pick at 14 allowing them to bet on the upside of Matas Buzelis.

Scouts and fans alike were frustrated throughout the season with Buzelis’ lack of consistent aggression or big-game performances. His flashes are very bright though, and it can be argued that he has the highest upside in class. Buzelis is a six-foot-ten wing with polished offensive skills. He can shoot it at all three levels and is a fluid athlete in space. He’s also shown some promise as a weakside shot blocker. If he puts it all together, he can become a special player.

5) San Antonio Spurs: Rob Dillingham

This is the perfect fit for Rob Dillingham to have success early. His size and defense will cause concern this high in the draft, but San Antonio has the infrastructure to cover his weaknesses.

Dillingham is a twitchy scorer who plays with a lot of flash. The major concern for Dillingham coming into the season was exactly what role he could fill at the next level. Was he a ‘spark-off-the-bench’ microwave scorer? Can he play true point guard? Dillingham answered these questions by mostly proving he can succeed at whatever role is needed. Once firmly in the rotation at Kentucky, he thrived with just about any lineup on the floor. This consistency and versatility combined with big scoring outings have him in the top five on many NBA draft boards. He’s been able to dish out assists, handle point guard responsibility, or even become an explosive scorer if that’s needed.

6) Toronto Raptors: Reed Sheppard

The long-term future for the Raptors is still somewhat uncertain. With that in mind, the Raptors select Reed Sheppard here at six for this NBA mock draft. Sheppard is a solid bet to be a long-time NBA contributor.

Sheppard was another surprise to draft boards and wasn’t expected to be one of the top prospects above other teammates at Kentucky. He’s only six-foot-three and doesn’t possess elite athleticism, but he’s shown that he can be a lethal shooter and high-IQ passer. He also has shown he’s an extremely adept team defender averaging a ridiculous 2.5 steals per game. Sheppard established himself as a top player on a loaded Kentucky team when not many expected him to. There’s more than enough reason to believe he’ll accomplish the same thing for an NBA team when finding a role.

7) Memphis Grizzlies: Stephon Castle

Stephon Castle really helped himself in postseason play having won the national championship. Castle’s a tall lead guard at six-foot-six. His physical tools allow him to be either a point guard with good size or a wing with good ball-handling ability. Castle has also shown he can compete on the defensive end of the floor. His defensive excellence in the postseason fits the gritty Memphis playstyle perfectly. He was consistently tasked with shutting down the opposition’s best guard or wing. If he can figure the jump shot out, he could become a steal or move higher on NBA draft boards.

8) Utah Jazz: Nikola Topic

Nikola Topic is a Serbian six-foot-six point guard who can run the show and is currently playing internationally. Topic could allow rookie standout Keyonte George to play off-ball. He would also be an excellent pick-and-roll partner for Walker Kessler and John Collins. Topic sustained a knee injury in early January and has yet to return to play, causing him to slide. He’s not an explosive athlete, but his craft and playmaking ability more than make up for it. Topic can be the jumbo-sized point guard that is becoming a trend in the NBA.

9) Houston Rockets (Via Nets): Cody Williams

Cody Williams rose to number one pick conversations before a rough backend of the season leveled out his stock. He’s a six-foot-eight slender wing in his freshman season at Colorado this year. Williams is the younger brother of starting rising star Jalen Williams of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He’s a smooth and fluid athlete who looks to have a very polished all-around game for his age. Scouts were disappointed by his affinity for mediocre performances however as he never exploded or took over a game. Young wings with production and upside like Williams are usually always at the top of the draft though.

10) Atlanta Hawks: Donovan Clingan

This NBA mock draft sees the Hawks draft Clint Capela insurance at number 10, and an excellent pick-and-roll partner for Trae Young. Donovan Clingan is a seven-foot-two big man in his sophomore season with the Huskies. Clingan won his second national championship this season and was dominant throughout the tournament. Clingan has a clear projected role as a frontcourt anchor on the defensive and offensive side of the ball. He has great shot-blocking ability and is a good play-finisher on the interior. There are questions about his overall fit in the modern NBA, but there’s reason to believe he can be elite in set roles.

11) Chicago Bulls: Ja’Kobe Walter

With Zach Lavine and DeMar DeRozan’s future uncertain, the Bulls select Ja’Kobe Walter out of Baylor. It’s an easy buy-in process when analyzing Walter’s skillset. He’s long, athletic, and can shoot the three-ball at a high clip. He can also use this length and athleticism to be effective on the defensive end. This 3-and-D archetype makes Walter one of the safer bets in this draft. Or does it?

Walter shot at lower percentages in the back half of the season and had some underwhelming performances on defense. He isn’t the strongest in the self-creation department, so his stock is solely based on that 3-and-D role. He will need to re-confirm particular worries regarding his defense and consistent shooting in the draft process. However, he’s much younger than other prospects available at this spot so he gets the nod.

12) Oklahoma City Thunder (Via Rockets): Kyle Filipowski

The Thunder seem to be bought into having every position be able to space the floor. They also prefer prospects who do multiple things well. Kyle Filipowski is a seven-foot big man with good perimeter skills. In his sophomore season at Duke Filipowski showed much better percentages and overall play. His shooting touch and fundamentals for his size certainly all pass the eye test. He also showed better foot speed on defense and some positive playmaking this season. Filipowski will hope to be a steal for the Thunder at 12.

13) Sacramento Kings: Dalton Knecht

The Kings would be thrilled to see Dalton Knecht fall into their laps at 13. Knecht put up big-game performances seemingly every night as he took the college world by storm. He’s a six-foot-six wing who’s a great perimeter shooter and also goes for big dunks when given a runway. His movement shooting ability sprinkled in with highlight dunks is very similar to a later-career Terrence Ross. Knecht has also shown value as a cutter making him a good off-ball role player. Role players will be valued in this draft, and his overall ability is very similar to former King Bogdan Bogdanovic. Currently, Knecht isn’t the best lateral mover on defense, but there’s reason to believe he will be serviceable. Knecht was one of the most exciting prospects to watch this season also winning SEC Player of the Year.

14) Portland Trailblazers (Via Warriors): Tidjane Salaun

For this NBA mock draft, the Trailblazers double up on high-upside wings in taking Tidjane Salaun. At first glance, teams will be reminded a lot of Michael Porter’s athletic profile. Salaun is a lanky six-foot-ten wing who has shown a clean shooting strike combined with solid athleticism. Shooting the three-ball at the high percentages made Salaun’s draft range very wide. He’s still a project pick in most eyes but he flashed enough to suggest he may be further along in his development than previously believed.

15) Miami Heat: Isaiah Collier

The Heat take Isaiah Collier as the best available on the board at this point. Collier is a prospect some have soured on, but it’s not quite the time to bail on him as a top prospect. Collier is a big and physical point guard listed at six-foot-five and 210 pounds. He uses size as well as solid athleticism when finishing at the rim, and he can be a floor general on offense. Collier will need to show better perimeter shooting and become less turnover-prone to stabilize his stock on NBA draft mocks and boards. His bulldog mentality makes him an ideal fit for Heat culture.

16) Orlando Magic: Jared McCain

The Magic should value three-point shooting wherever they end up picking in the draft. Jared McCain has had an excellent freshman season for Duke. He’s had several big performances and has been a consistent performer throughout the year. What’s really contributed to McCain’s rise however is his three-point shooting combined with solid perimeter defense. He shot 41.4 percent from deep on just under six attempts per game. McCain’s ability as a ‘3-and-D’ connector guard draws comparisons to Donte DiVincenzo and De’Anthony Melton. Both are a little taller or have more length than McCain, but the roles and playstyles are very similar.

17) Toronto Raptors (Via Pacers): Yves Missi

Yves Missi has quickly ascended many draft boards in his freshman season at Baylor. He’s a seven-foot big man who’s a fluid mover and provides an instant defensive impact. He will hope to fill the coveted big man role in today’s game that’s a shot blocker and pick-and-roll play finisher. His game is eerily similar to Clint Capela who’s made a living getting rebounds, catching lobs, and blocking shots.

18) Los Angeles Lakers: Devin Carter

This pick is projected to the Lakers due to rumors that the Pelicans will defer the 2o24 pick in favor of the Lakers’ 2025 selection. With that in mind, the Lakers select Devin Carter out of Providence. Carter will hope to be a taller version of Pelican’s fiery defensive point guard Jose Alvarado. While Carter may not be the fastest or most athletic, he makes up for it with physicality and energy. Carter stands at six-foot-three and tries to keep constant pressure as an on-ball defender.

He’s also adept as a team defender chasing through screens for steals. He was seen as streaky on offense, but he’s had big scoring outings that may give teams confidence. Carter won’t be asked to run the show as much as he does at Providence, and a defined role could lead to a very productive rotation player.

19) Philadelphia 76ers: Kel’el Ware

The 76ers select Kel’el Ware to play alongside or behind Joel Embiid. Ware was a sophomore transfer playing at Indiana this season. Standing at seven-foot-one and containing elite athleticism for his size, Ware shines on the defensive end blocking shots as well as a lob-dunk finisher. He will hope to fill the Dereck Lively role in this NBA draft class. While there are questions about his motor, he does clearly possess NBA traits.

20) Cleveland Cavaliers: Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith is a smooth lefty forward at six-foot-ten with good mobility. He moves like an NBA wing and has a smooth release on his shooting stroke. Smith still needs to show that he possesses an elite trait or gain a defined role to rise up draft boards. His plus shooting and mobility at the forward position will give the Cavaliers lineup versatility.

21) Phoenix Suns: Bobi Klintman

Bobi Klintman left Wake Forest after this past season in favor of the NBL in Australia. At six-foot-nine, Klintman has an intriguing skillset as a combo forward with a clean shooting stroke. He’s shown enough with his live ball handle to intrigue scouts as well. Klintman is a prospect who could rise up draft boards following good showings in private workouts or the combine. For this NBA mock draft, the Suns fall in love with his versatility and upside.

22) New Orleans Pelicans (Via Bucks): Zach Edey

Zach Edey finally comes off the board. Edey’s archetype as a big with no perimeter game and limited mobility usually doesn’t bode well for an illustrious NBA career. He’s a seven-foot-four giant though whose sheer production has placed him on NBA draft boards. He averaged 25.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game as a senior. This included a 37-point performance in the national championship game against UConn. If he can prove his shot blocking and length are enough to make up for a lack of mobility, an NBA team will be very intrigued.

23) Milwaukee Bucks (Via Pelicans): Kyshawn George

With no guarantees in the backend of the first round, the Bucks select Kyshawn George for this NBA mock draft. George has been a late riser to NBA draft boards mostly due to upside and a coveted archetype. George is a six-foot-eight jumbo guard who’s shown playmaking upside combined with great shooting ability. He shot the ball at 40.8 percent from three on just over four attempts per game. Someone with playmaking and shooting ability at six-foot-eight always makes scouts excited. George came onto draft boards late however as he had to find his place on a talented Miami team. His role and playing time fluctuated throughout the season, but he began to find his rhythm in conference play. Similar to Furphy, George could return to school to secure higher draft positioning next year.

24) New York Knicks: Tristan Da Silva

Tristan Da Silva is a combo forward who plays the game the right way and does a lot of things well. At six-foot-nine, he shot 39.5 percent from the perimeter and is a solid team defender. Scouts’ main concern with Silva will be his athletic limitations. He might be a tweener with no true position, but he’s proved he can affect the game in a variety of ways.

25) New York Knicks (Via Dallas): Johnny Furphy

It’s never a bad idea to add more shooting to a roster, and the Knicks could use it. Johnny Furphy is a freshman sharpshooting wing at Kansas, standing at six-foot-nine. Scouts do have questions about Furphy’s athleticism and ability to compete on the defensive end. There also doesn’t seem to be much upside in shot creation, but Furphy has shown decent playmaking as a connecting distributor. Furphy has earned his way into a starting key contributor as a freshman on a good Kansas team. Six-foot-nine wings who can really shoot the ball are always worth looking at in the back of the first round. Furphy will feel out the pre-draft process as he will have a decision to make on whether or not to return to school.

26) Washington Wizards (Via Clippers): Pelle Larson

Pelle Larsson fits what you like to see in complimentary role players at the next level. He can shoot the three ball, is a willing defender, and has good athleticism at six-foot-six. He also played this ‘3-and-D’ role at Arizona willingly. This means there won’t be much upside or creation for scouts to evaluate, however. On the right team though, he could be the Christian Braun of this draft class.

27) Denver Nuggets: Ryan Dunn

The Nuggets get incredible value in this NBA mock draft by taking Ryan Dunn. Dunn is one of the more special defensive prospects we’ve seen in a long time. He clearly projects to have a specific role at the next level as a defensive ace for any team. Dunn’s a six-foot-eight forward with elite mobility and athleticism. The problem is his offensive game is virtually nonexistent in every area, which keeps him outside the lottery on NBA draft boards. If he proves he can become competent offensively, he will be a steal.

28) Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin McCullar

Kevin McCullar was a superb defender for the highly-ranked Kansas Jayhawks squad. At six-foot-six, he has the size and defensive instincts to match up with a lot of guards and wings in the NBA. He’s also flashed some ability to be a kind of point forward this season, having multiple triple-doubles under his belt. He’s a fifth-year college player, so he will be very old for a rookie. He still may be able to contribute immediately though if given a defined role.

29) Utah Jazz (Via Thunder): Jaylon Tyson

Jaylon Tyson had a breakout year after transferring to California this year. He nearly averaged 20 points per game and shot the three-ball at 36 percent on 4.5 attempts. This explosion has placed him on NBA draft boards after struggling to find success in college. At six-foot-seven, he has NBA traits on the wing. While he may play in a ‘3-and-D’ type of role early in his career, he has the creation ability to provide playmaking.

30) Boston Celtics: Oso Ighodaro

The Celtics draft big man depth with Oso Ighodaro here. Ighodaro is yet another player who will hope to fill a clear role at the next level. He’s a six-foot-ten big with good athleticism and can defend multiple positions. He’s not going to try and take jump shots but has flashed a really good floater around the rim. He’ll be a good pick-and-roll partner for any guard on a team that drafts him. In a draft that has so many question marks, players like Ighodaro have an advantage.


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