Gary Washburn’s mock NBA Draft

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California freshman Jaylen Brown already has an NBA physique.
California freshman Jaylen Brown already has an NBA physique.(Young Kwak)

Philadelphia F Ben Simmons LSU

The most gifted player in the draft, Simmons has all the skills to be an All-Star. Don't pay attention to his troubled season at LSU; with the right coaching, he will be a great one.

LA Lakers F Brandon Ingram Duke

The slender swingman is a potential franchise cornerstone who can shoot from the perimeter and be a Kevin Durant-type. That's good enough for a Lakers franchise in rebuild mode.

Boston F Jaylen Brown California

The Celtics would love to include this pick in a package for a veteran, but Brown has impressed in workouts, perhaps has the biggest upside of the remaining picks, and has an NBA body.


Phoenix F Marquese Chriss Washington

Chriss will be 19 July 2 and freakishly athletic, but he fouled out of 15 games last season and will need some work. Phoenix needs building blocks and major talent.

Minnesota G Kris Dunn Providence

Dunn will eventually take over for the erratic Ricky Rubio if a team doesn't trade up to nab him. He has leadership skills, great basketball IQ, and a hunger to be great.

New Orleans G Jamal Murray Kentucky

The Pelicans have to move on from the Tyreke Evans-Eric Gordon experiment and Murray will blend well with fellow Kentucky standout Anthony Davis to provide some hope.

Denver F-C Dragan Bender Croatia

It will take a few years for Bender to become a productive player but his skills are too much to deny. The Nuggets likely will allow him to stay overseas for a few years.

Sacramento G Buddy Hield Oklahoma

The Kings don't need another 19-year-old who will take years to develop. Hield is NBA-ready, is the best shooter in the draft, and will add some spark to the Kings.

Toronto C Domantas Sabonis Gonzaga

The Raptors need interior players with Bismack Biyombo a free agent and Luis Scola 36 years old. Sabonis has perimeter scoring ability and will fit well with coach Dwane Casey's system.


Milwaukee F Henry Ellenson Marquette

The Bucks could go many ways here, but they do need a skilled big man who can stretch the floor. Ellenson is underrated.

Orlando F-C Skal Labissiere Kentucky

The Magic are hoping to strike gold with this one. Labissiere averaged 6.6 points per game last season but has skills and upside. That wasn't displayed much at Kentucky.

Atlanta C Jakob Poeltl Utah

The Hawks are looking for size in case Al Horford departs. Poeltl (7 feet 1 inch) improved greatly from his freshman to sophomore seasons and should be a nice addition.

Phoenix G Dejounte Murray Washington

Somewhat of a mystery because he hasn't worked out for many teams after signing with LeBron James's agent. Murray could be a top-five player in this draft in time.

Chicago G Wade Baldwin Vanderbilt

Well, since the Bulls traded Derrick Rose to the Knicks, they need a point guard and floor leader. Baldwin has drawn comparisons with Russell Westbrook. It's a solid pick.

Denver C Cheick Diallo Kansas

The Nuggets don't need more young bigs, but with three first-round picks, have the flexibility to take a chance on the raw Diallo, who probably should have stayed in school.

Boston F Deyonta Davis Michigan State

The Celtics don't need to get any younger but they do need defenders. They are going to have to make decisions on some of their young guys, and Davis could push somebody out.


Memphis G Timothe Luwawu France

The Grizzlies need to get younger and Luwawu may be the second-best player overseas. He could contribute right away.

Detroit G Denzel Valentine Michigan State

He would be a popular pick in Detroit and the Pistons could use a versatile player. Reggie Jackson is more of a scoring point guard; Valentine could move Jackson to SG.

Denver C Ante Zizic Croatia

The Nuggets likely will keep Zizic overseas for a few years. With three first-rounders and a full frontcourt, they can afford to wait.

Indiana G Malachi Richardson Syracuse

The freshman sensation eventually could fit in well with the Pacers. They already have an established SG in Monta Ellis, so Richardson can take his time to develop.

Atlanta F DeAndre' Bembry Saint Joseph's

Bembry is very skilled and ready to help a team right away. Kent Bazemore is a free agent and the Hawks need more offense. Bembry will be a surprise.

Charlotte G Malik Beasley Florida State

The Hornets need to get more athletic and Beasley will help that cause. He may take a couple of years to contribute but could become a keeper.

Boston C Ivica Zubac Croatia

He's a legit center and the Celtics can't afford to keep all of their first-round picks. They will stash him overseas and hope he comes over in a few years and contributes.

Philadelphia F Taurean Prince Baylor


A polished player and strong defender, Prince could blend into Philadelphia's rebuilding project. He's a senior and plays with a strong passion.

LA Clippers F Juan Hernangomez Spain

Given their cap constraints, the Clippers need to score with this pick and they also need SF help. Hernangomez will take some time but will be a nice addition.

Philadelphia G Tyler Ulis Kentucky

Philadelphia needs a legit PG and despite his size, Ulis has NBA skills and could have a long career. Seems like a natural fit here.

Toronto C Brice Johnson North Carolina

The Raptors' search to supplement their backcourt continues with Johnson, who flourished late in his UNC career and is a rim protector.

Phoenix F Furkan Korkmaz Turkey

The Suns desire outside shooting and Korkmaz has potential but likely would stay in Turkey for another year or two.

San Antonio G Isaiah Cousins Oklahoma

The Spurs need a point guard and Cousins had a strong season, although overshadowed by teammate Buddy Hield. Cousins will need time to learn the Spurs' system but he could pay dividends.

Golden State C Diamond Stone Maryland

The Warriors need a big man and Stone has the potential to be a standout. Won't need to contribute right away, but eventually will be a starter.

Gary Washburn can be reached at gwashburn@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GwashburnGlobe.