[NBA Draft]: 2022 Mock Draft Comparison

(photo courtesy of thenewstribune.com)

With the newly released 1st round mock draft from B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman to go along with last month’s mock draft by Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz from ESPN/Draft Express, the first 2022 mock draft comparison is born! Perfect timing, as the conversation is starting to heat up about the who should be number one and where players will end up next year. Banchero and Holmgren seem to be consensus top-two picks, but Adrian Griffin and Jalen Hardy are at number three as we compare these two mocks below.

 ESPN
(4/20)
 B/R
(5/6)
1.
HOU
Paolo
Banchero
1.
HOU
Paolo
Banchero
2.
MIN
Chet
Holmgren
2.
DET
Chet
Holmgren
3.
ORL
Jaden
Hardy
3.
MIN
Adrian
Griffin
4.
OKC
Yannick
Nzosa
4.
OKC
Jabari
Smith
5.
DET
Jabari
Smith
5.
ORL
Jaden
Hardy
6.
CLE
Adrian
Griffin
6.
CLE
Patrick
Baldwin
7.
CHI
Peyton
Watson
7.
CHI
Yannick
Nzosa
8.
WSH
Patrick
Baldwin
8.
TOR
Kennedy
Chandler
9.
SAC
Caleb
Houstan
9.
SAC
Daimion
Collins
10.
TOR
Kennedy
Chandler
10.
NOP
Kendall
Brown
11.
NO
Ousmane
Dieng
11.
WAS
Matt
Cleveland
12.
SA
Nikola
Jovic
12.
IND
Max
Christie
13.
CHA
TyTy
Washington
13.
SAN
Jean
Montero
14.
MEM
Jaden
Ivey
14.
MEM
Peyton
Watson
15.
IND
Jean
Montero
15.
CHA
Bennedict
Mathurin
16.
HOU
Dyson
Daniels
16.
GS
Caleb
Houstan
17.
NY
Allen
Flanigan
17.
BOS
Nikola
Jovic
18.
GS
Ben
Mathurin
18.
MIA
Josh
Primo
19.
POR
Tristan
Vukcevic
19.
ATL
TyTy
Washington
20.
DAL
Earl
Timberlake
20.
POR
Dyson
Daniels
21.
ATL
Fedor
Zugic
21.
DAL
Ousmane
Dieng
22.
BOS
Kessler
Edwards
22.
NYK
Jahvon
Quinerly
23.
LAL
Keegan
Murray
23.
LAL
Jaden
Ivey
24.
MIL
Jaime
Jaquez Jr.
24.
MIL
Michael
Foster 
25.
DEN
Justin
Lewis
25.
LAC
JT
Thor
26.
MIA
Caleb
Love
26.
BKN
Matthew
Mayer
27.
OKC
Mark
Williams
27.
DEN
Julian
Champagnie
28.
OKC
Josiah
James
28.
PHI
Allen
Flanigan
29.
PHI
Boris
Tisma
29.
PHX
Aaron
Wiggins 
30.
UTA
Khalifa
Diop
30.
UTA
Taevion
Kinsey

References:

Bleacher Report [Jonathan Wasserman]

ESPN/Draft Express [Jonathan Givony/Mike Schmitz]

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[NBA Draft]: 2021 Hoops Distillery Mock Draft

An updated April 1st round mock draft as NBA standings have become a bit more clear. Images via TradeNBA Mock Draft Simulator and draft order determined via a Tankathon sim for that day. The top 5 still seems pretty locked in, but teams in the 6 to 20 range will have a tough choice between players that may help immediately and longer term projects with high ceilings. Also, it looks like the 20-45 range could have a lot of value, especially if teams in the 6-20 range swing for the fences on high-ceiling guys like Ziaire Williams or BJ Boston and established guys like Chris Duarte or Jared Butler start to drop.

[NBA Draft]: 2022 ESPN/Draft Express Mock Draft, April 2021

PICKPLAYERTEAMPOSAGE
1. HOUPaolo BancheroDukePF/C18.4
2. MINChet HolmgrenGonzagaPF/C18.9
3. ORLJaden HardyUndecidedSG18.7
4. OKCYannick NzosaUnicaja MalagaC17.4
5. DETJabari SmithAuburnPF/C17.9
6. CLEAdrian GriffinDukeSF17.6
7. CHIPeyton WatsonUCLASF18.6
8. WSHPatrick BaldwinUndecidedSF/PF18.4
9. SACCaleb HoustanMichiganSF/PF18.2
10. TORKennedy ChandlerTennesseePG18.5
11. NOOusmane DiengUndecidedSF17.9
12. SANikola JovicMega SoccerbetSF17.8
13. CHATyTy WashingtonUndecidedPG/SG19.4
14. MEMJaden IveyPurdueSG19.1
15. INDJean MonteroGran CanariaPG/SG17.7
16. HOU (from MIA)Dyson DanielsUndecidedSG18
17. NYAllen FlaniganAuburnSF19.9
18. GSBen MathurinArizonaSG18.8
19. PORTristan VukcevicReal MadridPF18.1
20. DALEarl TimberlakeMemphisSF20.4
21. ATLFedor ZugicBuducnostSG17.5
22. BOSKessler EdwardsPepperdineSF/PF20.6
23. LALKeegan MurrayIowaPF20.6
24. MILJaime Jaquez Jr.UCLASG20.1
25. DENJustin LewisMarquetteSF/PF19
26. MIA (from BKN)Caleb LoveNorth CarolinaSG19.5
27. OKC (from PHX)Mark WilliamsDukeC19.3
28. OKC (from LAC)Josiah JamesTennesseeSG20.6
29. PHIBoris TismaSevillaSF19.1
30. UTAHKhalifa DiopGran CanariaC19.2
31. CLE (from HOU)Drew TimmeGonzagaPF/C20.6
32. MINMichael FosterUndecidedPF17.8
33. ORLGui SantosMinasSF/PF18.8
34. OKCTaevion KinseyMarshallSG21.1
35. WSH (from DET)Andrew NembhardGonzagaPG21.2
36. NO (from CLE)Mario NakicOostendeSF19.8
37. SAC (from CHI)Abramo CankaNevezisSG/SF19
38. CLE (from WSH)Will RichardsonOregonPG21.6
39. SACJalen WilsonKansasPF20.4
40. GS (from TOR)Jahvon QuinerlyAlabamaPG22.3
41. NOCarlos AlocenReal MadridPG20.2
42. CLE (from SA)Mojave KingCairnsSG18.8
43. CHADonta ScottMarylandPF20.3
44. MEMCourtney RameyTexasPG21.5
45. ORL (from IND)Trayce Jackson-DavisIndianaPF/C21.1
46. IND (from MIA)Jonathan Tchamwa TchatchouaBaylorC21.9
47. NYAzuolas TubelisArizonaPF/C19
48. GSIsmael KamagateParis BasketC20.2
49. PORMalcolm CazalonMega SoccerbetSG19.6
50. DALIverson MolinarMississippi StateSG21.3
51. ATLHenri DrellPesaroSF/PF20.9
52. BOSBaylor ScheiermanSouth Dakota StateSF20.5
53. DET (from LAL)Tom DigbeuPrieni CbetSG19.5
54. MIN (from DEN)Nate LaszewskiNotre DamePF21.7
55. BKNOsun OsunniyiSt. BonaventurePF/C22.4
56. PHXKeon EllisAlabamaSG/SF21.2
57. ATL (from LAC)Pavel SavkovBaskoniaSG19
58. HOU (from PHI)Christian BishopTexasPF20.8
59. NO (from UTAH)Noam DovratRishon Le-ZionSG18.7

Note: While the 2022 NBA draft is too far away to reasonably predict the order, we’re using ESPN’s Basketball Power Index’s projections for the remainder of 2020-21 to help show which traded picks might convey in 2022

Reference: https://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/30613411/nba-mock-draft-top-prospects-breakout-candidates-2022

[NBA Draft]: 2021 Mock Draft Comparison, April (Updated 4/14)

Jalen Suggs
(photo couresty of essentiallysports.com)

Fresh off a highly entertaining March Madness run, here are updated mock drafts by B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman (on 4/2 and updated again on 4/13), Jeremy Woo at Sports Illustrated, Tankathon, and Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz from ESPN/Draft Express. While the consensus top 5 seems locked in, there’s been a decent amount of movement in the back half of the lottery after the strong tourney play from Davion Mitchell and Franz Wagner. And with some uninspiring tourney games by Moses Moody, Keon Johnson and James Bouknight, players like Jalen Johnson and Josh Giddey have moved up a few slots.

 B/R
(4/2)
 B/R
(4/13)
 ESPN
(4/8)
 SI
(4/8)
 Tankathon
(4/8)
1.
MIN
Cade
Cunningham
1.
MIN
Cade
Cunningham
1.
MIN
Cade
Cunningham
1.
MIN
Cade
Cunningham
1.
MIN
Cade
Cunningham
2.
HOU
Evan
Mobley
2.
HOU
Evan
Mobley
2.
HOU
Evan
Mobley
2.
HOU
Evan
Mobley
2.
HOU
Jalen
Suggs
3.
DET
Jalen
Suggs
3.
DET
Jalen
Suggs
3.
DET
Jalen
Suggs
3.
DET
Jalen
Suggs
3.
DET
Evan
Mobley
4.
ORL
Jalen
Green
4.
ORL
Jalen
Green
4.
ORL
Jalen
Green
4.
ORL
Jalen
Green
4.
ORL
Jalen
Green
5.
CLE
Jonathan
Kuminga
5.
CLE
Jonathan
Kuminga
5.
CLE
Jonathan
Kuminga
5.
CLE
Jonathan
Kuminga
5.
CLE
Jonathan
Kuminga
6.
WSH
Keon
Johnson
6.
WAS
Keon
Johnson
6.
OKC
Keon
Johnson
6.
WSH
Keon
Johnson
6.
WAS
Jalen
Johnson
7.
TOR
Scottie
Barnes
7.
OKC
Jalen
Johnson
7.
WSH
Davion
Mitchell
7.
TOR
Kai
Jones
7.
OKC
Scottie
Barnes
8.
ORL
Jalen
Johnson
8. TORScottie
Barnes
8.
ORL
Jalen
Johnson
8.
OKC
James
Bouknight
8.
TOR
Corey
Kispert
9.
OKC
Moses
Moody
9.
SAC
Kai
Jones
9.
SAC
Franz
Wagner
9.
ORL
Franz
Wagner
9.
ORL
Alperen
Sengun
10.
NOP
Davion
Mitchell
10.
ORL
Davion
Mitchell
10.
NY
Scottie
Barnes
10.
SAC
Scottie
Barnes
10.
SAC
Franz
Wagner
11.
IND
Franz
Wagner
11.
NOP
Moses
Moody
11.
TOR
Isaiah
Jackson
11.
SAC
Corey
Kispert
11.
NOP
Keon
Johnson
12.
SAC
Kai
Jones
12.
GS
Franz
Wagner
12.
SA
Corey
Kispert
12.
IND
Moses
Moody
12.
IND
Moses
Moody
13.
MEM
Corey
Kispert
13.
IND
Josh
Giddey
13.
NO
Cameron
Thomas
13.
GS
Josh
Giddey
13.
GS
James
Bouknight
14.
GS
Ziaire
Williams
14.
SAS
Alperen
Sengun
14.
IND
Josh
Giddey
14.
SAS
Jalen
Johnson
14.
SAS
Isaiah
Jackson
15.
BOS
Josh
Giddey
15.
NYK
Corey
Kispert
15.
GS
Alperen
Sengun
15.
BOS
Davion
Mitchell
15.
NYK
Ziaire
Williams
16.
ATL
James
Bouknight
16.
MEM
James
Bouknight
16.
MEM
Kai
Jones
16.
NYK
Cameron
Thomas
16.
BOS
Usman
Garuba
17.
OKC
Alperen
Sengun
17.
BOS
Ziaire
Williams
17.
ATL
James
Bouknight
17.
CHA
Usman
Garuba
17.
OKC
Davion
Mitchell
18.
NYK
Josh
Christopher
18.
CHA
Isaiah
Jackson
18.
CHA
Tre
Mann
18.
MEM
Tre
Mann
18.
ATL
Jaden
Springer
19.
CHA
Isaiah
Jackson
19.
OKC
Usman
Garuba
19.
BOS
Sharife
Cooper
19.
ATL
Jared
Butler
19.
CHA
Day'Ron
Sharpe
20.
SA
Usman
Garuba
20.
ATL
Tre
Mann
20.
OKC
Usman
Garuba
20.
OKC
Alperen
Sengun
20.
MEM
Chris
Duarte
21.
NYK
Jared
Butler
21.
NYK
Jared
Butler
21.
HOU
Moses
Moody
21.
NYK
Isaiah
Jackson
21.
NYK
Josh
Giddey
22.
HOU
Cameron
Thomas
22.
HOU
Cameron
Thomas
22.
NY
Ayo
Dosunmu
22.
HOU
Jaden
Springer
22.
HOU
Kai
Jones
23.
DEN
Tre
Mann
23.
HOU
Sharife
Cooper
23.
LAL
Jared
Butler
23.
LAL
Sharife
Cooper
23.
LAL
Jared
Butler
24.
HOU
Sharife
Cooper
24.
LAL
Josh
Christopher
24.
DEN
Ziaire
Williams
24.
DEN
Joel
Ayayi
24.
HOU
Terrence
Shannon Jr.
25.
LAL
Jaden
Springer
25.
DEN
Ayo
Dosunmu
25.
HOU
Charles
Bassey
25.
LAC
Chris
Duarte
25.
DEN
Greg
Brown
26.
LAC
Chris
Duarte
26.
LAC
Jaden
Springer
26.
LAC
Chris
Duarte
26.
HOU
Ziaire
Williams
26.
LAC
Sharife
Cooper
27.
PHI
Marcus
Bagley
27.
BKN
Chris
Duarte
27.
BKN
Marcus
Bagley
27.
BKN
Ayo
Dosunmu
27.
PHI
Josh
Christopher
28.
PHX
Ayo
Dosunmu
28.
PHI
Roko
Prkacin
28.
PHX
Jaden
Springer
28.
PHI
Marcus
Bagley
28.
BKN
Neemias
Queta
29.
BKN
Aaron
Henry
29.
PHX
Aaron
Henry
29.
PHI
Max
Abmas
29.
PHX
Greg
Brown
29.
PHX
Tre
Mann
30.
UTA
Greg
Brown
30.
UTA
Marcus
Bagley
30.
UTA
Greg
Brown
30.
UTA
Day'Ron
Sharpe
30.
UTA
Filip
Petrusev

References:

Bleacher Report [Jonathan Wasserman] – 4/2

Bleacher Report [Jonathan Wasserman] – 4/13

Tankathon

Sports Illustrated [Jeremy Woo]

ESPN/Draft Express [Jonathan Givony/Mike Schmitz]

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[NBA Draft]: 2021 Big Board Comparison, April (Updated 4/28)

Post March Madness 2021 NBA Draft big boards keep coming from the top draft analysts. This will be the third update of this month’s comparison with the addition of the big board from SI’s Jeremy Woo, who just posted this morning (4/28). Our comparison also includes Chad Ford at NBA Big Board (updated 4/14 with his #31-60 players), Jonathan Givony/Mike Schmitz at ESPN/Draft Express, Jonathan Wasserman at B/R (now updated with his second big board update this month on 4/20), and Sam Vecenie at The Athletic.

 SI
(4/28)
B/R
(4/20)
ESPN
(4/6)
Athletic
(4/2)
B/R
(4/5)
NBA Big Board
(3/15)
1Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
2Evan
Mobley
Jalen
Green
Evan
Mobley
Jalen
Suggs
Jalen
Suggs
Evan
Mobley
3Evan
Mobley
Evan
Mobley
Jalen
Green
Evan
Mobley
Evan
Mobley
Jalen
Suggs
4Jalen
Green
Jalen
Suggs
Jonathan
Kuminga
Jalen
Green
Jalen
Green
Jalen
Green
5Jonathan
Kuminga
Jonathan
Kuminga
Jalen
Suggs
Jonathan
Kuminga
Jonathan
Kuminga
Jonathan
Kuminga
6Keon
Johnson
Keon
Johnson
Keon
Johnson
Scottie
Barnes
Keon
Johnson
Davion
Mitchell
7James
Bouknight
Jalen
Johnson
Jalen
Johnson
Moses
Moody
Jalen
Johnson
Franz
Wagner
8Jalen
Johnson
Scottie
Barnes
Franz
Wagner
Kai
Jones
Scottie
Barnes
Keon
Johnson
9Scottie
Barnes
Franz
Wagner
Scottie
Barnes
Corey
Kispert
Josh
Giddey
Scottie
Barnes
10Kai
Jones
Moses
Moody
Corey
Kispert
Keon
Johnson
Franz
Wagner
Jalen
Johnson
11Josh
Giddey
Kai
Jones
Isaiah
Jackson
Davion
Mitchell
Davion
Mitchell
Josh
Giddey
12Corey
Kispert
Josh
Giddey
Davion
Mitchell
James
Bouknight
Moses
Moody
Kai
Jones
13Franz
Wagner
Isaiah
Jackson
Alperen
Sengun
Jaden
Springer
Alperen
Sengun
Moses
Moody
14Moses
Moody
Corey
Kispert
Cameron
Thomas
Ziaire
Williams
Kai
Jones
Corey
Kispert
15Usman
Garuba
Usman
Garuba
Kai
Jones
Josh
Giddey
Ziaire
Williams
Sharife
Cooper
16Davion
Mitchell
Tre
Mann
Tre
Mann
Chris
Duarte
Sharife
Cooper
Greg
Brown
17Alperen
Sengun
Jaden
Springer
Sharife
Cooper
Tre
Mann
Jaden
Springer
Isaiah
Jackson
18Jared
Butler
Davion
Mitchell
James
Bouknight
Franz
Wagner
Tre
Mann
James
Bouknight
19Tre
Mann
Alperen
Sengun
Josh
Giddey
Isaiah
Jackson
Corey
Kispert
Jared
Butler
20Joel
Ayayi
Josh
Christopher
Usman
Garuba
Jalen
Johnson
Josh
Christopher
Jaden
Springer
21Chris
Duarte
Ziaire
Williams
Moses
Moody
Day'Ron
Sharpe
Usman
Garuba
Cameron
Thomas
22Ziaire
Williams
James
Bouknight
Ayo
Dosunmu
Sharife
Cooper
Isaiah
Jackson
Chris
Duarte
23Jaden
Springer
Jared
Butler
Ziaire
Williams
Ayo
Dosunmu
James
Bouknight
Ziaire
Williams
24Day'Ron
Sharpe
Chris
Duarte
Chris
Duarte
Alperen
Sengun
Jared
Butler
Tre
Mann
25Roko
Prkacin
Miles
McBride
Charles
Bassey
Rokas
Jokubaitis
Chris
Duarte
Johnny
Juzang
26Isaiah
Jackson
Roko
Prkacin
Jared
Butler
Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
Cameron
Thomas
Alperen
Sengun
27Cameron
Thomas
Sharife
Cooper
Marcus
Bagley
Cameron
Thomas
Aaron
Henry
Marcus
Bagley
28Greg
Brown
Aaron
Henry
Jaden
Springer
Aaron
Henry
Marcus
Bagley
Matthew
Mayer
29Marcus
Bagley
Cameron
Thomas
Greg
Brown
Nah'Shon
Hyland
Miles
McBride
Usman
Garuba
30Sharife
Cooper
Ayo
Dosunmu
Max
Abmas
Roko
Prkacin
Greg
Brown
Day'Ron
Sharpe
31Ayo
Dosunmu
Brandon
Boston
Aaron
Henry
Jared
Butler
Roko
Prkacin
Joel
Ayayi
32Terrence
Shannon Jr.
Joel
Ayayi
Filip
Petrusev
Brandon
Boston
Brandon
Boston
Ayo
Donunmu
33Brandon
Boston
Trey
Murphy
Terrence
Shannon Jr.
Usman
Garuba
Joel
Ayayi
Josh
Christopher
34Daishen
Nix
Marcus
Bagley
Brandon
Boston
Greg
Brown
Isaiah
Todd
Chris
Smith
35Miles
McBride
Greg
Brown
Miles
McBride
Josh
Christopher
Ayo
Dosunmu
Brandon
Boston
36David
Johnson
Isaiah
Todd
Day'Ron
Sharpe
Terrence
Clarke
Day'Ron
Sharpe
Terrence
Shannon
37Justin
Champagnie
Day'Ron
Sharpe
Josh
Christopher
Trey
Murphy
Terrence
Shannon
Neemias
Queta
38Isaiah
Todd
Terrence
Shannon
Roko
Prkacin
Marcus
Bagley
Herbert
Jones
Max
Abmas
39Josh
Christopher
Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
Keyontae
Johnson
Matthew
Hurt
Charles
Bassey
Raiquan
Gray
40Jose
Alvarado
Kessler
Edwards
Austin
Reaves
Miles
McBride
Kessler
Edwards
Bennedict
Mathurin
41Ariel
Hukporti
Rokas
Jokubaitis
Roko
Jokubaitis
Kessler
Edwards
Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
42Aaron
Henry
Santi
Aldama
Trey
Murphy
Terrence
Shannon Jr.
Santi
Aldama
David
Johnson
43Charles
Bassey
Bennedict
Mathurin
RaiQuan
Gray
Bennedict
Mathurin
Rokas
Jokubaitis
Terrence
Clarke
44Filip
Petrusev
Nah'Shon
Hyland
Ariel
Hukporti
Santi
Aldama
Trey
Murphy
Charles
Bassey
45Raiquan
Gray
Charles
Bassey
Juhann
Begarin
Joel
Ayayi
Austin
Reaves
Herbert
Jones
46Johnny
Juzang
Austin
Reaves
Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
Joe
Wieskamp
Nah'Shon
Hyland
Miles
McBride
47Jaime
Jaquez Jr.
Isaiah
Livers
Isaiah
Livers
Marcus
Garrett
Isaiah
Livers
Daishen
Nix
48Max
Abmas
Herbert
Jones
Matthew
Hurt
Quentin
Grimes
Johnny
Juzang
Roko
Prkacin
49Ochai
Agbaji
Ariel
Hukporti
Kessler
Edwards
David
Johnson
David
Duke
Isaiah
Todd
50Joshua
Primo
David
Duke
Isaiah
Todd
Julian
Champagnie
Max
Abmas
Quentin
Grimes
51Juhann
Begarin
Gabriele
Procida
Isaiah
Todd
Rokas
Jokubaitis
52Kessler
Edwards
Allen
Flanigan
Luke
Garza
Filip
Petrusev
53EJ
Liddell
Luka
Garza
Moses
Wright
Luka
Garza
54Isaiah
Livers
Trendon
Watford
David
Duke
David
Duke
55Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
Quentin
Grimes
Daishen
Nix
Matthew
Hurt
56Luka
Garza
Herbert
Jones
Austin
Reaves
Jabari
Walker
57Herbert
Jones
Justin
Champagnie
Herbert
Jones
Jaime
Jaquez Jr.
58Sandro
Mamukelashvili
Santi
Aldama
Sandro
Mamukelashvili
Juhann
Begarin
59Austin
Reaves
Daishen
Nix
Johnny
Juzang
Ariel
Hukporti
60Matthew
Mayer
Sandro
Mamukelashvili
Isaiah
Livers
Keyontae
Johnson

References:

NBA Big Board [Chad Ford]

Sports Illustrated [Jeremy Woo]

Bleacher Report [Jonathan Wasserman] – 4/5

Bleacher Report [Jonathan Wasserman] – 4/20

ESPN/Draft Express [Jonathan Givony/Mike Schmitz]

The Athletic [Sam Vecenie]

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[NBA Draft]: 2021 ‘Not-So-Hidden’ Gem = Kansas Guard, Marcus Garrett

photo courtesy of Kansan.com

With Baylor heating up on its way to the national title game tonight, Junior guard, Davion Mitchell has been gaining momentum on draft boards, moving from the 18-25 range on most boards to as high as 6-14 on many. And NBA draft analysts have the average fan drooling as they profile Mitchell stepping onto an NBA roster next year and providing solid playmaking, shooting, leadership, and elite-level defense from day one. In a recent tweet, Mike Schmitz from ESPN/Draft Express, called out Mitchell as, “…the best on-ball defender I’ve ever evaluated. Will also be a terror to keep in front with NBA spacing, especially when the pull-up 3 is falling. His slow-to-fast burst is elite.” The accolades continued to roll in today as Mitchell was recently named 2021 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year. Its all very impressive and well-earned by Mitchell who has really been consistent, verstaile, and the engine that makes the Baylor team go.

But there’s another player you should take a look at, a senior from another top Big 12 program but who is 2 months younger than Mitchell, with a different style game, but who also plays elite defense with an equal number of steals and blocks, is 4 inches taller, rebounds twice as much, and shoots 15 percentage points better from the free throw line. And what if this ‘other’ player also won the ESPN, Big 12, and 2020 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year awards and was in the 10 finalists for the 2021 award too?

From the headline, you already know who this ‘other’ player is, but for a pure numbers comparison take a look at the per 40 minute stats for these two players:

Garrett is rarely seen on top 60 draft boards from NBA draft analysts….as of now. But once individual workouts start and the NBA Draft Combine comes around, giving him an opportunity to show off his athleticism and measurements (length, lateral speed, vertical) at the NBA combine, all of that could change quickly. Once NBA analysts or writers start digging into the tape a bit deeper in doing their NBA draft prep, they will see the value proposition that Garrett represents. Now, I’m not trying to say that he should be picked over Mitchell, or that Mitchell doesn’t deserve to move up into the lottery based on his 45% three point shooting and aforementioned elite defense. What I am saying, is that there is good value in picking Garrett in the 35-50 range knowing that Garrett will be able to contribute immediately on D, on the boards, and setting up other guys, as he continues to work on improving the consistency of his jumper.

What will scare scouts and analysts off, somewhat logically, is (1) Garrett’s shooting inconsistency, and (2) his age (22–same as Mitchell, as I mentioned above). These are real concerns, and Garrett’s NBA swing skill will definitely be his shooting–as it will be for many prospects. That being said, he has improved his 3 point shooting percentage from 26.7% as a freshman to a reasonable 34.8% as a senior, and he has improved his free throw shooting from 49% as a freshman to 80.8% as a senior–both good indicators that he’s not afraid to put the work in and should continue to improve with good player development coaches in the NBA. This, in combination with his excellent floater game, speed/athleticism, and ability to beat guys off the dribble and finish around the rim, makes Garrett someone who should look even better with NBA spacing. And if his jump shot can continue improving he could play a similar role to Josh Richardson or Terry Rozier as a versatile guard who can play on or off the ball, have an impact defensively, score, be disruptive on defense, and use his solid basketball IQ, motor and experience to make winning basketball plays.

Watching Garrett throughout the last two seasons and then reviewing his highlights, I see shades of Rajon Rondo‘s Celtics days in the way Garrett has the ability to blow by his man and find daylight through a host of defenders to either get to the rim and finish or find teammates. Garrett, as happened with Rondo on numerous occasions when he played with Pierce/Garnett/Allen, looked in some games like the best player on the court, while in others, he blended in and got others involved while focusing on playing tenacious D.

And to top everything off, according to KUAthletics.com: Garrett was named the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award® All-American First Team–an honor given to a student-athlete with notable achievements in the community, classroom, character and competition. He was a 2021 Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection and is a three-time member of the Athletic Director’s and Big 12 honor rolls. This past fall semester, Garrett recorded a 3.74 grade point average. On the court, Garrett was named to the 2020-21 All-Big 12 Second Team for the second straight year and was selected to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team for the third consecutive season. Needless to say, Garrett is an intelligent guy who should pass NBA interviews with flying colors.

2019-2020 Highlights:

Stats via SportsReference.com:

[NBA Draft]: 2021 Big Board Comparison, March (Updated 3/18)

While many have released mock drafts this month, I wanted to keep a close eye on those who have only updated their big boards. Here’s a comparison of 2021 NBA Draft big boards from Jonathan Givony/Mike Schmitz at ESPN/Draft Express, Chad Ford at NBABigBoard.com, and Jeremy Woo at Sports Illustrated. Also, as of 3/18, I’ve added the newly published top 15 draft board from The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.

 ESPN
(3/15)
NBA Big Board
(3/15)
Sports Illustrated (2/24)The Ringer
(3/18)
1Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
2Evan
Mobley
Evan
Mobley
Evan
Mobley
Evan
Mobley
3Jalen
Green
Jalen
Suggs
Jonathan
Kuminga
Jalen
Green
4Jonathan
Kuminga
Jalen
Green
Jalen
Suggs
Jalen
Suggs
5Jalen
Suggs
Jonathan
Kuminga
Jalen
Green
Jonathan
Kuminga
6Keon
Johnson
Keon
Johnson
James
Bouknight
Keon
Johnson
7Scottie
Barnes
Scottie
Barnes
Jalen
Johnson
Corey
Kispert
8Jalen
Johnson
Moses
Moody
Scottie
Barnes
Kai
Jones
9Moses
Moody
Corey
Kispert
Corey
Kispert
Franz
Wagner
10Corey
Kispert
James
Bouknight
Keon
Johnson
Moses
Moody
11Franz
Wagner
Greg
Brown
Franz
Wagner
Scottie
Barnes
12Isaiah
Jackson
Jalen
Johnson
Moses
Moody
Jalen
Johnson
13James
Bouknight
Sharife
Cooper
Ziaire
Williams
James
Bouknight
14Alperen
Sengun
Jaden
Springer
Usman
Garuba
Jaden
Springer
15Kai
Jones
Kai
Jones
Daishen
Nix
Ayo
Dosunmu
16Sharife
Cooper
Jared
Butler
Greg
Brown
17Tre
Mann
Davion
Mitchell
Kai
Jones
18Cameron
Thomas
Isaiah
Jackson
Day'Ron
Sharpe
19Ayo
Dosunmu
David
Johnson
Marcus
Bagley
20Josh
Giddey
Usman
Garuba
Jared
Butler
21Usman
Garuba
Brandon
Boston
Jaden
Springer
22Greg
Brown
Daishen
Nix
Sharife
Cooper
23Ziaire
Williams
Ziaire
Williams
Alperen
Sengun
24Charles
Bassey
Matthew
Mayer
Justin
Champagnie
25Marcus
Bagley
Josh
Christopher
Brandon
Boston
26Davion
Mitchell
Marcus
Bagley
David
Johnson
27Jaden
Springer
Day'Ron
Sharpe
Terrence
Shannon Jr.
28Jared
Butler
Josh
Giddey
Joel
Ayayi
29Terrence
Shannon Jr.
Isaiah
Todd
Ariel
Hukporti
30Chris
Duarte
Chris
Duarte
Josh
Christopher

References:

The Ringer [Kevin O’Connor]

ESPN/Draft Express [Jonathan Givony/Mike Schmitz]

NBABigBoard.com [Chad Ford]

Sports Illustrated [Jeremy Woo]

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Other [NBA Draft] consumables:

[NBA Draft]: 2021 Mock Draft Comparison, March (updated 3/16)

(photo courtesy of BustingBrackets.com)

A comparison of 2021 lottery picks from the early March mock drafts posted by B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman, The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, Tankathon, and via Chad Ford’s NBA Big Board podcast with Tony Jones from The Athletic.

 NBA Big Board
(3/8)
 BR
(3/11)
 Tankathon
(3/11)
 Athletic
(3/16)
1.
MIN
Cade
Cunningham
1.MINCade
Cunningham
1.
MIN
Cade
Cunningham
1.
MIN
Cade
Cunningham
2.
CLE
Evan
Mobley
2.DETJalen
Green
2.
DET
Evan
Mobley
2.
DET
Evan
Mobley
3.
DET
Jonathan
Kuminga
3.HOUEvan
Mobley
3.
HOU
Jalen
Suggs
3.
HOU
Jalen
Suggs
4.
OKC
Jalen
Suggs
4.ORLJalen
Suggs
4.
ORL
Jalen
Green
4.
ORL
Jalen
Green
5.
NYK
Jalen
Green
5.
SAC
Jonathan
Kuminga
5.
SAC
Jonathan
Kuminga
5.
SAC
Jonathan
Kuminga
6.
ORL
James
Bouknight
6.
CLE
Jalen
Johnson
6.
CLE
Jalen
Johnson
6.
CLE
Scottie
Barnes
7.
OKC
Scottie
Barnes
7.
WAS
Keon
Johnson
7.
WAS
Scottie
Barnes
7.
WAS
Keon
Johnson
8.
WAS
Keon
Johnson
8.
NOP
Moses
Moody
8.
NOP
James
Bouknight
8.
NOP
Moses
Moody
9.
CHI
Jaden
Springer
9.
OKC
James
Bouknight
9.
OKC
Keon
Johnson
9.
OKC
James
Bouknight
10.
SAC
Greg
Brown
10.
ATL
Scottie
Barnes
10.
ATL
Corey
Kispert
10.
ATL
Kai
Jones
11.
ATL
Ziaire
Williams
11.
IND
Corey
Kispert
11.
IND
Ziaire
Williams
11.
IND
Corey
Kispert
12.
MEM
Franz
Wagner
12.
CHI
Franz
Wagner
12.
CHI
Moses
Moody
12.
CHI
Jaden
Springer
13.
SAS
Corey
Kispert
13.
MEM
Ziaire
Williams
13.
MEM
Franz
Wagner
13.
MEM
Franz
Wagner
14.
NOP
Jalen
Johnson
14.
GS
Kai
Jones
14.
GS
Alperen
Sengun
14.
GS
Ziaire
Williams

References:

Bleacher Report [Jonathan Wasserman]

Tankathon

NBA Big Board [Chad Ford with guest, Tony Jones from The Athletic]

The Athletic [Sam Vecenie]

Most Recent Big Board Updates:

Bleacher Report [Jonathan Wasserman]

Sports Illustrated [Jeremy Woo]

The Athletic [Sam Vecenie]

ESPN/Draft Express [Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz]

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[NBA Draft]: 2021 NBA Lottery Mock Draft

(1) MIN selects Cade Cunningham – What seemed like a no-brainer #1 pick is now becoming a bit controversial as the vultures descended on Cunningham to nitpick his game. In the end, he has helped an okay Oklahoma St. team to overachieve, proven his unselfishness and versatility, and clearly has the ‘clutch gene’. He would provide the Wolves a legit #2 option (who could grow into a 1B option) behind KAT who can control the pace of the game and make teammates better on and off the ball. With Cunningham as the primary ballhandler (and the size and strength to guard opposing 4’s), the Wolves could put Russell off the ball as a 3rd option scorer, which would make him more dangerous (or consider trading him as well, while he still has decent value). Cunningham would be the best thing that has happened to Towns in years, which is important to keep Towns ‘in town’. With the ball in Cade’s hands, and a 4-out combo of KAT, Malik Beasley, Russell, and Anthony Edwards, the Wolves could easily have a top 10 offense.

(2) DET selects Jalen Suggs – Pistons need to go with the best guy available as they try to revamp their roster with youth (and apparently a mix of odd veterans that they overpaid for, unless Troy Weaver is just accumulating ‘assets’). Similar to Haliburton in last year’s draft, Suggs is a fearless leader who may be a to shift the team culture even as a rookie. As a do-it-all type of guy with rock solid fundamentals, who plays hard on both ends of the court, Suggs could fit in immediately with all of these lottery teams, but would be perfect fit for the Pistons because he can play on or off the ball, score and create for others, defend and maybe most importantly, and play alongside Killian Hayes if need be, in what could become a dangerous and versatile backcourt duo.

(3) CLE selects Jonathan Kuminga – SEXLAND was rolling for a while there, and then the wheels came off with Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. out and Andre Drummond in street clothes waiting to be traded. In the meantime, Koby Altman made a brilliant move, picking up Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince for practically nothing. With another high draft pick in hand, the Cavs have some great options and Kuminga, with the ability to play 3 or 4, could give them a franchise cornerstone player who can help win games at both ends of the court. The defensive front court of Okoro, Kuminga and Allen would have the opportunity to be something special. And Kuminga’s shooting and passing ability seem to be well ahead of schedule. With more fine-tuning on the ball-handling and footwork, along with all NBA spacing, he could be turn out to be the best player in this draft.

(4) HOU selects Jalen Green – With Harden out and Oladipo most likely on the move, Green can easily step in as their SG of the future and be a nice pairing with Christian Wood as they try to build their roster back up with trades (Tucker, Gordon, Oladipo, Wall eventually?) and draft picks. I think Houston fans would be excited about Green, which shouldn’t be a huge factor in selecting him in normal years, but based on Tilman Fertitta’s reputation in the community currently, selling tickets and merch will be a good thing.

(5) SAC selects Evan Mobley – Mobley, the consensus best big in the 2021 draft and thought to be #2 or #3 pick in most mock drafts drops to #5 and the Kings won’t hesitate to add him to their young core of Fox (and Bagley?) and Haliburton. Even with Richaun Holmes playing well, Mobley will need some time to develop and gain strength, but once he does, he could be the Kings most dominant player with a mix of elite D on the perimeter and at the rim along with offensive potential from inside and out.

(6) ORL selects Ziaire Williams – The Magic front office love their long, athletic guys at all positions which in combination with their desperate need for better perimeter shooting would make Williams a great fit. He needs more time to develop, but won’t need to rush to do so with the Magic’s mix of youth and veterans. A young core of Markelle Fultz, Cole Anthony, Williams and Jonathan Isaac sounds mighty nice on paper with Fournier and Gordon likely on the move. Nicola Vucevic, who seems to be peaking, will gradually drift out of his prime by the time some of these younger guys develop and may need to be moved as well to maximize Orlando’s return package.

(7) WAS selects James Bouknight – With never-ending Beal rumors swirling, Bouknight would a be a high-upside scorer who could eventually develop into their SG of the future. And even if the Wiz stick with the Westbrook/Beal combo for another year or two, Bouknight would provide them some nice bench scoring. With Troy Brown Jr. not getting playing time this year, and having picked Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija in consecutive drafts, it will be good for the Wiz to restock the back court.

(8) OKC selects Scottie Barnes – OKC is winning their fair share of games considering what everyone though was a very weak roster, but they are still in rebuild mode which makes it worth taking a chance on the versatility of Barnes. Part of their winning this year can be attributed to the playmaking and defense of Al Horford and Barnes may be able to provide some of that in the future as a point-forward who can guard multiple positions and facilitate the offense from the elbow. If his 3-point shot ever develops, he could have all-star upside.

(9) NOL selects Keon Johnson – With all the unexpected losing that’s take place this season, changes are on the horizon. Two changes that seem inevitable are JJ Redick and Eric Bledsoe to be sent out in order to give more time to NAW and Kira Lewis. Josh Hart has played well this year, but the Pelicans will be smart to take Johnson who could come along slowly off the bench but has big time potential to be a key part of the rotation in the future. His ball handling and shooting have improved at Tennessee and his athleticism and defense are already very high level.

(10) ATL selects Jalen Johnson – The opinions on Johnson are very polarizing, especially after leaving Duke early and inconsistent play when he was on the court. That being said, he is already a skilled player who, like Barnes, has an excellent ability to pass the ball for someone his size. But unlike Barnes, Johnson is a 4 with playmaking ability and not a point forward. The Hawks roster has dealt with a lot of injuries and now will face a coaching change, and possibly a GM change in the near future if things don’t go better in the 2nd half of the season. With a logjam in the front court of Clint Capela, Onyeka Onkongwu, John Collins, De’Andre Hunter and Danilo Gallinari, something has to give. Assuming the Hawks consolidate some of these assets in a trade (or don’t match an offer sheet for Collins), they may be well served to pick Johnson who could develop and play a role off the bench being mentored by Hunter, who can school him on the work it takes to improve your game at the pro level.

(11) BOS selects Day’Ron Sharpe – With few, if any, sure bets left on the board, the Celtics go with the potential, passing, and strength of Sharpe who may not have gotten a full opportunity to show what he can do in the UNC offense, especially playing behind other bigs. Celtics have not had luck with Tristan Thompson this season and would do well to replace him asap with another big body who can at least put up a fight with the Jokic’s and Embiid’s of the world. Sharpe’s passing, in combination with improvement on his jumper, would make him a favorite of Brad Stevens who loves bigs that can help facilitate the offense and stretch the defense.

(12) OKC selects Moses Moody – After selecting Scottie Barnes at #8, OKC will look to strengthen their backcourt depth with this pick. Some are skeptical about how Moody will translate in the NBA based on his scoring percentages being average/inconsistent throughout the season, but he has shown various flashes of scoring ability and at 6’6″, seems to be a no-brainer 3 and D guy that could do well in OKC’s system alongside Theo Maledon on their 2nd unit.

(13) NYK select Sharife Cooper – Knicks fans have already been dreaming of their winning days returning sooner than later with Tom Thibodeau and the front office bringing back some stability and accountability to their program. Elfrid Payton, being a very solid defender has won over Thibodeau and many fans have been calling for Immanuel Quickly to start at PG. In the end, neither of them may be the answer in the long term, since Quickly is certainly not a playmaker. Cooper has the ability to make teammates better utilizing his speed and ball-handling to break down defenses and dish to others. Some worry about his size and lack of strengh, but with guys like Ja Morant and Trae Young excelling with so much space in the NBA, Cooper would have an opportunity to do similar damage to opposing defenses. His shooting will need to improve quite a bit, but his form looks solid and he’s very young.

(14) MEM selects David Johnson – The Grizzlies are all of a sudden stacked with young players at most positions so this pick, although important, is a bit of a luxury. Johnson hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations after returning to Louisville, but still has a high-ceiling as a big, tough guard with high-level playmaking skills that may be worth gambling on. If he can start to control turnovers and continue to develop his all-around game he certainly has the potential to be better than Tyus Jones or De’Anthony Melton. The Grizz might look to trade this pick if there’s no one they love on the board. Certainly Corey Kispert could be another strong option here as as someone they could plug and play as shooter.

[NBA Draft]: 2021 Mock Draft Comparison, January

A comparison of 2021 lottery picks from the January mock drafts posted by Jeremy Woo at Sports Illustrated, BR’s Jonathan Wasserman, The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, and our friends at Tankathon.

 SI
(1/20)
 BR
(1/14)
 Tankathon
(1/21)
 Athletic
(1/8)
1.
DET
Cade
Cunningham
1.
DET
Cade
Cunningham
1.
DET
Cade
Cunningham
1.
OKC
Cade
Cunningham
2.
SAC
Evan
Mobley
2.
TOR
Evan
Mobley
2.
MIN
Evan
Mobley
2.
NYK
Jalen
Suggs
3.
CLE
Jonathan
Kuminga
3.
WAS
Jonathan
Kuminga
3.
WAS
Jalen
Suggs
3.
CLE
Evan
Mobley
4.
GS
Jalen
Suggs
4.
GS
Jalen
Suggs
4.
HOU
Jonathan
Kuminga
4.
DET
Jonathan
Kuminga
5.
WAS
Jalen
Green
5.
OKC
Jalen
Green
5.
SAC
Jalen
Johnson
5.
CHA
Jalen
Green
6.
CHI
Scottie
Barnes
6.
CHI
Ziaire
Williams
6.
TOR
Jalen
Green
6.
SAC
Ziaire
Williams
7.
OKC
James
Bouknight
7.
MEM
Scottie
Barnes
7.
NOP
Ziaire
Williams
7.
GS
Scottie
Barnes
8.
NYK
Jalen
Johnson
8.
CLE
Jalen
Johnson
8.
CHA
Scottie
Barnes
8.
SAS
James
Bouknight
9.
CHA
Ziaire
Williams
9.
NOP
Moses
Moody
9.
CHI
Jaden
Springer
9.
CHI
Corey
Kispert
10.
GS
Greg
Brown
10.
OKC
Kai
Jones
10.
OKC
James
Bouknight
10.
MEM
Jalen
Johnson
11.
ATL
Corey
Kispert
11.
SAC
Keon
Johnson
11.
OKC
Corey
Kispert
11.
ORL
Keon
Johnson
12.
OKC
Marcus
Bagley
12.
NYK
James
Bouknight
12.
ORL
Moses
Moody
12.
WAS
David
Johnson
13.
MEM
Moses
Moody
13.
DEN
Franz
Wagner
13.
NYK
Daishen
Nix
13.
OKC
Moses
Moody
14.
NOP
David
Johnson
14.
HOU
Sharife
Cooper
14.
DEN
Keon
Johnson
14.
NOP
Kai
Jones

References:

Bleacher Report [Jonathan Wasserman]

Sports Illustrated [Jeremy Woo]

The Athletic [Sam Vecenie]

Tankathon